As the dust begins to blow away on the hot breeze, the other Solars can make out the creature's form -- its great red scales, glinting brighter than the finest diamonds; its eyes of fire, each bigger than a small town; it's horns, intricately scrimshawed in an alien tongue.
Birds "So Mirror, you know Ata'la? Get together for tea on occasions?"
Kai leans over to Thirteen. "I'm, uhm, I'm not going to go fight that. I hope that's okay."
In the First Age, a sickness grew at the heart of the Solar Deliberative. From the highest of heights, the Solars cast themselves down into the Abyss, and dragged the world down with them.
In the Second Age, a new darkness arises and the natural order is overturned. Powers beyond imagining have chosen this day to return and work their wills upon Creation, heedless of the consequences. As great forces align, one glimmer of hope emerges, lost and forgotten from the Age before...
Now those who tore down the world must build it anew.
Sol Invictus - A Chronicle of Solars Ascendant
Sol Invictus is a chronicle featuring high-Essence Solars, run to playtest the Sol Invictus fansupplement:
Book One - Sol Ascendant - The Dawn of Civilization ()
Zahara, Rannath, Markuran, and Birds of Trinity -- the Solars who have carved out a southeastern kingdom they call the Sunlands -- are introduced. They have their first encounters with the fae and Deathlords, and meet an enigmatic Solar named Cerin, who joins them -- and becomes entangled with Zahara. Seemingly random events draw the Solars into a conspiracy known as the Order of the Red Lily, led by one Lai Misuna. Cerin meets with Lai -- his secret boss -- who warns him against allowing the Solars to journey to Rathess.
Gossamer Flower - The curtain rises to see our heroes attacked by bizzare vegetation and confronted by a strange messenger... (B5, C0, M6, R5, Z6)
Marukani Plains - Rannath, Markuran and Birds Of Trinity make battle with the Mask's forces on the Marukani Plains (B1, C1, M1, R1, Z0)
Deathlord Diplomacy - The Circle receives a disturbing invitation, one of diplomacy from the Mask Of Winters... (B4, C4, M4, R0, Z5)
Summoning Lucien - Calling forth Lucien goes more than slightly wrong for Zahara and Markuran... (B0, C1, M1, R0, Z1)
Wyld Hunt Fight - Travelling to retrieve a meteorite, the circle is ambushed by a small wyld hunt... (B1, C1, M1, R0, Z1)
Meeting With Lai - Cerin meets with Lai Misuna, and receives instruction about what next to do. (B0, C1, M0, R0, Z0)
Book Two - Jupiter Rising - Knocking on Heaven's Door ()
The Solars journey to the abandoned Dragon-King city of Rathess and uncover that the Red Lily has the tools to allow any God to create Exalts. The existence of the Hundredfold -- ancient races of Primordial, essence-wielding beings -- and their animosity towards humanity is revealed, and Birds and Cerin visit the home of the aalorai, one such race. The Solars discover the existence of a network of teleportation gates spanning creation (and meet Herons, a Sidereal Exalted who claims to own them.) No one seems too upset that Cerin used to work for the Red Lily. A conquest plan by the Mask of Winters backfires and the Solars find themselves ruling one-eighth of Creation. Tomb Raiding in Rathess reveals the Solars' First Age incarnations, raising questions as to Marku's and Cerin's seemingly evil First Age acts. The Solars finally decide to journey to heaven for the Carnival of Meeting, there to learn more of the strange events going on around them.
MarkuransTomb2 - Markuran and Zahara return to his tomb, to see what the ..spirit left behind. (B0, C0, M1, R0, Z1)
Carnival Fever - The Circle travels to Yu-Shan, for the Carnival of Meeting. (B5, C4, M4, R4, Z4)
Lion Wrestling - Markuran and Selonis have their wrestling match and after an embarassing start, the fun ensues! (B0, C1, M1, Z0)
After the Match - Marku and Selonis enjoy Celestial Wine and other fine dining as they converse about weird and arcane matters. (B0, C0, M1, Z0)
Iallu the Ten Faceted - Birds joins Marku as he follows up a suggestion from Selonis. They learn much of the Hundredfold from a freaky-deaky crystal goddess. Birds makes a friend. (B2, C0, M2, Z0)
Talking with the Petrok - Cerin has a discussion with some of the Heaven-bound Dragon-Kings and gains their help for Rathess. (B0, C1, M0, Z0)
A Series of Conversations - Cerin talks with Marku, they are joined by Birds. Later, Zahara, Cerin and Marku find Birds face down in the punch. Cerin and Zahara are informed of the deal with Iallu. (B1, C1, M1, Z1)
The Tomb Of Ymir - Cerin, Zahara and Marku go to find the tomb of Ymir, the bearer of Cerin's spark in the previous age. What they find is ...unusual and somewhat disturbing. (B0, C1, M1, Z1)
City Underground - Cerin takes Zahara to a city below the ground, where Cerin once travelled with Lai. Its almost entirely looted, except for one small room...(B0, C1, M0, Z1)
Book Three - Lunar Vespertine - Bark at the Moon ()
The intent of the Red Lily conspiracy -- to invade all of Creation with a vast army of God-Exalts -- is revealed. The Solars gain new allies in Heaven and earth, and Cerin investigates a horrifying undead menace. Marku seeks aid from the Lunars. Faced with the horrors being unleashed on Creation, the Solars seek out numerous new alliances, and resolve an old enmity with a cunning fae.
