Old Ones of Azamar
Brief World History
Forever Realm (Basically, “This was and always will be home”)
Azamar Ankor, (or “Azamar,” as it is normally referred to by those who bother to call a world by name) was originally a world populated primarily by dwarves and orcs. For millenia, the surface of the world was largely untouched and pristine, as the mostly subterranian population lived, worked, and warred beneath it’s surface. This all changed 3628 years ago by an event known to scholars as the “Portalstorm.” Time and space were ripped apart at seemingly random intervals and locations, and portals of various sizes and shapes appeared, bringing through alien inhabitants by ones, tens, and even thousands for 10 long and frightening years. The portals ripped apart anything they cut across, altering and changing the landscape in interesting ways. Because the portals appeared primarily on the surface of the world, the dwarf and orc populations were relatively untouched, but the surface became inundated with creatures and peoples who the dwarves had never seen or heard of.
Now it is 3618 Deb Dok (New Watch). Humans have come to dominate the surface of Azamar as the Dwarves rule beneath, and the other new races have carved their own niches and created their own destinies, as they have made Azamar their home over the past 3 and a half millenia. Only learned scholars of ancient times and the few remaining immortal and near-immortal creatures that themselves came through the portals even know about the Portalstorm, and to many learned sages, it is regarded as a religious origin myth.
The instability of time and space around the world of Azamar has never completely repaired. Every few years, there are stories of new and strange creatures and objects appearing, and people and things strangely disappearing (or worse, getting sliced apart by the unforgiving and indiscriminate portal openings). Even these stories are largely regarded as speculation and rumor by the general populace as they go about their everyday lives.