Keepers of the Eternal Shadow
Trappers Guild Charter
The Trappers Guild is a guild for those who enjoy spending time gathering strength, from the Trap Nightmare art, Sacrifice art, or just general hunting of the mares throughout the city. Enthusiasts of all foci are encouraged to join in.
The Trappers Guild's main goal is bulk gathering of strength for use to better the dream and those within. This main objective will be accomplished through many different means. Strength gathered by the Trappers Guild may be acquired on loan with repayment of loaned strength plus 20% interest to be repaid by a date agreed to by the Trappers Guild and the loaned party.
The Trappers Guild will use gathered strength for guild projects that will be made public knowledge to the city. Public support for these projects will always be welcome and the guild will also be looking into collaborations with the focal guilds.
The Trappers Guild is an independent entity that exists outside of the political spectrum of the city. Members will not allow (current/past/ect) city or personal political beliefs to interfere with the daily running of the guild.
Non faction and faction crested members of the guild can be crested for use of the guild hall if they wish. As the guild is not a political entity, guild members will not wear the crest of the stronghold, nor receive the stronghold art that the guild hall resides in.
No faction crested member shall utilize guild resources while their faction is engaged in active hostilities. This includes, but is not limited to, spending more then required amount of time to handle guild business in the guild hall, drawing conflict to the guild hall, using guild resources: PT's, talismen from the vaults, Translocating to the guild.
Members must request power tokens for forging or projects and they will be limited based on recorded member strength contributions to the guild.
The Trappers Guild is just that, a guild. The guild hall is not a place for personal storage of items, quests, or any belongings. While gathering strength for the guild, a member may leave personal effects in a designated area. A member will pick up their stored items upon completion of gathering strength. Any items left by a member of the trapper guild in the guild hall and not retrieved within sufficient time, will be disposed of.
Members of the guild that wish to gather strength from Kotoken and Datoken sources may do so at their personal discretion, however not required by the guild. Any advanced training taught by members and tactical squad inclusion is entirely voluntary and not integral to guild membership.
Any member found to be in breach any guild voted and agreed upon code of conduct, rule, regulation, requirement, ect, will be ejected from the guild permanently. All guild expulsions will be investigated and voted on by a guild membered committee whose members have no political affiliation.
In the end, the guild is a place to enjoy the company of other citizens that share a common hobby and in so, using that hobby to create a better city for themselves, and others. If interested in joining, seek out any member or Doc Dwight for further information.
This charter is subject to amendment to resolve any unforeseen complications or circumstances by means of a general vote of the guild.
Current Guild Roster
- Aileron - FrS (Guild Leader, Crested into Guild Hall)
- Athena - DoL (Not crested into Trapper Guild Hall)
- Ironies II - HC (Not Crested into Trapper Guild Hall)
- Jade - FrS (Not Crested into Trapper Guild Hall)
- Kain - DoL (Not Crested into Trapper Guild Hall)
- Uthanatos - Frs (Guild Leader, Crested into Guild Hall)
The Trappers Guild encourages all dreamers Unsphered through 3rd to bring their filled wells to be exchanged for personal energy/strength. The strength will come from the guild member themselves through the use of the art Bequeath.
The ratio of energy/personal strength to essence strength is as follows:
Unsphere - 5:1 Ratio (Example: A well with 1 strength is worth 5 energy)
1st Sphere - 10:1 Ratio (Example: A well with 1 strength is worth 10 energy)
2nd & 3rd Sphere - 20:1 Ratio (Example: A well with 1 strength is worth 20 energy)
The dreamer providing the well agrees upon delivery of said well to have the art of Judgment evoked on them by the guild member at their discretion.
If a guild member denies the granting of personal energy for reasons outside of youngling's sphere, please seek out Uthanatos or Aileron for granting of energy.
The Trapper Guild hopes with this program to encourage the young to understand the significance of essence strength and how it can both benefit themselves, and the city itself.
Underlight Reawakening Gallery
Underlight Clash of Dreams History
Plane: Umbric Plains
Beliefs: Knowledge, Balance and Amelioration.
Knowledge...we want to know all that we can. It's power. And with that power we can achieve the other two beliefs.
Balance...We strive for balance in everything. Ourselves, the family, the dreamers, the City. The Shadow is balance itself.
Amelioration... is the act of making something better. How you do that is with Knowledge and Balance.
Last is the Shadow itself. To some it's a guiding force. It's the embodiment of what we want to become.
