The Arkhaeon Guild is a
mysterious organization that gained a lot of adepts among
human tribe of
Nybelmar, and eventually became very
influential in their political life. In the more recent history it is rumoured
that different branches of this guild are, more or less, secretely active far
beyond the Shadow Realm, reaching even other continents as well.
The Arkhaeon Guild appeared first as a new Cult of the Goddess Mari and gained very quickly enough adepts (due to an intense propaganda and preachings of the first Guild Leader, later known as Teor Kunran) so to be officially recognized by the other Cults. In time though, it became clear that they were no ordinary Cult of Mari, as their teachings and research interests were reaching beyond the common dogma. Thus issues appeared but they were solved by changing Arkhaeon's status: they became a moderator guild, an organization independent of the Cults but with the given task of organizing the Council of the Cults, and arbiters of theological disputes. Still many question marks float around their true intentions and origins, despite their established official status.
have a pyramidal structure, the top spot being occupied by the most respected
person in that
The rank is similar to that of a high-priest (he is entitled to keep special
sermons, has judicial duties and also a reserved place - in principle - in the
Council that elects the King) and is called "Kunran" - a title that is added to
the name of the respective person. The Arkhaeon Leader is also called Kunran but
that would be the only resemblance with the structure of the
The Arkhaeon Guild is organized in circles of power, each Circle having its own agenda. The control is issued from the center to the outer Circles, the closer to the center a Circle is the more power it has. An outer Circle is never aware of the goals or research of an inner one, but the inner Circles have the means for controlling each of the outer ones by issuing general directives. Each Circle has a level of initiation, so one can climb up in rank by passing these initiations. Each initiation makes new knowledges available or it can even bring a whole different world-view as in the previous one. To pass such an initiation, the neofit must prove in various tests the fact that he/she is capable of comprehending the knowledge that awaits in the next Circle.
Since it has gained the official recognition, the members of the Arkhaeon Guild are the ones that organize and moderate the Council although they do not have the right to vote on the election of a King. But they do have the right to arbitrate the theological disputes of the Cults and also they are the official librarians of the Kingdom. That means they are the only ones responsible for keeping and editing the official sacred Murmillion Books. Therefore, also with the help of their extended knowledge, most of the time they have a real power for influencing the dogma - a power which they used in every ocasion.
Outsiders know little about the Arkhaeon's true goals, as actually inside the Guild itself, these are relative to the level of a respective Circle. The common view about them though, is that they are gatherers of knowledge in any forms, even if that means to stray from the path of Mari (and not once they were accused of blasphemies for that). However, this harnessing of knowledge is anything but chaotically. If everybody agrees that they are knowledge-seekers also everybody agrees as easily that they always seem to follow a certain pattern, a precise goal to achieve in a far future. Many speculations have been made about what this goal would be exactly. It was said that this "goal" has actually changed over time, as now their actions and theories seem to point to a very different direction than that which was initially set by Teor Kunran. But most of the interpretations are stating that, despite the appearances, their precise purpose (whatever that might be) have always been the same, the changes being no more than failures in achieving it. As even the Arkhaeon's "centrals" claim: "it is not the path the one that matters, but always the destination; and that goal was ever the same, for we are all as one when guided by the Spirit".
Theories and Beliefs. It is very hard for an outsider to gather in a single coherent text all the Arkhaeon theories. And without access to their private archives this task is nearly impossible. Obviously there is no mention about them in "The Sermons of Mari" so the only official book that contains information about Arkhaeon would be the "Book of Dreams" (and there mostly in the second volume, "Theological Directions"). But still, even so, one can realize that Arkhaeon is no ordinary Cult of Mari.
Initially they pretended that "Mari is the one that walks" and thus they were seen as just another Cult, even if they didn't like to keep sermons. Very soon though, their concepts began to be challenged in the Council until it was decided that they should use their hunger for knowledge in mediating the various theological disputes among the Cults. There are voices, even today, who claim that it was a wrong thing to do, to grant Arkhaeon with such an important role within Murmillion society. Nevertheless, looking back in history, I would say that it is obvious that if it wasn't for them, Murmillion religion would be a polytheistic one now, and not this vague monotheism (under the disguise of a rather weird dualism) which practically endured over the millenia.
