November 22 2020

Elf Lore – the Fate of the True Elves, featuring the New Britannia Theater Troupe

 

(Insert music track # 44 – “Medieval Introduction” by Tristan Lohengrin)

 

MAXIE

Disclaimer: Any character’s resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.  This audio play is a work of fiction and does not reflect real world events. Any opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Avatars Radio or Portalarium.

Due to mature subject matter, parental discretion is advised.

Hope you enjoy the show!

 

(Insert “Spacecraft Hatch Opening” sound effect) 

 

MAX (male robotic voice)

Welcome, Serafina…

 

SERAFINA

Max, requesting access to historical records on the true elves in order to prepare for my mission…

 

MAX

Accessing “The History of New Britannia, Vol. 1” by the noted historian, Theodric, as requested…

 

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(Insert music track # 1 – “Epic Adventure” by James Stratton-Crawley. Loop as needed until end of scene.)

 

MAX

PROLOGUE

A long time ago, in a parallel universe…King Arodon and his daughter Lanthirthel are facing their doom…

 

(Insert “Starship Rumble 1” sound effect by MiceHead)

(Insert “Rocket Thrusters” sound effect)

 

The time ship, Tanken-Ka, piloted by its artificial intelligence, Max, races toward a dying planet. It enters orbit and deploys its stellar converter which begins draining energy from the nearby star to provide power for the experimental rift amplifier attached to the ship’s nose.

Meanwhile, down on the dying planet below, a small tribe of slim, highly attractive, fair skinned elves stands huddled together on the edge of a cliff as waves of destruction caused by the Armageddon spell cast by the Avatar destroys the land around them.  The island of Skara Brae is visible a short distance away.

 

(Insert “Earthquake” sound effect)

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL

Father, the earthquakes have caused a large chasm to form!  There is no way across to the dock on the other side!

 

MAX

King Arodon nods as he speaks into a glowing orb in his right hand.

 

KING ARODON

We are cut off from Skara Brae, Halkon!  Go on without us!  At least, we will die knowing that the other elven tribes and the humans will survive this planet’s destruction…

MAX

A glowing mystical dome suddenly surrounds Skara Brae. 

 

(Insert “Energy Shield” sound effect – by Eevan – first 20-30 seconds only)

 

It slowly rises from the ocean and then soars off into space.

 

(Insert “Sci-fi Rocket Launch 01” sound effect – by sandyrb)

 

 The waves of destruction are visible in the distance, rapidly closing in on the elves’ position!

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL

Hold me, father!

 

KING ARODON

I love you, my darling Lanthirthel!   At least, we will face death together…

 

MAX

Just then, a bright beam of light pierces the clouds and strikes the long dormant lunar rift behind them. 

 

(Insert “Energy Blast” sound effect by Kinoton)

 

The lunar rift begins to glow aether blue as it powers up.

 

(Insert “Portal Continuous Rumble” sound effect by zimbot)

 

And then, Nystal TimeLord steps through.

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD

Hello, old friend!

 

KING ARODON (surprised)

Nystal?!

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD

Hurry! Salvation lies this way in another universe!

 

KING ARODON (yelling)

Everyone through the lunar rift!

 

MAX

The elves dash into the lunar rift.  Nystal Timelord, eyes filled with sadness, takes one last glimpse of the dying world before he passes through.

 

(Insert “Portal Continuous Rumble” sound effect by zimbot)

 

Mere moments later, the rift and the entire cliff are wiped out of existence by the wave of destruction…

 

(Insert “Earthquake” sound effect)

 

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(Insert music track # 2 – “Epic Entrance” by Amber Raine)

 

The New Britannia Theatre Troupe

Presents

Elf Lore: The Fate of the True Elves

 

Producer: Asclepius

Writers: Gabriel Nightshadow with Amber Raine, Fionwyn Wyldemane, and Celith Wraine

Script Editor: Fionwyn Wyldemane

Director of Public Relations: Amber Raine

Music Composers: James Stratton-Crawley and Amber Raine

Sound Effects Supervisors: Asclepius and Gabriel Nightshadow

Technical Consultant: Stile Teckel

                                                                                     

 

VOICE CAST

Indi Martin as Princess Lanthirthel and Anya

Lord Baldrith as Himself and Max

Asclepius as Robert (Count Aberon), Nystal Timelord, and Lorin Dar

Amber Raine as Herself, High Priestess Ariel Joy, and Meghan (Lady Vastra)

Woftam as General Damian Trumbull

Grumpy Old Gamer as Colonel Storn Melchior

Brian Manown as King Arodon

Addy as Maxie, Constance, and Secret Service Agent Bacon

Fionwyn Wyldemane as Krizog, Secret Service Agent Love, and Elf Child # 3

Jarikith Rivinson as Himself

Celith Wraine as Johnny “Ripper” Warlock and Elf Child # 2

Sol Stormlin as Obsidian Mage and Elf Child # 1

 Jakdaw Foxlauden as Obsidian Archer, Obsidian Swordsman, and Town Crier

Drew as Lord Shadowreign

 

With

Majoria as Serafina

Gabriel Nightshadow as Himself and the Big Green Dragon

And

Alleine Dragonfyre as the Oracle

 

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(Insert music track # 3 – “Emerald Forest” by Amber Raine)

 

MAX

PART I:  SALVATION AND DAMNATION

 

ACT I

Five years later…

 

 KING ARODON

We retreated here to the Great Forest where we built a thriving community. But now the time has come for us to leave this place…

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL

But why, father?  

 

KING ARODON


Your godfather, Nystal Timelord, visited me last night and told me that in three days a Great Cataclysm is coming that will lay waste to the land for several generations. He bade me to lead my people up into the mountains to a place of refuge which he has prepared for us!

 

MAX

However, not all the elves were so willing to blindly follow the path laid out for them by the enigmatic being known as Nystal Timelord…  Arodon and Lanthirthel are joined by High Priestess Ariel Joy…

 

(Insert music track # 4 – “Dissent” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAXIE

In her left hand, Ariel Joy holds a black leather-bound tome, engraved with only a spoon hosting an eight-pointed star in its bowl, on the cover. In her right hand, she wields the infamous Chaos Spoon, a 15” spoon which was forged from the strongest metals known to dwarven kind – mithril and shadow – by the great Dwarven blacksmith Watts. The stem of the spoon is adorned with runic letters which spell out “In chaos, there is fertility.”

The Chaos Spoon was imbued with powerful necromantic and chaos magic by the Dread Grandmaster of Necromantic Arcane Arts, Kane.  Many of her fellow elves fear the High Priestess because the spoon is said to have the power to invade and shatter minds, leaving the target confused, or sometimes in the case of weaker beings, dead. Even without its enchantments, the Chaos Spoon is a formidable weapon, as the unfortunate Dark Elf

, Swap, learned when he called for a retreat during a battle. The High Priestess did not tolerate weakness in the face of the enemy. Swap paid the ultimate price for his failure by having the Chaos Spoon plunged into his forehead!

 

HIGH PRIESTESS ARIEL JOY

I regret to inform you, King Arodon, those of us who follow the path of Chaos will not be journeying with the rest of you to this place of refuge which has been prepared by Nystal Timelord.

 

KING ARODON (surprised)

Why so, High Priestess?  Surely those who do not seek refuge will perish in the Great Cataclysm to come!

 

HIGH PRIESTESS ARIEL JOY

The Lord of Chaos whispered to me last night in my dreams and told me that our destiny lies…elsewhere. He gave me directions to another safe, but isolated place which has sufficient resources to sustain our small group in the dark days to come.

 

Sadly, my Lord told me that I will not live long enough to see the day when the land has recovered from the devastation and we will be able to emerge from our place of hiding and build new churches to spread the gospel of Chaos throughout Novia. My Lord was kind enough to show me a vision of those who are to follow in my footsteps over the next 400 years…

 

 My daughter, Stormie, will reach her thirteenth birthday during our period of exile, and I will pass the book onto her. She will become the next High Priestess of Chaos and continue the work I have started…

 

She will be followed by her daughter Elle Tarien, and then her descendants Amberlyn, Mycah Nicole, and Amber Raine. I was pleased to see that Mycah Nicole is destined to marry one of your descendants, King Arodon, and on that joyous day our people will finally be reunited!  

 

KING ARODON

Well, I am very pleased to hear that!  I wish you all good journey!

 

MAX

King Arodon performs the DARKSTARR SALUTE.

High Priestess Ariel Joy responds by performing the DARKSTARR SALUTE as well.

 

HIGH PRIESTESS ARIEL JOY

Namarrie mellonamin, good journeys to you as well! May the shadows of night keep and protect you and may the star of Chaos always guide you!

 

MAX

High Priestess Ariel Joy retreats into the shadows.

 

MAX

Another group of elves which followed the path of Order also decided to strike out on their own that day.  The trials and tribulations faced by both groups during this dark period is a tale for another day, but both groups did survive the Great Cataclysm, as evidenced by their prominent present-day leaders, the High Priestess of Chaos, Amber Raine, and the leader of the Phoenix Republic, Kazyn Phoenixfyre.

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL

How we will find this place of refuge, father?

 

KING ARODON

With this!

 

MAX

King Arodon pulls out a pink orb from his belt pouch. The orb begins to glow faintly. He points the orb in the direction of the mountain north of the village and it begins to glow slightly brighter…

 

KING ARODON

The orb will continue to grow brighter as we approach the Great Vault…

Now return home and pack your most essential belongings and provisions! Bring only what you can easily carry.  The path up the mountain is both narrow and rocky… We depart at sunrise! 

 

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(Insert music track # 5 – “The Return” by James Stratton-Crawley)

                                             

MAX

ACT II

The orb led the elves to a secret chamber which had been carved deep into Bear Cub Mountain. Cryogenic suspension chambers had been set up utilizing technology which Nystal Timelord had acquired in the distant future.  The plan was for King Arodon and his people to sleep for 100 years and awaken in a world which had recovered from the effects of the Great Cataclysm.  However, unknown to anyone including Nystal (who was journeying through time and space with his friend Gabriel Nightshadow), the system suffered a malfunction.

As a result, the elves slept much longer than they were supposed to, awakening in a hostile world ruled by the evil Obsidians…

 

200 years ago…

Obsidian General Trumbull, is in his base camp set up on the banks of a nearby river, conferring with his second-in-command, Colonel Melchior. His two most trusted soldiers, Bacon and Love, are standing to one side.

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL

Ah, Colonel Melchior! Have you procured the book which I requested?

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

Yes, but with great difficulty. The hooded stranger’s tip proved to be accurate and we were able to track down Parsniferous Dar’s descendant, Zorbus Dar, to his hidden underground lair. The mage refused to sell us the book and we were forced to engage him in mortal combat. We were fortunate that his son, Pogun Dar, a powerful mage in his own right, was not there because Zorbus Dar proved to be quite a handful. We lost a dozen good men, including four of our best battle mages! I hope this was worth their lives…

 

MAX

Colonel Melchior hands General Trumbull an ancient, black leather-bound book with gilded pages.  There is glowing red runic writing on the cover which translates to “Book of the Illuminati”. The General suddenly has a wild-eyed look as he caresses the book.

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (hissing)

Yes…my precious, we are reunited at last! Now that I am the last surviving member of the Illuminati, no one will ever take you away from me ever again!

 

MAX

The General suddenly notices Colonel Melchior staring at him oddly and quickly composes himself.

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL

Colonel, I regret the loss of life, but this book may prove to be the key to our victory over the Obsidian Cabalists!

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

Dark magic is not something to be trifled with, sir.  Are you sure you will be able to control it?

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (chuckling)

Rest assured, Colonel Melchior, controlling the eldritch energies which will be unleashed will not prove to be a problem…

 

MAX

Colonel Melchior notices that the strange, black serpent tattoo on the General’s inner, right wrist suddenly glows faintly for a moment and hisses!

 

(Insert “Angry Snake Hiss” sound effect by csaszi)

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

One last thing, sir.  Your beautiful daughter, Iyara, should be arriving at the camp sometime early tomorrow morning.

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (whispering)

That is wonderful news, Colonel! I have not seen her in a month. I’ve missed her SO much…

 

MAX

Colonel Melchior cringes imperceptibly when the General licks his lips in anticipation of seeing his lovely daughter again.  A most unusual reaction indeed…   

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (whispering)

Tend to that other problem which we discussed earlier. I will be in my tent perusing this tome and do not wish to be disturbed!

 

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

Yes, sir!

 

(Footsteps fading right)

(Footsteps fading left)

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

Time to clean house, Bacon and Love…starting with that nosy reporter assigned to our unit!  He has been publishing unflattering reports of the General’s most recent military exploits in the Britannian Gazette and we suspect that he was sent by the Cabalist Nefario to spy on us. Once he has an unfortunate “accident”, his junior reporter, Mr. Lyser, a loyal Homeguard member, will take over his position. He who controls the media can sway public opinion in his favor…

                                                                                                                         

OBSIDIAN SOLDIERS BACON AND LOVE

Yes sir!

 

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(Insert music track # 6 – “Witch Wood” by James Stratton-Crawley.)

 

MAX

ACT III

General Trumbull is in his tent reading the Book of the Illuminati and listening with delight to the nearby battle between the Obsidian elves and true elves.

 

KRIZOG (shouting)

KILL THESE FALSE ELVES, MY BROTHERS!

 

(Insert “Swords Clashing”, “Arrows Flying”, “Large Fireball”, “Thrown Shuriken”, “Thunder Sound FX” and “ghostbreath” sound effects.)

 

(Footsteps entering)

 

MAX

Krizog rushes into the General’s tent with two other Obsidian Elves.  They are joined by Col. Melchior and two soldiers.  Krizog gives his report while the others listen…

 

KRIZOG

We encountered a caravan of Outlanders in the nearby forest “claiming” to be elves, General.  We managed to slaughter most of them except for the highest-ranking officers we now hold prisoner.  A handful managed to escape though.  Should I send out search parties to hunt them down?

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL

No…that will not be necessary, Krizog. Colonel Melchior will attend to that…

You have done well, Krizog!  I will inform your Obsidian masters of how all you and your brethren died gloriously in battle with these “false” elves…

 

 KRIZOG (confused)

Krizog is confused… We suffered very few casualties, General.  Our foes’ powerful magic was no match for our vastly superior numbers and deadly combat skills…

 

(Insert music track # 7 – “Oracle of Blades” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL

Do your duty, men!

 

(Sword slash x 4)

(Play dead sound x 2)

 

KRIZOG (surprised)

Why have you betrayed us?!  We all serve the same master!

 

MAX

Both Krizog and General Trumbull draw their swords at the same time!

 

(Sword drawing sound)

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (ranting)

No, we do not, Krizog! One of the main goals of the Homeguard is to preserve our racial purity. You foul abominations disgust me!

 

MAX

General Trumbull suddenly throws some sort of white powder in Krizog’s face, temporarily blinding her and making it difficult to breathe!

 

KRIZOG (furious and gasping for breath)

*AD-LIB AN OBSIDIAN ELF CURSE PHRASE HERE*

 

MAX

Krizog swings her sword wildly, but General Trumbull easily dodges the attacks!

 

KRIZOG (furious)

You fight without honor!

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (sneering)

I don’t give a damn about honor!   Winning is all that matters!  DIE!

 

(SWORD SLASH ×2)

 

KRIZOG (mocking)

Ha! Tis but a scratch!  

 

(Play dead sound)

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (sneering)

Colonel Mechior, have your men take the prisoners and bind them to the trees!  Then clean up this mess!

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

By your command, Great Leader!

 

MAX

General Trumbull steps outside his tent, a twisted look of disgust on his face when he sees one of the elves prostrate before him.  It is King Arodon.

 

KING ARODON

Please spare my people, General! They were only defending themselves from your men’s surprise attack! I offer my life in exchange…

 

(Insert “Slap” sound effect.)

 

MAX

The General backslaps King Arodon’s face with his left hand, his ornate gold ring leaving a deep imprint of the “all seeing eye” on King Arodon’s bruised and bloody cheek.

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (sneering)

We don’t want your kind in our world!  We’re closing our borders to ALL Outlanders! You shall indeed be the first of your people to die!

 

KING ARODON (defiant)

One day, you will pay for this horrible crime you have committed against my people!

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (sneering)

I think not!

 

(Insert “Decapitation Head Fall Off” sound effect.)

                                                                                                  

(Insert “Fall” sound effect.)

 

MAX

As his headless body falls to the ground, Princess Lanthirthel jumps out from behind a huge boulder and draws her staff!

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL (screaming)

FATHER!

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (surprised)

Eh? A survivor!   Kill her!

 

(Running footsteps fading right)

 

MAX

King Arodon’s men, who futilely struggle against their bonds, gasp in horror when General Trumbull holds the bloody, severed head aloft for all to see!  The General’s men salute him by extending their right arms from their necks into the air with straightened hands and shouting “Hail, General Trumbull!”  The General uses the severed head to gesture toward the elves lashed to the trees…

                                                                                                 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (yelling)

Now, let us cleanse this area of the rest of this Outlander scum! Archers, ready your bows!  Aim…fire!

 

(Insert “Arrows Flying” sound effect.)

 

                                                                         MAX                   

General Trumbull’s archers fire at dead King Arodon’s bound officers. When all the elves are confirmed dead, Colonel Melchior nods to his men.

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

What should we do about these bodies, sir?

 

GENERAL TRUMBULL (yelling)

Let the river run red with the blood of their rotting corpses as a warning to other Outlanders and those who oppose us!  Let this place be known as “Blood River”!

Now is the time for us to rise up against the Obsidian Cabalists!  We have the numbers. They will not be able to stop us!  With the help of the Homeguard, I will take my rightful place on the throne and make us strong again!

 

COLONEL MELCHIOR

Of that I have no doubt, Great Leader!

 

MAX

As the General rants, he has a wild look in his eyes and his face has become flushed. In the midday sun, he appears to be bright orange!  His adoring men…cheer.

 

(Insert “US Soldier War Chant” sound effect by qubodup)

 

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(Insert music track # 8 – “The Time Machine” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAX

 

ACT IV

Princess Lanthirthel runs as fast as she can away from the loud cheering for the human who murdered her father. There is an Obsidian swordsman and a mage in hot pursuit, with a second group comprised of Obsidian archers and mages trailing some distance behind them.  Arrows and fireballs whiz past her, but she displays an uncanny ability to zigzag through the forest to avoid them.

