History


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Werewolves are one of the oldest races. Their records, and they do have records, last farther back than those of many other races. Generations of werewolf-shamans, the Hezi-Kai, have chronicled in detail all events of importance: battles, cataclysms, achievements, the origins of the other races, much magic now lost and all the other loose ends of history. These documents still lie intact at Kai-Lin-Sayibsah, the holy ground of the werewolves. The reason for this continuity of records is simple: werewolves have never fought any large-scale conflicts against other races, or at least any conflicts that they have lost. During inter-clan wars, the borders of Kai-Lin-Sayibsah have always been respected.

The werewolves all flatly refuse to reveal any information written in their chronicles. The most probable reason for this is that ordinary werewolves don’t know anyway, and Hezi-Kai are even more secretive than all the other werewolves put together. When questioned about their origins, they respond enigmatically, “We have been here for so long that you might as well consider that we have been here always.”

Once, long ago, huge amounts of land were under the control of the werewolves: plains, forests and deserts. The coming of other races, however, gradually pressed the werewolves into the mountains they now call home, sometimes violently, but more often simply because the werewolves didn’t consider it worth the trouble to protect lands that were useless to them. The arrival of the humans and the expansion of the other races got to a point where full-scale war was inevitable. And war began, the war that werewolves now call the War of Origin. Werewolves retreated, fought and died. The tradition of racism and warriors that is still so strong today found its beginnings here.

The remains of the werewolf clans were pressed into the area around Kai-Lin-Sayibsah where they still survive. Meanwhile, the empires that had conquered their lands rose, fell and were gone like the summer breeze. The werewolves were forgotten as legends of olden times, until they reemerged several hundred years ago.