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[FICTION] Memories Once Lost II

The field had once been lush and vibrant, covered from hill to hill, horizon to horizon with a rich array of wildlife, wild flowers, soft, emerald-hued grass and the cooling shade of old trees. Only a desolate battlefield now remained, charred from the fires of battle and littered with the bones of the dead. A few fragments of arms and armor remained; everything else having been scavenged. A lone knight on horseback charged across the scarred landscape searching in desperation as black clouds loomed in the distance, his armor gleaming with blood from the previous melee. Soon, the knight arrived at a hill, upon which a solitary tree stood, having survived the chaos, as well as another knight.

“Sir Alastair!” he growled, throwing down a letter. “What is the meaning of this?”

“Brother Nathaniel. Were my words not plain enough?” asked Alastair.

“This is treason! What art thou thinking old friend?!”

Alastair watched the dark clouds as they drifted on eastward. “I think this was coming for a long, long time.. ‘old friend’.”

Nathaniel cried out, “Thou hast sworn an oath to thy liege! Where is thy honor? Thou wouldst abandon thy king in his hour of need?!”

“He is NO KING, Nathaniel,” Alastair said sharply. “He does NOT BELONG here. His ways are outlandish, his method of ruling abnormal. He is NO true Sosarian King. Lord Mondain is the rightful heir to Akalabeth, regardless of his crimes.”

“‘Regardless of his crimes’, he says! Brother, listen to thyself! Mondain is a cold, cruel, evil man. He desires only POWER! Just look at the evil he has unleashed! See plainly the monstrosities he fills his legions with!”

Alastair growled impatiently, “Because he HAS to, fool! Because all of ye have been swindled by the fraud, British! Thou sayest well thy king’s propaganda, and surely many more shall say the same should a victorious Lord British be permitted to write the tomes of history, but I know it, thou knowest it, the truth is far more complex than what the bards of days to come shall be able to fit in rhyme and verse. Mondain is not the villain that Lord British has made him out to be. Thy king has lied.”

Nathaniel could only shake his head in disbelief. “Mondain has lied! Dost thou not see? Even now he fills thy mind with dark thoughts. I will not allow thee to fall into his hands!”

Alastair pulled on his helm. “Thou shalt have to vanquish me, brother, to see that done.”

The knight of Lord British pulled on his own helm and couched his lance. “I had hoped it would not come to this, brother. This is foolish! Thou art no match for me.”

Alastair replied coolly, “We shall see.”

Each knight charged the other, lances couched and shields held forth. Despite riding uphill Sir Nathaniel was a force to be reckoned with, one of the most accomplished knights in Akalabeth, whereas Alastair, despite his downhill advantage, was considered by many a lesser knight in strength and constitution. The two knights clashed, each lance striking the other. Alastair’s lance exploded against the force of Nathaniel’s shield; the impact sent him falling from his steed.

“Yield, Sir Alastair!” called out Nathaniel.

Sir Alastair stood, drew his sword and called back, “I do not yield!”

As he charged once more, Sir Nathaniel muttered under his breath, “Do not make me do this, my friend,” and aimed his lance for Sir Alastair. The ground trembled beneath the powerful hooves of Nathaniel’s horse as he came charging upon his once loyal friend and Sir Alastair, unmoved by the deadly odds against him, stubborn to all logic and reason and instinct, remained rooted to the ground only by the strange principles which now guided him. As the unstoppable juggernaut that was Sir Nathaniel came perilously near, Sir Alastair raised his shield and prepared to swing his sword…

When the dust had settled Sir Nathaniel, dismounted from his horse, approached the failing body of Sir Alastair. A large fragment of lance jutted from his chest as Sir Alastair struggled to breath. Streams of blood flowed from wound and mouth. Sir Nathaniel knelt beside the dying man and removed Sir Alastair’s helm, seeing his still fearless, vengeful expression.

“Brother, why did it have to come to this…”

Sir Alastair gave no reply, for the serious wounds with which he now struggled, but only looked upon Sir Nathaniel with anger and hatred. Tears welled up in the eyes of both knights and Sir Nathaniel wept.

“Farewell old friend. It is better this way.”

[FICTON] Memories Once Lost

“Nathaniel. Why do we fight?”

Two knights watched from a hill overlooking a battle. Crimson-hued clouds in the evening sky cast an ominous shade over the land. Shouts and the clash of steel rang from the battle raging in the distance as a kind of reflective silence seemed to separate them from that brutal chaos. They stood atop a mass of bodies from an earlier battle.

“For justice, brother Alastair. For the good. For the light.”

