The Ages

The Ages

Age 1: The Arkhaeon

The world of Verragos was formed from the stuff of the Void, beginning the Arkhaeon when the world was without humans or jotunn, and the gods reigned alone. Haleth, Silphus, Pheranisa, and the siblings Khalevali and Cherak created playthings to relinquish the boredom of the quiet world, and they gave their playthings sentience. Haleth, whose idea it was to create the toys, breathed her air and gave them life. Silphus placed the toys in his gardens, providing them with food. Pheranisa ran her rivers through Silphus’s gardens, giving the toys water. Khariali gave them her metals, and her brother Cherak gave them stone; with these, the toys made dwellings and basic tools. Soon thereafter, the siblings provided fire which allowed the toys to forge sturdier tools.

When the gods’ creations turned on one another, it brought Teuveyr into existence. Being both the Battle God and the Arbiter of the Gods, Teuveyr smelled the blood-lust of the living and the blood of the fallen, and he answered the call of battle. When he saw what the other gods had created, he cast judgement, as was his nature. His judgement fell upon the gods rather than their creations, and with his shadow-etched sword-axe he took an aspect from each of them. He took Silphus’s single eye, Khalevali’s gleaming skin, Cherak’s molten heart and Pheranisa’s soul, and cast them into the Void. Haleth he cast whole into the Void, so that she could ever watch her toys from afar but never again touch them. Haleth and the aspects were flung far, but Teuveyr knew they would one day return, so he cast shards of his armour after them, creating a blanket of stars to keep them from fully returning to Verragos. Thus did the Arkhaeon end and the Umbral Age begin.

Age 2: The Umbral Age

The Second Age is also known as the Time of Isolation. There are very few writings concerning the Second Age; those that do exist are incomplete and vague, leaving little knowledge of the Umbral Age save for what cryptic understanding can be gleaned from the runic symbols (antik rukhir) scattered across Sosarra. But, with a little embellishment and supposition, the historians still managed to write enough information to cram into an entire volume of codex.

The Umbral Age was a time of savagery and darkness. Haleth and the other gods’ aspects journeyed for long millennia back across the Void after their exile. With the Battle God as the dominant god of Verragos, the Second Age was bloody and violent. Teuveyr knew that the gods, without their vital aspects, could not control their creations. What he had not considered was that the lesser beings would still turn on one another even without their strings being pulled.

Age 3: Age Of The Unbound

The Third Age is also known as the Time of Trials. The Unbound, as Haleth and the aspects came to be known, finally returned to the area of the Void surrounding Verragos, as Teuveyr knew they would. Their arrival ended the Time of Isolation.

First to arrive was Pheranisa’s aspect, her soul, which came to be known as Cephos. Next came the aspects of the siblings, Khalevali’s skin and Cherak’s heart, which had found one another in the Void and merged, forming the sun, Banael. Third to return was Silphus’s aspect, his eye, which would be known as Larindis. Lastly came Haleth, yet her majesty of the Unbound was limited to the night, when the siblings’ offspring went to sleep, for Banael was mightier than his parents combined.

The Age of the Unbound is divided into five eras, the first four being Trials. Although the Unbound aspects could not fully return to Verragos, their proximity to the Bound (the parts of them that remained upon Verragos) and the effects of the Bound’s separare rages, were devastating.

Age 3, First Era: Trial Of PheranisaPheranisa, sensing the nearness of her soul in the Void, went mad with fury at the remembrance of what had been done to her at the end of the Arkhaeon. And so, the Third Age began with the Great Flood – massive waves from the Sea of Sargasso which devastated the land of Alluvia, leaving it a waterlogged ruin, long stretches of sand breaks, low hills and rivers taking the place of what had been verdant meadows. With Alluvia destroyed, the land was later renamed the Alluvian Breaks.

Age 3, Second Era: Trial Of The SiblingsMount Syen, the large volcano in southern Sardaya, cast its molten fire high into the skies. The fire rained down upon the land, destroying settlements for miles around. This was Khariali and Cherak trying to reach their son, Banael, but falling back to Verragos when thwarted by Teuveyr.

Age 3, Third Era: Trial Of SilphusIn the land of Khalevali, the creatures of Silphus ran wild in great stampedes, frightened witless by the rage of the God of Beasts and Plant-Life that coursed through their veins, causing havoc and destroying the dwellings of man. When the Trial ended, hundreds of white ponies bolted to an area in south-easternmost Khalevai that merged into the northern Alluvian Breaks. The area was called the Palominos Pastures, and the ponies would dwell there forevermore.

Age 3, Fourth Era: Trial Of HalethAlthough Haleth could never again touch her creations, being the Goddess of the Air she could still reach them with great maelstroms of wind that swept across Vörendwhel and the other tribal lands north of Sardaya, devastating all in their path.

Age 3, Fifth Era: Era Of AppeasementThe four Trials wrecked the four lands of south-western Sosarra and were followed by the Era of Appeasement. The people, still primitive in their ways, began to form into tighter, larger tribes. Their idle respect for the gods became a fervoured worship, in order to appease the Bound and the Unbound.

The people of Khalevali worshipped Silphus and his aspect, Larindis. The people of Sardaya worshipped Khalevali, Cherak, and their son, Banael. The people of Vörendwhel and its neighbouring tribes worshipped Haleth. The people of Alluvia, what few remained, left their ruined land, most of which had sunk under the waves, and journeyed into the other lands where they were allowed to worship Pheranisa – and her aspect, Cephos – whose waters touched the edges of all the lands.

Age 4: The Age of the Dyad

The Fourth Age is also known as the Time of Discernment. The end of the Third Age came about as word of the Dyad trickled across Sosarra, gradually reducing and in many areas completely replacing worship of the Bound Arkhaean gods, as well as the Unbound gods and aspects. Along with the more widely known gods, some isolated regions of Sosarra also maintained worship of localised deities – such as the Himaeran goddess, Morta’valsana – but the supreme worship of the Dyad did not completely take hold and supercede such local deities in every corner of the continent.