The Saga of the Gwandorlings
he does have a lot of troops"
Argrath on marriage to
In Sea Season,
High King Manikisson made ready for his honeymoon in the Grazelands
with his bride, the Feathered Horse Queen. Before he left his Talking
Man, Minaryth Purple delivered this directive to Dragonfriend:
for Sea Season, 1632
As dictated by Argrath Son of Maniski, High King of Dragon
Pass, Prince of Sartar, Protector of the Grazelands, Champion
of the Pol Joni, Liberator of Tarsh, Wolfslayer, Beastfriend and
servant of Orlanth.
this year are numerous and require swift action. Foremost in our
long term strategy is the strengthening of our alliance against
the Empire and the creation of a wider manpower pool to guarantee
our effectiveness and survivability during the course of the projected
To that end
our first objective for the year is to take advantage of the clement
conditions in the south and bring Esrolia, and if possible Caladraland,
into our alliance. Queen Nerestina of Nochet and the East Earth
Alliance have agreed to accept vassalage should we assist her
in defeating the serious incursions of the various Ditali and
Solanthi armies led by the traitorous Greymanesons. The westerners
are allied with Esrolian rebels centred on the vassal state of
the Autonomous Earth faction whose capital is Dizbos. Therefore
we order the Free Army to make all possible haste for Nochet,
details of transit to be determined by the Sword of Sartar. Once
there, the Free Army will meet our allies, join forces with them,
while maintaining sovereignty over command decisions, and force
the westerners to battle. Once crushed generous terms should be
offered and if possible an alliance with the warlords of the west
must be made.
simultaneous objective is the bolstering of the defences in the
newly liberated Kingdom of Tarsh. To that end, the Sword of Sartar
is given leave to raise more forces from indigenous sources to
secure the Kingdom and the Argrath Council bases there from counteroffensives
by the Empire or the false King of Tarsh and his provincial lackey,
Harvar the Traitor. Therefore, the Luminous Stallion King will
provide the Great Grazer Army to assist in these operations and
the Pol Joni will send a host recruited from funds allocated by
the Disthane of Sartar to the purchase of mercenaries. The Prince
of Alda-Chur is also expected to fulfil his obligations and provide
forces to defend Tarsh. Lastly, the Grand Company of Tanisor,
under Mularik Ironeye, will be available for operations in the
region within three weeks of the start of the year. The contract
with the Grand Company gives land grants in Northern Tarsh and
plunders rights on those lands. The Grand Company will be considered
an ally rather than a subordinate formation.
objective of the season is the destabilisation of Imperial and
Provincial forces in Holay, Aggar and beyond if possible. The
Sword of Sartar is ordered to prepare a mission deep within enemy
territory to that end, to spread the word of our liberation to
the oppressed peoples of the Provinces and to harass the supply
lines of the enemy army in Holay. Contact should be made with
the local population and a detailed report on their fighting ability
as well as their support for the Argrath Council should be made.
the Imperial forces strike while we are strategically off balance,
then all efforts must be made to minimise any damage done and
provide a strong platform for an immediate counteroffensive in
that these directives will be carried out with the utmost haste
Dragonfriend stoically accepted his instructions and set about accomplishing
them. He called his Companions to his hall in Bagnot and assigned
to each of them a task.
To Sigmund he
spake thusly, "Thou art mine War Captain. Take thyself to Nochet
and learn what you would about our allies and our foes." He
told Garthael and Gettig to accompany him. Sigmund gird his byrnie
about him and, seizing his weapons, leapt atop his skybull for the
journey to Nochet. They fared through Grazerland, crossed the Dragonspine
near Richpost, made their way over the Building Wall and rode down
To Kamoar he
said, "I think that thine duty shall rest easy upon thy shoulders
for I would that you passed through the redman's lands and learn
all that you can on their dispositions. I would also have you leave
many a Moon's son dead in thy wake." Kamoar snarled his glee
and gathered his band about him. Before he left, Kamoar and Gudny
agreed to meet again in Dunstop in two weeks time so that they could
To Gudny he
said, "It shall be thine duty to fare into Poljoniland and
hire such of those riders that would fight for us." Gudny took
up Thunderbolt, his spear, he gathered his warband about him and
rode east. They fared through Dendrogi Pass, crossed Trader Valley,
spoke with Prince Orgovalt in Aldachur and then passed down the
road to Jaldon's Rest.
