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The Army of Darkness has it's roots in the final battle of the Grey War:


An incredibly massive conflict between the Armies of Darkness, led by the Dark Lords, and the forces of light, led by the Monster Gods and the One King. This was either a lengthy conflict or a single enormous battle, depending on which account you follow. In either version, the outcome was not decisive, and the final battle was to be fought by an ascended (temporarily deified) warrior dressed in luminous armor (Hunter Jusenkyou, in Path to Ascension). According to the legend, the two armies fought, and in the end it was decided that the Army of Darkness would have three attempts to destroy the world of light, while the Army of Light would have only one chance to defeat them.

This war was fought by all races; humans, dragons, Fairies, unicorns, Goblins, Iname, and countless others. A key point that has challenged historians is the use of dragons, and which side they fought on. Figures like King Arthur and the prophet Asho Zoroaster are believed to have lived, if at all, in this age.

Echbaldam

Each race fighting in the Grey War had a champion, or Hero, who marched into battle at the head of their own forces. For the dragons, it was the Broodmother; for the unicorns, it was the Unicorn King. For that race, the champion would take up a mythical weapon of unrivaled power and become the hero of their side (Hero of Light, Hero of Dark, etc.). No single name is given to the human champion: it is understood there were dozens, possibly thousands of them over the course of the war.

What is known is the human weapon: Echbaldam, the Sword of Righteousness, which was taken from its mythical resting place and given to each champion. The legends speak of how in the hands of a skilled champion, the sword could level mountains and lay waste to entire regions; on one occasion, with one mighty blow, it split the Dark Lord Nimi.

However, no champion who wielded it was strong enough to become the Hero of Light for the humans.

The Darkest Tower

The Darkest Tower was the seat of power for the Dark Lords and the billet of the Army of Darkness. While often depicted as a Mage Tower, it is unlikely Tower Magic or anything equivalent, was used at the time. The legends that speak of the Darkest Tower describe more as a ritual site.

Described as a single great black monolith, the tower supposedly rose dozens of miles on steeply angled sides. The legends all agree that it was not hewn from a single stone, but rather millions of pitch-black marble blocks, polished to a sinister hue and fitted so tightly that no mortar was required. The stones are described as being so dark that light fell into them.

There was a sigil stone, a physical artifact that mirrored all the hate and evil of the darkness. This artefact is said to instantly corrupt whoever holds it, to grant unimaginable, god-like powers. The power of the Dark Lords. See Contract.

The Darkest Tower is said to have been destroyed during the Breaking of the World, and some accounts hold that it was sacrificed in order to bring about the breaking.

The Light

Called simply The Light, this place was the rallying point for the Army of Light as well as massive temple and palace for the One King. It is described as a four-sided, eight-tiered step-pyramid, with a colonnade at the top consisting of forty pillars and an open domed roof. Like the Darkest Tower, the site is considered to exist or have once existed within the physical realm, but is said to be unfathomably enormous in scale.

Unlike the Darkest Tower, there are no accounts of The Light having ever been destroyed. While most scholars agree that it probably met its fate somewhere during the Breaking of the World, there is no definitive, respected account of its destruction.