That rogue Secundus Modron on Acheron and its army...

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That rogue Secundus Modron on Acheron and its army...

I was reading some old printouts from this site and came across a reference to something interesting that happened after Orcus/Tenebrous left his temporary stint as Primus's replacement... namely, the magazine article about the fight between the Modrons over which Secundus would take over, and the subsequent departure of the losing rogue Secundus to Acheron with a large chunk of the Modron population under its command (millions?) I was wondering if anybody had any more information on this, i.e. the rogue commander's name, where in Acheron they went (layer, cube, etc.), and what they're up to (and what the non-rogue Modrons plan to do about it.) This sounds like an adventure hook if I ever heard one!

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Here is an artical from The

Here is an article from The Lady's Sharper Eye - Vol. 2 Issue 4, which may hint on the corruption of parts of the modron hierarchy:

Quote:
Tainted Modrons Terrorize Towns
by Mandel S. Hand, Outlands Culler
Ever since the Modrons marched early a while back,
things have been going downhill for the clockwork
exemplars of law. A formian invasion of Mechanus has
encroached on formerly well-greased wheels. Reports
indicate a full third of the Modron race has emigrated to
Acheron, and has become tainted by the energies of their
new home. Attrition due to the endemic violence of the
cube plane has reduced their number, for it is suspected
that they return to their energy pool like all other modrons
do when destroyed. It is unclear from my interviews with
Guvner scholars on the matter whether these modrons
bring their taint back to Mechanus with them.
The particulars of the modrons‟ battles with the armies of
Acheron are unknown to this culler, but they must
evidently have seized a major objective with a gate, for
there are reports of violent modrons attacking villages on
lawful end of the Outlands.
These raids are unusual, for the modrons will sweep into a
town and scavenge tools, metal implements, weapons, and
other useful things, but will rarely ransack anything. In
fact, things tend to be more orderly after a raid, not less.
Moreover, they do not attack lawful folk, so most of the
earlier raids went off without much violence whatsoever.
Chaotics, however, some of whom were out-of-towners
on business, have been savagely attacked without
warning. The modrons decide who is lawful enough for
them, and some locals were surprised to find out just how
strictly they apply that definition.
The modrons have become increasingly more violent as
they strike at targets further away from Regulus. Two
caravans near Tradegate were attacked, and each had
more than half their merchants and guards mercilessly
slaughtered. The modrons are not guerilla fighters,
however, and the Merkants and the PTC have issued
advisories that large clouds of dust sighted on the
Outlands should be avoided at all costs. This advisory
covers all trade routes as far as Hopeless and Ecstasy, but
does not as of yet include any conjoining planes or
realms.
[And here we always found modrons amusing but mostly
harmless. Well, mostly. -ed]

I don't think there is much more information on that topic.

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Restoring balance

One way to look at this is that the Modrons are trying to remove any CE taint from Tenebrous by first of all replacing it with a LE influence. Once this is done, the modrons will move repair the damage done on the March across the lawful Good planes and eventually a LN balance will be restored.

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Any way Primus can replace

Any way Primus can replace the lost Modrons (I assume destroying them would cause their energy to return to the general pool, but at the moment that seems unlikely)? I mean, that's a hell of a big loss - ONE THIRD of the entire race? Can you imagine if a third of all Baatezu suddenly defected (or the Planar race of your choice)? I suppose that assassinating the Rogue would enable Primus to re-assert his authority over the Rogue army - perhaps Primus should engage the services of a band of brave adventurers for such a mission (hint, hint)?

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This was originally from

This was from Dragon #354 if you want the original source, elderbrain, in the big Modron article in that issue. And you're right in that it was a huge loss for the Modrons, and purposefully so; it was actually used as a retcon explanation as to why the modrons were no longer all that relevant in official 3.5e material, because they had been so weakened by, first, the aftermath of this, and second, the formian invasion from Menausus when they tried to fill said power vacuum (used itself to explain the brief period in 3e where formians were used as the LN race in published material before they were replaced in later planar material with inevitables). They essentially pulled inwards from planar matters to recover themselves and rebuild as a society, allying with the inevitables but not having the same footing they once did personally.

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Quote:This was from Dragon

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This was from Dragon #354 if you want the original source, elderbrain, in the big Modron article in that issue. And you're right in that it was a huge loss for the Modrons, and purposefully so; it was actually used as a retcon explanation as to why the modrons were no longer all that relevant in official 3.5e material, because they had been so weakened by, first, the aftermath of this, and second, the formian invasion from Menausus when they tried to fill said power vacuum (used itself to explain the brief period in 3e where formians were used as the LN race in published material before they were replaced in later planar material with inevitables). They essentially pulled inwards from planar matters to recover themselves and rebuild as a society, allying with the inevitables but not having the same footing they once did personally.

This sort of situation makes a great deal of sense from the standpoint of answering "What are the long-term consequences of an entire layer sliding into another plane?". Formians invading and taking over, Modron power structures being entirely disrupted. The Inevitables coming into prominence as a planar response to needing to rebalance the planes actually makes a sort of sense.

It would make for an interesting campaign based around the lawful planes. Imagine the remaining Mechanus Modrons sending out war parties to: 1) kill any rogue modrons on Acheron in an attempt to bring them back into the fold and bolster their numbers; 2) mobilizing for war against the Formians to keep them from taking over their plane and displacing the Modrons; and 3) declaring war against the Harmonium for causing such a traumatic disruption to their home plane.