The Monumental


On the top floor of The Nexus is a room full of dead Monumentals. They were a vessel-race endowed only with prophetic knowledge and lacking all consequence of emotion or personal-thought. Only one is still alive; he sits cross-legged on the floor, but his body has the appearance of being made of ceramic, like he is a living statue. The Monumental is the last surviving harbinger of its kind. It seeks to aid the adventurer into lulling the Old One back to sleep. The Monumental is the last pillar that sustains the Nexus and therefore the sanity of the world.

In the distant past, one who sought greater power awakened the Old One and a Demonic, colorless fog swept across the land. Heroes arose to fight the Demon scourge but by the time the Old One had been put back to sleep, half the world's population had been destroyed by the fog. To unite what little of the world remained, six archstones were given to the rulers of the remaining lands which allowed quick travel to the Nexus. To prevent the future rise of the Old One, it was imprisoned below the Nexus, and the Soul Arts (power derived from the soul of others) were banned. Those heroes who survived the quest became Monumentals, half-living beings tasked with preserving the fabric of reality.

As time passed, the archstones were forgotten by humanity and the Monumentals began to slowly perish. Now only one Monumental remains to aid the player in correcting King Allant's mistake in awakening the Old One. The Monumental opens a fissure (opening) in the Deep Fog to allow the player access to the outer rim of Boletaria. He guides the player through the journey to the Nexus and upon their death binds the player's soul to the Nexus. Only by destroying all the Demons, the Monumental claims, will the player be freed from the Nexial Binding. The Monumental encourages the player to allow the Maiden in Black to lull the Old One to sleep.

The Crestfallen Warrior theorizes that it is the Monumentals, not King Allant, which awoke the Old One on a "whim." They then enslaved any passing warriors with Nexial Bindings in a desperate bid to undo their mistake. If this theory is correct, King Allant was merely a powerful warrior who was seduced by the call of the Old One to be its servant and not the cause of Boletaria's demise. A line of the Monumental's dialogue which may support this is when he speaks of creating the Pantheon at the top of the Nexus to give "thanks to the brave and honorable warriors, who must fight to reverse our sin." This "sin" he speaks of may refer to the current awakening of the Old One, but it may mean instead that one of the Monumentals was responsible for the original awakening of the Old One in the distant past. It is also possible the last Monumental, desperate to find replacements, awakened the Old One to find warriors worthy of becoming new Monumentals to replace those who had died.

The pose of the Monumental and many of its facial features are modeled after statues of the Buddha.


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