[ Eptian XXIX ]

April 5, 2007

Eptian XXIX

The one Vethrian who Velid allowed to return eventually did and told the Triumvirate everything he had learned. With this new knowledge of Velids rise the Vethrians became fearful that they might not survive the coming troubles and secretly wondered if all of this wasn’t the work of Aeyrom. Had Aeyrom set up a situation that was hopeless for them or was this possibly a test, one that if they passed would earn them the right to ascend back into the Continuum. These questions loomed large over the Vethrians and brought about two distinct and opposite possible responses. Regardless of Aeyroms possible manipulation, they knew that this was a defining moment. Should they run and hide, using their power to maintain their very survival, abandoning the rule of Existence to whomever possessed the ability to take it, or should they take control of the situation taking the initiative and settle the score with Velid before all was lost.

The Vethrians at this point had little control over Existence. The seven families had managed to usurp most of the power and had reorganized existence as best suited them. This was only possible however because the Vethrians themselves had lost faith in their plan for Existence and were slowly pulling back from their responsibility. They had been played by the Mortals and most especially the Seven Families but only because of their own ignorance.

As the Vethrians began a debate over these matters the Mortal populace somehow learned of the Velidian threat and became fearful which in turn began to cause the organization of the society to begin to break down. The mortals quickly demanded that the Vethrians and the seven families do something to defend their way of life. At a meeting of all concerned parties the Vethrians were persuaded to help the effort and at the same time the seven families were urged to do their part. After this meeting the Vethrians decided to make a stand and thereupon took control of the situation. The seven families however were not happy with what appeared to be a resurgence in the enthusiasm of the Vethrians. As they saw it, much effort had been spent to bring Existence to this point and they knew they were on the verge of removing Vethrian rule for good. Even though, they did not what to appear to be undermining the effort wich might cause them to loose the support of the Mortals and so being in control of most of the resources and assets did the minimal that was necessary while feigning strong support. Their main goal quickly became not allowing the Vethrians to regain their former power, which diminished the effort.

A ragtag army was quickly built with conscripts and volunteers. Many able-bodied male Mortals were utilized including many of the heroes. Problems did arise when some towns and cities refused to send soldiers out of fear, by some previous arrangement or out of some hope of gaining from the final result should they not participate. However at the moment nothing could be done about it as more urgent matters were pressing.

Because there had been no previous custom of large organized armies there existed no tradition or skill for it and as such no necessary foundation to build upon. Because of this the army was quickly thrown together, poorly trained, insufficiently supplied and completely disorganized. All of this caused a great uneasiness to develop in the army but most especially in the Vethrians, making them feel that victory would be up to them alone. They were however committed to seeing the project through to the bitter end.

Simultaneously, As the Vethrians were consolidating their power and designing battle plans in hopes of a quick and decisive attack, Velid had made the decision to descend into the great chasm. Now that he had the power of the Firmornam he would descend establish command over the Spiritforms and use them for his own purposes. When he descended into the Great Chasm he was able to communicate directly with the Spiritforms and in that way learned that Othamar had in fact made it out alive with her baby who was also alive when they ascended. Velid, incensed and having established his command over the Spiritforms ascended and upon his arrival at the surface sent out a search band to find Othamar and the baby. These groups, scouring Existence quietly, discovered the Mortal armies assembling and quickly reported this information to Velid. As more search groups were directed to reconnoiter the movements of the Mortal armies it was discovered that the Vethrians were playing a big part in this operation. Velid who was increasingly confident due to his power over the Spiritforms could not bear that his power had yet to establish dominion over the Mortal and his hatred for them only increased knowing that they were making plans to destroy him. Quickly he began to build his own army with the help of the Sonimi. Also the Siradyt and the Sreoth were enlisted to help in the effort. One by one corpses were gathered and Spiritforms were applied to them creating a horrible army know as the Queid army.

