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Sep 23 2016, 09:04 PM
Prologue: Eleftherios and Orpheus
Eight-hundred years after sentient life began to exist in Sium, a benevolent creation God from another world broke an important rule. While travelling, it had seen a race of humans, so similar to its own creations, being tormented and slowly picked off by demons and monsters. Imbued with supernatural abilities, the beasts were a threat to the continued survival of the powerless humans. There was no balance. The world would soon be shrouded in darkness at the rate things were going. The foreign God intervened, unaware of the presence of a less powerful, but much more malicious God - Orpheus, the Bringer of Night, Dreams, and Demons and the one who held dominion over all of Sium. Seething, this vengeful deity watched from obscurity as the creator God invaded its world for a short time and left its essence behind. Orpheus did not challenge the greater God directly, but left a tiny point of darkness in the other God's essence.
This essence would later become known as Sillage. Soon after its endowment, this Sillage would affect select individuals, giving them the ability to use magic, and by extension, the capability to protect themselves from supernatural beings. Humanity had been in its greatest time of need at that point, so the first magic users were seen as saviours rather than freaks. People worshiped the mysterious higher power (now dubbed Eleftherios which means "liberator") that had saved them, unknowingly abandoning their true God which had been watching over and testing them since the beginning of time. Orpheus watched spitefully as certain individuals were influenced by the night god's corrupt root, falling into depravity and losing their minds. This was Orpheus' Curse of Hunger. Not all mages would suffer this fate. However, for those burdened by excessive negative emotions, or even worse, a lust for power, depravity was inevitable.
Over 200 Years Later
Before the divine intervention, Sium used to be a world very similar to 17th century Earth. Technology at its best was steam-powered and sparsely distributed. Trades like agriculture, mining, and fishing took up much of the economy. These industries are still thriving today in year 1047. However, sillage has made a significant impact on the world, slowly but surely guiding Sium into a more fantastical future.
Much chaos was caused by the introduction of magic. Even with the demon threat mostly abated, the residents of Sium soon found that humans were even more dangerous when given too much power. Related events gave rise to an exorcist group known as Crux Fidelis. The group became famous for their mystical weapons that could use pure sillage while filtering out the curse. This meant that warriors of Crux Fidelis could grow powerful without being corrupted. Not only that, but the weapons were effective against magic. What began as a vigilante force grew swiftly in size and power. Eventually they rebelled against and took the place of a corrupt monarchy in year 991, effectively becoming Sium's government. While most are content with the safety and order that the Cross provides, some would be inclined to disagree with their forceful methods.
Since then, Sium had been in a constant state of chaos and unrest. The rise of the mysterious cult, the Black Sun Cabal, led to two of the greatest threats Sium ever faced – the Horsemen and the Sins of Poena Damni. The Sins, curses given physical form, eventually betrayed their creator and took control of Alptraum through the leadership of Lucifer, the Sin of Pride. And from then on, to say the state of affairs in Sium was tumultuous would be an understatement. While Crux Fidelis and Weltschmerz formed an alliance, the Cross was still opposed by the rebel group Apocrypha, despite all three sharing a common enemy in the form of the Black Sun Cabal and Poena Damni.
Repeated encounters led to an apparent endless conflict that threatened to consume Sium entirely. Until, on one hellish day, peace seemed to be attained. The Black Sun Cabal and Poena Damni clashed in the region of Xipilkha. Mountains were torn asunder, the land left cracked and bruised while entire towns were destroyed and washed away, being dragged down to the ocean floor. While no one knows what happened or what caused it, after that apocalyptic day the Sins seemed to have vanished, as well as the Horsemen of the Cabal. And with that, peace became more than a dream.
