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the Book of Sunlight

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(I'll just add more entries later on)

Gwyn 1

In the Age of Ancients, the world was unformed, shrouded by fog. A land of gray crags, Archtrees and Everlasting Dragons. But then there was Fire - and with fire came disparity. Heat and cold, life and death, and of course, light and dark. Then from the dark, They came and found the Souls of Lords within the flame. Nito, the First of the Dead, The Witch of Izalith and her Daughters of Chaos, Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, and his faithful knights. And the Furtive Pygmy, so easily forgotten.

The Lords and the men who followed them created the kingdom of Lordran, of which the Lord of Sunlight ruled over. The Lord of Sunlight married Velka, who birthed three children: The Firstborn, Gwynevere and Gwyndolin.

Seath, jealous over his brothers for their stone scales, conspired with men to overthrow the Dragons. Velka drew close to Seath, and birthed the crossbreed, Priscilla. The Lord of Sunlight grew furious with rage and locked Priscilla away in a painting. Displeased with his father's actions, the Firstborn rebelled against his father. His deific status as a God of War was rescinded, and all traces of his existence was erased from the world. Velka continued to exist as the Goddess of Sin, to forever remind her of her betrayal.

Vexed with the disloyalty of Velka, Gwyn challenged the Dragons. His mighty bolts peeled apart their stone scales. The Witches weaved great firestorms. Nito unleashed a miasma of death and disease, and Seath the Scaleless betrayed his own, and the Dragons slithered back into the crags.

Thus began the Age of Fire. But soon the flames will fade and only Dark will remain. Even now there are only embers, and man sees not light, but only endless nights. And amongst the living are seen, carriers of the accursed Darksign.

To prevent the coming age of dark, the Lord of Sunlight sought the Kiln of the First Flame, where he began artificially extending the life of the flame by sacrificing the power of his own soul. As Gwyn feared man, so did man fear change, and the Kingseeker Frampt began searching for heroes with powerful souls to take Gwyn's place to keep the age of man, and the carriers of Lord Souls in power.

As the first flame, where the powerful Lord souls were found began to fade, the deities of Anor Londo began exodus. The Darkmoon and son of Gwyn yet raised as a daughter, Gwyndolin, stayed in Anor Londo to keep the facade of the power of the sun.


Edited by Solaire, 21 January 2017 - 10:15 PM.

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Gwyn 2

 

As Lord Gwyn sought to keep the first flame alight, he inadvertently created the curse of undeath. Linking his soul to the first flame triggered men to be born with the darksign, the mark of undeath. As men continued to die repeatedly, so too did their humanity. The curse of undeath is explained as thus:

 

A man is born, branded with the curse of the darksign. As he dies, he is reborn at one of the many bonfires in the world, albeit with a loss of his humanity. Humanity, the essence of man, is essentially their sanity, and men who died repeatedly began to become hollow. Hollow men do not eat, sleep or interact with one another, they simply seek to gain souls, even by killing their fellow man. Humanity is the soul of man, and as hollow men begin to lose their humanity, so too do they lose their souls. Humanity lost as a result of undeath becomes a part of the ever-growing abyss

 

Gwyn, locked away in the kiln of the first flame in his attempt to extend the age of fire, branded with the first darksign. As he repeatedly links the flame, every time the flame becomes ever weaker due to the loss of Gwyn's humanity, his soul. As he understood his sanity was fading, he called upon his loyal servant and primordial serpent, Frampt, to seek out a new and powerful soul to extend the life of the flame. 

 

Gwyndolin, Gwyn's son raised as a daughter for his affinity for the moon, was loyal to his father's cause and held onto the Lordvessel. The Lordvessel is a carrier of powerful Lord Souls, so that if a powerful undead comes, he may carry the powerful souls with him to the kiln and become Gwyn's successor. The Lordvessel acts as a key to the Kiln, as if the Lordvessel is not filled with powerful souls, then the door to the Kiln will not open. 


Edited by Solaire, 21 January 2017 - 10:14 PM.

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The Firstborn 1

 

Gwyn and his partner Velka birthed a man of such immense power, not even Gwyn himself could keep his son under his control. The son, born with grand prowess with weapons of all kind was to be known as the God of War. The firstborn found no solace in anything but weaponry, he found himself without admiration for all things aside from weapons of war. His proficiency with arms was bolstered by Gwyn's loyal first knight, and captain of the four knights of Gwyn, Ornstein the dragon slayer. 

 

Ornstein was a master of the cross-spear, a man so skillful he could split a boulder in two. The Firstborn found himself in admiration of the dragon slayer, and the young wartime aficionado found himself the pupil of the spearmaster. The Firstborn greatly appreciated the teachings of Ornstein and anointed him captain of the Four Knights of Gwyn. Previously, the four knights had no formal leadership aside from the Lord of Sunlight himself. 

 

The admiration the Firstborn had for his tutor was reciprocated, as the spearmaster had great respect for his pupil and the speed at which he matched, and exceeded Ornstein's own skill with the spear. As a token of his admiration for Ornstein, the Firstborn never used another weapon other than the cross-spear. The Firstborn fashioned himself a spear with no other matching design, the spear dubbed "the dragon slayers sword-spear" as it had the utility of both the reach of a spear and the slicing action of a sword. He imbued it with lightning, of which he was the heir. 


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The Firstborn 2

When the Firstborn learned of his mother's actions and her subsequent betrayal to the Lord of Sunlight, needless to say, he was most unimpressed. However, the Firstborn could not feel anything but empathy for the crossbreed born as a result of Velka's miscegenation and vowed to fight for the freedom of Priscilla, and her memory. Disappointed in his father's actions, the Firstborn traveled to the place which dragons resided alongside and begun conspiring with the Arch Dragons. 

 

Gwyn felt as if he had been betrayed by one of his own for the second time, and struck the name of the Firstborn from the annals of history. Nary a memorial, nor the written name of the Firstborn was found, and before long it had been like he had never existed. As the Firstborn continued to corroborate with the message of the dragons, so too did he become akin to one - the King of the Storm. Fitting with the name of the Hier of Sunlight, the Stormdrake entwined his soul with the Firstborn's, and so they became one. A method shared between gods, taught to the Firstborn by Ornstein himself. 

 

When the great schism began, the Firstborn pitted himself directly against Gwyn and his loyal knights, however, he was no match for the Lord of Sunlights immense power. Great bolts of lightning filled the sky and although the Firstborns efforts were great in the war, he retreated back to the place from whence he came, in Archdragon peak. Ornstein, fighting alongside Gwyn, as was his duty, felt great regret in fighting his pupil. When the war was finally over, Ornstein began a pilgrimage to Archdragon peak to reunite with the Firstborn. Ornstein removed all of his intricate armour, and threw away his cross-spear, and meditated alongside the remaining dragons for so long that he became one himself. Ornstein is frozen in meditation outside Irithyll dungeon where he can still be found to this day.

 

The fate of the Firstborn is the same of his father. Although once great gods, when Gwyn linked the fire, his son was afflicted with the curse of undeath and begun hollowing at the top of Archdragon Peak. As the ancient legends state, when an undead rings both bells of awakening, the King of the Storm and the forlorn God of War will respond to its call.

 

It is said that the Firstborns faithful first knight is still in pilgrimage to find his lost 'Sun'.


Edited by Solaire, 21 January 2017 - 10:11 PM.

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