The (REDACTED) was allegedly founded by (REDACTED), a pair of married demi-gods who used their substantial power to shape the land and make it prosper. Their love for each other was impressive and primal, and acknowledged by other gods and kingdoms as being the truest example of soulmates. Unfortunately, (REDACTED) passed away not long after giving birth to twins - Ocea and (REDACTED), only one of whom survived the breaking of the egg that housed the pair of them. (REDACTED) was raised by the increasingly disturbed (REDACTED), who was insinuated to have (REDACTED), all while building an impressive cultural and commercial hub. As king, he commanded more respect than he rightly deserved, and sent his knights and scholars off on treacherous quests and exiles when they discovered the truth about his relationship with (REDACTED).
The king was slain by a mysterious assassin, and the princess was believed kidnapped. (REDACTED) sought refuge with (REDACTED), a supporter, scholar, and knight, where they discovered that (REDACTED). As (REDACTED), they returned ten years later to set right the land and restore the kingdom to the grace and glory it had once displayed.
Before the CurseEdit
The (REDACTED) was a peaceable kingdom developed by (REDACTED), and given the blessing of the regional gods. While naturally inclined to magic, there was an intense struggle between the magical species and pagan rites and the new era of especially strict religious devotion. Furthermore, while gods with more pagan roots had long existed in this kingdom, there was a drive for very specific gods being given priority or exclusivity: (REDACTED), represented by a circular charm with a crescent cut-out, indicating the sun and moon intertwined, or the duality of their natures. (REDACTED) were easily integrated into the established pantheon with few issues, and worship of the existing gods continued unmoderated. It was the magical side of the equation that had to be cleaned up and policed, especially with (REDACTED)'s strict policy on paganism and worship practices.
The following generations of regents varied in application and severity of their edicts, ranging from disapproval to persecution to outright genocide in an effort to enforce integration. Under (REDACTED)'s reign, for example, pagan worship was allowed to coexist in their capital, and their teachings were integrated into medical practice. (REDACTED)'s backlash actually went so far as to burn scrolls and books containing information related to magical remedies and coexistence. Ultimately, the only safe havens for these communities were within the massive old-growth forest, and in other unpopulated natural areas, where magic was stronger. These species gathered there and tried desperately to cling to their identities under the shadow of persecution. (REDACTED)'s reign continued in his predecessor's line, although not nearly as rigorously enforced as previous generations. He put more emphasis on arts, education, culture, and religion, the end result being a revolution in rules of decorum, increased focus on sanitation and medical practice, a cultural renaissance, and 'missionaries' for (REDACTED) combing through the land and hopefully bringing lost souls to the flock.
King (REDACTED) found his task difficult, however. His only son (REDACTED) showed little interest in politics or the throne, his wife seemed treacherous in her love, the magical communities were beginning to engage in an uprising in protest of the long decades of mistreatment, abuse, and murder, and he also had to contend with the return of (REDACTED), a serious threat to his crown and kingdom. However, it appeared that the force of history and love would take an unusual turn. His son's apparent betrayal with (REDACTED) only served to (REDACTED) and show him of his wife's intended assassination attempts. Under (REDACTED), he recovered his health in full, and had a change of heart toward magic users, even providing a small umbrella of welcome. (REDACTED), for his part, lived a very unusual and not necessarily approved-of lifestyle with (REDACTED) and (REDACTED), a (REDACTED).
The End of an EraEdit
It is uncertain where in the timeline the 'curse' came into effect. Several theories come into play:
- Prince (REDACTED) killed his father for the throne, instituted his mates, and vindictively unleashed the curse
- Prince (REDACTED) took the throne after his father's timely demise, with his mates, and quickly turned to dark magic
- Prince (REDACTED) took the throne and was immediately followed by an anti-magic backlash from the strong religious community, who dethroned him and set about destroying his base, with the end result of the curse being unleashed
- King (REDACTED) was murdered by his wife, who took the throne, and the curse was unleashed as a result of the struggle between her fundamentalist supporters and those who backed the prince and true king
- King (REDACTED), Prince (REDACTED), and other members of the royal family were dethroned or killed in a coup that unleashed the curse as a last ditch effort to prevent this from taking place.
There is no documentation from this time or of this time. What is known, however, is that a great evil was unleashed as a result of the curse coming into effect, and that in a very short period of time, many hundreds of thousands within the kingdom were dead, and the land was cut off from all outsiders. Magical species and magic users became increasingly prolific while Mobians shrank down and grouped in small towns and cities. Progress in the arts, sciences, and technology not only stalled, but many innovations were lost in the great die-out. Literacy diminished, religious and pagan fervor flared up, and the curse began spreading in its influence across the land.
From an outside kingdom, villages began sending in Guardians, well-trained knights, mages, or scholars who could possibly find a way to end the curse before it began to inflict its sufferings upon those outside its rapidly-increasing realm of influence.