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  1. Vennterrian Magic and the Kingsglaive Curse

    Vennterrian Magic and the Kingsglaive Curse To even begin to tackle the monolith that is Vennterrian Magic (one of the main sources of conflict in 'The Seal of Heroes'), I want to start with a couple disclaimers then clarify a few terms. 1) Remind yourself to not metagame (cause your character to act in ways that exploit the information they should not have). This information is for players, not for characters. 2) The Seal of Heroes universe is over six years old, and as a result, very complex so certain things might be confusing as I don't realize what I have and haven't given context too. A few terms: -Gem: One of the six gems that fell from the sky, containing god-like power -Relic: One of the five tools that were crafted out of the gems to better siphon their power safely, at the cost of strength -Jewel: A stone, soul, or otherwise crafted 'fake gem' use the mirror the power of the Five Relics to varying degrees of success -Tool(s) of Power: A fake relic, used to exploit the power of a jewel with varying levels of strength and stability Before the events of a Seal of Heroes: Vennterria was a single continent akin to that of Pangea. It was ruled by a single ancient empire, and without even the slightest dream of magic. This was changed when six gems fell from the sky, each one containing god-like power. The first man to come into contact with one was with named Alvion. He died the second he touched it, and the corpse that remained was twisted into an arcane crystalline abomination. This new titanic daemon had the potential to bring desolation to all of Vennterria, and it almost did. Though before that could happen Alvion was sealed away with his own power and the ritual shattered Vennterria. What remained was a mountain of dark crystals named the Mantisphere, it spewed lethal radiation and sucked the life force of anything that came near. Rumor has it, Alvion is still alive, as well as the five brave heroes that sealed him, frozen in time together in brutal combat. Before the ways of the old capital was lost, the remaining five gems were crafted into flawless relics that would allow their power to be siphoned safely. The descendants of old Vennterria separated in order to better colonize the continents and islands that remained, and the five relics were separated with them. Even after centuries of war, they remained in the hands of the five major civilizations: Kalador, Zebulus, Brytannia, Malaka, and Rivergate. During the events of SoH, the Mantisphere became more active, melting down and spewing magic back into the world. Whether it was Kalador discovering jewels in the heart of their great mountain capital or the souls tethered to vessels in Zebulian experiments, the arms race had begun. They were nothing like the original six, but these jewels promised great power, and it seemed like the end of an age. Imagine the horror that they felt when they discovered how inept their own relics were. During the next few years, there were hundreds of tools of power that were crafted, but the craftsmen of New Vennterria were nothing like the old, and they could never quite siphon the power safely. Whether they were instantly reduced to ash or were slowly corrupted into Alvionspawn, the costs always outweighed the gain. While they continued to push technology past what was considered ethical, the Fitz family of Zebulus continued to open and maintain factories built on the back of child labor. In their time there, a boy named Icarus and his younger brother Dale became craftsmen of prodigy, the Fitz family picked up on this and worked them harder and harder, leading to Dale's death. Ike then decided to use his skills to create weapons of war against the Fitz Family and helped to win the Zebulian civil wars. Irashi, the new Wingman of Zebulus, decided to then gift Ike with a shard of the Zebuluan Tablet (one of five original relics), as it was useless to Irashi without a siphon. Ike could never perfect it, but he was able to get close. He crafted them into his leather gauntlets, and it instilled him with his famous fiery power. After the wars were won, Ike and the crew of his now ruined airship, the Lady Valkyrie, decided to swear loyalty to Agusta Rustero who saw his craftsmanship and had him build an entire arsenal of tools of power. With each new success, the diversity of Vennterrian jewels began to be discovered. Each seemed to work in their own unique way and Ike would have to make drastic changes on each tool, and as a result, the power they instilled was always special. The men and women who had the bodies and minds strong enough to wield these imperfect relics were named the Queen's Glaive or Queensglaive. With her glaive, Agusta easily united the petty kingdoms of Brytannia and claimed the Capital City of Aelton, and the crown that came with it (one of the legendary relics, known as the 'Crown of Aelton'). The Kingsglaive Curse With Brytannia united, Icarus decided to leave Vennterria and start a kingdom of his own, under Agusta's banner. When Icarus discovered the existence of Solis, an ancient and hostile empire, he knew he would have to fight again, and without Brytannian support, he would have to break the vow he took within himself and forge his own Kingsglaive. To his relief, a few of his companions had magicks of their own, but they were few and soon Icarus would be forging tools of power for his own kingdom. Just as the Queensglaive, the Kingsglaive's tools weren't perfect. Each time the power of Vennterrian magic was tapped into, the wielder experienced the intoxicating bloodlust and unrelenting savagery that was typical of Ike's tools. It would slowly corrupt the person, driving them away from what they once were. Some even turned into Alvionspawn themselves. But the sacrifice of his glaive bought salvation for Kingstone, and the budding kingdom survived Solisian wrath. Unique Glaive Members King Icarus Forde originally incorporated the gem shard he received from Irashi into a custom made leather gauntlet. These gauntlets had coils of metal cables incorporated into the bottom side of each forearm, using cold welding technology to 'stick' onto surfaces and either swing around his airship himself or pull targets to him. Steampower coiled and uncoiled these cables back within the gauntlet and the impact of them being shot at close range could send targets reeling backward. He had two retractable blades in each fist and finally, each of his gauntlets could fire three mini crossbow bolts from within the fists. However, when Ike implemented the tablet, each of these weapons, as well as his own bodily functions, were greatly enhanced. While under the curse, bright rings of orange and gold form around both irises in his eyes, which increased his reaction time and spatial awareness exponentially. His cables grew white hot and seemed to have minds of their own, acting to his will. The blades had much greater cutting and stabbing power and the bolts would explode on impact. As