Shadow Quest – by the NBTT
Greetings Avatars – this is the audio play version of the Quest that the NBTT devised as part of the Shooter Jennings party! Due to overwhelming numbers in attendance, and multiple instances happening, we were unable to run it as planned. So, as a tribute to Shooter, and for the benefit of the community, Gabriel Nightshadow rewrote the quest as an audio play.
Fourteen of the best voice actors in the community came together to create this masterpiece – enjoy!!
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT SONG “MONDAY- CHANGE”)
The New Britannia Theater Troupe
Directed and produced by Asclepius
Written by Gabriel Nightshadow, Elgarion de’Kahli, and Amber Raine
Music and Special Effects supervised by Asclepius and Gabriel Nightshadow
Solstar as Connor Congreve (Aimend’s new apprentice crafter)
Asclepius as Malacus Dar, Obsidian Cabalist,
Lord Baldrith as the Storyweaver, Hamidou, and Himself
Amber Raine as Herself
Lady Addy as Angelique Noir
Elgarion de’Kahli as Himself and Atreyu – the Blue Dragon
Selene Noctua as Aimend
Woftam as Balec Fares deCani
Majoria as Herself
Cordelayne Valkaris as Shooter Jennings and Himself
Womby as Himself
Stryker Sparhawk as Himself
Apollox Evanheart as Himself
Margaritte McLean as Herself
(INSERT “WINDS OF STORIES“ MUSIC TRACK. LOOP IF NECESSARY UNTIL NEXT TRACK.)
The hooded bearded figure hid behind the large puzzle tree in Gabriel Nightshadow’s backyard as he watched the people filing into the Bear Tavern this evening. Glancing down at the massive leather bound tome clutched in his right hand, his eyes grew wide as he saw the intertwined white and black dragons embossed on the cover begin to glow and an inky blackness started to spread out across the cover in all directions…
“The Great Book has become corrupted by the foul magic of the Obsidians. The dormant Darkness is once again spreading across Novia…”, he muttered to himself. “The future is hard to see…”
The STORYWEAVER opened the massive tome and began reading from the gold gilded pages…
It was a very busy Monday night at the Bear Tavern. Balec Fares deCani was filling drink orders at the bar, and the famous bard, Shooter Jennings, was onstage….
Thank you all for coming out to this listening party for my new album, Countach! I just realized that I forgot to bring souvenirs for you, my devoted fans! I’m going to rush home now to grab some wax to hand out! I won’t be long! In the meantime, continue to enjoy the fine food and beer here at the Bear Tavern…
And now a toast to the great bard, Shooter Jennings!
The crowd cheered and raised their mugs to toast Shooter, as he walked off the stage. As Shooter approached the front door, he turned and waved to everyone before heading out.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “TAVERN” MUSIC TRACK.)
A few moments later, Aimend, the guild’s quartermaster, walked in and took a seat at a table next to Margaritte McLean.
Good to see you, Aimend! It’s been awhile…
Indeed it has, Margaritte! How did you fare this week in Sand’s tournament in the Obsidian Caverns?
Oh, the competition was really tough, but I emerged victorious once again!
I am glad to hear that!
BALEC walked over to the table.
My dear Aimend, you look simply frazzled! Can I get you something refreshing?
You know you’re crazy, Balec!
Do we really need fifty beds and pillows for our guest quarters in the basement?
Of course we do, my dear! Look at the crowd here tonight! I can already see some of them will be sleeping it off here.. and…
Keldon told me the new barmaid has designs for a private room with *several* of our more exclusive patrons!
(INSERT “Slap” SOUND EFFECT)
AIMEND (angry tone)
Balec, I am shocked! I would expect that sort of talk out of Budner, but you…
BALEC (in pain)
Ow, that really hurt!
Why are there so many people here on a Monday night anyway?
You just missed Shooter Jennings…
AIMEND (angry tone)
What?! You didn’t tell me he was performing here tonight! Why wasn’t this on the notice board by the bar?
Um…surely, I mentioned it… *wonders* Or perhaps it slipped my mind. Don’t worry! He’s just taking a short break. You can catch the second half of the show…
Hmm…I see that most of the other Bears are here. How did they know?
Oh, I told all the guys the other night at the “Red Room” poker game.
AIMEND (very angry tone)
Red Room poker game?!? My fingers are worn sewing pillows day and night; poor Selene is covered in flour and beginning to turn golden-brown herself from making pies… and you boys are playing poker? In the Red Room? Why, I’m starting to feel like some of us do all the work around here while the elite live the life of luxury!
You know both you and Selene are welcome to join us next Wednesday night for the poker game after Stryker Sparhawk’s Happy Hour. …so, Will you come?
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “CRYSTAL CAVERN” MUSIC TRACK.)
Suddenly, a very familiar old man staggered and stumbled into the tavern. He was clutching a scroll in his hand.
ELGARION DE’KAHLI (gasping for air)
Elgarion, my friend, have you been poisoned? Aimend, can you help the poor fellow?
AIMEND cast PURIFY and then HEALING RAY, but neither seemed to have any affect!
(INSERT “Purify “ and “Healing Ray” SOUND EFFECTS)
It’s not working!
ELGARION (weak voice)
No, it’s no use. My time is nearly at an end.
I was on my way here to deliver a message to Shooter Jennings. I spotted him outside headed towards his house.
