After Action Report: Khaldun 7/292015

Thanks Luthius for the staff video/screenshots! I think I can safely say that this was our best event yet! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWmt7Hl23f0

Video of the Khaldun Event in HD (note: I'm recording as a GM so you can see some items players normally won't see, such as waypoints, activaters, LOS Blockers).
http://imgur.com/gallery/7NRIC/new
Images of the event (all were Razor OnDeath screenshots because I was recording at the time :p)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNHHqowXUQI

Player video submitted by Santana



From the desk of Elimorel:

Hail Adventurers

Khaldun... was a failure. I... I'm not quite sure how to honestly put this. I feel as if I'm at a loss on what to say. We thought that Khaldun held the key to our problems. We were so sure that whatever Astaroth had sealed away down there was some sort of weapon that we could use against him.

We were wrong. We unleashed something evil into our world; our world that is already ravaged and swooning from the tyranny of another powerful being. Now instead of one enemy to worry about we potentially have another. We've spent the last several days pouring over old texts, looking for any sign of the name "Nebiros".

Nebiros is mentioned throughout the annals of history as a near omnipotent being. He is an ancient demon with a knack for necromancy and commands his own legion of demons. The combination of the supernatural and the demonic made him an outcast in the ranks of Hell. The other high ranking devils looked down upon Nebiros and attempted to exclude him from their caste, but power is everything in Hell and there was no denying a being such as he.

Before the Eternal Day, Astaroth conquered many kingdoms in Hell. Astaroth subjugated every single would-be King of Hell to his will, making every former ruler a Duke in his current regime. While he forced every other powerful devil to his will, he was no where near the match for Nebiros.

The two had very different ideals for the same end goal. Astaroth and Nebiros both wished to invade the mortal realm and lay siege to the Creator and the Angels above, yet their disagreement on how to go about it lead to conflict. Each sought to claim the title, "King of Hell", and a bitter war broke out between the two factions.

Nebiros hindered Astaroth nearly every step of the way during his rise to power. At one point, the only thing that was stopping Astaroth from invading our world was the threat of Nebiros attacking his flank during the assault.

From what we've gathered from the tomes recovered from Khaldun, Astaroth lured Nebiros into a trap by feigning a parley meeting between the two opposing forces. There, Astaroth trapped his foe in another plane of existence, leaving Nebiros to rot for eternity under the guard of the five most powerful Dread Lords in existence at the time.

And he would have stayed there if it were not for our meddling! I have failed the people of the realm. I am not fit to be the Grand Inquisitor of the Sightless Legion any longer! I have already submitted my resignation letter, against the wishes of my subordinates. The Grand Inquisitor is meant to be a beacon of light in this dark, repressed world. They are not meant to bring new evil into the world!

May you pick a wiser replacement, for I fear my actions may have doomed us all.


-Elimorel

Thanks Luthius for the staff video/screenshots! I think I can safely say that this was our best event yet! :D
[MEDIA=youtube]hWmt7Hl23f0[/MEDIA]
Video of the Khaldun Event in HD (note: I'm recording as a GM so you can see some items players normally won't see, such as waypoints, activaters, LOS Blockers).
Images of the event (all were Razor OnDeath screenshots because I was recording at the time :p)
[MEDIA=youtube]zNHHqowXUQI[/MEDIA]
Player video submitted by Santana
 
 
From the desk of Elimorel:
 
Hail Adventurers
 
Khaldun... was a failure. I... I'm not quite sure how to honestly put this. I feel as if I'm at a loss on what to say. We thought that Khaldun held the key to our problems.  We were so sure that whatever Astaroth had sealed away down there was some sort of weapon that we could use against him.
 
We were wrong. We unleashed something evil into our world; our world that is already ravaged and swooning from the tyranny of another powerful being. Now instead of one enemy to worry about we potentially have another.  We've spent the last several days pouring over old texts, looking for any sign of the name "Nebiros".
 
Nebiros is mentioned throughout the annals of history as a near omnipotent being. He is an ancient demon with a knack for necromancy and commands his own legion of demons. The combination of the supernatural and the demonic made him an outcast in the ranks of Hell. The other high ranking devils looked down upon Nebiros and attempted to exclude him from their caste, but power is everything in Hell and there was no denying a being such as he.
 
Before the Eternal Day, Astaroth conquered many kingdoms in Hell. Astaroth subjugated every single would-be King of Hell to his will, making every former ruler a Duke in his current regime.  While he forced every other powerful devil to his will, he was no where near the match for Nebiros.
 
The two had very different ideals for the same end goal. Astaroth and Nebiros both wished to invade the mortal realm and lay siege to the Creator and the Angels above, yet their disagreement on how to go about it lead to conflict. Each sought to claim the title, "King of Hell", and a bitter war broke out between the two factions.
 
