Taken from the pages of the Great Library :
“1465 AW – The seeds of rebellion are sown. Agents from the 5 major countries (excluding the imperial throne) meet in Iasen to begin preparation for the assassination of the emperor and the fall of the empire. Unfortunately, there is plotting and scheming among the rebels as well.
1500 AW The planted rebel cells in the various imperial occupied countries strike simultaneously on The Day of Blood. Due to the infighting and scheming between the nations, nearly all the agents and soldiers involved in the rebel strike are killed or incapacitated, along with all the imperials. All in all, nearly 12,000,000 men died on this day, crippling the empire and wounding all the nations in the process.
1503 AW/1 AE (After Empire) The country of Amrush has begun to be divided into 5 smaller countries, Hellione being divided into two countries by powerful political and military leaders trying to capitalize on the Day of Blood and carve out a place for themselves.
12 AE Borders have been drawn and a tentative peace is established among the 7 fledgling nations trying to recover from years of guerilla warfare, treachery, and betrayal from enemies and allies alike. All the other nations are still licking their wounds from the Day of Blood and adjusting to life outside imperial rule and have no choice but to let the imperial continent restructure itself, knowing that it cannot rise to its previous power.”
Accounts vary, but some say that as much as 30% of the worlds population were killed in a single night, in horrible violence. That kind of pain and suffering takes it’s toll on the world. Hundreds of thousands more died from starvation as harvests were left to rot as there was no one to do the harvesting. Worse still were the legions of wandering revenants unable to go to their final rest, until their tasks that have been long forgotten, even by themselves have been completed. The world became a dark and dangerous place, drenched in blood. Some say that the undead even now outnumber the living, but that is (hopefully) just a story told to children to get them to behave. No one on Melekar was spared from effects of the Darkest Day, although some were affected in ways that no one could predict. Religions rose and fell with their worshipers, looking from something either to cling to or to blame. New races of humanoids began to emerge, though if they were always there and merely hidden is something for the scholars of the future to decide. The very fabric of magic itself was rocked by the psychic energies of that Day, stripping power from some, and granting it to others, leaving it unchanged in none. Our story begins in an unlikely place with the rather unremarkable and spoiled children of some of the nobles from one of the fledgling countries divided from the former Empire. No one would’ve guessed that the fate of their nation, their continent, and even the entire world may be in their hands…
Current Date: 154 AE (After Empire)