In ages past, men, dwarves, and elves lived in great kingdoms in the
east. Further east, and extending far to the north and the south, was
an impenetrable mountain range, known only as "The Barrier". For many
hundreds of years, these people strove to climb the barrier, but to no
avail, and they were without hope.
Legend has it that a great ranger, whose name has been lost to time, did
make it across the barrier. On the other side, he found that the world
he knew was floating upon a great sea. It was not an ocean of water,
as we know it, but a vast expanse of chaos. On a whim, he drank from
the sea, and was forever changed. He was immortal.
These events ended the first age of the world, the Age of Discovery.
At that first sip from the Sea of Immortality, the great beasts and
titans that lived within the mountains surrounding and guarding this
chaos awoke. They descended upon and destroyed the kingdoms and empires
of the east. All who opposed them were slain. The people were forced to
flee into the western land, a great peninsula extending out into the
ocean. After many years, the creatures of chaos returned to their lairs
within the border, to guard the sea of immortality.
In the east, the civilizations were rebuilt. Now, however, the people
knew of the possibility of immortality. Everyone wanted to be immortal.
This period of time is known as the Age of Greed. Great sages built
great machines to cross the barrier underwater. Magicians experimented
with flight. Other, more rugged adventurers took the more old fashioned
approach, and attempted to scale the mountains.
Only one group of adventurers was successful. A brave warrior named U
Po Kyin led a band of travelers far to the north and east and climbed
the barrier, drank from the sea of immortality and returned, unscathed.
U Po Kyin's success ended the Age of Greed and began the third age of
the world. This is a time where greed and fear has dominated the way
most people think and act. Immortals from the first and second ages rule
powerful kingdoms and war with each other, costing the lives of many
thousands. Trust is a thing of the past. This is the...
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