Foreword


To whomever reads this,

Welcome to my life’s work. My name is Garnein Alstyn, leader of the Scholars of Thiren. I fancy myself as something of a historian and scholar, and my life’s work has been dedicated to the preservation and uncovering of our past. I write this humble and mostly incomplete treatise in the hope that it will assist the people of Lierien in understanding our tumultuous and colorful past, so that we may learn from our mistakes.

It is said that history is the measure of a people. If this is true, then the measure of the people of Lierien is yet to be determined, as history continues to be written everyday. Yet there is something to be said for looking at the past, for in doing so, we may also get a glimpse of our future.

With all that said, I invite you to view the pages held within this small tome, and ask that you keep an open mind, for much of what is written here is based off of myths and legends, ancient works found in lost ruins, and conjecture and speculation.


In the beginning…

Perhaps it is appropriate that we know not exactly how we came into being, for such knowledge would possibly limit the scope of our imagination. Imagination, more than anything else, is what separates us from the birds in the air and the fish in the sea. For this section, I only have myths, legends and my own speculation, so take these words as such.

Every religion here on Lierien has their on take on how the world came to be. Those who follow Junpolipi say that he cupped his hands around a massive rock in space and reshaped it into our world, whereas those who worship Kaelis say Lierien was born from the magic of his thoughts. I truly cannot say what, if any of the theories of the churches are true, but I do believe that some power or event was responsible for the birth of our world, and of the people on it. How it came to pass, however, is one of the great mysteries of the world that I do not believe we will ever solve…


The Wier’shan

This is the earliest time of any type of recorded history, though we only know a little of it. Using magic, we’ve been able to translate the word “Wier’shan” as meaning “War of All-Being” or something similar to that effect, but we don’t know what it means. Apparently in this time, there were two races living on Lierien, the Merdiaths (pronounced “mare-dee-ats”) and the Hla’aren (“la-ay-ren”). As of date, we have only found writings created by the Hla’aren, and only a few at that. According to what was found, the Hla’aren were at war with the Merdiaths, though the reason is unknown. All that we have been able to find mention of in regards to this war are two names: Mulerai (pronounced “mull-err-aye”) and Taeron (“tay-ron”). Perhaps they were the leaders of each race, the names of strategic locations, or for all we know, they could be the names of someone’s children.

The Wier’shan apparently lasted hundreds of thousands of years. Our best guess puts the Wier’shan as having occurred around four to five hundred thousand years ago, but that number is only based off of the few writings and artifacts we have found. Unfortunately, we can find no mention of who won the war, if indeed the two races did not destroy each other, and our explorations of the ruins we have discovered so far have yielded no clues as to what became of the Hla’aren and the Merdiaths.


The Age of Silence

This is the time when we really begin to see written records come about. We’re not sure when this age really began, but we have the earliest recorded time in a document, written by an Ei’dorai (elf). It claims the year to be the 54th year of the kingdom of Glathlas. We’ve extrapolated this year out and have discovered that this would be around the year 127,850 B.S. (Before Se’Redai). In this document the Ei’dorai claims that there is fighting going on between the Ei’dorai and the Harean (human) over land. This shows that the Ei’dorai and the Harean races have existed for at least one hundred and thirty thousand years.

Documents dated later from this era show that both Ei’dorai and the Hareans learned to harness “magic”, as descriptions of battles from this time speak of “balls of fire” and “men who could fly in the air without wings”. How the Ei’dorai and the Hareans came to learn magic is a mystery, though the Kaelisians claim that Kaelis granted magic as a gift to the mortal races.

Speaking of the gods, I found it strange that in all of the writings we’ve examined from this era, there is no mention of the gods. Sure, there is talk of “miracles” and unusual events, but there is no mention of any kind of organized religion. Thus, I have dubbed this era “The Age of Silence”, for it seems the gods were more or less quiet during this era.

In time, the Ei’dorai and the Hareans came to a peaceful agreement and solidified the kingdoms of Glathlas and Nalloch, though those kingdoms were much larger than those of the same names today. They signed a treaty they called the “Parsmerg Accord”, and both kingdoms began officially recording time from this date. They called the year the accord was signed 1 P.A., which we have extrapolated out to 406 B.S. in our current calender.


