.:| Quote |:.
"In darkness, no one sees you bleed or cry..."
-- Kierath Ranamor
.:| Vornae Proverbs |:.
"I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu."
A frog in a well does not know the great sea.
"Ame futte chi katamaru"
After the rain, earth hardens
.:| Libraries |:.
The History of the Island of Tulain
There are many different rumors, legends, and myths as to how this little island of ours came into being. However, there is no denying that powerful beings have walked these lands and been critical to their development. The first is the legend of the Gryphons. The second is the rumor of the Elements. The last is the myth of the Dragons.
You can't talk about the hsitory of the island without talking about Gryphons. No one knows for sure why they came here, but they came in numbers and brought friends (Biata and Barbarians). They did a lot of really powerful magic. I won't get into the details (cuz I don't know them all), but they created the mist which hid the island from the outside world (both physically and magically). They also founded several cities, including the predecessor of Elliston. One day the Gryphons all suddenly left. Almost all the stories agree a long time ago all the Gryphons suddenly flew away from the island in a great Gryphon Flight, and have never returned.
As celestial mages we are very in tune with the Elements. However, this island is infused with the elements. Apparently, the Elemental Council met (or formed?) here to bring peace to the Elemental War that was raging. I guess they liked it here and wanted to stay and run things. They messed with everything, especially time. It's said they ran off the Gryphons and brought in the dragons, but that hasn't been confirmed. Then, they kind of sat back and watched.
Dragons are beasts of legends that no one really knows if exist. However, we have some pretty good evidence that this island was the home to three dragons: the Blue, the Red, and the Black. They just all showed up together one day (this supposedly was part of the Elements plan) and started fighting each other and gaining supporters. The Black got himself a giant cave, founded Arkon, named himself king, and started bringing in Dark Elves (where does one get Dark Elves from anyway?). The Red settled in the Volcano and converted whatever people he could find to his cause. This is where The Claw came from. Apparently, the Red created some Draconians to work for him and they started infusing people with Dragon Magic. The Blue aligned herself with the human city of Ironwood. It is said the war between these three ripped the island in half and that is why the Volcano is now on a separate island. After that, they just all went dormant. Then the "Dark Elf King Zizzix" showed up. It's said that he hooked up with the Blue Dragon and had a brood of kids. Then he killed her and dumped her body in the lake. Apparently, now, he has destroyed Arkon and left the island. Rumors are abound right now. If you find anything out about his whereabouts let me know.
The Fae showed up one day and brought elves to the island. They started hooking up and made a pretty little city of Elves and Fae. Things were going alright for this Elven city until the Oberon decides to leave his Titiana. He came to this city, married one of the Elven ladies, and named her Queen of Tulain. He ruled as a mortal and had mortal children, until something went very wrong. For some reason, he got into an argument with his Fae son. His son cast a curse to call an undead army to himself so he could face his father. Then his father cast a curse to freeze them all in stasis. Then the Tatiana cast a curse that prolonged the stasis on both husband and their son forever. There was some sort of explosion around them that left them in a deep hole that eventually filled with water (the lake next to Blackwell). And, due to the son's curse, undead in the area were compelled to enter the lake and remain there. Their curses were recently lifted, but I have not been able to talk to the Oberon and confirm this story.
While the Fae were spreading their influence over the island, there was a human warrior who realized the Fae would not enter one very large forest on the island. He carved out a human nation inside that forest and named it the Ironwood. The Ironwood was a glorious, prosperous kingdom that had treaties with the King of the Elven lands of Tulain. However the King of the Ironwood was killed by his eldest son and a blood feud began which would leave the Ironwood a twisted memory of its once former glory. From that point forward, it would be known as the Ebonwood and be occupied by vile and evil undead creatures.