Graia is a planet located in the Faoi'zakka Universe and home to a civilization of Humans and Elves who perform magic but only by the nobility. By the midst of the Remnant Wars, it came under the protection of the Alliance of Nations, mainly Cygnar and Seran with little chances of defending itself against spacefaring civilizations. Over time by the end of the Remnant wars, the kingdoms of Graia fully united to in the later decades to form the Coalition of Graia.
Eons ago, humans and elves coexisted on the same planet until the hostilities between them grew and waged wars against each other.
About 6,340 years, early humans were able to use elemental magic, provided they have wands and know the incantation. This might only apply to Brimir's tribe though. The mages can use all four elements freely and can cast magic from as young as age 5. Though combining them into line/triangle/square class spells were still impossible to begin with, and multiple mages need to cast the same spell to make it more powerful.
At the time summoning rituals are not yet created, but binding a familiar to a mage is still possible as Brimir and Sasha demonstrated. Human named Brimir became the first Void mage and made Sasha, a female elf his Familiar until his death. The humans were exiled from the 'Holy Land', Brimir's homeland, he made the various items like the Prayer Book and the Round Mirror, for the sake of retaking his homeland. The Prayer Book suggested at the time of its writing that Brimir wanted nothing more than the complete annihilation of the elves and he said to it's the successor's duty to retake it at all costs. The Round Mirror suggested that he did many atrocious things in his life, such as committing genocide, but if he had not done these things, humans would have been wiped off Halkeginia; and he wished with all his heart that he did not had to commit such atrocities.
His apprentices and all those who were taught by Brimir would carry on the teachings of magic, but eventually the nobility would see themselves as above humans and even a religious faction grew to worship Brimir as the Founder, spreading across all of Halkegnia with his descendants as the royal families of Tristain, Albion, Gallia.
Contrary to current-day mages' indoctrination, the elemental magic did not come from Brimir's Void. Brimir's tribe had elemental magic before Brimir is born. Brimir stated himself his power is given from God, and he is to use it to defeat a then more-powerful and technologically-advanced race that threatened to drive humanity (and the elves) to extinction.
Magic has progressed from then by research and development, though the results are hardly ever used to increase the standard of living for 'commoners'; it is mostly for nobles and the military.
As Void Magic had lain dormant for almost 6,000 years, it had made no progress. Despite that, the familiar Mind of God is capable of combining Void magic with Firstborn Magic, and can perform magic feats beyond anything modern-day mages is capable of.
Not much is known about evolution of elven magic, except some techniques that are passed down from 6,000 years ago are known to most elves. One such technique is the forging of 'Sentient Blades', weapons that have their own will and possess special powers. Derflinger is one such 'Sentient Blade', forged by Sasha, and when Saito and Tiffania are taken to the elven capital city a set of twin blades forged within the last few decades are used against Saito.
Cygnarian and Seran Expedition
In 2404 N.E., Graia was discovered by the Kingdom of Cygnar and the Coalition of Ordered Governments upon their arrival in the universe, decided to colonise the continent of Amoric. Sending their scouts to infiltrate and report back from what they found. So far learn that the majority of the nobility with magic, believe themselves superior to normal human beings or 'commoners' by social status and have been stuck in this culture stagnation for thousands of years by a wizard they see as a 'god' and formed a religion based on his teachings.
The potential relations would be difficult by their pride and tradition of nobility. Knowing the danger if this world was found by several forces, the two factions reported this to the Alliance of Nations for potential first contact should the time come while knowing their presence would alert the kingdoms until they found readings of dimensional tears near the desert region, and also objects and weapons that were more related to a modern Earth-class world that brought for further investigations if this be the work of the Combine Remnants or worse a planet that contains the Emperor's Final Orders facility. However in 2409 N.E., reports of elves attacking the kingdoms have been notified and to discovered to be the work of the Retribution of Scyrah trying to start a war between the two races. Further reports of a young human male who was summoned to this world.
The potential relations would be difficult by their pride and tradition of nobility. Knowing the danger if this world was found by several forces, the two factions reported this to the Alliance of Nations for potential first contact should the time come while knowing their presence would alert the kingdoms until they found readings of dimensional tears near the desert region, and also objects and weapons that were more related to a modern Earth-class world that brought for further investigations if this be the work of outside forces,.
A young human from an Earth Japan named Saito Hirago was somehow pulled from his world to Tristain by a young mage student Louise de La Vallière who in her eyes was a lowly commoner and in reluctance made her familiar to complete a ritual.
in 2409 N.E., reports of elves attacking the kingdoms have been notified and to discovered to be the work of the Retribution of Scyrah trying to start a war between the two races, making any attempts for a peaceful relations with the elves more difficult if they join forces with Scyrah.
At the spark of the organisation known as the Reconquista that claimed victory of a civil war over a floating continent named Albion, Cygnarian scouts alerted their superiors and Seran allies of the situation when they only came into close range and attacked by Albion Rebels, believing them to be soldiers of Halkegnia. Avoiding conflict but fought back with their fire power but held back by the natives’ use of magic. The first contact scenario between Sera and Cygnar meeting with Albion did not go as they thought when leader, Oliver Cromwellproclaiming himself Emperor of the Holy Republic of Albion who not only wanted an alliance with the two states, but believed them to be small countries run by commoners they should submit to Albion as vassals, the two allies decided to declare Albion as an enemy and take the country to liberate when they know the Reconquista orchestrated the coup.
After the battle of Albion, many nobles were not happy of an outside force taking claim over Albion and giving commoners right to govern themselves, what’s even more surprising to the nobility is that Seran does not have mages while Cygnar has limited mages yet strong and powerful. The crown princess Henrietta met the ambassadors in person and saw the demonstration of their abilities and these Warcasters who have more skills in combat as demonstrated by Warcaster General Kara Sloan. Some speculated they could have been an isolated culture who somehow left Halkegnia and found a greater source of magic (given that science is not very common in Graia). Further proved that they do not possess magic but advance technology, Henrietta wanted to make peaceful relations with them, not realising at the moment that the two allies are from a completely different world.
Many nobles offered to make a price for their weapons and secrets of their magic such as Cygnar’s Warjacks, but the Alliance declined as they do not wish to sell any weapons at all if it be used for conflict. It did not go well when some nobles opening insulted them due to social status and belief as Mages they have to submit to their betters and accept the Founder’s way but stopped by the princess from starting another war. Saito who was familiar with such technologies and believe the Cygnarians and Serans were merely holding back for such a surprising advance civilization that some believe.
Further reports reveal the Holy Empire of Romalia had a secret stash of Earth weapons, unveiling the questions of their weapons similar to pre-industrial and of modern military to steal weapons from Earth over the centuries. The Alliance officials decided to find this portal and use any methods of closing it for good before they find any attempts to open to other worlds, or maybe the Earth in this universe to invade by one of the kingdoms which would only result to cause further damage to Graia, fortunately not all weapons seem to be able to work when they believe to be the work of sorcery and unable to know how they work. Yet, the Alliance feel it be necessary to put an end to it before they even learn to make their own weapons and sabotage them to be harmless. Discovered in the desert region fo Sahara to annexed the region as Seran-Cygnarian territory, this action brought the attention to Romalia and elves who believe they are interfering with a holy crusade.
Culture and Society
The entire continent of Halkegnia is governed by nobility, although much resemblance to Earth’s European cultures in 18th century. Due to having the ability to posssees magic, the majority of nobles believe themselves above commoners and the right to do as they wish in belief that without nobles who would guid the commoners and care for them.
One major religion they follow and belief Brimir was a divine founder of magic who brought order to the kingdoms