The Age of Madness

In the year 181 P.A. (226 B.S. in our calendar), a human mage named Cloestius Maerun begins doing experiments on animals, mutating them in vicious weapons. Also at this time, we have the first appearance of the Doergur (dwarves), Gomens (gnomes), and Hourugaens (halflings) in Lierien. Where these races came from is unknown, as even they do not remember, but it is suspected that they came from beneath the earth, and were brought to the surface by Cloestius.

Cloestius was a madman, according to the documents of the time, and he was cast out of the Guild of the Gifted in Nalloch for his experiments. Cloestius went to his tower in the mountains southwest of Kedare and continued his experiments.

Apparently, reports began to surface about strange creatures attacking settlements in the area known as Gault today, but the Nallochan authorities didn’t seem to pay much mind to them. Then one day, in the year 341 P.A. (66 B.S.), a mass of hideous monsters, along with an army of Doergur, Gomens, and Hourugaens attacked several settlements in Gault, overwhelming all resistance. The Nallochans were slow to respond, and by the time reports arrived in the capital of Nalloch, Miath, Cloestius held most of Gault.

Caught off-guard, Sovereign Ellas Millenis (later called “The Craven King”), offered a peace treaty with Cloestius. For reasons still unknown today, Cloestius accepted the offer, and formed the kingdom of Gault.

Having agreed to the treaty with Nalloch, Cloestius, who by this time had apparently turned to magic to keep himself alive, turned his attention to Glathlas. His armies began attacking settlements into what is now Kolos, which at the time was part of Glathlas. For the next decade, the Ei’dorai struggled to hold off Cloestius’s army. However, Cloestius was able to replenish his forces with his horrible mutations faster than the Ei’dorai could replenish their forces, and the Ei’dorai were forced to retreat into the Ey’inth Forest.

The war raged on, and though the Ei’dorai fought valiantly, the sheer numbers of Cloestius’s forces kept driving them back. By 351 P.A. (56 B.S.), the Ei’dorai had been driven back past Isithranduil. The leader of the Ei’dorai, Elvariand (later called “The Shadow’s Bane” by the Harean), sends a plea for aid to Nalloch. But Sovereign Ellas Millenis was afraid of breaking the treaty with Cloestius, and chose not to respond.

By 381 P.A. (26 B.S.), the Ei’dorai had been driven almost entirely out of the forests of Glathlas, only holding the area east of what is now Stirnus. Around this time, rumors began spreading of cults forming that followed the words of “The Harbingers”, people who claimed that they had been told in a dream that a new era was about to arrive, and that a great “return” was about to take place.

There were nine Harbingers (author’s note: These were later found to be 3 Hareans, 3 Ei’dorai, 1 Doergur, 1 Gomen and 1 Hourugaen), and some of these “Harbingers” were apparently Doergur, Gomens and Hourugaens, and as they spread the word among their people, the three races began to break away from Cloestius. Over the next two decades, the three races left Cloestius, just as he was on the verge of defeating the Ei’dorai completely. This forced Cloestius to retreat back to Gault. As he did, the Doergur took the area now known as Valenor for their own, the Gomens took Milea, and the Hourugaens took Bendaris.

As Cloestius fell back to Gault, the 3 Harean Harbingers called on Sovereign Ellas Millenis of Nalloch to move against Cloestius, to end the war once and for all. Millenis feared the rising power of the Harbingers, however, and had the 3 imprisoned on the charge of treason. Following a mock trial, the 3 Harbingers were found guilty and burned at the stake. This enraged their followers so much that they marched on Millenis’s palace in Miath, stormed the palace and ripped Millenis limb to limb.

After killing Millenis, the followers split back into 3 groups, each representing their respective fallen harbingers. They formed a ruling council called the “Trinity”, each group represented by their respective leaders. Together, the Trinity organized Nalloch’s army and began to move against Cloestius. In the year 401 P.A. (6 B.S.) Cloestius began to lose his hold on Gault. In just 3 years, the Nallochan forces defeated his mercenary army and his mutated creations and retook Gault. Cloestius is forced to hide himself in his tower, and it appeared the war was over.

Elvariand approaches Nalloch about why Nalloch didn’t respond to their plea for aid. After the Trinity explains to Elvariand about Ellas’s cowardice, the two sides renew their alliance and make final preparations to eliminate Cloestius once and for all.

Unfortunately, no one knew how mad Cloestius truly was, or how far he was willing to go. In the year 406 P.A. (1 B.S.), as the forces of Nalloch and Glathlas were closing in on his tower, Cloestius unleashed his final act of defiance.

