Empires of Glory 4 – The First Feuds
The fourth in a series from Curtis Baum.
Empires of Glory 4 – The First Feuds
Pyren and Menea soon found that they needed other gods to help them maintain their world. These gods were ascended from their mortal creations, and they had the flaws and personalities of their former lives. The new pantheon did not always agree and often their arguments were devastating. Some were even corrupted by Wenin and fell from their enlightened state.
The Sun Scorched Sea
The creation of the Sun Scorched Sea is the most dramatic change to the terrain of the world since Pyren and Menea first gathered the elements. In a single moment, the vast forests that ran through the center of the continent were destroyedAccording to legend, the cause of the event was a dispute between the young god Forej and the goddess Ridera.
Forej, the god of nature, the forest, and elves considered the massive forest through the middle of the continent of Menron to be his domain. Under his protection, the elves lived as a single unified race in their great forest cities. The area prospered and Forej grew proud of the creatures he was charged with protecting. However, he was also a great trickster and would tease the other gods incessantly. With the goddess Ridera and her short temper, he constantly provoked her.
Ridera was the recently ascended goddess of fire. Originally, she was a human who knew both the incredible benefits and terrifying devastation that flames could bring. She had spent most of her short life teaching others to respect the element rather than to fear it. However, she was known even in mortality for her short temper and burning rage.
Forej taunted Ridera about her lack of dedicated cities and devout followers. She had a church and worshippers, but he considered them inferior to his own noble elves and their vast cities. He even called her a fake and powerless god. After constant goading, Ridera rose up in fury and vowed to show Forej exactly what she was capable of. With a swipe of her hand, the proud elven forests were destroyed. The land was instantly raised hundreds of feet above the neighboring terrain. All vegetation, including the elven trees, died. The once proud forest was replaced by a harsh desert.
Most of the elves fled their homeland, separating into the different subspecies seen today. Those who stayed behind became the Sand Elves. Those who fled into the World Crown Mountains evolved into the Cloud Elves, the keepers of lore. The group who stayed in the forests to the east of the Sun Scorched Sea were the Forest Elves while their cousins that built cities along the borders of the human lands became the Vale Elves. Finally, some fled the land altogether, traveling down the river and to the sea, living as the Sea Elves.
The Dragon Civil War
The first advanced life created by Pyren and Menea were the dragons. The original two were the mated pair of Zyterus and Evetia and from them all dragons are descended. Their progeny spread throughout the world and found homes in a wide variety of terrains. These creatures were noble and honorable individuals who aided each other and the other races when needed, at least until Wenin got involved.
Wenin took the natural love of gold found in all dragons and amplified it in Evetia. He corrupted the matriarch of dragonkind, turning her into the goddess of greed. She quietly rallied as many of her children as she could to her cause, plotting in the dark.
When she was ready, she and her followers attacked Zyterus and the other dragons. Dragons across the entire world turned on their siblings, slaying their own kin and destroying entire clutches of eggs. Countless humanoid settlements were caught in the crossfire, leaving devastation across the globe.
Although a few dragons avoided choosing sides in the war, the vast majority were forced to side with one parent or the other. Although Evetia and her allies secured several early victories, they were unable to defeat Zyterus and his key advisers. Their retaliation was swift and brutal. It was not long before Evetia was forced to accept her defeat.
Zyterus refused to kill his own mate. Instead he forged a truce and established areas for his allies as well as her followers. Those who were able to avoid the war were also granted territory under the treaty. Although there have been rogue dragons that refuse to acknowledge the agreement, the violence between dragons has been greatly resolved. Evetia, however, is slowly biding her time while planning another attempt to conquer her mate and take his wealth and power for herself.