The form of their beliefs and also the direction in which their interpretations were heading has always changed during time, but there is one essence that appears constantly throughout their works. That thing is a concept which they call "Spirit". As far as this can be judged by an outsider, the Arkhaeon Guild never wrote down a clear definition of what this Spirit would exactly mean, but they are always using it for naming a specific attribute of a sentient being. Thus this Spirit can be thought of as synonimous with "conscience" or "life" (as Arkhaeon pays "tribute" to Murmillions here: non-sentient beings are nothing more than objects destined to serve), or even "soul" (as other tribes in Caelereth have expressed it). For Murmillions, the Arkhaeon "spirit" concept was synonimous with Mari, and this is particulary interesting. As Mari is not an attribute, but a presence, Mari is not the dream, nor the dreamer, but "in our dreams, Mari is the one that walks" (as all the Cults have aknowledged this formula). Also the Guild have never dismissed this interpretation, as they often did with other cases. The Spirit is an active element (essence) present in every sentient being, one can say. The Spirit is that which makes us, sentient beings, to be sentient, another one can also say. The Spirit is that which one aknowledges just before illumination, thus the ultimate initiation is only about the Spirit, as the Guild often said.
Murmillions do not have a common defined cosmology, as they have little interest in finding out the origin of things. They are always asking "why?" and not "from where?". Therefore, Arkhaeon itself, doesn't have a defined cosmology. This doesn't mean that none of the Cults, nor Arkhaeon, never deal with this matter. They do, but this is more of an endless opened enterprise, a game of wits, an endeavour that one is unlikely to complete in a lifetime (be that 200 years, as Murmillions are known to be able to live that long if they manage to avoid being killed).
Looking back in history, I can say now, that Arkhaeon - not very surprisingly - has always seemed to be drawn towards the elven cosmology. Unlike the common Murmillions, they didn't have so many problems in opening themselves towards other races or human nations. It was not always like this, of course, but this attitude is nevertheless the one that founded both their "spreadings" (see history for more details). Also some historians give this as a reason for their strange experiments on the dragons that live in the volcanic caves of Epheran'yphero. For Murmillions, they came with the weird thought that dragons are actually sentient beings, and for this, Arkhaeon was for a long time a subject of mockery and laughter. And as they never managed to tame a dragon (but rather killed them in the process), this chapter in the Guild's history tends to be "forgotten" (even by the lower Guild Circles themselves).
However, an overview of their beliefs cannot be accomplished without tracing back their history.
History. The history of the Arkhaeon Guild needs to be split up in various different periodes:
The first Guild Leader of the Guild is now known as Teor Kunran. He was the one that preached their first theories, and he also structured the organization in this different manner. They were seen initially as just another Cult of Mari, and thus many of their texts dating from those times are about Mari. Soon, their view changed though and the Cults refused to recognize Arkhaeon as one of them. Arkhaeon was preaching that the highest activity of all should be the gathering of knowledge. And the highest knowledge of all was the knowledge of self.
"In our dreams, Mari is the one that walks, but that would mean nothing if we would not try to walk with her. As we close our eyes we must open them inside and see who we are. We must learn how to walk our dreams, and only then, Mari shall bestow Her smile upon us."
-- Teor Kunran, "Spoken Glyphs", the revised public edition.
The Cults didn't agree that this knowledge could be found also elsewhere than in the path of Menemronn - he was the Forefather, the Teacher and it was useless or even dangerous to stray from the path that he had shown. Arkhaeon's advantage was that already they had a lot of adepts among Murmillions (and even among the easy-impressionable commoners, as Teor Kunran - as well as all the Guild Leaders until now - was known to show some unique mystical powers) and thus they couldn't be just dismissed. Eventually, after a very long debate, they were granted with the role of mediators between the Cults (the Kunrans' hope was that in this way Arkhaeon could be kept under a theological control).
The First Spreading
It is not yet fully clear how the elven thoughts had penetrated the Guild. But what can be said for sure is that it all began with the First Spreading. The Murmillion Kings were waging wars south of Oberion Thaleseth, and one after another all the primitives living there got to know the way of the Shadow. Those were times of unlimited enthusiasm, Murmillions were again a healthy nation as dreams and hopes were rising among them, once more. These new conquests brought new ideas also inside the Circles of Arkhaeon. They suddenly started to feel the need to "explore", to "map" the knowledges and beliefs of these foreign lands. We can still find in the Arkhaeon Archives their recordings about the systems of beliefs encountered south of Oberion Thaleseth. But they were all regarded as primitive and without too many intellectual "depths". The Guilders were actually curious and condescending, and thus the Cults brought no objections to their seemingly new interest.
