Rifts®: Megaversal Highway™
The Old Ones
The Old Ones are said to have existed long before the dawn of man. They ruled the Palladium World (and some suggest dozens of others) for untold millenniums. An unrecorded period of history that has become known as the Time of Chaos. Powerful beyond human imagination, the Old Ones are credited as the originators of all magic and numerous life forms, including the elf, changeling, titan and dragon. Many modern scholars and sorcerers disagree, arguing that such claims are likely to be nothing more than old myths with only a few crumbs of truth to them. Unfortunately, most of the world’s knowledge about the dreaded Old Ones is based entirely on myths and the cryptic Isis. Thoth dismisses these tales as rubbish, unsubstantiated myth or pure madness. He is known to have little humor regarding these allegations and can become enraged if pressured about them. Thoth has proven a thousand times that he stands on the side of light, but still his enemies circulate the rumors and suspicions. They point out that Thoth is an anomaly even among the greatest and most powerful of gods. They claim that in his reincarnated state he is one of the most powerful beings in the megaverse, although a dim reflection of the power he once commanded as the Greatest of the Old Ones. They warn that he should not — cannot — be trusted, and that Thoth may deny his loathsome past, but when the god rests, he has frightening dreams of his former existence as Xy, the Great Old One. Fact or fantasy? Nobody knows. Its probably best we never find out. Hierarchy of the Old Ones The most powerful of the Old Ones each chose a particular force or aspect of evil/suffering that would become its symbol and its jurisdiction to inflict, extracting the pleasures of that particular pain. The following are some of the myths and legends concerning these beings. writings of the Tristine Chronicles. As myth and legend, these stories have been told, embellished and altered as they were passed down from generation to generation for over 100,000 years. Undoubtedly, over the centuries, many of the stories have been created by one person or another, for one reason or another — a moral, an explanation for the unknown, a frightening tale, etc. — without regard to fact or truth. Consequently, fact and fiction have become indistinguishable.
What is known is that the Old Ones dominated the planet, and possibly other worlds or dimensions for thousands, perhaps millions of years. They were alien intelligences of incredible power, inhuman emotions and minds. A power they used to create sorrow and despair for all of those under their thrall.
It is described in the Tristine Chronicles how the dragons, titans, elves, and other archaic races (most perished in the battle) joined forces to destroy the Old Ones in a battle that would reshape the face of the planet. In the end, the Old Ones proved to be invincible, but fell to a powerful magic slumber created by the angel Lokum, the dragon Kym-nark-mar and the elf Lictalon (and perhaps others).
Concerned that destroying the monsters might create a backlash of cosmic energy of cataclysmic proportions, the champions of light left the Old Ones to sleep, imprisoned in the very bowels of the planet where they could not (theoretically) be discovered or disturbed.
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