Chronicles of Neverael
Coming of the Sidhe
The Sidhe, in the modern era, are most often referenced in fragments of shadowy legends or mis-represented as something that they most definitely were not in children’s tales. It is believed by modern scholars (and members of the Seekers) that these mysterious creatures came from across the ocean – from the west – and landed in Antegaea under dire circumstances more than eight thousand years ago. Whatever trouble they were fleeing from, they seem to have brought it with them – their arrival in Antegaea heralded the end of an era which had lasted for over 100 centuries and the beginning of the Age of Man.
Where the Sidhe originated from is unknown, fragmentary accounts make reference to a far away land called “Seelaigh.” That they were fleeing some kind of terrible trouble is more or less accepted as fact – their ragtag fleet of ships were ill-equipped for a long voyage at sea and many of the Sidhe died of starvation, madness, or were lost to the storms or terrible monsters which are all too common on the Westereign Ocean. Only 19 ships of an estimated 130 made it to the shores of Antegaea.
After the Sidhe landed they soon came into contact with something they had never seen before – Humans. Fragile compared to the Sidhe, but somehow more vital and full of life and passion – Humans fascinated the Sidhe almost immediately. They wondered at the similarity between their appearance and that of these primitive peoples. They also wondered why these humans, with all of their potential, allowed themselves to be ruled over be beings they considered to be little better than “jumped up animals” – the Beast Gods. The Sidhe had, apparently, driven the Beast Gods native to their own lands into exile or extinction many millenia before. Unaligned humans – those who were not of the Beastfolk – were considered little better than livestock by the Beast Gods during this time. They lived short, meaningless existences. The Sidhe sympathized with these Humans and decided to intervene – both on the behalf of these lesser creatures and in order to secure their dying race a place in this new world.
While the Sidhe would eventually organize the humans into revolt against the Beast Gods, they began their lives in Antegaea by teaching the humans they befriended different technologies and skills. They quickly integrated humans into their society and discovered that Humans could be bred with and produce viable offspring. This was looked down upon at first but, with so few survivors, the Sidhe needed genetic diversity to thrive. This caused the Sidhe, wise in the ways of magick and science, to begin to question the Humans connections to their own race. One outspoken (but heretical) Sidhe preached the idea that Sidhe had once been Human until the intervention of the mysterious force which had allowed for them, millenia earlier, to throw off the yoke of the Beastgods of their own lands. This intervention by the enigmatic l’Fae caused the Sidhe to evolve along a divergent path. Or so the theory went. Whatever the case, the Sidhe were distinct enough to be considered non-Human by the time they encountered the Humans of Antegaea.
In raising up the Humans from ignorance, the Sidhe created for themselves allies in a strange new world. These allies would go on to help the Sidhe drive the Beastgods from Antegaea and into exile on the southern sub-continent of Fal’Durast. Eventually, the Sidhe would become assimilated by the very peoples they sought to assimilate – becoming one with the Humans that they had upraised and, in the process, creating a new breed of humanity in the Atlaneian people. It is said that a single surviving Sidhe was known to have still been alive at the time of the Blackgate War – a pureblooded descendant of some of the original Sidhe to arrive in Antegaea some seven millenia before. It is presumed that this Sidhe, like the rest of the enigmatic race, died at some point before the modern era.