Ashes of the Empire

Prologue: Chapter I

Setting Out

Surge, Tamm and Aneer started in a village on the western edge of the great forest.

They met a young boy in an inn named Arris. Arris told them something was happening to the children. Surge investigated, met Ar’gu, a man in a dark cloak with a close-cropped graying beard and wearing a large oval ring on his finger, the symbol of an ancient order of mages from the east.

They eventually managed to recruit themselves into a caravan of children Ar’gu was taking east through the forest.

surge tamm and anner wake up from camping in a field, head southeast towards village. upon ariving, didnt know what they were doing, desparate to find new experience. decided to start at tavern. sat around tavern, acting like they knew what they were doing, acting comfortable. tamm noticed mage (some shady character in corner). aneer just wanted to drink. they drank while tamm talked to bar tender. turn around to see mage, he had disappeared! after aneer was drunk. decided to walk around town. church with royal guards standing in front. Guards: human, didn’t recognize uniforms (faded, people clinging to past). wandered around town. guard interrupted them, said you’re supposed to check weapons at gate. confiscated weapons. headed back to church, went inside. at top of church, beautiful emblem, master craftwork of some unknown deity. church seemed like center of culture. people in church dismissed them as weird tourists. went back to tavern to get drunk. tamm and surge started talking about being disillusioned about “adventure”. mundane, burning money, escapism.

Arris, showed up. said they looked like outsiders, but people who looked like they would want to help a village/people in danger. said that children had been taken over 3 months, ever since dark mage arrived (tamm confirmed same mage). surge: what did mage say reason was for being in village. arris: buying village. pople renting his homes, hard economic times. gave Ar;gu;’s apartment address. went to get weapons. surge distracted guard buy asking directions to bar they just came from. tamm snuck in and got weapons. headed towards Aragus place.

said they were travelers and they didnt know bearings, told you were traveler but made yourself comfortable. perhaps you could share your advice. aragu was friendly and let them in. started talking and mentioned what they heard about children. araguys mood changed. “i know what it is you want, and i have nothing more to say to you. you are strange characters in a strange land”. forced them out with dialoge.

stayed in inn atop tavern. in middle of night arris showed up. said 2 more children went missing. immediately grabbed weapons and headed to aragus place in morning. knocked on door, said they would barge in to get answers. aragu opened door, noticed there were 3 other dark mages, looked powerful. almost confrontation. aragu diffused situation. “what are you talking about, come in, have some tea”. said he got the impression that you all are brave, but inexperienced men. its true children have gone missing, but they are safe, and their families are with them. surge: whats going on. aragu: they are in a caravan in forest, but they will serve important purpose. surge: what. aragu: their innocence may be the key to our worls salvation. i owuld like to hire you to prote`t them as they travel dark forest. surge: if i go along, neither i nor my friends are doing this for you or for payment, but just to insure safety of children.

got to caravan after days travel. fell asleep in caravan, children safe. surge woke up with feeling of being watched. walked down to forest floor. all of a sudden bows and swords poiinted at him. told by wood elves they are being watched and that they are on foreign territory. surge is not emmisary of mages, but as a protector of children. when he came back at 4 am, attacked by kobolds. slaughtered shit out of them. couple kids died. (50 kids to start off with). in morning, tamm and aneer and surge looked for nests of kobolds, and found them. dawned on surge that they were attacked out of self defense. caravan was on nesting territory. tamm healed an injured mother who was protecting her eggs. headed back to aragu, said they needed answers. aragu: “go to sleep”


nice start. great job! you rule!

Prologue: Chapter I

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