Welcome to the Fusion of the Towers, A Wheel of Time roleplay community! We have been around since August of 2004, and don't plan on going away any time soon! Fusion is set 200 years after the time of the books, in our weaving, Rand al'Thor and his followers are currently engaged in the Last Battle, but not in this world. Recently, the world has come through a long and difficult war and has emerged a changed place. Full information can be found further down this page, and on our forums. At Fusion, we're proud to boast a well-established, successful roleplay site, with some of the most wonderful writers and nicest people on the 'net. Please feel free to look around, and come join us on the forums, we'd love to see you there!
September 7, 2010
Again, it's been a while! Thanks to a recent email going out to all members, old and new, a couple of old members have wandered back in. I've updated the members page to reflect the new members coming back and old members who've become inactive over the last few months.
~Sapphira Calren, High Queen
March 8, 2010
Many congratulations to Adena Moren, who has completed her Hundred Weaves and chosen the Blue Ajah! Welcome to the Shawl, sister!
Member page updated to reflect this raising.
~Sapphira Calren, High Queen
March 3, 2010
It's been a while! Not many changes have taken place at Fusion over the last little while. We're still here, and still RPing. It's a bit of a slow season right now for many people, but we're not going away any time soon. I finally took the 2009 updates down. They're now in the News Archives page. I also updated the members page a little bit.
~Sapphira Calren, High Queen
Written by M'hael Reor Rahidram
The Fused Towers
The Dragon Reborn planned and trained for the Last Battle for several years. When he realized that it was very close, he and his closest allies made a decision. Rather than fight the Last Battle in this world, they chose to take their army into an uninhabited world via Portal Stone and fight there, to avoid the devastation the war would bring, even if they won. Al'Thor's last wish before he left was that the Black and White Towers would make peace, there being no more reason for strife after saidin was cleansed. According to their leader's wish, the Asha'man moved their stronghold from Andor to Tar Valon. Once there, they erected a grand Tower, as tall as the White, again using both the Power and Ogier. This new tower, though, was jet black, rising next to the ivory home of the Aes Sedai. The Towers began to accept women into the ranks of Gaidin as well as men. They trained side by side, each earning their title as the fabled Gaidin.
After the Asha'man made their home in Tar Valon, they became far more accepted and trusted by the world, eventually becoming equal to Aes Sedai in political power. They created three Shens for their brotherhood, much like the Ajahs of Aes Sedai, each Shen under the rule of a publicly-known Rei. After the cleansing, the Red sisters recognized that their previous purpose was obsolete. Instead, they fell back onto another reason for their existence, hunting Darkfriends. Even so, the Ajah weakened quickly, now distrusted by most members of the Towers. As a means to recreate harmony, and save the White Tower's largest Ajah, a former Amyrlin and M'hael made a change. They decreed that the Red Ajah would henceforth be known as the Red Shen, and that it would admit both men and women. However, they were only admitted in pairs, one man and one woman, their only purpose is to hunt out and destroy Darkfriends. The Towers created their harmony quickly, even if in the years immediately after the Asha'man arrived it was a bit forced. Two hundred years have passed since the Dragon Reborn left to fight Tarmon Gaidon, and there has been no word on the state of the battle, most people take that to mean that it is not yet finished, and continue to wait. The current Amyrlin was raised as part of a pair from the Red Shen, and has been in power several years, but then the M'hael disappeared. He was replaced by the former Mahdi al'Tain, a wise and fair leader for the Black Tower. He in turn gave up his positions and has been succeeded by an Asha'man of the Aman Val. They have further fused the Towers, and work to keep the public opinion of channelers positive. Asha'man are no longer feared, but respected as equal to Aes Sedai, both in the world and in the Towers.
Rand al'Thor ruled most of the Westlands before he left for the Last Battle. He took an extensive amount of allies, soldiers, Aes Sedai and Asha'man with him for the Battle. But he left trusted men and women to rule the lands he had claimed as his own. For a while, they ruled in peace.
That while was not long. The Seanchan made bids for power. During two decades after Rand al'Thor left they expanded and ruled most of the western coast of Westlands. The Seanchan continent was in turmoil during these years. The Empress was killed suddenly and no successor had been chosen. An Emperor was chosen for the New Seanchan in the Westlands and two Emperors and one Empress claimed the title in Seanchan. It led to violent power struggles and civil wars, most likely fueled by the Shadowsworn. But the New Seanchan prospered. Until the Emperor of New Seanchan died after thirty years in power. None of the Seanchan inhabitants in the Westlands were of high enough Blood; the Emperor had been a suspicious man and had killed most of the Blood and raised few. With no one from the Westlands to claim the throne and the continent of Seanchan still struggling to find a real Emperor or Empress, the New Seanchan dwindled. Nearly half of the New Seanchan returned to their continent. The rest remained in the Westlands but no longer craved for power. The western nations reclaimed their lands and the Seanchan slowly but surely integrated with the natives.
