Apparently I'm only notified occasionally of updates to this thread. I choose to blame Aol.
Regardless, you may start the game with a Magic Item, provided you write it in to your backstory, and they are less common in the Steam Cities. The Elves are more likely to have them, gifts from the remaining spirits of the world.
And, because I feel I forgot to post it, I did update the history page. Going to work on Chataya in detail in short order. The map will be a while coming, because my desktop computer is actually a friends, and AutoCAD '10 apparently doesn't work on my windows7 netbook.