Eptian LXXVI [76]

June 17, 2012

While Eptih was establishing his territory, the remnants of the pan Mortal Army had gone off to inflict retribution on all the various groups of traitor mortals, the most criminal of which was the Siradyt. Initially their actions were successful, as the element of surprise had caught many of these peoples off their guard, but quickly they adapted to the aggression and, banding together in varying alliances, battled well against the Pan Mortal Army. What was intended to be a short campaign of retribution quickly turned into a quagmire and it soon became obvious that the much-reduced Pan Mortal army was too small to be effective, even under the command of an experienced general like Atpref. And thus, what was meant to be a quick operation that would usher in an era of peace throughout Existence became the catalyst for a new conflict the mortals had no stomach to bear. Through all the years of struggle for freedom no one had ever planned for how Existence would survive after the Velidians, the emphasis was on securing freedom, all other concerns did not matter but, once freedom had been secured, moved quickly to the fore.

As soon as the confederate rebel Mortals realized that the Pan Mortal Army was too weak to control their territory they took full advantage and used some of their forces to hold the PanMotal Army in place while other parts of their forces attacked nearby Mortal towns, taking land and killing many inhabitants. This angered many and blame fell squarely on the shoulders of Atpref. As such he requested more soldiers but there was no longer a clear centralized power capable of meeting his requests. It became clear to Atpref that the army and its organizing authorities of united towns had disbanded and that they had sent him out with a task and had rid their minds of any further concern or involvement. He realized quickly that he was on his own, sent out with insufficient material for a task that was beyond their means.

At some point, after realizing the reality of the situation, Atpref called directly on individual Mortal towns to send [conscripts] men to bolster the army in hopes of overwhelming the traitor Mortals unexpectedly then routing the main force and cleaning up the smaller parts, but all who were called upon made excuses as to why they could spare no one; the most common being that they were busy fighting the remaining Narcirogen in their towns but in reality they just wanted peace and to use their men in increasing their own prosperity. Many towns were claiming land at an inexorable pace and as a result some conflicts had begun to inflame, many towns readied themselves to fight should it become necessary. There is no doubt that driving the Narcirogen out of their cities was a real concern but not at the expense of allowing the remnant Pan Mortal Army to be destroyed, but now few cared about the fate of that army.

It was the hope for prosperity that led to each city to establish for itself a charter and laws for governance. Out of this came many treaties, various cities joining together to establish order from which prosperity usually flows, at least that was initially the hope. There was however great confusion in who was supporting whom and for what purpose. In their captivity the Mortals had become inept in such concerns, they did however throw themselves into bad decision headlong and with great regularity. Some towns would sign treaties with a far away counterpart forsaking neighboring towns and as such the landscape became overly complicated. It quickly became obvious that freedom would spawn great conflict, and that no one was willing to compromise the moment, not even with the idea of future benefit in mind.

Along with the hopes for prosperity, however, came the necessity of division and establishment of towns based on purely political philosophies, one such was the Arcadyt, an order established by Fayareg, the one time Hetharcypian general abused than elevated by Eptih. Fayareg established his Arcadyt as a direct opposition to the Hetharcyp and what they stood for even though what remained of the Hetharcyp was very limited, most having left Eptih to find their own fortunes and many others spread throughout various towns and villages.

Within the context of a world quickly disintegrating, perceived sanctuaries become the object of desire and so as word spread of the hamlet Eptih had founded seemingly far from the troubles and its great prosperity more people came to live within Eptih’s lands. This is how the few farms grew to a town and in a short time it became necessary for Eptih to reorganize his holdings and found a city. He recently had learned that Reyam was pregnant with their first child and therefore in celebration of her and the gift she would soon bare him he named the city “Reyam”.

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.


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 LX ]

January 2, 2009

On the night of his marriage to Reyam, Torquis appeared before Eptih when he was alone and she seemed determined to seduce Eptih asking him to go away with her but Eptih was confounded. He wanted to know where she had gone, he wanted to know if she was a part of his imprisonment on the island of the Three Beauties but Torquis deflected his questions with gestures of profound seduction and although he was tempted he knew she was wicked. He asked her to leave but she refused and then she mentioned his marriage to Reyam and he knew she had come to ruin his new marriage that had yet to be consummated, and again he asked her to leave which provoked her to laugh. This incensed Eptih and he struck her across the face causing her to whirl about from the force. As her back was to him he pushed her down to the ground and considered ending her life but relented when he heard the sound of Reyams wife. (Flee! Wicked creature).