The Seanchan were not the only one to expand. The Children of the Light regrouped. A few years after Rand al'Thor left, Rhadam Asunawa, the High Inquisitor, claimed the position of Lord Captain Commander as well and fused the Council of Anointed and the Inquisitors. The Hand of the Light took a permanent place inside the organization as an internal affairs police. New sects were created within, from herbalists to dogmatists, to help the organization with its task. The Children of the Light slowly gathered their strength and power and took a stronger hold on Amadicia, trying its best to keep parts of the nation from falling to the rein of the Emperor of New Seanchan. Once the Emperor died, the Children of the Light were quick to move. They supported the nations while they freed themselves from the Seanchan and smoothly expanded their influence in the process. An Embassy of Light was build to Tanchico, Falme, Jehannah, Ebou Dar and Bandar Eban.
Tear was ruled by Rand al'Thor's chosen men and women for a decade before it fell into civil war. Not all were ready to continue obeying Rand al'Thor's chosen High Lords when Rand al'Thor was gone, especially when the common people were strained by higher taxes than ever. When two High Lords were mysteriously found dead in their beds, mere power struggles escalated into a full-blown civil war. The people of Tear fell from poor to destitute, and the situation got even worse when Mayene attacked and captured Godan. Mayene was now a richer nation and was able to hold the city for five years undisturbed while the Tairen nobles fought for power in Tear. Finally a peace was made. The people were getting fed up with war and poverty and the attack by Mayene, so they supported the one man who promised them food and peace. The elected High Lord Moirin made a pact with the First of Mayene, giving Mayene the city of Godan in return of a steady supply of grain, fish and oil... indefinitely. The people of Tear were fed and looked after, and eight more High Lords were elected. But only Lord Moirin had signed the pact. The whole nation of Tear relied on that pact and Lord Moirin's position was secured. He all but ruled Tear by himself.
Cairhien erupted thirty years after Rand al'Thor left. First it was just an assassination there, a sudden disappearance of a High Seat, but as soon as the King chosen by Rand al'Thor was assassinated, the fight for the throne became violent. The war raged and then subsided, then raged again and affected the whole nation. After eight years, a King was chosen, but he lasted only two years and another war took place. But the Lords and Ladies of Cairhien were not only involved in a violent civil war, they were also scheming, manipulating, infiltrating their way into power in Andor. Through marriages and other ties they tried to take control over the major Houses of Andor and finally take the Throne. After sixteen years of violent struggles, finally a King was able to claim the throne permanently this time, with the support of the White and the Black Tower. The Cairhienins schemes in Andor continued.
Andor finally fell into civil wars as well as the Queen died with no heirs. The Cairhienin were not totally innocent but fueled the war in the hopes of claiming the Throne themselves after the war has torn the nation apart. There were two supported candidates, but the struggle could not be resolved without a war. But a surprise candidate finally claimed the Throne. The White Tower send a Gray sister, a distant relative of the Trakand family, to bid for power. And she became the Queen of Andor. The Cairhienin, faced by an Andoran Queen that would reign for centuries, pulled away from Andor.
After fifty years of co-operation, the White and the Black Tower had trained a decent number of Asha'man and Aes Sedai and were constantly recruiting. They sent Aes Sedai and Asha'man to help rebuild the ravaged nations. Especially Andor and also Cairhien and even Tear accepted the help. Bridges were build, buildings and statues restored and the nations financially helped. With the whole world in peace after more than fifty years of wars of power, the nations all came together to sign a treaty. Stability and peace were sought and valued and the treaty would prevent a nations against nations war. It was also designed to enforce agreed upon trade routes. The Third Compact, it was called, and it ensured economic stability and the survival of each nation.
For the next decades, peace did reign. Small skirmishes, some small civil wars and some give and take in border areas of nations did occur, but the White Tower and the Black Tower made sure that the Compact was enforced and no major war could take place.
Some skirmishes were not that small. The creatures of the Shadow still raged. A small village in as south as Andor was pillaged and destroyed by Trollocs, Dreadlords and Darkfriends. A trolloc attack was set on Maradon as well. Maradon became a city so thickly tied with superstition and fear that it was abandoned. A rogue Wilder was the official reason for Maradon's destruction, and Saldaea build a New Maradon, later called just Maradon, and the Old Maradon became a myth and then forgotten. The Blight expanded on the area.
