In the 900’s the Fae are in their twilight and, what’s worse, they don’t realize the peril they are in. They claim they made the world and there may be some truth to this, but in time long lost to memory the Fae formed into groups called Courts and went to war. The Courts preferred different types of existence so shaped the world to fit these desires. Humans came into the world and were mostly ignored, that is until the Cataclysm.
Humans had controlled fire and unleashed it according to their will. Some Fae say a Fire Inanimae gave them this power, others that the terrifying truth of humanity is their ability to discover these secrets of the world on their own. Whatever the truth a fire swept the world, burning the works of the courts and slaying many, many fae and humans alike. In the aftermath the Courts were decimated. Spring was first to recover, their penchant for growth and life aiding them, and chose to complete a great work that sent their magic and creations over the entire world. This angered the other Courts, whose lands began to transform by the will of the Spring Court. Summer worked their own great magic to wrest control from Spring, then Autumn and finally Winter and so the seasons began, as did the war.
Each Season believes the world is theirs, and theirs alone. The Courts went to war and the prize was no less than the entire world. To ensure that this prize existed at the end of this war the Fae made great oaths with humanity, that humanity would steward the world, pay the Fae their proper due and respect and leave their realms and war alone so the winners of the War of Seasons could reclaim the world. The War of Seasons has raged for so long that the world has truly become the property of man and now they forget their oaths. The Fae, for their part, are just now beginning to realize the extent to which humanity has claimed the world and a few are starting to question. Will there be a prize to be claimed at the end of the War?
The Battle of Stone, which took place in the middle east sometimes in the 700’s, decimated the Fae. At this gruesome battle 75%-90% of the total world population of Fae were killed, including all four leaders of the Courts. The Fae will never truly recover from this event. By the 900’s each Court is still at war but in name only. Recovery and recruitment is slow and humans rise in power. It is bad enough that the world now rejects the Fae through their echos but oaths with humans seem to be the only true shield against them and to make matters worse a new god rises. One whose faith is rumored to hold the terrible power of removing the magic of Changelings and slaying the Firstborn outright.