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HeXen - Arcanum is website dedicated to Roberto Julio Alamo´s mods & projects about the world of HeXen, created by Raven Software. In this site you have access to the progress of the mod HeXen - Arcanum, to the graphic adventure game HeXen - Quest for the Dark Skull, to the Cronus Series and to many more contents...

viernes, 16 de enero de 2009

Hexen - Story

Heretic chronicled the adventures of a heroic Sidhe elf who challenged the forces of D'Sparil, the weakest of the three dimension-traveling Serpent Riders. His victory was hardly insignificant, but while he battled D'Sparil the other two Serpent Riders were far from idle. They were hard at work sowing the seeds of destruction in several other dimensions. One such dimension is Cronos, the world of Hexen: a Human world, but one where the forces of magic are both stronger and more strictly controlled than those of the Elven world.

The Humans have learned from painful experience that while magic can be a powerful tool, it also contains more destructive potential than any other force in their universe. From this harsh realization a disciplined and orderly society has developed, one where every citizen has knows his place, and where the vast majority of common men are held in thrall to a few ruthless, powerful leaders. Wielding magical powers and arcane artifacts, these men overshadow every other Human force on Cronos, suppressing individual thought and action in the name of the greater good.

Within this strict order, three organizations maintain the fabric of Human society: The Legion, the Arcanum, and the Church. In an uneasy balance often threatened by petty squabbles and escalating power struggles, these three organizations share absolute dominion over all of humanity. The Legion represents Human military strength, using brute force backed by magical weapons to impose a strict and inflexible order upon the populace. The Arcanum is the center of learning for all magical studies, and as such it determines who will or will not have access to its wealth of arcane secrets. The Church acts as a bridge and buffer between the Legion and Arcanum, using a mixture of magic and military training to maintain the balance of power while secretly furthering its own interests. Together or separately, these three groups control every aspect of Human life.

Each organization is led by a single man: Zedek, Marshal of the Legion; Traductus, Grand Patriarch of the Church; and Menelkir, Arch-Mage of the Arcanum. These men are the ultimate embodiment of power on Cronos. Cold, calculating and devoid of concern for anything but the advancement of their own status, these leaders were the first to fall under the sway of Korax, the second of the three Serpent Riders. In return for their allegiance, Zedek, Traductus and Menelkir were rewarded by Korax with the dark gift of Unlife. Using the powers granted them by Korax, as well as the relics already in their possession, all of Humanity quickly fell under their spell.

Only three Humans escaped the geas of the leaders' new powers: Baratus, a Warrior of the Legion; Daedolon, a Mage of the Arcanum; and Parias, a Cleric of the Church. Now these three have sworn to destroy the leaders they once followed, and anything else that gets in the way as they execute their task. Entering the mystical portal used by Korax to reach their world, the three become hopelessly separated, forcing each of them to attempt on their own that which they had little hope of doing together: find Korax's stronghold, defeat his legions of grotesque minions, and finally destroy the Serpent Rider himself.

Their task will be a difficult one indeed. It is well known that Korax's special powers stem from his control of the Chaos Sphere, which he uses to warp and corrupt everyone and everything he touches. Though not the mightiest of the Serpent Riders, Korax is far more powerful than D'Sparil was, and his lust for power is matched only by his hatred for all living things not under his control. Can he be vanquished?

Only time will tell...

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