Eligium's World History, Chapter 1
Children of a now-forgotten land, the Heavenly Court and Empire of the Glistening Flame had waged war for countless eons, bickering over territorial claims, until one day imperial scholars explored a mysterious barrow. Deep within, amidst the treasures, the gifts of the gods to a forgotten race were discovered. Unknown to the intruders, a diabolical chain of events was set in motion.
Assailed on all sides by a demonic host, the brave warriors and mages of the now-united armies stood side by side in a battle the likes of which the stars had seldom seen before. After a cataclysmic conflict, a war with no victor, the land was left cursed and scorched, unfit for even the hardiest of beasts. And so gigantic arks were built and upon these sleek vessels, the people of the Heavenly Court and Empire of the Glistening Flame left their homes, and fared far away from the ruins of the past and the ravages of war.
New shores would welcome the brave men and women, new allies would greet these noble travelers, new gods would embrace their acts of worship and new cities would be built in the likeness of their ancient memories. But greed, delusion and anger, those most pervasive evils, would again drive a dagger into the heart of a hard-earned alliance... until the day that an age-old nemesis would once more reveal itself to the eyes of the world.