In ancient Kirenos lived people called “Cordis.” These people had achieved an indescribable civilization and prospered in their unique civilization for a long time. However, it is said that there was a conflict over the world stone “Ethelapis,” which was the foundation of civilization and the source of their power.
A battle intense enough to tear up the ground and burn the sky eventually left indelible wounds on the Kirenos continent and the Cordis people. Traces of the war were left all over the continent, and Cordis ended up splitting up into East and West, never being able to reconcile their differences.
Even though the Cordis were betrayed by their people and nearly lost their home, they remained. However, they lost their gentle and open-minded personalities. Those who left their home due to the horrible in-fighting were not accepted even if they were of the same heritage due to their closed-off personalities. They set a barrier around their land with the highest magic they could cast, did not come into contact with anyone, and fell into a life of complete seclusion.
Meanwhile, the other tribe of Cordis who fled to the east called themselves Perumago, meaning the “free ones,” and cut ties with their old people. They then used the stolen piece of the world stone “Ethelapis” and called it “Jade,” meaning the marble of the origin. With it, they built a splendid and majestic civilization incomparable to the Cordis.
However, the splendid history of Perumago did not last long. Their records were cut off at some point, and their whereabouts are now unknown. As if everything was a dream, they suddenly disappeared from the continent. After their extinction, monsters began to appear all over.
When the two groups that had composed this great civilization became secluded and extinct, the humans of the Kirenos continent developed civilization in their own ways. They found areas suitable for inhabiting and formed a village, which either developed into a city or declined and disappeared. As these social and economic ups and downs were repeated, wealth and knowledge naturally gathered in one place, and people flocked to pursue it. To solve the problems of the crowd, the people created a council, and a footpace was created for convenient transactions. Desire caused problems, and while they worked together to solve those problems, the city grew even further. The developed city, named Rion, became the largest city on the Kirenos continent and established itself as a political, economic, and cultural center.
3) Leon Republic Era
Leon's decision-making body, the Kirenos Central Assembly was originally a small town council to mediate conflicts between residents. However, as the number of residents in Leon increased, they realized that there was a limit to the simple council assembly. As a result, the assembly tried to protect its authority through the Restorationists, which used to be a vigilante group of the residents. The vigilantes selected those with outstanding skills and appointed them as knights, later forming a group called the People’s Knights.
Although the People’s Knights was born for the purpose of the assembly, it did not lose the spirit of the voluntary devotion of its vigilantes; they exterminated the monsters and bandits that appeared outside Leon and devoted themselves to non-Leon citizens.
The “Ascaltum Councils,” a group of intellectuals and wise mages, were moved by the dedication of the People’s Knights and decided to join them. With their knowledge, the council members helped the poor and looked after the wounded. Due to their activities, the early period of the Leon Republic was called the “age of golden laughter.”
But as time passed, the assembly began to represent only the interests of the privileges. Opportunities were unequal, processes were not fair, and the results were unjust. People complained, but the assembly ignored their voices and went ahead with what they desired.
Indignant at this, “Pan Rurik (the protagonist of Rurik Square),” the young leader of the People’s Knights, urged the lawmakers to change and revive. A protest was held with the Ascaltum members who agreed with Rurik's argument, and citizens also joined. Bewildered by the sudden chaos, the assembly responded to the citizens' requests, but Pan Rurik was forced to step down as the leader of the People’s Knights for damaging chivalry and causing chaos. Van Rurik obeyed the orders of Parliament, but the assembly did not impose any punishment on the Council of Ascaltum. The Council had enormous magical powers, and as it was an independent group of the Council in terms of laws and procedures, no revenge was able to be had. However, in the eyes of the people, the assembly’s attitude was controversial, and when rumors spread that Pan Rurik had even left Leon, the relationship between the mages and the People’s Knights was destroyed.
4) Cult Revolution and the Rise of the Alki
More than 50 years after the cry of Pan Rurik ceased, another young man brought a new wind to Leon. This young member of the Darksworn cult, Alki showed the world a uniquely luminous liquid in an ordinary-looking glass bottle and then demonstrated everything that mages could do by connecting the glass bottle to a simple device. He simply changed the disk of the magic circle to earth, fire, wind, water, etc. People considered this to be a worthless prank of the despised Darksworn cult, but he enthralled the public by demonstrating that ordinary non-mages could use magic conveniently with his inventions.
The mages treated Alki's invention, Lapisium, as a toy made by the foolish Darksworn cult, but the ripple effect was enormous. Sold by Alki, Lapisium was not just a substitute for magic, but a universal power source. He propelled ships into the sky with the power to defy gravity and controlled fire and water for industrial growth. This power achieved rapid development of civilization that exceeded that of magic and at the same time changed the paradigm, which had remained at the medieval level.
