History of the World
In the beginning there were no gods, no men, no crime. There was only the immortal elves. The elves had existed for as long as the eldest of them could remember and their world had reached a state of utopia. Each elf had lived thousands of years and were masters of blade, song, and bow. The most powerful and most learned among them discovered the arcane arts and sought to empower their people further.
While no force from their world could threaten them, invaders from other realities seemed almost desperate at time to invade theirs. By necessity the elves increased their master of the art and of the blade. It was only a matter of time before they were destroyed from within or outside.
The elves desperate to increase their against their persistent invaders sought a new source of power and they found it. They found a God. It wasn’t like the gods worshiped in the kingdoms nowadays though. Its power was unlike anything ever experienced by the world and not experienced since. It shattered the world but the elven magics shattered it into 4 powerful spirits and weakened the barrier between realities.
The Scorched Lands of the East, The Howling Lands of the North, The Bountiful Lands of the West, and The Drowned Lands of the South formed from the shattering. Spirits flocked to see and live with this new elemental lords. The weakening of barriers was only a temperately thing and when the barrier was restored the spirits were forced into full physical bodies.
The beast spirits were the most numerous of the ones to cross. The more intelligent spirits were afraid to leave behind what they knew. The beasts concentrated themselves in the central land mass where the Elder God had once dwelt. The intelligent spirits unable to live without some semblance of society dwelt among the remnants of the elves for a time before spreading to the East, West, and North Lands. These spirits became the races that inhabit our lands today.
Their peace was short lived however, the bestial races unaccustomed to the desires of the flesh declared war on the more civilized. They gave into their blood lust and thew themselves time and time again in to the organized armies of the new humanoids. The Humans today made up the bulk of this army and suffered greatly. The beasts may have not had the skills of the human but made up for it with numbers and savagery.
The war ended with the humanoid races driving back the beasts but both sides had suffered greatly. Most bestial races were driven from the main continents. Those that weren’t are watched constantly.
History of the Western Continent
During a Pivotal moment of the Beast War King Kelvoras is slain by the Orcish champion Jamargar, Bloody Hand of the Warlord Varharan. The sky was torn by the cries of Dialia, the King’s mistress, and in her fury she cursed the orcs, declaring that for a thousand years nothing would survive in their footsteps. Though her countenance was terrible, many orcs actually took this as a blessing or at least a prophecy – that no enemy could withstand their passing. It was only later that the true implication became clear.
The rapid and total desertification of The Orclands ceases at the borders. The land has been forever scarred by the wrath of Dialia, and the orc population has collapsed. Where once was a crude but numerous nation, there now remain only straggly clusters of survivors who huddle in caves and kill each other over the limited food supplies (and mating prospects).
There is still no such thing as an orc nation; those days are long past. But all travel within 100 miles of the sands of The Orclands has gradually become dangerous again. There are whispers of tiny groups of orcs overcoming veteran patrols, supposedly with terrifying ease. Around this era come the first reports of an orc burning down a whole village. One orc.