Epoch is the original IP of Thom Lingard, comprising an expansive sci-fi, fantasy and at times cyberpunk universe that is constantly being developed and added to. Below is the current official introduction to the world:
The Ori, a powerful species combining versatility and resilience with vitality and relative immortality, are born onto the planet of Covenant. Their reign over the planet is absolute for millennia, cultivating huge civilisations and forming kingdoms that warred and allied in spite of the rest of the organic life that cohabited Covenant alongside them.
The Ori could draw upon the ancient energies within Covenant, which they referred to as the Spark, comprised of the Agony, a force of dark and twisted suffering, and the Vigour, the source of their long lives. These powers gave them both incredibly constructive and destructive abilities, able to breath life into dying allies and cause huge amounts of pain and suffering for their enemies. They constructed a Kingdom on all three major Continents.
Then, one year, cults began to form around the two halves of the Spark. A few years later, they had grown to such a level that they began influencing the kingdoms’ politics. They sparked a civil war, stoking far more hatred and righteous fury over ideological beliefs than had ever existed in previous conflicts.
Very few of any species survived – the Ori were wiped out, leaving behind crippled and Spark-less versions of themselves.
Since these volatile years of simultaneous war and prosperity, the ‘Age of Flame’, the planet has fallen into widespread suffering. The Hallow and the Craven exist as the small cults and clans across the planet that they began as, having burnt away parts of themselves entirely in their drive for domination. The balance of the planet’s Fundaments is shattered, driving the weather and environments to twist and transform into unstable and unpredictable cycles. There are only hints within the ruins and wreckages of old Ori cities that something cataclysmic was triggered, but living memory is conspicuously spotty surrounding the Ori and they have been relegated to myth and legend.
Slowly, surely, Covenant is dying, and the Null, made up of those left weakened and estranged for not joining either extreme, live cautious and desperate lives alongside the other races that were left to weather the storm. They search for a way to resurrect the Spark within their home whilst earning the ire of all those they have harmed in past lives. The Age of Ash falls upon the weary world, its inhabitants blanketed under the clouds of suffering with little hope for their futures.
In recent months, the planet has been ravaged anew by the forces of nature on Covenant that many of its inhabitants used to call friends. Now, the Conduits struggle to maintain their control to those forces, and the Fundamental Lords seem to be on the war path…