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Storyline Archive: Discussing the Era's

Postby Sunblade » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:04 am

Summary:

Olandar, 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, Angeliqe, Leto

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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.

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.
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Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby Sunblade » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:05 am

Summary:

Oleana ascends to Godhood from the Mortal plane and - after seeing her faithful distort her cause - sacrifices herself to cast out Olandar's children.
Gods: Barnabas, Angeliqe, Leto, Oleana

Proposed storyline:

So it came to pass, that a Saint of Angelique and a Saint of Leto remembered why Barnabas was first cast from heaven. His faithful were swept from the land in greater numbers than ever before, driving them to near extinction. In desparation Barnabas granted one of his followers a spark of divinity, and from that spark came the rise of Oleana. Known to her people as the Gypsy Queen, she helped steer the people of Barnabas back 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. The spark of divinity granted unto her by Barnabas 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.
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Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby Sunblade » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:06 am

Summary:

Oleana's sacrifice awakens the new trinity from within the three moons.

Gods: Foret, Isonia, Darden

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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.
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Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby Sunblade » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:07 am

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Barnabas, Angelique and Leto return to take their places in 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.

Mortals: Barnabas, Angeliqe, Leto

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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby Sunblade » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:12 am

My take on the story:

In time it became obvious that none of Olandar's three children could become strong enough to vanquish the other two. In frustration the two younger siblings united against their brother Barnabas, using his apparent patricide as an excuse to combine their forces and destroy him once and for all. The Burned God's forces were swept before the onslaught, and in desperation he granted a spark of his divinity to one of his followers - Oleana, the gypsy queen. Elevated beyond the power of other mortals and taking advantage of the jostling for supremacy between Leto and Angelique, Oleana led the armies of Barnabas back to a position of strength. Hungry for dominance, Barnabas did not want to stop there.

United again by need, Lady Law and the Chaosbringer sent their followers to strike down the Gypsy Queen. Huge armies fought and the skies darkened as great magics were wrought against her. In the end, it was the action of a single, unnamed man, armed not with a blade or a spell but with poison and stealth, who brought the Gypsy Queen low. And yet, as she died, her spirit did not pass on. The love of her people sustained and uplifted her and transformed her into something completely new. The spark of divinity granted unto her by Barnabas ignited into a great flame, and the Gypsy Cult was born.

Barnabas was elated for in life she was his, and surely with her death and ascension he would have a true divine ally. He appeared before Oleana and swore to her that if she would help him strike down Leto and Angelique, he would rule well and hold her always at his side. Oleana looked to the world below them and she saw the suffering of her people. She knew that Barnabas was as much to blame for this as his brother or his sister, that as much blood had been spilled in his name as in those of his siblings. She denied the Red Lord his demand, and the heavens shook with Barnabas' anger.

In the mortal realm, the wars raged on unchecked. Where there had been three banners raised, now there were four. The followers of Oleana at first sought peace but were dragged into the same unending conflict as they had tried to avoid. Oleana despaired, for her rise to divinity seemed only to deepen the gulf between Olandar's children. The three siblings would never be at peace, and the mortal realm would be wracked by fierce war while they were remained. She looked up to the sky and saw the two moons and the sun, stable in their travel across the sky, ever present and unchanging. For the first time since her elevation to godhood she smiled, and gambled all she had on her true hope - that across the mortal realm, in the armies, the cities and the homesteads, regardless of which banner they flew or which name they murmured in their nighttime prayers, the people of Tonan had one hope and dream which united them all - peace.

The wave of power released by Oleana's act of self sacrifice, empowered by the hope she found in the hearts of the people of Tonan, swept Olandar's children before it. They looked down from within their celestial prisons, entombed in the two moons and the sun, unable to interfere and enflame the bloodlust of their followers.

Oleana had brought peace to the world, and a new Golden Age began.
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Re: Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby Sunblade » Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:06 am

Possible expansion on the story:

The situation would not last forever; Oleana's self sacrifice led to years of peace and relative plenty for the people of Tonan, but even as Olandar's children looked down in shock and horror at the results of their exile, mortals sought to fill the vacuum of power which the banishment had created. Wars were still waged between kingdoms, but for more prosaic reasons; warlords squabbled over mineral wealth, access to Tonan's ports and strategic cities rather than the colour of their opponent's banner. As ever, the peasantry in these areas suffered the most, and they turned their gaze to the sky and begged for help from whoever would hear their plea. Locked within the moons and the sun, Olandar's children smiled grimly and sharpened their weapons, preparing for their inevitable return.

