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Encyclopdedia Eternica

The History of Eternia:
An overview

Excerpted from Runesword.com

last updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

     
 


The First Era: The Age of Reason

Little is known of the First Era, a time of legends. This much is clear: times were peaceful, civilization was based in a region now called "the Land Beyond," and the enlightened populace used magic and sophisticated technology to bolster an idyllic culture.

In the year 758 First Era, a relic was found in the deepest mine of the realm. It was a plain box, of unknown material, with the image of a hanged man engraved on the lid. Despite warnings from the Court Engineer ("This is a forbidden thing, and should be buried again and forgotten"), the King was inquisitive and slid the lid away with his own hands.

A ancient race called the Eternals was released. They swept over the land, creating macabre variations on true animals and people, and these Counterfeits attacked and slew the True. Some say the Eternals could change their appearance from young to old, but do not age. They can be killed, though not easily. Only steel or magic can slay them, and that only by destroying their heart. It is said that they watched the first sweep of the hands of time and were imprisoned by Nameless Ones for their affronts until their accidental release. Some Eternals became insane because of their long imprisonment. The First Era ended when the last of the True ones left for a new land. The Eternals remained in the Land Beyond.


The Second Era: The Age of Separation

In the year 321, Second Era, the Great Splinter War began. Differences in the physical appearance of peoples began to show, and differences in thinking followed soon after. The war lasted nearly 30 years, and by the end, the 12 kingdoms formed. Jafra Tulshek the Magnificent subdued a great territory in the eastern reaches of the new realm, and empire that lasts to the current day. Thus ended the Second Era.


The Third Era: The Age of Tumult

In year 192, Third Era, the first Dreamers appeared, now called Fish in slang, a term of derision. Fish are mutants, perhaps brought about by the awakening of the Eternals, or somehow linked with them, but none know for certain. All Dreamers have white eyes, white hair, and white skin. Their great powers made them rulers in most of the kingdoms, and for the most part, they ruled wisely. Dreamers were almost as powerful as the Eternals, but they had a life span like that of mortals. The magic of of Dreamers was a curious thing, in that it's use had a "backlash" effect that could affect either the caster or others near the caster. In those days, the Dreamer rulers suffered for their art, and built many great cities and monuments. In 310 Third Era, a rogue faction of Dreamers rebelled, led by Thorn the Powerful, and his incredible lieutenant, Tul'Shar. These Dreamers successfully sieged the capital cities of Jafra, Morea, and Argos within 3 years. Nearly all dreamers were in the rebel fold by the time they marched on Skandar. The Rebel Dreamers did not take the backlash effect on themselves and longer --- they spread in to their enemies. They probably would have conquered the remaining, lesser, kingdoms in a few years were it not for the Invasion of the Eternals.

Led by an insane Eternal, the Unspeakable Undernight, the Eternals came in great ships with their armies of hideous mutant beasts.. The warring factions of Dreamers gathered together, as did the mortals, united against a common enemy and commanded by Dreamer Tul'Shar, the greatest general of the Age. Tul'Shar outflanked and outwitted the Undernight in battle after battle, against steep odd. The Eternals, previously thought unbeatable and all-powerful, were driven back, their remnants sailing back to the Land Beyond.

Tul'Shar, touched by the comraderie of his fellows in the face of a great enemy, renounced his former ways and vowed to become a suffering Dreamer, to live in the traditional way of the elder Dreamers. A few other rebels also repented, and joined the small group of Dreamers that never left the path of suffering. Before this group had a chance to mount a challenge, however, Tul'Shar was betrayed by his wife and delivered into the hands of a Andorian duke, Fulk the Black. Tul'Shar was hung by his feet from a tree for five days before being cut down and beheaded in a public square in Anna Island. Fulk began the Cleansing Wind, his term for the extermination of all Dreamers. Thus ended the Age of Tumult.


The Fourth Era: The Age Unknown

As the Fourth, unnamed age dawns, the Dreamers have disappeared or been killed. Fulk the Black has the commitment of all mortal rulers to the Cleansing Wind policy. Beyond that, they agree on nothing, and often war against one another. Meanwhile, rumors abound of strange activity in the Land Beyond.