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Posted: May 20 2016, 04:28 PM
After Hook's death, the heroes decided to head to the Underworld to save him, dragging Rumplestiltskin along with them. When they arrived, however, they realized that saving Hook, and even getting themselves home wasn't going to be a simple matter of true love's kiss. Still, they persevered and after helping many denizens of the Underworld move on, along with condemning some to torment forever, they managed to defeat the mighty Hades and return to the world of the living. However, they didn't come back alone- many of the formerly dead followed them to Storybrooke, a weakness in the magic after Hades' defeat granting them a second chance at life. Among these beings was a dark and sinister evil that had been biding his time in the depths of hell until the right moment to make his return. A moment that came when the foolish heroes of Storybrooke ventured into a realm they didn't fully understand and played with the rules of life and death. This ancient evil was known as the Horned King, though his mighty name faded into obscurity from so long in oblivion.
Now free, the Horned King quickly sought to reunite with his source of power- an evil cauldron that had been stored in a forgotten realm for safe keeping. This realm, known as the Land of Untold Stories, quickly fell under the dominion of his might. Using the power of his almighty cauldron, an enchanted item that had been collecting darkness for thousands of years, the Horned King went back to his original mission- to rid existence of all realms beyond one of his own making. That meant accessing and destroying each and every unwanted kingdom.
Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, things returned mostly to normal. The formerly dead went about trying to find their places, both good and evil. Many looked to mend their ways, while others were eager to get back to the same tricks that got them killed the first time. Many others simply wanted to figure out about the strange new realm they found themselves in, and have a normal life. On the whole, though, it was a bit of a reprieve from chaos as everyone settled in. Naturally, it wasn't to last.
Portals have started appearing at random, staying open from minutes to days, leading to realms both old and new, and seemingly coming from no where. Even the darkest of Dark Ones claims to have no idea where the portals are coming from, or if they're going to stop. These portals have been stealing people away from Storybrooke as well as dumping unsuspecting people from distant lands into the town they know nothing about.
Previous Board Plots:The portals were only the start of the problems. After that, those with magic started to feel a dark foreboding in the air- some even had visions of great decay and suffering. Death was ripe in the air.
Deep beneath the city, further down than even the mines, a cavern lurked. Expansive and dark, it served only to house water accumulated over time. Not even creatures made it down so far. It was in this cave that a portal had opened. Unlike the others, it's much like a black hole, deep and menacing, crackling endlessly with powerful magic that never ends. Never closes. From this portal, a large, cloaked figure had appeared, his skeletal features marred by darkness. Only two glowing red eyes cast light in the underground. He had arrived.
The Horned King had come to Storybrooke.
First, he created a castle beneath the town, in that deep cavern, out of reach of the citizens of Storybrooke. Then, his magic attacked the town, the undead coming knocking. These skeletal, mindless minions care only to kill, and cannot be reasoned with. They can, however, be killed with a good smash to the skull. But with attacks becoming more and more frequent, how long will it be until the town is fully over-run by zombies? Where do they come from, and how can they be stopped for good?
Some of the citizens, frightened by the zombies attacking the place, attempted to flee the town by crossing over the barrier and starting a new life in the Land Without Magic. However, once they stepped over the line, their lives ended, the helpless victims decaying down to skeletons and scraps of clothing. The Daily Mirror was quick to report the deaths, alerting the public to the danger of crossing the town line.
The zombies were only opening act: the real threat came to town when the Horned King's castle finally appeared above the surface of the city, right smack in the middle of the forest. The aged, broken down castle served as a threatening reminder that all the realms were in grave danger so long as the Horned King remained! The castle's servants, hordes of zombies, made their way into town, collecting various heroes, villains and innocent bystanders to serve as food and sources of magical power to the Horned King.
Naturally, the people of Storybrooke weren't interested in sitting back and letting the Horned King make off with their friends and families, and those who weren't victims of the kidnappings were quick to mount counter-attacks of their own, storming the castle and saving those trapped and suffering inside! The war between the undead forces of the Horned King and the people of Storybrooke raged for some time, but the citizens never gave up their hope. The Horned King knew he would never make any headway in his plans to ruin and rule all so long as the citizens remained together and strong as a bonded unit. The backlash of his magic had brought them together, almost as though it had intended to fight against him from the very start. The price he had to pay for using his horrible dark magic. But he was not so easily defeated- he had a way of dealing with these foolish heroes and villains.
Posted: Mar 1 2018, 11:44 AM
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In his efforts to stop the people of Storybrooke from defeating him and ending his bid to rule all the realms, the Horned King cast a new curse of his own- one that was meant to split the forces of good and keep them from ever being able to stand together to fight him again!
He used his horrible magic to make a new Dark Curse, creating a new city known as Hyperion Heights, a city that has, as far as anyone knows, always been nestled inside Seattle. Not every person inside Storybrooke was hit by this curse, but those who were found themselves instantly transported to the new location through the thick fog that had enveloped Storybrooke. When the dark curtain lifted, many members of the town were suddenly gone, leaving behind many confused and worried people now desperate to find their lost friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, the deadly barrier around Storybrooke remains intact, meaning any attempt to leave the town to look for this new cursed location will result in a dusty death!
For those who were sent to Hyperion Heights, they have all been cursed, given fake lives where they believe they have lived in the city the whole time. They no longer have any memory of the Horned King or Storybrooke, and have no idea of the dangers they have left behind! Not to mention the new dangers of being put in a place where the Horned King can control their every move.