Athos: The Return
Oberon, The Light of Athos
Son of Athos and faithful servant
Excerpted from the Tome of Damnation
The Light of Athos wept that day
Exiled from the land he called home
His birthplace hollowed by plague
And nowhere left to turn
The Light flew to the highest point of Hylas
And called to his father
To no answer
The Light of Athos wept that day
Oberon is a Demigod, son of Athos and Ciscordania, then High Queen of Sysitar. On the day of his birth in Naxos, massive celebrations were held around the continent to commemorate his birth. The birthday of the Divine Son was an annually-celebrated holiday in Sysitar until The Great Plague wiped out all life on the continent.
Like the rest of his brothers and sisters, Oberon ascended to Heaven upon his birth to be raised and trained by Athos. Determined to become Athos’ favorite son, Oberon frequently clashed with Nox, who would eventually be named Athos’ successor. As a child, he was frequently picked upon by his siblings for his lack of physical strength and fighting ability. A practitioner of light magic, Oberon went on to become one of the most powerful spellcasters of his siblings, and devoted his life to the aid of others through his incredible power.
Oberon did not seek to leave heaven. He wanted to serve his Father until the day power was ceded to Nox. When his siblings began to descend to Earth, he was reluctant to leave. It wasn’t until the War of Failed Succession that he left his home to pursue a greater cause. When Nox murdered the people of Sysitar in order to gain great power, Oberon was robbed of his birthplace, and a life he would never know.
Oberon fought valiantly for the Athosians during the war, healing his allies, and carrying felled combatants to safety, Athosian and Noxarii alike. Although Oberon fought valiantly in the name of his divine Father, he never sought to bring death to any of his siblings. After Nox was defeated, Oberon was unable to return to his father’s side. With no other place to go, the Light of Athos fled to the Peaks of Hylas on the continent of Athos Terrarum. There, lacking direction and a better place to live, he remained in seclusion, living in caves for hundreds of years to mourn the loss of his people. In the Hylas caves, Oberon realized the purpose for his time on Earth. The war is over, but this one will not be the last. The time will come again for Oberon to serve Athos, and he must always be prepared.
In the year 324 of the second era, Oberon left the Peaks of Hylas and traveled to the Elven continent of Elandir, making his home in the woods controlled by The East Isle Freedom Pact. The Demigod led the life of a wood sprite, playing tricks on unsuspecting travelers, roaming the lands with powerful merchants and bards, and spreading the true word of Athos through the forest. Oberon saw this as the best way of serving his Father, as he didn’t wish to serve any of the Churches that honored him – corruption is often more widespread than divinity in such organizations.
In 1052, when the Borathanian Civil War began, Oberon fought valiantly for the Sylvanian people that embraced him for centuries. His selflessness in battle and diplomatic nature were instrumental in the founding of the new Kingdom, Sylvania, in 1060. In 1064, Oberon was named High Priest of Asthur, the highest religious honor in the Kingdom of Sylvania. As High Priest, Oberon lived in the capital city of Abathan, in a temple commissioned for him by the King himself. However, it only took two years for Oberon to become weary of the high city life. In 1066, The Light of Athos resigned his position and returned to the forests of Sylvania.
Oberon has lived in the woods since then, sleeping among the trees and under the carriages of travelers. He is still a widely recognized and influential figure in Elandiran culture and society, despite only appearing in public every few decades or so. Oberon is a member of the Conclave, and is called to duty with the Regulators occasionally. Although he dearly loves his brothers and sisters, he chooses not to live among his fellow demigods because of the resentment he harbors from the war, resentment towards those who stood aside and watched while he and his people suffered, and especially to those who sought to kill him and his dear Father.