This place, this world, goes by many names. The priests of ancient Zerém call it Ghurár, the fire at the heart of the universe. On Great Surátha it is called Lúreth, after the Dravánu fashion. The Princes of the Haddanái call it a’Urajj, the sun-cradle. Every people have their own word for the place they dwell. But the Selureans call it Ytherra, a New Home, and it is their perspective we shall adopt, at least for the time being.
Ytherra is a place of seas and lands vast and forbidding, and thriving empires vigorous and decadent. It is a place of Gods, and Men, and those in between. It is a great crossroads where the universe ends and the Void Without begins, where the Lost One slumbers yet beneath Anátos and the Princes of the Täka sleep on silken beds in fear of the Black Stranglers of Yeth. Here the Twelve Captains ride upon the earth in time of War and Slaughter and the Black Legions loom waiting at the gates of the Afterlands. Here wayfarers traverse the vast expanse of a land newly-risen from the sea and merchants ply their goods in the City of a Thousand Gods. It is a place of intrigue, revolt, conquest and deadly arts esoteric and mundane. It is here that our story will be set, and here that it will be told at last.
In the north of Ytherra, south of broken Mánthezar, is the continent of Great Surátha. The People of the Moon came here nearly a thousand years ago, from a distant place whose name, Selura, is remembered, but naught else is known of it. The first Kings wanted to build anew unburdened by the shadows of the past, and commanded that the old writings be burnt and forbade the teaching of the old histories. But this we know: that the Selureans fled some terrible catastrophe, that they came not in ships or wagons but with only what they could carry, and that the road to their ancient homeland is barred forever. They numbered many thousands, but they arrived in the heartland of Surátha, populated by an ancient people, the Meréni (called Merenneans in the Selurean tongue.) Their tale is long, and contains glory and grief, justice and tyranny, wrath and regret. Now is the time when that tale and others will be revealed.