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A hundred years after the Time of Heroes, nothing remained of the world they had tried to save. The Memory Keepers were buried deep in their fastness, all their energies turned to staying safe from those who sought to crack open their citadel. The Winter Witch was little more than a legend almost as fearsome as those she fought. The Sunchild was always heard of elsewhere, never here. All around the globe, the feeble lights flickered, and began to go out.

All that remained now of the prophecy for which the Nine Heroes had died was a piece of garbled doggerel, an inane nursery rhyme.

Keep the torch burning bright, keep it burning
Keep the torch burning bright, I pray
Keep the torch burning bright, keep it burning
Keep it burning till the break of day

Sing hosanna
Sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King To Come
Sing hosanna
Sing hosanna
Sing hosanna to the King.

Keep the memories safe, keep me hoping
Keep the memories safe, I pray
Keep the memories safe, keep me hoping
Keep me hoping till the break of day

Keep the sword in the tree, keep me fighting
Keep the sword in the tree, I pray
Keep the sword in the tree, keep me fighting
Keep me fighting till the break of day


Over the thousand years of darkness, sixty thousand men, women and children were sent to the fires for singing that song.

Three thousand of them were still singing it as they died.

Date: 2010-01-27 04:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] annwfyn.livejournal.com
So, who is the Winter Witch? And who is the Sunchild?

Date: 2010-01-27 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ksirafai.livejournal.com
I prefer 'Cold Woman', thanks.

(love you sooooo much. :D)

Date: 2010-01-27 05:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] annwfyn.livejournal.com
We should get a list together of the chars who survived and try and work out their legends and how they were warped.

Firinne is, of course, founding the Memory Keepers and acting as Valkyrie Consort to the Ashen King.

Tegan's island doesn't last the whole time, unless someone does something spectacular to preseve it (which I like to think they might), but should be faded and nearly dead - one twisted black tree - when the hero arises at the end of 1000 years.

And Sunshine, of course, just vanishes. I think she doesn't want me to know where she goes. She is, also, technically immortal as well.

Date: 2010-01-27 05:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] annwfyn.livejournal.com
Create your own oral tradition! Coming up right now!

Date: 2010-01-27 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ksirafai.livejournal.com
My own tuppence - well, two sheets... Jade's immortal and (barring accidents and/or failing her Thaum team) active for as long as there is evil in the world. Mhairie is likewise immortal - though she's _trying_ to keep a low profile, I'm not sure how successful this is likely to be.

The other thing I'm curious about is what society's likely to evolve into. I don't expect it to all go gritty and post-apocalyptic (...if you'll forgive the phrase) because the Wyrm likes to corrupt, and you can't corrupt people unless they've got something to aim for and something to envy. I expect a far greater divide between rich and poor; and for there to be troubles between nations, and factionalism and fracturing political allegiances, but no one's going to drop the bomb.

Likewise, regardless of motivation, science marches on. Look at how far advanced we are now compared to 1010 CE - even assuming that we're not likely to be working at the peak possible invention-rate, there's still going to be a lot of development. Where is this likely to go? Communications aren't as valuable to the Wyrm - weaponry and luxuries are...

Date: 2010-01-28 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] castorlion.livejournal.com
Tolly's immortal and ageless, and actively trying to kindle and foster hope and faith - as well as stealing as much of other death gods' powers and roles as he can. Without being crass, obviously.

I'm writing my own tales of the sixth age story, but it's coming quite slowly.

Date: 2010-01-27 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adze.livejournal.com
I like the idea.

Date: 2010-01-27 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pierot.livejournal.com
i think i'd like to see that.. it would be interesting...

Date: 2010-01-29 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isalani.livejournal.com
a 1000 years is about right to clean up that ball of power nicked and put it somewhere useful.

A island of hope is a nice starting place.

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