The Final Hope
In the Begining: The Elhil awoke first, in twilight, and wandered free for many years. The Almny and other early races were born soon after, and by the whim of the gods, strife followed on their heels. Fantastic wars were waged during the Age of the Immortals, long before the first barbarous men ever walked the earth. But soon the Age of Men began when the original human kingdom Aelfar, now called the Ancient, arose in the West. Borrowing the learnings of the Elhil and Almny, this kingdom quickly rose to glory. Alas, it was not to continue…
The untimely fall of Aelfar resulted in the birth of six human tribes, which eventually went on to found the six human kingdoms, namely Kelerak, Renee, Daven, Reliana, Dystion, and Theodin the Great. Wawmar, an ancient Almny Kingdom arose once again soon after. Long did these Seven Kingdoms dominate the land, fighting among themselves yet ever stemming the tide of evil.
The kingdom of Theodin was once the foundation of the Great Empire, but after the legendary Wars of Sorrow, Theodin lost its grip on the other kingdoms. It never, however, lost its stature as the most powerful kingdom, for right up until the Dark Conquest, over 150 years ago, every Kingdom in the realm acknowledged Theodin’s might, either openly with tribute or by alliance.
Unfortunately, a dark power has existed since the beginning of time: Revic, the Walker in Darkness. This Revic, who should not be named, is the God of evil. As such, in the primordial beginnings of history, legends say, he recruited a being to be his emissary in the world. This being has been known from time immemorial as the Dweller in the Wintervale, or simply the Dweller. Throughout the endless march of years, the Dweller has had its evil hand in many things. Indeed it is whispered that the Dweller was responsible for the beginnings of the Wars of Sorrow and the end of the Great Empire.
But the tragedy does not end there. For in due time, unsuccessful in its other evil endeavors, the Dweller began slowly and insidiously to formulate the scheme to end all schemes, a plan that would spell near doom for all of the world free peoples. Using some secret ritual or artifact, it recruited seven personages, seven different beings to represent each of the Seven Deadly Sins. These creatures each came from a different race, and each seemed to be the sin personified that they were chosen to represent. The Dweller called them the Seven Deadly Lords, or the Seven Lords of Sin. The sins represented were: Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth, Greed, and Wrath. The Lord of Wrath stood as Captain and Lord of the other six. With these evil beings each commanding a portion of its armies, as well as bringing their own resources to bear, the Dweller initiated a Blitzkrieg attack on the Seven Kingdoms.
The last to fall was Theodin herself, but in time she too fell. The Lord of Pride was set to rule Renee, the Lord of Lust ruled Kelerak, the Lord of Gluttony Daven, the Lord of Envy Dystion, the Lord of Sloth Reliana, the Lord of Greed ruled the Almny Kingdom of Wawmar, and the mysterious Lord of Wrath himself was set to rule the Kingdom of Theodin. And so for more than 150 years the land was locked in the evil grip of the Dark Occupation and the populace were chattel.
But over time the Lords grew lax from lack of resistance. Then, with little warning, goodness stirred in the world once more…