The past five years have been spent by Apocrypha, Crux Fidelis and Weltschmerz growing and rebuilding in their own way. Weltschmerz continues to push Sium towards technological and industrial heights, but also pushing forward a prejudiced viewpoint towards non-human entities. Crux Fidelis has begun to fix their public image while strengthening their numbers, not willing to allow themselves to become complacent by the apparent peace. Apocrypha has grown in popularity, both due to subtle and steady manipulation of news outlets meant to paint both Crux Fidelis and Weltschmerz in a bad light – creating rumors of foul play among both groups – while also becoming something of a safe haven and place of acceptance for non-humans who have become somewhat persecuted due to a growing acceptance of Weltschmerz’s ideology.
But this peace has merely been the calm before the storm. In the depths of Alptraum, within the Tower of Babylon, Pride has awoken from her five year slumber. Her goal? To finish her conquest of Sium and wipe out any who would dare oppose her. And to that end, while still growing used to her newfound powers, she has once more sent out her Sins to terrorize Sium, as well as her Horsemen. All to herald her return.
Aug 29 2017, 05:47 AM
Timeline - past
- Orpheus creates Sium
- the birth of sentient life
summarized IC events (optional reading)
- Living Nightmare - The archdemon Nybbas, who was sealed in Domhnall many years ago, is unwittingly released by a Cross commander in wild pursuit of Noa Orcavont. With the seal broken, it escapes from its prison and begins to trap the denizens of Sium in living nightmares through its ability to replicate itself. Yet, as more and more copies of it are destroyed across Sium, it is forced to retreat to Alptraum. Still, it promises vengeance in response to its imprisonment, and you can be certain this will not be the last time it terrorizes Sium.
- Parallax - Buried deep in the tropics of Pluviall, in ruins lost to the ages, an ancient staff named 'Silence' rested upon an alter. Made by unknown hands, the artifact, in the right hands, allows whoever wields it to nullify all sillage in the immediate vicinity. And while many sought it, only the Black Sun Cabal and Crux Fidelis found it. Coming into conflict, the two forces battled until a victor was decided. With a Commander and Hallowed slain, one forced to retreat and the other two captured, the Cabal's victory, off the back of the Horsemen, was undisputed. Despite the gag order placed on the result of the conflict to prevent this from becoming public knowledge, Crux Fidelis' morale was undoubtedly shaken while the Black Sun Cabal was emboldened, resulting in higher than average cultist activity.
- Coup D'etat - Despite the victory of The Black Sun Cabal, there was still discord among their ranks. The former Horseman of Famine, Augus Rainstar, sought to claim Silence for himself in an attempted mutiny against The Black God. With his own followers who believed him to be the 'One True King of Sium', he rose against the Cabal and his creator in defiance. Yet, standing in opposition of him was his own brother - Nekros, the former horseman of War. Their battle resulted in the mass destruction of the western portion of Pluviall, to the point certain areas have become 'Sillage Dead Zones' that monsters have begun to flock to and create nests. The result of their battle was the death of Augus, ending the coup, but also the separation of Nekros from the Aspect of War. Down two Horsemen, the Cabal fell into slight disarray. In answer to this, the Black God has invoked Aphelion earlier, not only to raise the morale of his followers but also in hopes of finding new candidates capable of becoming his new Horsemen.
- Aligheri - 5 Rebels and 5 Sins entered the city, a considerably smaller amount left out. After an ancient relic that bore a direct connection with the souls of an ancient primal demon was opened, the town was reduced to a hellish landscape. After a particularly violent battle that involved casualties on both sides, the astral remains of the demon were thought to be slain. However, as the spirit was destroyed the resulting hellish energy destroyed the entirety of the town. In its wake was only vortex brimming with eldritch energy, and soon a tower rose from the depths. And with the tower, came several, new and old demons that spread throughout the region, demanding attention from the various factions whose interests were the protection of Sium. And now, the Tower of Joy, as it’s been dubbed by some of the people who’ve heard its call, beckons out to the citizens of Sium – drawing them to it with promises that descend only to a hellish fate.
