The History of Archadia as according to Black Fang, the Head Arknai of the Society of Dragons. Published for the benefit of all the inhabitants thereof.
Note: I, Black Fang, Head Arknai of the Society of Dragons, have been felt impressed to write and then distribute an abridged history of Archadia, the world in which we now reside. I have attained my sources from both written accounts and also consultations with that of the elder members Mystic Tribes and also through magical divination and experimentation. This may or may not be an accurate depiction of the events of Archadia, but it is as accurate as can be ascertained with present knowledge and magical abilities. I swear that it is written by my own talon and not by that of those who would wish to disrupt the coming forth of essential knowledge.
Chapter 1: The Formation of Archadia
As far as can be best attested, Archadia is approximately 350,000 years old, but could be older. It started out as a collection of unorganized matter floating in the reaches of the void. A group of dimensional plane walkers known as the Greeshians (better known in mythology as Titans), came looking for a new world to settle and ultimately created Archadia.
The origins of the Greeshians are unclear because they came into our plane from a different dimension and so I cannot extend my vision to them; however, from their history and dealings here, their origins could be deduced inaccurately. Because this history is supposed to be free from as many errors as possible, I will just quickly create a hypothetical for their origins.
From their interactions with the Lorik Dragons (to be further explained in the next chapter), we could assume that they were a warrior people. The Greeshians were probably banished from their own plain for being too powerful and manipulative as well as blood thirsty. When they came to our plane there were only about 6 of them. The rest of their kind probably are scattered through all the dimensions and are called by different names.
When the original 6 came, they found the matter that would soon form our home, and used spells unbeknownst to any modern magic user or ancient magic scholar in order to form what they called Archadia, after their old home. It was found in a stone on Mount Everstine, written in their ancient script, that their home plane was nearly destroyed in a cataclysmic event and they were scattered. They wanted some semblance of home and called their new world and the surrounding dimension after their home. The authentication of the stone is accurate and now resides in the private library of the Head Arknai. Shortly forming the world, they soon reshaped the land scape to better fit their likings, and also formed the current volcano of Mount Everstine and made the surrounding continent their homeland and soon populated their homeworld.
Chapter 2: The Greeshians and the Lorik Dragons
After about 2,500 years of peace and prosperity upon their new world, the Greeshian population multiplied and filled the continent which they named “Greeshia”, which is where their names originally came from, for before they were indeed called Titans but abandoned the title. Their solace in the world was soon to be short lived. The Lorik Dragons came from their own dimension and came to live in Archadia.
From what can be told about the Lorik Dragons, is that they had a similar experience as the Greeshians and were just as powerful. The biggest difference between the two, however, is that the Lorik Dragons purposefully separated themselves to populate multiple dimensions that were already colonized by another race. The precedent of those other dimensions is that they will eventually assimilate with the local races and create the diverse forms of dragons that populate the multiverse.
They were not welcomed with open arms by the civilization of the Greeshians, and as such the Lorik Dragons had to reside on a different Continent in order to not be wiped out by the superior numbers and military might of the Greeshians. They called their continent Loria, after their own home world. After about two centuries the Greeshians finally travel across the ocean to see what the Lorik Dragons were up to.
They discovered that they had created their own country with a military. They also found that the Lorik Dragons populated their lands at an alarming rate and as such the two factions would war in a series of engagements that would never truly end.
Within the first 1,000 years of the Lorik Dragons Arriving, the first 500 major conflicts had happened and there was arising a new species upon the planet. The Lorik Dragons Descendants and the Greeshian Descendants were slowly growing sick of the wars that their fathers had been fighting and lived on their own continent that was uninhabited. They didn’t name it, but was called by both the Lorik Dragon and Greeshian societies alike “Junkast”. The resulting mingling of the two races on Junkast created the new species of Dragons called Greeshian Dragons, taking the powers of the Greeshians and adding it to that of the Lorik Dragons.
At 4,000 years after the founding of Archadia, the Lorik Dragons and the Greeshians were still entangled in a massive war for dominance while the Greeshian Dragons continued to develop their own society and also their own powers and perceptions. There was already a change happening among the Greeshian Dragons, probably because of the amount of magic that was being released in the conflict that was starting to change the world forever.
