The Alter Aeon 15th Anniversary - Jan 15, 2010
Alter Aeon is 15 years old!
The birthday celebration was planned by Dentin, but the expected proceedings
were interrupted by an old enemy, Kenai. Over the course of a harrowing three
days, a plot to take over the world was uncovered, and many great deeds were
This was a very large scale event that
involved a lot of planning and cooperation, and despite its complexity went
very well. Thanks to everyone who participated!
T-Minus Two Days
Two days before the celebration, a large stone monolith fell from the heavens
into the ground before the Temple of Dentin. The monolith was covered in strange
Smaller shards of stone fell from the sky all over the world that day, and it
was discovered that they were fragments of the larger monolith. The players
that retrieved the various shards were:
- Boa retrieved the shard from the Dwarven Kingdom
- Fix retrieved the shard from Tirgoth Forest
- Dex retrieved the shard from Gad's Mountain
- Master retrieved the shard from Kookien's Jungle
It was soon discovered that by bringing the shards into contact with the monolith,
the runes gradually became more clear and readable, until the following
disturbing statement was read:
The world shall be recast in my image
Your flickering lives my playthings
No hand of man, king or warrior
Shall end my reign.
For I am the Outcast, the Destroyer
Gods and Earth shall crumble before me
As it should have been.
X E N A E . . . K E N A I
T-Minus One Day
The day before the celebration, the priests in the Temple of Dentin had planned to
throw a small celebration with free food, socializing, and possibly a visit from
Dentin, but in the middle of the party an unexpected guest arrived. In the middle
of the Cathedral appeared a face formed from an ethereal wall fire which spoke:
Long have I been hiding
Watching from afar
Beyond the veil of time
The farthest falling star
The captor in a forgotten age
Finds himself now bound
I hold him there to watch and weep
Where never he'll be found
Soon the fall of Winter comes
I shall return again
Every creature in my grasp
From sky to sea to den
Go forth now you wretches
Spread my word to all
There will be nowhere for you to hide
When the heavens start to fall
After reciting the above, a black shard appeared and fell to the ground in the
Cathedral. The face had one final message:
Lest you feel any measure of hope whatsoever, take this shard to the monolith.
It will expose the final message from my master, and show you the folly of your ways.
With that final utterance, the face disappeared.
The player Smash
picked up the
shard and brought it to the monolith, but the final message was not all all what was
expected. Upon absorbing the final shard, the monolith shot a gout of red flame into
the sky and shattered the heavens like a giant mirror:
Smash places a small shard of black crystal against a huge stone monolith,
and it is slowly absorbed into the monolith!
The runes on a huge stone monolith shift and change, then return to their original pattern.
A surge of red flame shoots up from the monolith into the sky!
The flame spreads out in lines, forming gigantic cracks in the heavens!
The sky is shattered, and the flame goes out!
Smash became known as
though he did so unwittingly. Through all of this, Dentin was not to be
found and would not respond to calls from his priests.
Anniversary Day - Quest for The Eye
The various guilds and scholars in Ralnoth worked constantly to try to understand
what was going on and how best to deal with it. ZagDahl, the head priest from the
Temple of Dentin, became the spokesman:
I have consulted with the various guilds in town, and have been collecting
information about this threat we all face. The clerics guild and priests of
the the other gods have been instrumental in collecting the necessary
information. Our information is that the ancient god Kenai has somehow
imprisoned Dentin, and wishes to make a return to this realm.
Together, we have formed what we think is a viable plan of attack though
there are many, many unknowns. In short, we must assault the realm of Kenai
directly and attempt to free Dentin.
First and foremost, no effort can succeed in a direct conflict against Kenai,
and escaping his eye while in his realm is of utmost importance. We believe
we have found a solution to this, which I shall detail in a moment.
Secondly, we must get into his realm undetected. Entry from the same portal
used by his armies seems foolhardy and a poor use of our best warriors.
Last, we must have the tools to free Dentin. Imprisonment is difficult to
break even at mortals levels, and breaking an immortal prison may simply not
be possible for us. Even if it can be done, it may effectively be suicide
for the rescue team. Nevertheless, we must try.
To avoid Kenai's gaze, we shall use an artifact called a Demon Eye. These
artifacts are generally in the form of a large transparent crystal, heavily
enchanted with misdirection and obscuring spells. While they are known to
be extremely effective against mortals, it is unknown if the effect will be
strong enough on a god.