turned to Lothar and spake thusly, "Thou art mine Champion
and Battle-thinker. To thee I leave the defence of Tarsh. Ward it
his follower Tulmult to readying the Free Army to move.
With that, Argrath
mounted his skybull and passed north into the Rockwood Mountains
where he spoke with the Orms Fang assassins. Argrath spoke of wishing
their help ravaging the Imperial lands between Furthest and Fillichet.
He turned over a massive chest of gold and secured the services
of the entire cult.
There was a
man named Estarion, son of Prince Orgovalt and Coryina the Defender.
Estarion had been born among the Tres and raised by his foster-father
Dark-Vastyr the Ridge-Runner. Estarion was a fine man, strong of
limb, fleet of foot and well spoken.
When Gudny came
to Aldachur that season he bore Argrath's greetings and a request
for warriors to help defend Tarsh while the Free Army was in Esrolia.
Orgovalt agreed to summon his select muster to Aldachur and told
Gudny how he would send one thousand Far Point warriors to Bagnot.
Orgovalt then called his son over and named Estarion to Gudny. "Mine
son will lead the muster." Gudny greeted the man well and praised
his valour in past battles.
Now our tale
needs turn to Nochet in Disorder Week where Sigmund had arrived
among much awe atop his skybull. On all sides Sigmund espied preparations
for war. Musters trained outside the great metropolis while teamsters
hurried supplies into the ever-hungry army kitchens. Sigmund was
greeted poorly by Harslina, one of the Queen's Axe Guard who reluctantly
took him to see Queen Nerestina.
The Queen, however,
greeted Sigmund properly and well. She praised his past heroics
in the service of the Queendom and spoke well of his king, Argrath
Dragonlord. To the dismay of her court, Queen Nerestina bade Sigmund
sit by her while she called for food. The two of them spoke of this
and that and Sigmund learned much that he had been sent to learn.
that the varied factions that the Companions had previously known
had settled down to two: the East Earth Alliance, led by Nerestina,
and the Autonomous Earth, vassals of the Reaver-Ditali led by Queen
Varandis the Treacheress. The Ditali were still led by the traitor
Jord Greymanesson who had betrayed the Allied army to the Lunars
at the Battle of Pennel Ford. His named his host the Army of Righteous
Tribute and counted somewhere from five to fifteen thousands of
Ditali and Solathi warriors among them. Greymanesson's host was
encamped about the town of Dizbos and held sway over the Border
Marches and much of south-western Esrolia.
spoke of the Warlords of Porthomeka. It seemed that they were undeclared
in this war and sat on their side of the Gorphing River with two
armies. The Queen then spoke of her host. This army included three
regiments of Babeester Gor Axe Guards, the Esrolian select muster
and a few magical units. All tallied, she had some nine thousands
and five hundreds of warriors ready to campaign.
learned that Nerestina and Orthok Shieldbane, the chief Warlord
of Porthomeka did not get on well with each other due to the radically
different philosophies of life and faith they both espoused.
Over the next
few days Sigmund rode into the west and scouted Dizbos. He found
that the Ditali and Autonomous Earth host numbered closer to fifteen
thousands and that the city was well provisioned for war.
