Radix - End of an Era
The Fourteen Thrones
Throne of Light: Considered Good aligned. Made at the end of the Radiant root. No one is sure who sits on it now, nor has anyone been able to read the writings on the throne and lived to tell the tale.
Throne of Darkness: Considered Evil aligned. Made at the end of the Necrotic root. No one is sure who sits on it now, nor has anyone been able to read the writings on the throne and lived to tell the tale.
Throne of Passion (Chaotic Neutral): Made at the end of the Fire root. The Queen of the Fae makes her home here, and is currently sitting upon the throne, although this wasn’t always the case. She claims that she (or her predecessor, as it’s never been clear as to whether or not there’s been more than one) held it when it was first created, but it’s a well-known fact that she has been deposed on more than one occasion. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose passion changes the world may take the throne.”
Throne of Life (Chaotic Neutral): Made at the end of the Water root. Pan Lightbringer, originally a Cleric of Light, sits upon the throne, and has for a time that history forgot. No one remembers who or what he created to seat himself on that form, and those who have gone to see him claim to have seen a completely different being each time, although his voice and mannerisms are always described the same. It is said that any who venture to his plane come back as something else. The only person who has refuted this claim has not been heard from in almost a hundred years. The writing on the throne reads: “The one who creates a new life from nothing upon the world may take the throne.”
Throne of Knowledge (Lawful Neutral): Made at the end of the Air root. Razzt Jorrel, a Djinni who claims to have made his home on the Astral Plane, sits upon the throne, having taken it only 50 years ago from a powerful wizard. The Wizard, whose name time has forgotten, created the Gates between the lands that allowed the bounties of the Roots to pass between the lands, while Razzt created the first device that allowed one to travel from one land to another safely via planar shuttle. The plane is said to house the most incredible knowledge, although the ability to find and interpret the knowledge is not easily acquired. There are no books, no writings; the plane itself is the knowledge, and one must figure out how to interpret such. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose knowledge changes the world may take this throne.”
Throne of Death (Lawful Neutral): Made at the end of the Earth root. The being who sits on the throne is known only as Death, and it is said he has sat there for an eternity. Death has in his thrall the Terrasque, the only creature immune to his powers over death, and uses it to hunt down those that would otherwise attempt to escape him. It lives on this plane, howling in pain for release, until such time it is sent to the world in fury to destroy those that try to cheat Death. This plane is generally considered the Underworld, where those who do not have “reward” awaiting them in Death remain. The writing on the throne reads: “The one who brings Death to the Undying may take the throne.”
Throne of Protection (Lawful Good): Made at the junction of Radiant, Fire and Water. The first Paladin of Hydranatos, Al-Than the Legendary, sits on this throne, for his actions taken when defending the people of the city from the hordes of monsters issuing forth from the woods and mountains single-handedly as they constructed the walls of the city. It was soon after that gates between the lands were altered to prevent any thinking being from crossing through. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose efforts protect the people may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Tyranny (Lawful Evil): Made at the junction of Necrotic, Fire and Water. Rendoran, an undead hob-goblin Black Knight, has sat on this throne for longer than Al-Than has held his. The last conqueror of Aracanoc abandoned his people to take the throne. It was only after his ascension that the wizards of the area were finally able to ban together and create the floating continent and their four nigh-invincible pillars. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose efforts destroy all enemies may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Day (Neutral): Made at the junction of Radiant, Water and Air. The creature who sits upon this throne is unknown to most; it doesn’t seem to exist normally, and can only express itself through magic. Some believe it is Magic Incarnate; others believe it is a being of energy or light. Those who have gazed upon it claim only to see an unimaginable brightness, or nothing at all except for the spells it used to communicate. The writing on the throne reads: “The one who brings the dawn to rise may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Night (Neutral): Made at the junction of Necrotic, Water and Air. The enigmatic creature who sits upon this throne will show itself as a small, purplish-grey cat. It has a tendency to speak in riddles, but much like the creature that sits upon the throne of the Day, it only expresses itself through magic spells, although it is much more likely to rely on vocal spells such as Magic Mouth. It is rumored that they are actually twins, or perhaps two sides of the same creature. None have been able to discern for certain. The writing on the throne reads: “The one who brings the dusk to set may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Understanding (Good): Made at the junction of Radiant, Air and Earth. Kel’Anan, a Cuatl of great power, sits upon this throne. He assumed the throne only recently; he claims that his own efforts are what united the people of Hydranatos, although none know exactly what he did to bring them together. Despite this fact, he sits upon the throne. He travels to the Mortal realm whenever he feels he is needed, unlike many of the others. This plane is generally considered Heaven, where those that die receive their reward if they lived a life devoted to helping others. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose efforts turn all enemies into allies may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Pain (Evil): Made at the junction of Necrotic, Air and Earth. Karnath, a former Pixie and now the self-proclaimed Demon of Pain, was responsible for the war that tore Declaria apart. His efforts set family against family, brother against sister, and even brought many of the local animals and the Fae to a war that devastated the countryside, and left a crater around the Root of Positive Energy. He never revealed his motivation for doing so; it was decades later, after he found himself twisted and turned into a Demon, that he took the throne, in order to rule the land he was forced to dwell upon death. This plane is generally considered Hell, where those that die receive their reward if they lived a life full of evil. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose efforts turn all allies into enemies may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Freedom (Chaotic Good): Made at the junction of Radiant, Earth and Fire. It is said that this throne sits empty, as none who gain it remain in it for long, prone to Freedom as they are. It is not common knowledge who sits on the throne currently; they are rarely seen on their home plane, although it is rumored that they are originally from Aracanoc and spend much time there. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose effort frees a people may sit upon this throne.”
Throne of Destruction (Chaotic Evil): Made at the junction of Necrotic, Earth and Fire. Legend speaks of a race of holy men who once walked the world. Called the Deva, these were once Angels who crafted flesh around themselves to become Mortal and walk amongst the creatures of the land earth, guiding them to enlightenment. One of them, chosen by the angels to walk amongst the mortals, hated those creatures that forced mortality upon him, and hunted down all of his kind who viewed their time walking the dirt a blessing. No matter how it happened, Shennuk is the last of his kind, and he sits upon his throne, plotting the demise of the Angels who wished him to die. The writing on the throne reads: “The one whose effort destroys a people may sit upon this throne.”