I steeled myself last night, and this morning, and have produced something of a summary. It isn't how events went, it is how I remember them and fondly at that. To add to the posts by the mighty returning MKP (welcome back good sir) and Mentirius, I present below:
Dosdamt's Abridged, Bias History of the Conclave!
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH FOR ME TO UPDATE AND ADD MORE DETAIL TO THIS THING. LET'S CONSIDER THIS A LIVING DOCUMENT FOR THE CONCLAVE
NB - the below is loosely in chronological order, but there will have been colossal overlaps, places where I forget people, or perhaps seem glib about some work. Please believe me when I say this is not, in anyway, intentional. For the most part, this is from my perspective and should be considered as such - what I participated in, and who I RP'd with. The below doesn't cover many of my favourite works - I don't give Shard any credit for his Conclave Writing Competitions (though Rob is a fiend, and should never be given any credit for anything!). Ruaridh / Van Helser, and his wonderful writing of the fall of Van Helser, Voor'Acht, and the nefarious plots therein. Sargoth's incredible tales. Hanoth Prime and the events therein. Stryde's wonderful backstory and colourful characters. This doesn't do anyone any justice, but it covers the basics.
The Nexus Schism
In the beginning there was the GW board, and it was good. Personalities began to spring up, but none more controversial than Alessio Nexus, who made a deal with Charax and unleashed plague ridden hell on Leon San V, an Imperial Faith World, to sacrifice the world to Charax the Eternal. He was hunted down, and actually brought in by Mentirius if I remember correctly and handed over to Inquisitor Rex, tried IC and then summarily executed. While this went on various factions faced each other down - literally and figuratively - debating what had gone on and whether the end ever justifies the means, and a whole manner of other related material.
Suffice to say the Inquisition was in shambles.
For his part in the Schism, Mentirius was stripped of his Inquisitorial status and declared a heretic. Shortly after the publishing of a treatise on the Vampire Menace by Inquisitor Richtenstein (which was a very cleverly adaption of White Wolf and other sources) Jaydred Taren and Mentirius founded the Order Vampiris, and Mentirius was made a lord Inquisitor, with a shiny office on Terra and everything.
At the same time, a terrible menace called GreenEyes, and other associated Tzeenchian menaces were causing havoc, being chased by Inquisitor Maltheus, The Other Nexus, and a few others.
It became obvious that GreenEyes was a "Big Bad".
The Amon Dull Saga
The hunt for GreenEyes - or, to give him his proper name, Amon Dull - went on for some time. It became apparent it was linked to a prophecy and an entity known as the White Child. After much investigation, and the Battle of Secret's Hold where Charax laid down some smash on a KoS - plus, I believe, taking Dawn Oculis for his own - scattered Mentirius and his allies. This was after having met another fragment of Amon Dull - Truth - and learning of the nightmares his old master Balkoth had been doing in the depths of Secret's Hold. Things were "getting epic / creepy".
Mentirius called all his allies - plus their associated retinues and their allies - to a meeting where he outlined his plan. And so the allies set off and the hunt for Amon Dull had truly begun.
All roads lead to a world called Aestimus IX - Aithol - where Balkoth and his allies, the minions of Amon Dull lead by the Dessemus, a highly charismatic demagogue, were assaulting an Eldar maiden world. Alundirel, of the Eldar Silent Hand, brought a craft world and Harlequin allies to bear, in combination with Inquisitorial forces and a phalanx of Imperial Fists lead by Captain Ludvos Arkhan. The conflict erupted and went full epic.
I'll summarize here - you really should read Welcome to the End, Truth, and Ninth of Nine in the archive - but basically Amon Dull was stopped, Junious and Dessemus became Heralds of the White Child; Maltheus and Nexus became bona fide 100% prime Inquisitorial Heroes, Arkhan and Alundirel smashed the battle, and the War against AmonDull looked won.
Many were shattered by the war. In the aftermath many had their past catch up with them. Taren was executed after returning to Terra for his part in the Schism and more besides. Mentirius was dead, and his legacy was carried on by a ragtag group of Inquisitors with the Book of Mentirius. Maltheus and Nexus returned to their homes, exhausted and broken.
