Thousands of years ago, Ryfel was forged.
As the Universe exploded into being, it sent pure fragments of creation swirling and spinning through the entirety of an ever expanding creation. Five of these, the Primordials, ran into each other.
Smashing and crashing into one another, they waged a war that raged for millennia. With each act of violence, fragments of their bodies fractured off. Pieces of ash, slag, steam, and smoke; Ice, mud, and rust; dust and gems, and magic itself fell, flung from the damaged bodies of the Primordials.
As the eons passed, creatures, born of divine inspiration, bodies made of all five elements, began to walk the earth. First of these came into being when the Dragons were born. Two massive creatures, Adamus and Vi, were the first to be born.
Eons passed and they bred a thousand children. During that time, more races were born and rose from the ash and mud of the Primordial battle fields.
Eventually, the Primordials’ bodies shrank, more and more of their bodies lost and growing as a planet. When their remaining size was a fraction of the size of the planet, a battle ensued between the Primordials and their children. Thousands of mortals rose, and with the help of the Gods, eventually bested the Primordials, and ended the Primordial War.
Thus ended the First Age, and the Second Age began. The Second Age was a time of enlightenment. The Gods traveled all of Ryfel and settled far flung places. At the end of the Second Age, no one could imagine the world changing, a time of unrivaled peace and development in civilization. The Gods retired during this time, to the Home of the Gods.
The Second Age did end, when the Orcs and Goblins fell to Rage and Greed. The Orcs tried to find a relic they believed the Humans had, that would give them the strength to finally kill the gods. They attacked and ransacked all of the settled places in the world. During this time, a race came to power in the North: The Giants.
The Third age saw a new level of wanton destruction and rage unleashed upon the world. The Dragons retreated to the continent of Ryfel, removing themselves from the war with the Orcs and Goblins, and focused on their fight with the Giants.
The Third Age ended when the Gods intervened. Instead of direct intervention, they sent a new race to deal with the world: Tieflings. Born of Elemental influence on the Humans that lived near the Gods, the Tieflings brought the teachings of the Gods, and of the Primordials to all of Ryfel.
Wielding the power of the Primordials, Servants and cultists popped up all over the world. Many races established peace treaties. Many far hidden races emerged to restore the balance. Elves, Dwarves, Halflings, deviant Angels, and Merfolk began working with the other civilized races, something they had not done since the First Age.
The Fourth Age was ushered in as the Dragonborn ended their Eon old tutelage to the Dragons, and began spreading the messages of the Seven Gods to the rest of Ryfel.
We now live in the end of the Fourth Age. The civilizations of old are now ruins that litter the land. Most races have been reduced to a single major stronghold.
But hope stirs. The Humans of Windbreak, the Elves of Caer Tristal, and the Gnomes of Kryte have enjoyed a peace unexpected in this Age. The Three Sciences flourish. Alchemy, Arcana, and Technology all advance in different parts of the world. Tieflings spread the words and works of the Primordials, as the Dragonborn spread the words and works of the Seven.
The world marches on, establishing new goals, and new powers.