In the beginning, the Titans shaped Anesidora. They pulled the mountains from the dirt, planted trees, moved the wind and the seas. They spread life and prepared it for the coming of humanity.
When the world was ready, the gods delivered the Ancients to Anesidora. They built grand cities and strange places, ruling over their grand civilization.
The days grew colder and darker. Anesidora was plunged into ice, the gods fell from the sky, and the cities were abandoned to be retaken by nature. People hid in the gods, living on what was left from their journey across the stars.
Generations later, Anesidora warmed enough for the survivors to rebuild. The ancient magic no longer worked, but they clung to knowledge passed down to them. They built farms, tools, and communities. The world was dangerous, but they had each other.
As humanity spread, those who settled near the gods met the Ascended. They were huge metal beings with the intelligence of men who restored the hearts of the gods. They spread knowledge and magic at the cost of human sacrifice. The people who settled near the gods used the new magic to conquer the people who had settled other places. During this Age, the great monarchies were established by those descended from the most important Ancient crews. Three cultures, Zeus, Odin, and Horus, established their borders and stopped the wars of conquest with a truce.
When the last heir of Zeus died, it sparked a war of succession as Horus claimed the throne. Odin chose to align with Zeus, and after a brutal war, the largest armies that had ever been seen began the long march to Horus. Rather than accept their fate, the priesthood of Horus constructed a God Weapon. They released its power upon the armies, who had made camp near the town of Lerna. In a single flash of holy power, the armies, the town, and all its citizens were wiped from Anesidora, leaving behind a poisoned waste, separating the kingdom of Horus from the rest of Anesidora.
With their armies gone, Zeus and Odin could no longer hold power over their conquered citizens. Rebellion spread like wildfire. As each decade of civil war continued, the winters grew colder.
As crops died and Chione drew closer, people flocked to the god cities for shelter. The population had exploded in the centuries since the start of the 2nd Age, and there was not enough room. Crime, disease, and starvation ran rampant until there was nothing left but desperation and panic. The gods and their citizens picked a few people to be allowed in, before the doors were closed, and everyone else was driven away at the barrel of a gun.
The Chosen hid in the god’s, using their magical heat and living off food reserves that had been collected years before. The Exiled wandered the waste. Millions died in the ice and snow. The few that survived found small safe havens to raise new families or were Changed by Anesidora herself.
It is now the 4th Age and society has begun to recover. For three centuries, the Chosen of the God cities have establish or recolonized towns from the past Age, and the Exiled have split by their willingness to forgive the Chosen.
Horus never lost control in the 3rd Age and quickly established dominance after the snow melted. Since the doors first open, Odin has fought a war of reunification. Zeus has taken an isolation stance, and its people have become ever more increasingly Changed by the power of Kronos.
Meanwhile, smaller God cities are establishing their own kingdoms and areas of influence, Exiled are gathering together into more powerful tribes and civilizations, and the Unliving are growing more common.
In a world that seeks to hurt or control people with each new cycle, most just want to live free of fear, violence, and the oppression of any culture or religion.
In the 1st Age, Arachne lived in Lydia. Through years of practice and the use of magic, she became a great weaver. Nobles came from across Anesidora just to buy her wonderous linen. She became ever more skilled and wealthy but refused to acknowledge that skill was a gift from the gods. Arachne even boasted that said she was greater than Athena herself.
Hearing Arachne’s hubris, Athena took the form of a mortal woman and came to Lydia to see Arachne weave. Athena told Arachne that she should thank the gods for her great talents, and Arachne laughed saying, “If the gods believe they are as skilled as me, they should challenge me themselves.”
In response, Athena revealed her true form of shimmering Godshard and light. She began to weave a great tapestry with thread from nothingness. In response, Arachne began to weave a great work. When they were finished Athena had weave a tapestry that depicted all the times mortals had challenged the gods and lost. Athena turned to Arachne’s tapestry and gasped. Not only was Archne’s work of better craftsmanship than Athena’s, but it depicted the many times mortals had been unjustly harmed by the gods.
In a rage, Athena struck Arachne to the ground and destroyed her tapestry. She beat Arachne, choking her with the remnants of her own blasphemous craft. When the last breath of life escaped Arachne’s throat, Athena decided she was not done with the woman. She revived her and transformed Arachne’s body. Her arms turned thin and black, and many eyes sprouted from her face. Athena pushed the thread inside Archne’s body, and cursed Arachne and her changed descendants to weave for the rest of eternity.
Finally, Athena ascended back to the heavens, leaving Lydia to remember the punishment for hubris and the wrath of the gods.