Just as Reyam entered Eptih turned to look at her and when he turned back Torquis was gone. Reyam noticed was sweaty, uneasy and red in the face but when she asked why Eptih was silent. 

Later that night Eptih consummated his marriage to Reyam.

While Eptih was in bed with Reyam, Torquis reappeared awaking Eptih but not Reyam. Eptih was furious that Torquis would violate the sanctity of his marriage bedroom but could do little as he did not want to wake Reyam. Torquis noticed Eptih’s discomfort and made it clear that she did not wish to disturb him on such a night, she did however make it clear that Eptih, by striking her, was now her enemy. For his part, if he was not confined he would have murdered her right then and there. Torquis put her hand on Eptih’s forehead and with her other hand slowly scratched her nails deep into his chest from his clavicle to his belly button. Eptih took the pain in order to not awaken Reyam. After that Torquis left, leaving Eptih in pain and with the task of hiding his wounds from Reyam.

The next morning when they awoke Reyam was amorous but Eptih, needing to hide his wounds, told her he must return to the Hetharcyp at once and began preparing to leave. This saddened Reyam as she had expected him to stay with her for a few days at least. 

As Eptih was preparing to leave a messenger boy came with a message that Nolopan a local leader wanted to meet with him. Eptih told the boy he accepted the invitation and was then led to Nolopan’s house. Upon arrival Eptih was met with the great enthusiasm due a hero. Nolopan showed Eptih great respect for his Hetharcyp and their activities. Eventually Nolopan spoke of building an army to which Eptih laughed, knowing that there was no army other then his Hetharcyp. Nolopan further explained himself relating to Eptih that many local leaders where in agreement that the time was right to create an army and that it could be based off of the work the Hetharcyp had done. This pleased Eptih and he was enamored with the concept. Nolopan Asked Eptih if he would attend another meeting at a secret location where many of the other leaders would attend and Eptih agreed. Eptih also added that with so much that was important to him in Nolopan town he would hold him personally responsible for their safety. Nolopan assured Eptih he would do everything possible to guarantee their safety.  The two parted a short time later planning on meeting again soon.

Eptih was ecstatic at his current great fortune. A beautiful new wife, his Hetharcyp active in the field having just repulsed a Soniman advance and the proposition of creating a great army to challenge the Velidians, possibly freeing the Mortal populace from the Velidan yoke once and for all. Not only all that but those who were most important to him were safe. 

Eptih returned home to Reyam and said his good-byes then collected his men and began his journey to return to the Hetharcyp. As he rode away Reyam watched until she could see him no more.

[ Eptian LVI ]

September 16, 2008

By this time the Velidians had become well aware of the Hetharcyp and Velid himself had taken notice and called for their destruction. The Velidians were financing just about anyone who was willing to fight the Hetharcy and it was at this point that the Velidians decided to retake the town that Thiaiaceph was holding.

Thiaraceph  makes overtures to the Velidians and lets it be known he is willing to give up the Hetharcyp and Eptih for control of the town. This deal is taken by the Velidians and as such they sent a small band of Siradyt with Queid support to secretly enter the town, coordinate with Thiaraceph and assassinate Eptih. By sheer coincidence the very day this small force came to the town to do their work Eptih had gone out with the majority of the Hetharcyp to reconnoiter the approaches to the town. As a result only about twenty-five percent of the Hetharcyp were in the town. The Siradyt assassins believed Eptih was still in the town and they made their move against the Hetharcyp that were present planning on killing their way to Eptih. When the action began the Hetharcyp were surprised and thus caught off guard and many were killed. Some were able to flee the town and inform Eptih of what had happened although they had no idea that Thiaraceph was involved nor did they recognize it was specifically an attempt to assassinate Eptih.

Eptih fearing a large attack called for the withdrawl of the Hetharcyp from the town, at least the people would not be held responsible for quartering combatants and might not be held account for the damage the Hetharcyp had inflicted on the Velidians.

Eptih decided to take a small band and reenter the town and try to convince Thiaraceph to take the people back to the caves, but mainly he wanted to get his mother and Reyam and her family out of the town. Thiaraceph refused to move and as much as Eptih tried he remained obstinate leaving Eptih no choice but to go to the people directly. Eptih presented the situation to the people and told them he could take them back to the caves where the would be safe. Then Thiaraeph presented his case that they should stay and without the Hetharcyp would be free from rebuke and the majority of the people choose to follow Thiaraeph. Eptih could not believe the outcome and made preparations to take away those who wished to follow. To Eptih’s further surprise Derram told him she was staying with Thiaraceph. When Eptih questioned her she related her commitment to Thiaraceph and that Eptih was now his own man capable of fending for himself no longer in need of a mother’s protection. When Eptih questioned her further she cut him short and asked him to respect her decision, which he did with a disappointed demeanor. Reyam and her family were decided upon going with Eptih and the Hetharcyp.