So at exactly 10,000 years after the creation of Archadia, the Greeshians and Lorik Dragons were preparing for the final battle to be held at the base of Mount Everstine, which was then called Mount Hishban. Simultaneously, the last of what we call the Greeshian Dragons have died out, and the new Archadian Dragons emerging. These dragons saw the conflict between their ancestors and found it deplorable. With their grander powers, they put an end to the conflict and inevitably wiped out both the Greeshians and the Lorik Dragons. Finding their new powers atrocious, yet intriguing, the Archadian Dragons, which they had named themselves, reformed much of the landscape. However, as with every instance of great power, two sides would form.
Chapter 3: The Titanic Shift
At about 11,000 years after the creation of Archadia, an event happened that would splinter the Archadian Dragons and set off a series of events that would give rise to our current age.
Even with current spells and archaeological evidence being dredged up, it is unclear what this Titanic Shift truly was. The best theory, though, would be the Greeshians had left a little present from their deaths. An unbeknownst spell that was laid at the foundation of the world that would destroy it after the last of the Greeshians was to have perished.
The Archadian Dragons found out almost too late. The world was tearing asunder. As such, a small group of their most skilled sorcerers came together and held the world together. The result of it, though, was the loss of their lives, and the leadership of the civilization.
When the 6 ended the Titanic Shift, disputes came about as to best handle their immense powers. One group wanted to keep the world as a haven for their future creations and have a minimalistic impact on them. The other, adversely, wanted to create slaves that would help them conquer other worlds in the dimensions, for they had grown power-hungry. Thus the two split into two different orders on two different continents. The Mysticalyn Order and Dreaglan Order, the former wanting to be guardians while the latter conquerors.
Chapter 4: Beginning of Creation
The members of the Mysticalyn Order grew some specific characteristics because of their mindset. We will call these 12,000 years before the New Archadian Order, They developed and became what is known as the Elemental Dragons, or Noble Dragons as mythology calls them. Conversely, the Dreaglan Order developed dark and devastating powers. They renamed themselves the Apocalyptic Dragons, or the Doom Dragons as mythology knows them as.
At about 10,000 YBNA, the Elemental Dragons created the first race. This race was created from the energies for the Moon, and as such was granted the same longevity as their creators. Unlike most creations by dragons, they had no draconic characteristics whatsoever. They are what we call now the Mysticals, but their original name was the Everivians. They had lesser power than the Elemental Dragons, and sadly had to restore their magical powers through the aid of the moon, but they were indeed a powerful race. They revered their creators and loved them.
About 100 years later, the Apocalyptic Dragons made their own creations. Unlike the Elemental Dragons, they made their creations solely from their own power. They are what we call Demons, but were named then Dreagons. They were similar to the Everivians in such they were humanoid and held great magical power. However, they had wings, claws and tails as those of their creators. They also had their souls in what is called a soulstone, which gave them increased magical power, but the inability to easily pro-create. They put these soulstones on staffs. Their powers are derived the same darkness and destructiveness as their creators. Thus this started the conflict and natural volatility of the Everivians and the Dreagons.
Chapter 5: The Armestian War
Within short time, at about 7,000 YBNA, the Humans and Uronocs were created as well to aid their creations. The humans haven’t changed since their creation, except for their mythologies. The Uronocs were created by the Apocalyptic Dragons in order to bolster the ranks of their own creations. Uronocs were created for war. They stood at 7 feet tall easily. They also more closely resembled their creators, but had only one eye. They also had multiple stages of maturity, but had no gender and thus did not reproduce the normal way that the other three creations could.
After long periods of population boom, and in the case of the Apocalyptic Dragons, military growth, the two factions became uneasy with each other. At 500 YBNA, the Apocalyptic Dragons forcibly reformed the planet once again. They took their continent and smashed it into the others, thus making the Unchartable Mountains as we know them now. This sparked the battle of Armestia, a major city filled with Everivians and Humans. This sparked what is known as the Armestian War.
