|The boneyard grows...|
But in terms of ChaoticFrederick's ongoing Dark Sun game, I've been expecting death. My character, Actorios, was built to experience and play through a "tragic downfall", as he replicates (in his own, DS-filtered way) the path of Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone. To be honest, I've expected Actorios to die. His lust for power, his constant manipulation of rival factions, and the wake of enemies left behind him will inevitably catch up with him at some point. I've accepted this. I've even started planning my next character...which I'll divulge a little later. Needless to say, it's going to capitalize more than a little on Actorios' pathos.
But, what I wasn't ready for was the actuall fall itself. You see, friends and neighbors, I was able to prepare for the death of Actorios, even though it hasn't come.
What I haven't been able to prepare for, was the death of his entire homeland.Cast out into Athas and exiled, in response for crimes against his kind. Actorios as a character is embittered. He wants desperately to be the "hero" he was destined to become while Crown Prince, but hates his own race and their shortsightedness. Mind you, it's actually Actorios being shortsighted...he just is so arrogant that he'd never admit his wrong.
So, when the opportunity arose to bring water to Athas, in the form of a massive sea, Actorios leapt onto the quest. But the sacrifices that must be made? The actual Feywild must die. Yes. Not just an individual, a city, or even a nation. An entire plane must die, to bring water to Athas. The Land Between the Winds must be defiled, in its entirety, using a series of spellshards created by Andropinis, Sorcerer-King of Balic.
|The fall of Theleb Orethia...|
You see, friends and neighbors, our last session completed this arc of our quest. Our characters traveled to the last location of the Feywild, and defiled it away. Theleb Orethia--Actorios' home kingdom--is nothing but ash now...because of him.
This has really represented a turning point for how I've been playing this character. For the first time, Actorios has begun to wonder "Was the price of power, of heroism, actually worth this price?" Mind you, it's all moot point now. All that remains of Theleb Orethia, New Samarthia, and the rest of the Lands Between the Winds now resides as pure arcane energy in the spellshards of Andropinis.
|Was it worth it, Actorios?|