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Gargens watched silently from a distance as the comet descended, then crashed into the ground. He chuckled to himself, for this strange land had no idea that their world was about to change forever. Despite his smirk, he was filled with anger. And hate. He had followed the comet across the galaxy, and now that he had caught up with it, he would finally harness the comet’s power to fashion his very own rule.

On his homeworld, he had worked all his life to master the art of sorcery, so that he could help those most in need. So what if he also enriched himself along the way - such was the reward for his lifelong and tireless efforts. But many didn’t see it that way. In the end, he was hunted by a growing number of rivals who didn’t realize the good he could do for the planet. But his faction of sorcerers, which he had named AWX-19, was growing. And when they discovered the comet would pass near their planet, they knew it would dramatically increase their power - if they could somehow capture it. This incredible power would enable them to vanquish any enemy that would dare challenge them - forever.

AWX-19 quickly constructed a space fleet and a grand space station they named the NovaNet System which was designed to redirect and capture the comet.

Little did they know that they were being watched. The Krast were formidable rivals. Supposedly a political group of freedom fighters, they were better described as skilled pirates with a squadron of space fighters at their disposal. When the NovaNet System was finally ready to deploy, the Krast emerged in an attempt to seize the space station. In the ensuing space battle, AWX-19 was defeated, and the NovaNet System was badly damaged. As the Krast closed in, Gargens made a desperate choice and activated the NovaNet System. But the damage was too severe and the space station malfunctioned. It exploded, killing all of the survivors of the battle, save for Gargens and a handful of his pursuers. Gargens no longer overwhelmingly outnumbered, masterfully wielded his spacecraft and eliminated the few surviving Krast. As he turned around to head back to his home planet, his relief was short-lived, as he realized a massive ripple effect from the NovaNet System’s destruction was careening towards his home planet. Gargens watched as the planet first shuddered, then exploded, sending him hurtling into space.

His home - everything and everyone he knew was gone. There was only the comet. As he pursued it over the years in his spacecraft, the anger and hate grew and transformed him.

Here, in this new world, which the inhabitants had named Catena, he would finally acquire the power he had pursued for so long. He would not fail again, and this time he would let his hatred of anyone who stood in his way guide him. As he thought about his beloved homeworld, and the tool of its liberty, the NovaNet System, Gargens pondered who he had become. His old self had died along with his planet. The being that remained was a wiser, stronger, and more powerful life form that would stop at nothing to unleash his revenge on anything that he could. This new world and its unsuspecting inhabitants sufficed. Catena would soon be ruled by the dark, ruthless, and mighty Drath.

Chapter 1
Where it All Began

A moment of curiosity captured the inhabitants of Catena when the first sightings of the comet reached the land. But by the time the comet had crash-landed, many had already forgotten about the anomaly in the sky. It dawned on no one that this visitor would change everything.

For the small community near the crash site, a whole new frenzied awe would take hold, as it was discovered that the comet brought with it unimaginable power to those willing to harness it. Those who first wielded this magic called it WAGMI.

But What Is This Sorcery and why did it arrive in Catena? The comet’s origin remains shrouded in mystery. We only know from those first discoverers its name - Satonako. Whether this was a name given to the comet by those first Catenian witnesses, or if the comet had some inscriptions that detailed its creators has been lost to history.

Finney was a farmer whose family had harvested food in the lands for as long as there were lands to cultivate. But what he saw on that fateful day was beyond description.

A fireball from the heavens, tearing through the sky like a beast gone berserk. Making contact with his grain field with an impact so great, the shockwaves toppled the homesteads for miles around like so many houses of cards. As the comet had landed in his fields, Finney was the first to reach it and inspect the damage at ground Zero. Finney peered into the crater where the comet lay and felt……something. It was as if the air around him was both pushing and pulling him at the same time. Suddenly, Finney could sense the nature around him. In his mind, he could see his surroundings without using his eyes - the rabbits nibbling the leaves, the frightened deer running away from the crash site, and birds circling the skies above. In his mind, Finney imagined an approaching silhouette. Snapping out of this trance-like state, Finney realized he was still staring into the burning crater. As he turned around to inspect the nature that he now “felt”, he realized that the silhouette that had materialized in his head was actually approaching him from the south.

