From the Encyclopedia of Atheles, 5695 CE (Common Era)
It has long been the tradition of the Druids to keep a record of the world as the ages pass. During the dark times, the Druidic order suffered and since so few of us wandered the lands, much of our contemporary history has been lost.
The world of Atheles has long suffered in darkness and gloom. Hundreds of years of plague have diminished its inhabitants in both number and spirit. A savage war of generations past ravaged the land with dark magics, and the world has never recovered. Long have the people endured this curse, burdened by the fears of ancient myths and legends.
The kingdoms of old have crumbled, leaving behind city states and large tracts of unclaimed lands. In the East the land is harsh and twisted, the remnants of the dark sorcery that had been used in the Aradan War have left the lands almost uninhabitable, save for small pockets of civilization. In the west, in the wake of the plagues, people had become isolated and exclusive. Fear has driven people to be wary of anyone or anything new. Their superstitions have lead to witch hunts and lynching of those believed to use magic. People have become so down trodden that even their belief in higher powers has fallen to little more than lip service.
But all of that has begun to change in the last 20 years. Children are showing the ability to use magic. Real magic. The elves have started to come out of their forests and having limited interactions with others. The dwarves have begun to trade again, traveling the roads plying their mechanical and trade works. And whispers of dark powers, heroes, and a new dawn have begun to creep into this rain soaked and gray world.
Here I hope to chronicle the events as this new age enters Atheles.
High Druid of the West – Irphazan Adrastia
Year 5695 of the Fourth Age of Atheles
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