Friday, 30 October 2009

Artifact: Deicide

About five hundred years before the Covenant, emperor Flavus Pentagenal of the Scythian Empire, led his legions against the worshipers of the deity Xuul. In a campaign that lasted five years he destroyed every temple to the god. The Godslayer War ended when the emperor's adopted son, Ares Demagos, slew Xuul in the battle of God's Demise. Ares himself was killed in the battle, but he was quickly beatified by the Cult of Homo Invictus.

His sword, Deicide, was wielded in battle by Scythian emperors over the next three centuries, until it was lost at the defeat of emperor Emanius in 177 BC at the hands of the Worlock. It was not recovered until 53 BC, when the Worlock's fortress Delmangar fell to the Scythian legions under command of Emanius' grandson Vigorio.

In the last years of the Second World War, Vigorio, armed with the Godslayer, pacified all enemy forces on the Southern Shores of Ahriman. As his power grew, so did the strength of the accusations against him, until YE 4, when he was captured after having made claims on the Imperial Throne. In the process that followed, Vigorio confessed allegiance with the heretical Vanjai Cult -- a circle of magicians who sought ascendancy to godhood -- and he himself believed that upon his death he would ascend. Such was not the case.

The Sword of Ares, Deicide, or Godslayer, was lost at Vigorio's death, but is believed to be in the custody of a semi-mythic brotherhood within the Temple of Man Supreme, the Inconnu. It has been said, most notably by the Second Century Aragonian chronicler and occultist Iñigo Serraliane, that the sword carries a piece of it's most notable victim, the god Xuul, and that it will consume the soul of it's vielder.

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