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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> 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:
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* 25 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 living in 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.
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The original [[Lore Videos/Asheron's Call|intro video]], while very condensed, stays accurate to the detailed ''Historical Archive''. It 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>
   
 
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>
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Again, this summary, while brief, does not conflict with the more detailed ''Historical Archive''.
   
 
Thorsten's funeral was held at [[Chapel Blackspire]], a simple outdoor church.<ref name=QRC>1999/11 [[Release]] - [[Quick Reference Card]]</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 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

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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 living in 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 original intro video, while very condensed, stays accurate to the detailed Historical Archive. It 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

Again, this summary, while brief, does not conflict with the more detailed Historical Archive.

Thorsten's funeral was held at Chapel Blackspire, a simple outdoor church.[6]

Analysis

Conclusion

References

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