…..and in the growing darkness of Man’s final days, there will be a GATHERING of the bravest and strongest. In the city where heroes dwell, they will come to stem the gathering storm.
The Tolivar Prophecies, Book IV, Chapter 9.
This little known prophecy holds a great deal of meaning for the storm wizard known only as The Preceptor. He like other’s of his kind live well beyond a normal lifespan, advising both heroes and kings of the evils of this world.
The Preceptor tells us that this prophecy speaks of an alignment between the power of good and evil. An alignment that has already begun to shift towards the forces of darkness.
It began in Tunguska, Russia in 1908 when a cross-dimensional rift opened into this world, laying waste to the Russian landscape. A rift that was created by powerful warlocks bent on increasing their power while bathing our world in blood. The blast began a series of events that would signal perilous times to come.
One such result that occurred after the blast was the increasing power of dark magic and the twisted souls who would use it.
It is also believed that the dimensional rift is what first alerted the alien Rikti, who exist in a parallel universe, to the existence of our world.
And biologists say there is evidence that a cloud of unknown radiation which had originated from the blast site swept across the earth, creating n a powerful upsurge in human mutations that occurred during most of the 20th century. The result was the birth of mutant superhumans, both heroes and villains alike.
The Preceptor saw Paragon City as a place where these divergent forces would finally reveal themselves. This city is where the heroes of this world would have to make their stand. After arriving in Paragon, he then set about to bring together what he called THE GATHERING, a band of fighters dedicated to stopping the rising tide of destruction and restore balance to the world.
One of the first heroes he recruited was Rebecca Cranston (aka Nightshade.) who was also heir to the Cranston family fortune. She donated her family’s summer villa near Croatoa as a base of operations. After the villa was retrofitted with state-of-art computer and security systems as well as arcane defenses against magical attack, this summer mansion was transformed into a literal fortress called THE CITADEL.
Taking in heroes of any stripe and power level, THE GATHERING readies itself for the battles that lay ahead for both Paragon City and the world.