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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Kaz » Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:06 am

According the the HoF, there was only the one age of the prophets, although i suppose there could feasably have been a couple and a HoF entry was lost. I dont recall playing in more than one prophets age though. [edit] Just rechecked the HoF, there were two ages.

I do think they should be mentioned though, even if not in their own section of time. Could include them as part of the storyline buildup to the New Gods being formed. They prophecised the return of Gods, and then Gods returned, I've always seen them in that sort of light anyway.

I also think that there should be be a disctintion between the period where the Elder Gods returned and defeat the younger trinity, and the period where they are leading the people of Tonan as mortals.

The Distant Monarchy Past

1) Murder in Heaven
Olander, father of the Gods has been murdered. Barnabas, accused by his sister Angelique and brother Leto, is cast out of heaven. The three gods fight to take their father's throne.
Gods: Barnabas, Angelique, Leto

2) Goddess Ascendant
Oleana ascends to Godhood from the Mortal plane and - after seeing her faithful distort her cause - sacrifices herself to cast out Olander's children.
Gods: Barnabas, Angelique, Leto, Oleana

The not-so-distant Evernight Past

3) The New Trinity
Oleana's sacrifice awakens the new trinity from within the sun and the two moons. The prophets have visions of these newly emerging Gods and prophecise their return. The New gods reign in peace for a while, but start to notice their power dwindling. The wars begin again.
Gods: Foret, Isonia, Darden

4) The War in Heaven
Barnabas, Angelique and Leto return to take their heaven back from the ursurper Gods. They eventually defeat the usurpers but find their power reduced enough that they themselves are forced to walk amongst men rather than regain their seats in heaven.
Gods: Foret, Isonia, Darden

The present

5) The Mortal King
Reborn on Tonan as mortals, each now strives to be the first to reascend to Godhood, and claim Olanders old throne as the One God.
Mortals: Barnabas, Angelique, Leto

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One other key aspect this story lacks is how the Elder Gods manage to escape from the place they were banished to, or at least something to explain how they managed to return. Even if it's something as simple as an object getting broken, which had acted as a seal against their return, allowing them free. Was there any significant roleplay, a short time before of the build up to Maxim's destruction that could be used for this?
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Reylan Talonspyre » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:29 am

I thought Solsace or Solice (you know, the car) was a neat concept. But, for ease of story, why not just delete out Foret, Isonia, and Darden too.

In other words, why make separate gods when you can just say that Foret was Angelique and right down the line? I know that technically speaking they were not the same gods, but some thought of them as that, replacements with the same characteristics, but this time with some horrible downsides to them.
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Kaz » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:08 pm

The vast majority of roleplay done at evernight has been under the banners of Foret, Isonia and Darden. Writing that period out would effectivly anhialate the history of all of my roleplay, as I didnt start roleplaying properly until we got here. I can only assume the same would be true for a lot of other people.

The idea of this forum was for a storyline that encompases what we've roleplayed in our various incarnations. I dont see the point in making a storyline that returning MoPri era players can fit in easily, that prevents a lot of Maxim era players from doing the same.

Barnabas, Angelique and Leto returning to reclaim the heavens from pretender gods, is a much more interesting storyline than Barnabas, Angelique and Leto deciding to be worshipped as Foret, Isonia and Darden for a time, but then come down to Tonan as mortals and changed their names back.
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Nether » Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:21 am

I agree with Kaz the bulk of my rp was done during the reign of Foret Isonia and Darden. To be honest i've not ever rped with any of the original gods.
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Kaz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:06 pm

Taking Sunblades start, and fusing together selections of reggies story and the oleana notes from monarchy, we have the following

Murder in Heaven
The earliest stories from the long-lived Elves tell of a time when all races and creeds worshipped Olander above all else - the god who sculpted the world and created all who walk upon it. His children stood together beneath his throne, foremost amongst them Barnabas, the first born, the keeper of Traditions and Rulership. To Barnabas’ right stood Angelique, the maker of Laws for a world that had none, and to his left, Leto - the bringer of Freedom for those without voice. The world was at peace, and civilisation flourished.

