The Shattered Spectrum: The Next Generation

The yellow and the purple... the call of Thorek...

The call of Thorek

With the business in yellow completed and the orcs on the march , we have decided it’s time to move onto purple … using a teleport spell and rough location Charisma teleported us relatively close to our location . Few days of walking and we were at the gates of one of the biggest castles in the land of the purple … as we approached we were greeted by the griffin knights of the purple … ( AIR CAVALRY HERE WE COME !!! ) … Almost drooling all over myself at the sight of the magnificent and noble creatures I stumbled with my speech when we met mr. Shiny armor knight … we were escorted to the living quarters and told that we will meet with the king tomorrow morning … the next day morning we have met with the king … he sits on a throne in a giant room on top of the hill ( by the way at some point we have to donate some golems to these poor people … they are still using manual labor to operate the elevator … ) surrounded by knights on each side and with griffons flying in and out of the room … the armor he wore was magnificent … rivaling that of a dwarven smiths if I dare to say so … to my surprise though the conversation with the king was done by some sort of weird device that operated on tapping .. the amount of taps signified either words or letters and the knights present were interpreting the taps for us in the form of words … ( the king was mute for reasons unknown to me at that time ) . After short discussion to which I am so used to at this point … we ask for help , we get told we will help you but you have to do a,b,c for us … we were tasked with slaying a water dragon that took residence in the nearby area and one of the knights of the pink volunteered to assist us with the task , Sir Pike was his name if I remember correctly , upon my first look he looked like a scrawny little turd who never saw real combat face to face and he carried himself with that prancy nobility manner ( like Charisma does sometimes ) so I put him in his place really fast by calling him out ( I had to know if he has enough balls to take on a dragon ) to my surprise the skinny lad had a pair on him and unwavering resolve to kill that dragon … to my surprise I noticed Wisp among the people in the audience … good to know there are still people whose heart and dedication is still in the fight. After the meeting with the king we met with Wisp , updated her on the current situation and progress and she in return provided us with tools necessary for our dragon hunting escapade ( harpoons and some water breathing potions , protection potions ) . We departed the castle and searched for the dragon for some time, finally by afternoon we found the lake where the dragon decided to make his lair. We tried many tricks to drag the dragon out on the land but the beast was smart (and hibernating) and didn’t fall for our tricks … As the idiotic members of the party made futile attempts to try to lure the dragon onto the shore , Howgr decided to just charge into the lake in a typical Howgr fashion… he charged in and started to make out with a bunch of kelp … not sure if that is some Orcish tradition or if he got insanity sickness from Ashford but something is not right with this party … one shits his pants then slams his dick in between the pages of the book , and now our Orc decides to make out with a bunch of kelp … Being a ranger I knew exactly what was going on and I put 3 arrows in that kelp(ie) after which Howgr finally came to his senses … I noticed that Pike went off to the side and was already formulating some sort of a plan to get to the middle of this lake while avoiding all the kelpies … Howgr , Pike , Summaris and myself went to the near abandoned village and took a boat from there … with no previous experience in sailing I somehow managed ( by bending the 5th dimension ) to put the sail up and soon enough we were sailing toward the middle of the lake … We got toward the middle and all of us dove in … Howgr holding the magical harpoon that Wisp gave us , Summaris turned into water elemental and scouted ahead in the murky waters , Pike and I ever so graciously drank the potions of water breathing and dove in … soon enough the battle ensued the beast was large … and fought fiercely trying to scorch us with overheated steam ( thanks to Wisp for those potions ) … we smacked it hard between Howgr spearing it with the harpoon , Summaris slamming it with spells , and me hitting it in the nutsack with the holy hammer of Thorek … the beast finally went down … we took what we could from the beast ( some scales and skin and Howgr chopped off its head as a trophy ) .

