Years after The Catastrophe, the world is starting to rebuild itself. The gods still appear to be gone, and magic is…askew, at best, but people are starting to venture off into the wilderness to rebuild again, looking for supplies or for relics they can rescue.
The generally tame landscape of Den has become a lot more dangerous. Creatures and monsters have take over without the interference of people. Old towns and cities are overgrown with new wild flora.
A large sandbar that has an everchanging coastline. Extremely dangerous Large beasts roam the island, making exploration difficult, and living on the island near impossible at this point. Not to mention the large fissures that lead into pits of lava — if this is the result of a volcano, it is unsure if it is active or dormant.
The former floating island of Renaissance had fallen into the coastline of Belmere, and people often attempt to reach it to find the libraries and magic items that were once on Renaissance. However, few are heard from again, as the monsters have take up occupancy in the ruins of the island.
People who were originally from Belmere are often recognizable by their bright red hair.
Climate: Hot and Humid with cold nights. Typically fairly windy, and often storms in spring and fall months.
People: Few, if any, people live are know to live on Belmere anymore. People born on the island tend to have bright red hair, normally regardless of if their parents have it or not.
Symbol: A black snake with red eyes, often coiled around a Kris-styled Dagger
The old gods, creators of the world. They haven’t been seen in a long time. Thought to have either died during [event] or have given up on this world and abandoned it. Some people however still think that they will return.
There were once other gods, people who had attained godhood in their life through power or following, but none have been seen since the disaster. Figured to be dead, or have lost their power, much information of them has been lost or forgotten.
Balance | Foresight | Hard Work
A dark skinned feminine, humanoid figure, long hair in dread. Red eyes, with a third, typically closed, eye on their forehead.
The “Mother Earth” type figure. Noted as the person who physically formed the Earth, but then delegated fleshing out the world to the other Gods as they best saw fit. Generally seen as like. “God.”
Strength | Assertiveness | Change | Rebirth
A large burnt red dragon with no wings. They have a trail of feathers along their back and make the appearance of flames.
Lives deep in dormant volcanoes. Known to take care of deserts and islands, keeping enough land in the world for the population.
Flow | Acceptance | Inquisitiveness | Sharing
A deep blue whale shark, its fins and tail seeming to fade into the water. They are covered with seaweed and algae.
Lives deep in the ocean and is rarely seen above the water. Known to take care of the tides and all the sea life.
Status | Honor | Order | Intellect
A light yellow-golden bird with the legs and neck of a Heron, but most physical appearance of a swan. They have a large wingspan.
Rarely seen. Known to manage the winds and all the life that has flight.
Protection | Nature | Preservation | Community
An overly large stag, its antlers making up the appearance of tree branches. A layer of moss, grass, and flowers cover their back.
Lives deep in forests. Known to take care of plant life, covering the world with greenery.
this is pretty lose and brief and im sure other things happen too but,
This period includes the creation of the world.
Speis created the world and her four companions — Ona, Hava, Flux, and Rena. Together, they created all the races that inhabit the world in likenesses of themselves. Once things were set, Speis decided to take a more-mortal form and walk the world to see everything from the peoples’ perspective.
Things were plenty peaceful for a while, but the Companions started to fight amongst themselves. Because of this, the people also started to get into squabbles against each other. Normally, this only consisted of which magic was better, who had what land, who had the best patron god. Things like that.
This infighting was considered the “Spirit War” and while there were never any official armies or battles, there was still a lot of aggression and people started splitting up into factions and groupings.
Speis left the companions for a while to take care of it between themselves, but when that failed, they had to step in.
With Speis’ help, they got the companions to agree to withdrawl from the world as a present being, and instead view from the sidelines as the physical qualities of the world; Rena to the volcanos, Flux to deep in the ocean, Ona above the clouds, and Hava deep within the woods.
Once the Spirits retreated from being present gods, the world really started to flourish. People built their own communities around the world, started learning new magic and started to really explore their environments.
During this time, Asa, the first of the current pantheon, rose to godhood.
However, toward the end of this time, there was a great drought that effected nearly all of the world. People aren’t sure of what the cause really was of this, and what happened to Flux to allow this sort of thing to happen.
- Due to the drought, Westpine, what is currently Black Oak, suffered a fire that nearly wiped out the whole island.
A small fire started due to a cult in the area trying to summon the likeness of Rena to gain power. This magical fire spread quickly, and the condition of the area made it impossible to manage. The fire raged for over 100 years, and is said to have been stopped by Hava themselves.
Due to this mismanagement of magic, a lot of the world’s knowledge was locked away. The keepers of knowledge, who generally follow Ona, retreated to some of the floating islands that were unreachable without flight, taking any written magic and history that they could with them.
This was the official start of the Gray Era.
Over time, this loss of written knowledge started to really effect the rest of the world. Eventually, the only magic that was left was natural, innate magic.
People started focusing more on developing cities and towns. Countries built up the governments, and started focusing a little more internally rather than outwardly toward the whole world. Unfortunately, this lead to countries building their defenses, armies, and started fighting between themselves.
- Bycross begins to have some internal conflict
- Elves on the western coasts of Black Oak move to the mountains to disconnect from others and try to maintain what magic knowledge they have themselves.
- What is now the Red Isles begins to form.
- Corwyn’s capital, Forene, becomes a “trade capital”, and they form a high council there.
- Juneberry rises to god status
- North and South Bycross start a war between themselves and split.
- With Flint leading, the Red Isles split from South Bycross
- Flint rises to God status
- On the islands where the knowledge is being kept, Catalen rises to God status.
With Catalen rising in power, she pushes for knowledge to be released back to the public. Meetings are held with city leaders to form new libraries and colleges to help teach people about everything that had been hidden from them for so long.
While this does lead to some people abusing this knowledge again, there are now people better equipped to stop those people.
In Corwyn, a cult commanded by some liches attack. Sun and Helena rise to fight against them and protect the city and its people, and in doing so rise to God Status.
Elsewhere, Kale and Raddic rise to God Status with their small followings. (unrelated).
The world Flourishes for a long time — With the magical knowledge back in the publics hands, things develop quickly into a more modern/urban like world. Technology is developed to house magical spells in useful ways, without having to cast spells personally.(phones, computers, etc) Magically power vehicles are made, and roadways from cities are paved.
While of course there are conflicts among nations and infighting, things are otherwise going pretty great actually.
The same cult that started the 100 year fire in Black Oak returned. The leader, Arian Tarikat — the same man from before, attempted a similar thing as before. To raise the likeness of the old gods to be in his favor.
This time he was successful, to an extent. While he was able to conjure the presumable powers of the gods into makeshift bodies, he failed to control that power. These four uncontrollable entities of magic began to run rampant, both destroying things through physical and magical means, but also by just drawing in energy of the world and consuming it.
While these powers were ultimately defeated, each caused an explosion of magic to radiate from their death, further crippling the surrounding areas. The worst hit being in Belmere.
A darker time. Magic is chaotic at best, and extremely unbalanced, and a lot of land is thick with a sick magic, making it hard to live in those areas. Things held together with magic — cities and technology especially — fall apart. People who were able to cast magic before suddenly unable to.
Many people were lost during The Catastrophe, and people are just looking to pick themselves off the ground.
The landscape of the world is changed drastically — the ice around Highkeep and Snowhold expanded, sea levels lowered revealing new land and connecting lands together. The fighting itself leaving scars in the landscape.
Gods are non-existent.
Things have started to clear and become liveable again. People have started to build new communities and rebuild old connections. With the Southern Belt becoming nearly one strip of land, people build a railroad to easily access other parts of the world in safety.