EarthDawn - The Age of Legends
The Heavenherds are the elite magicians of the Theran Empire, the most powerful and knowledgeable spellcasters of an empire founded on magical might. They count their origins in the congress of magicians that created the Rites of Protection and Passage that shielded the world from the Horrors during the Scourge. The Heavenherds are responsible for the creation of nearly all the magical wonders of Thera including Behemoths, Kilas and Fabrikas, the factories that churn out all kinds of magical wonders for the Empire. They are also responsible for the creation of new life forms, including the Magra and the Titans. They have explored and studied many of the Netherworlds surrounding the material plane, and have even learned the secrets of crafting new ones, allowing them unmatched mobility around the world. They are also responsible for crafting the Orichalcum pillars on the Isle of Thera that held the lock on the world’s magic, ensuring that magic would never fade from the earth, and thus the Empire’s power over Name-givers would never waver.
Initially founded as servants of the Empire, the balance shifted gradually over the centuries as the Empire came to rely more and more on magic to control it’s territories. In the end, it could easily be said that the Empire existed to support them, as they decided that they were above the law and could act as they pleased throughout the world. Indeed, few Name-givers had the power to challenge them, although the Trismagestis allowed them free reign. They knew the Heavenherds were pushing the boundaries of magical knowledge, but they had not yet achieved the wonders that the Great Elves had in the war against the Dragons thousands of years prior, so they considered them less of a threat than their ancient enemies.
With the destruction of The Great Isle of Thera, the Heavenherds seem to have vanished, although beings of their great power cannot be so easily discounted.
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