Mists of the Past
Soon after the dawn of the new age and the elves’ mass conversion to the Faith of the True Light, the elven capitol of Nova Dominium fell into another vicious civil war. Human rebels from Old Bronslaw resented the elves for “taking over” their ancestral religion in addition to their lands and livelihoods, and that they did nothing to restructure their society to better balance the economic and social disparities between races after their religious “enlightenment.” The bloodshed and magical residue from the fighting was so potent that it laid the groundwork for modern laws limiting the use and ownership of steel and spell.
This brutal conflict was eventually resolved by Lumen Olympia, a half-elf who had taught herself the doctrines of the True Light from an old scripture thrown out from the Aedis. Equally distrusted by both races, she worked long and hard to open lines of diplomatic communication, and famously proposed a novel, nonviolent solution: let representatives from each camp compete against each other in four days of physical trials without the aid of magic, like the Bronslaw Kings of old once did, for the right to govern the people of Bronslaw. Should the rebels win, they would become an independent kingdom once again; should the elves win, then Bronslaw would become a district within their capitol city. The agreement was struck, the contests were held, and the elves proved victorious. Amazingly, most of the Bronslaw rebellion died down almost immediately following this event; the people of Bronslaw finally saw the elves as their rightful rulers as per their ancient and culturally-relevant customs.
On the last day of the contests, the day that peace was decided, Olympia invited all the competitors and leaders from both camps to share in the drinking of seasong mead as a sign of good will and sportsmanship. Tragically, a radical rebel poisoned the half-elf’s mead, and she died upon the sporting grounds at the tender age of thirty. In honor of her impressive achievements as a lumen and as a diplomat, the Church canonized Olympia posthumously, and every thirty years the Bronslaw Arena hosts the Bronslaw Olympics – a four-day athletic event that includes jousting, hurling, racing, wrestling, and the famous Adventurer’s Gambit – in the saint’s honor, closing every games with a ceremony wherein every athlete and spectator partakes in a mug of seasong mead on the night of Olympia’s death.
To this day, worshippers of the True Light who value nonviolent resolutions to problems, as well as athleticism, tend to lean toward the sect of Saint Olympia.