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=== Beta / Release ===
The most detailed account of the Olthoi Rebellion comes from the Microsoft Games article ''Asheron's Call Historical Archive''.<ref name=MSGamesArchiveHistoricalArchive>1999/?? pre-[[Release]] - [[Microsoft Games Archive]]: [[Microsoft Games Archive/World/History/Historical Archive|Historical Archive]]</ref> While the article is too long to adequately summarize here, some of the important information from it is:
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The most detailed account of the Olthoi Rebellion comes from the Microsoft Games article ''Asheron's Call Historical Archive''.<ref name=MSGamesArchiveHistoricalArchive>1999/?? pre-[[Release]] - [[Microsoft Games Archive]]: [[Microsoft Games Archive/World/History/Historical Archive|Historical Archive]]</ref> A nearly identical copy of this appeared in the ''Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets'' book.<ref name=ACSybexGuideConciseHistoryOfAC>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets]]: [[Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets/A Concise History of Asheron's Call|A Concise History of Asheron's Call]]</ref> The following is a summary of the portions of those texts that relate to the Olthoi Rebellion:
* 25 years ago, portals to Dereth started to appear in Aluvia.
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* The first arrivals were killed by the Olthoi, but eventually, the Olthoi began to keep some humans as slaves. Some humans managed to escape to the surface, living fear filled nomadic lives. Eventually, Thorsten Cragstone emerged as a leader among these free people.
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:Twenty-five years ago, portals to Dereth started to appear in Aluvia. The first arrivals were killed by the Olthoi, but eventually, the Olthoi began to keep some humans as slaves. Some humans managed to escape to the surface, living fear filled nomadic lives. Eventually, Thorsten Cragstone emerged as a leader among these free people.
* Elysa Strathelar arrived in Dereth and was captured by Olthoi. She was enslaved for months, but successfully escaped. She was pursued by Olthoi, cornered in a desert canyon, and rescued by Thorsten and his band of rebels.
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* (more to come...)
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:Elysa Strathelar arrived in Dereth and was captured by Olthoi. She was enslaved for months, but successfully escaped. She was pursued by Olthoi, cornered in a desert canyon, and rescued by Thorsten and his band of rebels. Thorsten, Elysa, and Thorsten's men were pursued by Olthoi. Eventually they made it to safety in the Underground City. By this time, only a handful of rebels remained. Thorsten was content simply living in the safety of the city, but Elysa, who had been a slave longer than Thorsten, wanted to free their people.
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:Elysa found and translated an Empyrean text, which described the fall of the Empyrean, Asheron, and where to find a portal to his island. Eventually, Thorsten and Elysa made their way to Asheron's castle. Elysa was transported inside, found Asheron, and pleaded for help. Asheron gave her two things: an Olthoi slaying elixir, and the advice that they must kill the Olthoi queen. With that, Elysa was returned outside to Thorsten.
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:Armed with the elixir-treated weapons, Thorsten and his handful of men raided a small Olthoi nest. Though many of his warriors died in the attack nearly fifty slaves were rescued. Over the next several years, Thorsten and Elysa's band of rebels grew with more freed slaves. Elysa discovered the location of the queen's nest, and the time for the final battle had come.
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:Their army now numbered in the thousands. They fought their way to the queen's sanctum. Thorsten fought his way through the Olthoi nobles to the queen, only to be killed by her. Elysa shot one elixir-coated arrow through the eye of the queen, killing it. The humans won their freedom, at the cost of Thorsten's life. Elysa took his body back to the underground city and laid him to rest there.
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:Ten years have passed since the queen was killed. A year ago, on the anniversary of Thorsten's death, Elysa disappeared. Some suspect she may have returned to Asheron's tower.
   
