Friday, November 16, 2007

The calm before the storm

By Elrohir
(Elrohir is one of the GameMasters of L2-SEA)

AS I walk the world of Ether I bear witness to a changing age. 'Till recently there were wars and blood feuds between the clans.


Fighting could break out at any place and at any time. Conflicts between races, large or small, were commonplace. Life was a struggle not only to succeed but also to survive. Then a sudden peace came. Violence was avoided even among the clans. In effect, commerce flourished. Towns were flocked by adventurers and merchants alike selling weapons and wares. Deals were brokered on every street corner. Adena changed hands in a blink of an eye. Several major thoroughfares were blocked by the sheer number of stalls. Even the Monster Race Track, a common meeting point, had to turn down patrons and expel those who get in the way.

But until when would this peace last? Already vassals, knights, and lords gather in clan halls. They meet in private to make plans. The members train themselves, fighting mythical beasts and spar amongst one another. Clans and alliances stockpile arms and resources. Smithies are fired up to make new and powerful equipment. Dungeons long silent were invaded by a sudden rush of fortune seekers going deeper into chambers that was ‘till now remained undisturbed. They plumb the depths for artifacts that are unparalleled when put beside those made in recent years. Even the cursed weapons, the Demon Sword Zariche and the Blood Sword Akamanah, have resurfaced and quickly change hands between those who crave power. It seems that conflict is avoided only because they wasted well needed resources. This is but the calm before the storm, each leader waiting as the lordship of Gludio Castle will be in contention.

I can only continue to walk, to watch. The future is in the hands of those who will take part. Those who are worthy shall weather the storm. Those most powerful can change the tides of fate.

This new era will start with the siege of Gludio.

Elrohir

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