The source of corruption

It all started 1,200 years ago, when the immortal wise king Ranwë, launched a major crusade against the forces of evil, with as its leader: Namégot.

Namégot, the enemy of the seven kingdoms had once controlled more than half of our world, as well as having a stranglehold over Andbang (later renamed Nether) and Desolation (called End by the great kings of Tellurön).

Ranwë pushed Namégot’s forces to the boundaries of different worlds. His hunt stopped in Andbang where he could finally wipe out Namégot, who was entrenched in his impregnable fortress. Once the war was over, Ranwë acquired the treasures his enemies accumulated, and among all the treasures he found in Andbang’s fortress, there was one which exceeded the value of the entire world: The power source of evil. It was there, like a fountain from which flowed a dark, viscous substance. A powerful supernatural strength emanated from it…

Ranwë, with the aim of protecting the kingdoms, absorbed a lot of it. He gained magical powers far exceeding those of the greatest masters the seven kingdoms have ever had.

He was then renamed “Ranwë Hanate” Almighty King in Angband and Tellurön.

Strengthened in his victory over evil, he returned to Tellurön. But shortly after, the power he had acquired began to take over him. Ranwë became addicted and the power he had earned finally corrupted him. 200 years later, our king rose against the free people of foreign kingdoms to extend its sovereignty all over the worlds. And he inflicted a ruthless reign over the lands he ruled.

Due to the adverse effect that the source of magic had on Ranwë, people renamed it as <source of corruption> and Ranwë became <Ranégot the Sorcerer King>.

A new war broke out in the seven worlds. One after the other, the kingdoms fell under Ranégot’s domination and hordes of monsters reemerged from Namégot’s time. But, not finding a strong opponent to face him, the kings of the free lands gathered their power to create a secret weapon capable of stopping him. This weapon brought together all kinds of magic, which can be found in the worlds. It gave him a disproportionate power. Ranégot was defeated. He lost his powers and was locked in a flawless prison, sealed by the greatest spell ever conceived.

The sacred weapon became useless, and was divided into nine gems, each of them containing a type of magic, so that no individual could monopolize its power. Then, they were hidden in various sanctuaries and kingdoms.

However, Ranégot’s power was underestimated and, 950 years later, he managed to escape. Great kings then condemned the entry of Andband to prevent Ranégot from recovering his power. But the only source of infinite magic happened to be the Corruption itself; this division between the two worlds had resulted in an almost total disappearance of the magical forces on the other realms and particularly Tellurön. Since that day, magic slowly died and only its remains could be found.

Ranégot and all the kingdoms then lost their greatness and power.

Tellurön’s prophecy foresees that one day in the distant future, a new source of magic will appear in Tellurön and restore the magical forces of yesteryear.

Ranégot who still lurks, waits for the right moment to seize this new source. But the great kings and their heirs will keep guard to find and protect it from Ranégot and his servants.

Angband’s Story

This story begins with the memorable War of Fire. In the olden days, a forceful monster of a colossal size ruled Angband: The Black Flame. He destroyed and killed everything in its path, so much so that the people of Angband never prospered. But this creature existed only by the will of the gods to protect (despite the disaster it caused) the power source of all worlds, now called: <The source of corruption>.

The demons of Angband, led by Namégot, formed an alliance to build an army strong enough to defeat the Black Flame. Once victorious, Namégot seized the power source, with which he could rebuild the cities destroyed by the monster. He also built the capital city of Angband on the remains of the Black Flame so that no one would ever forget his prowess and power.

During his prosperous reign he managed to connect the worlds through portals, with the objective of creating a union between the people of all seven kingdoms. These portals allowed the passage of materials, beings made of flesh, blood and even magic. For one needs to know, that before the arrival of these portals, the connections between the worlds were randomly chosen: pathway were generated from time to time, anywhere and for sometimes very short periods…

He managed to achieve the impossible by building a city inside the Desolation, a very hostile kingdom empty of life and poor in matter…

The years passed and Namégot, consumed by his power, went mad and started to oppress the people of the Kingdom of Angband. Wishing to dominate all the kingdoms, he then embarked on the conquest of Tellurön. On his way he met an obstacle that cost him his life. Indeed, the former master of Angband was removed from power and killed by Ranwë during the Great Crusade. But he survived his wounds and was then locked in another world, with no living soul known around…

The ancient city of Angband was then restored under the command of Rawnë to rebuild once and for all the peace in the kingdom. Demons resisting near by were killed or captured and locked in the deep dungeons of the city.

Following the events that doomed Angband to be hidden from the eyes of all and therefore blocking the passages between Tellurön and himself, another demon took the power of the city and the source.

(Even when no reinforcement of men or other representatives of other kingdoms came.)

This daemon is called Azazel and one of the most powerful demons that Angband had ever counted.

He still sits on the Nether’s throne and knows no mercy…

Namrin’s Testament

These are probably my last words: I Namrïn, also known these days by Namégot, should be the worthy possessor of the throne of Angband…

Here are my last moments of lucidity and I’ll use them to tell my memories … A legend tells how time began.