[ Eptian I ]

September 18, 2006

The Sevtolhal fell to existence having been cast down by Aeyrom and the Seud Pnaoneth. Their new world, a lowly place, was to them the worst punishment they could have received and they fostered many deigns of an eventual return to the Continuum. However the Sevtolhal were now mortal in this new world and as such could have their physical body killed releasing their spirit which would be dammed to roam Existence forever, as had been the decree of the Seud Pnaoneth and ultimately the design of Aeyrom.

With the fear of being dammed to remain in Existence forever the majority of them were quite cautious and so the Sevtolhal debated amongst themselves, endlessly discussing their options. Some felt they should hide in order to cheat death and damnation but others felt they should use their power to control their new surroundings and thereby avoid death, more so at least than by cowering and hoping not to be killed.

One unknown that thwarted any quick decision was that they did not know what power they had in this new place and if they did have power how would it or could it be put to use to affect the inhabitants. As creators of the Mortals they expected to be able to rule over them but as for the aboriginals they were not as sure. Any action against these aboriginals could be a disaster if their strength proved too weak to force them to submit to their rule and if they overpowered the Sevtolhal.

In the end however it was decided that the only real option was to confront their new surroundings head on, to establish their power as the supreme power of existence and to build Existence into a great world, one that could nearly rival the Continuum. The Colossals would marvel at their work and then allow them to ascend to the Continuum once more and in positions of honor for what they had accomplished.

They decided to split their numbers into three parts and to leave two thirds behind so that if their strength was to weak to establish dominance all would not be killed. The one third that was the vanguard would risk everything for the sake of the others, and if success seemed likely they could call upon another third of their numbers and still have the remaining third in the rear capable of moving forward or back as the situation demanded. Their plans rested on the success of the first third and if they were victorious they would be honored however if they were defeated they would be damned to roam Existence forever in spiritform.

[ Colossus VII ]

August 30, 2006

After the war the Colossals of the Seud Pnaoneth granted the Sevtohal what they had promised them, their freedom.

Many of the Colossals of the Seud Pnaoneth however were angry that they had been saved by lower beings that were now expecting equality. The Colossals however did not believe in equality between them and the Sevtolhal and because and also to prove this point the severe treatment continued. And so the Colossals did not make it easy for the Sevtohal. Their true status had not changed and even though they were said to be free, it seemed worse for the Sevtohal.

The Sevtohal thereby felt betrayed and because of this feeling decided they needed to display their power in order to show the Colossals that they should be respected and considered as equals. So the Sevtolhal decided to create a race of their own, like the Seud Pnaoneth had created them, and place them in existence. The Sevtolhal felt that as creators of life the Colossals would realize how great their capabilities truly were and thereby how similar they were. And so the Sevtolhal created a race of Mortal beings and placed them in Existence, a separate dimension from that of the Continuum.

Upon presenting this flawed creation to the Seud Pnaoneth the Colossals were enraged at their insolence. Angriest of all was Aeyrom who in fact was happy to finally have an excuse to deal with the Sevtohal once and for all most especially now that they had proved themselves to be a race of creators with the possible outcome of that fact being limitless. Additionally the Sevtolhal were dangerous to the order of the Continuum in general. In his eyes the Sevtohal needed to be killed off and recreated in a more appropriate form, one less capable of competing with the Colossals and one directly under control of Aeyrom, all of that which had happened before being proof of the failure of the Seud Pnaoneth to create the slave race.

Vethria seeing that all her previous efforts might all be for naught advocated for a less harsh outcome preferring the Sevtolhal remain in the Continuum or made to be immortal within Existence.

When the Seud Pnaoneth met it was decided to banish the Sevtohal to Existence to live with the inferior race they had created. Most of the Colossals who voted this way new that the Sevtohal would be changed to Physical beings upon setting foot in existence and figured they would not be able to control Existence and would thereby be doomed. Aeyrom was the least satisfied of all the Colossals with this outcome but he excepted it nonetheless knowing that the Sevtolhal once in Existence could be killed and that if killed their spirits would be trapped in Existence with no chance to return to the Continuum.