Despite being caught off-guard, the Elemental Dragons and their creations quickly got ready for war, with much thanks to the humans. (I must also note that the Uronocs have no magical ability and rely only on strength and numbers. The humans, conversely, have both magical potential and crafting which set them apart much more.) The humans created great machines of war. I can’t even recount the number of spears crafted, the swords and armors forged, nor of their quality. It is truly a long lost art. This was total war, unlike the Greeshian Wars before; this one was apparently the war for dominance. It would not end until one or both sides were wiped out. The Mysticalyn Ranks were number far fewer than the Dreaglan Ranks. And at the beginning, prospects were not in their favor.
At 4 YBNA, the leader of the Dreagons mysteriously vanished, along with hundreds of Uronoc Eggs. The Leader of the Apocalyptic Dragons also mysteriously died. It was assumed that the raid in the mountains had killed them all. Nevertheless, this was a major turning point in the Armestian War.
At 2 YBNA came the last major battle of the Armestian War. They chose the plains, in what is now called Imonia among the humans, as the final battling place. 50 dragons from each side along with every able bodied being came to battle that would last for 5 weeks. IN the end, only 4 Elemental Dragons survived and only 5 Everivians and 10 Humans, The opposing side was completely and utterly wasted. Some indications, though, point to that some Dreagons and Uronocs survived, but were subsequently banished to other realms and soon died out there.
Chapter 6: The New Archadian Order
With the end of the Armestian War also came a new order of things, Firstly, the Elemental Dragons decided to separate the remaining Humans and Everivians by putting them both in the western most part of the super continent made during the war. They put humanity by the mountains, and the Everivians in the Mystic Forest, hence their new name of Mysticals.
At about 10 NA, the remaining four Elemental Dragons became the Four Dragon Gods as we know them today. They are Histan, Dragon of Fire, Junkast, Dragon of Earth, Jira, Dragoness of Water, and Helia, Dragoness of Air; two males and two females. They looked over humanity and the mysticals for centuries to come.
At about 200 NA, the Four Dragon Gods were saddened by the slow progress of reproduction among the Mysticals and Humans, and as such gave humanity the gift of Creation. This was a temporary gift and was more of a spell. It allowed the humans to unwittingly create new creatures and new beings as well as diseases. From their dreams, the humans created the Orcs, Trolls, Goblins, Dragons, lycanthropy, vampirism, basilisks, sea serpents, and all manner of life. Eventually, the tribal human system discovered their new ability and as such created two new races from conscious effort: First sprung forth the Elves. Lithe and strong, they were the allies of the humans. They stood at the same height and even had the same desires and goals. However, they tended to live longer than the humans and worked very well with wood. Next were the Dwarves. Stout and sturdy, they were also the allies of the humans. They stood much shorter than the elves and humans. They worked wonders in both metal and medicine. However, they could become adept fighters, if it came to it.
From this, the Humans thought of the idea of a magical ruler of the world of Archadia in order to work with the dragon gods for the welfare of the people. However, Jira thought that the humans were not mature enough and convinced her brethren and they set into motion a trial. They crafted a scenario and created a prophecy for who the ruler would be. Once crafted and written, they placed it in the care of the Mysticals. The humans, who were in a tribal state at the time, had decided to come together and rise up a royal family.
The Dragon Gods felt that this was a step in the correct direction and blessed the royal bloodline with a special birthmark. It was a brown crown that would be on the chest of all members of the family that were to inherit the throne. Thus their prophetic makings would be furthered.
Unbeknownst to the Elemental Dragons, there was a man named Myln whom had discovered some of the soul stones that were left over from the Armestian war. The man decided to name them ‘moon gems’ and crafted fine jewelry from them. He accidentally found out their properties and the ability to store the souls of living beings through the help of a human magician.
One day, he became the first human to have seen a Mystical since the end of the Armestian War. For some strange reason, he grew jealous of the beings, knowing from legend about their prowess and immortality. He in his anger created a Black Mystical. These foul beings are the exact opposite of the Mysticals. They gain their magic from a new moon instead of the full moon, thus re-creating the same dark magical energies of the Dreagons. They, however, don’t have as long of lives as either Dreagons or Mysticals. Only 500 years or so, if they don’t kill each other that is.
