Welcome to Phenalon!
Phenalon is an enormous earth-like world. The inhabitants of Phenalon
are made up of a myriad of intelligent, resourceful, and magical species.
Phenalon has a long majestic history. Following is a brief look at the
primary nations and beings of Phenalon.
Whist began eons ago as a dream in the mind of it's creator,
the great sorceror Whist. The world was a barbaric one. People lived
in nomadic tribes fighting over food and land which held their attention
briefly. There was great disorder. Chaos reigned.
Wizards and sorcerors of great power appeared at this time. One
was Whist. Some said they came from the sky as great balls of fire that
reigned down upon the planet like meteors. With each landing a great
crater was left and at its center was a being of great power and majesty.
Others claimed that they were mutatuions created from a dying breed
of fantastic creatures during the age of Chaos.
The beings brought order to the people through numerous wars
fought with great violence. The people became submissive to their new
rulers and each being bent their people and transformed them into new
races with many different tallents and levels of intelligence. Some,
however, were treated badly and became horrible monsters which bred
evil and destruction.
The greatest being, indeed the head of his order, was Whist. He
was neither kind nor cruel, he was just. His dream was a nation to be
above all others, that would stand before the creator at the end of
time. His people were purified. They were transformed into people of
great bravery, courage, compassion, and intelligence. The best of human
values and morals were instilled within them. They quickly became the
most talented and subsequently revered people in Whist's area of influence.
While Whist worked to perfect his people and build them a mighty land
of great beauty, other beings were also at work around him.
Su (Sah, u has an accent mark):
A sorceress named Su (Sah) was at work to the west of Whist creating
the country of Su. Su had just completed her people , had chosen a leader,
and was building the capital city when she vanished from the planet.
Whist was alerted to her disappearance by emissaries sent by the new
Su leader who pleaded for direction and order. Whist, in answer, sent
one hundred advisors to help bring order to the panic stricken and defensless
Suians. The advisors, without oversight from Whist, took virtual control
over every aspect of Suian life. They ruled for 1000 years, until the
Suians rebelled in the Great Su Uprising. During the rebellion the Suians
also conquered Thuth (Thooth, u has an accent mark). Thuth was a trading
city of Whist. It resides on the western bank of the River of Life,
the great river that acts as the primary separation between Su and Whist.
With the conquest of this city, Su now controlled all the land between
their borders and the River of Life. Whist was more concerned with other
matters and did not contest the Su invasion and conquest of a Whistarian
city. However, the Thuths put up a valiant fight and were never completely
defeated. Gorilla warfare continued between the Thuths and the Suians
for years until an agreement was made to consolidate the two regions
into a unified country both economically and politically. A new senate
was created, half the seats were given to the Thuths and the other half
to the Suians, however, the King was still a Suian. But, the country
also changed its name and became SuThuth (Sah-Thooth).
SuThuth (Sah-Thooth, both u's have accent marks):
With the unification and creation of SuThuth, the SuThuthians
now had a better image of themselves and no longer looked to Whist for
advice or help. They now considered themselves completely independent
from Whist, and began to persue foreign affairs for their own interests.
Whist considered SuThuth a second rate nation so he ignored them and
allowed them to progress at their own rate.
Marbel was one of Whist's main aides. He was well respected and
as a gift Whist gave him a relatively small lot of land between two
rivers and the coast to the south to rule. The people were a branch
of the Whistarian strain, however, Whist thought they were too intent
on beauty and pleasure to be the great Whistarians he was looking for.
Within several years of its founding Marbel was noted as the most beautiful
country anywhere. Every building, road, and major construction was built
from marble (red, blue, green, black, white, pink, yellow, and gold),
The marble was shipped down the River of Life from the Growan mountains
far to the north of Whist, and then moved along the coast to the capital
city Marbel. Every person was accomodated for as long as they performed
their tasks. Those who didn't were either stoned or reduced to live in
the worst conditions performing the most menial tasks.
Marbel built himself a great palace and ruled his people for a long
time. He was not a being like Whist, but he was not Whistarian either.
He lived for close to 4000 years before dying of natural causes. The
people of Marbel still mourn his passing today. Currently the country
is rulled as a state of Whist.
Suda (Soodah, u has an accent mark)
Suda was founded by Su's sister Suda, who was also Whist's love.
She wanted to live near Whist, but her sister took the only appropriate
land nearby Whist out of jealousy, so Suda chose another land that was
much more beautiful than Su, but far to the east from Whist. Her people
grew along with the Whistarians and many were bred with Whist's true
Whistarians. They were second in stature only to Whistarians and their
civilization developed into a great culture. They valued knowledge above
all other things and considered the developement of the mind to be the
greatest honor to the creator. The Sudas are strong allies with Whist.
Flatlandia was founded 2000 years after the founding of Whist.
