Edge of Fate - The Oracles
For an aeon humans bowed down to the gods, the so-declared firstborn of the World Shaper. Serving their whims did men spend their lives, toiling for them in the field and perishing in their wars. But the high priests learned of their fatal weaknesses and raised the people in open rebellion that swelled into a war, a war against the heavens. The gods were thrown down from their lofty mansions and the shackles of mankind broken forever.
But the high priests were not content to free humanity. Their plan was all along to slay the gods and steal their divine power, usurping their place as rulers of the world. Nothing stood between the high clergy and apotheosis, but they underestimated the scope of the untamed force that would fill them, for it also filled their minds with visions and madness that blinded and crippled them long enough for others to learn of this treachery.
The high priests turned into creatures of a new kind: the oracles. Their warped formes were bound by thaumaturges with
Edge of Fate - The Setting
Long before people began to write things down, the world was ruled by the High Ones. These were the lords and ladies of the heavenly mansions, gods and goddesses of the mortal realm. Some say they were given their divine power by the World Shaper, others say by the Fates, but in truth only the gods themselves would have known such things, and they are no longer here. For it has been three thousand years since the highest clergy learned of their hidden weakness and rallied humanity to overthrow the gods. And indeed they won, slaying the deities in the battle of Deomachis, pillaging and tearing down the heavenly mansions from which the High Ones had ruled. For three thousand years humanity has been on its own, and it has thrived.
Once they were no longer united by the leash and yoke of the High Ones, humans split into a multitude of tribes, ruled by their own regents and chieftains. For a short time after the fall of the gods they were united under the Council of Kings, but with time the
Metternia: The First Great War
It is written by Scribius in On Sorcery that at the end of their golden age the Ancient sorcerers found the very essence of all that is. They discovered patterns beyond time and space, matter and energy, which defined the shape of that which was past, that which was present and that which was yet to come. With this came the realization that if a way was found how these patterns of being could be influenced, they could gain power beyond that of even the gods. The Ancients became afraid of the consequences this power could have in the hands of a mortal, and they banned anyone from ever attempting such folly.
But there were those among the Ancients that would not easily give up the promise of such an immense power. One of them was known as Ho-Ra'kul, the lord of the Viper Tower, and greatest of the warlocks of this time. When it was found that he still pursued the power to change the patterns of being, he was expelled from the Council of Power that then governed all the practitione
Harmageddon: Merciful Darkness
Eugenics, population control and infant mutilation in pre-Harmageddon War Infernian society
Ever since the great imp rebellion all Infernian children suspected to be of mixed blood had been put to death, but the roots of this law go even deeper in time. After the falling of the Nether Gate, when the numbers of demons and imps were small, the Archons sent out a commandment that all children born misshapen, sick or weak were to be killed, lest they consume the food and water from the strong and healthy and tarnish the coming generations with their imperfections. It seems clear they feared that inbreeding could undo all Infernians if draconian measures were not implemented.
These laws were never reversed, but they were mitigated to a degree as the Infernian civilization grew and stabilized. Though there was still no room for the unfit and infirm among the ranks of demons, imps were allowed to have as many children as they could raise, as long as they managed to take care
History of Cybertron (part 1)
The Advent of the Quintessons
Millions of star-orbits ago, the Quintessons came to a small unnamed planet to start a mining operation. They weren't called Quintessons back then, but they don't want to use their old name anymore or even admit to once having had it, because back then they were still organic. And because they were frail organic beings, they could not mine the resources of the new planet themselves. They could not even survive upon it without building cumbersome suits to move in, and great big artificial habitats to live in.
In order to harvest the resources of that planet effectively the Quintessons built the first servibots. They were originally rigidly programmed and mass produced in a central facility, but in the harsh environment of the desolate planet even the servibots were struggling to remain online. So the Quintessons they gave them self-repair abilities and cleverly enough had them make copies of themselves, mixing together the slightly differen