The Third Age - The Time of Folly

The third age is known as the time of folly. It was not a golden age, even though Demons seemed to be defeated, in fact, it became a second age of Darkness. Humans had paid a terrible toll to defeat the demon hordes. Most of the great cities of the First Age had been destroyed. There were only ruins left to echo the greatness of the Golden Age. Human populations had been nearly destroyed. The great storehouses of knowledge had been mostly burned or lost. Humans nearly returned to barbarism in the two hundred years that followed their victory over the demon hordes.

The third age is known as the time of folly. It was not a golden age, even though Demons seemed to be defeated, in fact, it became a second age of Darkness. Humans had paid a terrible toll to defeat the demon hordes. Most of the great cities of the First Age had been destroyed. There were only ruins left to echo the greatness of the Golden Age. Human populations had been nearly destroyed. The great storehouses of knowledge had been mostly burned or lost. Humans nearly returned to barbarism in the two hundred years that followed their victory over the demon hordes.

The Coming of the Prophet:

It was then that the Prophet came to the poor and destitute human settlements. He spoke of the Returning Gods, and how they alone could raise humans back to glory. He spoke of how it was the humans themselves that brought the demons down upon them because they had tried to attain the power of the Gods… through the use of sorcery. In their decadence and pride, they had forsaken the Gods and thought themselves the creators. He told of how the Gods were not dead… and would soon return. And he told of how the humans could help. He told them that they must discover the true names of the Gods, for only then could they return. And as each was found, those people who found them must worship and obey that god above all other gods before prosperity would return to their lands. In so doing he divided the humans, for each settlement discovered a different god's name, and they soon fought against their fellow humans for the supremacy of their god.

The Wars of Religion:

Great Quests ensued as the people of the Second Age sought the names of the Gods in deep and dark places. The more difficult the quest, the greater the name discovered, and therefore the greater the