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Birth of an Upstart:

An Early Biography of Ramanayan Caesar in Dark Ages

Book I: Twilight’s Shadow
Danaan 3291 – Deoch 13

By Danaan 3291 over a century had passed since the end of the Shadows War. Even though Chadul’s minions had been defeated by the discovery of the element light Chadul himself still fought on. It was said that the real power behind the Loures throne still remained firmly in the hands of Chadul, more specifically his Sgrios/Dubhaim allies and the remnants of the Anaman Pact.

While the rest of Temuair lingered on in the Dark Ages, attempting to rebuild, in the city of Rucesion a baby boy was born under the most peculiar of circumstances. It was said the day the boy was born a fiery comet was seen streaking across Temuair from Mileth, to Loures, and finally over Rucesion.

No one knew who the father was. Julia Ramanayan Caesar had discovered her pregnancy after returning from a pilgrimage to Loures. While she remembered nothing, any chances of recovering her memory died with her – as she died in childbirth. As per the dying Julia’s request the boy was given the name of Dorch along with the family name Ramanayan and the lineage name of Caesar.

Young Dorch was raised under the care of his uncle Flavius Ramanayan Caesar, a prominent Rucesion businessman who owned a small fleet of fishing ships. However, due to the negative connotation of the name Dorch the boy quickly adopted the name Gnaeus, although by that time he was usually just referred to as Ramanayan.

By an early age young Ramanayan had learned to read and write and was always eager to expand his knowledge. When the Luathas shrine was restored in Rucesion he began studying theology and history there. One day in Deoch 6 Ramanayan, while studying in the Luathas shrine, was overcome by a powerful seizure and collapsed at the base of the statue of Luathas.

Ramanayan remembered nothing when he recovered several hours later but was almost certain something had happened to him while he was out. However the news of young Ramanayan’s collapse was quickly overshadowed when word arrived the next day that High Councilor Cyril of Loures had been assassinated.

And so the deochs passed by as Ramanayan grew older and Temuair continued to change. The “mutants” known as aislings had been growing steadily in numbers since Danaan had sacrificed herself. At the age of fifteen in Deoch 13 Ramanayan was preparing to make a long journey with his Uncle’s fishing fleet to the rich unspoiled waters near Tagor. Before leaving Ramanayan planned to make an offering at the Luathas temple and seek guidance for his journey. Just like seven deochs before Ramanayan again found himself collapsed at the feet of the Luathas statue. When he awoke he did not find himself on the temple floor, as he expected he would, but in the bed of what appeared to be an inn.

Book II: Aisling
Deochs 13 – 16

When Ramanayan woke up in Mileth Inn much had changed. His mind was different somehow – thoughts that never were there before now appeared. While he remembered his name and some vague details the rest of Ramanayan’s memory appeared to have failed him. After speaking with the mundane Inn Keeper, Riona, Ramanayan gained a bit more insight into his situation. As he suspected he was now an aisling and Riona confirmed that all new aislings make their way through the inn. She also confirmed that memory loss was one of the apparent side effects of receiving the aisling spark but would likely be recovered as time progressed.

As if it was a calling from the gods Ramanayan knew instantly he must become a priest. Wasting little time exploring Mileth Ramanayan found himself an aisling priestess to guide him onto the path of a priest. Ramanayan and his guide then ventured to the temple of choosing and he emerged a priest. That was the last time Ramanayan would ever see his guide again. Ironically Ramanayan attempted to seek out a mentor, Feril, but she too vanished after their first meeting. Undaunted Ramanayan continued his studies alone.

Deoch 13 quickly turned into 14, and over the next few moons Ramanayan concentrated most of his efforts on developing his priestly spells and skills and gaining new insights into become an aisling. Those moons were often were filled with dangerous bouts in the Mileth Crypts and the Eastern Woodlands. When a group could not be found Ramanayan learned how to wield a blade – and wield them effectively he did. Deochs later he would still joke that he could use a sword better then many warriors.

Perhaps it was destiny, or mere luck, that thrust Ramanayan against the forces of chaos and crime. As he was one day walking to into second floor of the Mileth Crypts Ramanayan encountered two high insight warriors summoning the dark demons of Sgrios and assisting the fiends in murdering other aislings. Ramanayan saw what was happening and took action immediately attacking one of the demons as other aislings ran for their lives. The lead warrior, Dovane, drew his blade and charged at Ramanayan attempting to land a disabling blow. Dovane’s beag suain attack had no effect on Ramanayan. The warrior was in disbelief and retreated with his partner in crime. Since that day in the crypt Ramanayan has never hesitated to attack something on head first that he felt was unjust or wrong.

