History (Under the Burning Moon Supplement)

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Before, there was only Chaos and the Void. Then Aesasris arrived, and the world knew Law. Aesasris created the Greater Gods, for he was lonely. Utiolth, the God of Death, came first, then came Ashar, the Goddess of Life. Then came the Elves, and their beliefs reached across the ether and created the Seldarine. But then Chaos struck back. The Elder Evils arrived from an unknown realm, and Vasilios, God of Justice, and Asmodeus, God of War, were born to fight them. The race of Angels came into being at around this time. The war was the greatest war ever fought, but the Elder Evils would not stop their assault.

Finally, Utiolth and Asmodeus fell, creating the Conquest of Death, the Bleak Eternity of Gehenna and the Nine Hells of Baator. Two-thirds of the Angels fell with them, becoming the first Baatezu and Yugoloths respectively. But then the Elder Evils were finally vanquished, cast into the Far Realms, for they were immortal and could never be destroyed. But the stain of their evil fell upon the Abyss and tainted it forever, and for the first time men knew evil. Aesasris retired away from mortal affairs at this point, and the Second Generation of Gods existed, some the sons and daughters of the First Generation, some created out of whole cloth by human belief and emotion.

It was at this point that Utiolth took his bride. Taking Ashana, the daughter of Ashar, by arts foul and tormenting he broke her will and remade her as his bride, for which he has earned the emnity of Ashar to this day. Lolth also betrayed the Seldarine, and in the ensuing battle was forced to flee into the Abyss, even as her followers fled into the dark beneath the world, nursing their hurts and planning their terrible vengeance, waiting for the time to pounce and crush the Empire of the Eladrin.

Human civilisation began to flourish a few millennia later, growing up on the plains of Kumlichar. At first their death-cult was a relatively innocent and minor worship of Adhan, Utiolth's replacement, but over time it became grander and became that of Utiolth himself, and in an event known as the Night of Knives, the followers of the gods of Good were driven out of the land.

Fleeing from the Kumlichar Empire, whose grand death-cult had grown into a hellish torment, a large group of Humans, Dwarves, Halflings and Elves built up new homes and citadels on the peninsula of Westhome, trading with the Dragonborn of the southern deserts, the people of the Dusk Isles and the Eladrin of the North.

Such it was until the War of Kumlichar, when Kumlichar's hordes invaded, revealing that their innocent worship of Adhan had turned to that of Utiolth long ago, as Undead hordes swept through the land, killing all in their path. They were followed shortly after by the Baatezu, as Kumlichar unleashed its full, terrible might. The first Paladins were born in the fury of the war, hacking through the undead and diabolical hordes with wild abandon, but eventually the war ended and Kumlichar stopped its assault for unknown reasons. Perhaps they were tired of war - perhaps it was merely part of a larger plan - all is unknown.

Then came the Dark Crusade. Terrible hordes came sweeping from the south, the legions of Kumlichar marched again and the Kadurar invaded the Eladrin Empire. The Kingdom of Westhome fell, collapsing into many city-states, but the hordes were driven off for the time being.

Now, it is 1700 years after the Dark Crusade. New dangers are growing on the horizon. The Tamared Horde advances through the lands of the Eladrin, killing thousands. The Dragonborn fear that another assault from Kumlichar is nigh, but they are busy dealing with the drow and a terrible threat from the south. Monsters have been increasing in numbers in recent years, and it is feared that all this is a sign of darker things...



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