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Niorath was created from my D&D 5e campaign , the Heretic's Sword. The world is a bit of a mix of Science-Fantasy and Magipunk due to the ancient but advanced technology present on the planet and the start of the industrial age for the current civilizations.  
Niorath has a long history of technological and magical advanced civilizations. Most of these met their end in various cataclysmic events of which the origins remain unknown. Blame is often put on the Primal Chaos which originates from Nervonia, a large nebula like celestial object. And for some reason it seems to be growing. Is the start of the industrial age a first step towards a new cataclysm?
The inhabitants of Niorath believe that at one point the gods lived on the planet among its first civilizations. In the most dangerous areas of the world artifacts of this time can still be found. After the event called Magicfall many gods returned to their celestial realms. Some managed to return to the planet but more often than not they wreak havoc instead of helping the inhabitants of Niorath.
In the long time I have walked upon this world I have never run out of things to discover. The ever growing library of Adroon has been my responsibility for the majority of my life. And yet I feel that so much of the past is still lost to us.   Niorath is a world with a long history, riddled with ruins of ancient civilizations. The old myths tell us of a time when gods walked the planet and built magnificent cities. All that came to an end when the gods waged war on each other. The war led to the creation of many creatures, including my kind, and monstrosities which are still present today. What happened exactly at the end of this era of chaos is unknown and to this day we historians have not reached a consensus. One thing is for certain though, the Magicfall at the end of the war changed the world forever. And most gods have not set foot on the world ever since.   Ruins of this time are very sparse and often located in remote and dangerous places. If any such place is found it is of the utmost importance that we learn as much about it as possible and keep any dangerous artifacts out of the hands of the wicked and warmongering people of this world.   But these aren't the only ancient civilizations important to us. Many others have come and gone before the Avaronian times. It will be your task to look for these as well, and retrieve anything dangerous, whatever the cost. There is a reason civilizations like these ended and we must find out what caused these cataclysms. We must find out as much as we can about these events so we can prevent them. I fear for the day that the same happens to us while we are unprepared.   So venture forth my Shadow Sages. The road ahead will be dangerous but know that you are the hope of the world even while you operate in the shadows.
— Syronikir, High Sage of the Keepers
Introduction to Niorath
Generic article | Jun 27, 2021