The Ashes of Naoleth
The Age of the Ancients
The realm of Naoleth was once lush land of wonder. The vast main continent (also named Naoleth) was dominated by a vast central wilderness simply called, The Wild. The edges of the continent and the seas were the domain of civilized races, such as men, elves, dwarves and halflings. Some scholars believe that the origins such races can be traced back to an older land. Eventually, an equilibrium was established between the civilized races and the wild races of The Wild. A cycle of war and peace as natural and rhythmic as the seasons maintained the balance of power. The civilized lands were covered by an ever-changing patchwork of kingdoms. Borders were relentlessly redrawn. And progress marched on.
With civilization firmly rooted and abundant natural resources, civilized societies began to mix. Religion began to spread and form organization structures. With this, the power of the divine arts began to develop. Invention and ingenuity also blossomed; slowly giving rise to new wonders of metal and stone working, as well as herbal and alchemical knowledge. The superiority of weapons and armor allowed the civilized races to withstand the fury of wild races. It was in this early period that some began to learn of arcane powers. It was initially hailed as another wondrous gift from the gods (usually Nethys), capable of incredible feats and similar to the prayers of the divine. Shortly afterward it was discovered that these powers were not entirely similar to prayers and tapped into a power beyond the gods. Some believed it tapped into the same powers that the gods did and were therefore blasphemy. The addition of arcane arts added to the arsenal of civilization agains the constant threat of the wilds.
This period existed for an age. No one know for sure how long it lasted. Kingdoms rose and fell. The lines of great leaders rose and fell. All the while the greatest minds of the divine, the martial, and the arcane pushed their disciplines to greater heights. Great works of art were created as culture thrived. The civilized races pushed steadily into the Wild claiming an ever-expanding area to support a growing population. Long trade routes were cut into the Wild and guarded against the constant threat of the wild races. Though still vast, the Wild had been pushed back from the coasts. Many fortifications and keeps were built to project power and projection over areas claimed by one kingdom or another.
Near the end of the age of the ancients, bands of people began to break away from the heart of civilization. They claimed that rise of the three disciplines had separated them from the land, and that was against the order of things. That the separation was unnatural, and would lead to the destruction of the peaceful peoples of the world. They said war and conflict with the fruits of such an unnatural state of life. Frustrated, they split off and returned to a simpler life within the edges of The Wild. A life style once practiced by their ancestors. Such people were called primals.