Humans, we known them so well. Compared to the elves and dwarves, they breed and grow like rabbits.
“In the grand scheme of things, we started it. Finally united — mostly anyway — under one lord with the charisma to charm the scholars and enough might to cow the war-hungry, our kingdom grew rapidly. Borders expanded into what we thought was wild frontiers — forests, mountains, fields. At first, there was little resistance to the clearing of the land. Then suddenly, dozens of outlying villages were destroyed. Obviously it was a coordinated event, and this set the royal court aflame with accusations. The attacks and the infighting continued for almost a year before ‘first contact’; an outpost was destroyed, but not before several survivors escaped with news of the attackers:
Slight of build and frame, fair of skin and hair. They came from the edge of the forest like a wave crashing onto the beach…they cleared the hundred yards of cleared land as if they were mounted, scaling the walls like spiders, and set upon the wall watch before more than an alarm was called.
At this moment, the formerly disorganized mess that was to become the Empire of Man became a single-purpose implement of war.