After the occupation of the Gatanean Empire, the people of the Twelve Kingdoms found themselves greatly disillusioned. Faith began to drop off, individual kingdoms rose, as did greater mechanization and distrust of their own mythology. Fewer mythical beasts were purported to be seen, as the Twelve Kingdoms grew more distant from each other: diversified by culture, and only loosely associated by blood. Although the Gate was now destroyed, the indigenous people had to accustom themselves to make room for those Gatelings who wanted to maintain a sense of their own home cultures even in a foreign world.
Although the Twelve Kingdoms couldn't know it, they were becoming smaller.
Several hundred years passed in this way, with the High King from Deidre's line still on the throne of Castell Gwyr, but with only nominal tribute paid to him by all the major lords who now styled themselves kings and queens of their own nations.
However, this apathy was challenged as one by one the Princes of every kingdom - old and young - began to mysteriously disappear into what remained of the Dark Wood. When at last the final prince, Tamerin, the son of the High King, was taken, it fell to the lot of his betrothed, Isllel to journey deep into the nation's past on a four year quest to save not only her beloved but all the nations of her world.
Ages of the Twelve Kingdoms
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