Sign in to follow this  
Kerala

Artifact Contest: Atavist

Recommended Posts

Kerala    59

ATAVIST

In the middle of a tranquil grove you might find yourself in a special place of peace and power.

This branch has never been wielded. It grew as part of a limb re-grafted to an important tree in the Emerald Dream colloquially referred to as the Dreamseed. It's possible this living staff can serve as a formidable tool for anyone with the will to seek it, but it must also choose you. 

 

PART ONE

Before the current onslaught of the Legion, the titans had met and fought demons for thousands of years. Certain methods were installed in their facilities to ward and protect them then and well on into the future. Items of importance were sealed away within these vaults.

Time erodes all things. 

Over the centuries, mechanisms failed, magic wards weakened, and evil things came to know of the vaults' existence. They came from the deep places of the earth to plunder and steal. 

They overlooked and left abandoned a small, stunted tree.

 

PART TWO

The Keepers knew that one day even their carefully laid plans and contingencies might fail against the relentless corruption of the Old Gods. Imprisoned deep within Azeroth's unknowable depths, still the dark whispers and taint leeched through. In an attempt to thwart this eventuality, the Keepers employed organic measures in addition to their other systems, ones that could grow and adapt to this threat.

One such experimental organism was a tree. It was planted deep within one of the vaults and, nurtured artificially, it sprouted and grew alone.

The Keepers came up with many such redundancies. Some failed quickly, easily corrupted and flawed in their living design. For centuries, the tree remained. Even after it's support systems eventually faltered, the Dreamseed waited, forgotten in the darkness.

 

PART THREE

As Azeroth slowly molded to the vision set fort by the titans, the tasks of the Keepers grew fewer. One such task was to collect and place into storage some of their wondrous creations.

Those that came to place small artifacts into protective custody often took their rest beneath the Dreamseed's boughs. The tree was a spot of life within an otherwise sterile environment. 

Very quickly, though, the tree became seen as just another artifact being preserved. As relics were placed in their hidden alcoves on pedestals all around it, the Dreamseed drew power.

Ages later visitors came into the darkness for relics, to steal, or to relocate them. The tree was forgotten. Finally one druid came with them. Her name was Kerala Windchaser.

 

PART FOUR

Kerala was a tauren who never really fit in. Unlike studied druids, she was a wild thing. She obeyed urge and instinct whether or not anyone else understood or agreed with her. She was often in conflict, without and within.

Kerala came from a violent history. Early in life she suffered as a captive of the Magram centaur. She spent her late childhood bound and starved. A survivor, she was eventually condemned like many others to isolation and darkness within opal mines. Even years after her rescue, Kerala dealt with a debilitating claustrophobia.

Fear treated but never gone, the druid followed her friends into the deep halls of the vault. The Dreamseed provided comfort as it always had.

 

PART FIVE

The Legion has always pursued one singular goal. They drew together a specialized task force of demonlords. The Nala'quoreem were sent to Azeroth to exploit and by treacherous means soften the world's populace for impending invasion.

Demonlord Xelkorak was one of six in the Quorum. At the end of it all, the Curse-tamer was the last to fall. She was a masterful tactician and stood ready to fight on a field of her own choosing.

Many of Azeroth's finest mustered to fight. Kerala was one of them.

 

PART SIX

When the guilds of horde and alliance were busy fighting and putting down the Quorum's demons one by one, Kerala was not among them. Her attentions focused on a stunted tree, standing by itself in the darkness. She could not forget the comfort the Dreamseed had given her.

The doors to the tree's vault failed to open to her. The druid entered another complex in other to bargain for access. 

Her request was granted. The stubborn tauren descended into the derelict vault one more time. It was there that she first met the demonlord Xelkorak.

 

PART SEVEN

Unknown to Kerala, the Dreamseed had already bestowed a gift to her the first time they made contact. A small fragile tendril separated from the tree and twined itself around the druid's wrist. When the demonlord swept through the complex, she could not find what she sought.

Xelkorak took a cutting from the Dreamseed anyway.

Kerala and her companion attacked the demonlord. Though they badly lost, Xelkorak left them alive to give more suffering later. She also left the plant. Kerala's companion gathered up the remnants of pottery and soil, and carried the druid away.

The Dreamseed as it had been was dead. The only parts of it that survived existed in the cut branch saved that day, and the living bracelet Kerala wore.

