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
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.