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)



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…



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



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




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




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)



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



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



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…


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!



Hold me, father!



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



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.



Hello, old friend!


KING ARODON (surprised)




Hurry! Salvation lies this way in another universe!


KING ARODON (yelling)

Everyone through the lunar rift!



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)



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


The New Britannia Theatre Troupe


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




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



Majoria as Serafina

Gabriel Nightshadow as Himself and the Big Green Dragon


Alleine Dragonfyre as the Oracle




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






Five years later…



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…



But why, father?  



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!



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)



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!



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!



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!  



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



King Arodon performs the DARKSTARR SALUTE.

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



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!



High Priestess Ariel Joy retreats into the shadows.



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.



How we will find this place of refuge, father?



With this!



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…



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! 



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




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.



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



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…



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.



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!



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



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



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



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



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)



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



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



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



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!




Yes, sir!


(Footsteps fading right)

(Footsteps fading left)



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…



Yes sir!




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




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)



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


(Footsteps entering)



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…



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?



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)



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!



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


(Sword drawing sound)



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



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)




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


KRIZOG (furious)

You fight without honor!



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




KRIZOG (mocking)

Ha! Tis but a scratch!  


(Play dead sound)



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



By your command, Great Leader!



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.



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.)



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.



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!



I think not!


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


(Insert “Fall” sound effect.)



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






Eh? A survivor!   Kill her!


(Running footsteps fading right)



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…



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


(Insert “Arrows Flying” sound effect.)



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.



What should we do about these bodies, sir?



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!



Of that I have no doubt, Great Leader!



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)




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





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.



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



Princess Lanthrithel draws her staff.





(Insert sound of swords clashing)





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)



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



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.)



(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)




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



Where were you in our time of need, godfather?                      



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…



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!



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



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?          



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!



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…



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




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…  






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…



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!



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



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



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)



Lord Baldrith, can we talk?



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



…about my feelings for you!


BALDRITH (confused)




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



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



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! 



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…


Lanthirthel suddenly pulls Lord Baldrith into a tight embrace!



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!



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)



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…



The time for talk is over!  Come with me…



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)



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




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.



You were amazing last night…



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



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


LORD BALDRITH (skeptical)

I highly doubt it…



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



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!



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…



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?



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



Lanthirthel smiles as she pats her tummy.






 Lord Baldrith faints.


(Insert “Fall“ sound effect.)




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





The present…

Inside Lord Baldrith’s home in Wizards Rest…



…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!



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.



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!



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.



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…



It was for your own protection, dear…



I understand, father, but I really missed you…



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…



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?! 



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…



Why don’t you go ask him, dear?



Aren’t you coming, father?



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.



Ok, father…



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.)



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






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!



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…




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



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!



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.



Mmm…so tasty!


(Lanthirthel begins crying.)



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



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!






I love you, my darling…


(Insert “Neck Breaking” sound effect)



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)



COUNT ABERON (taunting)

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



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!



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)



  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)



(Insert “Teleport” sound effect)



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



My beloved Lanthirthel, I have failed you!  




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




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.


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! 



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)



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)




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






Lord Baldrith shakes his fist and teleports away.


(Insert “Teleport” sound effect)


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



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



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)



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)



…and that concludes today’s archery demonstration!


(Insert sound of applause)



Thank you…thank you, dear children!



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…



Missed it by that much…


            ELF CHILD # 1 (worried)

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



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



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



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…



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


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


Hi Amber!



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



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



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!



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?



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.



That is very discouraging to hear…



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


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



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…




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



I will remember that for next time, Amber…



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



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


ELF CHILD # 2 (squealing in delight)

Oh yes!  



Excellent!  We will begin your personal lessons tomorrow morning…






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



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)



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)



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



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!




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




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.



Fools! Don’t they realize by now that…

Resistance is Futile!


(Insert “News Intro” sound effect)



“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.



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. 



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)



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.  



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.



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…



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!



You have done well, my precious Oracle…



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



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



Your wish is my command, Big Daddy…

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



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



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!



President Trumbull rubs his hands with glee.



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. 



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?



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 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…


By your command, Great Leader!


(Insert footsteps fading left)



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)



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…



Eh? Who said that?



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.



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


SERAFINA (whispering)

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



Curse you and the rest of the Timelord clan!



President Trumbull shakes his fist at Serafina.

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



Can’t breathe…


(Insert” Gagging” sound effect)


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



President Trumbull suddenly vomits blood!


(Insert “Puke Vomit Ralph“ sound effect)



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)





(Insert “Shadowrun” sound effect by radian)


THE ORACLE (wailing)

I don’t want to go…



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!



Frak you!


(Insert ”Fall“ sound effect)


(Insert “Wet Fart Squish“ sound effect)



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

Agent Love, cover me!



You’ve got it, partner!



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!



I think not!


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


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



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


(Insert “Tick Tock” sound effect)



Hmm… Where is that ticking sound coming from?



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)



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


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



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)



…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…






(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.



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)



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



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


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



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!   



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)



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)



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…



The big, green dragon begins drooling…



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


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



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…



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!



Serafina finishes the stunned dragon off with a devastating uppercut!


(Insert “Uppercut” sound effect)


(Insert “Dragon Roaring” sound effect)



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


(Insert “Fall” sound effect)



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)



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…


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





By your command!


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



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!





(Insert “Fall” sound effect)



No way! I’m out of here!


(Insert fleeing footsteps sound)



Coward!  I will deal with him later…



OBSIDIAN MAGE (sneering)

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



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


OBSIDIAN MAGE (frightened)

Not Serafina…the “Living Weapon”?!



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






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)



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!



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)



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



                                                             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


  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




  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 –
  14. 43. “Romantic Intro” by Setuniman
  15. “Medieval Introduction” by Tristan Lohengrin -
  16. “Dragon Warrior (Loopable)” by: Marcus Dellicompagni –



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




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!



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…



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!



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



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


COUNT ABERON (growling)

Argh!  You will pay for doing that!



 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!)



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!



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)




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 )



Oh no…Serafina! 




(Insert “Electric Shock Zap“ sound effect)



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?!


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)



Lord Baldrith casts Ring of Fire around Count Aberon!


COUNT ABERON (in pain)




Count Aberon transforms back into his man beast form.


LORD BALDRITH (snarling)

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



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)



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…



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




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



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.



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



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.




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



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!



      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!



                  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!



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!



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!



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)




      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!



      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)



      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!



     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!



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


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



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)




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)



    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?



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”…



Meghan lovingly strokes Robert’s right cheek.



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



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!



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)



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”…



As you wish…



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



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



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.



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

Several hours later…



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…



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…



      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.



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



    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?



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



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



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



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



I hope you are right.

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



Yes, my love!


ROBERT (sighing)

It’s going to be a long walk back…




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


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



Umm…will those two do instead?



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!



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



Hello there!


ROBERT (worried)

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



Would the two of you mind giving us a ride?



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.



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



As you wish…



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)



(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)




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



I don’t think so…


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



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.




But none of that won’t help you now!



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?!



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!



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



 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!!! 







Die, foul beast!



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)



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



That felt…SO… good!  



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!



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



Yes…my master…



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!



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)



Everything suddenly fades to black…




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



Gabriel Nightshadow’s second home in Rifts End.



(Insert “Forever” sound effect by carmsie)

(Insert “I See You” sound effect)



GABRIEL (screaming)




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!



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…




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




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




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



The following sound effects can be found at:


 “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:


“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:


“Sci-fi Rocket Launch 01” – by sandyrb

“Wooden Door Smash Open” by Eneasz –  A composite of three other FreeSound sounds:


“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







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…



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)






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


JOHNNY (surprised)

Hey…what’s happening?!

Mom? Dad?



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


JOHNNY (worried)

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



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)



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!



Johnny steps through the lunar rift…


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



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



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



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


October 21 2015

Banish the Darkness (Episode I-False Prophet)

After the awesome listening party, there were some requests to have this available to listen to at leisure! It’s one of the most epic stories to date from Gabriel Nightshadow!

Here is the Text of the story:

Banish the Darkness (Episode I-False Prophet) Written By Gabriel Nightshadow

(Insert “The Land of the Wizard” music track.)

NARRATOR (ominous tone)
It began with They Who Dwell in Darkness, and continued with Of Shadows and Light and The Birth of Darkness. Now comes the final chapter in the Darkness saga…

The New Britannia Theater Troupe
Banish the Darkness

Directed and Produced by Asclepius

Writers: Gabriel Nightshadow and Amber Raine

Music Supervisors: Amber Raine and Gabriel Nightshadow

Director of Public Relations:
Amber Raine

Technical Consultant:
Sir Stile Teckel

Episode I – The False Prophet
Voice Cast
Asclepius as Gabriel Nightshadow and Mesdoram Elmdor
Lord Baldrith as Nystal TimeLord and the Narrator
Amber Raine as Ember Flame and Ariel Joy
StaticGrazer as High Priest Ackanon
Duke Greagoir as Duke Garen
Lady Adnor as Annese Vantrel
Womby as Michael Nightshadow and Karl Hogan (village blacksmith)
Avatar Acid as Sam Whitfield (the bartender)
Sharm as Clara Whitfield (the barmaid)
Doctor Shroud as Todd Brown (the Village Crier), Bob Brown (the Village Drunk), and Elmo
Sophi as Hannah Matthews (the farmer’s wife)
Solstar as Jed Matthews (the farmer) and Captain Jordan Crayt
Sir Stile Teckel as Obsidian Knights, Angry Mob, and Village Guard
Jack Knyfe as Kazyn Phoenixfyre and Mayor Nicholas Darque

(Insert travel music track # 2.)

