The Burning Realm

The world of Valisaris is home to three main races. The Djinn, the Elves and The Eocynni. The Djinn and Elves are both immortal beings, this means death is not part of their biological process although it can be inflicted upon them. The Elves do not sleep, rather they photosynthesise and the Djinn are an asexual race. The Elves and the Djinn both no longer reproduce, and exist with only a few hundred members.

Chapter 1: Origins of the Djinn

The Djinn were a race born from a broken promise, little is known of their true origins or where they come from but it is said they journeyed from a far away land on a great quest for the sake of their homeland. They failed their quest and their mythical civilization fell to dust and fire. They wondered in shame and sorrow which then turned to bitterness and evil.

The Hularill of their tribe (Great Artists) created ‘The Relinquishment’ a ceremony that freed them from their ancient anthropology and allowed them to start anew. Once ‘The Relinquishment’ ceremony had finished they travelled for many years until they reached the land of Sorrowsover. When they arrived they built the city of Turrea Eturre which roughly translates as Water Rest in the mountains, they climbed down in the centre of the country where they found a great ravine with a tower of stone rising forth from its depths. Here they built their greatest city and called it Olnumkugartharrr which means ‘The City within the Wound of The World’ or ‘Olnum’ for short.

Within the beautiful stoney hill lands of Sorrowsover they prospered, forging a new civilisation in their mountain cities and beginning their calendar once more. This was year 0, ‘The Year of Relinquishment’. However there were some whom were unhappy with the mental effects of ‘The Relinquishment’ ceremony. This caused a rift within Olnum society and two religious fractions were created, ‘The Relinquished’ and ‘Oleouar’. The Oleouar were all but completely destroyed and a few hundred survivors fled with their lives east to the hilly region of Humugaku. They settled there and became the tribes of the Kugarti or The Kugatilar. A primitive lesser race in comparison to the Djinn, almost extinct, they roam the eastern wastes of Sorrowsover living in fabric yurt tents and hunting for food.

Chapter 2: The Advent of Stars

One night the Djinn looked out from their mountain cities to see the skies lit up with a thousand fires. Unsettled and falling through the black veil above their world these fires were surely an ill omen. It was then two great flames, one crimson the other violet, flew across the sky before crashing to the ground. The crimson flame struck the North of the world and the Violet had struck somewhere in the East. When the Sun rose and the stars disappeared the Djinn realised that there were more mysterious celestial bodies to behold. Two large planets: one a pale red, the other a pale blue had appeared distant in the sky and between them a small moon, green in hue.

Chapter 3: The Birth of the Trees and Elves

Far to the North of the world in the land of Kalevala the mysterious bolt of crimson flame struck. The ground it struck shook and from below the earth a mighty Ash tree rose. Higher and higher it was the world tree, the first of its kind, the God of the Forests, it’s name was Tapio. From Tapio came many more trees, these were its children. Direct descendants of the God of the forest. They surrounded him and for many miles did more trees grow covering all of the north and further even reaching the rocky lands of Sorrowsover. Certain trees bore great fruits that flowered and eventually grew into figures. These were the Elves. They were the children of the trees and grandchildren of Tapio. They were born to be the guardians of the forests. They were immortal for they were born with the sole purpose of protecting the forests of Tapio’s domain and all creatures that came from it, they would be immortal until the day the forests were but a distant myth.

Elven Ethnicities:

There are usually four main ethnicities of Elven kind which seem to be connected to the trees that bore them:
Ash Tree: Hair: Black, Eyes: Red, Skin: White.
Yew Tree: Hair: Ginger, Eyes: Green, Skin: Fair.
Spruce: Hair: Sandy blonde, Eyes: Red, Skin: Brown.
Pine: Hair: Black, Eyes: Green, Skin: Fair.
Their eyes are wide and quite slanted with a great raise to the side. By the laws of the Elven people whatever refuse a tree produces may be used by the Elves.

Chapter 4: Origins of the Eocynni (Human Race)

A violet bolt surged across the sky travelling eastward, it crashed onto the land now known as Amonynis. During this era the entire world was one great landmass. The Southern lands were connected by vast rocks of ancient desert and the lands to the east were connected by glaciers the size of oceans. In the area in which the bolt of violet flame hit, creatures known as the Amynni (or Amcynni) emerged.

From Amonynis they trekked across the terrible frozen wastes for many years they survived in the wilderness, creating small settlements for their tribe to live but always having to stay nomadic to search for food and shelter. They came to Yorvic and established a small city in a system of caves where they lived for many years. They then travelled southward, a decision that probably saved their species, to an area they named Mynyddinas.

It was here that Eon discovered the Amulet of Mynyddinas, a brilliant stone that shone purple, embedded within a rock and buried beneath snow. He said that when he wore the stone he saw a great mound far to the south of the Amcynni tribe, the hill had a Yew tree at its peak. It was a place of life, love and safety. A place where his people could settle. Some Amynni people pleaded for Eon to guide them to where his vision foretold but he was unsure. Others preferred to continue their nomadic culture and began to walk north of Eoryas.