That same week,
Gudny met with Krise Skullbreaker of the Poljoni at the Ring of
Stones on the edge of the great rise forming Jaldon's Rest. The
horseman had with him two hundreds of his Krise Warband, all of
them powerful Kolating warriors and shamans. Gudny greeted them
well in Argrath's name and gifted them richly - but the nomads were
unimpressed by the gifts. Gudny spoke with Krise about hiring troops
to fight in Tarsh. The talks were difficult, but Gudny was a renowned
negotiator and they agreed that one thousand riders and the entire
Krise warband would serve the High King for the year. With that
Gudny turned his band to the west and fared back to Dunstop to meet
Early in Harmony
Week, Argrath arrived in Nochet with the vanguard of the Free Army.
He had marched the entire host over the Dragonspine at Wintertop
and down to The River. They had taken barges there and been guided
through the Upland Swamp by the Durulz. Once through the swamp the
army sailed to Nochet. As there were not near enough barges to carry
them all at once, the host was moving in several pieces and it would
take some days for them all to arrive in Nochet.
At the city
Argrath Dragonfriend was hailed by Queen Nerestina and gifted well.
His soldiers were billeted in barracks within the city walls and
spent several days preparing for a great triumph through the streets
of the metropolis to celebrate their victories in the north. All
the regiments of the Free Army marched through the central plaza
of the Queens and were cheered on by the enthusiastic crowds. With
such a morale boost to inspire his army, Dragonfriend settled down
to plan his campaign in the west with Queen Nerestina.
that Mularik Iron-Eye and his Grand Company of Tanisor was waiting
in Karse for instructions. He sent his Guardsman Stark-Manni to
Karse and invited Mularik to hie his host to Bagnot where he would
place himself under the command of Lothar. Argrath sent a chest
of silver that would enable Mularik to purchase the food and fodder
he needed to move his host through Sartar.
fared south to the lesser metropolis of Rhigos where he sought a
meeting with the Warlords. He was greeted well and brought to Orthok
Shieldbane's palace where he met with the Archwarlord and Gurdan
the Brander, his western army commander. Argrath learned that Orthok
commanded the main host which was kept in Solung. Gurdan commanded
the western host that warded Porthomeka from the Ditali based in
Jorsh. From Queen Nerestina Argrath learned that Gurdan's host numberd
some one thousand Axe Guards, three thousands of Spear Guard - the
select muster of the west - and some one thousand of Bow Guards,
woman archers. The queen described Orthok's host as having five
hundreds of Warbringers, Orthok's bodyguard, fifteen hundreds of
Axe Guards, four thousands of Spear Guards, fifteen hundreds of
Bow Guards and a further five hundreds of the Swift Razors, humakti
So Argrath greeted
the warlords properly and gifted them well with gold and gems, gracious
words and subtle displays of power. He told them that he had come
to make peace between them and the Queen Nerestina. Orthok acknowledged
the nobility of Argrath's efforts but wished to learn what he would
gain from making peace with "those Women". When Argrath
asked, Orthok spake of wanting more land for the Warlords. Argrath
suggested some of the Border Marchers and land south of Dizbos that
was close the Porthomeka's borders. Orthok agreed to that and Argrath
returned to Nochet to convince Nerestina.
The Queen was
unhappy with the prospect of losing the land. "If that is what
it takes to gain peace then I would have it done," she said.
"But, we canst defeat our foes without the Warlords' aid, why
dost we need give them anything?" Argrath replied that if she
didn't secure the Warlords' alliance then the Ditali probably would
and such an addition to their strength would render any battle outcome
uncertain. Nerestina reluctantly agreed then and Argrath arranged
a meeting between both sides.
insisted that Argrath personally guarantee to enforce the treaty,
he agreed. Nerestina stated a concern for people in those lands
that wished to remain subjects of hers. "They must be compensated
for their lost lands when they move." Argrath suggested that
as her subjects it was her responsibility to compensate them. "However,"
he wisely suggested, "there will be a great expense to you
for this. It would be proper if the High King Maniskisson were to
waive half of your tribute for the next two years." Nerestina
agreed to that and all sides signed the treaty, called afterward
the Donbry Pact.
