Valley of the King

Domain Summary

The citizens of the Valley of the King are, one and all, followers of King Pascal, now ascended to divinity as the God of Sacrifice. Only a small portion of the Valley exists in this reality. A majority of it bleeds through from the Shadowlands where over thousands of years Pascal and his loyal followers have been carving their own underworld kingdom. Underground it is a lush cavernous jungle with ancient structures rising high in the impossibly large earthen wombs. It truly is a wondrous sight to behold.

Dominant Races

Shifter and Mummy

Costuming Archetypes

Mayan Priest, Aztec Warrior, Modern Mayan Merchant, Post Apocalyptic Tribal

Politics & NPCs

All Hail King Pascal, the Resurrected Lord! Prior to his ascension as the God of Sacrifice, the wise King Pascal chose Sadiki, his trusted advisor for the past several centuries, to succeed him as the Domain Lord of the Valley. None would challenge the wisdom of this decision. 

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Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 1
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 3
  • Dreaming - Mists 1
  • High Umbra - Periphery 4

Historical Information

Rise of King Pascal

In the early 20th century explorers in the Death Valley region stumbled onto a rare find. While traversing the caverns of giant crystal they came upon a chamber that held artifacts of Egyptian and Pre-columbian origins. But once leaving the site they could not return to find it again.

When the Shroud fell Pascal was ready. With the prophecy fulfilled and the age of man at an end, a new era has arisen. With his Masters of Time, King Pascal knew this day would come. He knew the oceans would inundate the shores. He knew earthquakes and volcanoes would reshape the lands. He knew mankind would fall. So he prepared for this very day to arrive. He had preserved a Kingdom of balance and order through the gates to Xibalba. Here he ruled his people, many of whom were sacrificed for his glory. But when the sun rose black each of them stepped back into this world.

Pascal's Introduction to Dischordia

King Pascal’s first exposure to the courts of Dischordia, and vice versa, was due to an invitation by the ambitious Boggan, Alice MacGregor of Appalachia, who sought to establish relations with the wealthy Pascal. Though Pascal determined that Dischordia was a bit too chaotic for his balanced sensibilities and chose not to join at that time, he did enjoy a close relationship with his neighbors in the New Faith, Vancouver, and Sept of the Black Sun.

A Western Coalition

At the dawn of Dischordia, Empyrean Dysambigua's composite domains each existed independently. What would later become the Empyrean Dysambigua began as a joint effort of the New Faith, Vancouver, and Archive, to bring Pascal into Dischordia and form a strong alliance dominating the western half of Dischordia. Strengthening ties between the New Faith and the lords of Vancouver, it was not long before the two domains merged, with Bistri retaining the seat of Domain Lord, and the Empyrean Dysambigua was formed. As the Archive began to falter, Bistri saw another opportunity to expand his power and bring the Western Coalition to fruition. In the end, however, the enigmatic Praenomen chose to snub Bistri's offers and swear under the banner of Devil Anse Hatfield of Appalachia. This insult sparked a centuries-long feud between them and an animosity between Empyrean Dysambigua and the Appalachian Alliance that constantly teetered on the brink of war. Though the Valley of the King remained closely aligned with the new Empyrean Dysambigua, they did not yet join Dischordia, instead absorbing the Sept of the Black Sun and shielding it from aggressive Dischordian domains, for a time.

Xibalba War

The alliance between the New Faith and Valley of the King would ultimately put them in peril from the neighboring kingdom of Aztlan, who was determined to destroy Pascal for past transgressions. Near the end of the first year, Pascal sent his first official representative to alert his new allies to an invasion force mounting on Aztlan's northern border and preparing to march through the New Faith to reach the Valley of the King. The New Faith agreed to aid in defending Pascal from this attack. Though they were victorious against the Xibalban armies of the dead, James Einsbrook did not survive. He was slain by a fellow New Faith noble, Jibril, under possession by a Xibalban wraith. Though the New Faith's aid and sacrifice strengthened their alliance with the Valley of the King, Pascal yet maintained his independence.

Surveyor's Court

Early in the Era of the Surveyors, the Valley of the King came into the fold as one of the Kingdoms of Balor, and with it came the Sept of the Black Sun. The imperials demanded that the newly united kingdom follow the long standing laws of fealty. and so it was decided that Pascal would be given the honor of ownership of the domain as it stood so long as his promise of the sept’s safety and and security of its natural resources was kept and Uzumati would be his second ruling over the Sept itself. However, Pascal, pursue godhood instead of rulership, bowed to one of the Septs long time enemies, the New Faith, now the seat of power of the Empyrean Dysambigua. This would go on to cause much outrage from the Sept. But Pascal did not hear their cries of betrayal. Pascal simply sat waiting in contemplation, as he always had, for a time when balance would be achieved. Through this he made certain the natural resources of the Sept stayed unmolested keeping his word to Uzimati. All the while the Sept begrudging a decision that was never theirs to make in the first place.