Islands In The Sky - The Lily's plot is revealed and the circle explores the islands of glass...(B5, C6, M5, Z5)
Deep City - Continueing their explorations, Cerin and Zahara find another city below...(C1, Z1)
Let Your Soul Unwind - In trying to entice the Krala to join the empire, Cerin, Zahara and Marku are informed of the Mysterious Man of the Woods. (C1, M1, Z1)
Solar Circle Sorcery - Zahara undergoes the trial and emerges having learned Solar Circle Sorcery. (Z2)
Sky Webs - Cerin consults Marku about the possibility of building webs in the dragonlines to capture stray essence for study. (C1, M1)
Dream Time Questions - Cerin approached Zahara in her dreams, to speak with her and ask of some things. (C1, Z1)
Dynasty Hunters - Cerin and Mark track down and capture some Dragonblooded (C1, M1)
Father Of Snakes - Searching for a gem, the lair of the father of snakes is trespassed upon. (C1, M1, Z1)
Harbourhead - A group of immaculates investigate Harbourhead. (B4, C4, M4, Z4)
Seeking Allies - The Circle seeks aid in the war that will soon be upon it. Zahara talks to the Xi-Ma-Taxi. (C4, M4, Z5)
Grala Agrees - Grala reluctantly agrees to give aid to the Circle at Markuran and Cerin's pressing. (C1,M1)
Farewell Gift - Cerin says farewell to Zahara before departing for Juche. (C1, Z1)
Book Four - Sol Resplendent - The Unbearable Lightness of Being ()
Everyone gets involved in their own unpleasant business: Cerin looks into his First Age past, Zahara recruits an Abyssal, and Marku learns that the Sun isn't on his side. The Circle comes together to defeat a Malfean unleashed upon the South. An aalorai gets born and becomes Zahara's pet. Kai, a mysterious new Solar -- with a dark sword -- appears, to much suspicion. The Circle's double agent from within the Realm reports that all out civil-war has broken out, supported by the Red Lily -- and that Realm forces are attacking the Sunlands. God-Exalts attack the Solars in their home.
Knives Of Kasima - Exalts of Kasima the Knife try to kill the circle. (B4, C4, K4, M4, Z4)
Book Five - Sol Descendant - The Sunset of Our Glory ()
The Solars begin to take the fight to the Lily, raiding a manse and capturing a God to learn of the Exaltation proces. The Solars gather resources necessary to build an army, and, with a recipe now in hand, begin to collect the parts needed to create God-Exalts of their own. The Lily counterattack into the Solars' home, and the invasion of Creation officially begins.
Red Lily Manse - The Circle attacks the Red Lily Manse within its boarders. (B4, C4, K4, M4, Z4)
Seeking Mines - Birds and Cerin go hunting after rumours of an Orichalcum Mime. (B1, C1)
Rovak Hartrunner - Acting on information from the Rumour Goddess Zahara met in heaven, the circle deals with Rovak. (B4, C4, M4, Z4)
The Empty City One - The circle ventures to Denandsor, seeking rumours of the Hematite Legion. (B4, C4, K4, M4, Z4)
In the Realm - Realm soldiers become involved in the civil war. sceneunfinished
Out From the Wyld - The Solars complete their confrontation with Tevezt and return to safety.
Trouble At Home - The Solars begin their journey home from the Wyld. Cerin spies a unit of Lily troops! The forest around the Cascade is burned down! The Cascade's river spirit is gone! Certain personal details emerge about Kai!