When Eptih saw all those gathered to follow him back to the caves the number was so few that there was no way they would be able to survive and so Eptih told them that he would take them to friendly town throughout the area deposition families in the various towns. With this news still more fell off to stay with Thiaraceph.

With that Eptih, his small band, Reyam, her family and a small group of other Mortals headed out to rejoin the rest of the Hetharcyp.

As he promised, Eptih deposited the people in various friendly towns and he kept Reyam by his side until the last possible moment when she and her family were the last to be taken in. It had become obvious to all close to the situation that they favored each other. This was a shock to some of the people, their relationship being taboo, although less so in the company of his warriors. In their culture a warrior like Eptih was to win a bride or have her given to him by a father. Some felt Eptih was taking advantage of the situation, a fatherless girl whose entire adult male family was dead. It was not the way things were done but they were not married so it was overlooked.

[ Eptian LIV ]

June 26, 2008

In his sadness and the anticipation of the knowing the fate of his mother, Eptih was at first paralyzed by the confusion of what had just happened, the scene of his town destroyed and the bodies laying about having had a enormous effect on him. But his rage kept him focused on what needed to be done and when night had arrived he went into action maneuvering back to the town stealthily so that he was unseen by the Velidians.

Once Eptih had made it back to what remained of the town he could see Thmascuids body up on the spike just as it had been before. The sight shocked Eptih and stoked his rage so much so that he sweat blood at that instant. Keeping himself from exploding in a rage was difficult but he managed knowing that silence now would result in a greater more brutal revenge later. Each droplet of blood that pushed forth from his skin would equal a thousand Velidian deaths and only this thought could quell his rage.

Eptih searched around for Thmascuids head but was unable to find it and so he removed Thmascuid’s impaled body from the (s)pike and carried it out of sight cursing the Velidians under his breath as he left the town unnoticed. He took the body [to a secret location] and there wrapped as much of it as he could with the little material he had with him. (Possibly a cloak or something or having grabbed some material when in the town.) and then dug a hole in the ground, placed the headless body inside and backfilled it. Once Eptih had finished these funerary tasks he set out to find his mother and Reyam. Revenge would have to wait.

Eptih found his mother and Thiaraceph who having fled the town escaped with their lives and little else. This reunion was the first between the two since his return from his travels that was not clandestine. Although Eptih was happy his mother was safe he felt an obligation to find Reyam and her family and so he agreed to meet his mother and Thiaraceph at a specific time and at a specific location then went out to find Reyam.

Eptih was not able to find Reyam as quickly as he had found his mother and every moment that passed he felt like she was descending deeper and deeper into a great danger. Eptih did not figured that Reyam would be much closer to the abandoned town then his mother had been but when he finally found her she was just on the outskirts of town mourning her father, older brothers and uncle who had been killed by the Velidians. It was horrible scene and Eptih had to carry the surviving women and children away as they did not want to leave their deceased family behind. The women and children survived only because they had been hidden by the men before the fight had begun. Reyam had lost her father, three older brothers and an uncle. Reyam, her mother, her little sister and brother, her aunt and two nieces were the only survivors.

Eptih took Reyam and her family to where he had planned to meet his mother and Thiaraceph. Reyam was in extreme anguish and Eptih comforted her and this is when Eptih’s desire for Reyam begin to grow [from a shallow lust to a strong affection] and when Reyam realized she wanted Eptih as a husband. Derram and Thiaraceph arrived sometime later and it was then that Thiaraceph recommended moving to a group of caves that he knew of nearby. Thus they all moved to the caves and there found relative safety.

By this time the Velidians had realized that Thmascuid’s body had been stolen and they desperately wanted it back and so they sent out a troop to torture any mortal they came into contact with for information and this netted them intelligence that directly implicated Eptih. Either someone had witnessed him in his clandestine raid or someone dropped his name to save themselves. This made Eptih a known and wanted figure by the Velidians, their primary target. Now this troop set out to find Eptih for the single purpose of retrieving the body of Thmascuid and the horror they inflicted on the populace was tremendous.

