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...a world completely different from the one we know, altered by the Flael, a strange fog that spread over the lands of Europe in 1246. Each passage of the fog has brought great upheaval: unexpected disappearances, monstrous metamorphoses and the arrival of creatures of legend. Former rulers and mythic heroes have blurred Europe’s borders, causing endless political strife inside the different kingdoms of Europe. Now, mythological beings share everyday life with ordinary people. It’s quite a common thing to see ogres travelling with pedlars, fairies fighting with pitiless outlaws for every inch of woods and angels charging alongside men-at-arms.
If commoners strive as best as they can to protect themselves from numerous gangs of brigands that regularly pillage remote villages, they receive little help from their lords too occupied with their wars against each other for estates torn apart by all these battles. Opportunistic traders make a mint of money with wealthy nobles seeking for glory and prestige in a world where everything can happen.
Meanwhile peasants defend day after day their meagre harvests against marching armies and hungry creatures. Starvation slowly becomes the norm; fear chases travellers from road and foreigners from cities. Many turn to the mercenary life or become outlaws, finding it easier to fall back on brigandage than to protect a family in this dangerous world.
Sometimes at a bend in the path or behind a closed door, a smile skims over the lips of a man returning home after war and seeing his wife waiting in front of their house; sometimes, laughter resonate around a fire after a victorious battle. But happiness is rare in these difficult times: everyday life is a landscape stained with blood, fire, tears and dread. The last pieces of faith that still cling to the hearts of brave men slowly wither.
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One of history’s outstanding events is, without a doubt, the apparition of the Flael, which changed the face of the world for good. This fog has disastrous consequences and affects the lives of all men and women, nobles or commoners, peasants or knights. Despite the sturdy city walls and the comforting safety of houses, there is no escaping it. No one knows when and where it will strike. Everyone is vulnerable in the face of this phenomenon which reaches enormous proportions. All people constantly live in the fear of being attacked by this powerful and incomprehensible force that chooses its victims randomly.