Transcript from Godfall Lore Video Part 4 by Bfy
The tale is one we have all been told, a tale as old as the ages of the stars on high and the earth beneath our feet. To stand against evil and purge it from the world, only to discover that one of their number hath met with that evil to treat. And so, it was with the lion and the wolf who soon would come to blow. For the truth of war and the truth of peace were ones one was thought to know. Thus, war raged for one thousand years and the world it would engulf. A war to end the end the corruption and the divinity of the wolf.
Orin and Macros had brought their civilization to peace through two wars against gods and their mortals. But it is noted in the revisionist histories of Macros that one day as he strode through the realm he had conquered and brought to heel, he believed that he beheld suffering for those that lived upon Aperion. The Valorains lived in a golden age, but it was an age in which the races of the Tetrarchy now suffered. Macros did not care for their suffering, and he believed that the whole of Aperion was at his command, but not completely. He saw that the whole world was flawed, and he began to believe that due to the nature of its creation it would always be flawed. Macros began to believe that the whole world needed to be changed. The Archons had tainted Aperion with their selfish ways of war and bloodshed and their stain upon this world needed to be wiped clean, but as a warrior even as a mighty Valorians Macros did not have the power to do this. This problem of how to cleanse the world would plague Macros’ mind and in the Skybreaker Monolith he beheld an answer. Whilst it was a place that brought the realms of Earth, Air, Fire and Water together, it was also a place of great power. It could be an instrument of birth perhaps. And so, it was that Macros wondered if it could be an instrument of apotheosis. What if it could potential be turned into an engine of ascension. From this idea sparked a plan, a plan that would drive Macros as wind drives flame.
Macros saw the defeat of the Valorains and in fact the doom of the whole world in stagnancy. He would cut the world free from this mire by remaking it entirely. This desire was the evil that Macros would treat with. A will to dominate the world and to subjugate all within it to his will. But Macros wished for Orin’s support in his plans, before telling him of his grand ambition, Macros convinced Orin to seal away the Seventh Sanctum on the grounds that it was too powerful for any one Valorian to wield and given time it might go from cataloging the world and its history to seeking divinity. Before moving to do this Orin spoke with the Seventh Sanctum one last time, and she gave Orin a bleak prediction of the future saying that the Valorians would destroy themselves. So, Orin endeavored to call upon the Seventh Sanctum incase her words might be of use and her prediction of war might bring victory at a critical juncture. Then came the moment when Macros tried to convince Orin of his plan. A plan in which he would remake the world and remove all of its evils. To do this Macros planned to gather a vast amount of Aetherium and use it in combination with a ritual to ascend into godhood. Orin perceived the madness that had infected Macro’s mind and tried to dissuade him from his belief, but Macros would not be swayed. Orin suddenly realized that the division they had once sensed between themselves and Macros were soon to drive a wedge between them completely and so Orin’s own planes were forced to develop. They knew that they alone had a chance to stop Macros.
Still Orin would attempt to sway their old friend from his views and asked for them to do battle so they could argue with blades in hand. The battle of ideas and swords raged between Orin and Macros for three weeks but one night after the two had agreed to a cessation of hostilities until the next day Macros showed his true colors. He turned to Orin as he had done so many times before and recounted his revisionist histories of old battles they had fought. It was in this moment as Orin heard their old friend recount their fight against the Latter Born, they realized that Macros could not be saved. To Macros the Tetrarchy was nothing but fodder for their glory, he saw them with disgust. That if he became a God, Macros’ idle chatter of reminiscing about the old conquest would be reborn into a new doctrine that led those inhabitants of the universe to slaughter. In this moment Orin knew that Macros, if allowed to ascend. Would be no different than the Archons that they had both dethroned so long ago.
Orin and Macros argued their points before the council and the council sided with Macros, lending his idea of a new godhood credibility. From this moment on Orin’s options for thwarting Macros’ plans through diplomacy were scattered. Only one solution remained, war.
It began with a great conflagration. Orin and their forces set about attempting to destroy the Skyrbeaker Monolith before Macros could use it. This first strike set the passacaglia of the war in many ways. The Skybreaker Monolith would need to be reconstructed and repaired many times and would be the central point of conflict for the two to fight over. What’s more, many of the major battles were fought between small war bands just as they were in the first conflict. In time the races of the Tetrarchy would join Macros’ cause, after being promised their own elemental realms within the worlds that Macros would remake. Macros as always would attempt to spin the tales of war to suite is narrative. From the Combing of the Crows to the Guiled Tournament the events were told as part of a new legend. Perhaps only Orin and Macros knew the nature of its truth.
The war raged for a thousand years and the Lion and the Wolf battled on. Many a time Orin’s forces would seize and decimate the monolith. But every time Macros would build it back stronger and closer to completion. The war was one of attrition and every day the losses mounted in stalemate after stalemate. All this changed in the latter days of the war with the fall of Frozen Foundry. The guardians of this foundry were renowned for their craftsmanship and they formed a formidable defense against Macros. It was however no match for the cunning of the Wolf, who brought down the structure by raining tons of ice and snow on top of it. The remaining smiths were only spared when the presented Macros with the last of their masterworks of the foundry. A polearm known as Winters Call. With this Macros knew he was winning. But Orin was planning on the idea that he would be losing from the very beginning.
Orin knew of the prowess of Macros as a combatant and that besting him was all but impossible. Orin’s forces had used the distraction at Frozen Foundry to storm the Skybreaker Monolith one last time. Macros forces returned to the monolith and it was there that the Lion and the Wolf would clash in the fields beneath the Monolith. In this battle after the armies at Orin’s commanded had been routed or killed. Macros made his way deep into the Monolith perusing his old friend and it was here that they fought. A battle between two who had shaken the earth beneath the feet of every Valorian, Vargul, Abyssian, Nyak and Flameblood. A battle between two that would define ages and Orin, lost.
After the conflict was concluded, Orin was cast from the height of the Monolith into the depths of the sea below. Macros thought Orin dead that day, but Orin’s part in this tale was not yet over. And there is still time for one more Godfall.