The monkey thought long and hard as he travelled, seeking enlightenment. And with time it came.
The monkey stopped and began to write in a small journal.
The Waning of the First Age of the Sentinels
At the inception of the Sentinels mortals with great potential were chosen, those who would bring changes to the world around them. Many of these initial Sentinels were looked at with reverence, to the point of many ascending to the heavens.
On a side note, there have been no recorded occurrences of any Anointed Ones becoming a deity. It can only be assumed that this is due to them leading The Sentinels and fulfilling the destiny of The Path.
Throughout the ages many were named as Sentinels to guard and protect the lands of Velmaneth; however none were as highly regarded as the original group.
In the more recent years it would seem that evil touched the Path as creatures such as Squits the goblin and the infamous Dakron follower V’Jel were expected to aid it… the Anointed One, it seems, found her sanity eventually and both were no longer part of the Sentinels… but what they had done would bring the end of the First Age.
Of course, after such a taint of darkness the choices were to look to the light. This was the beginning of the end. Enter Kalist Silverfire, The Warden and Aquilla Razorwind, The Guide, the first of the new order and The Anointed Ones attempt to restore the balance to the path.
The pure good that these two exhibited might have tipped the Path in their favour, bringing about a restoration, yet that was not to be. The Anointed One, with the aid of the Path, was supposed to see the destinies of those named, and in these two it was no doubt they would bring changes to the world… but from all of the other tales told everyone knows trouble searched them out and interfered.
In one exploit to deal with a number of murdering outlaws The Warden was kidnapped and an inept sorcerer somehow managed to tear a rift in Time, once more the world as it was known was about to change. Kalist had, to everyone that knew him, ceased to exist. Divine power, mortal links and Sentinel hood gone, yet the tear in time remained.
Many chose to seek out the truth as to what had happened, here they found him, no longer what he was, he had all of Time’s powers as he had used his to heal Time. After the rift had been healed and Time herself saved everything went back to how it should have been.
During one such journey in to the fabled Shadow Plane, in assistance to the Asternian knights, it seems that The Guide managed to find himself taken through time, thus throwing events that he had taken part in, to fail. Here it seems Chance has as much of an impact on the world as Destiny, for the destruction of the world was not something to be expected.
Once more the might of the Sentinels (and other Heroes) banded together in an effort to make things right. All of the Sentinels were renamed in this time, some kept their titles: Aquilla, Kalist, Purification and Corin; others gained the titles once held by others: The Golem, Lophiatus, Dolleran, Raz Amataz and Setema with Adreana at the helm.
From this excursion, Corin, Purification and Raz Amataz did not return but in their sacrifice time was fixed and the world was safe once more.
Another such mistake of the Path was one little heard of hero, Fedor, who was briefly named as The Seeker. By all accounts his time with the Sentinels was brief yet eventful and The Anointed One stripped his position and thus his life, in less than twelve hours of naming him.
In yet another journey Sentinels travelled forward in time to seek out the best option for the choice they had to make for the newly risen Colourful Isle, The Anointed One, The Guide, The Warden and The Explorer travelled there.
The Guide passed on from life in one of the futures they would never again see and Quayle become The Guide.
The Anointed One lost her life in the same future and the mantle of the Path’s leader moved to its former Explorer.
The Former Explorer, now the Anointed One, met his death on the night which Despair chose to announce his Ascendancy.
Once more the mantle passed on, this time to its Warden. He was sheathed in grief and yet with his strength they met the dawn and the end of Despairs Night… and it truly was.
From there others have been named to fulfil the positions, each time they position was accepted and all but The Hunter have been stable.
The position of The Anointed One was, for the first time since Laythander, passed on before death. Dreth’Kar, one of Eremine’s Teachings, took the mantle and led them further.
And now? As Varya was besieged by the evil aspect of the first Warden and the heroes were ushered into the Hopewastes, in an effort to keep them out of the city whilst it was annihilated, the Yeetas came once more and obliterated Dreth’Kar.
The power which the Path kept was within him and it took several hours before its power went to its last chosen, The Seeker which no Anointed One had named was now its leader.
With Dreth’Kars passing the Sentinels had lost their Path. Its new leader would be the one to find it again.
Its new leader would be the one to bring about the Second Age of the Sentinels.