It is said, that outside of space and time an entity known only as 'The Nameless' exists. It is this entity that created all that there is, was and will be. The Ancient Texts state that it was from his mind that, not only, created the universe and its countless suns and worlds but also a myriad of sentient, powerful, yet finite creatures whom one such as a man or elf or dwarf would call a god.
In the beginning, all that existed was void. Empty of all, whether it be time or space. A vast and endless nothingness cloaked in a deep and all consuming silence. Within this void existed "The Nameless", a power so incredible that in the entire universe, it knew only itself to exist. It had no idea why it was there, just that that it was.
In the quiet expanse of the void, it sent itself out and searched the void to find something different. And there it was, a pocket of space and therein lay the flow of time. When The Nameless stepped into the space, something terrible but wonderful, something terrifying but exciting happened. It detected the elements of space and time. The Nameless, knowing nothing of these things, freed what was in there so it could spread out in all directions, filling the space that had been empty for so long with a force that had no boundaries.
Forces touched each other and the emptiness filled with swirling energies, light and heat touched emptiness. Energies collided and crashed, were born and died and became new and different... none of those having been seen ever before started to form planets that differed in size and structure. Also created were stars to watch over this new creation.
But the whole chaos needed order, shaping and fine touch. And so the Nameless created The Gods of Power. To do so, The Nameless reached into the chaos, drew forth four equal portions of the stuff of existence and shaped it into the Gods that would divide the universe into form.
The first was named Rathe and got the task of bringing order into the chaos. It saw that the task was indeed immense, so it reached into itself and divided into 12 equal parts. Then The Rathe went into the chaos divided some more material and created Earth. This Earth got set under the eyes of the Nameless, under the stars, so it could watch over his cosmos. The second was named Fennin Ro and received the task of shaping the chaos. Fennin as well drew his portion and named it Fire.
He then placed it upon the stars to shed light on the cosmos. Fennin Ro helped The Rathe to shape the solid matter and gave warmth to the cold of chaos. The third was named Water and The Nameless determined it would need many forms. So it took the portion and split it into three. Tarew Marr would be responsible for the main state of the element, the Water, E'Ci for the solid state; the Ice and Povar would lord over steam. These three took their portion and cloaked each world with its life giving touch.
And finally the fourth was named Xegony and she received the task of drawing away the material in-between and setting each thing in its place. She used her portion of chaos to make it into Air, which she used to blow the chaos away and cushion each world from the harshness of the cold cosmos. The Nameless then looked into its new creation and felt sorrow because it could not experience it, for the creation could not contain the Nameless and so it decided to find a way to explore this new existence.
So the Nameless called out to the Gods of Power and commanded them to make minions that it could share in their experience of this new world. Each of the Gods of Power reached into their elemental planes and drew forth a portion that they shaped with their will into what would be eyes and hands for The Nameless and themselves. They created beings of energy, much like themselves, but beings of will born of the matter of the cosmos.
The Gods of Power knew that balance must be maintained in the universe to keep its shape. Therefore they started to create the Gods of Influence in the model of a scale, on one side a force of darkness or destruction, on the other side a force of light or creation and ...in the middle, a neutral or balancing force to maintain the balance without the involvement of the Gods of Power.
And so they combined their elements to create each God in turn, good, neutral and evil, which the children of Norrath may choose to follow until the end of times.
The Age of Scale Edit
In eons past came one of these gods upon the world of Norrath. Veeshan, Crystalline Dragon and ruler of the Plane of Sky! She found this world pleasing and deposited her brood onto the frozen continent of Velious. With one swipe of her mighty claws, Veeshan opened several great wounds upon the surface of Norrath, thus staking her claim to this promising new world. Dragons then walked the land and flew the skies. Powerful beings of great intellect, wisdom, and strength. Thus began the Age of Scale. In time the other gods noticed Veeshan's work and often being petty and jealous creatures, they too came upon Norrath. All with the intent of leaving their mark. Brell Serilis was the first. From his Plane of Underfoot, a dark realm of vast caves and endless tunnels, he quietly created a magical portal to a cavern deep in the belly of Norrath. Through this portal the Duke of Underfoot seeded the depths of Norrath with all manner of creatures. Brell then returned home, sealing his portal within a labyrinth chamber of mystical Living Stone.