he aged, however, he wasn't agile enough to use his cables anymore and decided to once again reinvent his fighting style. He crafted 13 swords, forging all but a speck of his tablet into the thirteenth, Brisingr. He gave away his left gauntlet, now useless to him, and taught himself to shoot a longbow. The keyswordÄlfretyas required to fly the Lady Valkyrie gave him plenty of longsword experience and soon he was a master swordsman. Ike could wield Brisingr without exploiting the curse, but when times became dire, he would trigger the pommel and his fiery strength would return. The remaining speck of the tablet within his right gauntlet connected the two tools of power, and he could recall his sword back to him at will, and even teleport his entire body to the sword, however doing so would allow the curse to completely envelop him. His swings could send flaming crescents of explosive power, as his thrusts would create crushing spears of flame. As a result of the curse, Brisingr would glow red hot, and become lighter, and pierce armor more easily. His heightened spacial awareness and the power sent through gauntlet into longbow made him a deadly accurate archer at superhuman ranges and his arrows could even explode on impact. After years of exploiting this power, Ike's condition plummeted. The visible signs of his curse grew exponentially, and while under its effects, on top of the rings around his eyes, his plate armor would glow red hot, burning runes crawl across his skin, and embers encircle all around him. The carefree, optimistic facade he built around himself faded, and melancholy and rage filled it's void. He felt himself grinding his teeth and clenching his fists in unprovoked rage, and the bloodlust never left him, even as he slept. His love for Kingstone was stronger, however, and for his people and his home he always kept the curse hidden while off the battlefield. Ike is in a daily struggle to keep himself from becoming Alvionspawn, and to relieve this he shares his burden with his warhorse, Boris 'the Bold' who as a result, transforms into a griffon. Alfrety also has been known to bear his curse as well, unbeknownst to Ike himself. Agista Rustero is heir to the throne of Brytannia and the Crown of Aelton. While she doesn't wield one of Ike's weapons, she bears a curse of her own. Because of her Rusteronian blood, she was abducted as a child and chained to a demonic spirit. She mastered the ways of sorcery from the women of Tarif, and after foiling an attempt by the spirit to commandeer her body, the spirit vowed obedience to her. With its power and her skills, she became the greatest sorceress since Cartian, and inherited his scythe. With amulet, talisman, and scythe in hand, Agista is a terror on the battlefield. She can blink short distances and become intangible at will. Cleaving lines of infantry with her scythe one second, and tanking magic missiles and cannon shots with it the next. She is part of Ike's inner glaive. Nicku Crestshade was saved by Icarus as a child and has since trained by his side. Her dryad-like shade powers, which she mastered at infancy, granted her control over beasts, which she can command and communicate with at will. For those who resisted her will, she carried a crude stone war hammer, and when the threat of Solis was revealed, Ike forged her one of castle-forged steel. The gauntlet she received from Icarus was modded with a sapphire found in the old mines of Kalador. It strengthened her control of beasts, filled her with superhuman strength and made her hammer light as a feather in her arms, ungodly heavy in the hands of someone who didn't suffer from the curse. While under the effects of the curse, her eyes grow a bright cyan blue, and her horns pull farther out of her skull. Älfrety of Lletya is a young elf, who ventured out of Tirannwn into Human-controlled Gielenor to study magic, in hopes of one day freeing his people from violent oppression and attempted extinction. Taking roads less traveled, he walked and hid all the way to Draynor, where he stayed for two nights before entering the Draynor Wizards' Tower. There he studied, hooded and slouched, fooling everyone with the illusion of humanity. All but one; Wizard Toloram knew Älfrety's origins the moment he entered the Tower. Toloram knew that if Älfrety was discovered, he would be executed, or worse; pitying the elf, he took him into his personal study as a roommate, to lessen his chance of revealing his disguise. Älfrety studied with Wizard Toloram until the human wizards' grey hairs turned white, and he became ill his last time; when the other Wizards of the tower realized they'd been fooled. Älfrety was set to be executed in three days' time. Toloram could not stop the execution in his age or condition, but he knew how they would do it. Älfrety would be sent through the "Continuum Gap", a massive hole beneath the Tower which spews forth magical energy and blinding lights. On the morning of his execution, Toloram gave Älfrety his two greatest possessions: His spellbook, and a crystalline eye. The eye shone green like an emerald, with a pupil that darted erratically from one position to the next. The eye was dubbed by Toloram "The Mage Eye", a legendary magical artifact capable of revealing arcane secrets of massive gravity; It was the third eye of the God Guthix. No longer balanced by its connection to the now dead god, it is simply a fount of unlimited power, assuming you'd be willing to put your life on the line. With these only two possessions hidden inside the rags he was given to wear, Älfrety walked out of the cell, down the stairs, and after a brief hearing, was thrown down the endless, the infinity; into the unknown. "Halt!" called out a voice which rivaled the thunder, "A corpse blocks the road!" But the voice was wrong. The body was only half corpse. His spirit had been bound to the nearest vessel, King Icarus himself, only barely surviving at a great cost. Binding to Icarus also meant Älfrety permanently branding himself with Ike's inescapable condition: The Kingsglaive Curse. From that day on, Älfrety fought alongside Icarus and his strange, fiery magic but also struggled with the wrath and fury that the curse had thrust upon both of them. It incurred Älfrety's normally dormant and bitter hatred of the Human race, and while under the curse's influence, his eyes shone a verdant green only comparable to the Mage Eye itself; eyes blinded by rage, eyes that can see only his people being slaughtered at the Underground Pass, eyes that can only see his people driven into the forests of Tirannwn by bloodbath after bloodbath. How ironic it is that Älfrety fights under a human king, conjuring arcane lightning and dragonfire that would be all but uncontrollable if not for a powerful, foriegn presence. I would like to personally thank anyone who took the time out of their day to read this and know that I respect you more for doing it. I hope you can begin to see the depth of Kingstone and, by extension, Vennterria. I will be glad to answer any questions or discrepancies.