But these are also the times when the first outer branch of Arkhaeon appeared. They wanted to know more with each piece of information that they were archiving in their libraries. Thus they did the unthinkable, they did what no one thought could be ever possible. They sent messengers through the burned lands of the "plainelves".
This journey perhaps deserves more attention, as it was nevertheless a deed of courage and heroism. But I can only mention now that it was a nightmarish journey, a party of fugitives in a land musting with hate and fear of anything Murmillion. And from all those that were sent very few acolytes reached beyond Pallaeion Ulinoth and found shelter in the great city of Fullwanooth. For more than a hundred years the Guild assumed that this expedition was a failure and all those sent in the north were presumed dead.
But the Guild finally found out about its offspring. As in the city of Dasans, where the Arkhaeon head-quarters were situated, a strange party of messengers arrived. They claimed that they travelled along the Jerrah from the lands of Kaŭr but still they were bearing no word from Kaŭr themselves, but from Arkhaeon's Outer Circle. Indeed in a hundred years, the survivors of the Pallaeion Ulinoth journey, founded a new Arkhaeon Guild in Fullwanooth, hoping to carry on the legacy of Teor Kunran, to bring enlightenment to the righteous.
It can be said now (from this vantage point) that it still seems strange that Arkhaeon accepted so easily the work of these acolytes. It was obvious that they were already "tainted" with elven beliefs as they even received elves among their ranks, but not a single master of the Inner Circle had something to object.
However, if we try to understand why Fullwanooth sheltered these Murmillions, that it's not too hard. Fullwanooth is essentially a cosmopolitan city where the races have learned to live together, it's a city of Exiles, a city that maybe was in need of Arkhaeon's enlightened works.
Thus, by the year 3200 b.S. two main Arkhaeon branches were operating in Nybelmar, one in Fullwanooth, with circles reaching deep even in Kaŭrrhem, and another one in the Empire of Korweyn. The later, was mainly created on political reasons, as the Guild had to explain in the Council why they have adopted the Fullwanooth branch and thus they offered the reason of subversion-espionage. And indeed, the Korweynian circles played a very important role in the fall of this great empire, as infiltrated in their educational system and cultural life (as teachers, scholars and rhetors), they managed to create a state of growing discontent towards the Korweyn bloodline.
The Fullwanooth branch brought a change of view in Arkhaeon's theories, and what we can say now, can only be found in their closed archives, away from profane eyes. But bear in mind that from this historical point on, their "public" theories and interpretations of Dogma were only the result of this never spoken (of this "unspoken"), view.
Operating in Fullwanooth, Arkhaeon's agents stumbled upon some Kaŭr beliefs. These elves claimed that their sacred texts were telling the true story of the elves even before the Great War from the beginning of times, which they calling the "War of the Chosen". It is not clear if this mattered much in attracting Arkhaeon's interest but it must have been at least one of the reasons. And then there is this concept of Avá, the Dreamer, and it seems sure that their inquiry started with it.
We cannot relate Avá to Mari, as Mari is not a Dreamer, but that which walks in our dreams. No, it was not Mari that woke up their interest, but the very controversial Arkhaeon's "Spirit" concept connected with that of Avá. We are trying to reproduce this inquiry, as the initiation in the Inner Circle is telling it:
Could be Avá what they thought is "Spirit" until now? Could she be the Spirit? The answer is no. But nevertheless the Spirit must be intimately linked to Avá's essence. To find out why, we must ask another question: What is Avá? The Dreamer. She dreams thus we exists. Then this means that the Spirit is one and the same with this dream? That we are nothing more than a God's dream? Things are a lot more complicated as actually the inquiry is not over. Because in her dream Avá met her counterpart, Coór. Thus we must ask, what is this Coór? What can be the counterpart of a Dreamer? We cannot answer to this but through another question. And also, the laws of reason are not allowing us to give a direct answer to "What is Coór?" as it is stated that Coór and Avá's essence are one and the same: because Avá is the Dreamer. So what would be this other question? "What is dreaming?" And we answer: dreaming is mirroring. As Avá cannot dream of something which is not in her essence. Avá cannot dream of a total Other as this Other is nothing else but non-existence. Avá may dream of the opposite and Avá may dream of something and this something is Other as it is not the Dreamer. Thus the mirroring is Coór. Mirroring herself she sees Coór.
