A Brief History of Damea
Although the specifics surrounding how the explorer Dameas and his companions arrived in the land now known as Damea are debatable amongst historians, it is generally accepted that the first permanent settlements were established roughly one thousand years before the Second Era. The earliest cities and towns were spread across the land, with ruins still being discovered today from the rocky shores of the Gurith Coast in the west to the still mostly uncharted forests in the far reaches of the realm of Gurdinfield in the east. Scholars (particularly in Gurdinfield) mostly agree that Dameas was declared king and ruled over the land until his death. As Dameas had no heirs, the most influential of his companions and their children set out to stake their claim on the land, eventually forming the nations and regions of today – Azgadar, Gurdinfield, Gurith, and the Western Hills – and marking the beginning of the First Era.
Before his death, Dameas encouraged his companions to harness the land’s natural energies whenever possible and to share the knowledge of spell casting with the future generations. While certainly not as prevalent as it was hundreds of years ago, magic is still relied upon to power our way of life – our farms, cities, militaries, research, and even our structures – the great spire that is the Azgadaran Palace was in fact built with magic. The origin of magic is unknown and there is still much to learn about it, though it is unlikely we will have gathered a complete understanding of it before it is lost to us forever. Indeed, the explanation as to why magic is becoming scarcer by the day is almost as mysterious as its origin. Perhaps more time dedicated to magical research could have been invested by Damea’s nations during The Starving and might have given us the answers we require today, but there was no such effort recorded amongst the many wars and famines that followed that historic and sudden decline of magical energy.