Helas Vessel

CategoryMarvels, Voidships
Typevoidship
Locationsee below
Ownersee below
BuiltDawn Era, varies by ship

The Spire of Molakh-Búle drifted through the Void for centuries before coming to Bal-Kriav. On entering this world's atmosphere, the vessel's hibernation chambers cooled, releasing Molakh-Búle and his minions from a deep slumber.

On the isle Gathrot, came forth the righteous. From the bowels of this Dawn forged structure, came hundreds of Durkoth, thousands of Hydrocur, and behind them thousands upon thousands of Sussgurd minions - a people truly accepting their station.

- Molakh-Búle, excerpt from his journal - "The New World"

Helas Vessels are colossal purplish-black spires made of a crystal that seems to waver in and out of reality. They were built in the Dawn Era by a primordial lord named Beldileck. In the Dawn War, they moved primordial armies between a system's worlds and moons. The difficulty in opening rifts, made Helas Vessels an economical choice when a commander wanted to attack a world's moon. When the primordial were defeated, rather than see them destroyed by the Covenant, Beldileck set them adrift in the Void.

In the Lith-Crillion Era, roughly seven thousand years later, four of these ships entered Osâchar's atmosphere. In an area of Durkoth civilization, a people then very tribal, these ancient primordial-built vessels came to rest. They were hundreds of miles from each other. The villages built near them were to grow into towns and cities. It would be centuries before Durkoth explorers and researchers found a way to get inside them, yet that time of trial and failure profoundly affected Durkoth civilization. During this time, the study of mystical arts and sciences became schooled. Their knowledge of math was pushed forward four centuries after they breached the alien vessel's hull, entering a series of chambers. It would take a decade to find a way to reach the next group of chambers. This was because the ship had adapted to the magic used to breach the first chambers. Thereafter, each series of chambers they entered provided a wealth of knowledge. These findings along with changes in study, applied training, and other advances would eventually give the Durkoth the edge to dominate those around them.

When the Horgon Empire and other Durkoth empires were beset by the Second Suellk Invasion, the Saints of Maen and Molakh-Búle took a select number of their people aboard their Helas Vessels and escaped into the Void. In 537 HE, they left most of their people behind. Three centuries later, in 862 HE, the Helas Vessels arrived on Bal-Kriav. As they entered this world's atmosphere, the 15,000 to 20,000 occupants in each voidship came out of hibernation and prepared for landing. The vessels did not stay together, instead separating to find a living area similar to where they once lived back when they were on Osâchar.

Helas Vessel Landing Sites
Common NameTrue NameRegionLocation
Spire of Krak-OthSvoghast HelasGrashakhGháshulg
Spire of Molakh-BúleShiphis HelasNecrocryptMulun'nâth
Spire of Neld-RacGirothe HelasAerie of DragonsFiit Storn
Spire of Rioch TetraxKythac HelasTroll BogsTûnin-Gil

The Spires that make-up the Helas Vessels are generally called by the name of the leader who it brought to Bal-Kriav. The charisma, intellect, and might of these leaders was such that Krak-Oth, Neld-Rac and Rioch Tetrax went on to become Higher Powers. Their true names are what Beldileck gave them. They were named after the living sentient engines that powered them, Svoghast Helas (aka Spire of Krak-Oth), Shiphis Helas (aka Spire of Molakh-Búle), Girothe Helas (aka Spire of Neld-Rac), and Kythac Helas (aka Spire of Rioch Tetrax).

Each of the Helas Vessels are structures of unimaginable size - 2000' high, a base of 3000' diameter, tapering to a 500' flat roof. Inside these voidships are hundreds of chambers with the largest being the Hibernation Vault. This area is where the crew of the vessel can go into deep sleep for long voyages across the Void.

Late in the Dawn War, primordial artificers learned how to use the blood flowing in hibernating firenewts to put others in a hibernating state. This transfusion process was put to use in the hibernation tanks that ring the central axis of each Helas Vessel.

- unknown, from the Horgon Chronicles - "Firenewt Blood"

Helas Vessels radiate immense magic and are said to have areas that have never been breached. Some have speculated that sleeping primordials, mighty war machines and artifacts, and powerful abominations are locked away in these super-secure vaults.

Statistics
TraitValue
Hit Pointsunknown
AC60
Size2000' high, 3000' diameter base
Engineliving engine
Speedunknown
Crew20,000
GP Valueunknown

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