Sunday, January 27, 2013

What Once Was, Part 2

Once again through the looking glass, the Hunters time jump to the near future to see if O was holding up his side of the bargain. And sure enough, all that the Hunters had asked for had been given to them, but O's amount of control over existence was staggering and it didn't take time travelers to see the changes that were being put into action. Another quick jump to the far future and the Hunters witnessed a deafening sight, massive armies of undead and earthy dwarven creatures were waging war with one another across all of existence.
After finding O again, the Hunters learned that he had brought the entire pantheon of god's into the fold of undeath and had merged with most of them. After obtaining the energy they had so long sought, and directing it into the Godjammer ship itself they decided to head back to before the dawn of their Overgod creation and undo what they had did, little did they know that the transformation and revival of Mystra was well underway and as they finished their task to undo their work, literally leaving a note for themselves, their godjammer ship transformed and vanished.
Stuck in the far past, the Hunters wondered why their revived Goddess just wouldn't take them with her. It wasn't long before the TimeKeepers, powerful soldiers of Labelas, finally caught up with our Hunters and took them into custody.
Having accomplished their task gave the Hunters a great sense of satisfaction and a near fearless outlook on the possible punishment that could be inflicted upon them. Though this fearless approach was soon to be realized as unnecessary.
After returning to Labelas' domain for punishment, they found his entire domain empty. Apparently they were needed elsewhere and after a quick excursion by the TimeKeeper they found themselves standing in an arcane temple of the likes they had never seen. Being led into the main chambers they were met by their fellow Mystra worshippers that they had long since said goodbye to, a large contingent of TimeKeepers, Labelas himself and an unknown teenage girl who would soon reveal herself as Mystri, revived goddess and next incarnation of Mystryl.
They were met with a roaring sound of applause, the gratitude was so thick you could cut it with a spoon. After the applause had died down, our Hunters were introduced to Mystri who informed them of the true nature of the Hunters of Hope.. that they were in fact hands of The Weave, and that their desire to serve her was in fact them recognizing the connection that she had to the Weave. She then took them into an extremely well hidden back room and introduced them to The Weave (personified).
It was there that the Hunters would learn of their true fate, that they were the hands of the Weave, the devices the Weave used to inflict its brand of order and to ensure that fate couldn't be avoiding by anyone or anything. It wasn't long after that our heroes found themselves deep in the thick of battle with unknown forces, both in time and defending Mystri's domain against an incursion of elite dwarves. It didn't take a genius to see there was some very powerful people trying to seize Mystri's domain from her, and in her newly reviven state she was rather weak to defend herself. Our Hunters knew they needed help.
Their first goal was to destroy the Lord of Blades, believing that they could take his Godspark and his arcane forge in which they could use to build a new army, finding help in this goal by a warforged named Egg. Learning of his lacking Godspark too late to matter, our Hunters defeated the accursed Lord of Blades, scourge to all who were living, and reclaimed his forge in the name of Mystri. After moving the forge back to Mystri's domain they had Egg begin their goal of creating an army of animates.
It wasn't long after the first batch was finished that our heroes realized they were going to need higher powered help, as their enemy was a fellow god.. of war. Clangeddin Silverbeard had declared war on Mystri for unknown reasons but it was clear he meant business. Our heroes knew that they would need assistance from another god/goddess, and with Mystri and Labelas nowhere to be found, our Hunters knew that they must take the recruitment process into their own hands... and what better ally than the great Platinum Dragon, the God of Justice... Bahamut.
A quick hop through time, and an unfortunate run in with a Warp Weave later, they found themselves conversing with Bahamut in his human form. Telling of their great story and the injustice being committed they were able to convince Bahamut, reluctantly until he had determined what was really going on, to help fend off Mystri's domain.
As time passed, Mystri's domain more or less being protected by Bahamut and his Gold Dragons, our hunters delved deeper into the rabbit hole and learned of a Primordials involvement with corrupting Clangeddin and forcing him in this war. Upon returning with this news Bahamut informed our Hunters that his help would no longer be, as Mystri was not what she appeared to be, that she had been corrupted in her revival and now served one of her mothers, the dreaded Shar.
Our Hunters, still loyal to Mystri began looking for solutions to her condition, believing that her other mother, the virtuous Selune would have answers. Our Hunters attempted to commune with Selune but she would have nothing to do with them as they were still connected to Mystri. Knowing of few other options our hunters decided to continue on their quest to free Clangeddin from his corrupter, delving into the very heart of Root Hold, Grumbar's domain.
Defeating the first line of defense, our Hunters were able to gain entrance into Grumbar's lair but it wasn't long before the defenses of the domain began to hinder our heroes progress, and in a desperate bout of fight or flight syndrome, the later being the selected, our heroes cast a ritual to escape the dreaded domain... only to be redirected to Grumbar's inner sanctum. There, after some downtime, they met with the massive earth primordial himself and were met with an unexpected proposition.. Grumbar wanted them to join his cause.
After much debate and deliberation, our Hunters of Hope agreed to Grumbar's terms and after an extremely powerful primal ritual, became the Slayers of Sovereigns, leaders of the combined armies of Grumbar and his Primordial allies. Their first task: find more allies by free'ing the bound Primordials and their first stop in this task was the throat of Torog, god of imprisonment and unwitting lackey to what would soon be called "The Great Release."

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