The Coming of the Zioth

The Battle of the Magics (577)

Belazan: The conflict dates back to the beginning of time, and has little to do with magic. I imagine the first men to craft arrow heads out of stone were feared and hated by their enemies, and the weapons themselves viewed with suspicion. Nothing changed when mages began to hire themselves out to princes and kings. The kingdom with more power was hated, but that hatred couldn't target an entire kingdom. To do so would be to admit inferiority. Instead, the weapons themselves – the mages – became the target of the hate. With a bit of foresight and a little less strife among ourselves, we might have seen the signs earlier and prevented what happened. As it was, by the time a few of us got organized, it was too late. The kingdoms united against us, murdering their own mages as a sign of unity. This did nothing to quell our own anger, and many of us wrought a great deal of destruction before we were killed. Many more continue to do so, and even the power of Brundashplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBrundash

By Arnell and the DM. Last updated 2014-09-17

Before the Battle of the Magics, Brundash was the mysterious home of a world-wide organization of magi. Even then, few could claim to have seen it, and no one would say where or even what it was. Brundash was a term used both for the place, and the organization.
is unable to control them. It doesn't help that the priests, Morenthiansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
in particular, can counter our magic.

I suspect that we'll survive this war and things will go roughly back to normal – after all, how can the kingdoms survive without magic – but it will be a bloody time.148plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAppeared or occurred in:

Turn 148: The Dream World

At the safe house, Ziedon unloaded his gear and then went through some stretching exercises to relieve his sore muscles. “Where is Kreemon?” he asked Korisca.

“He's out finding a place on the other side of town, in case we have to split. Ziedon, what was all that out there? I've never seen anything like it. That priest

Fovery, before the Battle begins: A Battle of the Magics is an old idea. It's any conflict – even a staged one – in which the two sources of magic are pitted against each other. What you're talking about is the same thing on a massive scale. It won't eliminate magic entirely – the necromancer you mentioned had to have learned his art from somewhere – but at the very best, the magi keep themselves completely hidden from the world, and aren't powerful enough or interested enough even to control one of their own. And all this mutual destruction comes from a few kings releasing their magi and a temple or two denouncing us, neither of which is anything new. What makes this time different?“214plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAppeared or occurred in:

Turn 214: Brundash

The last time Voss stepped through a magic portal, he was impaled on the other side. Despite the uninjured magicians and balewans -- his own people, or some relation -- he was apprehensive, but if anyone could handle the brunt of whatever was in there, it was him. It was his duty to go first. Without any outward show of concern,

The perspective of a Morenthian

In Turn 168plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigTurn 168: The Old Library

Kreemon walked around the edge of the disgusting pond, looking for any signs that the priest entered it. There were none. Unless Halaren was an excellent leaper, he wouldn't have been able to avoid leaving footprints in the muck. Just to be sure, Kreemon stood still for a while, watching for any ripples in the water that would suggest something larger than a frog or snake hiding in there. Again, nothing. There were a few shallow caves and quickly tapering tunnels in the chamber, but nothing larg…
, Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigZiedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
and Kreemon discover a book written by a priest of Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
who witnessed the Battle of the Magics. Here are a few entries from his personal journal:

Why won't the others hear me? I am tired of my warnings being ignored. Today I brought them proof – a missive captured from King Messalisal's mage, on its way to Brundashplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBrundash

By Arnell and the DM. Last updated 2014-09-17

Before the Battle of the Magics, Brundash was the mysterious home of a world-wide organization of magi. Even then, few could claim to have seen it, and no one would say where or even what it was. Brundash was a term used both for the place, and the organization.
. It spoke of unity among the magi. Unity! Whether they believe me or not, the magi will rise up, and soon. May Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
protect the Few.