Rather than weakening, however, the walls of their prisons became stronger. Tonan's people had not turned back to the old gods, with their memories of the warfare and strife which came with them; instead they created their own faith from their own day to day struggles. Prayers began to be answered once more, and actoss Tonan the harvests improved as rainclouds appeared as if from nowhere to ease drought and famine. The strange magic had drawbacks, as earthquakes rocked Tonan's centre and fishermen hesitated before heading out to sea due to the huge storms which scudded along the coast without warning. A council of priests gathered to discuss the situation, terrified that the signs heralded the wrathful return of Barnabas, Angelique and Leto. Led by Tonan's foremost spiritualists, the council performed a powerful ritual to demand that these new gods show themselves.

First to appear was Foret, born from Tonan's pride. For every prayer which demanded help because they deserved better than famine, warfare or poverty, Foret gained strength. He appeared with an arrogant smile; pride was his pedestal, and he was righteous above all others. He was first born. He was the eldest.

Next came Isonia, shaped by the pleas of the downtrodden masses who had no chance of true justice and no real hope of a brighter future. She was their champion; the hope of the people. Her gentle hands grasped the handle of a double-sided battle-axe. The goddess of equality was simply exquisite in her beauty, contrasted so starkly with the weapon she held.

Darden was the youngest, and he was born of the despair and misery evident in so many of the prayers across Tonan - a potent and decidedly mixed blessing. At first he was full of the vibrancy of life and became known as the cleverest of the new pantheon - Darden the merciful. Over time he became coloured by the desperate pain and suffering in the prayers which gave him strength, his mood darkened and his quick smile disappeared. Whispers spread of Darden, the Demon of Tonan, vengeful and quick to lash out.

The new gods showed no sign of possessing the jealousy and hunger for conflict which had fuelled the celestial war between Olandar's children. People prayed, some prayers were answered, newer and bigger temples were raised in their name, and life went on. It did occur to each of the new deities, though, that they would be markedly more powerful if things in Tonan were just a little less comfortable. If the prayers were a little more desperate, and if people prayed a little more often. It only took a nudge here and there to send an avalanche hurtling towards a town rather than down an unpopulated slope, or to delay an earthquake until a market day when the town was busiest - of course, once they were praying hard enough, the avalanche would stop just short of the town or the earthquake would only result in minor damagee. Such small gestures, which led to no harm, were for the benefit of all three.

It was inevitable that they would eventually overstep the mark; the origins and details of the action itself are not clearly known, but the first death - what is now called the Simple Sin - occurred when a follower of Foret was manipulated into murdering a follower of Darden, reputedly due to a squabble over a woman. A fight erupted, and then a skirmish, a battle, and a war. The rage spread through the realms as the gods fed the panic and terror for their own selfish needs. The Last Sin was the true breaking of their unity, directly battling over the skies of Tonan, their energy pouring forth causing storms, floods, hurricanes and rock slides for weeks. Every soldier was once again a fanatic, urged to fight and die for their chosen deity - for one thing was certain, only one god could remain when the battle was won.
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Re: Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby Kaz » Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:43 pm

I dont like the idea of writing out the prophets. While not a hugely roleplayed section of evernight, they were roleplayed and referred to in quite a few of the Maxim roleplays. They were about in a time without gods, prophesised the return of Gods, and Gods returned. Writing them out is pointless when they suit our needs so perfectly.

I also object to changing Numi, Soma and Intop from being tied to the new Gods, and instead making them the prisons for the old gods. The moons were linked in the storyline to the gods through a reference to them being the true source of power AND because they were the same colour as the colours used to denote the Gos Foret, Isonia and Darden.

The Gods could be imprisoned anywhere, or even sent back to the void. There is no need to use Numi, Soma and Intop. Demmy once posted about changing things that have already been roleplayed being bad. That is just as true for the Maxim roleplay as it was for the roleplay from Monarchy.
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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby Maverick » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:32 am

It seems some what strange that the rise of Oleana would have been due to Barnabas giving her any sort of gift. The original role play of the Romany was that they were the outsiders of Barnabas and in some respects being hunted down by Barnabas leaders because they were heretics. (Suvantar's rp title for himself was The Heretic because the Romany strongly disagreed with the Barnabas lords.)

At the end of the Romany Reii, I thought that Oleana cast a spell upon them to protect them and disappear.