Arad Doman and Tarabon yet again fought over the Almoth Plain and destroyed a new promising nation. Ideas of democracy and independence had brought people from Falme, Katar and surrounding areas into the Almoth Plain to create a new city – and a new, independent nation. Arad Doman and Tarabon, both craving to claim the area as their own, quickly saw their chance to capture the new city and the new nation. When attacked by both sides, the new nation fell before it could even rise and the Domani and Taraboner armies clashed in the new city. After a grueling war, both eventually had to retreated, undermanned and under-supplied. Neither could claim the area and the new inhabitants fled the destroyed city.
The most recent act of destruction took place in Tar Valon. A great feast, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Dragon Reborn's departure, was interrupted by a major attack of Trollocs and Dreadlords. A sore reminder that the Shadow was not dormant.
And it was thus that in the year FE 203 that the Golden Alliance, led by the dreaded Forsaken Trav, and his ally, the darkfriend dreadlord Dazar, declared war on the Alliance of Four. In the spring of that year, Robert Laurel, leader of the alliance of Four, acclaimed the armies of Tar Valon, Andor, Murandy and Cairhien, and marched southwards to meet the Golden Alliance at the border of Murandy. However, in a series of dreadful and costly battles, the army of the Four were pushed towards the Andoran border, and the Murandians fled Lugard, fearing for their lives, for the Golden Alliance, led by such foul beings, seemed unstoppable and killed all in their path, allied as they were by the damane of the Seanchan, and the might of their arms.
But the Alliance of the Four soldiered bravely on, outnumbered and outmanned as they were. Tear defended their homeland, though they were unable to hold on to Far Madding. Tar Valon and Cairhien held Aringill and prevented Andor from falling, for a time. However, Robert, captain of the armies, was pushed back to Caemlyn, and in the midst of battle, Cairhien turned traitor, and seized Aringill, leaving nearly no people alive. The dreaded army of the Golden Alliance then proceeded on to Tar Valon, leaving Caemlyn under seige, with the brave Queen Morguase left inside, while her daughter Nathalie was sent for safekeeping in the Twin Towers.
But tragedy struck on the brave army of the Four, as they retreated back to the city island of Tar Valon. The rear army was ambushed, and the House of Laurel nearly lost one member as Robert was struck down and wounded. Fortune however, smiled down upon him, and an Aes Sedai was at hand to gate him back to the city direct with the main army just behind. In the Infirmary however, the Aes Sedai could not do much, for he was too weakened to be Healed. The trauma of Healing would result in death by exhaustion. It was then and there however, that Mother took pity on this brave man, and bonded him as her Warder, and with her strength that she lent him, he survived the Healing.
Meanwhile, Thom Hendricksen took command of the army and retreated on the River Luan, but was overwhelmed by numbers.
Robert, having recovered, remained in the City with his sister Erin Laurel, military governor of Tar Valon and commenced getting the City ready for a long siege. He ordered the evacuation of the entire population of the City state into the island itself, along with the destruction of anything that the enemy might find useful. All the grain and produce that could not be brought into the City was to be burned. All the livestock was to be driven into Tar Valon, any that couldn't was to be slaughtered to provide food for the army. All the villages, farms, towns and other structures were burned to the ground to deny the invaders any shelter. Those to the east of the City went into the mining towns in the Kinslayer’s Dagger and the Spine of the World, where resources were enough for them to last for years on end.
The smoke of the burning cities and food lasted in the air, and remained all through the month, whereby the army of gold converged with a vengence on the city of Tar Vlon.
Here however, they ran into problems. The city of Tar Valon was fiercely defended by the Tower Guard, and Asha'man and Aes Sedai too aided to battle, for they were not bound not to kill. And Tar Valon was supplied well with nourishment and water by the foresight of the channelers, who imported enough foodstock to last a decade, just in case. It was during this period that the blessed Mother Sapphira and her Gaidin Robert Laurel admitted their blossoming love for each other, and they were married in the Great Square in front of the White Tower, in defiance of their enemies and to boost morale. And Isha was wroth and smote about him with the Power he held in his fist.
