Aether

This is an NPC only Kingdom

Kingdom Summary

Humanity has a primordial fear of the darkness, and the seventh age is one of fears made manifest. The world is full of terror and suffering, but there is little that inspires more dread across the world than the Kingdom of Aether. Everyone, from the lowest peasant to the loftiest noble, harbors some nightmare in their heart that the abyssal lord Nul will turn his gaze upon them. The Aether is a kingdom of darkness and the essence of the Abyss and Oblivion made manifest on Earth. Populated by the fallen of every species, many believe the Kingdom of Aether seeks to destroy the universe and bring about everlasting darkness.

Dominant Races

Nephandi, Abyssal Demons, Fallen Vampires, Spectres, Black Spiral Dancers - the fallen and wyrm-touched of every species, who advance the cause of destruction and the final death spiral of the Earth.

Politics & NPCs

Little is known about the structure of power within the Kingdom of Aether, or if there even is a structure. Only a few individuals from that Kingdom have thus far been identified, offering only a faint glimpse of their politics.

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Allies

Iron Lotus, Stygian Alliance, Vechnyy Uzhas

Enemies

AvalonDischordia, Jukurrpa, Ukhu Amarumaya

Umbral Realms

Low Umbra - Shroud 5 (Oblivion - Shroud 0)
Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 3 (Abyss - Gauntlet 0, Malfeas - Gauntlet 2, Atrocity Realm - Gauntlet 3)
Dreaming - Mists 10 / Banality 10
High Umbra - Periphery 8 (Afterworlds (Hell) - Periphery 6)

Kingdom Views

I am that which came before and shall follow after. I am your father and your destroyer, architect of your destiny. You have known me by many names, O my children, but you know not the slightest part of my power. Submit to me and know the bounty of my love. Defy me and suffer the agonies of my boundless wrath. I am come to tell you the secret of life, the secret of death. The secret of heaven and earth, I am god. I am nothing. I am life. I am the apotheosis of world creation, I am the aim of aims, the end of ends. The world came from Nothing and to Nothing it must return. That which is created must be destroyed. The cycle once broken has been restored. We are the necessary balance. We are inevitability. We will end all strife, all struggle, all suffering. All kingdoms unite in the end. We will ease Reality’s passing into the Void. All light fades, and Nothing lasts forever.

Historical Information

War It Is

Nobles of Dischordia sparked an international incident, offending the Kingdom of Aether. Their king, Nul, responded with a declaration of war.

Read more: (Foundation Era) War It Is

Aether Strikes

After 250 years of silence from the Kingdom of Aether, many forgot the threat Nul levied that night so long ago. Then, in the span of a single night, Nul struck at every domain and kingdom. He inflicted crippling wounds against many domain lords, and few escaped unscathed.

Read more: (War of Aether) Aether Strikes

Aether Withdraws

During the War of Aether, the touch of the Abyss blackened cities in every kingdom. For twenty years the Abyss brought darkness and terror upon the world. Then, without warning, the tide of darkness receded.

Read more: (War of Aether) Aether Withdraws

Court of Empires Convenes

High King Balor and Dischordia weathered the War of Aether better than most. In its aftermath, they began the Court of Empires. By opening diplomacy with other kingdoms, Dischordia hoped to completely defeat the Aether

Read more: (Court of Empires) Convenes

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed. Dischordian nobles learned of a dark ritual planned by the Prince Alyosha Buljiev. In response, Dischordia launched a coordinated attack on Buljiev's domain of Carpathia. Their attack, seen by Lazarus' Empire as unprovoked, precipitated the conflict. The hostility between the two kingdoms erupted into the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

Read more: (War of Maelstrom's Rebuke; Aether)

The Sublime Cataclysm

The tides of the war began to turn to their enemy’s favor. The Dischordian lords of prepared a spectacular attack to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, a master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual the kingdom had ever seen. New Faith ritualists, students of the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists gathered from all domains aided him. The sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm struck, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory. Millions perished in an instant, as the realms destroyed immense swaths of land.

Read more: (Sublime Cataclysm)

Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

The war ended one year, to the day, after the events which marked its beginning. Delegates from Dischordia and Lazarus met to solidify a treaty and bring the war to a close. Every kingdom sent diplomats to witness the signing, but each had ulterior motives. Each hoped to see their kingdom's goals reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed terms of ceasefire, such as returning prisoners and withdrawing troops. Yet it also contained several initiatives which advanced specific agendas.

Read more: (Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke; Aether)