Morgathos - Rise of Nations
It is fifteen years after Morgathos was nearly destroyed by the Great War, when an unknown wizard by the name of Morgram completed a forbidden ritual and claimed the power of a God. Set on destroying Vecna, Morgram upset the balance of divine power and plunged the world into chaos. A war among the gods became a war among their followers, though not in quite the same way. Some gods, like St. Cuthbert and Heironeous, felt that while Morgram was foolish to try to take on an established Divine Being, the wizard had the right idea. While Morgram fought against Vecna in the Outer Planes directly, on Morgathos the followers of St. Cuthbert and Heironeous waged war against not just the followers of Vecna but any and all servants of “Evil.”
In their zealousness, Paladins of Heironeous and Clerics of St. Cuthbert set out on destroying any and all opposition to their deities’ mandates. What started as a crusade against necromancers, infernomancers, demonologists, and diabolists quickly escalated into what can only be described as a rampage of destruction. Soon the crusade wasn’t just against what is considered evil, but what was simply not in line with the teachings of St. Cuthbert or Heironeous.
When the war came to Gristol, it wasn’t about seeking out and routing the forces of evil. Whole communities of peaceful creatures fell under the swords and cudgels of the zealots. The Goddess of the Woodlands, Ehlonna, immediately jumped headlong into the fray, rallying all denizens of the forests to her cry, from the lowliest pixie to the mightiest druid. There came a great darkness over the land as one by one the deities were pulled into the fighting.
In Dralor, the war was just the spark the old rivalry between Gruumsh and Corellon Larethian needed to plunge the elves and orcs into a genocidal rage. Around the world, violence erupted between the two races, even spilling over to their half-blooded kin. One by one the deities of Morgathos were drawn into the conflict as their followers were subsequently attacked.
It wasn’t long before the High Gods took notice of the fighting amongst their brethren. Pelor’s interest lay in eradicating all the rogue undead that had been created as soldiers in this war. Obad Hai sought to punish any and all who would dare profane nature. Wee Jas and Boccob ripped magic from the world as punishment to the mages that forgot their vow of loyalty to the Magic and not the times and troubles of the world around them. Nerull was the only High God that refused to get involved.
The war itself raged for over a dozen years on Morgathos. Cities were destroyed, lakes poisoned, forests burned, whole countries torn apart by all the destruction. Even after the inital conflict between Vecna and Morgram had been resolved with the death of Morgram, the fighting continued among the gods. It ended only after Nerull and the other High Gods came together and razed the Citadel of Korgath, the seat of power for most of the lesser gods.
In the aftermath, the High Gods declared that the nine Korgathians (Lesser Gods) were no longer allowed to maintain a permanent physical presence anywhere on Morgathos, and had to rely on their emissaries and avatars to accomplish their duties. Likewise, the racial deities were forced to different areas of Morgathos and told, in essence, to behave themselves. Overall, the Gods have less of a presence in the workings of the world than they did before the war. The repercussions for the denizens of Morgathos were much more direct. Besides heightened animosity between different races (since each race thought that another race started the war), intolerance resurfaced within various organizations. Necromancy was outlawed by the College of Trimune Wizards, and a Standing Writ of Execution was established, authorizing special “Inquisitor Mages” to use any and all measures in the search and eradication of undead, necromancers and all traces of either. Vecna’s temples around the world were destroyed, his clerics hunted down and slaughtered. The survivors went even further into hiding.
As for Cuthbert’s and Heironeous’s followers, they too faced animosity. While they were hailed as crusaders and heroes in many places, in just as many areas they were ostracized or even directly confronted. All trace of both Heironeous and Cuthbert has been purged from Balthom and Gristol. Their followers are not welcome, their clerics were exiled under threat of death.
The campaign starts in the aftermath of the war. It has been 15 years since the Citadel of Korgath was sundered. In the city of Dralas, Mayor Thokk Madra is determined to rebuild and reunite what’s left of Gristol under a single banner. But he faces many hardships along the way, both foreign and domestic. He’s looking for help, wherever he can find it.