Obsidian assassins suddenly appeared and tried to abduct him. I managed to keep them distracted while Asclepius and Lord Baldrith from the New Britannia Troupe were able to get Shooter away.
During the melee, the assassins stabbed me multiple times in the chest with their poisoned daggers. I recognize the poison from its sweet aroma.
It’s made from Zanif berries, long thought to be extinct. There is no known cure for this deadly toxin.
It is vital that one of you complete my quest.
Elgarion handed Balec a scroll.
This message is from our long missing liege, Lord British.
The eight Obsidian Cabalists believe that Shooter knows where Lord British is, where he has been hiding all this time and seek to interrogate Shooter to learn his location.
They intend to have their assassins eliminate Lord British before he can make his way back to Brittany to reclaim the throne.
Then the rumors of Lord British’s return are true?
Aye. He handed the message to me personally while disguised as a wanderer.
But how will we get the message to him? We have no idea where Shooter has been hidden.
You must obtain the proper passwords from each of the New Britannia Troupe members in order to locate him. Beware the Obsidian assassins who attacked me…
(INSERT “Fall” SOUND EFFECT.)
I couldn’t …save him.
He was beyond help, my dear. I am certain your efforts soothed him in his final moments…
Goodbye, old friend.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “THE ORCHS ARE COMING” MUSIC TRACK.)
The bookseller WOMBY stepped forward from the crowd.
Do not cry, Aimend. I believe there is still a way to bring Elgarion back from beyond the veil.
How is that possible?
I recently came into possession of an ancient text which was found by the noted historian Theodric at Desolis. The book speaks of the nine dragons of legend.
One of them, the white dragon, Kizaru, is said to possess great healing powers and has the ability to heal any ailment and raise the dead, no matter how long they have passed beyond the veil.
He is said to dwell in a hidden crystal cave on a mountain near Beran’s Reach.
However, even if you find him, convincing him to help you could prove to be difficult…
Well, according to the text, he will only obey the one he is meant to bond with for life, a female Dragon Lord – a beautiful maiden who is pure of heart – descended from a particular bloodline. All other intruders he will devour immediately…
Aimend, you will need this. The entrance to the cave can be found by utilizing the Amulet of Vazur, which will begin glowing more brightly as you get closer to it.
Master Ranger Gabriel Nightshadow gave it to me for safekeeping while he is away on an important mission for the New Britannia Theater Troupe.
Something about tracking down a lead on the whereabouts of the albino man known as Count Aberon…
Womby handed the amulet to Aimend, who put it on.
(INSERT “Amulet of Absorption” SOUND EFFECT)
Beautiful maiden who is pure of heart?
Balec winked at Aimend, who glared at him.
Darn it, Balec, Elgarion was our good friend. We have to try!
Fine, fine…Mul Girtab, Silvanus, Keldon Lighthand, Archaon, Athanil, and I will accompany you on this quest.
We will depart shortly and leave Budner in charge of watching over Elgarion’s body until we return.
The seven of us should be able to handle an ancient dragon with no problem.
Aimend rolled her eyes.
Now let’s see what this scroll Elgarion was carrying says.
SHOOTER – I MANAGED TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO NOVIA LATE LAST NIGHT AND ELUDE THE OBSIDIAN ASSASSINS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THREE DAYS.
YOUR GOOD FRIEND, LORD BRITISH
Good heavens, this message is dated three days ago! Lord British must be close by!
Who among you is brave enough to complete Elgarion’s dangerous quest?
Please be aware that people, places, and scenes which you encounter during your quest will reference the following movies:
This act referenced Metropolis. ACT II references Midnight Express and ACT III references Cat People and The NeverEnding Story.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “IRELAND’S COAST (VIDEO GAME VERSION – LIVE)” MUSIC TRACK.)
Several people in the crowd said that they would undertake the quest. But one voice was louder than all than all of the others…
I will undertake this quest and deliver this message to Shooter Jennings!
Everyone in the bar turned to look at Aimend’s new apprentice crafter, a lanky, ginger 18 year old named Connor Congreve. Connor was the eldest son of Guard Captain Duncan Congreve of Braemar. He had recently moved to Beran’s Reach, apparently to overcome some trauma related to the recent disappearances of teenagers in Braemar which had been linked to the famous composer, Dinsoo.
This is a dangerous quest, Connor! You do not have the proper skills or training to undertake it! Besides, I need you to start crafting some dressers and trunks for the basement guest quarters tomorrow…
I anticipated that already and made 10 of each today, Mistress Aimend! I am fully qualified to undertake this quest! I have been trained in the art of combat since birth by my father, and your good friends Archaon and Athanil have been very helpful in supplementing that training. Please, Mistress, let me do this….
Aimend, let the boy undertake the quest! It is time for him to prove himself as a man!
Fine…fine…you can undertake this quest, but please be careful! I worry for your safety.
Connor blushed slightly, for he secretly harbored a crush on the beautiful, but much older Aimend, who bore a striking resemblance to the childlike Empress he had seen illustrated by the great artist Stephen in his favorite fairy tale which his late mother used to read to him when he was but a child.
He remembered the many tears he shed at the age of 12 after his loving mother fell victim to the accidentally unearthed artifact which carried a plague which was originally developed by the evil Obsidian mage Korben Dar 200 years ago.
Thank you, mistress! I will not fail you!
Balec was amused at Connor’s attempt to impress Aimend, who was oblivious to the young man’s feelings.
