I thought I might just put in this short foreword for this little Pseudohistory from my upcoming book, Lake Merrin. This is a mock-document based on the creation of my world of Amsul and main country, Favinonia. If you like to know more just leave a comment. To learn more about Lake Merrin, head to www.samuelcolbran.com.
I, Selyaris Muggeridge in the year of our King 875 FK, is of sound mind wishing to declare is of the truth, within the guidelines of the Blue and of the Trinity and King’s Laws. This following document will be covering the suppression of a part of Favinonian history. It concerns a dark time which brought on the Age of Disbelief; this was the Massacre of Magic.
The evidence of this event, proved by hard-worked research, in a period which spanned nearly one hundred years; little information has been illuminated brought to the light of day. The first clue in Einion in the Western Duchy, also known as ‘Iron’ Dukedom; which housed the first ever Hall, contained in an ancient document was the first recorded job posting, in the year 116 FK.
After translating it to Modern Favinonian, it stated:
“To whom seek these treacherous Green skin one which plagues our northern and western borders, a bounty hath been placed upon these creatures. Two silver quoin 2 for an exchange of said sub-humanoids left ear.”
This original document has been verified by several of notable peers 3, where it was proved that it hailed from early first century Favinonia. It indeed was a massive reward for its day, would be equivalent to nearly twenty gold slips today. This information was upheld in the History of Favinonian Halls, where the first was built in the King’s year of 116 to 120 FK, and the registration of the ‘party’ became commonplace.
Another joint event which occurred around the mid 120’s FK was the migration of the ‘Demi’4 humans. Three-quarters of a million dwarves, gnomes and halflings suddenly appeared in the southern Earldom seeking refuge from an unknown entity5. From essential sources 6, this caused an uproar of protest in the more significant human populous of the time. As King Octavio, the sixth, Duke Izo the first and Earl Stratton signed an asylum treaty with the leaders Lady Yumunelyn Plateshield of the Dwarves, Sir Donbik Berrygear of the Gnomes and Lord Drogo Brandybuck of the Halflings.
As the events of the building of the First Halls, registration of the ‘Group of Adventurers’ later to be known as a Charter. The asylum treaty is one of the sparks for the conflagration that would become the Massacre.
The next piece of information obtained from several work orders of a group of dwarves and document about a written protest in the city hall of Kilead7. The work order was made out to be of 12 copper quoin, and the demonstration claimed that if humans were used for this job the cost would have been nearly two gold quoins8. In this written protest, it states that the administration should protect citizen rights and outlaw ‘demi’ human work unless they are used by a human company.
This by two historians noted in (6), was accounted that the only work dwarves, gnomes or halflings could find was to a near serf-like workforce of the humans of the time. Also during this period, evidence of brutality was found against the dwarves, gnomes and halflings. This could be one reason the Massacre of Magic was suppressed in the modern history books as it had reference to this horrid time.
At the same time, another species ‘Green skins’ was documented in decline, as a rough census of 130 FK to 135 FK some ears turned in dropped to nearly two percent9. The figures changed again within another ten years, is contributed by a massive increase of ears. Information held by certain factions in the immigrant’s10 history was a dramatical increase of missing persons from worksites and caravans, mainly of Gnome and Halflings descent. With cross-referencing with the missing person reports, and the growth of ear bounties11. This shows with the conviction that these missing individuals were the product of the increased bounty due to the similar shape of said people ears.
This lead to the Great Demi-Human March of 150 FK, this event is still in the history books, where the immigrants and their human supporters marched on the capital for civil rights, with this new information brings a new light to the Great March. Also explains the tragic loss of life during this protest, nearly two thousand death and over ten thousand injuries were caused during a full-scale riot. As it is fully covered in the history books12, this is just another catalyst for the event to come.
As this was a tragic day in Favinonian History, an event which took years to uncover was the beginning of the Massacre of Magic. In one of the oldest Core was found another job board posting, this happened within a year of the Great March.
