Prologue

The Celts knew an ancient land which lay on a higher Plane, far across the seas. Through a vast network of stone circles, they colonised this place, trading what goods the others sought or lacked. And stories came that strange creatures dwelt in the mountains, creatures long gone from the lower Plane. Shy creatures, well beyond human reach.

There were seven forces of nature known to these colonies: darkness, light, water, growth, wind, consciousness, and fire. These were forces they had known in the old world, and accepted; what lived in the mountains they knew not, and feared. But the monsters were curious, bringing no harm, and gradually made themselves known.

Dragons have ever lived in the memory of man. And so it was with awe that these Celts learnt they had made a home among the seven remaining races, one for each of the natural forces. They revered the dragons, and as the centuries passed, tribes began forming attachments to one or the other. Customs of worship grew. Secret paths were forged in the rocks of the mountains.

For millennia trade continued to flourish between the upper and lower Planes, but change would come to Europe. As the Romans expanded their realm, conquering the Celts, many fled through the stones and found refuge in the land of dragons. The Romans would thus christen it Terra Draco, but would never learn how to reach it. Many of the stone circles were destroyed by those willing to stay and resist the Roman army. Trade diminished; devotion to the dragons deepened. What little relationship remained between the two became strained, and the portals fell into disuse. Records were burnt. Memories of another land slipped away.

As in the lower Plane, rivalry of beliefs and worship practices grew between different groups. Religious hysteria overtook Terra Draco, and the land was ravaged by a bloody conflict mirroring the crusades of their lost brethren. War began to consume the land: but just as despair appeared victorious, the Dragon Monarchs emerged from the Otherworld. The Monarchs decreed that the land would be divided so each race of dragon would have its own people and place. Decades of conflict ended. A new calendar was created.

And thus the seven regions were founded. The first region is that of Miggest, the Black Dragon of darkness and the wolf. The land of the Gold Dragon, in which this tale is predominantly set, is the place of Lenyol, the dragon of light whose animal is the lynx. The third territory of Iulitha is home to the Sapphire Dragon of water, the falcon-dragon. The fourth is the region of the Green Dragon Enophy, the viper, whose natural force is growth. The fifth, Felińat, is the dragon of consciousness, the Amethyst Dragon of the leopard. Tlansiagh is the sixth region, the White Dragon of the wind and eagle. Finally, the seventh, Brioe: the Red Dragon of fire and the bear.

The Dragon Monarchs sought human emissaries, that their will would be known in the lowlands; and so the lineage of Interpreters began. Over several generations, the Holy Scriptures were delivered to the realms by the Interpreters. In return, the Interpreters were given some power over the common dragons, and would reign over the people if needed. In their absence rule was lent to the Custodian of the Throne.

Since foundation, Miggest—the northernmost region in the west—stood as the strongest and most threatening of the territories. Despite its distance, it often intimidated and invaded others, causing the Sunset War in the mid-800’s. The conflict ended with the Interpreters summoning the dragons—the only time dragons had been drawn directly into human affairs. Such destruction was wrought that all fight died in the human spirit. Great borders were built with the rubble of broken cities, and Miggest was cursed by all others. Migration and trade ceased almost entirely. Unforgiven, no aid came to relieve their present plight: for drought besets the region. Winter brought no rain, and crops were failing. Livestock were being harvested ahead of breeding season. And in such times our tale begins, with two very different people.

New Map of Terra Draco

 

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