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Introduction to Tairos

Tairos is a place of faded glory and forgotten wonders. Magic is dead,the gods have vanished and the dangers of the old world are crawling back into the light. The only hope that remains in this dying land is the kingdom of Ghal Pelor and a new generation of heroes looking to pull Tairos back from the edge and give it a second chance at a future.

What Should I Know About Tairos

  Below are the absolute basics a reader should be armed with before exploring this setting  


Tairos is born from the tropes and foundations of a great many fantasy settings and role playing systems. This was done intentionally so that even though this setting may be new to a reader it will have familiar elements that allow fans of the genre to step in with some functional understanding. Orcs are brutish, Dwarves live in mountains and Humanity is numerous. If you are a reader of fantasy you'll have enough knowledge going into my world to easily see what's recognizable and what I've rebuilt differently

Magic Is Dead

There are a few things even the most isolated and backward community will know about magic. First, it used to be plentiful. Second, a terrible event known as The Queen's Rebuke severed magic's connection to Tairos. Next, Manacite is a form of condensed and pure magical energy trapped in a beautiful green crystal-like form and that is all that's left of magic's original power. And finally, trying to use magic without Manacite or some other source of energy results in a deadly backlash of toxic mana that often kills the user and corrupts the spell.

The Gods are Silent

The event known as the Queen's Rebuke also cut off the gods' ability to grant miracles and speak with their followers. The Leylines that carried mana to Tairos also acted as the conduit by which the gods could interact with mortals. Today, temples are empty, true believers are few and the idea of all-powerful gods is fading away with each generation

Things Can Change

Magic is dead however rumors speak of individuals that are able to cast spells like the sorcerers of old. The gods are silent but a rare few have started hearing their voice and channeling their miracles again. The great nations of Tairos are on the verge of collapse but a new nation is rising and hope is on the horizon. Many believe these are the final days of a world that cheated death centuries ago but for others, it is something else entirely. Its a time of heroes and a promise that things can change.

Major Kingdoms

  Ghal Pelor - Formerly a trading colony belonging to the dwarves. It has grown into a multicultural metropolis and to many... a last hope for a future.

  Ghal Ankhar- Ancestral home to the dwarves. Its reliance on tradition and heritage have doomed it to a slow death by stagnation.

  Melanthris- Isolationist and decadent beyond compare. This is the home of the Elves and their high born rulers whom have turned their back on Tairos.

  Baradrad- Kingdom of noble born and deeply philosophical necromancers. Their lawful beliefs and desire to see Tairos survive has made them a reliable ally in these dark days. But, their methods are questionable to many and their history is one steeped in betrayal.


Ruins of Tairos

Map of Tairos cover
Tairos ruins 2


My name's Christopher and I've been a world builder, gamer and story teller for about 22 years now. I've always enjoyed building a setting from the ground up and making it as tangible and real as possible. Making it feel like a place and less like an idea. Tairos is one of those ideas that i'm trying to turn into a place. Right now it serves as the setting for a tabletop RPG that I host several times a month for my friends here in Chicago. It's also an outlet for me to do something constructive with my time, an escape from work and a distraction for when my General Anxiety Disorder flares up.
My hope is that it entertains, that it's engaging enough to get comments and conversations started and that my players enjoy living in it for a few evening hours a week.


  Tairos is absolutely a Low Fantasy setting. But, history remembers a time of High Fantasy. The setting is one built on disasters born from recklessness and arrogance. Those disasters robbed the world of much of its magic; leaving the survivors in a world very different from the one history speaks of.  


  Isolation- The few remaining kingdoms are separated by vast distances and the small settlements in between are forced to fend for themselves or fall to the dangers beyond the purvey of civilization.   Collapse- Of the kingdoms that remain, only Ghal Pelor has a chance for a future. Every other civilization is trapped in the cycles of the past and facing threats that cannot be overcome alone.   Rediscovery- The heroes of the setting are forced to turn to the ruins of dead kingdoms and extinct people for answers. In doing so they are getting a chance to experience a more fantastic version of Tairos and bring forth some of the forgotten boons of that distant age. Though not everything from the past should see the light of day again. Many dangers wait in the dark for their opportunity finish off this dying land and rule over its corpse.

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Forgemaster Dimitris
Dimitris Havlidis
12 Feb, 2018 06:00

That, that is one heck of an article. You make me want to create the Map in articles display widget quicker!

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12 Feb, 2018 06:04

Thank you kindly sir! My goal was to create a very brief teaser intro that encouraged folks to read more. Maybe I succeeded?

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Dimitris Havlidis
12 Feb, 2018 09:00

You very much did. Exceptional work

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Dimitris Havlidis
12 Feb, 2018 09:11

You have in fact inspired me to Write one of my own when I get the time

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12 Feb, 2018 08:16

This is a really cool intro, thanks for the inspiration! I think I will follow your world because I am intrigued

12 Feb, 2018 15:19

Thanks Winter! Very excited to have you following! I try to get up a new article every day. Always happy to have comments and feedback too! It helps me write better material!

14 Feb, 2018 19:00

Congratulations on being the Daily Featured article! This is super-inspiring :D

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14 Feb, 2018 19:10

Oh man! I didn't know I was! That's great news!

20 Feb, 2018 16:45

Excellent article. I really like your use of the sidebar.

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20 Feb, 2018 20:28

Thanks so much Ellysium, appreciate it.

Dave X
20 Mar, 2018 21:21

Your map is fantastic! I'm also a huge fan of the world once being a high fantasy that has since fallen, it's a very mysterious feel!

20 Mar, 2018 21:51

Thanks Dave, glad you dig it. I'm working on the second version of the map now. Inkarnte went and upgraded their program and I have to redo it all. Thanks for reading it! Feel free to follow and hopefully you'll see other good stuff pop up. I have an ethnicity and an animal species coming up next

Iyo Nishiura
27 Mar, 2018 00:52

Hey there, a primer is a wonderful idea. As a reader it was very easy to get into and now makes me want to delve into the other articles. Great work.

11 Dec, 2018 17:10

I still don't understand on how you split the 4 smaller paragraphs under "What Should I Know About Tairos", was it CSS

11 Dec, 2018 19:31

It's super hard for me to get right. I think I asked PatheticBarrel on the discord for help with that and he was kind enough to walk me through it.

11 Dec, 2018 22:50

Oh, it just looks so useful and a good ideal to use it, would their be a way of you showing me or something?

11 Dec, 2018 23:02

DM me on Discord. I can share the BCC for the paragraph with you. I'm thechosenone on there.

11 Dec, 2018 23:37

What’s you’re discord tag

31 Dec, 2018 06:09

I appreciate the introduction to world, especially sharing the basics or personal things like the themes or the purpose. It definitely inspires me to consider these aspects strongly for my own world.

31 Dec, 2018 06:17

I really appreciate the compliment. I wanted to be open with why I do what do here and to make sure I put all the basics in one place for a new reader

7 Jul, 2020 19:48

Your world is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. I humbly bow to your greatness

7 Jul, 2020 21:50

Thanks so much for saying so Thorne! Really means a lot

26 Jul, 2020 18:30

Hey Chris Question for you. How did you add the scale to your map? I believe you mentioned using inkarnate to make the map. I have not been able to figure it out. Is it a paid function?

26 Jul, 2020 18:46

If I remember correctly I found a scale template outside of Inkarnate and then filled in the numbers I needed. Then I imported the image into Inkarnate myself. It was pretty drawn out but it worked.

26 Jul, 2020 19:17

It worked very well. Ok I'll give it a whirl :) Thank you

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