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                 King Ahlsendar

Ahlsendar (The Great King) - Ahlsendar was 29
and living on a Private Age with his mother
when his father was killed. Instead of
immediately joining the city, he remained in
the Private Age, apparently at the suggestion
of his uncle, who had come to inform Ahlsendar
of his father's death. With a few advisors who
kept him updated, Ahlsendar stayed in the
Private Age trying to formulate a plan for the
war that was now raging in his city. Meanwhile
his Uncle, still a member of the Guild of
Linguists, was translating much of the Pento
language and learning as much as he could about
them.

As it turned out, the Judges (with the Pento)
claimed control of the D'ni government after
the death of Koreen and began to move into
other Ages. Ahlsendar, after being briefed by
his Uncle on new information, continued to
wait. A few weeks later, the waiting appeared
to pay off.

Reports came back that the Judges had killed
the leader of the Pento for fear he was
becoming more powerful and out of control.
Unfortunately, the leader had not declared an
heir and had left two sons to fight for the
throne. This led to civil war within the Pento
and a complete lack of focus on the D'ni
leaving the Judges empty handed. As well, what
forces there were, were spread out to other
Ages and no longer fortified in the city. The
public apparently knew Ahlsendar was hiding and
with every passing day felt as though the
prophecies were coming to fruition.

"Only the stone, while they pass beneath
listens to his cried and comforts her fear. Only
the Arch welcomes the reign of the great one
who guides us." Ahlsendar, they all knew had
been born directly under the Arch. "A new
people, people of light, will bring great havoc
to the dark," as they believed the Pento had
done. "He remains hidden, while another sits in
his throne," was obvious. While the public
waited for him, they only grew more willing to
fight for him.

Fifteen weeks after the death of his father
Ahlsendar entered the city, for the first time
in his life, with a small force. He sailed
directly through the Arch to the palace and
reclaimed it with relative ease while directing
his soldiers and those who joined with him as
they saw him enter the city. Immediately, he
established "safe-zones" and eventually
informed the Pento that he wished to begin
negotiations with the Pento warrior Mekarr*.

Ahlsendar agreed to help Mekarr defeat his
brother if, in return, they would return to
their home peacefully. Mekarr agreed if
Ahlsendar would write them an Age to return to.
The deals were signed, and in 1376 Ahlsendar
led a force to the Pento Age.

It was there, in the Battle of the Great King
that Ahlsendar led the defeat of Mekarr's
brother Timaue and total victory for D'ni.
Mekarr turned over two leaders of the Judges
and Ahlsendar found the other three in the
city. All five were sent to Prison Ages (and
the Books burned). Some in the society had
demanded execution, but Ahlsendar had refused.
Regardless, his coronation ceremony took place
a few weeks later, and it was said, "not one of
D'ni did not attend the event. Our cheering was
as loud as thunder and our pride as solid as
the Arch through which he sailed...."*

Throughout his reign, Ahlsendar wrote a good
number of books of prophecies and encouraged
his people to forget about their old homeland
and focus on why they came to D'ni; to start
again to focus on pleasing Yahvo and to make
good and right decisions. To know Yahvo better
should be the focus of their lives, he claimed.
It was Ahlsendar who brought them back to the
attitude they had maintained during the reign
of Ri'neref.

During his life, there were numerous rumors
abounding about Ahlsendar and special linking
abilities. Numerous witnesses claimed that he
did not need Linking Books to go from one place
to another and numerous others claimed he could
link to different spots within an Age. However
none of these rumors were ever confirmed.

There were apparently other rumors, much more
quiet, which dealt with Ahlsendar and his
relationship with the prophet Nemiya. Though it
seemed that Nemiya had great respect for
Ahlsendar the same could not be said concerning
Ahlsendar's opinion of Nemiya. Apparently, the
Great King had little time for her and often
found her advice "foolish" and "childish"* when
he did consult with her. As a result, it seems
Nemiya was rarely seen with the Great King and
relegated to "figurehead" role for ceremonies
and the like. Perhaps surprisingly, Ahlsendar
rarely consulted with any other prophets
though he did have the choice.

Unbeknownst to the public who continued to
praise him, Ahlsendar was working with the
Guilds of Writers and Healers on a plague. It
was said that it could be used as a biological
weapon in case such action was ever needed in
the future. As far as the Pento, the link
between their Age and D'ni was still open as
Ahlsendar insisted on the continuation of
resources from the Pento, although it appears
that some of his associates advised against it.

It was in 1466 that Mekarr came to the Palace
through other Books given to him by Judges, and
killed Ahlsendar's wife and two sons. Ahlsendar
himself killed Mekarr in what records describe
as an "astounding battle." Two days later
Ahlsendar ordered the release of the plague to
the new Pento Age. Apparently, his councelors
advised against it, but he demanded his orders
be carried out.

The plague was released, though records don't
specify how, and the entire population of Pento
died three days later. Unfortunately, it seems
as though most of them realized what was
happening and did not die before linking to a
number of other Ages and infecting numerous
other cultures. The sickness did not affect
D'ni although the Guild of Chemists began to
fear that it could mutate to something that
would.

Once the public became aware of the plague
they obviously blamed the Pento for the
devastation, as they had no knowledge of the
Ahlsendar's participation in the plague. All of
the Books to which the Pento had had access
were gathered together to be forever destroyed.

Then, in 1500, Ahlsendar gathered his people
together to "inform them of the truth". It was
in that speech that he told them he had created
the plague and then ordered its release. At the
end of the speech, he asked to be sealed into
the Temple of the Great King (as built by
Ja'kreen) with any "infected" Books as well as
any Books that linked the D'ni to their past
(as he had preached they must completely
forget). A year later, Ahlsendar was sealed
within the Temple and it was then that the
dimensions and shape of the buildings made
sense, as it was required to hold massive
amounts of Books.

Solath, Ahlsendar's chosen heir, took temporary
charge of D'ni* while the public waited for the
Great King's return.

However, after six months had passed, records
state that Solath uncovered the final wishes of
Ahlsendar and read them publicly. Ahlsendar, he
read, "...was not to return..." and, "...for no
reason should the seal on the Temple of the
Great King ever be broken". In addition, the
note stated that Solath should be "officially
designated as permanent King." So convincing
was Solath's shock upon reading the note, it
was said that the thought of the note being a
hoax was never considered.*

Numerous personal journals and government
transcripts state the public's disbelief at the
statements. Solath himself said "...for how
could He leave us in such a state..." Though
there were many calls to break the seal of the
Temple, a direct command of the Great King was
foolish. As well, the Books within the seal
were infected Books and, "should not be opened
for good reason".*

So, in 1502 the Temple of the Great King was
renamed the Tomb of the Great King upon orders
of Solath, and he was assumed dead. However
most still believed he would return.




* The two brothers were both fighting for
control of the Pento, and Mekarr felt most
strongly his people no longer owed the Judges
anything. His brother Timaue felt the opposite.
* From "The Great King" written by Leshena in
1399
* "Nemiya's Legacy" written by Teman in 1609.
* Though not done often, it was possible for a
King to leave the throne to his successor if he
wished to be gone for an extended period of time.
* No records point to the note being anything
but the true wishes of the Great King, but it
is interesting to note that it was never even
thought of as a fabricated note.
* As spoken by Grand Master Namis of the Guild
of Healers to the Council

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