Common Knowledge

The Great War
A massive invasion of Orcai and other dark forces that marched through the lands in the last Shadow Invasion that spawned from portals scattered throughout Arkahan. Many cities and kingdoms fell during the Great War and many are still reeling from the devastation left which was many years ago.

While it was the Great War that destroyed cities and kingdoms, it was also the catalyst for the Imperial expansion. ❖Lysander Tratt, Lantern Sage

Jimfruit

Jimfruit is a fruit resembling an apple that is well known for its healing abilities and is farmed only in Halfling communities. Jimfruit is made into in many forms in order to distribute its healing properties: such as wines, ales, and salves. For reasons unknown, no other race has successfully been able to raise Jimfruit, though many continue to try.

Halfling lore explains that Jimfruit is named after a Halfling fable, which tells of a Halfling farmer by the name of Jim who was gifted seeds from his Goddess to eat and instead planted them throughout the land. Whether you believe in the tale in or not, there is no denying that Halflings are sitting on top of a gold mountain that only they seem to be able to mine from. ❖Narfell Redfingers, Gnome Merchant of Avendale

Elf Racism

Elvish nations were conquered long ago by the earlier invasions of the Orcai, which left many of the Elves to seek refuge in nearby kingdoms. Where the Elves sought safe haven, the kingdoms saw easy prey and opportunity. Elf slavery quickly followed the demise of the Elven Kingdom and when the Human Empire rose to power, they carried on the tradition. It wasn’t until the last Shadow War that the Elves were freed from their servitude. Even though considered free, many Elves still face the stigma of being mistreated due to their history.

It was only a matter of time before the Elves found their freedom, All the Empire needed was a replacement. Now, we have the Orcs. ❖Lysander Tratt, Lantern Sage

The Great March
Before the great war of the last Shadow Invasion, there was many battles that were worthy of telling a story about. One in particular, the Great March, was a campaign by the Hammerfell Dwarves who waged war against the Empire and the former King, Lord Horath Carlegmane the third. The Great March was a bloody war that resulted in both forces withdrawing from battle. A truce was never officially signed, but the two Empires never entered back into war again until the last Shadow Invasion which resulted in the Hammerfell Kingdom being utterly destroyed. The Hammerfell Mountains are now a graveyard to the former mighty Kingdom of Dwarves that reigned under the stone.

While the Empire fought the Orcai with it’s allies, the Hammerfell Kingdom stood alone. Hence, the reason why they are no more. ❖Lysander Tratt, Lantern Sage

Mana Scars
The natural consequences of prolonged magic use will inevitably leave mana scars or what is sometimes referred to as “Ley Lines” over the body. Each magic user has their own unique pattern of Mana Scars and seems to also depend on the potency of magic the user is capable of wielding.

It is for this very reason why renegade wizards now utilize the Illusion school of magic. However, to Venators, even the veil of magic is detectable ❖Prince Lucien Karlegmane

The Dream World
Where we go when we sleep and dream. The Dream World is also believe to be where Clerics and the “Dream Touched” find their power idols. Elves do not sleep, unsurprisingly, they have no connection to the Dream World.

The gift of being Dream Touched comes with great responsibility. It is for that very reason that failing to register with the Imperial Courts upon the moment of dream bonding is punishable by Venator discretion. ❖Prince Lucien Karlegmane

Power Idols/Dieties
It is unclear whether Clerics “find” their Power Idols or if they are merely created out of thought during their quest in The Dream World. Either case, through this seemingly mystic passage, Clerics are given unquestionable power once they undergo their bonding to a Power Idol or to what some refer to be as a God. From Evil to Good, there are followers of all types of belief who claim their Idol to be responsible for their power. However, for whatever reason, Elves seem to lack the connection to the Dream World to ever become a Cleric.

One might ask, “Why so few Clerics?”. I believe the answer to be that we are all given a choice in our dreams, Clerics are just the ones who remember their answer. ❖Calina Wintermere, Creland Philosopher

Magic
Magic is believed to be the work of the Shadows. It is only trusted in most civilized lands when it is in the form of an object or artifact. Users who wield magic are hunted, burned, and tortured as many believe the person will inevitably become the tool of the Shadows. It has been many years since any Kingdom or city has allowed any mages to operate without punishment.

