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The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part One: The Beginning of Another Tale) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

Killian looked up from where he was writing at the sound of knocking at his door. With a grunt, he heaved himself up from his chair. Stiff from writing for so long, he stretched and knuckled his back as he approached the front door to his cottage. He lived a very quiet life, dwelling in a small log house near the Lake of Mist, several days' travel away from the city of Almorel. Visitors were most uncommon this far away from the Golden Way, an extremely well-traveled trade road in the middle of the Endless Wastes.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Two: Swift Departure) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

It was some time after the Eleint Feast had begun that Killian showed up at the common grounds hand-in-hand with Seraphina. A large fire had been constructed in the middle of the grounds to provide light since the sun was quickly sinking in the horizon. Tables had been put together around the fire some-odd twenty feet away to provide room for dancing. It was a strange tradition in Valdaire, but they always had dancing after the Eleint Feast as well as Highharvestide Feast. Since Highharvestide marked the time for journey and it was always traditional for travelers and townsfolk who planned on traveling this time of year to leave the day after Highharvestide, the dancing was meant for family members and loved ones to bid farewell to the travelers. Although Midsummer was normally the holiday for feasting, music, and love, Valdaire always celebrated Highharvestide in a similar fashion.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part Four: Mazes of the Artifact) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

Thunder took a step back from the four black men. The shadows cast by the setting sun nearly made them invisible. The only factor that gave their presence as well as location away were their glowing red eyes. Slowly they moved, their limbs flowing with serpentine grace, moving into a semicircle.

Retreat was definitely out. Thunder knew that with his injuries he could never outrun them. He couldn't fight them either though. Jus one of them had nearly killed him, and would have too had it stayed to deliver the final blow. Thunder hoped that the others weren't running into as much trouble as he was and were safely at the castle, if the castle even was safe.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part Three: The Watchers) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

Thunder's sword cut deep into the back of the monster's neck. It gave out a gurgling howl as it slumped to the ground. Before its wound could heal fully, Dengar swung his large axe, decapitating the beast entirely. They both stood over the unmoving corpse, waiting for something to happen.

"Werewolves," Dengar spat. "There be bloody werewolves 'ere!"

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Eight: The Puzzles of the Weave) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

The tenday seemed to pass by slowly. Everyday Killian would meet with Elric for a few hours and in that time, Killian was making slow progress. Keeping hold of the Weave proved to be very difficult and kept slipping from his grip. He'd stretch his mind and grab a handful of the Weave, then touch the symbols with his mind before realizing the Weave had drained through his fingers entirely.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Seven: The High Priests of Helm) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

The entire ship was on full alert from last night's incident and the loss of over a dozen crewmen. Killian had told the captain the intruder had been after him, but the captain wasn't certain. The captain thought Killian had just gotten in the way when the dark elf was in the middle of some evil task and the captain was thankful that Killian had stopped him. Killian wasn't certain, but he doubted it.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Six: The Tainted Ones) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

Killian opened his eyes once the cool tingling stopped. He was not sure how the thing he stepped through worked, and he did not want to see what happened when it did. He was now standing back in the hallway he had been in with the two statues and the invisible wall, but they were now both gone. Thunder and Ethan still both lay on the ground unconscious. Ethan groaned as soon as Killian spotted the two and rolled to his side, one hand clutching his forehead. Thunder propped himself up on his elbow, one hand on his forehead as well.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Five: The Forger of Souls) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

Killian was startled by the sudden blast of cold, nearly losing his footing on the ice that covered the floor. Killian guessed the freezing temperature had something to do with the square hole in the ceiling. Mounds of ice had collected around the rim of the hole. Looking into the depths of it, saw nothing but ice. Thunder quickly moved down the hallway.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Four: Into The Unknown) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

The bright moon overhead shone down on the group as they set up camp within the ruins of Calledor Nujaal. The firelight from the campfire dimly lit their surroundings. They had carefully picked their way into the ruins, finally setting up camp in what might have once been a marketplace. Now it was entirely bare, the remnants of a fountain lying in the center of it all.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Three: Ruins of Calledor Nujaal) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

The first night of riding was long. Several hours passed as they rode on their steeds in silence. Killian was afraid the horses would die or go lame after more than two or three hours of this. Nevertheless, Thunder kept a good pace until the sun began to rise in the east. It was a short while after sunrise when Thunder called them to stop.

