The Great Disaster
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The Great Disaster, Dated 856 - 865, was the event in which the Drakengard Universe diverged from the Nier universe in which a giant city appeared from the sky and along with it brought Dragons and Watchers to the world along with the subhuman races. Magic aslo was brought to the world by this event. Over the next decade many of the old human civilizations began to fall apart and collpase, leading to the nations of Europe to forgo the concept of independent nations and form the nation known as Midgard.
The Feudal Kingdom
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After the cataclysm, Europe abandoned the policy of having numerous different nations and instead opted to become one unified body called Midgard. Caerula was the first Feudal lord and she gained control of the Land of Seas. Other lords Bass, Shaxor and Gray would join her and gain control of the other sections of the continent.
It is suggested by dialogue in Zero´s DLC that Zero has had run ins with the Lords and she is compared to Caerula in terms of cruelty and it seems that Caerula has sent soldiers after Zero in the past, eventually succeeding as Zero died in one of their Jails before she became an Intoner.
The Feudal Kingdom was an age of rebellion, revolt, corruptions and deceit. It saw the beginning of the new countries. The Land of Seas, Land of Deserts, Land of Forests, Land of Mountains, and the Cathedral City. This lasted from Year 865 to June of year 998.
The Intoner Empire
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The Intoner Empire was a Monarchy that was created by the Intoners after deposing of the old feudal system that had been in place. The Empire remade laws and was the least oppressive major govornment faction in the history of Midgard and perhaps the entire world.
The Empire was initially ruled by the Intoners who were headed by Sister One, however upon their deaths the Church of Angels took over as the head of state, Brother One and his blood line leading the organization for decades before Red Eye Disease and infighting warped the organization until it to fragmented and the Empire collapsed.
It lasted between Year 998 and Year 1030.
The Empire and Union
The Empire is one of two warring factions which feature in the first Drakengard game. The Empire is a huge expanse of land ruled from one capital, and its government is known as the Cult of the Watchers, who worship a mysterious pantheon of entities called the Watchers.
The Empire is a stark contrast to its rival, the Union, which is a coalition of many small and insignificant nations and principalities. Before and during the events of Drakengard, the Empire and the Union are at war, and the outcome of the war is inconclusive if anything.
It is the successor state to the previous Intoner Empire that was formed by Manah´s ancestor, Sister One in year 998. The reason for the Red Eye Disease that empowers Imperial troops is because of Brother One and his powers that unknowingly infected people. When he tried to take his life to rid the world of the plague, Nerokept his head alive thus spreading the disease further
The Union, or Federation, is the name of one of two warring factions that play a major part in the first Drakengard game. The Union is a coalition of several hundred small provinces and states that join together to create a large kingdom. The Union's rival and vast superior is the Empire, a huge, menacing stretch of vast amounts of land governed from one capital. The Empire's soldiers are touched by a kind of magic which makes them strong and merciless, while the Union has only human soldiers at its disposal, and the war is greatly in the Empire's favour.
Both of them Last from about 1041 to 1100
Knights of the Seal
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The Knights of the Seal are a coalition of soldiers and former members of the Union that dedicate their lives to protecting the Seals of the five districts and the goddess seal.
Midgard seems to have only 5 major biomes to speak of, being a dry and desolate desert, a thick forest, a huge mountain range, and the coastline which make up the Land of Seas. It can be assumed that the Cathedral City was built on sort of flat plains or mesa.
Midgard is home to a number of lifeforms. Sentient beings include Humans, Elves, Faeries, and Imps and Goblins. However it hosts a number of non sentient species including Sandworms, Cerberus, Minitaur, Ogres, Golems, Kelpie, Titans, Gigas, Orcs among others. Midgard is regarded as a dangerous place as it has a large number of Dragons and Wyverns as well as a few Wyrms.