Mantica

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History of Mantica  Edit
The Time of Light  Edit
The Time of Light refers to a period of Mantica's history, thousands of years ago.  During this time, the three great races; Elves, Dwarves and the human Grand Republic of Primovantor ruled over a land untroubled by Orcs and other evil creatures.
The three races were united in their worship of the angelic Celestians.  Little is known of the Celestians, but they gave many gifts to the races.  To Men, they gave the ability of extra-planar travel while the Elves were able to create remarkable works of art and the Dwarves delved great underground cities.
Calisor and Elianthora  Edit
During the Age of Light, Calisor Fenulian was considered to be the greatest mage of all time.  It is said that he could "call the ocean up from its bed, or call the clouds down from the sky".  In many ways, he was the hero of ages; an accomplished artist, statesman, and warrior, until he met Elianthora of Primovantor.
Elianthora's father was Macron, Tribune of Esk and envoy to the Elven city of Therennia Adar.  Calisor instantly fell in love and began to court her.  Not wishing to live in the shadow of such a great Elf, and fearing to die long before he would, she resisted every advance he made.  
This constant rejection began to wear him down and he left the city, wandering the sacred groves outside its borders.  It was here that Calisor chanced upon Oskan, one of the younger Celestians, who enquired as to the Elf's health.
Calisor's response that all was well did not convince Oskan and, eventually, he told the Celestian of his heartache.  Oskan promised to help and told Calisor how to build a magical mirror that would show both the past and the future.  According to Oskan, all Calisor had to do was persuade Elianthora to look into the mirror until the "moment when a golden bird sings."
The construction of the mirror was a long and arduous task. Among the items Calisor needed was the glimmer of the Star of Heaven, the star which was the source of the Celestian's power.
The Fenulian Mirror  Edit
Eventually, Calisor was able to collect all he needed and began construction of the mirror and, upon completion, was able to persuade Elianthora to gaze into it.
At first, she saw exactly what Calisor hoped she would - a life filled with adventure and love with many children and a devoted husband. Wrapped up in the visions they saw, Calisor paid no heed when the sound of bird song was heard.
Too late, he saw the golden bird Oskan had warned him of and the visions turned to those of Elianthora's death and the grief it would cause Calisor. In addition, she also saw the death of one of their children, killed by his father, and Calisor's subsequent death through shame.
These visions distressed Elianthora such much that, in horror, she smashed the mirror, an act that was to have profound consequences for Mantica as it possessed the essence of the Celestians.
The God War  Edit
When Elianthora broke the mirror, the Celestians were also broken.
Those that survived, found themselves divided into two lesser aspects, limited, petty and vengeful. One aspect was 'shining' while the other was 'wicked'. The shining side sprouted many ills through theirstrict morality while the wicked side became an 'anti-pantheon', relishing destruction and bending their talents to cruelty in all forms.
The two sides were opposed and immediately set upon each other, dragging the other races into wars which gripped the world and caused much knowledge to be lost. The Wicked Ones created many races to do their bidding, swelling the ranks of the Abyssal race.
It was only when Domivar the Unyielding, song of Mescator, God of Justice, and Laria, High Consul of Primovantor, fought Oskan, now known as the Father of Lies, that the wars ended. Taking the form of his father, Domivar soared into the sky and wrestled with Oskan, finally seizing Oskan's Black Axe, a terrible weapon forged from the icy cold between the stars.
Taking the weapon, Domivar struck the ground and tore a great rent into the land. Into this Abyss were cast the majority of the evil gods where they were imprisoned. This great effort used up Domivar's spark of divine power and, returning to his mortal form, he died.
The Time of Ice  Edit
The aftermath of The God War was to be felt through out Mantica for thousands of years. Although the world returned to some semblance of what had been, too much had been lost. Many evil creatures now roamed the land and there was, always, the threat of the Abyss.