We needs now
relate a tale that happened in Death Week. It seems that several
of Mularik's men had their way with a cottar's wife while passing
through Locaemland. Mularik immediately went to the local chief
and asked him to name the weregeld for the woman. The chief refused
weregeld and demanded that the men be turned over for justice. Mularik
replied that, "I deliver justice to my men. I would respect
thine customs and I know that you take blood-money to settle things
like this. Rest thy mind, these criminals will not survive mine
justice." With that the chief named the ridiculously high price
of 20 cows and Mularik paid it over on the spot and then gifted
the chief as well. He then hung the rapists beside the road and
marched his entire host past the twitching corpses. After this there
were no acts of indiscipline in Mularik's host.
Kamoar did not
return to Dunstop in Harmony Week like he was to have done. Nor
did he return in Death Week. The shaman finally returned in Fertility
Week. And this is the tale that he told:
north along the Oslir. On the west bank near Furthest I came across
a band of Harvar's horsemen. Three-and-ten I slew before the rest
fled - would you see their love-shafts? I have them here in my
pouch. Near Talfort I found a redman drover and his herd. The
slaughter was delicious - would you like to see his tongue? His
liver was tasty. Outside Dolsosin I caught a file of University
Guards with two of their meldecks. Look at this, I kept one's
skull. He fought well. The wizards took three days to die. It
was orgasmic. I kept their thumbs. I bound their spirits into
them and torment them every night now.
I saw the
flying mountain at Bangorn. It was some four hundred ells across
the bottom and five hundred ells high. I caught a couple of pickets
near there. I found seventy and six veins in one's hand. Is that
normal? Well that mountain was sitting there taking on supplies
and more of their murderous warriors. I can't kill them fast enough.
They are like fleas, they are everywhere. What? Oh yes, the mountain
- Shepelkirt's festering spawn call it the 'Moonberg'. I took
a champion one night to learn what I could. It was difficult,
after I slit his shaft four ways he wouldn't say much more than
"mother" but I did learn that they expected this mountain
to fly into Tarsh and defeat us. There is a huge crystal atop
the mountain and a glaring beam of corrupt energy coming from
I'LL KILL THEM ALL! KILL THEM!
KILL THEM! Ah, well I followed that mountain as he flew south.
It fared about a league every hour. I wouldst say that it will
reach Dunstop within the week, maybe next.
Kamoar for his tale and praised his valour. He then sent word to
the Exiles, to King Fazzursson and to Prince Orgovalt seeking more
troops. "We are faced by a most dire foe," he told them
Gudny sent an
umbroli to Argrath and Venharlsson with the news. The Dragonlord
briefly pondered his options and then instructed that the draconic
bands in the Free Army were to hie themselves to Bagnot. Then Argrath
turned over the mustering of the hosts to Garthael, stepped onto
Mastakos' road and fared to Cragspider's realm. The Firewitch agreed
to see him without delay and he spoke to her of the Moonberg and
sought her aid in defeating it. Cragspider told him that she would
consider his request and dismissed him. With a great reluctance,
Argrath returned to Esrolia to lead the armies against the Ditali.
That week, Fazzursson
sent word to Lothar. "We hast seen the 'Moonberg." It
appeared that the Moonberg had reached the edge of the Glowline
and paused, settling heavily to the ground - it was Dark Moon Day.
On Crescent-Come, the Moonberg again lumbered into the air, leaving
a deep pit of crushed earth behind it, and fared south and east.
Fazzursson told how it was aimed at Bagnot. The King of Tarsh also
related tales of lunar boasting brought to him by his spies in Furthest.
"They claim that the Moonberg was built by the Satrap of Sylila
a symbol of his power and that it nearly impoverished him doing
word to Lothar of the Moonberg's capabilities. The Moonberg could
apparently create a glowspot about it and had an entropic engine
that allowed it to move without energy from the moon, though not
for long. Bronwyn spake of there being nye upon five thousands of
troops within the flying mountain. He named the Moonrock Phalanx,
the Silvershields, Urimaz Star Marines, Moonberg Missileers and
the Grim Soldiers among them. He also noted that the great hawk
flying Paradisal Aviators and the Wyvren Riders were aboard. "The
rock dost bristle with catapults, magic and vecors," he reported.
