When the Akuma came they began
attacking every human settlement that they came across. After much destruction,
leaders of the human race approached the Elder dragons and requested help from
the dragons. Having seen the destruction the Akuma were causing they took it
upon themselves to protect Terrin and her occupants.
For over a hundred years the dragons battled the Akuma and were able to keep them at bay. However, over time the Akuma began to wear down the dragons and began to gain land. One day a human warrior appeared and asked to speak with the Elders. The man’s name was Arlox, a trained swordsmen and magik user. He was a tall man, with a wiry build, blonde hair, and crystal clear blue eyes. He was young and handsome with a scar over his right eye. Instead of the Elders Arlox met with Hira, the largest dragon of all and the leader of the fighting dragons. Hira was robust and magnificent with his white scales and silver eyes. His wing span was twice the size of all the dragons and he was very wise and intelligent. Arlox discussed a plan of uniting human and dragon in the Akuma war.
After hearing the details, Hira agreed that the plan was worth mentioning to the Elders and when the Elders gathered Hira and Arlox explained in detail their plan to unite the two races, to create an army of warriors who would save Terrin. Once they were done speaking, the Elders agreed that what Arlox suggested was worth trying. It was decided that the humans and the dragons would unite and create a new class of warrior, the Riders.
Hira and Arlox were the first to be paired by a magikal bond that was stronger than anything. There was nothing save for death to break the bond between rider and dragon. Once the Elders were done bonding the man and dragon, Arlox and Hira set forth on a quest to find more warriors to pair with other dragons.
By the years end they had amassed more than two hundred Riders with more coming to join. After many years the elders decided that it was best to pair child and hatchling so that there was more time to bond and train dragon and rider. A rider was well versed in not only flying but in magik use as well. Eventually the Elders decided that it was time that the Riders began to govern themselves and so Arlox and Hira were elected to lead the Riders. They led their army into battle and over time began to reclaim lands that were lost to the Akuma. They also taught the new generations of Riders about various things; spells and fighting skills were only part of their training, they were also taught academics as well. They learned to read and write as well as mathematics.
Over time the Riders numbers reached well into the thousands and they eventually discovered the individual who was controlling the Akuma from the shadows. A black mage whose name has been forgotten, created the Akuma so he could take control of Terrin and reign over the races in pain and terror. During the final battle the Riders pushed back and cornered the unknown mage in the northern mountains of Asren.
Arlox and Hira sacrificed themselves in order to seal the mage and his minions in the cave. The remaining Riders were heartbroken at having lost their leaders, despite their victory. They returned to the southern mountain range and to their caverns. People praised them of their victory and thanked them for their sacrifices but the riders were still grieving over the loss of Arlox and Hira.
When the Riders returned to their caverns located in Hell Valley in the Phoenix Mountains they shut themselves off from the rest of Terrin and stayed in seclusion. After many years it was thought that the Riders died off with the dragons, but people forgot that when the dragons and riders were bonded it cast a spell of immortality on both dragon and rider.
The only way a bonded dragon and rider could die is if they were mortally wounded, they could not die of old age nor from disease. Eventually Terra Queen of Heaven, took pity on the Riders who were tired of living forever. She eventually brought those who grew tired of life on Terrin to the Heavens. After hundreds of years the Riders numbers dwindled and eventually fell to forty. These remaining riders and dragons were the ones who chose to stay and watch over Terrin and wait for the day that the Evil One and his Akuma army returned. They vowed that when the time was right, they would build the Riders back to their former glory and defeat the mage and his minions. Terra came to Hira and told him that the time would come when Heaven’s namesake would fall from the sky.
“The Second war will begin when our beloved Terrin begins to die, a thousand years from now. The dragon race will be near extinction and the Riders gone. There will be little hope and much misery, but not all will be lost. Hope will be restored when the one bearing Heaven’s name will fall from the sky.” The Akuma would come and reign down destruction once again and when all seemed lost a ray of light would appear and show the people of Terrin how to hope again.
A second less known prophecy was given. “When Heaven’s Angel appears, so too will a warrior. He will help the Angel restore balance to Terrin once more.” The name of the one who foresaw the coming of a warrior is unknown. When these were written the only name that appeared was on one scroll and it was Hira’s. The second is a mystery even to the monks who guard the original scrolls on which these were written.
In the time before the Second war humanity flourished. Eventually great cities replaced the small towns and villages that dotted the land and there were vehicles that traversed both land and sky. Humans were prospering and after sometime they began to write the prophecy off as a myth, nothing more than a story parents told their little ones before bed. The dragons and Riders were nothing but characters in these stories and Hira and Arlox were heroes who never existed. Now humanity faces extinction and have forgotten how to have hope. A thousand years have passed since the First War and now the Second War is fast approaching.