First, Cloestius unleashed a deadly magical plague that was apparently created to affect those who had left him; the Doergur, Gomens, and Hourugaens. The plague was especially devastating to the Doergur, given their proximity to his tower.

What he did next, no one knows for certain, but the result is well-known. A massive explosion occurred in his tower. The explosion presumably destroyed Cloestius, as well as the tower and most of the mountaintop. The shockwave it sent out ripped apart the armies of Nalloch and Glathlas, killing tens of thousands.

After the shockwave, a dark cloud began forming over where the mountain had been. This dark cloud kept growing and growing, until the entire face of Falthoan was covered in darkness. And thus, the time we call “Se’redai” (means “The Dark”) came…


Se’redai

As the darkness enveloped Falthoan, hysteria gripped the people. They hid in their homes, believing the end of the world had come. The plague that Cloestius had unleashed was devastating, especially to the Doergur. The Doergur were forced to flee most of Valenor due to the plague, taking refuge with the Gomens in Milea. Countless thousands of Doergur, Gomens and Hourugaens died from the plague before it ran its course.

But the worst was to come. As the days turned into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, the darkness remained. Without access to sunlight, plants began dying, animals got weak, and starvation became a serious problem. All of the remaining Harbingers died, and the people were overcome with despair.


The Age of Rebirth

Finally, after approximately 3 years, the darkness was lifted from Falthoan. This is recorded as the year 1 A.S. (“After Se’redai”). The plants came back to life, the animals regained their strength and the “Dream” occurred. Each person on Lierien was visited by one of the Harbingers in a dream. In this dream, the Harbingers explained that the gods had not forsaken them, and that now was the time of the “Rebirth”. There were nine versions of the “Dream”, and people sought out those who had the same version as themselves. This led to the formation of our modern day “religions”.

By the year 5 A.S. nine religions had been formed:

Ayd’teltan – patron god of the Ei’dorai, wind, music.
Junpolipi – patron god of the Hourugaens, earth, animals.
Berun Waterwalker – patron god of the Gomens, water, plants.
Syrkre – patron god of the Doergur, fire, wealth.
Kaelis – patron god of the Harean, magic, balance.
Oguen – goddess of order, discipline, stability.
Trystai – goddess of chaos, freedom, change.
Hemaren – goddess of good, light, creation.
Urgonar – goddess of evil, darkness, destruction.

Peace returned to the world, more or less, but there was one problem that eventually came up. You see for 300 years, the Doergur lived with the Gomens in Milea, and were grateful for their help after the plague. However, they began to yearn for their own home again, but Valenor was not an option anymore, as it had been overrun by goblinoids and other foul creatures. So they approached the Ei’dorai about the Vergnon Mountains and the surrounding area (now called Khem). The Ei’dorai refused. This angered the Doergur, after all, it was they who had taken the brunt of the plague and they who were the first to leave Cloestius. So they approached the Gomens and proposed that they take the area now known as Khem. The Gomens, wishing to help the Doergur and not being particularly close to the Ei’dorai, agreed. In the year 307 A.S., Gomen and Doergur forces moved into the Vergnon Mountains and established the kingdom of Khem.

This infuriated the Ei’dorai, but they were unable to stop the Doergur from taking Khem. So in 310 A.S., they responded by moving against Milea instead, while the Gomen forces were in Khem. This started what we would later term, “The War of Sorrow”.


The War of Sorrow

When Glathlas attacked Milea, most of the Gomen forces were away helping the Doergur secure Khem. Thus Glathlas secured about half of Milea, all the way to Rhunyth, before the Gomen forces could respond. However, the combined Gomen and Doergur forces retaliated, and began pushing the Ei’dorai out of Milea. Thus, Glathlas called for aid from Nalloch.

This time, Nalloch responded. Ruled again by a Sovereign, Borsam Loruan, the Nallochan forces moved into Khem and began attacking the Doergur. This drew the Doergur army back into Khem, and the war ground to a halt. No one could make any headway, and the stalemate lasted for 15 years.