Prime Artifact: The Eternal Hourglass
House Art: Shadow Step
Past House Roster
Rulers: Ironies II, Starfall
Initiates: hannababy, Kyoko,
Beliefs & Teachings of The Keepers of the Eternal Shadow formerly known as The Monastery of the Shadow
by Cianne as penned by ~ Synteny - Guardian
The Keepers of the Eternal Shadow is a place for those who wish to improve themselves, feel wanted regardless of desires or reputation, find friends and family, and to make the city a better place for all. The Shadowkin follow the teachings of the Shadow: Balance, Knowledge, and Amelioration.
~ The Shadow Explained ~
The Shadow is a force that exists in the city. It was created when Light and Darkness touched. It keeps both from destroying the other, and maintains life and balance in the dreamstate. Just as the shadow exists because of, and works with the forces that created it and all the teachings of the Shadow; Balance, Knowledge and Amelioration work together to support each other. You cannot fully realize one of the beliefs without the others.
~The Shadow Teaches of Knowledge~
The gathering of knowledge from all and any source. The preservation of knowledge, both that which you have gathered, and that others have gathered. Destruction of knowledge is abhorrent. Also the use of knowledge is in support of Balance and Amelioration.
~The Shadow Teaches of Balance~
Balance and peace within yourself, Balance in your actions, and Balance and safety in the city. There are many ways to break down balance. The Shadow itself is a being of pure balance; Existing between Light and Dark, being of both but of neither, and yet cannot be without both.
~The Shadow Teaches of Amelioration~
The act of improvement. Always improving ourselves according to our personal goals.
Supporting the improvement of friends and family according to their personal and group goals.
Also, always striving to improve the state of the city around us.
Clash of Dreams Gallery
Lyra Era Beliefs
Between the edge of darkness and the rim of light, there exists the true meaning of being. We, the few who see the glimmer within this space have chosen to serve that purest of truth, to heed the omens and serve as messengers of the Shadow.
Within the Balance of the Shadow all things are seen in the truest of lights. We feel the spirit of all things rush through our very souls and fill us with strength and purpose. No illusions cloud our judgment as it is wisdom and courage that feed our cause. The Shadow is with us and we are of it. Its presence to be kept by we who hear the call.
Our Plight is not an easy one, the Path narrow, and difficult. Along the way, we encounter many obstacles. Some of these physical, some of these spiritual, but all conquerable. With the love and support of our family, we continue on day after day, no matter how rocky the Path becomes.
We are simply a house without walls at the moment but this hinders us not. We are a family bound by bonds much thicker then blood. We are bound by the Shadow. By the Balance.
- We believe the Dream to be an alternate state of consciousness. A world between that of the material and the spiritual which is a stepping stone to achieving Balance.
- All that we do within the Dream has an effect upon both worlds. We are making passage through our shadowed Dreams for our own spiritual evolution. Our thoughts and feelings are real, for they come from our mind and our soul. Through these, we create this realm capable of allowing us to experience them, thus we always "reap what we sow".
- We believe that Order is the positive force as Chaos is the negative. For us, Order and Chaos are relative to existence and the "Shadow" is combination of these two, which symbolizes us being formed from the good -Light- and evil -Dark- wills. To achieve true Balance, one must be willing to experience extremes of each.
- For us, orbits, arts, spheres and items are all products of our own experiences. They are the tools that we have created to use on our paths for reaching our goals.
- We believe that all Mares are the products of malicious will and disperse imbalance through the city. We believe that they are at their core composed of the elemental force of chaos and use for daily check to maintain balance. The extent to which they can be considered intelligent or not, is debatable. However, the essences are to be given to the Shadow, to feed up the House Prime Artifact to purify the City for maintaining the Balance.
- We desire the whole dream process to be an experience of constant spiritual evolution, continuous creation, and never ending expansion. Our beliefs and values form the structure of our dream and to loose them would be unravel the fabric of our experience. Consequently, we always hold and stay true to them, but still examining them one by one, review them piece by piece…
Keepers of the Eternal Shadow, and its members attempt to maintain the Balance between Order and Chaos. The Dream is in a constant state of flux, alternating in illusive ways between these two fundamentals.
The position of the Dream, as related to the Balance, at any given time, is the result of all Dreamer actions within the City. Hunting, tasking, training, interpersonal and political relationships, Dark Mares all affect the Balance. When the Dream is forced out of its rhythm towards one extreme, then the House of the Keepers of the Eternal Shadow considers what action should be taken to restore the Balance.
Many things may prompt the House to take action… Prolonged periods of war, periods when Chaos is called upon, rampant outbreaks of Dreamstalkers, personal conflicts that increase danger, and even the harassment of the Darkmares, who mostly represent the purest source of the Chaos in the Dream.
