The Dawn of Man
“Given a choice, I think I’d take the dragons”
An unknown amount of time passed following the emergence of the dragons, before the first human was created by the gods. Many different races have their own opinions as to the circumstances surrounding the human’s genesis, although due to the change in pantheons (see ‘ The Godswar’), none are able to confirm them. Some ancient texts (not surprisingly written by men) claim that man was created directly by the Maker himself, thus accounting for man’s greater potential. Most other races (particularly the elves) vehemently deny this, usually insisting man was either an accident or a botched creation. Nonetheless, this does address one important aspect of man’s creation: while all other races have particular patron gods or goddesses exclusive to them, man does not.
Whoever or whatever was responsible for man’s genesis cursed him with a short life span, but gifted him with phenomenal potential as well. Very soon humans had emerged as the dominant power in the world, much to the shock of the older demi-human races. Also, because man had no patron god, he became the most theologically flexible of creatures, worshiping a diverse group of gods of various alignments. Most other races watched in shock as their ancient lands were quickly settled and dominated by the humans. Even many of the old abodes which had been claimed by the dragons were eventually resettled by humans.