 
The Asheron's Call manual's ''The Story of Asheron's Call'' section and the Zone article ''Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers'' both contain the same brief summary of the Olthoi Rebellion:
 
The Asheron's Call manual's ''The Story of Asheron's Call'' section and the Zone article ''Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers'' both contain the same brief summary of the Olthoi Rebellion:
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:''For many years the humans lived as Olthoi slaves, but a band of rebels—led by the noblewoman Elysa Strathelar and the warrior Thorsten Cragstone—chose to fight. Aided by Asheron's Magic, they slew the Olthoi queen and won freedom, though the fight cost Thorsten his life. Now, ten years later, Elysa has vanished and Asheron's whereabouts are unknown.''<ref name=ACManualTheStoryOfAC>1999/11 [[Release]] [[Asheron's Call Manual]]: [[Asheron's Call Manual/The Story of Asheron's Call|The Story of Asheron's Call]]</ref><ref name=ZoneArchiveDerethABriefHistoryForTravelers>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Microsoft Zone Archive]]: [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers|Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers]]</ref>
 
:''For many years the humans lived as Olthoi slaves, but a band of rebels—led by the noblewoman Elysa Strathelar and the warrior Thorsten Cragstone—chose to fight. Aided by Asheron's Magic, they slew the Olthoi queen and won freedom, though the fight cost Thorsten his life. Now, ten years later, Elysa has vanished and Asheron's whereabouts are unknown.''<ref name=ACManualTheStoryOfAC>1999/11 [[Release]] [[Asheron's Call Manual]]: [[Asheron's Call Manual/The Story of Asheron's Call|The Story of Asheron's Call]]</ref><ref name=ZoneArchiveDerethABriefHistoryForTravelers>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Microsoft Zone Archive]]: [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers|Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers]]</ref>
   
Thorsten's funeral was held at [[Chapel Blackspire]], a simple outdoor church.<ref name=QRC>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Quick Reference Card]]</ref>
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The Quick Reference Card tells us that Thorsten's funeral was held at [[Chapel Blackspire]], a simple outdoor church.<ref name=QRC>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Quick Reference Card]]</ref>
   
== Analysis ==
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The original [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call|intro video]] depicts Elysa arriving on Dereth, being captured by Olthoi, and escaping from them. It skips ahead to her and Thorsten finding Asheron's tower, and Elysa meeting Asheron and being gifted the elixir. It skips ahead again to the final battle against the queen, Thorsten dying, and Elysa slaying the queen.<ref name=ACIntroVideo>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Lore Videos]]: [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call|Asheron's Call]]</ref>
   
== Conclusion ==
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The text ''The Underground City'' describes the discovery of the city in greater detail, as recounted by Elysa:<ref name=TheUndergroundCity>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[The Underground City]]</ref>
   
== References ==
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:Olthoi had been tracking the scent of Elysa, Thorsen, and their band of escaped slaves for days. They crossed the river in hopes of confusing the Olthoi. Soon after corssing, Thorsten spotted a portal in the distance. After hours of backtracking to ensure the Olthoi could not follow their trail, all seven of them slipped through the portal, and found themselves on an island in the middle of Lake Blessed, then called Olthoi Lake.
<references/>
 
   
Beta / Release / Pre-AC:DM:
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:They discovered the underground city, and to their relief it was free of Olthoi. Thorsten declared it to be a new capital for free humans, where they will plot to overthrow the Olthoi. Their numbers slowly grew as they went back to the mainland to search for other escaped slaves.
* [[The Days of the Olthoi]]
 
* [[The Underground City]]
 
* [[Asheron's Call Manual]]:
 
* [[Quick Reference Card]]
 
* [[Lore Videos]]:
 
** [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call|Asheron's Call]]
 
* [[Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets]]
 
** [[Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets/A Concise History of Asheron's Call|A Concise History of Asheron's Call]]
 
* [[Microsoft Games Archive]]:
 
* [[Microsoft Zone Archive]]:
 
** [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers|Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers]]
 
* [[Stormwaltz Quotes]]:
 
