Rael - The Heroes of Rin

Rise of the Runelords IV

Mokmurian is Dead

“Mokmurian is dead!” screams Conna. Holding up the lifeless puppet he would often use to command troops from afar.

“Those that killed him are in the library. I spoke with them, but Mokmurian commanded that I let them past and that he would deal with them himself. Now he is fallen. I will take my people back to the mountains. We don’t live in stone houses!” she says as her gesture sweeps across the massive castle of Jorgenfist.

Conna rose to be the leader of her people because she knew how to lie. Anything that she ever said, if you poked it long enough, some truth would bleed out. There was enough juice in her lies that each side could find enough truth. She could betray both sides, but neither, and go back home.

“What of the intruders?” Hisses the voice of Kidrichek, an ancient rune-infused dragon. It was once a red dragon, but the torture of the rune-magic has long obliterated that identity.

Conna looks down at the pit and shrugs. There is a long pause. Finally, she says "I imagine that they will use the small tunnels to escape. " She lets the betrayal hang in the air for a little bit before adding, " I am taking my people and leaving now. I don’t care the fate of those below. They killed Mokmurian. If you want to fight them… " After the pause she shrugs again.

Her people will go back to the mountains. Other tribes will fight for Jorgenfist and some will search for and fight the small company. Many will die, and no matter the outcome her people will be safer.

“Men and their axes” she muses to herself. She has a fleeting thought… with those who will choose to stay, and those who will fight, who will win? Who will win Jorgenfist? Will the small company survive? She starts to ponder the odds and then remembers that she doesn’t care.

She walks away knowing that yesterday they were perched on the brink of war. Today, with not one of her people killed, she is going back up the mountain — for generations her people will be stronger for what she accomplished today. Those tribes who fight will be weakened for generations. The sunlight bathes her skin and she smells the crisp air of the mountain. Her ancestors are proud.
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arondil

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:11 pm Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
Arondil shrugs as he settles down for a nap

Sandepunt was fine but he’s almost forgotten why they are even there. None of much that has happened makes a lot of sense…..Oh well, keep swinging until it’s over…..when there’e nothing left that needs to be swung at then things might make sense.

hmmm, Conna, conna, conna……..was she anyone important?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:19 am Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
Pantheris muses that the old saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is one that he has never put much stock into.

His upbringing amongst the nobles of his kind taught him much of half-truths and twisting of truth to further the gains of those who strive to “connive” their way to power, influence, and personal gain.

As such he looked at the deal with the giant as simply one to more easily achieve the goals of the group. While Pantheris would not break the deal and the giant’s promise to honour the deal was confirmed with the use of his friends divine magic, he was not certain of the giant’s intentions after Mokmurian was dead. In fact, as is usually the case in his experience, he knew that the real challenges may very well come after Mokmurians demise.

In that sense, Pantheris feels that the giant only acted as he expected.

“Such is the world” he muses to himself….
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:06 am Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster
Arondil laughs when he hears pantheris’ muttering…..“If they’re running at you and they’re ugly swing away….or blow them up”

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