The actions of the House to restore the Balance, can be either passive or aggressive, positive or negative, depending on the situation and the doctrine of the House Counsel and take the most effective action aimed at the restoration of Balance.
"The Balance of the Dream is in the Shadows, not all is Good or in the Light, nor all is Evil or in the Dark, but the Balance is in the Shadows, the swirling and omnipresent Shadows all around us."
The First Days
During the days of the first Dreamers, long before "The Great Loss," a time of great change within the Dream City had happened. The great Houses of the Dream were being built stone by stone... fortresses with their beliefs carved into the very stone foundations. Scores of Dreamers banded together to aid in the construction of the Great Houses in standard mundane fashion, except for one, the House of KoES, The Keepers of the Eternal Shadow. This is the story of the construction and formation of this great mystical House and what it brings to the Dream.
The "enlightened" masses of the Dream were quite content in all that they "knew," and considered the followers of KoES, Lost Souls. Though assuming an enlightened state, Dreamers saw little more than their immediate surroundings. Yet, this did not disturb the Keepers. The Keepers understood and accepted it as each Dreamer's method to determine their place in the Dream.
Once, a Dreamer upset by what he was told he could and/or could not do, went to the highlands of the Dream to seek peace, to think, to meditate. Aquiela Val'Des, Free Spirit, held in question beliefs of all the Houses as they conflicted with his own.
By seeking and exploring, Aquiela Val'Des found a cave high in the lands he traveled. For days, he tried to meditate, however, his mind was so clouded and troubled that he knew he needed to cleanse his spirit. In a Vision Quest he found a place of clarity of mind that none had ever seen before. With a shudder and flash of Insight, he then knew the truth, his mission, and what he must do. This was the birth of KoES as an ideal, for he knew and understood the Dream was truly a separate realm of existence. The House must be of the Shadows of the Dream, a House of mystery, a House pondered and spoken of in secret, for as he understood that this was what the Dream was, part of the Shadow that enraptures all.
The Dawn of the Shadow
Before Threshold, the Caudal Rift, the Courtyard of Awakening, and the Hall of Voices, lay the beginnings of the "Shadow." As the very first Dreamers started to enter the City of Dreams, alone and unprotected, each sought their own way of thinking about the Dream.
Here is the story of but one. Aquiela Val'Des, a Dreamwright, whose search for a non-constrained way of Dreaming led him to isolation within the very heart of City. In this realm, between the Ordered direction of the City and the utter randomness of the Chaos, Val'Des attempted to remove his soul from either, and progressed into what we know today, as the OverSoul. He knew that infinite knowledge and consciousness without restriction lay somewhere outside the mortal shells that they had wrapped around themselves.
During his seclusion, Val'Des experimented in magical arts, alchemy and other unconventional workings. It was during one of these experimentation’s that he had a revelation that would change his way of thinking forever. He recorded the details of this experience in a personal journal which would eventually become what we know now as the Book of Val’Des or, the Book of Shadows. When Val'Des looked out upon the City, he noticed a thin and transparent reflection. As if seen through colored glass, he glimpsed an underlying existence that fed both sides of the spectrum. It was then, that he perceived a thin line between the two planes and a place between light and darkness, positive and negative, along with the Balance of the two. As with his spiritual beliefs he could see it all clearly, the iconized dualism and polarities coming together to form one separate. Not two becoming one as most would perceive, but the combining of two, balanced to perfection, giving birth to the third, The Shadow. Not an easy concept for most to grasp and this is where his struggles began.
He called this place of Balance, "The Shadows" and the Entity within in it he hoped to find "The Shadow."
The time was set, the place was here, before him, Val'Des knew what he must do. The Dream was in need of the great knowledge he then had, the truth of the Dreamstate, but how could he tell the others? He knew that they would scoff and snicker behind his back, as all do of one whom have a different idea.
Val'Des set out on his task to find ones he could trust, all the while recording his journeys. They were to be of the Shadows, as he was - the Hidden. So began the first members of KoES, the Keepers of knowledge, Shadows, and Balance of the Dream. Many of the ones he found were looking for power, negative power, which they felt, he knew of, yet others looked to him for answers he did not have. Val'Des was a seeker and a learner. All of what he held within him, he held in Honor, and shared it with a trusted few and those of like mind.
