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td class="norm" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: larger;" align="left"A Tale of Men and Godsbr /br /Prologuebr /br /In the era before men, there existed the gods. Before the gods, there existed only the Void, and from the Void came the Light. The Void and Light waged a terrible war against one another. Little is known about their war, few among even the eldest gods have any notable knowledge of it. All that is certain is the Light had been shattered, but the Void conquered. From the broken pieces of the Void and Light came the old gods, the Sleeping Warrior whose true name had been lost to time, the Wise Father Aldfriþ, his queen Coleowen, and Estmere the master of /The old gods formed their children from pieces of their own essence. Those children became known as the young gods, and they number too vast to count. The most famous and powerful among them are Déprobane the Lord of Water, Fæsten Lady of the sky, Brytenlond Lord of The Land, and Díegol queen of the Spirits, Lady of Shadows and patroness of all creatures /Using the elements around them, the young gods began to create all sorts of wondrous creatures, far too many of which have died out. Fæsten created the birds and all creatures of the sky, including the mighty Dragon. Déprobane created all the sea creatures, the most feared of them all being the proud and mighty Kracken. Brytenlond created the mighty land animals, including the reclusive giants. The Giants in turn cultivated the land, allowing for the birth of all the trees and plants. Diégol, the wisest and most powerful, made all things that dwell under the ground and fastened for nights for all living beings. She made the night and shadows for protection from the glaring, burning sun. Combining their powers, the young gods made /Out of them all, Diégol loved humanity the most, viewing them as her own children, and so granted them her wisdom and gave them sanctuary in her domain after their death. Humanity began to grow in strength and wisdom and when humanity was young, the gods often walked among them. The humans all loved and worshipped them. However, the gods quickly seemed to grow bored of humans, like spoiled children with old /All except Diégol departed from humans, and after many generations, humanity forgot about them all, save for The Great Mother Diégol. Infuriated by humanity's forgetting them, the forgotten gods plotted to destroy humanity. Diégol begged her fellow gods to spare humanity. Her pleas went /Seeing no other choice. She told humanity of the gods' wrath, and she gifted her children the power to fight the gods. She lovingly sacrificed all of her strength to give humanity a chance at survival, and refusing to let her sacrifice be in vain, humans declared war upon the gods. They dubbed The Mother's gift, with an ancient word that can roughly be translated to "magic".br /With this power, some could call forth rivers and fountains of magma from deep beneath the earth. Others could see the remnants of those who have passed on and learn from their wisdom or even call soldiers up from their grave to fight for them. Fewer could manipulate the shadows around them to do amazing, yet often terror inducing, things. The mightiest among them could do all of these things and much /The rarest among these though were those who were granted tremendous physical gifts. They could knock down trees with just a mighty kick or carry many heavy men with only one arm! Their skin has been compared to stone, with blades and arrows bouncing off them like tiny pebbles off a mountain. Though not as rare as fantastical physical gifts, few also were gifted with greater wisdom. The wisest of them led humanity against the gods, and their descendents became the Royal family. The blood-line continued through many many years, the greatest among them being Christopher the Lord of Shadows/td
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