For those of you who have memorized the message and seek to continue on, your adventure begins outside…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “ENGULFING SHADOWS” MUSIC TRACK.)
Once everyone exited the Tavern, Connor saw a suspicious looking man and woman engaged in conversation off to the side. The man was wearing a black hood, cloak, and wedding tuxedo. The woman was wearing black leather armor and lace. Connor hid behind some nearby shrubbery as he eavesdropped on the two.
Were you able to apprehend the bard, Shooter Jennings?
We would have if two members of the New Britannia Theater Troupe hadn’t shown up to rescue him. We lost their trail in the nearby forest…
I see. What of the messenger?
He has been dealt with…but not before passing his message on to another…
You know what to do, Angelique…
Angelique nodded as she smiled wickedly.
Soon we will only have the Oracle and Lord DarkStarr left to deal with. The Obsidian Empire will rise again!
Connor felt his ears burn at the mention of the Obsidians and he had to use every bit of his self-control to remain silent and concealed.
I am so looking forward to this evening, my precious Dark Angel of Death. I think you will like the recent improvements I made to the dungeon…
Malacus and Angelique embraced and shared a passionate kiss.
Mmm…that sounds very intriguing….Master.
You are dismissed…
By your command…
Aneglique bowed, blew Malacus a kiss, and then turned, and ran into the nearby forest. MALACUS turned and walked a short distance away in the opposite direction before zoning.
(INSERT “Teleport” SOUND EFFECT.)
Connor decided it was best to keep this extra bit of information to himself and soon joined everyone else in the town square.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “ENCHANTED FESTIVAL” MUSIC TRACK. LOOP IF NECESSARY UNTIL NEXT TRACK.)
In the center of the town square was a giant yew tree. In the large enclosed area in front of the tree was Lady Majoria, a prominent member of the New Britannia Theater Troupe, who beckoned everyone to come to her.
Greetings, brave adventurers!
I will now ask you a riddle. Anyone can call out the answer; once I hear the correct answer you may proceed to Cordelayne over there…
…who will provide you with the next riddle. Is everyone ready?
Here is your first riddle:
In a future most dystopian, of horror,
Lives divided between wealthy and worker.
Dark spires of steel reached sky and heaven,
A Metropolis built upon the oppression of legend.
A mad tinkerer, overcome by grief,
Created a facsimile of Love, a woman now deceased.
His purpose bent upon hatred and revenge,
Drove this robotic form to most evil ends.
The citizens rallied behind this seemly form,
Not knowing what they did, falling victim to charm.
Now, the city full in revolt,
Freder took Courage, and the Truth was told.
With plot revealed, and skin peeled away,
The world’s notions of freedom and Love would sway.
The once grand Metropolis, spires tall and arching,
Would stand no longer upon the backs of the working.
The tinkerer fell to his doom, his hold lost of power,
Falling… falling… his body splayed at the base of the __________.
There was much murmuring in the crowd as people tried to decipher the riddle. But Connor had always been a clever lad, and quickly shouted out…
“TOWER” is correct!
Please proceed to Cordelayne, who is standing in the enclosed area on the other side of this yew tree!
The crowd followed Connor over to Cordelayne.
Congratulations on passing the first test! When I hear the correct answer to this riddle, you can go see one of those six armed escorts off to the right. When each party reaches maximum capacity, the armed escort will guide you to your next destination.
Here is your second riddle:
Werecats, magical creatures most fantastic and mythic,
Change their forms through action both hateful and romantic.
Once, they roamed the lands with unrelenting freedom,
Their lust deadly to the peaceful and unsuspecting humans.
Now their numbers dwindle and diminish,
Only a few remain to carry on their heritage.
One female by the name of Irena,
Fought her true nature to embrace Love for another.
Some say he betrayed her in the end,
Taking her panther form into a prison.
But in this act he saved her from oblivion,
For Irena lived thereafter, as panther, fur silken and ____________.
Once again, the crowd seemed to be having difficulty figuring out the riddle.
“OBSIDIAN” is correct! My, you are a clever lad! Now everyone can proceed to the next destination where our esteemed leader, the “Master of Voices”, Lord Baldrith himself, awaits!
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “ESCAPE FROM THE TEMPLE” MUSIC TRACK.)
After all of the groups arrived at the waterfront castle in Aerie, they were greeted by a bearded mage standing guard at the front door. A magical barrier had been erected behind him, preventing anyone from opening the front doors.
Greetings, brave adventurers! Congratulations on getting this far.
For over one hundred years, the infamous castle behind me served as a prison for the most notorious criminals in the land until the new facility was recently completed in Brittany.
Somewhere on these grounds is hidden a great treasure – a wax cylinder of the bard Shooter Jennings’ latest album, Countach – along with the final riddle to his location.
But beware, for twenty- four of the twenty-five treasure chests will contain a trap which will hinder your progress…
Once someone finds the cylinder and the final riddle and reports back to me, all the other players may return here to the entrance, where I will reveal that riddle to all.
Are you ready?
Here is your third riddle:
In another world of fantasy Neverending,
A boy hero stands with Courage against The Nothing.
The darkness of apathy spreads, consuming the Ivory Tower,
Fantasia all but vanishes if not for Imagination, the savior power.
The boy hero stands tall and exclaims, “Moon Child!”
Was it too late? What of this world of wonder remains?
A small particle of magical dust, not a fleck…
A tiny piece of Fantasia rest in his palm, so tiny… merely a ________.