As time passed, Val'Des found two others. This struck him as ironic but held more meaning then that of the Trine he had always known, the Triple Moon, the Three-fold Goddess. Why this number yet again, with counting himself, another Trinity. As he meditated and pondered this, it came to him, the Light, the Dark, and the Balance... the "Shadow" was coming together with the other two. This was a great realization. At a meeting of the three, Val'Des, explained his thoughts, and set the first order of The Keepers, the side of Light, or Positive, the side of Dark or Negative, and himself, the Balance. The one, who he set to control the Light was to learn and seek the knowledge, the one, who was set to control the Dark side, was to be the fighters and defender, which later became the "Assassins" of lore, from KoES. Little is known of these times, for as all was done, as it was set to be deep within the Shadows of the Dream.
The Days of Growth
Val'Des, and the other two Keepers, Bellenter and Lorthodolic, began to wander the Dream. Their passage went unnoticed by most, except for those discontented with their Dreams, those whom dreamed for themselves, those with different ideas, and those who did not follow the norm. At last, the trio came upon an isolated sector of the Dream. As Val'Des came to it, he knew at once that he had been meant to find this place. It had realms of great height, raising high above the clouds, and revealing in the Light. It had realms of deep Dark caverns, plunging straight into the sewers and caves burrowing under the City. Moreover, it had passages between those two realms where the road would wander off in any direction, allowing the travelers to choose their own path. Val'Des knew he was home.
The House of the Keepers did not start out as the other Houses, as huge projects where scores of Dreamers gathered, and worked tirelessly day and night, creating a huge House. Instead, the House of the Keepers started out as a small cave. Val'Des, Bellenter, and Lorthodolic stopped to rest here while traveling, and when they stepped out front after their rest; they were confronted with a small group of Dreamers. At first, Val'Des thought they had come to confront them, and withdrew into the cave. After a moment, one of the Dreamers stepped forward into the cave, and knelt down before Val'Des. The Keepers had their first followers.
As the time passed, the cave slowly began to grow as more and more people of Like Mind trickled in to join the movement. Unlike the other Houses, the Keepers did not see it right to try to recruit others to their cause. Instead, they concentrated on the ideology that each Dreamer chooses his own path, and if that path led to their front door then, so be it. However, it was not their place to alter a person's path from its destination, towards their door. As such, the Keepers consisted of those strictly devoted to the belief that the Dream is in a state of Balance, and that it was their duty to maintain that Balance.
Each member that sought entry into the House and to learn the Secrets of the Shadow were welcomed. They were not set upon by Val'Des to "do this, or you may not belong to the House." In fact, unlike many of the Houses, Val'Des did not seek to control his followers. Moreover, he reveled in the fact that they were able to study as they chose, without criticism or being attacked by those outside of the House.
In time, almost every follower had chosen to follow one of the original three Keepers. Those studying under Bellenter named themselves, "The Ashen Edge." Bellenter had dreamed as an outcast, and had learned early the advantage of being able to hide realizing that sometimes, violence was the only answer to some problems. Val'Des had known that there must be a group of Dreamers to strike with. However, in wars, innocent Dreamers get collapsed, and in all, it is the whole Dream that is damaged, instead of that which one tries to strike at. If there is a weed in a garden, do you plow up the entire garden? No. You go straight to the weed, and yank it out of the ground. Knowing this, and knowing Bellenter's talents, Val'Des sought him to train his followers into a group of elite Warriors. They would be able to strike hard, fast, and directly at the problem, and that there would be no wars, where innocents were caught in the crossfire.
Lorthodolic founded a group devoted to assisting their brethren in the Dream calling themselves the "Brothers of the Cloud." This group wandered all over the Dream, restoring, teaching, telling stories, and helping other Dreamers in any way that they could. The most selfless Dreamers in the House gathered to this group, because they helped all with no wish or desire for anything in return.
Finally, there were those who joined neither group, who chose to hold, and maintain the Balance. Scholars, Alchemists, Historians, Artisans, Mystics and many others stood as one. They were the true Keepers of the Eternal Shadow.
The Keepers are quite the mystical house indeed. The Keepers are a FreeSoul house who uses the the mare essences for occult purposes. They do not banish, imprison, nor drain the essence, but instead use them for rituals as they draw upon the energy of the essence and direct it to a more useful purpose.
They also seek to one day create a city as if should be; out from under the oppressive thumbs of Dreamwrights who sought to subject all dreamers. They speak a method that will allow them forever within the embrace of the dream, no longer forced to the incontinence of Cloudsbreak.
Alternate History 1
Many moons before the dreaded battle of Spiked Crossing, before The House of KoES fell into corrupt and power hungry hands, we were at peace. We had little interaction with any other houses and kept to our own works, our own quest for Balance within the Shadow.
