History Of Fornlönd
Fornian legend states that the world was created by a great (and unknown) celestial being known simply as 'Creator'. It made the land and sea, raised great mountains and forged deep caverns underground. Birds and beasts flourished in the great forests and wildernesses but there was no 'intelligent' life.
Twin moons circled the world at this time before record; one moon shone with what would now be considered moonlight, the other was utterly dark. It is thought they were the daughters of the celestial being and were named [[Svärta]] and [[Månelys]] (in the language of the Old World). The goddesses were left the world as a gift by the celestial being and given the powers to create more intelligent life and manipulate the form of the world should they wish. They were each given a warpstone, a massive chunk of raw matter infused with the power of creation itself.
Legend has it that Creator left the world, disappearing into the void. Some say it promised to return but this has never been consistently prophesied. What was made clear was that the goddesses would have to create intelligent life that would have an awareness of the deities and worship them, therefore feeding their life force. The goddesses – one from light and the other darkness, drew from different power sources, but without intelligent life to worship one of the 'aspects' of the deities, or complete actions dedicated to an aspect, Svärta and Månelys would diminish and ultimately perish.
The goddesses created their first intelligent creatures and, as was fitting, one race would thrive in the moonlight light while the other preferred the darkness. Månelys made the elves who lived in the great woodlands and gave praise to the moonlight that shone down from above. She broke tiny splinters of her warpstone and scattered them throughout the forests, each splinter developing onto a spell of wild magic that the elves soon learned to control.
Svärta left her dark moon and forged even greater caverns beneath the earth. The dark queen made the endless tunnels of the Underworld and infused parts of it with magic. She then made her own race of elves in her own image. The Drow were powerful, cunning and malicious – much like their dark goddess.
Svärta next created a race of beings that would serve the Drow and build them great underground cities. She carved the first dwarves from the very bedrock of the world. These hardy folk were made slaves by the drow but their indomitable spirits and incredible toughness meant they were virtually impossible to dominate. Those that escaped their masters burrowed through the rock of the world, discovering great caverns that Svärta had made and turned them into great fortresses. Månelys, sickened by the manipulation and enslavement of the dwarves, raised great mountains and the bearded folk were drawn to them, mining out great halls within.
Svärta resented Månelys for her interference and as the elves continued to thrive and spread through the forests and into other environments, sending their praises to the goddess of the bright moon, the dark goddess' jealousy festered into hatred over thousands of years. Månelys retreated deep into the core of the world and began to plot her revenge. It was Svärta who introduced the orcs, goblinkin and trolls into the world, and sent them to torment the dwarves. Svärta then threw a large shard of warpstone into the vast forests. Whole communities of elves transmuted and melded with the beasts that walked the world at the time.
Cursed forms came into being as a result – the Gors, later to be called Beastmen were born, and as they bred deep in the forests, the chaos of the wapstone twisted then into even more horribly mutated forms. Banding together into tribes and warbands and poisoning the world around themselves, these creatures displayed an animal cunning but they were unrefined, chaotic and completely uncontrollable.
At around this point in history, a new race appeared in the north of Fornlönd: humans. It appeared that Svärta's wanton use of the warpstone had yielded not only the beastmen. Humans were tribal and brutal like the gors and their kin but were much more intelligent. Both goddesses saw the potential in this new race as it spread throughout the north and set about drawing the people into their worship.
Månelys knew that the world had to be protected from this menace of darkness and she used a piece of her own self to create the Old World gods: Ölgurinn, god of nature and Dómari, the god of justice and retribution. Svärta countered this by creating the beast god: Dýr, who in turn created and unleashed the disease of lycanthropy, and deep in the core of the world, Svärta created a torturous parallel plane called Hell. She filled it with demons who worked to capture and torture the souls of the dead and sometimes the living. Svärta tempted an angel of Månelys down into the Abyss with promises of power beyond measure. He was renamed Grunðhyr and The Overlord of The Pit took his place amongst the gods. To counter hell's interference with the dead, Turuk came into being to protect the souls of those passing over to the Shadowrealm,
The normally peaceful Månelys was enraged by Svärta's wickedness and in order to counter the influx of evil she flung a large chunk of her warpstone into the black second moon, left dead in the skies by her sister. The moon transmuted into a fiery ball of energy. The world up until this point had only been illuminated by moonlight and the fierce sunlight burned the vampires, forced the liches into dark retreat and sent the beastmen panicking into the deepest parts of the vast forests that covered the world.