** [[Stormwaltz Quotes/On Empyrean Population and Its Removal]]
 
   
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The text ''The Days of the Olthoi'' goes into greater detail on what life was like under the subjugation of the Olthoi. There are only a few details about the Olthoi Rebellion. The author and her mother were held in the nest of the Olthoi queen. They were liberated by Elysa and Thorsten, during the final battle of the rebellion. The author noted that once the queen was killed, the rest of the Olthoi were thrown into chaos, and could be easily walked by or killed. She also wrote that while the Olthoi are not so mindless now (at the time of the writing), they never returned to their former intelligence. The final detail we has is that, when the author finally made it to the surface, she was met with sunlight on an open, grassy field.<ref name=TheDaysOfTheOlthoi>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[The Days of the Olthoi]]</ref>
   
Asheron's Call Era:
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A few other sources give us some information about members of the rebellion. [[Trothyr]] was among the first to join Elysa and Thorsten's band.<ref name=TrothyrsRestRumor>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Trothyr's Rest Quest]]: [[Trothyr's Rest Rumor]]</ref> [[Branith]] fought along side Thorsten.<ref name=TheBlazingStaffOfBranith>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Branith's Stolen Possessions]]: [[The Blazing Staff of Branith]]</ref> [[Jenavere]] fought along side Elysa and Thorsten.<ref name=IllWind>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Microsoft Zone Archive]]: [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/The Olthoi|The Olthoi]]</ref> An old copy of the [https://web.archive.org/web/20000229130454fw_/http://cod.xrgaming.net/lore/timeline.shtml Crossroads of Dereth Timeline] also states that Tibri was among the band of rebels, but an official source for that has not been located.
* [[Stormwaltz Quotes/The Historical Overview]]
 
* [[Stormwaltz Quotes/On the Call]]
 
* [[Stormwaltz Quotes/On Harlune and the Storyline]]
 
* [[Stormwaltz Quotes/On Queen Elysa]]
 
   
Asheron's Call: Dark Majesty Era:
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=== Dark Majesty ===
* [[Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual]]
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The AC:DM manual's ''Long Ago'' section contain the following summary of the Olthoi Rebellion:
* [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call Dark Majesty]]
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:''For many years the humans lived as Olthoi slaves, but a band of rebels led by the commoner Elysa Strathelar and the nobleman Thorsten Cragstone rose up to fight. Aided by Asheron's Magic, they slew the Olthoi queen and won freedom, though the fight cost Thorsten his life.''<ref name=ACDMManualLongAgo>2001/10 [[Dark Majesty]] - [[Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual]]: [[Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual/Long Ago|Long Ago]]</ref>
* [[Gaerlan's Diary]]
 
* [[Gaerlan's Field Reports]]
 
* [[Gaerlan's Research Notes]]
 
* [[AC:DM CD Lore/Ages of the Empyrean|Ages of the Empyrean]]<ref name=AgesOfTheEmpyrean>2001/11 [[Dark Majesty]] - [[AC:DM CD Lore]]: [[AC:DM CD Lore/Ages of the Empyrean|Ages of the Empyrean]]</ref>
 
* [[Stormwaltz Quotes/On Harlune and the Storyline]]
 
* [[The History of Auberean]]
 
* [[Elysa Strathelar's Letter to Lania Cartoth (Second)]]
 
* [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/The Eyes of a Child]] - information on when Thorsten died / when Borelean was born
 
* [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/A Brief History for Travelers]]
 
