Kharkaethia: The Seventh Domain
". . . And for two millennia the people of the world celebrated an enlightened age. While empires rose and fell and wars were fought among the tribes of the world, heroes still walked the land of Kharkaethia, and thus the world never again faced such an evil without the aid of heroes.
But in the last couple of centuries the nations of the world withdrew from each other and the glow of the great enlightenment has started to fade. War drums have sounded in ever-increasing volume, heroes have passed into the realm of legend or godhood—distant as the memories of their footfalls—and the dark heart of mortal man is once again creeping like long shadows at dusk."
— From the journals of Velentus the Learned, Calinthian historian