In Dreamlands, players take the role of a member of a lost civilization. These civilizations were once great societies in their time, but some tragic event or circumstance caused their demise. Before their demise, these cultures were driven towards their destiny by their myths and stories which inspired their actions. The themes and images in the tales drove them towards becoming who they were. These cultural motivations are represented by the four traditional western elements in Dreamlands, and all the lost cultures held one of these as their core belief.