This golden age ended abruptly when the Heavens were shaken by Olander's death.

The creator god was found slumped against his throne, discovered by Barnabas who let out an almighty cry of anguish which drew his siblings to the throne. Angelique was quick to accuse Barnabas of patricide, for he held the weapon when she came upon the scene. Leto, sensing opportunity, echoed her accusation. Barnabas attempted to proclaim his innocence, but the combined power of his equals were too great. Disfigured and blinded by his siblings, he was cast from Heaven to the Earth below. Freed from their brother’s balance, the remaining two fell upon each other like wolves and all the heavens and all the waters and the entire firmament shuddered with the force of their conflict; a war which found its way to the mortal realms, where huge armies raised the banner of their gods and entire civilisations fell under the sword.

When the dust settled in heaven and in the mortal realm, each of Olander's children found that he or she was not strong enough to defeat the others - though their pride, arrogance and jealousy dictated that no stand off could be negotiated. Instead, their mortal followers ground themselves into a bitter stalemate on battlefield after battlefield with nothing of any permanence gained. And so the Seat of Heaven stood vacant, with none of the triumverate able to claim their father's throne. The death of wise Olander in heaven brought centuries of senseless slaughter to his world of Tonan, and the war continues to this day - a war into which you yourself will shortly be plunged under your chosen banner.

Goddess Ascendant
So it came to pass, that a Saint of Angelique and a Saint of Leto remembered why Barnabas was first cast from heaven. During this period of hosility came the rise of Oleana. Known to her people as the Gypsy Queen, she helped steer them to greatness, before being killed by an unnamed man using poison and stealth.

In the aftermath of Oleana’s death, something occurred that had never happened before. Her death was not death, and the love of her people sustained and uplifted her, transforming her into something completely new. A spark of divinity ignited into a great flame, and a Goddess was born to Tonan.

Some were quick to claim her as pretender or an usurper, some that she was no deity at all, while still others claimed her to be Olandar reborn. Her followers call her the Mother of Earth, the bringer of peace and the one that will end the wars. But her arrival brings with it a new storm of war, for none of the three siblings could accept her place among them.

Records of the sudden end of this era are vague, and hard to come by. Those that have been found seem do differ wildly in their facts, but all contain a few elements that are consistant. Oleana it seems, found a way to remove Olander's children from heaven. Exactly where they were sent is unclear, but the stories agree that Oleana sacrifised her own existance in the process.

For the first time since Olanders death, peace reigned over Tonan.

The New Trinity
The peace would not last forever. In the vaccume left by the disapearance of Tonan's gods, the people turned to three prophets; Mina, Diman and Solas who had claimed visions of new and powerful Gods. Quickly they gained followers and worshippers for the Gods they prophecised.

Foret was born with a smile. His eyes gleaming with the goodness that was his making, and his hands held the mighty staff of justice. Next evolved Isonia. Beautiful Isonia. Her gentle hands grasped the handle of a double-sided battle-axe. Darden the clever one was born with a bowl in his hand. The bowl was hidden from view and many a legend were concocted of its contents. The truth, known to few, the bowl was full of despair.

At first the emergence of the new trinity brought centuries of peace from the fighting instigated by the prophets. But this was also destined not to last. Foret had begun to notice that the people were so used to peace, so used to love, and so used to tranquility and contentment that they no longer knew what life without it was. They had never seen evil, or its more gentle signs, lies and greed. He could feel his power slowly draining into the void again, the need that had created it had been used and now he was no longer needed.

He was not alone, for both Isonia and Darden were experiencing the same in their own ways. Each of them became uneasy, as this discovery became the truth; their power was waning. Unbeknownst to the others, each of them began the plans for a growth in power. Each of them was finding ways to survive this certain death.

War once again erupted in heaven, and on Tonan below. Ages passed, and for those who were neither long lived nor scholar of history, all that had come before was forgotten.

The War in Heaven
Small groups remained, scattered throughout the lands of Tonan. The prayers of those who had not forgotten, who still prayed to the old gods, went unanswered by these new gods. In the void, Barnabas, Angelique and Leto bided their time, gaining strength slowly from generations of prayers from the few faithful. Finally they were able to break free, undiscovered by the new gods, back into Tonan.