The correct answer has been given!
The doors of the keep will now be unlocked!
Good luck everybody!
Lord Baldrith stood to one side and uttered an incantation. The magical barrier dissipated. Connor was caught in the wave as the crowd surged forward across the walkway! He barely had time to fling open the front doors, as he was pushed up against them.
The crowd spilled into the foyer and everyone began running about in different directions, opening any ornate public cache chest they came across. The chests were not immediately visible, as they were hidden behind ornate room dividers and potted plants.
Connor heard someone shriek after opening up a nearby chest to his left. The poor fellow’s head was engulfed in a cloud of noxious green gas and he immediately fell to the ground dead with a vacant look on his face! His shadowy spirit rose from his body and floated over to an area marked off by giant stone ankhs and ornate skull candles. Incoherent sounds emanated from the spirit, most likely the man’s frustration at waiting to be resurrected…
Connor hoped that he would have much better luck and quickly flipped open the chest in front of him. He suddenly felt lightheaded and was compelled to begin dancing a jig! He turned to his right and saw someone else lurching about like a zombie, moaning “Brains!”
Racing up to the second floor of the castle, Connor saw many more people had fallen victim to the poisonous gas. Several people were being compelled to dance allemandes or zombie dances.
Wait…what is this on the other side of the staircase? It looks like a faint outline of a door….
Connor pressed his hand slightly against the bricks, and a hidden door swung open!
Oh my god! It is a hidden treasure chest…
What does this note on the floor say?
“Open the trunk and take the items inside.”
Could it be the prize?
Out of my way, boy!
Connor was suddenly pushed aside by a burly fellow and fell on his butt. Connor immediately got up.
Hey, I was here first…!
The burly fellow glared at Connor.
Are you challenging me, boy?
Once Connor got a closer look at the man’s scarred face, he recognized him. This was the notorious fighter known as Hamidou! A former guard at this prison, he now earned a living using his deadly melee combat skills in the underground steel cage death matches held on a monthly basis for the amusement of the wealthy.
A wise decision, boy…
Hamidou flung open the chest…and died!
Connor had been rather lucky that he had not fallen victim to the deadly gas which lay within and hastily raced around the staircase and headed up to the roof.
Unlike the previous floors of the castle, which had been lit with blue fire torches, it was very dark up on the roof, where only the glow from the shattered moon high above provided some dim illumination.
Connor saw that the four chests at the corners of the towers had already been searched. All that remained were the three chests surrounded by wall dividers up on the central tower.
Connor climbed the ladder and soon realized how dark and narrow the passage was between the wall dividers. He soon came across a beautiful, young female body sprawled in front of the first chest.
As he made his way towards the second chest, he heard a male voice cry out, followed soon thereafter by a loud, sickening thud!
(INSERT “Fall” SOUND EFFECT.)
Connor peered over the side and saw that the poor fellow had not seen the edge of the tower in the dark and had fallen off, his shattered body landing directly in front of Lord Baldrith on the entry walkway below. A very calm Lord Baldrith looked down at the body and shook his head.
Please let this chest be the correct one…
Connor peered inside the chest and saw a note.
He picked it up and began reading.
You have chosen wisely! Congratulations, you have a won a set of pink wax cylinders of songs from the bard Shooter Jennings’ new album, Countach! Take this note as proof and present it to Shooter Jennings at your final destination.
Your fourth and final riddle is….
Connor smiled as he read the final riddle, for he now knew where the New Britannia Theater Troupe had hidden the bard Shooter Jennings for his own safety. Connor continued reading…
Announce to all present that you have claimed the prize and then report back to Lord Baldrith and show him this note. He will provide you with additional instructions.
Connor held the note up and loudly declared…
CONNOR (loud, dramatic voice)
In the end there can be only one! I claim the prize!
Connor carefully made his way back to the ladder and climbed down from the tower. He raced downstairs and across the entry walkway to Lord Baldrith. Connor showed him the prize note.
You now have all four clues which will reveal Shooter’s location. Arrange the clues in the correct sequence and whisper the answer to me.
After Connor had done so, a smiling Lord Baldrith declared…
We have a winner! Connor Congreve will now report to Stryker Sparhawk for further instruction!
Connor walked over to Stryker Sparhawk, who bowed to him.
Come here kid, you look lost! No – no, right here!
I am the emissary. Congratulations on winning the prize! Now I will personally guide you to your final destination; so stay close to me because we will be venturing off road in order to avoid the foes at Nightshade Pass and it is very easy to get lost.
You have a message to deliver to Shooter Jennings and time is of the essence, so we’d better get going!
Stryker and Connor departed.
Avatars, please gather round for the fourth riddle: If someone can tell me the answer to this, you will know the location of Shooter Jennings!
THE FOURTH AND FINAL RIDDLE IS:
In the distant World of the Avatars,
In a prison so brutal and deadly,
A man named Billy was locked away, crimes both small and petty.
For five years he endured a life of hardship,
Within walls devoid of Truth, Love and kinship.
A man so evil, a guardian of this jail,
Prolonged, darkened, and worsened Billy’s hell.
Another man embracing Truth yet abandoning Courage,
Revealed Billy’s daring plans and purpose.
The angered guardian, depraved and hateful,
Inflicted pain and torture, most distasteful.
But in years to come, Billy’s Love delivered hope,
And now Billy again could dare to cope.
A chance returned to breach the entrance,
But Billy did not depart before exacting his ____________.