Aquiela Val'Des gathered us. He was the true Father of the Keepers and teacher to us all. By us all, I include our nemesis Asmodan Kytain. Asmodan was not the man he is today then. He was an eager student full of hope and promise, much like I was. I dare say I once called Asmodan 'friend', though I know now this was not so.
Asmodan and I sought to learn from Aquiela just about everything and anything that he was willing to impart upon us. The Magick and the Alchemy was like an addictive drug that neither of us could quite get enough of. We were devout to the Keepers and served Aquiela with honor for a very long time. That is until our own blind ambitions made us stray from our oaths and lead us to our inevitable demise.
Though the story of my folly is long and one of it's own, it bares a small mention here as I fear my works accelerated Asmodan's corruption. With Aquiela's restraints on how the Secrets were to be used and what was "right for the Shadow and the Balance," both Asmodan and I grew impatient and anxious. I turned my back on my oath as a Keeper to pursue the works and creation of the Entropy Coalition, which ultimately lead to the leaks of Chaos into the City. But Asmodan, his plans were of total domination of the Keepers. I fear that the Chaos the EC unwittingly allowed into the Dream clung to Asmodan like a second skin. He thrived on it and wanted more. I was so lost in my own taint and darkness that I did nothing but stand by and watch Asmodan destroy the Keepers. I allowed the beauty and truth to be buried under his greed and deception for far too long.
Aquiela's favorite word was "Tolorance" in his day to day works. He allowed us all the room to err and flounder but was the first to help us off the ground when we did fall. He gave us too much room in retrospect, with allowing us access to the Secrets, the Book, all of it. While I was no more then a common thief in stealing the formulae, Asmodan was a traitor of the worst kind. His lies and conspiracies against Aquiela, Bellenter and Lorthodolic to\ overthrow them stopped at no lengths. But Aquiela foresaw all of this, even my betrayals were shown to him. They knew and they prepared.
Asmodan raged at Aquiela and his brother's actions. He gathered his followers and convinced them that Aquiela had grown weak and feeble minded with his actions of burying the Truth and the Wisdoms of the Keepers. Now Asmodan was completely barred from access to the Secrets and used it as a power play to seize the House from Aquiela and the True Keepers. It was not long until Asmodan gathered his own Circle of Rulers and lead them all under his dark cloud of tyranny. It was a tragedy like no other, paled only in comparison by The Great Loss itself.
I lost track of much of Asmodan's actions after Aquiela and the others went into seclusion and eventually Cast Adrift. I do know that though small in comparison to the other Houses, Asmodan's House of Shadows was one of great wealth and power. It was not the House that was meant to stand at all. It was tainted by evil greed and lies. Asmodan had succeeded in removing all traces of what the House was built on and what the true Keepers stood for with his new reign as the Dark Lord of KoES.
Now I feel it important here to interject that my own corruption and imbalance took great pleasure in seeing The Keepers turn. Perhaps it made me feel justified in some twisted way. I wanted the Truth to die along with my own goodness. I was not "myself" though, you must understand that. My own hands helped bury the True Keepers to justify my own corrupt pursuits. I, am not who I was then. I am now who I was when I first took Aquiela's hand and vowed my soul to the true Shadow. . . NOT the man that Chaos tainted and twisted through my works. For whatever reason, if but to tell this tale, I have been given a chance to redeem myself and make amends. With that, I continue. . .
Asmodan came to me often after the Battle at Spiked Crossing in search of any knowledge that I still held from our pure days. He used bribes, threats and whatever else he could summon to get me to spill all I knew that would aid him. Evil begets evil they say, and my heart was black as the pitch spawned from Chaos at that point. The Dreamstrike] Masters were my foe and I could see nothing else but their demise. I aided Asmodan, I admit this freely as part of my penance now. I knew of his plot to kidnap Kiroko Lambent Kayarhara and I reveled in the thought of Turgin's suffering. I was corrupt, my Keeper's soul buried deep beneath the Chaos I so desperately sought to harness and control. Despite that, I had no taste for Asmodan's MindFlay or other tools of torment. Though I dished out my own evil, I can take some solace in knowing that I never directly inflicted the pain and suffering that Asmodan took pleasure in dispensing. But it was when I learned that Asmodan sought to possess the very art that I and my comrades were fighting to destroy that Asmodan and I became mortal enemies. I had no clue that his abduction of Kiroko was for the bargain of Dreamstrike. When I did learn of this, it was far too late.
