History of Aelion: Ardos Monastery

Ardos was constructed during the time of Aeli. Since its creation there have been no documents to show what this monastery was built for, or even which god it was dedicated to. The monastery itself holds no symbols or cult items to provide any clues but nevertheless it was held in high esteem among the arriving pilgrims.

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Today, Ardos is destroyed and large sections of the temple have sunken beneath the water due to earthquakes that struck the Ithanos Archipelago many years ago. In what one could debate is a pleasant twist of fate, the monastery had already been abandoned when the earthquake occurred, preventing unnecessary loss of life.

The decision to restore the monastery following the incident was sudden and provoked many fierce arguments. The idea resisted a barrage of criticisms before gradually being implemented. Although, before they could move forward with their plans a group of priests and templars were sent to examine Ardos and consider the challenge of restoring it.

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They arrived and began to explore the territory of the monastery, which seemed at first to be completely deserted. However, in the central square they came across a large collection of Oceanide eggs. The group was quickly attacked by a very strong Khelp and his minions. The priests managed to bring up a magical shield and retreat, forcing the unlucky mortals the opposite way, going through the left wing of the monastery. Their path was inevitably blocked by a Naiad - another mighty sea creature, which they had certainly not expected to see. Following a fierce battle, the Naiad managed to cause many injuries but the Templars and priests got away through one of the corridors that was free of Khelps. The Khelps chased the group to the monastery’s very gates, but in the end they fell back. After these confrontations, the monastery became a sort of hornet’s nest. It seems the Oceanides are now looking for those that disrupted their peace.

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