War and Dispute between the Alien Factions, continued:
The First is a race of aliens now thought to be extinct. Not much is known about them, except that three relics survive to tell of their existence, and that these relics seem to predate the universe by billions of years.
The relics were discovered on the Dreadnought Andalus after a Crt'halyon Battle Squadron launched a surprise attack on it in orbit around the moon Io, Jupiter's moon, over 10.000 years ago. With no declaration of war, and having spent millennia in stasis, the Dreadnought defense systems kicked in too late, and the Crt'halyon were able to send fifteen of their archnid battle mechs into the ship. "The First" on board were able to somehow escape though, and no trace of any living being was detected on board. Nothing save the three relics, which later became known as "The Essence of Fire", "The Oberon Cube" and "Andalus' Veil of Darkness".
Each full moon, somewhere from the ruins of Paris, a single "First" sonar ping can be heard, something the Crt'halyon has greedily discovered.
Eternal Lord Abaros, a hero among the First, has spun his Dark Interdimensional Mausoleum into the fabric of reality surrounding Paris. A tiny rift in space and time exists, and at the peak of each full moon, that rift opens just a little for a couple of minutes, unintendedly releasing radio waves into the ruins of Paris.
As a result the Crt'halyon are vigilant, and have sent agents to possess humans and birds alike, effectively creating foreboding scouts that stalk the ruins.
Coldforged fantasy connisseurs be advised:
The First are the Eternals, as described in the Coldforged section on the main citadel. Interdimensional travel is no matter to these beings, and they exist even here, on post apocalyptic earth.
In the wars of old, the Eternals eventually united in one last stand and laid seige to the heavens and hells. The combined might of the eternals was overpowering for the Gods and the Demons, and screaming with outrage they were sealed away by the essence weaving of the eternals, who imprisoned each God in an artifact of immense power.
Splitting the artifacts between them, the Eternals created the first space travelling civilization and for a few million years their Dreadnoughts ruled the Galaxies alone. Then came the lesser species, and they conquered space and myriad races encountered the forboding Dreadnoughts as they silently drifted through space.
The Eternals never parlayed with the lesser races, and became known as "The First" by the newly created League of Solar Systems.
Under Charter 1, the League of Solar systems judged The First a flawed civilization, as all civilized beings are measured by their ability to socialise and trade. "By their arrogance alone, the League condemns them; their technology, resources and genetic material is forfeited to whomever has the might and ability to impound these things in the name of Galactic Law".
This led to a surprise attack on the two known orbital Dreadnoughts more than 10.000 years ago, in an event that also marked the abrupt disappearance of the Eternals / The First.
Do note that the Dreadnought Isauseos was Lord Abaros' former home, and that he wove a rift mere minutes before it imploded, and used the portal to transport himself and his artifact to earth. He arrived in Nanzhuangtou in Northern China, where he reluctantly lived among the savages for a century. He acted as a sage and wizard, teaching the neolithic tribesmen how to tame wild beasts and helped them create a written language.
But the Eternals are restless, and he walked the continent, from China via Russia to Germany and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Seeing an island on the other side of the ocean, he traversed the seas with a group of celtic warriors and landed in Skara Brae, where he founded yet another settlement. In the end he traveled to neolithic Paris, where he wove his essence into a Dark Mausoleum - the prefered Eternal Stasis Chambers and Fortresses when they are in hiding. (The Dreadnoughts are their open display of power - the vessels they live on when not in hiding).
Lord Abaros' stasis is flawed, the result of the genetical experiments of the Tech Reavers upon the Zaquatl prisoner and his immense psychic powers. Of all the races in creation, only the psyché of the Zaquatl are powerful enough to influence the stasis-ghost-dreams of an Eternal. The result of this is that Eternal / First radio signals are slipping through when the influence of the full moon is at its strongest.
Also slipping through are Eternal Mechanoids - Small spidery robots, no larger than mice, that have begun mapping the Paris ruins for the Eternal subconscious.
Should Lord Abaros awaken, much has changed since the mythic days of Avalon; the timeline in which he was last awake. http://strolen.com/viewing/Of_The_Eternals