As the social position of the mages, which has been the dominant force of the Kirenos paradigm, started to break apart, the Central Assembly of Kirenos approached Alki. Just like when they defeated Pan Rurik and took control of the People’s Knights 50 years ago, they aimed to weaken the Ascaltum Council—a group of mages—using the power of the despised Darksworn cult.
The assembly first recommended Alki to a member of the Central Assembly of Kirenos, and the following year, appointed him to the position of chairman.
Reading their minds, Alki increased the power of the assembly and disbanded “Chiliarchy,” which was a vigilante group of the Leon citizens to protect their benefits for a long period of time, and formed and armed a national army with his inventions. It was clear tyranny, but the citizens of Leon were intoxicated with the riches created by Alki’s invention Lapisium and remained silent.
As everything went as planned, Leon's comrades smiled happily. It was obvious that everything on the continent would fall into the hands of assembly, and all laws and order began to revolve around Leon.
5) Confrontation Between Mages and the Assembly
The Ascaltum Council accurately learned the intent of the assembly. The Council judged that Leon's vested interests were behind Alki and that Alki was a chess piece. Therefore, they tried to refrain from taking an active response as much as possible. However, due to the loose control of the mages, a small number of extremists tried to set fire to the Central Assembly of Kirenos, injuring members of the assembly. Outraged by the mages' head-on challenge, the assembly decided to send its troops to Tenoran, which is the center of the mages and the best magic city. However, despite the assembly’s decision, Alki opposed the dispatch of troops, and the assembly forces that surrounded Tenoran soon withdrew. However, shortly after the assembly forces withdrew, a great fire of an unknown cause broke out in Tenoran, destroying most of the city and causing huge losses. The remaining mages were convinced that the fire in Tenoran was a crime caused by the assembly army, and lashed out at them loudly. Alki blamed those who voted for the dispatch of troops for the fire and forced them to resign.
Mages judged this chaos caused by Alki as a golden opportunity. In particular, the extremists attempted to assassinate Alki while he was not protected by the Leon establishment. However, the assassination attempt was unsuccessful. Moreover, the public turned its back on the mages as the fact that they tried to assassinate Alki, who opposed the deployment of Tenoran and protected the assembly, spread.
Alki survived and ordered the arrest of the mages across the continent. The assembly army was freed from the accusations of having caused the fire in Tenoran thanks to Alki's defense and immediately began to arrest the mages. However, this was not enough to fight against the mages, who had nowhere else to hide. Eventually, Alki mobilized the People’s Knights to arrest the mages in order to protect the assembly army, which was also the citizen of Leon.
After the attempted murder of Pan Rurik, the relationship between the knights and the mages never fully recovered. However, as more than 20 years have passed, the relationship became neither good nor bad. Moreover, since Alki's orders were not illegal, the People’s Knights cooperated with the mages’ arrest order.
6) The Massacre of the Kroter Forest and Alki’s Dictatorship
When the mages learned that the People’s Knights agreed to the arrest order, they felt greatly betrayed. The young mages insisted on a final fight with the People’s Knights, but the elder mages, who had already suffered greatly due to the vigorous youths, tried to secretly contact the People’s Knights. However, a small number of People’s Knights who had not forgotten the Pan Rurik incident informed Alki of the mages’ approach. Nevertheless, Alki left the judgment to the leader of the People’s Knights (not Livius).
After a long meeting, the mages decided to contact the People’s Knights in the vicinity of Tenoran and informed them of this. However, the People’s Knights encountered a gathering of mages in the Kroter Forest on their way to Tenoran. After encountering the People’s Knights, the mages asked them to wait for a moment as there was a slight disagreement and a need to sort out their internal disputes.
At that time, Dermot, the left deputy commander of the People’s Knights, reported this to the commander. The right deputy commander Kaelyn requested that preparations be made for an emergency, but the commander decided to wait. However, as soon as the knights let down their guard, the mages launched a surprise attack on the People’s Knights. The People’s Knights responded late and fell into hallucinations from the magic circle that spread throughout the forest, causing them to attack each other. In the end, most of the People’s Knights under the lead of the commander died.
Due to this massacre in the Kroter Forest, the People’s Knights was almost fully annihilated. Alki seized this opportunity and recruited a small number of survivors from the People’s Knights and new knights to create an independent Knights Templar named 13th Guardian.
Leon's Civil Army versus Leon's established elites that have long dominated the assembly. After expelling the People’s Knights and the mages, Alki practically put his hands on the whole Kirenos continent. However, the citizens continued to support Alki.
Rather, they did not doubt that the Lapisium and the powerful army he invented would bring eternal prosperity to the Kirenos continent and delegated to Alki the power of the Tenured Lord Protector for life.
This was the moment that the Republic of Kirenos continent declared its end with the own hands of the citizens.