Forge of the Last Age
The Classic Age
Rising up from the Barbarian Age, the Classic Age lasted approximately one thousand years, coming to a close around a thousand years in our past. The Classic Age is marked by the rise of the dragon kings and the twilight of the gods. The enlightened rule of the dragon kings, which brought reason, peace, and prosperity, stole away the influence of the savage gods. Temples fell into ruin or were repurposed into new uses as libraries, universities, or forums of wisdom. Forgotten by the people, the gods began to vanish from the world or were banished to the far fringes of civilization.
The dragon kings, in an effort to benefit the growth of all of mankind, formed a council whereupon they could find agreement on how best to guide the tribes. War was not a forgotten memory, but its worst cruelties were curbed by the dragon kings before they went too far. And unlike the gods of old, the dragon kings demanded no sacrifices; they only desired for the tribes to enrich themselves and grow through trade, diplomacy, and the pursuit of reasoned study.
In this time of study and discovery, sorcery flourished. Magical colleges were founded and grew wealthy and influential from their talents. But as the use of sorcery grew, sorcery’s consciousness awakened and grew angered. In the late centuries of the Classic Age, tragedy first began to befall those who used sorcery or were associated with sorcerers, and each of the magical colleges struggled to find ways to mitigate the new price of their power. The dragon kings, as the foremost sorcerers of Khitus, seemed particularly surprised and disturbed by this change. Whether it was sorcery’s wrath that caused it or something else entirely, the dragon kings began to withdraw themselves from mortal affairs.