The Seventh World’s history is long and complex. A few of its pivotal moments are crucial to the Trilogy: the Great War, the Tribal Age, the founding and disbanding of the Council for Exploration Into Worlds Unseen. Read on . . .
The Great War
The Great War took place five hundred years before the opening of the Trilogy: it was waged between the King, a being of immense power who had long ruled the world and Morning Star, the Usurper, a spirit-being who had once served the King.
Morning Star gathered an army of spirit-beings like himself. At first, mankind fought on the side of the King, as did the Earth Brethren, spirits of nature, and the Shearim, “the Fairest.” But Morning Star was able to persuade at first a few men, then many, to join him. When nearly all human beings had sided with Morning Star, the war ended. The King withdrew from the Seventh World, the Earth Brethren were banished into deep sleep, and the few faithful among men disappeared.
Morning Star should have taken over and ruled the Seventh World from that time on. But the Shearim unmade themselves and formed into something new — a living Veil that cut off Morning Star’s access to the world. For five hundred years, that Veil kept the great powers hidden in worlds unseen. Morning Star and his minions, along with those elements of their power that seeped through the Veil, became known as the Blackness.
But the Veil cannot last forever . . .
The Tribal Age
With the spirit powers hidden, withdrawn, or denied access to the Seventh World, mankind splintered into tribal groups, most of them nomadic and antagonistic toward each other. One group, repentant of their betrayal, withdrew to a secret place deep in the earth to await the King’s return and beg his forgiveness.
The tribes began to develop their own languages, and each one kept a verbal tradition of the Great War and prophecies of the future. This was the state of the Seventh World for several generations — until Lucius Morel, a warrior from the south country, began to conquer and unite the tribes. His power seemed almost more than human. Some said it came directly from the Blackness, through the black-cloaked strangers who were seen haunting Morel’s shadows.
But the rumours made little difference. Lucius Morel became the first emperor, formed the High Police to enforce his laws and rule, and systematically stamped out the folklore and languages of the tribes. Only the Gypsies remained free.
The Council for Exploration Into Worlds Unseen
After nearly five hundred years of the empire’s rule, it took a visionary — Lord Robert Sinclair — to begin taking ancient legends seriously and desire to discover the truth about the “worlds unseen” behind the human world.
As a young man, Lord Robert gathered others who were courageous and curious enough to join him in his search: Jarin Huss, a scholar from the eastern city of Pravik; Mary Grant, a singer and harpist from Cryneth; John Davies, a young man from Cryneth; Lucas Barrington, a charismatic rogue from Galce; Eva Brown and Daniel Seaton from Londren; and at last, a mysterious woman called Evelyn.
The Council made great strides in the study of the worlds unseen, recovering ancient documents, recording legends, and beginning to break through the Veil between the worlds. But then came the rumours that Evelyn was a witch who had used her dark powers to kill others, and the Council was split down the middle as Lord Robert sided with Evelyn and the others wished to cast her out. In the end, the Council was disbanded, and its members went their separate ways. Some continued their study; others strove to forget the dream that had forever changed them.
But of course, such dreams are not easily forgotten. The lives of the Council will intersect once more, forty years after the disbanding, just before Worlds Unseen begins . . .