Monthly Archives: July 2009

537 – Hunting the Hunter: 04

537

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been sticking it out with me through all the changes that the comic has undergone. Hopefully we should have seen the last of that for a bit (except for making the type a little bigger from now on) and the comic will continue to grow and improve.

Now with the time for some personal projects, (as well as things like cooking and exercising!) I should start having all kinds of special things to share with all of you soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

A Brief History of Lesser Earth

The first race to rule the known world were the trolls, during the days when even the elves were little more than tree dwelling savages. Next came the orcs, smarter by a yard with far greater numbers and organization. Next were the elves and goblins, which is when the real trouble started.

As soon as they were out of their trees the elves began building enormous spire-filled cities as towering monuments to themselves. But the elvish empire was always discontent, for wherever they would go, they were forced to compete for resources with goblins. This led to the age of man, who capitalized on the weakness he saw in the elves by allying with the goblins. The war to follow nearly led to the extinction of both man and goblins, so formidable at magic and killing were the wicked elves. In fact, it was only a confluence of three major events that caused human and goblinkind to emerge victorious.

First was the elves decision to force their allies, the dwarves, into a suicide run against the humans. The dwarves were unaware that they were being used in this fashion until a renegade contingent of elves, weary of the never-ending violence, informed the dwarven king of the manner in which he was being used. The dwarves switched sides on the spot and threw in with the humans, and the elven renegades fled to the feywilds where they could not be tracked in any practical sense of the word. Still, it would not have been enough if the rulers of what would later become Darverus had not struck the demonic pacts that led to both the creation of the teifling race and the warlock class. The remaining elves were scattered and destroyed, and as the next most numerous race, the humans quickly exerted their dominance over the world.

Small enclaves of what had been known as “wood elves,” innocent and apart from their empire-minded cousins, were left relatively unmolested. The elves who had fled to the feywilds, now calling themselves Eladrin, gradually trickled back to the world. Fortunately for them, few non-elves can tell the difference between Eladrin and Elf, which keeps them from being hunted and fed to the chickens.

The Dragonborn have only recently come out of the jungles of Tequal. The Children of Fahallun have struck out into the world in search of any place that will allow them the freedom to worship as they choose. Back in Tequal the predominant religion is the worship of the dragon Bezmirath. The dragon does not make for an especially accommodating god.