As Ramanayan continued to hone his skills he began searching for a god to follow. Just like the calling to become a priest, the calling to follow Fiosachd was just as strong. Expecting a long drawn out initiation process Ramanayan was surprised when the lead high priest Bulbasaur welcomed him at once into the fellowship as if he was expecting Ramanayan to appear. Just several moons later after Ramanayan obtained his eleventh insight he became a full priest of the Fiosachd Fellowship.

As Deoch 15 dawned on Temuair Ramanayan had already began laying the foundations for his future. Ramanayan had reached the fifteenth insight and had taken his first student, Gwendaline. Following successfully mentoring Gwendaline Ramanayan took his first political office as a respected citizen of Mileth. In the Fiosachd Fellowship Ramanayan became a very active priest holding a mass each double moon and giving out religious geas. The Fiosachd priests Azov and IceAngel became Ramanayan’s earliest friends and allies within the fellowship during this time period as well.

Continuing work from his youth, even though he had forgotten most of it, Ramanayan greatly studied the history of Temuair. After many long hours of research and consulting records he discovered a discrepancy the historical records of Temuair and discovered an early pre-Tenes era battle between Danaan and Chadul. He wrote down his findings and submitted them in a historical work called “The Forgotten War” the following Deoch.

Deoch 16 began with a great sense of happiness and optimism. Ramanayan along with Azov, IceAngel, and the monk StephineX, began planning for a grand event: The Fiosachd Fair. The event would be the first of its kind since Mileth Fair III in Deoch 13 including Temurian Wrestling, an auction, a dress contest, gold lottery, and more. The fair was a great hit and many aislings enjoyed the experience.

Following the fair the religions across Temuair reformed themselves into a new order introducing such things as staffs and symbols, clerics, ministers, and high priests. While Balbasaur, the priest who initiated Ramanayan into the fellowship, was generally seen as the “High Priest” of the fellowship he had left Temuair before the expansions were revealed. In Balbasuar’s place stood the priestesses Fenna and Felicity, who quickly ascended to the top of the Fiosachd Fellowship’s degree structure.

One of the responsibilities of the High Priest’s was monitoring the fellowship’s message board. After several suspicious board burnings Ramanayan posted his feelings on the issue – which basically amounted to the High Priestesses were bordering on power abuse regarding the board and something should be done. He also objected to the lack of control the fellowship had over how religious geas were being given out. With these humble beginnings Ramanayan would soon be ready to step onto the stage of Temuair.

Book III: Heretic
Deochs 17 – 19

As Deoch 17 began the Fiosachd Fellowship had reached its peak. The masses of the Fellowship attracted hundreds and often there was a full mass occurring nearly every sun. The temple was always filled with many worshipers and priests at any given time. Meanwhile the friction between Ramanayan and the High Priestesses Fenna and Felicity continued to grow. The core issue of board burnings still had not been resolved nor had the situation with the geas been improved.

Early in Deoch 17 Ramanayan developed a new idea for governing the Fiosachd Fellowship. Formally it was called the Great Council of the Fiosachd Fellowship but was often just referred to as the Great Council or the Council. The Great Council would be made of up nine members – three acolytes, three priests, and three members of the upper clergy. The members would eventually be chosen by those in their particular degrees.

Fenna and Felicity opposed the Great Council from the very start. Fenna even attempted to evoke authority she did have when she stated she would not “ban the council” yet.
Ramanayan’s mass each double attracted dozens of worshippers. Just before one mass the same feeling that told him to become a priest and join the Fiosachd Fellowship overwhelmed him again. Ramanayan knew he must act at this mass against the High Priestesses. In the Fall of Deoch 17 at his mass Ramanayan proclaimed a “Crusade” against the High Priestessess Fenna and Felicity. At the same time he promoted the Great Council and formally announced its existence.

It should be noted that during this time the “Crusade’s” primary goal was to simply reform the Fiosachd Fellowship. Never did Ramanayan or the Great Council advocate removal of the High Priestesses, violence, or anything other then peaceful dialogue.