This was all done years before Oleana would return, it is impossible to argue that Barnabas and Oleana had any sort of connection because after the Romany left, Suv created Undone with Shiola Weyland as the main character. This was before Oleana was even contemplated as a faith. It is my recollection that RR never returned after that point, so how could RR have lead the Barnabas faith?

Its completely rewriting history as the Romany were only around for less than a year, and Oleana did not appear until years after their disappearance.

There is no Barnabas rp that would suggest Oleana was anything more than a mortal or false idol outside of the Romany, so by making this the history you would be basically saying RR was Barnabas which would entirely change the true history of that faith.

The reason Oleana returned was not to help Barnabas, it was to weaken Barnabas. That was why the faith was brought in because Barnabas had been to powerful and they felt that if there were 4 faiths it would make it more even.

http://www.evernight.com/ranks/prebeta/granks.shtml

Notice there is no Romany Reii and no Oleana, so its just not grooving with history.

Not to mention we now are writing the weakest god as the strongest, being able to cast out Barnabas, Leto, and Angelique, even though according to the story her power only derives from Barnabas.

The story I would go with as for why the gods followed is this:

There were always 3, it was what kept the world right. Three was a magic number in these lands, there were three gods, three prophets, and that is what kept the faiths in check. Should any faith become to powerful it would be met with the challenge of the other two, and so the lands became stalemated in conflict.

That was until the worship of the false idol. Oleana had never been more than a mortal in life, she had met many of the lords of Barnabas and in their interactions she had never seen to be more than a highly talented magician. She was no more favored then those of the Velve, no more powerful than the Deviants, just her followers defied the lord Barnabas, they did not follow his ways.

And so the rift began, amongst the commoners and lords alike heated arguments raged, was Oleana the Prophet of Barnabas to replace the fallen Neurosis. Eventually the cracks began to reach the surface, and the lords of Leto and Angelique began to turn Barnabas followers against Barnabas followers. As the lands of Barnabas burned, the lords of Barnabas agreed to banish the Romany Reii from their lands, and declare Oleana a false prophet. As the lords of Barnabas approached the lands of the Romany, a great fog covered the lands and as it lifted all of Oleana's followers were gone, as if they disappeared into the night.

Oleana would not be heard from for years after this, all of her followers had disappeared and those who had been left behind were scattered amongst the lands of Barnabas, forced to take their believes underground.

But the destruction of the Romany would have consequences for the followers of Barnabas as well. The grip of Barnabas on the lands began to loosen, and the followers of Leto and Angelique delighted in their new found power. Persecuted by the followers of Barnabas for years, they began to work together forming an unholy alliance between Angelique and Leto followers. This alliance soon would ravage all of the Barnabas guilds killing almost all of the most powerful leaders of the time.

And so the whispers of Oleana began again in the Barnabas country side, but this time Oleana was not revered as a Gypsy Prophet, she was worshiped as a god. The followers of Barnabas weakened by war, distraught by pain, splintered into factions; those who would follow the Goddess of Peace and those who would stay true to Barnabas.

In that moment of time, the world changed, there were no longer three, there were four, and with that started the events of the beginning of the end for the children of Oleander. You could not tell then, but what started out as a renegade group of followers believing that a mere mortal was a god, would lead to the fall of all of the gods.

For when the people began to revere Oleana as a god, jealousy began to form amongst the other leaders of all the faiths. Why were they not revered as Oleana, they had done more, they had slaved for their faith yet they did not attain these cults. And so the belief in Angelique, Leto, and Barnabas began to wain, the leaders of the guilds that had followed them since birth began to consider themselves the equal of the gods. No longer did the leaders fear the gods, as the gods did not listen to them. The followers of Angelique, Leto, and Barnabas all prayed for the eradication of heretical followers of Oleana, yet the gods did not hear them, instead they themselves were forced to sacrifice their own in the attempt to right the lands again.

But they could not be righted, and so the original three began to fall from grace. The lands began to hear of new gods, new lands, new ideas, and slowly the memories of Angelique, Leto, and Barnabas began to fade. But the most devastating blow would be when the followers of the three gods began to work together, not to further the name of their gods, but instead to further the names of themselves.

And so the gods of the mortals were created, Foret, Isonia, and Darden. Gods who did not exist, but gods who many would soon suffer and die for.
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Re: Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby Maverick » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:48 am

The way I always felt about these gods were that they were mortal creations. Legends if you will that were used to make people follow leaders and sacrifice themselves.