Finney squinted his eyes, trying to make out who exactly this approaching figure was, but could not. He began to rub his exhausted eyes. As they closed, his mind once again presented the approaching figure. This time, the figure was seen to be his neighbor Szabo. Once again, Finney began to sense the nature around him, but this time it was so intense that he thought he had been set afire by the smoldering comet. He opened his eyes to make sure he was not being burned. No flames, but the intensity remained.

The approaching figure was now close enough to see - it was Szabo, just as his mind had envisioned! How could he have known who the silhouette was before he actually saw it with his own eyes? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? Finney thought to himself, as confusion and alarm set in.

His mind raced - was he going insane? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? He began to shout it - but his panic choked off his words into a muffle that Szabo could not understand: “WHAT….ENIING….ME?? WA….G….ME?? WA….GG…..MI?????” Finney sputtered.

“WAGMI? I don’t understand?” Szabo began to say.

Finney could only point into the crater as he repeated the muffled phrase: WAGMI??! WAGMI??! As Szabo peered in, he too began to sense this strange overwhelming force. WAGMI! Szabo thought as he mistook Finney’s muffled cries for the name of this strange new awareness. As more homesteaders approached the crater, each was in turn empowered with the magic, now referred to as “WAGMI”.

These first discoverers realized that they could communicate with each other over great distances telepathically. In time they learned that with study, they could also project their feelings so that one could feel exactly what another was feeling at that moment. This led to a monumental strengthening of the community bond. Crime in the small rural vicinity disappeared, as empathy was abundant, now that the community's emotions were intertwined. The first discoverers, Finney and Szabo, whose homesteads had been destroyed during the comet Satonako’s landing, devoted their lives to the teachings of WAGMI. They became the first mages. More was discovered about the magic. Finney and Szabo developed WAGMI spells and were soon able to command animals with their magic. They were even able to understand and communicate with some ancient trees, which shared wisdom that was lost long ago. With these new abilities, the community flourished.

Through listening to the wisdom of the trees, and commanding animals to power their economy, productivity soared, and so too did the number of people enlisting to learn about WAGMI. Although telepathic communication and emotion sharing were the two core attributes of WAGMI in those early days, the mages would continue to develop these powers in the years to come. These were the early days of the magic.

The nature of WAGMI, however, presented problems. Finney and Szabo soon discovered that magic was only potent so long as new believers continued to join and learn it.

When the growth in the WAGMI community ebbed, so too did the magic. So much so, that the mages feared that if knowledge of WAGMI could not continually be brought to new believers, the magic’s power could flicker and extinguish, like a candle in the wind. Szabo thus proposed a cross-Catena expedition in order to spread the use of WAGMI throughout the entire land. If such a small rural town could benefit so much from the magic - what would the impact be when its secrets were introduced to the world?

Finney and Szabo thus prepared a great caravan - made much easier by using WAGMI to communicate with their animals (by now they had each adopted a loyal pet of their own - a Great Horned Owl for Finney and a Bonobo for Szabo). As they set out, they made a pact to spread WAGMI to all corners of Catena, even if it took them the rest of their lives.

Chapter 2
Drath

Dusk had fallen when Drath approached the crater. This was not the first time he had visited the comet Satonako, but it was his first visit while there was still daylight. Over the past few months, he had noticed that the comet was shrinking in size, and now its remnants were almost gone. It was clear that Catena itself was absorbing the power of the comet, which meant that this world would soon be full of sorcery-empowered beings. Drath knew that he would have to build his new following quickly. He looked around at some of the villagers that were loitering near the crash site. During his first few night- visits, he was alone at the site. But now, during the day, there were several small groups scattered about. They looked at him with a healthy hint of fear, as Drath was much larger than the average villager. However, Catena was a land of highly diverse intelligent life forms, so they did not find it extraordinary to see a being as different as Drath in their midst. His spacecraft came equipped with an advanced AI that was able to study the language of Catena, master it, and transfer fluency to Drath’s neural implants. One of the villagers was shouting obscenities as he attempted to conjure magic that clearly wasn’t working. Drath approached and observed the would-be spell caster. “What is all this noise about?” his voice boomed.

