The Saga of the Gwandorlings
Our tale now turns
towards the end of Dark Season where Argrath rested in Bagnot pondering
the fate of Tarsh. He spoke with his Companions and they decided that
now would be a good time to raid the Reaching Moon Temple for "Harvar
hast withdrawn beyond it to Furthest," spake Lothar.
Von get in the way?"
With that, Argrath
sent word to his supporters in Sartar and gathered to him a fearsome
warband. Three hundreds of the Snakepipe Dancers, five score of
Norulf 400-Fighter's warband and Venharlsson with 100 of his Storm
Rams came to join Dragonfriend in his raid. He also chose to take
the Eagle Brown Warlocks and 50 of his Storm Dragon Guards.
It should be
mentioned now that with the death of Hjort Broobane, the Snakepipe
Dancers elected Gudny's follower, Nestin the Hollowdancer, to be
their new leader. It was also about this time that the Hidden Gale
took to calling themselves the Vengeance Gale, for they were no
Gudny and their followers lashed central and northern Tarsh with
furious storms for a week before the raid. Snow gathered in drifts
higher than a man and the wind was cold enough to freeze a trollkin.
The storms stopped when Argrath was ready to launch his raid, but
the clouds stayed on so that they would shield his flying warbands
On the day of
the black moon, Argrath launched his attack. The Dancers sailed
down the Oslir from Dunstop. Despite their unfamiliarity with boating
and their discomfort from being within the Glowline, Argrath's formidable
leadership enabled them to make it to the shore below the temple
without mishap and without being seen by Harvar's scouts.
We needs now
describe the temple complex. It was a walled compound, some 500
paces to a side and was located about 600 paces from the river.
There was a small village beside the trail by the southern gate.
The road from Furthest stopped at the western gate. The walls were
12 feet in height and a sturdy tower warded each corner. In the
northeast corner stood the Imperial Annex where the imperial officials
held their residence and offices. Scattered about the rest of the
compound were the storerooms, smithies and barracks that served
the now-absent garrisons. In the centre of the compound was the
temple itself, a large central edifice with eight wings coming off
of it - each with its own entrance. The northern wing was the largest
by far and held the worship area. The central building was assumed
by the raiders to house the Celestial Chamber where the representation
of the sky-dome would be.
Now the rest
of the raiding party flew in over the clouds and swooped upon the
temple as the Dancers disembarked and swarmed up the trail towards
the temple's walls. Gudny loosed black cloud from his sack and set
him to tearing the village apart.
led the airborne assault. As he crossed over the walls he felt the
pull of the earth quite strongly and plummeted to the ground landing
heavily. It turned out that the temple complex was enchanted to
prevent flying attacks. Kamoar saw his king in trouble and followed
him in; when he felt the pull he went with it and landed a lightly
as the cat that he was. Gudny led the rest of the airborne host
to land outside the southern gate.
raced to the southern gate to find a way to open it. Kamoar turned
to guard him. As Dragonfriend attempted to lift the iron bar, Sigmund
and Gudny blasted the gate from its hinges. Dragonfriend was hurled
across the courtyard with his clothing smoking.
the Storm Dragon Guard and Garthael to hold the gate for the Dancers
while the rest of the raiders turned inwards. The Eaglebrowns raced
about subduing the towers while the rest of the band charged the
temple. The nearest entrance was closed and barred. Gudny and Sigmund
again hurled their magic at it but it held.
Cries of pain
and anger and the smell of foul lunar magic drew Argrath around
the temple. He espied a score of dead Eaglebrowns before the Imperial
Annex and the very earth about them was churned and smoking. As
Argrath watched, a red beam lanced out from above the door of the
annex and smashed another warlock into the ground. Argrath called
Norulf and the Storm Dragon Guards to him and charged off to help
the Warlocks. The Eaglebrowns managed to group together and form
a magical shield over themselves though it was evident that the
beam would soon overpower them.