   
Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny Era:
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The AC:DM manual's ''The Tale Thus Far'' section opens with the following statement:
* [[Asheron's Call Throne of Destiny Manual]]
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:''Eleven years after the Isparians won their freedom from the Olthoi, the skies chilled and the snowline dipped from the peaks of the Lost Wish and Linvak mountain ranges, until the entire island of Dereth was coated in snow.''<ref name=ACDMManualTheTaleThusFar>2001/10 [[Dark Majesty]] - [[Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual]]: [[Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual/The Tale Thus Far|The Tale Thus Far]]</ref>
* [[Delacim's Death]]
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* [[Olthoi at Knorr]]
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The AC:DM [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call|intro video]] is the same video content as the original intro, but this version includes a voice-over from Elysa. Information of note from the video is that Elysa and Thorsten were the first humans Asheron had seen.<ref name=ACDMIntroVideo>2001/10 [[Dark Majesty]] - [[Lore Videos]]: [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call Dark Majesty|Asheron's Call Dark Majesty]]</ref>
* [[Personal Entry, Arrival of Kellin's Troops]]
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* [[We, the Defenders of the Helm]]
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The AC:DM CD Lore's ''Ages of the Empyrean'' contains the following information related to the Olthoi Rebellion:<ref name=AgesOfTheEmpyrean>2001/11 [[Dark Majesty]] - [[AC:DM CD Lore]]: [[AC:DM CD Lore/Ages of the Empyrean|Ages of the Empyrean]]</ref>
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:''The year Isparians were delivered from bondage to the Olthoi was, by Yalaini reckoning, ME 579. In the common calendar, this is called Portal Year (P. Y.) 0.''
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:''Humans began arriving in Dereth in ME 564.''
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:''The One Queen of Dereth was slain by Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar in 579. Borelean Strathelar, Prince of New Aluvia, was born the following year.''
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A month after AC:DM was released, the lore piece ''The Eyes of a Child'' was published. It contains the following information related to the Olthoi Rebellion:<ref name=TheEyesOfAChild>2001/12 [[The First Strike]] - [[Microsoft Zone Archive]]: [[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/The Eyes of a Child|The Eyes of a Child]]</ref>
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:''Summer had melted into autumn, leaving the days shorter. The boy didn't care, he just wanted to chase the butterflies. Six years old and full of life. Seven years had passed since the Olthoi queen was killed, since Elysa had lost Thorsten, since Borelean had lost his unknown father.''
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:''Seven years was not that long after all, and this time of year always came too quickly and too quietly.''
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:''"When I knew. . . that I was carrying him, I should have told Thorsten. He should have known that he would have this child. . . but--"''
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=== Later Additions ===
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The [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]] quest gives us some more information. Elysa Strathelar and [[Lania Cartoth]] were childhood friends from Ispar, and for a time they corresponded while on Dereth.<ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeGlysanderCartothDialog>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[Glysander Cartoth]] dialog</ref> The quest involves retrieving letters that Elysa had written to Lania.<ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeACertificateOfPermission>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[A Certificate of Permission]]</ref>
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The first letter recovered was written only a few days after Thorsten and the Olthoi queen were killed. Elysa wrote that she would not be burying Thorsten's armor and axe with him.<ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeALetterOfGrief>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[A Letter of Grief]]</ref>
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Two letters are recovered next. The first was written some time in the fall or winter, when frost came to the Aluvian lands on Dereth.<ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeElysaStrathelarsLetterToLaniaCartoth1>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[Elysa Strathelar's Letter to Lania Cartoth (First)]]</ref> The other letter was written after Thorsten's tomb had been completed for some time, and the construction of Cragstone was progressing well. In this letter Elysa recalled that she recently had a dream where she saw the ghost of Thorsten standing on the shore of the lake. When she awoke, her feet were muddied.<ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeALetterOfCorrespondence1>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[A Letter of Correspondence]]</ref>
