Okay, here’s a big plot thing I have planned, possible plot spoilers:
For those of you who’ve read Heroes of Olympus -- do you remember the doors of death? What if there was a GGaD equivalent?
So far I’m calling them the Mortem Doors, and they work like the Doors of Death, but with a twist.
Unlike the doors of death, a creature can only pass through the Mortem Doors once, like getting a single second chance. Most go through for revenge. However, a certain someone is coming back to rebuild her empire.
Welcome back, Hester Knox.
Hester’s sprawling administration and underground empire of sorts fell apart after her death, when those at the top began fighting over the ‘throne.’ They tore each other apart, and there are nine remaining that she trained. Micah, Clay, Korin, and Hanoi are four of the nine. I have the five others named and somewhat planned out -- so here we go:
--Cyrus Holt is the first of three “gunslingers” trained by Hester, with a silver colour scheme. She’s missing her right eye -- Hester’s work -- and is an insanely good monocular sharpshooter. She is twenty-one.
--Darius Midori, who goes only by his last name, is the second of the gunslingers. He has a gold colour scheme, and is the best shooter of the group. He hasn’t missed a target in all ten years that he’s been active. He is twenty-two.
--Xerxes Vedas is the third gunslinger, with a bronze colour scheme and a metal leg (once again, thanks to Hester). He’s the third-best of the group, but not because he’s not good at it. Cyrus and Midori are both….better, which constantly grates his nerves. He prefers close combat, and he gets sent to do that because of his mostly invincible metal leg.
--Polaris is one half of the Star twins, one of Nova’s creations. Like Delphi, she speaks of him as her “father,” and in reverence. She and her brother both are both adept users of different types of staffs and blunt weapons.
-Orion is the other half of the Star twins. Orion is less than respectful towards Nova, bitter mostly because of his appearance, He’s always wanted to blend in with humans, but due to his night-black skin speckled with stars and pupiless eyes, he can’t.
Micah and Clay were both loners. Korin and Hanoi were a team, as are the gunslingers and the star twins. They know of each other, but have never formally talked.
Enter Hester, raging, from the Mortem Doors. She realises that her empire has fallen, flips out, and unintentionally gathers the ennead.
Each member has some wound or scar directly or indirectly given by her --
=Micah has whipping scars
=Clay has a long scar on his arm from a training accident.
=Korin has a scar on her scalp that she covers with tally-mark tattoos
=Hanoi has a crude “x” carved onto the back of his neck
= Cyrus is missing an eye
=Midori has jagged wrist scars
=Xerxes is missing a leg
=Polaris has a scar on her right shoulder
=Orion has a scar on his left shoulder.
-- and at the time of her return, each feels the wound burn. (Any wound afflicted indirectly or directly by someone coming through the doors will burn at their return.) Some of them have heard about the doors (most likely Korin and Hanoi, who tell Micah and Clay), and know what this means. The ennead come together, thanks to one of Delphi’s prophecies, and then Hester appears in a flourish and takes them under her control again. That’s not a good thing. She forms the Decagon (informally called the decagon cult), a group of assassins operating under her and her alone. She, of course, takes the CDs side. Bad things ensue.
That’s not the only terrible thing happening.
Other bad people start coming through, including the people who tortured Xenon before he became a god and his former abuser -- Cassian Ioannou. I’m not sure if Cassian comes back before or after Oganesson falls, but either way, Oganesson/Xenon freaks out.
(This whole plot is less developed than the Decagon plot, so that’s all I’ve got so far.)
And, thus, the downward spiral continues.