History

The name Eldin is taken from the demi-god Eldin who is credited with driving out the malevolent gods of the region along with their evil humanoid servants and becoming the patron deity of the region. When this occurred is a secret lost to the ages, along with the names of Eldin’s deific rivals.

When the first elves from the Greater Elven Consortium first arrived on this planet about 3,500 years ago, Eldin was already home to a great number of primative humans, elves, crosses between the two and a minority of other races. Having little interest in the land or its inhabitants, these newcomers left the land much as they found it and claimed other regions for themselves.

With their patron deity guiding them along the path of magical and social development, the people of Eldin lived in relative peace for another 1,500 years or so. At this time, gnolls, displaced from their warmer southern clime by the rise of felidaen culture, made their way into Eldin and found a people entirely unprepared to fend off predation. The monstrous humanoids ravaged their new hunting grounds, depleting human and elven populations throughout all of southern Eldin and quickly driving their way north. A few human settlements enclosed themselves within walls to defend themselves from their new predators, but many were completely wiped out.

For 250 years, the inhabitants of Eldin hid within their walls, venturing out only during the day to collect what food they could forage without becoming prey for their voracious neighbours. Finally, a cleric of Eldin living in Orness named Lucian received a holy mandate, calling him to assemble an army to drive the gnolls from Eldin. Only a few now remembered a time when humans and elves didn’t live in fear of venturing beyond their city’s walls, and only ten heeded Lucian’s call.

Over the next few weeks, huting parties of gnolls around Orness found their relationship to humans reversed, as Lucian and his companions set traps, waited in ambush and began stacking the corpses of fallen gnolls outside the walls of Orness. With each fallen gnoll, more humans flocked to Lucian’s banner.

When gnolls existed only in fearful and scattered groups for miles around Orness, the god Eldin blessed Lucian and the remaining six of his original companions with artifacts of great power to aid them in their quest to rid Eldin of the scourge of gnolls. For 22 years, Lucian led his army throughout Eldin, slaughtering gnolls and bringing hope to the besieged peoples of the land. The vast majority of gnolls were slain or pushed to the frozen lands farther north.

This victory came at a terrible price, however. During the greatest conflict, in the southernmost portion of the land, the god Eldin sacrificed himself to grant his people victory over their enemies. Lucian then returned to Orness and, with the power his god had granted him and the strength he had amassed during his crusade against the gnolls, ascended to godhood himself, becoming St. Lucian, the patron demi-god of the unified land now named for the god who had sacrificed himself to preserve its people.

Lucian’s closest companions, still protected by the artifacts Eldin had granted them, travelled across Eldin, defending its people and settling disputes between them. These six became known as Judges and granted their power to successors for many generations until those who held the office of Judge began to fade from the land several hundred years ago, taking the unification of Eldin with them.

It was to this fractured land of loosely allied city-states that Brixton cast its acquisitive eye. Small skirmishes with scouting parties heralded the full-scale invasion that followed, and the peoples of Eldin were once again forced to unite against a common enemy. Eldin managed to push their western neighbour’s forces back across the mountain pass between the two regions and secured the border long enough to build fortifications across the valley. Brixton followed suit, and the two countries entered an almost 200-year-long stalemate.

Finally, with tensions between the two cooling, Eldin and Brixton signed a peace treaty, and Brixton instead set its sights westward across the sea, eventually becoming the planet’s premier naval power. Eldin’s city-states returned to their self-governance, and those closest to Brixton even began trading across the border with their former enemies.

With this influx in trade and the world growing ever smaller, the city-states of Eldin advanced their crafts and magic at an unprecedented rate. For almost 500 years, the people of Eldin lived in peace, interrupted only by the occasional skirmish with a few monstrous humanoids. The people and culture advanced, watched over by their patron god, St. Lucian.

About 30 years ago, Eldin encountered a new threat in the form of the expansionist giant Mizushima. Seeking easy conquest, Mizushima skirmished with the Queen of Orness’s forces on Eldin’s north-eastern border before seeking easier conquest elsewhere. Nevertheless, Orness now maintains an outpost in north-eastern Eldin, vigilant against Mizushima’s next attempt at invasion.

History

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