After the great tournament, many of the visiting nations had already returned to their homes. What was the key to Roklavia’s success? Was it strong leadership? Not really, after all, Valentina stood as a puppet ruler for the longest time. No. Roklavia was not ruled by the wise, it was ruled by the rich. Those who had the wealth dictated the future of the country. Valentina would have had no real power at all had she not seized control of the mining industry and invested in it. Roklavia’s greatest power came from what they delved. They produced marble and quartz, quite expensive building material. However, they were not known to have any ore deposits of value, so the source was of another nature.
What Valentina had discovered was a rift, a portal to a hellish nameless realm. Beyond that portal lay an endless mine full of the raw material she needed to build Smertangelsk. However this realm was a sick, dangerous place. Monsters lurked in its shadows. Their appearance could only be described as pure evil, something only told of in ghost stories.
Despite the risk of letting these creatures into Allura, Valentina insisted that the mining continue, downplaying the danger as a necessary concession. This, however, proved to be her greatest mistake, as these monsters couldn’t be contained forever.
Shortly after the end of the tournament, factory workers reported to Valentina that the steel barriers they had constructed were wearing out. After much pleading, Valentina heeded their warning and cancelled the diplomatic meeting of the Northern Alliance, without giving her reasons. The night after her announcement, one of these creatures broke through and escaped the factories, killing all but one of the workers. The next day, the massacre was discovered and the steel barrier had been breached. Valentina issued a city wide proclamation of a state of emergency. Hundreds of Roklavs fled the city, but many stayed, because they hadn’t seen these monsters yet and didnt believe in the threat. When night approached, the creatures came out of hiding and began to kill and devour anyone who had remained in the city.
By strange coincidence, a soldier discovered that the monsters were blind as he fled from one in the streets. Keeping very quiet, he sneaked through the city and began spreading the word. The monsters were hunting anything that made a sound. They seemed to hate sound with a passion, and rushed to destroy any source of sound they could…
Few survived the infestation and escaped, the whereabouts of the Queen and the Spymaster were unknown, but rumor has it that amidst the monster infested city, a small group of people had managed to survive.
Roklavia looked exactly as it had since the infestation, only it is a ghost city, its population consisting of blind ravenous monsters and corpses.