The villager looked up at the large, dark being, eyes wide with fear. “I’m sorry if I disturbed you, it’s just - I can’t do it! I’ve spent all my WAGMI trying to conjure pizza and it’s just not working. All my WAGMI is gone - spent on this pizza!!!” Drath was enraged. These ants were fortunate enough to have Satonako actually LAND in their backyard, and here they were wasting their entire magic stores on pathetic FOOD! He raised his arms, which began to glow purple - a fireball leapt forth from his outstretched arms and exploded into the sky. The villagers gasped and stared, then screamed as the fireball exploded with a huge boom. Several birds were instantly killed, falling to the ground, some landing near Drath and the distressed pizza lover. “Despair not - for it appears you will sup heartily this night”. Turning his back on the wild-eyed villager, Drath began to leave.But as he did, several townsfolk approached him. One in particular, a burly, tough-looking sort, stepped forward to ask if it was possible to learn such mastery. Drath smiled under his breath. “Follow me and I will show you powers beyond your wildest imagination.” And so many did. As the small following learned more unbelievable spells from their leader, more joined. Word spread, but curiosity as to what was possible soared. A makeshift camp around Drath’s spacecraft sprang up to house the growing following. Drath gave daily impassioned speeches as to the importance of learning magic and the inevitability of their rule. They were the chosen ones. His brand of sorcery, which he referred to as NGMI, would make them the most powerful force on the planet, and they would destroy anyone who would stand in their way. The group became fanatical, and not just because of hypnotizing rhetoric - there was another force at work. Drath was a master sorcerer long before arriving on Catena, and the magic he taught his followers - NGMI - would indeed give them fantastic power. But it would also trap their soul, enslaving each user to Drath. With each dark spell cast, the caster would become more and more obedient, losing their ability to ever escape enslavement to their dark master. There was yet another element that created fierce interest among the group members (and outsiders) - technology. Drath’s civilization, before his homeworld exploded, had been thousands of years ahead in its progress. Thus, the Catenians were in amazement of the spacecraft and the incredible gadgets and weapons that were found within. One recruit in particular obsessed over the tech even more than the magic, and when Drath offered him the opportunity to tinker with a phase gun, he jumped at it. This recruit had been a siege engineer and metal caster in the village. As such, he was in awe at the fact that a small handheld weapon could be more powerful than the largest catapult he ever built. He showed great talent, and the first time he was able to disassemble and reassemble the phase gun, Drath allowed him access to the rest of the spacecraft’s electronic treasures. He was soon nicknamed “Atom”, as it seemed he could reach into any of the machinery’s crevices to work on the gadgets, no matter how small. Atom seemed even more eager to teach the secrets of all this technology to other science-minded members, and many obliged. Drath, impressed with this group’s potential, promised to build a lab for those interested in building out his technology for the good of the following. In time, Atom’s group came to be known as the Cyber Faction.

Chapter 3
The Halvening

Finney’s pet owl, Patchface, swooped across the sky, high above the slowly moving caravan. The amount of traveling WAGMI mages had grown significantly over the years, and most of the sorcerers had come to adopt pets of their own. Many of these were different types of birds, so Patchface had several winged companions as he followed the caravan from the sky. In fact, many of the mages had become obsessed with their pets’ ability of flight and toiled to discover if WAGMI could be used to grant flying abilities. One of the first successful experiments was from a mage that the travelers had nicknamed Kathina of the Wood. Kathina came from the ruling family of Ark Mountain, which neighboured the Aurora Woods. Although she wasn’t actually from the woods, she would often talk about her many hikes to observe the birds in the Aurora Forest during her childhood, earning her the nickname. Kathina’s first spells allowed her to levitate or “fly” at a very low altitude over a short distance. When she shared her discovery, many flocked to work under her leadership to master these abilities. A sub-faction within the caravan formed under Kathina. Known as “The Air Faction”, this clan often set up camp near each other, dined together, studied the WAGMI together, and gossiped together.