Week Mularik Iron-Eye marched his host into Bagnot. Lothar greeted
him well and asked what the westerner's engineers could do to protect
the city from the Moonberg. "There is naught that any man could
do to stop that flying mountain," was the curt reply.
arrived shortly after that with his Storm Rams.
It was about
then that Kamoar brought more news to Lothar. He spoke of seeing
the Moonberg passing Furthest and being joined in its advance by
Harvar Ironfist and his host. Lothar pondered his options. He had
three thousands of Grazers in at Dunstop along with Fazzursson's
Army of Tarsh, another six thousands of warriors. He had five thousands
of Mularik's Grand Company and one thousand of the Far Point Select
muster under Estarion. He had a further thousand of the Poljoni
his commanders about him and spoke thusly, "Hear me. We have
no hope at stopping this flying mountain ourselves and we canst
not face Harvar's host in battle. I would that King Fazzursson harried
northern Tarsh and Harvar's supplies. I would have the forces here
in Bagnot withdraw into the Bushrange and await a better time to
strike." All there agreed that this was wise. Lothar further
commanded that Mularik and the Poljoni would storm Too Far to throw
Harvar off. Both companies looked forward to the plunder they would
accrue. The war ravaged residents of Bagnot were ushered form the
city and up into the mountains. Kamoar and his shamans spent the
rest of the day summoning spirits and ghosts to infest the abandoned
his host over Dendrogi Pass, through Dwarf Valley and then up the
Tarsh Road to Too Far. The Poljoni ranged ahead and surrounded the
town before any messengers could escape. Mularik's veteran engineers
quickly built assault towers and his Grand Company of Tanisor stormed
the thirty-foot walls the next day with minimal casualties. It was
clear to all observers from the Free Army that Mularik's host were
well experienced in siege warfare and could carry out an escalade
with singular speed and professionalism. While the Grand Company
carried out its assault, the Koffer hills were guarded by the Far
Point Muster for probes from Harvar's forces in Bagnot.
more rumours to Lothar. It seemed that Harvar was less than pleased
with having to support the Moonberg in Bagnot. He believed that
the specie that had gone into it could have better served by raising
more troops. He was only in Bagnot because his king had commanded
it yet when he saw how the Moonberg slowed his mobility he ignored
those commands. With the capture of Too Far, Harvar reinforced Slavewall
and then withdrew from Bagnot. He moved his entire host back to
Goldedge. Spies within the Tarsh Army brought news of the dispute
between Harvar and the Moonberg commander, Half-general Eranthus
Moonsent, over its deployment and the overall strategy. Harvar,
ever his own man, like Lokomayadon, would not bend to the greater
good and sought his own path regardless of the potential for defeat
his withdrawal exposed the Imperial forces to.
Our tale needs
now turn to Esrolia where Dragonfriend's campaign played itself
out. When Argrath marched from Nochet in Stasis Week, he led twenty-and-four
thousands in the allied host. The Free Army numbered over twelve
thousands, Queen Nerestina's host was over nine thousands and Lord
Fengot, leader of the Rokari Derfidian League, led some twenty-five
hundreds of knights and Derfidian marines. The Derfidians were an
alliance of Rokari traders along the coast and islands of Maniria
who wielded considerable power and military strength in the region
and sought an end to the damaging civil war in Esrolia for the benefit
of trade and shipping revenues.
the south came the Warlords of Porthomeka. Their western army marched
up the Gorphing River far behind Jord's host and sacked Kithma and
Staton. The Warlord's main host marched for Dizbos under the pretence
of awaiting the outcome of the battle before choosing sides. Orthok
advanced with some twelve thousands of his own troops.
