A Realm Divided

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Long ago, there was chaos and war. Until an order of magical warriors, the Paladins, united the Realm. Through strife and sacrifice, these Paladins brought about a Golden Age.

But in these peaceful times, there was no need for warriors. The Paladins disbanded. They left the Realm to the Magistrate a council of former Paladins and powerful magicians. Under their rule the Realm's Golden Age continued for centuries until a great discovery changed everything.

A new form of magic focused through crafted crystals offered power, that rivaled the Magistrate's owns. A crystal powered revolution overtook the Realm. The uses were limitless and the Realm's future seemed brighter than ever, but there were accidents. Horrible misuses of power, tragedies the Magistrate embraced as they banished the crystal magic.

"Such power was not meant to be wielded by commoners", Grand Magister Karne snarled, "this will destroy all that we have built and deliver us back to chaos."

Some agreed with Karne, they welcomed the return of peace or perhaps they feared the Magistrate. But others stood up to the Magistrate's snuten bit. They spoke of progress and rallied behind Valera, the near immortal warrior who once led the ancient Paladins.

"This has the power to improve the lives of everyone in the Realm. A power that should not just benefit the Magistrate."

Karnes forces were merciless. They raided towns and seized crystals to consolidate power. A Resistance formed, the rebellion weaponized crystal magic and stood against the Magistrate's control. So when the Magistrate came for the crystals, there was only one possible outcome.

War, a brutal war, where the Magistrate unleashed its armies full mount. The Resistance was shattered, but this defeat only strenghtened their resolve. Survivors found new allies from across the Realm. Great champions willing to join the fight.

At Valera's urging the Resistance took up the flag of the ancient Paladins. Now again, they fight to restore peace to the Realm - to usher in a new Golden Age.

Golden Age[edit | edit source]

Crosswind Hold enters a Golden Age. Seeing no further need for defenders, the former Paladins disband. Valera steps down and secedes rule to a newfound government called The Magistrate - comprised of former Paladins and powerful magicians, headed by none other than the former Paladin Karne as Grand Magister. This Golden Age would continue for centuries.

Discovery of Crystals[edit | edit source]

After many centuries, a new form of crafted crystals are discovered. Crystals are studied, most notably in the Magistrate facility Deepwerks, where many inventions would be created, and the Realm would enter a crystal powered revolution.

Consequences of Crystal Magic[edit | edit source]

As time goes on, the increase in popularity and potency of crystals also leads to an increase in 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.

Some people, however, do not approve of this act, and rally behind Valera, former leader of the original Paladins, creating a group known as the Resistance to combat this. In response, the Magistrate called upon all the loyal houses to assist them against the Resistance, as revealed in Fernando's bio.

The Patriarch of House Aico answers by sending the house's scion, Lian. As the heiress to the Ruby Throne of House Aico. 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.

Crystal War[edit | edit source]

While some support the Magistrate in their quest for peace, others rally behind Valera. Valera would reawaken the ancient stagalla from their slumber, them being oath-bound to assist her.

The Resistance and Magistrate quickly erupt into fighting. In one momentous battle, an armored Magistrate warrior would end up destroying one of the stagalla, seemingly killing him. Though saddened at first, this death enraged the remaining stagalla, who thereby abandons all reluctance and full-heartedly vows to fight.

With this, the tide of battle shifted. The Resistance strengthens their resolve and continues to grow their support base. They would take up the name of the former Paladins at Valera's urging.

Disliking what the Magistrate has become, Tyra returns from her homeland at this point to side with the Resistance. Believing the Magistrate to be oppressive to the common folk, Ying and Sha Lin would also join. Cassie would also join the Resistance, as would Barik eventually as well. He brought his knowledge of crystal weaponry to the Resistance, leveling the armaments playing field. Now, the Crystal War continues.

Gallery[edit | edit source]




Lore

Affiliation
Resistance (aka Paladins)  •  Magistrate  •  The Abyss  •  Darkness  •  Neutral

Directions
Anti-Abyss  •  Anti-Darkness  •  Nature Protectors

Groups
Corvus' Group  •  Deepwerks  •  Eternal Pyre  •  Followers of Io  •  House Aico  •  Outer Tribunal  •  Paladins (Former)  •  Red River Orcs  •  Sentinels  •  Summer Court  •  Thousand Hands Guild  •  Warders  •  Wekono

Noteworthy Items
Crystals  •  Warder's Key  •  Warder's Relic

The Realm
Abyss  •  Aico Tundra  •  Crosswind Hold  •  The Eight Oceans  •  Enchanted Forest  •  Greenwood  •  Lunar Coast  •  Seris (Village)  •  Temple Isles  •  Trade Row  •  Warder's Watch

Races
Abyssal Creatures  •  Ancient  •  Animal  •  Construct  •  Darkness  •  Dragon  •  Deities  •  Dwarf  •  Elemental  •  Elf  •  Faerie  •  Goblin  •  Human  •  Leipori  •  Orc  •  Ska'drin  •  Spirit  •  Stagalla  •  Tigron  •  Transformed  •  Undead  •  Vulpin  •  Wyrin

Complete Timeline
Complete Timeline

Time Periods
The Age of the Paladins  •  The Golden Age  •  The Age of Resistance  •  The Lost Future

Notable Events
Dragon Scourge  •  Goblin Scourges  •  Golden Age  •  Crystal War  •  Koga's Revenge  •  Destruction of Seris  •  The Fight of Ascension Peak  •  Warders Return  •  The Fight of the Shattered Desert  •  Shattered Goddess Return  •  The Summoning of Raum  •  The Darkness Released

Other
NPCs  •  Updated Bios  •  Canon Skins  •  Alpha Lore