In ancient times it was known that all the myriad things were created from the essence of five elements: Water, Wind, Earth, Fire, and Light. They endowed the cosmos with substance, and gave their spirit to all that had life. But over the ages the races grew proud, and thought to separate the five elements from spirit, spirit from virtue... virtue from self. Now the knowledge of the prime elements is all but lost, and spirit and virtue all but lost with it. Evil grows strong, and corrupts the hearts even of men, one of the last races to have held to a vestige of the old wisdom.

To keep this ancient knowledge and seek out that which has been forgotten, to guard spirit and virtue from those who would destroy it, this is the charge of the Circle of the Five Elements.