World in Flames
Eons ago, the Six Great Wyrms brought a land out of the Emptiness and breathed life into it. They named this new world Sanctum, for it was to be their shelter against the cold and isolation of the Emptiness around them. From the Blue Wyrm came the water around the land, from the silver came the air above it, from the green came the trees upon it, from the red came the fire that warmed it, and from the white came the ice that kept it cool. Finally, the Black Wyrm breathed and gave life unto four sentient races: humans, elves, halflings, and dwarves.
These four began to carve out places for themselves within Sanctum, and the Wyrms were content with their creations. The black wyrm disappeared, and left the Phoenixes in his place to watch over the new life he had brought forth. The Phoenixes in turn selected avatars, mortal women who could channel a portion of their power and will in order to give the phoenixes a better view of and voice in mortal affairs. The arrival of the Phoenixes marked the start of the Second Age of Sanctum, commonly referred to as AII.