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The final two letters collected do not provide additional information on the Olthoi Rebellion, instead dealing with Lania's distrust of Asheron and the Empyrean in general.<ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeALetterOfCorrespondence2>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[A Letter of Correspondence (Lia Tze)]]</ref><ref name=ThorstensArmorAxeElysaStrathelarsLetterToLaniaCartoth2>2002/04 [[Betrayal]] - [[Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe]]: [[Elysa Strathelar's Letter to Lania Cartoth (Second)]]</ref>
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The two teaser articles for [[Repercussions]] give more information. After the Olthoi Rebellion, Elysa was named queen by the freed people. Asheron came to Elysa after Thorsten's death. He provided assistance establishing the city of Cragstone, building Thorsten's tomb, and concealing Thorsten's armor and axe in their hidden resting place. Elysa had left her people to live with Asheron for a period of five years.<ref name=RepercussionsTeaser1>2002/07 [[Repercussions]]: [[Announcements - 2002/07 - Repercussions#Teaser, Part 1|Teaser, Part 1]]</ref> At the time of the teaser ([[Leafdawning, 13 PY]]) Borelean is eleven years old.<ref name=RepercussionsTeaser2>2002/07 [[Repercussions]]: [[Announcements - 2002/07 - Repercussions#Teaser, Part 2|Teaser, Part 2]]</ref>
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An updated copy of ''A Brief History for Travelers'' reiterates some basic information: Isparians began arriving over 25 years ago, and were enslaved by the Olthoi. Led by Elysa and Thorsten, the humans fought back against the Olthoi and won. The final battle occurred over 10 years ago. In memory of that victory, the year in which these events occurred is called Portal Year 0.<ref name=ABriefHistoryForTravelers>2002/07 [[Repercussions]] - [[Microsoft Zone Archive]]:[[Microsoft Zone Archive/Asheron's Lore/A Brief History for Travelers|A Brief History for Travelers]]</ref>
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The series of articles under ''The History of Auberean'' provide firm dates for events:<ref name=HistoryOfAubereanVol5>2003/03 [[A Perfect Paradox]] - [[The History of Auberean]]: [[The History of Auberean/Volume V: New Arrivals (-540 to 13)|Volume V: New Arrivals (-540 to 13)]]</ref>
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* -15 PY: The portals created by the Sundering appear on Ispar in the Aluvian lands and the first curious humans begin to arrive on Dereth. The Olthoi quickly enslave them.
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* -6 PY: Thorsten Cragstone arrives on Dereth.
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* -5 PY: Elysa Strathelar arrives on Dereth.
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* -4 PY: Thorsten Cragstone escapes and forms a small band of resistance against the Olthoi. Six months later, Elysa escapes and is found by Cragstone and his men.
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* -3 PY: Cragstone's forces, pursued by Olthoi, make their way to the Isle of Tears, where they discover the Underground City. This quickly becomes their home and base from which to launch attacks against the Olthoi.
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* -1 PY: While exploring ruins near the Underground City, Elysa triggers an Empyrean artifact that brings her to Asheron's notice. Asheron, whose attention has been focused elsewhere, is shocked that intelligent beings have begun appearing on Dereth and transports Elysa into his presence. She tells him what has happened to her people under the dominion of the Olthoi. Asheron provides her with details about the Olthoi's weaknesses, explaining that the scent of the dead Queen will throw the other Olthoi into disarray and leave them mindless.<br /><br >To help her defeat the Queen, Asheron provides her with an alchemical potion based upon the work of his father. With this potion in hand, Thorsten and Elysa plan their assault on the One Queen.
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* 0 PY: Disguising themselves with the scent of a Brood Noble, a small band of warriors led by Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar infiltrate the Royal Hive of the One Queen and slay her. In the moments before the Olthoi Queen's death, Thorsten Cragstone is killed. Joyous Aluvians slay the confused Olthoi and declare the founding of a New Aluvia with Elysa Strathelar as their Queen. Construction begins on the town of Cragstone, followed by Holtburg.
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* 0 PY: Borelean, son of Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar, is born.
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== Analysis ==
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== Conclusion ==
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== References ==
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<references/>
   
