Prior to The Beginning, only Emea existed, in chaos. From that chaos, the world of Idalos came into existence, connected to all worlds by Emea.
100,000+ Arcs - The Beginning - Age of the Induk Idalos and the Verses.
15,000 Arcs - The Age of Dragons - Dragons are made to serve the Induk Idalos and the Verses.
11,000 Arcs - The Tranquil - The Shay are created, living upon the world.
700 Arcs - The Strife - The Originals arrive, war with the Induk Idalos, the Verses and Dragons begins.
600 Arcs - The Shattering - The Originals and Shay are wiped out, Humans come into existence
500 Arcs - The Age of Immortals - Immortals begin to rule the world, war was fought.
Arc 0-700 - The Great Restoration - The Immortals made their Oath, begin restoring the world
Arc 701- Current - The Age of Prophecy - The truce between Immortals is prophesied to come to an end.
100,000+ Arcs before the Oath
In the Beginning, Idalos was a world spun from the swirling Emean chaos into its own reality. This newborn world developed an [Induk spirit], a metaphysical being that aligned with nature and creation that served as caretaker and guardian of the blossoming existence. Within the Beneath, the spiritual world beneath physical reality, the ephemeral spirit of Idalos shaped the land, called forth the sea, and breathed life into the planet's many corners. In time, other spirits were born of the growing world while some were attracted from the Untold and beyond. Idalos called to their purviews and they found a place among the rapidly evolving planet. Many of these new arrivals grew to become powerful Induk, the most powerful 12 becoming known as the Verses and serving the First spirit, Idalos, as its vassals.
The Age of Dragons
15,000 Arcs before the Oath
The Dragons came first, envoys of the Verses, to command the physical world with flesh and bone. They were made strong, honorable, natural sovereigns to administer over a reality the spirits found difficult to fully exist within. Many of the Dragons were granted the gift of sentience, the ability to choose and learn along with a connection to Emea and the power to dream. But the Dragons were too much like the Spirits that made them, stubborn and proud. They did not develop the new world or fully use the gift of their dreaming, only reigned over Idalos' primal existence.
11,000 Arcs before the Oath
So Idalos and the Verses created the Shay. The Shay, like the Dragons, were granted sentience and the power to dream. But where the Dragons were hard and unchanging, the Shay were soft and ever mercurial. They were spurred on by inventive purpose and compensated for a lack of physical grandeur with keen and clever minds. While the Dragons maintained their dominion over the untamed and wild elements of Idalos, the Verses reveled in the creation and invention from their new children. The Shay, like the Dragons, were connected to Emea. Through this connection to their souls, the Shay could channel their adoration as a form of sustenance to dragons and Induk both. Through worship, religion was born and the Verses became their pantheon.
Archaeological records of the Shay are few. Most of their ancient structures and abandoned cities are considered to be early human settlements. Before the Originals came, the Shay worshiped the Verses and some dragons as their gods, constantly striving to better themselves and their civilization across Idalos.
700 Arcs before the Oath
Then came the Originals.
They came from within Emea, never speaking of their origin to any. Eight in number, the Originals were inspired by what they found. The fledgling world of Idalos was young and still developing. Sentient life blossomed as did the potential for creation. The Originals were beings glutted on the powers of Emea and set to work quickly claiming portions of the world as their own to develop, grow, and build. The Shay, knowing nothing of the Emean origins, worshiped the Originals as gods easily enough and created religious schism in their society. The Originals became smitten with the Shay and their industrious spirit, accepting their place at the head of their pantheon. From their worship, the Originals came to know the taste of devotion and the power it promised.
Anox, the most brutal of the Originals, a being of conquest and control looked to annihilate any opposition to the rule of his kind and found himself in conflict with the Verses. The Induk did not welcome the invaders. Rather, they called upon the Dragons and their own might in an attempt to exterminate or banish these aberrant creators from their lands. While it isn't clear who struck the first blow, catastrophic war enveloped Idalos between the two factions and would be the catalyst for some of the most monumental change Idalos had ever seen. Although outnumbered, the Originals devised a way to turn the tide. From their own essence they created lesser versions of themselves, eventually named the Immortals, who held their same chaotic abilities but narrowed to only a few specific domains. Accepted as divine servants, the Shay included these new beings into their worship and gave the Originals and their children the edge to turn the battle in their favor. The Immortals became invaluable tools in the war and a decisive victory for the Originals.