In the beginning, the gods created the seven kingdoms. These lands were all imperfect because a huge gap filled them. To fill this emptiness, the gods established an unlimited source of magic in the land of Angband that could spread its power over every part of this universe. They also created a guardian to protect this source from any evil malice. The guard was a beast of great strength, conscience andintelligence and had never been equaled until now : his name was “The Black Flame”. The men of this time (immortals, including me) saw The Black Flame as one of their fellows. Angband was then the most successful land of the seven kingdoms.

One day, Mot, a malicious god, convinces the Black Flame to absorb the substance gushing from the source of magic. The effects were more than disastrous. The Black Flame gained in strength, size and lost his reason to become a monster with a dark heart …

He ravaged the kingdom and destroyed most forms of life that lived there.

The resistance organized to bring down the Black Flame. I led this movement myself but we were known as “Demons of Angband” by our appearance (the war had wounded and disfigured our people), but also because we dared to attack a divine creature.

Contrary to what the stories say, I was not the one who utterly crushed the Black Flame, but an unknown warrior name Tellurön. He vanished shortly after and we never heard about him again. I inherited all the power and I received the throne of Angband, acclaimed by all.

My curiosity led me to taste the substance of the source. It made me stronger but just like The Black Flame, it also turned me crazy … So I hid the source, to keep its power and then undertook a great conquest of the seven kingdoms, starting with the ‘Desolation’: the kingdom empty of life.

But an immortal managed to stop me:  Ranwë. He could not kill me because of my immortality and the invincibility I gained from the source, so he chose to lock me in the Desolation.

It is now 700 years; the evil substance had lost its influence on me. It allows me to sometimes think freely. But I fear the madness caused by loneliness and the pain prevails on my common sense…

I bequeath the ‘Desolation’ to anyone who can relieve me, but order him to apologize on my behalf to the seven kingdoms for all the wrong I’ve done.

The Desolation

This book recounts the true genesis of the seven kingdoms.

In the beginning there was nothing. Nothingness. But in this emptiness and darkness a pale white glow was born that marked the initiation of time. During the infinity of years, light stood there without anything happening. However as time went on, it gradually gained intensity. It continued to grow until one day, it awoke, and then came α: self-generated.

Opening his eyes on the emptiness around him and blinded by the infinite darkness, he created a second light as bright as him, having only his own being and his own conscience for inspiration. He then feeds this clone from his own strength, but it eventually grew until it burst, giving birth to a space.

Intrigued and amazed by the spectacular development of his clone, α decided to live in this new world. Eden, the first of seven kingdoms was created. He shaped this world, at that time only made of lifeless matter, and he drew his inspiration from the forms in this world.

In the nothingness that surrounded this area   a second light then appeared. It didn’t take long before it also started to awake. It shone with intense glowing radiance that illuminated the entirety of Eden.

α surprised by this new miracle, got closer to this second entity, and after a few decades of contemplation, he eventually give each a name: Môt, white creator of the Eden and Irilion the red explosion.

Irilion, marveling at Eden, wanted to imitate his predecessor, and in a few seconds, he created his own dimension. Larger and more complete than Eden, Angband was born.

For its part, Môt was inspired by the second living entity, which emerged since the beginning of time, Irilion, and created life, or rather a “primary form” of life. He knew neither death nor negative emotions like anger, sadness, fear or pain … These creatures took all their strength from the radiance emitted by the young Angband. Irilion recognized Môt as his master and did the same in his world. A perfect symbiosis existed between the two kingdoms, and each new day a new wonder appeared within each of them.

Irilion who was considerably more powerful than Môt, managed to create a new element equal to time, matter and life: magic. It allowed to feed Angband in vital energy without any need from Eden. He shaped the infinite source of magic to sustain the creatures of his world, and conceived a guardian: The Black Flame.

He could not know that a huge imbalance would emerge between the two dimensions. Eden was swept away by the power of magic of Angband and was almost completely destroyed. Beings living there experienced negative emotions as well as death.

Môt once naive and pure, lost hope then fell into anger and excessive sadness of having been betrayed by his equal. Irilion wished not to terminate his masterpiece and so allowed the reconstruction of Eden. Môt returned to Angband and blinded by his anger, destroyed the weakest creatures in Angband to provoke Irilion. This kingdom was, for the first time ever, disfigured.

Both gods fought each other, which made it worse. Beings of the kingdom lost their immortality but they did not experience negative emotions. Irilion, not yet sure how to beat Mot, was defeated. Môt was not satisfied with his victory over Irilion so he killed him. “Môt the white” became “Mot the dark.” Eden, completely destroyed, became the kingdom of Desolation. Môt drew his energy from the interdimensional void as he did in the beginning. Then he killed all the entities still alive in the world (Desolation) too and shut himself there to forget his youthful naivety.

Shortly after, other lights appeared: 5 in total. Perceiving the first two kingdoms, the new gods decided to get inspired from it. Môt never came back and the mistakes made in the first worlds were copied … This recounts the origin of evil.