Cerilia of Old

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Contrary to popular human belief, Cerilia wasn't always dominated by the humans. The true natives of Cerilia were the elves and dwarves, the keepers of the forest and the guardians of the mountain. They lived peacefully together, neither side intruding on the other's terrain. Besides, both had enemies to contain, and had precious little time to spare for the other. Those enemies were the humanoids, earth-spawned creatures that quickly multiplied. Gnolls, goblins, orogs, and kobolds swarmed through Cerilia.

Creatures of night and darkness, the humanoids lived where the elves and dwarves chose not to dwell. Yet they constantly raided, traveling through the dwarven mountains and the elven forests to take treasure and lay siege to the demihuman encampments. Matters continued in this vein for hundreds, even thousands of years.

Little in the way of lasting civilization arose during this time, at least none that are known to human scholars. The elves built slender towers and the dwarves constructed their stonewrought wonders, but these marvels eventually fell to one marauding tribe or another. In return, the elves slaughtered villages of gnolls and goblins, while the dwarves drove the orogs deeper and deeper into the recesses of the mountains. It seemed that this stalemate would continue forever, and all sides longed for a way to break it. Had they known what was in store for them, they might have realized that their existence was not so bad after all.

For then came the humans. Five tribes, fleeing from the domination of decadent empires and the wrath of an evil god, crossed the land bridge into Cerilia from the southern lands of Aduria, and began making new homes here. A sixth joined them in Cerilia, from the lands of Djapar beyond the Dragon Sea. The wilderness was touched by man, and nothing was ever again the same.