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The Ancients were mystical beings in Skylanders who created the Core of Light before they mysteriously vanished. It was said that the Ancients "were wise beyond imagination, but lazy beyond measure", a quote from the Book of Paper. The book further noted that the Ancients designed amazing technology and built many incredible machines. However, long naps often took priority. They claimed the naps were a necessary part of the creative process and that personal hygiene was a mere distraction.
It was the Ancients who first released The Darkness into Skylands when they were doing foolish experiments with magic. They have been trying to make amends ever since and built the Core of Light to repel the evil force.
The benevolent Ancients created everything in Skylands using Mind Magic from their Mysterious Ancient Place, but sealed the power away to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. However, one of the Ancients stood against his colleagues and began using Mind Magic to brainwash all of Skylands, transforming the inhabitants into mindless minions. Thanks to the magic of Dragons, who are immune to mind control, Brain's control was broken, and his plan was stopped, allowing the good Ancients to imprison their former colleague in a jar, where he would remain for thousands of years.
In their haste to explore new worlds and spread the light of Skylands, the Ancients afterwards created the Dark Rift Engine. This inadvertently released The Darkness, who proceeded to wreck havoc across Skylands with legions of evil. The Skylanders of old held back the minions of The Darkness until the Core of Light, one of the Ancients' creations, was discovered in Ancient's Peak, which successfully repelled the Darkness to the dark corners of Skylands.
- Skylanders 2013 Annual, page 30-31