The Final Game: A Story of Selenia From the Annals of the Scholar Jahoris Whortleby, regarding the days of the Upheaval The world of Selenia looks peaceful from on high. And it is, the world has not seen war in many long years. Humans have spread across much of the surface but avoid the deep woods and mountains, those are the realms of the Elves and Dwarves respectively. Around the fringes of the human lands Orcs, Goblins, and other small creatures from wars past raid to survive. Only occasionally raiding the surface the Drow occupy the deep underground. Most kingdoms of man have their own minor skirmishes from time to time and, on occasion, the mages and wizards of the various kingdoms have their own feuds which can resculpt the landscape around them. “Roll the dice, Fate, choose your hero…” The realm of the Gods stood outside the mortal realm but that did not mean that the Gods did not care about the affairs of the various races. Instead they did what many suspected they did, played games with the sentient beings of their world. If one could be an observer in that realm they would see several of the Gods seated around a table; what appeared to be a map of Selenia set out before them. The remaining Gods surrounded the table chatting and betting on the outcome of the game about to begin. Thunder rumbled across the mountains that were called the Spine of Selenia, to mortals that was all it was but truly it was Fate making her roll. Night black eyes crinkled at the corners of her face as the numbers came up and she reached into a pocket. Pulling out a figurine that looked dusty with age, she blew off the dust, and set it upon the highest peak of the Spine. “That’s not fair, those are all dead!!!” came from the mutters of the crowd around the table. “Says who?” Fate asked calmly, as she stroked a long nail down the spine and tail of the golden dragon figure she had set down. She turned to the beautiful female seated next to her, “Your turn, Lady.” and handed her the dice. The Lady smiled softly, nodding to Fate, as she took the dice, blew on them for a moment, and then rolled them, again thunder rumbling across the landscape of Selenia. The small smile stayed on her face as she saw the numbers that came up. Reaching into her pocket, she took out a smaller figurine than Fate had set down, shining as it took its position in the city of Oriaburg, capital of the Human kingdom of Uthium. “A paladin, to counter your Dragon…” She passed the dice to the next God at the table, patting the hand of the male God who stood behind her, his hand on her shoulder. The following Goddess, lithe yet calm of demeanor, took their role, observing the numbers that came up, a soft smile, and then a middling height Wizard figure joined the first two unsurprisingly placing him near the Tower of Knowledge in Edocaster. Passing the dice to a pale, shorter but just as lithe figure, she smiled as that Goddess took the dice. Blowing on them as the Lady had, she rolled. In short order, a small, brown Wood Elf took its place in the forests of the smallest continent on the map, Eosucera. The dice passed from her small hands to a tall, dark figure, yellow eyes winking at her as he shook them in his hands, then rolled. A bark of laughter came from him and then he took from his belt the figurine of his champion, a dark figure, a Drow. Placing it close to that of the Wood Elf he smiled once more and then passed the dice to the next figure, having to rap him on the knuckles to take them, as drunk as that figure was. The drunken God rolled the dice, chuckling as one ended up under the table and another had to be surreptitiously removed from the front of the Lady’s gown, earning him a frown from the one standing behind her. At the sight of the numbers, he belched, then pulled a sodden figure from his tankard, droplets of drink flying everywhere as he shook it to dry, then setting it near the mountains of the Eastern continent of Tiocreron, a dwarf in the dwarven land of Kazamy. Drunkenness seemed to continue as the next, smaller than the average God, figure took up the dice, a hiccup as he rolled them. A chuckle sounded from his lips as the dice bounced all around the table and map until they finally came to a stop in the middle of the seas. Smiling, he reached into his tabard and pulled out his figurine, placing it near the southern shore of Tiocreron, before handing the dice to the Goddess sitting next to him. She took them with an enigmatic smile, the dice hovering just over her palm as she shook them, before casting them out. They rose through the air, on shimmering parabolas before settling down on the table without a sound. At the numbers that came up her smile never faltered as she snapped her fingers and a figurine appeared in the deep forests, near the border of Qedraerhiel and Paia, on Tiocreron. The final God at the table, chief among all the Gods, gazed down at the table, a broad smile on his face as he took in the placement of the other Gods’ champions, “Fate, as always, you chose to try to play the odds, and possibly create the perfect situation for the others to either band together or fight each other as they attempt to stop you.” He rolled the dice himself, unsurprisingly topping out the points he could achieve as he did so. Reaching into his robes the figurine was hidden in his hand at first, “But, this game, I desire to be the one to throw the twist into the game.” He set the figurine down, in the water of the ocean along the coastline of the largest continent of Tiocreron. A chuckle at the outcries and gasps of those at the table as well as those gathered around it escaped his lips. “Never expected me to play the Destroyer already, did you? Now you all must choose, work together or not, but Fate’s dragon is of less concern than the potential of the End of the World.” With that, he sat back, a small smile on his face, waiting for the first round of the game to begin. TAGS: @Sinrebirth, @Adalia-Durron, @greyjedi125, @Shadowsun, @Kurisan, @Corellian_Outrider, @galactic-vagabond422, @Ktala, @TheAdmiral OOC: You are not required to respond to this first post, but if you desire an initial, solo, introduction of your character post before the first update and beginning of the game post goes up on the 1st you may.