The Age of Dreams
Approx. 500 PT (pre-turmoil) – Birth of the plane, sans intelligent life.
Approx. 450 PT – Humans were introduced into the world, providing much more entertainment for the gods than simple animal life. It took the gods 50 years to design a species similar to them in drive and ambitions, and also intelligence, on a much smaller scale, of course, yet still leave individual human personality simply up to fate. To this day, no one is quite sure how many humans were first made, some claim that it was simply two, and that all people are descended from them, others claim that the gods built a grand ancient city, and populated that with thousands of humans, whom expanded outwards from there.
Approx. 449-400 PT – Introduction of all other intelligent life upon the world. Using the human mold as a sort of guideline, they created variants of humans, thus we get elves, dwarves, gnomes, orcs, goblins…. And the list goes on. As they went, the gods had to increase the number of variables to get different results, and this is where creatures such as mind-flayers, aboleths, beholders, and other intelligent magical beasts, aberrations, humanoids, etc. came into being.
399-300 PT – Life is good, most of the intelligent life hasn’t discovered each other yet, as they’re still learning to fit into their own habitat, there was no need to go exploring. There were a few races that had met, such as surface dwelling dwarves and humans and elves and Halflings… most races that shared terrain or temperament ran across each other, but creatures such as Drow and Cloud Giants for example, had no idea each other existed.
273 PT – Regulus and Chranos, two humans who learned how to tap into the energy of the plane (magic), begin researching and teaching their abilities to anyone who would listen. Being the first of their kind to learn this power, they were respected and revered as royalty. They and their followers began building a massive magic university, where anyone of all races and creeds could come and learn this power. The only rule was that peace remained within the walls of the school, and eventually the town that was built around it.
263 PT – The Magic University is completed and lessons begin. At first people are rather skeptical of this new found power (at least, those that hadn’t seen it with their own eyes) and there weren’t too many students. As word of the school spread and the abilities of the students grew, more and more people began coming to the school.
247 PT – The town of Magios is founded, named for the school at its heart.
242 PT – Regulus and Chranos are elected Lord Magistrates of Magios, and the first mageocracy, and first uniform government is born.
240-200 PT – As the city of Magios grows, so too does its influence on the world. With their new found powers, people are far more confident to explore the darker parts of the world. For the first time, the Underdark is discovered by a surface dweller. That surface dweller was summarily destroyed by an illithid. Unfortunately, no one else on the surface knew where he had gone, so they still had no idea what horrors awaited them under the ground. The illithids now, had no such problems. Consuming the brains of the few unfortunate victims that stumbled upon them, they learned all the secrets of the surface world. Tired of living in the dark, dank bowels of the earth, having seen the beauties of the surface world, they plotted their escape.
200-170 PT – The elder brain of the illithids is developed. Through the concentrated effort of all those powerful minds working together, they are able to create an elder brain, a governing body for all of the illithids.
185 PT – Regulus dies.
177 PT – Chranos dies. With no one of equal power available to step into the place of leadership left open, Arman (a mildly powerful wizard) steps up to take Stewardship over what has now become the unofficial center of the world, until such time as a worthy replacement comes along.
169-165 PT – With the help of the Elder Brain, the illithids begin their subjugation of the powerful beholders, and the less powerful svirfneblin.
160 PT – A young student named Preston is rapidly moving up in the school, showing prowess far beyond anyone else of his age. Arman takes this student under his wing, with the hope that he will be able to become a powerful and wise ruler to take his place, and become the proper Lord Magistrate.
158 PT – Preston is approached by Sarakis, to become her servant and receive power far beyond anything he could achieve on his own. This is an important event for two reasons. One, it marked the beginning of the end for the Magic University, and two, it was the first time the gods had any direct contact with the mortals they created. Up until now they had been content to watch what they had created. Approaching Preston in the guise of the most beautiful 16-year-old girl he had ever seen, Preston could not hope to say no (he was 17 at this time). Sarakis took this form permanently, chose the name Cassandra and became Preston’s lover as well as his source of power.
158-155 PT – Preston’s power soars beyond anything anyone had dreamed. Arman is slightly perturbed by the fact that his increase in power began at nearly the same time as this mysterious girl came into his life, but she appeared ordinary enough, perhaps she was just the motivation he needed to increase his training. Preston moved beyond what he termed the petty tricks of the school, performing true miracles, the likes of which no one had ever seen. He would heal the sick, repair lost limbs; even bring people back from the dead.
154 PT – Preston, at age 21, makes his move to gain the status of Lord Magistrate. He approaches Arman, who tells Preston that he doesn’t think he is ready. Arman tells him that it takes more than mere power to make a good leader. This isn’t something Preston was ready to hear. With his newfound power, and god-lover, he’s not used to hearing no for an answer. He moves in close to Arman, who was trembling terribly before Preston’s power. “Mark my words,” he said. “The throne is mine, and no one, not even you, will stand in my way…” With that, Preston kissed Arman on the forehead and turned and left the room. The next morning, Arman was dead. With Arman being the only one that saw the truth, Preston had no opposition on his path towards the throne.