During the time the war was going on, the Hourugaens sat in the background, watching from their kingdom of Bendaris. Finally, in the year 325 A.S., they decided to try to bring the war to an end. They called a peace council of the other four races that was held in Tibethon. For a month, the sides argued and hammered out details for a peace, with the Hourugaens acting as mediators. Finally they came to terms. The Doergur could keep Khem and the Gomens would move from Milea to a new area they called Jenneria. Also, the Ei’dorai gave what is now Kolos to Nalloch, as the war had drained their ability to take care of that area. Milea was to be set up as a kingdom to be rules by all the races. A council of five called The Pestori, made up of one reperesentative of each race, was created to rule Milea.


The Age of Exploration

After the War of Sorrow, up until 507 A.S., peace reigned throughout Falthoan. While the Ei’dorai remained reclusive and the Doergur set up the kingdom of Khem, the Hareans, Gomens, and Hourugaens began exploring the seas, wondering what was out beyond Falthoan. The Hareans found and settled what is now Motron and Astel, while the Gomens and Hourugaens settled Afrer, Mesti and the northern part of Sassurah. Motron and Astel were void of any humanoid life, as were Afrer and Mesti, but the Gomens and Hourugaens discovered that a species of lizard men lived in nomadic tribes in the Alrabi Desert. With the help of magic, the Gomens and Hourugaens were able to communicate with this species, which they called the “Alrabi”, and established trade relations with them.

The Gomens and Hourugaens discovered that the Alrabi worship a goddess they called “Nimonra, the Sand Goddess”. The Gomens and Hourugaens found this intriguing, given their own religious beliefs as a society. Upon further questioning, the Alrabi revealed that it was their belief that Nimonra was responsible for all creating the desert in which they lived, and for providing for them in the harsh conditions of the deserts. The Gomens and Hourugaens shrugged and didn’t question the Alrabi on the matter any further. Eventually, the Alrabi sent representatives across the Yastrin Sea to meet the other races, where they were generally received well, if not with some curiosity and strange looks.

Also during this time, some Hareans and Ei’dorai in Milea began having relationships. This led the first of the “Phen-Ei’dorai” (half-elves) being born. The Phen-Ei’dorai were initially treated as abominations, but as more and more kept being born, they eventually became accepted in Milea. Over time, the Phen-Ei’dorai left Milea and went into other kingdoms, most of the time gaining acceptance in their new homes.


The Age of Rebellion

Having been colonies for hundreds of years, Gault and Kolos were providing a lot of profit to Nalloch, but were seeing very little return for themselves. So in 507 A.S., leaders from Kolos and Gault met and agreed to throw out their Nallochan masters. Over a period of several months, entire garrisons of Nallochan forces were chased out of Gault and Kolos. Nalloch responded with force, and brutally killed thousands. However, this just made the rebels more resolute, and for the next 15 years, they fought against Nalloch, trying to win their independence.

Nalloch requested that Glathlas help them, but the Ei’dorai felt the matter was an internal one, and since none of the other races were interfering, they would not get involved. Nalloch felt betrayed, but could do little about it, as they were beginning to lose the fight to keep Gault and Kolos. To make things worse, Motron and Astel took the opportunity to declare their independence from Nalloch, and Nalloch couldn’t spare forces to do anything about it.

Finally, in the year 542 A.S., Nalloch could no longer afford to stay in Gault and Kolos, and had to pull out. Gault and Kolos had won, and together, they signed and formed the Rebel’s Alliance, a treaty that still stands today.

Meanwhile, Afrer and Mesti also declared their independence from Bendaris and Jenneria. Unlike Nalloch, however, Bendaris and Jenneria sought to keep good relations with their former colonies, and so together, they formed the Merchant’s Coster, an agreement to maintain free trade among the four of them.


The Age of Races

As Nalloch was reeling from the loss of its colonies, expeditions from Nalloch were busy exploring the swamps and jungles of the area now called Borostnia. In their explorations, in the year 561 A.S., they came upon a new race of humanoids, the “Urkantig” (orcs). Surprisingly, the Urkantig were not hostile to the explorers, and communication between the Hareans of Nalloch and the Urkantig was started. The Hareans learned that the Urkantig lived in spread out villages through the Draegru Swamp and Saergh Jungle, and that they considered both the swamp and jungle to belong to them, believing them to be the gift of their god, Orgamugnop. The Harean’s also learned that the Urkantig knew where to find precious gems in the jungle, and valuable medicinal plants in the swamp. Nalloch, learning from its recent troubles with Gault and Kolos, decided to initiate trade relations with the Urkantig. In exchange, Nalloch agreed to provide weapons and armor made of metal to the Urkantig, and to recognize the area now called Borostnia as the kingdom of the Urkantig. The Urkantig were please with the arrangement, and some of the Urkantig moved near the Borostnia/Nalloch border to create trading outposts. One such outpost, Glanvan, became so popular with traders from both sides that it grew to the size of a large city, and the Urkantig decided to make it its capital.

