History of Akashat - 2008
The Web of Dreams; The Conclave of Princes, the First CardinalCreated from the very essence, the very souls of each trapped dreamer, the City at first dreamed into being a Vizir, who in turn made the Margrave. The Margrave, the only one invested with the power to access the true world's dreams and harvest whatever he and his Asrag Rejaal and Valkyries could find within them, be it riches, goods or souls.
The first Vizir burried the web of dreams, watching over it like a hawk, while a
Conclave of Princes ruled over quadrants of the land, and a dark dreamer rose,
the Crimson Cardinal.
The first Princes were Jacqueline (Abaroth), Sebastian (Massala), Dominic (Varkoth) and Vid (Satham). The first Cardinal was Catherine, Princess de Montvallon.
Jacqueline had battles of will with a few misfits, and she disappeared too. Sebastian, tired, left the Massala's title empty, where it would eventually pass to Robyn, then to Seren, while he remained as an adviser to the Quarter.
Dominic's fights with Vid became legendary. The dark Archbishop opposed the good Prince at every turn, and the good Prince tried to hinder the dark Prince at every opportunity. Vid was helped with the Crystal that accompanied him from his original world.
Catherine's story stretches long and hard, between her own slaves, the ones sent to her care for training, and her epic adventures with Draconis. In fact, Catherine's power grew so great that it cast a shadow over the land, finally powerful enough that she and Draconis were able to imprison Vid Satham in his own office in the Regal Palace, ruling the entire city as Emperor, Varkoth the only remaining Prince left in his own Quarter of Darkness. A band of heroes joined together to break Vid Satham out of his prison, leading to a battle in the streets of Akashat with Draconis. After much pain and suffering, the city split, the Blooded River rushing into the chasm, dividing the city into North and South. Vid Satham ruled in the south, while Draconis and Catherine ruled the north. Finally, though, Draconis left the land - some say banished by magics - abandoning Catherine to her dark plots. Catherine's cousin, Laurelin, built a castle in the sky, taking evil pleasure to push Catherine further into darkness, till such time Catherine disappeared. Law and Order again spread across all of the city of Akashat, lead by Prince Vid Satham.
A rebel, Aldrich, created a revolutionary movement, the Black Wind. Aldrich and his troops were known to bomb places where slaves were abused, such as an infamous cabaret, which didn't survive, and even attacked Prince Vid, nearly killing him. Only the promptness of Vid's then beloved, Lady Tamara, saved Prince Satham from a certain death.
Aldrich took hostages, fought wildly against authority, but finally disappeared,
and nothing has been heard from him in ages.
The Pyramid and the Crimewave
And there was the Pyramid. On a world far away, a terrible God lived, and enslaved the whole population. Kult'ka was his name, and he chose a personal slave, Tamara, whom he trained and pulled up to be his second. Tamara, knowing the evil Kult'ka was doing, secretely organized a resistance movement, and when the time was right, she killed the God. Deeply wounded, she slumbered, and woke up in Akashat, with the Black Pyramid, in which walls the power of Kult'ka had taken refuge. The Dark Prince wished to harvest the power of the pyramid, and he nearly succeeded, fighting against Tamara. Only the sacrifice of Vid, destroying the Pyramid and his beloved Tamara, foiled the Dark Prince's plans. Later, Tamara returned, under her original form. A panther. Helped by the Crystal in Vid's tower, she managed to regain her human form. However, helped by a power hungry mage, Kult'ka found his way in the living dream of Akashat, and nearly took the city over, weren't it for the heroism of Vid, Prince Satham, Gustave, Alice, Tychon and Tamara, aided in that by many others.
It is said that in a battle, Vid Satham was killed. Tamara found the Dream Weaver beside Vid's body. This was the first time the Weaver was seen. The Weaver was determined that Kult'ka should be defeated because he threatened the existence of the web of dreams and so the Weaver brought Vid back to life. In order to annihilate Kult'ka, Vid destroyed the Pyramid again, destroying Tamara for the second time and
sacrificing Tychon, a great friend of the city who had been possessed by the
evil God. Tychon's sacrifice has been remembered by those who were there, his
bravery in giving himself for the city. Since then, Tamara returns, like a ghost,
like a Banshee, when the city needs help against darkness.
The Vizier was powerless before the threat of Kult'ka, and he soon vanished, but the city of dreams dreamed itself new rulers, Titania and Oberon, who continued the tradition, working with the Margrave to bring riches and souls to the land, and watching from afar the events in the city.
After Catherine, Renata sat in the Throne of Bones, becoming the Cardinal, but for a short time, the power consumed her fragile being. And for the longest time, the Tower was empty, recharging its power, waiting, lurking, till it called upon Dermit. But during that time, the city was far from peaceful, one Erasmus rising as principle enemy. He was - or is - an alchemist, and he used his powers and wealth to unleash a crimewave upon the city. It seems obvious now that the purpose of this Crimewave was to distract the city's forces from his true plan, which was to steal a great artifact from Satham Palace. He did so, making off with Ashendari, a weapon reputed to have great powers.
