Yes, that would provide sufficient motivation to invade the Tombs of the Primeval Kings and Shing Jea Island, they were searching for something. But what? I don't think GW is a complete rip-off of TOE, but suppose there was some kind of artefact, or artefacts that could summon Dhuum to the physical plane of existence. I have no evidence to support the theory that Dhuum is in fact based in the Underworld, but rather in some kind of "outer" plane of existence. Grenth surely doesn't tolerate these demons attacking innocent players and his reapers.Originally Posted by Quintus Antonius
Assume this for one second:
Dhuum resides in the Underworld, with his demons, generally unhappy with this. The Reapers and Grenth, unhappy with this, seek to destroy him to restore balance to the realm of death (think of the Shakespearean play Julius Caesar here). Dhuum is overthrown, but the remains of his demon army remain. An eternal battle ensues.
One of Dhuum's generals realises that there may be a way to (insert whatever you want here - revive Dhuum, bring Dhuum to the physical plane of existence, build a weapon to destroy Grenth - it's speculation, remember), and that they need a certain object or artefact of power that lies in the mortal realm to bring him back.
Then three of Dhuum's high-ranking officials, The Darknesses, travel to the Tombs of the Primeval Kings with some of the remnants of Dhuum's army, and invade them, defiling and - here comes the suspicious part - pillaging every tomb, as evidenced by the green items they drop. Now, I don't think The Darknesses as Mesmers can do much with warrior weapons, so they must have had an ulterior motive to opening the tombs, like they were looking for something else.
This is where we zoom forward to the present. Another one of Dhuum's officials, The Fury, a Elementalist Banished Dream Rider boss, opens a Chaos Rift in Raiyan Cave, which releases Lesser Grasps onto the Eastern half of the Island. This Chaos Rift is quickly shut down by the players, who are left hanging, wondering if this mysterious Captain Rujiyo will ever arrive to tell them more of these creatures. Upon his arrival, he takes the players to Haiju Lagoon, that is overrun by the demons. The players soon discover that Jaya Bluffs, Seitung Harbor and even Tsumei Village are overrun, and the Chaos army is quickly gaining ground and coming towards the Monastery.
Just before the end of the festival, Emperor Kisu comes to personally thank everyone who has helped fight against the Chaos army, and gives a short speech about Emperor Hanjai and the survival of the Empire, followed by giving a Ceremonial Dragon Mask to the Heroes that saved Shing Jea Island. However, just as he is concluding his speech, The Fury himself makes an appearance with his Grasps of Insantiy, seeking to steal the celestial essence that will be used in the final ritual in which the Emperor summons the Celestial Dragon of Cantha and ends the Festival. It would appear that the Chaos army have found what they came for. This next bit is variable. If the players manage to get the Celestial Essence to safety, then The Fury will retreat to Sunqua Vale and his forces will be defeated. If he wins, then the Grasps of Insanity will come and wipe out every player in the district.
Now this poses a question for us: Is it the celestial essence that the Chaos army seek, and if so, why? Can Dhuum really return, or can Grenth really be defeated?