World Building – History of the Ether

1350 AD, the height of the Black Plague, the world is gripped by fear and disease, humanity fears extinction, but then the Cataclysm struck. A massive crystalline asteroid from space strikes the Earth in Eastern Europe. This event can be traced to the introduction of magic into Earth.

The magic infused crystalline asteroid destroyed much of the Earth, sending large portions of the crust into the sky, and they stayed there. The magic holds these large land masses floating in the sky about 10-15,000 ft above the old surface. The introduction of magic altered evolution, leading to the creation of numerous new species of humanoids, animals, planets and monsters. Humans name this new floating realm, The Ether and refer to the ground as Terra, adopting the Ether as their new permanent home, and started a new calendar, the year 1 AC (After Cataclysm).

The people who survived the Cataclysm begin to rebuild their lives and civilizations in the Ether. The majority of people live on 5 major land masses. Each mass evolved and progressed differently, its inhabitants all believing they were the only survivors of the Cataclysm. As the years progress, Magic emerged as the most prominent field of research as people seek to understand its properties, this led to the rise of Mages.

In the 7th century AC, mages and engineers have discovered a way to adapt old Terra ships to the Ether Realm allowing them to fly across through the skies, the birth of Airships. Powered by a combination of early machines, magic, balloons and Spatium Crystals from the asteroid, people began to explore the Ether and travel between islands. In 731 AC, the Guild was founded on the center most island, home to the largest city, Artis. Artis and the Guild operate as an independent, neutral faction that are the hub of science, trade, communication, magic, art and society leading to a Renaissance.

785 AC, on the western land mass, Occidens, the Luctus Regenum was founded. Made up of humans and other humanoid species, the Luctus Rege, lead by the Mourning King, and his 4 loyal noble houses, begin conquering Occidens. After 15 years of war, Occidens has been unified under the Luctus Rege and the Mourning Throne. Now they turn their gaze toward the northern land mass, Flaugunvollr, inhabited by many clans of gruff, viking-like peoples. In the Spring of 801 AC, the Luctus Rege begins their campaign to tame the North. The mountainous terrain, cold weather, and nomadic nature of the clans cause slow progress, dubbed the Aeris War.

During the 6 years of the Aeris War, the city states of the southern land mass, Meridionalis, have condemned the actions of the Luctus Rege, asking the Guild and the clans of the Orientem land mass to help them intervene in the war. Being neutral, the Guild refuses to intervene, the clans of the Orientem ignore the cries of the north and south. Frustrated by the lack of progress in the North and angered by the cries of the south, the Mourning King launches a new campaign on the city states of Meridionalis. In 807 AC, the Luctus Rege begins sieging the lands of the western most city state, Calidi. After 2 years, Calidi surrenders its city and territory.

In 810 AC, the Luctus Rege has marched further east into Meridionalis, and begun sieging the fortress city of Clypeus. Worried the Luctus Rege will never stop, the Guild secretly gathers the strongest of the Ether Realm and forms the Æther Knights. With the secret support of the Guild and an alliance with the Knights of Aquila, the Knights begin fighting back the Luctus Rege. After 3 years of defeat and humiliation, the Mourning King reluctantly agrees to sign the Ether Treaty. In the Treaty, the Luctus Rege get to keep the lands they have conquered, but must reduce their Army to a smaller defensive force, and not engage in further expansion or warfare. Meanwhile the Æther Knights return to their hidden fortress and continue to keep the peace in the realm.

The year is 817 AC, when destiny brings several travelers together, your adventure begins here…

This is a sample of some of the world building I have done for a new world I started working on.  Check back for more, see ya on the other side travelers!!

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