Saturday, June 10, 2006

Shadow Banisher

Once Krogenar met up with us we entered CastleZvahl, nothing could have preparared Tryp for what wait for him inside. The castle was a hellish maze crawling with every type of beastman; Goblins, Orcs, Quadov, Yagudo, Evil Eyes, and Demons. I had to keep my buffs up at all times and let the group know when they i needed to recast so as to not be left behind. After a few minutes Eleazar skillfully navigated the group through the castle. We now stood at the foot of a bridge that streched out into the cold mist, in the distance I could see the dark siloette of the Zvahl Keep

Once thru the Keep we entered the tomb and were greeted by the Galkan Dark Knight Zied, what was he doing here?The room was eerily silent aside from us but suddenly the air grew musty and an electricity filled the air, the cover of the Shadow Lords coffin slid open and a large arm emerged.

Apparently Zied was not expecting this, but was ready for action, but the Shadow Lord was not amused, he bound Zied in place and the battle to save Vana Diel had begun! I stood at the entrance frozen by shock at the sheer size of the Shadow Lord, but then I heard Krogenars voice yelling to me to run across the room while he and Eleazar fought the Shadow Lord!

When the final blow was delivered the mighty Shadow Lord stumbled, grabing his chest in pain he fell on one knee, but when the dust settled the abomination was gone, replaced by Raogrimm the Galkan talekeeper who supposedly vanished some 30 years ago....the same Raogrimm I had the vision of back when I was collecting the Magicite for Arch Duke Kam' lanaut.....

I collected the piece of magicite optistone. As I picked it up I experienced a
vision from the past...the king of San d'Oria,; suspicious of the Humes of
Bastok and their "investigation" of the Northlands sends a delegate to oversee
their findings...Once I removed the second piece of Magicite the room in faded
to white and I had another vision of the past, a group of adventurers in the
Beaucedine Glacier; Raogrimm the Galkan swordsman, Ulrich the Hume Warrior and
Cornelia the Hume Monk separated from the fellowship, the tension between Humes
and Galkans in Bastok reached a shatering point Ulrich unsheathes his sword but
Cornelia steps between the two, red snow, a weeping Galka left to die in the
blizzard, a hume with a dark secret....Zied rushed to Raogrimm's side, Raogrimm
explains that when he was betrayed and left for dead all those years ago all the
anger and frustration of the Galka race overcame him and the heroic Mithril
Musketeer known as Raogrimm died....replaced by the Shadow Lord, the culmination
of ages of cowardness,rage, envy, arrogance and apathy.During this precious
moments scene Arch Duke Kam' lanaut and his brother enter the room and we
discover the events that are taking place are all part of a prophecy fortold by
the Kindred an ancient race thought to be extinct for over a millenia, and that
the poem that Lion had told me was actually the Kindred prophecy.

As one bright star shines through the clouds at night,and as one song rings clear above the roar of beasts,we hold to one hope in these darkest of times.That they will come, with the wisdom of the ages and the strength of thousands to deliver us from our plight.We await the awakening of the warriors of the crystal The Crystal Warriors (the Ark Angels) will not come to save us from dark times, but to clense this rotting corpse which Kam' lanaut calls Vana Diel of us maggots. At this point things are looking very grim when Kam' lanauts' younger brother unleashed a portal and 5 large crystals appear hovering above the tomb of the Shadow Lord, in a blinding flash the crystals shatter into thousands of shards and there on the steps stand (and levitate) the Ark Angels! Kam' lanaut declares the end of the 5 races of Vana Diel will begin with the death of Raogrimm! The Hume Ark Angel rushes toward Raogrimm but Zied throws himself between the two, just then Lion enters and witnesses this, she sends some type of lumenescent projectile towrds the Ark Angel and tells us to follow her to safety. Raogrimm orders us to leave also, as I flee the room the Shadow Lord rears up for one last battle...a battle he cannot win and just then I could swear by Altana is saw the spirit of Cornelia, Raogrimms love, as the door shut behind me.