After some time, an elderly woman in the crowd finally came up with the correct answer.
“VENGEANCE” is correct.
Please return to your guides who will conduct you to Shooter’s location!
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “ENGULFING SHADOWS” MUSIC TRACK.)
As the groups formed, a man dressed in black approached them.
MALACUS (very charismatic)
Greetings, brave adventurers! Congratulations on obtaining the four clues which will reveal Shooter Jennings’ location. My name is Malacus Dar, and I represent the Eight Obsidian Cabalists.
Now I know many of you have heard many terrible things about our predecessors, but I assure you that we are nothing at all like them.
We only wish to make the world a better place for the common man and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, free from the ever watching human and mechanical eyes of the Oracle.
I have come to make all of you an offer on behalf of my masters.
Those who are willing to share the four clues with me will be escorted to the final destination, where they will be richly rewarded with gold for aiding our cause.
Furthermore, once we have overthrown the Oracle and reclaimed power, as favored citizens of the new Obsidian Empire,
you will receive tax free village lots in prime locations and given access to rare raw materials for crafting at substantially reduced prices.
Anyone who wishes to accept this offer, please step forward. Then, please join ANGELIQUE or one of my other good friends standing over there……and they will guide you to your final destination…
Surprisingly, no one accepted Malacus’ offer.
I am very disappointed that none of you accepted my most generous offer. These members of the New Britannia Theater Troupe are really agents of the Oracle. You have no idea what you are in for! But I will leave you ignorant fools to your fate…
(INSERT “Teleport” SOUND EFFECT.)
Malacus, Angelique, and her dozen assassins zoned away. A short time later, they materialized outside the entrance to Aerie.
You know what to do, my dear…
Yes, Master. I will contact you when we have the location…
Malacus nodded as he zoned away again. Angelique and her assassins hid behind some nearby rocks and cast Silent Movement, shimmering out of existence…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “LAND OF THE WIZARD” MUSIC TRACK.)
Angelique and her Obsidian assassins arrived inside the entrance to Vengeance. Malacus Dar was waiting for them to their left.
It was wise of you to follow Doctor Shroud’s group, Angelique. They have caught up to the other groups and are a short distance ahead. Intercept them at that nearby rock formation and eliminate them all. Proceed to the tower and kill everyone inside.
Time is of the essence, as I just received a report from our spy who infiltrated the Oracle’s network of human watchers.
The Oracle has dispatched some of her soldiers from the garrison stationed near Vertas Pass to investigate our activities in this area.
They will be arriving here in about an hour. I will meet you at the rendezvous point…
Angelique and her squad cast SPRINT and then SILENT MOVEMENT and headed off towards the rock formation.
Malacus turned to leave, when he felt his communication orb begin to pulsate in his pouch. Removing the glowing black orb, he heard his master calling to him…
(INSERT “DARK AMULET” MUSIC TRACK.)
OBSIDIAN CABALIST (raspy, sinister voice)
The Cabal would like a status report, Malacus….
Master, we have discovered where the NBTT has hidden Shooter Jennings and we expect Lord British to arrive soon. Angelique and her team are en route to the location now to eliminate them.
OBSIDIAN CABALIST (raspy)
Good…good. But it seems that you have even less time than previously expected. Not only are the Oracle’s soldiers en route, but so is Dragon Lord Gabriel Nightshadow as well. Our spies have discovered that the lead he was following was merely a trap set by your traitorous father, Count Aberon. The Dragon Lord survived the deadly ambush by the Dakari Sisterhood of Assassins and is making his way back there with all due haste…
I am confident that Angelique and her team will be able to complete their mission before either the Oracle’s soldiers or Gabriel Nightshadow arrives.
OBSIDIAN CABALIST (raspy)
I hope so…for both of your sakes, Malacus. You know the price of failure…
OBSIDIAN CABALIST (raspy)
We will check back with you…soon.
Malacus Dar put the black orb back in his pouch. As he turned toward the archway, he saw two figures approaching. Malacus quickly moved off to the side and began casting a spell…
A short time later, Stryker Sparhawk and Connor Congreve arrived at the entrance to Vengeance.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “CARAVAN” TRACK.)
Connor, I told you to stick close to me! We lost so much time because I had to backtrack and find you! I can see that the other groups have passed us and are approaching that rock formation near our final destination, that giant Obsidian Tower off to the right up there! I swear that your sense of direction is as bad as my friend, Gabriel Nightshadow, and that Bear cub can get lost just by turning around!
I’m sorry, Mr. Sparhawk…
Sorry to lose my temper like that, Connor. It’s just due to the fact that we’re on a tight deadline. Call me Stryker. “Mr. Sparhawk” sounds so ancient!
All right now, be on your guard, Connor! This is a very dangerous area. You never know what…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “END GAME” MUSIC TRACK.)
(INSERT “Hitting Wall” SOUND EFFECT.)
Poor Stryker never got to finish that sentence as he was suddenly hit in the face by an earth elemental and sent flying backward! He struck a nearby rock wall and slumped to the ground unconscious!
Connor instinctively rolled away in the opposite direction and immediately drew his magic sword as he stood up. It crackled to life with electricity.
I remember you from Beran’s Reach! You are an Obsidian mage!
Clever boy! Malacus Dar, at your service…
Are you any relation to the mage known as Korben Dar?
Why yes, he was my grand uncle! He was slain by the Black Dragon Lord known as Gabriel Nightshadow.
