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Deep divisions carved by an cient gods and un wise an cestors cleave the territories of Maradhed, while warriors of noble purpose ri de ou t to try and reclaim the harmony of nations on the precipice, one fighter each from the peoples alon g the faultlines…in this quest the sage, immortal warriors Omir and Masdhin com e upon a quiet village that just might be as peaceful as it seems…

Best of the day, innkeeper… could you help ease our way with som e restorative food and drink?

It would be my pleasure, stran ger… if it m eant I could even satisfy my regular custom ers. Bu t thin gs… bein g as they are…

You must m ean the Dronkwist in vasion… it’s thanks to those bastards we di dn’t see one soul in the streets, is it?

Aye…


Drhoay swamps, Renharin

I’m not as sure of this as I was…

territory. Several miles beyond

the m enace loomin g over Faras,

the sunny hills of Dolon…

Haggarth and the Derinon people is not goin g to delay for us.

Just a little bit further, Masdhin… on ce we’ve pu t this quagmire behind us we can camp for the night.

I understand, believe m e… if I were leavin g my love behind in the face of such fearsom e events I would do anythin g to get back to her…

Bu t as privileged as we are as immortals, we are not indestructible. Nor tireless. And now we need to rest…

You m is u n d e r s ta n d m e, Omir. Faras will take care of herself -what on ce there was between us di dn’t keep her from becomin g a fierce Adros warrior. And now, followin g what the fates intend for both of us --

-- and your assumptions to one si de -I will do no less.

We are n o t stoppin g, Omir… not until we reach our destination. I still see a few too many mysteries in this…

Masdhin… I di dn’t m ean…

Answers are all that will arm us against the nightmare en gulfin g Maradhed…


Di d you hear that?

Yes… som ethin g stirrin g in the waters…

“Som ethin g big…”

By Renhar’s green life force!

Masdhin, watch ou t!

Begone, you monstrosity!


Damn ! Marshal Kaber… we’re surrounded!

Calm down, Mantras… We’ve been trained to fight in much worse conditions.

Rule One of the battlefield: Never show the enemy your weak spots.

Listen to your master, soldier… b u t don’t confuse b ravery with foolishness…

Leave the Derinon now and we’ll settle for your commanders’ heads…

You are wastin g your last b reaths, strumpet. Our ranks will not open up. These m en are willin g to

Other wise,

die for their mission…

you all die.

and grant you that right too!

As you wish, Hagjadi. Faras gave your m en a chan ce to survive. Bu t if it is war you’re lookin g for, it will find you.

Bowm en !


Present --

and fire!

AARGH! AARGH!

At it, m en ! Let’s b reak their front line and get to the caval ry!



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