the fall of the Prince of Devils at the hands of an elite group of adventurers,
the Depths of Dejenol soon became the land’s proving grounds for both physical
and magical studies. The guilds thrived as adventurers came from all
corners of the land to the city, which was booming with production and population.
Warriors, thieves, sorcerers all came to learn the ways of the guilds and explore
the depths of the mines.
It was during this time that the guilds actually posted landmarks in the depths, built rooms for specific purposes, and even expanded the mines. As the mines expanded, it was discovered that they were still rich in Mythinite, the most valuable metal in the lands. With this discovery, Dwarves and other mining races returned to the depths, causing the mines to teem with life once more.
Once mining started and the adventurers filled the upper levels, almost all the creatures for which the depths had become known for could no longer be found. Experienced adventurers had to explore farther and farther into the depths just for an opportunity to test their skills against a worthy opponent.
Unfortunately, some lazy adventurers stopped looking for creatures to fight with and turned on other adventurers and the miners. It started with simple ambushes, but soon the depths filled with an evil that was far different from that of the conquered Prince of Devils this time, it came from the very forces that had driven the evil out in the first place!
By now, rogue thieves, barbarians, magic users and warriors had made the dark mines their home. They became outcasts dirty and greedy humanoids from all races hungry for wealth and magic and willing to draw blood to take whatever they desired.
The guilds saw what was happening and began to hold private meetings to discuss the situation and how to deal with it. Since the mines were not only the source for the land’s Mythinite, but also the source of the most advanced teachings of the guilds, the decision was not an easy one to make. If the guilds attempted to close the mines, the dwarves would not abide, and the guilds would lose their business. And if the mines were left open, without an army of troops, the city would be at risk, and the people would start to move away once more, thus turning the currently thriving city back into a small town.
It was during this decision that the event which would tear the city and its depths apart occurred. In the city center, a shimmering portal suddenly appeared one afternoon. For the first few minutes, nothing happened as the townspeople gathered around, looking at it with awe. Suddenly, dark creatures began to emerge - demons, devils, and warriors. Within seconds, these creatures pouring out of the portal started attacking the townspeople, killing everything in sight.
There was nothing that could be done.
Messengers were sent to the emperor of the lands and a large army was sent to secure the city and handle any further attacks. The army arrived within a week of the attack and the smoldering remains of the city were secured.
But no attacks came. As quickly as the dark forces had come, they had gone and there was no tracking them.
After the initial attack, as the Guild Masters and the few surviving warlords and magi lords returned to the smoldering remains of the guilds, they were astonished to find the secret and magically sealed vaults which contained essential guild information broken into and empty.
Never had anyone known of an enemy with the power to do such a thing steal all of the knowledge, teachings, and most secret abilities of a guild and get away with it. Many of the Guild Masters burst into fury and swore to kill whoever was behind this, while others accepted what had happened and started rebuilding the guild knowledge from scratch.
The Emperor of the lands saw this matter was serious enough to call the Guild Masters to his palace to discuss the situation. Never before had such knowledge of deadly combat techniques, and most importantly, the most advanced forms of magic ever to exist, fallen into the hands of some dark force... Something had to be done about this, and very soon.
While the Guild Masters were meeting with the Emperor, a message was received that another major city was under attack by a horde of demons and devils. The message said that they appeared out of nowhere. The emperor was furious. He demanded the Guild Masters put a stop to this and gave them access to anything they needed to defeat this threat...unlimited money, manpower, and support.
It was decided that the answer to the threat must be found below. This meant that the depths must be re-opened for exploration once more, but this time there would be an army to protect the entrance and the city itself. However, before the mines would be reopened, the guilds needed to prepare and begin training explorers.
The Guild Masters began to rebuild the guilds’ knowledge of magic and combat from memory. Much was remembered. Unfortunately, the most advanced knowledge of magic was lost or incomplete and could only be re-learned by recovering the stolen information from the darkest reaches of the mines.
Over a year has passed since the initial attack of the demons. Since then three other cities have been attacked. Luckily, none of them were destroyed because the Emperor placed troops in every city. However, the damage was always extensive and the casualties large.
It is now time to re-open the depths and journey into the darkness to find the source of these evil attacks and eliminate it. The guilds offer their services to those who are brave enough to enter the depths once again. This time, nothing is known about the enemy, and the knowledge from the past is all but gone...
And thus you prepare to enter... the world of DEMISE: ASCENSION!