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(Rough translation of the twelve passages of Caelum)

The great sky of Caelum stirred,
and with two great arms,
one of light and one of dark,
gave substance to the world.

Barren lands without power,
so seven gifts sent down
to nourish the wastes,
each a blessing and a curse.

The first of earth,
strong and steadfast,
upheld stability,
and forced conformity.

The second of water,
flowed as one,
in a uniting faith,
and unrelenting horde.

The third of wind,
soared unbound,
travelling free,
and heartless neglect.

The fourth of fire,
rushed outward,
a measure of courage
and recklessness.

The fifth of ice,
cold and still,
maintained a calm,
and effort of sloth.

The sixth of lightning,
a stroke of command,
an order of law
and oppression.

The seventh of life,
brilliance of thought,
a soul of art
and evil deceit.



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Overwatch to Kamilla, what is your status?

Kamilla to Overwatch, status is unchanged, no contact, location is still east of the forest bulge.

Overwatch to Kamilla, we’ve just lost contact with Seer Three. Right before losing contact, one of them pulsed the signature of a witch they located, matches one of our targets.

Kamilla to Overwatch. We’ve found them then. What’s the location of the identified one?

Overwatch to Kamilla, location unknown, but Seer Three was about three kilometers south of your location when we lost contact. We’re moving now to regroup with you Kamilla, sit tight and

The telepathic message ends.

Kamilla to Overwatch, status.

Silence.

Torrent: ”We’ve lost contact with Overwatch.”

Plague: ”Looks like it’s up to us.”

Mission: Hunt down and kill a pair of witches that have been razing towns and cities in the area. The witches are supposedly stronger than normal, reducing everything to ashes and rubble, only leaving a handful of survivors to spread the tale.

Contact with Seer One, Two, and Four were all lost within the past ten minutes, and now Seer Three and Overwatch.

The last remaining party, the kill-team, armed with the legendary Disaster weapons and led by Kamilla herself, should be more than enough to deal with two rampant witches.

Torrent: ”I want a large circular formation, about fifty meters of space between you and the people to your sides. If these witches took out the other parties fast enough that they couldn’t let out a distress pulse, best not to make ourselves an easy target.”

The seven Disaster weapons get into formation - Whirlwind, Quake, Blizzard, Plague, Wildfire, Thunderstorm, and Torrent, the last wielded by Kamilla, the Second of Caelum’s weapon master.

Wildfire: ”You think it’s really just two witches? Those things aren’t supposed to get any stronger than a top-of-the-line chirop fire mage, and I’m pretty sure two of ‘em aren’t capable of wiping out Overwatch that fast. There’s gotta be more of ‘em.”

Torrent: ”However many there are, whatever they are, we’ll be ready. Broad daylight, open field in every direction for a few kilometers, we’ll see ‘em coming long before they’re in casting range.”

The seven weapon users wait, scanning the horizon, alert for any sign of movement. Minutes pass without any sign of life.

Blizzard: ”Think they just took out our eyes and communication and then ran?”

Torrent: ”No telling. Stay alert.”

Several more minutes pass, some of the warriors shifting from foot to foot, twirling their weapon, waiting for something to show up.

An ear-piercing shriek and an energetic explosion, Kamilla whirls around only to be blinded by two white-hot explosions.

Torrent: ”CONTACT!”

Wildfire, Plague, and Torrent leap away from the destruction, taking a quick second to take it in.

Where Whirlwind and Thunderstorm once stood are craters filled with molten rock, the weapons floating on top unharmed, the users nowhere to be seen.

Two dark figures stand on the plains, one where Blizzard was, the other over Quake. The telltale pointed, brimmed hat with the top sagging slightly back, the black, flowing dress. They're witches, but not the normal ones that stood no taller than a human. Both were easily four meters high, with stout, powerful beaks of shining black metal sprouting from their faces, a dozen glowing red eyes visible under the shade of their hat.

Each of their fingers end in a white-hot claw-like blade, one claw in each hand longer than the rest, surpassing that of a greatsword. The charred, shredded remains of a weapon user falling out of each of their grasps.

Plague: ”No...”

The witches surge forward, moving faster than their size should permit. Wildfire unleashes a stream of flames, only for one of the witches to charge directly into it and, reaching the source in the blink of an eye, slicing apart the weapon user’s armor and body into pieces with a few swipes.

Plague ducks and backpedals, avoiding two lethal swings only to be struck with a glowing orange orb, exploding into a burst of heat and gore.

Twin water lances shoot towards the witches, both nimbly dodging before rushing towards Torrent, the last weapon user moving like a blur to avoid the storm of burning, razor-edged claws and searing flames. One of the witches grabs on to the Torrential Glaive, pulling it away. The weapon, not wishing to be taken, forces its master to keep hold, tearing off her right hand as the polearm is flung across the field.

