ArcheAge's lore series that's been posted today gives an epilogue of the backstory while providing the launching pad for players' future journeys.
The story concerns a battle between 12 heroes and Kyrios, the god of death. The battle results in several companions dead, an entire continent wiped out, and a mixed, perhaps non-existent victory. "The future is uncertain," the lore series proclaims. "While others linger in the legends, in blissful memories where time can stand still, I like to imagine new heroes will be born. Heroes who will rewrite our mistakes, find those we left behind, and steer us to a brighter age."
You can read parts I through IV of Gods and Heroes on the official site.