In the Beginning
The earliest histories recorded by the dwarves, Halflings and Centaur describe the
land of Tarren before the arrival of the Elves. The vast continent was covered with
hundreds of petty kingdoms, tribes and independent settlements. Humans, Dwarves,
Halflings, Centaurs, Ogres, Trolls, Minotaurs, Goblins and a host of other lesser
races fought to survive in the primordial forests, mountains, and plains of Tarren.
Only a handful of large settlements are named in this period, the human city of
Baddin, the Dwarf city of Tallen (known as Tarn in the Halfling sagas) and halfling
city of El-shere appear to have been the largest. It is unclear where these places
were though there are several ruined cities that make likely candidates. Most of
the people of this period fought with bronze weapons, though there is evidence that
some dwarf kingdoms knew the secret of forging iron. The ability to tame monsters
was unknown and only the Halflings had any ability to wield magic. There stories
of the kings and battles fought during this period have mostly been forgotten, even
in the anals of their descendents.
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