 

(Insert “Arrows Flying” and “Large Fireball” sound effects.)

 

Soon, she finds herself cornered in a small clearing by the swordsman and the mage. There is bloodlust in their eyes as they stare at her.

                                                                                                                                     

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL (defiant)

I may die today, but I’m not going down without a fight!

 

MAX

Princess Lanthrithel draws her staff.

 

OBSIDIAN SWORDMAN (growling)

DIE!

 

(Insert sound of swords clashing)

 

22

 

MAX

Fueled by anger and adrenalin, Princess Lanthirthel quickly lands two body blows and then finishes her foe off by crushing his skull in with an overhead strike from her staff!

 

(Loop “Weapon Blow“ sound effect – 2X, immediately followed by “Smashing” sound effect)

 

(Insert “Fall“ sound effect)

 

OBSIDIAN MAGE (furious)

I’ll make you pay for hurting my little brother, witch!

 

MAX

Suddenly, Nystal Timelord appears on the scene. Rapidly entering combat mode, he casts a lightning bolt at the Obsidian mage.

 

(Insert sound of lightning)

(Insert play dead sound)

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD (commanding)

Come with me if you want to live, child!

 

(Insert “Teleport” sound effect.)

 

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(Insert music track # 9 – “Everlasting Life” by James Stratton-Crawley. Loop as needed until end of scene.)

 

(Insert ‘Teleport” sound effect)

(Insert “River Noise” sound effect)

 

MAX

ACT V

Nystal Timelord and Princess Lanthirthel materialize on the banks of the river several miles south of their last position.

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL (sobbing)

Where were you in our time of need, godfather?                      

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD (somber)

I had to travel to the distant past to attend to an urgent matter.

After completing that task, I asked the time tunnel to send me back to this time so I could prevent THIS tragedy, but I arrived too late to help the others. I am SO sorry, my darling Lanthirthel…

 

PRINCESS LANTHRITHEL (hopeful)

But godfather, can’t you just go back in time and try again?

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD (shaking head)

I’m afraid not, my dear. According to my wrist chronoanalyzer, it appears that the “Massacre of the Elves at Blood River” has become a fixed point in time. Any attempt to prevent it from occurring will now have disastrous consequences!

 

PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL (sobbing)

Did any of my people survive the attack by these so-called Obsidian Elves?

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD

Hmm…the historical record indicates that about three dozen members of your tribe, mostly women and children, managed to escape the massacre…

 

                                                      PRINCESS LANTHIRTHEL                              

What will become of them…and me?          

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD

They will do what they must in order to survive. Some will retreat into lives of seclusion, while others will mate with humans and other races that dwell in New Britannia. My good friend, Gabriel, and I will try and locate as many of them as we can and lead them to Wizards Rest, a place of safe refuge.

As for you, my dear goddaughter, I will entrust your care to my former apprentice, who will begin teaching you the mystic arts.  I think you will like him, for he is a good, kind-hearted fellow!

 

MAX

Princess Lanthirthel can’t help but notice that her godfather is grinning and has a twinkle in his eye despite the slaughter of her people.  It gives her hope…

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD (chuckling)

Lord Baldrith will be most surprised to learn that he will have to leave the governance of Wizards Rest to Asclepius for a while…

 

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MAXIE (sexy, slightly robotic voice)

Despite the support of much of the military, General Trumbull’s rebellion was crushed by the Obsidian Cabalists and most of his followers were either slain in battle or executed.

 

(Insert “Guillotine test 02” by Glaneur de sons)

 

The General was found guilty of treason and ordered castrated

 

(Insert “Knife Chop” sound effect by deleted_user_877451)

 

and put on public display in the city square for a week before being drawn and quartered in the arena.

 

(Insert “Crowd Boos and Heckles” sound effect.)

 

The Obsidian Cabalists also ordered that the traitor’s name and his military exploits be struck from all known historical records.

However, a small group of Trumbull’s most loyal officers who had evaded capture, led by Col. Melchior, staged a daring rescue on the day of his execution.

 

(Insert “Medieval Combat Loop” sound effect by Yap Audio Production)

 

Using a spell he had memorized from the Book of the Illuminati, General Trumbull and his followers were able to open a portal to a parallel world known as Earth. 

Upon his arrival in the year 2012, General Trumbull encountered his counterpart, who was a powerful industrialist. The General murdered him and took his place, utilizing his vast wealth to finance his political ambitions.

In the original timeline, General Trumbull’s counterpart made a series of bad business decisions which forced Trumbull Industries into bankruptcy. After a night of drinking countless bottles of Trumbull Vodka, THAT Damian Trumbull blew his brains out with a .44 caliber, titanium gold Desert Eagle Mark XIX on the evening of November 8, 2016.  By taking his counterpart’s place and winning the Presidential election instead on that day, General Trumbull altered the timeline.  The ensuing time quake’s effects were detected by Nystal Timelord in New Britannia on Mount Krendor due to his temporal awareness. However, before he dealt with Trumbull, Nystal had another important matter to attend to…  

 

MAXIE

PART II:  LOVE

 

ACT VI

New Britannia

Seven years later…

 

(Insert “Eerie Forest” sound effect by Greg Swinford – first 20-30 seconds only)

 

Inside a small wooden cottage in a moonlit clearing in the woods north of Libris…

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD

Well, I must be teleporting back to the cave on Mount Krendor!  The snowstorm should be over by now and poor Theodric has probably woken up and wondered where I wandered off to!

 

LANTHIRTHEL

Please don’t wait so long to visit me next time, godfather!

 

NYSTAL TIMELORD

Don’t worry, dear!  I shall return in about a month!

 

MAXIE

Nystal Timelord vanishes in a flash of light!

                                                                                                                

(Insert “Teleport” sound effect.)

 

(Insert music track # 10 – “By My Side (Vocal Version)” by George Micansky and Ken Hayes)

 

LANTHIRTHEL

Lord Baldrith, can we talk?

 

BALDRITH

Certainly, dear! What did you want to talk about?

 

LANTHIRTHEL

…about my feelings for you!

 

BALDRITH (confused)

Uh…what?

 

LANTHIRTHEL

I am in love with you, Lord Baldrith!  I have been for quite some time…

 

MAXIE

A stunned Lord Baldrith pushes up his bifocals and smiles uneasily.

 

BALDRITH

Um…no, dear, what you are experiencing is not love!  You are merely infatuated with me because you have not had any contact with males your own age. I am an old man, out of shape, and not very good looking! 

 

LANTHIRTHEL

That’s not true!  You are such a good, kind-hearted, and handsome man!  Don’t you find me attractive?

 

BALDRITH (nervous)

Of course, you are stunningly beautiful, Lanthirthel, but…

 

MAXIE
Lanthirthel suddenly pulls Lord Baldrith into a tight embrace!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith finds himself getting physically aroused as she gives him a VERY passionate kiss!

 

After a few awkward moments, Lord Baldrith manages to free himself from Lanthirthel’s embrace.

 

LANTHIRTHEL (insistent)

I don’t care about your age!  I know in my heart that we were meant to be together!

 

LORD BALDRITH (excited)

You don’t know how difficult it has been to hide my feelings for you all these years, Lanthirthel, out of fear that you would reject me!  I love you too…  

 

But…this is SO wrong! Not only am I your master, but I’m old enough to be your father!   Your godfather, Nystal, would kill me if we were to become…intimate!

 

(Insert music track # 38 – “Velvet Sax (Solo)” by Bogart VGM)

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith notices the lovestruck look in Lanthirthel’s eyes. Lanthirthel suddenly disrobes!  Lord Baldrith cannot help but become even more physically aroused as he stares lustfully at her curvaceous figure.

 

 

LORD BALDRITH (stammering)

No…I must resist the temptation…

 

LANTHIRTHEL

The time for talk is over!  Come with me…

 

MAXIE

Lanthirthel puts her finger to Baldrith’s lips to shush him and then takes him by the hand and leads him to the ornate Baron’s bed…

 

(soft footsteps exiting left)

 

(Loop “Squeaky Bed Action” sound effect by Breviceps – 3X)

 

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(Insert music track # 11 – “Two Hearts” by Amber Raine)

 

MAXIE

ACT VII

Four hours later…

An energized Lord Baldrith is standing there with a goofy smile on his face as he gazes down at the beautiful, young female elf lying in his bed.

 

LANTHIRTHEL (sighing)

You were amazing last night…

 

LORD BALDRITH (worried)

Your godfather is going to kill me when he finds out what we’ve done!

 

LANTHIRTHEL (hopeful)

I don’t think so, my love! I think godfather wanted us to end up together…

 

LORD BALDRITH (skeptical)

I highly doubt it…

 

MAXIE

Lanthirthel gets up from the bed and hugs Lord Baldrith. They kiss.

 

LORD BALDRITH (excited)

Long have I repressed my feelings for you, Lanthirthel.  Now I never want us to be apart!  When Nystal returns in a month, I will ask him for permission to marry you!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith and Lanthirthel put on their mage robes.

 

LANTHIRTHEL (squealing in delight)

Nothing would please me more than to spend the rest of my life with you! I promise to be a good wife and mother to our many children…

 

LORD BALDRITH (stunned)

Umm…many children?  Darling, I think I may be a bit too old to keep up with so many little ones running about. Besides, who is to say that I am still capable of siring children?

 

LANTHIRTHEL (coy)

Last night was that time of the month. Maybe we will be lucky and have twins!

 

MAXIE

Lanthirthel smiles as she pats her tummy.

 

LORD BALDRITH (shocked)

Twins?!

 

MAXIE

 Lord Baldrith faints.

 

(Insert “Fall“ sound effect.)

 

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(Insert music track # 12 – “Undying Love” by Stefan Grossman)

 

MAXIE

ACT VIII

 

The present…

Inside Lord Baldrith’s home in Wizards Rest…

 

LORD BALDRITH

…and that, my dear, Anya, is the story about how I met and fell in love with your mother and the night you were conceived! 

As it turns out, your mother was correct. When I asked Nystal Timelord for Lanthirthel’s hand in marriage one month later, he admitted that he had arranged for me to train her in the hope that we would fall in love with each other.

The five years I was married to your mother were the happiest in my life. Oh, how I miss her so!

 

MAXIE

Anya glances over at the framed family portrait hanging on the far wall which depicts a beaming Lanthirthel sitting on an ornate cushioned chair, looking down at a laughing baby Anya cradled in her arms. Baby Anya seems entranced by the dancing bear cub shadow figure which a jovial Lord Baldrith has conjured above her head.

 

LORD BALDRITH (proud)

Your mother was a very talented artist!  So much so that Nystal showed some of her work to Lord British’s Royal Artist in Residence, Stephen. He was so impressed by the quality of her work that he took her under his wing for a short time before he was transformed into the black wolf, Mori Tura, by the evil Duke Garen and fled into the woods.  I still find it amazing that your mother did that watercolor painting completely from memory when you were three months old.

Ah…here is another painting your mother did when you were six months old!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith points to another framed watercolor painting which depicts Lanthirthel hiking through a lush forest in the summertime, closely followed by Lord Baldrith, who has baby Anya strapped to his front chest.  The baby stares in awe at the colorful butterfly flying alongside her.

 

LORD BALDRITH (wistful)

Because of our deep love of nature, your mother and I often took long walks in the forest and along the seashore…

 

ANYA (sighing)

 I wish I had more memories of mother. I was only two years old when she died. I remember her being a beautiful, kind, and caring person who always urged me to pursue my dreams!

I really wish you had not sent me away to study magic with Uncle Asclepius in Rifts End for all these years…

 

LORD BALDRITH

It was for your own protection, dear…

 

ANYA

I understand, father, but I really missed you…

 

LORD BALDRITH

Well, now that your studies are complete, we can make up for the lost time! I had Gertrude prepare a room for you on the third floor…

 

ANYA

I am really looking forward to that, father!

 

ANYA (sighing)

 I wish they had come up with a cure for that rare disease that killed mother much sooner…

 

LORD BALDRITH (hesitant)

Umm…yes…her death was so sudden!  But thanks to the research done by Doctor Shroud, no one need ever die from that illness again…

 

ANYA (sad)

It would have been nice to have a twin brother or sister while I was growing up… like mother wanted.  It was so lonely being an only child…

 

(Insert music track # 13 – “Illusions” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

LORD BALDRITH (hesitant)

Mother and I wanted to spare you the pain as a child, but now that you are an adult, I feel that you have a right to know. You DID have a twin brother who died in childbirth.

 

ANYA (shocked)

What?! I had a twin brother?! 

 

LORD BALDRITH

Yes. I returned home from harvesting some very rare herbs for my potions in the nearby forest to find your mother had given birth prematurely!  I found you cradled in your mother’s arms. Both of you were sound asleep. The midwife, Nevala, showed me the body of your stillborn brother. Mother and I named him “Valen” and buried him in the backyard in front of the giant oak tree.  He was “the One Who Was”…

 

(Lord Baldrith CRIES.)

 

ANYA (grateful)

Thank you for telling me, father…

 

(Insert music track # 14 – “Gabriel Nightshadow’s Theme” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

TOWN CRIER (Heard from a distance)

Ah, Gabriel, welcome back to Wizards Rest! 

 

ANYA (excited)

Father, Uncle Gabriel has returned! I wonder if he was finally successful in locating the tall albino man, Count Aberon, based on that tip we received from one of Stile Teckel’s spies…

 

LORD BALDRITH

Why don’t you go ask him, dear?

                                                                                                           

ANYA

Aren’t you coming, father?

 

LORD BALDRITH

I will join you in a bit, dear!  I need to check on the progress of an experiment I am conducting in my basement laboratory.

 

ANYA

Ok, father…

 

LORD BALDRITH (sad)

My darling, Lanthirthel, I feel so bad constantly lying to our daughter, Anya, about the tragic circumstances of your death, but it is for her own good…

 

(Footsteps exiting left.)

 

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(Insert music track # 15 – “Beneath Riftgard” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAXIE

PART III:  LOSS AND VENGEANCE

 

ACT IX

Twenty years ago…

 

(Loop “Large Fireball” sound effect – 3X)

 

In Count Aberon’s mountainside castle, an angry Lord Baldrith races past the charred remains of a dozen guards whom he has just incinerated and down the narrow staircase which leads to the Count’s secret dungeon.  He finds the archway blocked by a mystical force field.

 

 (Insert “Magic Shield” sound effect)

 

Inside, Lord Baldrith can see a Wheel of Pain, plus various whips, chains, paddles, red candles on a nearby table.  On a mattress on the floor in front of the Wheel of Pain, he spots a barely conscious, battered form…

 

LORD BALDRITH (relieved)

Lanthirthel, at last I’ve found you!

 

MAXIE

Lanthirthel struggles to her feet.

Lord Baldrith can see that she is covered in cuts, bruises, and red welts.  Her red dress has been torn to shreds and her black lace underwear is fully exposed. She is wearing a glowing, red leather collar around her neck.

 

LANTHIRTHEL (weakly, but happy)

Oh, my beloved, I knew you would eventually find me…

 

(sobbing)

 

I am so ashamed that you must see me like this…

 

LORD BALDRITH (angry)

What did that animal do to you?!  Argh…I can’t seem to penetrate this mystical force field with my spells!

 

COUNT ABERON (mocking)

Heh…heh…I so enjoyed having my way with your woman these past five days since my lovely sister, Lady Vastra, abducted her from your home in Wizards Rest and brought her to me!  Now Lanthirthel knows what is like to be with a REAL man, not some washed up, old fool like you!

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon attaches a silver chain to Lanthrithel’s collar and yanks her forward until she is only a few feet from the force field.

 

Count Aberon licks her right cheek.

 

COUNT ABERON

Mmm…so tasty!

 

(Lanthirthel begins crying.)

 

LORD BALDRITH (angry)

Aberon, your beast!  I am going to kill you!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith shakes his fist at Count Aberon.

 

COUNT ABERON (taunting)

I think not, Lord Baldrith, because you cannot bring down that mystical barrier despite how powerful you’ve become!  I enjoy seeing you suffer like this… Now it’s time for you to say goodbye to your wife!

 

LORD BALDRITH (yelling)

No!

 

LANTHIRTHEL (weakly)

I love you, my darling…

 

(Insert “Neck Breaking” sound effect)

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon suddenly snaps Lanthirthel’s neck with a quick twist and lets her lifeless body fall to the ground!

 

(Insert ‘Falling” sound effect)

 

Upon impact, her white gold wedding ring slips from her finger, rolls across the floor, and comes to a stop at the force field by Lord Baldrith’s feet.

 

LORD BALDRITH (screaming loudly)

NO!

 

COUNT ABERON (taunting)

When your lovely daughter, Anya, comes of age, I will make her mine too!

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon licks his lips in anticipation.                                              

 

COUNT ABERON (taunting)

I sense great anger within you, Lord Baldrith!  Come, take your revenge! Show me how powerful you have become!

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon steps back towards the center of the room and utters an incantation. The mystical barrier suddenly vanishes and a furious Lord Baldrith immediately casts a powerful lightning bolt at Count Aberon, followed in quick succession by a large fireball, and then a searing ray!

 

(Insert “Electric Shock Zap”, “Large Fireball”, and “Ray Gun” sound effects)

 

MAXIE

  Unfortunately, none of the magic spells seem to have any effect on Count Aberon…

 

COUNT ABERON (laughing)

Is that the best that you’ve got, Lord Baldrith?  I am most disappointed!  You have gained a reputation for being one of the most powerful mages in all the land!  It seems that my new master’s chief mage, Kriz, was successful in boosting my magic avoidance and resistance to unheard of levels!  You will never be able to defeat me! Until next we meet…

 

LORD BALDRITH (screaming loudly)

ABERON!

 

(Insert “Teleport” sound effect)

 

NARRATOR

Lord Baldrith falls to his knees.  As he cradles Lanthirthel’s dead body, Lord Baldrith begins crying.

 

LORD BALDRITH (sobbing)

My beloved Lanthirthel, I have failed you!  

