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January 17, 2018

Story: The Battle of Caelum

by silencedsilvertongue

Fata’s vow had split many of the lower gods, known as Invidiae, to choose to aid her war on Heoth or to aid Heoth himself. Among the raging wars, Oum rose from his slumber and swallowed Heoth whole. Now, Heoth lies beneath the mountains, spending his time making new inventions to keep Fata from hearing Animae’s words.

Many new Invidiae had joined Fata in the Highest Citadel of Caelum. Vene, bore from Oum, farmed the unfriendly lands of his father so they may be fruitful for the creatures that walk on his back. Sela, bore too from Oum, made dense forests and marshes to preserve the untainted lands of her father. Aria bore two children. Octavian, a wild child who could never keep his mind in one place for long. He was often found trying to blow over trees or whispering to the travelers in the mountains. Andria walked from Caelum the day she was bore from her mother’s love of adventure and travels. Eis, bore one child a son of the rivers and ponds. Firth, was peaceful and loving to all that wished to wage into his waters.

Heoth climbed against the walls of his prison, never reaching the surface of Oum. Once, he was able to touch the bottom of the soil. The soil burnt and blistered, turning into the sands of the great deserts. Harene was formed there in the blistering sands. Harene was calm and reclusive, he rarely left the sands. Even to go to Caelum to speak with the other gods, his visits were short and infrequent. Heoth did not like this of Harene, yet did not shun him.

Heoth wished for a child born unto him that shared his passion for trouble and violence. Oum felt pity for his brother and carved a block of marble from the base of a mountain and gave it to Heoth as a gift. Heoth accepted the gift and burned his anger and rage into it until it melted into Enmes. Enmes burned as hot as his father’s rage. He burned and burned until he declared he would seek revenge for what the Invidiae did to his father. Shadus learned of what Enmes wished to do and did nothing as he feared a war between the Invidiae would tear him from his sister.

Enmes walked into Caelum, the Highest Citadel, and listened. He heard nothing as Caelum stood empty, they denied his father to walk the halls of Caelum and yet it stood empty. He felt nothing in his heart as he lowered his hand to the floor of the main hall and unleashed a heat that melted within him turning the floor to ashes. Every Invidiae felt a pain as Caelum cried for help.

The first to arrive was Andria. She stopped short of pure shock. She used her walking stick to bat Enmes away from his actions. Enmes responded by throwing her from the main hall with one swing. Firth arrived in such a hurry that the main entrance was flooded with river water. He knew not what to expect but was very experienced with his fishing hook and rope. He broke the odds by using his hook and rope as a weapon. The odds again turned when Harene arrived being armed with only his hands. Harene knew his father sent Enmes and did not wish to be disloyal, and so he fought alongside his brother as Caelum began to burn. Vene and Sela arrived together as they had left Oum’s side together. He had made it known to them what was happening and warned them to stay out of Heoth’s way for he would not stop. Neither Vene’s scythe or Sela’s staff came to be of any use during The Fall. Octavian came to see at last. His cestus helped to put Enmes and Harene to submission.

Enmes, ran from Caelum to his father. There in the burning pits they built an army. Oum stood aside as he had known the Four Founders promised that Caelum would be left to the Invidiae, for them to keep or destroy as they wish. Eis and Aria left the hold of Caelum to the Invidiae. They could not enter as promised but any of Heoth’s children that stepped into their realms would surely be punished. Shadus set by and watched as he had made no promise and did not care either way, Leoht was away and knew nothing of the events.

Fata was called to Heoth’s pit. They came to an understanding, if Fata helped Caelum to fall, Heoth would allow Animae to roam the earth. Free to create and free to see her beloved. Fata knew that Caelum meant much to all and cried, yet she took her executioner’s blade and went to combat against the other Invidiae

When Enmes returned every Invidiae fought. In the end, Enmes burned Caelum room by room. The Invidiae were forced to listen as their home burned and screamed in pain. After the main halls were ablaze the whole citadel fell from the sky. It crashed into Oum, and Caelum cried no more.

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