History of the Barrier
Once, long ago in ancient
times, there was no barrier between Earth and Ashes. Travel and trade flourished between the two lands, and magic abounded
in both lands. It was well known that while Earth belonged to the humans, Ashes belonged to the loths. The loths were careful
guardians of their land, which ran from the southern Ancient Seas, to well beyond the Black Mountains, and even the Sundrarin
Mountains in the north.
Several incidents happened
over a period of many years which led to the building of the Barrier, as it is known today. The first was the Coming of the
Dragons. These creatures were unknown before this time, and their coming into Ashes eventually shrank the borders of the land
to the edge of the Black Mountains.
The second was the mass
migration of humans into Ashes. The men and women of Earth paid little heed to the wishes of the loths, and quickly claimed
land for themselves before the loths could react. This left many loths with harsh feelings towards the humans, who they considered
an inferior race.
The final and most disturbing
event that took place though, was the Creation of the Vampire. The vampire race, all descendants of the god Kyan, and originally
all of loth blood, were condemned by the loths, and at all costs these creatures were to be kept out of the human lands in
These incidents combined
led to one of the greatest workings of magic ever seen in Ashes. The loths decided that enough damage had been done to their
land by outside forces, and decided to seal themselves off from all other lands. Led by the great High King Kelltun Silversky,
and his Master Sorceress Keydee Sunblood, several hundred loths came together to perform the great working that created to
Barrier that still stands today, protecting Ashes from all outside sources.