If you wish to add to this conpendium with your own view please do so. I cannot be present for all events within the caravan but there are things we should all know. Let's start with a history lesson:
The World Before
Scale's Notes - The Old World wrote:In the Old World each race kept to themselves. Isolated. There had been wars between these people and against enemies that drove people together into unlikely alliances. We allowed ourselves to be played and manipulated by forces even longer lived than the Gods themselves, so old, so ancient, so powerful they blinded the sight of the Gods to their presence. The overall pantheon of Gods was split between 3 groups; those which sat in the heavens, those which sat in the hells and those who were not Gods but puppets and distractions. Manipulations of the unseen hand behind our world. The following list goes on to show the Gods of the heavens on the left and their opposites on the right. Perhaps heavens and hells are an incorrect term to use. The words imply evil intent behind some of the Gods which potentially they have but all Gods are capable of good and ill. This is more about balance and maintaining equal numbers of what we call celestial beings in a position. Some are fixed. Some are changeable and muted. Some died and are reborn. Some are still dead. Some remnants have shown themselves in the New World and others have not. I cannot begin to fathom how the new layout of the Gods is in the New World. Perhaps less of balance and more a true pantheon?
Scale's Notes - The Old Gods wrote:
There is one 'God' distinctly missing from this list...The Earth Mother (creator of the Goblins, the Orcs and their kin) was nothing more than a puppet. A device by which to control us...We came to know her by the name Puppet Master. She subverted some of our closest friends to her side and they paid that price heavily. She will be discussed more in the next section.
Scale's Notes - The Free Peoples before the Sundering wrote:The races that formed our old world were numerous and some were not present amongst the Free Peoples and our caravan for long periods of time. Some died in the Old World but may be present in the New. We just might not have found them yet. Races that travelled with us:
Humans of the Afacian Empire
Elves - 7 Nations of Elves existed within the Darkwood all with their own unique customs and traditions
Were-Kin - Werewolves/Lycanthropes, each culture has a different name for them
Scale's Notes - The War & Aftermath wrote:For years a battle had been coming to a head. The bringers and the Leno mages of unparelled power each had their own way to preserve the life of the world. One Order the other Chaos, they wooed the Free Peoples from one way to another claiming only their side could help them win the upcoming war. Little did we know the war was to be against the Puppet Master for at this time the Leno and bringers could only push us along the path to see the truth for ourselves as they were bound by old and powerful oaths. In the end one of the Free Peoples took it upon themselves to open and allow themselves to be inhabited by an entity known at the Dragon. The Fae King known as Tuathal allowed this entity to inhabit his body. He sought to protect his people and I would like to think the Free peoples as well.
The Bringers, Leno and the Dragon opened our eyes (eventually) to the Puppet Master and helped us bring about her destruction we hope in its entirety. For if any of her survived into this New World we may already be doomed. It was by allowing himself to be inhabited by the Dragon that we unknowingly killed Tuathal. Most of this is my opinion and sadly I was not able to confirm this with Etsuko before she departed our company. The Gods are shaped by our worship, this we know as fact. I believe Tuathal was shaped by how we treated him. People stopped referring to him as Tuathal and started to call him the Dragon, allowing him to forget who he really was and the Dragon to take control of his body. Some aspects of his personality still remained, his love for his Queen for one. But others warped and were diminished. We asked for a life of freedom, no Order or Chaos of the Leno or Bringers, no control at the hands of the Puppet Master. And the Dragon gave it to us. He killed our Gods or at least aided in their killing. This part is uncertain for only Akarne and Degan died before our eyes.
This was a hard time for the Free Peoples, we were cut off from our Gods and for a time from magic. At this time Danik (a Nosquian mage of some skill) returned to us and gave items of significance to several people. Parts of our gods he told us, powerful relics that I thought not to ask where he had got them from. In truth I doubted very much the piece of Greenman I was given was true and real until we arrived in this New World.
In the end the Fae Queen Dryisi (I can never spell Fae names correctly) was forced to kill her King to kill the Dragon to save us. Or to save her people, she was always an enigma to me and I had little to no conversation with her until the last day before we departed the Old World. The Ritual network was keyed into the life force of Tuathal and so with his death the world began to fracture and fragment. At Daniks behest we collected powerful magical artefacts and had the option of 3 worlds to flee to. A New World was chosen rather than moving to an already inhabited one, the Free peoples made sacrifices including four of our own laying down their lives to create this world. Envoys were sent and refugees from every nation began to pour through portals to this world. The Free People's forged our way through losing many of our own and many of the refugees to the Mists between the worlds. Until we arrived here in this New World we had created that had cost us so much. The price of freedom came at the cost of so many innocent people.
Scale's Notes - Honoured Dead wrote:Below is a list I recorded of the Free Peoples who died during the exodus, were killed during the defeat of the Puppet Master or because of the Dragon's treachery:
Dirus - One of the four who sacrificed themselves to create this world
Drejak of Marnak - One of the four who sacrificed themselves to create this world
Dorin of Telomar
Tyr Lathain - One of the four who sacrificed themselves to create this world
Inuyasha - One of the four who sacrificed themselves to create this world
I have left their races and affiliations blank because frankly they do not matter.