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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 His deific status as a God of War was rescinded, and all traces of his existence was erased from the world.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 Gwyns 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.

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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 apart 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 Gwyns 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, Gwyns 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 Gwyns 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. 


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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 Ornsteins 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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