Ways of the Seven
Age of Dragons
The Age of Dragons refers to the pre-Valuan days of human civilization, and stretches from the founding of Valua 1500 years ago back into pre-history.
Long ago, Man was naught but primitive tribes, ignorant of cities, agriculture and empire. Man lived in fear of dragons, who ruled the land and destroyed much in their constant battles and schemes. Gradually, Man gained a foothold in the land of the dragons and began to become wise in the ways of civilization. Some dragons helped and taught Mankind as well as the other races, hoping to gain allies in their struggles or out of simple altruism; this is believed to be the origin of all arcane magic. However, many dragons, metallic and chromatic, opposed the rise of Men and fought long and bloody wars against them. But in time, the strength of Man waxed wroth, and though dragons are mighty they cannot stand against the might of armies and empires. Gradually, human city-states subsumed the territory of dragons, who retreated into the vast wildernesses. But that was not enough for Mankind, who organized great hunts against dragons in revenge for the ills that dragons had wrought. Finally, most dragons, in their vast wisdom, sensed that the Age of Dragons had come to an end, and that the Age of Man had dawned. These wise dragons diminished and retreated from the mortal world; no one knows for sure if they still live in the far and lonely corners of the world, or if they simply willed themselves from our sphere and are no more. Some dragons, enraged at the twilight of their glory years, stayed behind to fight to the death against men, elves and dwarves. Remnants of dragonkind, those too stubborn to fully yield to the empires of men, still breed and scheme in secret places, nursing grudges born millennia ago. It is generally agreed that the founding of the Valuan Empire marked the official end of the Age of Dragons.