The Beacon of Alent was a name given to a pillar of pure magic which shot into the sky from the remains of the destroyed reactor core of Alent. The pillar came out of the throne room of Etemenanki, the city's central ziggurat, and was visible to travellers far from the city. The Beacon had been active since the Reactor Core Explosion which leveled Alent's predecessor Lutherin during the Great War. The Beacon went unstable at the end of the Battle of Alent and caused the Catastrophe which destroyed Alent, created the Anomaly and rearranged the continents as it ushered in the Fourth Age.
Why the Beacon kept shooting a pillar of pure magic, or mana, into the sky without showing signs of depletion after being active for over a decade remained unknown throughout the history of Alent. However, some Alentian scholars believed it might have had some connection to the Lefein due to it being contained in a very advanced reactor core which the Lefein of the First Age could have built.
The Beacon was tampered with necromantic and demonic magic by Vulture and Dantalion during the King and Queen's Ball. Some pregnancies in Alent were affected and accelerated by the magic of the Beacon, leading to the birth of magically touched children, the Beaconborn.
By the end of the Battle of Alent, the Beacon's metamorphosis continued and eventually led to the destruction of Alent by an unknown means. The Beacon also created the Anomaly at the surviving ruins of Alent and rearranged the continents which ended the Second Great War and made several prominent nations fall as the world entered the Fourth Age.
The beam of light itself is still visible from within the Anomaly, but none who have entered the quarantined zone of the Anomaly have survived to tell the tale what lies within and if the beam within the Anomaly can even be said to be the same thing the Beacon of Alent once was.
The nature and powers of the Beacon are as mysterious as its origins. It seems to possess great magic which is undergoing a metamorphosis after being tampered with.
The Beacon is known to have done the following to its different 'victims' (in chronological order):
|Aloysius, Ariadne, Maitreya, Seth, Sophia||
|Antigonus de Ardyn||Released from a prison in another plane of existence by opening a temporary tear between realms|
|Several women of different races (including Jahi Gallu, Rain and Vaetris L'andariel)||
|Alexandra Sarillius, Drekavac Gallu, Farah Sand, Lilim L'andariel, several other unnamed Beaconborn||Made fetuses develop at an accelerated pace in the wombs of their respective mothers and had them be born as infants months earlier than naturally possible|
|Jonathan Seneron, Rhylian Loras, Serene, an unnamed demon child||Channeled its power through people, mixed with their respective innate or corrupted magics in combination with Blood Fever and other corrupted samples to store the combined energy into the Tainted Orb|
|Several travellers (including Arcturius, Arthur Fonzarelli, Bella Sirius, Irinthiel Maurath, an unnamed Union Workers thief)||Let people travel great distances in a short amount of time by bending reality around them without them noticing|
|The City of Alent||
|Land of the Living||Caused the Catastrophe which ended the Third Age and ushered in the Fourth Age, leading to the rearranging of continents and the rise of new landmasses|