The World Of Albion

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The Avalonians

Long before the first colonists arrived in Albion, its native inhabitants had attuned themselves to the magic within the world by listening to whispers of stick and stone. This was a nature-loving tribe called the Keepers. There were others, though, who saw the pure power of the land and claimed it as their own. These would come to be known as the Avalonians.

The Avalonians were a proud and ancient faction, formed after the dragons went to their long slumber. They learned the power of the land through trial and error, infusing their tools, beasts, and even themselves with magic. After many failed attempts at mastering the crystallized magic of Albion, the Avalonians discovered a great white crystal, purer and stronger than its blue counterparts.

An apparatus the size of a lake was built around the enormous crystal, distilling pure, glowing magic in liquid form. This was the first grail. The city built to house this grail was named Avalon.

Arthur and the Order of the Grail drank from the liquid and pledged their lives to protect it, while a "lady of the lake" was chosen to judge who was worthy to drink from it. She was named Morgana, and was a wise and powerful mage. Thus began the golden age of Avalon, under King Uther and his two trusted advisors, Arthur and Morgana.

During these golden times, a young Keeper druid named Merlyn warned of the reawakening of the dragons. When his tribe did not listen to his warnings, he approached the Avalonians for aid. The Avalonians, understanding the lingering danger of the sleeping dragons, were willing to join forces with Merlyn.

The dragons were defeated by Merlyn and the Avalonians in a colossal battle that cost Uther his life. A new ruler was needed. As Merlyn learned more of Morgana's growing alliance with demonic forces, he clandestinely crowned Arthur as the new king, rejecting Mordred, Morgana’s son. Morgana, hurt and betrayed, spent the following years plotting and corrupting the court of Avalon against Merlyn and Arthur, who by that time had left Avalon to rule from Caerleon.

A war between the forces of Morgana and Arthur erupted. Overwhelmed by the power of the Order of the Grail, Morgana opened countless gates to hell, letting in innumerable demons. In desperation, Merlyn cast a spell that destroyed both armies and condemned Morgana to hell.

Afterward, all that remained on the battlefield were the nearly immortal Avalonians. The strongest retreated to Avalon along with the gravely wounded Sir Bedivere, mighty steward of Arthur, swearing an oath to return when Albion needed them. The other surviving Avalonians retreated to guard their hidden grail sources from corruption.

Thousands of years later, colonists began to arrive on Albion's shores, spreading across the land and pillaging everything in sight. Portals to hell appeared more frequently, Disciples of Morgana grew restless in their strongholds, and Keepers began to emerge from their caves.

Deep in the earth, a drop of pure magic fell into a grail. The Order reawakened, ready to cleanse Albion of its impurity.


Order of the Grail: Valor

The Valor subfaction, first of the "three pillars" of the Order of the Grail, embodies strength and power, as its members have drunk from the pure magic waters of the grail and survived. These fighters use both melee and ranged attacks, swinging at the players with tremendous swords or twin axes, but are also defenders who can cast mighty shield spells that knock enemies back and reflect damage. Their oath describes them as vessels of the grail's power, meaning they convey themselves with stoicism and dignity - but are not afraid to show their full strength when the sanctity of their realm is threatened.
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Order of the Grail: Magic

The Magic subfaction, second of the "three pillars" of the Order, embodies the mystical, arcane, and technical aspects of the grail's power. Its members have imbued not only their own bodies, but also other creatures and even inanimate stone and metal with crystal magic to mould them into powerful weapons. They see themselves as both scientists and artists, sculpting magic into usable forms. Their oath describes them as conduits of the grail's power, and while they are mysterious and arcane in their practice, a genuine love of experimentation - as well as of their fearsome creations - shines through.
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Order of the Grail: Spirit

The Spirit subfaction, third and most mysterious of the "three pillars" of the Order, embodies the religious and spiritual aspects of the grail. These mystics have a complex and contradictory role, as they simultaneously heal their allies and harm their enemies. In battle, they rely on focus, training, and control rather than brute strength or magical overkill. Their oath describes them as the soul of the grail. To outsiders, they appear as fanatical devotees, engaged in a holy war to defend the grail. Their combat style takes a three-pronged approach: soothing the wounded, strengthening their allies, and breaking those who oppose them.
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Sir Bedivere

Bedivere, steward of Arthur, lost his arm in defense of his king during the great war. Despite his grave injury, he remains the most powerful of the Avalonians, with devastating physical and magical attacks, immense defensive capabilities, and the ability to completely reheal himself in battle. At the height of his powers, he can even summon a phantom arm of pure Avalonian energy, which can choke the life out of lesser foes. Though he is a relic of an older time and has grown somewhat weary in his great age, he nonetheless embodies the pride and steadfastness of the Avalonians, and will fearlessly face down any number of enemy forces.
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