The Massacre of Ghinor
Garuda would realize the horror of the Raksha firsthand
The following is an account taken from a mix of personal retellings, official records and spirit interviews from the bloody 50-year reign of the Raksha, Obalu of the Ravenous Hunger.
Birth By Night
It was that howl that first woke me up, even though I really didn't know what it was. It almost sounded like a large wolf or maybe even a Nandi Bear I suppose. I do remember being more annoyed about being awoken than anything else. Then I heard the screams. It started down near Mombe's store on the northeast side. Sky's above...the screams.
I recognized some of them ya know? I've known Mika and her husband for years, even started up a shared garden a while back. I know those voices. I heard the scream, had to be Mika, and then just silence. It kept getting closer with a new scream, and that's when I knew it was something else.
Areas around Ghinor remain a ruined battlefield
...As we came around the corner we weren't really sure what we were looking for. But I think we all had assumed it would be an animal. Something large and out control, like a starving Nandi Bear or the like. That's what the locals had screamed as they ran past us. I had my doubts though. I remember thinking to myself, "Nandi Bears aren't around these parts.." as we turned that corner. The thing's back was to us.
And just from seeing the muscles in its huge back, I knew we were over our head. Then it slowly turned its head around toward us, right as the thing pulled the head off of some poor man....that's when I knew we were dead.
Battle for Ghinor
Throne of Skulls
They, however, weren't ready for its sheer size, speed, and power. The Raksha was standing atop an enormous pile of skulls. The work of over 40 years terrorizing the countryside unabated. The monster killed one of the cave exploring party before they even had a chance to react. A swift demonstration of what they were in store for. When the rest of the regiment outside of the cave witnessed the Prime Shield and two other senior leaders emerging from the cave at top speed, they knew something was wrong. When the howling 2-meter tall brute came barrelling out the cave, the regiment was stunned. They were staring into the maw of an original horror. Their great nightmare had come to life.
Some of the soldiers wanted to retreat, while others such as Prime Shield Malik seemed poised to fight to the death. It's agreed upon by the warriors from that battle that the Prime Shield is what kept them all alive that long night. Malik kept the regiment together from the first assault of the Raksha, as its mighty swings felled dozens of men at a time. The power difference was stark and grim. At one point the cackling monster announced his name to the audience, gleefully telling them his name was Obalu the Ravenous. And all he wanted was to feed on them. The Raksha was terrifying in every sense of the word, but the regiment knew that if they didn't defeat the nightmare creature than his rampage would never end.
The exact number of deployed soldiers is slightly disputed as a regiment size can vary based on turnout. Ordinarily, a regiment of Divine Order soldiers is 1,800, though in this case, they had an increased number of volunteers. The estimates are between 1800 to 2,000 troops from the Divine Order of the Phoenix that marched toward the woods.
HAHAHA YESSSS WELCOME FLESHLINGS. I AM OBALU THE RAVENOUS HUNGER. YESSSS. IT'S A GOOD DAY TO FEAST, DON'T YOU THINK? HAHA AHAHAHA YESSSSS!!!!
The battle went on for hours as waves of men met the reincarnated horror in battle. Each soldier adding their mark, their slash, before retreating. With every leap into battle, they tested their luck against Xavian's chosen horror. Eventually, a soldiers luck would run out as the timed dodge was intercepted with a sharp thrust of a spectral spear. After this cycle of carnage had repeated after a few hours, the fighting force had lost a third of its troops. Obalu had started bleeding from the thousands of small cuts they had rendered on him. Yet through it all, he was smiling, laughing with each blow to his massive frame.
It was when the Prime Shield Malik Faye started to invoke the Pangool gods that the tide felt like it could turn. The veteran shield had been measuring the monster, gauging when to use his limited powers. With the power of the Pangool shield gods, Malik was able to weather some of Obalu's heavy blows. This allowed more of the troops to focus in on the tender, vulnerable parts of the thrashing daemon. Each life lost was a small amount of the monsters health chipped away.
Malik cycled through the Pangool pantheon, unleashing a number of techniques including some that no one outside of The See'er Sigil Temples had seen. Watching a Prime Shield work their special brand of invocation was the awe-inspiring moral push the shrinking army needed. However, as the battle raged through the evening dusk and into the night, it was clear that the Raksha had better stamina. The sort of energy that only comes from a creature of another plane of existence. The Prime Shield, Malik, a warrior of over 50 years experience, made a desperate gambit for success.
While Kalali the East continues to be one of the most famous Prime Shields in The Celestial Shields of the Eternal Flame history, Malik is remembered as the bravest. Using his own body as a trap and shield, the veteran warrior took a spear through his body but trapping Obalu's arm in his chest cavity. Using an invocation to harden his skin and grip. With the mammoth horror immobilized, Malik gave the order for a last-ditch full-on assault. The remaining soldiers rushed in hacked relentlessly at Obalu. Pouring the very last bit of their all into the fight, sensing their last chance.
Even with an arm trapped, the Raksha was able to kill a score of fighters as they stabbed and cut away at the nightmare creature. Finally, after a bloody fight that had lasted the better part of the late day and night, Obalu sank to his knees. The wicked grin had never faded from his bloodstained face. Even in death, the Raksha mock the living. It was the final resting place of Malik Faye as well, expiring shortly after Obalu's energy faded back toward the void. The Prime Shield himself smiled back at the nightmare creature, seemingly proud in humanity's effort. He's hailed as largely the reason the battle was won that day and his name is still said with reverence in the Ilun Valley and Ghinor region.
Over the years, various Spirit Mediums have been through the area in an attempt to help ease the spirits of the area. After a few weeks or even months of efforts, they all report the same thing. The area is too contaminated by the Raksha's murderous glee to really connect with the ghosts. Over time the residue from the otherworldly beast will fade and perhaps the area can be smudged. But as of right now, it's a haunting tomb and reminder of the power of a Raksha.
The amount of bloodshed that had happened in the area made the threat very real and was taken seriously as such. Xavian's Touch, unfortunately, has also faced renewed scrutiny in the centuries after the incident. Where once it was seen as a sort of rage disease, it was now seen as the carrier for death. Discrimination and violence against those perceived to have the virus have skyrocketed.
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The Touch of Corruption
- Conflict Result
- Obalu was killed, but at a great cost in human lives.
Beneath It All
Underneath the physical world their lies something vile and corrupt. Something that waits for you to becon it. To corrupt you.
The Spirit Medium reading that confirmed the four stages of Xavian's Touch
A dark twisted divine being of immense power. Blocked from coming to Tikor, he rains terror on humans in other ways
Nightmare Creatures that Come from Beneath It All through possessed people. Devouring the host soul once birthed.
The grassland and forest region of northern Tikor. Home of The Divinity and The Karu.
The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The devout organization of worshipers that govern the affairs of Garuda and its Divine.
Shield wielding warriors that invoke the Pangool to fuel their magical defenses.
4 Celestial Shields
1 Prime Shield
1,200 Divine Order Soldiers
3 Celestial Shields
1 Prime Shield
Details of a Monster
Obalu was simply the vanguard. The hot-tempered upstart. He's just the beginning...