Unicorn Faction library holds very little on Nihon. Unicorn
traders have covered all of the Heartlands and often a
little beyond, but their forays into Nihon have given
them no information about the Siam.
Rowan obtained us access to the Great Library that has
a lot more information on Nihon, and we found a book that
relates to three powerful Oni (demons) who’s essence
was put into a beacon that was sealed in a magical chest.
The full story goes along these lines:
times long foretold, there was a great Ancestor, followed
by many thousands of followers that lived in the deep
forests of ancient Nihon. This Ancestor represented all
to his people, the epitome of perfection to which they
all hoped to aspire to. His people followed him without
hesitation and did all that he might ask for and worshipped
him. In return he helped those that struggled and remonstrated
those who were prideful, and looked on his people as his
children. This Ancestor was known as, roughly translated
of course, the Father of All. He walked amongst his people
and all was good in their part of the world.
a corruption entered into the great forest of the West
where the Father of All lived. This corruption was that
of Oni, Demons from beyond knowledge that entered through
the Void Deeps where the eternal barrier that stops this
world’s corruption by the void was weakest. The
demons started to corrupt those that lived in the land
and through them the Father of All.
Father of All became twisted, prideful himself and arrogant
over all his followers. Instead of asking, he now ordered.
Instead of correcting, he now punished. His people became
more broken and corrupt through his dealings with them
and, in turn, he became more corrupt from his people’s
corruption. Soon the great forests were awash with murder
and thievery as all preyed off one another.
Emperor, may the Ancestors bless his name, saw this corruption
and sent his finest Samurai to eradicate those thieves
and murderers. However, he had not known of the Father
of All’s corruption and his Samurai were thrown
back in disarray at the Father’s great power. The
Oni had overcome him completely and he was now as of them.
He called up the dead to life and soon the forests were
awash with an evil of great power.
Emperor called on the power of the Ancestors and took
his priests into the forest to destroy the corruption
that had spread. They laid the unliving back to rest and
marched on the Father of All in an attempt to root him
and those that he controlled from the forests and rid
the Empire of his taint. The Emperor fought for many days.
His priests and Samurai valiantly wadded hip deep through
bodies of the unliving and those that followed the Father
they came to where the corruption of the Father of All
walked freely. Around him stood a legion of unliving,
but they were but a wave of petals against the blade of
the Empire and were washed away by the cleansing magic
of his priests. Soon the Father of All stood alone, but
he was unperturbed by the Emperor. He summoned magics
powerful enough to rip a Samurai’s head from his
shoulders, to corrupt the patterns of any he struck armoured
or not, and to raise all those that fell around him as
his minions. Weapons and magic could not harm him, except
for the Ancestral blade of the Emperor that was dedicated
to the defence of the Empire.
Emperor gathered his priests about him, and summoned their
powers in an almighty stream of Ancestral might. This
filled the Father of All with the wrath of all the Emperors
of Nihon and in a blinding flash the Father of All was
blown into pieces.
However, this was not to be so easy a victory. As they
watched, the head of the Father of all sprang a new body
that pulsed with magical energy. His chest and arms grew
a new head and legs and became hugely muscled. The pattern
of the Father of All emerged from all else that remained
of the pieces and formed a shape clouded in a dark cloak.
Floating between these three beings was a light that glowed
with blackness, for it was the essence of the Father of
All, enriched by the belief of his followers.
The Emperor struck each of the beings again with the power
of his priests, and each time they vanished only to reform
once more. Seeing that he could not destroy the Father
of All as long as he had followers, he used the power
of the Ancestors to seize control of the essence of the
Father of All and bound it into the torch that he held
in his hand. He then sealed the beacon in a magical box
to stop the Father from All’s essence from escaping.
With his essence contained the Emperor managed to send
the body, mind and pattern of the Father of All into the
void for all eternity, for as long as the Essence of the
Father of All was kept sealed away.
box was then placed within a shrine to the Fortune’s
to be guarded by its priests. This shrine was sadly destroyed
when the Fire of the Ancestors rained down on Nihon and
the Xia left.”
As written By Lady
Elmeira and Denny Tasselmouth