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Prologue

 

Thousands of years ago.

The Eldridge, a gigantic interplanetary emigrant spacecraft, suffered a sudden shipwide systems malfunction.  On the mirrors that warned of the ensuing danger, a mysterious shadow flickered for but an instant.  Before the spacecraft's crew could respond, something had taken over their entire ship.

As the passengers and crew attempted to evacuate, the spacecraft's own laser cannons coldly turned and shot them down.  The captain had no choice but to initiate the ship's self-destruct mechanism.  In a flash of light, the spacecraft fell to a nearby planet.

Born from the fallen wreckage, 'she' slowly arose, her long hair blowing in the wind as her eys reflected the dawn's breaking light.  Reflecting the start of the day that 'god' and 'humankind' fell to earth.

 

Thousands of years later....

 

I am Alpha and Omega.   The first and the last.  The beginning and the end.

 


   The northern continent of Ignas, in the northern hemisphere of our world.  On this, the largest continent, a war has raged on between two countries for hundreds of years.  In the north of the continent lies the Kislev Empire, in the south lies the desert kingdom of Aveh.  The war has gone on for so long that the people have forgotten the cause, knowing only a pointless circle of hostility and tragedy.

    The chronic war obsession was soon to encounter a devastating change.  This was due to the 'Ethos', an institution that preserves our world's culture, repairing tools and weapons excavated from ruins of an ancient civilization.  At once both countries had excavated these ruins, and had the 'Ethos' repair the discoveries in order to increase their military power.

    The various weapons excavated from the ruins greatly changed the form of warfare.  The outcome of the battles was no longer decided by man on man combat, but by 'Gears' -- giant humanoid fighting machines -- that were obtained from deep within the ruins.

    Eventually, after continuous swings in the state of war, Kislev gained the upper hand.  The major reason for this lay in the enormous difference in the amount of resources buried within their ruins.  But suddenly a mysterious military force appeared in the continent of Ignas called 'Gebler', this force decided to make contact with Aveh.

    With the assistance of this Gebler military force, Aveh was able to recover from being hopelessly outnumbered to an even standing with Kislev.  Then, taking further advantage of the gained momentum, Aveh started to capture territory after territory from Kislev, showing no indication of slowing down in their invasion campaign.

    The remote village of Lahan, near the border with Kislev, is where it all begins...