I watched from a safe distance past the Shadow Steps, chameled and Mind Blanked, I watched it all. I heard Kiroko's cries after Asmodan shattered Contessa to oblivion. I witnessed it all first hand. I retreated away from the House in horror, an odd sensation for me at the time I admit. The Truth was indeed dying. Bittersweet. It was a full week of silence outside my laboratory before I felt the strange twinge. Aquiela often spoke that the Shadow was in all things, a single thread that binds and the Keepers tap into it as if a sixth sense. I knew this to be true then. On my instincts I raced to the Gathering and watched once again. I saw Mi'raj and knew at once, as if intuitively, what was to take place. I did not stay. I walked back slowly and heard the screams of Asmodan as the Dark Rite was performed against him. I felt the smile cross my lips as the image of the Shadow take it's divine justice out upon him. Then I stopped dead in my tracks, knowing my time would be next, knowing that my own betrayal to the Shadow, to Aquiela would be upon me. I too would reap what I had sown. Oddly, this is the last bit of "feeling" I carried for many moons, until the last Full Moon before the Great Loss. I felt Aquiela leave this place forever. It was then I knew the Truth was indeed dead within the City. That I would never see the prophesy play out in my lifetime.
And here I am. Brought back to this place as I was before. With my heart free from the evil that twisted me into the hideous creature that wrought havoc not much unlike Asmodan. But I have been gifted a second chance. To make things right with my 'father' Aquiela Val'Des, to help the true Keepers banish the evil cloud of Darkness that is called Asmodan from their lives forever. To help Asmodan's children find peace. This is my path, thus is the tale.
Written By: Fenr'al
Alternate History 2
Keepers of the Eternal Shadow was a Dreamstriking House, one which DreamStruck essences, for some strange reason. She states that she does not know of the illuminate/FreeSoul polarity of the House yet, but I suspect heavily that it will be Illuminate. In their History, they speak of the Shadow, which they keep. Apparently, they convert 'mare essences into some sort of nutrition for the Shadow, which is contained in their Ruler areas and in turn, the Shadow provides the House with guidance. Entropy Coalition had some roots in KoES, but not enough to be fully associated with them. The group that wishes to open up the Keepers of the Eternal Shadow call themselves the Shadow Alliance. This group is dedicated to the study of KoES' history. They are hoping that once they discover the true beliefs of KoES that they will find them acceptable, and can use them. The leader of this group is Sabriana, she says that she is apprenticed to the houses current ruler Lord Xenus. She says that he also is seeking to regain the history of KoES because he lost his memory after the great loss. Sabriana says that the members of the SA are forbidden to engage in random violence and dishonorable acts. She also says that the true beliefs (FreeSoul/Illuminate) will come when they find out more information about the houses history. In my search for what the KoES used to do with essences I was told that they used to feed them to an entity called the Shadow, via an artifact called the "Shadow Sphere". I was told that the reasoning behind this house was that of balance. The City is made up of a balance, everything chaotic and to some "evil" on one side and everything organized and of the "light" on the other. The SA believes that this balance must be kept even or fatal consequences will occur. They believe that the city is dangerously tipped towards the light, and that it is their job to ease it back to a delicate balance. I also heard from a very reliable source that this house maybe a house of assassins and that it's underlying purpose is evil.
Written by Sabriana
To my delight, I bump into Bear Crusher in Threshold. In my research I discovered that Bear Crusher was the first crested member of the Shadow, and I have been waiting years for an opportunity to record the story of opening of this, the last house in the City of Underlight. Bear suggests Sphere Four Hall since he hasn't really had a good look at it. I flash my rarely-seen sphere two crest, and suggest Sphere Two Hall as an alternative. In the Study the normally quiet Bear Crusher starts the story, pausing occasionally to ask how he's doing.
"Let's see, I began dreaming before the houses all fell, 'cause I remember the night it happened. At the time, I think, all of the houses except KOES was open... 'cause they were the house that had the Pretender from what ya mentioned just now. Ma'raj was his name, wasn't it? Turned into a darkmare too, when his deception became known. Anyway...when I began my dreams I was helped by lots of folks, 'cause at the time, I couldn't even read or write. But, even before I understood all there was to know bout the houses and long before I even knew there were folks trying to open KOES, I knew in my heart what I believed. Being as how I hunt bears in my shard, and tan the hides and roast or salt the meat, I understood that it was wrong to waste whatever it was ya could glean from a critter... So, when I took to hunting here, it just made sense to me that the only thing the essence was good for was a source of energy... And I knew that I was a Freesoul cause this here city is just a dream, how else can ya explain me being here. I mean, I ain't got no high moral ground to stand on, nor no cause I fight for... I just dreamed to suit myself, ya know. Being as how I am mostly selfish, shiftless and lazy.