Suddenly a horn blared loudly somewhere in the battle, accompanying with it the stamping of horses and warcries of men as an entire battalion of mounted knights came crashing into the ranks of Mondain’s monstrous legion. The routed soldiers were slaughtered mercilessly as they attempted to flee from Lord British’s armies.

“Do we?” asked Alastair. “All of this bloodshed, for a man that is not even a Sosarian.”

“He is our King, brother,” replied Nathaniel.

“Lord Wolfgang was our king,” Alastair fired back.

“Lord Wolfgang is dead, murdered by the traitor. How many have perished for his crimes? And how many more will perish?”

Just as Nathaniel finished speaking, a loud crash resounded throughout the land as a massive projectile hurled from the dark legion’s camp landed midst the battling armies. It was followed by woeful wailing. As the madness seemed to subside to regular sounds of battle, Alastair spoke again.

“How many *must* perish, brother? I sense the world is changing, and not for the better. Conflict is what drives us; it is what dwells in our hearts. Conflict is the engine of our evolution. Without it, what are we? What am I? What art thou?” Alastair gestured widely to the battle playing out before them. “If Lord British has his way, all conflict will come to an end, and the kingdom will march limply to its annihilation.”

Nathaniel frowned. “Why worry, Alastair? Conflict is inevitable. It is peace that is the elusive and fleeting moment in time. Besides…” Nathaniel turned to Alastair, looking him up and down with a grin. “Were we to cross swords, thou wouldst surely be trounced. Without conflict, what art thou indeed!”

Alastair looked to his friend as Nathaniel returned his gaze to the battle in their moment of rest.

“Perhaps so, brother.”

[EVENT] May Events

5/11 – A Long and Forgotten Path (Investigation)
On Thursday, May 11th at 8:00 PM EST, meet at Castle Blackthorn to begin an investigation-style event that will last for one week.
Note: This will not be a standard event, only a brief introduction to the investigation.

5/18 – A Stroll through a Troubled Soul
On Thursday, May 18th at 8:00 PM EST, meet at the location uncovered by the previous investigation to continue the search.
Note: This will be a roleplay event with very little combat.

5/25 – The Pact of Xaerhaonohr
On Thursday, May 25th at 8:00 PM EST, an expedition will lead into Hythloth to conclude the investigation.

[EVENT] The Battle of Trinsic Part 4

4/27/2017 – The guards launched their final assault on the undead forces still holding Paladin Isle. It was a brutal fight but a short one, and the Knights of Mondain strangely were nowhere to be seen. Just when the guards had finished their fighting, a paladin arrived to deliver news to Commander Forthwin and the guard that an undead presence had been scouted on Barrier Isle. The guards raced to the isle and found a gathering of powerful undead monstrosities that seemed to be guarding some kind of work site. Fresh dirt was piled high near a bundle of rocks and stones that seemed to be blocking a passageway. Several unearthed remains were scattered around the work site that came alive as the Commander Forthwin disturbed the rocks. The remains of ancient paladins rose up and fight the guards as if guarding the site, but once they were vanquished the guards entered into what they learned was an ancient crypt of the Mysterium Fidei, finding several items of interests: murals depicting the original defeat of the Knights of Mondain, an empty tomb, several books scattered about, and a large pile of bones of ancient paladins slain long ago.

[EVENT] The Battle of Trinsic Part 3

4/20/2017 – For a third time the Royal Guard, under Arthur Forthwin’s command, clashed against the restless dead wandering the streets of Trinsic. The battle was brutal, and many gave their lives in the salvation of Trinsic. When victory was in sight, the Pallid Knight appeared in the Trinsic Meeting Hall to display his work – many innocent citizens of Trinsic gathered in the center of some bizarre ritual, though which the Pallid Knight, by violently sacrificing them, summoned in effect a horrid entity composed of their bound and tormented souls. The monstrosity wreaked devastating destruction before the guards were able to put it down for good while the Pallid Knight quietly slipped away. Victory had been achieved – but a heavy cloud hung above the city.

[EVENT] The Battle of Trinsic Part 2

4/12/2017 – The guards gathered in the captured docks of Trinsic to prepare for the next assault. Commander Forthwin led the charge across the river into western Trinsic where the Royal Guards met a gruesome phalanx of undead, many of them former residents of the city. The guards pushed the undead westward, clearing them out completely all the way to the western wall. Before they could push into the northwestern quarter of Trinsic, however, the undead began to rally from the east, forcing the guards to double-back before the undead could effectively flank them. Finally, the guards pushed north to the Trinsic Barracks, where they encountered none other than the Pallid Knight himself. The knight challenged the guards by forcing them to annihilate one of the finest horses of Trinsic, Baldur the Mighty Steed – a coveted horse among many of Trinsic’s Paladins but now destroyed and returned as an undead minion of the Knights of Mondain. The guards slew the horse as the Pallid Knight made his exit. Though a victory, it was a victory marked with grief for the fallen.

