First War

From Sourcebook Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

The First War refers to the period of active, direct conflict between the Eight Makers and the Dark Fiend ending with the Battle of Sacrifice. In this era, the texture of the world changed greatly, as the Eight Makers' interaction with the world took on a more militaristic tone, leading to an explosion in technological and agricultural advances. The primitive and decorative metalurgy of the Time of the Eight accelerated after Tedril Eladrith's regicidal blade launched the war, and the period would show tremendous development of weaponcraft, armor, and tactics generally, as each advance of the goodly races was quickly co-opted by the Servitors, and vice versa.

Most of what would be considered the Great Epic Cycles were penned during this period, and the Demi-Pantheon as well as the semi-mythological founders of a great number of nations and peoples originate during this conflict, the oldest of which is the founding of the the royal line that ended with Marrwyn Teldandilion.

Although the name implies a single, unified campaign, that impression is an anachronism caused by the historical style of the historians of the Ubrekti Empire who tended to project their own society and experiences onto the histories they created. Although the Eight Makers appear to have fought more or less as a unified group philosophically if not tactically or strategically, the other great spirits, true dragons, and other mighty beasts of the land eventually joined the conflict outright or were brought into it through circumstance. Many of them, possibly even most, were extinguished over the course of this period: the most famous of them are remembered mostly in the poetic Tragedies of the Ubrekti Empire, particularly by dramatic and satirical halfling playwrights, who often used them as metaphors for the harder side of the Ubrekti Empire's expansion and assimilation policies.

It is generally seen in the same terms as the prior period, excepting a noticeable shift in existing epics away from the lonely or all-powerful hero towards a period of heroic bands of expertly armed specialists.

The conflict ended with an apparent victory by the Eight Makers, who were themselves destroyed during the Battle of Sacrifice.