The Four Legendary Kingdoms are the long-lasting kingdoms of royalty that have existed in secret since the earliest ages of mankind.
The nature of the formation of the Four Legendary Kingdoms is largely unknown, however they have existed in secret for several thousand years. The primary cause of their forming came from the super-ancient beings who once existed on Earth, who revealed great knowledge of the world (such as medicines or technological innovations) to a small selection of people, who would become the original members of the Four Kingdoms and the universe.
Among the things taught by the Four Kingdoms by the Super-Ancients was the coming of five trials, which when they occurred in later years would determine for the super-ancient beings if intelligent life on their homeworld still existed and if they were worthy to. The Four Kingdoms vowed to maintain the necessary knowledge for completing the trials so that their descendants would be considered worthy, and be able to overcome the greatest trial of all; the Omega Event.
Each of the original Kings were given territories befitting their title, though these territories have expanded greatly over the centuries, so much that the Kingdom of Land runs much of the planet's continents, while the King of Sea, though possessing the largest territory, has less land but more ocean under his control. It was established early on that the Kingdom of Underworld would be given the Underworld as part of their territory, and that it would be their duty to maintain it for the third trial, the Diverting of the Hydra Galaxy.
The majority of information imparted to the Four Legendary Kingdoms would be entrusted with some of the organisations made to serve them, such as the group that served the Kingdom of Land which eventually became the Catholic Church. The original Trismagi were assigned by the Four Kingdoms to act as guardians for three ancient cities that were the primary repositories for the information regarding the Omega Event and a critical element in the Trial of the Cities. The Invisible College was established to recruit brilliant individuals, such as Isaac Newton, whom the Four Kingdoms believed to be able to contribute their the causes
While information and components relating to the first two trials, the Tartarus Rotation and the Return of the Dark Sun, would largely become lost over the years, the Kingdom of Underworld did its duty and maintained the necessary knowledge for the Hydra galaxy trial. As the third trial was the completion of a series of ritualistic challenges to activate a signal to alert the super-ancients that intelligent life still existed on Earth, the Four Kingdoms would hold practice challenges during passing-bys of the Hydra galaxy, which they would come to call the Great Games of the Hydra. They would hold three Great Games in the earlier millennia of their rule, and the Four Kingdoms would ensure that the champion of the Games would have his name go down in history.
Even though the world never knew of their existence (though few people, such as historians like Mabel Merriweather, would suspect the truth), occasionally some of the Kings became known the world over for their deeds, such as Rameses and King Louis XIV. To the common folk, some of them would even appear to be as gods (such as Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) or their vessels (Jesus Christ) due to their use of the advanced knowledge and technology they used that had been gifted by the Super-Ancients, to the point that their existence became more mythological and outlandish than real-life.
The Deus Rex line of the Kingdom of Land ruled over their people publicly, albeit through members of the royal family who were further down the line of succession. Occasionally, the line of succession for the Four Kingdoms diverged if the next person in succession was thought to be unworthy, such as Louis XVI being passed over the title and someone else in the royal family receiving the title of King instead.
Isaac Newton wrote a book on the Four Kingdoms, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms, but because they were an extremely secretive group, only five copies were published.
The Four Kingdoms each had control over the governments of the nations they ruled, using their influence to get leaders elected who would further their own goals (even if said Presidents or Prime Ministers were unaware they were puppets). The "billionaires club" Majestic-12, formed within the last few centuries, was comprised of several of the richest men in the world, though they were in fact subservient to the Four Kingdoms and meant to serve as one of their agencies.
Before The Four Legendary KingdomsEdit
During the late 20th century and early 21st century, the Kingdom of Land used its agents in the Catholic Church to undergo a mission led by Father Francisco del Piero to restore the Golden Capstone for the first trial of the Tartarus sunspot. However, since there could be a reward for the nation that completed the trial, 1000 years of absolute power, the Kingdom of Sea used their influence in the Commander-in-Chief's In Extremis Force to oppose them for that power. The leader of the Americans' mission, Colonel Marshall Judah, was reporting directly to the President on the situation, so he may have been unaware of who the true masterminds of the mission were.
During this same period, the Kingdom of Land, led by King Vladimir "Carnivore" Romanov, attempted to locate the components and knowledge to complete the second trial, the Return of the Dark Sun. Though the Kingdom of Sea once again also had their own agents working on restoring the Machine (Wolf and the CIEF, though whether they were also unaware of their puppet-masters is unknown), the Kingdoms of Sky and Underworld did not take part. The King of the latter, Anthony DeSaxe, stated that if humanity had lost the knowledge for completing the trial and failed as a result, then they did not deserve to exist.
In 2016, eight years after the completion of the second trial, the Star Chamber within the Underworld opened, allowing the nine Golden Spheres to be retrieved. As this heralded the third trial, the Diverting of the Hydra Galaxy, Hades alerted the other Kingdoms of the development, with the fourth Great Games of the Hydra set to begin within the next month. Having been anticipating that the Chamber would open for nearly twenty years, each King selected their four champions (most of whom had been preparing for the Games for years) to participate on their behalf in the Games.
Members of the Four KingdomsEdit
Note: the following lists all members of the Four Kingdoms since their introduction, their current status within their ranks reflects the circumstances of the novel of their latest appearance.
- Kingdom of Underworld
- Kingdom of Land
- Royal Members
- Kingdom of Sea
- Kingdom of Sky
- Zeus (of Land)
- Poseidon (of Sea)
- The original Hades (of Underworld)
- Neptune (of Sea)
- Eurystheus (of Underworld)
- Rameses (of Land)
- Rameses II (of Land)
- Louis XIV (of Land)
- Anthony and Yago's Father (of Underworld)
- Vladimir "Carnivore" Romanov (of Land)
- Sphinx's Father (abdicated title of King of Land)
- Orlando and Iolanthe's Father (received title of King of Land following brother's abdication)
- During The Six Sacred Stones, Iolanthe had suggested that America had been attempting to create a royal lineage through a succession of familial Presidents, however in The Four Legendary Kingdoms it is revealed that the latest king of Sea was from an American-born lineage. Of course, she was likely trying to conceal the existence of the Kingdom of Sea, and thus the Four Legendary Kingdoms.
- Additionally, the fact that the recent Kings of Sea were Americans may explain the U.S.'s desire to obtain the Third Pillar from the Japanese during the Second World War, since it would follow that they would want a talisman (as Iolanthe had already implied) to rival the status of the Kingdom of Land, which was the only Kingdom to possess a Pillar.