On the wide
farmlands outside of Dizbos, Argrath found himself facing nineteen
thousands of Ditali, Solanthi and Esrolian troops. Argrath arrayed
his host with the King's Own Foot and the Sundome Phalanx in the
centre. Queen Nerestina's host held the left and the rest of the
Free Army stood on the right. The Rokari knights sat their horses
impatiently on the left while the Free Army's horse ranged on the
right. Argrath noted that the Ditali had little in the way of cavalry
and of what they had none was heavy.
before his host and his voiced rolled over then all. He spoke of
their courage and valour in past battles and the glory that they
would earn in this one. He roused them all to a high level of eagerness
and could barely restrain them with he was finished. It was about
then that Orthok's host marched into sight on the allied left and
paused watching the other two hosts. Argrath correctly assumed that
the Warlord would await the probably outcome before choosing which
side to join.
With a feral
howl the Wolf Runners surged across the battlefield. The March Light
Horse close beside them and they swarmed over the hapless Solanthi
skirmishers. Within moments the Jord ordered his line forward for
he had no skirmishers left.
by advancing his line at a steady pace. With a shouted word he sent
his cavalry crashing into the enemy flanks, driving back their own
meagre horsemen and sweeping around to seize the supply wagons.
The Ditali centre refused flanks and held their ranks in the face
of the cavalry charge, Jord and his warlords rallied their men,
who were hard-bitten warriors with no fear in them. They gave ground
slowly but refused to break. In the centre the Ditali line began
to sag under the relentless advance of the phalanx.
horns sounded, his flags unfurled the alliance banners and the Porthomekan's
advanced to complete the encirclement of the embattled Ditali horde.
Jord the Traitor
pushed his way into the troops with his warband about him and set
about rallying his warriors with some significant success, for he
was a great hero of his people. Argrath smiled a cold smile, tapped
Garthael on the shoulder pointing out Jord, and then summoned Mastakos'
chariot to carry the Sword to Jord's side. Garthael appeared in
the midst of Jord's Hill Runners, his own bodythanes, and struck
at Greymanesson. His great blade struck the warlord full upon his
shield bursting it into pieces. The blade passed through Jord's
torse and on through the bodyguard beside him as well. Both men
fell down dead on the spot. Garthael turned and began hewing his
way through the best warriors that the Ditali could muster and no
spear could touch him, nor any sword, nor any axe.
With his foe
surrounded and without any chance of escape, Argrath called for
the Ditali to surrender.
was a captain in Jord's warband and was now the commander of the
hosts. Forljonri stepped forth and asked what terms Argrath would
demand. Nerestina pushed her way to Argrath's side and demanded
that Queen Verandis of the Autonomous Earth be turned over to her
to be tried for treason. Argrath told Forljorni that he would insist
upon weregeld being paid to Esrolia for the harm done by Jord but
that he had little else to ask to save the lives of the remaining
Ditali. Forljorni agreed to surrender on those terms.
And so Verandis
was taken back to Nochet to be tried and Argrath negotiated a weregeld
of five thousand cows to be paid to Nerestina and a one thousand-man
regiment to be supplied to fight with the Free Army. "They
would have full plunder rights and all the honour that any regiment
under my command would have," he told Forljorni. He further
praised the valour and skill that the Ditali showed in the battle
and said that he would be honoured to have men such as that in his
host. Forljorni agreed and they swore oaths to it all.
on the Mastakos Road again and joined the other Companions in Wintertop.
Now the Moonberg
reached Bagnot and settled to earth in the fields before the city.
The redmen within stormed the now empty city and were assailed by
the spirits within, some five-score lunars died that day and it
took the imperial magicians some days to clear the remaining spirits
from the city.
Gudny and Venharlsson
cloaked the valley in clouds and storms but nothing broke that crimson
beam from the moon.
High King Maniskisson
sent a message to Dragonfriend telling him, quite curtly, to retake
Bagnot and destroy the Moonberg.
warbands arrived in Wintertop about then and immediately joined
with Bronwyn in preparing to summon a dream dragon. Cragspider sent
word that she was personally faring to Bagnot with her bodyguards
and priests to "strike this flying monstrosity that has bedevilled
my sky and disturbed my meditation." Gudny and Venharlsson
gathered their bands and began to pour their power into Black Cloud
of the Exiles and beastmen had mustered in Shakeland to join the
assault on Bagnot.