[EVENT] The Battle of Trinsic Part 1

4/6/2017 – Commander Forthwin met with the guards at Castle Blackthorn, where he discussed his plans to retake the docks quarter of Trinsic from the clutch of the dead. They traveled to Barrier Isle just off of Trinsic, and the Commander led the charge across the bridge to the walls of Trinsic. They met stiff resistance immediately upon knocking through the blockades, as swarms of undead descended upon them. Unrelenting, the guard pushed forward and faced off with several of the Knights’ most gruesome creations. The Knights themselves did not seem to make an appearance except for the Pallid Knight, who watched from afar until finally intervening himself, to reveal that the brave Sir Jeffrey, whom until recently had been fighting the undead alone in a berserk rage, had at last perished and remade as an undead minion of the Knight. The Pallid Knight loosed the undead Sir Jeffrey upon the guards forcing them to destroy him forever. As the body of Sir Jeffrey lay lifeless, finally free from the yoke of undeath, Commander Forthwin informed the guard that they were victorious, and that the docks were now under their control.

[NEWS] TRINSIC INVADED!!!

Hear ye, citizens of the realm!

The legions of the dead under the command of the powerful foes, the Knights of Mondain, have seized Trinsic with OVERWHELMING force!

All travelers are advised to avoid the city, and go with EXTREME caution!

Lord Blackthorn demands answers at the next meeting of the Governor’s Coucil!

Commander Arthur Forthwin of the Royal Guard announces plans to take back the city!

What a sad day! A tragic day! Will the heroes of the realm be able to vanquish the dead wandering Trinsic’s roads??

[EVENT] Premonitions of Annihilation – 3/28/17

The guards mustered at Castle Blackthorn, where they were greeted coldly by Commander Forthwin. The Commander informed them that they were to set out on a mission to investigate an undead disturbance reported by the royal scouts. Once they arrived at the reported valley near Trinsic they discovered a legion of the undead wandering within it. Fighting back the dead, the guards eventually found a cave where dead seemed to be gathering around a festering death. Once dispatched the Commander pushed away the muck to find, beneath the foul, odorous remains a stone, upon which was inscribed a dark warning from, to their collective horror, the Knights of Mondain. The stone indicated Trinsic as their target of attack.

Without hesitation Commander Forthwin summoned a moongate to the city of Trinsic, where they found the undead legions of the knights had already entered the city. They pushed back the restless dead to the entrance of the city and seemed on the verge of victory when none other than the Pallid Knight himself emerged from the woods, issuing a stark warning and summoning his other companions. The Knights of Mondain made quick work of the Royal Guard, pushing them back into the city and scattering them near completely in a moment of shear chaos. Near total defeat, Commander Forthwin issued an order of retreat, commanding the guards to fight their way to the docks where he left a moongate back to Britain. At Britain, Commander Forthwin swore to take immediate action in planning an assault to retake Trinsic. The city now remains under the clutches of the dead, led by the enigmatic Knights of Mondain.

[EVENT] April Events

Trying a new format for posting events this month. Event summaries will follow in separate postings post-event.

4/6 – The Battle of Trinsic Part 1
On Thursday, April 6th at 8:00 PM EST, meet at Castle Blackthorn.

4/12 – The Battle of Trinsic Part 2
On Wednesday, April 12th at 8:00 PM EST, the guard will muster in the reclaimed parts of Trinsic to continue their attack.

4/20 – The Battle of Trinsic Part 3
On Thursday, April 20th at 8:00 PM EST, meet in the reclaimed parts of Trinsic to continue the battle.

4/25 – Council Meeting
On Tuesday, April 25th at 8:00 PM EST, Lord Blackthorn shall preside over a Council Meeting.

4/27 – The Battle of Trinsic Part 4
On Thursday, April 27th at 8:00 PM EST, meet in the reclaimed parts of Trinsic to continue the battle.

4/29 – Tamer’s Tourney
On Saturday, April 29th at 8:00 PM EST, EM Erebus shall be hosting a Tamer’s Tourney at the New Haven Arena (the animal is not yet determined as of this writing but will be made available on the stone at the arena).