Introduction to Erenel

A brutal world has been reborn.   Awakening from his slumber, the Creator Al'Madoon saw the destruction and greed his favorite creation, the Elves, had brought to Erenel. To cleanse the corruption, Al’Madoon sacrificed his celestial being and bonded with the world, rescuing it from subjection forced upon all civilizations by Elturel the Fallen Elf.   In an instant, the surviving races opened their eyes for what felt like the first time only to discover crumbling kingdoms and broken landscapes. The knowledge of the previous world lost and the Elven kingdoms forgotten.  

What Should You Know About Erenel


Fantasy Setting

  Erenel is a world setting designed to be used when playing Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. Elements of many great fantasy settings and multiple role playing systems are used as inspiration in the world. If you are a reader of fantasy, you'll feel right at home in the foundation of what the setting is built. Humans, Dwarves, Elves and Orcs are mainstays, but new memorable races and ethnicities are just as important. Also, differing levels of technological advancements have made way for gunpowder and clockwork creations in certain civilizations, although not all are so lucky.   Erenel is designed for new readers and role players to dive in with a familiar yet fresh concept. Remember, not all is as it seems! World-changing mysteries lie waiting to be revealed.

Tethering and the Bond

  The Bond is a font of power flowing through and connecting everything touched by the sacrifice of Al'Madoon in his attempt to restore Erenel. The Bond resides in every creature, river, stone and even air. This raw magic is able to be felt and accessed by inhabitants who have a natural talent or those who have studied and trained in accessing the Bond.   The Bond is all forms of Arcane and Divine magic. The only difference is how inhabitants choose to access the Bond. Some spellcasters such as Clerics, Paladins and Warlocks access the Bond because their deity or patron have attuned their senses to better "Tether." Where as other spellcasters have a gift for accessing the bond or through sheer practice and study have learned to Tether.

 

The Story of Creation

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The Great Sacrifice

As Elturel assaulted Al’Madoon above the Tree of Aymara, the Architect understood what had to be done in order to cleanse the corruption and spare his beloved Erenel. In a bright flash of light, Al’Madoon sacrificed his celestial body exploding into an apotheosis of divine light. Elturel and the Tree of Aymara took the full force of Al’Madoon’s sacrifice but no part of the universe would be left unscathed. The force of the blast shattered the timeline, freezing all non-deities in a time-lapse that would last for eons.   The celestial explosion tore at the fabric of the universe, ripping open three new planes.   The Above, formed from the love of Al’Madoon and his self-sacrifice. For choosing light over darkness, Rezmir would ascend to the Above, welcoming the kind-hearted and those who embraced the light. With the help of his sisters, Asanna and Luniwyn, Rezmir successfully recovered a branch from the damaged Tree of Aymara, planting this new tree close to his acquired domain. This branchling grew and began to bear fruit, as its mother Aymara did before it, forming angels and seraphim as the fruit ripened.   The Below formed from the hate and greed festering within Elturel. Elturel fell into the Below from Al’Madoon’s sacrifice, finding himself surrounded by a plane of shadow and despair. Many Elves, witnessing their master fall, cursed Al’Madoon and followed Elturel as he descended. A deep hatred for Al’Madoon consumed Elturel. In disgust by his failure, he began to manipulate the Elves loyal to him, transforming their flesh into horrific variations. Over time, these Elves became the first demons and devils, their minds now broken by suffering.   The Trance formed from the remnants of Al’Madoon’s subconscious. Without a celestial body to inhabit, Al’Madoon’s mind wanders forever dreaming in the Trance, a magical plane of beauty, grace, and peril. The Trance partially covers the Above, the Below, and Erenel.  

The Era of the Bonded One

Centuries of advancement, powerful artifacts, and sprawling kingdoms would fade away while the intelligent races of Erenel remained caught between time. Eventually, the time-lapse would cease, and the surviving races opened their eyes for what felt like the first time. The inhabitants of Erenel, left with no prior memories, now inherit a new world to discover.  

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Human Ambition Shapes the World

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Humans are the most adaptable and ambitious people among the common races. They have widely varying tastes, morals, and customs in the many different lands where they have settled. When they settle, though, they stay: they build cities to last for the ages, and great kingdoms that can persist for centuries. Humans have effectively outgrown the other intelligent races settling kingdoms across every continent and are currently the most dominant species in Erenel. There are six distinct human ethnicities that play a major role in shaping the world.

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Artifacts

Following Al’madoon’s sacrifice leading Erenel into a new era, powerful artifacts were lost as the common races opened their eyes for what felt like the first time. Many legendary artifacts had their arcane power drained by the newly formed bond and fell dormant. Now, these legendary artifacts await attunement, ready to imbue a portion of their potential to those lucky enough to claim them.   These dormant artifacts will grow in power with experience, force of will and strength of the wielder. With enough time, perseverance and growth, the legendary artifacts may reach an awakened state and regain some of its lost ability. If its full potential is realized it may even reach an exalted state reclaiming all the arcane power lost.  

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Codices

There was a time in the earliest Era of the Bonded One when the idea of Tethering the Bond was new, wild and thereby constrained the world. The greatest sages wrote their understanding of magic, of fire and shadow, of machinery, the passage of time and the planes themselves into great works known as The Codices. Each codex is a powerful magical tome, an artifact unto itself. No sage is known to have written more than one, and each author was in their lifetime famous as one of the greatest practitioners of magic in all of Erenel.   They aren't items you can run around and collect, and no one knows how many there might be in total. References in the Library of the Royal College suggest there could be as many as twelve such tomes, but that list was compiled from unverified and in some cases unreliable sources.

Player Options

Homebrew options to further customize your character.  

Discord

  Consider joining the Gamingbrew Discord and become part of an amazing and friendly community of world builders, gamers, and lovers of Dungeons and Dragons.   If you're interested in playing in a 5E game I DM, or discuss Erenel's lore and character customization, I highly recommend you join!
 

Other Available Player Races

Erenel is a massive world populated by various intelligent species. Humans have effectively outgrown the other intelligent races settling kingdoms across every continent and are currently the most dominant species, but constant war and the hunt for powerful lost artifacts continue.    

Further Reading

Interested in learning more? The articles below are a great place to start!    

Comments

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21 Mar, 2019 07:32

Beautifully formatted, great information, amazing imagery... This is probably one of the best world intros I've seen on WA in a long time. Amazing work, love!

21 Mar, 2019 13:39

Thank you so much!

2 May, 2019 20:50

Drop...dead...gorgeous. This is my absolute favorite page I've seen in a world when it comes to balance in art displayed and information. The ONLY thing I don't like...is it makes me dissatisfied with my own efforts! LOL (kidding, I've just become your fan =)

2 May, 2019 22:16

Trust me, I feel the same. I'm in awe.

3 May, 2019 01:02

Thanks! Making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

4 May, 2019 19:01

You should! Keep up the amazing work!!

3 May, 2019 16:51

I gotta ask, how did you set up that map? This whole article is absolutely stunning, but the formatting and ease-of-access that is that world map is stunning.

3 May, 2019 17:13

Thanks! For the map all I did was place the map block code in the full footer section. I've been slacking on adding more pins to it . ^-^

4 May, 2019 19:02

I was wondering the exact same thing--thanks for sharing!

5 May, 2019 06:40

Gotta say, loved this plane. Will give it a major read and check if my ideas combine into a proper campaign for it.

5 May, 2019 16:04

Awesome! Hope you and your players enjoy the setting!

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