  2. The History of Kingstone, and its Future. Kingstone had some very meager beginnings on Everneth. It started with a cobblestone square and my friend of sixteen years. So I was surprised when randoms began to take notice of King Icarus's ambitions and go out of their way to join (Shoutout to Remy and DPP, those willing to put their trust in a nobody and help build Kingstone to what it is today.), and as we were picking up steam, I became very lenient about who joined and didn't have the forethought to realize nobody would actually want to fight us if we covered half the server, after all, I was just enjoying all the new faces. I also discovered on the blood-soaked battlefields between Solis and Kingstone, that I preferred a small, elite group. Late December, Solis, and Kingstone mutually decided to take a break to celebrate the coming of a new year. It was during the end of this armistice that I heard rumors that the server would be resetting at the old 1.13 update (before it was merged with the aquatic one) and even if I rushed to build a crummy, imperfect Kingstone, I wouldn't have had the time to enjoy it nor to hold any decent sized events there. These rumors were decidedly false and even if they were true, Mojang soon announced that the two updates would become one, and as a result, delayed. By this time, however, I had already lost months and months of time, and by then the new update wasn't far off and I ran into the same problems. My love for Kingstone never faded, and I never felt the same Minecraft burnout that plagued the rest of Everneth (even though I've been playing since March 2011 and wracked up easily over 5,000 hours) but Kingstone was to be my magnum opus. Simultaneously the most ambitious and most detailed project I had ever attempted. It was going to be finished halfway through the current world's life, then enjoyed by everyone through events and stories/videos/streams for the second half. And man, am I proud of Kingstone... it has become more than a build. So I've been asked by many whether or not I will rebuild Kingstone during the upcoming world reset and for the longest time it was a stern "No." I couldn't lose Kingstone a third time, I tried to build it before Everneth and lost it before it was finished and for awhile I was resolved to just build it in a creative singleplayer world with the Conquest mod, along with the impossible project of Vennterria. But Kingstone isn't just a build anymore, man, it's a community and my home. During the past three days, we have had two separate events centralized around Kingstone, and in between these events, the build was full of people who weren't even vassals of the kingdom, the population of the server has gone beyond 20 for the first time in a long time. You can't get that in creative singleplayer, and if the next world lasts a good 7-12 months, then I owe it to Everneth to finish Kingstone and continue to keep its players involved in its antics. I appreciate all of you who have taken the time out of your day to come to these events and I hope to see you all in the next world. Kingstone wouldn't be the same without you and while I will be purging the current team of Kingstonians, I will be reopening the application process, now with a more complex series of tests including building skills, lore knowledge, proficiency in combat, and unique character profiles. List of Kingstonians at the beginning of the new world: -King Icarus Forde of Kingstone -Nicku Crestshade -Alfrety of the Wizards' Tower -Arlin of Mirkwood (Remy) (( I am also thinking of renewing ties with DPP and Divine, but since DPP's computer is borked and I don't even know if Divine wishes to continue his journey, I decided to leave them off this list. )) Huge thanks to those who read all this, it was satisfying writing it.
  3. Everyone is invited to join the invading team. This will be a pvp event held at Kingstone found on the first floor of the yellow quadrant in the nether hub, look for the red and yellow eagle banners. All items/beds/builds will be supplied for absolutely free, compliments of Kingstone and FearlessPie. Remember that we are all just trying to have fun. Stick to the rules and be positive! Kingstone is under siege by barbarians. The goal for the invaders will be to slay King Icarus Forde who is holed up in the "Discord Tower". Kingstonians will have to protect the king for 20 minutes. Barbarians will have to emerge from their encampment and storm the walls past an open field. The fight takes place 4/7/18 2pm PST. Winners get a stack of diamonds each. Rules: Infinite respawns Invaders cannot break blocks they didn't place but can use building in ANY way to scale the walls/towers No spawn camping Must follow your team's kit All items will be unenchanted but can be named 1 maximum Kingstonian per 2 invaders (Example: 3 Kingstonians vs 6 Invaders) All players are allowed stone axes Items on the ground from dead players are fair game for everyone, no looting item frames The limits on arrows are at a time All members must respect the southern/eastern border marked in orange on the map below and in orange concrete on the battlefield All players are allowed a shield (Preferably the one provided with your team's insignia) No enderpearls or elytras Kingstonian Kit: King Icarus Forde: Iron Helmet, Diamond Chestplate, Diamond Pants, Iron Boots, Iron Sword, Bow, Three Stacks of Arrows. Kingstonian Bodyguards: Full Iron Armor, Iron Sword, Bows, Two Stacks of Arrows. Kingstonian Mage: Assorted Iron/Leather Armor, Stone Sword, Bows, One Stack of Arrows. Various Potions (strength potions banned). Invading Kit: Barbarian King: Diamond Helmet, Iron Chestplate, Iron Pants, Iron boots, Iron Sword, Bows, One Stack of Arrows, Wooden Blocks (as much as they can carry.), One Default Splash Potion of Invisibility per Round Barbarian Invaders: Iron Helmet, Iron Chestplate, Iron Pants, Iron Boots, Iron Sword, Bows, One Stack of Arrows, Wooden Blocks (as much as they can carry.)
  4. Rejoinder to Kingstone

    The following message is from the Grand Imperator of the Empire of Solis, Yogi: Salvete King Icarus Forde of Kingstone! I hope you had a joyous holiday season! Over my festivities I have read your so called “ultimatum” and have reviewed it with my high council. The Summus Conventus, after a thorough conversation and contemplation, has come up with the following to respond to your “ultimatum.” It is quite laughable at the amount of audacity Kingstone has. This “ultimatum” gave us great joy and lots of laughs over the holiday season, and I appreciate that. You, King Icarus Forde King of Kingstone and all its vassals, are perhaps the most impetuous and brash ruler we, the Empire of Solis, have come into contact with. How dare you take advantage of the people of Lutum into thinking that you have this so called “upper-hand.” How dare you act in such bias and prejudice. It is laughable. It is disgraceful that you discern yourself as “better” and “superior” to Solis in every right. And to have the audacity to declare that “...