"Take a minute to stretch," Thunder climbed off his horse.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part Two: Shadows in the Palace) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

Thunder shut the door to his chambers as he entered the halls, saddlebags slung over his shoulder. He had not been sure as to what had happened between Helm and himself, just that when he accepted to carry out the mission, his mind was suddenly full of maps and locations, most likely for his quest. All that had happened earlier that day and the sun was already beginning to set. He had to move with due speed because what he sought was an important relic made by the elves tens of thousands of years ago.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part One: Divine Calling) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 2 years 7 months ago

Thunder looked to the horizon as the sun quickly descended. Daggerford was easily another twenty miles away; there was little chance of reaching it before nightfall. All around him for as far as he could see along the Trade Way was rolling hills of grass. It had been the same for the past few days.

The Lost Kingdom Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

A Tale From the Land of Argyle

This is just great! thought Linaen. Stuck in the middle of the Yurtrus Morass. No guides, no spell book, no food, nothing! Sighing, the half-elf plucked another lump of fast-drying mud from her now-tattered robes, flung it further out into the swamp with a curse and continued contemplating of her fate.

The Guardian - A Tale From the Land of Argyle Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

The man trudged on along the edge of the mist; his boots wearily crunched through the hard snow that lay on the rocky ground, the rim of a battered round shield poked out from behind a tattered cloak. How many times had he crossed this path? How many seasons had he spent circling the edge of the Shroud, challenging the foul, undead creatures that braved the edge of the mist? Four? Five? Even he was not certain anymore.

The Plain of Bloody Tears Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

"The Plain of Bloody Tears"

The battle began, the flights were launched as the horses ran.

The banners unfurled, snapping and popping.

The Stars are Bright Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

The stars are bright tonight thought Cry as he stared into the clear, bright sky, beautiful points of fire in the heavens... His eyes traced the purple tides of galaxies across the skies until he found his favorite star, Cormus, named after the god of storms, the wanderer. As he watched a mass of clouds began to move across the horizon; he narrowed his eyes as it began passing over the herds of glimmering stars, approaching his. As the first wisp passed across it Cry began concentrating intently; the wisp of cloud thinned and the star became visible once again. There... He returned his attention to the rampart he was patrolling. The stones were slick underneath his sandaled feet, but he was used to it having lived by the sea all his life. He strode confidently across the narrow battlement, to lean against the low, stone wall. He scanned the shore of the small island; the beach was within easy walking distance of the fort and Cry could hear the comforting sound of the waves upon the shore. He closed his eyes remembering previous nights like this.

Unknown Guild Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

Vargon Shadowstar stroked his neatly trimmed goatee in anticipation of his forthcoming visitor. Lord Kar'tzal had been a thorn in his side for far too long. Far too long indeed. It was long past time that his little games be exposed for what they were.

...Strange Bedfellows Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

A Tale From the Land of Argyle

The chamber remained as it had been for the last thousand years. Large, leather-bound tomes with cracked spines were neatly arrayed along the room�s many shelves. The worktable in the center still held several vials, ewers, and a small cauldron, its contents long since dried away to leave a murky film at the bottom. From the one window a rose-colored light filtered in through the ever-present fog as the sun settled down over the unseen horizon. The light glinted off a jewel-encrusted skull that lay on the flagstone floor near the chamber�s iron-bound door, it�s sockets staring unseeingly into eternity. A thick patina of dust covered everything.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part Six: Relics) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

The inside of the inn was dark, the overcast sky outside offering little light. Kessa pulled out her sun rod which still glowed bright red from when they'd used it in the caves before they'd come upon the ruins. The inn room lit up, taking on a red tint as the rod's light spread throughout it.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part Five: The Living Dead) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

The tunnel began to grow darker, making it harder to navigate as the sunlight spilling in from the cave entrance grew farther away. The air suddenly began to grow stale and damp. It was when Thunder could barely see the unevenly formed cave walls that Kessa acted. Thunder could not see what all she did in the dark, but he heard her crack something sharply against the wall, promptly lighting up the tunnel. The object she held in her hand was a stick with a red stone attached to the top of it. The stone flared brightly, lighting the tunnel up to a eerie red tint.

The Calling Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

As he sat on the high bluff overlooking the Fell Pass, Maedros heard the calling once again. He hunched over trying to hold it back, but there was no stopping it. He had lost the internal struggle yet another time. At first, the changes were subtle; his eye color changed from a deep blue to a green-yellow mix. Then the changes became less and less minute; he started growing fur all over his body, the color of the tiger. His muscles grew to enormous proportions, as did his entire body. When the entire transformation was complete, which took about five minutes, the result would have scared off all but the most daring warriors. He had become the fearsome weretiger yet again.

Chapter One - Aribeth The Willing Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

I stepped through the portal and didn't look back. Bright light blinded me as I appeared back at Castle NeverWinter.
My tasks were done. My journey...finished, or has it just begun?

The Forge - Part One: The Orcslicer Tavern Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

The near drunken dwarf slumped back into his chair that was situated in the middle of the only tavern in Waterdeep that was restricted to dwarves, although the occasional human, or even elf would wander in. When the barmaid came near his table, he grabbed her posterior to get her attention, which definitely got it; and got him a slap across his bearded face.

