A brief history of everything
In the begging all that existed were the spirits, primal forces of nature embodying the elements; Air, Water, Fire, and Earth. On the material plane these spirits remain dormant, adrift in the void of black that comprised it. Of these spirits there was one who stood above all and embodied all elements. The spirits presence on the material plane formed a large planet where the other spirits congregated. On the elemental plane these spirits had life, their emotions and thoughts were primitive and they had little if any society or culture. Eons passed until a star stone, hurtling through the void of space crashed into the planets surface, sundering the veil between the material and elemental planes, awakening the great spirit and its children to the physical world. The star stone smashed two large chunks out of the planet that eventually formed moons, with them left some essence of the great spirit that over time developed into their own entities. As the spirits breached their veil and took possession of the physical manifestations of their very nature the residual effects of the crashed star stone took root and the first sentient life began. The dust settled in trees, in the earth, the lakes, the rivers, the oceans, and all of nature, and from it they fey were born. These creatures were amazed by their new world a lush planet full of beauty, and they quickly set up a society and established their presence in the realm. Living in harmony with the spirits they fey grew to respect nature, but considered their existence a lonely one. The primitive spirits were only capable of demonstrating the base emotions and limited knowledge. The greatest of the fey, The four Norn sisters, used the remains of the star stone to craft a great loom, and using their own hair they wove fate and life into the universe, spreading strands of fate throughout it. With these threads new life was breathed into the world; animals, insects, new plants, and creatures spread across the planet. Still the Fey were not satisfied, and so they worked with the spirits to create beings to share the world with. Water and earth spirits combined their efforts to make clay that the fey infused with threads of fate, shaped by the air spirits the clay took form, and baked by the heat of fire spirits it was given life, and thus humans were born. Sharing the same amazement at the new world they had been born into, the humans looked to the Fey for guidance. The humans learned to live in harmony with nature and spirits, revering that which gave them life. The humans respected the great spirit, calling it the earth mother and treated her with much reverence. Leading simple lives the humans formed loose communities and worshiped the spirits, living alongside their fey brethren. As time went on one of the fey races, the dwarfs, grew ambitious. Their cities grew to immense size, their technology leaped forward, and their society became a unique entity of its own that only barely resembled the society of other fey and humans. As the dwarfs empire and power grew, so did their greed. Great mining and logging operations began, digging furrows into the earth and destroying forests in great swaths. The humans spoke out against their growth and greed, proclaiming there acts as an abomination and affront to the earth mother and the spirits. The dwarfs laughed them off claiming that their might made them the masters of the earth able to control its elements and bend them to their whim as they saw fit. The human clans would not stand for this and began to wage war on the dwarfs. Bloody battle followed, with humans being slain by the hundreds. They saw that this was a war they would lose. Retreating into their secret groves the humans built shrines of stone and blood dedicated to the earth mother and asked her for help. Her aid came in two gifts; First was the ability to control the elements, drawing magic from the spirits and land to turn it against their enemies, next the earth mother granted the humans the gift of the durge. The durge broke forth from the deep places in the earth, monsters of ice flesh and iron. The druids marched forth laying waste to dwarfen society with magic and monsters, and the dwarfs responded in kind. Dwarfen war machines and human monsters ripped each other to shreds. In the end, when the dust settled, the dwarfs were dead, the durge nearly eliminated, and the humans numbers cut down to a fraction of their former glory. Seeing their kin decimated by the humans extremism, the fey attempted to reach out to them and offer an new solution.
Dismayed by the choices the dwarfs made and the humans retaliation, they proposed they live together, in peace with each other and with nature. The majority of humans met this offer with refusal, claiming the other fey races would eventually end up the same as the dwarfs; greedy, selfish, and destructive. Some humans however, decided that the deal proposed by the fey was a better alternative to waging a war against them. These humans left their kin to join the fey in their gilded cities. The remaining humans, angered at the scorn of their fellows, began calling themselves the druids and retreated to their shrines and groves. Realizing the this tenuous peace wouldn’t last they fey court began work on a peacekeeper. From their own blood, strands of fate, dust of star stone, and primal magic they fey bore forth the Jabberwock. A terrible beast of intense power the fey would use to keep the peace. For decades the humans and fey lived together with little conflict. The druids remained in seclusion, too afraid of the Jabberwock’s retribution.
When the Separation of Courts occurred great changes took place throughout the world. With the fey busy fighting amongst each other, many humans struck out on their own, wanting no part in the broiling war between the two courts. After years of living nomadic lives in the wastes of Narhak a select few humans, that would be later known as The Paragons, emerged to lead the humans into a new age or prosperity. Meanwhile the Svarthalfar left the courts in exile to build their secret cities as the druids, no longer fearing the Jabberwock, emerged from the secret places of the world to begin their work anew. Over the years, the war raged across the landscape and as more and more tane emerged to fill the ranks of the court armies so did their battlegrounds grow larger, pushing into human lands. Many of the humans chose to leave their homes and the war behind, striking into uncharted territories as the paragons once did to claim new territory. The Humans who remained behind, the Volsag, fought against the fey incursions and held fast to their land. The war raged for decades until a truce was called and the courts agreed to end their war, releasing the tane under their control into the world.
With a tenuous peace in place, the fey courts began a shadow war with one another, recruiting warlocks into their ranks as spies, paladins as soldiers, and creating the changelings to do their work in the world. The human cultures prospered and reverence of their ancestors and the paragons led to the emergence of the Tuathan. Meanwhile, the druids took their fight to the humans, poisoning resources, working terrible curses, and antagonizing human settlements the world over.
This age is an age of prosperity, but also one that holds a hidden darkness. Druids conspire to bring down the walls of humanity’s civilizations, the fey use any and all that they can as soldiers and pawns in their shadow war, the races of the tane search for their place and purpose in a world older than they are, and something darker still stirs in the sky, the gaping maw between the stars.