This one I’m only giving the summary of the synopsis.
I posted a creation story, and the titles of some significant historical events with a brief description of their possible meaning. Feel free to interpret your own different meaning, or add to it, however you are inspired. Preferably framed from your PC’s, or PC’s races’, point of view.
A little additional house keeping first, I am winding back on the “Elven Madness”, not because I don’t think it could be cool, but because it is harsh singling them out, and because the Madness rule as is are annoying, and under-defined. The Sanity/Madness rules will still be in play for every one, and I will investigate possible alternate Madness effects before they are needed.
Over the next century the Elves advanced quickly, exploring and experimenting with their newly developed magic. They created portals to other planes of existence, and discovered beings beyond their imagination, and unfortunately, some beyond their comprehension. Since the Conflagration planar magic has been taboo for the Elves
Some of the many discoveries the Elves made were Halflings, Gnomes, and Humans.
They also discovered Orcs, once encountered they infected the land like a disease, looting, raping, and pillaging. The civilised races would mount counter offensives, and the Orcs would withdraw, for a time, but later return in greater numbers. One time the elves sought the shelter of the forest, but the ravening horde set it ablaze. Many Elves perished. Pushed to the brink, some say the Elves went mad, driven by blood-lust they gathered en masse and stalked the Orcs to a brute, every single one, male, female, and child were slain. No Orc has been seen since.
When Goblins were encountered, a similar fate was expected for them, but the Dwarves and Humans intervened, instead the majority were enslaved, put to work in Dwarven mines, and aiding in the construction of Human cities.