The Era of Peace

In the new, peaceful world of Tellus, most dangers were eliminated. Most deaths were from natural causes and old age, and it was unthinkably rare for one person to lose his life at the hands of another. Reports of “monsters” usually turned out to be no more monstrous than wild animals. The otherwise warlike orcs, while still gruff and short tempered, made peace with their human, elf, and dwarf neighbors. Normally troublesome races like goblins and kobolds became reclusive and retreated to the deep wilderness. All undead returned peacefully to their graves. With no danger in the world, the townguard in many places became lazy and complacent, and more than one sheriff spent his afternoons napping at his desk.

Those who would have been adventurers seeking renown for danger and combat, instead became peaceful explorers and travelers. Food was plentiful and wealth was so relatively easy to obtain that almost all thieves were only pranksterish rogues. Mages still practiced their thaumaturgical craft, but now almost exclusively in creative pursuits. Healers found that the majority of illnesses and diseases were easily cured.

In a world without gods, religion became radically changed. Without gods to worship, most people stopped paying attention to anything beyond the material plane. But some people felt an unexplainable, unfillable hole in their lives. Many joined one of the numerous small doctrines, sects, and cults that arose. Some sects gave worship to abstract concepts such as nature, magic, or death. Others formed around charismatic figures claiming too be new gods or else the old ones reborn (none of these claimants ever proved to be immortal; a few eventually died of old age, but most met bloodier ends when their lies were exposed). Many sects centered on the belief that the old gods would one day return, re0assuming their divinity. At least one, strange and feared enough to be persecuted and forced underground, actually worshiped the lack of gods. This sect, the Void Cult, dabbled in necromancy despite the peace, and preached apocalyptic prophecies that the Destroyer the gods had sacrificed themselves to stop was only stayed temporarily, delayed but still inevitable.

The Era of Peace

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