The Memorial Caverns are caves filled with mostly underground running water, and has murals in which tell the history of Sacred Grove. Inside it is rich with history and life, with plenty of pixies, humans, and even a changeling seeking assistance. It is located north of the World Tree in Sanctuary, and is also the home of the fabled Heartseed, a pivotal object in Sacred Grove's past, which Princess Lavender tore apart to create Briarheart Palace.
The Murals of Memorial Caverns EditMural I: In ancient times, all of the world's races lived in harmony. Their leaders formed the Gleam Council to protect and guide the races. Their intentions were pure and they sought to maintain peace throughout the realm. This period was known as the Age of Harmony.
Mural II: The Gleam leaders did not agree on everything, and the gap between council members grew until an opposing council was formed. This new group wanted to control everyone, for they reasoned that they were best suited to tell people how to live their lives. This was the beginning of the Gloam Council.
Mural III: The Gloam were very secretive, exclusive, and growing more and more powerful. They were so secretive, the Gleam Council didn't even know about them until it was too late — the Gloam built a powerful artifact that could bind all magic to them. Since all living things had some magic within them, they could practically control the world.
The plan worked, but for a minor flaw — not everyone succumbed to the artifact's control.
Mural IV: Nearly every magical creature was affected by the Binding. Victims stared with cold, empty eyes and carried on with their daily tasks, but the joy in their lives was gone.
A few of the most powerful heroes of the day were able to protect themselves from the Binding. They banded together in secrecy to plan the artifact's destruction.
Mural V: When the heroes were ready, they spread word to all the races, "Flee, for the magic that would be unleashed could have catastrophic effects!" They then approached the Gloam tower, knowing full well that the destruction of the artifact would result in their own demise.
Battling through unwitting mobs and powerful wizards, the heroes finally made it to the artifact. With their powers combined, they breached the magical defenses and shattered the artifact's physical shell. What resulted was known as the Unbinding, which freed the people, but sent a tidal wave of magic across the lands.
Mural VI: While the heroes fought, the races retreated: the elves erected the crystal barrier, the dwarves dug deep into their mountains, the humans sailed away, and the pixies went underground.Years passed and the pixies had made themselves a comfortable home in the caves. It had transformed from a dark and forlorn shelter to a warm, cheery home. Everyone assumed that there was no life left above, and was content to stay in the caves forever. That is, until the changelings showed up.
Mural VII: Pixie scouts have always said that the lands above were devoid of life, but the appearance of the changelings meant that life does, indeed, exist up top. Deciding to brave whatever dangers lurking outside, Ayani, the Druidess Queeen, decided that she would venture forth alone to look around. However, when she flitted out of the caves, she saw nothing but desolation as far as the eye could see. Gone were the flowers and the trees, gone were the bixies and everything else she remembered as a child.
Mural VIII: Ayani was so saddened by the barren lands that she began to cry. Such was her sorrow that her tears formed lakes and rivers. But where her tears touched the ground, plants began to spring up. Seeing this miracle, other pixies emerged, and coaxed life back into the land.
When Ayani passed, she left behind the Heartseed. With the royal family nurturing it, the Heartseed grew into the mighty World Tree, the center of the pixie's world.
The Cataclysm was persumably brought on by a group of heroes to save the lands from a group known as the Gloam Council. The ultimate saviour was Ayani, a druidess, whose final home was in what is now known as Sanctuary.
Dialogues Regarding The Cataclysm Edit
Walking up to the entrance of the caverns in Sanctuary....
Entrance Guard (right): "*Ahem* Welcome to the Memorial Caverns! Inside you can see the chronicling of the great history of the pixies, as well as learn about the founding of Sanctuary by Queen Valerian's ancestor, the powerful druidess Ayani!"
Entrance Guard (left) : "Enter and gaze in wonder at the heart of Sanctuary, the Heartseed! Well... what's left of it after Princess Lavender went and..."
Entrance Guard (right): "Quiet! You know the rules!"
Entrance Guard (left) : "Oops! Sorry!"
Over near Forgotten Caves, there are two boys standing by the water....
Boy (right): "So let me get this straight - the Gloam Council got blown up during the Unbinding along with everything else...right?"
Boy (left) : "Right."
Boy (right): "And now everything is alive on the surface again thanks to Ayani, so now everyone is out and making friends again?"
Boy (left) : "You clearly paid attention during the tour."
Boy (right): "But if the Gloam Council came about during the Age of Harmony when everyone was working together, is there anything stopping them from coming back now?"
Boy (left) : "Only the fact that those ancient heroes hit them in the face with a CATACLYSM! BAM! No more Gloam!"
Boy (right): "Hmm, yeah, I guess so..."
Maria, over at mural V....
Maria: "Aren't you glad we visited, Evan? We've learned so much about the cataclysm."
Grayfoot, over at mural VIII....
Grayfoot: "Ayani never again left that place. It was the founding of our current capital city, which she named Sanctuary in memory of the sheltering caverns below. When Ayani eventually passed on, they buried her at that spot, at the center of what is now called The Lake of Tears."
Grayfoot: "A few days after they buried Ayani, the pixies noticed a tree sprouting from her grave. It grew larger and larger, forming the Heartseed in the caverns below, and the World Tree up above."
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