The Warriors of the Stone
The War for the Future
Roughly 150 years prior to the events of this story, there was a war. Not a simple grab for land, glory, or power, no. This war was for survival, for life, for the future. An ancient dragon, a danger that many prophesied, but few truly feared arose. His forces, an army of the night. Demons, drow, tiefling, and more. Striking anywhere and everywhere the army of Balgrim the Black laid waste to the forces of Man, Elf, Dwarf, any that stood in their way. The forces of the light fought not to win, but to simply stave off the oncoming storm sweeping through their homes and lands leaving desolation behind. Hours, days, weeks, years the scholars pored over ancient texts and writings to find something that could save them until finally they found an answer. The Stone of Anth. Five heroes were selected to make the sortie into the blackened maw of Balgrim’s lands. These Heroes of the Stone, representatives of several different races, and great heroes of many battles, struck out into the heart of Balgrim’s army and sealed him away using the stone. No one knows the means of how the stone sealed the Black Dread away but the heroes returned with the stone destroyed. Each of them was granted a piece of the stone with one other given to a separate unknown entity. This “reward” was the burden of protection, that they must one day give to those who’s worthiness should be proven in times when Balgrim’s evil may once again see light of day.
An excerpt from Continents of the Fold: An Annotated History of the World by Aetius the Blind