[A denial to respond] will result in an immediate Kingstone victory and SHAMEFUL end to the Solis Empire…” is truly what gives Kingstone its greatest weakness and exploit: its arrogance. Do not think we ignored your “ultimatum.” The council finds great hilarity in your little “game,” dearest King Icarus (Ike) Forde of Kingstone and all of its vassals and prophet of the gods, so we have decided to, in fact, respond to it. DEMAND #1 (Lopp steps down as Consules. He is a war criminal and peace between Solis and Kingstone is impossible as he holds power in the Empire) It infuriates me that Kingstone can go to such lengths to say that they control our government. They have no right to say these things. This only adds to their arrogance and brashness. DEMAND #2 (Kingstone shall never again bend to impromptu and non-consensual battles. Failing to understand this will mean an immediate surrender of the pertaining battle.) This part of the letter is the only part in which I can come to terms with. We will cooperate. OPTION #1 (Solis continues the fight, using the days until the 2nd of January to train their warriors and recruit new men. You must respect our second demand) This is the only option we actually like as it gives time for the hatred to die down and doesn't mean that our time with Kingstone is to an end. However, in the description it treats us like we're the only ones who have done wrong, which we find ignorant as to project the blame on only us and that 'us' includes all of us where it was actually a minority of 'us' who caused an already problematic situation to become bigger than it had to be and not include themselves to be part of the problematic situation. OPTION #2 (Solis has one final stand. They defend their capital against Kingstone, if they win, and respect BOTH of our demands then we will give them a very very attractive peace treaty) This is a grab for another battle which we feel we already don't want to do. Most of us at the Battle of Fort Acies did not enjoy the battle, we just wanted it to get over and done with because it was so much hassle due to miscommunication and pure ignorance from Kingstone. It is known by now throughout the lands of Lutum that Solians are not good at fighting, but to throw another fight at us that we will surely lose is a pure sign of Kingstone’s cockiness and arrogance. OPTION #3 (Solis admits defeat and decides to work with Kingstone towards a fair and final peace treaty. You must respect our first demand) We believe this option not only is insulting, other than the actual 'option', but also arrogant and brash in its description. Kingstone has done nothing but boast from the start of its days in Lutum. A boast which has been noticed by many and commented on, but those comments have been ignored by those who say they want to improve. We believe that description sums up what we've been up against. In conclusion, King Icarus (Ike) Forde of Kingstone and all of its vassals, prophet of the gods, bringer of peace, savior of the world, we “met” option #1. We will never stop fighting against Kingstone and its arrogance. This is why we wish to rid of you from our lands because of your arrogance. Take this however you want, mighty king, because it still will not matter in the end. Solis will still be forever in the shadow of the great Empire of Kingstone and it’s mighty, great ruler, King Icarus (Ike) Forde of Kingstone and all of its vassals, prophet of the gods, bringer of peace, savior of the world, the new Messiah, the chosen one, freer of chains. Signed, Grand Imperator Yogi Consule Kaddaschatzi Consule Puddles Praetori Pandeoo Legate Lopp Tribune Sh3mm
  5. An Open Letter to Solis

    The Solis-Kingstone Ultimatum After the events of the Battle of Fort Acies, Kingstone and her vassals realized that Solis could not win, and as a result came together to write an ultimatum much like the one the Imperator sent to King Icarus. Inclosed are our terms and the options to which Solis must respond. Failing to do so will result in an immediate Kingstone victory and shameful end to the reign of the Solisian Empire. The Kingdom of Kingstone will give the Empire until the 2nd Day of January 2018. And then it must choose which road it will follow. Our demands: I. Lopp steps down as Consules. He is a war criminal and peace between Solis and Kingstone is impossible as he holds power in the Empire. II. Kingstone shall never again bend to impromptu and non-consensual rules. Failing to understand this will mean an immediate surrender of the pertaining battle. (( For each of the official battles we have had these recent couples of Saturdays, we have, as equals, decided on rules far beforehand and as Kingstonians we have obeyed these rules to an absolute T. The battle of Fort Acies, however, changed all this. Twenty minutes before the battle, I was approached with new, disgustingly unfair rules including: Kingstone could only use half their members, only use Efficiency 1 picks (which we didn't own), and to abandon our spawn build (that exact same spawn in which Imperator Yogi asked us to build). From now on, if you declare war against Kingstone you will be facing the full might of Kingstone. If you want an edge over our numbers and skills, build immersive and defensive builds the same way the old medieval kings did. Causeways, arrowslits, gatehouses, drawbridges. Not 360 waterfalls around a hill that looks indiscernible from grief. )) Your options: I. Solis continues the fight, using the days until the 2nd of January to train their warriors and recruit new men. You must respect our second demand. (( Truth be told I like the concept of Solis. I truly believe that adversity is the flame that tempers the blade. Solis was an enemy, a rival, someone I could use to inspire myself to grow and to work. If Solis is willing to pick up the pieces and become an enemy who shows respect and decency, then I will gladly continue our game. I still regret not being able to defend Kingstone's proud walls. I still regret not being able to build siege towers and battering rams, and not being able to have a glorious victory at the seat of your proud capital. )) II. Solis has one final stand. They defend their capital against Kingstone, if they win, and respect BOTH of our demands then we will give them a very very attractive peace treaty. (( This option will give a heroic end to the great Empire of Solis. After 350 years of peace, the war-hardened Kingstonian forces with their magic and experience were too much for the Empire of Solis, but it will go down in history as a great nation which expanded across multiple continents and reigned with grace as one of the great ancient super-powers of Lutum. )) III. Solis admits defeat and decides to work with Kingstone towards a fair and final peace treaty. You must respect our first demand. (( This option will allow Solis to live in peace with Kingstone, and perhaps prepare them for an alliance against the great dark forces that are to come. If you are willing to take this course, I will gladly sit down with you and as equals, we will decide the price of this war, and your cooperation will be rewarded. I believe that Solis will have a hard time becoming as attractive a faction as Kingstone. Solis has great builders and skilled lore-writers, but Kingstone has been a concept for six years, and her vassals are die-hard loyal as well as determined to start and finish marvelous builds. They also are skilled in combat and are very disciplined, anchored by King Icarus's voice and experience. Even with extensive recruitment efforts, and the closing of Kingstone's own applications, it may not be enough to achieve the kind of numbers required to have a 50/50 win rate against Kingstone. )) Signed: King Icarus Forde of Kingstone Agunua, Lord of Nymphea -And his councilman, Carson of Nymphea. Arlin, Lord of Mirkwood Javious, Lord of Avalon Pandeoo, Spymaster of Kingstone Alfrety, Headmaster of the Wizards’ Tower Vluxed, Governor of Mista Mathora Ragnorock, Chieftain of Ravenscar Nicku Crestshade, Keeper of THE PIT
  6. Battle of Fort Acies: A Post Battle Report

