Destroyed: Samhain

Domain Summary

This domain is destroyed and, therefore, not playable. This is included for historical reference.

The Domain of the Dancing Dead, in what was once New Orleans, was once vibrant and full of celebration and culture. Since the War of Aether, it now stands as an empty ruin wracked by obliviating shadows of its former self.

Dominant Races

Formerly populated by all races, though Wraiths and Vampires were the most predominant

Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 0
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 6
  • Dreaming - Mists 7 (Far Dreaming - Mists 4, Deep Dreaming - Mists 7) / Banality 8
  • High Umbra - Periphery 5

Historical Information

The domain of the dancing dead, lead by the Beggar Lord Lucien Montague, was a place unlike any other. Life was short, and an unfortunate death waited around every corner. Everyone in Samhain knew it, so they lived to the fullest. A den of iniquity and pleasure, Samhain was Dischordia's party destination. However, running such an enterprise creates debts... which Samhain never paid. Tensions rose between Samhain and other domains, nearly inciting war with Aranta-Shadur. Appalachia, ally to both, paid Samhain’s debt, taking favor from the Beggar Lord instead of wealth.

Fall and Rise of Samhain

Dystopian Joseph Mengsk declared war on the neighboring domain of Samhain. He did so without the approval, or military backing, of his superiors and lords. Mengsk felt he did not need it, believing he could conquer through intimidation alone. He threatened to destroy them if they did not surrender. The nobles of Samhain refused, calling his bluff, but Mengsk had not been bluffing. He pressed the button to launch a barrage of missiles.

Read more: (Founder Era) Fall and Rise of Samhain

Domain of the Dead Joins Samhain

The Domain of the Dead was unable to survive on its own during 250-year Maelstroms. They had little recourse but to join the only ally they had left: Samhain. Some of their nobles disagreed with this decision. Those dissidents broke their Oaths and fled to join with the Society of Deus.

Samhain's Surveyors

Though Samhain conquered some small territory for their domain, they focused instead on the darker secrets of the wastelands. Finding a gallery of ghost and demons in Haiti, they summoned the spiritual might there to fortify themselves. During a visit to an open court of their enemy, Valley of the King, Squire Pula Hev’Aber, Oracle of Balor, forced their enemy to fold single-handed. Her cunning ploy also killed two members of Empyrean Dysambigua in the process.

Aether Strikes

The Domain of the Dead remained a primary target for Nul and the Kingdom of Aether. Nul recalled the insult paid to him by their nobles. Nul’s first strike was to seek revenge upon the Ashen Lady and those who supported her. Darkness and silence consumed the Domain of the Dead and Samhain. The Beggar Lord of Samhain became lost in the labyrinth and, without his power, the domain of Samhain fell. Many brave souls fought against the darkness, but the curse of Samhain proved to be their undoing. Survivors fled as refugees to other kingdoms. Many followed Princess Maeve to the safety and security of her late husband's Imperial domain.

Read more: (War of Aether)

The Rescue of Lucian Montague

Decades passed after the destruction of Samhain and Lucian's imprisonment in the Labyrinth. A Vancouver noble, James Virgil Swain, sought to rescue Lucian and once again resurrect his domain. He hoped to advance his own title and gain the favor of a Death Lord in the process. Ignoring the danger, Swain entered the Labyrinth to locate Lucian.

Read more: (Court of Empires) The Rescue of Lucian Montague