The Second Age
A Brief History of The Second Age
By T. Willus Historian of krt’ Academy
The Second Age covers the time when the world moved away from the uneducated, and frankly barbaric traditions. This was the time for reasoned thought and careful practice. Many of our modern conveniences and institutions could only exist today because of those members of the second age who strove for a more learned response to the dangers and burdens of the First Age.
The First Age
While it is important to have an understanding of the First Age to truly appreciate the Second Age, very little is actually know about the First Age. The First Age lasted for somewhere between one thousand and two thousand years after the beginning of existence. During this time people gathered in villages and enclaves and toiled to bring in food. There were no kings or wizards to benefit the populace with their education. Simple warlords and chieftains squandered their resources on battles, idols, and other base things.
The arcane arts were also of poor quality in these times. Magi and medicine men took what I can only describe as a random approach to the art of spell crafting. Sacrifices, dancing, and tomfoolery were the primary methods of employing the arcane. At best the abilities of the time amounted to our most basic spells and cantrips.
Even the gods appear to have been of a lesser quality during these times. The members of the pantheon were known to have been locked to the earthly plane. They traveled across the continents sowing both hope and discord. Answered prayers to one’s deity would often result in a actual visit by the god. Imagine praying for provision from Deity. And having him show up 45 minutes later with some sandwiches and maybe some mead. Absurd. Yet there are at least thirteen recorded events where this very thing happened.
End of the First Age
The end of the First Age almost certainly began with the forming of the Kingdom of Hoop. the great king of Hoop, who is still unidentified in any known texts, put in place many reforms. He installed a system of roads, ordered harvest schedules, and even imposed currency and taxation. I’ve been known to say that “Had death not beaten him to it, the king of Hoop would of unveiled dieing to the world.”.
Shortly after the rise of Hoop other kingdoms quickly formed and gathered up lands and tribes. Which leads us to the wars. With the spring of the year of rivers came nine kingdoms where there had been none. In the fall there were four. Hoop itself was broken and divided between the remaining kingdoms.
The war which would last for decades caused incredible suffering and death. But more importantly it ushered in even more reforms and technology. Weapons advanced from the sharpened stick, bronze swords, and the ram, to steel, crossbow, and siege engines. Fiefdoms rose up to protect the countryside and better govern the gentry. Hospitals cured for the soldiers stab and the farmers plague. Schools and merchants spread almost as quickly as gold did from city to city.
Magic did not see the great advances that benefited the other arts. At the start of the wars the magicians were employed to vex ones enemies. But kings quickly tired of their failed promises and of wasted gold. The devout also were of little use. The gods had become quite absent from the worldly plane. In the absence of physical gods the churches grew like wild fire. In the time it took a nation to form, go to war, and die, eight times as many churches would do the same.
Beginning of the Second Age
Professor Willus, first let me congratulate you on finally completing the pamphlet we requested of you. Unfortunately this document will be of no use to us as it does not meet many of the requirements we requested. The length of this document far exceeds the actual need. And I do believe many of the views you’ve stated are your own, which appear to be far outside of the modern generally accepted history. Please rectify this immediately. I recommend by starting with cutting every other paragraph entirely. Please remember that the I and the alumni will be making our yearly class decisions. I would take little joy in having to report that such simple of a task was yet still uncompleted.