Aeverlest: Legend of the Crystal Flames Prologue: Far away, in the land of Aeverlest, legends tell of a Golden Age millennia ago, when the streambeds ran with liquid diamond and gold was as plentiful as fonweed. Life was abundant, poverty was unheard of, food was plentiful, and all manner of ores lay just beneath the soil, ready for the taking. In this age, miraculous advances were made in all fields: science, agriculture, architecture, and smithery. But none of the advances were as wonderful, spectacular, or renowned as the advances made in magic, for it was in this age that the Greatflames were found. There were flames that had been found before then, of course. Red Flame was the most common, for the average man had long since learned to create it. It was used often: in cooking, smithing, destruction, war, creation of warmth, and entertainment. Green Flame was commonly seen arcing through the sky or pillaring toward the ground when the sky grew black with cloud and the voice of the wind grew deep with thunder. Many wizards and mages were known to utilize Yellow Flame and Blue Flame in their mysterious arts, and there were even a few White Flames and Black Flames known to exist, though few dared attempt to wield them. These were all Minor Flames, however. The six Greatflames, one for each color of magic, were gargantuan fires; nexuses of arcane power that emanated infinite magical energy which could be caught and utilized by magicians as the lesser flames, but on a much grander scale. Though the power granted by the Flame was limited to the Flame's unique element, the Flames were highly coveted and sought after. None truly knew if they exist, for they were told of in no legend, but rather were first conjured with pen and ink upon the theoretician’s parchment. Even so, the mere possibility of their existence was enough to drive many a mad quest to search for the Flames. Thousands of searches had occurred over a span of ages. All had failed. It is ironic, then, that the first Greatflame was found not by a wizard or adventurer, but by a simple peasant boy whose name has been lost in the time-spanning channels of myth. This nameless boy, called Clunes in many renditions of the story -- which translates to “Shepherd” in the old tongue -- is said to have lived in the village of Tekka at the base of Pyami Dehim, the Fire Mountain. The story goes that Clunes was tracking down a young stray sheep which he feared may have fallen down a cliff on the mountain slopes, when he discovered a cave out of which emanated a red glow. Clunes believed he had stumbled across the residence of a fur trapper and, since it was growing dark, he thought he would see if the trapper would grant him shelter for the night. Within the cave Clunes found, not a trapper, but an enormous red fire, burning without fuel and without perishing. Being a mere peasant, Clunes did not know of the Greatflames, and so did not recognize one when he saw one. Hence, the residents of Tekka saw a strange sight that night, as the shepherd came running through the village late at night, screaming like a madman about witchcraft, and seeking the town wizard, who is named Tacti-Kalshu in most of the legends. When Clunes brought Tacti-Kalshu to the Flame, he recognized it for what it was. Not wishing wars to break out over ownership of the flame, Tacti-Kalshu built a monastery shrine at the cave's mouth, where all wizards who studied the Crimson Arts could come and train close to the Crimson Greatflame. And over the years, the remaining five Flames were found and enshrined similarly: Verdant, Azure, Saffron, Ivory, and Ebony. All found, all enshrined, each in its own way. And so the Golden Age was prosperous and the people were happy. That is, until the Traal came... Rules: * Read everyone’s posts! Not only does this keep us all on the same page, its fun to know your posts are being read and acted upon. Respond to stimuli and events from other players’ posts. * Avoid writing one-line posts or extremely long posts. A range of 40-300 words is good to shoot for. * Edit before posting, we’re all here to improve as well as enjoy. * No God-modding or perfect characters. (Boring!) * Do not control or kill another person’s character without their express consent. * If a player is AWOL and holding up the game the character will be NPC’d (or offed) at the GMs’ discretion. If you know you’ll be gone for some time you may hand over your character to another player’s care. * Don’t flood the thread with long conversations or extensive actions. Give others a chance to post before moving on. * Keep in touch with the Discussion Thread. I am apt to post meta-information about the world in response to either a question or events, data which may be important for your character to know. Additionally, please discuss any issues in the Discussion thread or PM me with your concerns. Metagaming, talking out of character, and spamming up the story thread is counterproductive. * And lastly…the GMs’ word is law. Character Template Name: Age: Sex: Height: (approximate is fine) Appearance: Background: (you must have something very descriptive) Personality: Weapons/Armor: (keep it reasonable) Elemental school: (if magic user) Socioeconomic status: (Royalty, nobility, warrior, merchant, peasant) Metadata: *All player characters are personal acquaintances of Mon Ich, but none have known him for more than thirty years. None have known him as looking anything but his current appearance. None have known him closely. (no childhood friends or anything) *Human characters are preferred, but others are accepted with reasonable explanation (see my blog for basic information about other races) *I have a few special rare and hidden skills/curses that I am willing to parcel out but do not want to make public knowledge. PM me or ask me in the discussion thread if interested. And so it begins... Seja mon Ich scanned the room. More had arrived than he expected. A large handful of knights and wizards, not merely a small one, stood in the Pyramid's vast central chamber. That's good, he decided. More people here means more may join, which in turn means higher chance of success. He stood up and addressed the group. "My friends, thank you for coming to such a remote location on such short notice. As time is short, I shall get straight to the point. "The reason I have called you here is simple: be you wizards or warriors, you are good at what you do. We have need of your skills for an admittedly herculean task. An army would be too cumbersome, and a small appointed squadron lacks the intuition and skillful variety of a band of indirectly hired mercenaries. "Most of you are no doubt aware of the coming crisis, but for the benefit of those among you with...paltry educations, I shall refresh your memories. Our world is on the brink of a turning point; the dawning of a new age. Soon, the two moons shall come into alignment and a great Cataclysm shall occur. The flow of magic shall change and...yes I see you snickering there. No doubt you believe the Cataclysm is naught more than an old legend. But I assure you, it and the dangers it pose are very real. After this event, the world as we know it will be utterly scarred and destroyed. "Few of even the greatest civilizations have been known to survive a Cataclysm. Even the strongest nations are disintegrated; reduced into a handful of warring factions. The stress of rebuilding a world is too much for most societies. "And that is why we need you. "Scattered across the world are six fires sealed in crystal, one for each color of magic. Once, they were the mighty Greatflames, enshrined and studied for the good of all. Now, they have been lost. "With the arcane powers in these Crystal Flames, we can heal this land from the scourge that is to come. Our King, Lord Danyu, Ruler of Hani, has personally agreed to this plan. "Unfortunately, there is great risk in this undertaking. Quite frankly, the King does not count on your success. Death and failure are the most likely outcomes. Yet, should you manage success -- even partial success -- we are prepared to reward you handsomely. "In addition to the immortal fame associated with reclaiming the Flames, you will be paid with whatever your heart desired. Money, honor, power, arcane knowledge...all these things shall be granted you. "So, who among you shall take up this burden? Who shall seek the glory of saving our kingdom?"