High noon on a bright summer day on the North Valeway in the Hidden Vale…

(Insert “Sunny Day” sound effect.)

You know, Nystal, even though we just met a couple of hours ago, I can’t shake this feeling that we’ve actually known each other for a very long time. Ever since I arrived here in New Britannia a few weeks ago, I have been having memory flashes of places, people, and events which differ markedly from what I remember experiencing…You appear in a lot of those memories.

I can understand your confusion, Gabriel. Those are the experiences of your counterpart in a parallel universe, where much remains the same, but some of which differs greatly. Here, this should help…

(Insert “Tinkle” sound effect.)

Nystal reaches out with his left hand and places his palm on Gabriel’s forehead. Gabriel disjointed memories of life in this universe and the parallel universe suddenly resolve themselves into a single narrative.

Ah, now things make a lot more sense to me! So in this universe I am still the Eternal Champion of Order, destined to be reborn every time I die in a new body as I engage in my neverending battle with the Eternal Champion of Chaos. But who is this Eternal Champion of Chaos who currently inhabits the body of this tall, white albino man known as Count Aberon?

I do not know. In the other universe, he was your brother, Lucius, and he inhabited the form of Duke Garen, a prominent member of the Great Council. But in this universe, you do not have a brother…All I know for sure is that This Eternal Champion of Chaos first appeared shortly after my first encounter with you in ancient Rome over 2,000 years ago…

…and the Dragon Lords were not wiped out by Lord Shadowreign in this realm?

No, Lord Shadowreign never existed in this universe. The Dragon Lords were destroyed by the Obsidians, who viewed them as a threat to their plans for conquest. Prior to their destruction, they had helped Lord British maintain the peace for 150 years, as he sought to restore the land following the Great Cataclysm 400 years ago. Only your father, Dragon Lord Michael Nightshadow, survived the final assault on Castle Genar, for he was dispatched to earth by Grandmaster Jero Oraci in order to safeguard the Amulet of Vazur, which grants the user control over the Nine Dragons of legend…

GABRIEL (stunned)
I had no idea…All I remember from my childhood was that highly successful t.v. series they made based on his novels about the masked vigilante known as NIGHTSHADOW. I wish I had gotten the chance to know him better. I was only ten years old when died of a heart attack while we were spending the summer at our lodge up in Lake George, NY. I remember mom being called away suddenly just a week prior to that to tend to her ill father down in Orlando, Florida.

Um…yes, about your father’s death…

GABRIEL (curious)
Yes, what about my father’s death? Is there something I should know?

No, it is best if you find out on your own. I understand it was a very traumatic event for you. When your mom returned a day later, she found you catatonic and cradling your dead father’s body in your lap…

Yes, from what my mother told me, I was in that catatonic state for over a month. I regret that I never had a chance to say goodbye to my father. My mother had his body cremated while I was in the hospital.

I see. That reminds me, I have something for you…

Nystal reaches into his Magical Backpack of Infinite Capacity and pulls out a sword in a red lacquer scabbard, which he hands to Gabriel. Gabriel draws the sword from it scabbard. The black metal blade seems to hum as Gabriel holds it. The gold circular guard is composed of nine intertwined dragons and the red leather wrapped handle is engraved with the eight golden runes of Virtue which glow faintly. Gabriel recognizes the sword instantly…

GABRIEL (excited, then puzzled)
This is the Dragon Katana! But I thought it was destroyed long ago…

Not in this universe. Your grandfather, Christopher, the first Dragon Lord, entrusted it to me for safekeeping on his deathbed. It was his wish that I present it to you when the time was right…

Gabriel is startled as the blade suddenly is bathed in flames! Then, it crackles with electricity, followed a few moments later by ice, and finally the eerie black glow of death…

Ah, I see that you have discovered the hidden power of the Dragon Katana! It allows the wielder to draw upon the powers of the Nine Dragons when engaged in melee combat. You have unlocked the power of four of the Nine Dragons – Black = death, Red = fire, White = ice, and Blue = electricity. In time, you will unlock the power of the other five Dragons of Legend…As the descendant of Christopher Nightshadow, your bloodline is linked to the black dragon, Kuroseth. This also explains your affinity for death magic…

Yes, I wondered why I found it much easier learning spells from that school of magic than any of the others…I also seem to have a strong affinity for fire magic too.. Hmm…Nystal, why do I not hear any of the Nine Dragons?

A powerful warrior you may be, my young friend, but you are still not ready to assume the mantle of Grandmaster of the Dragon Lords. Only after you pass your final trial shall you be able to claim your birthright. On the way down to Greystone, we will stop by the Lost Tomb of the Dragon Lords to retrieve more items which will aid you in your quest. So tell me, Gabriel, have you made any other new friends since your arrival in New Britannia?

Just one additional new friend. As you know, I was in the middle of a SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) banquet when I was pulled through a lunar rift. I appeared in the middle of an Elven camp in the Greymark Forest. It was high noon and they were having lunch, so they were not happy about being interrupted. Thankfully, I still had my sword with me, and I was able to defend myself until your former apprentice, Lord Baldrith appeared and laid waste to them with fire and ice magic. Once the battle was over, he properly outfitted me with augmented leather armor, a longbow and arrows, and some reagents. He offered to accompany me to Owls Head.
After we made our way out of the Greymark Forest, we came upon a trade caravan under attack by a group of nomadic cannibals known as the Kaitoth. Lord Baldrith and I went to their aid, but we were seriously outnumbered. Suddenly, a mysterious warrior appeared out of nowhere and began slashing away at them with his sword. The cannibals appeared to be frightened of the warrior, who they referred to as “The Scorpion”. He singlehandedly slew half of the cannibals and beheaded their leader, claiming his head as a trophy and declaring that his people had finally been avenged. He introduced himself to us as MulGirtab, and said that he hailed from the metropolis known as Beran’s Reach. He seemed impressed with my skill with a bow and arrow and invited me to visit their fine community on the island of Port Mirren and consider joining their Bear Tavern Guild.

Ah, the Bear Tavern Guild! Their motto is “Fame, Glory, Beer!” They are a good group of people, Gabriel, and they serve the finest beer in all of Novia, brewed from their own secret recipe. It would be wise of you to join their guild…

GABRIEL (curious)
I was just wondering, Nystal, do you happen to know of this fellow, MulGirtab, personally?

Indeed I do. He’s experienced a lot of grief in his lifetime, but he’s definitely a loyal and courageous fellow.

GABRIEL (curious)
Gee, Nystal, is there anybody in Novia you don’t know?

What can I say? I am a very popular person. People just seem to “like” me. I…

Nystal suddenly seems distracted and then upset, as indicated by the serious expression on his face.

GABRIEL (concerned)
Nystal, is something wrong?

I just received a telepathic message from my wife, Chariya. It seems that our youngest son, Tahru, has gotten himself in trouble again.


Continue south on this road to Greystone. I will catch up to you after I am done bailing Tahru out of whatever mess he’s gotten himself into. Of course, my wife says Tahru reminds her of me when I was young. Nah, I was never that mischievous at that age…

Nystal grins and teleports away in a cloud of white smoke.

(Insert “Teleport Spell” sound effect.)

(Insert peaceful music track # 3.)

As the hot noon day sun shines down on Gabriel, he realizes that he needs to rest soon and find something to quench his thirst. It was a good thing that he had changed back into his lighter augmented leather armor before he had departed Owls Head, because Gabriel would have been cooked in that heavy augmented plate armor.

(Insert ”Hawk Screech Valley” sound effect.)

Suddenly, he spies a village a short distance ahead. The sign outside the entrance archway indicates the name of the village is FALURA FIELDS, but it is not indicated on the parchment map which Nystal had given him earlier that day. He approaches the Village Crier.

TODD (cheerful)
Greetings, traveler! Welcome to the crossroads village of Falura Fields. I am Todd Brown, the village crier. How can I be of assistance to you on this fine summer day?

Hello, Todd. My name is Gabriel Nightshadow. I am rather parched. By any chance, is there a tavern in your fine village where I can get something to quench my thirst?

Why yes, my good fellow! The Golden Lamb Tavern is just right over there. They offer a fine selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Sam, the owner and bartender, used to tend bar at FireLotus Tavern before he decided to go into business for himself. His beautiful, young wife, Clara, is the barmaid and definitely a sight for sore eyes.
(whispering) Between you and me, we don’t have that many other attractive women in this village…
I have just a word of advice for you. Don’t take anything my identical twin brother, Bob, says seriously. He is the village drunk and somewhat of an embarrassment to our family. He claims to have prophetic visions, which he uses to con unsuspecting travelers out of their money…
Should you ever decide to settle down somewhere, Falura Fields is the place to be! We still have quite a few vacant town and village lots available, abundant natural resources, and plenty of fine vendors willing and able to supply you with whatever you might need, at reasonable prices. There are many community events held every month. Why, just last week, the New Britannia Theater Troupe came through here and put on a performance of their latest play, Aurum Berries.
Our mayor, Nicholas Darque, has done a fine job of revitalizing our sleepy little village since he first arrived here ten years ago. Bit of an odd fellow, but he definitely knows how to get things done!

Thank you for the information, Todd. Good day to you!

TODD (cheerful)
…and a good day to you, Mr. Nightshadow! I do hope you enjoy your time here in Falura Fields!

(Insert tavern music track # 4.)

Gabriel Nightshadow enters the Golden Lamb Tavern and sees a middle-aged balding fellow tending bar. The tavern is nearly full, which surprises Gabriel, considering the time of the day. A beautiful young woman about half of the bartender’s age is serving drinks to the tavern patrons. Although she smiles at the tavern patrons, Gabriel notices that it seems somewhat forced. As she brings a drink to a ruggedly handsome, burly blacksmith seated at a nearby table, Gabriel can’t help but notice that her demeanor changes. Her smile suddenly seems genuine.

