A cold war divides the land. A struggle between technology and magic, which has lasted for over a centuries. But it was not always so. Mazaeus, god of magic, and Torvuk, god of innovation, stood united based on the knowledge that they needed each other. But overtime these things change…
Now to understand how what seems like a petty struggle between two gods became a world enveloping conflict it is necessary to understand the nature of these gods. Mazaeus and Torvuk are individually more powerful then any other gods, acting as leaders of gods with similar views. Because of each gods close ties to the racial gods particularly, each race had some leaning towards Mazaeus or Torvuk. Since the racial gods were allied with either Torvuk or Mazaeus, those races respective nations rallied to the side of their gods ally. Ionraic, god of elves, naturally sided with Mazaeus, long his ally and friend he would not leave his side now. However Ionraic was the only god to side strongly with Mazaeus.
Torvuk’s list of allies was longer, but each was much weaker also. Yondella, god of halflings, had no inclination towards Torvuk but possessed no liking of Mazaeus, And Annym, god of humans, whose inquisitive nature led him to join with the side of innovation. Pobble, god of gnomes, who loved to tinker whether it be with magic or with technology, and Glamair, god of dwarves, who loved the smithy and prized both high craftsmanship and magically imbued items, both declared their neutrality. They had too strong of ties with both sides and could not choose. However the racial god’s decision did not necessarily swing their followers towards their side. Each god’s decision had varying levels of success dependant upon how close the ties between the god and their race.*
Annym’s ties to the human race were thin due to the sporadic nature of humans themselves. Additionally Humans were the most politically and culturally divided race so to force them to side together would be beyond the will of any god. Some chose to worship Annym and side with him, others chose to worship Annym but side against him, using logic only humans possess to justify their choice, and others chose to worship other minor deities, as will be discussed later.
Yondella’s ties with the halflings were close but the free spirit of all halflings led to some declaring neutrality. They were not shunned or booed by other halflings since most halflings didn’t really care about the war.
Ionraic held very close ties with his race and managed to have almost all of his followers to side with him. His followers, guided by the principles of fanatical devotion to good and elven superiority, began to purge their lost kin rather than simply exiling them as was done in the past. It is very dangerous to be an elf of evil or neutral alignment.
Glamair met with much success in his declaration of neutrality. Some dwarves however felt closer ties to one side or the other and so left their mountain home to join the side of their choosing. To other dwarves these dwarves are lost either are mourned or are despised, for they may never return to their mountain home. However more dwarves have left than would be expected. Because of their strong ties to family and their god, most dwarves don’t leave. However some entire clans of dwarves left the great dwarven city of Ignaz, and moved to whichever side they viewed as appropriate. However despite how the dwarves view each other, in the eyes of Glamair they are all still his children and still loved by their god.
Pobble met with similar results as Glamair. Gnomes are a complex race. The race had three key factions within it, the largest of which felt as Pobble, divided and neutral. However there were two other factions who felt differently. The larger of the two factions sought to side with Torvuk and the smaller sought to side with Mazaeus. They bickered feverishly between each other and tensions came to a head when large groups of the two factions met in the main marketplace in the gnomish capital of Egrom. The meeting quickly escalated to a brawl, then to a fully fledged battle. Many gnomes were killed and large portions of their city destroyed. Eventually those surviving factionalists were rounded up by those who were neutral and exiled from the gnomish lands. The two factions scoffed at their naïve kin and storm out of the city in different directions towards the side they favored. The remaining neutral gnomes were horribly shaken by the destruction of their city, but much more so by the death of so many over so little. Most of the gnomes could not stand to stay in a place were so much blood of their kin was spilled. Nearly all of the gnomes packed their bags and headed to seek refuge within the mountain of their allies, the dwarves. Only a few hundred remained at Egrom, refusing to leave their homes and promising to their kin to rebuild the city beyond its former glory. The bulk of the gnomish population was met with open arms by the dwarves, and promptly began to dig their own home beneath the mountain.