YEAR 10 Q. C. (quia conversio) OF OUR GODS OF ALL Ten years ago, the Lodainic Imperatrix Regina Deorum converted to the Church of All, and issued a demand that the people of Lodain - and indeed, all of Donegal - find guidance in the one true religion - The Worship of the Gods that are Many. Since her conversion, many have adopted the Church of All - including the current Imperatrix, Laurentia II. However, there is still opposition to the Church of All within Donegal. The mages in particular have taken a stance against the Church, as much of the Church's tenets demonize all forms of magic, from the widely accepted Pact Magic to the more infamous Spirit and Blood Magic. Since the conversion of Regine Deorum, the amount of vigilantes, taking the matters of the faith into their own hands had increased rapidly, resulting in the destruction of ancient holy sights, the burning of heretics, and the torture of those who consult with spirits of the Duinnoban - primarily, mages. Worse still, the Church has official advocates as well - the All-Swords that stalk the faithful and unfaithful regions of the world, the Change making them aberrant, but powerful - with a dogged desire to rid the world of any that oppose the Church of All. For fear For their lives, the mages of the world have suggested that a Council is called, in order to attain consensus within the Church through an assembly representing all of the Gods Who Are Many's faithful. Laurentia II, desperate to escape the shadow of her mother's reign - agreed to the council, seeking to cement her legacy as a proponent of the Church, despite her other failures - such as losing the Southern half of the Lodainic empire, and her general public perception as an unambitious and lazy leader. She was not blind to the chaos erupting throughout Donegal, and the overwhelming possibility of a religion-charged civil war. Thus, she saw value in inviting delegates from every region of Donegal, from all-walks of life; provided that they had something to contribute to the council. Major invitees included the seer Malachi, the founder of the Church of All, his divine brother, The All-Voice and their All-Swords. A contingent of All-Seekers were called for, as well as members from the Druidic sects and Spirit-Worshipping groups. The Arch-mages of the world were also present - their personal investment in the establishment of a lenient Church evident to all. The council was to be held on the holiday shared between the nature-worshipping Druids and Spirit-worshippers and the Church of All - The Sunsummit, at the height of Midsummer. The council was to be held within the lake-side Lodainic town of Vectis, close to the border with Igris, and on the other side of the Lake from Airmyn and Gaul. A proclamation calling people to the council was sent, along with the invitations for honored guests, throughout Donegal, within the clutches of riders and trusted envoys. The call went out at the start of spring, months ago, and now, the date of Sunsumitt was upon the people of Donegal. The great castle of Vectis, Lacus Arce, would serve as a meeting place for all the people in the world who mattered - and some that didn't - while a consensus was reached about how to prevent a civil war. However, not everybody attending this meeting desired peace. Some of the delegates saw opportunity amongst the chaos - while those who did not receive invitations schemed to bring about the downfall of the empire from behind the walls of far away castles. And although they did not know it, The Lacus Arce council would bring about a great change in Donegal, and the balance of power would be forever altered… WORLD INFORMATION The island of Donegal is a rocky, small island with many great fields and forests, where mankind makes a simple living. The people of the world live in fear of spirits and demons from the realm of dreams, the Duinnoban, but receive comfort from them as well. They live in small towns and fortresses across the idyllic appearing landscape, and farm the rich soil. No man or woman of Donegal has ever traversed the Great Sea, and what lies beyond it is a mystery - if there is anything at all. The popular consensus is that the people of Donegal are entirely alone with their northern neighbors in Eireen Island - there is nowhere else in the world, beyond their small (approx. 88,745 sq miles) island. There are worlds beyond their own, however - filled with demons and spirits, but in this world, they are the only humans, and they must learn to live with that.