    Without the rest of their legions, the rallied Solsians were scattered easily. Their fort was searched and the supplies commandeered as King Icarus sat grimly atop the tallest battlement waiting for the crows to arrive. Wiping the red stains off of Brisingr's blade, he swallowed down the bile that was coming back up to haunt him. He could feel the curse stealing away more and more of his sanity and identity but steeled himself with the knowledge that with the Solisan offensive destroyed, Kingstone would be able to rest easy during the holidays. Glancing down, he noticed the wooden eagles that served as mantlets still stood proud, even with the three dozen arrows sticking out of them. Icarus would be proud as well, for his men, and now that the battle was over the worse was behind them. What really worried him was the new year, and the events it would bring. It was a 3:0 victory, with Kingstone taking all three points without needing their extra round. (( I appreciate all the Kingstonians who showed up to the battle, it was regretful that some of you had to stay back and couldn't earn the glory you deserved on the battlefield. I hope in future events, there will be no need to hold back and that there will be more communication between Solis and Kingstone regarding the rules being changed the last second, also looking forward to the possibility of a new faction rising up to face the might of Kingstone and it's dedicated defenders. ))
  7. Yellow - The City of Solis Orange - Antiquorum Tower Red - Fort Acies Located on the northeastern edge of the Augustus Mountain Range, there is a rich history behind the great Fort Acies. The same dwarves who had created Ancient Solis also created Fort Acies. Finished in 654 B.G.A., it was once a mighty stronghold of the dwarves in the Augustus Mountain Range. It protected the dwarves for centuries before the Eastern Purid Empire, in 27 B.G.A., happened upon Solis and drove the dwarves out of the Augustus Mountain Range. Because of the harsh winter of 26 B.G.A., the Purids did not discover Fort Acies, and thus Fort Acies was lost to time. The wood rotted away and the stone began to crumble. It was rediscovered in 364 B.G.A., by a shepherd who had been searching for his lost sheep. The soldiers of Solis occupied the tower for about a year before Imperator Yogi called them to deal with the Kingstonian threat rising in the West. After the Battle of Antiquorum Tower, the Kingstonians were unable to invade Solis due to the harsh conditions of the Augustus Mountain Range. King Icarus of Kingstone led his soldiers North through the Ligna Soli Forest and through the Palus Swamp until finally, they saw an opening in the Augustus Mountain Range where they could attack Solis: through Fort Acies. However, Imperator Yogi, back with his soldiers, and been secretly tracking the Kingstonians. He had heard of the mysterious dwarven Fort Acies but never had he stepped foot in it. He calculated that that was where the Kingstonians would attack next. He set up his defenses and waited for the impending Kingstonian charge...
  8. Character Profile: Nicku Crestshade

    -Nicku Crestshade- Nicku Crestshade is Nicku's main character and loyal vassal of King Icarus in the Season 4 Everneth roleplay universe, she is one of many from a custom race called the shades who control THE PIT and the Dawn Isles. Before the events of Kingstone, Nicku lived with her family in the forests North of the Hartguard ruins. They used their druid-esque powers to tame beasts as pets and servants. The shades, as they are called in the common tongue, were peaceful. Content to hum and sing and dance together under their great oaks. Nicku was a natural adventurer and hunter for her family despite her young age. Wielding her great stone bludgeon she could defeat even the fiercest of beasts. But this would be the greatest of hunts. The northern drake troll: This one of a kind beast was a flying, fire-breathing dragon, with stone skin, massive jaws and a face uglier than death itself. It was eight times her height and eight times her weight, and big enough to swallow her whole if she wasn't careful. But armed with her mighty hammer she would win. The huntress became the hunted as the ambush turned, the troll had a dozen lesser drakes in her pack and for each one crushed by the hammer, it seemed to grow heavier and heavier. The drake blood and her own were thick on the ground and she lost balanced mid-swing, sending the hammer flying off a cliff-side. With her surrounded, the drakes licked their lips at the prospect of the kill. The pack stood aside as the alpha summoned the mucus to end her, and as the forest was illuminated with dragon fire, she braced for the end. The sound of the intense flames was interrupted by the sound of metal thudding against dirt. Opening one eye, she made out the silhouette of a man. The drake's breath was being absorbed by the sword in his right hand, as his left sent a chain as red as his sword down the mountain. It seemed to have a mind of its own as it wrapped around the grip of her hammer and sent it flying back upwards. "Fight, fight and survive today!" bellowed the fire-bearer, as her hammer smacked back into her hands.Together they slammed against the army of reptiles and one by one sent their corpses off the cliff. Alone with the pack's leader, Nicku pushed the man back towards the brush. This was the fight she came for. He couldn't understand a word of her language, but smiled and nodded, sheathing his cooling sword. She went back the village a hero, with the skull of a drake in her arms. The man's name was Icarus and over the next six years they got along, she taught him the language of the shades as he taught her the language of men. He said he was building a great stone city where his family could be safe. He also intrusted Nicku with his left gauntlet, which could serve as a grappling hook against fleeing enemies, or a way to get her bludgeon back as she drops it. And as his city grew so did she. The bludgeon didn't tire her anymore and soon she could tame the very same beasts that threatened her village. It was paradise. That was, until the arrival of a malicious nexus spawned under her home. The portal shattered the moment it was activated and split the earth open into a massive crater, vaporizing their old home. Lovecraftian horrors and beasts of untold strength clambered out of the pit. The shades shoud've been annihilated but we were saved by Nicku's super-natural grip on creatures. She tamed them and made them docile, but the hellish corruption continued to spread out of the portal. The shades sent a bird to the Kingstonian Construction Site and Ike's Kingsglaive and their golden apple appeared in time to stop the flow of death before it reached the shades and their more benevolent beasts. Nicku made a home there to make sure the beasts never rampaged and to be closer to Kingstone, since she was soon made a member of the Kingsglaive. THE PIT now served as a tourist attraction and barracks for when the beasts would be called to war under the watchful eye of their master. When the shades searched for a new home Icarus and Nicku both decided that they would be safest in isolation. The shades and the Kingsglaive rose a collection of islands from the ocean's depths and the quickly built a new paradise known as the Dawn Isles. The shades used their inherent magic powers to create a barrier to make the islands invisible to the outside world. Some say that there are shades in the Capital of Kingstone, but due to them being a minority, and the fact that they are so elusive, they were never confirmed. Disclaimer: All art was created by Nicku himself, not me.
