by Thomas Arnold C. Vallejo
Act I: Beginnings
Chapter I: Origins
No one knows exactly how the Universe began. Some theorize that a catastrophic cosmic explosion called the Maelstrom set the primordial worlds spinning out into a vortex of physico-kinetic energy and thus marked the conception of primitive worlds into the immeasurable Universal Space. This theory is said to be the beginnings of the world we now call Earth, the world that is said to be the only one that can sustain Life. Although the exact origins of the Earth remain uncertain, it is clear that various primitive life forms began to exist millions of years after the inception of the Earth.
The colossal deity Terlok is believed to be the being who breathed into the cosmos and initiated the Maelstrom. Terlok is said to have explored the newborn Universe and set Order upon various galaxies. His magical breath is also said to be the source of infinite energies that mobilized the universe, and the same energies that started life on Earth.
Terlok’s colossal arms are believed to have raised innumerable mountains and earthscapes. His potent strength enabled Him to set distances between landmasses and this started the formation of the Earth’s vast oceans. The deity’s breath is also said to have separated the billows of cloudy dust from the earth’s crust, thus creating space between them. The clouds of dust became the earth’s ceiling, or more known to us as the Sky.
Chapter II: Biogenesis
The separation of the Earth’s surface from the ground is said to have been the most important event in prehistory as this created the Earth’s atmosphere, one of the many sources of life. Living organisms are believed to have emerged from the reaction of the Earth’s natural elements with the aftermaths of Terlok’s breath of life. More complex organisms evolved from infinitesimal ones, and after eons of evolution, man was born.
Chapter III: The Civilised Age
The beginnings of man were simple. He used his gifts of long limbs to stand upright and his brain to find ways for him to survive. Soon, man learned to use his physical makeup to create various tools and items such as clothing, weapons, and shelter. Later on he was able to manipulate various elements in his environment. His physical impulses also made him capable of the powers of reproduction, such that the she-men were able to give birth to new members of their race.
Civilizations emerged from the great continent Aárgo. The huge landmass was divided into four distinct tribes, which were adept to specific ways of living. Although they once lived harmoniously as a single clan who worshipped the deity Terlok, differences in beliefs and aspirations led to their separation. The separation, which was later called the Dispersion, became the most famous event in history for it gave birth to the four tribes of Aárgo. These tribes became known as Alpec, Cepri, Croptud, and Morponitos, which had different meanings in their native tongue. Despite cultural differences, the four tribes hitherto spoke the same language, the language we now call English, aside from their various dialects.
Act II: The Four Tribes
Chapter I: Alpec
It is believed that many years after the creation of Aárgo, Terlok himself roamed about in the land and explored the newborn landmass. Terlok is said to have flattened many mountains and turned them into inhabitable plains because of his Foresight that life will soon thrive on it.
Years after the Dispersion, a group of men and she-men found the enchanted plains and, using their bare hands, built houses out of what was practically there. The group of people soon became a tribe who named their homeland Alpec, which means “Those who Dwell.” Alpecians consist mainly of farmers, for farming was their predominant occupation.
During times of war, however, both men and women became strong fighters. Although they are not very skilled in conjuring the Earth’s elements, their tribe was able survive for ages by using their terrain not only as habitat but also as a living fortress. Their town stands with magnificent watchtowers, temples and keeps. The Great Citadel, the most known of all structures, is a watchtower which serves as an observatory so that they can oversee danger as well as nearby enemies and threats to their race.
Chapter II: Cepri
When light first came to Aárgo, it first kissed the summits of a series of mountain ranges. At day, the sun rose from these mountains, and at night, the moon appeared from it. Terlok saw that this was an interesting phenomenon since all light that bathed Aárgo came from these mountains. Terlok is believed to have blessed these mountains with his breath ages after the Birth of the Universe.
The first inhabitants of these mountains were said to be a couple: a man named Prialim and a she-man named Ceph. After the infamous Dispersion, they were the only two who set foot to the mountains. They traversed steep slopes and dangerous paths until they reached the peak of the highest mountain.