Crowe Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

There was nothing special about Rhobert Crowe. Born in the village of Denier, along the White River, he was the last of six children, one of four brothers, and the bearer of his grandfather's name. Rhobert was the scapegoat of his siblings throughout his childhood, known for his mischievousness and roguish pranks. There was a joy like no other when he heard the startled scream of his sisters as he slunk upon them. Life around his family's farm was rather ordinary, if not competitive. Over the years, the rivalry of his siblings to gain their parents support pushed Robert at an increasing distance from his family. By the age of seventeen, he left them to bicker themselves to death and try to discover more about the world.

Gurt Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

Being of half-orc descent, Gurt is a man of gigantic proportions. He lived in a humble human village in a darker region of the sword coast. No one knew who his parents were, and until the age of 15 Gurt was treated as a normal, somewhat slow-witted human child. But when his orc bloodline became apparent he was banished into the wilderness.

Gurt - Entertainment Tonight! Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

"You can't take that in here", Gurt stooped to peer at the man behind the counter at the entrance to the Black Hog Inn "No weapons allowed! Leave it here like everyone else and you'll get it back when you leave." Gurt hesitated, he hadn't planed on this, he hadn't planed at all.

Helios Sunforge - First Dwarf Neophyte of Pelor Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

In the lower ranges near the mountains of Argon, a small clan of dwarves mined a mineral poor series of natural caverns. Once, many generations ago, the range offered a rich vein of iron and copper. Recently, the few remaining dwarves, mostly the immediate family of the most stalwart and stubborn of the oldest dwarves, Bengin Ironsinger, had been relying upon trade with a more prosperous Gnome village, repairing or crafting the many innovative (though often malfunctioning) wonders of the gnome inventors.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page One) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

"Death has wrought greater change than any force ever known. Whereas the flesh may return to the earth, what happens to the spirit, if it exists?
Can the consequences of actions here on this plane, be by those of another? I fear, only in death will I know the answer, or will I?"

- Kaleth Mal'ian BR 1225

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Two) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

The slap was hard, but Jeran was not a small boy. Standing just over six feet, he was strong and muscular compared to those his age, but when it came to his father, his heart was but an eggshell and his father had just crushed it by striking him. Yes, he wanted to be treated like a man, but striking him could not go unanswered. Years of being subservient, boiled a rage deep inside Jeran and like a dam breaking, Jeran sprung to his feet and struck his father in the face.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Three) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

Night turned to early morning before Jeran was able to free his mother from the webbing that bound her. Picking her up gently, he moved her back into her bed and prepared something for her to drink.

"What happened mama?" Jeran asked ask he sat beside her, and helped her sip the hot tea.

The Honored Exile Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

"Blood of man and fog of war,
Mixed with grace of elven lore.
Holy knight of a whispered kiss,
Dressed in silver within the mist."

Harry's Story Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 2 years 7 months ago

We had, of course, fought many gypsies and minotaurs on the frontier before, to our great profit and advancement. But this time the guards at the gate gave disturbing news of necromantic activity in the area, and fearsome strange beasts to test our mettle. In spite of this warning, or perhaps because of it, we quickly gathered our forces and made ready. The spellcasters among us called forth protective magics, summoning familiars and pets, the fighters checked their weapons and armor.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Eight) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

Jeran knew he had to act fast. Even though Kal'im looked stable as he held his brother above the deadly precipice, Jeran knew it would be impossible to hold him forever. The rope bridge on which they stood was not the ideal place to attempt a rescue. With only a thick rope on which to balance, and a second rope to hold onto, Jeran searched for an idea on how to help them both. He was not near as agile as Kal'im and wasn't about to let go of the bridge. Suddenly he came up with a plan. Removing a rope from his backpack, he tied one end to the bridge and let the other end fall to Kerli below.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Nine) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

As Kerli finished tracing the topmost design etched into the ancient rock arch, it began to emit a bright yellow light. Startled Jeran asked, "Kerli what did you just do?"

"I feel as though I recognize this symbol," Kerli explained. "I thought tracing it with my finger would help be remember."

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Ten) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

Having just returned from the rope bridge at Herordrun's gorge, the group contemplated which design to choose next.

"Wait a minute! I seem to remember learning of this fourth symbol during my studies," Jeran exclaimed.

"Hmm. Looks like the sun rising over the horizon," answered Kerli examining it more closely.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Four) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

Ammilan had just told them that he hadn't seen anything out of the ordinary, but Lysana didn't seem convinced. Pulling Jeran aside to not offend Ammilan, she suggested that they continue to search the cemetery. Nodding grimly, Jeran followed her to where she last saw the creature that killed her friend.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Five) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

"I agree." Jeran replied to her plan of attacking the beast.

