This land, the first very first land that had been created by the gods: A place where all things, both light & dark, cryptic & refined, would exist in harmony as there would be a place for everything & for everything a place. Hundreds upon hundreds of various mortal subjects were created, both humanoid & monstrous alike, then set upon this land, each for the sake of having something to govern, something to watch over, something to take care of all the smaller, less pressing affairs of the gods' existence. They had decided to call it "Paradise."
For years upon years, the gods continued their inquisitive watch over their creations, fervently debating what should & should not be as Paradise was constantly changed by their ever-evolving subjects. For years peace was kept, despite their constant debates, until one day when a thought was proposed: A thought that shook the very foundation of their realm.
Among the gods, though most of them were light & just, others were dark & menacing. Those who were of the later proposed that this land was simply too pleasant & peaceful. Their subjects, though ever-evolving, have simply begun to loose their charm. And so they proposed that they plant a seed: A dark seed of lust & greed, a seed that would grow & eventually spread more seeds of the same kind.
Of course, the light gods strongly disagreed. That would surely cause an imbalance! The dark gods argued: Why, yes, it could cause a great imbalance, but was there not already an imbalance, as there was now a conflict of interest in their realm? What is it that they had all been debating for so long? And yet, the light gods stood their ground. They absolutely would not have it! The dark gods were quite displeased. Why should their more holy counterparts make all the decisions? This seed was going to be spread, whether the light gods liked it or not!
Thus, the peace over Paradise was brought to an abrupt end. This sudden shift of balance resulted in what is known as the "War of the Gods," which caused the realm of the gods to separate into two worlds: One of light & all things holy, & another that quickly became a world of darkness & all things vile. Those who didn't want to choose sides & attempted to leave the Realm of the Gods were each dispossessed of their holy power, as well as their title of "gods;" However, it did not take them long before they harnessed a more malevolent power & eventually came to be called "devils." These devils now had one very simple goal: To defy all things holy & replace it with all things vile. And so, they began with that very thought: "What if we planted a seed?"
The devils' plan was set in motion almost immediately. Using their cursed disownment to their advantage, they walked freely among the subjects of paradise. This allowed them to spread their dark influences with ease, quickly changing Paradise into a land divided by purity & chaos.
A century passed & the devils eventually corrupted enough souls to build a demon army. With this army, they intended to scour the land of any reminiscence of the gods, but they soon learned that there was a problem. Despite their influences, only about half of the land ultimately fell to the devils' control, leaving the other half: A large clan of Elves in the Forest of Rosenthorne & a collection of mixed races that gathered to build a religious capital, known as St. Angelous. Originally unaffiliated, The Elvaan High Council & the St. Angelian Holy Order eventually allied. The Elves, being the closest stronghold to the Demon territory, agreed to use their ancient magical talents to keep the demons at bay while the St Angelian Holy Order raised their soldiers on the gods' influence & trained them to back up their teachings with written texts, musical hymns, & the sword.
The Great Demon War raged on for another century, each passing decade growing ever more fierce, until one day the devils devised a clever plan. Soon outnumbering the forces of Rosenthorne, their demon army finally demolished the Evlaan High Council, while the remaining forces coaxed the St Aneglians into sending out what was left of their Holy Knights for their final battle. Though their conquest over Paradise had finally been achieved, the devils discovered yet another problem. They were still banished to this land. Despite their victories, they had not yet found a way back home to the Realm of the Gods. And, with naught left in the land but demons, the gods soon began to recreate it, making their subjects smarter & stronger, facing the devils with the fear of another war.
It was then that the devils realized: The gods didn't lose the previous war. They let the devils win & by recreating Paradise, they've made their angels & demons into pawns in a twisted celestial game. With the new subjects of Paradise now evolving faster than before, the devils would have to keep up. They decided that their demons would need a more material leader: Someone stronger & smarter than the god-made, someone who could look both the gods & their angels in they eyes without flinching. But who?
The late Elvaan queen, now a demon newly reborn as the first Drow, Kitari stepped forward & brought their attention back to the war's last victim, the sole human survivor: A former paladin who, after renouncing his faith & deserting his men, had eventually fallen to the demons. She saw a lot of herself & the other demons hidden deep within him, convincing the demons to question their choice for his fate. What better leader could there be for demons, other than a traitor soldier who once fought for the gods? After-all, he was already trained with a weapon & if he were to retain his former-life's knowledge, he would know better than the rest how the god-made think.