After the original 3 gods, it has always been written as if the other gods were more "mortal", less powerful. And I think that the best way to make that fit in would be to say that these gods were false idols, etc. That guilds had become so powerful at the time, that instead of the gods dictating worship, it was the guilds dictating what faith their people would be. The best example I can use of this is ISA, Fervent, TGH, LKA going to Foret. Even if you were to argue that the old gods died, and that new gods came about, it does not explain why enemies would all of a sudden be friends. Its not like the members of ISA would have forgotten that they had been fighting Fervent all of their life, or that LKA would forget that beneath everything they had been Angelique.

Hence why I always felt that the creation of the new gods and the fall of the new gods was more connected to the leaders of the guilds, as opposed to the gods themselves having power. This would also better explain Foret's domination, because it would not be gods fighting gods, and the suggestion that some how Foret was the more powerful god, instead it would just be that Foret had the more powerful guilds.

As to why Foret, Isonia, and Darden fell, that would be explained by the crumbling of the alliances amongst the faithful. IE when Fervent left Foret for Isonia, that would have struck a massive blow to the Foret faith in terms of Foret being any sort of god. Another example is MUM a guild that would switch faiths each age (showing that the faith was less important than the guild), because if MUM was successful it would make people feel that believing in the three gods had no connection to whether or not they would be favored in battle.

And eventually all of this would lead to the most devout followers of the old gods to begin to preach about them, begin to whisper about them. And as people began to follow them again, their power would grow, and they would begin to appear to people, not as gods, but as mortals who walked amongst them.

But thats just how I always viewed all of this, because as some one who had a character who had a singular story during this whole time I never felt that my character was not Barnabas, he just at times could not follow Barnabas, and therefore made the decisions that would most benefit himself and his guild. Hence why the time of the mortal gods was such a selfish endeavor, because no longer where his gods truly there to support.
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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby SoulDemon » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:17 pm

Maverick has good points. We are kind of rewriting the history of one of the most crucial points of Barnabas's history. This includes the AGES where Barnabas was the most dominent faith in the game with multiple back to back ages won.

I vaguely remember the OOC reasons Dustin added Oleana into the game. The storyline Suv wrote for her is not totally what Dustin went with beause it made Oleana and Suvantar way too powerful. The convience in adding Oleana was since Suvantar had already roleplayed her, it allowed for him to be the "Prophet" of the faith. I'm not sure if Dan was still around then or not, I believe he was. At that point I think it was Dustin as Angelique, Dan as Barnabas and either Pious or myself as Leto's prophets. Suvantar made sense, Oleana was already written about, thus the creation was easy.

Having Oleana be so powerful to kick the three out of the heavens, yet created from Barnabas at his weakest time...doesn't make alot of sense now that I think about it. I think the only reason we are pushing that is because its the easiest way to tie Era II and Era III together. But again, its rewriting alot of history that I'm becoming uncomfortable with.
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Re: Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby SoulDemon » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:22 pm

The OOC reason for the change in the Gods was Angelique, Barnabas and Leto belonged to the Monarchy storyline which was sold to Shareplay. We could not use it because it was not ours to use. We changed the names of the Gods and alot of the code to avoid that. The idea was, it was going to be a totally new game, with no ties to Monarchy lore what so ever. In fact before canon came about, our goal was to create a game called GodSign. Only after we saw an easier way in porting the old code over to PHP, and rewriting about 80% of it to work in PHP and changing the gods and storyline did we ditch the GodSign idea.

There was never a RP reason for the change in Gods, and the ideas here are basically new. We asked every guild to rewrite their charters for the Foret/Isonia/Darden storyline and truth be told that is the longest running storyline that we have had. Even longer then the Monarchy one, unfortunately.

As Kaz pointed out there is alot of RP in Maxim that explains guild storylines for this Era. But the same is true for Era I and Era II.

I'm thinking that there is honestly no way to tie these together without offending someone at some point. So either we figure out the least offending way, or we just ditch this whole single storyline idea and just go with the different storylines for the different times in our history and let people draw their own conclusions.
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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby Kaz » Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:23 pm

Mav... you're right in that those prebeta ranks dont show Romany Reii or Oleana. They also do not show Angeligue, Barnabas or Leto.

Those are prophets age scrolls from Evernight showing Diman, Mina and Solas (as per the key at the bottom). So they dont really make any point at all in the context of Monarchy history
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Re: Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby Kaz » Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:43 pm

I think we should just go for as much acuracy as we can, and go vague on the specifics that we cant get past.

If Suv's recent story is not acurate, then we remove the parts that are not acurate. Both mine and Sunny's posts were based on the recent post he made, I cant comment on the acuracy as i was not there.