The consensus of the Mage and Cleric guilds is that they can construct one
that 'should be' sufficient to avoid Kenai. However, in order to construct
one that is sufficiently powerful, exotic materials must be used.
The guilds ask for the following items, which must be retrieved as quickly
as possible for this task. Teams are already en route, but the tasks are
difficult and they are not all expected to succeed or even survive. Any
help you could lend would be appreciated.
First, we wish to base the eye on a type of unusual blue crystal found only
in the outer planar ice realm. This should be near or beyond Kenai's scope
Second, we need a piece or shard of glass from the strange realm found by Redferne
where magic is completely ineffective. This too should be beyond the scope
of Kenai's influence, and the glass will hopefully have been forged by non-magical
Third, the legendary Sphere of Silence, which is believed to have been in
existence before the time of Kenai.
Lastly, if a Token of Aris still exists in the world, it would be tremendously
helpful. Aris and Dentin are linked in some way that is not yet fully understood,
and this channel may allow him to help misdirect Kenai.
If you are able to obtain any of these artifacts, please return here and give
them to me. I will ensure they are handled properly. The guilds are already
working on other tasks but do not yet know enough to bring in others.
Go quickly now, we must not delay!
With stunning speed, private stores, shops, archives and collections were
raided, and the requested items were presented to ZagDahl.
- Horo retrieved the Sphere of Silence
- Grass presented a Token of Aris
- Terror donated a blue crystal from the Ice Plane
- Slow liberated a glass lasing tube from the No-Magic Realm
Anniversary Day - Quest for the SpellBreaker
Later that day, ZagDahl again held a meeting regarding the return of Kenai
and imprisonment of Dentin:
We have determined how to free Dentin. We think.
It was discovered long ago that the Lost Spear of the Ancients, a powerful
type of weapon from a forgotten age, was actually constructed prior to the
existence of many of the newer gods. Further, it has been known among the
private circles of the high mages that these weapons had been personally
enchanted by Kenai himself as gifts to his followers.
It is believed that with some modification, this enchantment by Kenai can be
used in reverse to break a binding also performed by Kenai.
Unfortunately, these weapons are exceedingly rare, valuable, and well guarded.
We will need such a spear, and a wielder willing to use it. We will also need
other items to modify and rebind Kenai's original god-level enchantment.
The easiest of these is a piece of the unusual material Scrith. You must find
some that has yet been unforged.
More difficult is an unusual item called a bloodfruit. You must find a ripe
one, in which the poison is heavy and fully mature.
Finally, you must take these items to one of the only blacksmiths capable of
forging the materials: the feared blacksmith in Chaos. We have contacted him
and amazingly enough he has replied that he will do this to restore the proper
balance of Chaos in the realm. In uncharacteristic fashion, the messenger
was not even killed.
Take the items to him, and he will reforge and rebind the spear such that it
can be used against Kenai's binding. Remember that the spear will not be the
same as it was!
We hope to have the Eye and a portal into Kenai's Realm completed soon. We
will talk again in a few hours. Thank you all for your help in this time of
It was at this time that the hero of our story was found. The player
stepped forward, sacrificing
a family heirloom, one of the few surviving Lost Spears, for the greater good.
A few short hours later, the Chaos blacksmith in concert with the guilds from Ralnoth
had reforged the weapon and renamed it GodShatter.
Anniversary Day - The Opening
Throughout the day, unusual clouds had been forming among the peaks of the Northern
Continent mountain range. The meaning of this became clear when a pulse of magical
energy crossed the landscape in the late afternoon: this was the site of the portal
between the realms, and every mage on the mainland was instantly aware of the
threat it represented.
Scouts, seers, and scryers were immediately dispatched. The portal was verified
and there were several skirmishes with similar scouts from Kenai's forces. The main
body of the invasion force had massed behind the portal, but had not yet come
through the gate.
Many brave adventurers risked and gave their lives for this information.
Anniversary Day - The Backdoor
A very tired and weary ZagDahl held a final meeting with this new information
in the Temple of Dentin:
We have managed to construct the Demon's Eye, as well as a portal that
can be used to access Kenai's realm. We have done all we could with the
eye, and we hope that between the blessings of various high priests
and the exotic enchantments, it will be sufficient.
The portal can only be used in close proximity to the main gate, and it
will only open if placed in a low mana area that happens to exist on both
planes simultaneously. We hope that such a location exists, for if it
does not this method of entry will not work.