 

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(Insert music track # 16 – “The Necromancer’s Bargain” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAXIE

ACT X

The present…

 

After Anya leaves, Lord Baldrith descends down a hatch into his five-story stone basement. Upon entering his lab on the fifth floor, Lord Baldrith goes over to the bookcase and pulls on a certain book entitled “The Avatar Chronicles, Volume I: Return of the Avatar”, causing the bookcase to swing open, revealing a secret room behind it.

Lord Baldrith enters the darkly lit room, which is filled with ancient Obsidian texts and artifacts. In a corner of the room is a shrine which houses a large, ornate vase containing the ashes of his late wife, Lanthirthel. Lord Baldrith kneels before the shrine.

MAXIE

Suddenly, the white gold wedding ring dangling from the silver chain around Lord Baldrith’s neck begins to glow faintly and a ghostly image of Lanthirthel appears before him!

 

LANTHIRTHEL (pleading)

Do not do this, my love!  As powerful as you have become, you still will not be able to control the mystical energies you are about to unleash! They will consume you and you will be lost to the dark side…

 

LORD BALDRITH (determined)

My darling, Lanthirthel, I know that you do not approve of what I am about to do, but this is the only way I will have enough power to stop that foul beast, Aberon, from coming for our beautiful daughter, Anya! 

 

LORD BALDRITH

This ancient Obsidian tome which my old friend, Theodric, recently unearthed at Desolis contains the spell which I have been searching for the last twenty years! Through Obsidian magic was Aberon created, and through it so shall he be destroyed!

 

(Insert “10-11-15_Depths of Hell” sound effect by Argitoth)

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith begins chanting the spell. Dark tendrils of energy rise up from the book and enter his ears, nose, and mouth. Lord Baldrith’s eyes turn black as he screams!

 

LORD BALDRITH (screaming)

I FEEL THE POWER COURSING THROUGH ME!

 

(puzzled)

Eh, what is this vision that appears before me? I recognize that crypt!

 

(screaming)

COUNT ABERON, YOU SHALL NOT ESCAPE JUSTICE BY HIDING IN THE PAST! I AM COMING FOR YOU!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith shakes his fist and teleports away.

 

(Insert “Teleport” sound effect)

 

Lanthirthel’s ghost shakes her head in despair and vanishes.

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(Insert music track # 17 – “High Elves of the Arian Temple” by Amber Raine)

 

MAXIE

Nystal Timelord and his good friend, Gabriel Nightshadow, did manage to locate most of the Elven survivors and helped them successfully integrate into society. Many of them, as well as their descendants, would go on to become prominent members of society like the High Priestess of Chaos, Amber Raine, and Governor Kazyn Phoenixfyre of Port Phoenix. 

 

(Insert “Nature Ambiance” sound effect – Recorded by Nille)

 

MAXIE

The Isle of Chaos, Rifts End

The Present…

It is a warm, sunny spring day and a group of elf children are staring in awe as the half-elf, Jarikith Rivinson, demonstrates his archery prowess…

 

(Insert “Arrows Flying” sound effect – Recorded by Mike Koenig)

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

…and that concludes today’s archery demonstration!

 

(Insert sound of applause)

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

Thank you…thank you, dear children!

 

ELF CHILD # 3

Wow…Jar, that was amazing!  I can’t believe you managed to shoot that orange located between Governor Obsidian Tempest’s legs just below his groin MULTIPLE times while blindfolded, without harming him at all…

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON (laughing)

Missed it by that much…

 

            ELF CHILD # 1 (worried)

Umm…Jar…are you sure that Obs is alright?  He hasn’t regained consciousness yet…

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

Aww…he’ll be fine!   Just passed out from the shock…

 

ELF CHILD # 2

How did you get him to agree to do this in the first place?

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

Well…he lost a bet to me as to whether or not one of our fellow male guild members would be willing to wear a dress for a stage play…

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

…and that’s why he’s known as…the LEGENDARY BOWMANCER!

 

ELF CHILD #1, #2, AND #3 (in unison)

Ooh…

Hi Amber!

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

Come along, children.  Time to take a short walk to the Garden of Chaos for today’s sermon!

 

ELF CHILD # 3

Amber, what is the topic of today’s sermon?

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

Perseverance… Despite the many obstacles our race has encountered – the destruction of our homeward and persecution on this world by both the Obsidian elves and evil humans like General Trumbull, we have persevered and thrived!

 

ELF CHILD # 1

Amber, do most humans hate us because we are different?  Is Rifts End – a place where elves and humans live in harmony – an anomaly or the norm?

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

I would say it is slowly becoming more of the norm. Mind you, there are far greater numbers of Obsidian elves than our kind running around these days, but we have avoided them for the most part to prevent further bloodshed…As far as humans go, most have learned to accept us…but a small minority still fear and hate us. The anti-Outlander Homeguard movement which General Trumbull founded long ago still lives on – in the form of the Atavists of Purity. They are led by a charismatic young man named Marius, who happens to be a direct descendant of the General, and have the financial backing of the wealthy nobles, Lady Vastra and Duke Garen.

 

ELF CHILD # 2

That is very discouraging to hear…

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

Nonsense!   Most humans are very nice…like our resident playwright, Gabriel!

 

(Insert music track # 41 – “Teddy Bear” by ecfike)

 

ELF CHILD # 3

Yes, he is a very nice man! Yesterday, he was giving me some constructive feedback on the story I plan on submitting to Sean Silverfoot for his next Campfire Stories event. Unfortunately, he fell asleep halfway through his critique after eating a slice of both the garlic cheese bread and the cheesy bacon and onion quiche I made for him…

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

(laughing)

You should not have fed Bear Cub so much food!  It will cause him to fall into a post meal food coma…

 

ELF CHILD # 3

I will remember that for next time, Amber…

 

ELF CHILD # 2

Bah…when I grow up, I don’t want to be a wimpy playwright! I want to become a mighty warrior like Jar!

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

I am very pleased to hear that! Would you like to become my apprentice?

 

ELF CHILD # 2 (squealing in delight)

Oh yes!  

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

Excellent!  We will begin your personal lessons tomorrow morning…

 

ELF CHILD #2

Hooray!

 

ELF CHILD # 1

When I grow up, I want to become a great healer and serve as an ambassador between elves and humans!

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

That is very admirable!  Gabriel can train you in the healing arts while I can instruct you in the art of diplomacy!

 

ELF CHILD # 1 (excited)

Ooh…I would love that very much!

 

(Insert sound of Jarikith moaning as Obsidian Tempest)

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

Ah…it seems our good governor is finally regaining consciousness!  All of you proceed to the Garden of Chaos first. I will join you shortly after I tend to Obs. As Lieutenant Governor of Rifts End, my work is never done…

 

(Jarikith Rivinson SIGHS)

 

HIGH PRIESTESS AMBER RAINE

Very well!   Come along now, children!  I see that Dinsoo and Asclepius are already at the front gate to the Garden…

 

JARIKITH RIVINSON

See Obs, just like I told you…nothing to worry about!  Not even a scratch on you! Hey, don’t blame me for the fact that you wet your pants!

 

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(Insert music track # 18 – “Earthly Dominion” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAXIE

ACT XII

Earth, Washington D.C.

The White House

The not too distant future…

 

President Trumbull is standing in the Oval Office drinking a can of Trumbull High Energy Cola, looking out the window at the crowd of 2,500 Resistance protestors carrying signs and chanting outside the front gates of the White House.

 

(Insert “Angry Mob Loop” by Benjamin Harvey Design)

 

500 members of the Homeland Unity Guard (HUG), composed of the most loyal members of High Priest Paine’s Church of the Orange God (COG) and Supreme Knight Commander Shackelford’s White Knights of Racial Purity (WKRP) (two of the three major groups which comprise the Homeguard) stand ready in their black clockwork armor.

As the crowd suddenly surges forward, the HUG rushes forward to engage them, smashing their bodies with their heavy black steel shields and cracking their skulls with their Trumbull High Impact batons.

 

(Loop “Shield Bash Impact” sound effect by Hybrid_V – 5x)

 

The brutality of the HUG enrages the unarmed Resistance protestors and they begin to fight back with their bare fists. They begin to overwhelm the HUG with their sheer numbers.   

(Insert “Freaky Scene” sound effect)

(Insert “Crowd Panic” sound effect by belthazarus)

(Loop “Electric Shock Zap” sound effect – 5X)

 

Suddenly, dozens of black Watcher drones swoop in from above and fire balls of concentrated electricity at the protestors.  As the protestors fall to the ground and start convulsing violently, the HUG rush in to take them into custody. President Trumbull grins evilly as he turns to watches his favorite news anchor on the nearby large screen television.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (gloating)

Fools! Don’t they realize by now that…

Resistance is Futile!

 

(Insert “News Intro” sound effect)

 

MAXIE

“This is Sam Hennessey from Coyote News reporting to you live from the Trumbull Southern Defense Wall on the fifth anniversary of its dedication. While the President, who was just re-elected to a third term in office following the repeal of the 22nd Amendment, is unable to attend due to a pressing national security matter, he has sent White House Press Secretary Harmony Hands to speak on his behalf.

There is a large crowd of people gathered here to celebrate this happy occasion!

 

(Insert “Large Crowd Applause” sound effect by Bansemer)

 

Right now, they are listening to a concert performance by the popular Southern rock group, White Anthem.  Ah…here’s the man in charge of protecting our southern border, Commandant Walter Geiss. A moment of your time, sir?”

 

“It would be my pleasure, Sam!”

 

“So, Commandant, how effective has the wall been in preventing illegal border crossings?”

 

“Well, Sam, I am proud to say that this thirty-foot high, transparent steel wall has been quite successful in that regard!  As you know, transparent steel was invented by the co-inventors of transparent aluminum, Dr. Nichols at Plexicorp, a Trumbull Industries company, and Professor Scott from the University of Edinburgh.

The wall itself is just the last of the three lines of defense here. The first line of defense is the new Trumbull Industries Mark V Hunter Drones, which patrol the desert beyond the wall.  The second line of defense are my highly trained snipers from the Freedom, Patriot, and Vanguard Militias!  Oh…I should point out that the drones are manufactured right here in the U.S., providing thousands of displaced factory workers with much needed jobs!”

 

The camera pans upward to show many grim-faced, black uniformed snipers perched atop the walkway on the wall, while dozens of menacing looking, black wing-shaped drones equipped with dual machine guns flanking a massive central flame thrower fly around the area. 

 

(Insert “Spooky Drone” sound effect)

 

The television audience catches a fleeting glimpse of hundreds of burnt and bullet ridden bodies scattered across the desert beyond the wall, but the camera quickly pans away as the reporter quickly motions to the cameraman.

 

“Sam, I am pleased to report that, as of this week, we were finally able to reduce illegal border crossings to ZERO, fulfilling the promise President Trumbull made to the American people when he was first elected to office!”

 

“Commandant, on behalf of the American people, I would like to thank you and your men for all of your hard work in keeping America safe!  Now, back to Lindsay in the studio…”

  

President Trumbull has a wicked smile on his face as Communications Director, Mr. Melchior, enters the room.

 

  1. MELCHIOR

Great Leader, Vice President Paine and the rest of the Illuminati have already gathered in the conference room down the hall and are awaiting your arrival. 

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL

Thank you, Storn. I must admit that it is taking me far longer to gain control of this world than I anticipated without the vast mystical powers I once had at my disposal.  Fortunately, the American people are very gullible and easily swayed by the anti-Resistance propaganda put out by you and your media team on Coyote News and online social networks such as Fazbuk.

How goes the search for the headquarters of the Resistance?

 

(Insert music track # 19 – “Nen” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAXIE

A hologram in the form of President Trumbull’s stunningly beautiful, late daughter, Iyara, suddenly appears before him. She is dressed in sexy, pink satin lingerie. She gives Trumbull a come hither look. President Trumbull becomes visibly aroused but is suddenly aware of the smirk on Mr. Melchior’s face. Trumbull shakes his head disapprovingly and the Oracle instantly changes her outfit to proper business attire.  

 

THE ORACLE (VERY SEXY VOICE)

Father, I have finally traced the rebel scum’s main headquarters to a secret fallout shelter under Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. General Horst is currently assembling a strike force composed of loyal Homeguard members and he will launch his surprise attack on the facility at 9PM, Pacific Standard Time.  My Watcher surveillance drones in the area confirm the identities of the four leaders of the Resistance – Senator Anna Caballero, Associate Supreme Court Justice Rebekkah Goldberg,  Army Major General Richard Chang, and billionaire tech investor, Jordan Kitumbo, and place them on site, no doubt plotting a new strategy after their failed attempt to liberate the dissidents and illegal immigrants from the maximum security Arkaio internment facility in Arizona.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (surprised)

Wait…did you say that one of the leaders of the Resistance is Senator Anna Caballero? Hmm…it seems I have severely underestimated that fine-looking piece of tail!  I thought she would not pose a threat to me once I eliminated her mentor, Senator Barry Silverman.  I should have asked Viktor to have his agent poison her as well with Polonium 210 before the vote on the health care bill…

Please continue, my dear…

 

THE ORACLE (VERY SEXY VOICE)

General Boudreaux will be launching an attack on their secondary base under Yankee Stadium in New York City at the same time.  At Attorney General Jethro Shackelford‘s direction, FBI Director Frank Craven’s nationwide task force has identified all remaining government employees who are suspected of being Resistance members or sympathizers and will be rounding them up tonight as well in a serious of prime time raids! After the Great Purge, the Resistance will finally be crushed once and for all!

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL

You have done well, my precious Oracle…

 

THE ORACLE (VERY SEXY VOICE)

I aim to please, father. Shall I prepare the VR chamber to run the Swindle University program today in extreme mode in one hour? 

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (VERY EAGER)

Oh yes, my dear…I should be done with my meeting by then!

 

THE ORACLE (VERY SEXY VOICE)

Your wish is my command, Big Daddy…

I’ve been a VERY bad girl and need to be punished by my professor…

 

MAXIE

The Oracle winks at President Trumbull and then disappears in a shimmer of pink light!

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL

This is excellent news, Mr. Melchiort!  We will dub the purge, “Operation: Freedom Shield”. Since the Supreme Court, under the new Chief Justice, Bart Kassidy, recently ruled that the four internment facilities located throughout the U.S. are perfectly legal under the new “Freedom and Security Balance (FSB) Act”, we will be justified in taking action against these “domestic terrorists”!  The fall of the Resistance will be the headline story on the 11 o’clock news! The ratings will be HUGE!

 

MAXIE

President Trumbull rubs his hands with glee.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL

Remind General Horst and General Boudreaux that there are to be NO survivors! Instruct them to plant evidence linking the Resistance to THAT Middle Eastern terrorist group. 

 

  1. MELCHIOR

Yes, sir!  One last thing before your meeting. What would you like us to do about that meddlesome reporter, Lori Lockhart, who is about to publish that expose in the New York Examiner on the business loans you covertly received from Russian President Viktor Puchinsky’s two younger brothers, Ivan and Sergei, in exchange for certain favors? Should she have an unfortunate “accident” like that other reporter, Cord Hawkins, who had compromising pictures of you and your Press Secretary, Miss Hands, at the Trumbull Plaza Hotel?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL

No, Miss Lockhart is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and was a good friend of the late reporter. They both worked together previously at the Truth News Network. Besides, this upcoming expose has already been highly promoted by her newspaper and other news media. Her sudden death would raise too many questions and I don’t want her ex-father-in-law, the former special counsel, prying into my activities again!

I think it would be much better to discredit her. Have our Homeguard members in the CIA manufacture some intelligence linking her and her Arab boyfriend, Army Ranger Major Raj Abdul, to that same Middle Eastern terrorist group and have them send it anonymously to our friends at Leakers.com and Coyote News.  Also, tell my personal lawyer, Martin Cabasso, to arrange a sizable wire transfer to her personal bank account from one of my shell companies in the Middle East to help sell that story. Oh…also tell him to also increase Sam Hennessey’s monthly payout by 20% to reward him for the fine job he has been doing lately pushing our propaganda to the masses. After General Horst and General Boudreaux wipe out the Resistance, Miss Lockhart will be branded a traitor and lose all credibility. That should make our little problem go away…

  1. MELCHIOR

By your command, Great Leader!

 

(Insert footsteps fading left)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (gloating)

That meddlesome Nystal TimeLord may have foiled my plans to conquer New Britannia, but there is no one to stop me here on this planet Earth! Look how easily I manipulated these humans into electing me president of this world’s most powerful nation by tapping into their fear and hatred! Now that my Homeguard has successfully infiltrated all levels of the government and the private sector, it is time to implement the next phase of my master plan for world domination…

 

(President Trumbull LAUGHS maniacally)

 

(Insert music track # 20 – “Usurper” by James Statton-Crawley)

 

SERAFINA

I wouldn’t count on that!  As we speak, Resistance units are launching simultaneous attacks on the Southern Defense Wall, the Arkaio Internment Facility in Arizona, and the Oracle Command Center located beneath your heavily guarded estate in Palm Beach, Florida…

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (confused)

Eh? Who said that?

 

MAXIE

Suddenly, as a Silent Movement spell wears off, a figure wearing black short assassin’s armor and a black mask materializes next to President Trumbull. Wordlessly, she slashes him with an elven dagger.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (gasping)

Ack…I recognize that distinctive odor! It’s dark unicorn poison!

 

SERAFINA (whispering)

The name’s Seras Timelord!  My father, Nystal, sends his regards!

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (yelling)

Curse you and the rest of the Timelord clan!

 

MAXIE

President Trumbull shakes his fist at Serafina.

The veins on President Trumbull’s skin quickly turn dark black.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (gasping)

Can’t breathe…

 

(Insert” Gagging” sound effect)

 

(Insert “PB Payback v2” sound effect by carmsie)

 

MAXIE

President Trumbull suddenly vomits blood!

 

(Insert “Puke Vomit Ralph“ sound effect)

 

MAXIE

The Oracle reappears, now in a state of panic!

 

(Insert “Helicopter Against Missile” sound effect)

 

(Insert “All Teams Ready2” sound effect by Nidal8585)

 

(Insert “Bunker Buster Missile” sound effect)

 

THE ORACLE (panicking)

Daddy, help me!   Resistance forces have overrun the Command Center!

