The Ages of Man was first introduced as a concept as the Wheel of Ages in Kindred of the East that described a cyclic view of the history of the World of Darkness. The idea has been loosely adapted by Exalted.
The Ages of Man can be seen as a wheel with twelve segments or a lotus flower with twelve petals, each of which is an era in world history. The First Age of Man was a glorious utopian era, and the Sixth Age of Man will be Hell on Earth. As history progresses, the ages get shorter the closer to the Sixth Age we are, and longer the closer to the First Age. The Ages continue perpetually.
Ages do not change cleanly, although there is usually an event that marks the changing of the ages.
This is one piece among many elements which lead many people to conclude that a connection exists between Exalted and the World of Darkness. It's uncertain if the two settings would then exist in the same turning of the Wheel or separate turns. Though early promotional material did indicate that before the World of Darkness there was the Exalted.
The Ages Edit
- The First Age of Man was an age of glory and wonder.
- The Second Age of Man, also known as the Age of Sorrows, was still a fantastic time, but somewhat less Utopian than the First Age. This Age occupies the present of the Exalted setting.
- The Third Age of Man, also known as the Age of Shadows (as noted in Exalted: The Autochthonians).
- The Fourth Age of Man
- The Fifth Age of Man (in the Wheel of Ages from Kindred of the East, this age was the time of the World of Darkness)
- The Sixth Age of Man (in the Wheel of Ages, this was the coming era heralded by the Time of Judgment)
- The Seventh Age of Man
- The Eighth Age of Man
- The Ninth Age of Man
- The Tenth Age of Man
- The Eleventh Age of Man
- The Twelfth Age of Man leads into the First, and here the cycle repeats.
One could incorporate the new World of Darkness into this scheme.