The First Word War
For centuries, Literomancers, wizards of words, had gathered for an annual competition, the Game of Tomes. While once Literomancy had been extremely powerful, its power had waned until it was almost neglible. Most people thought of magic -- if at all -- as a myth. Yet the descendants of the powerful literomantic houses of bygone ages still gathered once a year to practice their skills, and celebrate the written word. The Game of Tomes seemed to begin like any other event of previous years, but unbeknowst to them, a powerful artifact called The Iron Tome had been awakened. Reputedly, it had the power to literally rewrite reality, and it awoke the dormant powers of literomancy in the world. Erin Meles Lapin, a scion of House Meles and the husband of The Chief Rabbit and leader of House Lapin, Sable Aradia, was possessed by a dark force and transformed into a powerful lich who called himself The Nite Qing. He was driven by hunger for control of the Iron Tome, and to get it, he had to defeat every living literomancer. Transformed by dark magic, he began to murder the losers of the Game of Tomes competition, and raise them again as undead, so that they could help him to amass an army of zombies to secure his claim. By tradition, six Great Houses competed annually for the symbolic "Iron Tome," and all others chose one of the six Houses to support -- although no one remembered the reasons for this anymore. They only began to get an inkling that something was amiss when some of the defeated Houses and their supporters began to disappear. Having been hired by a small internet media network to document the event as a special interest, a handful of literomancer journalists suddenly found themselves as the eyes on the ground of a transformative global event.