However, Valley of the King, through lack of representation at court, failed to seize territory for their domain. One of their nobles, Marco, invited a noble from an enemy territory, Pula Hev’Aber of Samhain, to their court, and this foolish act hastened their decline. But where Marco failed, he also succeeded in using Valley of the King’s vast wealth to abuse Appalachia’s economic system, gaining 600,000 souls for his own use, and showing Dischordia the imbalance of their ways. In his gambit, Marco had gained the most powerful army in Dischordia and the intense scrutiny of the Imperials. Meanwhile, the slaver, Sir Helchon the Frozen of House Balor, was put to death for his greed. Even despite such an impressive gain, it did not stop the Valley of the King from folding and King Pascal, already allied with Empyrean Dysambigua, to join with them fully. The Sept of the Black Sun, a staunch supporter of Pascal, was highly displeased by joining the Empyrean Dysambigua. A seed planted that day would bear bitter fruit in the years to come.

Odin Returns

During the War of Aether, Odin returned to the Wolves of the North, after two and a half centuries of wandering, and sought to break from the control of the Society of Deus. Heimdall was the first to foresee Odin's return, and when word of this reached Verkonis, he was gripped with awe, disbelief, and fear. As Odin rode down from the sky on Sleipnir, all present fell to one knee as he passed walking to the long house where Verkonis sat on Odin’s throne. Odin did not give Verkonis the chance to utter a single word, and ended him with a single lightning-quick blow to the heart with his spear. The Wolves knew their time as subordinates was over, and quickly set to their rebellion with a wave of Odin’s hand.

High Pontiff Bistri of Empyrean Dysambigua saw an opportunity to expand his power and hold over the combined faith of Dischordia. As the Wolves split from Ordo Trismegistus, he sent emissaries offering hands of friendship to the Wolves, inviting Odin to merge his pantheon with that of the Faithful. Uzumati, lord of the Sept of Black Sun, saw such efforts as an act of subjugation rather than benevolence, warning the the Wolves that Bistri only sought spread his own power. Refusing to allow Bistri to oppress another wyld domain, Uzumati broke his oaths to Pascal, and the greater domain of Empyrean and fought alongside the Wolves in their rebellion. Though the battle ended in stalemate, the Sept had rekindled a strong alliance with the Wolves, and aided them in achieving their independence. Floki extended a hand of friendship to Uzumati and the Sept of Black Sun joined with the Wolves of the North. Uzumati also earned the ire of King Bistri and King Pascal, as well as the lords of the Ordo Trismegistus. Not one to allow such insults to go unanswered, Bistri declared the Wolves of the North and Sept of the Black Sun to be enemies of Empyrean Dysambigua, and demanding Uzumati’s corpse as a stuffed trophy. He wouldn’t turn down Odin’s other eye, either. Losing the Sept of the Black Sun to Odin and the Wolves displeased Pascal. Uzumati, one that Pascal had aided in the past, was shown to be an oathbreaker. Disappointed, yet resolute, Pascal closed his borders to the Wolves while he pondered how to deal with Uzumati. The Imperial Divide became contentious territory between the Wolves of the North and Empyrean Dysambigua.

Pascal, God of Sacrifice

The kingdoms of Aztlan and Ukhu Amarumaya were openly hostile towards Dischordia throughout the Court of Empires. As with the Xibalba War centuries earlier, Pascal was the focus of much of their animosity, and their ambassadors levied accusations against him of theft and treason against their kingdoms. While Dischordia’s courtiers tried in vain to find a diplomatic solution to their grievances, they insisted that only Pascal returning to face judgement could ease the discontent between the kingdoms.

During the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke, many were concerned that Aztlan would join the conflict on behalf of their ally. Hoping to avoid a war on multiple fronts, efforts were made to persuade Pascal to sacrifice himself for the good of Dischordia. Pascal agreed, but put his own plans into motion. Empowered by rituals of the New Faith and the sacrifice of tens of thousands of his loyal followers, Pascal used his own sacrifice as the catalyst to achieve his goal of ascending to godhood, becoming the God of Sacrifice. Although Dischordia delivered Pascal into Aztlan’s hands, his ascension robbed them of the vengeance they sought. Though Aztlan honored their part of the agreement and remained out of the war, they blamed Dischordia for denying their vengeance on Pascal and remained hostile

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 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.

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.

As much as Aztlan detested the idea that their enemy, Pascal, had ascended to godhood, the fact of his divinity could not be denied. After months of internal debate, Aztlan’s leadership chose to make a diplomatic gesture. As the war came to a close, they proposed an initiative to the Treaty which would accept Pascal into their Pantheon and validate his method of sacrifice. If approved, it might well have bridged centuries of hostility between the neighboring kingdoms. The initiative was rejected, however, for which Aztlan blamed Dischordia, and the two kingdoms once again remained enemies.