This seemed to be a perfect opportunity for The Seed. Rather than leaving the fallen paladin to rest, the demons held a ritual to resurrect him, stripping him of his humanity, ultimately reincarnating him as one of their own; Thus, the devils stepped back to watch as "Geov the Light" became "Geova, the Reborn."
Over the next few decades, the devils simply bode their time, patiently waiting for the gods to finish their recreation. It wasn't long before the new subjects of paradise evolved to a point at which they had spread out over the land, built civilizations, & even began to practice politics. Meanwhile, Geova had learned about the Realm of the Gods, the ongoing war, why he was reborn, & what it is that the demons are aiming to do.
Understanding that both the gods & devils are simply using their creations as pawns, Geova quickly exceeded the demons' expectations as their leader. He was indeed quite strong, smart &, after having the opportunity to observe the god-made from both sides, he not only shared the demons' views, but also backed up their cause one hundred percent. At times it seemed that he hated the gods even more than the devils who were originally cast down upon the land. With this hate fueling him, he soon devised a plan to take the deities' game a bit further. Intending to make the demons' wishes a reality, he realized that they would first have to give up the idea of "going back home". Rather than continuing to fight a never-ending war, they would simply take over Paradise. They would completely separate themselves from the deities & simply recreate their respective home. Thus, they began to refer to this land as the "OldWorld" as "Paradise" would soon be brought to its end.
Second: They would need a stronger army. With their dark influences continuing to spread over the land, their already formidable forces doubled in just a few short years, but even with such a large army, they still would never be powerful enough to succeed. Who would be strong enough? It couldn't be just anyone, no. They needed the darkest, most vile creature to liberate them: A being of such caliber that can only be found in the deepest pits of hell. The only way to bring something from such a distant plane would require a very powerful summoning & that alone would require the right tools, as well as at least half the land's worth of god-made blood.
Third: How would they go about collecting everything they would need? It was then that Kitari the Sorceress was summoned from her underground haven. Her cunning ideas & vast intellect would be an important asset to summoning "The Ender". Upon her arrival, she was overjoyed to be included on such a project. She did, indeed, have quite a knowledgeable edge. "One will need a container for the blood, but not just any jar will do, no. It will have to be a very special container, forged with the finest materials & enchanted with the most potent dark magic. That much, I can do; However, what shape shall our special container take?" After a short debate, they agreed upon the shape of a sword, as Geova already knew how to wield it & he would ultimately be the one to lead the demons in their task.
Unfortunately, despite having started forging it immediately, the special Demon Sword was not finished in time for Geova to wield it during his lifetime. In his stead, it was passed on to his eldest of three sons; However, it wasn't long before the vile powers of the sword consumed the first son & drove him into madness. Next, it was passed down to the second son who, after following in his father's footsteps for many months, mysteriously disappeared. Finally, the sword was left behind for the third son, but he was still far too young to wield it. With no better appointed master to wield it, the demons began to fight amongst themselves, each wanting to possess the tool for reaping the blood of the god-made, each falling at the hands of one after another. This came to be know as the "Vile War". Eventually, the third son became of age & after fighting to repossess the sword, he locked it away in a tomb with his Geova's remains. He then left everything behind, to start anew, for a bloodless life among the god-made subjects of Paradise.
A century passed before the doors to Geova's tomb were opened for a second time. Kitarina, one of many daughters directly descended from the Sorceress Kitari, had Geova's coffin pried open to acquire the Demon Sword. She knew that Geova was the original intended master of the sword, but in his place, his direct descendants should have been good enough. Unfortunately, they were too interested in the dark power of the tool that they inherited & lost sight of what it's intended purpose was. That's what did the first son in. What about the second son? Who knows? Perhaps it ate him? Ridiculous! It consumes souls, not whole people! As for the third son
"Ah, well. The son of a traitor should be expected to become a traitor himself. Oh, yes
We shall use this to our advantage."
After searching for months, Kitarina's servants had finally found what she had been looking for. Now all they needed to do was pass the sword on, but how? Her plan was simple. The only child of Geova's youngest son had been living high upon a mountain beyond the Faeland Gardens to the East. A group of demons in disguise would erect a village nearby, pay him a visit, & offer him the Demon Sword as a sort of friendly neighbor peace offering. Then, give it some time & the power of the sword should do the rest. After that, all they would need to do is prepare to welcome him home. Ultimately, the demons had begun to start over, while being better prepared, with that one thought: "What if we planted a seed?"