Though the Kaŭr provided these concepts, Arkhaeon believed and still believes that the elves are using them wrong, twisting the right interpretation and forcing it to fit into their world. They preach an aesthetical cosmology but they are building it on moral grounds, as they emphasize the moral difference between Avá and Coór. But there is no such difference. As Coór is actually the way in which Avá is seeing herself.
But, although it may seem so, the inquiry is not yet complete. As we need to ask ourselves further, why are the elves accepting The Dreamer, while almost all the other races don't? This is because Avá is veiled. It's her way to be veiled. Even the elves are perceiving her wrong (therefore Arkhaeon always asks if actually the elves really believe in Avá). But why is Avá veiled? Because dreaming is mirroring. She is veiled because our inner self can only be veiled. Avá may look upon and she may look upon her essence. But in this process of looking she can only be veiled - otherwise she cannot look at all. And here we can see how wrong the Kaŭr were. They thought that Avá has withdrawn from the world and she did that because she saw her counterpart, Coór. Wrong. The withdrawal is nothing else but the veiling, which we find in Avá's essence. The elves have no logical reason to place this "withdrawal" on moral grounds. We cannot say that Avá is good and Coór is evil. Because such concepts have no meaning when placed beside them. But does this mean that Coór is one and the same with Avá? We have questioned Coór, but have we answered to "What is Coór?". We must look more closely upon this matter.
We still don't know yet but very little about Coór. But "Who are we?", maybe we must ask. We are the ones dreamt. But we are aware of the Dreamer now. So what does this mean? This can only mean that Avá is dreaming of us but we are dreaming of Avá too. As Avá is in each and everyone of us with her essence. As we are no different from Avá, otherwise how are we something else than non-existence? Even the Cárpa'dosía states that Avá cannot awake from her Dream as she realizes that she is herself the dream of another, and her last expressed thought is that this other might be her supposed creation itself... But what does this mean? This means that Coór is our reflection. Our mirrored image. Which is nothing else but our knowledge of self. As Coór manifests himself when Avá is away. When she is veiled. Therefore the knowledge of Coór is a glimpse of the veiling Avá.
But the knowledge of self is the highest knowledge of all. The knowledge of self is the gate to wisdom itself. Thus, accumulating knowledge means shaping and building the mirrored image, searching for wisdom means dreaming of Coór.
Coór is a misunderstood principle. What and where would we be now without his manifestation? Would be the Tree indeed the Tree of Life without Coór's intervention? Because what is this Tree of Life after all? It's the Origin. A "gate" through which we all came. The elves claim that the Tree is hidden now. But the Guild had learned to see deeper than the elves' expressed thoughts. The Tree is hidden as it is no more on this plane. The Tree exists on a plane of memories if we can conceive the existence of such a plane. The Tree, being the Origin, exists no more as such. But The Tree exists ideatically. Thus finding The Tree means to fulfill the conditions of its manifestation.
Times of the Second Shadow
"My Master Dasmonn,
The news about the arrival of the Lost Ones must have reached your ears already. But I don't know if you heard about the awkward presence among them. Yes, my master, I am talking about a strange sort of an elf, that they brought with them from the northern woods. An elf as no one has seen before, with an incredible thin body, a pale skin resembling that of the dead, eyes darker than the darkest night and no hair at all. Yes, no hair at all. He keeps quiet all the time and never reveals his face from under that black cloak he's wearing. But I've seen him, and one of the Lost Ones told me that he is very skilled in something called "fire magic". I should meet with him tonight.
May you always keep the righteous path,
-- Arkhaeon's Dasans Archives, the Forbidden Scrolls area.
Arkhaeon's Inner Circle never claimed that the fire-elves would be their adepts, or their product. Also the fire-elves themselves never mentioned anything about Arkhaeon. Nevertheless the resemblances are there, and we will not try to prove any connections but rather let you see for yourselves if there are, or there should be, any. What is surely true though (even if hidden), is that Arkhaeon always had a "friendly" attitude towards the fire-elves, and the fire-elves had always granted them help in various ways. This was the case with the Murmillion Cult of Fire. They noticed the newest Arkhaeon preference for elven stories and tried to make a profit out of it. Thus they helped Arkhaeon in various theological disputes of those times (supporting them against some of the other Cults who claimed that the Spirit concept was actually denying Mari, and that Arkhaeon was no more than a heretic Cult and thus they shouldn't be the Council's moderators), and in turn the Guild facilitated for them a secret trade agreement with Fullwanooth, through the fire-elves' territory.