The ties between the three Noble Peoples were weakened. The Dwarfs blamed the doom that had befallen Mantica upon Elvish pride while the Primovantians began a slow slide into barbarism. Wars became commonplace as Orcs, driven south as the world grew colder, troubled the more temperate lands south. Ice began to spread across the lands, finally bringing Primovantor to its knees.
The last great war took place almost a thousand years ago. The goddess known only as Winter had managed to escape Domivar's prison and, upon being discovered, she unleashed her magic upon the world. For the last time, Elves, Dwarfs and Men united against a common threat in a war that lasted 150 years.
Finally, Valandor the Great, mightiest mage of his time, confronted Winter and defeated her.
However, victory did not come without a price. The melting of the ice inundated much of the world. Gone is the Great Republic of Primovantor and much of Elvenhome.
The Age of Conflict  Edit
A new age has come upon Mantica; an age of war and strife.
Though the ranks of the Gods have been thinned, they still walk the lands. The ties between the three Noble Noble Peoples are broken. Hordes of Orcs, Goblins, Ogres and other creatures from the abyss threaten the land. Armies of the dead, led by the necromancer Mhorgoth, spread fear everywhere.
If, as some say, this is a time of rebirth for Mantica, the midwives are war and strife.
This is the Age of Conflict
HISTORY of mantica


Way back when before all kinds of bad shit happened in the Milky Way Galaxy Mantica, there were three great civilizations. These were the Kingdoms of Elves, the Underlands of the Dwarfs, and the Republic of Primovantor. Apparently there weren't any orcs or demons around and things were good. These three kingdoms also worshiped the same pantheon of gods; the Celestians. The Celestians might have been gods or might have been ancient aliens, no one really knows, but regardless they aided the three great races by guiding them and teaching them to build sweet stuff like great cities and stargates.
So everything was great, but then trouble came to Mantica. High honcho elven mage Calisor Fenulian was busy going on adventures (guess they were still having adventures somehow even though there weren't any monsters around) when he met a beautiful human woman named Elinathora. He tried his best charm check, but that failed, so he went to do what any elf would in such a situation, namely mope around feeling sorry for himself.
While he was wandering around feeling sorry for himself, Calisor happened upon a Celestian named Oskan. Oskan suggested he Calisor create this artifact called the Fenulian Mirror made with god tears and other weird shit. He was sure if Elinathora looked into this mirror everything would work out great, for you see this magical mirror would show her the future. I'm sure nothing bad could come from doing something like that. To be fair, Oskan did give one of those vague, half-assed warnings that gods and elves seem to love giving.
So Calisor went on this epic quest outlined in about a paragraph and made this mirror. He had Elianthora look into it. She saw that they would make a great couple, have great sex, and make a bunch of kids. So far so good. However Calisor had ignored those vague warnings and got so caught watching the show that he didn't turn the thing off when Elianthora died. After her death she saw Calisor banging a bunch of other chicks and mucking up the whole world before finally being killed by his own children. This didn't look good, so she smashed the mirror.
As one would expect who plays these sort of games, smashing the Fenulian Mirror caused reality to start shaking up. Most of the Celestians were killed outright while apocalyptic earthquakes and floods covered the world. A total of 37 Celestians survived, but they were torn in two; a good half and an evil half. These became known as the Shining Ones and Wicked Ones, respectively. The history of Mantica was from then on shaped by these two forces and their allies.

Once The Kingdom of Elves, The Underlands of The Dwarves & The Human Republic of Primovantor lived in peace watched over by the Celestians, beings of immense power who gifted the three races with knowledge and magic. Everything was good and fine until an Elf mage called Calisor wrecked everything by falling in love with a human. Said human rejected him so he moped around until he met a Celestian, who told him the ingredients to make a mirror that could show Elianthora (the human chick) the future. Being a mage that has the power to rise the ocean up and walk through one realm of existence as easily as walking through a room, he got the ingredients pretty quick and when he showed Elianthora the mirror, she saw them falling in love and having loving children and living a life of love and goodness.
