Like all great stories of old, we start at the Beginning. And so it was that when the Universe was young and the Malaeks of the Expanse sang for Joy, a World much like ours was created. This world, called by the name Malkuth, or Cardinia in the common tongue, is home to Seven Provinces, One Great City, and Two Kingdoms-one of Light and one of Darkness. Throughout the Ages, the Kingdom of Darkness waxes and wains, a curse on the inhabitants of the eretz. When the Kingdom of Light reigns from the Great City, there is peace and prosperity; but when the Kingdom of Darkness reigns, the opposite is true. Yet, we shall see that it is not a simple place in which the power of a Kingdom takes root, but rather in the mind, heart, and will of its subjects.
At its birth, this newly formed planet was lush and green. Four Kinds of Creatures lived within the sphere of this World, and each creature served as a vital executor of the designer’s will. The Four Kinds lived in harmony and peace; until one day, the Darkness found its way in. Ages passed as the corruption took hold of all things created. To end the perpetual flow towards decay, a Man and King of special power and design stepped into this fallen world. With his coming, came new life and prosperity for all, for this Age was unlike any other period of time before it. The Life of Man, no longer a constant struggle and marked by sorrow, transformed into a thriving force for good. The Former Ages, which were marked by Darkness and Tyranny, became distant bedtime stories. And in like manner, the tainted glory and heinous power that once belonged to the mighty rulers of old fell into obscurity. In the Age of Promise, Man lives beyond the appointed 70 or 80 Cycles granted to the Sons of Humanity in times past. Legacies are born without the pain and strife that once plagued WomanKind. Sickness is a rarity and War is a concept long forgotten. Imagine a world where Man and Beast walk side by side in true fellowship. To live in this Age is to live a life of Innocence and Beauty. But like all things, this too shall come to its end.
The Order of Time is nearing its completion and so the Kingdom of Darkness has but a short time to regain control of its once vast domain. Knowing the lengths at which the Kingdom of Darkness would go to regain such power, three gifts were created to thwart the Power of Darkness at Time’s beginning. Created for divine purpose, these gifts were placed in the spheres of Nature, Man, and Beast. What fortune or curse would such Power unleash upon the World? It has been given to Man to discover the Power behind these treasures and to use them for good or for evil.
The soul inhabits a body; and when the soul departs, the stiff shell remains. A far cry from the bright essence once contained within the shell made of organic materials stuck in a constant cycle of growth and decay. The soul-less body declares the need for more than just a heartbeat and working lungs to be called conscious. To be a living, conscious soul one must have a body in which to process the information gathered by the senses. When the soul departs the organic shell confined to this fleshly dimension, will it be given a new body to once again process what it sees, hears, tastes, and smells?