A Realm Divided
Golden Age[edit | edit source]
Crosswind Hold enters a Golden Age. Seeing no further need for defenders, the Paladins disband. Valera steps down and secedes rule to a newfound government called The Magistrate - comprised of ex-Paladins and powerful magicians, headed by none other than Grand Magister Karne.
During this time, the empire of Crosswind Hold expands and a number of races - elves, humans, and dwarves - all come to co-exist. Noble houses also spring up and gain power, each governing their own individual region. House Aico is one of these houses.
House Aico becomes notably one of the stronger houses and shows an early sign of conquest-fever. At some point during a siege of a fortress, Lian has her warlocks create sentient walking bombs, one of which is Bomb King. The experiment goes awry, and Bomb King ends up destroying Lian's own army. House Aico retreats, and Bomb King freely wanders the Realm.
Discovery of Crystals[edit | edit source]
After many centuries, the discovery of crafted crystals serves as a breakthrough in the accessibility of magic. The Magistrate forms an organization called Deepwerks to further propel the advancement of crystal-powered technology, recruiting members such as the runic scholar Torvald and master mechanic Barik.
During their time at Deepwerks, Torvald develops his rune gauntlet (his in-game primary weapon) and Barik invents a number of machines such as jetpack wings and the standard goblin mining suit. Barik gave the jetpack wings to Drogoz, a wingless wyrin underling to a dragon, so that he may also fly. The mining suit is issued to all the goblin miners, one of which is Ruckus.
Vivian, a Magistrate officer, hears about Deepwerks and schemes her way into joining the Deepwerks facility as its commander of security. She repurposes the crystals for combat, setting the new standard for weaponry in the Realm (nearly all champions in-game wear, harness, or otherwise have crystals on their persons/weapons). Believing the crystals misused for evil, Barik leaves Deepwerks facility.
Consequences of Crystal Magic[edit | edit source]
As time goes on, the increase in popularity and potency of crystals also leads to an increase of trouble. Self-serving and power-hungry individuals start to abuse them as a means for personal gain, leading to The Magistrate banning crystal-magic among commoners. Karne orders a ruthless recall of all crystals, having his forces break into homes and confiscate the contraband gems. By consolidating this power, Karne believes the Magistrate would be more capable of quelling chaos and restoring peace.
Predicting a coming conflict, Karne calls for the loyal houses to aid the Magistrate.
The Patriarch of House Aico answers by sending the house's scion, Lian. As the heiress to the Ruby Throne of House Aico, Lian sought a means to prove her capability and honor her family's oath to the Magistrate. Bodyguard of, personal advisor to, and general for Lian, Khan was also sent to fulfill his obligation as the Primus of House Aico.
Fernando, a squire-turned-knight, excitedly heeds the Magistrate's call for loyal houses on behalf of his deceased master.
Simultaneously, Karne continues to fund Vivian's research into advanced crystal-weaponry. The Magistrate Army comes to develop an experimental front-line battle suit and weapon, that of which was quickly proved effective when piloted by Magistrate soldier Ash. It is at this point Viktor and Strix meet Ash.
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Regardless of oaths, the Resistance and Magistrate quickly erupt into fighting. With the immense resources, wealth, and humanpower of the Magistrate, Karne easily defeats the Resistance early on. In one momentous battle, Ash, wielding her experimental flak cannon, successfully destroys Terminus's left arm and kills him the process. The Resistance scatter and retreat, leaving Terminus behind. His death enrages Inara, who thereby abandons all reluctance and full-heartedly vows to fight.
With this, the tide of battle shifted. Their early losses became martyrs icons for many more Realm hopefuls. The Resistance strengthen their resolve and continue to grow their support base.
Disliking what the Magistrate has become, Tyra returns from her homeland at this point to side with the Resistance. Pip, Evie, and Koga also join with the Resistance at this point. Cassie, following the footsteps of her enlisted Greenwood hunter friends, would join the Resistance at a later date. Barik is one of the first to join the Resistance. He brings his knowledge of crystal weaponry to the Resistance, leveling the armaments playing field. This is also likely the same time Talus joins the Resistance, eager to use his new skills and to prove the capabilities of the Ska'drin. Sympathizing heavily with the common folk, famous adventurer Sha Lin decides to fight The Magistrate, as well. Echoing Valera's belief in the free use of crystal magic, Ying also joins. Worried about the coming of an all-out war, Valera also awakens the stagalla to aid the Resistance against Magistrate oppression.
Nature Fights Back[edit | edit source]
Growing hostilities between both factions lead to increased destruction of the Realm, both of its forests and islands. Encroached by fire and industrialization, all the rabbit-like leipori flee deeper into the forest - all but one: Moji and her familiar Po-Li. Wanting to defend her home, Moji likely awakens the great nature spirit Grover and allies with the faeries of the Summer Court, another group of woodland inhabitants threatened by the civil war. Willo is one such faeries.
At the other end of the geographical spectrum, the home island of the Ska'drin also saw heavy threat from the war. Ancient defender of the island, Makoa left for the mainland to protect the natural world.
Grohk fighting on the part of his tribe and his tribe's lands.
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