Commit be64c2e4 authored by Craig Maloney's avatar Craig Maloney
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Additional wording and punctuation fixes

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The Dragons of Hereva have lived in the land of Hereva long before human recollection. It wasn't until The Great Tree of Komona appeared that the dragons took notice of the humans in Hereva. Whether that was because the humans didn't arrive until then is something the Komonan scholars wrestle to resolve. Many conversations with the dragons prove inconsistent at best and obfuscated at worst. One theory is that the dragons simply did not pay any attention to the humans until they wielded magic, much in the same way that humans don't pay attention to the ants until they start building superstructures in their back yard. Another theory is the dragons purposefully obfuscate human history, answering in riddles and conflicting details in the hopes of keeping humans away from some hidden lore.
One prevailing theory is that the Dragons were involved in a war which brought about the formation of The Great Tree of Komona and the presence of humans. The theory posits that because most of recorded history starts with the discovery of The Great Tree of Komona, it is directly related to the awakening of humans in Hereva. The theory splinters into two separate subtheories. The first is that the humans were somehow magically uplifted from their primitive beginnings. Unfortunately there is little archaeological evidence to support this theory. The second is that the humans were brought from another universe and quickly adapted to the magic of Hereva. This is the more accepted theory, but the question of who or what brought the humans and where they came from is still a mystery. Some believe the dragons of Hereva played a key role, but the dragons have proved unreliable and unwilling to provide any answers.
One prevailing theory is that the Dragons were involved in a war which brought about the formation of The Great Tree of Komona and the presence of humans. The theory posits that because most of recorded history starts with the discovery of The Great Tree of Komona then there is a direct connection between the Great Tree of Komona and the awakening of humans in Hereva. The theory splinters into two separate sub-theories. The first is that the humans were somehow magically uplifted from their primitive beginnings. Unfortunately there is little archaeological evidence to support this theory. The second is that the humans were brought from another universe and quickly adapted to the magic of Hereva. This is the more accepted theory, but the question of who or what brought the humans and where they came from is still a mystery. Some believe the dragons of Hereva played a key role, but the dragons have proved unreliable and unwilling to provide any answers.
## The Great Tree and the formation of magic
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In **252** there was a brutal and all-encompasing war between the **Magmah** and **Aquah** schools. What started as a simple disagreement between **Magmah** and **Aquah** escalated into assaults on each other. Both schools enlisted aid from any schools they could and dragged whomever they could into the conflict.
During the years leading up to the war **Chaosah** grew in strength. They played **Magmah** and **Aquah** against each other and were responsible for escalating a few skirmishes into an all-out war. The fighting spread, and the other schools were dragged into the conflict. **Zombiah** quickly learned they could not supply both **Magmah** and **Aquah** with materials for their weapons without the other school finding out. Once **Magmah** learned that **Zombiah** was supplying materials to **Aquah** and **Aquah** learned that **Zombiah** was supplying materials to **Magmah**, both **Magmah** and **Aquah** declared war on **Zombiah**. **Zombiah** took heavy losses during the attacks from both schools and used their magic to animate and re-animate both mechanical constructs and fallen warriors. **Hippiah** tried to stay neutral but in the wake of starvation they caved and used their magic to help supply any who came to them with food and shelter.
During the years leading up to the war **Chaosah** grew in strength. They played **Magmah** and **Aquah** against each other and were responsible for escalating a few skirmishes into an all-out war. The fighting spread, and the other schools were dragged into the conflict. **Zombiah** quickly learned they could not supply both **Magmah** and **Aquah** with materials for their weapons without the other school finding out. Once **Magmah** learned that **Zombiah** was supplying materials to **Aquah** and **Aquah** learned that **Zombiah** was supplying materials to **Magmah** then both **Magmah** and **Aquah** declared war on **Zombiah**. **Zombiah** took heavy losses during the attacks from both schools and used their magic to animate and re-animate both mechanical constructs and fallen warriors. **Hippiah** tried to stay neutral but in the wake of starvation they caved and used their magic to help supply any who came to them with food and shelter.