CLARA (cheerful)
Here’s that mug of Honey Bear mead you ordered, Karl. I do hope that you enjoy it!

The blacksmith plunks a couple of silver coins on the serving tray.

Yes, I am sure I will, Clara. Just finished making another batch of swords for Duke Garen and I am really parched. By the way, that’s a lovely floral pattern dress you’re wearing today, Clara. It really complements your brown hair and blue eyes quite nicely.

Why, thank you, Karl. It was the only one which Heather had in stock, specially imported from Madame Fleurette’s shop in Britanny. By coincidence, it just happened to be in my exact size…

Yes, what a happy coincidence…
(KARL chuckles.)
So, I was wondering if Master Bard Horatio Iacovetto will be gracing us with his presence this evening. I do so enjoy his love songs…

I’m afraid not, Karl. Apparently, Horatio couldn’t pay off his gambling debts and bar tab at the Nimada casino in Ardoris. Sir Stile Teckel pressed charges and Horatio has been jailed by the Shogun Siranto. It could be a while before we see him again. In the meantime, Sam has been reviewing potential replacements. Ben, our assistant bartender, told me that he is considering hiring Constance Bennington.

Constance Bennington? I recently heard her sing in Port Phoenix while making a delivery to Wody Draconisaer at his tavern. Her high pitched shrieking almost made my ears bleed. The only reason anyone comes to see her perform is because of her…um…physical attributes. You should ask Sam to give you a shot. I’ve heard you sing when you thought no one was listening. You have a wonderful singing voice…

CLARA (embarrassed)
Why, thank you for saying that, Karl. I’m really not that great of a singer. Besides, Sam would be too cheap to hire another waitress to replace me.
(Clara sighs.)
Now, if you excuse me, I need to fetch some supplies from the back room.

Gabriel notices that as she turns to leave, Clara, the barmaid, and Karl Hogan, the blacksmith, exchange quick, amorous glances with each other. Todd’s identical twin brother, Bob, is seated at the end of the counter. He is obviously drunk and is mumbling incoherently. Someone finally gets up to leave, so Gabriel steps up to the counter and sits down. Sam, the bartender, turns to him and smiles.

Greeting, stranger! Welcome to the Golden Lamb Tavern. I am Sam Whitfield, owner and proprietor. The lovely young woman serving drinks over there is my wife, Clara. How can I help you on this fine summer day?

Well, a nice cold mug of Fire Mountain Ale would certainly quench my thirst right now!

Ah, the good stuff! Well, you just happen to be in luck. Not too many taverns carry it nowadays because of the limited supply.

(Insert “Pouring a Glass Full” sound effect.)

Sam leaves and returns shortly with a full mug of Fire Mountain Ale.

That will be one gold piece, my good sir.

Here are two. Keep the change.

Thank you kindly, stranger. What brings you to our fine village today?

BOB (inebriated)
We’re all doomed, I tell you! Doomed! (hic) The Obsidians and the Oracle are not the true foes. The real menace remains hidden in the shadows…How much longer must I be plagued by these dark visions of death and suffering?

Eh? Who is this foe you speak of?

Don’t mind him, stranger! This is Bob, our village drunk. Claims to have prophetic “visions”, but I think it is just the liquor talking. He’s never been quite the same since getting stuck by that strange lightning bolt ten years ago…

What was strange about the lightning bolt?

Well, it was a bright spring day. Not a dark cloud in the sky. No wind or rain. The lightning bolt just appeared out of the blue and zapped him. We thought he was dead. When he regained consciousness, he told us that he had received some sort of “gift from the gods” and told us his purpose was to share his visions with others. Utter nonsense, if you ask me…

Bob turns towards Gabriel and stares at him wide-eyed. He suddenly grabs Gabriel and pulls him close. Gabriel can smell the liquor on his breath.

BOB (drunk, but excited)
You are the one I saw in my last vision! You are the Last Dragon Lord, the one who shall save us from this evil force which threatens us all!
(whispering) Why, this unknown foe who hides in the shadows may even be watching us right now…

(Insert “I See You” sound effect.)

GABRIEL (confused)
Eh? How do you know who I am? Where did that voice come from?

Let the poor fellow go, Bob! I think you’ve had enough for today. Time for you to leave!

Bob releases Gabriel and staggers to his feet.

You can not escape your destiny, Dragon Lord. (hic) Once you face the tall albino man for the final time – all will become clear… I bid you adieu…

Bob suddenly passes out and his head falls on the counter, while his body slumps back down on his stool. He begins snoring loudly…

As leader of the village council, I must apologize for Bob’s behavior. I have never ever seen him react like that to a person before. Here, let me get you another mug of Fire Mountain ale, on the house…

(Insert “Plate Shatter Break” sound effect.)

What was that?

Gabriel peers around the corner of the bar and sees Clara sprawled out on the floor in the open supply room. She appears to be momentarily stunned. A large crate half full of dishes lies on the floor beside her. Quite a few plate fragments are scattered around her.

SAM (yelling)
You stupid woman! Those plates from the Eastern Lands cost me a fortune! How could you be so careless?

CLARA (apologetically)
I …lost my balance. I am so sorry, Sam…

Karl is quickly by Clara’s side and helps her to his feet.

Are you hurt, Clara?

Just a bit bruised, Karl. Thankfully, I don’t appear to have any cuts from the plate fragments. I’m afraid that my new dress is ruined though…

Here, let me put that heavy crate back up on that shelf for you. Why don’t you rest a bit? I’ll grab a broom and dustpan to clean up the mess.

Karl grabs the crate with both hands and easily places it back on the high shelf, then begins sweeping up the broken plate fragments. Clara takes a seat at a nearby table. Sam is suddenly aware of the angry stares he is getting from some of his most loyal customers because of his apparent lack of concern for his wife’s well-being.

SAM (apologetic)
Sorry for yelling at you like that, my darling! I was just a bit rattled. You rest there while I fetch you a glass of water and a damp cloth… Thank you for the help, Karl.

Sure, no problem, Sam…

As Sam turns his back to him, Karl glares at him momentarily before resuming his sweeping.

(Insert sinister music track # 5.)
Meanwhile, something more sinister is happening in the village square. A large mob has gathered near a huge stone ankh which has been erected. Chained to the ankh is the High Priestess of Chaos, Amber Raine, who has a scowl on her face. The High Priest of Order, Ackanon, is speaking, while his most loyal follower, the former assassin known as Annese Vantrel, and his wealthy benefactor, Duke Garen, stand off to the side.

We live in dark times, my friends. Think of all the bad things that have been happening in this village lately – the nightly attacks by the undead, the cow and sheep mutilations, all of the missing children. These dark deeds have all been perpetrated by those who thrive on Chaos. As the new High Priest of Order, I tell you that, now more than ever, you need the firm hand of Order to bring you the comfort and safety which you so desperately crave! Those who serve Chaos and refuse to pledge their allegiance to Order must be destroyed, and their tainted souls cleansed and purified through fire!

Yes, listen to the High Priest! I was once the leader of the Dakari Sisterhood of Assassins, and spread Chaos throughout the land with murder and deception. But High Priest Ackanon showed me the light and put me on the road to redemption. Death to those who spread the word of Chaos!

You all know me. For so long I was only consumed by my desire for wealth and power and was unaware of the festering cancer which plagues our land. Then came the day I met High Priest Ackanon and he lifted the veil of darkness which had covered my eyes. That is why I now offer him both my financial and military support in his quest to restore Order to the land!

I believe in you, High Priest Ackanon! I’ve seen how this witch has tried to bewitch my husband with her feminine charms and lead him down the path of Chaos! Look at him – even now he seems to be under her spell…

She has done no such thing, woman! I was just admiring her beauty. First time I have ever seen a slim, attractive, fair-skinned redheaded elf. Nothing at all like those grotesque Obsidian creations we are used to seeing…

That’s utter nonsense! I know you like your women to have a bit more meat to them, so you have something warm to snuggle up to at night. She’s obviously got you under some sort of spell! I say – burn the witch!

Others in the crowd start chanting, “Burn the witch!” as well. Everyone in the Golden Lamb Tavern come out to see what all of the commotion is about.

(Insert peaceful music track # 6. This will be Kazyn’s theme.)

A hooded figure steps forward and stands in front of Amber. Removing his hood, he turns to face the crowd and speaks…

I stand with you, Amber. I stand with you not because you are of chaos but because I am of order. I am also of the virtues which I believe MUST be upheld in ALL acts of order lest we descend into darkness. Order without the virtues is merely an act to enforce the will of man. This is an act of subjugation, not of freedom. To attempt to kill someone for simply believing different than you, is not only against my own moral compass but it flies directly in the face of the virtues.
• Before we can stand up to call ourselves worthy of speaking to Order, we must first understand the Sacrifices we must make in ourselves to truly understand the Virtues. For order without virtues, is Tyranny.
• There is no Humility in making the act of killing in the name of you or your beliefs a public spectacle.
• There is no Valor in execution of any kind. Nor is there Honor in killing one who has not raised a sword to you.
• The act of killing or demanding fealty strictly because you are for an idea as mercurial as Order or Chaos takes away the very concept of Inner Spirituality that the virtues were founded upon.
• To invite someone to a stage in the act of friendship only to turn around and call them a heretic and attempt to kill them, that is showing neither showing Honesty or Compassion
• And to seek to murder someone simply for what they believe, with no trial or due process shows a gross lack of Justice being applied.
The quote, “Thou shalt enforce the laws of virtue, or thou shalt die as a heretic.” Was a quote from the VIRTUE LAWS. Laws that were corrupting order through edicts put out by Lord Blackstorm! These are laws from men of the darkest of hearts who corrupted the virtues and those who passionately followed the tenants of Order in order to subjugate and enslave the populace of Britannia.