153 PT – Preston began to realize that Cassandra did not appear to be growing any older, and when he asked her about it, she simply told him that was how she was going to stay, and if he wished, he could remain that way forever as well. Willing to do anything for her, Preston happily obliged. She leaned in and kissed him, hard on the mouth and in doing so, froze the blood in his veins, and stopped his heart, suspending him at the age of 22. When Preston came to, he realized what had happened. Outraged, he moved to strike Cassandra; only too late did he remember that she was a god. As his hand came into contact with her, it froze, and exploded, forever crippling his abilities.
153-150 PT – Preston continues his rule over the Magic University, despite his crippling injury. He abuses his power over the individuals in the school, yet for the school as a whole he does a lot of good work. So, while he is not liked by many people in the school, they can’t deny his abilities, knowledge and insight, brought to bear on matters of philosophy, magic, physical science, etc.
149 PT – The illithids are finally ready to bring their plan into motion, and begin their march upon the Magic University. At this point, there have been survivors from journeys into the underdark, but they haven’t gotten anything conclusive on the illithids, or any of the other creatures for that matter. When the army of aberrations arrived on the door step of the Magic University, many people simply stared in shock and were destroyed where they stood. Others turned and fled. A few stayed to fight. Had there been a concentrated effort on the part of the school, they might have turned the tide of the war. As it was they were utterly routed. The few that survived ran, flew, or teleported back to the school, to tell them what had happened, and to help defend the school itself. When Preston heard the news, he stood up and told his most powerful students, as well as the professors, to follow him, and he moved out towards the entrance. With all of the wizards in tow, he prepared to wipe out the entire illithid army in one stroke. He instructed them all to concentrate, and focus all of their energy on him. He called out from the top of the school to the leader of the illithid army, “This is your final chance, either leave now, or be utterly destroyed!” The illithids had no knowledge of Preston and his god-given powers, and they simply laughed at the idea. K’lat’tak, the leader of the illithid raiding party, replied simply within Preston’s head, “No.” With that, the illithids released a mind blast upon the remaining wizards (whom had never encountered psionics before) so powerful that those whom weren’t killed outright were either unconscious or dazed, and unable to cast spells of any sort. Preston appeared unharmed. This perturbed K’lat’tak, who asked Preston, mentally, “Who are you, that you are unaffected by our most powerful mental attack? Are you truly that powerful, or simply that stupid?” Preston replied, “Powerful,” and released his own attack at the psyche of K’lat’tak, crushing his will. K’lat’tak simply fell to his knees, and to the ground, dead. Unfortunately, by giving such power to Preston, Sarakis exposed her little pet to the other gods, and also the fact that she broke the non-intervention pact, between all of the gods. With their leader killed so easily, the illithids retreated, stopping only to gather a few of their original victims on the outskirts of town as slaves.
149-145 PT – Preston’s condition worsens, and he begins to feel this hunger that he doesn’t know how to feed… it eventually begins to drive him to the point of madness. One morning when Preston is clawing at his own skin, using the pain to hold back the madness, Cassandra brings to him a young student, about 9 years old, named Kalli. She’s frightened and worried, and when she sees the madness in Preston’s eyes, she begins to cry. “Don’t cry young Kalli, I don’t intend to hurt you…” Preston begins. Cassandra pulls back Kalli’s hair, exposing the soft flesh of her neck, and Preston can no longer contain himself. His eyes turn blood-red and he attacks Kalli, so fast she doesn’t even have time to scream. He gorges himself of her blood, sucking her dry. When he is finished, and the bloodlust subsides, he looks up to Cassandra, and bursts into tears. “What have I done!?” he exclaims. “You have paid your price. Never forget that it is I that grant you your powers, and it is I to whom you must swear your allegiance. I have given you a powerful gift, made you something more than a mere human. For that, there is a price: the thirst. You will never be able to quench it, it will always be at the back of your mind, and if you cannot feed, it will drive you mad. In time you will come to love it.” With that, Cassandra turn and left, walked out of the castle never to return. Rumors begin to spread that the school was haunted, with ghastly killings of people sucked completely dry of blood and soon people start leaving the school by the hundreds. When the killings begin to spread to the rest of the town, people begin leaving by the thousands. By 145 PT, the town is a ghost town, leaving Preston alone with his thirst. And the school of magic is no more.
145-0 PT – The gods, with the non-interference pact having been broken, begin to make their presence known on Melekar. At first the try to appear to humans (and other races, they all have their favorites) directly, but they found that the fragile mortal intellect was rarely capable of encountering a god. So they would watch and wait until a person of suitable temperament, character, and spirit would come along, and they would make themselves known to that person, making them their clerics, who would spread their word, their law to the rest of their kind. Some people would choose to follow, and some would not. At first, when people denounced a god, said no to be their followers, some of the gods got angry, and would retaliate, which usually ended in the death of the mortals. As can be imagined, that would have an adverse effect on others interested in taking up that religion. So eventually, the gods realized that a series of positive reinforcements, gifts, if you will, was a much more effective way to win the hearts of the people. By around the time of The Turmoil, everyone knew of the gods, and most chose to follow some god or another, at least in word, if not in deed.