In the time before Terra Arcana, the gods waged war using weapons of incredible strength. Most saw fit to create armies of servants, bestow their guidance upon their faithful, or twist mortals into living bearers of their will.
It is said that one chose to do otherwise. He reached beyond the planes, unto the Void, and took upon Himself fragments of what had once been. Fragments that should rightfully be nothing. Fragments that sought to become something once again, through the annihilation of all else. To them, He fed the brightest of light, the purest of fuels: Life.
In the times since, He has fallen into nothingness - likely a victim of a Purge, or one of the many fallen deities who saw fit to capitalise on the Worldrend, or another mysterious divine war. The shards, in His absence, grew quiet. We know little of them, save that they seek new beings to serve their purpose, each drawing on a single aspect of Life to spread their fell agenda.
Thus far, in recorded scripture, we have record of eight possible Shards. It is not known whether each is a genuine Shard, nor have the forces of Light ever been able to accurately find and study one. As such, the following information is largely speculation.
The Alleged Shards
The Gemstone of Life
Reported to have disappeared in the Ilendran-Eivanfalr conflict over three thousand years ago, the Gemstone of Life was allegedly an enormous stone that seemed to slowly draw the life from all around it. The anomalous nature of the stone could not be determined as any direct form of necromantic magic, and particularly religious researchers began to feel unease in its presence. Whilst containment was proposed to the King under Elendur, this ended up not being possible due to the item's disappearance.
The Gemstone resurfaced mid-5622 in the vicinity of Ilendras
. The quick assistance of the Lost Ones
and then-Prince Aneirin 'Cyne'
lead to its destruction before its influence could spread further than Port Amarin
. It appeared to be affecting the entirety of Serendel Forest
with a dark curse that stole souls away inside of it whilst also sapping the forest's natural life. No further manifestation of these effects has been seen upon its destruction.
A special weapon carved of an unidentifiable black material, said to adapt to the needs of its wielder. Alone, this seems normal for a magical blade. However, the Spiritblade was said to speak directly to its wielder's mind, empowering and encouraging them no matter the odds, and has featured in multiple historical tales as a result. In addition, it would drain the very spirits of those it slew - supposedly to continue its communication - and no amount of separation could stop its influence. Those who wielded extensively could even allegedly summon the blade. It was last seen in a major battle between Ordan and Terenholt, wielded by the would-be Empress of Ordan before her death.
After some discussion, it would seem that the Spiritblade was located by the Lost Ones
in 5623. It was utilised in combat against the Gemstone of Life by one Kazric Szithna
and was lost in the aftermath, only to resurface in the hands of Lord Riven Drast
. It is presumed to still be with Drast.
The Harp of Virtue
Iskaldhan ballads speak of a harp that bewitches those who hear its tune, altering their minds to be virtuous and pure, and making whole anything that it sees as broken. It is hailed as a hallowed article, bestowed by the northern gods. Suspicion has arisen about its true nature due to the effects of overexposure, and attempts to contact those who have passed on after hearing it - unsurprisingly, the virtuous 'warriors of the Song' meet with early deaths caused by their lack of caution and attempts to purge the 'darkness' - as no spirit of the Song has ever responded to attempts at resurrection or contact beyond the grave.
Shrouded in more secrecy than most, this book was one of the treasures hidden somewhere within the continent of Xin Jiyu. It supposedly held a series of magical tales that altered themselves for each reader. Should the reader have reached the book's final chapter, they would have allegedly been granted great power. It is unknown if any had achieved this, as the Eastern natives still view it as incredibly unlucky to speak of the test. The fact that it persists in memory despite being unspoken of, with none living who seem to have even attempted its challenge, painted it as a possible Shard.
Both the Lost Ones
and the Starcrowned
encountered this Shard in 5622, combining forces to deal with it over the course of three years. It would seem that it had significantly more power than expected, allegedly possessing the ability to alter text in a large region around its location. It was found in the the Endless Archives
and destroyed after an arduous struggle.
This potential Shard was only learnt of in the past hundred years. It takes the form of a tribal mask from a tribe that once inhabited the jungles of Takawaoku's northern reaches, stolen from them by the invaders that slayed them. Its magical properties have become legend - a mask that forces its wearer to be kind and caring, giving up all they own to others and even transforming them into more useful forms. This usually results in the death of the wearer. Current attempts to retrieve the mask have been met with extreme hostility, with all falling within its presence being altered upon death to help those defending it.
Lost (possibly intentionally) within the sands of the Sunari Wilderness. If any whispers of it come to your ears, leave the area immediately. Do not attempt to secure this potential Shard. Death is inevitable.