In another world, in another time, there is a world sealed off from the world. In this world, surrounded on three sides by the ocean and in the north by a perilous range of mountains, lies the land of Pelagreen. Eternally in bloom, even in the deserts that border its southern shore, Pelagreen's history is rooted in the most ancient of days, in times before times.
Once there was Valence, the Great Dragon, who separated the land from all of the world. He sung the song of creation, and this song was embodied in Pelagreen, which was eternally blessed. Its people captured this song, expressed in the forms of runes, which endowed the materials upon which they were carved with the essence of creation. But none of these devices were greater than the Golden Anvil, upon which the Song of Creation was written.
All weapons fashioned upon the anvil were endowed with the energies of the Great Dragon, Valence. Those who could fashion the song upon weapons were known as Runemasters, but only the greatest of these could wield the great powers of the Golden Anvil. Yet its powers, great and mysterious, remained mostly untouched.
In the east arose the sorcerer Azaz, who began his great war upon the Pelagreen Empire, which encompassed lands north and south, west and to the east, near to the shored though held back by the wizard's black arts. For decades their armies raged upon the borders, each looking to undo the other. Then, in subverting the rules of the conflict, Azaz breached the western front. His servant, the Black Lich, arose in the land of Pelagreen, scouring the land with his minions, searching for the power of the Golden Anvil.
In the remote north, hidden by the Runemasters, it stirred. It could not fend for itself, and had to be preserved against the machinations of Azaz and his dark servant. Its surface sung with the runes of the Song of Creation, and in it was the breath of the Great Dragon, Valence. It had to be preserved, but a weapon had to be forged that could counter Azaz. So was created the great blade, and while it was taken deep into the south, to the hands of the Prince of Pelagreen, the anvil was taken into parts unknown in the far west.