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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. | | | |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. | | | |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. | | | |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. | | | |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. | | | |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. | | | |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. | | | |Of course, of the atheists I will not speak except to say they waste | |their lives for no benefit. | | | | | | | | To this Writ I set my Hand, | | Jarrod Melshimber, Servant of Truth, | | Witness of the Ages, and | | Seer of Kyldiss. | |_______________________________________________________________________| For more information, See also: everen,gods of many faces,mother of all,great old ones,karaveth, blood lords,jihad2,temples,standing,desecration by using the syntax 'help jihad <topic>' Additionally, you can check the holywar statistics by typing the following: 'help holywar'