Angered that new gods had taken their place in the minds of the people, the three united to find and destroy these pretenders. On Tonan below, the lands of Maxim took the burden of this first collasal battle. For the people it started as just a feeling of unease, but soon came the drought, the earthquakes and the plagues. When the battle had ended, maxim burned.

The destruction of Maxim had not destroyed the new trinity. Although weakened by the loss of so many worshippers, Foret, Isonia and Darden endured. Not strong enough to overpower the combined might of the new gods, Olander's children turned to hunting them one by one.

The wars below raged on. None knew of the goings on in heaven, banners of grey, purple and orange were still held high above the castles proclaiming allegience to Foret, Isonia and Darden. When Foret fell empires on the continent of Valid were obliterated in an instant. Next to be destroyed were the guildlands, which burned in the fires of Isonia's demise.

Finally just Darden remained, cleverest of the younger gods. He fled Olander's children and hid, but he was unable to hide forever. Wherever he went they found him, forcing him to flee again and again, until he was finally cornered. In a final act of desparation, he smashed his bowl.

Heaven flooded with despair, washing over the elder gods, driving them backwards... downwards... to Tonan, to be born again.

The Mortal King
And this is where we find ourselves. The wheel has almost turned full circle, the three newborn have grown to become adults. It is time to pick a side and for that you must know of the three mortals who hold power over these lands.

Angelique, the self-proclaimed Queen of Islan, rules her land with a steady grip. The rule of law permeated every aspect of her method. On occasion, the rumors would speak of harsh responses, oppression and deft cruelty. But with those rumors also came the ringing endorsements of those who believed in the compassion of blind justice.

Raised in an older House of the Empire, a quiet dignity hangs on the shoulders of young Barnabas. Each action taken, each stance held with forethought and a preponderance of the effects on all his subjects. Only a few close advisors have his ear, and with this come opinions of arrogance, untested wisdom, and the impression of being manipulated. On the battlefield however, this grace and steady deliberation is revered, by enemies and soldiers alike.

Leto, the smartest of three, rose to fame in circles not mentioned in polite conversation. An ear to the ground, a man of the people, his following has grown with a deep personal commitment to those around him. The name Leto has a dual edged meaning to many, wild, chaotic, and unpredictable while at the same time conjuring images of a generous, charismatic leader with a penchant for caring for the poor.

The throne of Heaven is empty, and the first to reach it will rule all. As Oleana once did, now each mortal-incarnation must struggle to ascend to immortality once more, with the first to do so likley to gain supreme power over heaven and earth.
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Kaz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:18 pm

Decided to go back to the old storyline and pull things into a smaller section, like with reggies Oleana section.

Have updated the previous post.

If anyone wants to go over and post an edit... feel free
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Nether » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:11 pm

I just want to note how excited I am to see this stuff, its all very exciting and looks awesome.

I can't wait for the community to start rping with it again in earnest.
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby SoulDemon » Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:48 pm

I still have a problem with that being the "official" storyline. It makes assumptions and expands upon the storylines for EACH segment of our history. The storylines were left vague for a reason, and while these are not as detailed as before, they still make points that were not in the original storyline.

Case and point, all the information about Barnabas after the death of Olandar. That is not official and never was - someone created it. Thus its not the storyline that existed during that time period.
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Re: The Fall of Angelique, Barnabas and Leto

Postby Kaz » Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:09 pm

taking current objections into consideration

Murder in Heaven
The earliest stories from the long-lived Elves tell of a time when all races and creeds worshipped Olandar above all else - the god who sculpted the world and created all who walk upon it. His children stood together beneath his throne, foremost amongst them Barnabas, the first born, the keeper of Traditions and Rulership. To Barnabas’ right stood Angelique, the maker of Laws for a world that had none, and to his left, Leto - the bringer of Freedom for those without voice. The world was at peace, and civilisation flourished.

This golden age ended abruptly when the Heavens were shaken by Olandar's death.