We can agree

Era 1 happened
Era 2 happened

Mo-Pri players start to roleplay in Maxim
Storyline changes from Monarchy god to prophets.
the new gods Foret, Isonia and Angelique form

Era 3 happened

Maxim is destroyed

interim period with Debacle and Covenant

Storyline changes again
The elder gods are back, but now mortals
the new gods Foret, Isonia and Angelique could actualy still be around

We dont have to lose any storyline at all, all that we have to do is come up with a vague join between the two storys that we can agree on.
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Re: Era III - The New Trinity (Foret/Isonia/Darden)

Postby Kaz » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:06 pm

It is obviously more complex than this, but there are three main people the story needs to be for

1) Those that roleplayed era 1 and 2, and have come back now and dont really care about the new gods era. The only question they might need answering is why the gods are now mortal, and what happened to Oleana.
2) Those that roleplayed era 3 and had their world destroyed and stopped roleplaying. These people might not really know how they fit into the mortal king storyline, so need some context for their characters to have a flowing history into this world.
3) Those that turn up now and are just interested in a decent background storyline.

The facts lead nicely to a storyline that involves the elder gods being banished somewhere. Eventually the people have want for gods again, and the new Gods are formed. The elder gods escape their banishment and return to find new gods in their place. The elder and younger gods fight destroying vast areas of tonan, the younger gods are eventually defeated, but the elder gods are forced back to tonan as mortals.

The basics of that storyline cause no problems with the roleplay we've had. The issues everyone is having are with little points in the summarised write up of the era. Those points dont need to be there.

How Barnabas was linked to Oleana becoming immortal is not important in the context of this small summary of history, so we just dont mention it in the storyline problem resolved. Likewise the Moons and Sun do not need to be mentioned in the storyline and then I have no problem.
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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby Kaz » Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:19 pm

Based on Mav's point about linking Oleana to Barnabas here is a revised 'proposed storyline'

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.
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Re: Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby Kaz » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:20 pm

Proposed Storyline:

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.

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: Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby Kaz » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:27 pm

That's kind of a fusion of what i would have split into two parts.

Have updated this post to include this along with the other 'proposed' stories
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Re: Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby SoulDemon » Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:46 pm

And this is where we find ourselves. The wheel has almost turned full circle, the three newborn have grown to become adults.


The story says Barnabas is still "young", thus child/teenager. He can't be an adult and grown.
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Re: Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby Kaz » Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:45 am

It just says he's young man... eg 18 and leading an empire is still young, but also an adult.
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Re: Era I - Murder in Heaven (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby Kaz » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:05 am

Slightly expanded 'Proposed' story to include a small section from Monarchy that expands on the blame from Olander's deaths

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.
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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby Kaz » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:10 am

To expand on Demmy's concerns regarding adding stuff about Barnabas here.

It needs a short additional paragraph or two concerning something that the players who were there can agree on. Someone needs to suggest something, as it's clear that those of us who were not there, are going to get this wrong.

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.

[Need a paragraph or two here]

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.

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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby SoulDemon » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:10 am

Oleana it seems, found a way to remove Olander's children from heaven.


I'm still not overly comfortable with this. She was the weakest of the gods and according to the original storyline most didn't even recognize her as a god. To say she 'sacrified herself' to remove the three older and more powerful gods is a pretty big stretch of the imagination.
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Re: Era II - Goddess Ascendant (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto/Oleana)

Postby SoulDemon » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:13 am

Original storyline involving Oleana:

Olandar, Father of the Gods, was murdered. His eldest son, Barnabas, stands accused of the crime. Hastily sentanced by his brother and sister, Leto and Angelique, Barnabas is disfigured and banished from the heavens.
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.

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.

On every world the gods touch, wars begin to erupt. Empires crumble, torn apart by religious differences. New nations arise, bringing forth armies of the faithful, with conquest as their goal.


That was taken from Monarchy circa 2000 - 2001. Oleana's existance in the game was less then a year.
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Re: Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby SoulDemon » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:17 am

lol, thats a stretch. You are talking about a fantasy setting and want to apply an age limit to when a person is considered an adult. The story reads young Barnabas and mentions his arrogance and untested wisdom. Hence the reason he has advisors that are advising him.

I don't see how you can claim he is an adult when the storyline condtradicts that. Just remove the reference to them being adults.
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Re: Era IV: The Mortal King (Barnabas/Angelique/Leto)

Postby Kaz » Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:28 am

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.
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