The First Era
With mythology as our guide, it is told that Atros created the earth and skies, Paton created the foliage and clouds and that Humos was responsible for the creation of all sentient beings upon Esra. It is also said that the gods themselves were forged by Hades as an experiment to see how they would eventually engineer each others downfalls.
According to folklore, these events took place outside the limits of time enforced by men and therefore their length is unknowable.
The Second Era
With the creation of Esra came the inevitable rise of man. From the beginning, it was obvious one species was more capable than the rest and, over time, they came to dominate the world. As this happened, both Atros and Paton became disenchanted with the idea of ruling over a world of their own creation due to their lack of power over man. Eventually, they confided in each other and began to plot against Humos.
Seeing a chance to sow the seeds of destruction, Hades granted the two conspirators the power to create a race of their own to rival man. Atros and Paton debated for a long time and could find no race to create that could overcome the ingenuity and adaptability of man. Therefore, they settled on creating another race of men; a race of men to hunt down and wipe out those which Humos had created. They called them the Patoros.
The end of the Second Era came about as the Patoros expanded out from their origin, eventually meeting the borders of man. At this point, they immediately commenced war with brutal attacks on human settlements.
The Third Era
The attack presented by the Patoros took Humos completely by surprise, having been told of every new addition or development in Esra up until now. He immediately went to the two other gods in order to find out what had happened. They explained that they were teaching him a lesson for putting himself above them and that they would now show him how he would be punished. Humos defiantly stated that man would not fall to a barbaric, thoughtless race such as theirs.
As the war on Esra progressed, the Patoros took more and more land from man, giving no quarter. Humos despaired at his helplessness until, just as man’s destruction seemed certain, he realised that Atros and Paton should not have been able to create a race of their own. From this, he deduced that their race must have a major flaw as they did not have his expertise. Watching the war from above, he had seen that their army lacked any sort of organisation or tactics and decided that he must take advantage of that fact.
As the Patoros army gathered outside the human capital of Aerephon, Humos ordered a quarter of his remaining forces to guard the city’s main gate. He ordered the rest of his forces to gather secretly at each side of the city, out of view of the Patoros army.
Assured of their victory, the two conspirators commanded their entire horde to charge the main gate of the city. During their approach, the gate opened and they were met by a small force of men led by King Falwhen. The battle did not go well for the King, losing a hand and all but ten of his men. During the fighting however, the rest of the human forces converged behind the Patoros horde, surprising them and proceeding to slaughter the entire army save for a few escapees. This battle came to be called The Defense of Aerephon.
Having lost the favour of Hades; Atros and Paton were stripped of their powers over the Patoros, giving the race their own free will. Since then, the two conspirator gods have faded into the background, putting little effort into Esra and spending almost all their time contemplating their defeat.
The Fourth Era
Having watched the race of man so valiantly defend itself, Humos decided to take a step back from controlling their actions and vowed to only intervene when needed.
King Falwhen or “The Trident King” as he was dubbed by his people after his victory at Aerephon, decided that the best way to deal with the remaining threat of the Patoros was not to destroy them but to offer them a chance to live as equals among them. His decision was met with fear and confusion but as time passed, the two races came to live together perfectly happily and eventually began to refer to themselves purely as the race of men.
For many years the kingdom of men expanded once again with many Kings coming and going, all of which managed to reign over peace.
The Fifth Era
Hades had watched the evolution of Esra with a growing curiosity, amazed by how his attempts at destruction had ended in such a solid peace. His want for wanton destruction within Esra had long passed and he wished to see instead how it would react when poked with a sharp stick out of pure curiosity.
Long ago, when he had let the two conspirator gods create the Patoros, he had given the new race a small part of his power. This allowed them to affect their world in any way they wished as long as they equaled their wish with a sacrifice. This sacrifice could be anything…mud, hair, bread, water, oil…but the most powerful sacrifice was always life.
Originally, this latent power was strong within every single Patoros and yet they failed to find it in their crusade against man. The power would be weakened now due to the years of watering down the Patoros bloodline, but Hades decided it was time to let it free upon Esra.
The most gifted quickly gained control over those around them as they realised their potential and as was inevitable, a civil war ensued. Many rallied to the cause of the most powerful, either in awe of or afraid of their power, however the vast majority of people stood against them, not wanting to lose their way of life or be controlled through fear. A young man(Gulian Hanfeld) from a family that had bred almost solely within the Patoros rose to lead what he dubbed the Hantoros Rebellion (after his own family name) and quickly found that he could control death.
The so called rebellion spread like wildfire until it engulfed the entire kingdom, reaching a climax as Gulian drew the life from his entire following in order to wipe out the coastal city of Dansha. The effort also killed him.
Following the rebellion, King Joseph ordered the destruction of any recorded knowledge of the powers that were to blame, banned their use and banned discussion of them. Due to this, over many many years, the knowledge of these powers disappeared from history almost completely and man’s innate ability to use them followed.
Hades watched this unfold with interest and, having deemed them useless, destroyed the three gods which had once ruled over Esra.
The Sixth Era
The human race somewhat fractured after the events of the Fifth Era and began to grow (once again) as two separate, but allied, countries. Their reasoning for separating was mainly a difference in belief over how they should be ruled and due to cultural differences over the vast area that they now occupied. The two countries became Humosa (after their main deity) and Cartoria (named after the cart due to the regions history of trade).
Humosa was still ruled by a King (King Pascha at the time) and Cartoria was ruled by elected officials from several areas, creating a council. The capital of Humosa is still to this day Aerephon and the capital of Cartoria is Cotown.
The two countries coexisted for many years in harmony due to their codependency and wish for peace.
The Seventh Era
About six months previous to the current time, Cartorian soldiers were sighted harassing Humosian trade caravans and threatening border patrols with violence for no good reason. Since then, the Cartorian army has converged along the border between the two countries and has proceeded to take control of several small settlements. The Humosian army has responded and sent it’s army to defend the area near the city of Parnaea, close to the border.