The creator god was found slumped against his throne, discovered by Barnabas who let out an almighty cry of anguish which drew his siblings to the throne. Angelique was quick to accuse Barnabas of patricide, for he held the weapon when she came upon the scene. Leto, sensing opportunity, echoed her accusation. Barnabas attempted to proclaim his innocence, but the combined power of his equals were too great. Disfigured and blinded by his siblings, he was cast from Heaven to the Earth below. Freed from their brother’s balance, the remaining two fell upon each other like wolves and all the heavens and all the waters and the entire firmament shuddered with the force of their conflict; a war which found its way to the mortal realms, where huge armies raised the banner of their gods and entire civilisations fell under the sword.

But even with Barnabas banished, there is no peace. Angelique, Goddess of Justice, is unwilling to share her authority with Leto, God of Chaos. Their distrust of each other poisons the gardens. Soon rumors arise linking both of them to Olandar's murder.

When the dust settled in heaven and in the mortal realm, each of Olandar's children found that he or she was not strong enough to defeat the others - though their pride, arrogance and jealousy dictated that no stand off could be negotiated. Instead, their mortal followers ground themselves into a bitter stalemate on battlefield after battlefield with nothing of any permanence gained. And so the Seat of Heaven stood vacant, with none of the triumverate able to claim their father's throne. The death of wise Olandar in heaven brought centuries of senseless slaughter to his world of Tonan, and the war continues to this day - a war into which you yourself will shortly be plunged under your chosen banner.

Goddess Ascendant
Amidst this tremendous upheaval, one among the millions ascends to godhood. Some claim she is a pretender or a usurper, some that she is no deity at all, while still others claim that she is Olandar reborn. Her followers call her Oleana, the Gypsy Queen and the Mother of Earth, the bringer of peace and the one that will end the wars. But her arrival brings with it a new storm of war, for none of the three siblings accept her place among them.

Time passes and the battle of the Gods raged onwards, those who followed heathen Gods fell to the sword of the righteous. Intop continued to rise and set, Numi and Soma continued their eternal orbit, and ages passed. Empires rose and fell under the banners of the four Gods.

Records of the sudden end of this era are vague, and hard to come by. Those that have been found seem do differ wildly in their facts, but all contain a single element of truth. The old gods were gone. Some rumours told of Oleana sacrifising herself to destroy the other gods. Others spoke of Olander returning to punish his wayward children for his death. Another story taught that in their eternal struggle the gods had finally destroyed each other.

Whatever the truth, Priests started to question their devotion to gods who were no longer there. Their desire to continue driving eternal fight to kill in the name of religion, faded. For the first time since Olanders death, peace reigned over Tonan.


The New Trinity
The peace would not last forever. In the vaccume left by the disapearance of Tonan's gods, the people soon turned to three prophets; Mina, Diman and Solas who had claimed visions of new and powerful Gods emerging from the void. Quickly they gained followers and worshippers for the Gods they prophecised.

Foret was born with a smile. His eyes gleaming with the goodness that was his making, and his hands held the mighty staff of justice. Next evolved Isonia. Beautiful Isonia. Her gentle hands grasped the handle of a double-sided battle-axe. Darden the clever one was born with a bowl in his hand. The bowl was hidden from view and many a legend were concocted of its contents. The truth, known to few, the bowl was full of despair.

At first the emergence of the new trinity brought centuries of peace from the fighting instigated by the prophets. But this was also destined not to last. Foret had begun to notice that the people were so used to peace, so used to love, and so used to tranquility and contentment that they no longer knew what life without it was. They had never seen evil, or its more gentle signs, lies and greed. He could feel his power slowly draining into the void again, the need that had created it had been used and now he was no longer needed.

He was not alone, for both Isonia and Darden were experiencing the same in their own ways. Each of them became uneasy, as this discovery became the truth; their power was waning. Unbeknownst to the others, each of them began the plans for a growth in power. Each of them was finding ways to survive this certain death.

The first death, what is now called the Simple Sin, occurred when a follower of Foret was manipulated into murdering a follower of Darden over a woman. The rage spread through the realms as the gods fed the fuel for their own selfish needs. The Last Sin was the true breaking of the gods' unity. It is the first clash known to us and involved all three. They were seen directly battling over the skies of Tismad.