Eon decided to follow his vision and he led his followers westward making him their chief. From this point on they were no longer the Amynni people but instead the Eocynnii, Eon was now their chief and he would lead them across the vast frozen continent of Eorÿas to the land of plenty. Over 20 years they navigated across the deadly land fighting off great beasts, braving terrible storms and even surviving skirmishes with the Amynni tribes who had built a settlement south of Eohlbyrig but finally they reached the destined lands of Frydian with its more hospitable climate, unfrozen rivers and wide open arable land and of course in the centre of the land rose the hill of Ealdor. They harvested the freshwater from the rivers and wood from the forests, they built farmlands and bred animals for clothes and food, they built warm shelters and great halls all surrounded by a strong wall. Eon’s vision of a homestead of warmth and security had come true and he was made king of his people, The First King of Myn, Eon; King of the Eocynni.

Eon’s first act of King was to extend the hand of friendship to the Amynni Chief of Eohlbyrig but they replied with a blood-thirsty invasion attempt. Their warriors crashed against Ealdor but to no avail they were shot down by Eon and his archers, and struck down by his swordsmen. Eon, the first King, died an old man at the age of 71. He bore three daughters, all warriors, all politicians. He decided that all three were to rule after his passing. This created ‘The Three Sisters Council’ that has been revived throughout Ealdors history.

The Three Sister’s Council created three official sectors of society that they believed were the most crucial to the survival of the Eocynni, the first being cloth weaving, the second agriculture and the third medicine which all still exist today as thriving guilds. Eon had decided that whomever had the first child, that child would become King.

Chapter 7: The Empire of the Djinn

Before the Advent of the Stars, or the Birth of the Elves The Djinn owned all the lands of Valisaris. Throughout the world they’d built curious and mythical towers and temples, their purpose lost in time. Many labyrinths exist below the earth filled with the mysterious remnants of their race. But once the Elves arrived the Djinn felt threatened. The Elves trees spread throughout the world, a sign to the Djinn of occupation. Hularill Mugaro Dogar Olakuu, (a ruler known for his greed and his malice) built four great fortresses across Valisaris. The first was Fekuthar (land holder fortress), the second was Fetithar (Sky holder fortress) the third Fehulithar (Sun holder fortress) and the fourth was Femerithar (Moon holder fortress). These great battlements allowed the Djinn to fight back the Elves of Tapiola and hold them in their forest realm. The Djinn then marched into the lands and slaughtered many Elves. When the Elves were weak and unable to fight no more the Djinn allowed them to surrender and they drew up new rules. They were now under the imperial rule of Sorrowsover. The Djinn overlords made the Channellers of Tapio relieve their political power or face execution (which many did) and in their place a new set of Elven ‘Hularill’ (Djinn word for: Kings) would be instated. The realm of Kalevala became the ‘Northern Autonomy of Kalevala’ a self run tributary of the political power of Olnum. The Empire was harsh for the Elves, the Djinn demanded tributes to the great High King of Olnum but the empire was purely a grandiose statement from the Djinn: ‘your lands have always belonged to us and they always will’. But the Elves always longed to be free again and ruled by the Channellers of Tapio.

Chapter 8: The Nightmare Rebellion and Lohi the Witch Queen.

From the North an army marched to Tapiola upon black horses, it was the Pohjolans. A race of half Elf and half Amynn, they were led by their chiefess Lohi. She spoke with the Channellers of Tapio and offered them freedom. She professed her magic and her warriors were great and if they marched with her they would drive the Djinn out of their forests. The elves agreed, promising to give the Pohjolans whatever they desired in return for help to regain their freedom. The Elves agreed and together they marched for war. She led her soldiers into battle and one by one the fortresses of the Djinn fell. When the war was won and the Elves were free they thanked the Pohjolans and offered them anything that could give them. Lohi demanded all of their children be given to her. The Elves protested so Lohi’s soldiers fought the Elves and stole their babies and young, some of the Elves managed to hide their children but many had been taken by Lohi’s soldiers who then rode off on their black mares back to dismal Sariola. That night, as the Elves counted their dead and cried for their children, a terrible light in the North lit up the sky. They heard the sounds of children's screams carried in the wind and a sickly green glow illuminated the night. Lohi, in the mountain walls of her dismal Sariola, had performed a monstrous spell upon herself and her realm. She had consumed the life force of the Elven children with a wicked ritual and had ascended in a powerful new deity, she had become Lohi, Witch-Queen of the Sariola, ruler of Pohjola.

Chapter 9: The Burning Realm

The world exists in a state of tribulation, with few existing members of the immortal races. The battleground between the cities of Olnum and Tapiola is now a wasteland known as ‘The Burning Realm’. Neither the Djinn or Elves dare to enter this forsaken land, both races are preparing for the final war. One race will pay the ultimate price, their race will cease to exist.

Reconciliation is not an option. Which side will you choose to battle with?