In the world of the Inheritance of mana, history is defined in three broad epochs. Antiquity or mythologies- which takes place millennia ago until the last 1000 years. The eclipse age which the largest battles between the three forces took place and finally there is the current era.
During the age of antiquity the world was created and crafted by the great creator deity. He equally divided up most of his strength between two lesser gods – the sword god Govellias and the shield goddess Auraluin. He did this because he needed to create powerful guardians to prevent his newly formed world from being devoured by another entity called the great blot or the teeming darkness.
Soon after the creation of the lesser gods, the creator disappeared deep under the earth to rest for millennia. It was said that this was not the first sphere he created…but it was the last.
Thus the world was left to Govellias and Auraluin and they did not waste much time alone… The lesser gods created various things together. They crafted spirits, the fey lords, dragons and even crafted a reincarnation cycle that funnels the souls of the expired mortals through the brilliant world, a metaphysical plane of existence, with the end goal of using learned knowledge from these souls in order to better combat the great blot.
While an amazing feat itself, the two gods also created four elementals that had untold amounts of power. The great kai elementals were crafted using the soul arts of Auraluin however it was created using a special technique used only on these four. Govellias and Auraluin crafted souls that are inherently part of the second metaphysical plane of existence the brilliant world- thus causing mighty elementals that can draw almost limitless powers from the brilliant world. Because of this, they almost rival the power of the two lesser gods themselves…
At one point during the age of antiquity, the great blot attempted to devour the planet itself as a whole. Govellias decided to sacrifice himself, leaving a good portion of his strength with Auraluin as a contingency if in the unlikely event that somehow his body be used as a vessel by the darkness. He launched himself up at the great blot, tearing a large chunk of it off – which landed in the vast ocean. This event was greatly sad, however it also lead to peace. This attack caused the darkness to halt for a very long time, giving the elementals and dragons time to experiment with the piece that fell to the ocean.
They found that it, while immune to the effects of time, the great blot was a creature composed of pure chaos. In addition, they found that its body has in imperfection in its healing element and thus it recovers any lost strength at an exponentially slow rate. This was not the only positives to come from this however. This long peace allowed the other lesser races to live in peace for a time as well as gave rise to a new type of technology called magica technology, which would become crucial in the development of a great spiritual weapon.
After 1000 years, the fey lords were able to develop a grand weapon that could be used to sear off parts of the great blot. Auraluin aided in its construction along with the dragons of old. Their hope would be to never lose another god to the great devourer. This weapon is large, so large that an entire city was created around it. Due to this, both the weapon itself as well as the city around it are both referred to as the called the City of Light. The city weapon is powered by focused elemental energy. However it also has the ability to drain the souls of participants to be used as a fuel source. This secondary usage is very dangerous and can lead to instant death for those participants. Because of its nature though, attacks using the soul are significantly more powerful than attacks that use elemental energy.
After another few hundred years of peace, the world would be introduced to another grand threat. Govellias had returned, however it appears that he had become corrupted. It was revealed that he had survived, living within the great blot itself. He was able to draw power from the being itself allowing him to corrupt other beings to his will. He was no ally of the great blot however. He now wished to destroy both Auraluin and the great blot and rule over the small world alone… and thus a three way war began.
Govellias begun working to undermine the greatest weapon the heroes of light had created. He knew that since Auraluin still had a great deal of his original power, he would lose a head on confrontation. He used his new powers to avoid detection and set to work in altering the weapon. At this time, the great blot returned, a most unfortunate timing for him. He was not yet finished altering the weapon but his tinkering worked enough. When the weapon was fired, it dealt a great wound to the darkness however it also wounded him, forcing him to retreat from the land for a time. Scholars argue that the end of antiquity should be from the time Govellias returned however it is now commonly declared that end of the age occurred when the city of light misfired.
The eclipse age is an age where the three forces battled constantly and where each of the leaders of the three forces would wound each other so deeply that they would disappear. Govillias retreated after making the weapon misfire and hatched a plan to gain greater powers. He discovered he was able to absorb energies from the dark blot and remembered that his prior attack on it splintered a great deal of flesh from the being. Govellias travelled to the floating chunk, corrupting its many defenders there. He also used his many troops to scour the land and gather all pieces of the dark blot that fell during the last attack. He would mask this second scheme by having many forces attack at various places, making the forces of light unable to discern his scheme for quite some time. Govillias was able to gain a massive amount of dark power from this.
Govillias’s next move was to summon the blot itself and attempt to absorb strength directly from the otherworldly being. He summoned it, and flew into the core of the beast- the very heart of darkness. It was here he discovered the folly of his plan as it seems he was not the only thing to learn something of their prior union. The darkness itself allowed itself to be called so that it could attempt to reintegrate with Govillias. It converged on him and destroyed Govillias’s body.
During this time, a rather large battle was occurring between Govillias’s forces and the blot. The fighting between Govillias’s forces and the darkness eventually spilled into the quiet lands and destroyed many a city. Angered by this, the war was now joined by the forces of light. A three part war between light, darkness and madness began. Beings of shadow descended upon the cities of the world. Great beasts imbued with chaos ravaged the land. Elemental spirits burned away the darkness and monsters. Each battle was a desperate one as when one side became victorious, another side would attack it. After a year, the darkness launched an attack that shattered mountains, boiled rivers and chilled the air. The attack leveled everything in a 100 mile radius.
The darkness focused vast amounts of power onto heavily populated centers. It did this as it appeared to have learned what made the city of light so powerful. It is a weapon that uses the focused spiritual energy of living beings in order to cause it harm. Realizing this, Auraluin and the fey lords decided to make a desperate attack using the now repaired city of light. The fey lords made the decision to sacrifice most of their kin in order to use their life force to destroy the dark blot once and for all. The weapon fired and hit the heart of darkness directly causing a gigantic, continual explosion that mixed light and darkness.
The darkness lost most of its mass as pieces rained from the sky. The forces of darkness retreated and soon the forces of light quelled Govillias’s monstrous forces.The victory was a pyrrhic one however as many of the people of light were unaware their very lives were used. People would watch as one by one, many people suddenly died where they sat or stood. The goddess Auraluin herself also disappeared, with many elementals saying even during the current age that they could barely feel her presence. A new age was declared with the ending of the great war with the booming eclipse.
During the current age, the leaders of the three forces may be gone but the fighting has continued. Govillias’s forces splintered further and further, fighting themselves and anyone else. Many now follow their own whims, either sticking with their kingdoms or breaking into small tribes. Some even converted to either rivals side, depending on which master they seek. If they can get past the corruption they can potentially ally with the forces of light.
The dark blot now appears as an large moon that orbits the world. It’s large round mass misses a center and can be seen during the daylight as well as in the evening. Even in its weakened state, it still launches attacks at the world, extending a massive tendril onto the surface where its dark children spawn and either infect or attack others. Those that infect others are called dark agents and convert peoples by cuts their very soul from the very soul flow itself and converting their souls into a new form of infectious energy.
Luckily for the forces of light, a sizeable piece of darkness is necessary for the tendrils to extend. The event of when this occurs is referred to as a dark beckoning. The occurrences of this event have lessened since people learned to destroy the darkness pieces however many pieces have dotted the land since the city of light’s last attack, making the task of locating them difficult. Making matters even worse are pieces of darkness that landed in the ocean, giving rise to many aquatic forms of darkness that lie in wait.
It is this age where the stories of the game will be told. Modern life is very different one than the one told in history books. It is a time where people can afford to build their own legacy and seek their own desire. There is still vast threats in the world…but there is also the sense of optimism as well.