Been writing online stories about SR for a long time and been in it since its inception. So without further ado…some answers (we think)
Shadowrun or SR is supposed to have links between the module EarthDawn and SR. The history is made to be murky but some facts have been revealed over the years (The boys at FASA were infamous of making the cross references almost a trial in itself)
Here is the gist: The world has had 6 ages…Dragons and Elves have been in a good deal of them due to their immortality. Here is a rundown on what is what
The First age was of the Horrors, They exist in another plane (world?) all together and every cycle when the manalevel in the world is high enough they appear and stay for about 600 years before they disappear back to where they came from. They come to this world to feed from it. Some of them feed on rocks, plants, animals etc. but some of the more powerful ones feed on human emotions like fear and pain. All they do on this world is to eat (just what they eat is a different question)
In SR terms, they are very close to bridging the gap to the current world and coming into a relative buffet of every known being on our lil dirtball.
2nd was the dragon’s where the great mother dragon created life, beat back the horrors, and generally made everything hunky dory for life to evolve.
The Black Lodge was the home for the supposed ‘original elves’, who actually served the dragons until a big rebellion and went out on their own. Apparently serving a big lizard is not all its cracked up to be
3rd age…humans find their way onto the forefront and are regarded as novelty, elves think they are a joke, dragons regard them as walking blue plate specials. No real info exists on this. Supposedly mana jinked high enough and released the Horrors onto the earth again, known as “The Great Scrounge” and the beginning of the 4th age.
4th age this is Earthdawn, you got the elves becoming the blood elves to exist and fight the horror scrouge (among them ol Harlequin…who is the second oldest elf supposedly only done in age by the Blood Mother…both of whom are supposedly part of the original Black Lodgers). Also on hand are the orks, trolls, dwarves and other knick knack who were in hiding. Atlantis exists and so does magic (a crap load of magic-so much so that it feedsback and sinks Atlantis) which begins the 5th age
In the 5th age humans go from dummies to leaders of the free world. Magic craps out except for lil pockets here and there. Trolls, Orcs, etc go into hiding or disappear altogether. Horrors are gone, Dragons decide to take a long snooze to await the 6th world. The remnants of the immortal blood elves walk among us (wearing a lot of hats I guess). Sometime during this age, the elves decided to geek a good chunk of the dragons in their peaceful slumber. Only a couple survive -some from the 4th age and a handful of the original 2nd agers (Dunk, Lofwyr, Alanis, and Icewing) due to them being too well hidden.
Now comes the 6th age, and if you read the original SR sourcebook, you know the history. The Great Ghost Dance wallops the age of magic into place and we find out where a lot of the trolls and stuff disappeared to…they were just us. Dragons wake up, become cranky and say hello to the world. Elves make a big comeback. 1/3 of the world turns into fantasy beasts…etc etc.
Whew…hope that helps a bit. It may not all be there or may be skewed but thats the gist I get.
To answer a few questions brought up here by earlier posts.
The immortal elves: who they are from where to where
well here is what is believed…SR name first(ED name second)
Ancient Immortals In age and belief to be 2nd agers:
Alachia (Blood Queen)
Aina Dupree (Aina Sluage)
Ehran the Scribe
Leonardo (Nonan Findas?)
Liam O’Connor (?)
Lady Brane Deigh
Jane “Frosty” Foster
Glasgian, Tealla and Elleara Oakforest
That adds up to a total of 17 known IEs, but it’s probable that more of them can be found in Tir na nOg, Amazonia and Azania, Pomorya, The Atlantian Foundation and The Mystic Crusaders. What is more, The chapter in “Threats” mentions that the immortal gene can lie dormant in an elf, which could be triggered when the Mana Level rises or if exposed to great magical energies such as a strong power site.
Dunk assasination: Believe it or not, the big D cacked himself. If you read the Dragonheart trilogy books, you find out ol D knew the Horrors were getting close to bridging “the Great Divide” and decided to kill himself to save the world. He went astral and then had a big ass bomb blow his meat apart to blow apart the DragonHeart (a HUGE ASS mana focus) and release enough mana back into the world to delay the Horrors for some time. So, no political motive, no group of runners responsible, just a dragon doing one hell of a honorable thing to save us from hell.
Good idea…but bad BAD form. The author wrapped it up in a neat lil package and ruined a good many modules much to the ire of us players. A LOT of us prefer to ignore the novels due to they seemingly being the bastard child of the SR Universe.
Last Will and Testament: You MUST read Portfolio of a Dragon. This sourcebook details the death and the VERY interesting last will of the big D. Almost all the things given to various individuals concern plotlines everywhere and the fun is trying to figure out what is what. (The phantom room is correct…it was the place where Deus was being ‘born’) and other such things from both Earthdawn and every sourcebook and novel around.
Books to read:
Worlds without End…SR novel concerning the Immortal Elves and a lot of backstory on them. Considered by most to be the most ‘in cannon’ novel out there
Harliquin’s Back - SR gaming module concerning the mysterious and quite annoying sometimes Harlequin. It also delves more into him and how he goes about living through the years. Personally, I think he to be somewhat a asshole. But you live that long, I guess you have every right to be. Quite hard to find but check Ebay
Some great links to learn more about whose who and whats what
You think I was detailed…Look at this. This baby looks like I spoke between mouthfuls of food
The Earthdawn/Shadowrun Crossover Information
The Great Dragon Roll Call -this link tells ya who is who and where they are now. About as a complete list as you can get on the wizworms nowadays though it may be confusing due to it mostly being based in the ED world.
Thats enough for me…send me a email and I can help ya anyway I can if ya need more. Who knows…maybe you may want to read my fiction (pretty good I hear)