You must search the area near the main gate, even though it crawls with
forward scouts and enemies, to find a suitable location. When you think
you have found the right location, place these rods upright on the ground
in a circular pattern. If the location is suitable, the change will be
To use it, simply enter the circle and fall through the portal. When you
are in Kenai's realm, find Dentin's prison, and free him using GodShatter,
if you can.
Now, regarding the portal - you must be extremely careful. It is very near
detonation given the amount of magic embedded in it and the short time given
for binding. Be careful not to cast too close to it!
Also, the short binding time and energy required does not allow you much
time. Even closed, the portal bleeds mana at a stunning rate and will not
maintain its abilities more than a few hours. Once opened, you will only
have a few minutes to use it. Remember that the gate is one way only!
Go now, and may all the Pantheon bless you!
The leader in charge of freeing Dentin was chosen to be
. The portal and
eye were both given to him for safekeeping, and the party set forth. After
several battles including an almost disastrous encounter with a frost giant,
a suitable location in the Northern Continent Mountains was found and the portal
Anniversary Day - Jailbreak
Once in Kenai's realm, Sandman's party quickly discovered that their entrance
had not gone unnoticed by Kenai:
It is true that while you hold the demon eye I can lay neither claw nor tooth upon you
But I need not dirty my hands with such pitiful mortals
Run, flee, and plead, you shall find no quarter from my minions
Shielded from being found by the Demon's Eye, the party sneaked and fought their
to what seemed to be Dentin's prison at the top of a tall stone tower:
The top of this tower is a huge square surface a hundred
feet on a side. Giant black, shifting thorns jut from the surface
seemingly at random, each curved toward the center of the platform as
though preventing something in the middle from leaving. Near the very
center, seven equally-sized huge thorns make a perfect circle.
Looking out from here, you can see what seems like forever - a giant
fortress to the northwest, and the massing armies in the distance to the
southeast. You have a clear view of the portal through the thorns, as
though they had been parted specifically for that purpose.
Suspecting that this was the place,
approached the center
circle of thorns and struck GodShatter through the largest of them. With a
tremendous flash of light and magic, the circle exploded. Unexpectedly, the
party was entirely unharmed, though the top of the tower did not fare nearly
Anniversary Day - Freedom
Dentin slowly coalesed from the ball of light near the center of the tower,
smiled, and uttered only a few short words:
It is good that you came. I would have been sad, but I would have let
the world die had no-one cared. Return home now and let the priests know
what you have done. I will take care of this realm myself.
With that, the party found itself victorious back in the Temple of Dentin in
Congratulations go to the leaders and primaries of the invasion team:
As well as all of the supporting members:
The priests at the Temple of Dentin handed out cake, cookies, and one-time event
t-shirts to everyone who participated, and Dentin gave all of the final party
members a hundred credits.
Anniversary Day - Clan Contests
As thanks for freeing Dentin, the gods did something that hasn't been done
in a very long time - a clan PK contest with clan bonuses as the prize for
the winners! Members from all clans entered the Starry Sky arena to fight
it out, and the clans with the most kills would be declared the winners.
There were two rounds so as to determine the top six clans. Every member of
the winning clans would receive a bonus that would last for several days.
The kill rankings of the first round are:
Place Player Name Kills Clan
1 Cu Chulainn 20 kindred
2 Fix 17 dragon
3 Scryer 14 oblivion
4 Horo 11 shadow alliance
5 Cargo 10 oblivion
6 Mathayas 9 havoc
7 Smash 8 dragon
8 Cria 7 shadow alliance
9 Fireblade 6 dragon
10 Fehlan 5 shadow alliance
11 Grass 5 shadow alliance
12 Deazly 5 shadow alliance
13 Boa 3 shadow alliance
14 Aeia 3 shadow alliance
15 Westie 1 phoenix
The winners of round 1 were:
The kill rankings of the second round are:
Place Player Name Kills Clan
1 Cu Chulainn 20 kindred
2 Tyro 13 resistance
3 Mathayas 9 havoc
4 Ray 5 phoenix
5 Etri 2 none
6 Natalie 2 phoenix
7 Princess 1 phoenix
8 Chainer 1 new york yankees
9 Westie 1 phoenix
The winners of round 2 were:
Special mention should be made for
, who as the
single representative of Kindred placed first in both rounds, and won Kindred
a respectable fourth place position.