When the other gods came to Norrath, Brell Serilis approached each of them in turn. After some time he convinced them to meet as one to discuss the fate of the world. The Great Mother, Tunare, attended accompanied by Prexus, The Oceanlord, and Rallos Zek, the warlord. Though in mistrust he kept his distance from the others. Brell carefully, avoiding all queries as to the origins of his information, told of Veeshan's discovery of the new and potentially powerful world in which she had deposited her brood. Words befit of the King of Thieves poured forth from Brell's lips and he proposed that they accept an alliance of sorts. All of which agreed save Rallos Zek, ignorant of the fact that Brell had already released some of his creations into the Underfoot of this new world. The planet that would be called Norrath was divvied up between these beings of power for the purpose of keeping the Wurmqueen in check. Each would create a race of beings to watch over Norrath and keep a vigilant eye on the schemes of Dragonkind. Brell claimed the bowels of the planet and created the Dwarves, stout and strong, deep beneath the mountains of Norrath. In the abysmal depths of the oceans Prexus left his children. The Kedge, hearty aquatic beings of great mental power and stamina. On the surface of Norrath did Tunare create the Elves. Creatures of limitless grace and beauty. Rallos Zek created the Giants. Fierce and formidable beings, intent upon the defense of their lands. Thus began the Elder Age.
The Elder Age Edit
It was inevitable that such energies involved in seeding planets with life would attract even more of the gods. It was the Elves who drew the unwanted attention of Innoruuk, Prince of Hate. In a decrepit tower overlooking the dark decaying alleys of the Plane over which he ruled, Innoruuk waited. Stoking the fire of his Hate until it was a raging inferno! He cursed his fellow gods for not including him in their pact and vowed to make them regret such disrespect. From the halls of the Elves' fair city, Takish-Hiz, the Prince of Hate snatched away the first Elven King and Queen. In his realm of pain and anger he slowly tore them apart, physically and mentally, over the course of three hundred years. He then gathered the quivering remnants of these beings of light and rebuilt them into his own dark sadistic image, a twisted mockery of Tunare's noble children. In depositing the Teir'Dal, as Innoruuk's Dark Elven creations would come to be called, back into the Underfoot of Norrath, the seeds for The Prince of Hate's final revenge were sown. Fizzlethorpe Bristlebane and Cazic-Thule came next to Norrath and Brell met them. Hoping for an excuse to create more beings into this world he conjured a second pact with these latter gods. Rallos Zek again watched from afar, determined to add to his creation. This time Brell convinced the Warlord to join the pact, assuring him that it was indeed an appropriate time to fulfill his desires. Deep in the earth did Brell return to create the Gnomes. Resembling dwarves to some extent, yet more wiry and gnarled, consumed with tinkering and devices more so than their cousins. On the surface, away from Elves and Giants, Bristlebane made the Halflings. Short and stubby folk, agile and with a propensity to meddle and even pilfer at times. Cazic-Thule, Lord of Fear, was drawn to the swamps and jungles of Norrath and there created the green skinned Trolls and reptilian Lizard Men. Rallos Zek returned to the surface, pleased with his sanction to create even more peoples for his army. He made then the Ogres, massive, unmovable beings of questionable intelligence. Also he bred the Orcs, born for battle and singled-minded in their desire for conquest.
By this time, those who are now known as the elder races of Norrath had begun to expand and mature. Villages became cities and cities became kingdoms. Several of the races became bent on expansion and warfare quickly became part of their developing cultures. Of all the races, it was the Ogres who quickly proved the most interested in battle and plunder. Their empire grew outward from their mountain home until it eventually encompassed a large portion of Tunaria, largest of the known continents. Their knowledge of magic grew as did their greed, until they became weary of being confined only to Norrath. When they learned of other planes and dimensions they invaded the Plane of Earth itself.
Rallos Zek watched with pride as his creations challenged the gods of that realm, and when they eventually knew defeat, the Warlord himself led a second invasion. The war that ensued shook the heavens and angered the greater gods. Through their combined might, Rallos Zek was finally thwarted and forced back to his domain. A great barrier to the Planes of Power was erected, denying entry to both the lesser gods and mortals as well. The gods cursed the warlord's creations and then, in what some view as spite and others justice, thousands of Ogres were slain and their empire collapsed around them. The Giants were spread from one end of the earth to the other, forced to flee their homes as the gods brought snow and ice to their previously lush lands. The goblins were also cursed, but no writings remain of their punishment as they no longer keep records of their history (which is perhaps some indication as to the severity of their curse). Thus began the Age of Monuments.
The Age of Monuments Edit
As the dust settled, the last of the gods came to Norrath. Mithaniel Marr, god of Valor, and Erollisi Marr, goddess of Love. They created the Barbarians, a hardy race who settled the cold and rugged northlands, near the ruins of the Giant empire. Being the youngest race, they were generally unwashed and rugged, possessing very few social graces. While they too had a warlike culture, there were those amongst them who began to believe in something more. By this time the other civilizations of Norrath had either long since declined, or were well on their way. This small minority of Barbarians saw an opportunity to triumph where the others had failed. Perhaps this was a seed of wisdom planted by the Marr Twins, or perhaps it was only by chance, but as the Barbarians spread out across the lands, warring with both each other and any other race encountered, this tiny movement continued to grow. So it was that even amidst desolation and war, there was hope. Thus began the Age of Blood.
