Conspiracy Theory Op-Ed 4: The Sanctum That Wasn’t
The hands of time spin by and with them goes the details of bygone eras and information that tells the true accountings of events. Such was the case of the Ogres and Myr and their role in the Deicide War. Once again, the throne of Men has swept up the facts and broomed them outside the doorway of knowledge. Luckily for us, a few men still love to play in the dirt.
This reckoning starts many years ago as the Deicide War began. The Ogres had been in a tattered state for centuries, enduring one war after another; first, between themselves as the Seven Tomes, which had kept an uneasy peace between the seven tribes, was abandoned and infighting began and, secondly, the wars with the neighboring Wos Che, a fierce band of warring Lycandrell who honor their deity in battle. The Ogres and the far off Myr were given the task at the meeting on the island of Vesu to construct a tower to stave off the prophesied attacks of the Ravaging Lord. The Ogres and Myr constructed their fortress in time for the start of the fighting. The striking fact of the beginning of this war was that the Ravaging Lord himself led the battles on the continent of Reignfall. And yet, the Ogres and Myr were a force greater than any other who fought in the Deicide War, routing the armies of Revenant forces so completely that the Ravaging Lord had to summon ancient titans from the deep to fight on his behalf and, even then, only able to stave off the Myr. After some time, his army returned and was able to drive the Ogre back to the Burning Sanctum eventually.
We pause here to also offer other facts. The record of Keepers who, in recent times, have relied heavily on the witness of Men has stated that the Wos Che warriors had been persuaded by the Ravaging Lord to attack from the north while his army attacked from the south. The Keeper’s records are quick to point out that the Wos Che refute that claim, stating they had not assisted the Ravaging Lord, however they use it as a footnote to their belief that the Wos Che did assist. The striking disconnect with their story is the fact that the Wos Che fight for glory in the name of their Deity, Lycus, using his power though them. Lycus, who they honor, was preoccupied with communing Knowledge and wisdom to his followers with emphasis on historical accuracy. The odds of the Wos Che not taking credit for a battle in which they would be victors over the Ogres (whom they have fought innumerable times) is ridiculous by itself, even overlooking the fact they would never try to falsify the true accounts of their history. The Keepers are the most likely to be wrong on this point.
Here is the beginning of where the corruption of the Keepers, backed by the alliance of Men and Elves and Dwarves, is proved. The Keepers, years after the Wars, began compiling the histories of the peoples and their origins. The history of Men was filled with unmistaken praise and adoration for the young King Avendyr and his heroism in the battles on Kingsreach and Reignfall. They offer no specific deeds actually done by him other than giving speeches to his own armies nor did he dispel any of the forces on either continent, this being done solely at the hands of the WarWizards and Rok’Nhilthamos, the ruler of Dragons. Their lips spew tales of no peoples ever being so great as Men and no leader so admired by his allies and feared by his enemies as King Avendyr. But a few telling lines give the clues necessary to unravel the true accounts.
In the Keeper’s history of the Ogres, the Burning Sanctum as his has always been know, was referred to as the Ashen Sanctum, and with one purpose: subterfuge. The battle on Reignfall when the Ravaging Lord was finally defeated had been boasted to be King Avendyr’s crowning achievement. King Avendyr had been so completely destroyed on his own battlefield that his enemies had the time and energy to take every stone from his capital city and cart it halfway across the continent and throw it in the ocean while Avendyr and his armies cowered in their tower. The Ogres, on the other hand, had decimated the Ravaging Lord’s own armies at his own camps. It was only by blocking aid from the Myr that the Ravaging Lord was not destroyed by the Ogres and Myr alone. So the Keepers took a few fragments of history and twisted into their own Thronefastian narrative. The Burning Sanctum was destroyed by the Ravaging Lord and it was the hand of King Avendyr that brought about the end of the Deicide War, leaving the Ogre and Myr Sanctum in ashes. Thus, the longstanding name of the Burning Sanctum was written for a time as the Ashen Sanctum. As the true account of the war was harder to erase than they had believed, the Keeper’s have been busy removing the references, whitewashing their own misdeeds.
The Keepers have also always bred in Men a hatred for the followers of Lycus, the Lycandrell. The reason behind their disdane is unknown, however if the Lycandrell’s real purpose is to commune with their deity and learn all knowledge of Terminus, it would fall that this could point out the discrepancies in their stories compared to the Keepers. A couple come to mind.
The Keepers accounts are full of comments that are anti-Ogre in nature. They speak of the Ogre and Myr of being so selfish as to not assist any other races in the Deicide War “IF” they were only given the chance. A direct quote from the Keepers: “It seemed an easy victory, which under normal terms would have perhaps granted these two members[being Ogre and Myr] a total triumph (which they likely would have not announced to the remaining four).” And the story of the grandness of Avendyr when reuniting with the Sacred Six on the island of Vesu after then end of the Deicide War. King Avendyr was said to sorrow over the loss of their comrades, the Ogre and Myr, as their banners no longer were flying on the shores where their oaths had taken place. Let us not forget that the Ogre were entrenched in continual fighting with the Wos Che on their border who had remained unscathed through the Deicide War, having the Burning Sanctum as a natural buffer between them and the Revenant army. A lapse in protection would have seen the Wos Che gain territory from the Ogres. And the obvious question would be why the Ogre would not tout their win, but still make the trip all the way to Vesu just to retrieve their standard. The more likely telling of the facts known would be that Avendyr, seeing his opportunity to claim victory, pitted those with the greater and more powerful armies as the outcasts of the fellowship of the Sacred Six, turning the Archai, Dwarves, and Elves against the Ogre and Myr. It seems more likely that Avendyr himself would tear the standards down to lay claim to a victory that was not his own. And it is written about Avendyr in that moment by the Keepers, meaning it for other purposes: “It is perhaps wise to briefly return the narrative to Vesu and King Avendyr, whose vision for what his people must become was said to be crystallized in that hour on the aloof island. For there is no figure who so altered the future of his own race or Terminus at large than the Human leader.” How telling a few words can be.
It is indeed tragic that the Keepers of this age are so bought by the wealth and comraderie of the Thronefastian crown that they could seep lies and usurpations into the true accounts of history for the glory of Men. I trust you will do your own research, and with great care, to unmask the misdeeds of the Keepers of our time and the corrupt house they speak for.
Benonai, leader of the Resistance Against the Corrupt House of Amensol
H. Weissen Thalesred shakes his head disapprovingly, muttering to himself, "If the Wolfkin were fighting for the Ravaging Lord, they weren't fighting for Lycus. Why would they boast about a victory only gained at the behest of another? Tis a mark of shame in primitive cultures such as theirs. No, I have seen these billots posted here and there, and naturally as a person of great intellectual curiosity engaged myself in reading them. The rambling paragraphs contained upon the page are based on a fallacy and presumption that a people would name a thing based on the temporary state of being on fire. Utter folly. I wonder at myself that I yet bother to read the babble scrawled herein."
Reaching his arm for the posted scroll, he snatches it down and, with a cursory glance to ensure his privacy, slips the rolled up parchment into one of many folds in his robe, and strolls casually away.