In retaliation did Isha break the wards on the city with his power, and the army of gold marched in, triumphant and sure of their victory. And Dazar broke the wards on the White Tower and attacked the Amyrlin in her quarters. Much blood was shed that day, but the alliance of Four triumphed once again with their valour, outnumbered and outmatched as they were, and Isha was pushed, spitting vengence, back once more out of the city when all seemed to be lost. For Robert once again saved the day, stripping all the armies and attacking the back of the army of gold, sending them into panic and rout. Sapphira was unharmed and she destroyed Dazar Ayende.
But the army of Gold refused to admit their defeat and continued the seige, despite repeated repels and quality of life, so close to their goal to subvert and defeat the channelers as they were.
And the stalemate lasted for several months on end, without respite, until that fateful day where Trav revealed his Power and his identity as the Forsaken Isha for all to behold and fear. It was thus that he, using the fear his name inspired to spur on his army, attacked the city of Tar Valon. And it was such that the army of the four clashed with the army of the gold on the plains in sight of Tar Valon. Back and forth the armies surged, until the army of gold was almost totally annihilated by the forces of Aes Sedai, Asha'man, and the armies of the four.
And in anger and hatred Trav smote about him with the Power and his Will, dealing death and destruction onto the armies of the four, entering the fray for the first time. Consumed in madness, break he did the gates of Tar Valon, killing several Aes Sedai and Asha'man before they realized their plight, and the citizens of the White City fled screaming whilst all the Aes Sedai and Asha'man near held him back. Among those who fought him was the legend Sarecer, the formidable triad of Salima, Nyere and Kemen, and future Amyrlin Nephuria. Many who fought that day died, but they alone who faced him survived, and overwhelmed Trav in sheer number and power combined, for Sarecer was very strong, immensely powerful and skilled, as was Nephuria, whereas Salima, Nyere and Kemen combined their powers in a circle and fought as one.
Then the alliance of four turned their attention to the east, to the betrayers of Cairhien. Upon the defeat of the alliance of gold on the plains of Tar Valon, there was a great lessening of Alain's forces, and the alliance of four triumphed easily over the lessened and weakened forces of Cairhien, and the then Master of Arms Robert Laurel defeated Alain himself in single combat and was crowned King of Cairhein in that very place and time.
-Written by Salima Tyhar
The War: General outline
-The Golden Alliance with Illian, Altara, Amadicia, Tarabon
-Alliance of Four with Andor, Cairhien, Tear and Murandy.
-Dazar Ayende and Lord General Trav, really Isha, two strong Forsaken headed and influenced the armies
-The Golden Alliance wages war against the Alliance of Four and Twin Towers
-Robert takes command of the armies of Tar Valon, Cairhien, Andor and Murandy and moves south
-The Golden Alliance is aided by the Seanchan and they push the army out of Murandy and into Andor
-Cairhien turns traitor, Caemlyn is sieged and Robert brings the army back to Tar Valon
-Robert is ambushed and wounded, he makes it back to Tar Valon where Amyrlin Seat Sapphira bonds him to save him
-Tar Valon gets ready for a siege, the people were evacuated and all produce outside the City walls was burned
-Tar Valon is sieged, Robert and Sapphira get married (the siege lasts about 2,5 years)
-Southharbor is taken and troops start pouring into the City, Dazar attacks the White Tower from inside
-Robert calls all remaining troops to attack the army from behind
-The enemy forces are destroyed and captured, Dazar is killed by Sapphira
-The siege continues, until several months later Robert attacks and the armies clash on the plains near Tar Valon
-The Alliance of Four and Robert triumph, and the now revealed Forsaken Isha is killed by several channelers attacking him at once
-Robert attacks Cairhien, killing the treacherous King of Cairhien and is crowned in his stead
-The Alliance of Four announce Robert High King and Sapphira High Queen
-Written by Reor Rahidram
2 FE: The Black Tower was build
10 FE: The civil war of Tear begins
13 FE: Mayene captures Godan
18 FE: The civil war of Tear ends, the beginning of the pact with Mayene
30 FE: The civil war of Cairhien begins
31 FE: Emperor of the New Seanchan dies and New Seanchan begins to fall
32-37 FE: Children of the Light expand to the western coasts of Westlands
46 FE: The civil war of Cairhien ends
49 FE: The civil war of Andor begins
52 FE: The civil war of Andor ends, Aes Sedai Queen
56 FE: The Third Compact
101 FE: Destruction of an Andoran village by Shadowspawn
129 FE: The fall of Maradon
175 FE: Tarabon and Arad Doman fight for Almoth Plain
200 FE: Attack during the feast in the Towers
203 FE: War officially breaks out in the Westlands
207 FE: Siege in Tar Valon is broken and the War is ended, Golden Alliance defeated
208 FE: Current Year