This "alliance" between the Cult of Fire and Arkhaeon is also that which caused the shamefull assasination of King Sylas, one of the greatest Murmillion generals. King Sylas was a direct descendant of Kyras the Dark, and he led the Murmillion army in the final victory against the Empire of Korweyn. The glorious battles in the Eypesh Woods and on the Ranesh planes are worth to be always remembered, in Murmillion history. But he was a sworn enemy of elves, even if he never met them in battle, thus his plans were not concording with Arkhaeon's and also were against the Cult of Fire's interests. Again, the history is foggy here, but it is believed that the Cult of Fire was the one that forced Arkhaeon to stage this assassination. King Sylas was killed in his own tent at the gates of the Korweyn capitol, by the hand of some of his own drakkars. His severed head was shown to all the troops in the morning after and the drakkars pledged their loyalty to their High Captain. Given the nature of the situation, the Council was forced to vote the election of this High Captain as the new King of Murmillions. He was later to be known as Theodunn, the Prophet King. No one suspected that the drakkars who killed Sylas were Arkhaeon acolytes, as no one suspected that Theodunn (who actively supported by the Cult of Fire) was part of Arkhaeon Second Circle.
The reign of Theodunn was short but he consolidated the Guild's position in Murmillion society, ending any harsh controversies about their heretical or non-heretical status. Also he was responsible for the treaty with Anis-Anpagan and some say that this was actually the reason for his suspicious quick death (and not the prophecy he made). There can be no references found in the Guild's files about his death but maybe except this:
"Power can be overwhelming and can shroud one's mind and eyes, preventing any clear sight. We must never confound the power which is at our disposal with the essence which we carry inside. I fear that Theodunn is no more one of us, as the things he speaks of... those terrible, unimaginable things..."
-- Aanonymous' journal fragment, found in Arkhaeon Dasans Archives, the Forbidden Scrolls area.
Just days before his death, Theodunn was known to speak of strange stories about the destiny of Murmillions which lies on the path of a foreign King: "when a dark one will embrace Mari, the skies will turn black and then purple, and rivers of blood will flood the moonhills". There were many Murmillion factions which didn't like these words and had enough power to reach the King, therefore we cannot blame Arkhaeon for his death. There is a possibility that they could have killed their own product, but just as the same the other Cults or Families could have done that. Nowadays, all Murmillions have aknowledged these words as a prophecy, a prophecy about the Santerran King Asthalon the Black and the Year of Darkness.
After Theodunn's death a Queen was elected, supported by the Cult of Moth, and she is credited now by some voices as the one that destroyed the Second Shadow. What she did actually was to consolidate the territories already conquered, by imposing a system of vassalities, but indeed she was also the one that brought a new life in the royal court, a life of luxury and entertainment, less oriented towards power games and mystical knowledges as it was until then. A life that eventually led to wide-spread corruption and internal fightings in the Kingdom. A life that eventually led to the fall of the Second Shadow.
As the Kingdom was slowly disintegrating, the Guild itself became "diseased". Institutionally they were still in control of the Council, but they were losing the old times' respect. People started to mock them and to create jokes about them, but then again, this was the general attitude in all the Kingdom: Murmillions were getting "soft". This was the case with those still strange stories about the Guild trying to tame dragons. Or something almost unconceivable for Murmillions: some pretended that the Guild is actually not trying to tame dragons, but to learn their language. Iff it wasn't for those "soft" times, that would have meant the end of Arkhaeon. Maybe that's why this chapter is so veiled, as even the secret Arkhaeon archives do not contain any references to this.
But it was not this story which brought Arkhaeon's fall. But again, the elves were mixed into this. A new breed of elves was rumoured to have appeared in the far west. A breed that had the strange fire-elves as their fore-runners. These new elves were calling themselves Coór'hém and they were rumoured to bear a strange resemblance to Murmillions. The Arkhaeon's reasons are clear now, but for many it is very hard to understand why they went that far as to take one of these dark elves to be their Kunran. However, they did it, and the Inner Circle was trying to keep this concealed. But sooner or later such things come out, therefore a movement of growing discontent rose among Arkhaeon's acolytes. Facing the inevitable destruction, the Inner Circle decided to dispose of the dark elf, but this was not a simple thing to do. After many fights (a kind of a "civil war" inside the Guild) the dark elf was killed and the Guild remained split in two. The institution, who elected a new leader, and a handfull of exiles, was fanatically loyal to one of the elf's human friends. These exiles, retreated in the caves of the Burning Mountains and no one heard of them anymore until the Year of Darkness. Of course, both of these factions claimed that the other one was false and that they were the actual bearers of the true enlightenment.
