The apocalypse that brought equal measures of darkness and light into the world.
The Rupture, often referred to as The Apocalypse, took place across the entire world of Melior on Thirday, 10th of Darkfall 514 2A. It was a catastrophic and unforeseen event that wrought havoc upon the world, plunging it into complete and utter chaos on an unfathomable scale.Not all encounters ended in bloodshed however, as many of the incoming folk from the plane of Ol’Mire showed their peaceful intentions by helping the citizens of Melior rebuild their homes and even fought alongside them in culling the behemoths that emerged from the Rifts. There are many communities that now have a mix of old architecture and new Ol’Mire influences. To this day there is still a great divide among all folks about their alliances and trust. Some societies still see the new outlanders as malicious invaders but others have welcomed the aid from their new allies and are learning different customs and skills from their foreign friends. All in all, most people are just guarded and uncertain of who they can trust, even among their own kind.
The ApocalypseOn a mundane and rainy day just over fifty years ago, countless numbers of Rifts from an unknown realm tore open the very atmosphere with devastating force. The shock waves and ground tremors leveled villages and crumbled structures for miles around causing millions of casualties across the globe. The damage caused by the Rifts was only the beginning. Stepping forth from the previously unknown realm now known as The Plane of Ol’Mire strode terrifying creatures that the world had never seen. Twisted and asymmetric beasts from small jittering insects to gargantuan horrors the size of large ships (and seemingly, everything in between) suddenly swarmed the lands, seas, and skies like an unstoppable torrent. The creatures moved in strange and unusual manners, many of which seemed to posses magical powers that made them aggressively more dangerous than any wild animal native to Melior. The vulnerable and distraught citizens of the world became prey for hungry new predators, and they had no walls left standing to protect their families.
The Rupture has invited malice and Magic to the world of Melior.
Beasts and monsters were not the only riftbeings to enter the world of Melior through the open wounds of reality; several cautiously armed Folks announced their presence including tall Ardeans with elegant beaks and vast wingspans, and broad shouldered Manavaxians with scale-armoured tails and deep set eyes. The first contact with new folks did not go well. The native folk of Melior, particularly Fauns and Humans, saw this invasion as an act of war and retaliated with every ounce of energy they had left. Unprepared for a global ambush, many fought with whatever makeshift weapons they could find or craft from scrap materials. Those who fought stood little chance against the new folk. Aerial Archers unleashed a torrential downpour of arrows from the sky whilst Manavaxian Mystics wielded terrifying magic that no ill-equipped defender could withstand.
A Magical AwakeningBefore The Rupture, the world of Melior did not know of magic. When the Ardean and Manavaxian folks came through the Rifts to help people repair and rebuild, they brought with them Maisha, a different kind of grown resource that provides living things with magic reserves, akin to energy and tiredness.
It was like I’d never had food before. This… maisha… filled a void I didn’t even know I had… I feel so alive!
For just over fifty years, the people of Melior have had a lot of learning to do. The introduction of magic to the world has amplified the divide between factions across the world; the xenophobes often have a large aversion to the use of magic, but the more welcoming folks LOVE learning about this new magic and its uses. The folks who have embraced magic can now learn how to use it for healing, making potions using alchemy, imbuing objects with magical abilities with enchanting runes, and even to manipulate the elements of the world around them!
Maisha was native to the plane of Ol’Mire but a couple of generations ago! Now we’re growing our own variants and experimenting with grafting and cross-pollination!
A Shift in NatureThe introduction of magical flora, fauna, and abilities into the world of Melior has thrown nature itself into chaos. Massive predators have dominated the natural food chain, flying creatures and forest grazers have spread the seeds of foreign plants far and wide in their droppings, and invasive plant species are aggressively suffocating old ones and spreading like green wildfire. With maisha introduced into the global food chain, native species across Melior are starting to develop their own newfound magical abilities, adding further chaos to the mix.
Beyond the RiftsArdeans, Manavaxians, and other folk native to the plane of Ol’Mire reported great losses on their side of the Rifts, too. The explosive openings and subsequent tremors affected many of their settlements and structures, and caused much of their roaming wildlife to flee in panic and rage into Melior.
ComplicationsHuman and Faun folk have ventured through the Rifts into the plane of Ol’Mire, but something about the atmosphere causes great irritation to their exposed skin. Prolonged exposure causes permanent swampskin, which is toad-like and uncomfortable. Many folk don’t want this to impact on their appearance and choose to wrap-up well and wear face coverings whilst visiting.
ConspiraciesNobody knows what caused The Rupture to happen, but there are several theories which point fingers in all directions. Some folk theorize that it was caused by some colossal natural occurrence like a big super-volcanic eruption. Others blame various gods or deities and slander other religions.
Some reckon that it’s the dawn of the end times. Others see it as the dawn of a bright new future.