Six Impossible Things
Therian's past life research
Fire and Earth rose quickly to fame in the early First Age when he designed and led the construction of Meru itself. Taking a page from the former capital of Rathess, he designed a modern city to meet the needs of both a mortal and an Exalted populace. His stamp is on every manse in Meru, to a greater or lesser degree, though there is no finer creation than the heavily defended central temple, which houses Meru’s command and control, communications, data storage, living space and a temple to the Unconquered Sun. The intelligence running the temple was also of Fire and Earth’s design, and the record shows that they collaborated on setting up the defenses of the temple.
Daybreak Magistrate founded the first Deliberative embassy to Stygia, and served there for three centuries. In this time he not only studied the Dual Monarchy, but also pioneered the study of Necromancy. It is recorded by Lucent the Younger, itinerant poet late of Stygia, that the Magistrate made an exhaustive study of the dead, the rites associated with the underworld, even the stars and elements of this strange twilight realm. “His bright light casts long shadows over Stygia,” wrote Lucent in one letter to his living lover, “and should he ever desire power more than knowledge I would fear for my Monarchs.” He is rumored to have held territory in Stygia for a time, granted by the Dual Monarchy, and to have established an advisory council for the Dual Monarchy, eventually growing to a group of seven divinely-appointed counselors.
While serving under General Qin-Dai as a staff clerk, Winter’s End distinguished himself with precision short range fire support. When the general’s position was overrun, he so impressed the general that he was kept at Qin-Dai’s right hand throughout the campaign. It was said that even at the infamous Rout of Stones, when no less than fifteen Lawgivers fell to the cataphractoi of the Mirror-Bright Prince, no enemy came within ten yards of the general. Of the general’s five hundred personal guard, only Winter’s End survived the Rout, though he is on record expressing some distaste for having to personally execute those who broke in the face of the enemy as there were no surviving support staff on hand at the time. His last posting was a transfer to head up a R&D team working to develop and install a new perimeter defense system for the temple at Meru. (Note: the last command received by Shodan before present date was on Winter’s End’s authority. His final act on record was to set all the temple’s defenses to maximum and then to lock the manse to respond only to the hearthstone bearer.)