War once again erupted in heaven, and on Tonan below. Ages passed, and for those who were neither long lived nor scholar of history, all that had come before was forgotten.

The War in Heaven
Small groups remained, scattered throughout the lands of Tonan. The prayers of those who had not forgotten, who still prayed to the old gods, went unanswered by these new gods. In the void, Barnabas, Angelique and Leto bided their time, gaining strength slowly from generations of prayers from the few faithful. Finally they were able to break free, undiscovered by the new gods, back into Tonan.

Angered that new gods had taken their place in the minds of the people, the three united to find and destroy these pretenders. On Tonan below, the lands of Maxim took the burden of this first collasal battle. For the people it started as just a feeling of unease, but soon came the drought, the earthquakes and the plagues. When the battle had ended, maxim burned.

The destruction of Maxim had not destroyed the new trinity. Although weakened by the loss of so many worshippers, Foret, Isonia and Darden endured. Not strong enough to overpower the combined might of the new gods, Olander's children turned to hunting them one by one.

The wars below raged on. None knew of the goings on in heaven, banners of grey, purple and orange were still held high above the castles proclaiming allegience to Foret, Isonia and Darden. When Foret fell empires on the continent of Valid were obliterated in an instant. Next to be destroyed were the guildlands, which burned in the fires of Isonia's demise.

Finally just Darden remained, cleverest of the younger gods. He fled Olander's children and hid, but he was unable to hide forever. Wherever he went they found him, forcing him to flee again and again, until he was finally cornered. In a final act of desparation, he smashed his bowl.

Heaven flooded with despair, washing over the elder gods, driving them backwards... downwards... to Tonan, to be born again.

The Mortal King
And this is where we find ourselves. The wheel has almost turned full circle, three born with names of old have grown to power. It is time to pick a side and for that you must know of the three mortals who hold power over these lands.

Angelique, the self-proclaimed Queen of Islan, rules her land with a steady grip. The rule of law permeated every aspect of her method. On occasion, the rumors would speak of harsh responses, oppression and deft cruelty. But with those rumors also came the ringing endorsements of those who believed in the compassion of blind justice.

Raised in an older House of the Empire, a quiet dignity hangs on the shoulders of young Barnabas. Each action taken, each stance held with forethought and a preponderance of the effects on all his subjects. Only a few close advisors have his ear, and with this come opinions of arrogance, untested wisdom, and the impression of being manipulated. On the battlefield however, this grace and steady deliberation is revered, by enemies and soldiers alike.

Leto, the smartest of three, rose to fame in circles not mentioned in polite conversation. An ear to the ground, a man of the people, his following has grown with a deep personal commitment to those around him. The name Leto has a dual edged meaning to many, wild, chaotic, and unpredictable while at the same time conjuring images of a generous, charismatic leader with a penchant for caring for the poor.

The throne of Heaven is empty, and the first to reach it will rule all. As Oleana once did, now each mortal-incarnation must struggle to reclaim their immortality, with the first to do so likley to gain supreme power over heaven and earth.
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Re: General Discussion : The Game World

Postby Desdemona » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:47 pm

It would be hard to RP the history, especially when so many that were involved in the "history" are no longer around.

RPing the present, and the possible future, however, has so much potential.

And the original Triad of Angelique, Leto and Barnabas? I'm delighted beyond description.
....but why just limit ourselves to those three? Why not add Oleana, and the "new kidz in the pantheon" Isonia, Foret and Darden into the mix?

Affixing the timeline in such a manner:

Oleander--his murder set it all in motion. But is he truly 'dead' or was this a set-up?
Barnabas
Leto
Angelique
.....then Oleana. Who says Death is permanent? Don't get me started on this subject, I will NEVER shut up.
Foret
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Darden

....then whatever happened to cause all of this discussion, because I havent even had a chance to play the game yet to see all of the changes.

Why does one set of beings whom we believed in have to perish in order for the other set to exist?? Is it strictly for convenience's sake that we do this or is there another reason it has to be? (no, I'm not being argumentative, I'm just curious.)(
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