In the beginning, there was the great Earth Dragon Omar. It
was called an Earth Dragon because it was half flesh and half
earth, and had reached the size of a small moon. But this dragon
was getting old, and so new life sparked within its womb. The
embryo grew like a voracious cancer, soon becoming too big and too
vigorous for its host to handle.
cracked open like a broken egg when the baby tore its way out of
its bowels. The infant dragon was a being of pure flesh, and it
flew around, greedily devouring the earthy remains of its parent.
When it had consumed enough rock to stiffen its body it nestled
comfortably among the twinkling stars.
was how the Earth Dragon Caldor came into existence. It drifted
for ages in the dead of space, gulping down any stray asteroids
that passed its way, accumulating more and more mass, until it had
digested a sufficient amount of stone to develop a thick skin of
earth to protect its fleshy interior. The dragon eventually
settled into a stable orbit around the nearby sun named Ara,
revolving silently at the fringes of its gravitational pull.
it lay dormant for centuries, engulfed in a dreamless sleep, until
it was awakened by an astounding meteor shower. The rocks pelted
onto its skin and raised great clouds of dust into the atmosphere.
Among the meteorites was a magnificent piece of multi-colored
crystal. It collided at the very midpoint of the beastís back
and broke into ten distinct chunks that fell in a circle miles
wide around the central piece.
crystals embedded themselves deep into the Earth Dragonís skin,
and it moaned in pain as fresh blood gushed from the wounds,
pouring into the impact craters and forming a huge lake. However,
the blood of an Earth Dragon was not thick and red, but in fact
purest water. It fertilized the ground and allowed lush forests to
sprout outside of the crystalsí borders.
so the land was filled with green things. But its verdant beauty
was shrouded in fog, and there was nobody there to enjoy it. Time
passed, and at last the beginnings of animate life stirred within
the murky liquid. A female form rose out of the waters: Dinictis
the all-knowing. She was followed by a male form: Aloquin, who
excelled in the arts of wizardry.
were the Dragon Twins, the firstborn who were meant to preside
over the world that would flourish upon the surface; it happened
this way on every Earth Dragon. But Dinictis, in her unfailing
foresight, looked into her partnerís heart and saw great evil
there. She divined that he would ultimately go mad with power and
attempt to claim the throne all for himself. She saw the land
divided, dominated by war and grief, with Aloquin ruling his
wretched subjects by fear.
could not allow this to happen. The moment they stepped out of the
liquid, she turned on him and used the power hidden in the
gigantic crystals to lock him inside the one at the center. She
knew he would eventually break free, but it would serve well as a
temporary prison. The wizard naturally came to harbor a grudge
against his twin. He considered the attack unprovoked, and swore
to one day repay her for her treachery.
knelt by the sandy shore and gazed into the lake; the dragonís
blood was ripe with the forces of creation. She touched her finger
to the primordial waters and brought forth abundant life. First
came the Tooth Guardians, immortal beings destined to guard
Caldorís throat canal and make sure anything that went in would
not get out. Then came the elves, humans, faeries, goblins,
tricksters, ogres, trolls, orcs, dragons, gnolls, dwarves, unipegs,
and all manner of creatures rose up from the liquid at her
command. They bowed to her as Goddess, built a glorious castle for
her out of the crystal debris and crowned her their Queen. Ever
since then she was called the Bringer of All Life, and known as
the ancestor of all who walk the earth.
dispelled the dusty fog and ordered the waters to recede,
revealing to her children the beautiful land that awaited them.
She called it Caldora, and divided it into four parts: the North
Forest, the East Forest, the South Forest, and the West Forest.
She blessed her offspring and bade them go out into the world and
make homes for themselves Ė which they did.
so Caldora prospered for centuries under Dinictisí rule, until
one day a rogue meteor crashed into the crystal in which Aloquin
was imprisoned and set him free. Shards of the crystal flew to the
four corners of the country, and the Queen sought some brave souls
to go and gather up the pieces, for that was the only way of
stopping her rival.
gladly volunteered for the job. This dark elf held the top
fighting rank in the North Forest, but he was getting
disillusioned with his reputation. He longed to see if there was
more to life than constant battle and saw this task as an
opportunity to do so. The half-elf Shalaya, though a no-rank
herself, was Lynnís childhood friend and came along to help.
They scoured the four forests for the missing chunks and brought
them back to the Queen. With Lynnís assistance, Dinictis used
them to detain Aloquin once again, this time in a parallel
dimension called the Land of Illusions.
that had occurred made Dinictis resent her powers of foresight
more and more, and she finally decided to pass them on to somebody
more willing to cope with them. Lynn was more than happy to
oblige, and his patience and discipline were rewarded with the
gift of prophecy. But the dark elfís thirst for knowledge was
insatiable, and he pushed to learn more, until he gained awareness
of the past and present as well. Dinictis retained her knowledge
of past and present, and that was all she required to rule
benevolently and wisely.
passed, and Lynn had since moved from the wilds of his native
North Forest to the more harmonious East Forest. One day a
distraught human mother brought her young son to his door, begging
him to take the child as an apprentice. The dark elf knew that the
boy did not have the patience or the discipline to ever become an
Acora, but raised him anyway, for he also knew that this child was
destined for greatness Ė this was Jason, the future King of
was not well in the land. The Earth Dragon Caldor was getting old,
and a new fetus was being kindled within its bowels. Although this
was part of the Earth Dragonís life cycle, it spelled inevitable
death for all who thrived upon it. Already the ground was becoming
dry and flaky, which was a sure sign that the vegetation was next
traveled with his inept apprentice to collect the shards of each
of the ten Crystals of Power Ė that was what the ancient
asteroids were now called. He had Jason put the pieces together
into a powerful magical medallion, forged from the forces of light
and darkness, creation and destruction. That done, Dinictis and
Jason journeyed into Caldorís entrails, found the developing
embryo, neutralized it with the medallion, and escaped to the
surface through a network of blood vessels. Thus Caldora was
saved, and for his role in the mission Dinictis proclaimed Jason
King to rule alongside her and endowed him with immortality.
force with which the crystals negated the embryo was so great that
it knocked the Earth Dragon Caldor out of its orbit and sent it on
a path towards the neighboring planet Lossi. The collision with
Lossi was a gentle one, for the bulk of the dragon touched down on
its buoyant oceans, with the tip of the beastís tail landing on
a vast continent at an area called the Enchanted Forest. This
place now served as a junction between the two landmasses.
changes needed to be made: new maps to be charted, new lands to be
explored, new astral worlds to be reconciled, and the Overworld
traffic of souls to be merged. Our story begins several days after
this cosmic event, as the two celestial bodies were just beginning
to adapt to one another.