As time went by, Hareans and Urkantig began having relationships, much the same as what happened between Hareans and Ei’dorai in Milea. This led to the birth of “Phen-Urkantig” (half-orcs). Over time, the Phen-Urkantig became the liaisons between the Hareans and the Urkantig, so much so, that they have become the predominant inhabitants in the border towns of Borostnia. The Urkantig, feeling more comfortable in their swamps and jungles, left the border towns and moved back into the swamps, using the Phen-Urkantig to deal with the Harean.

The Phen-Urkantig showed much of the same curiosity about the world that their Harean half possesses. They began moving throughout Falthoan and exploring. For some unknown reason (I conjecture the Phen-Urkantig reminded them of the goblins that had overrun their old home, Valenor), The Doergur looked upon them with disdain, and ordered that any Phen-Urkantig entering Khem would be imprisoned. The other races were more open, and within a couple decades, the Phen-Urkantig could be found in every kingdom (except Khem).

Meanwhile, the Gomens were exploring the icy reaches of northeastern Falthoan, when, in the year 578 A.S., they came upon a new race as well, the Shelywin (kobolds), who looked like small humanoid reptiles with brown skin, covered in bear furs. The Shelywin were hostile at first, thinking the Gomens had come to steal their land, which they called “Immyr”, and slew many of the Gomens who entered their territory.

Eventually, a mage named Oglen Wildsticks went into Immyr alone. When the Shelywin approached him, he used his magic to communicate to them that he was not a threat, and that he wanted to come to a peace. The Shelywin initially took Oglen prisoner, and were planning on killing him, but on the way back to their village, they were attacked by a Murghath (remorhaz). Oglen used his magic to kill the Murghath, and the Shelywin were impressed not only by his power, but by the fact that he would save them from the Murghath. Once they got back to the village, the Shelywin that took Oglen prisoner explained to their chief what had occurred. The chief saw then listened to Oglen explain that the Gomens were no threat to the Shelywin. After considering Oglen’s words, actions, and praying to the Shelywin’s goddess, Delmira, The Princess of Ice, the chief agreed to a peace with the Gomens.

Upon Oglen’s return, he contacted the leaders of Jenneria, the Assembly, and informed him of his success in Immyr. Oglen was sent back to Immyr, where he opened up relations with the Shelywin, eventually getting permission for the Gomens to set up trading posts just inside the Immyrian boarder. The Gomens would trade food and wood to the Shelywin, who in turn traded exotic furs. The Shelywin also sent out groups to the other realms to establish relations. They were well received by everyone, though the Ei’dorai found them to be a bit annoying at times. The Alrabi especially got along with them well, as they thought of them as smaller cousins. (Authors Note: The Alrabi never go to Immyr and the Shelywin never go to Sassurah, as the diametrically opposed climates are intolerable to them. They instead usually meet in Milea or some other kingdom where both races are welcome.)


The Age of the Faithful and the Valiant (Current Age)

With all the new races coming into the mainstream life in Falthoan, conflict was inevitable. However, the conflict manifested itself not as one race fighting another, but rather, churches fighting each other for supremacy. It started in the year 674 A.S., when the leader of the church of Hemaren, Cerdnan Tonrem, was found murdered in the House of Righteous Light, the temple of Hemaren located in the city of Galoaben. He had been stabbed sixteen times with a poisoned dagger that was found at the scene. The dagger used was one that was used by the Darkmaidens of the church of Urgonar. This murder enraged the leaders of the church of Hemaren, and they declared a Gertranond (holy war), against the Urgonar church.

Massing its forces, the Hemaren church launched an assault on the Night Tabacle in Faurla. The Urgonar forces were caught completely unawares, and were obliterated. The church of Urgonar, was enraged, claiming they had nothing to do with Tonrem’s death. The Urgonrans responded by gathering their own forces at their primary temple, the Darklight Citadel in Glenna. They sent their army against the Hemaren’s army, and the two armies met on the plains of Kolos, southwest of Tiraca.