Kamilla’s armor disintegrates, and just as a glowing scythe comes down upon her, she flicks her left hand up, forming an arch of artificial matter that slows the strike long enough for her to leap out of the way, the witch’s claw cleaving clean through and striking the space where Kamilla once stood. As the last member of the kill-team lands on the ground, she stumbles and falls over, her right leg missing below the knee.

The twin witches stand over Kamilla, scrutinizing her form.

”I like this one.”

A crackling whisper, sounding of an old hag with charred lungs.

”She will get stronger. Will be more fun.”

The witches turn to leave, Kamilla pushing herself up into a sitting position.

Kamilla: ”Is that it!? Aren’t you going to devour me, feed me to your bastard witchlings!?”

"Already ate."

Kamilla looks at them, angry, confused.

"This is our sport."

The air shimmers around the witches as they bend space around them, gradually fading from view.

Kamilla: ”I’ll kill the both of you! I’ll gut you like pigs and turn your cores into weapons to slaughter all of your kind!”

One of the witches turns around, its appearance distorted by the barrier forming. The many eyes narrow and its beak bends into a monstrous replication of a smile.

"Call us, the Chaos Weapons."


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An ancient Caelum tale of a woman that would appear during a battle, turning the tide and leading one side to victory. The woman was called the Hero of the March, and later the Saint of the March, eventually being shortened to Saint March over time.

In Caelum tradition, the title Hero of the March is an honor bestowed upon the rare woman in conflict who takes the front lines, leading their allies into the fray and claiming victory, with the belief that she is empowered by the original Saint March.


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Marcus-Hale

As you know, Genevine-Kroelle is your eastern neighbor, despite your attempts of ignoring her for the past five or so years. There is land to your east, by the way.

The savages of the region have been tamed by Genevine over the years, through her extensive efforts at introducing culture and sanitation and wiping out the beasts for them, and she has been a valuable export of the locale’s material, be it skins or spices. However, she has missed her latest shipment date, two weeks ago, which is unusual of her. More unusual, there has been no traffic in and out of her territory, no merchants or messengers to communicate any incident.

I have tasked you with investigating Genevine’s silence and reporting back, or coaxing her out of whatever isolation she has suddenly placed herself in.

Suzanna




Marcus folds the letter closed, stuffing it back into his coat pocket.

Sitting in front of him is his political advisor, Falon Balade, a formally-dressed woman in her late thirties, staring out the window of the carriage.

Falon: ”Is this really a job you have to go do yourself?”

Marcus: ”Genevine-Kroelle is an arrogant, detestable woman, and I would like to avoid contact with her if at all possible.”

Falon: ”So-”

Marcus: ”But a Daeli does not just abandon their duties, not without a good reason. For her and her territory to have just gone silent - I do not trust anyone besides another Daeli to investigate.”

Falon: ”I see.”

Marcus: ”That being said, if she is alive and well, you will handle speaking with her.”

The advisor smirks.

Falon: ”I see.”

The deer-carriage continues along the road, its driver maintaining a steady but urgent pace through the forest until the city comes into view - a collection of multi-leveled artistic works of masonry, wide paved streets, and canals flowing with water.

Marcus pulls a cord on the ceiling and the carriage comes to a halt. He opens the door himself and steps out - a tall, powerfully built man, black hair slicked back, and deep green eyes.

Marcus: ”Wait here.”

Driver: ”Yes sir.”

Marcus: ”Falon, come with me.”

His advisor steps out of the carriage, giving a small bow in acknowledgement.

Falon: ”Yes, my Lord.”


The two walk down the streets, eyeing the windows and doorways of buildings - all empty. Not a single soul in sight



Marcus: ”Do you smell that?”

Falon: ”... Yes. The odor of excrement. Have the sanitation systems failed?”

Marcus: ”I don’t believe so, all the water systems appear to be running.”

Trash occasionally blows across the streets, and Marcus reaches out with his kinetics to bring one of them, a newspaper, to his hand.

Casually glancing at it, his face suddenly contorts into anger, fear, the paper crinkling as his hands tighten into a fist.

Falon: ”... My Lord?”

Marcus: ”What… idiocy...!

The advisor steps closer to him, peering at the paper’s headline.


Genevine Declares Extermination Campaign on Cult of Motram

An artist’s drawing of a centipede-like monster fills the center of the page.



The two continue down the streets, towards the odor of feces that gradually becomes stronger, a foul beacon to a potential clue as to the disappearance of the townsfolk. The smell soon becomes almost overpowering, the advisor coughing and gagging as they push on.


Eventually, they round the corner of a building and see the town square.


A massive tan blob sits in its center, roughly three stories tall, sitting in a massive pile of fly-infested feces. The surface of the blob has hundreds of small openings - half resembling mouths that open and close, and the other half obscene holes, periodically opening and releasing more feces.



Marcus: ”... Caelus protect us...”


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