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    Default Lore...as I understand it

    Basic outline of the lore:

    The Aspects
    1. Greenscale (male)- Plane of Life
    • Wants to return Telara to primordial jungle
    • Hates the Plane of Fire
    • Corrupted Prince Hylas Aelfwar to cause the Shade War
    2. Maelforge (male) - Plane of Fire
    • Embodiment of chaos
    • Wants to burn everything
    • Hates Plane of Life
    3. Akylios (male) - Plane of Water
    • Master of water, magic, and secrets
    4. Crucia (female) - Plane of Air
    • Once Regulos's mate
    • Hates Plane of Earth
    • Tried to destroy the High Elves
    • Employs a form mind control
    5. Laethys (female) - Plane of Earth
    • Wants to rule Telara
    6. Regulos (male) - Plane of Death
    • Most powerful of all planes
    • Eternal undeath
    • Wants to destroy Telara
    • Corrupted Aedraxis to cause the Shade War
    • Longs for the peace, quiet and calm that is death
    The Blood Storm Wars
    1. At one point all the Aspects traveled together destroying worlds and became known as The Blood Storm. Then they came upon Telara and took on the form of dragons.
    • They unleashed monsters and disasters on Telara and convinced some of the planet's people to aid their cause leading to the creation of several cults.
    • Each of the dragons wanted to make Telara into their idea of paradise but Regulos would not even consider leaving the world intact so the other dragons turned on him and their battle was waged on Telara.
    • All the races of Telara and even The Vigil, united to fend off the Dragon invaders and a people from the Plane of Air came to Telara to help fight for it.
    • Crucia released the Orcri (race of people from the Plane of Air) on the High Elves
    • The united people caught the dragons off-guard and one by one, they were captured and imprisoned (over centuries)
    • Regulos was banished back to the planes
    • The Vigil assist mages in creating the Ward
    Cults
    1. Endless Court
    • People, creatures and monsters that worship/share the view of Regulos and his Plane of Death
    2. House of Aelfwar / Cult of Life
    • People, creatures and monsters that worship/share the view of Greenscale and his Plane of Life
    • Primarily comprised of the corrupted High Elf followers of Prince Hylas Aelfwar
    3. Storm Legion
    • People, creatures and monsters that worship/share the view of Crucia and her Plane of Air
    • Followers have a 'hive mind'
    4. Cult of Wanton
    • People, creatures and monsters that worship/share the view of Maelforge and his Plane of Fire
    • Live for chaos
    5. Abyssal Cult
    • People, creatures and monsters that worship/share the view of Akylios and his Plane of Water
    • Primarily composed of corrupted mages and priests
    6. Golden Maw
    • People, creatures and monsters that worship/share the view of Laethys and her Plane of Earth
    • They are selfish, greedy, hoarders
    Races
    1. High Elves
    • One of the first people of Telara
    • Worship primarily the god Tavril
    • Arrogant and distrustful of the newer races
    • Lost much of their population to the Orcri during the Blood Storm Wars but succeeded in driving them back.
    • Vowed to protect Telara from Regulos and other dragon aspects as long as they live.
    4. Kelari
    • Sect of High Elves turned out for forming pacts with powerful spirits and lesser gods because they wanted spiritual equality, not subservience, to the gods.
    • After a bloody civil war of their own, they left the High Elves and made their home on a tropical island.
    • Exchanged services for power, binding spirits to every aspect of their lives.
