The most requested thing in this Lore forum is for a summary of the Lore. So with that in mind, I bring you Beimeith's Lore Guide #1 - The History of Norrath. Notes on the history: Sources: The majority of this is based on some form of actual lore, and in many cases, more than one: Game manual In-game lore book NPC dialog Lore postings on the EQ website Lore posts from a developer Speaking to a developer I have not listed references for each item, (I may go back and do it at some point, but that is a whole deal in itself), but the major sources I used are at the end of this post. Notations: I have included a number of notations for various reasons including, but not limited to: Clarification of something To point out a discrepancy To mention a conflict in the lore Because I thought it was funny. Order: This history is in rough chronological order. What does rough mean? Rough means that there is no set time between one event and the next, it can be at the same time, a month later, a year later, or a thousand years later. Rough also means “according to Beimeith’s common sense” as most items in EQ don’t have exact dates, and those that do, often have bad ones. What I have done is to place spaces between sections to try and indicate some time has passed. Preemptive Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Why did you leave out X event? A: I either didn’t think it was important to the overall story or I just missed it. Tell me what it is and I’ll look into it and maybe whip Piestro until he edits the post for me. Q: You said X but this bit of lore says Y, what’s up? A: It is one of two things. 1) There is a contradiction in lore, and I went with one over the other, 2) I did not know about the contradictory information. Tell me what it is and I’ll look into it and maybe whip Piestro until he edits the post for me. Q: Why didn’t you include EQ2/EQOA/etc. lore? A: Because EQ2 is an abomination! Also, EQ2 is in an alternate universe and it is not authoritative enough on EQ1 matters. EQOA has a little more authority than EQ2, but it is still a grey area. Other sources such as books, have even less authority. That said, there is a tiny bit of information from those sources, but very few. Q: How did you judge which side is more authoritative/correct when there is a contradiction? A: The order I used is: Logical > Direct Developer comment > EQ1 In-game Lore (Includes manuals and NPC text) > EQOA/EQ2 Lore > Books and outside information. Additionally, Older Sources > Newer Sources. (Using real time, not in-game/EQ Time). Q: Yes, but what does that mean? A: Well, it means that books and other outside information carries the least weight. Most of the time it was only loosely associated with SoE if it was at all, and should be used very sparingly. Second comes other related games such as EQOA and EQ2. These games are SoE property, and they are tied in to EQ, but they are also separate entities, and in the case of EQ2, is in a parallel dimension. They should also be used sparingly. Next comes In-game lorebooks, Manuals, and NPC text. These are the meat and potatoes when it comes to sources for lore, and of themselves are considered to be reliable. (But not quite, since in-game sources can be misinformed or subject to bias). Above In-game lore are direct developer comments. These can be anything from formal chats like those at Fan Faire or on webcasts, to forum posts, to informal means like a pm or just asking them in person at Fan Faire etc. These would be considered more reliable sources as, well, they make the game. The last and most authoritative source is Logic and Common Sense. That is, the devs are human and they make mistakes. Not only that, the team constantly changes so that a new dev might go in a different direction, either intentionally or unintentionally. If established lore says one thing, and it makes a hell of a lot more sense than something a dev says, I'm going to go with what makes more sense. Main sources used: http://loreofnorrath.wordpress.com/ http://elitegamerslounge.com/home/lore/ http://lorenorrath.free.fr/index.php This thread will be locked to replies to allow uninterrupted additions in the future. Please use the following thread for comments, suggestions, and corrections: http://forums.station.sony.com/eq/index.php?threads/comments-on-beimeiths-lore-thread-go-here.2960/ I will be adding in summaries of the expansions next, but I wanted to get this out there first, stay tuned.