And so the Sevtohal were cast down to Existence, became physically mortal, Spiritually damned and would rule over the inferior race they themselves had created. Needless to say the Sevtohal were not pleased and held a grudge against the Colossals of the Seud Pnaoneth with Aeyrom being the personification of the Seud Pnaoneth as their main target for scorn. Putting that aside for the time being they focused on the situation at hand knowing their survival was in a precarious situation but continued to hope for their eventual return to the Continuum.

> Eptian I

[ Colossus VI ]

August 21, 2006

There was relative peace during this time and only a few of the various factions challenged the authority of the Seud Pnaoneth, those rebel factions however were put down quickly and without pity.

It was also during this time that Vethria was secretly meeting with the Sevtolhal teaching them why they been created and what power they could develop. Vethria was always trying to show the Sevtohal their true power, make them aware of their capabilities and incite them to assume a higher position within the Continuum with the intention of counteracting their docile nature and creating within them a desire for power and action.

The Sevtohal were worked hard as slaves and were treated harsher. They had no rest from their misery and yet slowly began to understand their capabilities although they lacked the vigor to do anything on their own. The Sevtolhal had been created to follow orders and so taking the initiative was not in their nature but Vethria continued here secret work nonetheless.

At about this time a member of the Seud Pnaoneth named “Iantiam ” led a union of banished Colossals and attempted a small coup that quickly got out of hand. As Iantiam and his rebels attacked other Colossal factions from the Periphery began to join in so a small rebellion that should have been put down quickly grew into the biggest and most dangerous rebellion yet. Because of the surprise nature of the attack and the fact that insiders were part of it, the Seud Pnaoneth was caught off guard and much damage was done. It began to look as though the Seud Pnaoneth might be destroyed and although at first the few Seud Pnaoneth held off the attack the amount of exiles joining the fight and the destruction from within began to break down the Seud Pnaoneth defenses. Once destruction seemed inevitable some members of the Seud Pnaoneth changed sides hoping to be with the victorious side in the end.

The Seud Pnaoneth, as a last resort and once again on the suggestion of Vethria decided to enlist the help of the Sevtohal, making them soldiers and in order to keep their loyalty, offered them their freedom if the Seud Pnaoneth should be victorious. Aeyrom was opposed to this option but put up little resistance when it went before the Seud Pnaoneth as he knew the options were limited and that causing needless aggravation at that time may have caused the Seud Pnaoneth to perish.

The Sevtohal took the offer and fought along side the Seud Pnaoneth and eventually the tide was turned. The Seud Pnaoneth began to be victorious and in failure the various factions resorted again arguing and fighting with each other. There was dissension among the exiles and support for the rebellion from the periphery ended. And so the Seud Pnaoneth again managed to survive certain destruction.

After the war only 13 Seud Pnaoneth remained and these hunkered down to keep control over the Continuum from their new weakened position and so with victory came a tenuous position.

> Colossus VII

[ Colossus V ]

August 14, 2006

It was just after the creation of the Sevtolhal that large numbers of the Exiled Colossals, angry with the Seud Pnaoneth for banishing them and unwilling to submit to their rule, joined together in a weak confederation to destroy the Seud Pnaoneth. At first it looked bleak for the Seud Pnaoneth but Aeyrom was strong and ruthless in his protection of it. What was most responsible for th victory of the Seud Pnaoneth was infighting of the various coalition factions. This weak confederation eventually began to fight amongst itself diminishing its efforts to destroy the Seud Pnaoneth. Aeyrom knew he had escaped ruin by a thin margin and that had the factions not weakened and split the Seud Pnaoneth would have been destroyed. Because of this Aeyrom feared all the Colossals combined power and thus became more paranoid of their possible reconcilement.

Vethria, during the bleakest part of this rebellion, had argued that arming the Sevtolhal so as to create warriors of them would ensure the victory of the Seud Pnaoneth. Aeyrom however continually rejected the idea, even when it seemed the Seud Pnaoneths days may have been near an end. Aeyrom began to suspect Vethrias intentions at this time but decided to ignore for the present what seemed inconclusive awaiting evidence that could not be denied in the future whether it be what he suspected or not.