Asheron's Call Later Era:
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Later Era:
* [[Knorr Quiddity Seed Quest]]
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* (Jul 2005) [[Asheron's Call Throne of Destiny Manual]]
* [[Black Death Catacombs Quiddity Seed Quest]]
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* (Jan 2008) [[Black Death Catacombs Quiddity Seed Quest]]
* [[Interactions and Observations, 'Gear Knights']]
 

Latest revision as of 16:54, February 3, 2020

The Aluvian rebellion against the Olthoi is one of the core elements of the story of Asheron's Call. Over the years, the events of the Olthoi Rebellion have been retold many times, and some inconsistencies or contradictions have arisen.

Overview Edit

Beta / Release Edit

The most detailed account of the Olthoi Rebellion comes from the Microsoft Games article Asheron's Call Historical Archive.[1] A nearly identical copy of this appeared in the Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets book.[2] The following is a summary of the portions of those texts that relate to the Olthoi Rebellion:

Twenty-five years ago, portals to Dereth started to appear in Aluvia. The first arrivals were killed by the Olthoi, but eventually, the Olthoi began to keep some humans as slaves. Some humans managed to escape to the surface, living fear filled nomadic lives. Eventually, Thorsten Cragstone emerged as a leader among these free people.
Elysa Strathelar arrived in Dereth and was captured by Olthoi. She was enslaved for months, but successfully escaped. She was pursued by Olthoi, cornered in a desert canyon, and rescued by Thorsten and his band of rebels. Thorsten, Elysa, and Thorsten's men were pursued by Olthoi. Eventually they made it to safety in the Underground City. By this time, only a handful of rebels remained. Thorsten was content simply living in the safety of the city, but Elysa, who had been a slave longer than Thorsten, wanted to free their people.
Elysa found and translated an Empyrean text, which described the fall of the Empyrean, Asheron, and where to find a portal to his island. Eventually, Thorsten and Elysa made their way to Asheron's castle. Elysa was transported inside, found Asheron, and pleaded for help. Asheron gave her two things: an Olthoi slaying elixir, and the advice that they must kill the Olthoi queen. With that, Elysa was returned outside to Thorsten.
Armed with the elixir-treated weapons, Thorsten and his handful of men raided a small Olthoi nest. Though many of his warriors died in the attack nearly fifty slaves were rescued. Over the next several years, Thorsten and Elysa's band of rebels grew with more freed slaves. Elysa discovered the location of the queen's nest, and the time for the final battle had come.
Their army now numbered in the thousands. They fought their way to the queen's sanctum. Thorsten fought his way through the Olthoi nobles to the queen, only to be killed by her. Elysa shot one elixir-coated arrow through the eye of the queen, killing it. The humans won their freedom, at the cost of Thorsten's life. Elysa took his body back to the underground city and laid him to rest there.
Ten years have passed since the queen was killed. A year ago, on the anniversary of Thorsten's death, Elysa disappeared. Some suspect she may have returned to Asheron's tower.

The Asheron's Call manual's The Story of Asheron's Call section and the Zone article Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers both contain the same brief summary of the Olthoi Rebellion:

For many years the humans lived as Olthoi slaves, but a band of rebels—led by the noblewoman Elysa Strathelar and the warrior Thorsten Cragstone—chose to fight. Aided by Asheron's Magic, they slew the Olthoi queen and won freedom, though the fight cost Thorsten his life. Now, ten years later, Elysa has vanished and Asheron's whereabouts are unknown.[3][4]

The Quick Reference Card tells us that Thorsten's funeral was held at Chapel Blackspire, a simple outdoor church.[5]

The original intro video depicts Elysa arriving on Dereth, being captured by Olthoi, and escaping from them. It skips ahead to her and Thorsten finding Asheron's tower, and Elysa meeting Asheron and being gifted the elixir. It skips ahead again to the final battle against the queen, Thorsten dying, and Elysa slaying the queen.[6]

The text The Underground City describes the discovery of the city in greater detail, as recounted by Elysa:[7]

Olthoi had been tracking the scent of Elysa, Thorsen, and their band of escaped slaves for days. They crossed the river in hopes of confusing the Olthoi. Soon after corssing, Thorsten spotted a portal in the distance. After hours of backtracking to ensure the Olthoi could not follow their trail, all seven of them slipped through the portal, and found themselves on an island in the middle of Lake Blessed, then called Olthoi Lake.
They discovered the underground city, and to their relief it was free of Olthoi. Thorsten declared it to be a new capital for free humans, where they will plot to overthrow the Olthoi. Their numbers slowly grew as they went back to the mainland to search for other escaped slaves.