It was the Air Faction that discovered a new reality of WAGMI. 4 years to the day after Satonako landed on Catena, the magic suddenly required twice the effort to learn. After studying this strange and sudden effect, the Air Faction concluded that the world of Catena itself was now the source of the WAGMI after absorbing the entirety of Satonako into its core. However, every four years, the WAGMI emanating from the planet would suddenly reduce by half, making it more difficult for beginners to learn and acquire the magic, and thus rewarding early adopters with an easier route to mastering the craft. This phenomenon was referred to as “The Halvening”, and would add urgency to the caravan’s message in spreading WAGMI to the clans of Catena as quickly as possible. This discovery added even more prestige to the Air Clan’s growing influence amongst the sorcerers. For this reason, Kathina proposed that she split off from the ever-growing group of traveling mages, and set up a “homeland” for the Air Faction in her native Ark Mountains. Finney and Szabo approved, acknowledging that the caravan had become too cumbersome with the amount of travelers within it. Additionally, several other factions had sprung up - each with their own specialization of WAGMI and corresponding pets to match. There was the Wild Faction, who expertly communicated with plants, animals, and nature. The Water Faction also has a female leader, Marlin, who teaches advanced control over water and aquatic life. Finney and Szabo granted each of these factions permission to set up homelands in friendly cities/areas that were enthusiastic about WAGMI and suited for each clan’s specialization. The Water Faction was to be based in the Palus Swamplands of the south, while the Wild Faction took over the Green Meadowlands and surrounding forests in the northeast. Marlin, in particular, was elated with this new development, and admitted that the progression of WAGMI across Catena was coming along “swimmingly”. However, the first major test for the survival of the magic was on the horizon.

Chapter 4
The First Winter

Food was plentiful in the land as long as the season was warm, but every few years, winter would come. Upon the first snowfall, the threat of starvation would preoccupy the various towns of Catena as it was never known if the winter would outlast supplies. Finney and Szabo were well aware of the seasons. They decided to set up a permanent base that would be central to their travels. Here, they would store all of the grain, livestock, and other food supplies that WAGMI-supporting communities sent the growing caravan to support the spread of the magic. During winter, they would rely on these stores to see them through the frozen years. The archmages chose Fox Mountain for this base. Little did they know that this would result in a catastrophe that would threaten the survival of WAGMI in Catena.

“Mount Fox has been robbed!”exclaimed the messenger as he ran into Szabo’s tent. The caravan was readying to leave the latest village on their tour of Catena. Szabo froze.“What!? Are you sure?”“We discovered the theft this morning! I rode as fast as I could to alert you. We have nothing for the winter!!”Szabo’s pet Bonobo, Magoo, began screeching in a chimp-frenzy. Szabo knew that cold weather would arrive any week now. The timing could not have been worse.

This presented the first crisis for the WAGMI mages. As the caravan now found itself massively under-supplied, a large component of the mages were forced to return to their homelands. Worse, with every effort being made to acquire dwindling sources of food, very few in the villages had the time to study and learn the magic. As the number of new believers waned and then plummeted, so too did the power of WAGMI (as previously discovered by Finney and Szabo). And in the newly weakened state of WAGMI, suddenly the mage envoys were turned away by communities, as skepticism of the magic and the fear of starvation took hold during the winter. Without access to the towns, many mage travelers were forced to set up camp and light their fires on the fringes. Staring into the flames, they questioned if the WAGMI faith was worth the sacrifice, or if they too should abandon the magic and rejoin their brethren who could be heard singing and laughing at the distant inns. The temptation of a good roof and hot mulled ale proved too much for some. “This sorcery is a hoax!” many began to say as Catena began to witness, for the very first time, large numbers of WAGMI deserters. It was not known if the magic would survive the winter crisis. But as the night is darkest before the dawn, this was to be WAGMI’s finest moment. For it was during this time that an alchemist mage by the name of ViBu would make a major breakthrough in the practice of WAGMI - and become champion of a new faction on Catena - the Light. Meanwhile, Drath’s following continued to grow. The dark leader soon decided that a permanent base of operations was necessary. One of Atom’s students, Zenon, drew up plans for a laboratory where the Cybers could expand their research and development.

