The sky was dark at the turn of the new year, it had finally come to an end. Humanity had dominated the last 9 years, growing its vast empire, spreading its tendrils throughout the world, all those that had led an opposition had fallen. Entire races brought to the brink of extinction, the humans were never a great threat before the turn of the last age, when they began their campaign to extend and expand. Under King Gawain the fourth, the humans had developed their thriving metropolis into a fortress, behind which they advanced far beyond the other races in both the study of magic and construction of war machines. The king reined over a population that dwarfed that of all other races, but from that rise, came poverty, many were forced onto the streets or into the ranks of the King's armies. It did not take long for the seeds of rebellion to blossom and soon enough, there was an uprising. The rebellion was led by Captain Laurence Stoneworth, an experienced veteran of the King's army whom in recent years had seen many innocents fall beneath the might of Humanity's siege weapons, friends and foes alike had fallen before his eyes and were held up to the masses as a spectacle of the Gawain's strength. He led the uprising from within the great city, Ortul its streets blazed and its people mourned but he could not accomplish what he needed to, he could not reach the the Noble gardens; a place of great beauty in the center of the metropolis where all human nobility lived, surrounding the Six Horned Palace (home to the King). After seven months of failure the Captain was left defeated, he had lost almost all support within the capital, those who followed him were bribed or threatened. He was presented to the King, sure of his demise, but when he heard the King's judgement he felt nothing but surprise. "Exile". Laurence was banished from Ortul and warned never to enter its walls again, he believed the King had shown him leniency. He soon learned it was quite the opposite, six months outside the city, the captain saw what his people had done to a once beautiful world. Entire forests harvested, plains burned away, waters thick with pollution, inhabitable. So he ventured further and as he did, the atrocities he saw grew in severity. Villages some human, some not claimed as outposts, their people forced into slavery and labor, with each village he passed through, he learned new tales of humanity's crimes. Tortured creatures and acts of racism, genocide these were the stories he was subjected to, with each one, more guilt placed on his shoulders and then, he came to the Crystalline Mountain. Once the proud home of the stone golems, it now served as a prison of the King's enemies or those humanity saw as unworthy of freedom. Laurence could take no more and so devised a plan, he would seek out whomever he could, to stand against the King and fight. The time had come for humanity to fall. Meanwhile, far beyond the reach of Ortul, a young faerie named Glo awoke from a most wonderful dream. She dreamed of the world she had long forgotten, where forests bloomed in spring and the mountains sang with the voice of a thousand songbirds. A world taken from the magical races and replaced by the cruel world of industry and subjugation. In her dream she saw a man dressed in gold with hundreds behind him (no two the same, all races stood together in unison), she saw a star fall from the sky and crash into the walls of Ortul and she heard the singing of a thousand songbirds, crying out from the Crystalline Mountain. Glo was a night faerie, it had been her job to guide any lost creatures through the forest. Her forest was one of the last and it was home to the most diverse group that still remained free, eight different races worked together to protect each other and the forest in a small town within the trees called Pinegrove. This is where are story begins, Captain Laurence heads for Pinegrove to build an army. You as willing recruits have been selected by the celestial envoy; a shooting star and guardian of the magical world who as watched over all those that seek the fall of the Ortul and the King. She has found each of you and told you to meet in the port town of Washwater, the last of the selkie outposts that has not been taken over by Humanity. It will be your quest to join the Captain in Pinegrove. You will have four months to make it there and i'm sure you can make all sorts of trouble on the way. In your first post, I would like you to explain how you got to Washwater from wherever you were when the envoy found you, feel free to provide backstory or details of something that happened on your trip, just make sure to end it, with your arrival in Washwater.