Age: 1591 years (biologically 45 gargoyle years)
Colouring: Brown hair, yellow fur, scorpion-like tail
Illuminati have not always been a secret society of corrupt humans
whose shadowy manipulations helped secure them positions of power and
influence. It was once the title of a select few, the ones chosen by
Merlin to watch over the Objects of Light-- those magical items and
structures that channelled the forces of good. In fact, it was not the
Merlin of our world who founded the Society, but rather one of an
alternate universe, who travelled here long ago in order to prevent the
apocalyptic battle of good and evil that destroyed his world.
Vashkoda was inducted into the Society when she was but a hatchling,
and charged with protecting the Holy Grail. Along with six others, she
watched over the sacred chalice on a magical isle, not unlike Avalon,
that would appear and disappear across the globe and throughout time.
Merlin foresaw the coming of a mighty king, the champion of good, and
helped prepare his other self for his coming. He knew that the Grail's
power to bestow immortality would be needed by this king, and so urged
his Majesty to take on the Holy Quest and retrieve the Grail. The
Isle's magic had been keyed to reveal itself to one of King Arthur's
knights, and so it was that Sir Percival came upon the clearing where
the Grail stood, surrounded by seven cold statues. Suddenly, the urge
came upon him to drink from the Cup, and before he realized what he was
doing, he had taken a sip. Without warning, the seven statues burst
into life, and Merlin appeared beside them. After congratulating Sir
Percival, Merlin and the gargoyles disappeared with the Grail, leaving
a disgruntled and confused knight to wander his way back to Camelot.
There, Merlin presented Arthur with the Cup, and was finally reassured
that his Champion would withstand the dark days that were to come. The
gargoyles stayed with Arthur, using the magical hoods Merlin had given
them to blend in with the shadows and remain unseen by Arthur's court.
But when the final battle had come, and Arthur and Mordred both lay
dying on the ground, Merlin realized with despair that he had been
tricked. The Grail's magic protected another, and there was only one
other whom that could be. The gargoyles, who had been sleeping when the
tragedy struck, arose to seek out the traitorous knight. Unfortunately,
no sign of him could be found, and a few months later, the Grail, too,
went missing. Merlin charged the Illuminati to recover the Grail and
But as the years passed and their search proved unsuccessful, Merlin
had to divide the group to protect the other Objects, lest Sir Percival
seek them out as well. Because the dark knight was now immortal, Merlin
bade the four remaining gargoyles to return to his Isle, whose magic
would slow their aging even more than Avalon's could. Thus, the
gargoyles waited, until Sir Percival re-emerged in northern France. The
four wasted no time in finding and confronting Sir Percival, but they
discovered, to their horror and dismay, that he had become powerful
during his days in hiding. With strange, dark magic, he bound the
gargoyles to serve him--all but one, who managed to escape his power.
As a mockery of what they once were, and as a symbol of the power he
knew would once be his, he took on the name of Master of the
Illuminati. Thus, the Society became nothing more than a band of spies
and thieves; its banner a symbol of greed and despair. But the one
gargoyle who had escaped returned, and managed to free Vashkoda from
the spell. Unfortunately, Percival forced them to battle their two
brothers, and one was mortally wounded. The other, although freed, felt
so ashamed and appalled at the horrors he had committed in Percival's
service, that he flew away and disappeared. Vashkoda and her sister
were forced to escape without the Grail, and once again, Percival
vanished. The two Illuminati watched the centuries pass from their
Isle, looking for any sign or rumour of the Dark Society. Occasionally,
Vashkoda would return to the normal world to look for clues or enlist
aid in their search. She recently met up with the SteelClaw Clan,
worthy allies who have pledged to help in her quest. SteelClaw.
Ieji - The Road Home
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