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TOPIC | [LORE; DON'T POST] Chaos Flight
Introduction

Ever heard of the Chaos Flight? No? Well, how about the Shade? Ever heard of that?

Ah. I thought you had. That's not surprising, though. Anyone who pays attention in their Sornieth history classes knows what the Shade is. But there's something they don't tell you in history class. Several things, actually. They don't tell you about the Chaos Flight. The Anarchist. What REALLY happened to the Shade.

I'm sure you want to know about them now, right? Well, that's what I get for catching your attention.
Introduction

Ever heard of the Chaos Flight? No? Well, how about the Shade? Ever heard of that?

Ah. I thought you had. That's not surprising, though. Anyone who pays attention in their Sornieth history classes knows what the Shade is. But there's something they don't tell you in history class. Several things, actually. They don't tell you about the Chaos Flight. The Anarchist. What REALLY happened to the Shade.

I'm sure you want to know about them now, right? Well, that's what I get for catching your attention.
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The Shade

As you may know, the Shade is an extremely powerful force of darkness that seeks to devour everything in the universe. It is a living nothing, a manifestation of destruction, that waged a centuries-long war against the original eight Deities during the First Age. This war ended in the Shade's defeat, the Deities driving it to the far reaches of the universe. The original Eight then sealed themselves within the World Pillar, using their Magic to form a protective Barrier around Sornieth. Should the Shade return, the Barrier would shield the world from it.

The Shade did return, of course. Attracted by the Arcanist's display of his powers, it found its way back to Sornieth and used its own power to destroy the Barrier, shattering the World Pillar and reopening the planet. However, this attack caused a cataclysmic event that destroyed the Shade itself, scattering tiny pieces of it all across the world.

As far as Dragonkind is concerned, that's the end of the Shade's story. Destroyed by its own attack, never to return. Nothing more than miniscule fragments of darkness now.

Well, they're wrong.
The Shade

As you may know, the Shade is an extremely powerful force of darkness that seeks to devour everything in the universe. It is a living nothing, a manifestation of destruction, that waged a centuries-long war against the original eight Deities during the First Age. This war ended in the Shade's defeat, the Deities driving it to the far reaches of the universe. The original Eight then sealed themselves within the World Pillar, using their Magic to form a protective Barrier around Sornieth. Should the Shade return, the Barrier would shield the world from it.

The Shade did return, of course. Attracted by the Arcanist's display of his powers, it found its way back to Sornieth and used its own power to destroy the Barrier, shattering the World Pillar and reopening the planet. However, this attack caused a cataclysmic event that destroyed the Shade itself, scattering tiny pieces of it all across the world.

As far as Dragonkind is concerned, that's the end of the Shade's story. Destroyed by its own attack, never to return. Nothing more than miniscule fragments of darkness now.

Well, they're wrong.
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The Anarchist

The Shade isn't gone. It's just trapped in an empty, infinite black space called THE VOID. It's not truly a disembodied force of destruction. It's really no different than the Earthshaker or the Plaguebringer. It's a Deity. The counterpart to the Arcanist. And it - no, he - is named the Anarchist.

The Anarchist is massive, with a compact body blacker than the blackest shadows. He has a long, crooked snout filled with jagged teeth, a crown of demonic horns on his head, two pointed ears, and a tiny patch of ghostly white scales around his empty, black eyes. Starting from the top of his skull and running down his neck is a mane of pure darkness, with similar tufts of darkness on the base and at the end of his tail.

The Anarchist has four limbs: two wings and two legs. He has no membrane in his wings, but he is still fully capable of flight. The claws on his paws are razor-sharp, strong enough to cut through solid stone.

Despite what Dragons may say, the Anarchist has no desire to devour everything in the universe. He simply wants to spread his own brand of chaos, cause mischief, drive others crazy for his own amusement. There was no true malevolence behind his goals; he just wanted to enjoy what he perceived as fun. But the Deities saw his actions in a different way than he did.
The Anarchist

The Shade isn't gone. It's just trapped in an empty, infinite black space called THE VOID. It's not truly a disembodied force of destruction. It's really no different than the Earthshaker or the Plaguebringer. It's a Deity. The counterpart to the Arcanist. And it - no, he - is named the Anarchist.

The Anarchist is massive, with a compact body blacker than the blackest shadows. He has a long, crooked snout filled with jagged teeth, a crown of demonic horns on his head, two pointed ears, and a tiny patch of ghostly white scales around his empty, black eyes. Starting from the top of his skull and running down his neck is a mane of pure darkness, with similar tufts of darkness on the base and at the end of his tail.

The Anarchist has four limbs: two wings and two legs. He has no membrane in his wings, but he is still fully capable of flight. The claws on his paws are razor-sharp, strong enough to cut through solid stone.

Despite what Dragons may say, the Anarchist has no desire to devour everything in the universe. He simply wants to spread his own brand of chaos, cause mischief, drive others crazy for his own amusement. There was no true malevolence behind his goals; he just wanted to enjoy what he perceived as fun. But the Deities saw his actions in a different way than he did.
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Chaos Dragons

Dragons of the Chaos Flight are few and far between. Unlike the closely-related Greater Horrors, which are the corrupted Minds of Eggs laid in a Dead Zone - an area of Sornieth not under the control of any Deity - Chaos Dragons are lost Minds who attach themselves to the wrong embryo. Since this can only happen if they've already slipped through the cracks of reality into THE VOID, the Minds are already partially corrupted - not enough to become a Greater Horror, but just enough to still qualify as a servant of the Shade. A Chaos Dragon.

These Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, not tethered to a specific Flight, color/gene scheme, or breed. On the surface they are neigh-impossible to distinguish from any other Dragon; depending on where they hatched, their eyes are normally the color of that region's Flight. The only way to truly tell the difference between a Chaos Dragon and a Dragon truly of their Flight is to watch the eyes; on occasion, the eyes of a Chaos Dragon will flash pitch-black.

Personality-wise, Chaos Dragons usually fall into one of two different categories. The majority of Chaos Dragons call themselves "Pandemics" and live up to their Flight's name, as they are anarchistic, rebellious, and often rather sadistic. A select few are more brooding and distant, preferring to keep themselves separate from other Dragons and often ashamed of themselves for being Chaos Dragons. These "Voidstares" are generally seen as "lame" and "buzzkills" by Pandemics, while Voidstares believe Pandemics are far too excited about having connections to the Shade.
Chaos Dragons

Dragons of the Chaos Flight are few and far between. Unlike the closely-related Greater Horrors, which are the corrupted Minds of Eggs laid in a Dead Zone - an area of Sornieth not under the control of any Deity - Chaos Dragons are lost Minds who attach themselves to the wrong embryo. Since this can only happen if they've already slipped through the cracks of reality into THE VOID, the Minds are already partially corrupted - not enough to become a Greater Horror, but just enough to still qualify as a servant of the Shade. A Chaos Dragon.

These Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, not tethered to a specific Flight, color/gene scheme, or breed. On the surface they are neigh-impossible to distinguish from any other Dragon; depending on where they hatched, their eyes are normally the color of that region's Flight. The only way to truly tell the difference between a Chaos Dragon and a Dragon truly of their Flight is to watch the eyes; on occasion, the eyes of a Chaos Dragon will flash pitch-black.

Personality-wise, Chaos Dragons usually fall into one of two different categories. The majority of Chaos Dragons call themselves "Pandemics" and live up to their Flight's name, as they are anarchistic, rebellious, and often rather sadistic. A select few are more brooding and distant, preferring to keep themselves separate from other Dragons and often ashamed of themselves for being Chaos Dragons. These "Voidstares" are generally seen as "lame" and "buzzkills" by Pandemics, while Voidstares believe Pandemics are far too excited about having connections to the Shade.
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Swiftwing Dragons

When the Shade crashed into the Barrier, it was broken into thousands, maybe millions, of pieces that fell to Sornieth. As the Eight emerged from the remnants of the World Pillar, ink-like veins of darkness dripped from the skies. The smallest of these drops eventually appeared to dissolve into nothing; in actuality, they were teleported into THE VOID, where they reformed into the Anarchist. The larger, more stable ones became puddles of pure Chaos, and lay dormant where they fell.

The beginning of the Fourth Age marked the rise of Dragonkind. Created by the Deities in their own image, Dragons quickly claimed the world as theirs, driving out the once-dominant Beastclans. It was during this time that the Anarchist used his power to form his own Dragons from the pools of Chaos. As Drake and Beast fought for control over Sornieth, the Breed of the Chaos Flight began to emerge. This Breed, the Swiftwing Dragons, bore a heavy resemblance to the modern-day Pearlcatchers, but lacked front limbs - something the Anarchist didn't have himself.

For a time, the surprisingly docile Swiftwings lived in harmony with other Dragons, a few even settling down in Clans. However, it was eventually discovered that, due to being created out of pure Chaos, every Swiftwing had a tiny amount of Chaos laying dormant within them. Dragonkind believed that the union of all Swiftwings would result in the Chaos being unleashed - which the Shade could use to return.

The Swiftwings were hunted into extinction in a matter of years, although the confused wyverns never knew why. What little knowledge of the Breed that remains has been passed off as nothing more than legend, and the lack of physical remnants means most Dragons think of Swiftwings as simple bedtime stories. But for every skeptic, there is a believer; some believe that the Swiftwings were completely real, and are obsessed with finding concrete proof of their existence. There are even some who are convinced that a few Swiftwings still remain, hidden away from the rest of world - they are also desperate in their search for evidence.
Swiftwing Dragons

When the Shade crashed into the Barrier, it was broken into thousands, maybe millions, of pieces that fell to Sornieth. As the Eight emerged from the remnants of the World Pillar, ink-like veins of darkness dripped from the skies. The smallest of these drops eventually appeared to dissolve into nothing; in actuality, they were teleported into THE VOID, where they reformed into the Anarchist. The larger, more stable ones became puddles of pure Chaos, and lay dormant where they fell.

The beginning of the Fourth Age marked the rise of Dragonkind. Created by the Deities in their own image, Dragons quickly claimed the world as theirs, driving out the once-dominant Beastclans. It was during this time that the Anarchist used his power to form his own Dragons from the pools of Chaos. As Drake and Beast fought for control over Sornieth, the Breed of the Chaos Flight began to emerge. This Breed, the Swiftwing Dragons, bore a heavy resemblance to the modern-day Pearlcatchers, but lacked front limbs - something the Anarchist didn't have himself.

For a time, the surprisingly docile Swiftwings lived in harmony with other Dragons, a few even settling down in Clans. However, it was eventually discovered that, due to being created out of pure Chaos, every Swiftwing had a tiny amount of Chaos laying dormant within them. Dragonkind believed that the union of all Swiftwings would result in the Chaos being unleashed - which the Shade could use to return.

The Swiftwings were hunted into extinction in a matter of years, although the confused wyverns never knew why. What little knowledge of the Breed that remains has been passed off as nothing more than legend, and the lack of physical remnants means most Dragons think of Swiftwings as simple bedtime stories. But for every skeptic, there is a believer; some believe that the Swiftwings were completely real, and are obsessed with finding concrete proof of their existence. There are even some who are convinced that a few Swiftwings still remain, hidden away from the rest of world - they are also desperate in their search for evidence.
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