"Anyhow, there I was, my beliefs firmly in hand and just enjoying myself and being helped by nice folks like Sorsha, Kayla and others that I can't name at the moment... When, Mangler, who latched on to me early in my dreams... I think he always kinda felt sorry for me or something, said, "Hey, there is a crowd up at KOES, lets go see what's happening." That ain't an exact quote, but close enough, okay.
"So, we get up there to KOES and I saw some lady talking and teaching as it were, about the House. Right on the steps, the ones to the right of the entrance... And I sat there and I listened to her... Imowhin was her name. Anyway, she wasn't even all done and I just kinda smacked myself in the forehead and said to myself, "Dang, that is exactly what it is I believe." And right then and there, I dropped to a knee at her feet and said, "You done got yourself the Bear." And I ain't never not been in any house since and ain't never once not been a Keeper..."
>Bear Crusher taps his chest lightly
"Here, where it matters."
>Bear Crusher rises on his tip toes trying to get a peek at Calysto's notes.
"How am I doing?"
>Calysto looks up and grins.
"Very well. I'm just writing down what you're saying, honest."
" Ya doing it word for word and all?"
>Calysto nods firmly.
"Okay, now to what it is ya really want to know. Okay, after I groveled at Imowhin's feet and such, I came to find out that there were a couple more folks in her stable, so to speak. Rathis Tarn and Khateyana. This next part I am gonna say, is just my take on things and are most likely wrong... Anyway, the problem with the groups in the past that tried to open the Keepers was egos and goal clashes and couldn't no one manage to get all their ducks in a row because of it. Heck, the house could have probably opened years before, but Keepers by trade just are hardheaded. 'Cepting me of course. Now I know that Imowhin aligned herself with Rathis and Khat for several reasons, but one being simply that two people are easier to handle than a score or more... which I know hurt some feelings of folks in another group that was veying for the house at the same time.
"Things were said and done to discredit some folks that I know for a fact, were not true. Elspet for one. I was there when the KOES flag dropped in thresh and some, not me, accused her of stealing it, when all she did was pick it up and even returned it. But, I am sure... I probably don't know all the whys and wherefores of that, so I will let that be.
"Anyway, back to Imowhin and Rathis and Khat. Imowhin had problems with even them two, trying to keep egos in line and all. I was kinda, the balance between em, when I joined the group, ya know. I didn't have no issues to speak of with anyone and I kinda kept the two off each others throat and made things easier for Imowhin to handle. We muddled along for a time. Darion joined the group and I guess he kinda felt he gave us validity or something. He liked to try and lord over me, but I mostly ignored his attempts to put me in my place.
"Okay. Things just began to turn into a grind, ya know. Meetings about this that and the other thing but nothing seemed to advance the cause none. Anyway, at this time, Iden and his three croonies, Rahib, Idris, and another whose name I can't recall, were dreaming and causing a fuss around the city. If ya had seen Rahib back then ya would remember. Those three looked like us but they were jet black, not abyss. And they walked funny, with their leg stuck up like in a continuous run. They would come to thresh, and they would talk and they made really neat metal items. Like metal chaks and such. The thing that struck me funny bout them is they had no emotion. None. They didn't laugh, or frown or anything.
"Everyone seemed to think they were some kinda mechanized creation of Iden. Kinda like the spiders that Telomir used to make. Not really alive, ya know. I didn't see it that way, I saw them as prisoners of Iden. In fact, I saw then as dreamers, dreamers who had a mind and could think and talk but who had had their heart taken from them by Iden. Like it was their heart he had imprisoned, ya know. The why of the telling of this relates to the House opening. I spoke of my feelings and concerns about them three to Imowhin. I convinced her that they were prisoners and that I could set them free... if I could give em back their heart. I showed her a vision, so to speak, of the House, the Keeper house, long ago, before the Great Loss and how I could use the same vision to free them. Imowhin was crying when I was done.
"The next night, I was alone at the house and she brought them three, Rahib and Idris and (Zeid) to me at the House. She wanted me to show them what I had shown her. I told her that I could not. That only if I had the strength and support of Khat and Darion and Rathis, could I ever hope to weave a vision that could shatter the chains that bound up the hearts.
"The next night, I think it was, Iden appeared on our steps, along with Asmodan. and then them three dreamers appeared also. Rathis and Khat and Darion were also there that night. Imowhin took me aside and said I had to do it. I had to weave the vision. So... though I was scared to death, and Iden and Asmodan made what moves they could agaisnt the vision and with the help of Rathis, chanting and conjuring up some kinda serpent to hold them at bay, or something. I didn't really see all he was doing... I was busy. I shared the vision, I used the clock just outside the main door as the portal to the past. And I took em there... to the past. I showed em Keepers, young, old, teaching, caring and shairing with one another. Of young loves and hope and happiness.
