Glimpses of adventure
Scholars often refer to the Svimohzish Isle as the Cradle of Civilization because today’s civilized humans descended from the Isle’s original inhabitants. The name is a misnomer, however, because millennia before the humans of the Isle ever formed the rudimentary elements of organized society, many great humanoid civilizations had risen and fallen on the main continent. Additionally, many sages believe that ample evidence exists of one or more great Dejy (human) empires in several areas of continental Tellene, predating any migration from the Cradle of Civilization.
The early human clans who lived on the Svimohzish Isle practiced simple hunting and gathering of the resources on their bountiful island. They lived on Svimohzia happily until certain tribes migrated away from the Isle. Today, sages disagree as to whether the tribesmen were pushed out over time due to overpopulation or left voluntarily due to food shortages, plague, pestilence, war, fire or some other trouble. In any case, whether it was, in fact, none or all of those catastrophes, whatever plagues had befallen the tribesmen came and went over the course of centuries. During each of the periodic disturbances, different tribes ventured across what is believed to be a land bridge that once or periodically rose from the waves to connect the Isle of Svimohzia to the main continent. The simple clansmen that crossed the bridge to finally reach the wetlands of the Alubelok Swamp were certainly greeted with an amazing assortment of plant and animal life. They more than likely found an abundance of wild rice and edible berries growing, large quantities of wild honey and flocks of waterfowl that could be easily captured.
All humans use the standard racial abilities. Humans normally speak at least one regional human language (of which there are many), as well as the Merchant’s Tongue.
The Myth of Creation
In one human myth, the Mother of the Elements was the only intelligent being in the universe, existing when the four elements in their primordial forms combined to create her. Lonely, the Mother wove the energies of the four elements together to try to shape another being. The result was a daughter of undeniable beauty and power. Exhausted from the work, the Mother laid down to rest and tasked her daughter with creating more beings and their dwelling places. Her daughter, the Creator, set to her task with unimaginable zeal, making the universe and the creatures that dwell therein.
Sensing that the Mother was about to awaken from her slumber, the Creator realized in sorrow that her creation was inadequate. Marshalling all her energies, she committed suicide by dividing herself into fifty-three beings of vast power and intense personalities. These beings, known today as the gods, were the crowning achievement of the Creator, for they display the extremes of the lives and passions of the intelligent creatures of the universe. Saddened at the death of her daughter, the Mother of the Elements refused to show any favoritism towards the other gods, instead turning her attention to the natural world and its building blocks: the four elements.
In this account, humans are the last beings made before the gods, and thus hold themselves closest to the perfection found in the gods. Combined with their superior numbers, culture, and diversity, this attitude contributes toward the current dominance that humans enjoy across Tellene.