For centuries, a small group of people known as The Believers taught their children to see the land underneath them as more than a means to build something upon. For generations, they taught their children to do nothing, create nothing, destroy nothing the earth could not return to its original form. They lived alone in the depths of the oldest forests, at peace with the earth around them. Although the trees were filled with threats and danger and although the wildest animals or coldest winters could bring death—so also did nature provide life. They lived within the forest, in balance with the systems around them, as their numbers grew. In return, the forest sustained them and for a time they knew its secrets. Time went on and progress came faster and faster. Every day brought new technologies. Civilization was forever reaching and grasping at the hidden parts of the world. The Believers knew their time in the ancient forests was coming to an end. Slowly, they left the safety of the trees, but they never forgot the gifts it had given them.