"But when Trinimac and Auriel tried to destroy the Heart of Lorkhanit laughed at them. It said, “This Heart is the heart of the world, for one was made to satisfy the other.” So Auriel fastened the thing to an arrow and let it fly long into the sea, where no aspect of the new world may ever find it.”
When Auriel fastened Lorkhan’s Heart to his arrow, and fired it into the sea, it found its resting place in a deep trench at the bottom of the Sea of Ghosts. Upon its resting place, a volcano rose from the depths, swallowing up the Heart of Lorkhan. The volcano and the sea bed rose above the sea; spewing ash, smoke, and rock.
The land was cold and harsh, but fertile. The soil was rich and the water was clear. The land was saturated with life, as if Lorkhan’s Heart willed it so.
The pre-literate Nedic People of Atmora were the first to discover and populate the island, early during the Merethic Era. According to Nedic Legend, their ancestors once heard a “call” to the island. This “call” became the origin of the island’s name: Caller’s Island.
It wasn’t until early in the Merethic Era that someone heeded the “call”.
Aan’rákch was a powerful warrior of the Aan Tribe. Unlike his peers, he had some latent magical capabilities which complemented his prowess as a warrior. He was the champion of his tribe, loved by all. Aan’rákch had an elder brother named Aan’rúkhar, who was equally capable and wise, but he lacked the confidence of his brother. Aan’rákch’s popularity and self-confidence made him arrogant; something that Aan’rúkhar despised in his younger brother. This was a constant source of argument between the two brothers; with Aan’rákch thinking it jealousy, though Aan’rúkhar argued out of love.
While speaking with the tribal leaders, Aan’rákch spoke of his will to head into the heart of the mountain – which had been named Ashmount – to seek out the source of the Call. The tribal leaders, though concerned about the Ashmount, were confident in Aan’rákch’s abilities, and gave him leave to enter the mountain. Only his brother, Aan’rúkhar spoke against it, warning him of the danger; fearing Aan’rákch’s arrogance may be the death of him.
Aan’rákch arrogantly stated that Aan’rúkhar should come with him if he was so sure he would fail; fully expecting his brother to refuse. To Aan’rákch’s surprise, his brother accepted.
The two brothers travelled to the Ashmount. For weeks they searched for a way in; often returning to the base of the mountain to resupply. Aan’rákch eventually gave up the search, and remained at their campsite; leaving Aan’rúkhar to search on his own.
A day passes, and Aan’rúkhar fails to return to camp. Filled with worry, Aan’rákch leaves the camp in search of his brother, but fails to find any trace of him. Aan’rákch returns to the tribe, alone and empty handed.
Months pass, and Aan’rúkhar fails to return to the tribe. The elders proclaimed him dead, and all that he owned is inherited by Aan’rákch.
Relations with their neighbouring tribe, the Íl Tribe, strain to the point of war. But despite Aan’rákch power, the Aan Tribe is losing the war. But when the war seemed its most dire, Aan’rúkhar returned from the Ashmount, possessing the Heart of Lorkhan. Aan’rúkhar storms off to the Íl Tribe, and wipes out their warriors single-handedly; earning him the name “Rúkhar the Terrible” from the survivors of the Íl tribe, and “Au Aan’Barúhk” (which means “The Great Aan”; but literally translates as “The Best Aan”).
Aan’rúkhar achieves even greater status among his people than his brother ever did; and becomes a legend among all the tribes in the North and East of Caller’s Island. With his brother’s sudden popularity dwarfing his own, Aan’rákch begins to despise and envy his brother; amplified by Aan’rúkhar’s humble and wise nature.
It all became too much for Aan’rákch. One night, while Aan’rúkhar slept, Aan’rákch attempted to steal the Heart of Lorkhan; waking his brother. Panicked, Aan’rákch unsheathed his blade, and pierced Aan’rúkhar’s heart.
Aan’rákch fled with the Heart of Lorkhan, finding refuge at the southernmost tip of Caller’s Island. It was then that the Ashmount first erupted, shooting ash and rock into the air and spewing lava down its mountain side. Fearing for his safety, Aan’rákch fled Caller’s Island by sea.
As Aan’rákch sailed south, his ship was beset by a storm; as if his brother’s soul summoned the fury of the wind. The Heart of Lorkhan abandoned Aan’rákch, settling on the ocean floor. Where the Heart of the World landed, a grand mountain formed. A Red Mountain.