The Eye of Zenos

Date: 1/1/2012 at 18:19
From: Anonymous
To : Everyone
Subj: The Eye of Zenos

Surrounding the Iceburn Plains was a range of mountains, where the ruins
of the Jeweled City of Climanti stood. More interestingly, trill were
discovered high up in the mountain peaks, a total of four tribes who
served the Guardians of the Icewynd, whom they called the Ice Angels.
Also, abandoned caves were discovered, newly evacuated for they showed
recent signs of inhabitation. Yet another mystery.

The war between the Guardians and the mysterious ones known as the
Forsaken had apparently reached peak. Wanting to aid the Guardians, many
of the intrepid explorers sought to help the trill tribes in their part
in the war. Churning over the Iceburn Plains was the Cloud Maelstrom, in
the center of which spun a strange artifact known as the Dead Spire of
Shrieking Winds. Through much effort, the Basin adventurers were able to
summon the three leaders of the Forsaken at the Dead Spire. Chade, Sidd
and Akui led an epic battle that lasted nearly from dawn to dusk against
the Forsaken. In the end, they were successful and, at the direction of
the Guardians, bound the bodies in the Dead Spire, which plummeted to
the Iceburn Plains below.

The Guardians of the Icewynd directed the trio to travel to the Climanti
ruins, for they said the plot of the Forsaken had already been put into
motion. Joined by Malarious, Viynain, Tulemrah and Akui, the party was
able to open a rift into the far past, which was led to the day of the
fall of Climanti during the height of the Vernal Wars.

What happened in the past is not clear, but the time travelers believed
they were helping the ill fated citizens of Climanti escape into the
future. Heedless of Tulemrah's reservations about the temporal
repercussions that may result, Chade brought the final Climanti citizen
to his fate just as Soulless God Zenos attacked the city. Before
escaping back into the future, they found yet another Quatrain from the
Verses of Magnora, which sent a chill up their spines.

Still, what changing the past had exactly done remained occluded after
they returned to their own timestream. The only thing that had
apparently changed was a statue had been erected to Chade at some point
in the distant past. Then, a diary was unearthed from the time of the
Fall of Climanti, the contents of which shed light on what had happened.
They were duped. There is no other word for it. The Ice Angels were not
what they seemed to be. But the true extent of changing the past was
more disastrous than could be imagined.

The Soulless God Zenos had been freed. Or at least enough of him that he
was able to form the Eye of Zenos in the center of the Cloud Maelstrom,
from where he was able to unleash the Kilgari Wind. Rewarding his trill
servants with a portion of his power, trill everywhere were suddenly
made strong beyond belief. As Chade was of aslaran stock, aslaran too
were given a boon of power.

Estarra appeared Herself to drive Zenos back into his prison, but She
discovered that doing so would rip apart reality. Thwarted, the Creatrix
retreated, demanding that mortals undo what they had done.

But what could be done? Zenos reveled in the Estarra's impotence and
proclaimed that he would consume the lesser races, then consume the
Soulless Gods, then overthrow Estarra and recreate the universe in his
own image. Using trill as his master race, Zenos began ordering them to
slay the other races (save their aslaran servants), seeming especially
keen to absorb the essence of viscanti and illithoid.

And so it comes to be, a Soulless God has been freed and Lusternia
teeters on the edge of destruction. The Great War between the Ice Angels
and the Forsaken has ended.

And the wrong side lost.

Penned by My hand on the 8th of Avechary, in the year 314 CE.