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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:16 pm    Post subject: New entries to the Ebon Codex! Reply with quote

Posting it here too in case you're too lazy to visit the wiki!

(Magic and Religion)
The Ebon Flame
Ten thousand years ago the goddess Elune bestowed upon a group of Highborne elves who turned their backs on their demonic masters a portion of her essence, the mystical Ebon Flame. The magical black fire cleansed their souls of the taint of the Burning Legion and let them be reborn as protectors of ancient Kalimdor. Overcome with the power of the Flame, the Highborne took an oath and bound their souls to the fire. On that day the Order of the Ebon Flame was born.

In ancient times if someone wanted to join the Order, they had to go through a the Three Trials of the Flame to prove their worth. These -often lethal- trials ensured that only the most dedicated and skilled warriors became members of this mystical order. After the trials the initiates go through the Ritual of Joining where their souls are forever bound to the Ebon Flame. Joining the Order was a great responsibility, for one had to abandon his past dedicating his entire life to the eternal battle againts the evil that constantly threatens Azeroth.

Once a bond is formed between the host and the Flame, it cannot be broken. Even after death, the members of the Order are not granted peace in the afterlife: they remain in our mortal world, forever bound to the ever-burning Flame, destined to aid their living brethren. It is with this curse that Elune reminded the ancient ones of the magnitude of their sin, a sin so grand not even death can cleanse it from their souls.

Although the Ebon Flame binds the souls of its warriors together, there is always one individual whose task is to watch over it. They are the Keepers of the Flame. Traditionally the leaders of the armies, the Keepers possess a special bond to the Flame, above that of the ordinary members. The two exist in a symbiosis, neither letting the other die prematurely. Traditionally, if a Keeper's time has come, the Flame is passed on to his successor, who then becomes the new Keeper. Should a Keeper fall in battle the Flame quickly seeks the nearest mortal to use as a new host and binds itself to his soul. In its ten-thousand years long history the Ebon Flame has burned brightly and the legends say that only the betrayal of the ancient oaht by a Keeper can extinguish it completely.

The Ebon Flame grants the host an increased resistance to demonic magic and the ability to sense any demons in their vicinity. It also serves as a mythical bond between the members of the Order, allowing them to sense the presence of each other over greater distances.

Currently the Ebon Flame is extinguished after Thalos, Last Keeper of the Flame turned his back on his people and joined the Scourge.

(Characters)
Spirits of the Ebon Flame
Whenever a Flame dies, his soul does not find peace in the afterlife. Instead, he is pulled back into the mortal world, chained to Elune's ancient gift for all eternity, destined to aid his living brethren. The ancient founders willingly accepted this curse, considering it a way of atoning for their sins they've committed againts the lands by conspiring with the Burning Legion.

These ghosts exist in a realm between life and death, forever chained to the burning Ebon Flame. Only the Keeper has the power to call them to the Order's aid and for millennia these wise spirits have been the advisors of the Keepers. Although only the Keeper is capable of directly communicating with these spirits, occasionally they may choose to reveal themselves to ordinary members, assisting them in their battles.

With Thalos's betrayal, the Lich King managed to exact his dominion over the spirits of the Ebon Flame, turning these noble souls into relentless weapons againts the living.

(Culture and History)
Order of the Ebon Sword
When Thalos, Last Keeper of the Flame, turned his back on the Order to join the Lich King, many of his most loyal subjects followed him. These battle-hardened veterans of Ebon Flame soon arose to the ranks of fearsome death knights.

An order within an order, the Ebon Swords are the elite caste within the Knights of the Ebon Blade, answering exclusively to their dark lord, Thalos. During their service to the Lich King, the Ebon Sword was responsible for many of the Scourge's more successful efforts againts the living.

After the redemption of Thalos and the liberation of the Knights of the Ebon Blade, most of the warriors of the Ebon Sword have returned to their old comrades within the Ebon Flame, though some of the more fanatic followers have remained in servitude the Lich King.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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(Characters)
Keeper of the Ebon Flame
The Keeper of the Ebon Flame holds a special bond with the mythical gift of the goddess. This special bond allows the Keeper to commune with the ancient spirits of deceased members of the Order and only he has the power to perform the Ritual of Joining and bind the souls of newly recruited members to the ever-burning fires of the Ebon Flame.

However, such an intimate bond with Elune's gift does not come without a price: by allowing the Flame to merge with the soul of the Keeper, he esentially allows the Flame to harvest parts of the essence of his soul to keep itself alive. In ancient times, a new Keeper had to be ready to leave his immortality behind, for the sake of the greater good of Azeroth.

Becoming a Keeper of the Ebon Flame is considered the highest of privileges within the Order and only the wisest, most skilled and most dedicated are granted the title. When a Keeper feels his time has come, he undergoes the Ritual of Choosing where he prays to the goddess sometimes for months to guide his hand in choosing his successor. Once the successor has been chosen, he undergoes brutal mental and physical training to make sure he is ready for the merging of his soul with the Flame. Once he is ready he undergoes the Ritual of Unification where he becomes one with the Ebon Flame for the rest of his life.