It was in its peak where the couple found a mysterious orb which they called the Orb of Light because of its alluring radiance. In order to preserve the beauty and powers of the Orb, the couple built a temple to contain it. They baptized the temple with the name Temple of Light. Soon after, the two decided to name the mountains Cepri, meaning “People of Light,” because they planned to start a new race of warriors: a tribe which will be blessed by the Orb of Light. Later on, as their numbers increased, they were called Ceprians after the Great Mountains and also after their great ancestors, Ceph and Prialim.
Ceprians, by nature, are strategists. They illuminate their paths not only with light but also with knowledge. Because they are nomadic people, they are good in tracking and are expert travelers.
Chapter III: Croptud
Not soon after the cataclysmic Maelstrom, Terlok’s Breath of Life entered the planet Earth and permeated though the microscopic pores of the ground. It is believed that the deity’s breath also triggered the creation of plants and vegetation. After many millennia of evolution, plants became more diverse and forests were formed. These forests became habitats of all kinds of living animals.
The first denizens of the Great Forests were a group of travelers who appeared after the Dispersion. These travelers decided to establish a permanent settlement inside the forest. As their numbers grew, they became more skilled in hunting and living with the wild.
Later on, a member of the tribe found a gargantuan tree in the middle of the forest. The torchbearer of the tribe found out that the tree was a manifestation of Terlok’s breath and that it sustained all other life forms in the forest. They named the tree Croptud, meaning “Roots of Reality”, and adapted the same name for their tribe.
Croptudians are said to be rational thinkers. They are realists and they detach themselves from emotional affinity. Practicality is what defines a Croptudian.
Chapter IV: Morponitos
Earth’s first rainfall showered after the creation of Aárgo. In Aárgo, it rained several days and nights before the first moving organism appeared and set afloat in the waters. Continuous precipitation for almost 30 days resulted to the creation of numerous rivers and streams in Aárgo. The numerous waterforms drained into four large rivers, all of which, in turn, drained into a mysterious fount that was later called Fountain of Youthful Life. The fountain is believed to have been breathed upon by Terlok himself.
Many years after the Dispersion, group of people settled near the heart of the four rivers. They drank from the sacred fountain, and the fountain itself sustained them and gave them vitality for many years. As time passed by, their population grew and they also learned to utilize water as a source of unfathomable energy.
Later on, the group became a tribe. Tavernus Rex, the first elected Bearer of the Torch, named the tribe Morponitos, which meant “Waves of Grandeur.” The members of the Morponitos tribe soon became known as Morpons.
Morpons are by nature persuasive. They are creative and versatile, characteristics of water which seeped deep into their veins from the Fountain of Youthful Life. They share the same values and they have unique talents, gifts that were given to them by the mystic energies of the fount.
Chapter V: The Great Plains of Merkintag
Rare, powerful gemstones which were extracted from the Great Plains were said to be proofs of Terlok’s magical breath. These stones were of different colors, the most magical of which were crystalline stones which were later called Terlok’s gemstones. These stones are believed to be crystallized forms of Terlok’s magical breath.
The same stones became the object of the clash among the tribes of Aárgo. The four tribes fought to their deaths over the precious stones to claim the wisdom and power the stones possessed. After months of conflict and bloodshed, a Council of neutral Aárgo citizens, later known as The Tribal Council, summoned the tribe leaders, or Torchbearers, in a gathering. They discussed peace agreements to restore order in Aárgo. The four Torchbearers agreed with the conditions that bloodshed should stop. They further agreed that precious stones should only be given to those who prove themselves worthy in various fields of human interest.
The vast plain, which was situated in the very heart of Aárgo, became the meeting place of the four tribes. It was later named Merkintag (meaning “Brilliance”, after the gemstones) and it became the nucleus of competition between Alpec, Cepri, Croptud, and Morponitos, as to who will succeed in collecting the most valuable prize: Terlok’s gems.
Epilogue: The New Age
The four tribes continue to compete not only for the gemstones, but also for glory and honor. Everybody is uncertain of when these competitions will end. So long as there is an inner strength from within the hearts of these warriors, glory and honor will reign for all eternity…