 

(Insert “Mandatory Evacuation” sound effect)

 

(Insert “GO GO GO” sound effect by Nidal8585)

 

(Insert “Gun Battle” sound effect)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (gasping)

Iyara…

 

(Insert “Shadowrun” sound effect by radian)

 

THE ORACLE (wailing)

I don’t want to go…

 

MAXIE

The Oracle emits a piercing scream as she fades into oblivion!

 

  1. MELCHIOR (worried)

Mr. President, are you alright in there?  We heard yelling and screaming…

Hey…the door is locked from the inside!

 

SERAFINA (whispering)

Your time is at an end, Trumbull…Justice is served!

 

PRESIDENT TRUMBULL (hissing)

Frak you!

 

(Insert ”Fall“ sound effect)

 

(Insert “Wet Fart Squish“ sound effect)

 

AGENT BACON

Stand aside, Mr. Melchior! I’ve got this!

Agent Love, cover me!

 

AGENT LOVE

You’ve got it, partner!

 

MAXIE

Agent Love draws her gun while the very short, but highly muscular, Agent Bacon charges at the door and knocks it off its hinges!  

 

(Insert “Wooden Door Smash Open” sound effect – by Eneasz)

 

Apparently, eating bacon (instead of spinach) on a regular basis makes you SUPER strong…

 

  1. MELCHIOR (alarmed)

Ugh…what is that foul stench?!  Oh my god!  The President has been murdered!  Agents Bacon and Love, kill that masked assassin!

                                                                                          

SERAFINA

I think not!

 

(Insert “Invisibility Spell” sound effect by Lucas Duff)

 

(Loop “40 Cal Gun Shot x3“ sound effect – 2X)

 

SECRET SERVICE AGENT BACON

Where did the assassin go?!  He suddenly vanished into thin air!

 

(Insert “Tick Tock” sound effect)

 

SECRET SERVICE AGENT LOVE

Hmm… Where is that ticking sound coming from?

 

SECRET SERVICE AGENT LOVE

What is this clutched in the President’s right hand? A grim looking, plush elf doll dressed in black?

Oh frak…it’s a…

 

(Insert “Explosion Ultra Bass” sound effect)

 

(Insert fall sound x 2)

 

(Insert “Fire Forest Inferno” sound effect by Dynamicell – first 20 – 30 seconds only)

 

MAXIE

A sole survivor stands amidst the flaming ruins of the White House…

 

(Insert “Evil is a master of disguise” sound effect by carmsie)

 

MAXIE

Mr Melchior sighs ruefully as he surveys the carnage, reflecting on the wasted years he spent grooming Trumbull, and how he would now have to search for another puppet to further his agenda. A look of grim determination takes over as he is emboldened by his belief that although Nystal Timelord may have won this battle, as long as Falsehood, Hatred and Cowardice exist on ANY world, then SHADOWREIGN will endure! He laughs maniacally as he leaves the ruined building………..

 

 

(Insert music track # 21 – “Beyond the Clouds (Theme for Modern Broadcast)” by Matthew Pablo)

 

MAXIE

…and so it came to pass that President Trumbull’s long “Reign of Terror” finally came to an end. Associate Justice Rebekkah Goldberg became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court following the suicide of former Chief Justice, Bart Kassidy, when the FBI attempted to arrest him for treason. With everyone in the Presidential line of succession either deceased or awaiting trial for the charge of treason, Senator Anna Caballero won the popular vote by an overwhelming margin in the emergency election which was held  (as the Electoral College had been abolished during Trumbull’s second term of office…) and was sworn in as the new President.  Jordan Kitumbo was sworn in as Vice-President. Major General Richard Chang was appointed Secretary of Defense, and Major Raj Abdul became Secretary of State. President Caballero’s Democratic Socialist Party would crush the late President Trumbull’s Nationalist Party in that election, winning back majority control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. This allowed them to pursue their progressive agenda, which ushered in a new golden age of peace and prosperity for both the poor and middle classes. 

 

(Insert “Sunny Day” sound effect)

 

A twelve-foot tall statue of the late Senator Barry Silverman was erected in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to honor the original founder of the Resistance. 

 

Former TNN reporter Lori Lockhart was able to secure financing to rebuild the headquarters of the new Truth News Network, which had been blown up by one of High Priest’s Paine’s disciples posing as the conservative superhero, True Patriot, during Awesome Mega Con on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia several years prior. The surviving employees of their discredited and now defunct competitor, Coyote News, found themselves out of work and blacklisted by the news industry for their role in spreading Trumbull’s propaganda during the war.

 

…and what of our intrepid time traveler, Serafina?  Although she did not realize it at the time, her time stabilizer was damaged by Secret Service Agents Bacon and Love’s gunfire and when she attempted to return to New Britannia…

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MAXIE

EPILOGUE

 

(Insert “Backwards Souls” sound effect)

 

(Insert “Time Travel Clip” sound effect)

 

(Insert music track # 22 – “Liyan” by Elerya)

 

(Insert “Coyote Call” sound effect)

 

SERAFINA (confused)

This isn’t the Time Tunnel located beneath Wizards Rest. What am I doing in the middle of the Wrymsands? Oh frak…my time stabilizer has been badly damaged! Hmm…it appears I am stuck 100 years in New Britannia’s past.

 

MAXIE

Her wrist chronometer beeps as the holographic planets line up and begin to flash bright red.  A lush, green valley suddenly shimmers into existence directly in front of the Serafina!  

 

(Insert “Nature Ambiance” sound effect)

 

SERAFINA

Wow…so the story father told me when I was a child is true! The Lost Valley of the Dragon Lords really does exist! 

 

MAXIE

Serafina looks through her illuminated binoculars at the looming mountain in the distance.

 

(Insert music track # 23 – “Fantasy Armies” by Alexandr Zhelanov)

 

SERAFINA

There it is…on the side on the mountain facing me! The ruins of Castle Gennar…headquarters of the nine Dragon Lords who helped Lord British maintain peace throughout the land in the days of Old Britannia and even after his mysterious disappearance until that fateful day 100 years ago when nearly all of them were slain in that surprise attack by the Obsidian army!   

 

SERAFINA

Hmm…according to legend, the “Eye of Darkness” is supposed to lie within the crypt of the first Dragon Lord, Grandmaster Christoper Nightshadow, deep beneath the castle. It is one of the five ancient artifacts scattered throughout New Britannia which, when combined, form the ultimate weapon which will allow my godfather, Gabriel Nightshadow, to destroy the evil, immortal god known as Shadowreign once and for all!  But first, I will need to get through the many monsters, puzzles and death traps which line the labyrinth leading to the crypt…

There…timer set. I have eight hours to complete this task and exit the valley or I will be trapped here until the next planetary alignment occurs in 50 years, according to the writings of Bowen Bloodgood.

There…I’ve activated my time distress beacon. Hopefully, by then father and the others will find a way to retrieve me!

Eh?  I thought I heard something…

 

(Insert “Flapping Wings 3” sound effect)

 

MAXIE

To Serafina’s surprise, a big green dragon lands in front of here and peers at her inquisitively!

 

(Insert “Dragon Land” sound effect by Cyberkineticfilms)

 

BIG GREEN DRAGON (leering)

What have we here?  A most voluptuous sight!

Hey, why are you giving me that dirty look?  Dragons have needs too…

 

(Insert “Stomach Growling” sound effect)

 

But I am still SO hungry!  That last group of avatars was not very filling at all! Guess I will have to satisfy my carnal desires some other time…

 

MAXIE

The big, green dragon begins drooling…

 

BIG GREEN DRAGON

Mmm…I will savor every bite of your tender, roasted flesh!

 

(Insert “European Dragon Roaring and Breath Fire” sound effect)

 

MAXIE

Serafina emerges from the inferno unscathed, protected by a chi energy field. The crow tattoo on her left arm glows brightly!

 

BIG GREEN DRAGON (surprised)

What?! This can’t be… 

 

SERAFINA (taunting)

Is that the best you’ve got?   My turn…

 

MAXIE

Serafina’s fists begin to glow brightly!

 

(Insert music track # 24 – “Fire Within” by Jens Kiilstofte)

 

(Insert “Spin Kick” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Kung Fu Punch” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Sweep Kick” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Boxing Punches” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Roundhouse Kick” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Left Hook” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Right Cross” sound effect.)

 

BIG GREEN DRAGON (breathing heavily)

I will not be defeated by…a mere woman!

 

SERAFINA (furious)

Mere woman?!  Eat my fist, male chauvinist!

 

MAXIE

Serafina finishes the stunned dragon off with a devastating uppercut!

 

(Insert “Uppercut” sound effect)

 

(Insert “Dragon Roaring” sound effect)

 

BIG GREEN DRAGON

Uhh…Maybe I should go vegan like my cousin, Frank, after all…

 

(Insert “Fall” sound effect)

 

MAXIE

At that moment, doubtless alerted by the sound of battle, an Obsidian swordsman, archer and mage appear.

 

(Insert music track # 25 – Holding Out for a Hero (Instrumental Version) by Dean Pitchford and Jim Steinman)

 

OBSIDIAN SWORDMAN (astonished)

By the gods! She just killed that big green dragon single-handedly! I’ve never seen martial arts like that in New Britannia before! Our pugilism pales in comparison…

 

SERAFINA (cryptic)

That’s because I’m not from around here…

 

OBSIDIAN MAGE
An impressive feat, to be sure, but she must be here in search of the artifact as well.

(shouting)

KILL HER!

 

OBSIDIAN ARCHER

By your command!

 

(Loop “Arrows Flying” sound effect – 3X)

 

MAXIE

Serafina easily dodges the first poison-tipped arrow. The second one bounces harmlessly off her rock-hard bicep, much to the archer’s astonishment!  Serafina uses her lightning quick reflexes to grab the third arrow in mid-air and hurls it back at the archer. It penetrates his right eye and brain, killing him instantly!

 

OBSIDIAN ARCHER

Ack!

 

(Insert “Fall” sound effect)

 

OBSIDIAN SWORDSMAN (scared)

No way! I’m out of here!

 

(Insert fleeing footsteps sound)

 

OBSIDIAN MAGE (angry)

Coward!  I will deal with him later…

 

 

OBSIDIAN MAGE (sneering)

We’ll see about that! Who are you, anyway?

 

SERAFINA

My friends call me Seras…Seras Timelord, but my foes know me by another name… Serafina!

 

OBSIDIAN MAGE (frightened)

Not Serafina…the “Living Weapon”?!

 

MAXIE

Serafina uses silent movement and then appears behind the Obsidian mage!

 

SERAFINA

Yup…

 

MAXIE

Serafina snaps the Obsidian mage’s neck before she has time to react!

 

(Insert “Neck Breaking” sound effect.)

 

(Insert “Fall” sound effect)

 

SERAFINA (surprised)

Well, that went a lot easier than I thought it would…

 

(Serafina LAUGHS)

 

MAXIE

Serafina begins whistling merrily as she turns and leaves.

She doesn’t realize that she is not alone, as the tall, albino man known as Count Aberon materializes shortly thereafter as his silent movement spell wears off!

 

COUNT ABERON

How nice of Serafina to eliminate some of the competition for me! Now all that remains are that husband and wife team of Oracle assassins, Taymar and Seela. Once Serafina leads me to the “Eye of Darkness”, I shall wrest it from her utilizing the greatly enhanced powers I recently received from Atos’ evil twin brother, the technomage, Kriz, so I can deliver the Eye to my master, Shadowreign. Then I shall feast on Serafina’s vibrant life force!

 

(Laughs maniacally)

 

(Insert “Invisibility Spell” sound effect by Lucas Duff)

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(Insert music track # 26 – “The Riftwalker” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

ASCLEPIUS

                                                             MUSIC CREDITS

 

The following music tracks are used by permission of the composer.

“James Stratton-Crawley – Collected Works – Volumes 1 -5” are available for purchase at Amazon.com

 

  1. “Epic Adventure” by James Stratton-Crawley
  2. “Epic Entrance” by Amber Raine
  3. “Emerald Forest” by Amber Raine
  4. “Dissent” by James Stratton-Crawley
  5. “The Return” by James Stratton-Crawley
  6. “Witch Wood” by James Stratton-Crawley
  7. “Oracle of Blades” by James Stratton-Crawley
  8. “The Time Machine” by James Stratton-Crawley
  9. “Everlasting Life” by James Stratton-Crawley
  10. “Two Hearts” by Amber Raine
  11. “Illusions” by James Stratton-Crawley
  12. “Gabriel Nightshadow’s Theme” by James Stratton-Crawley
  13. “Beneath Riftgard” by James Stratton-Crawley
  14. “The Necromancer’s Bargain” by James Stratton-Crawley
  15. “High Elves of the Arian Temple” by Amber Raine
  16. “Earthly Dominion” by James Stratton-Crawley
  17. “Nen” by James Stratton-Crawley
  18. “Usurper” by James Stratton-Crawley
  19. “The Riftwalker” by James Stratton-Crawley
  20. “Kailef’s on the Wind” by James Stratton-Crawley
  21. “Dragon Battle” by James Stratton-Crawley
  22. “The Voidshard Falls” by James Stratton-Crawley
  23. “Xerah Kills the God King” by James Stratton-Crawley
  24. “Found” by James Stratton-Crawley
  25. “Betrayal” by Amber Raine
  26. “Whispers” by Amber Raine
  27. Music Track by Amber Raine
  28.    “Arunja Fights the Emperor” by James Stratton-Crawley
  29. Friends (Live at The Festival of the Silver Serpent V) by Steven Goldman, Dom John, and Edward Vitralis

 

The following music tracks used in this production are licensed under either Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 or 4.0 Unported

(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

 

  1. “By My Side” by George Micansky and Ken Hayes
  2. “Undying Love” by Stefan Grossman
  3. “Beyond the Clouds (Theme for Modern Broadcast)” by Matthew Pablo
  4. “Liyan” by Elerya, from The Eleryan Tales – Vol. 1
  5. “Fantasy Armies” by Alexandr Zhelanov
  6. “Fire Within” by Jens Kiilstofte
  7. “Holding Out for a Hero (Instrumental Version)” by Dean                   Pitchford and Jim Steinman
  8. “The Neverending Story” by Shooter Jennings featuring Brandi Carlile
  9. “Love Theme” by Peter Eastman
  10. “Velvet Sax (Solo) by Bogart VGM
  11. “Blithe” by Stefan Grossman
  12. “Teddy Bear” by ecfike
  13. “Heavy Metal Riffs – Monolith” by Tri-Tachyon – https://soundcloud.com/tri-tachyon/albums
  14. 43. “Romantic Intro” by Setuniman
  15. “Medieval Introduction” by Tristan Lohengrin -https://www.tristanlohengrin.com
  16. “Dragon Warrior (Loopable)” by: Marcus Dellicompagni – www.PoundSound.co.uk

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(Insert music track # 27 – “Kailef’s on the Wind” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

MAXIE

MID CREDITS SCENE

Deep beneath the ruins of Castle Gennar, in the crypt of Christopher Nightshadow, the first Dragon Lord…

 

Serafina is sent flying backward by the ferocious, white-furred man beast’s powerful blow and smashes into the stone wall hard!

 

(Insert “Hitting Wall“ sound effect recorded by SpookyModem)

 

SERAFINA (gasping for breath)

Uh…I can’t feel my legs! I think my spine is broken!

 

MAXIE

The man beast lets out a mighty roar and begins walking towards Serafina…

 

COUNT ABERON (growling)

Foolish child!  Despite all your years of martial arts training, you are no match for my power!  Lord Shadowreign’s technomage, Kriz, has transformed me into an unstoppable killing machine!  No one can penetrate my enhanced defenses! Now the time has come for me to feast on your life force…

 

MAXIE

The man beast straddles her prone form.  An exhausted Serafina doesn’t have the strength left to deliver a punch.

 

SERAFINA (shouting)

Get your filthy paws off me!

 

COUNT ABERON

Umm…I find your feistiness to be rather…arousing!

 

MAXIE

Serafina digs her fingernails into the man beast’s face!

 

COUNT ABERON (growling)

Argh!  You will pay for doing that!

 

MAXIE

 The enraged man beast suddenly grabs both of her arms and snaps them in half like twigs!

 

(Insert “Bone Crushing“ sound effect recorded by Mike Koenig)

 

(Serafina SCREAMS out in pain!)

 

MAXIE

The man beast transforms into the tall, albino man, Count Aberon!  His eyes suddenly turn blood red.

 

COUNT ABERON (seductively)

Look into my eyes…

 

SERAFINA (hissing)

Get out of my mind! You can’t mesmerize me like the rest of your victims!

 

COUNT ABERON (frustrated)

I have never encountered a woman with such willpower!  But I will NOT be denied!

 

MAXIE

A frustrated Count Aberon pries open Serafina’s mouth with his bare hands. His eyes then turn jet black as a beam of darkness emanates from his mouth and enters hers. 

 

(Insert “Ghost Breath“ sound effect recorded by qubodup)

 

SERAFINA (screaming)

Noooo…..!

 

MAXIE

In a matter of minutes, Count Aberon drains all of Serafina’s lifeforce, leaving behind a withered husk.  The deep scratches on his face quickly fade away as they heal. Count Aberon licks his lips.

 

COUNT ABERON (pleased)

Umm…she was SO delicious!

 

(Insert music track # 28 – “Dragon Battle” by James Stratton-Crawley )

 

LORD BALDRITH (shocked)

Oh no…Serafina! 

(furious)

Murderer!

 

(Insert “Electric Shock Zap“ sound effect)

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon is struck in the back by a ball of crackling, black energy which knocks him to the ground!  Sparks fly as many of the implants within his body suddenly short circuit!

 

COUNT ABERON (surprised)

Argh!  I have never felt such pain! How is this possible?!

 

MAXIE
Count Aberon rises to his feet and turns around to see a furious Lord Baldrith standing in the archway.  He immediately notices that Lord Baldrith’s eyes have turned jet black.

 

LORD BALDRITH (shouting)

Through Obsidian magic you were created, and through it will you be destroyed! I have stripped you of your defenses, foul beast! Now…BURN!

 

(Insert “Fireplace“ sound effect recorded by ezwa)

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith casts Ring of Fire around Count Aberon!

 

COUNT ABERON (in pain)

Argh!

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon transforms back into his man beast form.