Nebiros hindered Astaroth nearly every step of the way during his rise to power. At one point, the only thing that was stopping Astaroth from invading our world was the threat of Nebiros attacking his flank during the assault.
 
From what we've gathered from the tomes recovered from Khaldun, Astaroth lured Nebiros into a trap by feigning a parley meeting between the two opposing forces. There, Astaroth trapped his foe in another plane of existence, leaving Nebiros to rot for eternity under the guard of the five most powerful Dread Lords in existence at the time.
 
And he would have stayed there if it were not for our meddling! I have failed the people of the realm. I am not fit to be the Grand Inquisitor of the Sightless Legion any longer! I have already submitted my resignation letter, against the wishes of my subordinates. The Grand Inquisitor is meant to be a beacon of light in this dark, repressed world. They are not meant to bring new evil into the world!
 
May you pick a wiser replacement, for I fear my actions may have doomed us all.
 
 
-Elimorel

Into Khaldun: Final Act! 7/29/2015 6 PM PST

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Chronological order of lore/events:
Lore story Part 1:
http://forum.uoancorp.com/threads/into-khaldun-lore-story-arc.6678/
First and Second Expeditions and Lore story Part 2:
http://www.uoancorp.com/index.php/news/215-lore-story-crystals-for-the-khaldun-event-arc

Hail Adventurers!

You have done well to get this far. Two weeks ago we finished collecting all the power crystals that Luna Feii required for her research. During this time, we have been formulating a plan and making preparations for our final expedition into Khaldun. Our preparations are complete! It is now time that we once more call upon the brave Adventurers that have aided us in our war efforts thus far.

Khaldun has proven to be a dangerous, unforgiving crypt full of vile undead and corrupted beings. We do not know what to expect to find behind the wall, but it will most assuredly be hostile towards us. Come prepared to fight for your lives, for your fortitude will most assuredly be tested. What we seek lies beyond the barrier blocking our way. We shall destroy it and take the weapon being guarded down there by force!


Elimorel,
Grand Inquisitor of the Sightless Legion

Necromancer Attack on Vesper! 7/18/2015

It was a night much like most Summer nights. Blacksmiths toiled, the hot air made worse by the emanating heat of the forge. Pirates scanned the horizon for sails in the distance. The children chased fireflies in the fields.

Little did they know in the Cemetery of Vesper a summoning ritual had begun that would put an abrupt end to their routine. The High Priest of Death was calling forth his army of dead. The Heroes of our land did not remain ignorant for long, and rushed to defend their home from his legions.

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The vanguard was on the scene within moments of the dead's rising.

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The Necromancer threw wave after wave of undead at our Heroes. Reanimated, flaming and bloody, emerged from graves to attack.

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Witnessing his minions fall, he began to use powerful magic of his own. The fumes from his noxious blasts infected all within its bounds.
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Despite the efforts of our Heroes, the Necromancer did not lose resolve. He had an unshakable faith in a dark prophecy that promised his victory.[?IMG]

He continued to wake servants of death each stronger than the last. They managed to push our Heroes outside of the Cemetery.
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From their new post the courageous adventurers dispatched the Necromancers undead slaves. As they rushed back inside the gates of the Cemetery, the High Priest woke the Ancient Ones from their deep slumber to defend him.
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After slaying his hoary liches a seed of doubt took root in the mind of the Necromancer. It was at this moment he called upon his greatest champion, the Lord of Bones.
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His horrific guardian began to rend the flesh of those foolish enough to charge him. The Necromancer continued to use his death magic to aid his servant.
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The Lord of Bones even called upon his own army of skeletal warriors. Conjuring them from piles of bones.[?IMG]
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Ultimately, the Lord of Bones was overwhelmed and surrounded. The Heroes put an end to the Necromancers rampage.
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Lives were lost, but the Necromancer was forced to retreat back from whence he came. Before he disappeared from our land he promised to return, his prophecy yet unfulfilled. However, the people of Britannia can take solace in the knowledge that when the forces of death emerged they were able to band together and send them back to the void. Let us hope they are able to repeat this effort upon his inevitable return.

 

Haku The Battle God 7/7/2015

http://forum.uoancorp.com/threads/haku-the-battle-god-7-7-2015.7656/
The Atlanteans are a rather mysterious tribe of individuals who have taken up residence deep within the depths of Shame. Their strong ties with the elements of the world have lead to their unprecedented knowledge and skill in elemental magic.
Haku, The Battle God, a renowned Priest of the Flame among the Atlanteans, made an attempt at invading Wind. Haku had heard of the overwhelming powerful Ancient Red Wyrm that resided with in the Park. It was his intention to confront the Wyrm and tame him, adding another powerful entity to the Atlantean forces.

