On the rise of humans
Long ago the god Kruos created two races of humans. The Foreseers were his favored children, gifted in the ways of magic, technology, diplomacy and art, men and women who reigned over the Peasantines, who were gifted in the ways of trade skills, farming, and hunting. The Foreseers led their race to great prosperity over the course of one thousand years, carving The First Great Age of Man into the flesh of history.
During the first great age men achieved countless feats of engineering, magic, architecture and technological developments. They founded their home nation of Oristallia, built great cities and towering spires, perfected the arcane arts and it’s meshing with technology, and spread their population across the globe via acts of grand and noble exploration. Kruos had blessed his children with determination and skill that allowed them to collectively accomplish the greatest feats the world had ever seen.
But it was this drive to accomplish great things that ultimately spelled the end of the first great age. For over the millennium of their great empire, the gap between the noble Forseers and the Peasantines widened. During these ages of great prosperity, the Peasantines wished to be seen as equal to their noble lords, who were increasingly distant from those who worked their fields and held together their cities. The peasantines desired the chance to lean, explore and invent and feed the hunger that Kruos had instilled in all humans while the Forseers believed in their wisdom that this was contrary to god’s design.
The Oristallian Wars were brutal wars of independence. The Peasantine population revolted against the Foreseers, which, in turn, sparked wars for independence from many of the Oristallian colonies. The empire ripped itself asunder. The Peasantine won their war for independence across the globe and ruthlessly killed off their rulers. Nearly every drop of Foreseer blood found itself on the fields of battle, in the street, or diluted into their bastard children.
Kruos wept for hundreds of years, averting his eyes from his children, and so began The Dark Age of Humanity. While the Peasantine class won their war, they quickly found themselves lost. Unable to operate the advanced Foreseer technology and without their knowledge regarding the arcane arts the cities crumbled. Famine and plague spread like wildfire. And failures of the technomantic equipment caused widespread catastrophes in most of the great human cities. The greatest of these failures occurred at the former Imperial Capital of Oristallia. The City Heart, a conduit crystal which acted as an amplifier of the city’s magic and as a planar anchor to the omniverse exploded. Thousands were killed instantly, thousands more died in the resulting fallout. The capital peninsula was rendered a desolate wasteland of ash and unsteady tides of mana and planar energies. Foul beasts, undead, elementals and demons roam it to this day, held at bay by The Kruos Wall.
After three hundred years, Kruos ended his mourning and dawn broke on the dark age of humanity. The god began to bless his children with gifted mages, great minds, powerful warriors, and kind leaders. So began The Age of Heros. During this age, humanity began to rebuild upon the ashes of their empires. The Kruos Wall was constructed and the island of Oristallia was reclaimed. Cities were rebuilt and ancient technologies were slowly reclaimed.
Today, scholars believe less than five percent of those ancient technologies have been fully unearthed, restored and researched, and many secrets are likely lost forever. However, humanity is once again on a path to greatness.
So begins The Second Great Age of Man