Until she saw herself die and then Calisor taking a lot of women to try to replace the memory of her, but when she saw their children kill Calisor, she shat her pants and smashed the mirror. However, it turns out one of the ingredients to make the mirror was a fragment of the star that gave the Celestians their power, and when one part is smashed, ALL of it is smashed. The 37 Celestians that survived were split into two - a shining side and a wicked side, which then fought each other in a giant war. The wicked ones created Orcs and necromancy, while corrupting Elves and humans. Luckily, the shining ones had a half-human/half-shining one, and with the holy power of the Celestians, he created a giant fiery crack in the ground (now called the Abyss) and imprisoned all the wicked ones in. Unfortunately, the wicked ones eventually transformed it into HELL, complete with 9 circles for them and their minions - the Abyss.
The world returned to an uneasy peace, until one of the wicked ones escaped/was never locked up - this one was called Winter, so no surprise what she did, basically, Mantics fluff is based on Frozen. Eventually, though, after 100 years of the world in ice, the races allied together and drove Winter away but, as you know, when ice melts water comes and the world then looked like the Mediterranean sea, now the world is screwed - the floods destroyed the human republic of Primovantor - the largest human faction, the humans have split into various small kingdoms or city-states (the largest being Basilea, a mini republic of Primovantor, except more holy justice of the Shining Ones). Elves are seclusive and their land is slowly turning into deserts. Each day Dwarves lose a hold to goblins and... wait, that's not right, Dwarves are actually expanding under the direction of the Golloch Empire, stretching from the gates of Basilea to the far east. Orcs rampage around with their goblin servants occasionally, though the gobbos make their own tribes. Necromancy abounds, stealing the souls of the bodies used and sending them to the Wicked One Durunjak. Twilight kin, Elves corrupted by the wicked ones, dwell in caverns beneath the great desert, occasionally leaving to raid the other species. The Shining Ones lie in the Koluso mountains, deciding not to interfere with the world.

Notable Celestians
Ariagful
Goddess of the Abyssal Dwarfs. She is said to imbue their weapons and armor with the dark fire that protects them and grants their ironcasters their magical prowess. Her Shining One half is Fulgria and is worshiped by their regular dwarf cousins.
Domivar the Unyielding
A young Celestian and the son of Mescator, God of Justice. Domivar appeared before Bolisean, ruler of the twin cities of Primovantor and the Golden Horn, when that human nation was about to fall for good, and created an army of Elohi to save the cities, which in turn lead to the creation of Basilea out of the ruins of Primovantor as unified mankind. Domivar also slew Oskan in the God War and created the Abyss to imprison 27 of the 37 Wicked Ones loyal to him at the cost of his own life.
Durunjak, Dark God of Death
Durunjak is the Wicked One responsible for the creation of necromancy. He aided the Ophidians in their quest for immortality and it is said that every time a soul is forced from heaven into a necrotic shell of a corpse he laughs in the Abyss.
Eoswain
A Celestian who split in two like the others with the shattering of the Fenulian Mirror. Her Shining One half kept the name Eoswain, while her Wicked One half became known as Zbortan. The two fought throughout the God War before coming to the skies above the Ardovikian Plain at the height of the war. They two fought until both were too weak to fly, resulting in them crashing to the ground below. They left a crag where they hit, although it is unknown if they perished. Some in the League of Rhordia believe that the tremors in their country are the result of their continued battle deep below the surface.
Fotia
A Celestian aligned with Basilea. She was cut in half in battle, half her corpse cradled in the arms of her lover Irdima. Irdima offered a desperate prayer and a miracle took shape. One half became Jullius, Dragon of Heaven, while the other became Samacris, Mother of Phoenixes. Basileans tell this as a parable of love as these newly born Elohi are lovers, but there doesn't seem to be any mention of Irdima after this. Did she become part of Samacris, or did she just get left out in the cold? The world may never know.
