The Inner Light- The Sacred Stone of Ignea
Following Cataclysm, the gods of 4 Corners made the decision to leave the people of this world to their own devices once and for all. The era of help, assistance, and guidance during and immediately after the Fall of Fezzeret had been long, long past. Combined that with the sentiments of fear and uncertainty coming from the people of 4 Corners as to whether it was even right to continue to worship gods with such power to destroy as much as Marus had, the time to go had come. So the last magics were cast, and the 4 elemental gods of the 4 Corners; Ignea, Marus, Aereon, and Terras, left for good. The remaining magics of their departure each created a smaller disaster in their wake to ensure that the gates were destroyed for good. In the South, the waters from 5 years of snowfall flooded the roads, farms, and forests. In the North, a giant earthquake sent the Temple of Enlightenment crashing into the newly created ravines- an architectural wonder never to be rebuilt again. In the West, hurricanes swept through each and every major city blowing down buildings, shredding orchards and overflooding plantations. Lastly, in the East, the dormant volcano where Ignea's gate was created on top of it, awoke yet again, sending lava, smoke, and ash across the jungles. It destroyed the religious haven town that surrounded it and sent the remnants of the now-defunct gate scattering to who knows where. The pain of being abandoned, however, superseded the pain of how they left. The numbers of faithful to the old gods as they were called dwindled as time went on. Artifacts that were found, relics of an era long past were no longer considered holy to people but simply pieces of history. People put them in display in museums, cataloged them in underground archives, or simply buried and left them to the ravages of time. The religions that were dedicated to the 4 had all but died out. In the present day, however, rumors are spreading that a resurgence of sorts has begun. A simple stone was found by a cynic and a disbeliever and a conversation was had between an embittered survivor of Narne and her treacheries and a Crone of a religion that had not seen a new follower in centuries. Eventually, that cynic agreed to bear the stone and keep it from the claws of a warlord whose only desire is to obtain these relics and harness their power for her own uses of conquest and...other goals yet to be revealed. How does one convince the abandoned that perhaps the people are not as alone as they may think? How can a religion that had all but completely died out be revitalized once again? The Crone and the Cynic did not say outright how their relationship would work or whether this would result in a new resurgence of anything, but the People needed hope and the Crone needed to help the People once again. The Crone gave the Cynic the last piece of her memory- stone with a flickering flame within; the Spark; the Inner Light; one of the remaining surviving stones from Ignea's gate. The bearer of the Inner Light could now heal the sick and dying and cure the cursed, as well as summon the heat and fires of destruction. Over time, and with lessons, the true power of Ignea could be wielded. But, with Narne on the constant search, caution was urged. To use the magics too much, too many times out in the open is simply beckoning Narne's eyes and ears to find and take it for herself. So only small circles have learned of the stone's power and the bearer who carries it. It is just as much the beacon of hope the Eastern Resistance needed as well as the magical tool to give the people just a bit of the edge they need to fight back against Narne's tyranny. Others have begun wearing their own versions of the flame cast in stone around their necks. While it does not have the magical power as the Bearer's does, it does serve as a symbol of hope for those who need it. Over time, and if numbers grow, perhaps the Gate of Ignea, and her power and glory will return to the people once again.