One thing though was certain, the hope that Aeyrom had that many of the Exiled Colossals would come over to his side proved to be unrealistic and that the Exiles combined force was still to be feared. So Aeyrom sewed discord among them as his best means of ruling over them. As for the Sevtolhal, Aeyrom began to despise them and realized just how big a threat they could be. Aeyroms’ fears were partially assuaged though knowing that he had illegally designed them to be docile and disciplined. That Vethria and some of the other Colossals felt they could be turned into a warrior class troubled him and made him wonder just what attributes the Sevtolhal had that may eventually overcome what he had designed into them. Not to mention that their purpose as a slave race to serve the Colossals of the Seud Pnaoneth and the harmony this provided for seemed directly related to them not being warlike.

After the war the Seud Pnaoneth consolidated its power and reorganized the Continuum as had never been done, always attempting to bring to the Seud Pnaoneth some of the various factions an in turn increase their power.

Aeyroms many fears multiplied and his aggression was taken out against the Sevtolhal. He was now even more suspicious of them and the possibility that they might be co-opted by the exiles and turned against the Seud Pnaoneth. He watched them closely and saw their capabilities increasing as they had been designed to learn and implement that knowledge. Aeyrom saw Vethria continually advocating for them and demanding better treatment of them all the while himself dictating that the Seud Pnaoneth demand more and more from them, with worse and worse treatment. He employed them to build massive structures and infrastructure to keep them busy and so the Continuum was rebuilt torn down and rebuilt over and over.

> Colossus VI

[ Colossus IV ]

August 7, 2006

Aeyrom and his supporters went on to battle the many factions, facing possible defeat on a few occasions but always coming through in the end, slowly bringing order to the Continuum once again. Throughout this time Vethria was by Aeyroms side and provided soft council as she had planned, riding Aeyrom’s ascension to realms of power that few Colossals before had ever known. And so Aeyrom and his supporters consolidated their power.

Aeyrom had learned much from the past and decided not to make the same mistakes. Aeyrom had seen that the Strata system had been a disaster and that the Elurivids had paid the price for creating that system once it had collapsed. Aeyrom knew the Colossals would never serve one another and so decided that he and his supporters would make a slave race that could serve the Colossals allowing for them to be equals, thus solving the problem of the endless struggle for dominion over one another forever. He also came to the conclusion that he alone could not rule like Cintieff had and so decided on a council of Equals that would decide the fate of the Continuum and that he would use his power through this council. This council he called the “Seud Pnaoneth” and it was this group that would rule over the Continuum. All the defeated factions who would not submit to the Seud Pnaoneth would be banished to the periphery of the Continuum. Aeyrom new that these exiles could be very dangerous in the future but he believed that the majority of the Colossals would come over to the Seud Pnaoneth. Aeyrom felt that his new system of rule was nearly perfect, especially in its ability to display his personal power.

In all this Vethria was ever present being most particularity interested in the creation of the slave race and as such Aeyrom allowed Vethria to facilitate the creation in which all the other Colossals of the Seud Pnaoneth would take part. Her first act however was having the Seud Pnaoneth keep Aeyrom from participating in the creation and although at first he took offense to this, Vethria convinced him that as his power was greater then all the other members of the Seud Pnaoneth it would be an act of humility which the Seud Pnaoneth would appreciate. Also this act would greatly diminish any jealousy and possible contention to his growing power as it would exhibit his ability to implement justice.

With Aeyrom seemingly out of the creation process the Seud Pnaoneth met and each of the members assisted in the creation of the slave race. Vethria for her part and in secret designed great prowess into the slave race and as the rest of the Colossals wanted to design a capable race equal to the challenge of serving the Colossals designed in many skills and abilities. Aeyrom however did not rise to his position by blindly trusting the other Colossals and so illegally designed into this Slave race his own limits fearing the slave race might be to great a nuisance, too capable of breeding and too hard to extinguish. The result of this entire process would only become evident at a later time.

And so the slave race was created to serve the Colossals of the Seud Pnaoneth and all of the creators were content, most especially Vethria. And they called this new race of beings the “Sevtolhal”.

> Colossus V