This state: ‘A bounty has been a call for all magical creatures in Favinonia. Any who wish to participate in this will not only be rewarded between ten to one thousand gold quoins…’13
King Octavio VI use this advertisement of an improbable job with a huge cash reward to distract the populous from issues coming from the Great March. While Duke Ferron III supported the march, he amended the treaty to include citizenship and protection under the law in his lands for the Dwarves, Gnomes and Halflings.
This was not the first time, the duke and king came to clash on policy.14
This program stayed in effect for nearly forty years. During this period many non-natural creatures hunted and destroyed. In the archives names to represent the brought in ‘monsters’, like the fae, shapeshifters, unbelievable beasts and dragons .15
During this time more and more gnomes and Halflings disappeared, this caused them to move to the ‘Iron’ Dukedom for his protection. Magical beasts were not the only targets, further vanishings of people who can create magic; wizards, clerics, druids and sorcerers were the new targets. These disappearances were acts of hatred not just of greed16.
All that change when an epidemic affected the whole of Favinonia, which would be later known as the Mystic-Pandemic, this seemed to be spread through contact with a person or animal of magical persuasion.
The illness did not care whom it affected, as King Octavio VI and his extended family were struck down. In 192 FK, a cousin was found to assume the mantle of King; he was from a bastard line of a previous King. For Favinoinia to be stable, the primary surviving advisors made him King Octavio VII17, later to be known as the Puppet King.
As his first act, he proclaimed the outlawing of any Magical creature. The wholesale slaughter of arcanists and divine casters was staggering. Later known as The Massacre of Magic. Causing the burning of the main temple in the Favinonia City. Eight years of legal murder and most magic users fled Favinonia, while the rest found refuge in “Iron” Duke lands. Favinonia was on the brink of Civil war.
With an invasion from the south by massive bestial creatures, cause the factions to come together and fight to protect Favinonia. Many Dwarves, Gnomes and Halfling willingly threw themselves into the fight against this unknown enemy18. During this conflict, the Puppet King was assassinated, and the commanding general Otto was of royal bloodline and lead the battle against this foe; was crowned King Otto I.
His first act as King Otto I to try and repair the damage of the Massacre of Magic built a new wing of the University; naming it Mage’s College and removed the law forbidding magic. This college was designed to protect the knowledge and people from the prosecution still in the most rural areas of Favinonia. So ends the History of the Massacre of Magic, and all the events leading up to it.
1 Green skin tiny information was found of this species, but with other documents, they had pointed ears like the Gnome or Halfling
2 The quoin is similar to our slip, but it was a stamp sliver of metal, presumably mixture silver and lead
3 Dr.Solomon Bramble, Professor Constantia Stanhope and Lucinda Gridley of the Blue
4 Demi was a slur on our fellow Favinonian, where the human populous saw Dwarves, Gnomes and Halflings to be inferior and subspecies of human. This was disproved in 423 FK by the famous Gnome researcher Fimago Twiststrip
5 This to this day has been lost in time.
6 Dr Fimago Twiststrip, Gnome Scholar of great renown and Kodduk Battlehelm, historian of the Dwarves
7 A town found on the border of ‘Iron’ Dukedom and Southern Earldom.
8 128 copper quoins to 16 silver quoins to one gold quoin.
9 This was based on the amount of reward given out during these years, nearly two thousand quoins annually to less 400 in 135 FK
10 Dwarves, Gnomes and Halflings
11 ‘The Dark History of Favinoina’ by Dr Fimago Twiststrip
12 ‘The Dark History of Favinoina’ by Dr Fimago Twiststrip, and ‘History of Favinoina’ by Dr Liutgarde Sandyman
13 For the complete job board, look to ‘History of the Halls’ and also ‘Evolving of Favinonia’s parties’.
14 ‘The History of the Iron Dukedom’ by famed historian Radan Polyak.
15 ‘Myths and Legends’ by Selyaris Muggeridge
16 ‘Creation of College of Magi’ by Arch Magmus Thorn
17 ‘Tales of the Puppet King’ by Selyaris Muggeridge
18 With an exhausting search, no physical evidence to find the identities of these creatures.