This is the Monthly Challenge version of J Osborne's map, Dark Nights of the Plague King
From this Monthly Challenge onwards, all entrants will receive championship points, providing that they make at least one valid Monthly Challenge submission. The Ranking Champion is decided on your total championship points from the last 5 Monthly Challenges, while the World Championship is being run from April to December this year
All entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 23:59 EST on Wednesday 30th April 2003, please. Full details in the Competitions & Tournaments forum at aow.heavengames.com, don't forget to save on days 5, 10, 20, and every ten days thereafter. You can restart as many times as you want, and make up to three submissions. Good luck, and here's the story -
Chapter 1 - Rebirth
Ages ago the world and it's mortal races faced genocide. Ufergoth II, known as the Plague King, loosed a blanket of destruction across the world. Making a desparate last gamble, the high elven courts bound their bravest assassins to dark celestrials. The assassins sacrificed their lives and triumphed, murdering the Plague King and casting his soul into the void.
Ufergoth's troops scattered, his demons dissipated without his binding magics, and the world moved on. The mortal races reorganized and spread to all corners of the world, prospering in the absence of Ufergoth's corruption. Time went on, ages passed, and the younger generations arrogantly assumed evil had died forever.
It is the 18th day of Mayou, year 873. An explosion tears a hole in the Polar Desert. Blackened wastes spread from the crater, and a long forgotten evil crosses from the afterlife into the realm of mortals.