The Settlements ( 0 After Settlement – 700 A.S )
The earliest records found so far have described a period known today as “the Settlements”. Roughly a thousand years ago a people came to what is now modern day Kusteland, and established a widespread, though generally rural, civilization of settlements throughout the region. Between the coast and the Breuddwyd Divide mountains there were dozens of small villages and roads connecting the settlers. The eastern lands of the Kusteland were drained, and the water-flow controlled so they weren’t swamps but had man-made rivers, and though more manageable.
The Gap in the Breuddwyd was known, but not tested, for the inhabitants of Lasach controlled all lands to the East of the mountains.
Though these people lived for several centuries in general peace and prosperity they build relatively very few permenant structures. Most settlements were made of earth with straw roofs, or sometimes wood when the resources and craftsman were plentiful. Rarely was anything built of stone, but these are the only structures from that time which still exist today.
The Refuge ( 600 A.S. – 700 A.S. )
Four hundred years ago, six hundred years after the arrival of the settlers, the raiders of the Western Sea became aware of the large, but poorly defended, civilization to their east. Decades of pillage, plunder and razing undid what had taken centuries to accomplish.
Many were taken by surprise and perished, or were captured by the raiders. The majority of the survivors sought refuge through the Gap, into the regions of Breuddwyd not yet explored. Here were a broken, disheartened people who could not agree on the next course of action as a whole. They divided into four peoples.
Those that sought protection of the mountain depths went south from the Gap, establishing the land of Splinterveld.
Those that found peace and wellbeing in the open pastures went east and on smooth waters established Pacific Fields.
Those that desired solitude of the woods and tranquility of nature went north, and established Anialdir.
The final group, the smallest of the four, went into the Untrodden Lands, far to the north, and were not heard from since.
Prior to this the creatures of Fasach were very sparse and few in numbers. The inhabitants of each area were not enough in numbers, nor might, to resist the intruding forces. The wild, magical inhabitants of Fasach retreated from the human occupants, not wanting to resist them, and unsure of what was happening. They went across the Great Wyst and remained there ever since, watching what men would do to their lands.
Men who remained behind learned how to fight, both on land and sea, and ended the raids by years of geurilla tactics. They lost the calm, peaceful ways of their fathers and because the cunning and brutal warriors required to survive. They became obsessed with revenge, and with warfare.
The Finding of the Gods ( 700 A.S. )
The lands of Kusteland inhabited were never rebuilt and the man-made rivers once more gained controlled over the land, returning it to it’s flooded state. Settlements were underwater, sunken for all time. The survivors formed fleet cities, or atolls, which moved every few days so as not to be easily found. They spent what effort they could at striking back at the raider fleets and the islands they inhabited.
The other three regions now established in Breuddwyd remained seperate from each other, each developing their own cultures and infrastructure for their new lands. For a hundred years not mcuh contact between the four nations of humans occured, though that would quickly change after the Gods were found.
During the “Refuge” period, each band of humans went deep within their geographical region to seek solace, and survival. Their cultures now reflected the elements and natural forces encountered during thi time. Tying themselves to the land in such a way like never before, truly living with it, instead of just on it, caused an awakening between men and Gods.
More about the specific Gods can be found in other writings.
The Reconstruction ( 750 A.S. – 1000 A.S. )
When the refugees emerged from their quiet hiding, whether it was the forests, the mountains or the plains, roads which connected the different regions were built. While there was no hostility between the warmongering Kustelanders and the other, generally peaceful regions, the fortress watchtower of Gens Kijken was constructed to watch the Gap, should their aggressive brethern take revenge on those that fled.
Also during this time the first contact with the region of Fasach was established. While very wary of men, the fey and magical creatures of fasach were friendly. Much was shared between these regions, though it was made clear that no establishment of men would be allowed across the Great Wyst, or south of the Great Lake, in Fasache territory.
The Calm ( 1000 A.S. – Current )
We are now in a time of general calm. The Kustelanders continue their relentless counter-raids to the west, while the other three nations of humans tend to themselves. There is some socializing and trade, but as time passes each region is becoming more and more independent, instead of united with each other.