|Conflict: The awakening of ancient monsters on planets throughout the Cocytus System|
|Date: 33 ABY|
|Location: Cocytus System|
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Monstrosity was a Scholae Palatinae campaign that took place in 33 ABY as the final act to the Forgotten Storyline. Emperor Vanis enacted a dangerous ritual to awaken the monsters left in the Cocytus System by the Infinite Empire. Once awoken, these monsters wreaked havoc upon the system, and it was up to the members of Scholae Palatinae to both limit damage and find a way to reverse the ritual.
- 1 Prelude
- 2 The First Operations
- 3 The Awakening
- 4 The Second Operations
- 5 Mayhem
- 6 The Forgotten Temple
- 7 Aftermath
- 8 Results
- "“Breath deep my dear Pacre Datship, our Empire is born anew.”"
- ―Emperor Vanis during the ritual that corrupted all his followers
Believing the threat of the Evanescent and Pacre Datship dealt with, Scholae Palatinae returned to normal life. While they searched for Vanis, the failure at the Forgotten Temple on Antenora left all feeling there was no way for Vanis to accomplish his goals.
Vanis however, had a back-up plan, that of a dangerous ritual that could be done on the planet of Judecca. It was there he first gave several of his most devoted followers in sacrifice to the Old Gods as the first step of the ritual. This triggered a biological event where a mass of spores released as a red mist took over the rest of the Pacre Datship followers. Turned into terrifying half-fungal zombies, these followers made their way to the capital city of Ohmen. Vanis, unaffected by the spores ventured high into the mountain tops to the cave entrance that would take him to the final ritual chamber.
The First Operations
- "Alert Everyone"
- ―Xen’Mordin following word of attacks in the city
First reports of the fungal zombies poured in, leading to the Clan summit issuing a call to all the clan to defend the capital city.
This Isn’t Where I Parked My Car
The bodies of the first killed Pacre Datship followers were sent immediately to Dr. Elincia Rei, for study and examination. The Empire needed to know if what was affecting these individuals was contagious.
She ventured alone from her research facility into the city of Ohmen, her shuttle crashed on the outskirts of the city, leaving her to use her wits and intelligence to safely navigate her way through the city to safety. Enroute she was forced to try multiple methods of damaging the zombie-like creatures. Water, blunt force trauma, and slashing damage all failed to slow the monsters. Ultimately she found it was fire that was the most effective against the Zombies.
Delak Krennel was among the first to take a proper account of the fungal-zombies attacking Ohmen. Risking his own life to defend the city from assailants, he managed to grab several clear images of monsters to relay back to the Clan Summit.
Fall of the Infinite
The earlier events involving the Evanescent and the Pacre Datship led to Scholae Palatinae taking a vested interest in the Infinite Empire. With little known about the ancient galactic power, the Clan found one of the best resources for information was woven into the folklore of different indigenous groups in the system. One such example of information has been recorded below.
I was there the night they fell, Sonic boom, a wash of flame, The skies burning, pit of hell, Moments later, the waves came.
Our Lords of the Stars bright, Who we worshiped upon high, Their deaths split and burned the night, We could but whimper and cry.
Our Lords were our masters great, Taught us art, skill and war craft, We surrendered our fate, They the tip, we the spear shaft.
Remember now little one, This is the future they gave, Thank them for the setting sun, Under which our life pave, Thank them for our life hard won.
- "“I would have thought Old Gods would have mustered something a bit more serious.”"
- ―Zagro, after being disappointed by the lack intensity in fighting the Fungal-Zombies
With the members of Scholae Palatinae fully distracted by the dangers attacking the streets of Ohmen, Vanis was able to move unhindered deep into the mountains of Judecca. It was there he found the giant ritual chamber left behind by the Infinite Empire. Sacrificing his own hand, he managed to complete the ritual which unleashed a wave of energy throughout the entire Cocytus System, awakening monsters on the planets of Antenora, Judecca, Ptolomea, and Caina.
Dek Rott and Sim Vel’Potens were searching the planet of Antenora for signs of Vanis, believing he never made it off planet after being injured at the Forgotten Temple. They were the first to notice an incoming sand storm, whipped up by the wake of the Antenora Sandworm burrowing near the sandy surface of the planet.
It was the use of several high altitude surveillance drones that the CSP summit was able to get a proper look at the Judecca Abyssal as it lumbered slowly to show from the deep ocean. While not directly as destructive as the Sandworm or Colossus, this massive monster was dangerous on the physical body as well as the mind.
Ptolomea Forest Beasts
A small strike team comprised of Archangel, Lucyeth, and Ulfsark had been exploring one of the ancient temples in the system, attempting to find information on the Old Gods when Vanis completed his ritual. They made first contact against the five Ptolomea Forest Beasts before the monsters took off into the jungle of Ptolomea.
Shadow Nighthunter and Rosh Nyine were on the planet of Caina, homeworld of the slain Lord Onasi, when the Colossus erupted from the ice. This hulking monster was preceded by the putrid smell of sulfur, peppermint, and rotting flesh, before breaking free of the ice of the plans.
The Second Operations
- "This was Vanis. We need to find him and deal with these beasts"
- ―Xen’Mordin after seeing images of the awoken monsters
With the awakening of the ancient monsters in the Cocytus System, Scholae Palatinae had two major goals. Stop the monsters at any cost, and find Vanis to see if the awakening ritual could be reversed.
