Esmorde was created by Karasi, the Spirit of Life, thousands of years ago. The mysterious creation of the Doors - magical portals of shimmering white light that link different worlds - opened Esmorde to countless lifeforms from across the universe, from animals to men, dwarves to elves, dragons to centaurs and everything in between.

Esmorde's many races co-existed peacefully under the careful watch of Karasi's offspring, three immortal siblings who share a special bond with the three elements of life most precious to Karasi - Water, Fire and Wind. Centuries of peace ensued under the rule of these three Elders, and Esmorde became a world rich in culture, folklore and the six magics; the three primary of blue, red and yellow; the secondary, green; the pure blend of all the primaries, white; and its counterbalance, black.

But one year, deep in the furthest north-western reaches of the world where the Dragon Empire sprawled from the territories of Talon Peaks to the Moors of Dath, a dragon was born with black magic in his heart. Cast out by his own race, the dragon Aurasius became a powerful sorcerer, educating himself in the arts of black magic as he searched desperately for a way to avenge his exile. He eventually stumbled upon the secret art of soul stealing, and learned how to breathe the souls of his victims into his heart. The practice gave him immense power and made him almost invincible, but at a great cost - it instilled in him a great thirst, so that no matter how many souls he took, he could never be satisfied.

Karasi felt the balance between light and dark shift in her precious world and implored the Elders to rid the world of this beast. Their attempts were thwarted, and Esmorde dissolved into despair as souls were reaped in their hundreds. Karasi did all she could to defend Esmorde, but as creator it was not in her power to undo a life. She could only reset the balance.

After decades of murder and the annihilation of many races, only one of the Elders remained in power - the eldest, Elder Nei of the Element of Water. The younger two fled their Temples and became Wild, no longer ruling among the inhabitants of Esmorde. The Esmordians felt Karasi and her offspring had abandoned them, and rumours spread that one of the Elders had even become a spy of Aurasius. It was time for mankind to take matters into his own hands.

Inflamed by the murders of own family, a lone warrior took it upon himself to seek the dragon in its own lair, and kill it. He crossed the entire continent to the abandoned Fire Temple, a solitary volcano in the far western plains of Esmorde. There he found the great beast, watched him... stalked him... and when the chance was good, rushed at the dragon and killed him.

Finally, after decades of murder and tyranny, it was over.

Or so the warrior thought...


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