The text The Days of the Olthoi goes into greater detail on what life was like under the subjugation of the Olthoi. There are only a few details about the Olthoi Rebellion. The author and her mother were held in the nest of the Olthoi queen. They were liberated by Elysa and Thorsten, during the final battle of the rebellion. The author noted that once the queen was killed, the rest of the Olthoi were thrown into chaos, and could be easily walked by or killed. She also wrote that while the Olthoi are not so mindless now (at the time of the writing), they never returned to their former intelligence. The final detail we has is that, when the author finally made it to the surface, she was met with sunlight on an open, grassy field.[8]

A few other sources give us some information about members of the rebellion. Trothyr was among the first to join Elysa and Thorsten's band.[9] Branith fought along side Thorsten.[10] Jenavere fought along side Elysa and Thorsten.[11] An old copy of the Crossroads of Dereth Timeline also states that Tibri was among the band of rebels, but an official source for that has not been located.

Dark Majesty Edit

The AC:DM manual's Long Ago section contain the following summary of the Olthoi Rebellion:

For many years the humans lived as Olthoi slaves, but a band of rebels led by the commoner Elysa Strathelar and the nobleman Thorsten Cragstone rose up to fight. Aided by Asheron's Magic, they slew the Olthoi queen and won freedom, though the fight cost Thorsten his life.[12]

The AC:DM manual's The Tale Thus Far section opens with the following statement:

Eleven years after the Isparians won their freedom from the Olthoi, the skies chilled and the snowline dipped from the peaks of the Lost Wish and Linvak mountain ranges, until the entire island of Dereth was coated in snow.[13]

The AC:DM intro video is the same video content as the original intro, but this version includes a voice-over from Elysa. Information of note from the video is that Elysa and Thorsten were the first humans Asheron had seen.[14]

The AC:DM CD Lore's Ages of the Empyrean contains the following information related to the Olthoi Rebellion:[15]

The year Isparians were delivered from bondage to the Olthoi was, by Yalaini reckoning, ME 579. In the common calendar, this is called Portal Year (P. Y.) 0.
Humans began arriving in Dereth in ME 564.
The One Queen of Dereth was slain by Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar in 579. Borelean Strathelar, Prince of New Aluvia, was born the following year.

A month after AC:DM was released, the lore piece The Eyes of a Child was published. It contains the following information related to the Olthoi Rebellion:[16]

Summer had melted into autumn, leaving the days shorter. The boy didn't care, he just wanted to chase the butterflies. Six years old and full of life. Seven years had passed since the Olthoi queen was killed, since Elysa had lost Thorsten, since Borelean had lost his unknown father.
Seven years was not that long after all, and this time of year always came too quickly and too quietly.
"When I knew. . . that I was carrying him, I should have told Thorsten. He should have known that he would have this child. . . but--"

Later Additions Edit

The Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe quest gives us some more information. Elysa Strathelar and Lania Cartoth were childhood friends from Ispar, and for a time they corresponded while on Dereth.[17] The quest involves retrieving letters that Elysa had written to Lania.[18]

The first letter recovered was written only a few days after Thorsten and the Olthoi queen were killed. Elysa wrote that she would not be burying Thorsten's armor and axe with him.[19]

Two letters are recovered next. The first was written some time in the fall or winter, when frost came to the Aluvian lands on Dereth.[20] The other letter was written after Thorsten's tomb had been completed for some time, and the construction of Cragstone was progressing well. In this letter Elysa recalled that she recently had a dream where she saw the ghost of Thorsten standing on the shore of the lake. When she awoke, her feet were muddied.[21]

The final two letters collected do not provide additional information on the Olthoi Rebellion, instead dealing with Lania's distrust of Asheron and the Empyrean in general.[22][23]

The two teaser articles for Repercussions give more information. After the Olthoi Rebellion, Elysa was named queen by the freed people. Asheron came to Elysa after Thorsten's death. He provided assistance establishing the city of Cragstone, building Thorsten's tomb, and concealing Thorsten's armor and axe in their hidden resting place. Elysa had left her people to live with Asheron for a period of five years.[24] At the time of the teaser (Leafdawning, 13 PY) Borelean is eleven years old.[25]

An updated copy of A Brief History for Travelers reiterates some basic information: Isparians began arriving over 25 years ago, and were enslaved by the Olthoi. Led by Elysa and Thorsten, the humans fought back against the Olthoi and won. The final battle occurred over 10 years ago. In memory of that victory, the year in which these events occurred is called Portal Year 0.[26]

