Campaign of the Month: October 2010
Wyrmshadow Campaign Setting
The earliest name of the Elder God of Nature
Aos’s original form, as an Ancient, was that of a winged bear the size of a large dragon with leaves for fur, stone claws, and eyes reflecting the light of the sun itself. However, like many Ancients, Aos was a master of changing her shape to suit whatever her needs, and as such her description could literally be anything.
Aos is one of the Ancients, the first race of beings created by the Legendary Wyrm nearly a million years before the Era of Good Intentions. After the Legendary Wyrm rose from its long rest to discover much of its great works in ruins, Aos was one of three Ancients, the Elders, chosen to be spared the fate of their kin. Together with Nus and Phi, Aos was taken from Materia through The Gates to a place called The Perch, where they and their creator could bear witness to the evolution of their kin after the Legendary Wyrm stripped them of their power.
Aos developed a neutral personality, finding arguments of good versus evil to be counter to the balance of nature, preferring the growth of wild and unhindered plants, animals, and peoples to those of rigid, self-righteous structured societies. However, upon the return of another Ancient, her brother Asmous, Aos joined the Legendary Wyrm and her fellow Elders in returning to Materia to face this threat to the balance and come to grips for the first time with true, unbridled evil.
After sustaining heavy injuries in her battles against the Infernal forces of Asmous, Aos and the other two Elders were forced to abandon their old bodies in lieu of becoming divine spirits inhabiting the realm of their own devising, Arcadia. Aos chose a new being, a Wood Elf named Oerne, to be the new host for her powers, knowledge, and memories. So, too, did her brothers Phi and Nus decide upon new identities. So began the cycle of divine death and rebirth, a cycle continuing on to this day, as one host passes the torch to the next in times of great turmoil.
Most recently, the Elder God of Nature chose the Weren Ursite Boris Silverstem to serve as the next host of its powers, memories, and divine will. Boris chose the divine name Ryss and began the eternal cycle anew.
For more details on the Elder God of Nature, see the profiles of Boris Silverstem (Ryss) and Ehlon.