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Old 10-13-2011, 10:11 PM   #1
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The History of Beastlords

Have you ever had a leader so self-assured, so charismatic, so confident that it seems somehow unthinkable to pursue any goals but his? That's how it was with Sellok.

To be honest, I was just in it for the money at first. Work was short that winter, but I'd left home only that summer, and I was determined to earn my own way in the world. I'd rather have starved than return home to admit defeat and face the mockery of my brothers. So, when the hooded figure approached me on Nektulos docks with an offer of steady income, I wasn't inclined to look too closely at the details.

I'd always been quick on my feet and good with a blade, so it hardly seemed like work at all when they asked me to infiltrate myself into adventuring parties exploring the recently rediscovered continent of Kunark. I was to look for an ancient scroll or tome containing the writings of an ancient sage. I would know it by the age and the language it was written in; they showed me samples of the ancient script known as Death's Whisper so I would be able to recognize the angular runes when I saw it.

Several months passed while I offered my services to this or that group of adventurers exploring one dungeon or another. I had grown almost complacent with this lifestyle, content even; and then I found the tome.

I had joined a group exploring the ancient Iksar tomb known as Charasis. We found ourselves in an area I was later to hear called the Vault of Eternal Sleep, but at the time we just called it a deathtrap and other names less polite. The halls were riddled with pit traps and other hazards, and after the umpteenth time we had to get ourselves out of one I was long past ready to leave. I was prowling around the final room when a massive and weighty tome caught my eye. Glancing at the others to make sure their attention was still focused on dividing up the loot, I cautiously opened the book to the first page and immediately recognized the spiky runes I'd been taught were Death's Whisper. Unfortunately, the tome was far too heavy to take with me, so I copied the first few phrases into my journal and returned to the adventuring party to find our way back to the safety of daylight.

When I showed the runes in my journal to my hooded contacts, there was an immediate rush of activity. In no time at all I was taken to their encampment in a hidden vale, and brought before their leader. Introducing himself as Sellok, he demanded to hear every detail of my expedition and the location of the tome, and then there was no option but that we immediately assemble a party to return.

(The events in this story make reference to the Mystic epic weapon quest, "A Sleeping Stone." The beastlord prelude quests are currently available from Caalina in Antonica, or Elmin in Commonlands.)

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Excellent storySMILEY Can't wait for them to go live!

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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"Sellok said their evil influence grew over the city to such an extent that the gods themselves were eventually forced to destroy Luclin entirely to free the world from these Truespirits."

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So this is ultimately the reason why Luclin went boom?  To get rid of the Beastlords?  Even for a  bunch of gods isn't that a bit... I don't know, OVERKILL?!? lol I mean really, couldn't any of the gods, or even a group of them find some way other than blowing up whole populated moon to get rid of the Truespirits?  I'll amit to not having played the original EQ past the original Velious and I know almost nothing about the EQI Beastlords lore other than rumors i've heard after the fact, but a whole moon to destroy the Beastlords/Truespirits?  Does that mean the Gods are now gonna target Norrath since they are appearing here?

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Old 10-19-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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Mustang8259 wrote:

"Sellok said their evil influence grew over the city to such an extent that the gods themselves were eventually forced to destroy Luclin entirely to free the world from these Truespirits."

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So this is ultimately the reason why Luclin went boom?  To get rid of the Beastlords?  Even for a  bunch of gods isn't that a bit... I don't know, OVERKILL?!? lol I mean really, couldn't any of the gods, or even a group of them find some way other than blowing up whole populated moon to get rid of the Truespirits?  I'll amit to not having played the original EQ past the original Velious and I know almost nothing about the EQI Beastlords lore other than rumors i've heard after the fact, but a whole moon to destroy the Beastlords/Truespirits?  Does that mean the Gods are now gonna target Norrath since they are appearing here?

Kind if a key phrase here: Sellok said.

How much do you trust what he said?

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Old 10-19-2011, 07:53 PM   #5
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Ahh yes, after reading the rest of the story it alludes that Sellok was leading people to false conclusions.  Where else is Sellok mentioned?  That name sounds so familiar, but I've never done the Mystic epic timeline either (it mentions below the story that some of the story involves elements of the mystic epic lore).

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
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Love the wolf warder..  now if we can see some of the other races as beastlords...

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:27 PM   #7
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Mustang8259 wrote:

That name sounds so familiar, but I've never done the Mystic epic timeline either (it mentions below the story that some of the story involves elements of the mystic epic lore).

I found Brasse's write up of the mystic epic quest was very useful while writing this story, and recommend checking it out if you want to know more! SMILEY

And yeah ... I wouldn't believe everything Sellok tells you either. SMILEY

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Old 10-21-2011, 02:32 PM   #8
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Wonderful story! I had chills SMILEY Can't wait to play a beastlord again.

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:53 PM   #9
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iv already upped my account for a full year anticipating the coming of beastlords"something iv been waiting for since the game went live"

nov 22 cant get here fast anough for me.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:19 PM   #10
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That was a really good read!

I can't wait for the Beastlords to arrive. I've got an alt spot ready and waiting. ^_^

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