Apart from civilization, there is no tongue of man which Meloria speaks. Nor has any knowledge of the technologies developed by the rest of humankind or the magics they have discovered. Even still, her powers far exceed any produced by culture. Merely her lying upon the ground causes the world to be enveloped in a wave of light, a power which supports all life on Neotellus despite its modesty. Still, her tale is one of tragedy, for it proves how a single witch connected with her divinity could be greater than all the rest.
Meloria is a rocky islet in the Ligurian Sea, off the coast of Tuscany, north central Italy, opposite Livorno. Meloria is known as the site of two 13th-century naval battles, both features of the long-standing rivalry between Pisa and Genoa. The first Battle of Meloria, on May 3, 1241, was fought between the fleet of the emperor Frederick II, surnamed Stupor Mundi, in alliance with Pisa, against a Genoese squadron and ended with a Pisan and Imperial victory. The second battle, known as Battle of Meloria, was fought on 5 and 6 August 1284 between the fleets of the Republics of Genoa and Pisa as part of the Genoese-Pisan War. The victory of Genoa and the destruction of the Pisan fleet marked the decline of the Republic of Pisa.
Artwork by Bruno Wagner.