On Dark Moon
Day they struck. The draconic bands, focussed through Bronwyn's
Cosmotic Sceptre, manifested a dream dragon that was six hundred
feet long. The storm dragon rolled through the air with lighting
flashing from its claws and hail crashing down under its wings.
Black Cloud expanded and filled the air over the Moonberg. Everything
turned dark as the black clouds cut off the light. The Moonberg
shuddered and lifted into the air. Black Cloud struck like the tornado
that he was. He surrounded the base of the Moonberg and blasted
the rock with lightning and tornadoes. Hawk riders and wyverns were
torn to pieces when they tried to fly out to fight. The Moonberg
rocked under the assault and was actually pushed sideways by the
Vadrudi daimon. The storm dragon landed on the mountain's flank
and began tearing chunks of rock off of it. It lifted again and
landed atop the now glowing crystal and tore at it with its claws.
And then disaster
struck. A beam of crimson power burst from the crystal twenty ells
thick and punched through the dragon's torso. The dragon's corpse
flew through the air and eight in ten of Argrath's draconic priests
exploded into gore. The dream dragon dissipated into nothing before
it could hit the ground and crush Bagnot beneath its bulk.
The beam reached
out again and carved through Black Cloud. The Vadrudi screamed and
fled, his essence shrivelling and steaming at the touch of the Shepelkirt
As the Orlanthi
hosts stood stunned the clouds rapidly cleared as if swept aside
by a mighty stroke of an arm. A fiery net formed in the sky, a web
of flaming strands over a mile across. The net grew tighter and
tighter, the strands merged in the centre and formed a pillar of
flame five hundred ells across that engulfed the Moonberg. The pillar
vanished with a brilliant snap and all who had stared at it were
blinded for a time.
was smaller now; it appeared to have had nearly twenty feet of rock
melted off of every side. The outside was molten and smoking. The
Moonberg staggered in the air. The crystal pinnacle was no longer
glowing with its previous puissance.
led a heroic assault on the Moonberg. Fifty thanes, Von, Rolf, Lothar,
Mularik and his guards, Kamoar and Gudny flew with him. They landed
on the still glowing rock and knew that they had entered the hero
planes. The immediate manifestation of potent vecors on all sides
convinced them that they had passed into a lunar hero realm. The
crimson warriors were clad in armour of gleaming moon metals and
bore swords that glittered with the hellish light of the lune. Sigmund
undertook the task of destroying the empowering crystal and brought
forth a thunderstone blessed by Hedkoranth and sang the Chaos Breaking
song over it. As Sigmund stood summoning his magics, the Companions
of Argrath stood around him in a ring of iron and magic while the
Vecors assailed them in a frenzy. Lothar laid about him with his
iron blades slaying vecors so that his weapons hissed and spat with
their dying essences. Mularik stood bravely against a hero of the
moon but was felled by one negligent blow to be rescued from certain
death by his iron guard. Gudny smashed a daimon under crushing noise
and blistering winds and held others at bay with his tornado of
power. Sigmund placed the roaring stone upon the crystal and smashed
it with the mountain breaking strength of his god. The evil crystal
cracked and fissured all around it's towering bulk and the rouge
glow it exuded faded and died to the weary cheers of the embattled
As more vecor's
appeared Dragonfriend gathered his band and flew back to the earth
and they watched the Moonberg stagger north and pass from view.
Mularik was healed of his injuries and the army easily occupied
Bagnot once more. Though victory had been achieved the Dragonlord
bitterly regretted the loss of strength his Draconic magical regiments
had suffered in the battle. Bronwyn swore that he could rebuild
the units in a few years into an even more fearsome force but they
would have to be withdrawn from the order of battle for the time
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