Eptian LXXIV

September 16, 2009

Once Eptih returned to the Great Chasm Fortress with Reyam he had already made up his mind to have Ebrel executed. Ebrel was too knowledgeable about Eptih’s lineage and too involved with the Velidian Empire, he was culpable for many horrors forced on the Mortal population and if Eptih was to spare him, especially since he was familiar with Eptih’s family, it would look as though Eptih was protecting him. Additionally, Eptih did not want it known that he was the Son of Velid and the brother of Rhosrc.

Once Ebrel knew Eptih was back in the camp he requested he be allowed to speak with him again. Eptih met with him again and in a bid to assuage Eptih’s anger and hopefully have his life spared Ebrel told Eptih where he could find the head of Thmascuid. He also revealed the mysterious general who had come on the scene as a powerful force and disappeared just as quickly was Queid Thmascuid. This information sparked a rage within Eptih, having the head of Thmascuid offered to him like it was some kind of paltry peace offering, and he soon after ordered Ebrel to be executed. The deed was done and Ebrel’s body and spiritform where locked up in a rather common sarcoph, a sarcoph that was not associated with a family much like an unknown orphan would be. This act by Eptih, pleased the Mortals who wanted revenge above all else. It was however disturbing in its lack of respect especially since Eptih knew Ebrel was the son of Orendun. 

Soon after the execution of Ebrel a large group of Mortal leaders came to the encampment. They wished to speak with Eptih about dispersing the army. Each leader wanted the men he had sent to join the army back so that they could rebuild their own towns and kill off as many Narcirogen as possible. By this point Eptih wanted nothing more then to be released as general and so he was in agreement with the Mortal leaders.

The question was put forth what should be done about Mortal sects that had cooperated with the Velidians, the Siradyt in particular. Eptih put forth the proposition that in the new order that was developing they would be shunned and that this would be punishment enough, he made it clear that he did not think it wise to attack them, that enough blood had been spilled. Many others however wanted retribution and when consensus was reached it was clear that a part of the army would be assembled and used to punish all those traitor Mortal Sects. Out of respect, the generalship of this force was offered to Eptih but he quickly refused stating that he wished now only to find some land, start a farm and live with his wife and future children. Eptih also advised that the course the Mortal leaders where setting upon could lead to civil war among the Mortal race and that this would be a disaster.

Consequently, Eptih was relieved of duty, the army was disbanded and a new small army composed of volunteers, typically younger unmarried men, was formed and command of it was given to ____. The various Mortal leaders now asserted themselves and amidst debate and argument begin making plans to re-organize all of existence. Eptih wanted no part of all of this, he could see that the squabbling was just beginning and was only a precursor of things to come. Eptih therefore addressed his army one last time and when he was done many of the original Hetharcyp wanted to follow him but he made it clear to them that he wanted no part of the what was coming and offered them advice to go home and find their own peace. When Eptih had finished he took his spoils which included treasure and slaves that he had claimed in the war and with his wife rode away.

Eptih went to where Ebrel had said the head of Thmascuid was and there he found it. Eptih next came back to the town of his youth and dug up the body of Thmascuid which he had burried before and reintroduced head to body. Eptih left with his caravan which now included the body of Thmascuid to find a new land in which to settle.

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Eptian LXXIII

August 19, 2009

As the Sonimian Overlords returned to the Great Chasm Fortress they where confronted with a large entrenched Pan Mortal force that was waiting for them. Upon returning these Sonimian forces smashed against these battlements and broke apart like sparks fly off the anvil with each successive hammer blow. The Overlords, once defeated, would flee into the surrounding landscape with what remained of their forces, now powerless to turn the tide. The Sonimi themselves could not be captured but a majority of their forces were. It was assumed that the Sonimi wandered around looking for Velid but none of the Mortals knew for sure.

Ebrel was eventually brought before Eptih and he would not reveal much, he did however have a story to tell Eptih. He explained how Eptih was the son of Velid, the twin brother of Rhosrc and that his mother had been the wife of Velid and mother of the two boys. He told Eptih how his father had tried to kill both him and his brother and how his mother had gone into the Great Chasm, where he had been tossed, in order to retrieve him and that there she had perished or at least that was what was believed by everyone else. Eptih was astonished by the tale and yet it all fit all together that is except for one glaring thing which he asked Ebrel about. If he knew all of this why did it seem no one else did, why did he not direct Velid to capture him when he was a youth and thus avoid conflict altogether? And to this Ebrel replied that being the only one of  two who knew the truth he felt that holding the knowledge of the true events could save him from some future miserable fate, meaning he could persuade Velid with the info should he ever come into opposition with him. Eptih did not believe Ebrel’s reason for concealing the information and wondered if he knew his mother was in fact still alive. This caused Eptih to fear the repercussions of Ebrel continuing to live for he seemed to hold Derram’s fate in his hands. Discussing the intricacies of being of the Norstilam race which both Ebrel and Eptih where, Eptih realized that Ebrel was in fact the son of Orendun. Eptih though did not reveal this to Ebrel.

