Appearing in "The Soul Shrine"Edit
- The Elf-Savage
- White Wolf
- The Other Dark Gods
- Gods of Light (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "The Soul Shrine"Edit
Zarthon explains to Tyndall and company the history of Darklens and Weirdworld: Darklens was once a rebel dark god that lost his war and was condemned to a mortal life on the world he had inadvertently spawned from the clash of magical forces in battle. Darklens eventually engaged a plot to blot out the light on Weirdworld and corrupt it by levitating large pieces of its crust high into the sky, starting with the elves' homeland of Klarn. Before he could advance to the next step, a comet thought to be sent by the gods of light fell through the center of Klarn and crushed Darklens on the surface below, resulting in the Realm of Shadow's ring shape. The Dark Riders, Darklens' followers, embarked on a plan to eventually resurrect their master, starting by tranferring his essence to the Darklens Gems before entombing his remains deep in a shrine of Limbo. Before they could complete their efforts, the gems were stolen from the tomb. In the process, they also learn that the situation in which Velanna was found in the center of the Realm of Shadow corresponds to a prophecy of a savior that will one day restore the image of Klarn in a world where their kind has been ostracized due to its connection to the evils that spawn from their land's shadow. With the gems now assembled into a miniature of the tomb that produces a key for it, Zarthon gives Tyndall's group the mission of going to the tomb and burning Darklens' bones once and for all.
Magically transported to the tomb, Tyndall, Velanna, and Mud-Butt are quickly surrounded by mohawked Klarnfolk like the one they sgot the gems from. The savage elves initially believe them to be Darklens' agents, but the appearance of the white wolf diffuses the situation. The savage elves reveal that they are the last survivors of Klarn and they have been working against the Dark Riders. They stole the gems and sent their messenger with them to find Zarthon. They also explain that the white wolf is actually a spirit of the comet and of all dead Klarnfolk. They decide to trust Tyndall's group with the mission to destroy Darklens.
They penetrate the tomb and follow the clues to open Darklens' sarcophagus and begin incinerating his bones with the gems, but just then Zarthon appears and merges with the gems, apologizing for submitting to the dark allure of their power. As Zarthon grows to titanic proportions, he gradually transforms in Darklens reborn. Ironically his followers, the Dark Riders, only recognize him as an usurper of their master's power and attack, shedding their humanoid guises to reveal that they were the same Night-Fangers that were also hunting for the gems. The Nightfangers' attack causes the tomb to collapse into a collossal gateway made up of large-scale Darklens Gems. through which they can see a magical realm where Zarthon/Darklens continues to battle the Nightfangers. The balance is upset when the white wolf appears, revealing himself to also be the innkeeper from the city, and dives through the gate to conquer the Nightfangers and then sacrifice himself in a clash with Darklens that annihilates them both and closes the portal. In the dawn of the new day, the survivors of Klarn dedicate the grounds as the Shrine of the Dawning Miracle.
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