Chapter 2: The War Of Serpos
Approximately a year after the defeat of Shokoti, one member of the Council of the Wise sensed a ripple in Eternia’s dimensional barrier, and traced it to the Black Continent. Zodac led the astronomers of the council into the stars, to traverse the galaxies and locate the source of the dimensional rift. They tracked it down to the newly established world of Infinita, and from above, observed the actions of the Nocturnals who had inhabited this planet.
They brought back tales to the Council of how this galaxy was festering with dark energy, and Infinita, located on the edge of this dark and cold solar system, was populated by thousands of evil beings whose way of life totally contrasted with that of the Eternians. The planet was ruled by monstrous demons which infiltrated the entire world with war, poverty and destruction. Every day on Infinita was a struggle to survive- and given the constant wars which engulfed the planet, this was an incredibly difficult task. Zodac sensed that the great evil within the whole of Infinita’s galaxy was in some way centered around a great force of darkness present on an extremely large planet in the center of the galaxy. But this great power, whatever it was, was blocking even his own powers from exploring the planet.
Eventually, in an enormous, epic fusion of the Nocturnals’ power of darkness, a dimensional portal opened in the skies above the Black Continent, and out flew Serpos, the dreaded Snake God. The legendary deity of corruption, hatred and destruction was now present on Eternia, carrying with it an enormous threat to the planet’s tranquility.
With his gigantic and terrifying form, Serpos proved a far more intimidating and deadly threat to Eternia than Shokoti ever had. He was so powerful that even Zodac could not hope to defeat him alone. The Council of the Wise worked together on combining their power and wisdom into one strong force of peace and harmony to counter Serpos’ evil and destruction.
For the first time in history, full-scale war raged across Eternia. While several tribes succumbed to the influence of Serpos, lured by the power of fear, other peaceful races were forced to enter war in order to save themselves from the fate of destruction or corruption. The Nocturnals were a strong force and wreaked havoc all over Eternia, hoping to merge the planet with Infinita. Numerous races of fearsome demons from around Eternia joined the war, and the evil of Serpos allowed evil to breed across the planet. More and more fierce demonic races began to evolve across Eternia.
The Council of the Wise sent a call across Eternia, for all the most powerful magicians of the planet to join them in their fight against Serpos. Their call was answered by many great sorcerers and sorceresses from all round Eternia. Together, they utilized their powers in battle against Serpos and the Nocturnals, but the powers of Serpos were extreme, and destruction continued to rage across Eternia. So the Council of the Wise held a sacred ritual in their hut together with the sorcerers, combining their powers, concentrating on unifying the forces of light to counter Serpos’ evil. As they unified their magic powers, a great field of rainbow-colored light formed in the air above them. A voice emitted from this field of light, and explained that it was a metaphysical entity representing the essence of light, which served to evoke hope in the minds of the living. It was therefore known as Light Hope.
Light Hope told the Council that in order to fully counter the evil of Serpos, they must summon The Goddess, the great deity who had kept Serpos at bay according to legend. The key to summoning The Goddess, he explained, was to utilize the powers of a magical forest on one of Eternia’s neighbouring planets. This planet, said Light Hope, was a peaceful world populated, like Eternia, by tribes. Although its natives had not yet gained the power and knowledge of the Eternians, their world was a tranquil place covered mostly by grassland and vegetation, in which humans lived in perfect balance with animals and plant life. The essence of harmony with nature was concentrated at its strongest in a forest known as the Whispering Woods, so called because the trees there were said to hold the great knowledge of nature, which was spread in their whispers amidst the breeze. The essence of harmony within the Whispering Woods was so strong that no evil force could penetrate its barriers. Since The Goddess was an embodiment of harmony between humans, animals and nature, her presence was prevalent throughout the Whispering Woods, and the powers of this place would enable the Council to summon her.
Following Light Hope’s orders, Zodac led the Council of the Wise to this neighboring planet, as yet unnamed. Reaching the Whispering Woods, they harnessed its powers of natural tranquility to bring forth the almighty deity worshipped for centuries by the tribes of Eternia- The Goddess. The Goddess appeared just as the legends described her, as a green-skinned woman with red cobra armor and a staff in the shape of a cobra. The Goddess joined the Council upon their return to Eternia, to do battle with her old enemy, Serpos.