Ramanayan confronted Fenna in person following the mass and then the two went off to make preparations for what looked like an eventual showdown. The first members of the Great Council were IceAngel, Mercurlus, and Paetheon. Ramanayan was declared the Council’s President. Azov decided to remain neutral for the time being and attempted to act as a mediator between the two parties.

Initially the Great Council had the High Priestesses on the defensive. Felicity was seen the temple muttering phases such as “No one wants us anymore”. However the High Priestesses quickly regained the initiative thanks to ardent supporters such as Solon and Felicity’s husband Xibalba. The Great Council gradually had to begin to defend itself as the Deoch wore on.

The High Priestesses went on the offensive in late Deoch 17. A group of their supporters, lead by the rogue Bahadir, managed to declare Ramanayan a heretic and drive him from the temple. The Great Council was caught by surprise and the remaining members fled in terror. It seemed as if the High Priestesses had successfully killed off the “Crusade”.

The Crusade however had now turned from what was peaceful, albeit hostile, discourse into open civil war. Ramanayan threw his enemies off balance by appearing to align with the Deoch Fellowship. The Great Council stayed together in hiding preparing for its next move. Shortly after Ramanayan’s defeat in the temple the Fiosachd priest Heiler pledged his loyalty to the Great Council – and quickly became Ramanayan’s right hand man.

The Great Council gradually began building up a power base of supporters and new members. The council was finally complete with nine members with the additions of Geran, Myral, Cleante, and Ganedorf during Deoch 18. As the council was building up the Fiosachd priest Wuhao held a peace conference between Ramanayan, Fenna, and Felicity. However the High Priestesses arrogance won out and nothing was accomplished.

Ramanayan’s own power greatly increased in Deoch 18 when his “Forgotten War” history was recognized and he became a Piet Kingdom Historian. With the clout gained from recognition he took office as a guard and almost immediately thereafter began a political battle with then captain Stormbow over a Loures Signet Ring that Stormbow was said to have stolen. The case received some publicity and in the end simply faded away but it showed that Ramanayan didn’t easily back down in politics.

In early Deoch 19 the neutral Azov offered to hold peacetalks between the Council, Solon, and other priests hoping to end the conflict. The High Priestesses choose not to attend. After two sessions a peace agreement was reached and it seemed the war was over – still however the High Priestesses had not appeared. Ramanayan fully rejoined the Fiosachd Fellowship shortly after the peace talks had been concluded and hoped to move the Fellowship forward again.

The peace was not to last as Fenna then reappeared and personally excommunicated Ramanayan. Ramanayan later admitted that it was this direct assault by Fenna that truly “enraged” him. The Great Council then prepared an all out assault against Fenna, Felicity, and Xibalba. A strike force lead by Heiler and Ramanayan’s brother Ramana took down Fenna as a heretic and threw her from the temple.

When Fenna was declared a heretic shockwaves were sent throughout Temuair. More supporters flocked to the Great Council in awe over the fall of Fenna. Heiler drew up the plans for the second assault. A strike force would remove Xibalba and then almost certainly Felicity would surrender after the fall of her husband.

No second strike force was needed as Fenna herself sued for peace shortly after she was declared a heretic. Peace negotiations took place in secret in the Piet Sewers. Ramanayan and Heiler represented the Council; Fenna and Solon represented the High Priestesses supporters. Several other priests, including Azov, were present as well. In the end a peace treaty was signed with the following points:

1) The Great Council will exist as a governing body for those who wish to be a part of its system.
2) It is recognized that the High Priestesses have no more power then what is granted to them by the mundanes.
3) All heresies, excommunications, etc as a result of the war would be forgiven.

Basically the peace treaty brought a “forgive and forget” type of peace. The fellowship returned back to the status quo of around Deoch 15. Ironically the original causes of the war – board control, geas, and governance were barely addressed in the treaty. However, they did not become problems again. Effectively the war had broken the powers of the high priestesses. Sadly the Fiosachd Fellowship never regained the prestige it once had in Deoch 17. It’s slow decline, along with the other faiths of Temuair, can be traced to after the Fiosachd War.

The Crusade is also sometimes referred to as the “Fiosachd Wars”, “Fiosachd Civil War”, and the “Fiosachd Rebellion”.
With the end of the Fiosachd Wars Ramanayan continued his studies as a priest and began to advance in insight. He also continued down the path of a guard taking his second term as a guard in Deoch 19. Finally he submitted his latest work, this time a philosophy, “Grimlok & Goblins: Society, Social Structures, and Lore”.

