A World In Shadow

In the ageless time before the dawn of history, there was a war in heaven. In desperation, the lords of light severed the black spirit of the dark god Izrador, casting him out of the celestial kingdom.

The gods succeeded in vanquishing their brother, but Izrador corrupted their magic and turned their victory against them. As the fallen god’s spirit was severed from his physical form, so too was the celestial kingdom severed from all contact with the material realm. The lords of Light discovered that they could no longer commune with their mortal children.

The dark one fell to the earth, his foul essence staining the land with its evil shadow. Weakened and bodiless, Izrador retreated to the ice and cold of the far north. There he slumbered, slowly recovering his strength and dreaming of vengeance across eons of time. Empires were built and crumbled to dust, races were born and died, and the Shadow in the North grew deeper and darker.

Three times the fallen god rose and threatened the nations of Aryth with iron and dark magic.

As the First Age drew to a close, a proud host of warriors from the dwarven lords of the Kaladruns, the Dornish barbarian kings, and the elves of Erethor led by Aradil, the Witch Queen, met and defeated Izrador’s horde on the plains of Eris Aman.

When the Shadow rose again at the end of the Second Age, the races of good held the Shadow off long enough for aid to come from an unlooked-for ally.

By the time of his third rising, the free peoples of Eredane were battered, bitter, and distracted by their own infighting as well as by the insidious corruption sown by the dark god’s spies over the years. Four of the greatest heroes of Aryth fell prey to his dark promises and betrayed their people. These new servants, the Night Kings, led Izrador’s foul hordes from the north across all the lands of the world.

This time, the dark god won.

The dwarven clans were broken and retreated to their holdfasts deep within the earth. The elves withdrew into their vast and ancient forest, abandoning all to the Shadow. The Dorns, tamed by a power from across the sea in the Second Age, were betrayed from within and surrendered to the Night Kings.

A century has passed since the Shadow fell.

The Midnight Chronicles

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