Picture a world shrouded in darkness, a land overrun by shadow and swallowed by a blackened sea. It may be a stretch to consider such a world’s existence, but once, many thousands of years ago, this was a reality for the country of Ferros.
Far to the east, at the edge of a violent sea, sits a kingdom of flooded swamps, rolling hills, scorching desert and perilous mountainside. But more than this, Ferros is at the heart of the greatest source of darkness on the planet. At the peak of the Craghorn Mountains, within the looming caverns of the tallest mountain, lives a demon of darkness. With its reaching arms, this demon once attempted to coat the land of Ferros under a sky of shadow, and very nearly succeeded.
Its attempt was stopped by one being. A pilgrim imbued with the light of the sun god was sent to the mountains to vanquish the darkness at its source. He traversed the land of Ferros, surpassing the darkness at every foothold, until he reached the mountains themselves. There he found the demon, and there he sealed it away.
Unable to escape its prison, the demon perished, and the darkness it had founded shrivelled away under a solar eye. With the darkness now defeated, the pilgrim disappeared into history, leaving those they had saved to grow and prosper in a world now free from darkness.
But darkness never truly dies. All sources of light are forever shadowed by the darkness outside its glow, and that darkness patiently waits for the day that the light’s source finally fades away. Eventually the sun will grow dark, and that is when the darkness will choose to strike at Ferros once more.
…And a new pilgrim will make the journey to stop it.