Nearly half of my village died, including my mother, because of an unearthed artifact which carried a plague originally developed by Korben Dar!
Ah…good to hear that his legacy lives on!
Although Korben Dar is gone, I will avenge my people by slaying you!
I don’t think so, boy! Attack!
(INSERT “Earthquake” SOUND EFFECT.)
The earth elemental pounded the ground, but Connor managed to leap away and avoid the brunt of the Earthquake.
(INSERT “Earth Element Magic Spell” SOUND EFFECT.)
It then cast Root, but Connor quickly jumped free mere moments before the elemental would have struck him with its mighty fists…
Meanwhile, at the rock formation near the Obsidian Tower…
The other NBTT armed escorts arrived with the rest of the players. The lead escort, Amber Raine, disbanded the parties and sent the other escorts on ahead to the tower. As she tried to get everyone to form a single line, Angelique and her Obsidian Assassin Squad emerged from their hiding place around the rock formation and approached the players.
Hello there, my name is Angelique Noir! Thank you for unwittingly leading us to Shooter Jennings and Lord British!
Once we take care of all of you, we will be able to enter the ivory tower undetected and kill everyone inside.
Apollox Evanheart and his NBTT Hero Squad stepped out from their nearby hiding place and confronted Angelique and her squad.
I wouldn’t count on that, Obsidian scum!
Who the heck are you?
Apollox flexed his muscles.
I’m “Heartthrob” Evanheart and these are my good friends, Margaritte McLean, Balec Fares deCani, and Keldon Lighthand. We’re not going to let you harm these good people or anyone else inside!
Amber Raine rolled her eyes and Angelique laughed.
You don’t look like much of a “heartthrob” or a “hero” to me, boy! Your pathetic fighting skills are no match for ours! We are the finest assassins in all of the land!
We’ll see about that! Amber protect the civilians! NBTT hero squad attack!
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “BATTLE THEME A” MUSIC TRACK.)
(INSERT “Swords Clashing”, “Large Fireball”, “Thrown Shuriken”, and “ghostbreath” SOUND EFFECTS.)
Apollox and his squad rushed forward and engaged Angelique and her assassins. Despite their superior skill, the NBTT Hero Squad was clearly outnumbered and things looked pretty grim.
APOLLOX (breathing heavily)
You know, Balec, we really could have used Archaon, Athanil, and Silvanus here with us…
In hindsight, it may not have been such a great idea to have them return to Beran’s Reach to work on the Arena instead…
(INSERT “Grenade Explosion” SOUND EFFECT.)
Suddenly, Asclepius and Lord Baldrith appeared and joined the fray…
Lord Baldrith and I thought you could use the extra help! Sorry we are late! Some pickpocket stole our teleport scrolls and we had to buy some from the traveling merchant, Sandy Chapman…
Thanks to the timely arrival of Asclepius and Lord Baldrith, the tide seemed to shift in the NBTT’s favor…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “BLACKMOOR COLOSSUS (COLOSSAL BOSS BATTLE THEME)” MUSIC TRACK.)
Meanwhile, back near the entrance to Vengeance, Connor was not having much luck battling the earth elemental.
CONNOR (breathing heavily)
Darn it, my lightning sword isn’t causing enough damage to this rock elemental!
Connor struck the rock elemental in the right arm with his sword and was startled to see the blade break off!
The rock elemental pounded the ground and Connor found himself flat on his back. The broken hilt flew out of his hand and landed a short distance away.
(INSERT “Drop Sword” SOUND EFFECT.)
Before the earth elemental could launch another attack, it vanished!
I prefer to finish you off myself…
(INSERT “ghostbreath” SOUND EFFECT)
Connor felt himself grow weak as Malacus cast Death Field. Connor got up and punched Malacus in the stomach with his Flame Fist, followed by Stone Fist.
(INSERT “Torch” SOUND EFFECT.)
Your pathetic fist attacks can’t harm me, boy!
(INSERT “ghostbreath” SOUND EFFECT.)
Malacus cast Death Touch and then Death Ray. Connor fell to his knees.
(INSERT “Healing Ray” SOUND EFFECT.)
Connor cast Healing Ray, but he found himself losing health far quicker than he could replenish it.
CONNOR (muttering to himself)
I must not fail! It can’t end like this…
(INSERT “DREAM” MUSIC TRACK.)
Suddenly, there was a flash of light and he felt a woman’s hand on his left shoulder and healing energy flowing into him!
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “RISE OF SPIRIT” MUSIC TRACK.)
He glanced up to see Aimend standing there next to him, smiling. She was literally glowing as she stood there in ornate white plate armor. She looked like some sort of Warrior Empress…
I believe in you, Connor! You can defeat this evil foe! Tap into your inner power…
Eh, what is this? Who dares interfere in our battle?
I am Aimend, the White Dragon Lord!
Malacus’ eyes grew wide as Aimend released her hold on Connor and stepped to the side.
No…it can’t be…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “OLYMPUS” MUSIC TRACK.)
Suddenly, Connor had a vision. He saw himself standing in an ice cave before an enormous blue dragon. Fog covered the ground.
ATREYU (deep, ancient voice)
Greetings, Connor Cosgreve! I am Atreyu, youngest of the nine dragons. I command the power of the Air! I bonded with your great grandfather, Colin Congreve, who died during the fall of Castle Gennar 200 years ago. Now that you have awakened me from my long slumber through our telepathic link, it is time for you to fulfill your destiny. Claim your birthright as the new Blue Dragon Lord!
