In the national archives, an old and dusty book lays closed. It's skin is broken and weathered, and it's pages nearly falling out of the binding. It is the first, the original, and a historical document in its own right. The Diary of Remus It opens... --- --- In these first pages, I suppose I should give an introduction to you. You, diary, are a gift. A rather valuable one, in fact; books are rare indeed, and fewer know how to read them. As a clerk, I am lucky, perhaps even luckier that Prime Minister Esirce remembered that it was my birthday at all. Well, we assume it is. It is hard to tell. In the Second Age of Ice, the one brought by Auric's ascension and consequent fall, it is as if we never left the first one. Even I should not be alive still, but for the strange magics that flowed from the end of the first age of rebirth. While the leaders of old have passed, their successors seem nigh immortal, though not enough to put any faith in our own invincibility. It was... medical immortality, as the last Medicos wrote. Enough to govern, but not necessarily survive. It is our age, though. The last age was still born, but we may have another chance... if we live. When the Minister's Council decided to move, we left our forest and moved into the hills. The last age, and our disgraceful loss to Auric, taught us the need for defense. We were plenty happy to escape the sight of the barbaric Doveillo as well, separated as we are across the Great Divide. The Baron's type still haunts our people across the frozen waters. One consequence of the mountains, though, is the lack of food. We see sea life on our coast, but must struggle to relearn how to harvest them. Workers and scientists alike work to provide our basic fundamentals. Defence, though, will also be needed. A goblin fort already encroaches on our first borders. --- OOC: Playing Prime Minister Esirce, Perfect World 2, end of ice, 15 civs. This is Rise of Eribus 1.0, not the latest patch. Other options include the Acknowledgement, for all minor leaders, and maximum events/animals. Backstory will be revealed in parts, but the general idea is that the Age of Rebirth already happened much like (but different) from the Scenarios, and Auric's Ascension triggered another, shorter, Age of Ice, which 'reset' everything.