"One could reasonably say the past century and a half were a Dark Time, comparable to the period following the collapse of the ancient Roman Empire too many years ago to count. Vast amounts of written records were destroyed during the Great War or misplaced in the chaos that followed, leaving behind very little in the ways of literature, science, and technology. Great historical discoveries and scientific achievements that surely occurred have been lost, quite possibly never to be found again...

"Surviving records, hidden within the depths of heavily defended fortresses, indicate that the mysterious Great War was fought all over the world, and was started over a thing called 'oil,' thought to be a material resource. Two hundred years ago, these very records reveal that flight was possible in great steel objects resembling birds and sound could be projected over thousands of miles. The specifics of such technology has been lost with time...

"The vastness of scientific and technological knowledge lost in the span of a century suggests that someone or something is hiding the knowledge from the common people. Nobility and royalty, in the past fifty years, have resurrected ancient languages, namely Greek and Latin, and adopted them as the languages of power, effectively hiding all hints of wrong from the common population. In addition to the language barrier, almost everything that possibly could be dangerous to the safe succession of power has mysteriously been lost; medicine, history, religion – even fashion, has been hidden from the eyes of the people. Life expectancies have plummeted from an estimated ninety the year before the Great War to an estimated fifty-two for males and fifty-four for females. Slivers of medicinal knowledge and the like can be found in small villages, passed down by word of mouth where family lines have not been disturbed...

"With the loss of the communication technology that records indicate was rampant two centuries ago, tiny villages tucked away in the woods or mountains often never hear of the assassinations of royalty that occur in the ruling city. Power-hungry people, within a particular monarchy or not, routinely try to gain power by eliminating the next in line for the throne by rather bloody means...

"On the land area known by the pre-Great War era as 'North America,' small monarchies have gained control. Ruling peacefully independent of each other, greed has begun to take over, endangering the quiet rest from warfare the world has enjoyed. Kings and queens, all over the land, have begun to investigate neighboring kingdoms, assessing how much it would be worth to control their neighbors as well. The populace has little memory of war, as all who were alive during the last War have died, and the memories of warfare seems to have died with its veterans. With the loss of such historical information comes the threat that the same mistakes will be made, and the people will be powerless to stop such abuse of power..."

--- written by the historian Claetus, seven months before his death at age thirty