Book Six - Starless Night - Life During Wartime ()
An encounter with a demon (who's out for Kai's sword) leaves Zahara temporarily dead. The Solars continue their journey throughout Creation and beyond, encountering new Hundredfold, another circle of Solars, and constant evidence of Red Lily treachery. Everyone discovers that Kai's previous incarnation was the first Deathlord. An unsuccessful attempt is made on a Red Lily God's life. Marku's struggle with his past ends as the spirit he released from his tomb possesses him, just as the Sidereals are massacred and the Solars recruit a Dragon-Blooded general. While foiling further infernal plots, the Solars discover that their First Age incarnations are more connected to the current threat than they believed, and Cerin discovers the first traces of the Thousand-Faced Man. The Solars dig further into the mysteries with the aid of secret goddess Iallu.
Into the Fray - Cerin hides inside Selonis' belly in order to be smuggled into Heaven; meanwhile, the others sneak into the Realm, where they're attacked by Hundredfold and Reshina, a demon who's after Kai.
A Close Shave - Reshina kills Zahara stone dead. Cerin arrives in the nick of time.
Marku's Rose - Kai and Marku journey with Relovia to meet with the Roseblack. Lily troops attack and Marku is repossessed by the spirit from his tomb. Kai manages to avoid fighting the Roseblack's entire army.
Bedside Chat With Herons - Cerin and Zahara find out what they can from Herons, then journey to the Chrysanthemum to search for the missing Orrery of Lights.
Aftermath - Zahara and Cerin explore the empty halls of the Chrysanthemum and bump into an ally. Kai lets them know that the Roseblack wants a job.
Bread and Visions - After discussing what to do about Marku and coming to some logical -- but brand new -- conclusions about how to deal with Lai, the Solars practice divination, and discover intriguing -- and scary -- things about their First Age lives.
Journey to Estoc - Cerin talks over some history with the slowly recovering Herons, then follows his intuition through the gate and winds up in Estoc.
The Evil Tree - The Solars encounter the Cult of Laerad and defeat their attempt to create a new, more evil pole of Wood.
Heart of Darkness - Cerin investigates the Laerad cultists operating in the far East, and explores their hideout.
Tomb Raiding 4 - Birds has a sudden urge and it leads the ladies of the group directly to Alahwi's tomb.
Temple of Unfeeling Ice - Journeying to the North, the Solars surprise Iallu but eventually coax her out for an intriguing conversation. 150 logs. xp to here.
Book Seven - Mars Aflame - Princes of the Universe ()
Cerin is kidnapped to receive an infernal offer from the Thousand-Faced Man while the other Solars meet stubborn Solar tactician Thirteen. Shortly after the Solars are also introduced to the boy-like Zenith Luc and the Circle's previously steady group dynamics are thrown for a loop. After some initial trust is established, Thirteen rolls out an elaborate plan to actually strike a deep blow against the Lily, and the Solars begin to put it into motion.
A Shuffling of Solars - Cerin disappears on his way through the portal! The irrepressibly difficult Thirteen Flowers Blooming mysteriously arrives, and tensions mount!
An Offer is Made - Cerin is abducted to the Isles of Ash by the Thousand-Faced Man and made an intriguing offer.
Big Happy Family - Cerin returns, and lots of matters get discussed. Zahara gets cranky.
An Interrogation - Cerin and Zahara interrogate the new guy! Tensions mount even further!
A Sudden Departure - In between discussing Thirteen's strange origins, Birds-of-Trinity announces a sabbatical.
Book Eight - Saturn Retrograde - Dust in the Wind ()
The Solars spring their trap for the Lily, which seems to go fairly well, if not without complications. The Circle detours to Hell to rescue Kai (who's had her evil sword swapped for a good one) and then resumes their plot. In the North the Solars seize the Lily's powerful weapon-city and Kai thoroughly kills her father's murderer. In the South the Solars destroy Gem, meet a ludicrously powerful elemental, and take out another of Lai's co-conspirators. Then there's a shift in goals as the Solars rush to rescue the lost Seals of the Deliberative in the face of the upcoming eclipse, acquiring one in the plane of Xara.
To The Control Center - The Circle fights there way through Crystal to the control room. 180logs xp to here.
Shikaya Falls - The Circle does battle with Shikaya in the control of Crystal
To The Utmost North - Having slain Lai Misuna's second-in-command with extreme vengeance and wrested control of her flying mecha city, the Solars find themselves once again in between immediate excitements...
