Myths and Legends
During the Race Wars or some time after the firstgods’ demise, two of the Pharaonic gods attempted natural procreation in the Apotheosis Crucible. Instead, their “merging” combined themselves into a singular entity. (It is also possible that this was the intent from the beginning — or the intent of one of them.)
They emerged from the Crucible as a single goddess: Hathor-Ra, more powerful than two of them individually were together. And this new, stronger goddess wrested control of the Pharaonic pantheon from its former head, the sun god Atum.
The firstgods were gone. There was a power vacuum the likes of which the world had not seen nor ever will again. Lytan had been slain and raised. The gods were at war. New deities were being created and being utterly destroyed with alarming frequency. The elven brothers Eloth and Feadrell Imirion were heroes of their people and there were murmers among the gods that mentioned their names in the same breath as Lytan and the Apotheosis Crucible.
It was during these times that Pharasma of the Eternal Host withdrew from the dealings of power among the gods — especially those outside her purview. This left the strong-willed Pelor to take over as leader of the Eternal Host, but it also caught special notice of the leader of the Asgardian pantheon.
When the mighty Odin approached Pharasma, she said nothing. However, his curiosity remained unabated. As tensions grew, he continued to visit Pharasma. She continued to deny him. However, when the hostilities that were to become the Battle of Brothers became inevitable, he could stand it no more, and visited her a final time — pleading for her wisdom — anything for an edge in the coming battle.
This time, Pharasma relented, and agreed. Her price was one of the All-father’s eyes. He agreed, but wasn’t prepared for what he received. Not only did he get his “edge” — the knowledge of Feadrell’s sneak attack on the Crucible — but he also saw past, present, and future: all the sorrows and troubles that would fall upon men and the gods — as well as why the sorrows had to come to men.
During the Battle of Brothers, while the main battle had raged, Feadrell Imirion had snuck up to the Apotheosis Crucible from an approach thought impassable. Alone, the Wilders god Nuada (created by the firstgods) had gone to stop him. As the battle drew towards its conclusion, Nuada had Feadrell on the ropes, dead to rights.
Seemingly from nowhere came Gurog, the Orc god leader, and together, Feadrell and Gurog faced a lone Nuada while elsewhere the armies of Odin and Eloth faced off against Teklamoroth and the hordes of darkness. Brandishing his greatsword, Nuada fought for the future to buy time for the forces of light and keep Feadrell from the Crucible.
In the end, the combined might of Gurog and Feadrell proved too much for Nuada. The Wilders god lost his arm to Gurog, but Nuada’s legendary greatsword gave Gurog’s face a wound he would never forget, taking the Orc god’s right eye in the process.
And while Feadrell did eventually step over the dazed and missing-parts forms of Gurog and Nuada on the way to the Apotheosis Crucible, Nuada had bought enough time such that Feadrell now had to face his final challenge: his brother Eloth.
When the gods settled down on their own planes, Pharasma created a Well of Wisdom and placed Odin’s eye at the bottom of it as a sign of the price even the powerful pay for wisdom.
Some say Vecna stole Odin’s eye from Pharasma’s well, cursing him, and that is the meaning behind his symbol.
During the Frost Giant reign, many mortals turned to the worship of the Dark Lord Hedda (a.k.a. “Lady Death”) — for it was she who would usher them peacefully from the world and embrace them in crystal sleep.
Among the monstrosities now released on the world are Pipious, the Night Terror and his twin/mate Lastuda, the Death Shriek.
The Dragon god Teklamorath, the Leviathan, (for some reason still on the material plane) was released as part of the Menagerie. He laid waste to large portions of the world before emissaries of the other dragon gods got him under control and bound him in the darkest portions of the Deeps. Some say Tiamat even today siphons the sleeping god’s power, and others say Tiamat is merely Teklamorath’s dream, given form.
Over the course of decades, the Order of the Broken Chains led several failed crusades against the Ranathe dynasty’s controlled capital city, under the auspices of freeing a supposed wide-spread slave population (which most credible history disputes as being a servant class or lower labor class).
After their many failures over so long a time, the Order began to forcibly conscript members from rural communities, prisoners, and outright purchased slaves of their own from various lands to fight the Greater Evil. The Eleventh Crusade of the Order became well known for using a large force of such conscripts, including many children “noble warriors.”
Their bloody defeat earned them widespread infamy, effectively destroying any sympathy from those who would have supported their cause, and earning them the nickname “Order of the Crimson Chains” in tales, songs, and legends henceforth.
The Eirassai Communion is said to have been founded by the dwarf Oren Goldenbeard after the expulsion of the drow from the Stonesmark. Some tales say he was visited by the Elven god Eloth Imirion and encouraged to found the order to guard vigilantly against the dark elven threat.
As it stands nowadays, the Communion boasts members of many races, mainly dwarves and elves, and is headquartered in the surface-mountain city of Equedel.
A fence was being built for her vassal lord’s sheep. Meanwhile, one had escaped. The young servant girl Shayla had been sent to retrieve it. In the process, she slipped and fell off the bluff into the ocean.
She would have surely died, except the sea god Manannán mac Lir saw her and instantly fell in love with the blonde vision of loveliness. He saved her and claimed her maidenhood on the shores.
Outcast from her village, she and her son Ozgar were tended to by sea creatures until he came of age, when the sea claimed her. It is said she was transformed into a form of sea-sidhe (whose beauty has no equal) to sit at Mannannán’s side for eternity.
Ozgar, meanwhile, was a warrior with the strength of the oceans and the charms of his mother. Taking the name “Ozzy MacLear,” he began a campaign of uniting the wilder clans into an empire whose glory was felt far and wide. At its full glory, it was said that “all roads led to MacLear.”
Most historians are familiar with the tales of Empress-Prophetess Shania’s exile at birth, rise to power, and redemption at the guiding of her patron Athena. There are some texts, however, that suggest her advisor Koka was more than just a diviner of Zeus, but perhaps his servitor in disguise, or perhaps the deity himself.
As elements from the abyssal planes began to plot against the fey, they began to establish a nation of their own on the material plane. Through the enslavement and raping of mortals they created a nation of tieflings in hopes of one day claiming the elven/modrokan territories that lay so close to the Feywild.
It is said that Nefertiti, the first Pharaoh of Neferkat, is the daughter of Hathor-Ra (giving her lineage divine blood), and was blessed with great beauty. In fact, the legend claims all the females in the nation of Neferkat have been blessed with above-average comeliness. Few foreign travelers have had cause to disagree.
Tales recall a time of conflict between the noble houses of a particular land. In quiet, some of the noble houses forged an alliance to place themselves in a greater position than that of the other houses in conflict. They hatched a plan by which they would call for an abatement in hostilities for the purpose of a wedding.
As the procession began, the allied houses murdered the guests of the opposing houses, despite the invocation of hospitality, deemed a sacred oath in this culture. To this day the castle that this atrocity occurred in, and the island it sits on, are said to be haunted.