The Goddess and Zodac led the Council of the Wise, and the accompanying magicians, into battle with Serpos and his minions. After a long and hard struggle, the forces of good were able to use their combined powers to overcome Serpos as they engaged in battle on the Black Continent. Serpos was stunned and rendered helpless by their radiant forces of light and justice. As Serpos hung paralyzed in mid-air, The Goddess, the Council, and the sorcerers used their powers to imprison him in a solid mountain structure in the center of the Black Continent. Serpos was trapped, and unable to escape. The forces of good now stood before the army of the Nocturnals, with Light Hope shining above them. Together with the tribes of Eternia, now free from the influence of Serpos, they rushed towards them in battle. The Nocturnals panicked, realizing they stood no chance of victory, and were immediately scattered by the forces of good. Many of them were taken prisoner in the battle; others fled, some to Infinita, some to other dimensions, and some to other areas of Eternia, weak and drained of power. Others chose the option of suicide as their escape from the forces of light, while others were redeemed and defected from the side of darkness. Finally, the group of evildoers that was the Nocturnals was no more. The power of good shone throughout the whole of Eternia.
With Serpos imprisoned, and the Nocturnals finally defeated, peace reigned over Eternia once more. Through their countless centuries of studying the universe, practising their magic and science and fighting for peace, the Council of the Wise had become the most powerful beings in the universe. They had all the secrets, power and knowledge to become Masters of the Universe. But they knew that this power was in safe hands, and while they possessed it, it would never be abused. The Goddess stated that the time had come for the Council to spread their wisdom throughout the universe in order to keep the forces of balance and harmony universally intact. Most members of the Council were now more or less immortal- almost more like Gods than regular humans. So the Council of the Wise became the Cosmic Enforcers, and together, they all left Eternia to travel throughout the universe, watching over the entire cosmos to sustain its balance. As he had been Eternia’s prime savior in its years of battle, Zodac was given the role of watching over Eternia.
As the Cosmic Enforcers left for the stars, the remaining sorcerers and sorceresses who had worked with them stayed on Eternia, and became the Council of Elders. The Goddess told them that with their incredible knowledge and power, they should use their magic to form a larger and more complex base than the simple wooden hut they had occupied for many years. A base that would house the secrets and power of the universe, and stand as a monument to justice, harmony, peace, and most importantly, wisdom. In the spot where the hut stood, the Elders and the Goddess used their magic to form the Hall of Wisdom, a magnificent and magical complex, the rare metals from which it was constructed shining with immense radiance, symbolizing hope and goodness to all. The entire history of Eternia, and all the wisdom of the universe, was contained within its walls. Many of the corridors were lined with Space Portals, which enabled transportation to any other planet in the universe.
To further stabilize the harmony of Eternia and protect the planet from another rise of evil, the Elders chose to install a system of monarchy which would rule over all Eternia, abiding by the wisdom of the Council. Kingdoms were formed all over Eternia, and as technology expanded, civilization began to grow. The first cities of the planet began to develop.
After the formation of the Hall of Wisdom, several of the Elders traveled to the neighboring world where the Whispering Woods lay, and adopted it as a sister planet to Eternia. The whole planet, radiant with incredible harmony among nature, the spirit of goodness present within the air, had a truly ethereal feel, so the Elders named this world Etheria, meaning ‘world of the ethereal’. They began to travel across this incredibly beautiful planet, exploring its material and magical resources and spreading their philosophy and wisdom to its natives. They also used their power to form a fortress that would act as Etheria’s equivalent of the Hall of Wisdom, as a sanctuary for truth, justice and peace. Made from resplendent crystal, they named it the Crystal Castle, and Light Hope agreed to act as its guardian. The Crystal Castle would serve as a symbol of healing and justice if evil forces ever threatened Etheria, and would be invisible to all but the Elders, its sentiments of peace radiated out towards the minds of the Etherians. The Elders established culture and global wisdom on Etheria, and became known throughout the planet’s history as ‘The First Ones’.
Back on Eternia, peace reigned across the planet, and under the new system of monarchy, the world began to flourish. But although Eternia was peaceful once again, the evil forces were still concentrated in desolate regions. The former leader of the Nocturnals, Zendar the Unholy, had fled to the Desert of Desolation, where together with his wife and several of his followers, he set up a Temple for them to continue their dark practices. Their aim was to concentrate and expand their dark magic, and pass it down through the generations, to form an ultimate being of darkness and destruction who would be born of the family bloodstream in centuries to come. A prophecy, written by Zendar on the walls of the temple, reads:
“When the forces of light and darkness clash
in the ultimate battle for the universe,
the darkness will spawn a being
to epitomize its very essence.
He will walk upon the light side,
He will walk upon the dark.
But no matter where he may tread,
He will always leave his mark.
Destruction shall engulf his walked path,
For he shall be the Lord of Destruction.”
COMING NEXT: THE OPHIDIAN WAR AND THE REGIME OF KING HISS.