"And suddenly, right there on the steps, them three changed form, in front of us all. Rahib became a male, normal dreamer, Idris a normal female dreamer and the one whose name I forgot...(Zeid)"
>Bear Crusher coughs and mutters under his breath, "became a darkmare."
"So, ya are asking yourself, what the heck does any of this have to do with the house opening, right? Well, at the time, I wasn't even trying to open the house. I was trying to help three folks I saw in chains, so to speak. Opening the house was the farthest thing from my mind. But, the next day, Imowhin came to me at the House and was all flushed with excitement. She showed me her sphere and how it had suddenly jumped up to seventh. She had only been like third sphere or something before that. Anyway, shortly thereafter, the Heart of the Shadows was created and then Imowhin initiated us into the house. Me, Khateyana and Rathis were the first initiated. Imowhin put the crest on me first. I think she done that, not cause I deserved to be first or nothing, but more to simply waylay any ego thing by cresting either Khat or Rathis first.
"Now, in truth, ya got to remember, all this is just my take on things and I ain't always the best source for completely
House Emblem & Other Symbols
The Crest of the Keepers of the Eternal Shadow is in itself a shadow of the World Triad symbol. It's spokes may be interpreted in three manners:
1) The three hands of the Fates;
2) Representing the threefold nature of reality; and
3) The Triple Goddess symbol, Maid, Mother, and Crone.
The spokes being evenly spaced signify balance and they being encompassed by the sacred Circle representing its significance being eternal, with no beginning and no end. . It is believed that the spokes are not straight, reflecting the understanding that the Rituals (Chaos, Dark or negative), Knowledge (the Light or positive), and Laws (Balance of the two) of the House are not static. They flow, as does the dream, they must change, adapt and grow to support a Dream that is constantly being altered. What worked yesterday may not tomorrow and the House must remain flexible or risk falling out of Balance with the Dream itself.
The clock is significant in conjunction with the meaning of the Crest. Its meaning lies in the symbol of time & its eternally spiraling cycle (see Crest). It can also be said that the Clock is a reminder that time is a limitation to the spirit. Bottom line, the image of the clock represents the passage of time and the need to take action and to not waste any. A quote to sum this up: "Time is of the essence and precious to us all." The time shown upon the clock of 4:05 is believed by many sources to be the first moment the Chaos breached the City walls and the House sealed shut as it remains today.
The moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. It is the middle ground between the light of the sun and the darkness of night, and thus often represents the realm between the conscious and the unconscious. The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dark side of Nature herself. It might reflect inner knowledge, or the phases of woman's condition on earth, since it controls the tides, the rains, the waters, and the seasons. In astrology, the moon is a symbol of the soul, and in the horoscope it determines the subject's capacity for reflection and adaptation. It also provides analogy for the stages of human development: the new moon is infancy, the crescent is youth and adolescence, the full moon is maturity and pregnancy, and the waning moon represents the decline of life, sleep.
The Green Leaf
The green leaves are repetitive throughout many spaces of the house. It is a depiction of hope, renewal, and revival. In general, leaves are symbolic of fertility and growth. The leaf symbolizes plainly that present problems are only temporary and there is always an impending change. Green is a dualistic color. It can represent envy, evil, and trickery, and/or growth, renewal, and life. The relevance of the color is necessary because the leaves appear twisted in their usage. This can only be meant as a reminder of the duality in the polarities associated with this color.
It must be noted that In some places the leaf takes one a human-like quality. It could possibly resembles a person in certain angles. Once again we see a link between us and the Cycle of Nature here, as well as our connection to the Cosmos.
'Common denominators within all four primary symbols:'
- Cycles of Time/Life
Here is where we see the Crest overlay on the slightly skewed Earth symbol. The moon take's it's place at the 11 o'clock position and another image takes the place at the 4 o'clock position. The are balanced to one another yet what is the red image? It seems to have an eye? Is it the Shadow? At 4 o'clock? Is it a metaphorical symbol of the Sun? This is something I was unable to decipher but intend on pursuing my investigation. One thing we do know is that the Moon is a primary symbol of this house along with the other three.
Plane: Umbric Plane
Prime Artifact: Heart of the Shadow
First Elder: Val'Des
Previous Elders: ?
First Rulers: Patro, Berkana, flagg
Previous Rulers: ?
First Guardians: Sett, Chryseis, Rathis Tarn, Ghalleon, Aphestius
Previous Guardians: ?