The Book of Lyl
"The History of Terentius" (Textbook)
An excerpt from Chapter VII of “History of Terentius, Grade 4” :
“Before the Age of the Veil, the world of Terentius was a simpler place, with only six dominant races. First were the Pure Races, the Elves, Dwarves, Humans, and Gnomes. Then, there were the Impure Races, when Humans created offspring with the other Pure. They were the Halflings and the Half-Elves. A small, elite group of High Elves called the High Purists thought the Impure to be violations of the Pure Races of Terentius.
When the Veil opened, the creatures from it poured into Terentius. The Human King Ghazi Mamnet IV assigned armies and troops to stop the Veil-lings from entering. When they failed, the Veil-lings invaded the borders.
These Border Veil-lings sometimes had offspring with Human people. That created the races Dragonborn and Tiefling. The Dragonborn people were seen as noble, loyal, and trusting. The Heroes the age needed. The Tiefling were seen as the opposite, and as the children of the devil, Tostheo. They were banished to the Desert, and became nomads. The Dragonborn were invited into the Central Human City, Ghazinnah, as the new task force to stop the Veil-lings.
But before they were sent out, Ghazi Mamnet IV died of an unknown illness in the night, and his son Ghazi Mumet took the throne the day after. He was a believer of the High Purists, and hated anyone Impure, including the Dragonborn. But what he believed took it a step farther. He was a Humanist. He hated all races except the humans, even the Pure. He banished the Dragonborn to the Dwarven colonies in the North Mountains, also forcing them to become nomads.
Before his death, Ghazi Mamnet IV was a peacekeeper between races, and created the Council of Unity, a group of members and delegates from the major races. When his son took power, he kept it, but elected new members, the most corrupt politicians in all of Terentius.
Ghazi Mumet sent out a group of paladins to go and fight, and hopefully stop the Veil-lings, under a special oath. But, one of the paladins, Kh’aem, broke her oath, by killing a human priest, by the name of Gieg Anderrons, and she was executed in the public square of Ghazinnah. After this happened, Gieg’s brother Tygien made an assassination attempt at Ghazi Mumet, but failed and was planned to be executed, but he escaped in the dead of night.
Ghazi Mumet ruled three harsh years of conquest, creating the first Humanist republic. He still sent groups of warriors to the Border to fend of Veil-lings. Ten years after Kh’aem killed Gieg Anderrons, a virus was found in a small human settlement in the North Mountains, by a Veil opening. It quickly spread throughout Terentius, and doctors dubbed it The Veil Plague. But, the only people unaffected by this epidemic were the Tieflings and the Dragonborn, because of their Veilic roots. They laughed at the state of the Ghazinnah, and the Humanist country. It was then when a small group of people living west of Ghazi Mumet’s kingdom rose up as the Rebels of Kshnyra, named after the small port town of the same name, which they were using as their base of operations.
Ghazi Mumet sent a small army to exterminate them, but they quickly moved to the Northern Isles. Ghazi Mumet, in a rage, destroyed the town, in a vain search. He set up outposts and army camps around the coast, just in case they came back.
Six months. By the border of the Humanist Republic, four guards were found dead. Ghazi Mumet sent troops to investigate. Half of them came back, wounded. The Rebels were back. Ghazi Mumet sent an army at the Rebel Battalion. They fought a week, one harsh week, until the Rebels, overwhelmed, fled. This was the Revolutionist War. In all the gore, and death on the battlefield, a sergeant stood in the middle. He was the last Rebel on the field. He ran, and ran, to get to the rest, but was too slow. The Humanist troops captured him, and tortured him until he told them where they were. But, in his insanity, he got it wrong. He was then executed, for lying.”
This textbook was written by gnome historian Prof. Tekpir Jakwess.