The two armies clashed like two raging bulls locking horns. For 2 months, the armies fought to a stalemate, with thousands dying on each side. As the sides continued to fight, the Urgonar church approached a sect of the Trystaian church, the Seeds of Chaos for assistance. The Seeds, seeing the opportunity to wreak havoc all across Falthoan, agreed. With the help of the Seeds, the Urgonarans finally won the battle, forcing the Hemarens to retreat back to Galoaben.

However, that was not the end, but rather, just the beginning…

About 5 years after the battle between the Urgonaran and the Hemarens, another event occurred. The Urn of Arhen, the most holy relic of the church of Junpolipi, was stolen. The church of Junpolipi blamed the church of Trystai, based off of witness reports. This led to fights breaking out between the two churches in several cities where both churches had branches, including the cities of Thiren, Aciladon, Sesur, and Caundran. Hundreds of priests died on both sides.

At the same time, a group of Phen-Urkantig, traveling along the Milea/Khem border, was attacked. Only one Phen-Urkantig survived the attack, and he told the church of Orgamugnop that the group had been attacked by a group of dwarves bearing the vestments of Syrkre. The church of Orgamugnop then killed about 100 dwarves and burned down several buildings in the village of Gisil in retaliation. This led the kingdom of Khem to declare war on Borostnia. In turn, Nalloch declared war on Khem, and Jenneria, continuing their long time support of the Doergur, declared war on Nalloch.

The first battle between Borostnia/Nalloch and Jenneria/Khem occurred at the city of Rhisa late in the year 679 A.S. The Gomens and Doergur launched the attack using archers, foot soldiers, and members from the churches of Syrkre and Berun Waterwalker. At first, it appeared Rhisa would fall, but reinforcements from Borostnia, as well as the churches of Orgamugnop and Kaelis arrived in time to save the city, and the Gomens and Doergur were forced to withdraw back into Khem.

The next battle took place in early 680 A.S., as forces from Borostnia and Nalloch moved through southeastern Kolos and attacked Sesur. After a 3 month siege, Sesur fell, and the Doergur and Gomens fell back to Sesin and Glenar.

The leader of Kolos, King Rinmel Kasneh, was irate that Nalloch and Borostnia moved troops through his kingdom without his permission. He considered it a personal affront, and an assault on Kolos’s sovereignty. Approaching the leader of Gault, Rebel Oplanis Wehthan, Rinmel invoked the Rebel’s Alliance and requested that Gault support Kolos and declare war on Nalloch and Borostnia. Oplanis agreed, and the two kingdoms gathered their armies.

In late 680 A.S., While Nalloch and Borostnia were busy dealing with Khem and Jennerian forces north of Sesur, Kolos and Gault attacked the town of Gerram. With much of Nalloch’s attention diverted in Khem, Gerram fell in just over 2 weeks.

Nalloch, realizing their dangerous position, called upon the Guild of the Gifted in Miath to help the war effort. The Guild had no interest in getting involved in political or religious affairs, but Nalloch offered them large sums of money, and so the Guild agreed. The magi went to Gerram, where they used their magics to drive the Gault and Kolos forces out of the town.


Conclusion

The year is now 681 A.S. The Hemarens and Urgonarans still have skirmishes, mostly in Kolos and Milea. Each side still blames the other for the conflict, and I see no end in sight. The churches of Junpolipi and Trystai have escalated their conflict, with their forces fighting in Milea, Kolos, Nalloch and Jenneria.

The war between Nalloch/Borostnia and Kolos/Gault/Khem/Jenneria, is still going on. Daily reports of fighting along the border of Nalloch come in, and the casualties continue to mount. Many on the street expect Glathlas to come to Nalloch’s aid, given their past relationship, but so far, the Ei’dorai have remained silent on the matter. The Hourugaens, Shelywin and Alrabi have so far stayed out of the conflict, but only time will tell what role they may play.

My hope is that this small work will help give you a glimpse into this world we live in. It is impossible to completely encapsulate history into a tome, but if my work helps even one person learn about our world, then my time spent creating this treatise was not in vain. I leave you, the reader, with this final thought: The world is shaped by change, great and small, and whether that change is good or bad is up to the people in the world. I hope you will try to change the world for the good…



Garnein Alstyn, leader of the Scholars of Thiren

Written this 9th day of the week of Befard of the month of Harnim in the year 681 A.S.

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