Once the continent of Aggradar was ruled by the powerful Kytohan Empire that spanned from coast to coast. Though it had been forged through war and conquest, much of the empire enjoyed centuries of a golden age. It enjoyed abundant resources, booming trade, a network of excellent roads, legendary libraries and architectural wonders that dazzled the eye. The Kytohan Empire was the pinnacle of civilization. A single unified pantheon of gods was worshiped here - across the empire, in every province, by nobles and commoners and slaves alike. These gods represented all aspects of the lives of the faithful - Life, Death, Fate, Nature, Magic, War, Good Fortune, the mountains, the forests, the sea, the harvest and much more.
It was at the height of this golden age that the star was sundered and the world thrown into chaos. Landquakes toppled towers, towering tidal waves engulfed whole cities, towns burned down, rivers changed course and mountains rose. The Kytohan Empire was utterly devastated. Millions died and millions more became homeless refugees seeking safety and solace.
Amidst the carnage, many turned to the gods. They prayed for mercy. They prayed for help. Weeks turned to months with no end in sight. The world shook, the land split, the waves came and people died. Some believe the Gods had simply turned away from the world. Others believed the gods had wrought this destruction as punishment upon an Empire that had grown too wealthy and sinful. Cries for mercy and fervent prayers soon turned to anger. Within a few years, most blamed the gods for the tragedy. A backlash against the gods unfolded. Churches were burned, shrines were torn down and priests were stoned to death.
The Kytohan Empire disintegrated into warring factions, leaderless armies, wandering bandits and roaming groups of war weary refugees. The churches and faiths of the time changed dramatically. Within four generations, a pronounced shift in the faiths had taken root. To many, it was clear that the gods had turned away from the world and abandoned the people. Many abandoned their worship of the pantheon and looked to lesser gods and new faiths.
Over the next two thousand years, the faiths of the original imperial pantheon diverged. Many of the old gods faded into obscurity and legend. Baltrad the Warrior, Hemryk the mystic, Vazul the Healer and others all fell from favor. Their once great temples now lie in ruin scattered across Aggradar. Those ancient faiths survive now only as tiny, obscure cults or footnotes in historical texts.
Cataclysm, war and the fall of the Empire forced changes in the faith of the lands. When the people turned away from the imperial pantheon, they turned to lesser gods, smaller cults that existed at the fringe of the empire. Several of these were adopted in specific regions and, as the centuries rolled by, these cults spread and blossomed into major faiths. Through the long ages, these religions were molded and reshaped by new cultures. The "Ancients" now refer collectively to this group, the major religions of Aggradar... ancient faiths that have survived war, invasion, migration, the death of empires and the birth of races.
|Bromat||Bromat, once the craftsmen of the gods, is now the chief god of the Magrakians. He is the Everlasting, He That Endures.|
|Guelrilath||Guelrilath, the Iron Lord, once a war god of the empire, is now the supreme lord of the Sybrenar.|
|Olgrom||Olgrom, is the chief deity of the Tomarin, the people of the Iron States.|
|Trodule||Trodule the Ancient, a nature god of old, is the least changed. Widely worshiped across Aggradar, he is now the god of the Hyttar. He is Nature incarnate and god of the forests, rivers, weather and seasons.|
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