(INSERT “Dragon Roaring” SOUND EFFECT.)
The vision faded and Connor’s eyes began to glow as his entire body began to crackle with electricity. He suddenly stood up and cast Discharge, causing Malacus to stagger back. He then began casting bolts of Lightning at Malacus, who tried to erect a magic force field against them.
(INSERT “Magic Shield” SOUND EFFECT.)
(INSERT “Thunder Sound FX” SOUND EFFECT FOUR TIMES.)
(INSERT “Mirror Shattering” SOUND EFFECT.)
The force field shattered and Malacus felt the brunt of the supercharged lightning bolts as his enchanted cloth armor was torn to shreds.
MALACUS (in severe pain)
Argh… I cannot be defeated by a mere boy!
I am no longer a boy, Malacus! I am Connor Congreve, the Blue Dragon Lord!
Malacus coughed and spit out blood.
We will battle each other again someday and I shall have my revenge!
Malacus shook his fist at Connor and then suddenly shimmered out of existence.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT NEXT MUSIC TRACK.)
He’s disappeared! I don’t know the Reveal Hidden spell…
Let him go, Connor! You have a more important task to attend to.
Stryker Sparhawk walked over.
Thank you for healing me, Aimend! It seems I missed out on all of the excitement.
Please escort Connor to the tower, Stryker. I will go assist the others.
Certainly. Let’s go, Connor! We’re going up that way…
Stryker and Connor headed toward the Obsidian tower.
Meanwhile, back at the rock formation…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “SWORDFIGHT” MUSIC TRACK.)
(INSERT “Swords Clashing” SOUND EFFECT.)
Take that, Obsidian witch!
Apollox’s blade sliced through Angelique’s right side. She winced in pain.
Uh…that really hurt! You may have won this time, “Heartthrob” Evanheart, but when next we meet, I will show you the true meaning of pain!
Ooh…I am so looking forward to that!
For heaven’s sake, Apollox, you’re supposed to be fighting her, not flirting with her!
Margaritte did a facepalm.
You know I can’t help myself when I am around attractive women…especially when they are wearing black leather and lace…
You won’t be grinning so much next time after I use my electroshock whip on you!
I can handle anything you throw at me! I do not fear pain!
You will, boy. You will…
Angelique suddenly purred like a cat and licked her lips in anticipation.
Now…get over here!
Angelique suddenly pulled Apollox into an embrace and gave him a passionate kiss! Apollox enjoyed the moment, but then was struck down by a Discharge spell which Angelique cast!
(INSERT “Electric Shock Zap” SOUND EFFECT.)
(INSERT “Fall” SOUND EFFECT.)
See you around, “Heartthrob”! All squad members – retreat!
Angelique and her squad made a hasty retreat towards the exit arch.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT NEXT MUSIC TRACK.)
Aimend ran over and cast Healing Ray on Apollox.
(INSERT “Spell 1_0” SOUND EFFECT.)
Thank you, Aimend! Wow…that sexy assassin, Angelique, was a pretty good kisser!
Margaritte shook her head.
Some people never learn…
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “THE END OF MANKIND” MUSIC TRACK.)
Amber Raine approached Apollox. She looked very angry. Apollox began to get very nervous and started sweating profusely.
(INSERT “Slap” SOUND EFFECT)
AMBER RAINE (furious)
You no good womanizer! You told me that you loved me and here I catch you flirting with the enemy!
You know she doesn’t mean a thing to me, baby…
AMBER RAINE (furious)
Are you kidding me?? ARGH! Oh My Goddess!!
Amber felt her face flush as her sister, EMBER FLAME, pushed her out of the way…
As she looked at APOLLOX, her eyes changed from green to blue and then the look on her face showed how much she wanted to eat him.
Apollox gasped in horror!
Amber started attacking Apollox with bow and magic attacks and he was forced to defend himself.
Shouldn’t we be doing something to help Apollox?
I think it would be best if we stay out of it. Hmm…you know this reminds me of the movie Cat People. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
After a few minutes of fighting, Amber Raine gained the upper hand and forced Apollox to his knees.
APOLLOX cowered in fear as he begged for mercy.
Please no more… I’ve learned my lesson. I’m so sorry, Amber…
Amber stopped attacking Apollox.
Deeds speak louder than words, Apollox! I’m going to give you one last chance…
and if I catch you flirting with anyone else, I will show no mercy and turn you into a meat pie that Dinsoo and I will feast on!
Apollox turned white as a ghost and started whimpering.
No, I promise to be good from now on!
Amber glared at Apollox.
Now get the hell out of my way!
Amber stormed past Apollox and walked towards the Obsidian Tower.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “OPEN THE GATE” MUSIC TRACK.)
Meanwhile, Stryker and Connor arrived at the entrance to the tower…
Wiat – good heavens to Murgatroyd! Elgarion, you’re alive! How is that even possible? I saw you die at the Bear Tavern with my own eyes…
Greetings, my good friend, Stryker! Well, the seven Bears managed to locate that ancient White Dragon after all.
It seems that Aimend is the last blood descendant of the Dragon Lord, Kaylie Sindara.
As such, she was able to bond with the ancient White Dragon, Kizaru, and claim her birthright as one of the nine Dragon Lords.
