Introduction to Niorath

A history of Disaster

 
There is a reason the old civilizations ended and it is imperative that we find out what caused these cataclysms. We must find out as much as we can about these events in order to prevent them. I fear for the day that the same happens to us while we are unprepared.
— Syronikir, High Sage of the Keepers

Niorath has a long history of advanced technological and magical civilizations. Among them is the civilizations of the gods when they lived on Niorath, which are collectively called the Asmer.   Many of the ancient civilizations met their end in huge cataclysmic events of which the origins remain unknown. Primal Chaos magic is often seen as the culprit but many can't help but feel that something stops civilizations the moment they get too advanced.   The source of the Primal Chaos, Nervonia, is a large nebula like celestial object which can be seen at certain periods of the year. It is believed that the Elemental and Divine Realms can also be found here, protecting the rest of the universe against anything that comes out of the Primal Chaos.

Themes of Niorath

  The world is intended to feel both dark and hopeful and a bit of a mix of Science-Fantasy and Magipunk. Many countries are starting an industrial era which caused a new elite to rise but also increased poverty in the cities. Some countries introduced partially democratic systems but many of the lower classes are often still excluded from participating.

Under it all the danger in the world remains. Racism and religious conflicts are on the rise, many areas have at least one big war every century and technology is more often used to harm than for good.

The vast amount of ancient weapons from previous civilizations makes the world a ticking timebomb waiting to explode into an all out conflict. It is not certain if the current civilizations can avoid the mistakes of those from the past.

         
   

Wonder and Chaos


The world of Niorath is a temperate world with an abundance of different biomes. Deserts and jungles are more common around the equator and cold climates can be found around the poles.

But there are still several strange areas as well. Every continent has at least one area influenced heavily by magic from the Realms of Nervonia.

Both Oneraga and Aelerium have areas with floating islands and in some places giant crystals protrude from the ground. There are vast underground areas known as the Lower Realms which are even dangerous for experienced adventurers. Some areas of the world are even known for their very active volcanoes with large magma streams. The Mizarin Jungles are home to gigantic trees in which some people of Niorath have made their homes.

Niorath world cover
Niorath World Map
 

Magicfall

 
  When the Gods left the planet, a cataclysmic event called Magicfall, changed the world forever. It created the Falls, magical infused crystals, which gave magic to the people of Niorath.

Originally magic was limited to those born with magical abilities but over time people learned to use the Falls to create more casters. But since this is a costly method for elemental magic it is not used very often. Althought the Elemental Falls are used less to create new casters other types of crystals are easier to use for this purpose.  

Types


Cloudcrystal
Cloudcrystals are used for elemental air magic.  
Embercrystal
Embercrystals are used for elemental fire magic.  
Seacrystal
Seacrystals are used for elemental water magic.  
Tremorcrystal
Tremorcrystals are used for elemental earth magic.  
Divinecrystal
Divinecrystals are used for celestial and healing magic.  
Mindcrystal
Mindcrystals are used for illusion and control magic.  
Leafcrystal
Leafcrystals are used for nature magic.  
Chaoscrystal
Chaoscrystals are used for chaos magic and forbidden in most of the world.  
         
 

Primal Chaos

 
  The most dangerous regions of all are the Chaos areas. These locations are heavily corrupted by dark magic at some point during the history of Niorath. Among these are the Silent Forest, a mostly petrified forest, and the ruins of Bagor, an area surrounded by blighted earth.

During most of recent history Chaos Tempests were only a very rare occurrence, limited mostly to areas like the Silent Forest. But now they seem to be popping up more often and sometimes even in new places. The ruins of Bagor are once again becoming a center of one such Tempest after being gone for more than a 1000 years.

With each new Tempest the amount of monstrosities of the Primal Chaos increases. For now the people manage to fend them off but what would happen if the Tempests became even more frequent.    
 
Silent Forest.jpeg
Silent Forest by Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, photo by me
 
Chaos Storm
Chaos Storm by Guild Wars 2
 

Societies

  Many civilizations have risen and fallen on Niorath. Alas much information has been lost over the millennia that have past since their demise. But even though they are long gone, they have had an influence on the societies of today.  

Those who came before

 

Asmer


The Asmer were the Gods and angels of Niorath and their civilizations ended after Magicall. In the most dangerous places of the world their ruins can still be found. Some Gnome nations are believed to have kept their technology in use for some time before collapsing themselves.

Many organizations have picked up rumors about gigantic war golems hidden deep in ancient ruins from that time. Some believe that even the Divine Golem from mythology could be real. Factions and countries are competing to find these creations from ancient eras.