    • Created sprawling magical cities and dabbled in occasional living sacrifices, they kept mostly to themselves.
    • New spirits appeared to the Kelari, and they welcomed the new offers of power.
    • But madness struck those Kelari and drove out their old protective spirits so they fled yet again.
    3. Dwarves
    • One of the first people of Telara
    • Created by Bahralt (the crafter god)
    • Love to build, create, and craft
    • Joined the Guardians when Borrin Gammult was returned as an Ascended.
    4. Mathosians
    • Humans were a collaboration of all the gods.
    • One of the newer races of Telara
    • Evolved swiftly, smart and adaptable
    • One tribe decided to settle in one place, thus beginning the Mathosian Empire
    • Hard, physical laborers
    • After the creation of the Ward, The Vigil offered the people of Telara strength and protection in exchange for reverence and they happily accepted the offer.
    5. Eth
    • Also human, one of the newer races of Telara
    • While humans were growing more civilized, some decided to be nomadic
    • Self-reliant, inquisitive, scholarly people
    • Adapted their environment to them via magi-tech fueled by sourcestone.
    • After the Blood Storm Wars, The Vigil demanded the magi-tech be abandoned, the Eth refused and built their own desert empire ruled by sorcerer kings.
    • Magi-tech somehow fell into the hands of dragon cultists so the Eth buried their wonders and destroyed their records rather than risk the release of the Blood Storm.
    • Believe they're in charge of their own destinies and blind faith is the equivalent of mental servitude, the Eth basically founded the Defiants.
    6. Bahmi
    • Newest race of Telara
    • Descendants of the Shalastiri from the Plane of Air (couldn't go home after the Ward was created) and humans (primarily Eth as they were the first of Telara's races to welcome them).
    • Fought valiantly for Telara and proved invaluable during the Blood Storm War
    • Idealize hospitality, community, and the pursuit of excellence
    • Took in many of the Eth refugees, deepening the bond between the two
    The Shade War
    1. Centuries after the Ward was created, the Mathosian King Jostir "The Ancient" Mathos died leaving his twin sons, Aedraxis and Zareph, to to fight over the throne, plunging them into civil war.
    2. Aedraxis had popular support and was crowned king.
    3. Unknown to his supporters, Aedraxis had turned to the Endless Court and Necromancy. The use of which weakened and fractured the Ward.
    4. The Dragonslayer Covenant sent Asha Catari to warn Zareph Mathos of the link between his brother and the cult then stayed to fight by his side.
    5. Having laid siege to his brother at Shadefallen Keep in Gloamwood, Aedraxis found himself bested by one of Zareph's knights, Cyril Kalmar. To save himself, he turned his soldiers into the undead scourge of the Shade and fled while they killed Zareph's forces.
    6. Zareph became king in the eyes of the people, if not in actuality.
    7. Aedraxis released Death Rifts into Telara killing Cyril, Asha and the rest of Zareph's army that went on to start destroying Telara.
    8. The Vigil brought Cyril back as the first Ascended and charged him with leading the others.
    9. The people of Telara rallied and built Port Scion
    10. Regulos drew Asha's spirit to him and infused her with great power in an attempt to get her to be his general on Telara.
    11. Her refusal enraged him but before he could finish her, she was pulled away, back to Telara to become the first of the Defiant's Ascended.
    12. Zareph allowed the Eth to employ their magi-tech war machines
    13. Port Scion Fell
    14. Zareph vanished, and Cyril took up the mantle of leader of Mathosia.