Ask yourself this, what “enemy” will the Empire devise once all of us Mages are murdered?. ❖Eraco, guild Mage of The Covenant of the Fallen

Non Arcanis
The Imperial Law that forbids the use or teachings of Arcane Magic. In most cases, the transgression is punishable by death. However, lesser punishments have been passed upon mages to act as examples such as – Severing of all fingers, removal of tongue, ear drum puncturing, and tongue extraction. The punishments are usually handed down in public to further reinforce the consequences of using magic.

Our punishments are considered acts of mercy compared to the horrors arcane magic will do onto your soul. ❖Prince Lucien Karlegmane

Elves
While undoubtedly graceful and generally featuring attractive qualities, Elves are often met with disrespect from other races. At one point, Elves were believed to have a large Kingdom within Arakahn, which as legend claims to have been destroyed during the great Shadow Invasion. Much of the history of the Elves is unknown, and much of the race chooses to live outside human rule.

Those that reside in the Empire usually serve as servants or live in lower class areas of the city as the more privleged ensure the Elves never gain a foothold in Imperium law. Elves are deragatorily referred to by humans as “Knife-ears”, but a popular legend amongst other races refers to the Elves as “Children of the Wood”.

While various clans of the Elves have been known to worship an Idol or deity, there has been no record of there ever being an Elven Cleric. Many scribes account this to the fact that the Elves were once powerful wielders of the arcane and have forsaken their gods to forever be forgotten.

We have Half-Elves, but we do not have Half-Dwarves. Perhaps our ancestors, the Loquién, had more in common with Elves than we do today. ❖Calina Wintermere, Creland Philosopher

Dwarves
Tucked away in their vast underground cities in the Kadrith Mountains, the Dwarves tend not to care or even know of the affairs of the Imperial reign. Masters of the forge, and tireless workers of the stone, the Dwarves tend to their own kingdom. Dwarves who venture outside the Kadrith Mountains are often shunned by their families barring them to return. However, Dwarven Clerics as well as appointed Bards often travel between the Mountains and the surface without worry.

Dwarves are known for their grudges, and they don’t easily forget when they have been wronged. “When the stones forget” is a widely used Dwarven expression meaning a Dwarf will forget and forgive just as soon as the stones do. While many despise Elves just because nobles do, Dwarves claim to have a very good reason, yet most will never have the luxury of gaining the trust of a Dwarf to hear it.

Human scribes have theorized it may have something to do with the legend, “Children of the Wood and Stone”, but there are just as many other legends and fairy tales that paint the Elves as the transgressors of some pact made ages ago by the two races. For the limited contact Humans have had with Dwarves, there has never been an account of a Dwarven magic user. Many scribes believe Dwarves unable to cast magic, just as Elves are never gifted with powers from an Idol.

You think our ale is tough? You should see our politics. ❖Barkan Heavyfoot, Surface Dwelling Dwarf

Gnomes
If there is a more reclusive race than the Dwarves it would surely be the Gnomes. Which if ever to have met one, one would have to wonder just exactly why. “Curious as a Gnome” is a favorite expression gifted to troublesome children who find themselves in trouble often. Inherently possessing magical abilities, which would normally be punishable by death due to Imperial law, Gnomes are known to be curious, and inventive. It is believed that for this very quality of the Gnomes, that the “Shard Merchant Treaty” was enacted in the Empire to allow Gnome merchants safe travel through the Human Kingdom.

The treaty allows Gnomes to travel provided they possess the royal registration. This license allows Gnomeish merchants to sell their goods without penalty regardless of their magical abilities provided they do not teach, or use their magic within the Imperium.

Gnomes that travel outside their homeland of Glittershard are either merchants or outcasts. The laws and ways of the Imperial reign is stifling to the average Gnome.

Never met a Gnome that had a bad idea. ❖Barkan Heavyfoot, Surface Dwelling Dwarf

Imperial Venator
To enforce Non Arcanis, the King’s oldest son, Prince Lucien, created an order of elite soldiers to hunt down and weed out Mage covens throughout the Empire. The Venators are highly skilled at battling Mages and a Venator patrol generally contains at least one Imperial Arbiter who is capable of detecting magic.

I do not doubt the Venator’s loyalty to Prince Lucien. I doubt their loyalty to the Empire. ❖Eraco, guild Mage of The Covenant of the Fallen


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