 

LORD BALDRITH (snarling)

I have already taken care of your evil sister, Lady Vastra!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith opens his satchel and rolls Lady Vastra’s severed head across the floor! It comes to a stop a few feet away from the Ring of Fire. Count Aberon can see the pained expression on her face.

 

COUNT ABERON (screaming)

Noooooo…!!!

 

LORD BALDRITH (taunting)

Your sister was defiant to the end! I broke her legs, yet she still tried to drag herself away.  I slit her throat with my Blood Dagger and watched as she bled out on the floor.

You failed to protect her like you promised to all those years ago…

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith’s words trigger a memory in the man beast’s brain….

 

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(Insert music track # 29 – “The Voidshard Falls” by James Stratton-Crawley )

 

MAXIE

The Grunvald Shardfall

200 years ago…

      It is late afternoon as Robert and Meghan Dar walk down a long and winding path to the shardfall.

 

MEGHAN

It is such a warm and sunny day, big brother!  I wonder why father wanted us to meet him in this dreary place…

 

ROBERT

I am not sure, little sister… Father barely speaks to me at all these days. All he does is brag about big brother Nestor’s accomplishments!  His first zombie!  His first skeleton warrior!   A new record time for draining the life force from a prisoner using Death Ray!  He doesn’t appreciate my writing like you and mother do…

 

(Insert music track # 39 – “Blithe” by Stefan Grossman)

 

ROBERT (very slow and romantic)

No jewel that glitters,

Or argent flame,

Can e’er compare,

With your fair name.

Enticed I am now,

Held in your sway,

My secret longings,

Grow day-by-day.

 

No throne that dazzles,

Or crown agleam,

No mountain vista,

Or sparkling stream,

No star of heaven,

No moonlit shore,

No nothing e’er will

I love more.

 

 

MEGHAN

Ah…you are such a gifted writer, big brother! Your love poetry really touches me right here…

 

MAXIE

A lovestruck Meghan points to her heaving bosom.  Robert smiles as he takes her right hand and gently kisses it. Meghan lets out a soft moan as she feels goosebumps along her arm. 

As they reach the center of the shardfall where their father awaits them, Robert can’t help but notice that the ground is covered by green leaves, an odd sight for this time of the year. Suddenly, Robert and Meghan find themselves trapped in an invisible force field. The green leaves suddenly vanish, revealing a mystic circle surrounded by glowing red crystals on the ground!  

 

ROBERT (surprised)

Father, what is the meaning of this?

 

 

LORIN DAR (cackling with glee)

     You and your sister are about to serve the Obsidian Empire as weapons of war!  With an army of man beasts at our command, we will finally be able to crush the growing Resistance movement and I will have proven myself worthy to lead the Council instead of my arch-rival, Nefario!

 

MAXIE

      Lorin Dar’s eyes turn pitch black as he pulls out some reagents and utters an incantation. 

 

(Insert “Evil Incantation” sound effect by Incarnadine)

 

      Robert and Meghan scream out in pain as they begin changing…

      Their father pulls out a small glowing orb from his other pouch and begins speaking.

 

LORIN DAR (cold and clinical)

     This is my first experiment with transformation magic on human subjects. The two test subjects, a teenage male and female, are rapidly expanding in size. Increased mass is accompanied by growth of body fur which matches the subjects’ hair color. The two subjects’ fingernails have transformed into razor sharp claws about six inches in length and their teeth have increased in size and sharpness as well. Subjects display enhanced strength and dexterity as they attempt to escape the mystical force field surrounding them. 

 

 ROBERT AND MEGHAN (screaming)

   Father! Please stop this! The pain is excruciating! We are your children!

 

LORIN DAR (snarling)

You two have been such a disappointment! A weak and pathetic albino boy who wastes his days writing love poetry and a vain and scheming girl who uses her beauty to get men to shower her with expensive trinkets! 

No…your older brother, Nestor, is my only child now! He will carry on my bloodline and bring glory to the Obsidian Empire through the necromantic arts!

 

MAXIE

                  Lorin Dar’s curvaceous wife, Constance, comes walking down the path with a picnic basket full of freshly baked bacon and cheese filled pastries for her husband and children.  She is humming a merry tune…

 

CONSTANCE (humming)

Bacon in the morning!  Bacon in the evening!  Hot, sizzling, bacon makes everything better!

 

MAXIE

Constance is shocked by what she sees. She drops her basket and runs towards her husband.

 

CONSTANCE (screaming)

  Robert!  Meghan! 

 

            ROBERT AND MEGHAN (pleading)

Mother, help us!

 

CONSTANCE (furious)

Lorin, how could you experiment on your very own children!  Stop this madness at once!

 

MAXIE

Constance slaps her husband across the face!

 

(Insert “Slap” sound effect recorded by SoundMaster13)

 

Lorin Dar glares at his wife.

 

LORIN DAR (furious)

How dare you strike me, ungrateful witch!  It’s your fault these two turned out to be such a disappointment!

 

MAXIE

Lorin Dar casts a powerful Gust spell in her direction.

 

(Insert  “Wind“ sound effect recorded by Mark DiAngelo)

 

Robert and Meghan watch in horror as their mother is flung backward and smashes the back of her skull against a nearby floating stone shard.

 

(Insert “Smashing” sound effect recorded by Yuri Santana)

 

She slumps to the ground…dead.

 

(Insert music track # 30 – “Xerah Kills the God King” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

ROBERT AND MEGHAN (screaming in horror)

NOOOOOOOOOO……!

 

MAXIE

      Robert’s white claws are suddenly surrounded by an eerie black glow. He begins slashing at the mystic barrier until it shatters!

 

ROBERT (growling)

You killed mother! Die…inhuman monster!

 

MAXIE

      Robert lunges at his father, but Lorin Dar casts another Gust spell which knocks Robert back!

 

(Insert “Wind“ sound effect recorded by Mark DiAngelo)

 

LORIN DAR (angry)

Feel my power!

 

(Loop “Thunder  SoundFX” sound effect recorded by Grant Evans – 3X)

 

MAXIE

      The lightning bolts cause Robert to cry out in pain and fall to his knees. The smell of burnt flesh permeates the air.

 

MEGHAN (shouting)

 Big brother!

 

MAXIE

     Meghan leaps forward and tackles her father. Lorin Dar struggles to free himself, but Meghan’s increased body mass keeps him pinned to the ground. 

 

LORIN DAR (yelling)

Damn you! Get off me! 

 

MEGHAN (growling)

This is for all the nights you snuck into my room after mother and Robert fell asleep to satisfy your twisted, carnal desires!

 

MAXIE

Rather than extending her claws, Meghan chooses to pummel her father’s face!

 

(Insert “Boxing Punches“ sound effect recorded by Mike Koenig )

 

MAXIE

Within a matter of moments, Lorin Dar’s face is a bruised and bloody mess.

 

LORIN DAR (groaning in pain, but still defiant)

If you mother hadn’t allowed herself to become so fat and ugly, I wouldn’t have had to turn to you to fulfill my sexual needs!  Your mother may have been an excellent cook, but she was terrible at everything else!

 

MEGHAN (furious)

How dare you speak about mother like that! You and your fellow Obsidian Cabalists are heartless!

 

LORIN DAR (dismissive)

Bah!  We learned long ago that emotions such as love make you weak! Nothing must stand in the way of our pursuit of arcane knowledge!

 

MEGHAN (furious)

Die!

 

MAXIE

Prying her father’s mouth open with her claws, Meghan opens her own. A black beam of energy springs forth and begins draining her father’s life force and transferring it into her. Her eyes glow bright red as the process occurs.  

 

(Insert “Ghost Breath” sound effect recorded by qubodup)

 

MAXIE

    A few minutes later, Lorin Dar breathes his last and dies. Meghan turns from the withered husk to her brother, who appears to have rapidly recovered from his injuries.

    Robert suddenly shapeshifts back into his original form. Meghan follows suit.    

 

ROBERT (apologetic)

I am…so sorry, Meghan… Why didn’t you tell me?

 

MEGHAN

Father threatened to castrate you like he did his former apprentice, Resistance leader Amin Zul, and disown the both of us if I told anyone of his crime!  I could never let him harm you…

 

(Insert music track # 31- “Found” by James Stratton-Crawley)

 

ROBERT (jealous)

But I’ve seen the way you have been looking at the town’s hunky new blacksmith, Jarin Moroba lately…

 

MEGHAN (reassuring)

No need to be jealous, big brother!  Others may come and go, but you will always be the love of my life, my sweet “Westley”…

 

MAXIE

Meghan lovingly strokes Robert’s right cheek.

 

ROBERT

I will always protect you from now on, my precious “Buttercup”…

 

MAXIE

Robert brushes Meghan’s disheveled hair away from her face. The two tenderly embrace and share a long, passionate kiss! They both become very aroused – like two animals in heat – and begin giving each other love bites on the neck!

 

MEGHAN (breathing heavily)

I want you SO bad… Make love to me!

 

ROBERT (breathing heavily)

I want you too…but we must fight these urges!   Now is not the right time…

 

MEGHAN (insistent)

Yes, it is!

 

MAXIE

Meghan suddenly grabs Robert’s head with both her hands and shoves her tongue deep into his mouth. The two begin French kissing and then proceed to rip each other clothes off!  Meghan has a devilish look in her eyes as she whispers in Robert’s ear.

 

MEGHAN (whispering and humming)

I think we’re alone now…

There doesn’t seem to be anyone around…

 

(Insert music track # 43 – “Romantic Intro” by Setuniman)

 

MAXIE

Robert grins as they tumble to the ground…

Meghan straddles Robert’s prone form.

 

ROBERT (pleading)

Please be gentle!  You know it’s my first time…

 

MEGHAN (laughing)

Very little chance of that, my dear “Westley”! You must learn how to please your precious “Buttercup”…

 

ROBERT

As you wish…

 

MAXIE

Robert and Meghan are unaware they are being observed as everything fades to black…

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(Insert music track # 36 – “Love Theme” by Peter Eastman)

 

MAXIE

Early the next morning, an exhausted Robert cradles the sleeping Meghan in his newly muscular arms. He is amazed that he managed to last all night long, thanks to his enhanced endurance!   He brushes the hair away from Meghan’s face.

 

                                                                        ROBERT (very romantic)

In the quiet of the dawn,

As the meadowlarks trill,

I gaze at your form

And feel my soul fill.

 

We lie in our bower.

Your warmth on my skin,

I watch as you sleep

And hear music begin.

 

How gentle the sound,

As dreaming you sigh,

How lovely the notes,

As each breath passes by.

 

Rest in my arms love,

To hold you is sweet,

And when you awaken,

The new day we’ll greet.

 

MAXIE

Robert loving strokes Meghan’s hair and then kisses her on the forehead.  She sighs in her sleep.

Several hours later…

 

ROBERT

It’s a good thing that father kept extra sets of clothes in that chest in his tent!  We really could not afford to be seen in public in only our underwear…

 

MEGHAN

Indeed!  What are we to do now, big brother?  Both mother and father are dead and the Obsidian Order is sure to hunt us down…

 

ROBERT

      We will have to start over again somewhere else. We will have to learn to stay in the shadows and hunt our prey at night for sustenance. During the day, we will have to blend into society.

 

MEGHAN

       How long will we be able to retain our human forms?

 

ROBERT

    I’m not sure yet, but I suspect no more than eight hours per day. Now we must choose new names for ourselves. Do you have a preference, my dear?

 

MEGHAN

       Yes. I have selected the name Vastra, after the beautiful, man-eating spider woman from myth.  What would you like to be called?

 

ROBERT

       I have chosen the name Aberon. He was a famous poet from the time before the Great Cataclysm. 

 

MAXIE

Meghan gives Robert an affectionate hug and a quick peck on the cheek.

 

MEGHAN

       Cheer up, big brother!  One day we will both be rich and powerful and find a way to cure ourselves of father’s curse.

 

ROBERT

I hope you are right.

 Now let us depart from this wretched place quickly before someone discovers us!

 

MEGHAN

Yes, my love!

 

ROBERT (sighing)

It’s going to be a long walk back…

 

(laughing)

 

(Insert music track # 32 – “The Neverending Story” by Shooter Jennings featuring Brandi Carlile)

 

If only we had a luck dragon to carry us away!

 

MEGHAN

Umm…will those two do instead?

 

MAXIE

Meghan points to something behind Robert. Robert turns around.

 

(Insert “Horse Neigh” sound effect)

 

ROBERT (surprised)

Crikey!  What are two white unicorns doing in the middle of a shardfall?

 

MEGHAN (cheerful)

It must be a sign!

 

MAXIE

Meghan walks over to the two unicorns and bows to them.

 

MEGHAN

Hello there!

 

ROBERT (worried)

Be careful, Meghan!  Despite their friendly demeanor, unicorns can be quite deadly…

 

MEGHAN

Would the two of you mind giving us a ride?

 

MAXIE

To Robert’s amazement, both unicorns nod in agreement! Meghan turns to Robert and gives him the thumbs up sign.

After they mount the unicorns, Meghan suddenly looks at Robert with pleading eyes.

 

MEGHAN

Can we make a quick stop at the house to pick up our black kitty cat, Mr. Muggles?

 

ROBERT

As you wish…

 

MAXIE

Robert and Meghan ride off into the midday sun as a pair of voyeuristic earth elementals on a nearby hill wave goodbye to them!

 

(Insert “Galloping Horse” sound effect)

 

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(Insert music track # 33 – “Betrayal” by Amber Raine)

 

LORD BALDRITH (taunting)

Before she died, Vastra begged me to spare your inbred teenage son, who was conceived on the day you two were transformed.  You were wise to hide his existence from me.  I will track him down and put an end to your accursed bloodline once and for all!

 

COUNT ABERON (yelling)

No!

 

MAXIE

A furious Count Aberon roars and then leaps high into the air at Lord Baldrith with outstretched, glowing claws!

 

LORD BALDRITH

I don’t think so…

 

(Insert  “Wind“ sound effect recorded by Mark DiAngelo)

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith casts GUST, which sends Count Aberon flying backward into the Ring of Fire!  Despite the excruciating pain, Count Aberon slowly rises to his feet. The intense flames have burned away the flesh from the left side of his face and body, revealing several of the metal implants grafted onto his reinforced skeleton!

 

LORD BALDRITH (surprised)

So THAT was how you were able to withstand my attacks after you killed my beloved Lanthirthel twenty years ago! Lord Shadowreign’s technomage, Kriz, transformed you into the perfect fusion of magic and technology – a cyborg built with Kobold parts and powered by Obsidian magic!  I underestimated him. His skill is on par with that of his “good” twin brother, Atos.

 

(angry)

 

But none of that won’t help you now!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith casts Root! Count Aberon attempts to break free by leaping upward, to no avail…

 

(Insert “Earth Element Magic“ sound effect recorded by qubodup)

 

COUNT ABERON (fearful)

Why can’t I break free of this Root spell?!

 

MAXIE

Lord Shadowreign suddenly materializes in a cloud of thick black smoke next to the Ring of Fire! Only his glowing red eyes are visible under his black hooded cloak.

 

COUNT ABERON (pleading)

Master, help me!

 

MAXIE

Lord Shadowreign ignores Count Aberon’s pleas and turns towards Lord Baldrith.

 

LORD SHADOWREIGN (insistent)

 Count Aberon has murdered thousands of innocent people in his lifetime, including your beloved Lanthirthel. Use your newfound power to avenge them, Lord Baldrith! 

 

COUNT ABERON (shocked)

What?! No, master!!! 

 

LORD BALDRITH (hissing)

Yes…

 

(yelling)

 

Die, foul beast!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith begins casting supercharged bolts of black lightning at the immobilized Count Aberon!

 

(Loop “Thunder Sound FX ” sound effect recorded by Grant Evans – 5X)

 

COUNT ABERON (screaming in pain)

Argh! It can’t end… like this!

 

(Insert “Explosion Ultra Bass“ sound effect recorded by Mark DiAngelo)

 

MAXIE

Count Aberon’s body suddenly explodes!  Bits of blood, gore, and metal going flying everywhere! Lord Baldrith has a wicked smile on his face…

 

LORD BALDRITH (excited)

That felt…SO… good!  

 

LORD SHADOWREIGN (gloating)

Yes…forsaking the virtues has made you strong!  Swear your loyalty to me and I will make you even more powerful by teaching you even more lost, forbidden Obsidian magic!

 

MAXIE

Lord Baldrith walks over to Lord Shadowreign and kneels before him.

 

LORD BALDRITH

Yes…my master…

 

LORD SHADOWREIGN (gloating)

You were Nystal Timelord’s finest pupil. Now his failure is complete and revenge is mine!   Your former master has been my prisoner for the past year since my demonic servant, Bob, abducted him from his home in the Time Tunnel and soon so shall Lord British, Lord DarkStarr, and the Obsidian Cabalists! I have need of their combined magical power for the next phase of my plan to conquer New Britannia!

 

MAXIE

Lord Shadowreign removes his hood to reveal – not a red-eyed demonic being as Lord Baldrith suspected, but an incredibly handsome, blond haired, blue-eyed half-elf!

A stunned Lord Baldrith suddenly regains his senses and gasps! The face staring back at him bears an uncanny resemblance to the love of his life…

 

LORD BALDRITH (whispers)

By the gods!   You’re…

 

(Lord Shadowreign lets out an EVIL laugh)

 

MAXIE

Everything suddenly fades to black…

 

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(Insert music track # 34 – ”Whispers” by Amber Raine)

 

MAXIE

Gabriel Nightshadow’s second home in Rifts End.

Midnight…

 

(Insert “Forever” sound effect by carmsie)

(Insert “I See You” sound effect)

 

 

GABRIEL (screaming)

Noooooo….!!!

 

MAXIE

A bare-chested Gabriel suddenly sits up in his bed, drenched in sweat! Anya, who is clad in sexy, red lace lingerie, also sits up and puts a comforting hand on his shoulder.

 

ANYA (worried)

What’s the matter, my darling?  Did you have a nightmare?

 

GABRIEL (anxious)

Hurry, get dressed, Anya!  We must teleport back to Wizards Rest at once!

 

ANYA (confused)

I don’t understand…It is the middle of the night! Can’t this wait until morning?

