Red Star Burning


EVENTS NEWS #299
Date: 1/8/2014 at 5:38
From: Anonymous
To : Everyone
Subj: Red Star Burning

As the Red Star grew ever closer to the Basin of Life, its influence was
felt by all under its crimson glow. Some inhabitants of the Basin were
more easily swayed by its lure and promises than others, taking up the
moniker of 'the Army of Love' and touting the return of the Lovers and
the renewal of their power.

This was met with more resistance by some than others; many, like
Sondayga Zayah of the Serenwilde, felt the call of love and shared it
with their peers quite forcefully, while others, including Marcella
n'Lochli of the ur'Guard, ruthlessly ended the lives of any who endorsed
the Red Star or those it heralded.

In the meantime, the Holy Supernals and the Demon Lords of Nil remained
drained of power, in part due to the breaking of the binding that had
sealed all knowledge and memory of the Lovers away, and in part because
of the theft of their own energies. Indeed, as the Red Star flared in
the sky, it remained unsated, leeching away energy from the Seal of
Beauty, even as the remaining eight Seals attempted to bolster its
reserves.

So the cities of Magnagora and New Celest worked with their allies - and
enemies - to revitalize the rulers of Nil and Celestia. Upon reaching
full power, the Cosmic Lords took to the skies above the Prime Material
one final time, to banish the Burning Star forevermore and end the
encroaching threat of the lost Supernal and the wayward Emanation of
Shallamar.

The lost half-formed were not so easily quelled, however. Dumaliel,
Dancer Upon Glittering Clouds, took to the Cave of Beauty in an attempt
to directly siphon the power contained within, while Grimbach, the
Golden Poet, alighted within the newly-revealed ruins of the Verasavir
Valley to harness the latent energies therein. Countless mortals flocked
to the Lovers, unwilling to see further strife come into being.

Fierce battles were waged that evening. Dumaliel's beguiling dances led
many to their death, while Grimbach's voice parted even the most
stalwart of souls from their mortal frame. Members of the Army of Love
appeared to aid their lords, and all the while Grimbach and Dumaliel
cast those daring enough to strike them between one another, in an
attempt to disorient their pursuers.

At length, and through much tribulation, the Lovers were defeated, and
retreated into the Burning Star once more. Their energies restored, the
Supernals and Demon Lords cast the Star through the planes and out of
sight, before departing once more to their respective Cosmic planes.

Amid the celebrations, Raziela's voice rose timorous and grieving at the
loss felt once more of her brother, Dumaliel. The Elder God Valtreth
appeared over New Celest, answering the call of the Loving Radiance, and
proclaimed that He would redeem the Lovers Himself, if they could at all
be redeemed, for He knew of love, loss, and union by His very nature.

The Creatrix was next to appear, applauding Valtreth's efforts in such,
though skeptical of whether the half-formed abominations had redemption
within them at all. Her attentions turned to a more immediate and
troubling matter; beneath the assault of the Burning Star and the
Lovers, the Nine Seals had been drained dangerously of power in an
attempt to keep the Seal of Beauty whole. While they remain partially
intact, they are weakened, and so a new Ascension was declared, daring
one mortal to rise above their peers and bolster the Nine Seals by
becoming a Vernal Ascendant.

Almighty Kethuru lurks beyond the boundaries of reality, awaiting the
chance to destroy the Seals and all creation with them. Who will be the
one to restore the defences of reality and thwart the greatest of the
Soulless once more?

Time, it is said, shall tell.


Penned by My hand on the 18th of Dioni, in the year 373 CE.