The world is populated by the following Sophont peoples:
Man (aka human): live in many places and adaptable to many climates. Capable of using magic
Elf: The people of Malann occasionally trade with the occasional elven merchant, but due to the desert that separates the two they are rarely met.
Dwarf: Hidden in their fortresses in the mountainous country of Swindzon, these short, stocky people cannot use magic but have great technologies secreted away. Have a tendency towards colourful overalls and yodeling.
Stories tell of several other creatures, who's existence has yet to be determined.
Dragons: Mythical, fire-breathing lizards of extraordinary intelligence and size. Some stories claim they can use magic, others claim they cannot.
Fae: Mythical sprites and faeries of good fortune. Perhaps the result of the misinterpretation of magic, or run-away golemantic constructs.
Dwarf: Short, stocky human-like peoples whose durability is legendary.
In 1054 the Thaumaturgical researchers Dennis and Penelopy Acturis published their pivotal works "Origins of the Peoples"|, in which they described the migratory patterns of the prehistoric hominids and the cause of the massive divergent revolution.
Contained within a coral reef off the Isle chain of Hai'i a certain coral grew in linear patters aligned with the North/South magnetic pole. Excavating core samples dating back several hundred thousand years, they discovered a period of electromagnetic turbulence that lasted until and estimated 10,000 BE, which was the approximate time of the rise of the first civilization, Hubris.
After a study of the effects of electromagnetism and collaberation with elvish astronomers, the duo hypothesized that an extra-stelllar body radiated electromagnetic waves intense enough not only to be detectable but to have an effect on the genetic makeup of the world's creatures. Headmaster Tors Thernaling (pioneer of Radio Astronomy) suggested this extra-stellar body was a star that had reached the end of its life and collapsed upon itself into a hyper-dense body called a "neutron star"
The general idea of this hypothesis is echoed stylistically Hai'i Tribal legend)