Requiem of Faith
600 years ago an evil wizard named Zaal started creating an army of devils, demons, undead, and dragons for one purpose; to kill everyone so that he may havest their souls for himself. With his devastating legions and horrific spells, he almost accomplished his goal. But his armies were bested by the King’s forces, and he himself was destroyed by a group of adventurers, finally allowing the land to be at peace. But 400 years ago he returned with an even larger force. And this time there were no heroes to stop him. The King’s forces were not enough to stop the endless tide of evil. But when all seemed lost an Avatar of Heironeous, god of valor, apeared before the King. The Avatar made a deal with the King; that the Avatar would offer its assitance against Zaal, but in return the land must vow to forever banish evil and uphold the law, by any means necessary. The King, seeing no other options, agreeded. On that day the armies of the King and the ranks of the devoted became one. An army of Paladins with the support of angels annihilated Zaal’s forces and Zaal himself disapeared in the flames of war. Peace was brought back to the land again. But the deal held; the army of paladins, following the Avatar’s commands did not disband. They traveled the country side killing anything or anyone evil. As the bodies pilled up the King wanted to end the deal he had made, but he couldn’t. Many monsterous races were forced underground or exterminated and any evil person was put to death. The god Heironeous, having a world of worshipers, banished all the other gods so that only Good and Justice would remain. But to what end? Worshipers of old gods, like elfs and dwarfs had to worship in secret and any discovered were put to death. Paladins were posted in every city to stand guard and the Royal City turned into the Holy City. The King, regretting his decision started a rebellion to try and stop the Avatar; but he and his men were found evil and were killed. Many people like how good rules the land and how monsters no longer plague the world. But one has to wonder, at what cost? Many live in fear of the wrath of Heironeous, so even if they live in the protection of law and justice. One has to wonder if they are truly free.