It was Anox that struck a fatal blow to the Induk Idalos in one such battle, forcing the ancient spirit to retreat into the planet and relinquish its hold over the world itself. The remaining Verses met their own ends or banishment at the hands of the Originals, their morale broken and their forces scattered.
More Immortals were created and the Originals first began to show the Fractures of their strain, cracks of light like a mirror splintering, upon their flesh. The Shay thrived under the attention of their masters and the Immortals settled into their new roles as stewards of the Original's empire. For a time, there was peace but calamity crept swiftly to eclipse it.
600 Arcs before the Oath
And then came the Shattering. No one understands what caused the Shattering, although many theories exist. Some say that the Originals were betrayed from within, that one of their number avidly deplored their subjugation of Idalos from the powers that held it before. Others say that the injured Induk lashed out through Idalos in one final, decisive blow. Still, others say the Originals overstepped their powers, were too arrogant and paid the price for that hubris. Some suggest a fate altogether worse. The truth of the matter was that the Originals were destroyed, one by one, within moments of each other. The Immortals, children they left behind that were more of Idalos than Emea, are ignorant of the true cause.
The destruction of the Originals washed across Idalos and the Shay all died with their gods. Having connected the race to themselves, the complete destruction of the Originals supposedly wiped the Shay from the face of Idalos. In mourning, the Immortals turned back to the care of the world that had been left behind. The Dragons remained in their floating islands, the last bastion of Verses worship and the Immortals did not feel compelled to chase them. All they had known was lost to them, including the guidance the Originals provided. Many Immortals had been created to service aspects of mortal society and without examples of that domain to fuel their interest or warrant their protection, many Immortals fell into a period of deep depression.
What the Immortals failed to see beneath them as they searched for answers beyond were the humans that spawned from the places the Originals had perished. Beneath the radiance of the Grand Fractures created by their Shattering, Humans were born into reality. The Emean connection the Originals had to the Shay fomented the desire to perpetuate that inventiveness, that ingenuity, that resilience the Originals had come to admire so completely. The Shay and the Humans both inherited the will to create and the freedom to choose. Their connection to Emea made their belief and faith power to the Originals and those of their ilk, just as the Shay’s belief had powered the Originals ages before. Although the humans were only a little like the Shay in appearance, they better resembled the Immortals and the Originals themselves, born from the remnants of the Shay and remade in the images of the Originals now lost from Idalos.
When the Immortals finally became aware of them, the people had begun to build civilizations, like the Shay had done long before, and were building their own legends, ideas, stories.
The Immortals once more had purpose, and the history of New Idalos began.
The Age of the Immortals
500 Arcs before the Oath
The mists of sorrow enveloped the Immortals, each affected by the loss of their creators with little resistance to the bitterness of death. The Immortals had known death came to the residents of Idalos, yes. But their creators were of Emea and their passing was as sudden as it was inexplicable. Their passing overwhelmed the Immortals, crippling most. However, what they did not know, was that the fall of the Originals created the rise of humanity. The Shay were long gone but from the bones of their ruined society came Man, born of dirt and Original power.
Many arcs had past in the world of Idalos before any of the Immortals took notice of mankind, but when they did, fear drove tensions high as they observed the mortal beings. Some of the Immortals were fascinated by the humans; they were thankful for the mortals' existence and for providing purpose to the Immortals. But other Immortals were far from pleased, as mankind had introduced a dangerous new element to their society once more. To some, the memory of the Shay was still fresh and the ways the worship and power it gave had divided even their creators from each other. Some even viewed the mortal scum as the sole reason why their creators shattered. With no clues to understand the Shattering, only the creation of these mortals seemed to coincide with the event. For centuries the Immortals remained divided on the fate of humans, but never enough so that they came to blows. An uneasy peace had settled on Idalos as the mortals began to build their society, but the peace was fragile and did not hold.
It was only when the Immortal, Daia, was slain at the hands of a human did the Immortals reach physical conflict. The weapon used to slay her reached through Emea in a way no weapon before could, mortally wounding her essence, as well as slaying her mortal form. The Immortals, who had thought themselves above danger from humanity, were shaken to their core. Faldrun was among the first of the Immortals to threaten them into submission, commanding his brothers and sisters to rid the human scum from Idalos lest the other Immortals wanted to meet the same fate as Daia. Out of fear, some of them succumbed to his will. Out of noncompliance, others left, choosing to remain silent but observant to the rest. And out of moral obligation and love of the mortals, others rose up against Faldrun. It was then, when wrath and righteousness collided, that their heavenly world began to crumble along with the lands of Idalos and the humans that resided within it.
