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On Earth, the ancestors of the dragons went extinct along with the dinosaurs. On Gie, they did not. Tens of thousands of years ago, the modern dragon had evolved and had begun taming and breeding the local hominids. Out of this, three strains of hominid emerged as the most popular and most prevalent: we would call these the Elf, the Orc and the Ettin. These are the Seelie.

The purpose of the Elf was to be decorative. They bred the elves to be all shapes and sizes, personifying through exaggerations of the human sexual differences. Elf skin is also different - each elf has a pattern on its skin. They made the Elf immortal, because age is not an attractive quality in a decoration. Incidentally, their ears also come to a point. As there were expected to be only one or two Elfs in a household, the dragons strove to reduce the fertility of the Elf. Elf maidens only menstruate once a year. Because Dragons did not want to be bothered with the complication of Elf children, they made it such that Elf children could only be created through magical intervention.

The purpose of the Orc was to be combative. The dragons bred for claws and fangs, and selected for aggression as well. Dragons had no issue with Orcish fertility, and in fact preferred to have a lot of potential soldiers ready for them, and so many Orcish births are multiple. During peacetime, Orcs entertained dragons by fighting in gladiatorial games.

The purpose of the Ettin was to be constructive. The dragons bred for size and strength, and also selected for docility and submissiveness. Ettins were always slaves and servants. Standing almost three meters tall, Ettins sometimes walk on their knuckles.

The three Seelie strains were not interfertile. The Dragons would not tolerate half-breeds.

At times, the various hominid breeds on Gie became dissatisfied with their lives as pets. Unhappy with being property, over time, they began the rumblings of discontent. In some places, there were uprisings - mainly Orcs and Elves, though Ettins often would participate through passive resistance. But because the Dragons dominated the entire globe while their pets were isolated, the rebellions were easily put down. Even so, a culture of discontent became constant in almost every corner of the globe.

11,578 years ago (or 9564 BC), the greatest empire on Earth, Atlantis, which held land on the Americas, Eurasia and Africa, suddenly up and disappeared. It was one of the greatest magical disasters in history - sorcerers in the capital city were trying a new ritual. Its true purpose and intent is lost to the annals of history. But its result is known.

Every citizen of the Empire of Atlantis was swept from Earth to Gie. More specifically, everyone carrying Atlantean coinage (or anything else with the empire's symbol) was carried through to the other world - this meant some foreign nationals came over, while the poorest of the empire remained behind. They found themselves in the exact locations on Gie as they were on Earth. The estimated population is around sixty million people having been brought through to Gie.

The ritual also caused another problem - in both worlds, the islands of Atlantis were utterly destroyed. This left holes between the two universes - a hole that drained the magic from Earth and deposited it in Gie. Over the course of time, Earth was made almost bereft of magic, while Gie grew into a much more magical place. While on Earth, magical creatures would eventually die out, and the casting of spells would grow more difficult until all efficacy was lost; on Gie, magical creatures thrived, and even the most common man can wield at least a few simple cantrips.

Traveling between these holes was possible for a while. The last recorded transit was made less than two thousand years ago.

When the humans from Earth arrived in Gie, their arrival sparked an almost global revolt among the other breeds against their draconian overlords. The next ten thousand years was occupied with a war against the dragons; the humans wound up allying with the Seelie. It was discovered that humans and the Seelie could interbreed, creating the sidhe from the union of Man and Elf, the goblin from the union of Man and Orc, and the dwarf from the union of Man and Ettin.

It was during this extended conflict that Dragons created Changelings, to destablize and sow dissension among the ranks of humans. They also created Lycanthropy for the same reasons.

Dragons have not yet been eradicated from the world. They still hold certain strongholds - Svalbard and Iceland, Madagascar and Antarctica, Australia and the Zealands. Some are still scattered over the world, in hiding.

In 2014 on Earth, it is the year 11578 on Gie. On Gie, they do not measure from the birth of Jesus, who never appeared - but from the arrival of Atlantis.