BRIEF HISTORY of HA’ARETZ
The Anashim and Benim-El originally populated the southern region of Ha’aretz, known as Ugarit. Polytheists, they worshipped the Canaanite pantheon as well as the planes of Air, Earth, and Light. Early in their history, a group of Anashim, together with a group of Benim-El known as the Nephilim, became particularly devoted to the god Tzedek and broke off from the general population to expand northwards, eventually founding the country of Zaphon. The more scholarly and less adventurous Benim-El known as the Rephaim (who studied Dust in addition to Air, Earth, and Light) stayed in Ugarit rather than expanding north.
At about this time the Ugaritians founded the great city of Beth-Hacham close to a powerful Nexus. The city was visited by the Wind Spirits, who with the Ugaritians’ blessing founded a school of Air magic in the city.
Air Spirits later visited Ha’aretz, requesting and receiving contributions to the building of the Flying Fortress from both Zaphon and Ugarit.
The Zaphonites meanwhile built their walled city of Beth-Sha’ar and, upon becoming aware of the Chaos Minotaur threat in the far north, began raising their great armies.
Citizens in Zaphon and Ugarit began noticing strange shadows and disturbances throughout their lands. The Rephaim doubled their efforts in the study of Light and Dust in hopes of using these powers against the Chaos Minotaurs.
The Silent Herald Earth Avatar visited Zaphon, and with his Kobold slaves built the monumental wall that spans the entire stretch of open land running between the northern Har Gavoah mountains and the coast.
At about the same time a Female Storm Dragon took up residence off the coast near Beth Hacham in Ugarit and offered her help to the developing civilization.
Having developed their seafaring skills, the Anashim of both Zaphon and Ugarit established an alliance and traded skills and technologies with the Elves of Dashar, a kingdom located on a group of islands off the southeast corner of the continent.
At about this time, the Minotaurs unleashed a destructive force through the Nexuses, including the Nexus by Beth Hacham. Casualties included the School of Air at Beth Hacham, the Ugaritic god Ba’al, and the Silent Herald Earth Avatar. It is believed by the Anashim that the Ugaritic goddess Anat fought and defeated the god of death, Mot, to bring Ba’al back to life.
The Order of the Sons of the Crucible, a group of firey brass-skinned dwarves (and hill giants?) took up residence near Beth Hacham and established a school of Fire.
The Chaos Minotaurs demanded that all the civilizations of the continent cede to them significant resources as well as 10% of each country’s citizenry for use as slaves, threatening another attack through the ley lines if their demands remained unmet. Zaphon and Ugarit, along with the rest of the world, refused to meet their demands.
Working to re-establish balance in the world, Air Spirits requested help in overcoming the Chaos Minotaurs at their northernmost city, where it was rumored the 5 scrolls of chaos were to be found. Zaphon and Ugarit sent 4 armies to assist in the attack. The city was wiped out, but the scrolls were not found. There were heavy Ha’aretz casualties. Zaphon and Ugarit were pleased by the assistance of the Dashar Elves, who sent a warship to offer protection to Ha’aretz while many of its armies were away.
In retaliation, the Minotaurs sent a pulse along the ley line than runs across Ha’aretz, destroying the city of Ashkelon and the Dashar warship, and temporarily disabling several orders.
Zaphon and Ugarit raised several more armies to assist the Air Spirits and, with the help of Gist, the combined forces defeated the Minotaur city of Kervak. Again, there were heavy casualties, including the entire army of Gish.
The Chaos Minotaurs retreated from the entire northeast area and moved to the frigid far north in the north-central area of the continent.