War was unleashed. Immortal against Immortal, fighting for the existence of a race that provided power and purpose for the Immortals. As they fought, the Immortals quickly realized that no matter how they tried, they could not kill one another. Their creators had made them to support the world they ruled, not to tear it apart. Together they only made each other stronger. Only through pulling out the heart of their brother or sister could an Immortal incapacitate their brethren. As their war entered a stalemate, some Immortals returned to the mortals in order to recruit or coerce their aid. But the long Immortal war had scarred the face of Idalos, which raged, boiled, and withered without the Immortal attention. Without the Verses, who once held order, the Immortals maintained the balance of the world. Among the wreckage of the home they had been tasked to protect, lay the shattered bones of countless humans, sown into the soil by the wrath of their battle.
The Great Restoration
Chamadarst was recruited to facilitate a ceasefire between the Immortal sides. Faldrun stood to represent himself and those who followed, while a small collection of other Immortals came to represent those opposed; Moseke, U'frek, Pier & Pre, Ralaith, Vhalar, and Ziell. Faldrun allowed himself to be talked into a truce, as even he had no wish to watch the world Fei, an Original, so loved turned into an inhospitable wasteland. The Immortals Oathed, with the help of Vhalar, to never again come to open arms against each other in the force they had. Surely, the next time such a war would occur would tear Idalos in two. Instead, they would react through proxies, careful to mitigate possible confrontations with each other in the mutual goal of keeping the world intact. Cassion and Aelig were not present when the accord was struck with the rest of the Immortals and it is not clear whether they chose to enter that vow when they arrived back on the scene. Even the more wild Kata and Syroa agreed that the complete destruction of their only home would lead only to a ruin neither would enjoy long.
Faldrun suggested that humanity be dominated by Immortal rule, subjugated and monitored so that they might never rise up to destroy one of the Immortals again. The fiery king had only adjusted his goals slightly and made it clear no amount of diplomacy would change that. He was granted an area in Northern Idalos to call his own, to build his palace. No Immortal would visit there without making their presence known or risk his breaking of the treaty. While a few Immortals remained loyal to the cause of the Immortal, many others saw the long term control of humanity’s remainder distasteful and ultimately pointless. With free will and intent, humanity would evolve and change beyond what even the Immortals could imagine. The Immortals could not possibly be predicted, not completely, and their freedom would shape Idalos in ways the Originals would have wanted, in ways they allowed the Shay to grow. No Immortal wanted to repeat the same mistakes of the past.
The first term of the Oath was to turn each Immortal to the task of rebuilding Idalos, reviving the world they had nearly destroyed with their infighting. Once the world was restored, they could turn to their own schemes and plans...and many did. During the restoration of the world, some Immortals came upon the places where humans had died in great number and gave them life, learning with the glowing scars that crossed their bodies the measures of their limitations. Accepting it as a risk worth taking, the Immortals who chose to revive the fallen humans found that they came back different, touched uniquely by the power they wielded. So the races of Idalos came to be, grew, and thrived.
The Age of Prophecy
Many arcs have passed since the world’s restoration but still the tensions between Immortals remain in schism. In commemoration of the renewal, Ralaith named the trial of the Oath their Greatest Trial, and began the Idalos calendar. Ziell warned his siblings quietly that the Truce would be threatened after the 700th Arc of the new calendar, that Idalos would see the most change since the renewal in the Arcs to follow. Faldrun rules his humans with a totalitarian fist and proudly preaches his doctrine of control and subjugation to any who will listen, slowly growing his allies. Many believe Faldrun will one trial shatter the truce, pushed to fury by the conviction of his beliefs, and grimly prepare themselves. The war never ended, only came to a truce, and by that Oath Vhalar maintains...an uneasy peace and a war of shadows and mortal servants has taken its place.
The time of change has arrived. Seventeen arcs into the century of change Ziell prophesied. The agents of Immortals roam every corner of Idalos. Their children, the elusive Mortalborn, seek power in greater number than any have existed in history before. Magic, the stolen fragments of the Originals bring new threats to the face of the land, uncontrollable deific power in the hands of mere mortals. Leaders, Heroes, and Villains will be born these Arcs, people who will change the course of Idalos and finally test the limits of Oath, and the future of all.
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