Anyway, Kizaru was able to temporarily boost her natural healing powers to a godlike level, allowing her to remove the toxins from my body and resurrect me.
In fact, I think I might have gotten a few years younger in the process, because I seem to have a bit more spring to my step now.
Stryker, I see that you brought me a visitor. I presume this is the winner?
Yes, yes, why yes. May I present Connor Congreve, the new Blue Dragon Lord!
Elgarion’s eyes grew wide.
Oh my! Two Dragon Lords found in one day – a most historic event! I would imagine that the Obsidians will not be pleased by this turn of events…
Mmm, no, I certainly don’t think the Obsidians will be pleased at all!
Connor, please whisper the four clues to me in the correct order and show me the winning note.
SPECK OBSIDIAN TOWER VENGEANCE
Yes, it seems that you are…the ONE. Welcome to the Ivory Tower. Yes, I know it appears to be an Obsidian Tower, but that is due to an illusion cast upon it to avoid unwanted attention.
Please follow Stryker inside and deliver your message to Shooter Jennings.
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “A HERO IS BORN” MUSIC TRACK.)
Stryker escorted Connor inside and up the staircases to the third level, where he was greeted by Shooter Jennings!
Hello there! I believe that you have a message for me?
Yes, I do, sir.
“SHOOTER – I MANAGED TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO NOVIA LATE LAST NIGHT AND ELUDE THE OBSIDIAN ASSASSINS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THREE DAYS.
YOUR GOOD FRIEND, LORD BRITISH”
That is very good news! I was worried that the Obsidian assassins might have gotten to Lord British after they managed to kill all of his bodyguards near the border.
This message means he should be joining us shortly. In the meantime, let’s pose for a picture. Is someone recording this on video?
Shooter flashed a grin as he shook Connor’s hand.
I hope you have a great time here at the party!
A short time later, the NBTT Hero Squad led the rest of the participants to the tower.
Welcome to the Ivory Tower! Thank heavens all of you came to save us from that Obsidian attack! How did you know to come?
I thought the Obsidians might try something and directed Apollox and his team to come here as quickly as possible.
I don’t think this will be the last we will see of Angelique Noir and her band of Obsidian assassins…or her mysterious master, the Man in Black.
You know, I thought that he bore an uncanny resemblance to you, Asclepius…
I fear that you may be right about Angelique, old friend! As for the Man in Black, it is said that everyone has a doppelganger out there somewhere. It seems that I have found mine…
I am now able to check in all remaining players. Please whisper your clues to me in the correct order as you enter.
The first twenty five to do so will receive a copy of the bard Shooter Jennings’ new album, Countach, on pink vinyl!
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT “THE KING’S CROWNING” MUSIC TRACK.)
After everyone had entered the Ivory Tower, the Storyweaver stepped out from behind the Oracle confirmatory. He glanced at the cover of the Great Book, which had been restored to its original appearance, and then continued reading…
“…and so it came to pass that young Connor Congreve and his friends were able to defeat the Darkness and ensure the safe return of their long missing king, Lord British. There was much merriment at the party that night.
This was a great victory, but the Shadow War continued on. The Darkness had not been destroyed, and would return to plague our heroes again one day. But that’s another story…”
The Storyweaver closed the Great Book and smiled as he slowly faded away…
(INSERT “Dove” SOUND EFFECT.)
(MUSIC FADES OUT. INSERT THE SONG “MONDAY-CHANGE”)
The following music tracks used in this production are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
and can be found at:
“The End of Mankind” by Per Kiilstofte
“End Game” by Per Kiilstofte
“Engulfing Shadows” by Jens Kiilstofte
“Escape from the Temple” by Per Kiilstofte
“The Land of the Wizard” by Per Kiilstofte
“Olympos” by Jens Kiilstofte
The remaining music tracks are
licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
The following tracks can be found at:
“Battle Theme A” by CynicMusic
“Caravan” by yd
“Crystal Cavern” by Joseph Gilbert/Kistol
“Dream” by Eliot Corley
“A Hero is Born” by tgfcoder
“The King’s Crowning” by Teleron
“The Orchs are Coming” by Shalpin
“Swordfight” by Kistol
“Tavern” by yd
“Winds of Stories” by HorrorPen
The following tracks can be found at:
“Open the Gate” by Alexandr Zhelanov
“Rise of Spirit” by Alexandr Zhelanov
The following music tracks can be found at:
“Blackmoor Colossus (Colossal Boss Battle Theme)” by Matthew Pablo
“Dark Amulet” by Matthew Pablo
“Enchanted Festival” by Matthew Pablo
“Ireland’s Coast (Video Game Version – Live) by Matthew Pablo
SOUND EFFECT CREDITS
All sound effects used in this production are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
The following sound effects can be found at:
“Swords Clashing” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Drop Sword” – Recorded by Caroline Ford
“Torch” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Large Fireball” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Grenade Explosion” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Dragon Roaring” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Dove” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Earthquake” – Recorded by Mike Koenig
“Slap” – Recorded by SoundMaster 13
“Thrown Shuriken” – Recorded by Cody Mahan
The following sound effects can be found at:
“Amulet of Absorption” – Recorded by CosmicD
“Fall” – Recorded by remaxim
“Ghost Breath” – Recorded by qubodup
“Magic Shield” – Recorded by spookymodem
“Teleport” – Recorded by OgreBane
“Hitting Wall” – Recorded by spookymodem
“Earth Element Magic Spell” – Recorded by qubodup