The Story Thus Far... Spoiler: History of Crystalis 2XX4 A thousand years ago, our forefathers arrived in this veritable Eden with the intent to start anew: to build up from the ashes of our ruined nations and find peace in the rolling fields. As it was peace they so desired, peace they so found. Their first settlement in this foreign land flourished. In between rolling fields of grain and snaked by ribbons of crystal clear waters, it seemed as though the land itself had decreed that this would be our ancestor's place of rest. The plants and vegetation offered up many a bountiful harvest, the wind carried itself across the fields with endless vigor, the fires they burned provided warmth to their last cinder, and the shift between day and night remained a tranquil exchange. Even during times of great strife (fires that ripped their way across the land, storms which rained down the fury of the heavens, the most brutal of floods, or the heaviest drops in temperature), the land seemed to respond to its newfound children, protecting them and providing for them in ways unknown to the time before paradise. Our people quickly grew to love their new home, and it, in return, loved them, for this land must have gained a sort of benevolent sentience which helped pave the way to the beauteous society of today. But things were never quite so simple. For this land held a secret to its paradisal qualities. The very reason for the crystal waters, ever-burning fires, lush fields, and gentle breezes came not from happenstance, but rather a sort of mystical force never before realized. Crystals. Unknown to the first settlers of this land, the very source of all things within their home came from the infinite power of these structures. Never would they have been revealed had an outsider, a man known as Gaiza, not stepped from deep within the darkened woods at the edge of their sanctuary. Gaiza, as our people's history states, strolled directly into the main settlement of Pinna and, without permission from authority or any grace whatsoever, took a stand in the central plaza. With a voice smoother than the finest silks and sweeter than any honey, he announced to all who could hear the truth behind the land. He called it not Eden, but Crystalis, claiming that many years before our people had arrived that his own people had lived here in seclusion from the rest of the world. He spoke of the Crystals which gave the land its fortune, and of how he and his people had lived beside them in peace until outsiders had come before our fathers. Emotionally, he carried on about the fate of his brethren––how those first outsiders had shattered the crystals and attempted to claim their power in order to wage war on the innocent people living there. When all the town had gathered before him, he finally spoke of how he had watched them, afraid that they were like those visitors of the past––afraid that they too would search for the crystals he had hidden––and that he too would fall prey to a greed matched only by those who had come before our people. He continued, however, to state that he saw a difference in us. He saw compassion and a love for this land which had treated our broken people as if they were its own. Touched by our sincerity, he let down the ominous forest and revealed the shrines of the crystals, which he had spent years gathering the pieces of. Gaiza's role in our people's history is foggy at best following that event, however it can be said that our people did not react out of greed. Instead they too found solace in living beside the crystals as Gaiza's people once had. They shared the strength of the land and lived in peace––no wars or suffering or endless terror of days long since past. Just tranquility. In our day, we have prospered from Crystalis, having built up cities while preserving the land and maintaining the delicate balance. We have learned to not only live beside the crystals of power, but learned to borrow and return their essence so that we may further the betterment of our lives and the lives of the future generations. True be it that there are those who disagree with the use of the crystals, but they are of few number. All uses of the crystals today are for nothing but our growth and development as a society. To keep us safe and happy. The aged members of society use their power to provide a better life in the form of technology and nourishment, and the young provide us with different outlets. Creative, unique, intellectual expressions of the crystals' power, which can only lead to a future full of bliss. . . . Little does anyone know of the latest craze to hit Crystalis: Crystal Dueling. . . .