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|The Jihad								|
|Draw close seekers of Wisdom and hear my words, and I shall tell you	|
|of the subtle and terrible beginnings of the Jihad.  			|
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|When the Realms were recovering from the aftermath of the great 	|
|DreamWars which spawned so many of our races, and shaped the very	|
|island continents we now know, new powers began to appear to fill the	|
|great void left by the fall of the Powers of the Old World.		|
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|During the second millennia after the Wars, the Powers arrived to our 	|
|Realms by the score, drawn by the seething mass of our life force.  	|
|They offered their favors in exchange for the one currency an Immortal |
|needs: belief.  In exchange for our belief, our faith, these Powers 	|
|grew stronger and granted more and mightier favors on their chosen.  	|
|During the first millennia, while the realm was recovering, the Powers |
|fought in subtle ways, for the world was yet too damaged.  Time passed,|
|and the seas ceased to boil, and the sky began to clear.  More time 	|
|passed, and the surviving races began again to rediscover the lost arts|
|of building, and the lost arts of war.					|
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|At the dawn of the third millennia, the Powers began to move against	|
|each other openly.  Forming armies of their believers, they marched	|
|one against the other in their struggles to prove their might to their	|
|followers, and thereby increase their own power with that rare 	|
|spiritual currency of faith.  Led by their incarnate Avatars, and their|
|powerful Priests, the Jihad was born, and the realms were plunged into |
|the Age of Darkness, the modern Age according to Kyldissian Lore.	|
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|For a full millennia the Jihad raged across the lands, and slowly, one	|
|by one, the Powers fell.  Frightened by the fall of their brethren,    |
|alliances began to form amongst the Powers.  Pantheons began to rage   |
|with incredible might and power against the lone Powers and overwhelm  |
|them. 									|
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|Now, my children, we sit at the End of an Age.  The fifth millennia 	|
|since the end of the DreamWars, which brought to an end the Age of 	|
|Dreams, now sees the end of the Third Age, the Age of Darkness.  	|
|Whether the Fourth Age of our World will be one of Light, or Doom 	|
|remains to be seen.  Only six of the great Powers remain.  I have 	|
|written down a brief history and ideology of each should you chose to  |
|learn of them.								|
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|And now, I name them, the final six players of the Jihad. 		|
|Everen, the Goddess of Light,						|
|The Gods of Many Faces,						|
|The Mother of All,							|
|The Great Old Ones,							|
|Karaveth, the Lord of the Middle Dark,					|
|The Blood Lords.							|
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|                                To this Writ I set my Hand,		|
|                                Jarrod Melshimber, Servant of Truth,	|
|                                Witness of the Ages, and		|
|                                Seer of Kyldiss.			|

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