Once, long ago, there was a paladin by the name of Drak who served Laethanta, the Goddess of the Sun, faithfully and loyally. Such was his dedication to her ideals and to law that the Goddess herself grew to love the Paladin and he in turn loved her. With each new deed and act of greatness, word of Drak spread across the realms of Alkotas, it seemed certain he would be made a Guardian to Laethanta in short time and the two could be together eternally.

But there was another who desired Drak. Tenebra, Goddess of the Night and sister of Laethanta, grew jealous and sought to capture Drak’s attention and make him her Lover and Guardian instead.

On the first night Tenebra appeared to Drak she gave him gifts and promised him wealth if he would be hers, but he refused her.

On the second night Tenebra appeared to Drak she promised him immense power if he would be hers, but again he refused her.

On the third night Tenebra appeared to Drak she promised him pleasures of the flesh no mortal had ever known, but again he refused her.

Spurned Thrice by a mortal, Tenebra went into a fit of rage and cursed the Paladin to never again know the touch of Daylight or the kiss of the sun. He would never be with his beloved Laethanta for her touch and all her domain would be fatal not only to his mortal body but to his soul as well. He would forever roam Alkotas by night, never being able to step into the light of day.

But Drak was a man of indomitable will and righteous fury. Upon realizing the depth of this curse the Paladin waged war upon the lands and holdings of Tenebra. Her followers were slain by the dozens, her temples were burned, and her lands were seized. Drak vowed to take everything from Tenebra as she had done to him unless she lifted the curse.

She refused.

But nor could she tolerate such an affront to her divinity. She directed her best warriors, most powerful clerics, and most faithful followers to seek the Paladin out and destroy him. All who made the attempt failed.

In desperation Tenebra turned to the other Gods not aligned with her sister. Most of the gods refused to hear her but the elemental gods. All but Kovma, the Metal Lord, decided to help her as a wager between themselves to see who’s element would succeed in stopping the rampaging Paladin. To make the competition fair, each of the elemental gods restricted themselves to one curse each. If one failed the next in line would make an attempt.

The First of the Gods was Roztok, the Water God. Drak’s homeland was on an island and so to stop him Roztok cursed him to never again be able to cross running Water. But such was Drak’s following and so loyal were those sworn to him that they made a bridge of land for him to cross to the mainland.

The Second of the Gods was Pamant, the Earth Goddess,  who saw Drak’s determination cursed him to never know rest unless he slept upon the soil of his homeland. Drak had crates filled with soil from the island and crossed the bridge, resting in the soil he brought with him when he grew weary.

The Third of the Gods was Ghetea, the Goddess of Ice who cursed Drak’s heart and body to grow so cold that he would fall into an eternally frozen state. But so hot was Drak’s rage with the gods now that he would not freeze, though his body now held no warmth.

The Fourth of the Gods was Vazdu, the Air Lord, who saw the fires of Drak’s rage and stole from him the air of his life’s breath that fueled it.

The Fifth of the Gods was Fulgor, the God of Lightning, who mocked his brethren and declared his own victory upon stopping Drak’s heart so that his blood would curdle in his veins. Such was Drak’s hunger for vengeance now that he took from other men the fresh blood he required.

The Sixth of the Gods was Rastlina, The Goddess of the Wood,  who had waited patiently for her turn and observed the curses of her brethren. Rastlina considered how to catch Drak off guard and looked to the victims of his growing slaughter. The curses of the gods had warped the Paladin in to a monster who moved by night and stole the blood of innocent men and women. His rage and hunger were endless and his fight was no longer just with Tenebra’s people but all peoples of Alkotas. Rastlina, seeking the protect the innocent,  then cursed Drak to be rendered inert when crossing or touching any item crafted by a carpenter’s hand for the express purpose of securing a home. When Drak, who had lost the loyalty of all his followers, came to the next town to raze it to the ground he found himself unable to cross the threshold of any home and unable to stand in the presence of any of the people’s talisman’s.

Alone and frustrated with his apparent impotence, Drak retreated to a cave that housed a crate of his home soil. Rastlina had advised her followers to remain clear of the lair but one man, a wanderer of the wilds, chose instead to seek the lair out as Drak slept. When the wanderer found the crate with the soil and Drak within he drew a stake used to secure his tent from his pack and drove it through Drak’s heart. Unable to move or act, Drak was left paralyzed in the cave by the wanderer. The gods believed Drak defeated and Rastlina the winner of the wager.

But time was Drak’s ally and when the crate and the stake rotted away Drak arose once more, more monstrous and hateful than ever. The elemental gods rescinded the declaration of Rastlina’s victory and the next god in line was bid to act.

The Seventh of the Gods was Flacara, the God of the Flames, who had become enraged by the failure of his brethren and the audacity of the fallen Paladin. Rather than curse Drak, Flacara personally challenged him to a duel, which the other Gods allowed out of desperation. The two fought in one of the highest temples dedicated to Flacara where no god nor mortal was permitted to spectate. After hours of combat Flacara emerged alone only to announce that he had lost the duel.

When asked how he had lost, Flacara would not say. When asked where Drak had gone, Flacara would not say. For Drak had promised not to tell another soul of how he had conquered the Fire Lord if Flacara would not tell a soul where he had gone. It was in this duel and this oath that Flacara had reclaimed a portion of the man from the beast within to give halt to his rampage. Flacara was declared the winner.

Though his campaign of destruction has ended it is said that Drak still wanders the world, trying to repent for his sins and redeem what he has left of his soul in the hopes that he might be able to find his way into the light once again to be with his beloved Laethanta.

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