Finally, though, Erasmus was cornered on the deck of the Silver Lining, the great airship that hangs over Abaroth and confronted by the three Guard Commanders, crashed the blimp into the avenue below. Ashendari was recovered from the wreckage and the three Commanders survived, but Erasmus' location is now a matter of speculation. There have been reports that he was seen alive after the crash, even healed by a local healer...
Four Palaces fall, Triumvirate formed
Soon the city is in a state of upheaval. Dermit sits on the Throne of Bones, the latest of the Cardinals.
The very land seems to support him, storms gathering on the horizon when he speaks, lashing out at the
city. The Princes are in ruins, the only remaining Princess, Seren, is barred from her own palace and
from the Regal Palace Conclave. The Counsellor to the Conclave remains, but he too is barred, magic
wards keeping the former powers from the seats of government. The three Guard Commanders are in
disarray, despite a vicious war of words in the paper, there seems to be no order at all. This cannot
last, something must give.
And something gave:
A group of four royal guards emerge from the Regal Palace. Hurrying, they part, each one carrying a scroll. One goes to the Citadel of Perdition, last known refuge of the Princess Massala. One goes to the Dream Mercenaries Headquarter, and demands to be brought to the Margrave. One goes to the Tower of Sorcery, fearlessly requesting to see the Cardinal. And the last one goes to the Public Hall, in search for the Lord Counselor.
Shortly after, all those dignitaries of the realm are seen reaching the Regal Palace, under the escort of the appointed guard. They disappear up in the Regal Quarters, and not a word transpires, until suddenly, thunder rolls over the land, and lightnings bolts strike through the sky of Akashat.
One by one, the former palaces of the four princes slowly sink into the earth,
disappearing completely. Leaving no trace of their existence.
The storm subdues, and the Four are once against seen. Seren, Margrave, Dermit
and Tetheus, exchanging strange glances, hurry back to their respective home,
not a word pronounced.
An edict was promulgated, giving the new government setup:
Titania and Oberon, Supreme Rulers of the Land, hereby command the following:
The assembly known as the Conclave is dissolved. The Princes are no longer.
Those who fled, those who hide, those who died, they're gone from this land.
Only Princess Seren remains, and we appoint her the Emir of the land, in charge
of all civil matters.
By the force of the Tower, Lord Dermit, Crimson Cardinal, will join this new government, for how would we know the light, if there wasn't darkness to measure it. The Cardinal is in charge of all matters related to businesses of pleasure, notwithstanding his own interests.
And to perdure the tradition, The Margrave, our loyal provider of goods, will be the last party of this Triumvirat we hereby install as Akashat's civil government.
Each of these three will be equal in power, so that none can rise alone.
But in our concern for this realm's population, we appoint the Lord Counselor as Speaker of the House. A House of Lords is hereby created, where all Masters and Mistresses may convene and suggest new laws or edicts. They will be the judges of the land, and will have a veto power on the Triumvirat's decisions, if the Lords and Ladies can reach unanimity.
So it shall be.
- (s) The Royal Seal signs this notice.
Shortly thereafter, the new Emir, Seren, was seen vanishing with her companion Dominic. She now and then returns but has relinquished the charge put on her by the Rulers.
Lord Tetheus has been chosen, and now rules as the Emir, overlooking the state
of the land.
A Quiet Government.. slowly takes hold
But Tetheus didn't last long. The weight of the office was too much and he faded away. At the same time, the Cardinal disappeared.. Margrave became scarce.. Akashat was without government.
Darkness descended on the city. Crime rose, and there was no safe place anymore. Then, the Tower choose a guardian: Masque, an impressive man whose origins were unknown. He appeared one day, and the next, he sat in the Skull Throne.
Then disappeared.. or so it seemed, when Shaitan took over the Tower of Sorcery. Margrave retired, and The Sardaar succeeded him, while Akashat woke up one morning with a new Emir: Veil.
Soon thereafter, the Emir managed to revive the House of Lords, under the leadership of the Speaker Lady Psyche.
The Margrave position was soon filled by that of a man named Arket who helped strive the Slave Market to its highest. It was with the death of the Emir Veil though that soon left the city at a standstill for quite some time.
It was the slave girl of the former Emir Veil that soon stepped up to the plate to help the city though. Saniya soon was put in place as Emir, having been groomed for the position ever since she was with the ex-Emir. Another man soon then stepped foot into the reigns of Cardinal, the Throne of Bones active once again with Xavier sitting in it.
The City was at peace once again, the conflict of good and evil, Emir and Cardinal's relationship kept a constant equilibrium throughout Akashat. It was not long after though that Emir Saniya stepped down, rumors of her leaving for love but being betrayed by her lover, the rebel leader Talon. When she stepped down it was Talon that soon took over after a visit to the palace of the King and Queen.
