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 Base Map Image
Niorath by Kefkejaco
 

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 by Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, photo by me
 
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.


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 planet 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 to 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 have been promising.  



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


 
Falls
Material | Jan 20, 2022
  An article about the Falls which are the source of all magic. There are different kinds of Falls each with their own uses. The most dangerous of these are Chaos Falls.  
 
Cosmology
Geographic Location | Dec 29, 2021
  A short introduction of the general cosmology of this world. From here you can also learn more about the geography of Niorath and the Nervonia nebula.
 
 
Sapient Species
Species | Jan 11, 2022
  Overview of the various sapient species of Niorath.  
 
Encyclopedia Nioratha
Document | Dec 23, 2021
  This influential piece of literature was created by the Keepers to gather all knowledge of the world. This article gives a great access to many subjects of the world.  
 
Hidden Angel
Plot | Apr 8, 2022
  A oneshot set in the world of Niorath. A good introduction to several aspects of the world.


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.
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 River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
10 Jun, 2021 10:36

Fixed now thanks for bringing it up Q ! ^^

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
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."

To see what I am up to, my latest article is a choose-your-own-adventure story featuring a job interview to become one of the Dark Lord's evil minions :D
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 River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
27 Jun, 2021 02:52

This introduction was such a great read and the images serve the article so well!


Seek out Fate in the world of Auriga!   Also, feel free to check out my Progress Report for this year's World Ember... AND if you want to see what I'm working on, you can check up on my prompt worksop space!
28 Jun, 2021 19:47

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ I tried to make it interesting so I am glad it worked :)

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
1 Jul, 2021 21:01

This is an excellent primer; it makes me want to look deeper into your world. I like how the separation between magical and non magical folks has lessened as a result of the crystals. The different areas of the world speak of the dangers as well.

Choose your poison:   Phasmatum: An Afro-Solar-Fantasy world created for my epic novels.
Adazuri: A shonen-inspired magitech fantasy world home-brewed for 5e.
2 Aug, 2021 22:36

Sorry for the later reply here, summer camp was busy :) Thank you for the kind words! ^^ Yeah I wanted to make it one of the themes of how magic and technology can work together but also against eachother :)

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
20 Nov, 2021 20:48

I like your world. I also am trying to make a world in industrial revolution based on the 19th century, but it isn't very successful. Maybe I'm too stupid for that? I really like the idea of the Falls. Do you have an article about them?

Check out the worlds of Veneficia, Magic Earth, Ithir and Vyraj
20 Nov, 2021 23:37

Thank you! Yes I find it a very interesting time, especially the change towards the industrial with all the upheavals it causes. I do have an article about the falls but you seem to have already found them :p Thanks for bringing that up because now I know I need to link them here :D

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
Grandmaster Eraellas
Brian Nicholson
28 Jan, 2022 06:39

By the Gods, your world is amazingly gorgeous! Every time I foray out into the wilderness of WorldAnvil, I am astonished by the formatting wizards that are on this site! Makes me wonder how I can do the same...

28 Jan, 2022 12:48

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ I am sure you will get there as well it takes lots of tinkering with and participating in challenges to improve. My first articles were very basic xp Luckily there are many amazing people on discord to help out ^^

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
22 Feb, 2022 19:54

This is a fantastic overview of this world! It really gets me eager to delve more in depth. It also makes me realize i also need an introduction to my world as well! :)

*TimeBender*
24 Feb, 2022 10:30

Thank you for the kind words! ^^ really appreciate it. As for the introduction yeah I did it for the 'homework' challenge earlier this year :p it is a very neat thing to do so I can recommend it!

Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!