  9. Character Profile: King Icarus Forde

    -King Icarus "Ike" Forde- Icarus Forde is my primary character this season and ruler of the Kingdom of Kingstone. I've had him with me in the ol' walnut brain for five years and this profile is for the version as seen during Season 4 of the Everneth survival series. Born in a floating steampunk city in the sky during its industrial revolution Icarus's life on the impoverished streets of Zebulus was hard. Child labor and outright slavery were widespread and that, combined with the total-war stance it took against its own people in the countless civil wars left Icarus with a growing feeling of dread for his home. It was only once his younger brother was crushed between two massive gears that Ike decided to incite his own war against Zebulus. With his closest friends from the ghetto, Jodie Holmes -a tomboy with undying loyalty and a violent attitude-, Selphy Fitz -a member of the rich Fitz family who ran away from home and was drawn to Ike's straight-forward, get-it-done attitude-, and Mako Varg -Ike's closest friend and protector- he commandeered one of Zebulus's precious airships: The Lady Valkyrie. At age 19, he was captain of the infamous "Sky Pirates" who struck fear in the heart of airship pilots all around Vennterria. As the Sky Pirates grew in number and respect, they had a real impact in transforming Zebulus from the cruel and desolate city into a flourishing hub of culture under Irashi Heart, the new and fair Wingman (President) of Zebulus. As thanks for their service and sacrifice, Irashi gifted Icarus Forde a quarter of the very same tablet that kept Zebulus afloat, as long as they would continue to serve as peace-keepers and defenders of the new and fair Zebulus. Icarus forged the tablet shard into his leather gauntlets, which gave the gauntlets untold fiery power. When the Mantisphere -a wicked and ancient magical seal trapped in time- began to leak magical energy back into the world, a war was started due to a magical arms race. After losing many of his crew and his beloved airship preventing the genocide of Kalador(a mountain capital city of dwarves), which was instigated by the Fitz family, the war was over and Icarus Forde sore. Without his ship and crew, Icarus was without purpose. Seeing war's negative effects first hand, and with his experience fighting, Agusta Rustero's cause was perfect for him. She vowed to unite all of Brytannia under one banner to put a stop to the endless wars between petty kings. Serving in her Queensglaive for ten years, he helped her unite the Empire and make her Empress. She was a fine queen and Ike did good under her, becoming her most loyal vassal and trusted advisor. But it was still Vennterria. He lost too much here and decided now that the wars were over he would finally have a chance to get away from it all. The Greek goddess of strife, Eris, began speaking to him in his dreams. She was proud of all the discord and adversity he had faced in his life and felt pity for him. She promised that she would gift him the Apple of Discord, and a safe-haven to colonize a city free from Vennterria's dark past and a safe haven for him and his last remaining crew. He foolishly accepted. It was a long and hard voyage across the sea. But Eris was right, this land was very fertile and stunningly beautiful. Using the power of the gauntlet, and the magic of the Apple, they created the famous capital city of Kingstone in eight short years. They quickly razed or recruited all of the minor settlements and bandit lairs in the area until Kingstone seemed safe from invaders. Even Loden, a malicious entity of unknown purpose, couldn't crack the proud stone walls as the defenders valiantly sent the demonic abomination and his hellish generals back to the pit from whence they came. But a few short days after Kingstone was completed, they learned a terrible truth. Donning the Roman title: "Discordia" Eris revealed multiple messages and finally an ultimatum from an ancient empire named "Solis" she had stolen. They contained the truth that Kingstone was built on the ancient ruins of a settlement named Hartguard, and that she had set them up for war from the start. Accepting the fact Icarus had to fight once more, he decided he was now too old to wield the gauntlet in the same way he used to. He removed all but a speck of the tablet from his right gauntlet and gave the left gauntlet to a shade named Nicku Crestshade. He forged 13 swords of different forms and none of them were good enough until he named the thirteenth and final one Brisingr, ancient language for "fire". He forged the Zebulan tablet into it and cut a ruby "trigger" into the pommel. He has since used this and many more magical relics to create a "Kingsglaive" a group of legendary fighters tasked with defending Kingstone and carrying out the King's will. (( Icarus "Ike" Forde is a part of the "Seal of Heroes" universe that I have been working on for 4-6 years now so there is a lot of content that I either forgot to cover or didn't find pertinent. Any questions would be excitedly answered for you and I may be found double-posting or necroing this thread as I remember, create, or experience new content I find relevant or interesting regarding his character. ))
  10. Everneth but Never Free.

    Cackling, explosive thunder erupted, dwarfing the ambient crashing rain. My head was pounding, my clothes muddy; I was soaking wet and freezing cold. For the brief moment I was able to hold my eyes open, I saw a network of tangled branches and roots, swallowed by the bitter night's darkness. I raised a single, sore hand to my face, tracking mud onto my nose and brow. I was alive, uninjured, but how? I thought I- Tempestous, successive strikes of lightning drowned my thoughts and chilled my bones. My body naturally curled into a smaller shape, vulnerable and confused, shivering and frigid. In that moment, bathed with rain, another steady sound caught my ear: horse-hooves, stuggling against the mud, in obstructed yet proud stride. "HALT, MEN!" Shouted a voice unfamiliar. "A CORPSE BLOCKS THE ROAD!" The horses stopped, and one set of muffled footprints eased forward. "By Bellona... He's alive! Selphy, get over here, now!" Moments passed, and I felt vaguely the sensation of being lifted and placed onto firm boards of wood. The trodding began again, horses against the well-watered earth, until I somehow forfeit my consciousness, to slumber in the back of a horse-drawn weapons cart. A lone bolt of lightning flashed from a corner window, in the far wall of a candlelit room. I was still in pain, but this time I awoke warm and feeling much safer. Also lurking was the uneasy feeling of another presence. Surely as premonition, upon turning into the room I was met with a man sat in a chair peering down at a report of some kind. He was brown of hair and green of eye, too short to be an elf. My vision cleared, with a pit in my stomach forming as I came to see the man before me was human. He must have heard my surprise, as he, also startled, jumped up from his reading. Neither of us certain what to say, the proceeding minutes would have been entirely silent if not for the invasive pounding of rainfall. The human cleared his throat and asked, "Are you alright? What is your name?" . With a nervous crack of the voice, I offered the man my name, as spoken by my people, "Älfrety". The man winced, then grinned. Single, hearty laughs escaped his lungs with glee of their own individual levels. He again looked back at me, saying, "I will just call you-" "FREDRICK!" Icarus shouted, growing impatient. "Snap out of it! Have you prepared all of the potions for the coming battle?" "Yes, y- I've, uh, the potions- I have, erm, all of..." I stammered, still dazed from being awakened from such a lucid, dreamlike memory. I looked to my left, and then to my right, breathing shallowly. We were on the walls of Kingstone, preparing for the coming ambush. "...All of them, Icarus. They're with me." I finished, indicatively patting my bags containing them. "Good..." Icarus gazed off of the walls, into the rainy morning sky, silently yet understandingly fixing together his understanding of the moment. He sighed, collected words, and waiting for a pause in thunder, spoke confidently: "Fredrick, take solace in the fact that it's their soldiers, or our wives and children. This is a defensive strike for tomorrow, and each and every one of my men would die for me as I would die for them." I made my best attempt to deepen my shallow breathing. Ever since the day he found me huddled in the mud, on the brink of death in foreign clothes, Icarus always could see through me, like nobody back home. Hiding my thoughts from him was always vain and trifling. "I hope so." I spoke truthfully, "For their sake. The wives, the children. The common man. None of them must be harmed by this." The king nodded, now certain of my concerns. "I promise that if Solis threw down their arms now and surrendered there would be no more bloodshed." He symbolically lowered his shield, "But it seems war has taken a liking to me." Lightning then struck for the final time that day, Icarus and Alfrety only meeting later near the Antiquorem tower; blade with one and spellbook with the other, emerging victorious in a Kingstone ambush of a Solisian front on its way to Kingstone. While radiant pride shone from every other member of Kingstone's hearts, the elf mage was further plunged into a deepening pool of anxiety and grief. With this victory, the fate of these lands was being placed further and further into Icarus' hands, and Alfrety could only hope that this time, Mankind would use her victories nobly.