Behold as I reveal the true identities of these men claiming to be agents of Order!


Kazyn casts a spell and the cloaks worn by High Priest Ackanon and Duke Garen are revealed to be not cloaks worn by those loyal to Lord British, but something more sinister…


See, the cloaks worn during this ceremony are those of the Obsidian Order, a group who enforced order through a similar set of rules in order to subjugate all of what was left of the planet following doomsday. Again, a group trying to enforce order without following the path of the Virtues.

If this is your inspiration, then the only “light” you stand for is that of a tyrant and a dictator. It is a spit in the face Lord British as a paragon of the virtues, and a black mark on the reputations of those of us who truly understand the virtues as they apply to both Order AND Chaos.

As a scholar of our lands and history and as a man who walks the path of Order with the Virtues well in hand, I consider this a black day indeed.

(Insert battle music track # 7.)

Damn you, priest, for interfering with our plans!

The cowardly High Priest Ackanon suddenly blasts the unsuspecting Kazyn Phoenixfyre in the back with several fire arrows! Kazyn falls forward to the ground unconscious.

Stop this madness at once! Release the woman and surrender yourselves to the authorities!

I will not let you stop us!

Gabriel reaches for his sword, but suddenly finds that he can no longer move at all, for the High Priest has cast the spell Dazzling Rays upon him!

Good people of Falura Fields, join us! Only the Obsidians can restore Order to the land, not these weak minded fools who serve Lord British! For there to be Order, Chaos must be destroyed! Lord DarkStarr and all who serve him must be eliminated, starting with his High Priestess!

Now you shall pay for your crime of trying to lead the people astray! Burn, Chaos witch!

(Insert “Fire Burning” sound effect.)

High Priest Ackanon casts Immolate and Amber finds herself surrounded by flames. She struggles to free herself from the mystically enchanted chains which bind her to the giant stone ankh, but to no avail. Suddenly, her eyes changes color from green to blue and she speaks in the voice of another…

Do not worry yourself, dear sister. I will take care of this!

What manner of sorcery is this? The witch appears to be unaffected by the flames!

EMBER FLAME (evil laugh)
Foolish mortal! Don’t you know that Ember Flame can not be harmed by fire?

Who is Ember Flame?

EMBER FLAME (shouting)
I am your worst nightmare, Obsidian scum!

You can not harm me, witch! You are unable to break free of those mystically enhanced chains and I am in possession of your greatest weapon, The Chaos Spoon! Those who oppose Order shall die!

High Priest Ackanon holds up the Chaos Spoon to the crowd and laughs as he waves it around to mock her. This infuriates Ember to no end, and she begins cursing at the priest…
One of the people in the crowd bumps into Gabriel, freeing him from the spell! Gabriel glances over at Kazyn Phoenixfyre’s unconscious form. The High Priest’s attack did not appear to have caused him serious injury. Some in the crowd appear to be hesitant after Kazyn exposed the High Priest as a false prophet, but others are still chanting, “Burn witch! Burn!”
Gabriel shoves several aside as he tries to reach Amber, but there are just too many of them. Suddenly, the white gold ankh around his neck begins to glow and Gabriel experiences a memory flash…

(Insert dramatic music track.)

Long, long ago, in the days of Old Britannia…
Midnight at the mountainside Blood Omen Keep, castle of Lord Mesdoram Elmdor, leader of the Death Corps…
Lord Elmdor sits by his wife’s bedside as she struggles to speak.

A’melamin, Ariel Joy, the assassins who ambushed and poisoned you have been eliminated, but I fear that no antidote was found. It appears that they were associates of your late sister, Chyna.

ARIEL JOY (coughing)
I suspected that would be the case, Mela en’ coiamin Mesdoram. I knew there would be consequences when I slew my sister, but her fate was sealed the day she chose to serve Lord British. I don’t have much time left, but I die happy with the knowledge that what we have created will last long after we are gone. The Church of the Dark Star which you had built for me and my followers is in good hands. Our daughter Stormie will make a fine High Priestess and wielder of the Chaos Spoon!

Yes, the dwarf Watts did an excellent job at crafting the Spoon and our dread Grandmaster of Necromantic Arcane Arts, Kane, imbued it with powerful Necromantic and Chaos magics indeed. It is a formidable weapon for our daughter, Stormie, to wield against our many foes. But her time is just beginning and ours is at an end…

Lord Elmdor gets up and reaches down to pick up his dying wife. He cradles her in his arms as he begins walking towards the terrace.

You shouldn’t do this, amin Mori Tura…You must remain behind to offer Stormie guidance and support in the dark days which lie ahead…

No, you have trained her well. She can handle this on her own. We began this long journey together and we will end it together, Melamin…

Lord Elmdor carries Ariel Joy out to the terrace and they both stare up at the two blood red moons in the dark night sky.

Ah, what a lovely sight!

Indeed it is. One final kiss, my love…

Lord Elmdor bends his head down and gives Ariel Joy a long passionate kiss. When it is over, he raises his head and stares deep into her eyes.

Amin mela vys. Are you ready, my love?

Ariel Joy nods as she clings to his neck tightly. Lord Elmdor utters an incantation and they both erupt into flames.

(Insert “Fire Burning” sound effect.)

Lord Elmdor leaps off the terrace into the yawning chasm below…
Halfway down the mountain, a lunar rift suddenly appears in mid-air below them and their flaming bodies pass right through it!
Their flaming skeletal remains emerge from the portal and come crashing to the ground amidst the other corpses lying on a bloody battlefield. Balls of light emerge from their corpses and enter the nearby bodies of two dead Romans – a centurion and a woman. A mysterious hooded figure standing nearby casts a Resurrection spell on the two bodies. Both the Roman centurion and the noblewoman gasp for air as they live once more…

How is it that we are alive and in these strange new bodies?

I don’t know, my love. I’m not even sure where we are. This place is unfamiliar to me…

The mysterious figure approaches them and removes his hood, revealing a tall, slender, middle-aged bearded fellow. He looks at the pair and says…

Do not fear, I mean you no harm! I bid you greetings, Lord Mesdoram Elmdor and High Priestess of Chaos, Ariel Joy. Welcome to ancient Rome on the planet Earth. The year is 25 B.C. My name is Nystal Timelord, and I have been expecting you. You long path to redemption begins here…

Lord Elmdor and Ariel Joy exchange confused glances with each other as Nystal TimeLord smiles and his eyes begin to glow…

(Insert dramatic music track # 9.)

(Insert “Time Warp” sound effect.)

Lord Elmdor suddenly finds himself back in the present in Gabriel Nightshadow’s body. A ball of light emerges from the white gold ankh around his neck and flies toward the form of Amber Raine. It enters her and her body begins to glow. The mob begins to pull back.
Suddenly, Amber’s eyes turn bright red. She turns and looks in Gabriel’s direction.



Ariel Joy smiles for a moment before turning to face High Priest Ackanon. She glares at him and then pulls with all of her might and shatters the mystical chains binding her to the giant stone ankh. She utters a few words in a strange tongue and the Chaos Spoon springs forth from High Priest Ackanon’s hand and flies into hers. She steps forward and walks through the flames unharmed toward the High Priest. The mob runs for cover.

Foolish human, how dare you try and destroy that which I built! Now you will face the wrath of Ariel Joy, the first High Priestess of Chaos!

High Priest Ackanon turns white with fear and begins casting fire arrows at Ariel Joy, but she manages to dodge them all. When that proves ineffective, he begins casting fireballs at her, but she simply walks straight through them as if they did not exist.

Stay away from me, Chaos Witch! This should take care of you!

High Priest Ackanon casts the spell Dazzling Rays on Ariel Joy, but she appears to be unaffected…

AMBER (laughing)
Trying to mesmerize me, you pathetic fool? Your magic skills are weak! Now it is time to show you the power of the Chaos Spoon!

Ariel Joy points the Chaos Spoon at High Priest Ackanon. A black beam of energy springs forth and strikes the High Priest in the forehead. Suddenly, High Priest Ackanon begins hallucinating. He sees himself surrounded by hundreds of angry people – those who he had slain for not siding with Order.

No, all of you stay away from me! You brought this upon yourselves for refusing to convert to Order!
No, we did not deserve to die for refusing to bend ourselves to your will, false prophet! You must pay for your crimes!

The angry mob begins tearing away at High Priest Ackanon’s robes as he begins casting fire and sun magic wildly in all directions! Red welts and scratches suddenly begin appearing all over the High Priest’s body as he screams out in pain!
Ariel Joy walks up to the High Priest and says…

AMBER (shouting)
You have spilled a lot of innocent blood, false prophet! Your victims demand vengeance and now they shall have it!

Ariel Joy plunges her Chaos Spoon deep into High Priest Ackanon’s forehead. He stumbles backward a few steps and then falls to the ground…dead. Ariel Joy removes the Chaos Spoon from his forehead, wipes it clean on his robe, and puts it away.

(Insert battle music track # 10.)

ANNESE (screaming)

Annese quickly draws her twin swords from their sheaths and combines them to form her double bladed sword.

ANNESE (hissing)
You just killed the man I love! Now I am going to slice off your limbs one by one and stick your severed head on a pike as a lesson to all those who follow the path of Chaos!

