Binding of the Wheel, Revenge of the Dame


EVENTS NEWS #267
Date: 10/26/2012 at 5:10
From: Anonymous
To : Everyone
Subj: Binding of the Wheel, Revenge of the Dame

Working tirelessly, Glomdoring set about completing a task they knew
would cripple the Time Dames and their legions of dominators, to bind
and hold the Wheel of the Goloths itself. Using the Ebonglom Wyrdling as
their vehicle for this great feat, those of the Merciless Forest fed it
hundreds upon hundreds of the strange temporal anomalies, simply
referred to as 'abominations', manifesting in the wake of the damage to
the Wheel. Slowly the Ebonglom Wyrdling's aura expanded, dull at first
until it grew explosive with the temporal energies the abominations were
rife with. Finally his aura solidified, enveloping him like a thin,
rainbowed armour of energy, one veined with shadows and darker energy.

Their efforts come to a close, the Ebonglom Wyrdling soared north to the
Balach Swamp, intending to claim the Wheel of the Goloths. From across
the Basin of Life people came to see what was to occur, many in the dark
of Glomdoring's intentions. Refusing to surrender easily, Stepasha, Dame
of Destruction rose from the Wheel, dominators pouring after her. She
brought her scythe to bear against the coming Wyrdling, and found her
dark powers were useless against his newfound aura. Shrieking, she
called forth from the Wheel of the Goloths fiends from the Vernal Wars,
creatures she had claimed with the knowledge stolen from Magnagora and
fed with the essence stolen from the undead of Spectres Isle and
Glomdoring - hungering wraiths. Composed of burning ash and cinder and
shadow, the wraiths fed upon the lifeforce of those gathered. Though
many were slain, some few escaped with Stepasha, Dame of Destruction,
just as the Wyrdling struck at the Wheel of the Goloths.

Claiming its prize, the Wyrdling returned to the Glomdoring Forest and
settled down, wrapping about the Wheel like an avaricious, protective
serpent. So bound, it was discovered Stepasha was cut off from the other
Dames, and beyond her wraiths and her own powers, she had no aid to
speak of - she was alone in the Basin of Life, in all of the First
World, and knew the Wheel of the Goloths must be reclaimed. Immediately
Glomdoring set about shutting down access to their forest, earning the
scorn of allies, but they remained steadfast in their decision.

Some days passed before Stepasha returned, but returned she did.
Sweeping through the Isle of Spectres, the Dame of Detruction harvested
the dead, using their energy to feed her wraiths, creating more, and
others who became bloated and foul and deadly. Though many came to fight
her, they found themselves ineffective in stopping her. Too late, too
few fighters - whatever the reason, Stepasha finished her harvest and
moved on, her bloated wraiths traveling with her.

Soon, screams of the viscanti soldiers guarding the Waste Storage
Facility erupted, the Dame of Destruction butchering them herself and
breaking through the machinery holding in the mindless zombies. Fighters
from every city arrived to fight their way through the undead, only to
find they were not alone - cackling and howling gleefully, Stepasha,
Dame of Destruction cut her way through the undead masses, harvesting
the energies that animated them and drawing them in through her great
scythe. Rising up from the Ackleberry Highway, her collecting done,
Stepasha cast her scythe through the sky and sent waves of darkness,
summoning forth dread zombies of her own, tormented husks that wailed
and shrieked as they tore through any who waded into their midst.
Working together, the four cities and two communes cleared the roads of
the undead, though knew Stepasha would return.

It was the ruins of the Shallach Fortress that she appeared in next,
wraiths and zombies overwhelming the ur'dead knights protecting the
gates of the Catacombs. Though Krangar, Guardian of the Gates fought
long against her, he ultimately fell beneath her scythe. Defenders from
every city and commune attempted to reach them, but they could not find
their way past the undead quickly enough. Krangar slain, Stepasha forced
her way into the Catacombs of the Dead, and gleefully set into her next
harvest of undead. Hiriako of the Serenwilde found an ur'dead knight who
had survived the attack to open the gates for him and others. They
pushed their way into the Catacombs of the Dead themselves, once the
passages used by the Vernal God Urlach to move troops during the Vernal
Wars, and later the Empire to maintain control of their domain. There
they found a pitched battle between wraith and ur'dead, the wretched
aberrations of the Catacombs - and the wraiths were winning. As they
fought their way towards the lowest levels of the catacombs they heard
dark chanting and unholy screaming, only speeding their frantic battle
into the depths.

As they broached the lowest level, they found the source of their fear -
Stepasha, Dame of Destruction, and alongside her Krangar, once Guardian
of the Gates, raised anew as the Guardian of Destruction. Battle raged
for some time between those who came after them and Krangar, though
ultimately he followed Stepasha as she abandoned the Catacombs and its
Commandant, unable to cull him and the gatekeepers whilst battling off
those who would interfere.

Many thought her defilement ceased with Krangar, the ur'Guard of
Magnagora particularly. So incensed was Corporal Marcella of the
ur'Guard that he deliberately sought out Krangar, though he did find him
eventually - deep in the i'Xiia Asylum. Leading a warband of ur'dead
knights, Krangar, Guardian of Destruction lead the collection of the
undead mugwump prisoners and their wardens. Many came to fight back
against the undead and the wraiths that attacked alongside them, though
soon they discovered the ploy was a distraction. Elsewhere in Avechna's
Teeth Stepasha lead an attack against the Shallamurine Cathedral,
slaughtering the priestesses within and defiling the slumbering Marani
Veloske, attempting to claim her and her lifeforce. Howling in rage,
Marani awoke and fought against the Dame of Destruction, utilizing her
great powers and the sole note of the Song of Creation that she had come
to master.

The battle raged, but ultimately Marani was wounded and withdrew,
returning to the Cathedral and going into hiding. Her priestesses slain
and their bodies taken, Marani was without recourse and for a long
moment was left to hang in bitter rage. Krangar, having arrived at the
Cathedral, ordered the retreat, his ur'dead knights of Destruction
dragging behind them the fallen priestesses, that Stepasha and her
wraiths may feed upon them, as well.

Naught has been heard nor seen of the Dame of Destruction since, leading
the question to where she will strike next. Shall she return to the
Catacombs of the Dead to claim its Commandant, nestled deep within its
bowels? Will she attack the Shallamurine Cathedral once more, to claim
Marani Veloske, the White Priestess? Whispers ranged the streets of
Magnagora, that she may come to claim the Necromentate and more. Others
worried she would come for the dreamers of Gaudiguch, or the fae of
Serenwilde.

One thing was certain, however - she had promised to return to
Glomdoring once her forces were built up and to reclaim the Wheel of the
Goloths and raze the forest. That was a promise no one doubts her
intentions on. Though many still wonder, to what purpose Glomdoring
holds the Wheel of the Goloths.



Penned by My hand on the 8th of Dioni, in the year 338 CE.