- Aphelion - Through direct influence from the Black God, Aphelion struck earlier than anyone would have anticipated. The lack of preparedness and suddenness of it all made it one of the deadliest days in Sium’s history. Anarchy and chaos ran rampant with only a temporary alliance between Crux Fidelis, Apocrypha and Weltschmerz attempting to keep the peace. And while the casualties bordered on the millions across every single region, many lives were saved through the factions' collective efforts. Yet, Crux Fidelis’s losses ranged in the thousands, causing rumors that the organization’s hold on Sium would wane. While this is yet to be confirmed, hushed whispers speak of betrayals on the horizon as well as audacious bids for power. At the time, the Black Sun Cabal has fallen silent after the ‘successful’ Aphelion, but this has seemed to have stirred Poena Damni and more and more people are being attracted to the Tower of Joy in Xiphilkha in an attempt to regain what they lost and end their suffering.
- Hell on High Waters: Of the coast of the city of Venesa, the waters began to rage. Thunderous roars could be heard as the city shook and the water level began to rise, flooding into the city. Not long after, the sources of the disturbance revealed themselves – a leviathan and a hydra, both thought to be long dead. As they fought, they sent the surrounding area into chaos – their conflict threatening to completely drown the city. In response to this, several groups arrived with their own goals and agendas, but only one succeeded. Lucifer, the Sin of Pride, was capable of capturing and subjugating both creatures in an immense display of power, triumphing over both the allied forces of Crux Fidelis and Weltschmerz who stood in opposition of her. To add insult to injury, she even went so far to turn the then Commander of Chastity, Soren Kincaid, into the new Sin of Wrath. Both to add insult to injury, but also as a precursor of what was to come.
- This War of Ours: In the plains of Zhyphire, a trap was laid by Weltschmerz. Having been testing and experimenting underneath a destroyed town, it wasn’t long before they’d need live subjects. And through subtle manipulation, the scientists got their lab rats in the form of Apocrypha and Crux Fidelis. The two opposing forces immediately began to fight as soon as they came across one another, and after a lengthy confrontation, Weltschmerz sprung their trap. All around the town, pylons rose from the ground and encircled the area. The anti-magic constructs disrupted the Sillage in the area, depowering and sickening those who relied on Sillage or were supernatural in nature. The next phase was releasing the experimental Rottiger; and while the results weren’t as positive as they would have hoped, the progress that had been made was undeniable. And while two Enforcers, Ishtar and Inanna Waldstein, stepped in to clean up and cover up the mess, one thing was clear for Weltschmerz – the future of a world not dependent on magic had never looked brighter.
- Ragnarok: The Tower of Babylon, a monolithic structure that had once been confined to Alptraum. After the events of Aligheri, a portion of it stood boldly from the center of Xipilkha where Aligheri once stood. Many had come to call it the ‘Tower of Joy’, the whispers of riches and other promises enticing many to travel to it, only to meet an unsavory fate. But on the day of Ragnarok, the Tower had become a battlefield. Pride and her Sins stood boldly in opposition of Orpheus and his Horsemen. As Pride, wielding Silence after her Sins stole it from the Black Sun Cabal, battled Orpheus, her Sins fought against the invading Horsemen. One by one, the Horsemen fell. Steadily and assuredly, the battle swayed in favor of the Sins who fought inside of the Tower. While, on the outside, Orpheus and Pride laid waste to the region of Xipilkha. Towns were washed away by the raging waters of the seas, while others were consumed by splitting of the earth. Mountains were leveled and craters began to mar the surface of the land. It wasn’t long before a victor was decided; with Silence in hand, Pride found herself triumphing over Orpheus. And as she stood above the fallen God, she knew that this was only the beginning of her conquest of Sium.
Emboldened from absorbing divine power, Pride assumed control over the aspects of the apocalypse and now commands the horsemen - having stripped Akashi, the former Death, of his power and subjugated the surviving Noire and Umbra.
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