AMBER (defiant)
You can certainly try, assassin, but you’ll find that I am not that easy to kill…

Amber Raine quickly casts a spell and a Mirror Image, armed with a bow, suddenly appears alongside her! Amber grins as she hurls a fireball at Annese and her mirror image starts firing arrows! Annese’s extraordinarily quick reflexes allow her to dodge the fireball and her black leather armor is only slightly singed. She manages to deflect the arrows with her double-bladed sword. Amber casts Confusion, but Annese appears to be unaffected!

ANNESE (laughing)
Foolish witch! Your mind tricks won’t work on me! All Dakari assassins are trained from birth to have superior mental defenses!

DUKE GAREN (shouting)
Yes, Annese, make the Chaos witch suffer for what she has done! Show her the true meaning of pain!

That voice…I recognize that voice…

(Insert “Summer Rain” music track.)
(Insert “Mirror Shattering” sound effect.)

A long suppressed memory from Gabriel’s past suddenly resurfaces as the mental block his subconscious placed there all those many years ago suddenly shatters like a pane of broken glass!
Thirty years ago, on a hot summer day in 1985 at a lake house in Lake George, NY, little Gabriel Dane stands on their private dock looking at the darkening sky high above.

(Insert “Fish Splashing” sound effect.)

(Insert “Ducks Landing in Water” sound effect.)

He hears the roar of thunder off in the distance.

(Insert “Distant Thunder” sound effect.)

His father, Michael Dane, is busy typing away on his desktop computer in the nearby sunroom.

(Insert “Typing on Computer Keyboard” sound effect.)

Father, why is it getting so dark all of a sudden?

It looks like a there’s a storm coming. That’s odd – there wasn’t one forecast for today. Better come in now, son!

Ok, father!

Little Gabriel runs inside and peers over his father’s shoulder.

What are you working on, father?

(Insert “Fire Within” music track.)

I am working on the script for an upcoming three episode arc of my NIGHTSHADOW television series, my son. In this first episode, our costumed vigilante must use his martial arts skills and high tech weaponry to battle the minions of the evil organization know as OBSIDIAN, who are intent on taking over Paradise City. No one knows who the mysterious leader of the organization is, but in this first episode we are introduced to his two lieutenants, the popular televangelist, Rev. Mathias Wolf, and billionaire Randall Pierce, head of Guardian Industries, a top military weapon manufacturer, as well as the deadly female assassin known as Nirachu. Also, our hero faces problems in his personal life as the handsome and wealthy new owner of the WZAP radio station, Miles Jordan, attempts to steal his girlfriend, DJ Jess Thomas, away from him. He also becomes unemployed when the CPA firm he works for becomes embroiled in an accounting scandal involving their top client, the Paradise City Public School District, and is shut down.

(Repeat “Summer Rain” music track.)

That sounds like a really exciting story! One day I hope to become a great writer like you, dad! Did you get a chance to read the story I wrote last night?

Yes, Gabriel, as a matter of fact I did. The Little Dragon Prince was a very interesting story. I especially like the fact that after the young Dragon Prince saves Lord Bartholomew’s young daughter from those nasty wolves in the Dark Forest they become good friends. It seems that you have definitely inherited my talent for writing…

Thank you, father!

(MICHAEL sighs.)

(Insert medieval music track # 13.)

I still find it hard to believe that after spending most of my life as a soldier that I would find success in my middle age as a writer. You know, Gabriel, that our family has a long tradition of distinguished military service stretching back over 1,000 years…

Yes, all the way back to the Middle Ages. I remember you telling me that before, father. But I thought you said that grandfather tried to give that all up to become a healer?

Yes, he did, but circumstances forced him to abandon that dream. I really wish that you had gotten a chance to know him, Gabriel. He was a very wise, kind, and gentle man by nature. Late at night, he often told me stories about his youth and his many adventures with his best friend, a rather odd fellow named Nystal…

What was so odd about Nystal, father?

While Nystal seemed to have very accurate prophetic visions of future events, people thought he was crazy because they often saw him talking to animals and inanimate objects and sometimes even to thin air. Seems he even had an invisible wife named Chariya…

(Repeat “Summer Rain” music track.)
Wasn’t Chariya a character in one of your episodes?

Why yes she was, son! In Episode 13 of Season 5, she was the nurse who saved NIGHTSHADOW’s life when he was seriously wounded in his fight with the evil samurai known as Mochok. I must have remembered that name from father’s stories…
That reminds me, I have a surprise for you!

What sort of surprise?

Well, in celebration of the 50th issue of the NIGHTSHADOW comic book series, Empire Comics is going to release two special covers in addition to the regular cover – a special sketch cover done by guest artist Hector Perez, and a gold foil embossed hologram cover featuring artwork by guest artist John Yamada! As the creator of NIGHTSHADOW, I received the first printed and signed copies hot off the press, which I now present to you!

Oh my god! Thank you so much, father! I will make sure to put these special copies in my Mylar sleeves right away so they won’t get damaged and read the regular copy tonight after dinner.

(Insert Irish music track # 14.)
Um…I know you try your best, dad, but I really miss mom’s fine Irish cooking. When is she coming home?

She should be back from Florida sometime tomorrow night, Gabriel. It seems that your maternal grandfather, Connor Donohue, has fully recovered from his heart attack. I know it’s been a long month, son, but once she’s back, we will finally be able to eat some decent food. Sadly, it looks like cheeseburgers and French fries for dinner again tonight…At least, I was able to make a nice Caesar salad to go along with it.

That is great news, father! I’ve really missed mom. It’s so quiet around here now. I was so used to hearing her singing those lovely, ancient Irish songs as she knit in the sunroom…

(MICHAEL sighs.)

I’ve missed her very much too, my son. Did I ever tell you about how you we first met?

No, father you have not. I would very much like to hear that story…

(Repeat “Fire Within” music track.)
(Insert “City Ambiance” sound effect.)

Well, it was a dark and stormy night. I had just arrived in the city from out of town and was completely lost. I was apparently in a bad section of the city when I suddenly heard a woman scream! Your mom had just finished her night shift as a nurse at a nearby hospital, but due to construction had to take a detour through that section of the city. Her engine had overheated and she was unable to call for help because her cell phone battery suddenly died as well. Members of the notorious El Diablo gang, who controlled that section of the city, saw your mom and chased her into an alleyway, where they meant to do her harm! I rushed into the alleyway and, although seriously outnumbered, I managed to fight off her attackers. Afterwards, I introduced myself to her. Unfortunately, while I was talking to her, I had my back to the street and was clipped by a car which happened to be speeding by. I ended up in the hospital for two months recovering from my injuries. Although she was not my attending nurse, she came to visit me every day when her shift ended and we talked quite a bit. By the time I was discharged, we had fallen in love. We got married six months later after I started working at my first job as a writer for Fantasy Worlds magazine.

Hmm…that sounds like something that NIGHTSHADOW would do. Gee, dad, you’re not secretly some costumed vigilante who prowls the streets of the city late at night, are you?

MICHAEL (chuckling)
Of course not! That is all make believe, Gabriel, – like in your story, where you claim that you are the Dragon Prince, and that I am some sort of Dragon Lord…

Little Gabriel could not help but notice the big grin on his father’s face as he said that. Maybe that dream which he had which inspired him to write The Little Dragon Prince was true after all!
I have one more surprise for you, Gabriel. This gold pocket watch belonged to your grandfather, Christopher. He passed it down to me when I was about your age. Although you don’t turn ten years old until next week, I think the time has come to pass it on to you. Take good care of it so you can pass it on down to your son someday.

I promise, father. Hmm…what is this strange runic writing on the back of the watch? I don’t know what it means…

For now that must remain a mystery. When the time is right, you will be able to understand what it says…

Little Gabriel nods and puts the shiny gold pocket watch in his pants pocket. Suddenly, there is the roar of thunder as lightning fills the sky and it begins raining heavily outside.

(Insert “Perfect Thunder Storm” sound effect.)

Hmm…this is exactly what it was like the night I first arrived here thirteen years ago…

(Insert ominous sounding music track # 15.)
(Insert “Intruder Alert” sound effect.)

Suddenly, an alarm goes off and Michael quickly glances at the second desktop computer screen to his right. The screen is flashing bright red with the words – PERIMETER BREACH. Michael looks at the images displayed on screen from the various outside cameras and sees several heavily armed knights emerging from a lunar rift in the backyard and skulking about outside! He starts cursing…

How could they have found me after all of these years? Gabriel, we have intruders!

Michael quickly types a password in and a hidden panel in the floor suddenly slides open. Little Gabriel quickly climbs down the ladder as his father had taught him.

Be careful, father!

I will, son…

The panel slides shut. Little Gabriel sits down at a nearby desk in the safe room and observes what is going up above on the three computer monitors in front of him. Michael runs over to the bookshelf and pulls one of the books forward. A secret wall panel opens, revealing a suit of plate armor, a sword and some shuriken. Michael quickly grabs the weapons as the lights suddenly go out due to the power lines being cut from outside. Michael checks the phone and notices that it is dead too.

(Insert “Window Shattering” sound effect.)

He hears the sound of glass breaking and loud voices as the heavily armed knights come charging in and begin destroying everything in sight as they search for him.

MICHAEL (cursing)
Damn it, I don’t have time to put on my enchanted plate armor!

Where is that blasted mage? I need a light spell! I can’t see a damn thing…

Neither can I…

Michael sneaks up behind them.

(Insert “Sword Swing“ sound effect twice in a row.)

He slashes one of them in the back and the other one in the chest in quick succession. They both fall to the ground… dead.

(Insert “Falling Body” sound effect twice in a row.)

Down below, little Gabriel continues to observe everything on the monitors, for the safe room has its own power generator.

Over there! Ack…

(Insert “Thrown Shuriken” sound effect.)

The Obsidian Knight falls back…dead, with one of Michael’s shuriken lodged in his throat!

