Of the tribe of Waking Men, the original mortalfolk to cross the surface of the Auld and begin living on the crust of the world, it is the Early Risers who occupy the biggest, most influential place in legend. They are foretold to be the foremost explorers of the waking world, though each of the members would come to befall a terrible fate in time before they naturally expired. It was through their misadventures that many rhythms of life on the surface world of the Auldensphere were set into motion.

Each grew to have a legacy, though out of the enduring tales and spirits of the Waking Men, the Early Risers--who explored and uncovered the most of the Auldensphere in early times--seem to have all suffered a malaligned fate. Casualities of this destiny include the Drowning God and Wakatosh.