The materials required for the lab and its equipment could be found in mountainous areas with forests. Several small settlements near the comet’s crash site were situated in these environments, and Drath decided to kill two birds with one stone. He ordered Atom and Zenon to form a raiding party and seize one of the villages. By now, several hundred followers of Drath were empowered with NGMI magic, and the villagers, who had no knowledge of magic at all, were not expected to put up much resistance. Despite this fact, the attack went poorly, and although highly skilled in research endeavors, Atom and Zenon proved to be poor tacticians. Drath was required to step in and eliminate the “Normies” of this small village. Once the mopping up was complete, Zenon set to work on building his lab and the rest of the Dark following were ordered to set up permanent residence in the village. But the winter was harsh, and resources were difficult to collect. It wasn’t long before a northern raiding party launched an attack on Drath’s village. The Northerners of Catena, accustomed to harsh conditions, were like hibernating bears. Their raids would be few in the warm seasons but come winter, when food was scarce and the southern settlements were weak, they would strike repeatedly. There were numerous tribes in the North, and not all of them were necessarily aligned with each other. The leader of this particular icy tribe’s raiding party was a warrior named Andonaxx. A thin, sickly-looking being with bright blue eyes and a long white beard, he was one of the North’s most successful raiders and was adamantly ruthless. But how could he have known that the village they now targeted was inhabited by NGMI Dark forces? The attack was a disaster, Andonaxx’s raiders were slaughtered, and none were able to escape. Drath, however, gave Andonaxx a choice - submit to NGMI and be spared, or the sword. For the Northerners, survival at any cost was a way of life. In that respect, it was no choice at all.

Chapter 5
The Light

A moment of curiosity captured the inhabitants of Catena when the first sightings of the comet reached the land. But by the time the comet had crash-landed, many had already forgotten about the anomaly in the sky. It dawned on no one that this visitor would change everything.

For the small community near the crash site, a whole new frenzied awe would take hold, as it was discovered that the comet brought with it unimaginable power to those willing to harness it. Those who first wielded this magic called it WAGMI.

But What Is This Sorcery and why did it arrive in Catena? The comet’s origin remains shrouded in mystery. We only know from those first discoverers its name - Satonako. Whether this was a name given to the comet by those first Catenian witnesses, or if the comet had some inscriptions that detailed its creators has been lost to history.

Finney was a farmer whose family had harvested food in the lands for as long as there were lands to cultivate. But what he saw on that fateful day was beyond description.

A fireball from the heavens, tearing through the sky like a beast gone berserk. Making contact with his grain field with an impact so great, the shockwaves toppled the homesteads for miles around like so many houses of cards. As the comet had landed in his fields, Finney was the first to reach it and inspect the damage at ground Zero. Finney peered into the crater where the comet lay and felt……something. It was as if the air around him was both pushing and pulling him at the same time. Suddenly, Finney could sense the nature around him. In his mind, he could see his surroundings without using his eyes - the rabbits nibbling the leaves, the frightened deer running away from the crash site, and birds circling the skies above. In his mind, Finney imagined an approaching silhouette. Snapping out of this trance-like state, Finney realized he was still staring into the burning crater. As he turned around to inspect the nature that he now “felt”, he realized that the silhouette that had materialized in his head was actually approaching him from the south.

Finney squinted his eyes, trying to make out who exactly this approaching figure was, but could not. He began to rub his exhausted eyes. As they closed, his mind once again presented the approaching figure. This time, the figure was seen to be his neighbor Szabo. Once again, Finney began to sense the nature around him, but this time it was so intense that he thought he had been set afire by the smoldering comet. He opened his eyes to make sure he was not being burned. No flames, but the intensity remained.

The approaching figure was now close enough to see - it was Szabo, just as his mind had envisioned! How could he have known who the silhouette was before he actually saw it with his own eyes? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? Finney thought to himself, as confusion and alarm set in.

