Working on a couple of larger pieces right now, but posting is going to be dead for the next few days due to travel. The following was originally written as an introduction to the War Torn/Rale rulebook. That is unlikely to be its final use, but I want to share it here as good perspective on that world, looking to the beginning from the end. Overall the history on which Mefit is commenting is not really a story of humanity at its worst, but it is nonetheless deeply pessimistic. Death here is inexorable, and if humanity at its highly variable average cannot stop it, then hope certainly is difficult to hold.
To whomever reads this: I pray dearly that your hope is not lost. My own fled me long ago, but perhaps you may yet find a use for these pages. You see, I paid for them, with the years of my life, my blood, my sweat, even the integrity of my mind; everything I’ve ever built, indeed everything I’ve ever been, I’ve scrawled onto this parchment and bound in this leather in hope that it might serve as a lens through which one might see the way to save us.
I see no such way. I have found no such map to salvation in what you hold in your hands. I have found only a grim chronicle of the way the world has died. And how is that? Even now I cannot be sure whether it was our arrogance or our cowardice; our strength or our weakness, but I know one thing without a doubt: We are to blame. It was man and woman, just like you or I–indeed you and I–who tore the essence of life from our kin and used it to grind to dust every last thing that was good. Some of us were as dark gods; others simple murderers, rapists, and thieves; still others called themselves heroes. Some called themselves nothing at all. Not one of them–not one of us–was innocent.
Now the ground we stand on is torn asunder, and there is no lot left us but to fall. Grow wings if you can. Else, read on and abandon hope.
Note: Mefit Il-Hazeen–though perhaps he did not use that name then–is also the narrator of The Dragon’s Thesis. You’re welcome to sort out the chronology yourselves.
Top Image: Mefit Il-Hazeen, concept sketches by Rae Johnson