Before time began, the great goddess Aika created the land of Arcan, a world she hoped would become a utopia for all who inhabited it. To people this gentle land, Aika fashioned the Scinic, a kind and just race who cared for Arcan and preserved the harmony with which the Goddess had infused their birth. After three centuries, however, the Scinic grew restless and disenchanted with the complacency of their existence. The Scinic elders blamed Aika for the lack of purpose which gnawed at the very core of their society, corrupting the goodness which lay within them. They wished only to sleep under Arcan's fertile ground until a time in which their lives could have more meaning, a request the Goddess granted, albeit sorrowfully.
Aika, in her wisdom, recognized that she had failed in her first attempt to create the perfect creatures to live in harmony on the world she had brought out of nothingness. She set out to correct her error in the genesis of the Humans, a race whose inherent balance of good and evil would inspire the meaningful struggle which the Scinic had so sorely missed in their peaceful lives. Human civilization thrived, but soon Aika learned that her second creation was also flawed. Arcan, her first and most precious creation, was quickly becoming overrun by Humankind's hatred and destruction.
Angered and embittered by the Humans' excesses, Aika vowed to create a race which would cleanse the land of its defilement. It was in this unhappy state that she conceived the Zereca, a race of arbiters to act as judge, jury, and executioner for the Humans. She desperately imbued her third creation with fragments of her own limitless essence — the better to overpower those whom they were destined to preserve or condemn. The Goddess released the Zereca upon Arcan... and prayed.
The Retreat to the Sky
Aika grew weary from her many efforts to devise a faultless world. She watched, horrified, as the Zereca ran bloodthirsty with power, bringing the Humans close to extinction and forcing them to hide in fear. Filled with remorse, she realized that there was no hope for the Zereca, a race created in anger, and that she must somehow shield the Humans from impending doom. She called upon the Great Prophet Giovanni of the Humans to command a mass exodus to the region of Lakia. With her remaining power, she lifted Lakia and the survivors upon it into the sky, away from the predations of the Zereca. Heartsick and spent, Aika fell into a deep sleep, and the fragments of her own power within the Zereca caused them to share her slumber.
Three hundred years have passed and the Humans have prospered upon Lakia, the land of the sky. Trouble lurks across the horizon, however, as both Aika and the Zereca have begun to stir from their repose. The Zereca, although still in a weakened state, have already begun to spread darkness over Arcan in preparation for their full awakening. In response, Aika has commissioned her own chosen emissaries among the Humans–a class known as the Aitan –to protect their race from harm. She has further created Pran, fairy familiars with elemental powers, to aid the Aitan.
And so begins Aika's awakening, and the final war for Arcan...