 

PART EIGHT

Xelkorak met the guilds of Azeroth's fighters in a realm of her own making. Part twilight, part Dream, she had planned for this confrontation and was executing it without hindrance against the gathered mortals. They were losing.

Deep in the Emerald Dream, the druid Kerala had planted and nurtured what she thought was merely a tree. The Dreamseed's true purpose was far greater. In the Dream, the tree rooted. It thrived!

The renewed Dreamseed allowed Kerala to unravel and reverse the demonlord's magic structure. She redistributed power to the hopeless mortals. They triumphed. The Quorum was defeated.


PART NINE

The events of that confrontation had dire consequences. As the weak and shaken druid recovered from the powerful magics she had acted as conduit to, she quickly realized that though that battle had been won, she had a powerful new foe. One she couldn't fight.

The choices in Kerala's past came back to haunt her as she succumbed to illness. Insidious, it was, consuming from within. Desperate, she distanced herself from friends and turned instead to the Cenarion botanist who had saved her life once before.

Kethrenorean Forestwhisper had loved Kerala from the moment he met her. After her rejection, and in her absence, he had grown hostile and mean. Her returned presence was like a light in the darkness.

 

PART TEN

Though Kerala was resourceful and clever, her efforts to stall the advancement of the sickness cursing her failed. Keth worked and researched and tested and he too found no cure. They were running out of time and options.

It was an old Magram wise man who sent them to Maraudon. If any answers were to be found, perhaps it could be within those caverns. Keth breached the holy tomb and there he found a place where they could safely sleep. 

They Dreamed. Kerala's body slowed in deep hibernation. She took the untrained Keth with her. He was supposed to learn, then leave the Dream and continue searching for a cure while she slept.

That, at least, was what was planned.

 

PART ELEVEN

Kerala was not able to teach Keth how to navigate the Dream. She herself was untrained, and lacked the skills of a tutor. She led him to the Dreamseed in the hopes that the tree would help him as it had once guided her. Keth found the branch that had once been Kerala's living bracelet. 

As he studied the Dream and improved his abilities, Keth also guided the growth of the branch into a staff, it's reaching stems thrown back like falcon's wings. He intended it as a gift for his love.

Kerala died before Keth learned to leave the Dream. The living staff remains as the Dreamseed once did, abandoned and waiting to fulfill an unknown potential.

 

This contest entry has been written in the style of artifact research currently in the game. Please stay tuned for updates twice a week, on Sundays and Tuesdays. The last entry will occur Tuesday, February 28th, which is the contest deadline.

Edited by Kerala
edits to add parts all in this post to be a self-contained contest entry
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART ONE

Before the current onslaught of the Legion, the titans had met and fought demons for thousands of years. Certain methods were installed in their facilities to ward and protect them then and well on into the future. Items of importance were sealed away within these vaults.

Time erodes all things. 

Over the centuries, mechanisms failed, magic wards weakened, and evil things came to know of the vaults' existence. They came from the deep places of the earth to plunder and steal. 

They overlooked and left abandoned a small, stunted tree.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART TWO

The Keepers knew that one day even their carefully laid plans and contingencies might fail against the relentless corruption of the Old Gods. Imprisoned deep within Azeroth's unknowable depths, still the dark whispers and taint leeched through. In an attempt to thwart this eventuality, the Keepers employed organic measures in addition to their other systems, ones that could grow and adapt to this threat.

One such experimental organism was a tree. It was planted deep within one of the vaults and, nurtured artificially, it sprouted and grew alone.

The Keepers came up with many such redundancies. Some failed quickly, easily corrupted and flawed in their living design. For centuries, the tree remained. Even after it's support systems eventually faltered, the Dreamseed waited, forgotten in the darkness.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART THREE

As Azeroth slowly molded to the vision set fort by the titans, the tasks of the Keepers grew fewer. One such task was to collect and place into storage some of their wondrous creations.

Those that came to place small artifacts into protective custody often took their rest beneath the Dreamseed's boughs. The tree was a spot of life within an otherwise sterile environment. 

Very quickly, though, the tree became seen as just another artifact being preserved. As relics were placed in their hidden alcoves on pedestals all around it, the Dreamseed drew power.

Ages later visitors came into the darkness for relics, to steal, or to relocate them. The tree was forgotten. Finally one druid came with them. Her name was Kerala Windchaser.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART FOUR

Kerala was a tauren who never really fit in. Unlike studied druids, she was a wild thing. She obeyed urge and instinct whether or not anyone else understood or agreed with her. She was often in conflict, without and within.

