Mantica

History of Mantica

The Time of Light

The Time of Light refers to a period of Mantica's history, thousands of years ago.  During this time the Elves, Dwarves and the human Grand Republic of Primovantor ruled over a land untroubled by evil creatures. They worshiped the angelic Celestians,
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".  But then he met Elianthora of Primovantor. Her father was the envoy to the Elven city of Therennia Adar, and Calisor fell in love with her, but she resisted him.  
This constant rejection wore him down and he left the city.  He came upon Oskan, one of the younger Celestians, and Calisor told the him of his heartache.  Oskan 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.   Upon completion he was able to persuade Elianthora to gaze into it and 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, the death of one of their children killed by his father, and Calisor's subsequent death.  These visions gave Elianthora such horror that she smashed the mirror, which possessed the essence of the Celestians. 



The God War  

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 their strict 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.
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  

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 invaded, driven south as the world grew colder. 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.  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, The melting of the ice drowned much of the Great Republic of Primovantor and Elvenhome.



The Age of Conflict 

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, Ratkin and other creatures from the abyss threaten the land. Armies of the dead, led by the necromancer Mhorgoth, spread fear everywhere, and an ancient Ophidian Curse threatens to swallow civilized lands.

If, as some say, this is a time of rebirth for Mantica, the midwives are war and strife.
This is the Age of Conflict



To Open the World Gate - UB Campaign fluff By R.G. Allen (Briomahr)

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 as his armies were about to fall and created an army of Elohi to save the cities in return for their pledge to worship the shining ones.  This lead to the creation of Basilea out of the ruins of Primovantor.  He 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.

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