The Time of Change
The Legend of Yggsdrasil
There is a legend, shared by the Elfs and the Dwarfs, of how they came to be in the world of Sanctuary. The legend says that, in the long ago, the Elfs and the Dwarfs dwelled within another place, a garden, and within this garden was the tree Yggsdrasil. It was a mighty tree of Ash whose boughs reached into the Heavens themselves, and whose roots touched all places, so far and deep did they root.
In this place each race had a place, a role to carry out. It was given to the Elfs to tend to the branches of the tree, to care and to prune. It was given to the Dwarfs to guard it’s roots, for many things tried to follow the path of their growth back into the garden, and to allow them entry would forever spoil that place.
It is said that, for thousands of years, each of them did their duty, and did it well. Yet one day it came to pass that the Gods came upon them, wreathed in glory, and told them that their time in this place was at its end. They were called forth and, together, were brought into a new place where they might grow, within a new land. The Dwarfs brought with them, into this new land, the strength and knowledge earned through centuries of service. The Elfs brought with them a seed of Yggsdrasil itself, which when planted became the very first Grove, and the Life tree of the first newborn within this new land.