  11. The Battle of Antiquorum Tower

    Citizens of Lutum! I am bringing you news of great sorrow. Solis was unable to advance to Kingstone and our forces were ambushed at Antiquorum Tower just outside the Augustus Mountain Range. The tower was once an ancient guard post where the Eastern Empire of Purid could see enemies coming from miles away. It served them well during the reign of the Empire. It did not serve Solis well. My deepest remorse for the families of the soldiers of Solis who lost their lives due to these barbarians. You shall have your revenge. I also apologize for not being present at the battle for I was attending another problem within our Empire. But do not let this defeat bring you down! Sharpen your weapons! Fasten your armor! We shall return and Solis will be victorious, I swear to all! Signed, Imperator Yogi
  12. Battle on the 16th of December, 2017.

    In around 13 hours ((12/16/17 1pm EST)), Kingstone will ambush a military encampment, in order to hinder their offensive. We will be doing rounds. Last team standing wins, one life per person, per battle. That means if you die, you're out of the round. The purple border is a soft-border. No spawn-camping should occur since both teams leave their spawn at the same time and have one life each. Rules: -No Elytras. Fly to the battlefield with them and leave them in the chests at near your labeled bed. -No TNT, no lava, and now Flint and Steel. We are not fighting for items and no one needs to lose their stuff. -Every round will be a single life. This means if you die you cannot join the fight until the round is over. Get your stuff but then head back to your spawn. Solis spawns 2858 -6. A mountain, like their home biome. Kingstone spawns at 3137 -136. It is in a cave under a roofed forest, perfect place to set loose an ambush. Solis Spawn Kingstone Spawn
  13. Join the Fight!

    Greeting citizens of Lutum! Once again your lands are threatened by a vile threat! The Kingstonians! They intend to rob you of your homeland and force you to serve them. Do not let these foreign invaders push you around! Join the Empire of Solis and together we can push them back! Solis promises no taxation and to hear your voice in our council. Kingstone intends to rid you of these privileges! Their tyrant is ruthless and cruel! Too long have you lived in fear! Too long have you hidden in the shadows! Too long have you been bullied and persecuted! Now is the time to fight back for our homeland, for our cities, for our families! Congregatim pugnamus, et stamus in aeternitatem. Ave Solis! Signed, Imperator Yogi (If you are interested in joining, please DM me, Kathi, or lopp on the Discords!)
  14. The Lore of the Great Empire of Solis The Empire of Solis can be divided into 3 different eras of time, each expanding about 500 years in time. The Vetus Era (1200 B.G.A - 738 B.G.A) Around 1200 B.G.A. (Before Golden Age), the great continent of Lutum was first encountered by sailors from the mysterious Western Lands. These nomadic peoples called themselves the Kolas. They quickly migrated from the snowy shores of Nix, through the isthmus of Faux, and through the great mountains of Collis until they finally arrived in the plains of Herba. Here, the first great cities arose. The Kolas called their newly formed city-state “Moenia.” After about 100 years of peace and prosperity, the people of Moenia first encountered the natives of Lutum. The Moenians called these people the Exters. In a series of events named the Sus War, fierce fighting took place between these two civilizations. The Sus War lasted from about 1043 - 983 B.G.A. The King of the Moenians, Voien the Great, drove back the Moenians deep into the jungles of the Estrous Plateau. In the final battle of the Sus War, Voien led the mighty armies of the Moenians through the jungle where they ambushed a retreating Exters army. It was here where the native people finally surrendered. They swore loyalty and their service to Voien the Great and called him “Yuishmar,” Exterian for “god.” Under the rule of Voien, Moenia flourished and expanded from the Inelix Mesa to the Estrous Plateau. The Moenians cities grew ever more impressive. In 965 B.G.A, at the age of 46, Voien died of natural causes. His successor was his son Voien II. Voien II was a harsher ruler than his father. He enslaved the Exters and punished them for simply looking different and acting different than the Moenians. This caused an uproar from the citizens of Moenia who learned to accept the Exters. Riots broke out all around the country. Eventually, it was a full on revolution against Voien II. Today, this event is referred to as the Trux Revolution. It lasted from 959 B.G.A to 938 B.G.A. After years of fighting, the revolution had surrounded the capital city of Boiden. Here, Voien II hid like a coward as the revolution brought the walls down. They sacked the city and had Voien II executed in front of a large crowd. Sadly, this revolution did not end with a united, happy Moenia. Instead, it was more divided than ever. Because they could not decide a proper successor to Voien II, the country of Moenia split into three: New Moenia in the plains of Herba, Kalsh in the snowy lands of Nix, and Purid on the isthmus of Faux. The split of the empire of Moenia marks the end of the Vetus Era. The Bartus Era (738 B.G.A - 203 B.G.A) After the great split of Moenia, the three empires of Lutum entered a great time of peace that lasted 300 years. This time would later be called the Great Peace Age (great name am I right?) However, a great split of power between the empires was becoming very noticeable. Purid became a great center of trade and of military power. It was considered the most powerful of the three empires of Lutum. Purid’s navy was very impressive and still remains today the largest navy that the world had ever seen. In the snowy lands of Nix, Kalsh also could be considered a great power. The founders of Kalsh were very lucky with the location they chose, for it was right over a major gold mine. While Purid had strong trade and military, Kalsh was much wealthier than the other two kingdoms. With its isolated location, it was not an easy target for raids and barbarians. Lastly, the empire of New Moenia. New Moenia had suffered many attacks from barbarians