Eventually other exiles from the town began to hear of and gather at the makeshift community that Eptih and Thiaraceph had established. Many mortals in nearby towns shunned these people figuring that if they provided them sanctuary their town would meet a similar fate at the hands of the Velidians. As the days turned to weeks a communal system began to develop and a provisional town centered around the caves developed. Also during this time a love began to grow between Eptih and Reyam and as it became noticeable to others, talk began to proliferate about how it was wrong, it appeared that Eptih was taking advantage of a beautiful girl who was now fatherless. A wife was either a war prize or a gift of a father but never a mutual bond between two individuals. As the complaints of the people grew they were directed at Thiaraceph and it was he who brought them to Eptih. Needless to say this did not create a better relationship between the two as Eptih was offended at Thiaracephs insolence.

Thiaraceph seemed to relish his newfound status. He was now one of the few remaining heroes and was known as Thmascuids successor. Eptih having been gone on his journey was less known then Thiaraceph, he had achieved fame as a child but had not been heard of in years. Eptih was still quite young and so the people gravitated to Thiaraceph as leader. This frustrated Eptih who had never been fond of Thiaraceph. Now that Thiaraceph was trying to establish his authority over Eptih using Eptih’s new relationship with Reyam as a guise Eptih grew dissatisfied and challenged Thiaraceph whenever possible trying to establish his own authority without directly physically confronting him out of respect for his mother.

This plan came to a crashing halt when stories began to surface about the Queid troop that was searching for Eptih, roaming the countryside torturing and killing Mortals for information regarding his whereabouts. All the circumstances were now against him, not only was he flouting convention by taking Reyam and competing with the man everyone looked to as their leader he was now hunted and therefore a great liability. Some, under their breadth, blamed him for the destruction of their town and so Eptih could see the situation for what it was and decided to leave.

[ Eptian LI ]

March 29, 2008

Eptih managed to evade the pursuing search party staying just ahead of them, but as he got closer to his town he began to realize that he was leading this band of henchmen to his very doorstep and thereby bringing with him a great danger.

As he approached his town he made the decision to lead the Queid following him into less inhabited parts nearby and there lose them. What Eptih did not know is that the band following him also contained Siradyt and so was more capable then Eptih had expected, not just the typical Queid drones. As Eptih doubled back and forth trying to confuse and disorient the Queid they surrounded him and unexpectedly attacked him, forcing him to fight. Eptih easily killed all those that challenged him but a few, realizing they were defeated retreated back to the Velidian stronghold near the coast.

This was a disaster for Eptih, he knew he had doomed his town and that the Velidians would be back in force. Eptih returned to the edge of his town not sure whether or not it would be wise to enter, he figured there might be spies within that would offer information to the Velidians, and he was right in this line of thinking as a large element of Narcirogen had been planted in the city, as it was with most cities, by the Velidians. When Eptih approached the outskirts of the town he recognized a young woman as a childhood acquaintance named Reyam and he figured he could trust her or at least he hoped he could. Eptih approached the farm with caution trying to avoid the rest of the family but get Reyams attention. Eventually Reyam noticed Eptih off in the distance and Eptih waved for her to come to him. She was reluctant and Eptih could tell she was about to announce his presence to her family so Eptih began walking toward her. Reyam recognized Eptih as he came closer and her apprehension subsided. Reyam was stunned to see Eptih alive as it had been assumed he was dead and so she was happy to see him alive. Eptih told Reyam he did not yet want to be recognized so to meet him out in the Forest secretly and with that he withdrew back into hiding. Later when it was convenient Reaym went out to meet Eptih.

Eptih was shocked at how beautiful Reyam had become in the years he had been gone but he had little time for those considerations now and instead enlisted her to bring Thmascuid to see him. He was putting much faith in the girl not knowing whether or not he could trust her but it was a gamble he was willing to make.

That night Reyam snuck away and went to Thmascuid’s house and related the message Eptih had given her. Thmascuid was dismayed to learn Eptih was alive and had suspicions as to Reyams intention figuring she might be a tool of the Velidians, but he had to know if Eptih was alive or not so went to where Eptih was supposed to be.

Upon arriving he did not find Eptih and feared he might be in the midst of a trap, just them he saw figures approaching him. It was a small group of Narcirogen and Thmascuid attempted to flee but they had already seen him and a fight ensued. As the fight played out Eptih came and joined in and the Narcirogen were slaughtered.

At first Thmascuid did not recognize Eptih as he was no longer a child but upon further inspection he realized it was in fact Eptih and as such he embraced him, welcoming him home. After they had reestablished their familiarity Eptih told Thmascuid what the situation was and how he was sure a large band of Velidians were sure to be coming. The two planned what they would do agreeing that limiting the destruction of the town would be the best action.

It was decided that for the time being Eptih should remain outside the city hidden away and so Thmascuid went to (Reyam’s family) to seek asylum for Eptih which (Reyams’ family) granted.