The new being called himself after his creator, Myln. From there he influenced him to separate humans from their counterparts whom spoke in the same language of Mystic, and created a new language as well as writing system. The later generations of humans who would adopt this language would call it Myln, after its creator. Then the Black Mystical would corrupt his mind into creating from the left over soul stones what would be known as the Three Rings of Myln. The first was the Ring of Souls, it had the capacity to steal the soul out of another living being, and then the wearer of the ring would then have complete dominance over the soulless being. The second ring was the Ring of Fire. In conjunction with the Ring of Souls, it would burn and torment the soul that was placed into it, eventually leaving nothing left of the being. The last ring was the Ring of Darkness. This one is probably the most deplorable ring of the three. If the wearer is not dark in heart, then the ring would corrupt its host. It also went in conjunction with the Ring of Souls to corrupt any soul within it. The longer a soul was in it, the more corrupted they’d become until that soul would be released of its own accord and became a shadow-weaver, dark horrible creatures that feast on other beings souls.
When this was done with the help of the dark magic of the Black Mystic, he took the rings and fled from Myln’s humble abode and incited more humans to create more of the foul Black Mystics, who then in turn fled with him into the forest until they found their own spot and grew their own kingdom.
Myln found upon waking the next morning that the rings were gone, and that Myln the Black Mystic had left as well. He soon grew out of this corrupted state and realized what he had created and unleashed. He had already submitted the language to the royal family, who had adopted the language for the new language of the Humans, Elves and Dwarves. As such, he took the Moon Gem jewelry that he had and took it to the Mysticals and offered them as gifts to them. The Sam Tribe, or the leaders of the Mystics, thanked him and allowed him to live among them. He died peacefully decades later.
At about 550 NA, the Dragon Gods found the Black Mystics thriving in the southern part of the continent and grew furious. They took the spell from off the humans that allowed them to create; convinced that they had abused it and would abuse it again in the future if they so choose to. The humans knew this right away and grew furious, and allied themselves with the Black Mystics and formed a whole kingdom called Everstine and plotted on how to exact revenge on their creators.
This first Black Mystic Myln was very influential in this process and as such found a whole, unbroken Soul Stone that used to belong to a Dreagon Mage. He took and altered it so that it would be able to imprison not only soul, but body as well. He then gave it to his son before his passing.
At 1,027 NA, this alliance made an assault on Mount Everstine where the Elemental Dragons were residing. Unwilling to utterly annihilate their creations known as Humans, they set into motion a spell upon the royal family, and changed the birthmark to include all members of the royal family. They then weaved a spell that would only come to fruition during the greatest time of need for a unified leadership of both Human and Mystics. They then willingly became the sacrifice and got trapped into what is called today “The Orb of Dragons”. The humans and Black Mystics then cheered and celebrated that night. However, unbeknownst to them, the Mystics grieved for they know the Dragon Gods, and they took the orb and hid it in a cavern deep within their territory, and then they gave a copy of their book to the Humans and hid up the other with a Shaman guardian of the Mysticals that would keep it safe and had him hide among the dragons.
The Mystics new that the only way to release them was to obtain both Black Mystic and Mystic powers, but there was no being that could do that, except for the future prophesied one, the one that would release the Dragon Gods from their Prison and become the Magical Ruler of Archadia.
The humans upon receiving and reading the prophecy, for they still knew Mystic, grew sorrowful and then tried to copy down the prophecy. However, half-way through the transcription, the book was destroyed by the Black Mystics, thankful for the fact that the Dragon Gods were gone. The humans, furious, sent the Black Mystics back to their corner of the continent.
Chapter 7: The Age without the Dragon Gods
The following years, counted as the ADG, would be filled with turmoil, sorrow, warfare, and bloodshed. The Dragons would unite as a race and form the Dragon Society based on a Caste system. The leaders would be the Arknai, the Dracos would be the normal caste, and the Outlaws and Banish-ees would become known as the Dreknals. And now, at the Year 7,500ADG, I make and end of this record, for the finer details would prove to be too long in the 7,500 years in between the banishing of the gods and the writing of a compiled history. So to whom it may concern, read and be filled, knowing that the Shaman now lives with me, and that the record of the prophecy which he holds I also hold dear to my heart. And that the many kingdoms upon the face of Archadia will one day be re-united with their makers in bliss and happiness for the lengthy reign of the Prophesied One.