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 Klaus and Krista, during a campaign in which they led forces of Celdun as part of a multi-national force who drove an orcish army out of Flarent, hatched an elaborate plot. A small force of celestials, sentenced to service on the Material Plane for crimes they refused to speak about, fought alongside the army. The sibling royals made a pact with these celestials. Klaus and Krista, during a campaign in which they led forces of Celdun as part of a multi-national force who drove an orcish army out of Flarent, hatched an elaborate plot. A small force of celestials, sentenced to service on the Material Plane for crimes they refused to speak about, fought alongside the army. The sibling royals made a pact with these celestials.
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 +### The Pact
  
 These celestials were part of the [[Order of Onkaiden]], an order of angels bound to the service of the [[Light]]. The barter was thus; the twins knew that one of them would be the next monarch of Celdun. It was all but a forgone conclusion. They swore to these celestials that whichever of them was named the monarch of Celdun would make the worship of the Light the state religion of the nation, bound for centuries or perhaps even millennia, until the line of Creed was severed. In return for this massive increase in pious followers, the celestials would lie with each of them, and allow each of their first three children to be half-celestial,​ bringing raw power into the Creed line. These celestials were part of the [[Order of Onkaiden]], an order of angels bound to the service of the [[Light]]. The barter was thus; the twins knew that one of them would be the next monarch of Celdun. It was all but a forgone conclusion. They swore to these celestials that whichever of them was named the monarch of Celdun would make the worship of the Light the state religion of the nation, bound for centuries or perhaps even millennia, until the line of Creed was severed. In return for this massive increase in pious followers, the celestials would lie with each of them, and allow each of their first three children to be half-celestial,​ bringing raw power into the Creed line.
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 The angels accepted this offer. Krista bore triplets, and a few months later, Klaus was handed three babies as well. These children, all six, grew to be fearsome warriors, leaders, tacticians, spell casters, and more. They were called the Nephilim. The celestials parted ways with the Creeds, their duty fulfilled. When Queen Yava died, the [[Council of Barons]] elected a new monarch, and they chose Krista. Klaus was overtly supportive, but his heart darkened with rage. The angels accepted this offer. Krista bore triplets, and a few months later, Klaus was handed three babies as well. These children, all six, grew to be fearsome warriors, leaders, tacticians, spell casters, and more. They were called the Nephilim. The celestials parted ways with the Creeds, their duty fulfilled. When Queen Yava died, the [[Council of Barons]] elected a new monarch, and they chose Krista. Klaus was overtly supportive, but his heart darkened with rage.
  
-Klaus and his three children, now adults themselves, led a revolution against Krista. They were backed by several of the Barons, as well as allies from the nation of [[Volchar]] to the north. This conflict is what set off the Great War. The fighting raged on for some time, but in the end, Klaus and his Nephilim children were slain, as were the Barons who backed him, and Krista began the nasty business of mopping up the Volchar forces in Celdun.+### The War to Begin All Wars 
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 +Klaus and his three children, now adults themselves, led a revolution against Krista. They were backed by several of the Barons, as well as allies from the nation of [[Volchar]] to the north. This conflict is what triggered ​the Great War, a continent-spanning war made up of many smaller conflicts between countless factions and nations. The fighting raged on for years, but in the end, Klaus and his Nephilim children were slain, as were the Barons who backed him, and Krista began the nasty business of mopping up the Volchar forces in Celdun, as well as the rebels who remained. 
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 +Unfortunately,​ once that task was handled, Queen Krista made the mistake of pressing on through the peaceful nation of [[Galduun]],​ hungry for vengeance, and assaulting Volchar, even when the Great War outside their realm had by this point ended. The [[First Invasion]] of the Imperial Dragons had left Aithar shattered, broken, but unified as one under the Council of Mindel. She left one of her Nephilim in [[Harreton]] to defend the capital, and the country, against the remainder of the rebel forces, and invaded. 
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 +### The Minotaur King 
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 +This son's half-celestial power manifested in his size and strength. He was eight and a half feet tall, incredibly strong, and enjoyed fighting with a massive greatsword, or with his hands. He wore a great horned bull’s helm into battle, and would frequently lean down and charge, goring his opponents, or tear them limb from limb with his hands. Ignored by his mother and the denizens of the court, he was already on the precipice of insanity.
  
-UnfortunatelyQueen Krista made the mistake of pressing on through ​the peaceful nation of [[Galduun]], and assaulting Volchareven when the Great War outside their realm had ended. She left one of her Nephilim in [[Harreton]] to defend ​the capital, and the country, against the remainder ​of the rebel forces+The pressures and privileges of command slowly drove him mad. Months into the conflicthe stormed into the capital, executed ​the city’s officials, and took up his mother’s thronecalling himself The [[Minotaur King]]. He ruled for a handful of months with an iron fist, sentencing death for the most minor of offenses. The rebellion ended sharply, and the city was quiet in anticipation ​of his next violent tantrums.
  
-This son, who liked to wear a horned bull’s helm into battle, ​and gore his opponents, or tear them limb from limb, was already on the precipice ​of insanity, and was slowly driven mad by the pressures of command. Months into the conflict, he stormed into the capital, executed the city’s officials, and took up his mother’s throne, calling himself The [[Minotaur King]]. He ruled for a handful of months with an iron fist, sentencing death for the most minor of offenses. The rebellion ended sharply, and the city was quiet in anticipation ​of his next violent tantrums.+### The Galduun Event and the End of the Reign of Terror
  
-Meanwhile, in the north, [[Morgath|Morgath the Dread]] and his mages were sent by the [[Council of Mindel]] to assist the Volchar in throwing out Celdun’s armies and ending this last conflict, and the war abruptly ended with the [[Galduun Event]], where another of Krista’s Nephilim children were slain. She returned ​with the last of her childrenand found the city occupied by the so called Minotaur King. His soldiers mostly gave way to her, and she entered ​the capital with little resistance. She entered [[Creedhall]] and confronted her son, cursing him. She used [[Legacy Magic]] to turn him into a monstrosity,​ mocking his title, and cast him underground into a magical prison, styled as a minotaur’s labyrinth, where he would never die and never leave, alone for eternity.+Meanwhile, in the north, [[Morgath|Morgath the Dread]] and his mages were sent by the [[Council of Mindel]] to assist the Volchar in throwing out Celdun’s armies and ending this last conflict, and the war abruptly ended with the [[Galduun Event]], where another of Krista’s Nephilim children were slain. She retreated ​with the last one of her children and the remains of her army. When she returned to Celdun and to the capital, ​found the city occupied by the so called Minotaur King, her mad son. His soldiers mostly gave way to her, and she forced her way into the capital with little resistance, making quick work of those who tried to stop her. She entered [[Creedhall]] and confronted her son, cursing him for his ineptitude and his crimes against her people. She used [[Legacy Magic]] to turn him into a monstrosity,​ mocking his title of "​Minotaur King", and cast him underground into a magical prison, styled as a minotaur’s labyrinth, where he would never die and never leave, alone for eternity.