turned their magic onto the door and quickly reduced to a molten
pile of slag. Garthael charged through it with his 5-foot battle
blade at the ready. He ran into a long corridor, wide enough for
two men to fight side-by-side, unless they happen to be using a
greatsword like the humkati did.
figure made to strike Garthael through the smoke but his blow fell
on Garthael's blade. The humakti stepped forward and recognised
his foe as a follower of Bent-Tarnils. He swung is blade in a mighty
swing and his sword fell upon the man's shield, cleaving through
it and passing on through his neck dealing him his death right there.
temple door shattered. Gudny hurled a screaming hailstorm through
the door and then Kamoar lost himself in his frenzy of hate and
bloodlust. The shaman sprouted wicked claws, a thick pelt and frothed
at the mouth as he charged into the temple screaming his hate. A
giant of a man with a scimitar in each hand leapt into his path
- Argrath later identified him as the leader of the local Horse
Eaters - but Kamoar knocked him aside with one swipe of his paw.
through the door behind Kamoar and struck at the Horse Eater. His
blade passed through the man's tunic and burst his heart in twain.
Sigmund charged in next with his lightning sword crackling. He chopped
left, right and before him and dealt three men their deaths. Gudny
followed and spied a Reaching Moon priestess across the room. She
cried out to her goddess for support and hurled a blast of magic
at the stormlord. Gudny ignored her magic and scoured the very flesh
from her bones with a cutting wind.
a score of red-men lay dead and the Companions needed to hurry to
catch their ravening friend, Kamoar, who had burst into the room
beyond. The screams from dying priests and acolytes gave the only
hint to his progress through the building.
In the Annex
Garthael killed a dozen defenders before forcing his way into a
central room. Three strangely clad priests, with conical caps hurried
into the room from another door and set up a tripod with a blocky
object atop it. Argrath identified them as Eyzaal sorcerers and
smashed the tripod with his Mastakos magics. The wizards turned
as one and snarled at Argrath. They lifted their left hands, pointed
their pinky fingers at him and smote upon him with three beams of
purple light. The Dragonlord staggered. He tried to use his magic
to throw the wizards about but failed. The trio turned their magic
on Norulf and sent the Storm Walker crashing to the floor. He aged
twenty years as Argrath looked down at him. Argrath tried to teleport
himself behind the wizards but appeared in the middle of the room,
upside-down. The wizards turned their beams onto Garthael and staggered
the warrior. Argrath recovered his wits and teleported the humakti
behind the wizards. He clove them all through the spine with one
swing of his blade.
With that the
resistance in the building collapsed and the Eaglebrowns and Hundred-fighters
cleared it. They found dungeons below the building and released
a few score prisoners before leaving.
In the temple,
the Companions entered the Celestial Chamber. The room was a clockwork
representation of the Sky Dome with every planet and star in its
place as it should be to show Shepelkirt's bloated face in this
part of the world. In the centre of the room floated a great piece
In the corner
Kamoar was busy tearing one of his victims into small pieces.
Venharlsson and the Storm Rams smote the moonrock with their combined
magics shattering it.
burned and smashed the temple and destroyed or carried off the artefacts
within. Later, the Companions confirmed that it was only Tarsh that
had lost its Glowline though every temple throughout the Empire
had felt the surge of power as the temple was destroyed.
At that point
the raiders returned to Dunstop to celebrate their victory. They
were feted in the streets of the city as, for the first time in
over a hundred years, the people could feel the winds moving again
and could see the sky without a red tinge.
We needs now
tell of what happened when Argrath returned to Boldhoome. Minaryth
Purple, Maniskisson's Knowing Man presented a petition from several
clans in the Dinacoli for a change in rulership. It seemed that
the tribe was not entirely joyful at being ruled by Garthael and
wished to join Wulfe. As an Aggari, Wulfe appeared to be more understanding
of their Yelmalian ways.
took Dragonfriend aside and suggested that it would be best for
Sartar if the Dinacoli did join Wulfe for their land was good horse
land and Wulfe was having trouble maintaining the cavalry that he
had pledged to the King. Dragonfriend asked what Maniskisson would
offer Garthael to replace his lost position and Maniskisson told
him that he would re-found the Boldhome Temple of Death and sponsor
it. He would that Garthael headed the temple. Dragonfriend agreed.
then renounced his kingship of the Exiles and acknowledged Fazzursson
as King of Tarsh. Fazzursson in his place acknowledged Maniskisson
as King of Dragon Pass.