Book Nine - Cauda Draconis - Welcome to the Machine ()
The Circle rethinks its plans and manages to locate another Seal in the plane of Atomnos. There they discover a complex and elaborate society gripped in elaborate civil war. When they reach the bottom of everything they discover that one of the Primordials who had allied with the Incarna in the Primordial War has betrayed them to the Yozi, and that he is the source of the Lily's Exaltation technique. In seeking the meaning of these events, the Circle is confronted with the evidence that Sol Invictus has turned against them utterly and Luc leaves on pilgrimage, needing some time to think things over.
Book Ten - Sol Undone - Symphony of Destruction ()
Birds, Thirteen and Cerin head to Rathess where they make some unusual discoveries, as Zahara leaves to seek Third Circle Summoning and instead is captured by the demon Jugartha. The Solars journey to Wasirru where Thirteen discovers the sad state of the Spearfolk. Zahara is shackled without Essence and tortured by cruel Lunar general Akuna and her surprise jailer -- the possessed Markuran. Thirteen journeys towards the Spire to meet the Wasirranu, then chooses to exile the Bone Dagger Kings rather than slay them. Zahara manages to send a message (though she learns it's part of the Lily's plan), and Cerin is separated from the other Solars as he comes to rescue her. When Thirteen arrives late he discovers the Sunlands in peril, and is assisted by newly-arrived solar Imrama; meanwhile, a standoff occurs between Marku, Cerin, and Zahara, and in the end Zahara is freed while Cerin gives in to infernalism.
Word From Meru - Relovia arrives in Wasirru, bearing a message from Zahara (B1,C1)
Akuna Parts - Akuna tries once more to encourage Zahara to switch sides, before releasing her messenger (Z1)
Void/Flame - After travelling through the black to find Zahara, Cerin finds his fate ends in the flames of sacrifice. (C4, Z4)
Flame/Void - Thirteen returns to fire in Solaria, the city under attack. The attack is fought off, before Zahara's return brings darkness. (B4,I4,T4)
Book Eleven - Realignment - A Wolf at the Door ()
Cerin the Wolf falls into Infernalism, while Lucent returns from Thorns with a new understanding of the Malfeans -- to great suspicion from his circlemates. Imrama learns more of the Circle's operations and allies as he seeks his own place in the Sunlands. Zahara reforges herself in a new form. The Circle parlays with Lai Misuna and arranges for a meeting with Cerin and Markuran. The Solars rescue Ssithumi from near-death, and learn the origins of the Primordial conspiracy; at the meeting, the plan to capture Cerin fails, and he kills Markuran and escapes, but leaves an important gift for Zahara. Zee and Imrama quest into the Wyld and learn how Cerin might be saved; in order to do so, Zahara confronts Tevezst and wins back her capacity to care. Birds undergoes her own makeover; the Circle swaps favors with the Western Solars; a funeral is held for the destroyed Solar shards, and final preparations for the eclipse are completed.
Book Twelve - Calibration - Total Eclipse of the Heart ()
In separate groups, Cerin and the Solars journey into the Imperial Manse. Thirteen makes a shady bargain with Siram to gain the knowledge he needs to defeat Lai. Cerin enters the Manse to secure it for his evil masters. The Solar party fractures over trust issues with Lucent, until his plan -- and Cerin's destiny -- come together and deposit everyone in the ancient past. In the First Age, the Solars discover the truth behind Talmuda's murder, while Cerin enjoys a moment of freedom with his previous incarnation. Back in the present, the Solars gather the last shard from the lost city of Rintoko. Zahara uses the Chime of Ages to free Cerin of infernalism, while the others defeat Lai. The Nightblossom reveal themselves to the world, and the Solars flee. After difficult planning, the Solars return and allow Thirteen to die -- creating a distraction so they can destroy the Ebon Dragon forever as he emerges. The Primordial dead, the Solars call upon the Immaculate Dragons and, with their aid, defeat the Nightblossom and usher in the Third Age.