The Lower Realms, once seen as to dangerous to investigate, are becoming the new frontier for those brave enough to venture deep beneath the earth. With the discovery of new Asmer ruins the interest has only increased.


indovir.jpg
Asmer God by Endless Space, Amplitude Studios
 

Avaronians


  Many ancient civilizations existed prior to the Avaronians but none have been as influential to the current world. After the fall of the old civilizations the Elves quickly rose to power. Their knowledge of elemental magic allowed them to form the Avaronian Empire which held control over vast areas of land on two continents.

However, over time the corruption grew and many barbaric practices were introduced such as sacrifices and slavery. It took many centuries but in the end the Avaronian Empire ended with a cataclysmic blast in its capital, Bagor.  
 

Nations of today

  Several humanoid species exist in Niorath and although many of them control a part of the plant there are only 3 races that are truly influential.  

Humans and the Pavan Empire


After several centuries of internal strife the Humans and Half-Elves of the Pavan Empire are once again looking outwards. For a long time they were behind in progress due to lack of magical resources and magic users. But with the invention of gunpowder and the steam engine they quickly rose in power.

The start of the industrial revolution quickly spread to the other Human countries as the Empire became the center of the Human economy. They intend form a new alliance and spread the influence of Archonism across the globe.

Besides their advances in industry they have made great strides in Divine magic as well. However, creations like the Soulknights, created from the willing souls of the faithful, are met with some resistance. But the results are have been promising.  



broken lords.png
Soulknight by Endless Legends
 

Gnomes


Gnomes were not of great importance until a few centuries ago. Their nations were constantly at war with eachother and trade with outsiders was rather rare. At some point the Gnomes of Oneraga started banding together into larger countries. They have shown a knack for magical technology and are now among the most advanced nations of Niorath.

They have clashed a few times already with the Nekorians, Humans and Dragons. Rumors tell that the Raitin have even managed to capture and breed their own Dragons which they use to power their airships.  
 

Elves


Most Elves live on the continent of Farlis where their nations take up most of the land. Many of the countries are successor nations of the Avaronian Empire. The strongest of these nations is Aelerium which is the de facto leader of western Farlis. Mervidel is considered the leader of the other Elven nations which were often at war with Humans.

They were the most powerful species until both the Gnomes and Humans started their rapid rise in technology. Now they fear that their magical knowledge and resources will not be enough to keep the emerging powers at bay. The recent war with the Humans of Farlis was the most recent attempt to regain power and territory.
 

What to read next


  I need to write a full article on the Avaronian Empire but in the mean time enjoy the language.  
Avaronian
Language | Jun 4, 2021
  An article about the Falls and the magic of Niorath.  
Coming Soon !
 
  A oneshot set in the world of Niorath. A good introduction to several aspects of the world.  
Hidden Angel
Plot | Jun 4, 2021
  This article will be an explanation of the cosmology of Niorath. In the meantime this older article from world ember, which I need to rework, gives a basic understanding.  
The God War
Myth | Mar 9, 2021

Ancient war between several deities, ending with Magicfall and the exodus of the gods.



Comments

Please Login in order to comment!
10 Jun, 2021 10:14

Just so you know, the like button doesn't seem to work anymore :/


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.   Current challenge article: Corporate Mascot Costumes!
10 Jun, 2021 10:18

Oh no I don't how this can be? I did not do anything strange or different for this article.

Feel free to check out my costume entry. :)
10 Jun, 2021 10:36

Fixed now thanks for bringing it up Q ! ^^

Feel free to check out my costume entry. :)
Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
11 Jun, 2021 20:58

This is a great introduction to your world :D I love that from the start you've highlighted some mysteries and dangers still lurking around in the world, that really pulled me in and now I'm very intrigued by all of that :D   I love the industrial revolution era, it's so full of hopes and promises and at the same time so horrible toward spoor people... And mysterious underground ruins are one of my favourite tropes :D If I wasn't already following, I would now :p   I'm trying to thing about the structure you've chosen to use, but I don't think I would advise you to change anything, this works really well as it is. And I like your css too and your use of boxes and images.   The only comment I have is that some of your language doesn't always flow as smoothly as it could and it could do with an edit pass at a later point to make it really perfect, but that's a minor point. One easy thing to change is to add a question mark rather than a period at the end of "For now the people manage to fend them off but what would happen if the Tempests became even more frequent."

11 Jun, 2021 21:34

Thanks for the kind words Amélie ^^ Yeah I think the start of the industrial revolution is especially interesting since this also gives a bit of a clash with the old word. In addition the Gnomes are having their magical industrial revolution and are competing against the 'normal' industrial revolution :)   As for language yes I think I will need to work on some sentences during some rereads en changes ^^ But thanks for the suggestion already! :)

Feel free to check out my costume entry. :)