The first inhabitants of Kalyr were two races calling themselves the Kandar and the Zughru. Neither race is native to Kalyr. Their original home is long since lost in the mists of time; all that survives of their pre-Kalyr history are a few contradictory myths and legends. They came to Kalyr three thousand years ago, brought across space and time by the enigmatic beings known as the Guardians.
The kandar built their first settlements on the coasts, and in the fertile river valleys, while the zughru settled the mountainous interior. In the space of a few generations, these settlements had blossomed into magnificent cities full of wonders. Assisted by the Guardians, the kandar built spectacular spires, huge domes, and graceful arches. The zughru hollowed out the mountains themselves, and carved out vast halls. It was a time of great learning and science, an age known today as the golden empire. The ruling elites of both races were powerful psionics, but they ruled with great wisdom, using their powers to understand the desires of the people rather to impose their own will upon them.
Such wondrous times could not last. The kandar slowly became decadent and cruel. Using sciences now forgotten, they ventured across dimensions, and enslaved other races. The diminutive uleem became personal servants and craftsmen, and the muscular reptilian sssraa became labourers.
It all ended in destruction and war. Over some trifling dispute now forgotten, the kandar and zughru fought with terrible engines of war never seen before or since. The mighty cities were thrown down, the spires collapsed into jumbled ruins filled with charred corpses. Those who survived the burning of the cities succumbed to the plagues the factions unleashed upon their enemies.
Little is known of the events of the following centuries. The scattered bands of survivors, some living in the ruins of the once-fine cities, others retreating into the forests away from the plagues, spent all their energies into mere survival, and kept few records. The Guardians withdrew from the world. Not for nothing is this era known as the times of darkness.
After several centuries had passed, a new civilisation of sorts emerged. It was but a shadow of the golden empire, the crude stone and timber buildings of their towns a pale imitation of the former graceful arches and spires. Many of the rulers were little more than petty warlords and tyrants, a contrast with the wise emperors of the past. Those with psionic powers, descendants of the former elites, were distrusted my many. Many kept their abilities hidden, others banded together to form what later became the Academy of the Mind.
The Guardians were still absent from Kalyr. Many people longed for their return, and the Guardians heard them. This time they did not come down to Kalyr in person, but chose kandar (and zughru) to be their mouthpieces, known as the Guardianspeakers. The kandar built temples to the Guardians, where the people congregated to hear the wisdom of the Guardians, relayed through the Guardianspeakers.
Some ancient engines and devices from the Golden Empire survived being destroyed in the final wars, and one of the surviving engines were the strange ‘mirrors’, which allowed travel across dimensions. Once more kandar ventured to other worlds, and once again they went in search of slaves. This time, the race the discovered were humans. Just like the unfortunate uleem and ssraa before them, humans were bought to Kalyr to be slaves world, to be their slaves of the kandar. Then one day the ancient device was destroyed, some say by the guardians themselves.
Over the centuries, many empires rose and fell. The descendants of those human slaves multiplied until they outnumbered the kandar. Most are still servants and slaves of the kandar, but many escaped and fled, and established settlements beyond the borders of kandar lands.