The Eternal Winter
By Matthew Knight
and Gordon Burchell
Edited by Daniel Siceloff
FAR BEYOND the reality of mortals, deep in the realm of
fantasy resides Eternal Winter, The Realm of Ereyth…
In ancient times, before the world was divided, before the
reign of dark magic… All was ruled by the God Ereyth and the Goddess
Sarna. It was then that the world
was at peace. Nature flourished and
all creatures of the earth lived in harmonious tranquility. Together with their tremendous power, love,
and wisdom of the ages, the God and Goddess created many wondrous and great
things. For as long as Ereyth and
Sarna ruled together as one, nothing could threaten this peaceful realm. For many eons the world remained in
joyful serenity and all was fair and good.
There came a time, however, when some of these beings they
created began to learn of magic and sorcery. Many of their magical arts were used for
good, and Ereyth and Sarna rejoiced in the glory of their creation. But then, some of the wizards and
sorcerers turned to dark magic and began creating arcane spells of evil and
The most powerful of these wizards was Voraxia. Through much dark knowledge and evil
wizardry, Voraxia gained more and more power as time went on. Eventually coming to God-like status, he
sought to unleash chaos throughout the world. Voraxia desired the beautiful Goddess
Sarna and despised Ereyth. In his
malice, he held much hateful resentment toward the great God…for Sarna
and Ereyth had been deeply in love since before the beginning of time. As long as they reigned together, chaos
would never rule.
At the climax of his rise to power, Voraxia summoned the
deepest magic he could conjure. With this, he cast an evil spell which split
the world into two realms. With his
extreme power, he violently stormed the heavens and tore the God and Goddess
away from one another. With his
magic he banished Ereyth to one half of the world, never to be united with
Sarna again. This would become
Eternal Winter, The Realm of Ereyth.
Voraxia then cast a spell which condemned this realm to forever dwell in
snow and ice. In Eternal Winter’s
wastelands, he released evil creatures and dark mages who used their sorcery to
spread terror across the land. Many
of the good wizards and clerics attempted to reverse the spell and melt the
everlasting ice tormenting the world…but none succeeded. Horrors lurking in the world continually
threatened the peace of all whom inhabited the frozen realm. Bound by the spell, Ereyth remained powerless
as long as Eternal Winter reigned.
Voraxia then banished the Goddess Sarna to the other half of
the world, separated from Ereyth.
This realm would come to be known as The Unknown Lands of Sarna. These lands were never to be looked upon
by any of the beings created by Ereyth and Sarna. For these creatures, which Voraxia
loathed, were condemned to suffer in Eternal Winter for all time. In her realm,
Sarna was free to create and rule as she pleased. For after his complete rise to total
Godliness, The dark wizard planned to rule beside her. She would belong to him and the world
would know the true power of Voraxia!
It was then that Voraxia created The Castle Shadowgate. This was an evil castle between
dimensions which served as a gateway between the two realms. Inhabited by demons and other horrid
creatures of chaos, only those who possessed extreme dark magical powers could
cross over through the Shadowgate.
Many of the good wizards of Ereyth’s realm were torn from their
world and transformed into dark mages and sentenced to forever dwell in the
castle, guarding the dimensional gateway for all eternity.
Voraxia’s final and most Sinister creation was the
ultimate incarnation of evil. This
horrible monster was The Nightmare Phantasm. Made of pure chaos-energy, the Phantasm
was an enormous being. It was the
largest and most powerful to ever exist.
Its purpose was to continuously manifest evil and spread terror in The
Realm of Ereyth. Voraxia
constructed a great fortress beyond the northern mountain ranges in
Sarna’s realm to hold the mighty creature. What he did not expect was that his
perverse creation was so powerful he wouldn’t be able to control it. The Nightmare Phantasm eventually
devoured Voraxia, vanquishing the ancient wizard from existence.
And so, Voraxia was destroyed…But the devastating
impact of his corrupt influence and evil deeds would remain. The world was divided and the great God
and Goddess hopelessly separated.
The Realm of Ereyth under the spell of Eternal Winter, and the beautiful
Realm of Sarna unknown and unreachable to all. The Nightmare Phantasm still lived, and
at its leisure would release evil into the world. It seemed that all was doomed and the
end was near…
Unless one would
set forth an epic turn of events to alter the fate of the world…one from
The Realm of Ereyeth…The Land of Eternal Winter.