The Homelands is the given name to a series of interconnecting fantasy realms that exist separate from the normal space/time continuum. It is a world of magic, populated by nearly every character who has ever appeared in legend, folklore or faerie tale known collectively as the Fables. The territories of the Homelands were spread out through a thousand separate kingdoms in over a hundred different worlds. In the words of Old King Cole, "We were kings and cobblers, wizards or woodcarvers".
Over two-hundred years ago, an evil entity known only as the Adversary invaded the Homelands and sought to conquer them. He brought with him an army of giants and armored warriors. He first took dominion over his own territory, then set out to conquer the rest of reality. The Fables worried little about the Adversary's advances at first, even when he took control of the Emerald Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Great Lion.
Before long however, the creatures inhabiting the Homelands discovered that the Adversary planned on subjugating everyone. Many went into hiding at first, but the Adversary's minions routed them out. United under the cause of survival, the Fables had little choice, but to place themselves into exile. They abandoned the Homelands for Earth, believing that the Adversary would have little interest in invading such a "mundane" world. The exiled Fables established their own underground community on Earth called Fabletown.
For the past two-hundred years, the inhabitants of Fabletown paid homage to the lands of their birth at the annual Remembrance Day celebration.
Points of Interest
- The Black Forest
- The Emerald Kingdom
- The Kingdom of the Great Lion
- The Shores of Never
- The Keep at World's End