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The Mythic Age

The dawn of time, called the mythic age, was an age filled with daring heroes, vengeful gods, and kingdoms long since past. Little is known about this oldest age of the world. Only a few dusty tomes and weathered stone inscriptions provide any clues to the world that once was.

Kingdoms and Realms

Kingdom of Aegyptus - An kingdom located along the river Nile, encompassing the arid land of Korath.

The Forgotten Age

The forgotten age was, for a time, a triumphal golden age of humanity's greatest achievements. But, like an apple with a worm at the core, there was a great evil hidden behind the splendor. That ancient evil saw humanity's dreams turned to ashes.

Important events of this age include the rise and fall of the Kingdom of Westmarch; the birth of a new and fourth god of chaos, the Wanderer; and the coming of the Emperor.

Kingdom of Westmarch

King Durin "the Prophet" is the single most important ruler of the Kingdom of Westmarch. It was Durin who transformed Westmarch from the city-state she was into the global superpower she is remembered for. Westmarch grew rapidly under King Durin though brilliant military conquests and quickly came to dominate the lands of Snejhammer. With the expansion of the realm came a new kind of religion to its people. Temples and idols to any and all local deities were ordered destroyed, and in their places new temples and statues to the Three Gods (see also the Gods of Chaos) were raised. The shinning capital at the center of this human kingdom was the jewel of all cities, the light among lights, the legendary city of Ureh.

The Three Gods

The Three Gods were: the Warrior, the Mystic, and the Father. King Durin's sons headed the first temples to the Three Gods and they helped control the hearts and minds of the citizens to ensure the loyalty of the burgeoning realm.

But behind the splendor of the temples was a different reality. Hellish rituals were performed in unholy tribute to the Three. The Three teach their followers that good and evil are as meaningless as small and large. What is small? What is large? If a tree is large to a person, what is the tree when compared with a mountain? Good and evil are similarly relative words and therefore meaningless. Evil compared with what? If evil is opposite to what is good - what then can we consider good?

The followers of the Three understand that there is no evil or good. There is only faith.

It was during the Ending Times when the fourth god, the Wanderer, was birthed as a result of a hell-born ritual performed by King Luthor in his monomaniacal quest for immortality. It was this fourth god, the Wanderer who would at last bring balance to the heavens.

The Time of Ending

The Time of Ending was the immediate cataclysm created from the birth of a new god. Demons openly walked the earth, and the heavens themselves turned impossible shades of violet colors that caused madness for any mortal foolish enough to gaze up too long.

King Luthor, the last King of Westmarch, while pursuing a monomaniacal quest to obtain immortality, was tricked into opening the demonic portals to the warp which resulted in spawning the Wanderer. The calamity that followed the birth of a new God tore open the very fabric of reality between the our dimension and the immortal one. Demons were able to freely walk the mortal realm, and darkness spread across the whole kingdom. Town after town were quickly wiped out including the jewel of Westmarch, the fabled city of Ureh.

At this midnight of the world, when all hope seemed lost, a golden hero out of the North arose known only as the Emperor. He unified the disparate Northern clans, and rallied the survivors of Westmarch. Leading this united crusader army to war, the Emperor was able to push back the dameon hordes to the hellish realm from whence they came. One-by-one the six gateways to that nightmare realm were sealed off, until at least salvation was at hand. Even as the followers of the Emperor reveled in their victory over chaos, the Emperor remained resolute. For he knew that the reprieve was only temporary because the gods of chaos would one day return to seek their vengeance and control over the our world.

Imperial Destiny

In the aftermath of the Emperor's victory stood the dawn of a new era. With much of the civilized world left in a state of ruin, the future now provided an opportunity to recover and rebuild after the turmoil of the ending times. Many assumed that when the war against chaos was finally won that the Emperor would take to ruling over his empire. None, even Malcador, expected the Emperor to abandon them all in pursuit of his eternal crusade to destroy evil once-and-for-all.

The celebrations that followed the Emperor's victory over the violet rage included a great feast, subsequently known as the last feast. For it was there that the Emperor announced his plans for his immediate and unexpected departure. As the evening reveries died down on and as the liveliness dampened, the Emperor stood up and made an address to his people. He spoke clearly about the true threat of chaos, and that it would never be extinguished while the gods of chaos still lived. Evil it seemed was beaten but it was not yet broken. Accordingly it was necessary to take the war directly to the dark Gods themselves in a great eternal crusade.

The Emperor knew that time flows strangely in the warp, and that by the time that he returned hundreds, or even thousands of years might have passed by in the mortal realm. In order for his plan to work, he needed stability in the empire, which required a system of governance that would serve to protect mankind against the threats of chaos while the Emperor was away. The Emperor appointed Malcador as his regent in his steed, and it was Malcador who laid the groundwork for the Empire so that a civilization of man might yet survive long enough to see the Emperor return to their world for a last great battle against chaos.

First Age of the Emperor

Queen Atanna, first regant of the Kingdom of Albion

After Malcador, a series of several pontifex come to rule over the empire. They are generally good and just rulers. The pontifex is always appointed by the current reigning pontfiex. Their right to rule is considered divine and thus beyond contestiation, "by the grace of the God-Emperor" as the saying goes. The pontfiex estate, where the pontifex lives, is located in the outskirts of the city of Whiterun which itself is located in the Northern lands. Things go well for a few generations, but overtime, the southern lords grow wealtier and come to dislike being ruled by a Northerner. Tensions rise to a boiling point when Pontifex Lestor "the Tyrant" angers the Southern lords by increasing taxation beyond what is sustainable. He calls for the execution of those lords who visit the capital of Whitrun complaining about the increased tax being too high. Atanna, of house Gordon, leads an army of knights, lords and barons to the North to seek justice for the tyrant's actions. Lestor is seized in his palace and is burned at the stake for his crimes. The college of cardinals is then formed, made-up of the archbishops, to elect a pope. The first pope is Horazon "the just" who signs the "Article of the Lords" which provides freedom and self-rule to the southern provinces. Horazon crowns Queen Atanna of House Gordon as first ruler of the Kingdom of Albion.

On the oath stone Atanna swears an oath:

"To stand fast for the liberty of the church and the realm. To protect the weak, and to defend the realm from evil." Queen Atanna makes a roundtable so that all lords and knights might sit together as equals on matters of state.

Granticus and the Dragon

A dragon moves into the lonely mountain, which holds a lost kingdom of the dwarves within . The people of the surrounding land must provide a sacrafice of two sheep per day to feed the beast. Once the villagers run out of sheep, they start offering people by pulling stones from a clay jar (stones were all polished white granite, except for one that was onyx black (the sacrafice). Ori, the king's daughter, is chosen when she pulls the black stone to be a sacrafice. None are willing to face the dragon, but three heros take up the challenge: 1. A priest skilled in rune knowledge named Iorwerth -> later becomes Pope Iorwerth 2. Sir Lancelot - knight of the round table 3. Sir Granticus - later King Granticus of house Gordon. Or Saint Granticus. "the Dragonslayer" Granticus slays the dragon with his spear, thus popularizing the jousting tournments. He is offered treasures by the king, and he refuses all except he asks to marry the princess, Ori, whom he weds and joins house Gordon.