Historical and Festive Events


Solstices and Equinoxes

 

During the Summer and Winter solstices, the connection between the Vast and the Spirit World strengthens, which allows communion with spirits. Fibblans hold week-long festivals twice a year to celebrate these times of unity to better tune themselves with nature. Sometimes, this strong connection between the Vast and the Spirit World allow spirits to leak into the physical plane and bind their selves to a catalyst to form a new body. Amandra, the Keeper of the Spirit World, permits these spirits to make their way to Terrium if that is so truly what they wish.

Similarly, during the Spring and Fall equinoxes, the connection between the Vast and the Depths strengthens as well. This strength in connection is just enough to cause all of the evil spirits in the Depths to try to claw their way back into the Vast, including Jarr. Marrick, the Gatekeeper of the Depths, must usually spend most of his effort restraining Jarr’s spirit, allowing other powerful spirits to escape the Depths and find new life on Terrium.

 

Blood Moon Eclipse

 

Once a decade, a solar eclipse occurs perfectly in the center of Cordegarde. It is known as the blood moon eclipse due to the sun creating an intense, blood colored rim around the moon. During this short period of time, the connection between the Vast and the Depths is at its absolute strongest under natural circumstances. The connection is so strong, that Marrick is forced to allow the passage of many evil spirits directly to Cordegarde, lest he releases the spirit of Jarr. It is during these crises that Amandra gives her Valkyr permission to take tangible form to fend off the evil spirits, which mold themselves into various demons.

Over thousands of years, this event — the solar eclipse and the time it takes to eradicate the evil spirits from Cordegarde — became known as the Blood Moon Festival. The mightiest and bravest warriors of every race would take arms and travel through the Cordegarde Teleportation Shrines to fight side by side with the Valkyr to eliminate the demons, and keep the rest of Terrium safe. Participating in the Blood Moon Festival is also considered the ultimate form of repentance. Many individuals who wish to atone for their sins fight to the death to cleanse themselves of their crimes. Although many die in battle, their stories are revered by those who survive, and their bravery is awarded with entry to the Spirit World, guided by Amandra herself.

 

The Great Wars

 

The Great Wars is the name given to the one thousand years of war that was fought between all four races. This period of time was so pivotal in the history of Terrium that it spawned the system in which years are kept track: Before Great Wars (BGW), During Great Wars (DGW), and After Great Wars (AGW). Although most battles were held in the central continent of Cordegarde, there were many battles held on home soil as well. The Great Wars consisted of two major wars. One of which was fought between the Arkhans and the Humans, while the other was fought between the Equirions and the Fibblans.

The Arkhans thought that the only way the world would truly be at peace was by uniting under a single authoritative rule. They believed that since they were the strongest race with the most powerful military, they would be the ones worthy enough to create order. The Humans, who practiced equal authority, opposed their beliefs. Many debates were made until eventually, war was waged between them. Meanwhile, in Atlum, the Equirions sought to create order in a different manner. They wished to control every aspect of their continent to feed their superiority and make their lives perfect. In order to do this, they began creating weapons and devices that would allow them to subjugate creatures and terraform Atlum. The Fibblans, who had taught the Equirions so much, felt deeply offended that the Equirions would dare tamper with nature itself. Long tired of the Fibblans’ protests, the Equirions waged war with them.

The Great Wars was considered a very dark time in Terrium history. It was so much so that Cordegarde, known as the heart of all lands, was renamed to Nesirgher, the infernal land without gods, during the wars. Although Cordegarde became the common name once again after the Great Wars ended, the name Nesirgher is still sometimes used in present times. Cordegarde was filled with bloodshed as battles were fought over the reconstruction of the God Cannon. One late battle in Oriens featuring an Equirion weapon based on the God Cannon’s design ended in so much damage that Oriens was literally split in two, creating the vast fjord later known as the Great Divide. It was only after a thousand years of war that the Four Heroes of Legend rose together to end the Great Wars, and began a new age.

 

The Second Surge

 

With her father's stone, Lady Chiffon continued to research and experiment a way to release Flow from her crystallized prison. During one of her experiments, an unprecedented effect occurred. An immeasurable amount of flow surged from the sealed goddess and spread throughout the world. This monumental event, which was later known as the Second Surge, marked a new epoch in the balance of flow. Similar to how the power of the four main races increased when Flow was initially sealed, the Second Surge brought forth several new races and gifted them with intelligence and power. Though few in number, the power these new races held forced the world to change and accommodate them.

The Fibblans in Oriens were the most accommodating to the new races, and the Humans of Mugio soon followed suit. The Arkhans of Occasus only allowed permanent residence to those who would follow the standard code of Arkhan life, and due to the already harsh conditions of Occasus, few decided to reside there. The secluded Equirions of Atlum lived very traditional lives and refused to take in outsiders. However, the more open port cities allowed outsiders more freely and soon became very diverse communities compared to the inland cities.

The Second Surge was met with extremely mixed reactions. Individuals who were open to and commended the event were just as common as those who condemned it and called it a blasphemous misuse of power. Lady Chiffon took full responsibility for the event, and the Terrium Union was torn between praising and punishing her. Eventually, a compromise was made where Lady Chiffon would be neither praised nor punished. However, she was required to relinquish her pursuit of reviving the goddess Flow, and destroy her and her father's research in the matter. Despite her huge reluctance to do so, Lady Chiffon agreed to the conditions and destroyed thousands of years' worth of research. Many believed that she should not have paid such a price, but others believed she deserved much worse. However, a few individuals theorize that Lady Chiffon could easily recreate the lost research with her brilliant mind if she wished, but chooses not to out of respect for the Terrium Union's decision.

Since then, Lady Chiffon followed in the footsteps of her mother and aunts, and decided to keep to herself, no longer meddling in the lives of mortals. Though she still participates in the Blood Moon Festival like her father did, her self-seclusion is considered a massive loss to the world of her vast reservoir of knowledge.