The town of Spinner’s End is not particularly important to many people, seeing as it is a frontier town in the southwest. However, it is surrounded by forest, and where the trees are cut down, it is relatively safe. Seeing as logging is needed to encourage the beasts to stay away, Spinner’s End has become an important part of the logging industry.
Spinner’s End has also become important because of a family that lived there once. The Vashimis had two sons – Jake and Paul. When their parents died, the young Jake and Paul decided to become monster hunters. This was a poor idea. They were both brutally murdered, and the corpses were not recovered.
Years later, two mysterious men appeared. One called himself Salgul, believed himself to be a displaced god, and struck out on his own to find his godhood. The other called himself Znasuun, and claimed that he was the reincarnation of Paul Vashimi. He spoke of great powers in the wilderness, old magic that lingered on in powerful beings. While he would not provide any more information, he saw fit to establish an order to begin the advancement of human knowledge. This was the Order of the Dragon, trained in martial combat so that they could venture into the wild safely, and study the beasts that had some mastery over magic with so little apparent effort. The Order was secret, but it produced many great warriors and many scholars, and after some time, the most basic rules of magic were established and put down in the Principia Alchemica.
Magic still resides primarily in those lucky few who are blessed with an intuitive grasp, but a new breed has risen. There are Summoners in the world, who use prewritten spells stored on special scrolls to bind the monsters of the world to their will. There are Alchemists, who study the nature of magic, combining different objects with inherent magical potential to create a reaction.
But as the Order of the Dragon grows in its knowledge and strength, it is beginning to crack into an old world, full of ancient magic and raw power. The head of the Order of the Dragon, Znasuun, now sits in their secret stronghold in Spinner’s End, wondering at this new world. He has seen it once before, and unlike his brother, who rashly went to join it, Znasuun is almost ready to wrench it out of the darkness, back into the light of the modern day.
There are those who, waking from sleep and seeking to walk off a half-remembered nightmare, can hear Znasuun talking to himself from his room. Though they never speak of it, his words echo in their mind, and they are both enchanted and terrified by the tales of Tzacolcocha, the Sky-Serpent, or Gavriskya, the Prophet of Stone, or Xoltikama, or Wal Satpon, or Nadrogma…
When they return to slumber, their last thought is one of profound resignation: The Old World is coming back.
Finally! Some more lore!
Probably should have started giving you more of a history about the political situation and what day-to-day life is like, but I figured I’d rather begin to reveal the overall plot for what’s happening in the next few years. Also magic, because magic is fun. And while I can’t publish the Principia Alchemica right now, I do have an idea behind it. My magic isn’t hand-waving; it’s got rules and it will follow them.
This also shows that the island of Zaradu is much older than the current human civilization there. And yes, humans only. No elves or dwarves or other such staple fantasy races. At least, so far. After all, they do exist in the world, just not on Zaradu. Oh, and yes, Zaradu is no longer alone, but I think I’ll sit on that a little longer.