(Insert “Flame Arrow” sound effect three times in a row.)

Michael’s victory is short-lived, as he is suddenly struck in the back by multiple fire arrows! He drops his sword and falls to his knees. A light spell is cast and two knights quickly hold him down and bind his hands behind his back. As they sit him up, the young Obsidian priest who attacked Michael stands in front of him and gloats…

ACKANON (sneering)
So you are the Last Dragon Lord, Michael Nightshadow? You disappoint me. I expected much more of a fight out of you…

A defiant Michael spits blood in Ackanon’s face.

That was a cowardly attack! You fight without honor, Obsidian priest!

ACKANON (mocking)
Obsidians do whatever it takes to get the job done! Don’t you realize that it was sticking to outdated principles such Truth and Honor which led to the fall of the Dragon Lords?

That’s enough, Ackanon! We need information. Although we managed to kill all of the other Dragon Lords when Captain Crayt and the Seventh Legion attacked Castle Genar all those years ago, Grandmaster Jero Oraci managed to delay us long enough to send you here to Earth with the Amulet of Vazur for safekeeping. Now, more than ever, we need to harness the power of the Nine Dragons in order to crush the growing Resistance movement led by the traitor Amin Zul. Give us the Amulet and we promise to spare your life and let you live out your remaining days in exile on this strange world…

MICHAEL (defiant)
I will never betray my oath!

Captain Crayt, have your men go through this house, room by room…

Captain Jordan Crayt nods and directs his men to begin searching.
Half an hour later…

Captain Crayt, any sign of the Amulet?

No, Duke Garen. My men have conducted a thorough search of this abode and there is no sign of the Amulet of Vazur.

(Insert dramatic music track # 16.)

DUKE GAREN (threatening)
This is your last chance, Dragon Lord. Tell me where you have hidden the Amulet of Vazur or you will die!
Duke Garen draws a wicked looking sword from his sheath. The sword has a blood red blade bathed in an eerie black glow and a black hilt and pommel engraved with glowing red runes and a blood red gem embedded in it.

No! The Obsidians shall never be able to harness the power of the Nine Dragons to enslave the people of New Britannia! I die knowing that, one day, the Dragon Lords will rise again and rid New Britannia of scum such as you!

I think not, for you are the last of them! Very well then, die for your beliefs, Dragon Lord. Your soul is mine!

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

With a single swift stroke, Duke Garen decapitates Michael Nightshadow! Michael’s headless body falls to the ground as his soul is sucked into the red soul gem in the pommel of the sword. Duke Garen’s eyes turn dark black for a moment as he smiles. He wipes his blood soaked blade clean on Michael’s corpse and places it back in his scabbard.

DUKE GAREN (evil laugh)
Ah! That felt so good… Captain Crayt, bring the Dragon Lord’s head. It will make a fine trophy for my display case alongside that of my other defeated foes! At long last, the Dragon Lords are no more!

By your command, Duke Garen!

(Insert sad music track # 17.)

Captain Jordan Crayt nods to one of his men, who steps forward and places Michael Nightshadow’s severed head in a black leather bag and pulls the drawstring shut. The entire group departs.
Fifteen minutes later, a distraught little Gabriel emerges the underground safe room. He sits down and rocks back and forth, as he cradles his father’s headless body in his lap.

LITTLE GABRIEL (sobbing loudly)
Father, why didn’t you tell me the truth? Now you are gone!

Little Gabriel wipes away the tears from his eyes.

LITTLE GABRIEL (angry and determined)
Father, I promise to grow up to be big and strong so I can become a Dragon Lord and avenge you! All those evil Obsidians will DIE!

Little Gabriel suddenly stops rocking back and forth as has a blank expression on his face as he becomes catatonic…

(Insert dramatic music track # 18.)

Back in the present…

GABRIEL (shouting)
It’s you! You killed him!

I’ve killed many men in my lifetime, stranger. Who the hell are you?

Gabriel draws the Dragon Katana from his scabbard and assumes a combat stance. The katana suddenly erupts into flames as Duke Garen stares at it wide-eyed…

DUKE GAREN (surprised)
That’s the Dragon Katana! That means that you are…

Hello. My name is Gabriel Nightshadow. You killed my father. Prepare to die!

(Insert battle music track # 19.)

(Insert “Swords Clashing” sound effect.)

Gabriel lunges at Duke Garen, who uses his own sword to block Gabriel’s attack.

DUKE GAREN (evil laugh)
I think not, young Dragon Lord! I’ve managed to maintain my youth and power for over 250 years thanks to my Dark Soulsword, which was crafted for me long ago by the great Obsidian mage Korben Dar. As long as I continue to feed it souls, I am unbeatable. Soon your soul with join the others!

Don’t count on it, Duke Garen! Once I kill you, I will hunt down the rest of your Obsidian brethren!

Fool, you can not stop the Obsidians from reclaiming power! The late High Priest Ackanon and I are members of only one of the many clandestine Obsidian cells scattered throughout New Britannia! It is our destiny to rule and bring Order to the land!

I will not allow that to happen!

Gabriel and Duke Garen continue to trade blows while a short distance away, Amber continues her battle with Annese Vantrel…

ANNESE (yelling)
I’ve already defeated your Mirror Image! It’s only a matter of time before I defeat you as well, Chaos witch! Rest assured, I will not grant you a quick and easy death! I will make you suffer for a long time and make you beg me to put you out of your misery!

Your overconfidence will be your downfall, assassin!

Annese tries to attack Amber with her double bladed sword, but Amber manages to dodge the attack with her cat-like reflexes and casts Death Field! Annese staggers back after losing a substantial amount of her health. Amber takes the opportunity to legsweep her vulnerable foe. Annese lands on her back and drops her weapon! Amber quickly straddles Annese’s prone form and shoves her Chaos Spoon down Annese’s throat! Annese begins choking on her own blood…

(Insert “Gagging “sound effect.)

AMBER (yelling)
Gag me with a spoon, witch!

Annese dies. Her eyes stare vacantly upward as tears roll down her cheeks.
Meanwhile, Gabriel and Duke Garen seem to be about evenly matched, as neither seems to be able to land a serious blow on the other.

(Insert “Swords Clashing” sound effect.)

I am most impressed by your sword skills, young Dragon Lord. You’re almost as good as me. But you lack the experience which comes with age and I am immortal! The blood of kings flows inside of me! My family once ruled vast areas of the Obsidian Empire and will do so again! I…

You know your problem is is that you talk too much…

(Insert “Ninja Samurai Sword” sound effect.)

Gabriel suddenly slices off Duke Garen’s right arm with his flaming Dragon Katana! It falls to the ground along with his Dark Soulsword!
Duke Garen cries out in pain as the fire cauterizes the wound and he staggers back a few steps…

DUKE GAREN (surprised)
How can this be? I am the finest swordsman in all of the land. I can not be defeated by a mere child…

You lost because you have forsaken your virtues and become a soulless killer!

Gabriel plunges his flaming Dragon Katana into Duke Garen’s belly and straight through the other side! As Gabriel withdraws the blade, Duke Garen falls to his knees.

DUKE GAREN (pleading)
I beg you, Gabriel, please spare my life. I will give you anything you want – wealth, women, power. Name it and it is yours!

Anything I want?


GABRIEL (yelling)
I want my father back, you son of a witch!

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

Gabriel suddenly decapitates Duke Garen with his flaming Dragon Katana! Duke Garen’s head rolls a short distance and comes to a stop near the tall grass. Suddenly, a purple llama comes running out! The llama smiles at Gabriel.

(Insert “Alpaca Mating Call” sound effect.)

It proceeds to bend down and uses its teeth to pick up Duke Garen’s head by its hair. It turns around and disappears off into the tall grass again…

That was rather odd. Who was that strange purple llama?

(Insert music track # 20.)

Gabriel looks down at the Dark Soulsword lying on the ground. He can hear it whisper to him – “Take me, mighty warrior. You know you want to…”

I will not succumb to temptation, you vile weapon! Time to make sure that you can never be used again to enslave souls!

The Dragon Katana suddenly begins to crackle with electricity. Gabriel plunges it directly down on the blood red soul gem, causing it to shatter!

(Insert “Horror Scream 1” sound effect.)

A demonic scream is heard as thousands of glowing orbs of light – the souls of Duke Garen’s many victims – suddenly emerge from the shattered fragments and begin to float upward. Gabriel hears them say, “Thank you!” as they float up high into the sky and disappear beyond the clouds. The last soul orb to emerge floats towards Gabriel and begins to change into a humanoid shape. It begins to solidify into the form of…

GABRIEL (excited)

Hello, Gabriel, my son. Thank you for freeing all of us from that infernal prison.

I’m sorry it took me so long to do so, father.

You did fine, my son. I am proud of you! Now that you have been reunited with your lost love, it is time for you to embark on your great quest – to find the eight other new Dragon Lords and lead them against those who threaten all we hold dear. All of the false prophets who have led the people astray must be destroyed and the Eight Virtues restored to the people.

I won’t let you down, father!

I know, my son. Now I must go join my fellow Dragon Lords in the great beyond. Farewell, Gabriel…

Good bye, father…
Michael smiles at Gabriel and then changes back into a ball of light, soaring up into the sky at rapid speed…

Are you alright, my love?

Yes, I think so, my darling. Now that we have been reunited, I think I can take on just about anything. Thank heavens this little ordeal is finally over…

(Insert sinister music track #21.)

But it’s not over yet, Gabriel (hic)…

All of the villagers turn towards Bob.

What do you mean it isn’t over, Bob? Have you had another vision?

Yup…(hic) Neither Duke Garen nor High Priest Ackanon were the leaders of this Obsidian cell. The true leader of the cell is ….him!