After that was done we headed back to the city to hear what part 2 and 3 of our quest supposed to be , for part two we were told we will be going into an old mage tower where some crown that supposed to lift the curse placed on the ruler of the purple resides in possession of a mad and crazy demi lich … but it was part 3 that surprised all of us the most … Charisma was to get married to the “ shiny knight “ and seal the alliance between Purple and White … Charisma took that request with a slight shock and disbelief as the rest of us cracked some jokes about her … she took it seriously and started to think of the repercussions and consequences of such a choice …

We rested overnight and in the morning I received word from Armok that the dwarfs are not doing good and that he himself is on a verge of death … he also notified me that Theophrastus made him an offer to put the souls of the fallen dwarfs into golems … to which I told him NOT TO TRUST THE MAN !!! ( hopefully that stubborn old dwarf will listen ) .
We have gathered whatever supplies we deemed necessary ( mostly holy items and scrolls of powerful holy magic ) and delved into the tower of the mad demi lich …

The tower was 7 stories high with 2 basement levels as far as I remember from the debriefing that Ashford gave us earlier in the morning , its filled with traps and magical glyphs that can kill a careless person in an instant … we proceeded with caution even though time was ticking mercilessly against us … we went through the first floor relatively fast facing some skeletons on the way and guardian suit of armor , we dispatched the enemies with ease and proceeded onward … with the guidance of the journal based on the recollections of the only survivor who ever entered the tower and came out alive ( although crazy ) we made slow progress up the stairs … we managed to solve the puzzle of an ever changing labyrinth ( pretty cool idea and if I ever have my own kingdom I will surely implement that ) … and then we entered a room where we were greeted by a Jester … that little prick started to throw cards at people and each card had a different magical effect associated with it … some of them were positive some negative … charisma got to fight a wraight in one on one combat … Ashford got lucky and managed to draw a card that somehow allowed him to turn back time and neglect effects of one negative thing that happen to him … Braith got super lucky and managed to get two magical items … ( rogue life paid off ) …

