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11.5.1 ASCENDANTS

The mortal realm is bound by the Nine Veils, which hide the esoteric realms of
the Nine Domoth. Beyond the Domoth lies the Immanidivinus from which the Gods
themselves draw power. It was from these Domoth that mortals were able to
reach divinity and become true gods. During ancient times, nexuses of power
were used to propel chosen mortals through one of the Nine Veils and within
a Domotheos tap into the Immanidivinus and ascend to true divinity. These
were called Vernal Gods. During the Vernal Wars, the last nine surviving
Vernal Gods (originally called the Council of Nine but have come to be known
simply as the Nine) sacrificed themselves to give birth to Avechna the
Avenger, who was able to finally defeat the last and greatest of the Soulless
Gods, Almighty Kethuru. The Nine used the last of their essence to create the
Nine Seals that kept the Soulless Gods trapped within their prisons. The Nine
Seals were placed over each of the Nine Veils, tapping into the powers of the
Domoth.

Since then, one Vernal God has ascended to divinity, and she was Marilynth of
Celest. She sacrificed herself to destroy the Pool of Stars and save the Holy
Lands of Celestia from the Taint. (See the History of the Celestine Empire.)
She was the last of the Vernal Gods.

In the year 168 C.E., the Nine Seals began to weaken and a new type of god
arose from mortalkind. Thus is the story of the first and last True Ascended
God who was known as Ayridion, the White Flame. Ayridion ascended to godhood
from the mortal Soll Peulus who survived the Nine Challenges. Bearing the Seal
of Life, Soll Peulus was able to pierce the Veil and enter the Domotheos of
Life, thus ascending to godhood as Ayridion. (See Events News 79-89.)

In the year 188 CE, an event occurred that shook the foundations of creation
itself. A plague was released into the Pool of Stars and spread throughout all
the known nexuses of power. From there, the plague seeped into the Nine Seals
and bled into the Domoth, ultimately afflicting Avechna the Avenger.
Especially attuned to the Domotheos of Life, Ayridion the White Flame had
devoted his divinity to healing. He sought to destroy this plague by immersing
throughout the Domoth and driving it out. However, the plague had a mind of
its own, somehow infused with the malice of terrible, alien presence drawing
power from the Domoth and reaching out towards the Immanidivinus. Ayridion
sacrificed himself to create a breach between the Domoth and the Immanidivinus,
which has come to be known as the Threshold Abyss. The force of his sacrifice
destroyed the plague, expelling it from the Domoth and cleansing the nexuses
of power.

Because of the barrier of the Threshold Abyss, it is now impossible for mortals
to reach the Immanidivinus and obtain the mantle of godhood. However, they are
still able to enter the Domoth and become what is known as an Ascendant. Those
who reach Ascendancy through the nexuses of power are known as Vernal
Ascendants. Those who reach Ascendancy through the Nine Challenges are known
as an Ascendant by the Veil of the Domoth they passed through. After the
sacrifice of Ayridion, it was found that his soul survived, and thus Ilyarin,
once known as Soll Peulus, returned as an Ascendant of the Domotheos of Life.

VERNAL ASCENDANTS

Each city and commune may raise Vernal Ascendants, who are tied to the nexus 
of power. The entire council of the city or commune must come to a consensus 
agreement to raise a Vernal Ascendant, which will drain millions of power from 
their nexus of power. If the Vernal Ascendant ever leaves the city or commune, 
they will lose their Ascendancy.

TRUE ASCENDANTS

When the Nine Seals weaken, a true ascendant is the mortal who passes through
the Nine Challenges and emerges the winner. Bearing one of the Nine Seals, he
or she pierces the Veil and enters the Domotheos of that Seal, emerging as a
True Ascendant.

2007 - Soll rose to become Ascendant Ilyarin (Seal of Life)
2008 - Sojiro rose to become Ascendant Shuyin (Seal of Death)
2009 - Xiel rose to become Ascendant Viynain (Seal of Nature)
2010 - Ceren rose to become Ascendant Fillin (Seal of War)
2011 - Esano rose to become Ascendant Akyaevin (Seal of Chaos)
2012 - Xenthos rose to become Ascendant Xynthin (Seal of Nature)
2013 - Sidd rose to become Ascendant Synkarin (Seal of War)
2014 - Morkarion rose to become Ascendant Karlach (Seal of Death)

ASCENDANT POWERS

   * Ascendants are considered above demigods, though have most of the powers
     of a demigod. 

   * If the physical form of an Ascendant is destroyed, they do not revert
     to mortal life if they reach 0 essence and do not have the phoenix power
     (unlike demigods). Instead, their bodies will slowly reform within the
     Domoth Realms. They can accelerate this process if they have enough
     essence to do so.
      * To accelerate the process, the Ascendant may REINCARNATE instantly.