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The Timeline of Terminus


B.C., Before Collisions

The Celestial Era

Before the age of Pantheons there was the Celestial Era, a time where one deity would rise to rule the universe. Although her true name is unrecorded, her followers, the Celestials, came to name her Nexus. Over many millennia the Celestial war wizards of Terminus spread her influence across the universe eventually forcing all other civilizations and pantheons to bow before her might and benevolence. Under the gaze of Nexus, peace reigned for centuries until the corruption of Myraxys began to take form.

The Dark Era

From dark regions within every corner of the universe, a mysterious and malevolent force began to consume the souls it touched. This sinister force overtook many words including the throne world of Terminus. Although she was powerful, Nexus could not keep the corruption from advancing. Using the magic called the Terminus Arcana, Nexus destroyed all life in the universe, purging it of the taint of Myraxys. And so the Dark Era came to a close. But as planned, a spark of Nexus remained and would come to form a new age on Terminus.

The Lost Era

The time before the first planar collisions and following the Dark Era was a near lifeless void. The universe of Nexus was nothing but rocks drifting in the darkness. It is during this time that the residual forces of the Terminus Arcana began to reform into a spark of Nexus. In time, Nexus was resurrected and using her divine powers reached across the fractured veils of reality to seek out new life for her dead universe, creating the first planar collisions. 

A.C., After Collisions

The Cataclysmic Era

Impacting on Terminus were thousands of chunks of other worlds, appearing and colliding with one another. So began the Cataclysmic Era. The patchwork landscape was in constant upheaval as the foreign environments attempted to settle into place. Fear and panic ruled the populations. Nexus made herself known to the people of Terminus, saving what she could with what little power she had. The reptilian race of the Vrilaska’s sunk into the ground and formed the great Lost Lake. Soon after, the land settled and war began.

The Martial Era

When the land settled the wars erupted as pantheons attempted to survive. Without their origin planes, the misplaced deities relied upon their followers to retain and gain power. Conquest and crusades consumed Terminus. The Dwarves from Strontia stood their ground, keeping to their fortress lands that ferried them to this world. Others such as the Ogres from Gruundark found themselves scattered by civil wars sparked by the greed of their own gods. By uniting their three warring Pantheons, the Humans from Daera were able to gain the most ground. The bloodiest campaign of the era was known as the Dragon March and its brutal climax signaled the end of the Martial Era and the defeat of the tyrant godking, Oranthel whose dragon and revenant army nearly toppled the Elven kingdom.

The Pantheon Era

Although this era would not be free of conflict it stood as a time of peace and coexistence within Terminus. It was at this time that many of the pantheons began to reestablish their hierarchies and civilizations set the borders that would hold for centuries. The deities’ powers rose as their civilizations prospered. With greater powers most of the pantheons were able to create majestic planar sanctums, pocket realms that mirrored their divine origin planes. This was also the era in which Oranthel struck down his former ally, the dragon god of Skyfen and claimed his throne.

The Risen Era

The world of Terminus had seen three hundred years pass when the second wave of planar collisions erupted. Along with this came the reemergence of Nexus and the appearance of fallen heroes once thought lost in the first planar collisions. This is the current age of Terminus.

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      Mavric on January 25, 2014

      There has to be an appropriate name enforcement. It totally breaks immersion seeing likmacrackdaddy running around

    2. Ben Wilson on January 23, 2014

      With all the effort going into the lore side, I'm wondering... Will there be enforcement of 'appropriate' names? EQ had it, and even though I'm no die hard roleplayer, the hairs on the back of my neck always bristle when I see names like 'Chukk Norizz' or 'Bruise Wayne' or 'Noobslayer' or 'ibangedurmom' in an MMO.

      Will there be a filter and active policing of names reported for being 'ooc', or will everything be allowed that isn't blatantly offensive/illegal?

    3. Scott Beavers on January 23, 2014

      Please please please make an intro movie akin to the original EQ intro movie here:…


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      Ryan Patterson on January 23, 2014

      Awesome! Loving the lore! My initial thoughts...

      Is there more than one universe? If there is more than one - did the Terminus Arcana only destroy the life in the universe where Terminus is? What happened to the dwarves, ogres, and reptilians when Nexus used the Terminus Arcana? If they were part of the same universe, presumably they were also extinguished. Were those races also then revived in the event that caused the First Collisions? Later - when their home lands being to collide with Terminus in the Cataclysmic Era, are these ogres/dwarves aware that Terminus existed at all? Or are they from another continuity/universe that was not impacted by the Terminus Arcana?

      So many questions! Keep the lore coming!!

    5. Bruce A Leggett on January 23, 2014

      How can the dark era end all life and the lost have a small amount of it? Is the safe assumption that there is a reason, but its not spelled out or is lost to us?

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      Steven Hickerson on January 23, 2014

      I'm confused. Did the Terminus Arcana destroy ALL life in the universe like it says in The Dark Era, or did it nearly destroy all life as it says in The Lost Era. Where did Nexus reach out and pull life from? Was it other universes that the Terminus Arcana did not effect, or was she resurrecting people in her own universe at this point?

    7. Liam Hall on January 23, 2014

      @flex just think Forerunners and flood

    8. Liam Hall on January 23, 2014

      Ooo Vrilaska....
      Gruundark just sounds awesome. Sweet stuff!

    9. dat guy on January 23, 2014

      @Flex I wouldn't say an act of evil, but an act of desperation. The darkness was unstoppable and already consumed most of the universe. It's like saying a farmer is evil for shooting his gimp horse instead of letting it live to be eaten alive by coyotes.

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      Taliefer on January 23, 2014

      so basically, nexus shook the etch-a-sketch. DONT SHAKE THE ETCH-A-SKETCH.

      on a serious note, the rest of it sounds interesting.

    11. Tony "Vhalen" Garcia on January 23, 2014

      The history that predates the collisions comes from a magical manuscript called the "Astral Tome." It resides within a vault in the city of Archway. It does not go into much detail about the ancient era, but the above information was assembled by historians and mages that attempted to piece together what little information the Astral Tome revealed to them.

    12. Solaris on January 23, 2014

      Lore is getting better!

    13. GameVein on January 23, 2014

      Nexus wiped out all life in the Universe. Sounds like an act of Evil not of Good.

    14. Troy_Costisick on January 23, 2014

      Enjoying Lore Week for sure :)

    15. Eldaran_SoL on January 23, 2014

      Wow. Great update. Puts some things into perspective!