Jeran could see the fire in Lysana's eyes. She wanted to exact revenge on the beast that had killed her friend, and was eager to attack it now as it devoured the corpses. Thoughts of his own dead father and brother flashed in his head as he unsheathed his sword and readied for battle, though a small part of him had misgivings of what they were about to attempt. This was not simple prey they were about to engage; this creature had broken through brick walls and removed the marble lids of coffins like they were made of paper. Still he could not turn back now, for this creature might be connected to the monster he sought and they might not get a better chance than this.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Six) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

It had only been a few minutes since Berac had left but Jeran couldn't take it anymore. He was running out of air and the confines of the coffin felt like they were closing in on him. Knowing that his life depended on it, Jeran screamed aloud and banged against the coffin with his hands and feet. Sweat dripped down his forehead and his lungs burned as Jeran tried to fight off the anxiety that was slowly building up inside of him. "Was this the end?" a small part of him thought as he struggled to stay aware.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Seven) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

Jeran was looked down at the man who had just stated in a threatening manner, that he blamed the man who had last fought beside Lysana for her death. Unfortunately that man was Jeran himself! He knew he had committed no wrong, and was prepared to refute the accusation.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Twelve) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

Ellion stood up and looked towards the North. "I must leave you. Dar'shan has probably survived my attack and now would be the best time to finish him."

"What hell has spawn these creatures?" Jeran asked.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Eleven) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

"Split up and take cover!" Jeran yelled as he raced for the closest recess in the rock that would offer some protection. As Jeran dove for cover, a shower of large hailstones pelted the area where he had been only moments before. Catching his breathe, he peered over the safety of the rock face to catch a glimpse of his comrades. Kal'im had found a similar recess to hide in while Kerli had pressed himself into a small nook against the rock face from where the attacks were coming from.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Thirteen) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

"So you think it might have gone back to Blackmor?" Jeran asked of Ellion.

"It seems the logical conclusion, but we have yet to find any sign of Saravans base there."

"Then what are we waiting for?" Kerli exclaimed. Quickly touching the design, he stepped through the arch. The rest of the party quickly followed and instantly they were in a forest. All the trees were bare of leaves, their limbs twisted and broken. There was a low mist surrounding them making it almost impossible to see.

A Paladin's Life Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 2 years 7 months ago

An epic poem of swords, magic, love and loss. Told from the eyes of a Paladin of Tyr, this epic poem speaks of life and death, love and hate, and honor.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Sixteen) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

They had been following the trail of blue ooze left by the spider for almost an hour. During several occasions, they lost the trail, as presumably she had taken to the rock walls, but it wasn't long before the ooze could be seen against a rock face and again continuing along the path. Jeran felt this was a good sign that she was severely hurt, and he hoped to find her dead, ending his quest for retribution.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Fourteen) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

"Damn!"

As the wounded spider raced away from him Jeran knew that his victory was close at hand. Instead of finishing the task at hand, he chose to let the beast escape for his friends needed help. Turning around he saw Kerli trying to revive Ellion, while Kal'im attempted to keep Berac occupied by launching a continuous assault against him. It was obvious to Jeran that Kal'im could not keep Berac at bay forever; he was tiring and slowly loosing the offensive.

Markshire Storyteller - Rising Force Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 2 years 7 months ago

For years he slept, held captive by the forces of man and god. But for a champion of the Spider Temple nothing is permanent.

Soul Stone - Part Eighteen Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 2 years 7 months ago

"Come, spectres!" Kalamaar taunted, hussling down to the base of the stairs and readying his axe.

"Why do you intrude upon our lair?" a disembodied voice bellowed.

Soul Stone - Part Seventeen Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 2 years 7 months ago

"Hmm... I better head on down," Kalamaar decided, "better than sittin 'round doin' nothing!"

"Agreed," Edele shouted back.

"We shall meet back in the foyer on the first floor in one hour," Ruien ordered, "come, let's be off."

Soul Stone - Part Sixteen Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 2 years 7 months ago

"I suppose the dungeons would be below," Ruien began, "and there doesn't seem to be anything immediately interesting about our current level. We shall ascend the flight of stairs."

"Good thinking, brother," Edele nodded.

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Fifteen) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 2 years 7 months ago

Kerli pleaded with Ellion to tend to his brother first, despite the dire consequences should Jeran die. As Ellion limped to where Jeran lay, Kerli clenched his fists in rage and returned to where his unconscious brother lay on the ground. Deep blue and purple bruises circled round Kal'im's throat, a reminder of Berac's vicious assault. Kerli pleaded with Kal'im's inert form, begging him to wake.

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