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|The Jihad                                                              |
|Draw close seekers of Wisdom and hear my words, and I shall tell you   |
|of the subtle and terrible beginnings of the Jihad.                    |
|                                                                       |
|When the Realms were recovering from the aftermath of the great        |
|DreamWars which spawned so many of our races, and shaped the very      |
|island continents we now know, new powers began to appear to fill the  |
|great void left by the fall of the Powers of the Old World.            |
|                                                                       |
|During the second millennia after the Wars, the Powers arrived to our  |
|Realms by the score, drawn by the seething mass of our life force.     |
|They offered their favors in exchange for the one currency an Immortal |
|needs: belief.  In exchange for our belief, our faith, these Powers    |
|grew stronger and granted more and mightier favors on their chosen.    |
|During the first millennia, while the realm was recovering, the Powers |
|fought in subtle ways, for the world was yet too damaged.  Time passed,|
|and the seas ceased to boil, and the sky began to clear.  More time    |
|passed, and the surviving races began again to rediscover the lost arts|
|of building, and the lost arts of war.                                 |
|                                                                       |
|At the dawn of the third millennia, the Powers began to move against   |
|each other openly.  Forming armies of their believers, they marched    |
|one against the other in their struggles to prove their might to their |
|followers, and thereby increase their own power with that rare         |
|spiritual currency of faith.  Led by their incarnate Avatars, and their|
|powerful Priests, the Jihad was born, and the realms were plunged into |
|the Age of Darkness, the modern Age according to Kyldissian Lore.      |
|                                                                       |
|For a full millennia the Jihad raged across the lands, and slowly, one |
|by one, the Powers fell.  Frightened by the fall of their brethren,    |
|alliances began to form amongst the Powers.  Pantheons began to rage   |
|with incredible might and power against the lone Powers and overwhelm  |
|them.                                                                  |
|                                                                       |
|Now, my children, we sit at the End of an Age.  The fifth millennia    |
|since the end of the DreamWars, which brought to an end the Age of     |
|Dreams, now sees the end of the Third Age, the Age of Darkness.        |
|Whether the Fourth Age of our World will be one of Light, or Doom      |
|remains to be seen.  Only six of the great Powers remain.  I have      |
|written down a brief history and ideology of each should you chose to  |
|learn of them.                                                         |
|                                                                       |
|And now, I name them, the final six players of the Jihad.              |
|Everen, the Goddess of Light,                                          |
|The Gods of Many Faces,                                                |
|The Mother of All,                                                     |
|The Great Old Ones,                                                    |
|Karaveth, the Lord of the Middle Dark,                                 |
|The Blood Lords.                                                       |
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|Of course, of the atheists I will not speak except to say they waste   |
|their lives for no benefit.                                            |
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|                                To this Writ I set my Hand,            |
|                                Jarrod Melshimber, Servant of Truth,   |
|                                Witness of the Ages, and               |
|                                Seer of Kyldiss.                       |

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everen,gods of many faces,mother of all,great old ones,karaveth,
blood lords,jihad2,temples,standing,desecration

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