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Keystone of Mercury

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The last known Keystone of Mercury sacrificed herself in 220014 to chain the sun and end the First Solar Invasion. She left no heirs or potential successors. It is hard to determine when it is reasonable to expect to see the rise of a new Keystone of Mercury. It usually takes a few years to a decade for a new Keystone to come into her powers. With the majority of the population seeking asylum all across the solar system finding her successor may prove to be quite the challenge.

A Martyr's Legacy

  Before the Keystone sacrificed herself, she gathered her most devout followers in a hundred day vigil. Through communal prayer and ancient rights for strengthening the Keystone, they helped prepare her for martyrdom. Some of these followers went on to form the religious cult known as the Keepers of the Chain. The Keepers believe that the Keystone of Mercury is not dead, but that she herself is the chain that holds the sun back. They travel through the Sol System, holding sermons in her honor and leading people in prayer for her safety.   When the chain failed and the Solar Invasion restarted in 220018, many of the Keepers of the Chain fell into despair. A schism formed, some of the Keepers turning to fanaticism and looking for stronger ways to empower their martyr than prayer, others lost faith and joined the search for the new emerging Keystone. Keepers of both creeds look out for Signs of Ascension, though whether they seek to quell them or support them remains to be seen.

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History Scorching of Mercury
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Characters Blue NM-2 · Eun · Sciah · Roseah · Tray
Species Keras ( Mot · Walker )
Politics Ruling ( Mercurian Triumvirate · Interplanetary Solar Defence Council ) · Keystone of Mercury
Society Ethnicities ( Refugees of Mercury · Nomads of Mercury ) · Borealis Ice Mining
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Jul 8, 2023 14:28

Short but sweet - and I'm curious! Did the 100 day vigil do anything? Was it an actual magical rite, or more like a purely spiritual exercise?

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Jul 8, 2023 15:40 by Annie Stein

It would be brutal to suggest it didn't. It isn't the kind of thing you can prove one way or the other though, is it?

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Jul 9, 2023 16:23 by Deleyna Marr

I love the tension you're building here for the future. Whichever way things turn out, someone is going to be upset.

Jul 13, 2023 09:13 by Annie Stein

Thank you, it's going to be a lot for a young woman to live up to.

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Jul 9, 2023 17:46 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I wonder when the new Keystone will arise and if she will be able to help Mercury.

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Jul 13, 2023 09:17 by Annie Stein

Thank you, I can't imagine it'd be easy for anyone to take up a role like that after all that's gone down.

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Jul 12, 2023 16:41 by Molly Marjorie

Wow! I love how the external conflict led to an internal conflict. Well... from a storytelling perspective.

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Jul 13, 2023 09:41 by Annie Stein

Thank you, it feels good to go beyond just the immediate consequences of the Scorching and show some of the other way it's impacting the setting.

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Jul 18, 2023 21:11 by Reanna R

I'm on team 'I hope they get a new Keystone'. I just hope nothing too bad happens to her...

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Jul 20, 2023 17:35 by Annie Stein

I hope so too.

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Jul 22, 2023 13:25 by E. Christopher Clark

I love the bit about the Keepers of the Chain believing she's still alive and that she is the chain. That was a great detail.

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Jul 27, 2023 10:30 by Annie Stein

Thank you! It seemed like the way a religious order would interpret what happened.

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