    Factions
    1. The Guardians led by Cyril Kalmar
    • Chosen people of Telara's gods: The Vigil.
    • Happily worshiped The Vigil in exchange for power and protection
    • The Vigil returned powerful souls taken by the shade to create the Ascended but then seemed to abandon their people.
    • Comprised of the High Elves, Mathosians and Dwarves
    • Capitol City = Sanctum in Silverwood
    2. The Defiant led by Orphiel Farwind and Asha Catari
    • Did not believe that The Vigil was worthy of unquestioning loyalty. Believed instead that hard work, intelligence, technology and magic would be their route to power.
    • Found old Eth machines that they used to create their own Ascendeds.
    • Comprised of the Eth, Bahmi and Kelari
    • Capitol City = Meridian in Freemarch

    For a more in-depth look at what's mentioned here check out EntreNous's Blog: Covenant of Telara
    It's still a work in progress but it's a bit more detailed.
    Last edited by Rhendali; 01-16-2011 at 03:04 PM. Reason: additions, corrections, organization

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    #6 Regulos ... His followers are called ... Endless COURT

    Not sure exactlly what your looking for here ... You want us to make corrections ... but how much/many?
    Should we pick it apart or are you just trying to get the jist of whats going on?

    The Vigil created the Ward
    example ... here's how it reads in my time line I'm working on for my blog ...
    "The mages of Telara helped by the Gods create a WARD, a barrier around Telara to protect it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    #6 Regulos ... His followers are called ... Endless COURT
    My bad, typed 'cult' so many times it slipped. >.<
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    SHADE WAR ... woosh, needs a lot of work!

    1. Centuries after the Ward was created, the Mathosian King Jostir the Ancient mysteriously died leaving his twin sons, Aedraxis and Zareph, to to fight over the thrown, plunging them into civil war.
    #1 ... Centuries later ... is closer to 1500 year aprox.
    #1 ... King Jostir "The Ancient" Mathos .... important to keep Jostir's last name, because his name is the fielty line that extends back to the Ward.
    #1 ... bastard son was Carwin Mathos
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    SHADE WAR

    2. Aedraxis was the elder and as such had quite a few followers whereas Zareph could not gain supporters.
    Not 100% sure what you are after on line #2

    Aedraxis declares himself King and is crowned in a great ceremony the next night. He can do this because Prince Zareph is the ruler of the Eastern city - Port Scion and not in the area. Zeraph had plenty of followers.
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    SHADE WAR #3

    3. Unknown to his supporters, Aedraxis had turned to the Endless Cult and dread magic to win. The use of these forbidden magics weakened and fractured the Ward around Telara.
    Endless ... COURT

    Aedraxis was a Necromancer.

    Aedraxis was using technomagic. He was obsessed with it so much that he lifted the "Vigils" ban on technology. He looks for foriegn aid to the south in the Eth and Bahmi. If they build him machines to win the war he will grant them Kingdoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    SHADE WAR ... woosh, needs a lot of work!
    #1 ... King Jostir "The Ancient" Mathos .... important to keep Jostir's last name, because his name is the fielty line that extends back to the Ward.
    Added his last name.

    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    #1 ... Centuries later ... is closer to 1500 year aprox.
    According to the two time lines I saw, the Shade War began 436 years after The Vigil created the Ward and lasted approximately 9 years. Said time-lines could easily be out-dated though so if you would be kind enough to point me to where it says otherwise, I would be more than happy to change it. ^.^
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    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    SHADE WAR

    Not 100% sure what you are after on line #2

    Aedraxis declares himself King and is crowned in a great ceremony the next night. He can do this because Prince Zareph is the ruler of the Eastern city - Port Scion and not in the area. Zeraph had plenty of followers.
    Quoted from the newly revised bit of lore via the Official Rift website:

    Zareph could not gain popular support, and found himself besieged at what is now Shadefallen Keep in Gloamwood.
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    SHADE WAR #6

    6. Zareph became king
    double check your info on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    SHADE WAR #3
    Endless ... COURT
    My bad again. >.<

    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    Aedraxis was a Necromancer.
    Which, at the time, was considered dread magic. Same with warlocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EntreNous View Post
    SHADE WAR #6
    double check your info on this one.
    Nothing I found definitively stated one way or the other. Though one, site did continue to refer to him as the Prince.

    Thank you for your input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhendali View Post
    Quoted from the newly revised bit of lore via the Official Rift website:

    Zareph could not gain popular support, and found himself besieged at what is now Shadefallen Keep in Gloamwood.
    True enough about not gaining the popular support of the people under Aedraxis, but Zareph was known to be ruling the great eastern city of Port Scion when his brother declared himself 'ruler', back home. Knowing this, he brought his own forces (like Cyril,Asha), north to the battlefield. I would conjecture that any other followers were from his confidants in Port Scion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhendali View Post
    Nothing I found definitively stated one way or the other. Though one, site did continue to refer to him as the Prince.

    Thank you for your input.
    I take all my lore from two sources only...
    The main website and ingame material.

    I'm still a little befuddled at what your looking for exactlly, so I will refrane from any further comments in this thread. I sincerly wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
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    Married yet? sure fight like a married couple :P
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    I think its a good summary, nice place to start if you want to know what happened lore wise. It is a bit short in places though, some entries make the assumption you know about the lore already.

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