The Maiden of Sorrows
In The Beginning.
The story began long ago when the tree of life stood alone as a beckon of light and good. then came a time of darkness and greed, and hope left the hearts of the humanoids who fought against the darkness. just as the destruction of the tree of life drew near a courageous and righteous guardian and a kind and merciful oracle stood in the path of the darkness and defended the tree with their lives. when the battle was over the two stood victorious. The tree of life knew a time would come when evil would once again threaten this world and so it granted the two humans ten seedlings from its blossoms the two humans traveled across continents and oceans planting the seedlings where the evil was the strongest. And with each seedling that grew came forth the great power of the tree of life and the wisdom to vanquish the darkness. when the guardian and the oracle returned to the tree of life they vowed to protect it and so the tree of life granted them immortality and a paradise in which to live out eternity. Over time the other trees planted by the guardian and the oracle grew and called to the races seeking guardians and oracles to care for them. this was the birth of the trees of hope a means for the races to gain wisdom and power against overwhelming darkness, in a time of great despair and evil when the races needed hope the most the maiden would trade her life for the vision that would turn the tide of the struggle between good and evil. Over time many humanoids forgot about the tree of life and the trees of hope, but there were though’s who did not, creatures of magic and of the forests who protected the gates into the realms where the trees of hope stood outside of time. for each gate there was a key, the innocence of a child who could enter the realm of the trees of hope.