Chased by Shadows - The Solars return for Arathi, and flee the shadow of the Ebon Dragon. (I1,L1,Z1)
A Deadly Plan - The Solars hatch a plan to defeat Nyx riskier than any they've tried before. (B4,C4,I4,L4,T4,Z4)
Thirteen Dies - The Solars engage Surkha in combat, Thirteen perishes... and Nyx is reborn into the world. (B4,C4,I4,L4,T4,Z4)
The Young Dragon Falls - Thirteen is revived, and with the Realm Grid at their command, the Solars put a final end to the Ebon Dragon.(B4,C4,I4,L4,T4,Z4)
The Dawn of the Third Age - The ultimate battle for control of Creation is fought with the Nightblossom. Guest-starring the Immaculate Dragons. (B4,C4,I4,L4,T4,Z4)
Book Thirteen - New Beginning - Everybody Wants To Rule The World ()
The Solars wrestle to come to terms with the events of the Eclipse. Rule of the Blessed Isle is given to Tepet Ejava, the Viridian Queen, and give Xara to Mnemom. As the Solars plan for the Deliberative, Zahara meets Markuran's reincarnation and goes in disguise amongst her people. A doctrinal dispute amongst the Dragon Kings is resolved. The dark secrets of Saraya the Western Solar are revealed, leading the Solars to "Rannath," actually the Sidereal Fierce Red Star, who had hidden amongst them in secret for years. They learn of the fate of the Incarna Pluto (hidden deep inside Netheos' sun), and encounter the Locust Crusade, Atomnos' invasion force for Meru. Finally, the Solars invite representatives to join them in the newly formed Deliberative.
The Final Delegates - The final two visitors arrive, bearing the most momentous news. (B4, C4, I4, L4, Z4)
Book Fourteen - Bone Machine - Death Is Not The End ()
Varanim integrates herself into the circle. Cerin gains authority over the celestial gods after speaking with Sol Invictus. A black sliver appears on the sun, concerning everyone. The Circle visits Tesearah, where all thoughts are revealed, and finds the Orrery of Lights. Nesula introduces Verbena, another new Solar, to the group. Varanim investigates a mystery presence in her Hearthstone. Zahara discovers that her family suffers from an ancient death curse, then finds her frozen ancestor in Tara Zhan Keep. The Second Herald arrives and the Solars eventually defeat it, but Imrama is left near death. Varanim and Luc engage in vigorous debate about the importance of past lives. Thirteen engages in a trip of self-actualization, and is reborn. The Solars accept help from the Doctor to fix Imrama's condition, and agree to journey to Netheos to acquire payment. They resurrect the dead god Pluto, bringing the Shadeborn back into existence.
There Is Always Another Way - Thirteen fights Erevel, learns a powerful lesson, and then completes his transformation in the company of... friends? (T4)
Rebirth of a God - Pluto is reborn, and the Circle meets some unexpected friends. (C4, L4, V4, Z4)
Book Fifteen - New Dawn Fades - Hell Below Me, Stars Above ()
The Solars visit with several the Shadeborn. Lucent and Varanim grow much closer. Zahara and Lucent journey to the Lapis Court, and return with new fae companions. The ruins of the Chrysanthemum are investigated. Cerin performs maintenance assassinations in An-Teng. The Doctor heals Imrama's injuries, for a price. Varanim builds a manse in the Labyrinth, with a worrisome artifact attached. Spring returns from his quest, and begins -- slowly -- to mend the wounds left in the wake of Thirteen's departure. Fierce Red Star is interrogated further. Spring reveals that in his stomach, Loss of Innocence has become a strange new type of Exalt. Investigating the place where he was frozen in the First Age, Luc finds "his" tomb. The Solars journey to Malfeas and gather Ligier's tears. Varanim reveals the Mask of Summers, she and Lucent break up, and then she flees the Sunlands. Varanim learns Void Necromancy from the Mask of Winters. The Broken Suns strike at Solaria, causing great destruction and loss of life.
Kelly Asprooth-Jackson: things that are problems that we've been confronted with: FaFL, MoW, the SNAFU in Heaven, the Locust Crusade Kelly Asprooth-Jackson: things that are problems but we haven't really been confronted with them yet: Akuna, Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Water, the Lintha Kelly Asprooth-Jackson: things that are problems but are still pretty much secret: Varang, Chiaroscuro, 2nd Herald Kelly Asprooth-Jackson: things that are problems but I don't even know what they are yet: everything in the new territory of Meru [email protected]/Home: hmmm [email protected]/Home: that's a pretty thorough list [email protected]/Home: there's the Five Who Are Fallen, but that's not really a PROBLEM so much as just a nagging mystery now that FRS is tied up [email protected]/Home: and there's the meta-problem of the Lacuna, but that's obviously a main-arc kind of challenge Kelly Asprooth-Jackson: yeah - you'll notice I didn't even mention things like the 1000-faced man (ed: and Erevel, and Reshina) [email protected]/Home: yeah [email protected]/Home: or things 1, 2, and 3 that I haven't told you about yet Kelly Asprooth-Jackson: hahaha cry