Storm Season 1631
Now there was
a man named Orngerin Thundercape who had been a leader of Kallyr's
household but had been hiding in Old Wind since the rebellion in
1613. Orngerin was the leader of the Roaring Wind warband and had
played an important role in the Righteous Wind rebellion in the
Well, come Storm
Season, Orngerin came to Gudny while the stormlord visited the Thunderous
temple in Wilmskirk. Orngerin told Gudny how he had been holding
the Righteous Wind banner since Kallyr had given it to him. "Orlanth
dost tell me that thine should be the hand that holds this banner,"
he told Gudny. He went on to explain that many warbands could be
united under the banner and that their wyters would work as one.
But, "You must prove your worth," he said. "You must
prove that you are the chosen of the Thunderer or the warbands will
heed you not." Gudny spoke of the deeds he had done and the
quests he had performed as he followed the path of his god. Orngerin
agreed that Gudny had a good start but had more yet to do. He also
told how the more bands united under the banner, the stronger the
banner got. Finally he spake thusly, "There are many warbands
still linked to the banner from the old days. They can be called
through the banner and would know that you sought to speak with
them." Gudny thanked him for his gift and took the banner.
Then he sent out the call for the linked bands to gather and speak
Now as Argrath
rested in his palace a man came to see him. The man was a known bandit
and Dragonfriend's guards made to arrest him until he insisted upon
seeing the Warlord. He claimed to have had visions about Dragonfriend.
Argrath bid his men let him in.
Well, the man
was ragged with white hair and so much dirt ground into his face
that none could tell the original colour of his flesh. Aside from
that, he stunk more than a herd of Bisonriders. The man named himself
Rurgarg Blackice and it seemed that he spoke for the valinding hermits
and bandits in the Quivini Mountains. Rurgarg spake of having been
told by his god to serve the "Storm Dragon." "And
I don't listen to anybody else," he concluded.
inquired as to why the man would follow Argrath if he didn't listen
to anybody but his god and only received a puzzled frown in reply.
Argrath asked how many followers Rurgarg could gather. "I have
four-score-and-ten," was the proud reply. "And I know
many more in the Stormwalk and Rockwood Mountains."
spake Argrath, "gather as many as you can and would your people
follow me, I would see that they were properly clothed, fed, armed
and armoured." Rurgarg's eyes opened wide, "Armed and
armoured," he asked. "It seems that my god isn't so stupid
Within a week
of sending his summons, Gudny heard back from many surprised warbands.
Among them were the Argrath's followers the Vengeance Gale and the
Lightning Spears. Other bands included the Mitchuinn Moonhaters,
the Storm Rams, the Red Women, the Star Striders, Orstalor's Raiders,
the Roaring Wind, the Wild Storm, Utguard's Cloud Striders and Norulf's
Hundred-Fighters. There was also another band that Gudny knew naught
of called the Night Jumpers. All said that they would meet when
the Banner-holder called.
into Sambari Pass to visit his old friend Vost Chaosbreaker at the
Hedkoranth temple there. They spoke of this and that and in the
end Vost suggested that were Sigmund to turn his path from that of
the warrior and focus more on the ways of Hedkoranth, Vost would
be able to raise a warband to fight for him. Sigmund said that he
would think on it.
Time Argrath and Gudny departed for the heroplanes to enact the
Healing of Mastakos quest - Argrath took the place of Mastakos whilst
Gudny took that of Orlanth. They fared well in their questing.
aid, Sigmund, Garthael, Lothar and their combined warbands also
passed into the heroplanes where they enacted the Masks of Death
quest. Half of the warband failed their quests but were saved any
serious consequences by the resounding success of the Companions.
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