Sorry, I disappeared. Wasn't able to come online for a long time.
Story so far:
The creation of Mahabharata, Janamejaya's snake sacrifice, Astika's intervention and Vyasa starts to explain the events that lead to the war. A brief intro of Shantanu's reign is shown.
Shantanu's reign, his marriage with Ganga and their married life filled with love, the birth of 7 of Ganga's sons and them being drowned in the river, the king's resolve to put an end to this, Shantanu stopping Ganga from drowning their 8th son, Ganga takes the boy away saying she'll return him when he is of age, Devavrata's education under Parasuram, Devavrata growing up, Ganga reunites father and son and leaves them.
Devavrata, prince of Hastinapur, is loved and accepted by his father and subjects. He excelled in all arts of warfare and politics. Everyone expects him to be a great king. Shantanu falls for a fisher-woman Sathyavathi but her father asks that Sathyavathi's sons should rule the kingdom else he wont agree for their marriage. Devavrat takes a vow that he will never marry and promises the fisherman that Sathyavathi's sons will rule after Shantanu.
Devavrata gives up all his clams to the throne. This earns him his father's blessings and the name Bheeshma. Shantanu marries Sathyavathi and two sons are born to them (Chitrangada and Vichitraveerya). They enjoy their married life. When Shantanu dies, Bheeshma takes care of his step mother and step brothers. He oversees their education himself. When the boys have grown up, Sathyavathi and Bheeshma decide to get them married to eligible princesses. Chitrangada is challenged to fight by a Gandharva of the same name and loses the battle. He dies of his wounds. Sathyavathi mourns her son. The ministers suggest that the royal family must prevail at all costs. Sathyavathi decides to get Vichitraveerya married but he hesitates due to his ailing health. She consoles him saying that the best of doctors will make him well. Sathyavathi discusses the issue with Bheeshma and suggests that Kasi's three princesses will make good queens of Hastinapur.
Bheeshma consults with Vyasa before leaving for Kasi. In Kasi, all is set for the Swyamvara. Bheeshma captures the 3 princesses and starts for Hastinapur. King Salva tries to stop him but is wounded and retreats. Amba says she loves Salva and asks to be excused. Bheeshma tries to reason with her but she is adamant. Salva rejects Amba and she goes to Kasi. She is rejected by her father too. In Hastinapur, Sathyavathi convinces Ambika and Ambalika to become the queens.