Tonight, the planets and moons align for the first time in centuries.
Astronomists knew this event approached since decades before. For thousands of years, intelligent beings gazed up at the stars and pondered their movements. One educated in cosmology knew these celestial objects always moved in predictable ways. Strange ways sometimes, but consistently predictable.
A trio of astronomers sat at their camp within the Forbidden City. They paid hefty sums to maps and wards to allow them to travel this far into this hostile land just for this moment. Before them sat the Moondial – a mysterious timepiece that only accurately tells time during the full moon of Lessat. No scholar knew with certainty the purpose of this stone construction. The towers of the Serpent’s Teeth stretched on beyond the Moondial.
“It’s almost time,” one of the astronomers said as Arethil’s brightly lit moons, Lessat and Pneria, aligned. The Blood stars could also be seen this night straightening out into a line with the moons.
The shadow of the Moondial soon approached the centerpoint. And once it got there…
Kara leaned on the handrail of a balcony looking up into the night sky. Several students have heard of rumors of the upcoming alignment and gazed up from different parts of the College.
When the moons, planets, and Blood stars finally aligned in the night sky, there were many ooh’s and aah’s among the stargazers. Kara silently watched the cosmic event. As the minutes passed, the wonder of the event faded from some students.
Yet after some time had passed, a terrifyingly loud noise rang out…
Glass windows shook almost as if a small earthquake occurred. Citizens throughout the city woke from the noise.
And this same explosive noise ripped through cities throughout Arethil. First through Amol-Kalit, then Vel Anir, and Fal’Addas. Even Alliria and Cerak At’Thul felt something hours later. Several areas heard an echo follow up some time afterward.
In the time after this boom, a dark cloud slowly rose from the west to block out the stars. With the light from the moons, it was clear this came from the direction of the Forbidden City…
In time, Bhathairk awoke to the rumbling of an apparent earthquake. Some of the less sturdy buildings crumbled from the brief few seconds of quaking. To many orcs, this was the only time they experienced such a thing. The Spine was much more likely to have earthquakes than this part of Epressa.
Eventually, the ground ceased to shake. Yet within the Undercity of Bhathairk, rumbling continued to ring out out from the dark depths.
Something approaches the city from beneath.
Within a city that would rival many others in apparent wealth, a stone sat in the center of a busy square. Whereas it was night in western Liadain, the morning sun already greeted this city.
Suddenly, this stone began to glow in a way not seen for untold ages.
Another Portal Stone activated. And those that frequently used them elsewhere on Arethil could tell a new one had manifested…
TLDR: There's a big, almost volcanic-like explosion somewhere in the direction of the Forbidden City. Something rumbles beneath Bhathairk. And a new city has its portal stone activating.
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