Astromancy

Astromancy was the magical and mathematical craft of calling down vast objects from the sky,. It was used twice, once against Esgalgrath during the Rebellion of Man, and once against Ackenzal during the Empires War.

The first starfall occured in what would become year zero, at the height of tensions between fae and man. When the Lady of Blossoms was slain by one of humanity’s own, the astromancers of the Winter Court were revealed. Their inquiries into the night sky led them to discover an asteroid that possessed Azoth, the spirit of metal, and the astromancers married themselves to the stone and developed the mathematical calculations necessary to call it down from the sky on a single target. The three remaining fae courts ordered the star to fall on the center of mankind’s power in the east, the kingdom of Esgalgrath and home of The Philosopher-King. The catastrophic effects of the starfall were underestimated by the astromancers, as the dust stirred up by the immense impact led to a decade of winter that nearly starved the eastern continents, as well as having strange effects on living things that live within the glassed lands. The kingdoms of man were enraged by the genocide of Esgalgrath and the death of mankind’s greatest paragon. Ackenzal appointed a High King to lead the disparate continent in an all-out war with the fae of Cairnaythiel, while the formerly neutral armies of Kerajaan Berseri begin expelling fae from their lands and led an attack on the Winter Court, which was nearly annihilated. After eighteen years of warfare that decimated the world population and set back progress centuries, the Starfall Truce was signed.

The second starfall happened in 1299 ASF. Despite the ancient Starfall Truce, the wizards of Thassal unearthed the forbidden knowledge of the astromancers—stolen from the libraries of Ejdəquru, supposedly by hired or tricked Libricides— and used it to bring about a swift end to those in Ackenzal challenging Thassalian imperial claims in Zapandi and Pachiomadio. A large swath of Ganza was wiped off the map, and the dust from the impact brought about what would be called The Gray Winter, choking out not only Ackenzal, but the fae of Cairnaythiel as well. The Last King of Ackenzal, at the insistence of the dukes within his kingdom, petitioned the fae courts to punish the Empire of Thassal for their transgression, and provides the Anachitis for this purpose. The warlocks of the fae court used the power of the ancient stone to unleash the Womb Plague on the Thassalians, making it so that no child born of the empire will have a soul, and thus come into the world lifeless. The war between Ackenzal and Thassal is thus brought to an end, with both nations steadily abandoning their imperialistic pursuits and leaving some of the colonies to self-govern.

Astromancy

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