Overview of the Akheva Ruins
Ka Vethan was the first stronghold of the Akheva. It was destroyed by the Maiden’s Scar, a powerful storm that erupted through countryside and now lies dormant across the skies to the twilight. All that remains of the once enormous, living citadel are piles of solid, dead matter of shadow and stone that had once composed the grand fortress.
Ka Vethan was the first stronghold of the Akheva – a dark, malevolent race that pays homage to the Maiden of Shadows as its creator and act as fervent guardians of what it believes to be her realm, the moon of Luclin. This first great city was destroyed by the Maiden’s Scar, a powerful storm that erupted through the countryside and now lies dormant across the twilight skies. It is known that the storm was summoned by Aten Ha Ra, one of two Akhevian priestesses, who vied for power during the ancient Akhevian civil war.
Now all that remains of the once enormous, living citadel are piles of solid,dead matter of shadow and stone that hand once composed the grand fortress. However, the destruction of this great citadel had not stopped the conflict, for the two opposing factions of the Akhevian race remain – those loyal to the presiding priestess, Aten Ha Ra, who resides in the new citadel of Vex Thal, and those who have been outcast from their society as heretics for their loyalty to the treacherous and deceased Akelha`Ra.
Immortal and androgynous in their nature, the Akheva have not forgotten this ancient conflict and both sides continue to uphold a fierce rivalry and disdain for one another. Akelha`Ra’s loyal supporters remain fiercely devout to their initial cause have not resolved to lay their ultimate purpose to rest beside their fallen leader. The outcasts remain within the ruins of Ka Vethan, but their purpose is guarded by an impenetrable umbra of mystery. Some believe that the outcast of Akheva remain amongst the rubble of their defeat out of fear for their enemies” wrath, but a more common regard of their actions is one of speculation surrounding a dark and much deeper purpose, one that remains well-guarded beneath anachronistic demeanor that fuels their stay.
The Centi, a group of Shadow Tegi who try to help keep the Akheva secluded, now guard those who chose to stay behind. They have taken over parts of the Ruins to hold as their own. The Centi are essentially an army that the Akheva use. They guard the halls, rooms and Akheva who are nearest to them. They are typically found close to one another because they feel that they can cause the most harm when they ban together.
The Great Seal
The seal of Luclin sits atop of her followers amidst the ruins. Her worshippers come before the great seal to pay homage and pray to their god.
Devoted followers of Luclin can be found praying in this large room. Occasionally, a Centi is sacrificed in the name of Luclin. Luclin’s followers surround the Centi that is being sacrificed. The followers chant and sing praising Luclin and bring offerings to their god. In other areas of the Ruins additional sacrifices are being made to Luclin. However, these generally take form in murder.
Adventurers who have braved and survived through the ruins of Ka Vethan report a large variety of strange creatures dwelling the confines of the ruined city. Most notable of these creatures are the centi – beings of tangible shadow and life. These creatures, constructed out of the physical forms of the Tegi prisoners and the enchanted blood of the Akheva priests, obey the every command given to them by their masters.
Shaded Stones, golems of solidified shadow and primal earth, serve their Akheva creators mindlessly. Behemoths of brute strength and unnatural speed, the Shaded Stones make deadly adversaries for even the most seasoned warriors or cunning of rogues. However, strangest of the Akheva’s servants are the Mind Burrowers – fierce creatures of mass intellect and a wily malevolence notorious for their ability to drain the spiritual and arcane essence of mana from their victims.
Beside the tortured constructs of the Tegi and other strange, dark beings to inhabit the ruins are the Akheva outcasts. Despite their conflict and differences with the great Akhevian Empire, ruled by Aten Ha Ra, the Akheva retain their absolute loyalty to Luclin and the ultimate cause of their existence – to abolish all intruders from the face of their divine maiden’s world. Any and all outsiders are greeted with hostility, and countless adventures or unfortunate wanderers have found their end at the arms of these deadly guardians of Luclin.