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"Magical Grounding vs. Magical Flow" & Foefire Research
"We Ascalonians may be doomed, but Ascalon will live forever!" — King Adelbern
A book Scarlet left in the ley line hub, “Magical Grounding versus Magical Flow,” has me thinking of ghosts — and what ghosts more famous than those of Ascalon?
There are two accounts for how the Foefire occurred.
Foefire: Charr version
- Spell, cast by the human Ascalonian king Adelbern, that ended the Last Battle of Ascalon City in 1090 AE — and ultimately, the human-charr conflict
- Adelbern’s sword Magdaer (twin to Rytlock’s Sohothin), when thrust into the ground, made a sword-shaped burst of white fire above his tower
- All humans in a huge radius of Ascalon City (near present-day Black Citadel) were burned and turned to ghosts
- Only the charr very near/inside the city were killed … others who witnessed from outside had their fur turned white but lived.
- NO charr were made ghosts — the spell seemed only to really affect the Ascalonian humans. Why?
- Adelbern’s dying servant suggested the king knew his people would be destroyed, and that the servant himself was stabbed for trying to stop him
Foefire: Human version
- Ascalon forces fell, Adelbern left to fight alone
- Adelbern fought his way to the charr Flame Legion Imperator, who held the charr relic the Claw of Khan-Ur (symbolic of the leader of all the charr legions, unknown if it actually has magical properties)
- When Magdaer and the Claw collided, it created the spark and the Foefire occurred
About the swords, Magdaer and Sohothin:
- Charr Tribune Rytlock Brimstone currently wields Sohothin. The last human to wield it was Prince Rurik, Adelbern’s son, who died roughly 250 years ago
- Sohothin’s last recorded location before Rytlock owned it was near Abaddon’s Mouth in the Ring of Fire.
- It’s unknown how Rytlock acquired it, or where
- Magdaer was shattered during the Foefire … Eir gathered the shards in 1325 AE, ostensibly to reforge it for Logan Thackeray, but nothing has been heard of it since
- Supposedly of Orrian origin, from a time when the human gods still dwelt in Arah.
- Adelbern: “I have long known that Magdaer had other powers — remnants of the gods themselves.”
- Legend says that the curse will be broken on the Ascalonian ghosts if either sword returns to the rightful king of Ascalon.
The book suggests ghosts are merely energy — and can be channeled or grounded. Could they be led to rest at last, even without help from the legendary swords?
- Was charismatic and strong in battle
- Crowned king by popular demand, despite not being next in line. (That was actually Duke Barradin, father of Althea, betrothed of Adelbern’s only son, Prince Rurik)
- Rurik died to Dagnar Stonepate (Stone Summit dwarf, group seeking to wake the Great Destroyer, Primordus’ general) while leading a group to seek refuge in Kryta
- Adelbern suffered the same fate as his subjects and guards the catacombs
About the Searing
The Foefire and Searing share some eerie similarities. It could be coincidental …
- Took place in 1070 AE (around 250+ years ago)
- Charr shaman Bonfaaz Burntfur used magic given to him by the titans (charr worshipped them as gods at the time) at the Cauldron of Cataclysm or Cauldron of Searing (Iron Marches)
- Burning crystals rained down over Ascalon, leaving it a scarred wasteland