Fovery, archmage of Brundashplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBrundash

By Arnell and the DM. Last updated 2014-09-17

Before the Battle of the Magics, Brundash was the mysterious home of a world-wide organization of magi. Even then, few could claim to have seen it, and no one would say where or even what it was. Brundash was a term used both for the place, and the organization.
, has commanded that all magi leave their employment and migrate to Brundashplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBrundash

By Arnell and the DM. Last updated 2014-09-17

Before the Battle of the Magics, Brundash was the mysterious home of a world-wide organization of magi. Even then, few could claim to have seen it, and no one would say where or even what it was. Brundash was a term used both for the place, and the organization.
to meet with him. Could there be any more blatant a declaration of war?

It has begun. Zazilan, king Orte's mage, tried to slip through Malaenerplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMalaener

When the party traveled to the year 577, they found themselves in Malaener, the Morenthian-dominated region which includes Maelbourg.
like a red night rat. My spies witnessed him entering the home of Alai, a known hedge witch. Their plan was to bring fire from the heavens and burn down the village. I ordered them both burned, and the village with them. Better the cleansing fire of Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
than the evil fire of witchcraft. Fovery now plots his retribution, but he will not slaughter Morenthiansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
as he has always plotted. I have sent letters out to the far reaches of the kingdom, to the Andrithansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAndrithanism

Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

Andrithanism and its variants are the dominant religion in Rang and the surrounding kingdoms. Within the boundaries of
, Orithoransplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Orithorans

This religion, dead for five hundred years, states that all gods bow to the god of justice, and are so far beneath him that they are as the lowest of servants of a king. The Orithory, a deeply carved quarter-sphere of stone that often weighs over a thousand pounds, symbolizes justice, and is thus their primary symbol. The center of the Orithoran religion was in a region they called
and even the Polinakasplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigPolinaka

This religion has been dead for three hundred years, since the Plague of Morenth, that bloody period when the followers of Morenth completely wiped out the Polinakas.

Polinaka's theology is much the opposite of Morenth's. Polinakas believe that there are gods in everything, and that only the actions of Man can bring order to the universe. They believe, for example, that the sun rises each morning only because Polinakas pray for it to rise each night. Spring comes only when Polinakas p…
. The magi will regret beginning this war.

Allies have poured in. The weak Polinakasplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigPolinaka

This religion has been dead for three hundred years, since the Plague of Morenth, that bloody period when the followers of Morenth completely wiped out the Polinakas.

Polinaka's theology is much the opposite of Morenth's. Polinakas believe that there are gods in everything, and that only the actions of Man can bring order to the universe. They believe, for example, that the sun rises each morning only because Polinakas pray for it to rise each night. Spring comes only when Polinakas p…
have refused aid, but kings, chieftains and priests alike agree that war has come. It seems I was far from the first to notice the evil ways of the magi. My letters put no new thought to parchment, but merely made the world realize they were already united.

Chief Rechshine, Chief Ulenhort, the Eastern Alliance and the Seventeen have fallen back once again. Their archers were no match for Fovery's tricks. The better the archer, the more precisely the arrow returned to its source. Forty dead, and for what? How can we fight an enemy that can change the laws of nature at a whim?

Much as it pains me, these are desperate times. We must obliterate magic from this world before Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
decides we have dallied too long and destroys us all. Thus I have approved the composition of new Songs. I have always thought they resembled too strongly that which we wish to destroy, but again, these are desperate times. The Andrithansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAndrithanism

Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

Andrithanism and its variants are the dominant religion in Rang and the surrounding kingdoms. Within the boundaries of
have been a great help to us in this regard. Besides their mastery of arms, it has been revealed to us, in secret, that some of their priests manifest powers nearly the equal of any mage. The Orithoransplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Orithorans

This religion, dead for five hundred years, states that all gods bow to the god of justice, and are so far beneath him that they are as the lowest of servants of a king. The Orithory, a deeply carved quarter-sphere of stone that often weighs over a thousand pounds, symbolizes justice, and is thus their primary symbol. The center of the Orithoran religion was in a region they called
have been useful as well, though their warped sense of justice makes it difficult to work with them. I doubt I will live to see a time when Malaenerplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMalaener

When the party traveled to the year 577, they found themselves in Malaener, the Morenthian-dominated region which includes Maelbourg.
and Meheiral are truly united. I'm not certain I'd want to.

