Resurrection in Black… (Lost Spheres Gazetteer: Empire of the Banner)

As the release of Mythic Paths of the Lost Spheres is now imminent we are sharing previews from the Gazetteer appendix of the Lost Spheres Meta-Setting to give you an idea of the kind of connective tissue we are intending for your own home campaigns. Today we look at: The Empire of the Banner

Gazetteer Entry: Empire of the Banner

When the Primals battled the Vengeants in the early days the foundations of Creation were shattered. Some few worlds remained contested, other split to sides dominated by each tradition of divinity, and some fell to the Void between. Among the countless worlds plunged into the Void, some fell that carried the soldiers of both sides of the conflict.

Among these soldiers a general existed who knew the secrets of the Primals that had promise a victory they failed to deliver him. Betraying those he felt betrayed him, he used their pacts to enslave ten of the Primals’ greatest numbers. It is said that he took up their banner and stained it black in the ashes and blood of his men and that he raised his “Black Banner” he promised himself and those who followed him revenge on the divinities. So began the Empire of the Banner, a hungering movement of dominance and vegeance bent on bringing both Primal and Vengeant to suffer.

Location Type: Massive Extraterrestrial Military Campaign. Multi-world, linked portal networks. Ruled from the Crystal Prison of the Emperor.

Mythic Presences: The Emperor of the Banner is most likely a dual-pathed mythic being. Most speculated that he is a Godhunter of some kind and may be a  Will-of-All born from the anger and rage of his broken army. Regardless of his actual powers he has amassed hordes of followers from the darkened worlds of the Void. Using the broken laws of nature in the places between his armies sail ships of stone between the stars to sweep ever more worlds under the wings of the Banner. The cyclopean Hollow-Ones of the Shattered Way are his allies as are the Emaighan Hivemasters of the Grave Legion. Many of the Zeraean metamoprhic masters have the Master-of-Shapes path.

Connective Options: Invasive and extraplanar. The Empire is ever seeking new resources, commandeering portals, and invading worlds nearer the Void. Conflicts with the Banner can link one campaign setting to dozens of others and is ideal for introducing new content to a world, including mythic rule-sets.

Adventures with the Empire of the Banner: The Banner recruited the metamorphs of the world Zeraea, the Emaighan of the Clanworlds of Herraea, and a dozen other unique order of martial mystics. Its invasions often begin with shapeshifting infiltrations and the construction of secret portals back the Empire’s “home worlds” and escalate into full scale military and occupational regimes. If possible they will ally with local forces and offer them provisional governorships of their newest member world.

The Empire of the Banner can present a threat to any campaign world at any point in an ongoing or at the beginning of a new one. Whether its discovering the metamorphic invasion or opposing the forward ships of a full-scale planetary assault the Banner may be just the threat your game needs.

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