Thus ended the Green Age of the Conclave
The New Generation
Around this time many more talented writers sprung up and came to prominence (though some had been around way before this period, I like to remember them as a group who came out together) - Jenna Stryde, Van Helser, Muundus, Sargoth, Bielziel, Helst, Addendorff, Shard, Inquisitor Lissen, Magus Karius Prelune, Wolfenstein, Ishigiru, Rephexis (Macabre), First Speaker, Terigus, and more I dishonour by not remembering.
This was a period where there was no over arching plot running, but many smaller plots and brilliant RPs. A free form time, many great tales were spun and a great many Inquisitors were born. Truly, it was a great age to be active within, as the Conclave was more alive than perhaps it ever has been.
And so ended the New Generation Age of the Conclave, that lead into the Black Age.
The Night Arising
The Children of Koldoa - vampires - decided to invade a tiny segment at the edge of the Imperium while it was geared up to fight the 13th Black Crusade. An unholy alliance between AmonDull, Drazh Marazel, Icarus, Dark Eldar and traitor guard smashed and captured multiple systems. A fight back was lead by First Inquisitor Junious and a few of the survivors of Amon Dull - Arkhan, Alundirel, and a horde of others I forget. The Vampires were smashed back but had dug in and retained a few systems.
The Puritan Council and the War for the Inquisition
As the New Generation and Old Ones came together, major threads started to break out.
Running parallel and beyond TNA was the conflict between ideologies, from the New Generation. Battle lines had thoroughly been drawn, as Puritan lead by Muundus formed a Puritan council to deal with the radical menace. Landen Dosdamt, Gorathador Helst, Titus Sargoth were all baiting and spearing at the puritans, upping the tension.
A major and completely critical story-arc centred around the outbreak of a large-scale demonic plague on the planet of Hanoth Prime, which served to bring many members of the ‘New Generation’ into contact with the ‘Old Generation’ (IC and OOC). On the one hand, Sargoth and Karius encountered the Mentirian leader Mantis. On the other, a fiery monodominant Inquisitor Lord by the name of Muundus Vhogart arrived to find many agents of the Inquisition employing extremely suspect means to fight Chaos. Muundus declared Exterminatus on the planet, and vowed to pursue the escaping heretics to ends of the universe. To that end, he gathered a large number of avowed Puritans on the planet of Tithus IV (the Puritan Council), where they quickly became aware of the gathering on Delan’s Point.
It became very obvious the Inquisition was just about to turn on itself.
The Second AmonDull Saga
After seeing Amon Dull come back, Junious called together all the prominent Inquisitors he could muster under a banner of unity, the goal being to march on Aranis and, in one fell swoop, smash back the Vampires, Icarus, and Amon Dull. A veritable host arrived at Delan's Point. Unfortunately it included Bu'Ran and Amon Dulls most powerful minions. A huge battle erupted and left the Delan's Allies scattered...
And that's where Amon Dull left off.
The Hunt for Landen Dosdamt
I, ably assisted by Sam / Isak, decided to run a hunt for Landen Dosdamt, which included a myriad of other players who wanted Landen for one reason or another. Having recently ascended to become a daemon prince after slaughtering a whole world, Landen was trying to accelerate the inquisition war for his master, Khorne. Multiple others, including Vincent and Othello Dosdamt (brothers by master not relation - each was a foundling, part of their masters eugenics programme) Landen was to be dragged in and tried.
And so began the Silver Age of the Conclave
I remember this period being dominated by the Silver Heresy, and multiple other RPs both intense and wide in scope. I wasn't participating as much, so cannot recall much. Many of the Old Ones and the New Generation weren't present during that period, though some remained. Mostly it was solo story telling, coupled with the odd RP.
And thus began the Quiet Age, moving to this web page. Some stories made it here. Some RP'ers made it here, and the Conclave has been kept alive by dedicated souls such as Marco Skoll, Koval, and others I'll pickup later.