Hounds of the Cocytusville
Eager to prove himself to his new home, Lexiconus Qor was first to volunteer to attempt to find Emperor Vanis. He carefully traced back where the fungal-zombies originated from, discovering the remaining corpses of those who were sacrificed there. From that location he was able to follow the one singular set of tracks leading up into the mountains toward the ritual cave.
The Awoken and Land Wars
With four major types of monsters on the four core worlds of the Cocytus System, members were dispersed throughout the system into small groups backed by as many soldiers they could take from the divided forces. Leading strategies were offered by many in the clan. Methods incorporating both Elincia Rei’s and Archangel’s plan of attack were utilized to stop the monsters.
- "Very well then."
- ―Xen’Mordin following Vanis’s refusal to talk
Vanis stumbled out of the cave through a secret wall in the city of Ohmen, delirious and losing a lot of blood. He was taken before the Clan Summit and refused to talk. Rather than waste time torturing a madman, Xen’Mordin snapped the leader of the Pacre Datship’s neck with the force.
While this was occurring, the Abyssal had reached the historic landmark of the Twin Towers, on Judecca. These massive tall twin statues were brought down by the Abyssal as it pushed further into the mountains.
On Antenora, the Sandworm attacked the great trading dome of Nas Modeh, bringing it to the ground before setting off again beneath the surface.
On Ptolomea, the five forest beasts left the forest and attacked the City of Tetoulichican. While smaller than the other monsters, they made quick work of any civilians that they came across.
On Caina, the Colossus destroyed the great training facility of Kas’im Citadel, using the ice of the planet itself as a weapon.
The Forgotten Temple
Desperate to stop reverse the ritual, a small strike team ventured to an abandoned temple facility on Judecca, the last location known to hold remnants of the Infinite Empire. The temple was masking a massive underground facility. After facing the ancient fungal zombies that guarded the entrance they entered the facility, where they were tested through many levels of defenses by the AI left in place by the Infinite Empire, G14-D05.
Studying the Palatinaeans, and realizing they were force users, a hidden subroutine in G14’s programming activated awakening Azakel, the last remaining Rakata Scientist that went into hibernation millennia ago.
- "It’s done!"
- ―Azakel reversing the awakening ritual.
Azakel was brought to the ritual cave. With limited time, Xen’Mordin used his advanced force interrogation to force the Rakata into reversing the ritual. While this was going on, Elincia Rei was onboard a shuttle, dropping a prototype firebomb, dubbed a FWEC-class warhead, upon the Cainan Colossus, melting it. On Ptolomea, Archangel managed to kill one of the five forest beasts by driving his lightsaber through its eye socket.
When the reversal of the ritual was complete. Azakel screamed out, and died. The Abyssal dissolved into a thick mist, which raced back toward the ocean. The Sandworm dove into the depths of Antenora, and the earth went still. The remaining four forest beasts yelped before racing back into the jungle.
The Monsters went back to their slumber.
The destruction was widespread in the system. Rather than rebuild the Twin Statues, The Emperor ordered a grand memorial be built with the white and black stone of the towers. It was to memorialize all the men and women who had died over the years defending the system, as well as the fallen civilians who were killed.
The Soba Karemu tribe on Antenora, hastily constructed a new trading dome, though it would take years to fully rebuild the majestic one they had lost. The city of Tetoulichican was quickly cleaned up, and the carcass of the slain forest beast was shipped to Judecca for study. The rubble of Kas’im Citadel on Caina, was largely melted due to the power of the FWEC bomb.
The Forgotten Temple on Judecca was converted to a state of the art science facility, under the watch of Elincia Rei. The ruined temple above ground remained a strong deterrent from the local population of the planet. G14’s programming was examined and after some modernization to its systems, and changing of core protocols, it was left as the facilities AI system.
With peace seemingly restored, Polis Jones arrived in the office of the Emperor. The assault on the temple on Antenora where Lord Onasi had been killed had opened up new caverns previously unknown. In those caverns he found a mysterious box. With the aid of the force, Xen’Mordin opened the box discovering a glowing holocron within. He ordered Polis to forget about ever finding it.
Overall winners of Forgotten - Monstrosity:
- First Place: Archangel
- Second Place: Lexiconus Qor
- Third Place: Elincia Rei
- Fourth Place: Lucyeth
- Fifth Place: Dek Rott
Monstrosity - This Isn’t Where I Parked My Car - First Place – Elincia Rei
Monstrosity - Clicky Boom - First Place – Delak Krennel
Monstrosity - Fall of the Infinite - First Place – Archangel
Monstrosity - Legends of Old - First Place – Elincia Rei
Monstrosity - Gipsy Danger - First Place – Jorm “The Jester” Na’trej
Monstrosity - Investigative Journalism - First Place – Eetherbiail
Monstrosity - Temple of the Forgotten - First Place – Dek Rott
Monstrosity - Hounds of the Cocytusville - First Place – Elincia Rei
Monstrosity - The Pokedex - First Place – Chrome
Monstrosity - Coming of Shai-hulud - First Place – Reiden Karr
Monstrosity - Never Start a Land War in Asia - First Place – Elincia Rei
Monstrosity - The Awoken - First Place – Archangel
Monstrosity - Things that go BLANK in the night - First Place – Reiden Karr
Monstrosity - Heart of the RAGEMaker - First Place – Archangel
Monstrosity - Path of the Soul - First Place – Archangel
Monstrosity - The Wake of Destruction - First Place – Archangel
Monstrosity - Homeward Bound - First Place – Fenn
Monstrosity - Fall of the Ancient - First Place – Fenn
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