The Great Council had much to do and to start hey began planning the second Fiosachd Fair, though it would later turn into the Mileth Crypt Tour held later that deoch. However, it was felt that perhaps the work of the Council should be continued on a wider scale. Thus Ramanayan and Heiler planned to found a new motley. They recruited the historian Cronus Gainsborough and fellow Fiosachd priest Topkyle and founded the motley Imperium at the close of Deoch 19. Ramanayan become motley leader and Heiler Imperium’s first Prime Minister, or second in command. A new era had begun.

Book IV: Empire Ascendant
Deochs 20 – 23

As Deoch 20 began so did Imperium. Ramanayan continued his studies as a priest and reached the 41st insight during Deoch 20. Gradually Imperium members became more and more active in Mileth politics and they meet resistance. Most aislings during this time period regarded Imperium and its leaders as little more then a joke.

At the heart of Mileth’s opposition to Imperium was the long time judge Bridseye, who many regarded as incompetent and corrupt. Eventually Bridseye was put on trial for his actions against Mileth guard captain Angelgal. In a very rare moment in Mileth history Omner, a demagogue, was chosen to preside over the trial. Even though Bridseye was found guilty Omner showed his true colors by saying the sentence (political barment) by the jury was to harsh and effectively Bridseye got off with a slap on the wrist.

When Imperium members were being removed from office for little or no reason Ramanayan posted an official complaint requesting information on why his members were being removed from office. Bridseye, back in office, managed to illegally convict Ramanayan of intimidation and had him exiled from Mileth for 40 days.

While in exile Ramanayan’s strategic advisor, BlueJeff, developed a new system of government for Mileth which hopefully would deal with much of the corruption present. BlueJeff went so far as to suggest Ramanayan ought to become the first Emperor of Mileth. In any case Ramanayan did adopt the title of “Emperor” for Imperium related matters. However his enemies often would jump on this claiming that he had crowned himself “Emperor of Temuair”.

This new system of government would require nothing less then a complete dismantling of the current governments of Mileth and later Rucesion. Ramanayan, Heiler, Topkyle, BlueJeff, and many others began what would later be called “the plot to take over Mileth”. In reality the “plot” was nothing more then an attempt for Imperium’s supporters to gain enough power in the Mileth government to enact real changes. However due to many enemies opposing Imperium the plan was kept top secret.

Rallies and information classes started to be held attracting new supporters to the new government and Imperium. During one of these rallies supporters of Imperium stormed the Mileth commons, severely crippling the government for a time. Burgess Feria’s attempts to stop the uprising failed and many aislings voiced their discontent with the Mileth government. Fynnius and Birdseye invented charges to have Ramanayan exiled for 80 days and because of their influence over the government nothing could be done.

After Ramanayan had his exile overturned the plans to reform the Mileth government continued. However, as Deoch 21 progressed Prime Minister Heiler and Councilor Topkyle began a long running conflict with each other. In early Deoch 22 Heiler resigned his post and left the guild, leaving Topkyle as the new Prime Minister. This transfer of power further delayed the Mileth government reforms. Finally Nukage, an enemy collaborator within the guild, obtained the rank of council and went on a mass exiling spree. This caught the entire guild by surprise and the damage, both physically and leadership confidence, took moons to repair.

Meanwhile in Mileth Bridseye continued his attacks against Ramanayan. When Ramanayan declared his intent to run for office Bridseye and Fynnius invented charges and succeeded in getting Ramanayan permanently exiled from Mileth. Topkyle soon after resigned his post and left the guild. Heiler, now known as Morfeen, returned to the guild and once again became Prime Minister in early Deoch 23.

As time went on the plot to overthrow the Mileth government faded and eventually was altogether abandoned by Deoch 24. The earlier attacks against Imperium officer holders had faded and slowly the guild gained more political power. Ramanayan’s “permanent” exile was overturned later that deoch and he returned to the city and resumed his attempts at public office.

While this period in time was most strongly categorized by the “Empire Era” of Imperium and the plot to overthrow Mileth several other important events also occurred. Ramanayan’s philosophical work “Grimloks & Goblins: Society, Social Structures, and Lore” was recognized, ironically while in exile. Two very successful Imperium events, the Hide and Seek Contest and the Abel Dock Auction were both held in deochs 20 and 22 respectivly.



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