The Cardinal was then not seen again, Xavier simply disappearing and never seen again and the throne of bones once again stood quiet. The Slave Market itself was as well at a lull in activity until the beautiful Aelwynn took over for Arket, the former Market Manager helping to bring upon the city years of successful caravans and profit the city had not seen for quite some time.
The Royal Couple declares elections
It was about this time that Titania and Oberon began to grow tired of the mundane political happenings, and no longer wished to be bothered with appointing the rulers. Although they would still keep all power and retain the ability to overrule any finding the rulers may decide, they declared it was time for the city to manage the routine tasks of government itself, by holding elections for each of the ruling triumvirate plus the Speaker of the House. And so an election system was put into place, to keep the balance of the city in check as decided by the Noble class.
As time passed, a constant feud then arose from Atlantis as Lady Psyche, once the Speaker of the House, came to be upon the Throne of Bones. Her feud with the Emir Talon legendary and constant over a steady year of fights amongst the two for power, the Margrave Aelwynn stuck in the middle between two friends who longed for the death of each other.
The city moved on, negotations began that revamped the order of the rulership, each taking on new territories. A constant struggle that freed the vampires from the Cardinal's power. The vampire community in itself grew rapidly headed by the Ancient Raziel who helped integrate the vampires into the city and soon Lady Taya, a fellow vampire was even elected as the Speaker of the House of Lords.
The city laid in waits for a while for disaster to strike between the Emir and Cardinal but one day, none know why, Cardinal Psyche disappeared though her replacement did not conclude the conflict between good and evil as the childe of Raziel, protege of Psyche was soon upon the throne. In which the Cardinal even attacked the Emir at one point, turning Talon into a vampire himself, which was only cured eventually after a visit from the beautiful Margrave Aelwynn.
The Emir was said to visit the noble Jalal, a trusted friend and had asked him to step in to help bring back the House of Lords, which Jalal accepted with vigor and helped bring the nobles of the city together once again. Election after Election the same rulers dommed over the city for another year until the Margrave was unseen and then the Cardinal's throne again like most others, simply disappeared. This left Talon once again alone upon the rulers but this did not last either. His enemies gone, it was said he spoke with a trusted advisor Imriel before simply retiring and asked him to take upon him the rulership before Talon himself disappeared. Imriel doing as was asked, was soon elected as Emir in Talon's place.
A lost city is found, and tragically lost once more
As a great surprise to the residents of Akashat, one day it was revealed that the long lost city of Atlantis was found to be contained at the end of the sea within Akashat's dreamspace and to have been slowly raiding the shores of Akashat for a very long time. This caused a stir within the city, whose dwellers until that point believed themselves to be alone.
Over time, however, positive trade relationships formed between Akashat and the island. Some residents immigrated and worked to build new lives under a different government. And for many years there was peace between the two cities despite their innate differences.
Then tragedy struck, the current Aion of the island, Eden Winterstone, warned all of a coming danger foretold in numerous bad portents and supported by the Tamara of the Black Pyramid. Through Eden's vigilance many were able to leave before the unfortunate disaster took place but others refused to abandon the island regardless. Rumors claim that the gods of Atlantis, angered by the lack of devotion of the populace, sent a tsunami which destroyed the island entirely sinking it back beneath the waves forever.
Those aware of the history of the Dream Weaver portrayed the event as the Weaver's doings: Perhaps for other reasons the people of Atlantis no longer dreamed. Because they did not contribute to the building and maintenance of the web, they were a drain on the Weaver's resources and threatened the integrity of the whole Tapestry. The Weaver cut away the threads that formed Atlantis, and so it was swallowed up by the sea.
On the day that the storm broke in earnest, hundreds of refugees from Atlantis lined the shores of Akashat, huddling and crying as the last ferry arrived. Members of the Triumvirate and Atantian rulers came together to save as many as possible. It is said that just as the last refugees made it to shore, the Weaver cast a web that protected Akashat from the tsunami.
Those who did not perish were assimilated into the social structure of Akashat.
Akashat itself was threatened. For only the second time in recorded history, the being known as the Dream Weaver made itself visible. Buildings were destroyed. The topography of the city was realigned according to the Dream Weaver's wishes, reforming the city as it considered best for Akashat's growth and vitality. Some citizens took notice, and began to consider the essence of the Dream Weaver more in their daily lives. A chapel was rennovated to recognize the Weaver, and eventually the Loom was built under the direction of Aimend, one of the first to actively promote feeding the Dream Weaver with stronger dreams. The city began to dream in a more focused way.
The Modern AgeAfter a time, the election process began to work more efficiently, leading to a lively government with staggered reigns of the Triumvirate. The House of Lords met frequently, long debating bills to make changes in the city, sometimes motivated for the good of all, and sometimes from those with another agenda. Political movements rose and fell; there is even a story of a brief period of rebellion of the slaves. Through it all, the dreamers keep dream, the city flourishes, and new dreams seem to be found each day.
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