(Insert ”Dun…Dun…Dun” sound effect.)

Bob points his finger at Mayor Nicholas Darque, a handsome middle-aged man with jet black hair and piercing green eyes, who is standing nearby. Everyone turns to stare at the mayor.

Surely you don’t believe the ramblings of the village drunk! I have done so much for this community during my time as mayor.

Many in the crowd nod their heads in agreement.

Yes, I believe the mayor is a good man! There is no possible way that he could be an Obsidian…

No, I tell you that he is the one responsible for all of the evil which has befallen our village lately – the attacks by the undead, the cow and sheep mutilations, and the missing children! You doubt my word? Well here is your proof…

(Insert “Climatic Suspense” sound effect.)

Bob suddenly utters some sort of phrase in some unknown language and the mayor suddenly changes form – into that of an Obsidian lich mage! The mage suddenly casts the spell Blink and appears right behind Bob…

You fool, you’ve ruined everything!

The mayor suddenly grabs Bob’s head with both hands and twists it 180 degrees, causing his neck to snap!

(Insert “Neck Breaking” sound effect.)
(Insert “Falling Body” sound effect.)

Bob’s lifeless body falls to the ground! The crowd gasps in horror!

I am the great Obsidian mage, Korben Dar! Long have I labored to restore the Obsidian Empire to its former glory! Now that I have finally learned the spell to transfer my soul into a new body after two hundred years, I will lead us to victory over the Oracle and all those who stand in our way! And Sam, I will take your beautiful young wife, Clara, to be my Queen!

SAM (yelling)
No way is that going to happen! Die, monster!

Before anyone can react, Sam charges at Korben Dar with a sword! The mage easily dodges Sam’s attack and disarms him. He grabs Sam by the throat with his bony left hand and pulls him in close. Sam looks absolutely terrified as he finds himself inches away from the mage’s glowing eyes and skeletal face.

That was very foolish of you, Sam! Now it is time for me to feed!

The index finger on Korben Dar’s right hand begins to glow and he uses it to slice open Sam’s skull.

(Insert “Ripping Head Off” sound effect.)

Tossing aside the top part, he then proceeds to devour Sam’s
exposed brain!

(Insert “Tearing into Flesh” sound effect.)

After taking a few big bites, he releases Sam’s twitching body, which falls to the ground.

(Insert “Falling Body” sound effect.)

Ah, that was so delicious! As for the rest of you, I gave you the chance to join us, but you refused. Now you will all die!

Korben Dar casts a summoning spell and he is suddenly joined by three dozen of his closest friends…

(Insert “Zombie Horde” sound effect.)

What the hell?! Zombies!

Feeding time, my pretties! Enjoy!

(Insert “Zombie Brain Eater” sound effect.)
(Insert zombie-themed music track # 22)

The zombies start lumbering forward and attacking the villagers! Amber immediately begins casting fire arrows and death rays at them, while Gabriel begins hacking away at them with his flaming Dragon Katana. Karl, the village blacksmith, suddenly appears with a gigantic holy warhammer and starts smashing their skulls in.
KARL (yelling)
Die, you foul abominations!

(Insert “Weapon Blow” sound effect four times in a row.)

The village guards use their swords to decapitate the zombies as well, but there just seems to be too many of them for the guards to handle…

Damn it, I can’t cast any fireballs without incinerating innocent villagers in the process!

Do what you can, my love! I will try and take down Korben Dar!

Gabriel and Amber nod at each other. Amber goes to assist the overwhelmed village guards while Gabriel uses his flaming Dragon Katana to slash his way through a large group of zombies in order to reach Korben Dar.

(Insert “Rage of Blades” sound effect.)

Meanwhile, a short distance away, a zombie is munching on an old woman’s severed leg. He spits out the chunks of flesh in disgust.

Suddenly, the zombie spots Hannah.

(Insert “I Want Brains” sound effect.)

(Insert “Zombie Come Here” sound effect.)

HANNAH (scared)
Get away from me, monster!

The zombie chases after Hannah.

(Insert “Zombie Attack Walk” sound effect.)

She trips over a rock and falls flat on her face. As Hannah gets up, the zombie grabs her around the waist.

HANNAH (yelling)
Let go of me!
(Insert “Slap” sound effect.)

(Insert “Zombie in Pain” sound effect.)
After being slapped in the face by Hannah, the angry zombie bites her on the shoulder.
(Insert “Bite” sound effect.)

HANNAH (screaming)

Hannah cries out in pain as the zombie suddenly rips her left arm out of its socket

(Insert ”Rip Arm Off” sound effect.)

and beats her to death with it! He sits down next to her dead body and begins munching on her severed arm.

(Insert “Tearing into Flesh” sound effect.)

(Insert “Decapitation Head Blood” sound effect.)

The zombie is suddenly decapitated from behind by Jed, who is wielding a sickle!
Jed sadly looks down at his wife’s body.

(Insert “Zombie Attack Walk” sound effect.)

Oh, my darling Hannah…Aaagh!

Jed is suddenly tackled by five zombies.

(Insert “Torture” sound effect.)

(Insert “Rip Arm Off” sound effect.)

(Insert “Tearing into Flesh” sound effect.)

Jed screams out in pain as four of the zombies rip out his arms and legs and begin munching on them,

(Insert “Ripping Head Off” sound effect.)

while the fifth one yanks Jed’s head off! The zombie uses a machete to hack open Jed’s skull and begins eating his brain.

(Insert “Tearing into Flesh” sound effect.)

Meanwhile, on the other side of the village square…
Karl continues smashing his way through the oncoming horde of zombies. He fails to see one sneak up behind him. As the zombie prepares to bite Karl on the neck, he is suddenly decapitated by a lightning sword wielded by…

(Insert “Decapitate Head Blood” sound effect.)

No bloody zombie is going to harm the man I love!

Thanks for the assist, my darling! Now let’s take these things down together!

Sounds like a splendid idea to me, my love!

Karl and Clara smile at each other and then stand side by side and proceed to carve a path straight through the advancing zombies…

(Insert “Weapon Blow” sound effect three times in a row.)

(Insert “Decapitate Head Blood” sound effect three times in a row.)

Meanwhile, Gabriel notices three zombies close by tossing High Priest Ackanon’s severed head around like a ball as they laugh with glee. One of them misses the catch and Ackanon’s head falls to the ground. The zombie kicks the severed head into the air like a soccer ball and it strikes an unfortunate, fleeing villager in the back of the head, killing him instantly! The three zombies pile on top of the dead villager’s body and start ripping it to pieces, which they proceed to feast upon.

(Insert ”Rip Arm Off” sound effect three times in a row.)

(Insert “Tearing into Flesh” sound effect three times in a row.)

Gabriel’s Dragon Katana is suddenly knocked from his hand by Jed’s severed head, which is thrown at him by the zombie who ate Jed’s brains!

(Insert “Drop Sword” sound effect.)

Gabriel finds himself surrounded by eight zombies wielding swords, maces, and axes. He reaches into his reagent pouch and suddenly realizes that he has run out of spell components for his Death Field spell! He tries casting it anyway and it fizzles, causing the zombies to laugh!

(Insert “Fizzle” sound effect.)

(Insert “Monster Laugh” sound effect and repeat eight times- i.e., create crowd effect)

(Insert “Zombie Brain Eater” sound effect and repeat eight times – i.e., create crowd effect)
GABRIEL (defiant)
I wouldn’t be so sure about that…

Gabriel’s left hand is suddenly surrounded by the black aura of death, while his right hand erupts into flames! Gabriel starts attacking the zombies surrounding him with Death Touch and Flame Fist as he dodges their melee attacks!

(Insert “Ghost Breath” sound, immediately followed by “Torch” sound effect. Repeat sequence four times.)

One of the zombies is foolish enough to try and pick up Gabriel’s Dragon Katana and is instantly incinerated before he has a chance to react! The other zombies avoid the katana, but still block Gabriel’s path to it.
After several more minutes, Gabriel finally manages to kill all of the zombies and retrieves his Dragon Katana. He charges toward Korben Dar, who is now standing on a nearby hill overlooking the village.

(Insert “Battle of Kings” music track.)

Korben Dar, stop standing there and face me in combat!

Ah, Gabriel Nightshadow! At last, I have the opportunity to avenge the death of my nephew, Nestor!
(Insert “Ghost Breath” sound effect.)

Korben Dar casts a Death Ray at Gabriel, but Gabriel doesn’t seem to take much damage from it.

(Insert “Large Fireball” sound effect.)

He casts a fireball at Korben Dar.

(Insert “Magic Shield” sound effect.)

While the lich mage erects a shield to block the fireball, Gabriel closes to within melee range. The Dragon Katana suddenly is surrounded by the eerie black glow of Death as Gabriel attacks Korben Dar with a flurry of sword strikes!

(Insert “Rage of Blades” sound effect.)

The evil lich mage easily manages to block the blows with his enchanted black, Obsidian staff!

MAYOR (laughing maniacally)
You’re going to have to do a lot better than that if you hope to defeat me, Dragon Lord!

GABRIEL (yelling)
I am just getting started, Obsidian scum!

While Gabriel and Korben Dar continue battling each other atop the nearby hill, Amber and the few remaining village guards find themselves completely surrounded by a large group of zombies.

(Insert “Zombie Brain Eater” sound effect.)

(Insert “Zombie Kill You” sound effect.)

There are just too many of them! Aagh!

(Insert “Gutting Someone” sound effect.)

The unfortunate guard is suddenly disemboweled by a zombie! The dying guard falls to the ground. The hungry zombie munches on some of the guard’s entrails and then proceeds to smash his head open with a heavy rock. The zombie begins devouring his brains!