The Age of Blood Edit
The last of the old races to decline was the empire of the Elves. The Elddar Forest spread across the entire southeastern quarter of Tunaria. Cities and villages built high into the trees housed thousands of Wood Elves and the marble cities of the High Elves were built in the forest's clearings and meadows. Their white towers and spires climbing out of the forest. Higher than the tallest tree! However, this was not the last curse of the Gods. Solusek Ro, Lord of Flame, arched the spine of the serpent mountains, bringing heat from the burning sun to the ancient forest. The rivers ran dry, it rained less each year and while the great elven druids fought long and hard, using their powerful magic to combat the change. They could only delay the inevitable. Slowly the forest gave way to desert and eventually even great Takish-Hiz crumbled. The Elves were forced to flee Tunaria, leaving much of their greatness behind. Thus began the Lost Age.
The Lost Age Edit
This next period of Norrathean history as it relates to many of the races is the least known. It is surmised by the more knowledgeable historians that while the elder races regrouped and reestablished themselves, a small group of Barbarians were suddenly transformed both physically and intellectually. Most believe this to be the last major and direct act of divine intervention and perhaps the reason so little is known about this period is that the gods wish it to be so. In any case, these small and enlightened groups were the fathers of the Human race, and they rapidly gained a foothold throughout the lands, studying the lost art of geomancy. The Combine Empire, as this lost race of Humans is called, spread throughout the known world, but then died even more quickly than it grew, and for reasons still unknown. While they are the ancestors of every Human on Norrath and their relics and ruins still litter the lands from Odus to Faydwer, little history of this period remains.
After the fall of the Combine Empire, the remnants of mankind dwelled mostly in the center of Tunaria. Inhabiting primarily the vast and fertile plains of Karana. Villages appeared and prospered, several reaching the size of towns and two even became cities. To the west a strong and noble band of Humans, lead by Antonius Bayle the First, founded Qeynos under the lofty principles of law. Freeport, to the east, became an active and dangerous port of call for all who dared to venture into the Ocean of Tears. Humanity, much to the disdain of the elder races who watched from afar, remained strong. They even dared to rename their home after one of their own instead of one of the gods. The great continent of Tunaria would forever more be known as Antonica. This is not to imply, however, that humanity was at peace. Competition was fierce and when resources grew scarce, for one reason or another, many groups abandoned the promises and alliances of their past and fought!
A few leaders spoke out against the violence, urging the masses to remember why they had fled the cold north. Others reminded them of their former glory and the might of the Combine Empire. These leaders insisted that humanity adhere once again to those principals to which all had agreed. Explorers and adventurers returned from afar with tales of Elves, dwarves and other strange creatures, as well as descriptions of ancient abandoned cities. A few even came back with limited knowledge of sorcery and the mystic arts. And when that discontent minority of leaders heard all of this, they became both jealous and determined.
A small, frail man of great intellect called Erud led this group. He formed them into a council and they quickly became irritated, even disgusted, by their fellow man. Leaving a small network of spies behind, the remainder of Erud's followers fled the city of Qeynos and boarded a small fleet of ships. They sailed to the west and landed upon the barren coast of the island of Odus. The land was sparse and uninhabited and quite appealing to the council and their people. They quickly built a city of their own, dissimilar in almost every way to both Qeynos and Freeport, for it was almost entirely a towering castle. Erudin it was called, and within it the scribes and scholars who called themselves High Men gathered and analyzed reports, captured books and scrolls. Also, they amassed other artifacts brought to them by their spies. The first human mages since the Combine Empire were born. Wizards, Sorcerers and Enchanters occupied the great halls of Erudin and grew immensely in both power and knowledge. Thus began the Age of Enlightenment.
The Age of Enlightenment Edit
It came to pass some years later that a small group of Erudites discovered the lost art of Necromancy. They were branded heretics and great conflict arose. For the first time in several hundred years the Erudites fought. They engaged in a civil war not entirely dissimilar to that which they had loathed and fled from back on the mainland. However, there was one very significant difference. They did not use swords and bows but rather magic and the result was terrible! Lives by the hundreds were lost, great buildings and structures destroyed and eventually the heretics were forced to flee Erudin to hide and regroup in the southern regions of Odus. In one final battle, great mystic energies were released and an immense hole leading to unknown depths beneath the earth was created. Into the sides of this chasm the heretics built their own city which they called Paineel. Both sides, although still seething with anger and hatred towards one another, fear what the last battle had wrought and has kept any further conflict at bay. Thus began the Age of Turmoil.
The Age of Turmoil Edit
This was an age filled with wonder. The elder races began to reclaim their former glory. The younger races matured and an active economy stretched across Odus, Antonica and Faydwer. While conflict and battle was hardly rare, it had also been centuries since open war has plagued the lands. A myriad of alliances and factions existed, friend and foe plotted and schemed, and the world of Norrath was ripe for action.