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 ====== The Battle of the Magics (577) ====== ====== 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 [[zioth:​place:​brundash|Brundash]] is unable to control them. It doesn'​t help that the priests, Morenthians in particular, can counter our magic.+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 Brundash is unable to control them. It doesn'​t help that the priests, Morenthians 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.{{zioth>​t,​148}} 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.{{zioth>​t,​148}}
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 ==== The perspective of a Morenthian ==== ==== The perspective of a Morenthian ====
  
-In [[zioth:​turn:​168|Turn 168]], ​[[zioth:​pc:​ziedon|Ziedon]] and [[zioth:​pc:​kreemon|Kreemon]] discover a book written by a priest of Morenth who witnessed the Battle of the Magics. Here are a few entries from his personal journal:+In [[zioth:​turn:​168|Turn 168]], Ziedon and Kreemon discover a book written by a priest of Morenth 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 [[zioth:​place:​brundash|Brundash]]. It spoke of unity among the magi. Unity! Whether they believe me or not, the magi will rise up, and soon. May Morenth protect the Few.//+//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 Brundash. It spoke of unity among the magi. Unity! Whether they believe me or not, the magi will rise up, and soon. May Morenth protect the Few.//
  
-//Fovery, archmage of [[zioth:​place:​brundash|Brundash]], has commanded that all magi leave their employment and migrate to Brundash to meet with him. Could there be any more blatant a declaration of war?//+//Fovery, archmage of Brundash, has commanded that all magi leave their employment and migrate to Brundash 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 Malaener 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 Morenth than the evil fire of witchcraft. Fovery now plots his retribution,​ but he will not slaughter Morenthians as he has always plotted. I have sent letters out to the far reaches of the kingdom, to the Andrithans, Orithorans and even the Polinakas. The magi will regret beginning this war.// //It has begun. Zazilan, king Orte's mage, tried to slip through Malaener 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 Morenth than the evil fire of witchcraft. Fovery now plots his retribution,​ but he will not slaughter Morenthians as he has always plotted. I have sent letters out to the far reaches of the kingdom, to the Andrithans, Orithorans and even the Polinakas. The magi will regret beginning this war.//
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 //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 Morenth'​s justice does not pay heed to weak human sensibilities.//​ //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 Morenth'​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 Morenth. Soon, we will send our voices throughout the land. Our allies have located every stronghold of wizardry besides ​[[zioth:​place:​brundash|Brundash]] itself, and we will charge forward to every one.//+//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 Morenth. Soon, we will send our voices throughout the land. Our allies have located every stronghold of wizardry besides Brundash 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 Orithorans 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 Orithorans go on about their True Justice forbidding any form of magic, while secretly worshipping their own false goddess of magic. The Polinakas 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 Andrithans -- 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.//​ //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 Orithorans 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 Orithorans go on about their True Justice forbidding any form of magic, while secretly worshipping their own false goddess of magic. The Polinakas 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 Andrithans -- 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.//​