Should a Keeper die prematurely in battle or otherwise, the Flame will seek out the nearest mortal to him and forcibly merge his spirits with its. Thus Elune ensured that as long as the warriors of the Flame are true to their oaths, the Flame will never die out.

Since a Keeper is the best and brightest the Order has to offer, traditionally they automatically becomes the highest general of the armies of the Flame.

In the Order's ten-thousand long history there have been five Keeper of the Ebon Flame in total. The chain broke with Thalos's betrayal, making him the Last Keeper.

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Ana'rathiel Firesoul
Originally Ana'rathiel Moonwhisper, he was one of the noble Highborne during the Age of the Ancients and a loyal subject of Queen Azshara. A powerful mage and an adept fighter, he always kept his nation's best interest in front of his eyes. Unlike most of his Highborne brethren he did not look down upon his countrymen of the lower castes, on the contrary he saw them as important members of the kalodrei society. His liberal views on kaldorei society often lead to confrontation with the older, more traditional members of the ruling caste. Therefore he preferred to stay away from Highborne politics as much as he could, focusing his efforts on magical studies instead.

When Queen Azshara announced to her closest subjects the arrival of their new god, Sargeras, Ana'rathiel was amongst the loudest of her supporters. He saw in the arrival of this magnificent being the beginning of a new age for the kaldorei race, one where social differences are no more, where all of his countrymen are treated as equals.

By the time he realized his terrible error in judgement and saw Sargeras and his minions for what they truly were, it was too late. The terrifying demons of the Burning Legion have already begun devouring ancient Kalimdor, ending all life in their wake. Desperately trying to set things right, he and his followers turned their backs on their new god, frantically praying to Elune for forgiveness and beginning to perform ancient magical rituals in hopes of finding a way to stop the Burning Legion.

History is unclear, whether it was the result of their magical rituals or whether the goddess actually listened to their plight, but they have been granted the Ebon Flame, a mystical source of ancient power that would allow them to battle the Burning Legion. Ensuring the Flame to unleash its fullest potential, Ana'rathiel and his Highborne allies have all bound their souls to the mystical fire, taking a solemn vow to the very lands of ancient Kalimdor that they would atone for their sins and protect the world from the Burning Legion and any malice that might ever threaten it.

On that day the Order of the Ebon Flame was born and Ana'rathiel Moonwhisper abandoned his old family and took on the name of Firesoul, becoming the first Keeper of the Ebon Flame.

Ana'rathiel Firesoul died during the War of the Ancients, giving his life for Azeroth. His spirit never left the world, however and to this day he still resides on Azeroth, forever bound to the Ebon Flame, offering guidance and aid to the warriors of his Order.

Currently he and the Spirits of the Ebon Flame are chained to the Lich King's will, doomed to carry out their dark master's wishes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lok'vadnod

A lok'vadnod is a prestigious song composed for a specific individual. It is commonly seen as the greatest honour the orcs can grant to an individual. Great chieftains, shamans and warchiefs are the usual candidates for lok'vadnod and Orgrim Doomhammer, Grom Hellscream, Broxigar the Red and Durotan have all been granted lok'vadnod. Thrall does not have one in his name, as lok'vadnod are composed after the tale of a hero is finished, when they die.

It is not known how many non-orcs in total have been honored with a lok'vadnod, but to date, only one human has been granted one: Taretha Foxton, the childhood friend of Warchief Thrall.
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Lok'vadnod for Dranosh Saurfang
as chronicled by Archmage Deva Victrix


Son of Saurfang, Saurfang the Younger;

You honoured the heralds of the Horde and came,

From Draenor’s drum you dreamt of glory,

To make your father proud, you fought to the fiercest of ends.

The din of spear, the snow-storm fears,

From time-to-time the weather of weapons.

The sky jewel slumbers on the slopes of Northrend.

Bitter chills, carrion crow and icicles of blood.

On a bleak background of the blood soaked snow,

To the lion’s aid you breeched death’s barricade and rode.

Like the breaker of trees, Boreas blew a path

To your end, to your boiling bloody end, to defend your foe.

From on high his sky steed, your father saw your deed,

Against the Lord of the Raven’s Harvest one orc stands

Walk the earth you did, what wanders did you behold?

What wander awaited you in death?

Your father’s armour and axe, tempered with Nagrand’s pyres.

Heart of Draenor, Hero of the Horde, your banners.

Forever kept flying is your fabled standard

We do not mourn you. You live reborn with the honoured dead.

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The Skybreaker

A marvelous feat of gnomish and dwarven engineering, the Skybreaker is driven by numerous powerful propeller engines, armed with over twenty broadside cannons, defended by large battery guns in the front and rear, and crewed by a full complement of 7th Legion marines ready to fight at a moment's notice. A massive bomb resides in the lowest deck. A steel eagle head on the bow cuts through the sky as the vessel flies above the walls of the Lich King's fortress, providing valuable cover for Alliance forces on the glacier below. Numerous Alliance leaders, from the noble Vindicator Maraad to Thassarian, the first death knight to rejoin the Alliance, use the Skybreaker as a staging point for their forays deep into enemy territory. Under the able command of High Captain Justin Bartlett, the Skybreaker is the first line of attack for the Alliance war effort against the Lich King.

