When the world was still young, a great battle raged across the valleys and mountains of all the realms. Before the seasons were set in stone, the masters of ice and wind clashed with the forces of the sun and rain, each striving for dominance over newly created land. Many of these conflicts were fought to a standstill, but there is one whose effects are still felt to this day.
The Spring Goddess, aligned with the sun and rain, had gathered great influence amongst the green courts of the forests. With influence comes rivalry, however, and rivalry is especially dangerous in the hands of a God of Winter. In the depths of night, the Winter God staged his attack, catching the Spring Goddess unawares and killing her – her frozen body tumbled to the ground and laid to rest as a great mountain. But in the chaos of the attack, her rose garland tumbled from her brow, and was spirited away by two of her servants. Since that time, it has remained hidden from the forces of the frozen god, who wish to bring all the world beneath the sway of an eternal winter. Only the presence of the garland, wound with a single half-frozen rose, staves off this icy fate. The garland came to be called the Azure Rose, and the descendents and disciples of the Spring Goddess’s followers are tasked to defend it.