Kerala came from a violent history. Early in life she suffered as a captive of the Magram centaur. She spent her late childhood bound and starved. A survivor, she was eventually condemned like many others to isolation and darkness within opal mines. Even years after her rescue, Kerala dealt with a debilitating claustrophobia.

Fear treated but never gone, the druid followed her friends into the deep halls of the vault. The Dreamseed provided comfort as it always had.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART FIVE

The Legion has always pursued one singular goal. They drew together a specialized task force of demonlords. The Nala'quoreem were sent to Azeroth to exploit and by treacherous means soften the world's populace for impending invasion.

Demonlord Xelkorak was one of six in the Quorum. At the end of it all, the Curse-tamer was the last to fall. She was a masterful tactician and stood ready to fight on a field of her own choosing.

Many of Azeroth's finest mustered to fight. Kerala was one of them.

Edited by Kerala

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART SIX

When the guilds of horde and alliance were busy fighting and putting down the Quorum's demons one by one, Kerala was not among them. Her attentions focused on a stunted tree, standing by itself in the darkness. She could not forget the comfort the Dreamseed had given her.

The doors to the tree's vault failed to open to her. The druid entered another complex in other to bargain for access. 

Her request was granted. The stubborn tauren descended into the derelict vault one more time. It was there that she first met the demonlord Xelkorak.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART SEVEN

Unknown to Kerala, the Dreamseed had already bestowed a gift to her the first time they made contact. A small fragile tendril separated from the tree and twined itself around the druid's wrist. When the demonlord swept through the complex, she could not find what she sought.

Xelkorak took a cutting from the Dreamseed anyway.

Kerala and her companion attacked the demonlord. Though they badly lost, Xelkorak left them alive to give more suffering later. She also left the plant. Kerala's companion gathered up the remnants of pottery and soil, and carried the druid away.

The Dreamseed as it had been was dead. The only parts of it that survived existed in the cut branch saved that day, and the living bracelet Kerala wore.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART EIGHT

Xelkorak met the guilds of Azeroth's fighters in a realm of her own making. Part twilight, part Dream, she had planned for this confrontation and was executing it without hindrance against the gathered mortals. They were losing.

Deep in the Emerald Dream, the druid Kerala had planted and nurtured what she thought was merely a tree. The Dreamseed's true purpose was far greater. In the Dream, the tree rooted. It thrived!

The renewed Dreamseed allowed Kerala to unravel and reverse the demonlord's magic structure. She redistributed power to the hopeless mortals. They triumphed. The Quorum was defeated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART NINE

The events of that confrontation had dire consequences. As the weak and shaken druid recovered from the powerful magics she had acted as conduit to, she quickly realized that though that battle had been won, she had a powerful new foe. One she couldn't fight.

The choices in Kerala's past came back to haunt her as she succumbed to illness. Insidious, it was, consuming from within. Desperate, she distanced herself from friends and turned instead to the Cenarion botanist who had saved her life once before.

Kethrenorean Forestwhisper had loved Kerala from the moment he met her. After her rejection, and in her absence, he had grown hostile and mean. Her returned presence was like a light in the darkness.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART TEN

Though Kerala was resourceful and clever, her efforts to stall the advancement of the sickness cursing her failed. Keth worked and researched and tested and he too found no cure. They were running out of time and options.

It was an old Magram wise man who sent them to Maraudon. If any answers were to be found, perhaps it could be within those caverns. Keth breached the holy tomb and there he found a place where they could safely sleep. 

They Dreamed. Kerala's body slowed in deep hibernation. She took the untrained Keth with her. He was supposed to learn, then leave the Dream and continue searching for a cure while she slept.

That, at least, was what was planned.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kerala    59

PART ELEVEN

Kerala was not able to teach Keth how to navigate the Dream. She herself was untrained, and lacked the skills of a tutor. She led him to the Dreamseed in the hopes that the tree would help him as it had once guided her. Keth found the branch that had once been Kerala's living bracelet. 

As he studied the Dream and improved his abilities, Keth also guided the growth of the branch into a staff, it's reaching stems thrown back like falcon's wings. He intended it as a gift for his love.

Kerala died before Keth learned to leave the Dream. The living staff remains as the Dreamseed once did, abandoned and waiting to fulfill an unknown potential.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this