I don't really know what this is I'm just shoving random pieces of lore I think of in here. Please feel free to read and ask questions bc I have no idea how I'm supposed to develop my lore and I also want to talk about it a lot alskdjf
The Grand Mages:
History: The King, ruler of the lands and most powerful sorcerer of them all, realized that even he had a limit to how much magic his body could hold. So, he decided to divvy a fraction of his power amongst the worthy. He held a tournament. Six mages reigned superior to the thousands who had attended. Amongst them were: Solizha, a woman in her late-thirties. Strong, specializes in the magic of the hearth. Kind hearted yet ruthless with her power. Hyo. early-twenties, always down for a little chaos. They look nearly like a sprite, a mischievous smile always adorning their features. Power and water magic had always been their strong suits. Geobi, a man in his late-twenties who never turned down a challenge, and always tackled it with grace and dignity. He knows how to rumble the earth, how to form canyons and mountains with his prowess. Caliga, a woman in her mid-twenties who never considered herself above lying or playing dirty. She may look like a goddess, with silken robes and porcelain skin, but her delicate hands have tasted more blood than the average warmonger. She skills herself with her magic in deception and fog. Daedra, a woman in her early thirties who holds herself with a ramrod spine and sinister glare. She knows all, keeping dusted tomes and obituaries stored in her dark robes. The shadows comfort her – her powerful magic always taking hold of the darkness. And finally, Aarion, a boy no older than nine years old with a heart of gold. He sits with the lonely - for nobody should die alone - and he plays with the children - because isn't he one as well? His power is magnificent, the greatest light mage in the lands. He smiles and laughs, his youthfulness comforting to all.
Now these six, the ones hand-picked by the King himself, are given immortality - just a fraction of The King's time-warping magic to keep them alive and strong. And for millennia, they stand by the King's side. They're allowed to roam, to live out their endless lives, to learn and to gather magic and runes, but when the time comes, they must report to the all-powerful King. As time drones on, decades forming to millennia to nearly eons by The King's side, the Grand Mages grow tired to The King's iron fist. Once they hear of a forming rebellion amongst mortals, they're quick to investigate and after seeing the rousing army Thaddeus Godchallenger, Lance Warcaster, and Morgan Silverknight are commandeering, the Grand Mages quickly become their most powerful allies.
Significance in Story: The Grand Mages - dead by the beginning of the story - left twelve talismans scattered across the globe, each of the tokens holding half of their lifeforce. When all twelve are assembled together, the Mages will live again - but only for a few short hours. Sparrow and Thaddeus need to retrieve these talismans, for resurrecting the Grand Mages - albeit temporarily - is what will finally help them kill the King.
History: A family name, there's quite the amount of power in it, isn't there? Well, one man especially thought so. After hearing of his forefathers' success swaying the Grand Mage Daedra for knowledge, he immediately embarked on his own journey to the Shade - Daedra's personal lightless forest. He knocked on her door. She didn't answer. He pounded at her window. She ignored. He tried entering her home from the back door. It was locked tight. To Daedra's chagrin, the man was persistent. After nearly days of his pestering, Daedra finally broke, slamming open the front door with shadowy daggers swimming in her eyes. She demanded what could the man possibly need from her. He flashed an arrogant smile and ordered to see one of her ancient texts. She refused. He continued to berate her, claiming that it was his birthright for his father and his grandfather and his great-grandfather all received the same treatment from her. Daedra was furious. How dare he assume that he was worthy from nothing but his familial surname? In her rage, Daedra cast the most powerful spell of her lifetime, one that redacted every familial surname from every living soul. She implemented a new system - one would only receive a surname once they had done something significant enough to earn one. Until then, they would remain Nameless.
Significance in Story: Sparrow starts out as Nameless, doing nothing significant in her sixteen years to earn a surname. By the end of the story, she does receive one (not telling bc spoilers a;ksd). Other characters in the story also have long tales behind their own surnames: Thaddeus Godchallenger was the first to challenge a god, Rune Ronin slaughtered her master and wanders as an aimless assassin, Bane Steel mastered the art of forging steel skin and commands an impressive pirate ship known as the Steel Mast, Fennec Ashrose was the only surviving member of the Sollelum Blaze and rose from the ashes to honor their memory. The list goes on and on, but most significant characters in the story either have a preexisting last name, or somehow earn one in their journey with Thaddeus Godchallenger and Company.
History: Aarion, one of the six Grand Mages, has always been a playful soul. He mastered the art of soaring through clouds and touching the sun. He skipped along treetops and chittered with the high-flying birds. However, he began to grow lonely up in the clouds. The other kids of the nearby village were kind and loved to play with him, but Aarion always felt disappointed that they could never play in the sky together. One day, a beautiful partly-cloudy afternoon, Aarion had a brilliant idea. There were fourteen kids playing with a ball in a wide-open field. After gaining their enthusiastic consent, Aarion gifted all fourteen of them beautiful wings. They varied upon the person: one had bluebird, another carried ones of a raven, hummingbirds, eagles, hawks, sparrows, and finches. They were all different. And then they took to the sky, and Aarion never felt happier. When those fourteen grew up, their offspring also had the wings, and then their children, and then the children after that. It birthed a new species - The Winged, all of them blessed by the Grand Mage of Light and Youth, Aarion.
Significance in Story: One of Thaddeus Godchallenger's ancestors was one of the fourteen Winged the Grand Mage Aarion created. Thaddeus has long since lost touch with his people. When he fell, he broke one of his wings and it never healed correctly, leaving him crippled and with the dire reminder of his failure and his forgotten kind.
History: It started with a man - his name lost to history. He was a greedy man, one who pilfered and stole and lied at every chance he got. A notorious pickpocket, a coldhearted thief, a man slithering from one heist to the next. To say the least, he got cocky. He thought he could steal from a god. And he tried. And he failed. Caliga - the target of the man's scheme - didn't take kindly to being a victim of some mortal's plan. She spat in his face, kicked him to the dirt, called him nothing but a writhing snake… And then she got the idea. Caliga manipulated the man's legs to a tail, warped his eyesight to a serpent's, and poisoned his veins with the venom of an adder. She left him to die on a cold forest floor… But miraculously, the man survived. A woman found him moments from death. She nursed him to health, and eventually fell in love. Nobody knows her exact name, but an etched message in a stone tablet reads something adjacent to "Acondi", leading to the namesake of the tribe. By some genetical miracle, Acondi and the thief managed to produce offspring. Over time, the serpentine offspring married humans, continuing to repopulate and pass down the snake-like traits. By the time the story begins, Acondi's Tribe is a small village buried deep in Endless Wander Woods. The serpentine traits vary from family-to-family, some adorning massive diamondback tails instead of legs, while others only carry slit eyes and pointed canines.
Significance in Story: Acondi's Tribe is currently being threatened by The King. The King looms the idea of the genocide of the tribe over their heads, saying that if they don't cooperate, then they'll be wiped out before they can even blink. The commander of Acondi's Tribe in the present story - Cassian - is an ally to Thaddeus Godchallenger and his apprentice, Sparrow. Cassian enlists in Thaddeus's help, offering all of his tribe's finest warriors to help slaughter the King.