His mind raced - was he going insane? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? He began to shout it - but his panic choked off his words into a muffle that Szabo could not understand: “WHAT….ENIING….ME?? WA….G….ME?? WA….GG…..MI?????” Finney sputtered.

“WAGMI? I don’t understand?” Szabo began to say.

Finney could only point into the crater as he repeated the muffled phrase: WAGMI??! WAGMI??! As Szabo peered in, he too began to sense this strange overwhelming force. WAGMI! Szabo thought as he mistook Finney’s muffled cries for the name of this strange new awareness. As more homesteaders approached the crater, each was in turn empowered with the magic, now referred to as “WAGMI”.

These first discoverers realized that they could communicate with each other over great distances telepathically. In time they learned that with study, they could also project their feelings so that one could feel exactly what another was feeling at that moment. This led to a monumental strengthening of the community bond. Crime in the small rural vicinity disappeared, as empathy was abundant, now that the community's emotions were intertwined. The first discoverers, Finney and Szabo, whose homesteads had been destroyed during the comet Satonako’s landing, devoted their lives to the teachings of WAGMI. They became the first mages. More was discovered about the magic. Finney and Szabo developed WAGMI spells and were soon able to command animals with their magic. They were even able to understand and communicate with some ancient trees, which shared wisdom that was lost long ago. With these new abilities, the community flourished.

Through listening to the wisdom of the trees, and commanding animals to power their economy, productivity soared, and so too did the number of people enlisting to learn about WAGMI. Although telepathic communication and emotion sharing were the two core attributes of WAGMI in those early days, the mages would continue to develop these powers in the years to come. These were the early days of the magic.

The nature of WAGMI, however, presented problems. Finney and Szabo soon discovered that magic was only potent so long as new believers continued to join and learn it.

When the growth in the WAGMI community ebbed, so too did the magic. So much so, that the mages feared that if knowledge of WAGMI could not continually be brought to new believers, the magic’s power could flicker and extinguish, like a candle in the wind. Szabo thus proposed a cross-Catena expedition in order to spread the use of WAGMI throughout the entire land. If such a small rural town could benefit so much from the magic - what would the impact be when its secrets were introduced to the world?

Finney and Szabo thus prepared a great caravan - made much easier by using WAGMI to communicate with their animals (by now they had each adopted a loyal pet of their own - a Great Horned Owl for Finney and a Bonobo for Szabo). As they set out, they made a pact to spread WAGMI to all corners of Catena, even if it took them the rest of their lives.

Chapter 6
Adoption

Perchtown had long been a sleepy mid-sized village. But as the magic spread, it became the hub for mages from across Catena to meet, share, and develop new aspects of the sorcery. The taverns and cafes became abuzz with discussion on Satonako’s gift to the world. It was here that ViBu met with Finney and Szabo to discuss the adoption of the White Scrolls. The three leaders were in agreement that ViBu’s work brought WAGMI to a new level of power, and that every student of the magic should abide by the moral code set out in the Scrolls. From that day forward, WAGMI and the White Scrolls became synonymous, and all practicing mages abided by the code. Well, almost all mages.

It was also at this time that a young mage named Sabafri introduced himself to ViBu. Sabafri explained that he was currently locked in a civil war over his hometown of El-Maidah with a rival ruling party. Sabafri, in exchange for the Light Faction’s assistance in this conflict, promised to build a grand university devoted to the magic arts according to the white scrolls. Construction of this institution would begin, of course, after Sabafri won the war and took back rule of what was rightfully his. Intrigued, ViBu agreed to travel with Sabafri back to El-Maidah. But instead of armed assistance, ViBu was able to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the civil war. Sabafri’s rival had a daughter, Carellis, and the Leader of the Light proposed a marriage that would cement the warring faction in alliance to rule over El-Maidah. This was accepted, Sabafri and Carellis were wed, and following the ceremony, the city of El-Maidah began construction on the university, and embarked upon a path of becoming one of the greatest WAGMI cultural destinations in all of Catena. This greatly accelerated the spread and adoption of the Light’s version of the magic according to the sacred White Scrolls.

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