Whist spent years selecting the best of the barbarians under his control
for his breeding stock, however, after only 100 years he became aware
of the fact that without the bad traits he wouldn't be able to create
a perfect society and since the original barbarians he chose did not
posses many of these traits the two populations were switched. Flatlandians
were that lost population of Whistarians. They found themselves ripped
from the lap of Whistarian luxury and deposited on the shores of a great
peninsula to the north west of Whist that was noted for its vast grassy
plains, thus the name Flatlandia. Once abandoned though, the Flatlandians
quickly disperssed accross the peninsula and split into numerous groups.
2000 years later the groups were finally merged through a council of
tribesmen which formed the first council government on Phenalon. Due
to their high intelligence and stature they swiftly became a very noble
race that is well respected by other people. Their population exists
in a few coastal surface cities and an indeterminate number of underground
cities that span the entire length of the peninsula and continue for
miles under the Growan mountains.
The Oglavians (Ooo-gla):
10,000 Whist Foundation (WF) the Oglavians came to Phenalon.
Abandoning a world fated for destruction. The Oglavians had been a great
space faring race. They explored vast amounts of space, but never founded
any colony worlds. This was due to their rulers' desire to maintain
direct control over their subjects. An Oglavian research ship near the
outskirts of their solar system discovered a large planet sized object
heading into their system. It was quickly determined that the asteroid
would hit Oglavar and destroy it. The rulers of the planet decided to
evacuate immediately, however, they felt it was only important to save
themselves and their servants. SO they loaded a large vesel with their
prized possessions, several thousand workers and servants including
engineers and scientists, and every person of noble blood, nearly 20,000
people. The ship left Oglavar days before the asteroid hit. When the
catastrophe occured nearly 30 billion Oglavians died. Besides the escape
ship only a few exploration vessels also survived.
The nobles decided to find a new world and begin again. The only
inhabitable world that had been discovered was Phenalon. They knew it
was a huge world and their scientists determined that Phenalon would
not have been destroyed if it had been hit by the planet sized asteroid
that destroyed Oglavar. So they decided to establish a new country on
Phenalon and plotted to eventually take over the planet. However, upon
entry into Phenalon's atmosphere the ship broke apart. The top half
with the nobility crash landed on a peninsula to the south east of Whist
below Tinyton. The other section with the servants, scientists, and
engineers landed on another peninsula to the south west of Whist below
Su. As time passed two nations arose: Barbarian Ogla to the south east
of Whist and Civilized Ogla to the south west of Whist.
Barbarian Ogla and Civilized Ogla:
Barbarian Ogla to south east of Whist was founded by the Nobles of Ogla
and their personal servants. Without the technological know-how of
scientists and engineers who landed far to the west these Nobles and
servants devolved almost to the stone age. They had rudimentary skills
with construction and no way to repair or reproduce the technology
that they had used all their lives. They did know how to use and train
horses. Today they are a nomadic nation with a centralized monarchy
that claims the mountainous region they landed in as their home. They
have great skill with horses and hunting animals and they use their
skills to raid neighboring nations. Barbarian Ogla is currently the
greatest enemy to Whist and it's alies. Civilized Ogla is a threat, but
the raids and incursions by Barbarian Ogla are persistent and deadly.
Civilized Ogla was founded in fire, devestation, and wholesale slaughter.
As their part of the ship split off the technically minded Oglavians
thought they would not survive an impact so they entered the escape pods
and escaped. When the bottom half of the ship crash landed in what was
then the nation of Tenethal. It smashed into the outskirts of the capital
city Paurade. The explosion caused by the volatile fuel was the largest
ever seen on the planet and most who witnessed it died. After the Oglavians
exited their escape pods they were greeted by a devastated landscape, but
the nation of Tenethal was a large nation so people came from all over
to do what they could to help. They greeted the Oglavians warmly, totally
unaware of what the Oglavians had planned for them and their nation.
Oglavians are a green sickly looking being and have the ability to
survive on just about any food. Seeing the devastated landscape and the
meek helpful people the Oglavians repaired their equipment and weapons
then started slaughtering the people of Tenethal as a source of food.
Some were spared and became a slave race. The slaughter and enslavement
happened over half a year. The Oglavians had a lot of technology
available to them and they knew how to build more. So they spread over
the country rapidly. They stopped when they reached natural boundaries.
The Suian Mountains to the north, the Tenethal Mountains to the south,
the Gulf of Whist to the East and the Ocean of Philia to the west.
They would have gone further, but the Suians stopped their progress at
the pass of Rendel the only pass through the mountains. And the magical
people of Darawa were able to keep them from crossing the Tenethal
mountains to the south. Unfortunately, in the end, the nation of Tenethal
was gone. The people who were unique to that region had either died or
been turned into slaves. Few escaped by sea to other ports. While some
may have lived their culture was gone. Eventhough the Oglavians had been
stopped they lusted for more people to consume and lands to conquer.