 

GABRIEL (insistent)

No, it can’t!   I just had one of my prophetic dreams – first one I have had in over six months!  We must use the time tunnel to travel 100 years into the past and locate the ruins of Castle Gennar in the Wrymsands.  If we don’t intervene, Serafina will die at the hands of Count Aberon and your father will forsake the virtues and become Lord Shadowreign’s disciple!

 

ANYA (horrified)

Oh no!

 

GABRIEL

It’s even worse than I feared! After all these years, I have finally learned Lord Shadowreign’s true identity!  He is your brother…Valen!

 

ANYA (shocked)

My twin brother is alive?! How can this be?

 

GABRIEL (worried) 

I don’t know… To make matters even worse, we’ve lost the element of surprise! Lord Shadowreign detected my presence in the dream realm.  He knows we are coming for him…

 

(Insert music track # 45 – “Dragon Warrior (Loopable)” by Marcus Dellicompagni – first 30 seconds only)

 

MAXIE (dramatic)

All will be revealed as the blood feud between the Nightshadow (nee Dane) and Dar families which began 400 years ago in “Hungry Eyes in the Darkness” reaches its epic conclusion in…

 

THE AVATAR CHRONICLES: LEGACY OF THE DRAGON LORDS

 

(Insert “Fire-breathing dragon” sound effect by CGEffex)

 

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(Insert music track # 37 – “Arunja Fights the Emperor” by James Stratton-Crawley. Loop as needed.)

 

ASCLEPIUS

SOUND EFFECT CREDITS

All sound effects used in this production are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

 

The following sound effects can be found at:

http://soundbible.com

 

 “Rocket Thrusters” – Recorded by Dobroride

 “Earthquake” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

 “Slap” – Recorded by SoundMaster 13

“Decapitation/Head Fall Off” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

 “Arrows Flying” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Nature Ambiance” – Recorded by Nille

“Spacecraft Hatch Opening” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Chamber Decompressing”- Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Swords Clashing” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Large Fireball” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Thrown Shuriken” – – Recorded by Cody Mahan

“Thunder Sound FX” – Recorded by Grant Evans

“Smashing” – Recorded by Yuri Santana

 “River Noise” – Recorded by Caroline Ford

“Neck Breaking” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Electric Shock Zap” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Ray Gun” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Spooky Drone” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Gagging” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Puke Vomit Ralph“ – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“40 Cal Gun Shot x3” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

 “Tick Tock” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Explosion Ultra Bass” – Recorded by Mark DiAngelo

“European Dragon Roaring and Breath Fire” – Recorded by Daniel Simon

“Flapping Wings 3” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Stomach Growling” – Recorded by XxBirdoxX 

“Bone Crushing” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Spin Kick” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Kung Fu Punch” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Sweep Kick” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Boxing Punches” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Roundhouse Kick” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Left Hook” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Right Cross” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Uppercut” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Dragon Roaring” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Horse Neigh” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Galloping Horse” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Wind” – Recorded by Mark DiAngelo

“News Intro” – Recorded by Maximilien

“Time Warp” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Time Travel” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Backwards Souls” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Crowd Boos and Heckles” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Sunny Day” – Recorded by Stephan

“Freaky Scene” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Helicopter Against Missile” – Recorded by Chester Barrett

“Bunker Buster Missile” – Recorded by Mike Koenig

“Mandatory Evacuation” – Recorded by Brandon

“Gun Battle” – Recorded by Ream Productions

 

The following sound effects can be found at:

http://opengameart.org

 

“Fall” – Recorded by remaxim

“Ghost Breath” – Recorded by qubodup

“Magic Shield” – Recorded by spookymodem

“Teleport” – Recorded by OgreBane

“Weapon Blow” – Recorded by spookymodem

“I See You” – Recorded by Vinrax

 

The following sound effects can be found at:

https://freesound.org

 

“Sci-fi Rocket Launch 01” – by sandyrb

“Wooden Door Smash Open” by Eneasz –  A composite of three other FreeSound sounds:
http://www.freesound.org/people/ttiimm54/sounds/94744/
http://www.freesound.org/people/RutgerMuller/sounds/103996/
and
http://www.freesound.org/people/Srehpog/sounds/31623/

 

“Dragon Land” by Cyberkineticfilms

“Crowd Panic” by belthazarus

 “Invisibility Spell” by Lucas Duff

“Energy Shield” by Eevan

“Squeaky Bed Action” by Breviceps

“Large Crowd Applause” by Bansemer

“Angry Snake Hiss Pass Long” by Csaszi

“Eerie Forest” by Greg Swinford

“Medieval Combat Loop” by Yap Audio Production

“Evil Incantation” by Incarnadine

“Fire Forest Inferno” by Dynamicell

“Shield Bash Impact” by Hybrid_V

“Knife Chop” by deleted_user_877451

“Shadowrun” by radian

“Energy Blast” by Kinoton

“Portal Continuous Rumble” by zimbot

                                            “US Soldier War Chant” by qubodup

                                            “All Teams Ready2” by Nidal8585

                                         “GO GO GO” sound effect by Nidal8585

“Fire-breathing dragon” by CGEffex

“Forever” by carmsie

“Evil is a master of disguise” by carmsie

“PB Payback v2” by carmsie

“10-11-15_Depths of Hell” by Argitoth

“Starship Rumble 1” by MiceHead

“Angry Mob Loop” by Benjamin Harvey Design

“Guillotine test 02” by Glaneur de sons

 

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MAXIE

END CREDITS SCENE

 

A basement apartment somewhere in Canada

The Present…

 

It is dawn on a sunny spring morning as an alarm clock radio comes to life and the strains of Rick Astley’s hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up” can be heard. Someone can be heard grumbling from under a pillow as a hand reaches out and knocks the radio off the end table and onto the floor.

A disheveled eighteen-year old, blonde-haired, red-eyed, pale-skinned teenage boy clad in a black muscle shirt and tight black leather pants slowly gets up.  He stares down at the alarm clock.

 

JOHNNY (yawning)

Oh darn…I overslept again!  I have to be at the warehouse for the start of my shift in an hour! Just enough time for a quick shower and change of clothes before the bus arrives…

 

MAXIE

Johnny hears a faint humming sound and glances over at the opposite corner of the room where his enchanted, black Gibson Les Paul guitar, a present from his REAL parents, Count Aberon and Lady Vastra, on his recent birthday, is propped up against his chair.  On the wall is a poster from “Ripper and the Slayers” first paid gig at the local hot spot, Stryker’s Bar.  He walks over and picks up his guitar and starts strumming. The guitar begins to glow as Johnny starts singing the new song he composed last night for his new girlfriend, Harmony.

 

(Insert music track # 35 by Amber Raine)

 

JOHNNY

(AD LIB SOME HEAVY METAL LOVE SONG LYRICS HERE, CELITH…)

 

MAXIE

Suddenly, a lunar rift appears directly in front of Johnny!

 

JOHNNY (surprised)

Hey…what’s happening?!

Mom? Dad?

 

MAXIE

Johnny waits several minutes but no one emerges from the lunar rift.

 

JOHNNY (worried)

Something is wrong… Mom and Dad must be in trouble!

 

MAXIE

As if on cue, his enchanted gold ring, another birthday gift from his parents, suddenly begins glowing blood red!

Johnny puts on his sunglasses and grabs his guitar. 

 

(Insert music track # 42 – “Heavy Metal Riffs – Monolith” by Tri-Tachyon)

 

JOHNNY

Looks like I am about to make my first trip to New Britannia!  Hang on, mom and dad!  Your son, Johnny “Ripper” Warlock, is on his way to save you!

 

MAXIE

Johnny steps through the lunar rift…

 

(Insert “Portal Continuous Rumble” sound effect by zimbot)

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WALT

Oh my god, is this audio finally over?  I really need to pee…

 

BEATRICE

Walt, dear, how many times have I told you not to drink so much Neon Milk when we are tuning in?

 

WALT

Shut up, Beatrice!  Just give me my cane!

 

(Insert music track # 40 – “Friends (Live)” by Steven Goldman, Dom John, and Edward Vitralis)

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

 

September 2 2020

A Not So Scary Short Story – by Bee Striker – narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, and I’m delighted to welcome a new author to the ranks. This is a piece by Bee Striker, entitled

A Not So Scary Short Story

Background music by Smartsound

 

It started as a trickle as she walked under the awning to avoid the rain. As she extended her hand to touch the drops, a rough hand grabbed it, forcing her to swing around. A pale face with dark eyes met her surprised stare. Before she could respond, the man released her with a quick turn and walked off.

The intense moment had gone straight through her entire body, and she felt something pull out of her…or in her. She couldn’t really tell. She shuddered. A quick look around made her realise nobody seemed to notice anything odd had just happened. Shaken, she headed home, quickly looked around, and locked her door.

The unsettled feeling did not leave as she readied for bed. She felt silly as she double checked the lock on her door, the windows, every room, and even under her bed before she climbed into bed. She tried to calm herself but sleep would not come.

“Please help me.” She sat up. What the hell was that? “Please…help…” The voice initially startled her but quickly grew faint. She flew out of bed and flicked on the light. She looked under the bed again, flung open her closet, and opened her bedroom door. She stared into the darkness in silence. Nothing.

She didn’t know how long she stood in her bedroom doorway. A cool draft reminded here she was barefoot. After a quick glance around the dark house, she crawled back into bed.

A man’s limp body lay with heavy chains anchoring his feet to the cement floor. A worn loincloth was his only covering. His damp hair stuck to his pale face. Each slight movement made him groan in pain. “help me..” He wasn’t sure if he actually voiced that or it was just in his head. He heard a door creak open and footsteps slowly descend the stairs. He turned away preparing himself for more pain.

She woke up with a start, bewildered at what she just saw. The face of the man was eerily familiar. A quick image of the man who had grabbed her earlier flashed before her eyes. It was him! Why did she just have a vision of him? Was it real, or just a dream? It sent a chill through her to the core.

The next morning she ran back to the awning where she first encountered the man. Eyes flitting back and forth, she saw no sign of him. Which direction had he gone when he walked away? She tried to think. Following what she thought was the direction, she headed down the street. At the end of the block she paused, not knowing which way to go. For no reason at all, she turned right, crossed the street, and headed down the sidewalk. The sidewalk started to decay as she continued walking.

Something made her pause in front of a small lot. Weeds dominated the landscape, almost drowning out the small shack. Weeds scratched her legs as she approached the building. She listened for any indication of life as she slowly walked up to the door. The screen door was ripped and the shabby door was ajar. The door creaked as she slowly pushed it open. A sparse room gave her an apathetic greeting. The worn couch sat quietly next to an old coffee table. She felt the lone beer bottle resting on the table. It was warm.

A groan made her alert to someone else in the house. She spun around towards the door. Nobody had entered behind her. Her ears almost perked up trying to listen. “Help me…” The helpless plea seemed to be calling from below. As she looked around the house, she noticed a small staircase around the corner. The stairs creaked as she cautiously descended.

The dank room surrounded her as the aroma attacked her senses. She forced her eyes to adjust to the darkness. A man lay almost motionless on the floor. A chain anchored his ankles to the floor. A worn loincloth was his only covering. He was facing the opposite wall as she slowly approached.

“Hello?”

She saw his light skin shake slightly. As she turned him over and saw his pale face, she gasped.

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

September 2 2020

Black Rose Chronicles 11 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled
Black Rose Chronicles
Background music by Smartsound

Trudging down the road back towards Farmer Filmore’s she could see all manner of creatures about.

Bears, wolves, rabbits and squirrels. Crops growing in the farmer’s fields. Cotton. Strange. But that is probably how he makes his living. As she reached the entrance to the road that led to the farmer’s house some bandits made their way up the road….seeing her they turned and made way into the brush.

Finding their comrades on the road…dead..they must of thought better than to approach her. Funny she thought.

Halfway down the path she noticed fresh graves next to the tattered shack. The farmer must have gone inside and found Darwin and Quentin and decided to bury them. With that done she decided to leave the old man alone. With a turn of the heel she went on down the main path back to the bridge.

As she got close to the bridge the lady guard stepped out and met her. Sadly, Bella handed her the note she found on Quentin’s body. The poor girl was distraught. After reading the missive she scribbled a message on a scrap piece of paper and handed it to Bella.

“Please take this back to the Cap’n and tell her what you found. I will remain at my post as ordered.
She need not fear that I will leave. It will be my duty to avenge my poor Quentin.” She slowly turned wiping the tears from her face and took her post near the bridge.

Bella tucked the note in her vest and made her way back up the hill towards the camp. A few of the foolish bandits attacked her but she easily took care of them. This time she was going to check their pockets. A few coins and trinkets. She remembered something one guard said about returning heirlooms that the bandits had stolen. She would return these as well. The guards at the edge of the rope bridge were busy with a couple of those zombie things and immediately cleared the way so she could cross over. The camp was rather peaceful when she entered just before midday.

Looking to the one side of the camp the children were playing around their small campfire. She approached and stood watching for a minute. One of them stopped and looked her way.

“Ohhh. It be you. The Sword Breaker. What ya be wantin from us today? Here to spoil our fun some more?” Bella gave the child a scowling look and then walked closer to them. They all stopped their dancing and looked at her with a bit of fear in their eyes.

“Nay I do not wish to spoil your entertainment. I just thought you might want this.”

Holding the book up over their heads they all stared in disbelief. “Is that the Bloody Bones?”

All the children ran towards Bella as she teased them with the book. She laughed as they jumped up and down trying to get the book.

“Gimme that book Outlander. That is ours. We needs that book so we can sing the song right.”

Bella looked down at them and scowled again. “You do know that Bloody Bones is not a fairy-tale don’t you? Bloody Bones is real. And each time you sing that song it brings that creature out searching for who is singing its song. “

The children looked at her with surprise. Then jumped up and down laughing and cheering.

“She did it…she did it. The Outlander did it. She gots us the Bloody Bones.”

It was obvious these children had no clue what they were doing. But that was none of her business one way or the other…..she tossed the book in the air and let them fight over it. Laughing over her shoulder as they scrambled about trying to hold onto the book she moved on towards the guard.

The guard looked her up and down and smiled. “Thank you for giving them some glimmer of hope.
They know not what they do but they just try to stay entertained best they can. Eventually we will get them to a town and have them looked after better.”

Bella smiled at the guard and pulled out a small pouch and handed it to her. “I retrieved these from some fallen bandits on the road. I do hope you can return the items to their owners if they still live.”

The guard looked into the pouch and she smiled. “Thank you Outlander for doing such a good deed.

I will try my best to return them to their owners. By way what be your name.”

Bella looked at the young guard and smiled…Belladonna Rose.

Making her way through the camp she went straight to Captain Kinsey, handing her the note from Rhoswen about Quentin and the bottle of medicine from Ackerley. She proceeded to tell the Captain about the Ebon Cultists and that she had dispatched them from their ritual. She told her about the woman that appeared and disappeared at each ritual site.

“Damn. Then its true. Mistress Valdis is trying to come back to this side of the realm.”

She shook her head and explained that this creature was once very powerful and has been using the Ebon Cultists to make her way back to this side. The side of the living so she can try and take over the unrest of the lands. Bella looked at the Captain like she had lost her mind. What kind of sorcery is all this ? This realm has completely gone crazy. All this undead and such. Now master sorcery at work as well. Shaking her head she decided that she was no better off here than she was back in her world.

Evil is just that…Evil.

Captain Kinsey pulled a rolled parchment off her makeshift desk and handed it to Bella. Along with a rolled-up banner and pouch of coin.

“Its not much but you have truly showed your worth since you came here. I apologize it ís not much but we have very little as it is. Please take this parchment to Captain Stanley at Soltown and see if you can be of service there. They are in need of help with all the migrating villagers from around this area.

The undead and bandits are razing all the small towns so many are moving towards Ardoris. Soltown is where many have landed.”

Bella took what was given her and looked at the rolled-up banner.

“ That is the Banner of Love my dear Belladonna Rose. You have shown great love and compassion for us and these poor folks who have lost so much. I have a strong feeling you will do great things for our lands and help bring peace and Love back to our people. Take it. It will be better off in your hands than here in mine. Go now and safe travels Future Avatar.”

The sound in Kinsey’s voice was that of courage and devotion to her task. And she would take the banner and put it in a safe place til she could later retrieve it. Looking around one last time at the camp she headed towards the gates. Back to Soltown is it then.

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

August 4 2020

Black Rose Chronicles 10 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled
Black Rose Chronicles
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With the intent to make the best use of the daylight Bella moved out and down the road. But despite the time of day it was overcast and quite foggy. She could see the fog rise above the cliff edges from the river below. Whoever carved this place out was insane. Those cliff edges were very steep and jagged. Keeping her wits about her she could hear things rambling about in the brush and bushes. No telling what was out there to greet her.

In the short distance she could make out what looked like abandoned buildings. To the right was a burned-out husk of one building. That didn’t look good. Suddenly from out of nowhere one of those zombie creatures and two skeletons came towards her. Quickly she pulled her sword out and took a full swing at them all. Clattering of bone and the ill sounding smack of her blade against flesh made her wince. That sound is one she will never get used to. Wiping the blood from her blade on the grass she stood and proceeded down the road. Over a period of half an hour or so she dispatched everything that came forth. Even some of the lower ranked Cultists were taken out silently.

Weaving between two of the back buildings of the area she saw a bonfire glow. As she crept closer she could hear chanting from the three cultists moving around it. And suddenly something happened.

Quickly she pulled her bow out and lined an arrow up to fire. There in the midst of the fire stood a mishappened woman…covered in blood and bandage. Raising her hands to the sky and chanting some sort of spell. OH NO you don’t Bella thought to herself. Firing off a shot it hit the woman and she turned in Bella’s direction. Pulling out two more arrows she fired another volley and the woman collapsed into the flames. Blue light spewed up high in the sky and then vanished. She was gone. But that didn’t stop the cultists from making their way towards Bella. Coming out from the cover of the broken-down garden wall she fired off rapid shots at each one…taking them down quickly. Checking each cultist to make sure they were dead she found a few gold pieces and she pocketed them quickly.

As she made her way close to the bonfire she noticed that a strange color ooze was all around on the ground. There was no way she was touching that stuff. So she just moved on.

