Thune: Age of Woe
The Primordial Ascent
The existence of primordials—those spirits of the raw elemental chaos said to be the building blocks of the telluric world—has always been in contention. The subject seemed to limited to the arcane volumes of magi, speculators of the religious mythos, heathen druidic orders, and the incoherent scriptures of the Dodek Order. The controversy is rooted in the fact that the various religious orders dedicated to the Thunish gods don’t recognize the primordials as part of their established canon. At best they are treated as otherworldly entities of the World Below and that the druidic orders draw their power from fell entities in that dark place.
The controversy was blown wide open with the arrival of the Primordials and the rise of the primordial kings. Seeming to arrive from various corners of the world beyond the charted lands of Thunes various continents, their arrival was assumed to portend some great cataclysm in the middle of the Age of Might. That their arrival took place not so long after the fall of Amon Anurk did not seem a particular coincidence—were these beings connected to the ascendency of human civilizations and the tumult they tended to leave in their wake?
While the Primordials commanded supreme power, it was the genasi—beings tied to these elemental powers—that established their rule. A number of dynasties rose in the four corners of Thune: The Sun Kings in the south lands of the Jharuu, The Mist Kings of the far east on the islands of the Howling Sea, the Wind Kings far north of the Nahlu Steppe, and the Earthen Kings in the untamed crags west of the Charonath. The various kings established dominion in these lands far from the machinations of the rest of Thune, which was experiencing a rapid growth in a number of empires and civilizations. Many centuries passed without incident.
That 500 years of peace would soon see an end, however. With the expansion of the human civilizations also came the jealous distrust that men had for the mysterious beings. As empires encroached on their realms, violence was soon to follow. The genasi, however, commanded power that the men found frightening and soon the war for territory and resources became a war for the wholesale destruction of beings that men thought were an affront to their gods. Eventually these wars resolved when the full power of the Primordials came to bear and men withdrew from their lands.
The only exception to this was Earthen King, the genasi Emperor Khrolax the Stonewalker. Having faced a two-front war from both the Charonath and the legions of Grunia, Khrolax felt that only total destruction of his enemies would keep his people safe. Khrolax showed no mercy as he wiped entire cities of the Charonath and Grunia off the face of Thune. Eventually the two human warlords recruited the help of goliaths and dwarves from the north to help fight the Earthen King in his own lands, among the knife-like peaks and deep caverns of their lands.
Finally, the war culminated at a particularly bloody battle in the toothy canyons that was the seat of their kingdom, Thulmar Gnash. Khrolax and his queen Eladynn were captured and their kingdom collapsed beneath the mountains. Superstitious about the nature of the emperor, the men took Khrolax and Eladynn to Abrunon were they were sealed alive with all their surviving retainers. The rage of the genasi reverberated through the halls that they had been sealed in, but eventually time took them in its indiscriminate embrace and the halls were returned to silence once more. The priests of Abrunon placed a guardian in their halls and sealed them in once more deep within the earth.