If there is one thing Beleden specialized in, it was the examination of the races. When did the Gnosians split off from just being a special Human, to being an entirely different race? Why did Humans, the weakest of the races, the most internally divided, the most consistently corrupt, nevertheless hold the most territory of all the races, and survive, even thrive up to our most recent records? By what process did the Gnosians evolve? Where did the Big Three come from? Why did the Merfolk and Swifts remain in their own lands for the entire First and Second Age of history, existing as mere myths to Humans?
Some of these questions were never answered, but some of them we may examine here. I will begin with the Humans, because even now, being self-absorbed is our specialty.
A hardy folk inhabited Canolog from the earliest records. Perhaps they washed up on the shore, perhaps it was of that rich soil they were formed (Beleden believed firmly in a great power present in the creation of Tolendria, responsible for Humans, the appearance of Gnosians, and all forms of life shape). They were mountain people, herding goats in the southern mountains, rarely venturing into the wild prairies of the West or up through the river country all the way to the wild northern mountains that stabbed into the clouds and docked the Cloud Country, not be explored until a few thousand years later.
Eventually, over uncounted years, farms spread up the Rhanu River, and where it forked at its southern split, a first settlement was established, though it would not be named until the kingdom was established over the next five centuries. The kingdom was collectively referred to as Canolfan, and encompassed family groups from the southern mountains to the farmers along the Rhanu. From the records the Canolfaians kept during these beginning times came the first methods of time keeping known to the Humans of Canolog. Additionally, great nomadic tribes roamed the western lands, taming horses, following and hunting great herds of wild beasts through the waves of wild grass. They never formed organized communities, but no group during that age dared risking men against the mounted warriors in order to gain access to the vast open plains. Besides, there were lurking rumors of such mysteries commonly known as magic practiced across the wild grass.
In the East, one threat to Canolfan clawed its way to power, unifying the family groups that clustered around the self-named Lygeden Lake and rivers sprouting from it. Eventually, Lygeden and Canolfan went to war with one another, and at what would become the city Canolfan, a final battle sealed the defeat of Lygeden. After negotiating an alliance with certain western tribes, a mounted charge as the last Canolfaian defense routed the Lygeden forces and changed the course of the battle. The entire island of Canolog was united under one banner, Canolfan was named the capital, and the first age ended with the Humans settling into various roles. Some were lumberjacks, a vast business as the populace grew and cities sprouted, many were farmers and fishermen, still others fell to crafting and commerce. With the regulations of the united kingdom, Canolog flourished. So began the second age.
The great Golden Age of the Humans, the time Gwydion came to power, was the first time Gnosians were recorded. Humanity now became a grey area. Some had the potential to become Gnosians, some fell to become shadows of men, known as Igori. These Possessors were manipulators, attacking with their willpower and taking the bodies of their prey for their own, or to destroy from the inside. Gnosians were their natural enemies, for while an Igorus would overpower a creature both physically and mentally, a Gnosian could have one awareness do the fighting while the other focussed its will to keep the Igorus at bay, even performing a counter attack. When Goedwig, one of the Big Three, ancient guardian entities of Tolendria, cursed Gwydion, he opened the door for him to become a Gnosian by providing the seal. This is the first instance I can find of a 'made' Gnosian. However, Gwydion was already a potential Gnosian through descent, so that offers further complications.
After Gwydion and his companions won the war for the Humans against the Igori, he became king. Under his reign, Gnosians came forward and no longer lived in hiding. The suddenly flux of an entirely new type of creature gave Gwydion many unique opportunities. The Humans and Gnosians of Canolog peacefully joined together under the same banner and launched massive exploration expeditions into the seas. Gwynt, home to the mythical gryphon Gnosians, was colonized, and with improvements beyond the basic fishing vessels, the people of Canolog set foot on all seven island clusters of the Tolendrian sea before the Fall of Gwydion.
Though named after him, the Golden King was long dead by the time his children were splintered; the Fall really refers to the dissipation of peace between the Gnosians and Humans. Because Gnosians were generally more powerful, wiser, and possessed greater longevity than Humans, resentment flourished in a poverty stricken generation about five generations since Gwydion, or 400 years. Poor Humans hated Gnosians who seemed to get by without suffering from the hardships of the time. A rebellion of sorts rose against the wealthy Gnosians, and the not wealthy Gnosians, and any Gnosian a Human came in contact with. It became a pathetic witch hunt, because of the gap in abilities between a single Human and a single Gnosian was so disparaging. It seemed like a foreshadowing of the extermination of the dragons, but that takes place much later. Gnosians separated themselves, peacefully fleeing, traveling as nomads to different islands, living with their animal counterpart's kind, or wandering to the West and becoming ghosts of the grasslands. Only the Agyeux remained in hiding or under protection of allies among the Humans of Canolog. Despite the betrayal of the Humans, the Agyeux guided and served the future Human kings to ward off Igori and uphold the legacy of their ancestor.
The curse of Gwydion, the Melltith, given to him by Goedwig, was not meant to continue to his children; Gwydion was not even meant to live long enough to have any. Because of his survival, the Melltith would always haunt the Agyeux, the descendants of Gwydion, though its true effects only manifested every five hundred years. These periods of hibernation were fairly peaceful, but when the Melltith struck, the Igori clawed for power, unafraid of the weakened Agyeax. It happened twice within the Second Age, the first barely contained by calling for aide from various Gnosians across Tolendria, most prominently the twins Terrwyn and Arvel of Gwynt, and the second was a mass extermination. The Igori, from centuries of waning power, made this second attempt a mutually assured destruction. Instead of releasing a host body when they finished with it or were chased from it, the Igori became suicide bombers, allowing themselves to be destroyed but destroying their host at the same time. Gnosians faced killing their friends, their family, their people in order to destroy the Igori, creating the greatest tragedy of the Second Age. With the threat of the Igori almost entirely annihilated, along with a great number of the Human populace, Canolog slouched dejectedly into the Third Age, where Humans, Swift, and Merfolk would finally intermingle.
In the end, Humans were the weakest race, but the most versatile. They spread like disease, and destroyed nearly as much, but in every age, one man or woman sought peace with the other three races, and without this effort existed only mutually assured destruction.