In the year A.D. 7,096, man became god. Or, some did, anyway.

That was the year that Dr. Aldus McKinley, the leading scientist of his time in energy research, discovered a method of producing an infinite amount of energy from nothing. Instantly, the world was transformed. Where, before, energy had been expensive, and the Earth's environment ravaged by humanity's search for new resources, it was now possible to generate free, clean energy, with little to no drawback. What was once impossible became possible, and the line between truth and fiction grew blurred. With this new, ideal source of energy, humanity expanded to heights that had never been seen before, even traveling to space and colonizing the stars.

But then, the beginnings of a war were brewed.

Mankind had long ago mastered the art of making cybernetic modifications to the body to imbue it with certain powers, but this was always limited by how much energy was available at the time. Now, with the advent of a source of free energy, the creation of so-called "superbeings" became possible. Twelve subjects were chosen, either for their wealth, for their influence, or for their intelligence, to be the first to be modified with state-of-the-art cybernetic technology, which would draw on this new energy source to allow them to perform previously unimaginable feats. This endeavor soon came to be called the "Titan Project".

For years, the scientists toiled, until, at last, the process was perfected. One by one, the subjects underwent the transformation, and, by all accounts, the project was a resounding success: not a single subject was lost, and the transformation took in every instance. The scientists congratulated themselves, and plans began to make the process more widely available.

Until the Christening War.

It is unknown exactly how it began, but a struggle broke out between the twelve subjects of the Titan Project, and with their newfound, godlike abilities, it was not long before it embroiled the whole Earth. Entire continents were blasted apart and lakes and seas dried up into nothing, and all of humanity was forced to choose sides, or else be trampled under the newly-christened Titans. Traditional weapons could do little in the face of their power, and whole cities were reduced to ash. Alliances were made and broken, and as the war raged across the entirety of the globe, an estimated 80% of all human life was exterminated. In the midst of the chaos, the secrets of the Titan Project were lost.

Ultimately, seven of the Titans perished in the conflict, and the remaining five decided to declare a truce to end the war, only a year after it had begun. This conclusion was formalized by the Treaty of Novus signed at Novus Island in A.D. 7,112, named such because it was the site that saw the creation of the "new order for the world and all mankind". On that fateful day, the Titans divided the world up amongst themselves, both by land and, taking a leaf from the pages of the old mythologies of Ancient Rome and Greece, by placing limitations on each one's abilities to grant them control over one single aspect of the natural world.

The first Titan, naming himself "Indra" after the Hindu god of storms, was granted control over the atmosphere and everything in it, from the birds to the clouds to the course of the wind itself. He took for himself the northernmost continent, which he named "Indraston" after his new title, and which he shaped to his own desires, creating for his people a mountainous paradise that came to be called "The Land Closest to the Sky". He was a just and righteous ruler, and his people loved him as well as feared his power.

The second Titan called himself "Rozen", the "Titan of Civilization". He was granted power over all aspects of human society, from technology to engineering and even to art, and to him was entrusted the easternmost continent, which he named "Rozadia". There, he built a shining beacon for human civilization, a city that covered the entire land and served as an example of just how far the human race could advance. Yet, it also showcased all sides of civilization, and it soon became home to overcrowding and poverty as well as wealth and power, though the vision never vanished.

The third Titan named herself "Xylia", and she soon came to be known as the "Titan of the Wild". To her was given dominion over life in all its varieties, from the smallest microbe to the grandest whale, and she took for herself the lands of the westernmost continent, which she named "Silvania", or "The Jungle Paradise". There, she created a place where mankind and nature could live in harmony, coexisting together in a dense rainforest that would come to house millions of species of plants, animals, and more, a wider variety than all of the other continents combined.

The fourth Titan chose for himself the name "Adam", after the first man in the old Hebrew creation stories, and to him was given control of the Earth itself along with all its resources. He was granted the southernmost continent to rule, and under him it was transformed into a vast desert crisscrossed by life-giving rivers and oases, which came to be known as "the Adlands". These lands were soon populated by coastal villages and nomadic tribes, all of whom worshiped Adam and followed his philosophy of a simple life characterized by hard work.

The fifth, and final, Titan chose to call herself "Niobe", the "Titan of the Sea". She was entrusted with the command of the oceans, the seas, and everything in them, along with all other forms of water. Rather than taking for herself a land mass, she chose to make her dominion underneath the ocean, fashioning several massive glass domes that she placed on the ocean floor for people to live inside. This settlement she came to call "New Atlantis", in honor of the mythical continent that was said to have sunk beneath the ocean thousands of years before. It became a utopian refuge seemingly isolated from the troubles of the world above, where anyone could come to get away from their lives, even if only for a little while.

The five Titans, now the collective rulers of mankind, spread out across the globe to their respective lands, where they ruled with justice and, eventually, wisdom. Peace blossomed, and once again man began to flourish, returning to and even surpassing the glory it had acquired before the destruction of the Christening War.

Eventually, as man rediscovered its prosperity, so too did it begin to rediscover its technological advances, including the processes used in the Titan Project. However, only parts of these processes could be recovered; many remained lost, destroyed in the fires of war. Never again could a being as powerful as the Titans be created.

But even so, lesser versions could be created, and these beings in the gray area between man and Titan came to be called "gods". To avoid the mistakes that had led to the Christening War, gods were made to swear oaths of loyalty to their patron Titans, and the specifics of the Inauguration process were kept a closely-guarded secret, known only to those trusted scientists who carried out the procedure and to the Titans themselves. Gods, after the fashion of ancient mythology, were often granted powers matching one part of their patron Titan's domain, and though none could equal the Titans in sheer prowess, many came to possess vast abilities.

Alongside the new order of gods, another new manner of being was created soon after, an artificial race of creatures known inclusively as "elementals". These beings of living metal were created using technology discovered during the process of creating the gods, which allowed scientists to craft organic-looking bodies out of liquid-metal cells and imbue them with life. Elementals quickly became commonplace, employed by the Titans as soldiers and peacekeepers, among other roles, and their bodies soon came to fit the domains of their patrons as well as their respective niches, modeled after creatures of myth such as dragons and giants. While the vast majority of elementals were and still remain in the service of the Titans as of the time of this writing, it is no longer rare to find wild elementals living alongside their natural brethren in the far unexplored regions of the world.

For five thousand years, then, the Titans ruled in peace. Though there was still strife and conflict in the world, it was not felt by the vast majority of humanity, and for most, it was a time of growth and prosperity. Freed from the restraints of necessity, mankind expanded as never before, turning its efforts to development and improvement instead of war. It was truly the second Golden Age, a time when humanity prospered under the rule of Titans once again.







In the year A.D. 12,244, the Sky Titan Indra declared war on the other Titans, ending the period of peace that had followed the Christening War. He claimed that the Titans had "lost sight" of their original vision, and, instead of bringing humanity to new heights, had become dictatorial despots who abused their people rather than looking out for their best interests. The pursuit of power had overridden their desire for progress, he claimed - and so, for the good of all humanity, their rules must end.

Immediately, all of the continents began girding themselves for war, establishing alliances, raising armies, and developing new weapons in what soon became a rapidly-accelerating arms race. It seemed as though the world was once again heading for conflict, heedless of the lessons that had been learned five thousand years before, though they had come at a high price. And, this time, with the new profusion of gods, elementals, and other technology that had arisen since then, it seemed certain that humanity would be consumed once and for all in the flames of war.

But then, just as things began to look their grimmest, a hero appeared to lead us out of our blanket of darkness and into the light. This is that hero's story.