Fall of Ardneh and Reordering of the Planes

The Armies of Darkness and Evil marched forth to put an end to all that was Good once and for all. The Demon Prince Orcus had finally rallied all forces of evil under one banner, and had put a (temporary) end to their petty bickering for the cause of marching against Ardneh. At stake was total domination over the world. Devils, daemons, and unquiet spirits rushed forth onto the world and assaulted the unsuspecting denizens. “Havoc!” was the battlecry, and entire continents in of the Material Plane were in ruins by the time Ardneh could muster his troops. On the arid mesas of Maggido, Ardneh arrayed his legions, and led his troops in the charge against Orcus. In a battle that lasted 13 days, Orcus and Arneh locked themselves in fierce melee, with their respective armies wreaking destruction all around. At dusk on the 13th evening, Ardneh summoned all his remaining strength and with a mighty roar he tackled Orcus over the edge of a great cliff. As they hit the ground, Ardneh gave up his spirit and caused all the magics he possessed to explode from him in one fell moment. His sacrifice consumed and released the essence of both Orcus and himself, and caused a holocaust so great that laid waste to regions far beyond the battle…

It was with this great explosion that it is said all magics were introduced into the world, the good magics from Ardneh’s form and malevolent from Orcus’. And in his final moment Arneh put seals between the Planes so that Evil could never again muster such a force. The area of greatest desolation, he sealed off as the Shadow Plane and cursed the dead to walk there. In the area only inhabitable by the extremely hardy, he placed the remaining demons and angels, and called it the Ethereal. The area left all but unscathed from the devastation, he left for the other sentient beings. Although the backwash of the fiery finale all but obliterated these beings from the Material Plane, some creatures did survive and begin to repopulate the Plane…

History of the World Part I

Fall of Ardneh and Reordering of the Planes

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