Campaign of the Month: January 2015
Skies of Glass
History of Creed
The history of Creed is ancient, complex, and — due to its many wars over the millennia — unfortunately scattered. Thanks to the Loxodon’s Tree of Tales, there are surviving records of Creed’s history stretching back more than 5,000 years, and the Crecian calender in fact marks the first story on the Tree of Tales as year 1 of the current period — putting the current date at year 5133. What came before this period is unknown, but recovered bits of unknown artifice and ancient, unclaimed ruins raise obvious questions as to what came before. While we still have record of events from the earlier millennia of the current period, many of them have been warped by time or are contained within religious texts and are questionable at best. A rough outline of Creed’s believed and known history is below.The Reconstruction Era
- Years 1 to roughly 1000 CE
- The oldest times recorded in modern history. While most of the stories on the Tree of Tales speak in metaphor to some degree, the earliest are particularly enigmatic. The first tale, carved into its very base, speaks of the mystical forging of the great tree, a labor of love for the Loxodons and unknown allies. They wished to keep record of the “tides of time” and felt this tree would stand the best chance against the currents. Brief mention is made of times before, but are noted as “best left to the worms” and never discussed again.
- Most of the records of this era speak of the “young races” of Creed finally coming into their own, noting some as “growing from mere animals to great builders” and others as “creatures out from the shadows and mists,” while yet others are mentioned in both contexts. Many academics and theologians refer to these writings when discussing evolution or divine creation origin theories, though some hold extensive usage of metaphor renders the passages worthless for proper discussion.
- The very few relics uncovered dating back to this era indicate mostly primitive societies, though there is some evidence of fairly rapid advancement. Records of many races do not trace back this far. No indication of mystical or magical skill have been found, though smatterings of tales of supernatural creatures and other beings have been uncovered.
- Roughly years 1000 to 1500
- There are no known records from this time, the largest gap known in the Tree of Tales’ record.
- The few relics uncovered from this era seem war-like in nature, though show a confusing lack of social or technological advancement. Almost nothing would be known of this era if not for references found in scattered proto-religious texts. The few texts uncovered refer to this period as one of an incredible struggle, though each refers to it differently. The elvish texts speak of nature itself rising up to destroy the world, while the avens describe “foes from beyond” – though their stories claim they were yet just birds at this point in history, not yet gifted by the Ancestor.
- Roughly years 1500 to 3500 CE
- Writings on the Tree of Tales resume, although sparsely. Often referred to as the Divine era as many religions appear to have at least their written and organized origin in this time period, if not their absolute origin.
- Religion becomes a dominant force in the world during this era, and many religions claim their deities directly influenced the world or literally walked upon it during this era.
- Many modern civilizations are established during this era, expanding from small cities to large metropolises and expanding into entire nations. Most races faced incredible challenges during this expansionary period — for more details, see Events of The Divine Era.
- Academic institutions are established in many nations near the end of this era and record-keeping improves immensely. Religion, mysticism, and academia begin their complicated love/hate relationship.
- Records and relics both show the a sudden uptick in mystical practices during this era, possibly indicating some began in the Dark era. Progress was made slowly over the course of the era, progressing more rapidly once a mystical academia was established. The greatest spellcasters of this era were capable of some truly heroic feats. The fledgling magic of Chronomancy was discovered shortly before the end of the era.
- Fledgling progress is made in both alchemical and artifice research. Ancient artifice recovered from Northern Alabastra fuels much of the early research, merely trying to reverse-engineer such wonders.
- Roughly years 3500 to 5000 CE
- As the races began rapidly expanding, they began to run into one another’s borders. Unfortunately, the sudden proximity and often vast differences in worldview between the races often provoked numerous political firestorms and often all-out war — for more details, see Events of The Warring Era
- Writings on the Tree of Tales progress at a greater pace, but are often overlooked for the more detailed and straight-forward accounts created by academics during this period.
- As terrible as the wars were for Creed, mystical progress made leaps and bounds during this era. Minor discoveries propagated into major discoveries at substantial speed. The greatest spellcasters of this era were capable of some truly epic feats and more and more became capable of performing the heroic feats that so few could before.
- Advancements in alchemical and artifice research are made regularly throughout this era, both great and small. Research into artifice is hampered significantly by the onset of the Ogre Wars and the desolation of northern Dentyr.
- Chronomancy saw both its rise and fall during this era. Developed rapidly as a tool for rapidly closing wounds, more accurately scrying the past and future, and unleashing devastating temporal assaults, Chronomancers proved to be a valuable power for many nations. Unfortunately, due to the actions of an incredibly powerful and evil chronomancer — stopped only thanks to Kane of The Nine Guardians — chronomancy was banned across all planes and nations in the late 4600’s.
- This era was ended nearing the eve of the fifth millennial celebration, with the collective nations of the world signing a global (albeit, somewhat tenuous) peace treaty.
- Years 5000 to current year, 5133 CE
- The last 132 years have been relatively peaceful between the nations, but the peace is certainly new and decidedly fragile. The constant threat of major natural forces and monstrous beings on the stability of the world remains as great a threat as ever. Political maneuvering is watched carefully.
- International trade is at an all-time high, trade tariffs are at an all-time low, and global economic codependency is growing, something many hope will provide a buffer against any future threat of war.
- Temperament between most races has cooled, though some ancient grudges and dismissive racism still exist — for more details, see Events of The Modern Era.
- Mystic progress continues, but on the whole has slowed. Minor discoveries grow fewer, but major discoveries are still made occasionally. The greatest spellcasters in the world are capable of truly legendary feats, but their numbers are few. More casters than ever are capable of heroic or epic feats, but their numbers have not grown drastically in some centuries.
- Small but significant advancements in alchemical and artifice research are made regularly, though it has been some time since a major breakthrough hit either field.