The Year of Darkness and The Second Spreading
"Can you not see the desecrated shrines?
Can you not see how they are driving our children into ignorance?
Can you not see this dirty band of fishermen laughing, as we lay here weaker than a newborn lamb?
Rise my brothers! And may a shroud of darkness cover their unholy lair!"
-- Senarr Kunran's Address to the Council, "Book of Dreams", vol.2 "Theological Directions".
And thus the Year of Darkness began. The year that changed everything, the year that brought the final strike against the Second Shadow. A once mighty and glorious Kingdom fell, and with it, the last King and the known order of things.
Before the dark year, 1647 b.S., it became obvious that the increasing Santerran encroachment of the territories south of Moon Hills would result in a terrible confrontation. Also the ever unstable border between these two kingdoms was not helping the situation. Finally, the war broke out. Murmillions gathered a very large army and furiously invaded the Santerran territory. Surprised by the fierce attack, the Santerrans were defeated in a decisive battle near the Jerrah River and soon after that Murmillions were laying siege to their capitol, Altyr. While their lands were burned and plundered, they waited, behind the great walls of their capitol, they waited for a miracle. And this miracle was to be a man, a very special man by the name of Asthalon the Black.
The Arkhaeon Guild was again no stranger to these events. The official guild, the one that still ruled the Council, was involved in inspiring the Murmillion army for this invasion. And when the darkness came they started to launch some strange ideas. They started to talk about the one which has no name, The Unspoken, The Dark One, the one which holds Mari in his arms. They made the war on Santerrans to be the Last War of this world, they made Murmillions believe they were the bringers of the end. The end of times, the end of Exile.
But this was the time when the other faction of the Guild, the exiles, started to show their presence. They had different opinions than the official Arkhaeon and also different plans. They remembered the words of Theodunn, the Prophet King, and claimed that these times were near. Foresight? Astronomy? Pure magic? Who knows...
It is commonly known that Asthalon in his youth spent a lot of time in the Moon Hills. There he found his love, but he found something more than that. Santerrans say now that he found Mari, and he became Her chosen one. Maybe he did. What is certain is that the Arkhaeon exiles were watching him closely, and even one of the acolytes was sent to befriend with him, to show him the righteous path, to start his education. The true identity of this acolyte was never known, and it still is, even to these days. Then the exiles started to spread the rumours of Arkhaeon's wrong doing, of the Cults' wrong doing. They had sown the seeds of doubt, seeds that flourished at the end of the dark year, when Asthalon spoke to the Murmillions at the gates of Altyr. In principle their theory was that one cannot follow the Unspoken, as one cannot follow "nothing": Murmillions must not forgot the abstraction of their God, "he" is not the "husband" of Mari, but he can be conceived like he would be the husband of a Goddess.
The war ended in confusion and sorrow for the Murmillions. Their capitol city fell to the Santerrans, and the last free Murmillions were driven back inside the "sickle", in Eferan'ypheró. In the city of Dasans, the only remaining free major Murmillion city, a new age for Arkhaeon began. The official guild had to be dissolved and their acolytes joined the Cults of, from now on, Santerran Mari. The last regiment of drakkars pledged their loyalty to the Arkhaeon exiles, and together with them they moved all they could from the great Murmillion Libraries to Dasans. Supported by the drakkars, the Guild had finally shared with the Cults some of their elven-influenced theories, but also they shared their final revelation. They fully aknowledged Menemronn as the Forefather, the Teacher, the one that walked the righteous path, but they added a new concept. Menemronn was the Chosen of Coór. The Cults (actually the Ressurection of Menemronn was the only powerful Cult that remained, together with some remnants of the Cult of Fire, and just the clerics of the Cult of Moth) accepted these statements and also they had to grant the Guild with the right to have the final word in the elections for a King of the Free Murmillions.
And thus the Second Spreading began, but this is even more enshrouded in darkness than the first one proved to be. And perhaps this is not the time nor the place to reveal its pathways.
Many legends and tales appeared about these stranded Free Murmillions living in their shadowed mountain fortresses, and more mysteries and secrets yet await to be revealed, for we have only tried to offer you a glimpse of their misty paths...
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