A Brief History of the World
The country of Artedin originally just shared island territory with the country of Katerbreen. Easy allies, the two had no border conflicts and lived in peace with each other. Then came the expansion: while both countries will claim to have discovered the “new land” first, they maintained their peace while they explored and claimed new lands. When the dust had settled, Artedin had claimed a vast territory and Katerbreen had claimed a place hidden behind a mountain range. Along the coast, a new country called Kolmorol was born, made up of people who took an interest in art and beauty over conquests and expansion.
Not much history has survived from that time when the countries were just forming. What does remain are confused accounts that refer to the gods by synonym (such as the God of Truth being referred to sometimes as the “god of clarity”) and seem to describe that at one time the Nomads were just a normal people without any genetic gifts or a lust for blood and savagery. It seems that some explorers just wanted to keep exploring rather than settle down, and grew an unhealthy attraction to the God of Blood in the process. This was the first of the splintering of the people, if tales are to be believed.
There was even a peace with Necromancers, who lived in or roamed between all of the countries peacefully, living their lives as ordinary citizens with an extraordinary gift over the dead.
But peace could not last for long. Artedin split: those who had been expanding decided to form their own country, birthing the fledgling Daulurrak and a bloody war as Artedin did not want to let go of its land or power. Many people, including Necromancers, joined the fight. It was a long and bloody war which claimed many lives, and was the reason Necromancers were cast out of Daulurrak in the end, even though they had helped win the war.
The history books are unclear, as while magic is well documented the accounts are still too fantastic to be credited easily: according to legend, a Necromancer from Daulurrak who was present at the final battle resurrected the enemy to keep fighting. No one knows what the motives were, as the Necromancer himself had almost lost his life in the battle against the Artedin forces, but that battle was prolonged for the actions and claimed more Daulurrak lives. To the people of Daulurrak, it was an unforgiveable offense and lost the Necromancers any trust that they once had or would ever have again. Because of the danger of the powers Necromancers wield, a law was enacted that allowed Necromancers to be killed on sight if recognized and Daulurrak started burning rather than burying its dead.
Artedin’s expansion was understandably delayed due to the war with this new country, and Daulurrak was too busy fighting to claim much more open land. Thus by the time either of the two feuding countries realized what was happening, Doanlec was formed and full of Nomadic people that Katerbreen was content to let run amok on the other side of the mountain.
Now, having just come from a peace with Doanlec that was shattered after only three years, Daulurrak finds itself looking to another war, one that may just prove bloodier than its origins and people championed by two dark gods that it has considered a stain on the pantheon for nearly its entire history.; it may just be time to trust that old grudges have been forgotten and partner with its parent country to survive what is to come.