For ages, the Gods and Spirits of the Earth have granted powers to their half-mortal offspring, or selected beings of faith to empower, challenging both to lead their people through heroic acts. Thus they shepherded their peoples to greater heights through these Demi-Gods, these Scions, these Chosen. We have known them by their names: Herakles, Cu Chulainn, Theseus, Baldur, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and The Daughter of Heaven.
Then the dark times came. The gods of Death and Blight banded together to threaten the entire world. The Gods, so long removed from each other, insular in their ways, were forced together. For the first time in Earth’s History Jupiter sought Odin, Ra sought Quetzalcoatl, Thunderbird sought Morrigan, and Amaterasu sought Mithra. They created a pact, and from it, new Chosen were born into the world and given great gifts, they could recognize each other, understand each other, and now had a way to go anywhere in the world the gods needed them. So began the Waystone Epoch.
Together, each an exemplar of their nations and gods, the Chosen fought back the forces of Death and brought peace. Time and again they would rise to defeat fiends from beyond reality, and put an end to the ancient cults of dark gods and their humanoid servants. Chosen by their own strange gods, the Hoplite fought amongst the Samurai, the Woad-painted assassin ran across the plains with the Apache, the Viking stalked the battlefield with the Centurion of Rome.
But that was a century ago.
It is now 104 WE (Waystone Epoch), though that date is kept only by the Chosen and those who serve them. Your people still thrive with their own ways and dates, believing in the legends of the ancients, the Gods, and the Spirits. Many Chosen from the past are now legends, folktales, or songs sung in the old tongue, while the world persisted in relative peace.
Of course, hat could never last. Ancient Evils stir in their slumber below the earth, prophecies of the end times send their omens and harbingers of doom, creatures from beyond our world seek to feast on its bounty. The gods are calling once more to Choose those who will save their peoples and the world from this new darkness. Are you brave enough to answer their call?