A brief history…
To properly function in Volumina in its current state, it is important to understand how it came to be this way. Below is an introduction to the history of the world, pieced by what could be salvaged and understood.
As told by the halfling folklorists. Mankind originally walked the world in small bands; tribes of hunters. Nomadic by nature, they roamed the land, fighting and trading with one another. They met the halflings in the hills, and were astonished by their wisdom. The races became friends, as the halflings taught them many a thing about farming and nature.
But the halfling sages saw a violence in their human friends, and wanted to remove it. In secret, they spent decades working on a ritual to do just that. When finally it was completed and performed, a great beacon of light shot forth from the planet, and men everywhere were separated from their fouler side. This foulness took form as what was to be known as goblinkind.
Man grew wiser and more intelligent, forming the first villages and societies. But the goblins acted as savages, fighting and taking as they pleased. Even the more docile of them were rude and unable to grasp the concepts of culture. Eventually, mankind ceased tolerating the goblins, and fought back.
But the goblins bred fast, and became more savage and monstrous at an alarming pace. The orcs were born from this goblinkind evolution. The halflings retreated into the hills to escape the chaos of the surface.
The elvenkind came from the sky, summoned by the great beacon, and the year would be marked E1.
The elves took keen interest in man, and took him under their powerful protection. They wielded true magic; the first the world had ever seen, and they shared it with man. Together, they organized into kingdoms and beat back the orcs with amazing ease. Even the most aggressive of goblinkind were no match for their magical prowess, and they retreated deep into the mountains of the world. The smaller, tamer goblins were accepted into human/elf society as slaves and servants. The halflings came back out of the hills.
The Golden Age (Circa E50)
The elves and humans built grand cities and monuments to magic. The halflings, who were once the friends of mankind, were discriminated against by the humans who now thought them simple. The great kingdoms spread across the entirety of Volumina. Wealth was in abundance and peace was the way of the land. Magic was incorporated into all aspects of life.
The Ungracening (Circa E440)
The elves began to change. They became less intelligent and lost their elegance. Most shockingly, their affinity for magic vanished almost entirely. The cause is still recorded as unknown. The humans had become egotistical and prideful in the years of The Golden Age, and would not accept this change in their idols founders. Those who had been considered “infected” were gathered into neighborhoods to avoid the downfall of the whole race. Some human mages conducted intensive studies on the segregated elves.
It became clear there was no reversing the changes, and the elves felt themselves tortured and captured by the humans. Jaded and angry, they left the great cities to settle the forests.
Without the elves to check and balance them, man took control. Halflings and goblinkind within their cities slowly lost all rights, and slavery became an increasingly popular trend. Man’s grasp on magic began to wane.
In the year E473, the ground erupted and short bearded men attacked the kingdoms of man, claiming vengeance for the planet. They commanded great machines and technology the likes of which had not been seen. But even without elven influence man’s magic was strong, and they defeated the creatures known as earthkind, or dwarves, in a short war. In their pride, man destroyed all traces of dwarven technology they could find, and forced the race into the harshest of slavery.
The Fall (E519)
Each year man found itself with fewer teachers of the arcane. Their magic was becoming less powerful, and less knew how to wield it.
During this time of weakness, the orcs, which had not been seen for hundred of years, reemerged from the mountains. Their ranks were massive, and bolstered by new evolutions of their kind that were more horrific than anything seen before the Golden Age. Full on war erupted between man and orc. Many years of this ensued, with man’s grasp on magic increasingly slipping.
E526: The Great Slave Revolt. The dwarves, halflings, and goblins banded together to rise against man in their weakest hour. Man could not fight a war on the inside as well as the out, and eventually fell to the orc forces. The slaves scattered. Mankind abandoned their cities, which became inhabited by the orc conquerors.
The Dark Ages
The orcs, in their brief rule, enforced a new calender, starting on year O1. While they forced a coherent society for a short while, in the year O3, many orcs, including all of their leaders, mysteriously vanished. The orcs began massive infighting, and their rule quickly crumbled. The cities became battlegrounds for petty squabbles.
The humans had lost most of their magic touch, few living teachers existing to pass on the secrets to even fewer students. Mankind no longer trusted the arcane. They turned inwards, seeking power from the human spirit. Meditation replaced research, and their patience manifested itself as a new kind of power. Magic was rejected from society.
O300: Current day.
- The humans have adjusted themselves in a number of smaller settlements and gatherings, as to not attract too much attention from bands of warring orcs.
- The halflings have returned to their hills, but have begun to intermingle with the human cities once more as equals.
- The elves live in almost complete seclusion in the deep forests. Few adventure out of the trees, and few outsiders who venture in are ever seen again.
- The dwarves travel the world in nomadic bands, seeking remnants of their lost technologies, and a way back home into the planet.
- The goblins, having evaded wrath from orc rule, have established themselves as a race of wandering traders and merchants. Though still looked at in disgust, the services they offer are undeniably valuable.
The grand cities of the Golden Age lay in complete ruin. Most of the planet’s collective wealth has been lost. Mankind has just again begun to reconstruct itself. The chance for personal fortune has never been higher. Adventuring is common, and the world is fresh.