After listening to Ebrel, Eptih wanted to know if the story was true and so he decided to visit his mother and ask her. Eptih left the army in the hands of “____” and by himself went off to visit his mother who was quite far from the Great Chasm Fortress. When Eptih arrived Derram was happy to see her son but she could see that he was distressed and when she asked what was the matter he told her the story Ebrel had told him. Derram was disappointed and told Eptih that the story was true and with that Eptih questioned her as to why she had withheld so much important information from him. She explained how they where in danger of being found by Velid and that she did what she did to save him. Eptih asked her how she could leave Rhosrc behind with Velid and she told him she had though he was dead having seen him so mangled. Eptih was in a sense relived knowing the truth because for so long he had questioned his ancestry and had never been able to coalesce all of his thoughts about himself, his mother, Thiaraceph and Thmascuid into one logical account. Now all was revealed and all of his questions where answered. Although Eptih knew Derram had done what she had for his and her welfare he still had some animosity toward her for deceiving him and thus left without accepting her apology, leaving the situation with her unresolved.

Before departing back to the army Eptih went to Reyam, who was in the same town as his mother, and took her with him on his way. From there Eptih made his way back to the army at the Great Chasm Fortress slowly taking time to consider all that he had learned and spending time with Reyam. Although Eptih’s mind was at first occupied with all the new revelations he quickly became unburdened by the truth and was able to focus his attention on the celebration of his recent victory and his beautiful wife. Nevertheless after many days of travel as Eptih came closer to the Great Chasm Fortress he began to debate with himself what to do with Ebrel and what path to take now that his purpose of freeing the race of Mortals was fulfilled.


[ Eptian XLV ]

October 13, 2007

As Orendun spoke to Eptih the spiritform of Orenduns wife appeared. Orendun called out to her to come and see her son but she seemed to be uninterested and eventually went off without the slightest recognition of Eptih and as a result Orendun’s belief that Eptih was his son began to fade. After a few strategic questions it became obvious to Orendun that the visiting stranger was not his son. Orendun was disappointed and asked Eptih if he had purposefully tricked him. Eptih responded that he had not had the intent of tricking him in mind but that being Norstilam and unaware of his genealogy had become interested as Orendun talked and so in hoping to gain knowledge of himself had not stopped Orendun from believing he was his son. Orendun felt anger toward Eptih but had grown fond of him in the short time they had spent together and did not want to harm him.

Orenduns home, however, had been violated by Eptih and that fact alone demanded a reckoning which would traditionally be settled by single combat, he however opted to let Eptih leave but refused to provide any guidance. In doing this Orendun was actually condemning Eptih to death just not directly with his own hand. It would have been an insult to his honor to let Eptih invade his home, kill his guard beast and then seek no retribution whatsoever. He wished him well on his journey but knew that Eptih was almost sure to die in the maze that was his construction, filled with his various deadly beasts.

Eptih was not as aware of the dangers ahead and therefore was only disappointed that he would not be able to learn more about himself through Orendun. So the two parted amicably, Eptih facing a dangerous journey and Orendun hoping he could make his way out safely.

As Eptih proceeded along his way he tried to wrap his mind around all that he had just learned and to apply that knowledge to what he already knew. Eptih walked in Orenduns realm for a time and eventually started to notice that he was making no real headway. To him everything looked the same. At one point as he was resting with his mind on other matters, namely returning home, a multitude of creatures similar to the one he killed approached. From what Eptih was led to believe by the apparition of the old man there was only one beast. Eptih had barley escaped his battle with the last beast and was fearful of the outcome with many of them. In an instance the beasts attacked him from all angles and Eptih found himself struggling to stay alive but unable to fend off so many beasts at once. This was the first time Eptih had ever experienced the possibility of a catastrophic failure. When things were at their worst and the beasts seemed to have the upper hand, tearing the flesh off his bones they suddenly scattered and retreated. Eptih found himself severely wounded more so then his last encounter. He knew he would need to rest and allow his body to heal but he was fearful of the beasts return, in his current state he was drained of energy and would make for an easy target.

Eptih lifted himself up staggered along looking for some safe location but few could be found. As he continued along his healing slowed and began to regress because he was using up to much of his limited energy to walk. This caused his wounds to open up and bleed profusely and he realized he would perish if he could not rest. With his vision fading he saw a bright light and with the last bit of energy he could muster he walked into it and collapsed.


[ Eptian X ]

November 20, 2006

Mortal Rebellion

After the disappearance of Orendun there was a period of time in which the Vethrians were ineffective maintaining order being primarily concerned with their own survival and not that of the Mortals. During this time things became disorganized and the various cities attempted to declare themselves as primary. A few fights broke out between the cities, which could have turned into a great war. It was clear that had the Vethrians not returned to maintain their rule many lives would have been lost and chaos would have reigned supreme.