and was quickly declining. Although New Moenia was the powerhouse of farming and agriculture, it was in no shape to go into a war, but its new leader had other plans. Rolph the Wicked was tired of being ostracized by the other two great empires. Rolph made a secret alliance with the Exters. In the year 698 B.G.A, Rolph launched an ambitious attack on Kalsh. This began the Malus Campaign. With the effect of surprise on their side, the kingdom of Kalsh, despite its riches quickly fell three years after the invasion. Although Rolph and the Exters had lost lots of men, they quickly set their eyes upon the isthmus of Faux. The king of Purid, Len IV, had heard of the downfall of Kalsh and quickly began preparing defenses for the now powerful army of New Moania. Rolph knew that Purid would win any battle he threw at them, so using his clever military tactics, he devised a plan to attack from the north of Purid. The journey took two years, but Rolph’s brilliant strategy of surprise worked again. City after city, the army of New Moania burned and sacked. Finally, after the destruction of Hartgard, New Moania was halted at the isthmus of Faux. Rolph knew he had to break through the newly formed defenses fast if he was ever to reach the capital city of Hartgard. From experience, Len anticipated this and met Rolph’s attack at the town of Ravenscar. Here the bloodiest battle of the Malus Campaign took place. Len’s forces were successful and Rolph and ½ his army were slain. New Moenia retreated back to Kalsh. Like a dragon flying over the sea, Purid regained all of its lost land and eventually destroyed the New Moania Empire. 649 B.G.A marked the end of the Malus Campaign. Because of all the land he had conquered, Pruid split the empire in two: The Eastern and Western Purid Empires. The Eastern Empire included the lands of Kalsh and half of the isthmus of Faux. Ravenscar became the capital of the Eastern Empire. The Western Empire included half of the isthmus of Faux, all the lands of New Moania, and the Augustus Mountain Range in the North. Solis, a small fishing town which was situated on the coast of the Augustus Mountain Range, became the capital city. Solis grew in power and became just as impressive as Hartgard. Len IV became ruler of the Eastern Empire while his cousin, Barius became the ruler of the Western Empire. After Len’s death in 638 B.G.A., the two empires entered the Second Great Peace Age. This lasted until 203 B.G.A., the end of the Bartus Empire. The Mustus Era (203 B.G.A. - 365 A.G.A.) Even though the Second Great Peace Age seemed like it would last forever, it did come to its timely end in 203 B.G.A. While the two empires did nothing but grow and conquer more and more land, they did not go to war with each other. In fact, relations could not have been better between the two. Len’s plan had worked out great. However, a growing threat was arising in South Lutum. A foreign empire had invaded Southern Lutum. As their arid empire slowly grew up towards the two Empires of Purid. The king of the Western Empire, Barius, dubbed the new threat the Moramini. In 43 B.G.A., the Magna-Bellum War began when the Moramini crossed the Icy Channel into the Southern Western Empire of Purid. They moved swiftly just as Rolph had all those years ago. Battle after battle this foreign threat continued to win. Eventually the entire region of Nix had fallen to the Moramini. Just as the first reinforcements from the Eastern Empire had arrived in Ravenscar, another threat appeared in Eastern Lutum. The Exters had come back to seek back their lands that had been stolen from them. Their leader, Xiumot, was actually believed to have been descended from Voien II. The Exters quickly won battle after battle just as the Moramini had. With battles on both fronts, the empires were desperate but still had hope. Sadly, their hope was quickly diminished when the Mormomini reached the isthmus of Faux and the Exters reached the edge Augustus Mountain Range. Ravenscar fell and the empires fled to Solis where they attempted to make a final stand. Luckily for the empires, Xiumot had not heard of the attacking Moramini. Angered he would have had beaten the great empires of Purid alone, Xiumot split his army in two. One half would attack Solis and another met the Moramini in battle. In the Second Battle of Ravenscar, the Exters stood victorious. The Moramini would retreat back to their homeland, never to return again. However, the second half of the Exter army was defeated at the Battle of Solis. Now with new found strength, the empires of Purid attacked the Exters invaders in the Third Battle of Ravenscar. Xiumot’s forces retreated back to their homeland. The empires of Purid were in ruin after the horrific Magna-Bellum War finally ended in 1 B.G.A. The empires transitioned into a new, unified empire. This empire would be called the Solis Empire. A new king took the throne, Barius III. This officially began the Golden Age of Solis, the kingdom of the sun. This age lasted for about 350 years, until yet again another group threatened the sanctity of Lutum. A fierce, violent invader swept over Solis and set up their new capital at the once great city of Hartgard. He set up an empire that he hoped would last centuries. They named their capital city Kingstone. How the newly appointed emperor Yogi would deal with this was up to him. Thus began the Durum Conflict and the end of the Golden Age of Solis and the end of The Mustrus Era.
  15. Salutations! For centuries, the Empire of Solis has been the guardians of this world. Pushing back the army of the dead and saving this world, the people of this world have learned to respect and praise their rightful leaders. Over the past few weeks, we couldn't help but notice you have trespassed on our land and have created sparks of revolution within our regime. This land belonged to our fathers, our father's fathers, and the men before them. It is sacred to us, and we order you to leave at once. If you have failed to exit these lands by within the fortnight, note that you will be met with war. It will be a bloody one with the outcome inevitable being the Empire of Solis standing victorious as it always has and always will. Go back to the lands from wince you came! Sincerely, Representative of Solis, Yogi