Climbing across the wall and heading towards the edge of the old town again she heard the chanting. Same sounds same set up. As carefully as she could she watched and waited. Again the woman appeared. Rapid fire shooting and down she went. Again she took out the cultists too. This must have been what Captain Kinsey was talking about. She would be sure to report this.

By the time she made her way back to the tattered road going towards Ackerley’s place the sun was beginning to go down. Picking up the pace she made her way to the shack. Fighting every step of the way with zombies, skeletons and wolves. Exhausted she was happy to see that broken down shack . As she started to knock on the door Ackerley open it and smiled.

“Knew you would make it back. I told ya so. Besides I heard all the noise nearby and took me a peek through the shutters. I saw you taking down some of that riff raff out there. You be a good one with that there sword. Glad to see you back.”

With that he took her by the arm and ushered her inside. Shut and bolted the door. Then went about his business. Shaking her head she made her way to the water basin and bucket and cleaned herself up a bit. Looking about there was nothing hot to eat so she grabbed a pot and rooted around for something to cook. Putting what vegetables she could find together she made a quick stew. After an hour or two it was done and Ackerley made sure he scooped himself a big bowl of food like it just magically appeared there. After eating he went back to his work.

Bella curled up on the smelly cot and quickly fell asleep.

Dreams took over as she slept. She was standing on the bridge of her ship. Tight grip on the wheel and Jack standing next to her. He looked out to the horizon and smiled as the wind blew through his tousled hair. Smiling to herself she thought back to all they had been through together. Always a steady hand on the ship and at the ready to jump into action no matter what. And his caring nature for her warmed her heart but scared her just the same. Looking at the horizon herself she shook off the thought of anything other than the job at hand, her ship and crew. No time for personal entanglements.

Then there it was….ahead. The Vortex. Glowing and pulsing and getting larger as they approached. Trying hard to steer the ship away it seemed to just suck them in. All hands were on deck manning the sails and doing there best to secure the ship. Closer and closer and then darkness.

She woke with a sweated brow. Looked about the room and saw the old man at his worktable. Did he ever sleep? Slowly pulling herself up to a sitting position she reached down for her boots. Pulled them on and stood. As she approached the old man he turned with a wary look on his face. Startled she took a step back.

“Ahhh tis you Outlander. Forgot you were in the house for a moment. Tend to get busy with my potions and work forgetting all else.”

He reached to the side of the table and turned to Bella. Handing her a flask with a slight green glowing liquid inside. “Here be the medicine Capn Kinsey be wanting. This should fix up any ills in the camp for sure.” Pressing the flask in her hand he returned to his business. Nothing else said.

Bella gathered up her belongings and went out the door. A slight overcast took the sky. She thought to herself she hoped it wouldnt rain today. She was tired of the rain. Stepping out into the courtyard she could hear the rustling in the bushes and surrounding forest. She would be happy to shut this place away from her and the sooner the better. Such vile creatures roaming about and she longed to get back to some sort of civilization.

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

July 19 2020

Interview with the Dragon Goddess 11 – by Draxenath

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled

Interview with the Dragon Goddess

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Part 15: Conclusion

Many years passed between the interview and the writing of this conclusion. I have spent countless hours reading books at the ancient library. The amount of knowledge contained within its books would empower the people to do unimaginable things that could either bring prosperity or self-destruction. Time and time again, The Goddess would remind me: “The majority of the sentient mortals are not ready for the knowledge and technology amassed by Humenalia. She had a chosen few who would be her disciples and the ones applying the knowledge within this library for the good of the inhabitants of Curiosity”.

It was a fairly large metropolis with several thousands of inhabitants, completely isolated from the outside world in order to prevent the theft and misuse of its technology. Deep down, I really want to share all of this knowledge with the world, but I am also worried it might be used for terrible purposes. Maybe Amaxis thought the same and left it there to be mostly forgotten and thought of as myths.

When I started this interview, I was not expecting to have the pleasure of finding this fountain of unlimited knowledge. As for my expectations towards Draxenath, I thought she would be more like Amaxis, a proud deity who would never admit fault and would proclaim any of his opponents as enemies of the world. Instead, I found a strong yet fragile goddess, grieving over past mistakes and feeling devoid of purpose after what she felt was a sign that mortals did not appreciate her devotion to them.

Today, I see a determined goddess striving on her new purpose, “healing Humenalia and making preparations for their glorious return”. That makes me reflect on the importance of finding purpose in life. The loss of her purpose drove her to seclude herself and attempt to end her own life. Asking her about her life and letting her know her legends are passed on and prayers are still directed at her after all this time slowly burrowed through her hardened scales and into her heart, driving her to consider if there is yet a new purpose for her to find and live for.

As for me, I am now traveling the world with a trusted companion, spreading copies of this interview, and working on a new project of my own, of which no details will be provided for now.

-End-

 

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

June 25 2020

Black Rose Chronicles 9 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled
Black Rose Chronicles
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Heading across the rope bridge she nodded to the guards again on both sides. Then made her way towards the swampy area. Here is where she was told the bandits hide out. At first glance it did not look like a great hiding place. Making her way through she took out a couple of the pesky bandits and checked them for heirlooms and such of the Solace Bridge survivors. She found a couple. Making her way across the nasty waters she saw a cabin on stilts. This must be the hideout. As she walked up she saw a small tombstone with a candle and flowers. With a sad memoir or ode to a young girl. Lilianna. That is the name of the daughter of the couple in camp. Strange this be way out here. As she rose up from the stone she felt a light tap on her shoulder. Turning she was face to face with a haggered looking bandit.

“Was a sad day when my Lilianna died. I swore I would always remember her sweet angelic face.”

Puzzled Bella stepped away from him.

“Are you the one who stole the painting from her parents. If so I would appreciate if you could return it so they can move on from this horrid place.”

Chuckling under his breath he turned and walked towards the cabin. “Aye. I took it cause it belongs to me. Lilianna painted that portrait of herself for me so that I could remember what she looked like. Before she could give it to me the Bridge was attacked and she died to those foul undead things.” Clearing his throat trying to hold back his anger he went on. “Her parents found it next to her body and took it….claiming it was their. When I saw them come into camp I snuck in and looked through their things and took the painting.”

Bella looked down at the ground mulling over what he said. Does she take the painting from him in a fight or does she disregard the whole thing.

“I understand it means a great deal to you. But it means a great deal to them as well. They lost their daughter horribly and this is the only thing to give them piece. Would you not part with it for that fact.”

He looked her up and down and grinned. “Ahhh you be one of them Outlanders here to help set the world to right again. Nah. I keep it. They can deal with their grief just as I have. If it werent for them and their peddling ways they would never of beenin Solace Bridge and my sweet Lil would never of died. They can rot for all I care.”

Walking over to a small campfire he squatted down and looked up at Bella. “I have a copy you know….of the painting. Not as good as the original but you can take it…they can have it and never know the difference.” He poked around the embers waiting for Bella to answer.

Not really knowing which way to go she decided she would take the copy back. If they never knew she created it to begin with they might not know the difference. She struck a deal with the bandit leader. “Might I know your name sir. I am Belladonna Rose.”

“Aye. Pleasantries escape me of late. My name is Yardley. “


“I have decided I will take the copy back to them. But mind you if they see it is not the true painting I will be back to take it from you.”

Trudging back to the camp Bella approached the couple by the campfire. She softly cleared her throat to get their attention but they neither one looked up. Stepping in between them she stood the painting gently infront of them and when they glanced up they both gasped in surprise.

“Ohh My. It is the painting. However did you find it?” the gentleman asked. The lady burst into tears and hugged her husband tightly. Bella could see they were both happy and overjoyed to see the painting.

“My name is Belladonna Rose and I was told you were looking for this. One of the guards told me to search the bandit camp in the swamps so I made my way there. I talked to a man named Yardley and he admitted taking it. I explained your grief and he handed it over to me.”

“Lady Langston and I greatly appreciate your service.” Smiling he handed me a small pouch full of coin and shook my hand vigoursly. They seemed to be pleased enough and so I bid them farewell.

As Bella started to move away she overheard Lord Langston tell his wife they had just enough funds to make the trip to Ardoris. There they can get back to their lives again. Smiling Bella walked to the one merchant tent to grab a bite of something to eat. Timothea the merchant told her how proud she was that she was able to retrieve the painting and set the Langstons at ease. Offering her a warm bowl of stew she talked about Farmer Filmore. Expressing how nor he or his farmhand Dawson had been to town in a while and asked if she could check on him.

Bella smiled and said she was heading that direction anways so she would check in on the old farmer. As she ate her rough meal she ran through the list of people she needed to track down. A scout by the name of Rhoswen was on the way to the Filmore Farm. She would check in with her first. And then move on . She needed to stop at the alchemist shack near the cemetary and see if Master Ackerly had the medicine ready for an ailing man in camp. And also to head to the old village and check out the disturbance by the Ebon Cultists. It was going to be a long day for sure.

Taking a few coins from her pouch she bought a few staples to get her through her journey. Again she saluted the guards at the bridge and crossed over. This path was starting to get too familiar. By now the bandits along this road had decided to leave her alone. She had dispatched enough of them over the last day or two so they wanted no part of her. She finally reached the stone bridge which was the first indication that she was heading into new territory. Before she crossed she noticed the bushes shuffle a bit and there was a young woman in guard clothing. This must be Rhoswen. Approaching cautiously she introduced herself to the girl. In return she learned that Rhoswen and the guard Quentin were in love and she was greatly worried about him. He had moved on up the road to scout around and had not returned. Bella assured her she would find out where he was. Another task Bella thought.

Making way over the bridge she passed a few more bandits. Same as before. They turned and went the opposite direction. In the short distance she saw a wagon on the side of the road. Full of arrows and what looked like claw marks. As she got closer she saw blood on the ground which lead towards some rocks to the left of the road. She followed the trail. There sprawled on the ground face down was a man in guard clothing. Next to him a note. She read the note and exhaled slowly. Quentin.

Putting the note inside her vest. Hoisting the dead guard onto her shoulder she grunted making her way back to the road. Ahead she saw the sign for Filmore’s Farm. She would leave the boy there and retrieve him later. Making her way down the path to the farmhouse she saw the old man walking about. She approached slowly as not to startle him

“Ahhhh so ye found me worker did ya. Knew he would end up dead sooner or later. Thank ye for returnin him to me.” He pointed towards the small shed and told me to take him up there he would deal with it later. Inside the dusty cobwebbed room was a small bed. And on that bed was a young man filled with arrows. Dead. She laid poor Quentin on the bed alongside the other boy and went back out to talk to the old man.

“Pardon me sir would you be Farmer Filmore? I was asked by Captain Kinsey to check on you while I am out this way. And sorry to tell you but that boy I brought in was one of the Captain’s scouts killed out by the road.”

“Ohh. Damn. Thought it might be Dawson. He has been gone a long time and thought that be him.

I be guessing he will show up sooner or later.”

Bellad shook her head. Apparently the old man wasnt that worried that he didnt check the shed for his missing help. Not her concern at the moment. She asked if he were alright and he expressed that his prized pet Betty went missing and that if I would be kind enough to take a few moments to find her. Telling Bella of the wolves in the area that have been harrassing him. She nodded slowly and set off to look for Betty. Since when did she become such a bleeding heart. Something must of rattled her brain in that shipwreck.

Off she went past the barn and into the rocky terrain behind the farm. Sure enough a large pack of wolves were pacing about in a small den under a rock outcropping. She moved in and took them out one by one as they attacked. The pack leader then pounced on her from above the rocks but she quickly took care of him. There on the ground was a collar with a coin shaped object hanging from it. On the coin the name Betty was engraved. She quickly took the head of the leader and headed back to Filmore. Once she tossed the head on the ground at his feet she handed him the collar. Sniffling he went inside his home and brought out a nicely made leather tunic and handed it to her.

“Thank ye stranger. You did me a good deed by finding my poor Betty. Here take this and may it help you on your journeys.” Sniffling more he moved on to his house and shut the door behind him

Well if that dont beat all. She looked at the tunic and saw if was finely crafted. Pulling off her vest she put the tunic on. Nice fit indeed. This should come in handy. She yelled to Filmore that she would be back to get Quentin on her return trip. No response. Oh well. Leave him be.



Back up the road again she looked at the scribbled map that Kinsey had given her. The cemetary was up ahead. It was near on to evening and the sun was starting to dip below the mountains. Not a good time to be around a graveyard you fool. Laughing at herself she moved on. From the corner of her eye she saw a large rambling form coming towards her. Stopping she pulled her bow out and aimed. As it approached she saw it was covered in blood. Moving a lot like those zombie creatures. No way was she about to get into a fight with that thing. Firing as fast as she could she shot at the thing. And it quickly went down. When she got to it she saw a book laying next to it. Ballad of Bloody Bone. For heavens sakes. This is what those children were going on about. Well that is one thing now off my list. Wiping the book off with some leaves she put it in her pack. As she turned her head to look back at the corpse she realized it was gone. Looking around her she got an ill feeling about that creature.

After a short walk she was at the edge of the graveyard to the left and across the road to the right was a worn shack. Skeleton creatures were walking around outside the front. Running to the edge of the broken down wall she shott a volley of arrows at them and heard more noises from behind her. Running around the wall she ran straight to the shack threw open the door and slammed it shut behind her.

A finely dressed man turned quickly and looked her up and down. Apparently those things didnt bother him in the least. “Ahhh another Outlander. You can tell Kinsey I dont have her medicine ready yet. Missing an ingredient and I cant get into the graveyard to get it. Those pesky bone clankers wont let me out the door.”

Confused Bella looked at the old man. He turned back to his table and started muttering something about an olfactory gland. What in the world was that. She tapped him lightly on the shoulder and asked what it was he needed.

“Ahh yes. I be needing that gland off them zombie critters in the graveyard. Tis what I need to make the cure for that poor man in the camp up the hill of Kinsey’s. Like I said cant get past them bone clankers. And what be your name girly.”

“Belladonna Rose sir and yours.”

“ I be Ackerly Master of Herbs and Fine Medicines”

“Well Ackerly sir. If you allow me to rest the night here I will be willing to get your gland things for you so you can finish the medicine. Then I can retrieve it for Kinsey on my way back through. I need to get to the burned out village to report on the Ebon Cultists there and then retrieve a fallen guard and take him back to the camp.”

“Well aint ye the busy one today. There be a cot over there you can take your rest at and probably best to wait til morning. Them critters outside there dont like the daylight that much. So make yourself comfortable and we will get to work come morning.”

With that he went back to his work and paid Bella no attention afterwards. Laying down on the cot she curled into a ball and tried to sleep. The moaning from outside was distracting and the clatter of bottles from Ackerly didnt help but she soon fell asleep.



The sun started shining through the cracks in the back wall of the shack and she could smell something very pleasing as she rubbed the sleep from her eyes. Ackerly was cooking something on the stove. Turning he smiled as he walked over handing her a plate of fried eggs. This would be very refreshing to Bella. She hadnt had eggs in a long while. Eating quickly she took the plate and put it in the bucket by the stove. Then started gathering her things for the day. Ackerly told her what to look for from the zombies in the graveyard. Warned her to turn off the valves that were spewing green gas everywhere or else she would end up like those critters. With that he waved her off and went about his business.

Slowly opening the door she notice that the skeletons were no where to be seen. Good for that. Keeping her bow at the ready she set out across the road. She had left her pack at the shack so was able to move a bit more quickly. Once she went through the gates she could hear that horrid noise from the zombies. Gurgling and moaning as they seemed to gasp for the last strains of air and humanity.

After the third or fourth creature she finally got the gland from one. Wiping off her skinning knife she headed back to Ackerly. And anxiously to beg for a pan of water to wash. This ‘do gooder’ business for sure a messy job.

Entering the shack the old man turned and smiled. “Ahh I see you made it back alive. Good good. And did you get the gland I asked for.”

“Of course I did or else I would not be back. I do not shirk my tasks dear sir.”

“Yes yes…i see that. Dont get your knickers in a twist. Just surprised a lady as yourself was up for that task. Most folks tend to either not go or come back looking as green as the gas over there. Some folk just dont have the stomach for nasty business as that.”

She handed him the jar with the gland inside and grabbed a pail for water. She went out in the small courtyard and found the working pump. The water was cool and crips but felt good against her skin. She was never of a mind to not enjoy a good wash whether it be warm or cold water. That was one thing the crew teased her about. How clean she liked to be. She giggled softly to herself remembering that small bit about the crew.

When she went inside Ackerly told her he would have the medicine ready by the time she passed back through again and that he had no doubt she would make it back safely. Bella thought it odd that he held so much asteem for her without even knowing her. That was fine by her.

Again she was off into the unknown. Ackerly told her the old town wasnt too far down the road and she should have no trouble finding the cultists. He told her she would find them in two spots as he had seen them when he was foraging for herbs. And he warned her as well as they were a nasty bunch of evil for sure. She thought to herself…what part of this journey hasn’t been nasty.

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

 

January 16 2020

Interview with the Dragon Goddess 10 – by Draxenath

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”.
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Part 14: Humenalia’s Message

With the ancient library now residing within Draxenath’s hiding place, we had unimaginable amounts of knowledge at our disposal. The Goddess entered the library and went straight to the automaton behind the desk and proceeded to examine it. – The magitronic circuit boards are intact, – she said. – the only damage they have is the interconnecting fibers were severed, it is easy to repair them.

She took a strange tool from a toolbox under the desk and proceeded to re-attach the automaton’s tendrils. After she was done, the automaton lit up and started making noises, then slowly got up on its feet and addressed us. – Welcome visitors, I am the librarian, how can I assist you? – it said with its unnatural voice. It looked at us for a moment, then it reacted erratically upon looking at Draxenath. – How ca… Please wait… How can I…… Please wait… How… Please… Overriding main program. Identity confirmation required, please remain still while a biometric scan is performed.

The automaton set its eyes on the Goddess’ face for a moment. – Identity confirmed. – the automaton said. – Lady Draxenath, welcome back to Curiosity’s Central Library. It has been 445,327 days since your last visit. I have an urgent video message for you from our administrator, it is 438,627 days old. Would you like to display it?

The Goddess nodded. – Please display it on the screen at your desk. – she said, and the picture at the large slab on the desk changed. It was very realistic, the face of Humenalia, so real I felt like I could almost touch her. She was sad, her eyes red, probably from shedding too many tears.