(Insert “Tearing into Flesh” sound effect.)

For Amber and the remaining village guards, all seems lost…

(Insert “Thunder Sound FX” three times in a row.)
Suddenly, three of the zombies are suddenly struck in quick succession by bolts of electricity and explode into many pieces as the loud roar of thunder is heard! Amber and the guards turn to see Todd, the village crier, standing nearby, wearing steampunk goggles, a black leather trench coat, and a heavy backpack attached by tubing to a massive smoking firearm which he is holding with both hands!

TODD (excited)
Damn, this Tesla blaster I invented really works! Eat lightning, zombies! The Doctor has arrived!

Todd starts firing at the other zombies in quick succession. With his help, Amber and the guards are able to wipe out the remaining zombies surrounding them.
Meanwhile, back on the hill, Korben Dar has managed to disarm Gabriel and has him partially pinned down on the ground. Gabriel is astonished that a skeletal figure could possess such inhuman strength.

I am so going to enjoy dining on your brains, Gabriel…

I think not, Korben Dar! Time for you to join your nephew, Nestor, in the fiery depths of the Underworld!

Gabriel suddenly uses his free hand to slap the pocket watch his father had given him as a child against Korben Dar’s chest. The strange runes inscribed on the back of it suddenly begin to glow and Gabriel begins to recite the spell. The pocket watch begins to glow brightly as it begins to change shape. Korben Dar screams out in pain!

MAYOR (screaming)
What manner of magic is this? My insides feel like they are on fire!

Korben Dar releases Gabriel and staggers backwards as his entire body slowly becomes engulfed in mystical flames emanating from inside his chest!

MAYOR (screaming)
No, it can’t end like this! I am Korben Dar, one of the most powerful Obsidian mages ever to exist and a member of the Cabal of the Obsidians who once commanded the Obsidian Empire! Damn you, Dragon Lord!

(Insert “Magic Death” sound effect.)

(Insert “Grenade Explosion” sound effect, immediately followed by “Dragon Roaring” sound effect.)

(Insert “Epic Amulet Item” sound effect.)

Korben Dar suddenly explodes! Bits and pieces of him go flying everywhere!
The villagers down below, who have finally managed to kill all of the remaining zombies, cheer as Gabriel glances down at the pocket watch, which has transformed itself into the Amulet of Vazur! Gabriel places the amulet around his neck. He picks up his katana and makes his way down the hill.

(Insert peaceful music track # 24.)
Sometime later, as Gabriel and Amber prepare to depart Falura Fields, they say farewell to their new friends.

You handled yourself pretty well out there with that holy warhammer, Karl. Mind if I ask you where you got it?

It was a gift from someone I helped out about a week ago, a mighty warrior named Torniquet. He and his travelling companion, a beautiful Dark Elf named Ariella, lost both of their horses in a bandit attack near here. They were on their way to Port Phoenix to catch a ferry to Beran’s Reach, where Torniquet was going to see his younger sister, Keira OFaolain and her fiancé, Roper DocHoliday. I gave them a ride in my wagon. As a token of his gratitude, Torniquet gave me one of his spare holy warhammers. Hmm…who would have thought it would come in so handy?

Yes, that was quite fortunate timing indeed. Well, the best of luck to the two of you!

Thank you, Gabriel. We wish you and Amber a safe journey. Be sure to stop on by the tavern the next time you are passing through.

We certainly will.
Karl and Clara exchange loving glances, then turn around and head towards the Golden Lamb Tavern, hand in hand.

I can’t believe that I missed out on all of the excitement while I was unconscious! Amber, I have heard so much about you and it was nice to finally meet you in person.

Aye, it was good to see Order and Chaos standing side by side against a common foe. Perhaps sometime we can sit down and discuss our different philosophies under more pleasant circumstances.

I would like that very much, Amber. Next time you are in Port Phoenix, look me up! You are most likely to find me at Wody’s tavern.

I will do that!

Amber performs the Dark Star salute.

May the shadows of the night keep and protect you always!

Kazyn nods, then turns to leave. As he approaches the outskirts of the village, he turns to wave. Amber waves back.

So, Todd, that Tesla blaster was pretty impressive. I never would have guessed that you were an inventor!

I’ve always been really good with mechanical things, but I never really thought about developing my talent until I met a strange, bearded fellow about ten years ago who encouraged me to do so.

Hmm…This fellow wouldn’t have happened to be named Nystal TimeLord, by any chance?

TODD (surprised)
Why yes it was! Do you happen to know him?

GABRIEL (chuckling)
Indeed I do. He’s my oldest and dearest friend!

That’s quite a concidence! Well, any friend of TimeLord’s is a friend of mine! By the way, most people call me by my nickname, “Doc”.
Todd and Gabriel shake hands.

Well, “Doc” Brown, I will give TimeLord your regards when I see him. Keep working on those Tesla weapons. I think they will be needed in the dark days to come…

I will! Well, better get back to my day job…Good journey, my friend!

Todd grins, then turns around and heads toward his regular location near the entrance archway.

(Insert “Fields of Green” music track.)

Gabriel turns to Amber and the two clasp hands and stare into each other’s eyes.

A’melamin, after spending thousands of years on Earth seeking redemption, we have been rewarded with a chance to start our lives anew. Are you ready to embark on this chapter in our lives?

Yes, Mela en’ coiamin. Although it seems that you might find me to be bit more moody now, for although my great great great granddaughter Amber Raine loves you as much I do, it seems that her twin sister Ember Flame can barely tolerate you. But don’t worry, in time Amber and I will be able to bring her around to our way of thinking. The important thing is that we are together once more and have finally found our way back home…

Gabriel and Amber kiss, as a lone white dive soars overhead.

(Insert “Dove” sound effect.)

Its eyes glow bright red as it turns and soars off toward the horizon.



(Insert “Beyond the Stars” music track.)

Beautiful Meadow (The Long Walk) by Kailef
Tavern Song by Ome the Bard
Riding the Storm by Paul J Deakin
The Virtue of Love by Quetzacoatl
Combat1 by Ome
Blindsong Cobra by Sharm
The Paladin by Ravenmyst
Medieval Draft by Sharm
Ashes and Dust by Holt Ironfell
Chaos (DarkStarr’s Theme) by Kailef
A Conspiracy of Bards by Holtronic
Build & Fortify (Rise to Greatness) by Kailef
A Lone Warrior Master by Paul J Deakin
To the Moon by Ome the Bard
Trekking in the Tall Grass (Tiptoe) by Kailef

The following music tracks used in this production are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
and can be found at:

“The Land of the Wizard” by Per Kiilstofte
“Summer Rain” by Jens Kiilstofte
“Fire Within” by Jens Kiilstofte
“Battle of Kings” by Per Kiilstofte
“Fields of Green” by Per Kiilstofte
“Beyond the Stars” by Per Kiilstofte


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

The following sound effects can be found at:

“Plate Shatter Break” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Fire Burning” – Recorded by JaBa
“Mirror Shattering” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Fish Splashing” – Recorded by
“Distant Thunder” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Perfect Thunder Storm” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Intruder Alert” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Window Shattering” – Recording by Mike Koenig
“Sword Swing” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Flame Arrow” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Decapitation Head Fall Off” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Swords Clashing” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Gagging” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Ninja Samurai Sword” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Alpaca Mating Call” – Recorded by Stephan Schutze
“Neck Breaking” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Zombie Horde” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Zombie Brain Eater” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Rage of Blades” Recorded by Blaga Saun
”I Want Brains” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Zombie Come Here” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Zombie Attack Walk” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Zombie in Pain” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Bite” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Rip Arm Off” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Tearing into Flesh” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Decapitation Head Blood” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Ripping Head Off” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Drop Sword” – Recorded by Caroline Ford
“Fizzle” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Monster Laugh” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Torch” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Large Fireball” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Zombie Kill You” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Gutting Someone” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Thunder Sound FX” – Recorded by Grant Evans
“Grenade Explosion” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Dragon Roaring” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Dove” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Sunny Day” – Recorded by Stephan
“Tinkle” – Recorded by Lisa Redfern
“Hawk Screech Valley” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Pouring A Glass Full” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Time Warp” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“City Ambiance” – Recorded by Lezer
“Dun…Dun…Dun” – Recorded by Delsym
“Climatic Suspense” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Torture” – Recorded by Ragdoll485

The following sound effects can be found at:

“Falling Body” – Recorded by remaxim
“Weapon Blow” – Recorded by spookymodem
“Horror Scream1” – Recorded by Vinrax
“Magic Shield” – Recorded by spookymodem
“Magic Death” – Recorded by spookymodem
“Epic Amulet Item” – Recorded by CosmicD

The New Britannia Theater Troupe

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September 28 2015

The NBTT is Verifying its Cast List of Play Actors

Hello everyone! Stile Teckel here with a request!

It’s been on my to-do list for some time to add into the cast section of the website, those that have performed in plays, live in game. Furthermore I had been keeping a list to do that and… can’t seem to find it (unusual for me!).

As a result I am working from memory (and with some help) to try to figure out all who belongs on that list!

At this time I show the following New Britannia Theater Troupe members have performed as an actor before:

Cast - Play Actors

Doctor Shroud
Duke Greagoir
Lady Adnor
Lord Baldrith
Sir Stile Teckel
Static Gazer

If you should be on this list and are NOT. PLEASE contact me, comment to this post, or let us know in some fashion so we can get you added.

Whether a voice actor, writer, music contributor, or any other role you have ever played it is important me to include you in our cast listings as a member of the Troupe. So please contact us even if you don’t care if you’re listed personally! You can visit the FULL casting lists by role in the cast section of the website.

Thank you!

Ankh Quill

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