Fulgria, Goddess of White Fire
Chief goddess of the dwarfs. Fulgria is said to have blessed dwarfs with the gifts of iron craft and it is she who dwarf warsmiths of the Golloch Empire pray to when imbuing their weapons and armor with runic seals. She is also said to, at times, grant the rare dwarf magic user the ability to wield fire magic. Her Wicked One half is known as Ariagful and is worshiped in turn by the Abyssal Dwarfs.
Garkhan the Black
The Wicked One who created the Orcs. Hilariously his name is misspelled Arkhan the Black in the Orc section of the rule book, but spelled correctly everywhere else he is mentioned. Garkhan was one of the Wicked Ones who served under Oskan, but while his other dark brethren worked at corrupting existing races, Garkhan decided to create his own servant race whole cloth. It only took him 900 days, which seems like pretty good time, to make his own race of orcs. He is also one of the 27 Wicked Ones imprisoned in the Abyss.
Green Lady
Celestian worshiped by the Sylvan Kin. When the Fenulian Mirror was shattered, she actually managed to prevent her being from splitting in two. She found herself unstable though, so she hunted down the nearest Wicked One she could, a goddess named Liliana (no, not that one) and merged her being with her. This keeps her being from seperating, but it also means she has a bad case of split personality disorder. If evil is in dominance near her, she will be in her Shining One aspect. If good is dominance near her, she will be in her Wicked One aspect.
Essentially she is an always adversarial that guy who can't stand to be on the winning side of anything.
Kyron
A Celestian associated with nature. When the Fenulian Mirror was shattered, Kyron split in two like the other Celestians. His Wicked One and Shining One sides both retained the name Kyron, both seeking to continue to watch over the creatures of nature. The wicked half was known to be cunning and cruel, while the shining half was known for his kindness and bravery. It is said the two halves, instead of engaging in physical combat, argued incessantly with one another about the proper way to guide the natural world.
The Wicked One half worked with Garkhan the Black to create the orcs, while the Shining One half rescued the discarded souls of their experiments and formed them into the Herd and the creatures of the Trident Realms of Neritica. Their rivalry eventually led to the two eternally chasing one another through the skies of Mantica, forever locked in a back and forth combat known as the Great Hunt.
Mescator, God of Justice
Father of Domivar the Unyielding and one of the gods who watch over the Basileans.
Oskan, Father of Lies
Instigator of the God War and the one responsible for inspiring Calisor to create the Fenulian Mirror. It is said when he split in two, the Wicked One half of Oskan consumed the Shining One half immediately to increase his power (but wouldn't that make him the same power?) and that he had planned for this eventuality all along. After throwing the world into chaos, he organized many of the Wicked Ones under his command and led them in forming a number of slave races to wage war upon the three great nations.
The God War raged for centuries with Celestians on both sides being slain alongside their various allies. Eventually this culminated in a battle between two armies numbering in the hundreds of thousands. During the course of the battle Oskan faced off against Domivar the Unyielding and Laria, High Consul of Primovantor. As Oskan weakened, he fled into the sky, pursued by Domivar. Domivar slew Oskan, seizing from him his Black Axe, and used it to create the Abyss, a hellish dimension most of the Wicked Ones would eventually be imprisoned within.
Winter
Thousands of years after the God War, an unnatural winter fell upon the land. Elven seers used their foul arts to deduce that a female Wicked One, aptly named Winter, was behind this. An alliance of elf, dwarfs, and humans marched north to fight her. but the war dragged on for 150 years. Eventually she was struck down by Valendor the Great in a magical duel straight out of Magic: The Gathering. Her death however, caused all the glaciers she had formed to melt, flooding half the world and reshaping the map. This was the last major war in the timeline before core rulebook's time frame, so the various nations are often described in terms of how they have fared since this event.