A week has now passed since the horrific news of the Red Death was learned.
Forrester is well on his way to completely immunizing his entire army.
Other Powers are well on their way to immunizing their armies also (but not their civilian populations.)
All law and order remains broken down over vast areas.
In those areas where order exists, it is because the military is present.
The Dark Union still has not manifested any cases of the illness, nor has the Scarlet Brotherhood.
And, something else of great interest ...
The Planars, indeed, are immune to the disease.
So are the Fae.
Both the Faerie, and their evil Unseelie rivals, are completely immune to the disease.
And what's more, the elves - all of the elves, including the drow and half elves and winged elves and every kind of elf - are also immune.
And what is most amazing of all - the KENDER that Forrester brought from Toril are immune!!
The kender have always claimed that they were a form of elf, and related to all elves, and that the story of the Graygem creating them out of dwarves was a lie.
Apparently, they have been proven right.
The Alliance of the Crescent (Uvenelei) has invented something - I am waiting to see if Uvenelei releases it.
Also, it would appear that the Kevellond League has invented a disease of their own.
This disease has only one victim: the disease started by Acererak.
The Lortmil Technomancy has been successful in created early prototypes of microscopic golems.
Golems small enough to comfortably fit into the bloodstream of any human, demihuman, or humanoid.
However, the technology is not yet ready for mass use (consider the magnitude of what is being done here!)
The Lortmil Technomancy has identified what this ancient disease is.
It comes from the great (and legendarily notorious) creations of the Suel necromancers of the Arcane Age, from the Suel Imperium.
It is a weak version of one of these ancient and terrible diseases.
The Lortmil Technomancy is able to notify Forrester of certain kinds of substances that will slow down the disease - a mixture of antibiotics, herbs, and substances reputed to have magical properties.
The Lortmil Technomancy is working on an innoculation against the disease.
The Lortmil Technomancy is having to emplace magic within every innoculation, and some of the innoculation itself has to be made of magical substances.
Because the illness is a virus, not a bacteria, it is making matters worse.
However, the Lortmil Technomancy is making slow progress.
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In what must be the most infuriating of all things to Forrester, the Angels do not permit anyone (including Forrester) to travel to Realmspace.
They do not even speak again.
Their decision, cannot be appealed.
Realmspace, is closed.
However, Forrester can circumvent this problem by going to the Ethereal Plane.
There, he can send messages to Toril, and have his scientists and clerics meet him there.
From there, they can create their pocket plane and conduct their research.
In other words, Forrester can do everything he stated he was doing, except it cannot be done on Toril or in Realmspace.
The Angels are adamant.
The Angels, do not change their minds.
Now, if Forrester wishes to give battle to the Angels to force the passage to Realmspace, then I need to know ...
The Angels took no civilians from Oerth because EVERYONE protested when they initially tried, and I the Moderator had to rule the Angels could not help.
If they could have rescued the civilian population, they would have rescued the civilian population, but I was forced to rule they could not, because of all the protests I received.
And now, once more, the Angels cannot directly intervene on Oerth, to stop the illness. Anymore than they could come and take civilians offplanet to Realmspace.
I the Moderator appreciate Forrester's anger.
I would be angry if I were Forrester.
Mind you, what the Angels said and did (and are doing) is IC, not an OOC attempt to humiliate or ruin things.
Why will the Angels not allow Forrester to take innocent, sick people to Toril, where they could be cured en mass, and everything made ok?
The Angels aren't saying IC.
However, I will tell you why OOC.
If Forrester starts rescuing the civilian population of Oerth, and taking them to Toril for treatment, Vecna the Insane intends to enhance Acererak's disease from a 9th level plague, into a 10th level plague.
If Vecna does so, the disease will incubate - not in 3 to 4 weeks, but in 3 to 4 DAYS - and most of Oerth will be dead or dying by the start of Turn 4.
Forrester won't be able to evacuate people quickly enough - he will be barely able to save even his own people.
Furthermore, the Angels know that Kalanyr is close to attaining 10th level magic, and quite capable at that point of starting a 10th level plague of his own.
Then, once more, the entire world of Oerth will be threatened with wipe-out in a single Turn.
There are plenty of other evil powers on Oerth, who are all too eager to attain 10th level magic, and all too eager to exterminate everyone else on the planet, as well, and the Angels know it.
And that's 10th level magic.
Against the might of an 11th level plague, there is no hope of victory.
11th level magic could counter the effects of an 11th level plague, on a case by case basis.
In other words, Toril could - barely - manage to save itself, after MASSIVE numbers of fatalities.
On Oerth, with the Power with the 11th level magic having inflicted the plague, and all the other Powers only having 10th level magic to defend themselves, they would be no hope at all.
The Angels are furious, sickened, horrified - being what they are - by this prospect.
The Angels, wish to force the issue of stopping the monsters who would inflict such plagues, or magically aid those who would inflict such plagues.
The Angels cannot themselves intervene, or they would - they would attack Vecna and Acererak (and they would die too. Vecna is stronger than they are.)
Since they themselves cannot intervene, they are forcing the issue with Forrester and his Oerthian allies.
They do not wish to see this kind of thinking flourishing, research being employed to create ever more horrible and lethal plagues, until the plague is created that destroys not only Oerth, but also Toril.
Such is their thinking.
Now, if Vecna had been stopped, the Angels would not be stopping transport to Toril now.
Yet, there Vecna is, in all his horrific madness, and he is an immediate threat to Oerth, and a possible threat to Toril itself.
The Angels know that Vecna will not stop, ever, until both Toril and Oerth are his, and the last small spark of resistance in the last dark corner of both Crystal Spheres, has been extinguished.