Wheel of the Goloths Retrospective

The Wheel of the Goloths has been banished deep within the Terminus of Lirangsha, along with the dread Time Dames, their master Goloth Maxyenka and hundreds of thousands of Dominator troops. Those who delved into the dark histories of the Vernal Wars know that Maxyenka and the Time Dames were members of a research arm in the Goloth Empire, a dominion of krokani dominated by the Soulless God Crazen. Experimenting in temporal phenomena, they created the Wheel of the Goloths enabling them and their Dominator armies to travel far into their future. But when did they first appear in modern times?

 

The first recordation of a Dominator incursion was over 80 years ago shortly after the re-emergence of Hallifax and Gaudiguch, the two cities that were thrown out of time and space during their conflict in the Taint Wars. When a temporal shift set off alarms in the City of Hallifax, witnesses reported troops of Dominators coming out of the time rift. This event initiated the founding of the Time Sentinels in Hallifax. (See Events 188.) Shortly thereafter, the Dominators encroached upon the City of Gaudiguch and Mount Zoaka, prompting the Templars rise up and deal with the threat. (See Events 189.) At that time, neither Hallifax nor Gaudiguch nor indeed anyone in the Basin of Life understood who or what the Dominators were, though it was speculated they were shock troops of the Soulless Gods. Since the Dominators did not return, their appearance was chalked up as a strange anomaly caused by the temporal stresses of the returning cities and was soon forgotten.

 

But, unknown to even the Elder Gods, that was just the beginning. The Dominators had been sent by the Time Dames as an initial reconnaissance party to test the temporal rifts caused by Hallifax and Gaudiguch. Up until that point, the Time Dames were trapped in the Wheel of the Goloths within the void outside of time and space. During the Taint Wars, when Hallifax and Gaudiguch were thrown into this void, cracks in time formed which could now be exploited by the Time Dames.

 

About 10 years later, temporal aftershocks caused by the returning cities, enabled the return of the Dominators through another crack in time. This time, the Dominators tried to set up a base in the Dark Forest of Glomdoring and enslave the populace there. Eventually this rift in time was sealed and the Dominators retreated. (See Events 196.)

 

Over 50 years would pass before the Time Dames would strike again, this time personally taking the lead in their attempts to wrest control of this strange future long after the Vernal Wars. A new rift in time opened up, disgorging a battalion of tae'dae cavaliers of the Order of Shallah as well as a horde of Dominators led by Rusacha, the Time Dame of the Weft. Both were seeking the Heart of Shallah. For the cavaliers, the Heart of Shallah was a holy relic they were pledged to protect. For the Time Dames, it was an artifact that could be used to heal their master, Goloth Maxyenka. The Goloths were the rulers of the Goloth Empire, directly in contact with the Soulless God Crazen. When Crazen was imprisoned, the Goloths began to shrivel up and die. The Time Dames were able to rescue Maxyenka, placing him in stasis in a the Wheel of the Goloths, where he was frozen in time between the last two beats of his heart. Fortunately, the Time Dames were repelled and the Heart of Shallah (later discovered to be just half of a heart) was placed in a secure place where the cavaliers settled and teach a new generation their remarkable skills. (See Events 257.)

 

Next, Ludlya, Time Dame of the Flow, appeared and focused her efforts of the Feyranti Estate, for the Blood Diamond Mines held dark secrets that could possibly offer a cure that would enable Goloth Maxyenka to rise again. The Dominators she sent, however, were easily repelled. (See Events 258.)

 

Once again, Rusacha, the Time Dame of the Weft, came forth with a small force of Dominators, this time in an attempt to take control of the hyfae in the Undervault. Apparently, the hyfae were experimenting with a new breed of fungi which the Time Dames thought could help Goloth Maxyenka escape the confines of his decayed body. Once again, the Dominators were defeated. (See Events 260.)

 

In yet another twist, a mysterious cube from the far future appeared, trying to send a warning of what the future could hold. It took many months for scholars to piece together a message. (See Events 261.)

 

Intent upon curing Goloth Maxyenka, the Time Dames became fascinated with the undead. Thinking this could be their hope to free Maxyenka, they began a series of experiments. Their first attempts at creating undead turned out to be failures which they flushed into the City of Hallifax. (See Events 263.) Next, they sought to kidnap children of the Basin as test subjects. Fortunately, this attempt was also met with failure as the children were rescued. (See Events 264.) Finally, Stepasha, the Time Dame of Destruction, sent forth her armies into Magnagora and Glomdoring where the undead were most prevalent in an attempt to wrest their secrets. Her forces were roundly defeated. (See Events 265.)

 

At this point, the Dark Forest of Glomdoring decided to take the offensive. The Great Spirits of Glomdoring, Mighty Crow and Mother Night orchestrated an attack using the Ebonglom Wyrdling to take to the air and directly attack the Wheel of the Goloths. While they were able to successfully capture the Wheel, Mighty Crow was sucked into its temporal vortex. (See Events 266.)

 

In the aftermath of the Glomdoring offensive, the Time Dames were intent on carrying on with their investigation of the undead. They were able to ally with Krangar, Guardian of the Shallach Gates, and learned of other powerful undead. This knowledge took them to the i'Xiia Asylum and later to the Shallamurine Cathedral. However, the Undead High Priestess Marani Veloske was eventually able to defeat both Krangar and Time Dame Stepasha. (See Events 267.) Despite these setbacks, their experiments with the undead continued leading them to create a vast army of them to attack the Basin of Life. At this time, however, a being known as the Veiled God appeared and was able to destroy most of these undead. (See Events 268.)

 

As most know by now, the Veiled God was in actuality Xynthin, the Ascendant who used the Wheel of the Goloths to travel back to time and rise to godhood. He was later punished by the Eternal. (See Events 259.) In any event, the Ascendant God Xynthin was an anomaly who should not exist, having risen in a timeline destroyed by the Eternal. Nevertheless, because he existed simultaneously both as Xynthin and his mortal form, Xenthos, both were slowly being driven insane. His existence was also warned about in the sending from the future. In any event, his sad tale ended with his death, though Crow was able to escape from the Wheel. (See Events 269, 270, 271.) However, the Wheel of the Goloths was gravely damaged and the Time Dames went into a full retreat. (See Events 274.)

 

The unstable forces unleashed by these constant temporal manipulations and the damaged Wheel of the Goloths were beginning to cause manifestations unforeseen even by the Time Dames. Notably among these were doorways from the future that opened in the druid and mage guilds. (See Events 272, 275, 277.) It was through one of these doors that the magical science of aquachemantics was learned, which led to the construction of the N.C.S. Empress’s Hope in the Starry Sea. (See Events 279.)

 

Finally, the Time Dames abandoned their experiments with the undead and focused once more on the Heart of Shallah, having located the second half of the heart in a far off place known as Lirangsha. Stealing the half held by the cavaliers and using the other half in Lirangsha, they were able to finally revive Goloth Maxyenka. Unfortunately, this led to the weakening of the Nine Seals that hold the Soulless Gods. (See Events 281.)

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