The world was a drastically different place after the nuclear war. In its wake, it left behind a vast wasteland of death and destruction. Humanity's only hope was the bunker cities created prior to World War III. These bunker cities had the resources to support up to a million humans. The bunker city is entirely self-sufficient and radiation-proof. The bunkers allowed humans to cling to life for a bit longer. A hundred years passed, and the radiation from the nuclear fallout was still present on the surface.
As the world slowly began to rebuild itself, something strange began to happen. In the rubble, new relics were discovered, relics that contained unimaginable power and the potential to rival any modern-day weapon. It was soon found that these relics contained egos and that humans could form a contract with them, becoming contractors. As the world adjusted to the presence of these contractors, it became clear that the weapons of the past were no longer enough to keep up with the new breed of superhumans. These superhumans discovered that their newfound evolution allowed them to withstand the radiation plaguing the earth's surface.
This newly developed immunity led to the creation of a faction purely made up of contractors called the Holy Crimson Church. The Crimson Church discovered a relic that had an ability like no other called the world chalice. A woman called the Red Priest formed a contract with the World Chalice and devoted her life to revitalizing the earth with its power. The legend states that the red priestess had to use her own life as a sacrifice to plant the grand tree Yggdrasil.
The tree grew from nothing to a height higher than the eye can see, reaching the clouds and beyond. The Yggdrasil leaves have the unique power to disperse radiation and revitalize the earth. The trees became the focal point of what is later dubbed the safety zone New Roark. The Yggdrasil leaves created a space large enough for the contractors to build walls around the surface. Humanity was given a second chance to come above the surface and start their lives anew.
In the years that followed, 98% of the surviving humans in the bunker city migrated above ground. The majority of the surviving humans have no contract. However, a small percentage of lucky individuals formed a contract with a relic. The surviving group of humanity was split into two groups, the first being contractors and masters, consisting of only 10% of the population. This small group would enslave the other 90% of the surviving population of ordinary humans.
The average human, now a slave, was forced to rebuild humanity using the technology and infrastructure left behind, including the data that survived the war. However, things like cars and planes are far from being created. The humans in charge of development created a train that does not need to touch the ground called the monorail.
In the years to follow, there were many small wars over territory inside the newly developed safety zone. After many brutal battles, the safety zone was split into four sectors North, East, South, and West. Each section was ruled by a different contractor implementing their own laws. In the north was the queen of blades, in the east was the king of wind, in the south was the crimson goddess, and in the west, the lord of beasts. This fragile balance lasted for almost 25 years until a revolutionary army consisting primarily of contractors formed. This massive army dawned the name "The Golden Lions." The new army is led by the strongest contractor to date and one of the first babies born with a bloodline trait. This man's name is known only to his closest advisors, but the world knows him as "the Chancellor."
The Golden Lion army Marched from sector to sector, forcing each ruler to submit or die. The king of wind and the crimson goddess surrendered to the Golden Lions in under a year. The king of beasts held out for considerably longer until he was finally killed by one of the Golden Lion's top generals. The northern sector was arguably the smallest but was by far the strongest out of the four sectors. The queen of blades had the love of the people and strong supporters. It took the Golden Lion army five bloody years to finally conquer the northern front. The Chancellor himself entered the battlefield personally to battle the queen of blades. Their battle lasted for four hours and shook the safety zone to its core. The Chancellor just barely defeated the queen.
The Golden Lion army succeeded in conquering the entire safety zone. The army gave the zone a new name to usher in a new generation of peace and prosperity. The safety zone was named New Roark, and it was split into 13 districts governed by senators appointed by the Chancellor. The Chancellor outlawed slavery except for voluntary servitude and released hundreds of thousands of slaves from their chains and mistreatment. The Chancellor was hailed as a hero and champion of the people and is loved and respected by all. Thus began a new age—a golden age of advancement, wealth, prosperity, love, and peace.