Avalon

This is an NPC only Kingdom

Kingdom Summary

Banners of House Danaan, the black dragon head on a red field, fly over the Kingdom of Avalon, ruled over by the legendary King Arthur Pendragon from the Court of Camelot at Tintagel. Here, the Pendragon preserves the legacy of the Tuatha de Danann, holding at bay the end of dreams in an uneasy truce with the Oblivion which rules over the Emerald Isles.

Dominant Races

Fae, Mages, Shifters of the Highland Sept, some Vampires in London

Politics & NPCs

King Arthur Pendragon, the last known King of House Danaan, oversees the British Isles with his Queen, Gwenhwyfar, at his side. He is advised by the legendary wizard, Merlin, and served by his Knights of the Round Table from his court at Camelot. Among his subjects is the Highland Sept of Scotland, Prince Mithras of London, and his half-sister (and persistent antagonist) Morgan le Fay.

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Allies

German Free StatesJade Empire, Jukurrpa

Enemies

Aether, Dischordia, Iron Lotus, Vechnyy Uzhas

Umbral Realms

Low Umbra - Shroud 7 (Shroud 3 on the Isle of Man)
Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 5 (Gauntlet 4 in the Highlands Sept, Legendary Realm - Gauntlet 3)
Dreaming - Mists 3 / Banality 3
High Umbra - Periphery 6 (Periphery 5 in London)

Kingdom Views

For every star in the sky, there is a path to be walked. For every dream in the night, there is a journey awaiting. I swear by the stars above and the dreams within to serve House Danaan, to guard the ways of the Dreaming and blaze new trails where none exist. I will guard the travelers, guide the Dreamers, and go on until there are no paths left to follow. This I swear, and may the dragon devour me in my dreams if I fail to keep my pledge.
The Fomorians have awoken. Arcadia has fallen. The world is plunged into a nightmare from which it may never awaken. For the promise of spring to bloom once again, the dreaming must be guarded, now more than ever, lest the darkness claim the dreamers in their sleep.

Historical Information

Fall of the Emerald Isles

Long ago, a sorceress named Carman laid waste to Ireland with her three sons, until she was defeated and captured by the Tuatha de Danann. For centuries she remained imprisoned, simultaneously tormented and empowered by the darkness of the Abyss into which she was bound. An eternity later, as the shroud fell, the walls of her prison grew soft, and Carmen escaped into the world once again. Finding a world in which no Tuatha remained to thwart her a second time, she renewed her attack against Ireland with the forces of the Aether at her command. The dark forces she wielded washed over Ireland once again, and the lush green Emerald Isles blackened under her corrupted touch.

The Legend Returns

In the early days of the Fall, dreams abandoned the world while a war raged within the Dreaming. Balor and his allies tore the gates of Arcadia asunder and laid waste to the paradise of the Fae. When Balor returned to the Autumn world, dreams flooded back as well, bringing forth nightmares of the deep dreaming with him. So too did the last known survivors of the Arcadian host return to the world. The Pendragon, the dreams of the Arthurian legend given form, rode forth from the Dreaming with his knights, flying the banners of House Danaan. From his kingdom of Camelot, he sought to reclaim the Emerald Isles, birthplace of the Tuatha de Danann, from the darkness which consumed it.

As humanity fought for its survival against the spirits of the dead, and Oblivion grew fat on the souls of the fallen, the Pendragon and his knights fought an impossible battle against the darkness itself. As tendrils of darkness crept into the rest of the British isles, threatening to corrupt even the Pendragon’s kingdom, the Pendragon found an ally against Oblivion. With the assistance of Lazarus’ kingdom, they prevented Carmen’s darkness from spreading to the rest of Brittania. Even with this victory, however, they were unable to reclaim the fallen Emerald Isles, and they entered an uneasy stalemate.

War of Aether

The stalemate between the Pendragon and Carmen lasted for two and a half centuries, until it was upset by the sudden return of Carmen’s sons, Dub, Dother, Dian. Their return, coinciding with Nul’s attacks on other kingdoms of the world, rekindled the Aether’s attacks on Brittania. Queen Guil of France offered her aid against the Aether, on the condition that the Pendragon kneel to her. The Pendragon refused, banished Guil from Avalon, and closed his borders to all other nobles of Lazarus’ Kingdom. Shortly thereafter, a new advisor, Dub, joined Guil’s retinue. When the War of Aether came to a close for the rest of the world, Brittania received no such reprieve.