– Draxenath! – Humenalia said. – I know you will come back one day, but I don’t know what will be of me by that time. My chest aches so much… I barely had time to mourn Sari’s death at the hands of Merealla, and now Athaldar is dead by his own father’s hands… first my grandchild, now my son… both murdered by those of their own blood…murdered by those too selfish and envious to understand how important their work was…

– I have always admired you, and so have many of the humans. The other gods hate humans, but you don’t, because you understand humans are a cursed race. You understand humans lack so many things and have been misguided. Humans have no magic of their own, no fur, no fangs, no gills, no fins, no claws, no wings, and have become used to feel entitled to take things from others by force. That’s how Amaxis taught them.

– You understood, and in the beginning, stood up to defend humans from the aggressions of the other races. Your kindness to us ignited a spark in my son Athaldar. He always thought his father’s ways and teachings were not entirely correct, and so did I, but didn’t dare to go against Amaxis’ will. I always admired you for standing your ground against Amaxis, but still seeing humans as your people to protect and support.

– You loved my son, you supported each other in the common goals you had and did many things I never dared to do myself. You worked to eliminate the hate among the races, to build a common history from the ground up for all races together. You gave hope to those who thought nothing would ever change. Unfortunately, things went wrong because no race was ready to leave their hate behind. My grandchild… your son was betrayed and murdered by those we least suspected, by the dearest and closest.

– Your world crumbled, you talked about committing suicide, then you left. But you are strong, I have faith that you will come back one day. My world is crumbling now as I record this message. As you were no longer at my son’s side, I gathered the courage to support him, to stand against Amaxis, I felt good, felt strong and empowered, but things didn’t go as I expected. My son was just killed by my husband, the one I thought would never do that!

– I am a weakling and feel like there is no hope. But you are much stronger than me, I know you are only taking a rest from all of this, that you will come back with renewed strength and put an end to this neverending cycle of hate and misery. Please, I beg you as a mother who also lost her most beloved child. Do not let our children’s death be in vain.

– And thank you for everything you have done for me, for the humans, and for all other races, even if so many don’t appreciate it, that’s how being a mother and a goddess is, I suppose. But in the long run, after everything has settled down, we finally see the fruit of our efforts.

The message ended. Draxenath walked towards a wall and rested her forehead on it as she took several deep breaths, then spoke. – Librarian, do a blue highlight on the location of the following books: History of the Divine Conflict, volumes 1 to 10 by Humenalia and Draxenath. History of Mortals volumes 1 to 24 by Humenalia and Draxenath. Also, do a red highlight on the location of Magitronics Journal from The Magic Press, all issues.

She looked at me with kindness and said: – The interview will have to end now, there are duties I need to attend, lots of plans to be made, the world is not ready for my return, just as it was not ready for me to free it a millennium ago, so I need to prepare my plan to get them ready. You can stay as long as you wish, I requested a list of books to be highlighted in blue for you to read. There will be an automaton cooking food at a regular schedule, and a room for you to sleep.

My life was completely changed with that.

— Grand Finale will be Part 15, stay tuned for it —

Echoes From the Caverns

Echoes From the Caverns

December 27 2019

Interview with the Dragon Goddess 9 – by Draxenath

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next instalment of this wonderful story by Draxenath. It is entitled “Interview with the Dragon Goddess”.
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Part 13: The Ancient Library

Once we finished having our meal, Wallanime laid down and turned face down on the ground. Her clothes dissolved, white and grey fur started growing all over her body as it increased in size and acquired a canid shape. Her nose and jaws elongated, turning into a snout with a maw full of long, sharp teeth. Her ears grew and became pointy as her hair turned into a dark bluish mane. Her amber eyes became snowy blue. In a matter of seconds, she had taken the shape of an Inujin as large as a horse.

She sniffed on the floor, looking for tracks of The Goddess, then stood up straight on her hind legs and signaled me to follow her. She leaped on her four and followed the scent as in pursuit of prey. I tried to keep up with her pace, it was exhausting! She would stop every once in a while to allow me to catch up, to dart away as soon as I was a couple of steps from her. We soon arrived at a large crater in the center of the ruins. My dog friend was wagging her tail and panting happily as she waited for me.

– She came to the site of the battle, just as I thought. – said the Avatar. – It will get dangerous from here, follow me and be as silent as you can. – She shrunk to the size of a small dog and crawled stealthily, approaching the center of the crater, using the debris as cover. I followed her as best as I could. We came across numerous interesting pieces of technology, and she explained a bit of what they were. It all seemed like techno-babbling nonsense to me, and I had no time to take detailed notes that I could study later, the only word that stuck in my head was “Magitronics”, the magical manipulation of “electrons”, which are some kind of incredibly fine specks of dust that carry electricity around.

Wallanime stopped her advance. I noticed she was agitated and trembling. – Don’t move, don’t look, just listen carefully. – she said. For a moment, all I could hear was her panting, but then she closed her snout shut, and I could hear footsteps, they were approaching. At some point, the footsteps stopped, and I could hear a clear human-like yet oddly unnatural voice. “Intruder detected. Please, drop any weapons and stolen property and retreat in peace immediately. Non-compliance will result in hostile engagement.”

The Avatar grew in size again, grabbed me and put me on her back. – Hold on tight, we got to run! – she said as she darted. I looked behind and could see one of those humanoid constructs, clad in odd, glowing armor and wielding a sword with a blade made of light. It pointed at us with what looked vaguely like a firearm and shot bolts of light in our direction. – I thought it would attack only if we did not comply! – I commented. – These automaton guards take things literally, so “retreat immediately” means “disappear in this very instant”. Their behavior directives were not properly revised!

The automaton was pursuing us, and more of them joined the pursuit as we encountered them. Wallanime kept dodging the bolts of light, but one of them she could not react to and hit me on my left arm. It burned! I could not keep holding on to her and fell. I hit the ground and rolled until a wall stopped me. I was pretty beaten from the fall. I could smell the scorched flesh from my arm. My head was ringing, my sight was blurry. I saw a humanoid figure approaching, it pointed at me with its magitronic sword.

I thought that was my end, but then a black figure pounced and trampled at the automaton. Black wings spread and a tail swung, hitting at another automaton. A dozen more approached, bolts of light flew towards the black figure. A golden aura exploded from the black figure, dissolving the bolts, and suddenly I could see golden scales and feathers, it was a dragon! It picked me up and held me in an embrace that eased my pain. It turned black again. We flew around, evading the bolts from the guns. The dragon was wielding a magitronic sword with its right paw. It deflected the bolts and cleaved through the automatons as we flew by, destroying them along with their weapons.

The dragon gave me a concerned look and decided to land. The blade from the magitronic sword faded until it was completely gone, leaving only the hilt made of odd materials. The dragon’s golden aura returned, and my arm healed very quickly as it embraced me. I closed my eyes. I felt the dragon shrinking, I opened my eyes and it was Wallanime in her human form, she was trembling. – I thought we were going to die! Those automatons were not wielding ordinary armament! – She showed me the magitronic hilt. I could see there was an inscription, my eyes took a few seconds to adjust and read it: “Athaldar, may this sword help you put the past to rest and build a better future. With love from your mother.” It was the god-killing sword created by Humenalia and wielded by Athaldar in his last fight!

She was breathing very quickly. – My Mistress asked me to protect you while she was gone. I thought I would fail her again. You are alive, aren’t you? Are you still hurt? Oh, what a mess have I gotten us into! – she was looking around nervously and jumped at every minor noise. – I am fine, I will live! Are you alright? – I asked. She took deeper breaths, her golden aura slowly fading as she calmed down. She fell into a sitting position on the ground. – It has been about a thousand years since I did any fighting, I have been hiding and eluding conflict since the destruction of Curiosity. I was not feeling confident of my fighting skill… let’s keep looking for My Mistress.

I followed her to the center of the crater, this time we were not attacked. We found plenty of corpses from scavengers as we approached. We arrived at a pair of large doors leading to a small room with a pit, there was no floor, only walls. It was deep and there was a long cable of odd material going all the way down. The Avatar hugged me, black-feathered wings springing from her back as she jumped into the pit. We glided down until we hit the bottom, there was an opening on the wall.

A few steps before us stood Draxenath, and in front of her were some double doors. A picture hanging from the wall above the doors portrayed a very distinguished lady with auburn hair and brown eyes. Everything she was wearing was unusual. Her dress was made of bright, colorful materials and full of bright lights. Her gloves were quite odd, emitting light from the fingertips, the one on her left hand had tendrils going all the way from the tips to a glowing tablet with tiny bumps filled with what looked like letters, while the right glove had the same tendrils going to a wristband with glowing inscriptions. Her monocle was not ordinary either, it seemed to have a glowing inscription. The nameplate of the picture read “Humenalia, Goddess of Science and Magitronics”

Draxenath looked at us and smiled, then walked towards Wallanime and embraced her. – I saw the fight, and am proud of you. Welcome back, Avatar! – Wallanime sunk her face on The Goddess’ chest and hugged her back. They remained silent for a moment. As they let each other go from the hug, Draxenath showed us a sealed jar with a heart. Wallanime was about to speak, but The Goddess interrupted her. – Don’t blame yourself for failures that happened because I abandoned you, this one is on me. And your daughter’s misdeeds are not your own, they are hers!

Draxenath stored the jar in one of her pockets. – The place looks tidy, it may be intact if we are lucky enough! – she said as she opened the doors below the picture. Behind the doors was a very dark room. She pulled a lever on one of the walls, and the room was lit by electrical lights. The room was a massive library, there were towering bookshelves farther than my sight allowed me to see. An automaton was sitting behind a desk, it was not functioning.

On the desk rested a large slab, plus a couple smaller slabs, and a pair of gloves like the ones from the picture. The Goddess put the gloves on and touched the large slab. It lit up and displayed text. Draxenath drew some gestures on the screen and nodded for a few minutes. – The magitronic books are readable, they weren’t lost, and the physical book indexing and database are operational! – she said. – This library is filled with books of advanced science and technology the rest of the world has never seen. Amaxis probably kept this place intact in case he needed it and activated the defense drones to prevent anyone else from accessing it. If he finds out we were here, he will destroy the whole place.

There was an unconfortable silence for a minute, then Draxenath nodded a couple times. – Let’s go outside, hurry! – she said. Once we were outside and away from the crater, The Goddess closed her eyes and concentrated for a couple minutes. Then we heard a loud crashing and rumbling coming from the crater. The earth was sinking! Once everything settled, Draxenath opened a portal and invited us in. We were at her hiding place again, but there was something new, I spotted the double doors with the picture of Humenalia. The library was there!

– The library is safe and out of Amaxis’ reach now. We won’t have to worry about that for now. – Said Draxenath with a smile of satisfaction.

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December 12 2019

Interview with the Dragon Goddess 8 – by Draxenath

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Part 12: The Avatar’s Lament

I proceeded with my next question. – Has there ever been a civilization that improved so much in science that it accidentally destroyed itself?

Draxenath repeated the question to herself a couple times as she pondered. After a few minutes, her eyes lit up. – Let us have our barbecue out in the world, there is a place you need to see for yourself. – She picked up the spit with the roasted beef and opened a portal. I noticed the beef was already about middle term, it had cooked much faster than I expected, it probably had to do with the magical blue fire from the spit.

We went through the portal and were transported to some ruins. Plants and animals had already made their home in them. Draxenath placed the spit on the ground and lay down on the grass, then continued speaking.

– These are the ruins of Curiosity, the most technologically advanced city before my absence. They worshipped Amaxis’ wife Humenalia more than any other deity. As I said before, she was very curious and smart, and would constantly question her knowledge and put everything to test and experimentation. I mentioned before that she suffered a lot as Amaxis was abused by the other gods, she felt powerless for some time, but then she researched for ways to protect him and give him an edge. Amaxis had ideas of the tools and weapons he needed, but it was Humenalia that had acquired the scientific and technical knowledge to develop them. He couldn’t have done it without her. Take a look around, you may find scraps of the wonders they created. I will be waiting here.

I was amazed, the legends spoke the truth, this place existed! I followed Draxenath’s suggestion and walked around for a bit. There were remains of walls that could be seen through, and humanoid constructs of strange material that wasn’t metal, wood or stone. They were broken and not functioning. Their faces, although worn out by the weather and the passing of centuries, looked so human and lifelike, it was scary, like looking at a corpse reanimated by a necromancer. Their innards had numerous tendrils of another strange, flexible material. Inside the tendrils, smaller such tendrils were found.

The roads had ruined vehicles, which were probably scavenged after the city was destroyed. They were built of strange materials as well. Their innards also had tendrils much like the ones from the humanoid constructs. There were also massive, snake-like vehicles full of seats, capable of transporting hundreds or even thousands of people at a time. Besides that, there were so many things I am unable to describe properly. Strange boards with numerous small bumps that would sink when pressure was applied, and pop back once the pressure was gone, thin slabs and tablets hanging from the walls, with purpose unknown to me, and many other things unimaginable.

I came back to the spot we arrived at, Draxenath was now sitting, next to her was a beautiful human woman with pale skin and auburn hair, resting her head on the Goddess’ lap. There were dozens of birds standing all over the Goddess’ body, chirping and singing. She opened her eyes, and the birds ended their song and flew away. – Rise, Avatar! – said the Goddess with a firm, commanding voice. – He has returned and will want to hear your tale about the fall of Curiosity. In the meantime, I will be taking a stroll.

The woman got up and bowed to Draxenath. – As you wish, My Mistress! – she said, as Draxenath walked away, the birds following her and resuming their song. Now she turned her attention to me. Her amber-colored eyes looked at me with interest. – You must be VERY special! I had been trying to reach My Mistress for a thousand years with no success, to find out a mere human was able to bring her out of her hiding place! And she wants me to tell you the tale of my last great failure, where I lost our husband, almost had our sons killed and saw my hopes and dreams crushed!

I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say, I just remained silent. She ripped some meat from the roasted cow and sat down, eating it. Then signaled me to sit down beside her by patting the ground down. I did as she requested. She looked at me as she chewed the meat and started talking. – Before that tale, I think you need to know some more context. What do you know about Sari, My Mistress’ firstborn? – she asked. – I didn’t know his name until now that you brought it up, I know that he was betrayed and murdered, but nothing more, I don’t know any details.- I answered. – Sari was one of a kind, very wise and powerful, could not have been otherwise, being raised by Draxenath and the second son of Amaxis. – said the Avatar. I was surprised by that revelation.

She continued talking. – Amaxis was meant to be the inspiration of all other gods, but he became the most hated instead. Strangely, his second son did not turn out like him. He was mortal, however, he was virtuous, compassionate, and felt empathy for the other gods and creatures. He was liked by everyone, even esteemed by all the gods. He slowly became what Amaxis was meant to be: an inspiration and source of wisdom for gods and mortals. At the same time, the punishment he inherited from his father got weaker. He awakened his draconic traits and was able to use his divine powers with more strength with every passing day.

– He won My Mistress’ heart, as well as mine. Then they had Sari. As Draxenath’s Avatar, I had the opportunity to live by his side and give him more children. I became his mortal wife. I appointed the eldest and strongest of our children as Sari’s retainer, her name was Merealla. The difference between them was too notorious, however. Merealla could never shine and stand out at Sari’s side, she was always overshadowed by her powerful godly sibling. Merealla grew to hate Sari, and plotted the conspiracy and betrayal that ended Sari’s life and made My Mistress abandon us.

– It is my fault, I carry that heavy burden in my heart, and have spent these years trying to make up for it with no success. Preventing the destruction of Curiosity was the best chance I had, and my greatest direct failure as I also lost our husband.

She looked very frustrated. I tried to comfort her with some human wisdom. – You have lived for a very long time. Humans like me are short-lived. As such, we have to understand that there is too little time to feel bad about our failures, if we are not ready for the next chance, we will miss it. Many more chances will come to you since you live longer, just be ready when they do.

She said nothing for a few minutes, then decided to start with her tale. – Curiosity was a city of science and technology and the main place of worship for Humenalia. After My Mistress abandoned us, Humenalia decided to join us in freeing the other gods, the slaves and opposing Amaxis. She and the people from Curiosity developed technology and weaponry so advanced it could kill a god.

– Our plan was to use those weapons as leverage to force Amaxis to do as we asked. Humenalia wanted to support her son as best as she could, but that doesn’t mean she intended to kill her beloved husband. Our demands infuriated Amaxis. How could we dare to threaten him? So he decided to destroy Curiosity by himself. We gathered to fight back. It was Humenalia, my husband, three of my sons and me.

– The fight didn’t go as planned. Amaxis had all the intention to kill us. His attacks overwhelmed all of us except my husband. He was the only one with the power to face him, the only one with the chance to defeat him. Their fight was long and exhausting. Then Humenalia took Amaxis by surprise, restraining him. She asked my husband to kill them both by driving his weapon through their heart, that was her desire. He charged, with the weapon in hand, ready for delivering a killing blow, but missed. He could kill neither of his parents. Amaxis broke free and ripped my husband’s heart from his chest. Humenalia tried to restrain him again, but he overpowered her. I used the distraction to grab my husband and sons and escape. Humenalia was probably imprisoned like the other gods. Curiosity was destroyed.

– I fled to a secret underground temple we had in a hidden place far away and put my husband’s body in magical stasis to preserve his body, in case there is a way to properly bring him back to life. My sons were alive, but just barely, so I put them in magical stasis as well, in different hidden temples scattered around the world.

She had a grim look in her eyes. – That’s how the tale ended for Athaldar the Invincible Demigod, Zohorone the Fearsome Necromancer, Athel the Ferocious Shapeshifter, and Pram the Mighty Dragon Prince. And it keeps going as an uneventful story for Wallanime the Avatar of Failure… do you think there is a chance left for me?

That was a tremendous surprise to me, I was sitting right beside Wallanime Draconia, and had just heard what happened to her three sons. – The Goddess seems very proud of you and your three sons. She never called you a failure or blamed you for Sari’s death. She never spoke ill of you in our chat. She even wondered if you would ever forgive her for abandoning you. More than worrying about your failures, she is worried about having failed you.

Her look was less grim than before. – You are very kind, I have been needing that for far too long… let’s eat some more, then find out where My Mistress went – she said.

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