Notes from the Occult Wars

Throughout the history of the world, war has been associated with the paranormal. From the Norse Berserkers who were tied to the cults of the bear, wolf and boar, to the US's Project Stargate, to the millions of ghosts that litter what was once No Man's Land, it is unquestionable that War and Magic are inseparable.

Over the course of human history, Eight Occult Wars have been fought, with blade, with wand, with gun, with mind. The Ninth has been raging since the start of the New Millennium.

The First Occult War:

The Eqwesh Wars

(1200-500 BCE)

Taking place over the course of 700 years, the Eqwesh wars were fought with the so-called "Sea Peoples", a sea-faring nation which attacked Egypt and other locations around the Mediterranean during this time. While the attacks on Egypt stopped circa 900 BCE, scripture from the Broken Church details several attacks made against them by these forces.

The Second Occult War:

The Age of Fantasy and the Crusades

(495-1272 CE)

The so-called Dark Ages found Europe embroiled in a war between two worlds— the world of Magic, and the world of Iron. Witches and their covens burned villages, werewolves stalked through Germanic forests at night, and people drank blood to sustain themselves.

The Battle of Camlann England (circa 537) marked the first major turning point in the war— Arthur Pendragon of England died with no heir, leaving one of the largest anti-occult armies in the known world scattered. It is said that Sir Gawain became a general in France and fought in Charlamange's army— though how a man survived for over 200 years is not yet known.

Caliburn, Arthur's sword, vanished, but other weapons existed to hold back the forces of magic— Almace, Durendal, Hauteclere, Joyuse, Balmung, the Ring of Thorsten, the shield Prydwen, even the Gae Bulg. Over the course of the 800s, these artifacts all vanished, taken by some unknown force.

During the Crusades, some of these weapons reappeared. A sword matching the description of Balmung was said to be in possession of Richard I, and Durendal was said to have been used to cleave a fissure in the ground during the 4th Crusade. Meanwhile, the Saracens seemed to have God themselves on their side— or so the Christian world reasoned, for why else could they have retaken Jerusalem from God's intended?

Several notable events happened in this period— advances in science led to the creation of Greek Fire by the Byzantines, Constantinople warred with the Arab peoples, and advances in alchemy— particularly a renewed interest in the texts of Zosimos of Panopolis— give rise to a small cult in eastern Europe who term themselves Nalka.

The war does not have a clear victor— while the Crusaders were wholly routed, the scope of the Second Occult War was farther reaching than the Holy Land. In Europe, things still stalked the night, and humanity still lived in fear of those around them. Without weapons such as Durendal and Caliburn to give them something to lean on, some way to repel the darkness, it seemed as if though humanity would be consumed by shadow.

The Third Occult War:

The New World

(1492-1602 CE)

The Fourth Occult War:

The Pirate War

(1680-1726 CE)

The Fifth Occult War:

Napoleon's Ambitions

(1799-1812 CE)

The Sixth Occult War:

The Rage of a Continent

(1700-1880 CE)

Also known as the "War of the Exploited", "War of the Downtrodden", or simply the "War of the Slave", the Sixth Occult War was fought concurrently with the Fifth for a time.

Slavery had always existed in the New World, but after the American Revolutionary War, the abolitionist movement grew like wildfire. The abolitionists didn't know what the slaves were capable of— they were stolen from Africa, and with their bodies, their culture. In that culture came magic [I am not even remotely qualified to write this blah]

The Seventh Occult War:

To End All Wars

(1885-1945CE)

Encompassing both the first and second World Wars, as well as some time before and after,

The Eighth Occult War

The Nuclear Age

(1950-1992CE)

The Ninth Occult War

The New Millennium

(2001-Present)

As technology grew, so to did

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