All is not quiet in the skies above Icecrown, however. The arrival of the Horde's new airship, Orgrim's Hammer, has sparked open hostilities. The two gunships often square off, focusing on the renewed hostilities between the factions instead of the threat of the Scourge. Only time will tell if the brave crew of the Skybreaker can stand up to the Horde's newest behemoth in addition to the ravenous undead of the Lich King's Scourge.

Design

The Skybreaker is divided into three decks, interconnected by wooden stairways and ramps.

The main deck is also the largest, housing many of the vessel's offensive and defensive weapons. Mounted on both sides of the forecastle are twin battery turrets, providing an unparalleled amount of forward firepower. Along the deck stand numerous marines and High Elven sorcerers, ready to defend the ship from any unfriendly attacks at a moment's notice. At the rear of the main deck stands the massive aft-castle, containing the ship's bridge inside the brilliantly lit glass exterior.

The lower decks are lined with broadside facing cannons staffed by a literal army of dwarves and gnomes. Though smaller than the Orgrim's Hammer's monstrous turrets, the sheer number of guns makes the Skybreaker more than a threat to the other ship. A well stocked armory and a small launch platform for aerial missions are contained in the aft sections of the lower decks. In the bowels of the ship rests the ultimate weapon of the Alliance: a massive bomb larger than a drake, ready to be deployed upon the unsuspecting legions below.

Just as the Skybreaker is a "ship" of the air, it carries a compliment of two flying lifeboats. These "air dinghies" appear to be designed with flapping wings, so perhaps there is a motor of some sort under the deck. It's also possible they're meant to be set up and fixed horizontally, as glider wings. On the back is a boat-style rudder, but clearly for an aircraft design. They're not very big and seem to have only enough room for two people, maybe three. In an age of flying mounts and aircraft, perhaps they are truly only for emergencies, for those who do not have flight conveyance and cannot get a ride with those that do.

During the final assault of Icecrown Citadel Captain Muradin Bronzebeard assumed command of the gunship, launching an aerial assault on the upper reaches of the Lich King's domain. However, the assault was interrupted by the Horde's own gunship, the Orgrim's Hammer. A fierce aerial battle erupted between the two factions under the skies of Icecrown, which ended with an Alliance victory, albeit at a terrible cost of life and resources.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Culture and History)

Orgrim's Hammer

The latest in goblin zeppelin engineering, the ship is held aloft by two large balloons on either side of it. In order for engineers to service both balloons, and to prevent them from drifting apart, a large metal catwalk links the two together. While the balloons would appear rather delicate and vulnerable at first, a closer look reveals that solid steel hides beneath the crude fabric. Unlike most goblin Zeppelins, which are prone to malfunction, this gunship bolsters a better use of Goblin mechanics, keeping it from malfunctioning, such as the normal Zeppelins are prone to do.

Just as the Skybreaker has a large bomb on board, Orgrim's Hammer has an enormous main cannon positioned at the front of the craft, beginning nearly halfway to the back of the ship and ending by poking out of the mouth of a large, stone wolf head, positioned at the ship's front.

During the final assault of Icecrown Citadel the Horde used the Orgrim's Hammer to launch an aerial assault on the upper reaches of the Lich King's domain. However, their assault was interrupted as they encountered the Alliance's own gunship the Skybreaker. A fierce aerial battle erupted between the two factions under the skies of Icecrown, which ended with an Alliance victory, albeit at a terrible cost of life and resources.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lorekeeper Lydros

Lydros Moonwhisper is probably the oldest living member of the Order of the Ebon Flame. Prior to the War of the Ancients, Lydros was one of Queen Azshara’s most powerful sorcerers, and as such was the most dependable on the energies of the Well of Eternity. After the War of the Ancients, not even the powers of the Ebon Flame could sate his hunger for arcane energies.

For the promise of power to feed his addiciton he joined Prince Tortheldrin and his Shen’dralar loyalists, who have found a source of infinite magical energies to tap into. Lydros left the Order of the Ebon Flame with the promise to monitor and record all the accomplishments of his brethren for the millenia to come. Thus Lydros Moonwhisper became the first Lorekeeper of the Flame, keeping the immense libraries of Eldre’thalas filled with tales and records of the Order of the Ebon Flame.

Ten thousand years later, prior to the Cataclysm, the Highborne spellcasters of ancient Eldre’thalas (today known as Dire Maul) have emerged from their isolation and rejoined the night elven society. Lydros too returned to the lands of Azeroth and immediately sought out the current Order of the Ebon Flame to pledge his loyalty to it. Utilizing his vast knowledge of the Order’s past he quickly rose to the rank of Lorekeeper within the Order’s ranks, where he remains today.
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