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A Story of Chaos: Site Lore

on Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:29 pm
CHAOS BECKONS, THE HEARTLESS EMERGE

Since ancient times, the forces of good and evil have always vied for control; each side seeks to dominate the other. With each century that passed, the methods of warfare became more advanced and the number of casualties gradually grew. Whether it be by conventional means or more mystical pursuits, it seemed that neither side would gain and advantage over the other for long.

Eventually, the senseless slaughter and constant delving into forces that no one could truly control opened the way for manifestations of darkness who craved nothing more than to devour the hearts---the spiritual essence of all living things---to gain an ever-growing foothold in the worlds. These malevolent creatures, known simply as the Heartless, soon turned the tides of war in the favor of the forces of evil. As more combatants fell and the number of Heartless continued to grow, it seemed that the forces of good would face destruction.

Over time the number of those aligned with good began to dwindle to little more than a scattered resistance, while darkness engulfed nearly every corner of the worlds. Just when it seemed that darkness would prevail, a glimmer of hope blessed the forces of good; ancient text provided evidence of a way to destroy the Heartless and once more turn the tides of war in Light's favor. The Keyblade, a weapon born from the spirit of a pure-hearted individual, held the power to vanquish the Heartless and return the stolen hearts to their victims.

Quickly the knowledge of the Keyblade spread, and soon the very first Keyblade wielder was born. With this powerful warrior rallying the forces of Light, darkness finally began to recede and lose its grip on the worlds. With each victory in Light's favor, another Keyblade wielder was born. Soon the armies of Light returned to their former power and a stalemate once again fell between Darkness and Light.
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Re: A Story of Chaos: Site Lore

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:58 am
CAUSE AND EFFECT, THE NOBODIES ANSWER

In any contest or power struggle, it is unlikely that a stalemate will last forever. This was especially true with the tug of war between the Darkness and the Light. Despite having skilled combatants and a powerful weapon like the Keyblade, it seemed that the Darkness kept finding ways to match the strength of the Light. Eventually, however, things yet again shifted in favor of the Darkness. Ironically, both the Darkness and the Light had a hand in the next force to join the battle.

As combatants fell on both sides and the number of Heartless increased at a steady rate, a change occurred with the bodies that were left behind. Although the heart had been taken, the soul and body remained. These heartless forms began to develop a consciousness separate from the one that had been possessed while the individual still had their heart. These new entities, dubbed Nobodies, gradually developed their own autonomy. And while inherently they were drawn to the Darkness, if their motives could be realized by manipulating the forces of the Light then they would not be opposed to doing so.

Unfortunately for the Nobodies, they held a fatal flaw, one that was shared with their Heartless counterparts; both entities had the same weakness to the Keyblade. Upon finding this information, the Light quickly put their findings to use, quelling the number of Heartless and Nobodies once again. Unlike previous instances, however, this advantage on the Light's side gradually grew until it appeared that the Light would finally win the battle.

Hoping to retain their newfound advantage for as long as possible, the greatest intellects within the Light began to delve into ancient scrolls and tomes. From these they learned of an olden rite, one that could be performed to awaken the primordial Gods that were responsible for the origin of the Keyblade and staving off the emergence of the Heartless. But with this information came a startling revelation; this wasn't the first time that the Heartless had appeared.
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Re: A Story of Chaos: Site Lore

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:00 am
THE DEATH WHISPERER REIGNS

Following the rites detailed in the scrolls, the new Keyblade wielders ascended to become the new Gods. With their newly gained omnipotence, it was no difficult feat to completely push back the Darkness and reduce their forces to scattered remnants---not unlike where the Light had been decades before. Unfortunately, with old allies come old enemies. But the origin of this enemy wasn't from the Darkness, but rather from a combatant on the side of Light.

Unlike previous enemies that the Light had faced, this one was more ancient and powerful than anything they had encountered before. Empowered by a blood curse and the suffering from centuries of war and conflict, this primordial entity sought nothing more than the complete destruction of all that dwelt within and aligned themselves with the Light. It was through its influence that every act of evil across the millennia had been perpetrated. The situation was made much worse by the fact that not only was this new enemy as smart as it was powerful, but also twice as dangerous.

Even with the power of the Gods and the Keyblades, it seemed that very little could be done about the Darkness's newest malefactor, who was known only as the Death Whisperer. Every attempt to combat its ever-expanding reach and ever-growing forces was met in nigh catastrophic failure. Soon the forces of Light not only had to contend with dwindling forces by combat, but also be defectiondue to decreased morale. With the greatest of the Gods missing and the most capable of the Light's combatants reduced to nothing more than a small handful, the Death Whisperer's forces were free to ravage the worlds unabated.
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Re: A Story of Chaos: Site Lore

on Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:03 am
HEROES INTO LEGENDS, A NEW STORY BEGINS

With no real opposition to stop them, the Death Whisperer's forces carved a path of death and destruction across the worlds. Nearly all but a few worlds were rendered desolate wastelands while some were almost completely destroyed. With each loss by the forces of Light, the situation grew more bleak, to the point where the Light had to resort to guerrilla tactics against the Death Whisperer's forces to keep themselves from harm and detection. Gradually, the Light began to gather its forces in preparation to make a direct assault on the Death Whisperer and end its reign of despair once and for all.

As the Light continued its preparations, the elder Gods that had gone into seclusion surfaced once more. More determined than ever to put an end to the Death Whisperer, the elder Gods offered their assistance to the forces of Light. When the time of the final battle came, the ensuing battle was perhaps one of the most devastating in history. The number of casualties suffered were countless, and at times it appeared as though the Light's assault would prove pointless. In the end, thanks to a rallying cry from the greatest of the elder Gods, the Light was able to strike a blow that brought down the Death Whisperer and allowed it to be banished for good.

With the defeat and sealing of the Death Whisperer, the forces of Light enjoyed a period of well-earned peace. While the devastation wrought by the dark entity's emergence and rampage was severe, the combined efforts of the Gods as well as the citizens of the various worlds allowed for the process to slowly but surely progress. When the restoration had been fully completed, the Gods surmised that they were no longer needed. They knew, however, that there was still need for some type of safeguard just as an emergency countermeasure. To that effect, Guardians that held a significant portion of the Gods' powers were appointed to each world.

The heroes that had assisted in the efforts against the Darkness were recognized, their feats raising them to legendary status. The Gods departed and the strife that they and the heroes of legend passed into myth. Although the struggle between Darkness and Light would never truly end, for the time being, the severity of the conflict had plateaued and settled...
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