Tir Na n'Fir
History Time of Giants
It is difficult for people to learn much of this time. It was a period before The Firewherian Empire, which is fairly undocumented as it is. But, what is known by the more educated is that, unlike the non-human races who have stories of being native to this land, there is a set of stories of when humans first came here from other forgotten places.
As they arrived, they found huge edifices made of highly carved stones and twisted metals. The land was devestated, showing the signs of a massive war. No bodies remained anywhere, but the structures survived, after a fashion. And, they were huge. Gates were seen that were many spans up into the sky, fading into the morning mists. Great columns lay across the landscape and were as tall on their sides as the lookout masts of the ancient ships, and took most of a day to walk completely around. Rubble and debris were everywhere, only seldom overgrown as if the land itself was afraid of overtaking it all.
The twisted metal that littered the landscape turned to powder when it was touched, though the stone remained. But, what looked like waste was known by some of the artisans as useful to create the heavy black ingots from which better tools could be crafted. Copper and bronze gave way to the new “Iron”, which took hours to coax out of the mounds of rock and plaster even with the picks and axes that were first out of the forges. Strangely, a side effect of toolsmithing was that the building materials were removed as the metals was mined, and the land started returning to green and gold under the watchful eyes of the women who cultivated it. And, they took the cast off bronze and copper to make into adornments for those that caught their eye.
The world was fertile, the people were strong, decorated, and attractive, and they had implements that could tame the new world into a place they could settle.
It was only at the end, when the chieftan’s scribes were summoned to a massive cavernous building, that fear set in about the former inhabitants of this area. Inside was a skeleton of a massive beast of burden, standing as if it died in efforts. It was measured at 70 cubits high, 300 cubits long, with teeth a cubit in size. The tomb also contained the skeletons of massive birds with wingspans three humans across, and a great serpentlike ribcage with bones that were, later, used as guides to build the ribs of ships that could cross the inner sea without fear of the deadly winds and rolling waves. Down a ramp the scribes found the tunnels the serpents must have used to attack the city, for this was determined to be the fate of those that came before. And, though it seemed obvious that the serpents may have starved when the builders died, word leaked out about great beasts that might not mind a new food source, that could come up from the deep earth.
The scribes ordered the debris from the clearings to be dumped into these tunnels to block any future attacks, and the tomb to be rebuilt deep underground so the spirits of the huge walkers would not be offended. It is said the tomb is still there, deep under one of the greater cities (though which one is unknown), filled with the more interesting artifacts discovered as the old city was dismantled.
In the center of the city stood a forest, surrounded by the debris but intact. At the center was a huge, but dead, tree that had split under the weight of massive limbs until it had fallen apart, the center rotten. The area had a dark, lugubrious feel, and yet the young shaman, student to the chieftan’s advisor, came to sit one day in meditation about the connection between the land and those that came before. And, as he chanted about life, power, death, and rebirth, a green shoot rose up from the center of the decayed and cracked roots. The student, fearful of how this happened, took the plant away to the mountains. He never returned, but shortly after he left the women came to the forest and ordered it cleared for farmland, as the wood of the ancient tree had fallen to dust.