Court of Empires

The Pendragon scoffed as the kingdoms of the world gathered in the aftermath of the War of Aether. For his kingdom, the war had not been a mere 20 years, nor had it truly ended. The Aether in the Emerald Isles were a continued and constant threat. Though his ally, Lazarus, sent ambassadors to the Court of Empires, the Pendragon kept his borders closed to all diplomacy. Many made an effort to open diplomatic relations with the Pendragon's kingdom, but he refused to allow the Aether to seduce others with its offers of power.

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed, and the longstanding hostility between those two kingdoms erupted into war. A coordinated attack by Dischordian nobles on the European domain of Carpathia and its lord, Alyosha Buljiev, precipitated the conflict, which would come to be called the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

The Pendragon ignored the war which engulfed Europe, instead remaining focused on the threat the Aether posed to his own kingdom. When one of Dischordia’s most accomplished military generals, Princess Myrum Scathach, marched her armies into Brittania, many in both kingdoms believed Dischordia's war had come to the Pendragon's doorstep. Much to everyone’s surprise, however, Scathach’s forces did not fight against the Pendragon's, but alongside them. For the first time in centuries, the darkness of the Emerald Isles was driven back. The combined forces of the Pendragon and Scathach liberated the Isle of Man from the Aether, gaining a valuable foothold in the Irish sea.

The Sublime Cataclysm

With the tides of the war turning quickly to their enemy’s favor, the Dischordian domain lords prepared a spectacular attack certain to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, unsurpassed master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual Dischordia had ever seen. Aided by New Faith ritualists, the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists assembled from every domain, the sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm impacted, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory, destroying immense swaths of land and destroying millions.

As Europe reeled from Dischordia's devastating attack, armies of Aether seized their chance to attack both of its weakened enemies. Territories which had fallen to darkness during the War of Aether now bled shadows like an open wound. Swarming forth from these tears in reality, the shrouded armies of Aether laid waste to surrounding areas. Shadow-eaten vampires, spectres, and darker things spead their chill touch, overrunning nearby cities and domains.

Though the Pendragon's lands were untouched by the falling Realms, a fact the Pendragon credits to his alliance with Princess Scathach, the sorceress of the shadowed isles of Ireland launched an attack against the Isle of Man, hoping to break the Pendragon's defenses and finally claim his kingdom. The combined might of the hosues Danaan and Scathach proved potent, however, and the attack was easily repelled. The unlikely allies counterattacked, driving their forces deep into the Irish mainland. The Aether Sorceress, Carmen, was grievously wounded in the attack, but her sons each slew a knight of Camelot, and forced the Pendragon to retreat. As the war came to a close, despite the Pendragon's near victory against the Aether, Carmen maintained her hold on the Shadowed Isles.

Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

In the aftermath of the cataclysm which ended the war, exactly one year after the events which marked its beginning, representatives from Dischordia and Lazarus met in Vancouver to solidify a treaty to bring an end to the hostilities and negotiate terms for a lasting peace. Diplomats from every kingdom were sent to witness the treaty, but each hoped to see their own agenda reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed the terms of the ceasefire, returning of prisoners of war and withdrawal of troops from occupied territories, but also contained several initiatives designed to further specific agenda.

With Lazarus’ apotheosis and departure from the mortal realm as the God of Death, the Pendragon’s alliance departed with him. The Pendragon sought his kingdom’s independence from the control of the Council of Stars and Queen Guil, neither of whom he trusted. However, his rival, Morgan le Fay, saw an opportunity to seize control of the kingdom for herself by allying with the Pendragon’s enemies. During the final treaty negotiations, however, the Pendragon was able to garner greater support for his independence from the nascent Stygian Alliance.

However, his achievement was tarnished by the same treaty accepting his longtime enemy, the Kingdom of Aether, into the Court of Empires. This, combined with the sacrifice of a Dischordian child to the darkness, has given his enemy greater power within the world. The two kingdoms have once again found themselves in a tense stalemate, their conflict no longer purely military and spiritual, but now also political.