Almost from the outset, the gathering host is mired in politics and controversy.
First, Maithanet somehow convinces the Scarlet Spires, the most powerful of the sorcerous Schools, to join his Holy War.
Empires rose and empires fell: Kyraneas, Shir, Cenei.
The Latter Prophet, Inri Sejenus, reinterpreted the Tusk, the holiest of artifacts, and within a few centuries, the faith of Inrithism, organized and administered by the Thousand Temples and its spiritual leader, the Shriah, came to dominate the entire Three Seas.
Driven by nightmares, they wander the labyrinths of power, scouring the Three Seas for signs of their ancient and implacable foe — for the Consult. The Holy War is the name of the great host called by Maithanet, the Shriah of the Thousand Temples, to liberate Shimeh from the heathen Fanim of Kian.
Word of Maithanet's call spreads across the Three Seas, and faithful from all the great Inrithi nations — Galeoth, Thunyerus, Ce Tydonn, Conriya, High Ainon, and their tributaries — travel to the city of Momemn, the capital of the Nansur Empire, to become Men of the Tusk.
The worthless magic is nothing other that the worthless existence it lights up. The First Apocalypse destroyed the great Norsirai nations of the North.
Second, Ikurei Xerius III, the Emperor of Nansur, hatches an intricate plot to usurp the Holy War for his own ends.
Much of what is now heathen Kian once belonged to the Nansur, and Xerius has made recovering the Empire's lost provinces his heart's most fervent desire.
The question is one of why the Scarlet Schoolmen would agree to such a perilous arrangement.
Unknown to most, Eleäzaras, the Grandmaster of the Scarlet Spires, has waged a long and secret war against the Cishaurim, who for no apparent reason assassinated his predecessor, Sasheoka, some ten years previously.