The warpstone not only created the new sun but within the flame a new god emerged, driven by the power generated. Sól, the god of light emerged and, because he saw the potential in the human race which was by now rapidly expanding in the plains and tundras of the north, he revealed himself to them as a beacon of hope to those who had witnessed the fire orb's birth with fear and awe.
As soon as Svärta realised her dark moon had been transmuted into a burning sun she launched an attack on her sister. There followed a celestial war between the twin goddesses that raged across the skies. The ensuing chaos created other lesser deities such as the brutal storm god Tjón, who quickly began to be worshipped by barbarian tribes as their war god. The powerful lich, Illvillig took advantage of Svärta's preoccupation and after stealing a secret ritual from the goddess of darkness, ascended to godhood in a vast fortress of darkness and tempted powerful sorcerers, leaders and warriors into undeath with the 'gifts' of lichdom and vampirism.
As Svärta and Månelys threw all their might into their battles, they were unaware of the boiling pinnacle that their energies were feeding. After two thousand years of warring, the pinnacle had become a maelstrom filled with negative, uncontrollable energies, leeched from the power sources of both goddesses. From within this whirlwind exploded four new gods – the Powers of Chaos.
These new destructive deities ravaged Fornlönd, infecting everything in their reach – in particular the beastmen, who in their frenzied worship mutated into even more horrific forms. The human tribes to the north did not escape as the Chaos gods fed on the weaknesses of rage, greed, fear and lust for power.
The great greenskin hordes also welcomed the destructive deities, in particular Khorne, and the assaults on the dwarves increased. The whole world boiled in conflict while Svärta and Månelys continued their own struggles. Shards of spent warpstone fell to the mortal realm. Some of these splinters still held a little energy, creating more spells and infusing patches of the world with magic. In this time, The Stormcrow appeared in the Fornian pantheon, attempting to create order in the ways of the arcane.
Such was the scale of their own war that Svärta and Månelys were severely weakened by the time Svärta was finally forced to retreat back to the darkness of the underworld. The tribes of humans to the north who were not pillaging and declaring war under the banner of Tjón were by now mustering against the powers of chaos and were joined by the dwarves, who had allied with them to drive the greenskins back to the moors and boglands. Sól, the god of light, was growing in power as the human hordes grew and soon he drove them south, pouring over the lands and capturing the territories from darkness using new, incredible war machines inspired by the new god of invention and craft: Skapa. These technologies were fully embraced and developed further by the dwarves.
The humans settled in the south in the 'new world' and began to spread. The old gods were left to the 'old world' to the west and north. Even Månelys, severely weakened by her great battles with Svärta, was forced to relent. The more aggressive tribes of humans who still followed chaos were left to settle in Norsca or were driven even further north to the polar regions beyond the great north mountains. The armies of the Empire Of Man marched, a mighty and ever growing force, expanding the reach of the Emperor to form The Reich and The Mark. Bolstered by their dwarven allies and squads of professional Soldiers who worshipped a new militaristic minor deity called Stahl, the human nations' grip was Solid; but power was never complete – the gods of darkness were also expanding.
As the population of Fornlönd grew, the perversions, grudges, greed, paranoia, corruption and cruelty within 'society' expanded and leeched into the hearts and minds of men. New gods emerged, such as the god of murder: Malvo who was created by Umbra, the god of rogues. The Ruinous Powers also found holds in the new towns and cities that by now had sprung up throughout the forests and as the Empire reached the pinnacle of it's powers, the gods of darkness converged and conspired to snuff out the light from Fornlönd using a creation ritual and a massive piece of Svärta's warpstone. The gods of light managed to thwart the attempt to bring total darkness but the sun was now permanently placed behind a veil of shadow that empowered the vampires, liches and other ancient and powerful evils that had been forced to lurk in the dark fringes for so long.
The growing sense of dread within The Empire fed the paranoia of the clergy of Sól into more extreme methods in flushing out witchcraft and heresy so that modern life in the Empire, though enriched by incredible technological advances appears to be falling into a downward spiral fuelled by superstition and fear all played out under a greying sun.