Later in the war the schools devised spells of unspeakable power that summoned the nastiest and most brutal forms of destruction. The Elemental Battles saw **Magmah** and **Aquah** summoning up elementals to do battle. Fire elementals clashed with water elementals in combat. Whole areas were wiped out either by fire or flood. **Zombiah** learned how to make earth elementals to try to defend themselves from the ensuing onslaught. **Hippiah** summoned trees and plants to fortify their borders. But **Chaosah** would not be outdone and summoned the **Chaosah Demons** to battle against these elemental forces.
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## The Unity Tree
The **High Council of Ah** wanted to create a symbol of the end of the great war and the harmony that **Ah** brought to Hereva. They noticed that evergreen trees have a triangle shape, just like the Impossible Triangle that describes Hereva's different magical schools. Naturally **Ah** would sit at the top of this triangle, with their closest allies **Aquah** and **Hippiah** at one rung below. The bottom, naturally, were the losers of The Great War; **Zombiah**, **Magmah** and **Chaosah**. The **High Council of Ah** decided that this tree would be displayed around the time of the end of The Great War to signify their triumph and the return to order, balance, and peace in Hereva. This became a tradition in **Ah** which brought a large Unity Tree to the temple at the place of the setting moons. There it is decorated by glowing spirits who sing the praises of those who were brave and strong and wise enough to end The Great War.
The **High Council of Ah** wanted to create a symbol of the end of the great war and the harmony that **Ah** brought to Hereva. They noticed that evergreen trees have a triangle shape, just like the Impossible Triangle that describes Hereva's different magical schools. Naturally **Ah** would sit at the top of this triangle, with their closest allies **Aquah** and **Hippiah** at one rung below. The bottom, naturally, were the losers of The Great War; **Zombiah**, **Magmah**, and **Chaosah**. The **High Council of Ah** decided this tree would be displayed around the time of the end of The Great War to signify their triumph and the return to order, balance, and peace in Hereva. This became a yearly tradition in **Ah**, which brought a large Unity Tree into the temple at the place of the setting moons. There it is decorated by glowing spirits who sing the praises of those who were brave, strong, and wise enough to end The Great War.
For something called a Unity Tree there is a sharp divide in the schools that actually celebrate the end of The Great War the way that **Ah** does. **Hippiah** is the one with the strongest tradition that somewhat mirrors the tradition in **Ah**. In **Hippiah** the trees are left in the forests where they are adorned with luminescent vines and flowers and can be seen dotting the forests surrounding the village. It's not clear if **Aquah** celebrates it at all, but there have been reports from boats that have noticed peculiar glowing patterns beneath the surface of the water. **Magmah** is more reluctant to celebrate with The Unity Tree, preferring instead to decorate The Great Tree and The Tree of Kerberos with little glowing orb spells. **Zombiah** doesn't have a tradition around The Unity Tree, and instead treats the end of The Great War as a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives. It is a moving day where the non-stop machinery of Qualicity becomes dormant for one minute (but not one minute more) to remember those who were unable to be revived and their sacrifice.
**Chaosah** has the starkest reaction to The Unity Tree, claiming that **Ah** is using it as a way to lend themselves more authority over the other schools. They also claim that it does nothing to balance out the already balanced Impossible Triangle and that it unfairly promotes the allies of **Ah** while demoting the others. Several folks from Komona have also recognized this lopsided view of The Impossible Triangle and there is growing concern that the whole reason for The Unity Tree is to somehow glorify **Ah** at the expense of the other schools.
**Chaosah** has the starkest reaction to The Unity Tree, claiming that **Ah** is using it as a way to lend themselves more authority over the other schools. They also claim that it does nothing to balance out the already balanced Impossible Triangle and that it unfairly promotes the allies of **Ah** while demoting those schools who were not as friendly to **Ah**. Several folks from Komona have also recognized this lopsided view of The Impossible Triangle and there is growing concern that the whole reason for The Unity Tree is to somehow glorify **Ah** at the expense of the other schools.
A couple of Komonan scholars have also pointed out that **Ah** might not be responsible for this tradition after all. They claim this whole tradition might have been lifted from other cultures and somehow been retro-fitted to serve **Ah**'s purposes. If these claims are true they are hardly corroborated in the written record, and certainly not in the Hereva-wide web which lists the first occurrence of The Unity Tree as being on that winter's night when the treaty that ended The Great War was signed.
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