The series of articles under The History of Auberean provide firm dates for events:[27]

  • -15 PY: The portals created by the Sundering appear on Ispar in the Aluvian lands and the first curious humans begin to arrive on Dereth. The Olthoi quickly enslave them.
  • -6 PY: Thorsten Cragstone arrives on Dereth.
  • -5 PY: Elysa Strathelar arrives on Dereth.
  • -4 PY: Thorsten Cragstone escapes and forms a small band of resistance against the Olthoi. Six months later, Elysa escapes and is found by Cragstone and his men.
  • -3 PY: Cragstone's forces, pursued by Olthoi, make their way to the Isle of Tears, where they discover the Underground City. This quickly becomes their home and base from which to launch attacks against the Olthoi.
  • -1 PY: While exploring ruins near the Underground City, Elysa triggers an Empyrean artifact that brings her to Asheron's notice. Asheron, whose attention has been focused elsewhere, is shocked that intelligent beings have begun appearing on Dereth and transports Elysa into his presence. She tells him what has happened to her people under the dominion of the Olthoi. Asheron provides her with details about the Olthoi's weaknesses, explaining that the scent of the dead Queen will throw the other Olthoi into disarray and leave them mindless.

    To help her defeat the Queen, Asheron provides her with an alchemical potion based upon the work of his father. With this potion in hand, Thorsten and Elysa plan their assault on the One Queen.
  • 0 PY: Disguising themselves with the scent of a Brood Noble, a small band of warriors led by Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar infiltrate the Royal Hive of the One Queen and slay her. In the moments before the Olthoi Queen's death, Thorsten Cragstone is killed. Joyous Aluvians slay the confused Olthoi and declare the founding of a New Aluvia with Elysa Strathelar as their Queen. Construction begins on the town of Cragstone, followed by Holtburg.
  • 0 PY: Borelean, son of Thorsten Cragstone and Elysa Strathelar, is born.

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References Edit

  1. 1999/?? pre-Release - Microsoft Games Archive: Historical Archive
  2. 1999/11 Release - Asheron's Call: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets: A Concise History of Asheron's Call
  3. 1999/11 Release Asheron's Call Manual: The Story of Asheron's Call
  4. 1999/11 Release - Microsoft Zone Archive: Dereth: A Brief History for Travelers
  5. 1999/11 Release - Quick Reference Card
  6. 1999/11 Release - Lore Videos: Asheron's Call
  7. 1999/11 Release - The Underground City
  8. 1999/11 Release - The Days of the Olthoi
  9. 1999/11 Release - Trothyr's Rest Quest: Trothyr's Rest Rumor
  10. 1999/11 Release - Branith's Stolen Possessions: The Blazing Staff of Branith
  11. 1999/11 Release - Microsoft Zone Archive: The Olthoi
  12. 2001/10 Dark Majesty - Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual: Long Ago
  13. 2001/10 Dark Majesty - Asheron's Call Dark Majesty Manual: The Tale Thus Far
  14. 2001/10 Dark Majesty - Lore Videos: Asheron's Call Dark Majesty
  15. 2001/11 Dark Majesty - AC:DM CD Lore: Ages of the Empyrean
  16. 2001/12 The First Strike - Microsoft Zone Archive: The Eyes of a Child
  17. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: Glysander Cartoth dialog
  18. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: A Certificate of Permission
  19. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: A Letter of Grief
  20. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: Elysa Strathelar's Letter to Lania Cartoth (First)
  21. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: A Letter of Correspondence
  22. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: A Letter of Correspondence (Lia Tze)
  23. 2002/04 Betrayal - Thorsten Cragstone's Armor & Axe: Elysa Strathelar's Letter to Lania Cartoth (Second)
  24. 2002/07 Repercussions: Teaser, Part 1
  25. 2002/07 Repercussions: Teaser, Part 2
  26. 2002/07 Repercussions - Microsoft Zone Archive:A Brief History for Travelers
  27. 2003/03 A Perfect Paradox - The History of Auberean: Volume V: New Arrivals (-540 to 13)

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