The Valendia Campaign (retroactively referred to as Valendia I) was a campaign ran by Aaron from the Summer of 2005 until the Summer of 2007. The campaign ended prematurely, as Aaron had to prepare for a trip to Europe after graduating high school and going to college after that. The campaign was planned for epic levels, but only made it to level 16 or 17.
The campaign centered around the events of a continental war between the allied Valendia and Syrraco and the antagonist Artisith. The campaign began shortly after Valendia’s victory over Artisith – a steady peace had been reached, but there was still tension on the borders. Over the course of the campaign, war erupted again as Artisith invaded Syrraco, due to the machinations of The Emperor. At the same time, an agent of the Emperor, Mordred Rohan, hired a band of adventurers to accompany him to an ancient, abandoned temple of the Sun God, Caerdeas. Once there, he gathered powerful artifacts – a wand, a mirror, and the shard of a stone – before betraying the adventurers, using the power of The Mirror of Fate to transport them to an illusory realm. Thinking the party dead, or at least dispatched, Mordred left the temple.
The party fought a massive devil in a plane of red swirling clouds, and each of them fell to the devil’s might. They were each gruesomely slaughtered, torn apart by the demon’s teeth and claws. However, they awoke in the temple unharmed. They realized that Mordred was likely up to no good, and possessed powerful artifacts to boot. Thus, they resolved to chase him and find out what he was up to, at any cost.