Our search has borne fruit. Using the Song of Dissonance, we can now counter many of the mages' spells. I look forward to seeing it used in battle.

The magi are not so confident anymore. With only minimal casualties on our side, we killed six of their number. Unfortunately, Fovery escaped. With his magic, he could be in the land of eternal night by now. No matter; it is of no consequence. The tide has turned in our favor, and even Fovery will not survive for long.

The mages were prepared this time. The Song of Dissonance alone will not be enough, but the Orithoransplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Orithorans

This religion, dead for five hundred years, states that all gods bow to the god of justice, and are so far beneath him that they are as the lowest of servants of a king. The Orithory, a deeply carved quarter-sphere of stone that often weighs over a thousand pounds, symbolizes justice, and is thus their primary symbol. The center of the Orithoran religion was in a region they called
have discovered some new knowledge that might help. I wonder where they would get such knowledge? They claim Soudilii, their goddess of magic, is out of favor, but can we really trust anyone who even admits to a goddess of magic?

I have received word of a battle of magics, the Andrithansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAndrithanism

Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

Andrithanism and its variants are the dominant religion in Rang and the surrounding kingdoms. Within the boundaries of
pitted against the magi. There were heavy losses on both sides. I cannot say I am disappointed.

Word has reached us of Fovery's death. The tide in our favor has become a tsunami. If we can kill Belazan, our victory will be guaranteed. Is it strange that I celebrate the death of three men – Fovery and his allies – when thousands lost their lives in the battle? Perhaps, but Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
's justice does not pay heed to weak human sensibilities.

The Song of Destruction is complete. If we can capture a mage for long enough, three Voices with Snake Charms can turns his own magic against him, slowly destroying his ability. No mage can resist the power of Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMorenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
. Soon, we will send our voices throughout the land. Our allies have located every stronghold of wizardry besides Brundashplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigBrundash

By Arnell and the DM. Last updated 2014-09-17

Before the Battle of the Magics, Brundash was the mysterious home of a world-wide organization of magi. Even then, few could claim to have seen it, and no one would say where or even what it was. Brundash was a term used both for the place, and the organization.
itself, and we will charge forward to every one.

They claim that the Battle of the Magics, as it is now being called, is at an end. Of course this is not so. Mages have simply gone into hiding, and now we must root them out. I suspect the Orithoransplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Orithorans

This religion, dead for five hundred years, states that all gods bow to the god of justice, and are so far beneath him that they are as the lowest of servants of a king. The Orithory, a deeply carved quarter-sphere of stone that often weighs over a thousand pounds, symbolizes justice, and is thus their primary symbol. The center of the Orithoran religion was in a region they called
in Meheiral harbor mages in their temple, but no one believes me. The fools think there can be no deceit from an ally. Did they learn nothing from Fovery? The Orithoransplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigThe Orithorans

This religion, dead for five hundred years, states that all gods bow to the god of justice, and are so far beneath him that they are as the lowest of servants of a king. The Orithory, a deeply carved quarter-sphere of stone that often weighs over a thousand pounds, symbolizes justice, and is thus their primary symbol. The center of the Orithoran religion was in a region they called
go on about their True Justice forbidding any form of magic, while secretly worshipping their own false goddess of magic. The Polinakasplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigPolinaka

This religion has been dead for three hundred years, since the Plague of Morenth, that bloody period when the followers of Morenth completely wiped out the Polinakas.

Polinaka's theology is much the opposite of Morenth's. Polinakas believe that there are gods in everything, and that only the actions of Man can bring order to the universe. They believe, for example, that the sun rises each morning only because Polinakas pray for it to rise each night. Spring comes only when Polinakas p…
make all manner of excuses for why they refused to participate in the Battle, but what was their true reason? They claim there are gods in everything, which means they see the magi as gods as well. And the Andrithansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAndrithanism

Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

Andrithanism and its variants are the dominant religion in Rang and the surrounding kingdoms. Within the boundaries of
– their faults barely need to be spoken. Their Fighters, while few in number, are so like mages themselves that the Battle will not end until they are eliminated.