Ashford without missing a beat blasted the Joker to shreds as Charisma finished up the wraith , Howgr in the meantime decided to get horrified and run away from the room like a chicken with his head chopped off , I tried stopping him but I wasn’t successful … on his way out he triggered every single rune … and after the combat ended we found him on the bottom of the stairs sleeping … Charisma did the only sensible thing to do and tried my old trusted dwarf approach and slapped Howgr back to the land of non – sleeping ! … We continued on feeling the pressure of time at the same time trying to be as careful as we could … we reached a level with some skeletons and slimes at which point I have cast hide from undead ( my clerical knowledge and power can’t match Asiris but I do with what I have and it worked ! ) none of the undead noticed us sneaking by … we made it to another floor with an imp and 3 clockwork golems … now that would be trickier … I took down the imp in one swift attack … it’s leathery wings flopped for the last time with 3 arrows sticking out of its chest … it was the golems I was more worried about … Howgr charged one of the golems and immediately got himself in troubles by becoming grappled by the golem … I had to act quick … with a quick thinking I launched 3 smoke arrows in hopes to blind the golems … and to my surprise it worked … Charisma cast haste on us and we sprinted up the stairs pass the confused golems …On the next floor as we were about to climb up the stairs we saw a river of blood and heard cries of a newborn babies … I thought for a second that my mind is playing tricks on me but when we entered that room all become clear … on the stone tables giving birth to a newborn babies lye 5 women … right next to them stood headless assistants who ripped the babies out of the mother’s womb skinned the babies and then tossed the mangled remains onto the pile of thousands of already dead babies … the imagery of such malevolence and just pure and utter evil must have stirred flaming rage within Asiri as he just charged in without any regard for his life and started casting consecrate … the monsters howled in fury as he finished casting and battle ensued the mothers , the dead babies , the attendants they all turned to face us … Asiri took majority of the first blows and become nauseated by the poison and disease that the undeads carried … the rest of the team slowly engaged and the glorious battle raged on … after few minutes I had a clear picture that we had no idea how to approach this threat … my comrades were becoming useless as the monsters surrounded them and poison and disease spread through their bodies … I decided to take different approach and blasted the monsters from afar with my enchanted arrows … the battle was fierce but without the help of our party members who were puking their guts out … it was clear as day that we rushed in unprepared ( due to Hawgr pinching Charisma’s ass and her yelling in surprise ) … the tide of battle slowly started to look grimmer and grimmer , my comrades wounded and barely able to move … Asiri down on the floor unconscious , Ashford scrambling to get his shots off , Braith surrounded by swarms of dead babies , Charisma surrounded by dead babies as well … Howgr trying to hold his own but slowly losing ground … the situation become even more dire when the dead babies clawed at the eyes of my party members and blinded them temporarily … I was the only left standing trying to fend off the enemies … clutching my Thorekian hammer I went into a frenzy trying to save my comrades … that’s when I heard whispers of the Dark Lord “ you can save them young dwarf , embrace the darkness and all will be good , they will live … make the right choice … “ With all my willpower I rejected the whispers I steeled my resolve called out to Thorek to give me strength and started to swing my hammer … I managed to kill two swarms of the dead babies … but there was way too many enemies for me to kill alone … I accepted the fact that this is the end of my road but like every dwarf I decided that if I go down … I will go down swinging … I was ready for battle ! And that’s when unexpected happen … Charisma barely conscious … called out to the dark lord … she allowed the dark lord to take her light … in exchange to heal all of us … Albeit noble sacrifice … her action was stupid … yes we won the battle and people lived but at what cost …
Howgr immediately grabbed his sword and charged at Charisma … it literally took all of us to stop him although in my rage and confusion I wasn’t sure what to think anymore … here she stood in front of me the Lady of the white … the one I decided to follow to unite the spectrum , the one I put my trust into to be the guiding force behind this adventure … and she betrayed me , she betrayed our cause …. So that we could live … anger mixed with relief stirred in me … I didn’t know what to think , part of me wanted to kill her right there on the spot , part of me could not fathom what she did , and part of me understood why she did it … I was torn in so many directions at once and in no direction at all , it felt as if I lost direction for a second … then I remembered who I was , who we were , why did we do what we did … I remembered the sacrifice of every single person that passed away in this conflict … I remembered our conversations with Okenna … I stopped Howgr telling him it’s not the time nor the place … if he wants to kill her I won’t stand in his way once we leave the tower but for now … we still needed her … I know Charisma tried to explain why she did it … tears rolling down her cheeks … she said “ I did it because you guys are my family … “ that hit home and it hit home hard … “ family “ that word resonating within my soul … it’s the same word I used when I spoke to Ashford not so long ago … I understood what she meant and yet I was torn between forgiveness and hate , distrust and anger at how easily she abandoned her convictions … although now in retrospect I believe her choice wasn’t that easy … “ family “ the word resonated within me once more … I told Howgr that he will not kill her just now and if he needs somebody else to swear to protect that he can protect me … I am not sure how much good that did with the Orc but it seemed to calm him down … we regrouped and applied some first aid and moved onto the nextfloor of the cursed tower at this floor we saw piles and piles of gold … good thing we learned from previous experiences … not all that glitters is gold … we moved onward ignoring the riches … on the last floor we entered a semicircular chamber with nothing in it but a chair with a skull and a crown … Howgr barely holding his rage and anger at the choice that Charisma made minutes ago … decided to throw his sword at the skull and follow with a charge … without preparations we were caught off guard when the skull rose from the chair and the battle with the demi lich ensued … after what seemed like an eternity we managed to defeat the lich but at a cost … The party is riddled with curses and disease … our strength drained by the liches powerful spells … Charisma turned to dust as the Lich drained her soul … ( maybe even for the better … as I really didn’t know what would happen to her once we left the tower … ) we stood there in silence for a moment each one of us lost in their thoughts … After what seemed like eternity with new found conviction Tavok stands over the crown that now holds the soul of Charisma a once noble and devoted lady of the white … clenching his hammer he mutters a silent prayer to the always lit forges of Thorek … almost as in whisper… he says " I forgive you " as a single tear rolls down his cheek … " I will not forget " he says in a voice that matches Armaks mighty voice … he grabs his hammer clenches his fist around it … looks at each and every one of his teammates … with a stern but decisive look as if new fire was burning inside this little dwarf … " shall we finish what we started so that her sacrifice doesn’t go in vain ? " he clenches his hammer tighter and tighter as if squeezing it somehow strengthened his resolve… his knuckles white from the strain … he gives one last look at the crown … " I will not forget " he mutters the words as if remembering the words Okenna told him once not so long ago …

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