Alas, the Gods of the land did not approve of this plan since it interfered with their Battle for Wind hour that they forced the town militias to participate in, and barred entry to Wind to all.

With the mission foiled, Haku retreated back to the Fire Temple within Shame, yet the Adventurers followed him...

 

Lore Story: Crystals for the Khaldun Event Arc

This is meant as an RP story follow up to the end results of the first two parts of our Khaldun Event Arc:

First Expedition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTpIp8hFuks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgOEZMnyrNI

Second Expedition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE21Fnv00fI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ixWfuwgX4k

 

Link here for the story: http://forum.uoancorp.com/threads/into-khaldun-lore-story-arc.6678/#post-54768

 

Crystals



Luna gazed into the power crystal intently. Its murky essence had a sickly purplish hue to it, earning its working name “Murky Crystal”. These crystals had remained largely a mystery to Luna. She had read about them in her studies of the mystical arts. The formation of these crystals was labeled as a forbidden art, one that had died out of practice centuries ago. An art that the most devout and corrupt followers of Astaroth had eagerly embraced. The crystals were essentially the extracted souls of humans who sacrificed their being for increased power.

A ritual is performed, requiring several mages of high caliber, in order to facilitate the spell needed to draw the soul out. During the ritual, the soul is melded and turned into a crystalline state. Most of the recipient targets react differently to having their soul drawn out, but nearly all go through some sort of twisted bodily transformation. Weak souls see the most changes to their physical state of being, most losing their cognitive ability to think on their own. They become powerful, mindless tools that adept mages can easily manipulate and control. The stronger the soul, the less changes happen to the body. The crystal acts as a conduit of energy, capable of enhancing the physical, mental, and magical abilities of the possessor if tapped. For the mindless weaklings that undergo the ritual, they are nearly incapable of tapping this power, but for those strong enough to retain their free will, the return in power is nearly unfathomable. The most interesting part of this ritual was that the spell rendered anyone to undergo it, virtually immortal. As long as the crystal remained intact and within reach of its host, the bearer would never die. Naturally it was this aspect that drew the interest of many greedy, power hungry mages.

There are many powerful Dread Lords that serve Astaroth directly, some rumored to have been around since the Eternal Day.

What would one be willing to sacrifice in the name of greater power?

This thought echoed constantly in the mind of Luna since the first power crystal had been recovered. She had poured many hours into the dissection of these crystals and to the study of the barrier that had blocked them at the end of their Second expedition.

Luna discarded the Murky Crystal into the vast pile that had been collected for her. Originally she had asked for over a thousand of each crystal type be collected, but she had found that with only six hundred samples, she had managed to glean all the information she needed from the Murky and Bloody Crystals. Her stockpile of the Grave Dust and Noxious crystals was nearing that magic number as well.

Luna left the storage room, slowly making her way towards the HQ where Klopas and Elimorel waited, lost in thought.

The barrier was on a whole other plane of complexity. Luna was certain that it had to have been cast by a high ranking Devil. The framework and structure was otherworldly in how precise and finely woven it was. It was unnerving to Luna, a practiced, gifted mage in her own right, to gaze upon such a work of wonder. In order for her to be able to cast a barrier so fine, she would have to devote the rest of her natural life span to the study of barrier magic and she was certain she would only be able to produce one only a tenth as powerful as the behemoth that blocked their path.

What troubled her the most was that somehow the crystals were tied into the barrier, acting as a means to bolster the blockade. The different elements of the crystals were intertwined within the framework of the barrier itself. Any attempt for her to delve into the magical make up, was met with heavy resistance, their force so powerful, if she weren’t careful, would surely be the end of her. Hundreds must have died, their souls infused with the barrier structure. Whatever was sealed away in there, Astaroth was quite adamant about it not getting out.

However, she was confident that she could unravel the spell. She needed a powerful catalyst to counteract the crystal elements long enough so that she could untangle the weaves enough to weaken the barrier. When she was looking for clues on what they might possibly be hiding deep within Khaldun, she had stumbled upon an incantation that could potentially give her the ability to convert the already gathered crystals into energy. The spell was untested, but she believed she could use it as the catalyst she needed to take down the barrier.

It was certainly risky, but she didn’t see much of a choice in the matter. They needed whatever was down there in order to take down Astaroth and reestablish human dominance over Sosaria once again.

The plan called for six hundred of each crystal to be used in the spell as the necessary catalyst to break the barrier down. Luna sighed as she found herself outside the door to the Command Headquarters. She was about to propose a reckless plan that could see the whole lot of them killed if a single mistake was made. She squared her shoulders and pushed the door open, read to lay out their next plan of attack.