The Saga of the Gwandorlings 40
We must now tell of the happenings that passed
between the Companion’s victory in the East and Argrath’s return
to the West for the Dragon-Friend remained at Dragon’s Rest for
most of a year, returning in Fire Season 1623.
Doiban agreed to instruct Argrath in the use of
the EWF War-Banner and the Left-Hand Path, but the training should
take many years. He finally agreed that he could teach Argrath what
was needed in a year.
Bronwyn and Sigmund chose to remain with Argrath
and learn his lessons alongside him.
Gudny, Garthael and Kamoar fared back through the
Wastes to Sartar. They were to pass word to Argrath of the state
of the land and to arrange for the transfer of Argrath’s new wealth
to his fortress in Stone-Storm Vale.
Afore they could depart, Doiban spoke with the
returning Companions. “Argrath faces a period of intense training
where he will require all of his concentration and serenity,” he
said. He then beseeched the Friends to keep any foul news from Argrath
until his year had passed. The three agreed and went their way,
heavily loaded with silks, spices and other treasures.
The Students, for that is what Doiban named them
– and refused to address them any other way – spent their time learning
the ways of the Left-Hand Path. They were taught to centre their
souls and focus their energies. They spent many days staring at
rock formations in contorted positions pondering the rock’s place
in the Cosmos. They learned the fighting style of the Dragon’s Claw
and how to draw on their draconic knowledge. They learned the philosophy
of the monks and their places in the Universe.
When news came from the West, on the wings of a
Sky-Bull, they listened impassively and returned to their studies.
The monks arranged the transfer of Argrath’s goods to the west on
a steady stream of flying caravans sent by – and occasionally led
by - Gudny.
In the West momentous events were taking place.
After seeing Argrath’s caravan safely to Knight
Fort, Kamoar spent the year exploring the Border Marches. He recruited
more warriors for the Border Wardens and trained them relentlessly.
The Wardens were often seen loping across the hills
and valleys of the Marches and practising strike-and-fade skirmishing.
The knights of the Fort laughed at this training regime, practising
for running away, they called it – until the Wardens caught a raiding
band entering Bow Vale from Prax, and slaughtered it.
When he was not with the Wardens, Kamoar was exploring
the Spirit Realm and gaining the allegiance of spirits from the
From Knight Fort, Gudny fared to Horn Hill visiting
with the priests and godi at the temple. He examined the progress
of the peoples and dwarves in Stone-Storm Valley and then fared
north to Old Wind and Culbri-land. He visited with the heroes of
Old Wind and visited the king of the Culbrea. Gudny stopped for
a time at Gudnystead to visit with friends and family before he
passed through Battle Valley and visited Torkani-land. He then fared
through the Lizard Wood Wilds, by-passed Alone and arrived among
Everywhere he went Gudny spake of Argrath’s deeds
in the East and sought news of the land. This way he learned that
the Marchers were prospering. The re-construction effort was proceeding
rapidly, the dwarves had begun a mine in Stone-Storm valley and
were tunnelling into the cave that the Companions had seen on their
sky-bull quest - the one that had dragon associations – and Argrath’s
fortress in Stone-Storm valley was proceeding well.
In the South Gudny learned that the Empire had
again invaded Esrolia and that Broyan had again been defeated. He
also heard that the Empire’s temple was proceeding in Sambari Pass,
there were too many soldiers and magicians there for anyone to interrupt
In the North Gudny learned that Harvar Ironfist
had broken his bond and invaded the Torkani – even after they had
paid his tribute. With his visit to the Orgovalti Gudny spoke with
Orgovalt and was happy to find the chieftain in proper health again.
From Orgovalti-land, Gudny returned to the Gwandor
where he enacted the hero-quest of Gustbran’s Hammer and for the
most part succeeded. Later that year, from Old Wind, he stepped
into the Otherside again and fared through the God’s Plane to the
Hill of Gold where he successfully completed that great hero-quest.
As the year closed Gudny returned to Stone-Storm Valley, much stronger
than when he left and began work on a new temple to Orlanth Thunderous.
He put the call out for priests and godi to join him there to help
in the construction and to join his warband in the fight against
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