Yes, this is Saturday and not Friday, but I’m still awake so it’s Friday to me. Woo!
This is a rather difficult position to exist in. See, in many fantasy novels, the core cast of characters and protagonists are still fundamentally human. Sure, there may be dragons and magic and werewolves, but in the world tends to be innately relatable. Lord of the Rings was about humans rising, Harry Potter is about a human boy who meets centaurs and elves and other magical creatures. All of which makes a certain amount of sense, since humans are the center of their own worlds, there wouldn’t be a time most would consider them not the inherent good guys or core cast.
The world that the Tears of the Phoenix inhabit, that’s kind of different. The humans are not the central species. Well, that’s not entirely true. Stein is an Islander (see human) and is a main protagonist. Rather, I mean that this series does not extol the virtues of being human as a paragon.
Okay, now that my little clarification is out of the way, this is the history of the world. Much of this will never see the light of the page, and if it does, there’s a very good chance it’s a character discussing the matter so they’ll get a lot of it wrong. Think of that as a parallel of King Arthur. We know so much, the essentials of the tail, yet the details, the historical accuracy remains lost. Probably, we’ll never know. Sometimes, the myth replaces the facts and that’s all that matters.
It begins shortly before the First Age.