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Chains of the Beast (Complete)


Duke Ebonhart, high in his tower, watched with a sigh as the sun rose over Rivenmaur. It would be a sight to behold on any other midsummer day. But the bodies of two young militiamen were being carted off to the cemetary, victims of a nightly raid by elves and wild beasts. With a heavy sigh the man returned to his work, a book he wished to publish: Aarus I: Savior or Betrayer?

The first Emperor, Aarus the empire was revered as a man who led a people to safety. A man who, with the blessing of Gods, forged the empire of Andrune. But that was not so. Aarus was little more than a depraved sorcerer, the Duke had learned. He betrayed and imprisoned the Fey Lords beneath the earth and stole their power. It was because of his sins that the wild elves, beasts and spirits were in such a frenzy.

Was just revealing really enough? Once the book was printed, the Emperor's court would dare not touch him. But people would be skeptic...

So it was settled, in his mind. He would release one of the trapped Fey Lords. It would be proof of Aarus I's misdeeds and betrayal. And, he thought, it would put the ravenous ghosts and spirits which ravaged his lands and people to rest.

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Via both explorers and envoys to the elves, Duke Ebonhart was able to learn the identity of the spirit trapped below Moonveil, and strike a bargain with the elves. The spirit was Erular, the god of beasts. In exchange for a truce, the Duke was to pledge his resrources toward the beast-god's freedom.

Weeks went by as the Duke's agents tried to piece together a powerful ritual, capable of freeing the beast from his prison. But Ebonhart bagan to have second thoughts as he pondered what sort of entity he would release into the world. Would the spirit be forgiving? Or would it be more wrathful than the elves ever were?

As the Duke took his time to ponder these questions, the elves grew restless. And became convinced that Ebonhart had broken his deal. Lead by their most elder shaman, Eludir Danlen, the elves stormed his tower seeking answers. But during the confrontation, a fight erupted as the Duke's "rescuers" arrived.

Duke Ebonhart was the first to fall in battle, followed by Eludir's werewolf-guards. The elven shaman transformed himself into a raven and flead. Only Taza Tanaquil, Darian Frontsheath, Rick Cariin, an unnamed woman, and the corpse of Richard Ebonhart remained atop the tower.

Documents arrived in Rivenmaur the next day, naming Taza Tanaquil as regent of the village until a noble soverign should arrive.

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The yeomen of Rivenmaur awoke to a cold and still morning. Not a bird sang, and not one leaf was rustled by the wind. Eludir Danlen, elder shaman of the Tuatha, lay dead on the bristly floor of Moonveil Forest.

With their leader and peacemaker dead, the Tuathan tribes fractured. And the elvish tribes, with increased vigor, once again began their war on humanity.

Rivenmaur fell into a steady decline. Elves and faeries preyed upon townsfolk by dark, and a terrible curse transformed the warriors of the village into ravening beast-men. And the attrition continued as villagers died of wounds, retreated to safer lands, or fell prey to the terrible transformation.

The tiniest of emissaries, a wood sprite, arrived at the cliff side village one week later. And the little pixie gave an ultimatum to the remaining warriors and sorcerers who maintained the ardent defense of the little town. They were to unbind the beast-god, or his prison would be bathed in their blood.

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Nearly all of the research gathered by Richard Ebonhart had been destroyed or stolen during the raid on his tower. The rituals and incantations he and Eludir Danlen had developed, which would free the bound god, were no where to be found.

A group of spies were able to track the documents and incantations to a vault in Avendel, belonging to the House of Ilareth. They stormed the vault, recovering the documents and freeing a mysterious prisoner. Word of the crime spread quickly. Their identities remain a mystery.

The incantations fell into the hands of a druidic circle: Kieran Flamebriar, Ne'zula and Aereon. The three, along with an assortment of mercenaries, heroes and wizards ventured into the woods and opened the way to the beast-god's prison.



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Both the body and spirit of Erular, god of beasts, was kept under guard by a powerful Rakshasa Lord, called Resharoc. The fiend had been bound by the first emperor in order to ensure the god's spirit was never free.

The rakshasa and his servants were slain after a long and arduous battle, and the incantations shattered Erular's bindings. The beast-god bore the humans no ill will. Those who had imprisoned him had died many generations ago, and they would not feel or care for his retribution. Te beast god and his tuathan worshipers kept their word, and vowed not to spill a drop of human blood in vengeance.

But Rivenmaur was long lost. Many were dead, and many more left without looking back. And the forest soon overtook the little village, leaving little but a few shacks of rotted wood.

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