Setting Background: Archon
Once, before the Fall, Archon was a peaceful place of innovation and creativity. The Drifters came
there to observe others’ creations and to draw inspiration for their own, and the ingenuity of theseimmortals and their children multiplied and increased without bound. Creators and Created workedtogether to discover the laws of magic and the natural way of the universe, and for a time there was no
misery, no anger, and no misfortune—only constant discovery.And so it remained, until the Drifters discovered the place at which souls were wrought, and desired tomake their own.All the Drifters left for this place, the so-called Forge of Aesthelyn, and to this day no one knowsexactly what happened to them.The Drifters left their most trusted creation in charge of Archon: Zer, the greatest mind among themortals. Zer had been given the gift of eternal life, for the Drifters knew not how long their questwould last, nor how their creations would fare without them. And though the Drifters did not trust their creations enough to give them the secret of the forging of souls, one of them—Lys Stryanth—thoughtthat Zer was different, and secretly connected their minds.For ten thousand years, Zer watched over his charges, and over time he grew more and more distant ashe became engrossed in also watching the Drifters’ journey through Lys Stryanth’s mind.Then the Drifters entered the Forge.It was a place that existed without time. Zer saw it for one unfathomable instant that wassimultaneously eternity and no time at all—and then Lys Stryanth was gone. The shock of losing half of the senses he had enjoyed for ten thousand years, coupled with that impossible glimpse of the Forgeof Aesthelyn, drove Zer mad.His charges had forgotten him by now; they knew that one day the Drifters would return, but Zer hadnever been more than a curiosity, and was quickly dismissed when he receded from their world. Whenhe returned, claiming in his madness that he had come to take the place of the Drifters, the first few hetried to command refused. Those were slain, and the rest were made powerless as punishment for their brethrens’ rebellion.In time, as the Smiths of Aesthelyn learned what had transpired, they tried to mend the damage their realm had done to Zer’s soul. But he felt their power and would not let them touch him, and they wereforced to send a being to Archon to overpower him. Rather than go themselves and inflict upon the restof the world what had happened to Zer, they created a new soul, designed to be more powerful thananything the universe had seen before.But the Smiths did not understand time, and they granted this soul to a being that had been taintedalready by Zer’s madness. This, coupled with the battle with the former occupant for the body’s mind, broke the Smiths’ control over their agent, and the new soul immediately began to destroy everything itcould see or feel or reach. It was only because it was using so much of its power that Zer was able todestroy it before the universe itself died.