It was not the first time the Mortals were forced to question whether or not they could truly rely on the protection of the Vethrians. It was at this moment that they decided they would need to assert themselves better in the future, within the structure of Vethrian rule, to maintain their own safety in the future whatever hardship might develop and render the Vethrians ineffectual. This was the moment that Mortal man questioned the Vethrians and all they had achieved and thereby lost his humility.

The Triumvirate had mostly been a benign governing tool of the Vethrians and to the Mortals seemed to work quite well. But as had been shown with the situation proceeding the disappearance of Orendun it was not perfect and so a feeling for the necessity of self-reliance proliferated among the Mortals.

Meanwhile the Mortal population continued to flourish at a rate the Vethrians, even as their creators, had not anticipated which showed the flaw in the reasoning of the Vethrians drive to become equal to the Colossals and their lack of worth when compared to the Colossals.

Some time after the Vethrians had written off the hope of finding Orendun they returned again to the governing of Existence but by now the situation had drastically changed.

The Mortals began to assert themselves suggesting various ways to enter into Vethrian rule. Ideas flowered from a representative council of Mortals to have a say on all new law to allowing a single Mortal to be placed on the Triumvirate. Alas the Vethrians denied all of these options and in the end demanded that the Mortals cease consideration of taking part in Vethrian rule. By their rationale, the Vethrians had created, protected and allowed for the Mortals to flourish beyond what anyone could have fathomed and so where deserving of more respect then they were currently receiving.

As time went on and generations had gone by since the disappearance of Orendun, the Mortal population had grown and grown and all the while the Mortals became increasingly frustrated with the lack of say in their own destiny. A deep anger and resentment began to develop but not only on the Mortals part, the Vethrians became more angry with every arrogant word the Mortals spoke, angered by the seeming insolence of the Mortals and their utter lack of appreciation.

What came next was inevitable.

The Mortal rebellion started in a far off area of Existence fueled by a growing rage that by now had more to do with Mortal pride then any great ideal of self-reliance. The rebellion caused the Vethrians to see the Mortals in a new light, they had never thought that the Mortals could be capable of an outright rebellion and as such lost the affection they had for them. No longer could the Vethrians see the Mortals as their children, now they were competitors, a new opposition to their place in Existence.

The Vethrians sent envoys in order to negotiate an end to the rebellion with the rebels but as negotiations between them commenced other cities started their own insurrections fearing the Mortals who initially started the rebellion were making a special deal with the Vethrians that would give them power over all the other Mortals.

The Vethrians were now forced with a dilemma, either decimate the rebellious Mortals as an example or allow them some form of representation within Vethrian rule. Both options seemed to the Vethrians equally problematic and an invitation to disaster.

[Special note: Decimation, as referred to here, is intended to be the older definition which means the killing of every tenth man, not the indiscriminate slaughter of all souls.]


[ Eptian IX ]

November 13, 2006

Eptian IX

Despite the hairline fractures developing in the Vethrian rule of Existence at this point it was barley noticeable and prosperity continued for the Mortals. For their part the Vethrians felt their plans were on track and that they were creating a world where they would be able to rule absolutely, building the new Continuum in Existence which was their ultimate goal. There were no rivals to challenge their power and the biggest problem facing them, that of the Spiritforms, although persisting was being worked on. It was the height of prosperity and order and the general feelings of confidence and security were prevalent.

It was at this very moment when everything seemed so stable and assured that a Vethrian by the name of “Orendun” disappeared one night. When it was realized that he was missing the Vethrians tasked the Mortals to search for him by cordinating a massive search effort where a great many Mortals were split into groups assigning them different areas to search thoroughly. As the Mortals returned news that they had no sign of Orendun the search area was expanded further and further out toward the boundaries of Vethrian controlled Existence. When it seemed as though Orendun might not be found the Vethrians themselves set out to look for him proceeding beyond the areas of their control. The search effort was exhaustive but in the end all attempts were futile and he was never found, not even a trace.

Many rumors persisted among the Mortals as to what had happened, ranging from abduction by Sreoth to Orenduns outright rebellion against the Vethrians to a new race of beings now in Existence beginning to flex their muscle but one rumor in particular seemed more likely. This rumor had it that Orendun had been spending time with a Mortal woman named “____” which was highly irregular, and that the Vethrians had warned Orendun not to fraternize with the Mortals, especially Mortal women. That he had taken “____” somewhere out beyond the periphery in order to be with her forsaking the Vethrians for this woman. All of which would be a great catastrophe for Orendun and the Vethrians as law had been established by the first triumvirate disallowing this specifacally. No Vethrian had ever broken the law before and so if this is what had happened a new precedent would have been set challenging the Vethrian law.

Regardless of what truly happened the Vethrians seemed to be shocked by Orenduns disappearance. It was as if their confidence had been shattered and their energy partially sapped. It could have been that the Vethrians were now fearful of some great entity that could come and abduct them or possibly they knew Orendun had deserted them and this had shaken their belief in the correctness of their plans for a new Continuum in Existence. But whatever had occurred things were now different and so this one occurrence set about a series of events that would change Existence forever, widening those hairline fractures that had already began to develop in the Rule of the Vethrians.