Welcome to "The World Of Skara Brae"
Skara Brae is actually not the name of the fictional planet this world is set on, but rather the name of the nation-state that serves as the primary setting for the game. The name of the planet varies from language to language and culture to culture, but in Skara Brae it's called "Septera."
Humans make up the bulk of the population of Skara Brae, but a small population of Elves, Half-elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes also live here.
Most of the Elves that live here now came here either as merchants or mercenaries, or as refuges in one of the wars of the last half-century, before the fall of the great Elven empire (known as Suldeneselar). Elves are generaly humanioid, but with thiner, more elongated bodies, pointed ears, sharper features, and a slightly higher level of overall cognitive potential. They are usually dark haired and very fair-skined, but various random genetic expression within the Elven race can lead to random skin and hair coloration developing at birth, puberty or adolescence. These random color variations can range from the mundane to the extreme. Even metallic gold and sliver colored skin has been known to occur. However, Elven skin variation never expresses itself in dark colors. Bright blue is about as dark as it gets for the surface-dwelling elves.
However, there does exist a sub-race of dark-skinned Elves known as the "Drow", or "Dark Elves." These Drow branched off from the main genetic line of Elf-kind millions of years ago, and have been banished to live deep underground because of their evil ways. About sixty years ago, the Drow managed to escape their underground banishment and invade the surface world, which triggered a war between the Drow and their Orcish, Ogrish and Demonic allies on one side, versus an alliance of Suldeneselarian Elves, Humans from Skarae Brae, a contingent of the mysterious Zuquian people from the Far East, the Uthgart barbarian tribes and the great Lizardmen nations from the jungles of the south.
During the run-up to the war, a small group of adventurers discovered that an evil goddess, known as Lloth, Lillith, of simply as "The Spider Queen", was responsible for the Drow being released from their banishment to their underground dwellings. One of these adventurers, a Half-elf called Eruntian, was in possession of a magic ring. At first, all he knew that the ring could do was make ice, but he and his friends accidentally discovered that the ring had a dormant array of vastly powerful abilities, and that it was capable of defeating the Spider-Queen. After a long serise of adventures, the Spider-Queen was killed and descended into the Lower Planes. The Drow were defeated, but only after a long a bloody war.
This war (known to history simply as The Drow War) had serious repercussions for the whole world: In it's wake, the The Empire of Suldeneselar collapsed, the Regemen were all but exterminated, Skarae Brae suffered a long series of succession wars, and the previously isolated Lizzardmam nation became less barbaric and more "civilized" due to closer ties to the human and elven nations, but not without an intervening period of civil war and internal strife.
Also, the already reclusive and secretive Gnomish race decided that further contact with this part of the world was simply too dangerous. As a result contact with the Gnomes became more and more infrequent, to the point that now only a handful of Gnomes are known to exist in all of Skarae Brae. There hasn't been a visit from a Gnomish Airship in years.
edited 26th Sep '10 5:15:15 PM by TheSarge
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