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  1. #41
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    Aerin Espegard
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    Gladiator Lv 54

    It was well past midnight when Arden finally sat down on the cool sand in frustration. “Damn this sandy hell!” He flung a fistful of sand at the same group of cacti he had passed three times before. His chocobo plopped down in agreement. He regretted traveling in the dark.

    Not even an entire day had passed and he was already going in circles. The upcoming battle will have already started before he could even find the allied encampment. He laid on his back and looked up as if to find an answer among the stars. However, his gaze found only clouds, emblazoned blood-red by the Red Hound, Dalamud.

    Arden's heart nearly burst out of his chest as the chocobo scrambled to stand up on quivering legs.

    “What in Rhalger's name has gotten into you?” Arden was up on his feet, his axe now in his hands.
    The chocobo continued its shrieks of terror, its panicked eyes fixed on the entrance of the nearby canyon.

    “What? Damn you! What?” Arden followed his steed's frantic gaze, but only saw darkness between the two rock walls. The chocobo finally gained its balance and sprinted with lighting speed in the opposite direction of the canyon.
    “W-wait! You bloody overgrown chicken! Come back here!” Arden reached out his hand in a futile attempt to grab the cowardly steed, but it was too late. In less than a minute the chocobo was already shrinking in the distance. Arden could not believe what had just happened. Was the descent of Dalamud now affecting the minds of chocobos like some of the crazed wildlife?

    He turned his head back towards the canyon and was surprised to see the flickering glow of a fire gleaming off the walls of the canyon entrance. He cautiously approached the large recess in the wall that held the source of the light. As he looked over the corner he was astonished to see a young midlander sitting next to a campfire. Hope was beginning to kindle in Arden.
    “Hello there. Do you mind if I join you?” Arden approached the fire, the man giving no response. Arden sat down across from him. The man made no sign that he was aware of Arden's presence. He simply stared into the fire.

    Arden grew uneasy. No warmth was coming from the flames beside him. Was this a hallucination? Was that accursed moon playing tricks on his mind now? Arden gazed into the fire as his mind raced to sort out these puzzling thoughts.

    Welcome traveller.
    A chill went down Arden's spine. Those words were not spoken by the voice of a young midlander. In its stead was a voice so dark that if one had not payed close enough attention, he would have thought the most unholy of curses had been uttered into his ear. He dare not look away from the flames.

    The campfire, once bright and lively only minutes before, had diminished to a few smoldering remains in a mound of white ash. Arden fixed his eyes on the last glowing ember fading from dull-orange to grey.

    Arden's uneasiness had developed into an unfamiliar feeling. Before entering battles of insurmountable odds, the warrior would put away such a petty emotion as fear, always emerging victorious afterward. But this was darker than fear. It was soul-wrenching terror. Evil was at work here.

    In complete darkness, the dreadful confrontation was finally at hand. He was sure of it now. He didn't need to look. His hand trembling, Arden slowly inched it toward the francisca attached to his belt.
    Just another battle, he assured himself. His fingers grasped the familiar leather grip.
    Arden bolted up on his feet. Bellowing one last battle-cry, the warrior raised his weapon to strike. His roar ended with a soft gasping whimper as two terrible black pits for eyes bore into his soul.

    The sky's hue above the canyon walls was slowly shifting from a dark purple to a soft azure. Dawn was coming. After a few spasms, the Roegadyn gathered himself and left the remains of the campfire, following the dark.

  2. #42
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    Shiro Turuphant
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    Conjurer Lv 50

    (Fair warning: this story isn't for the faint of heart.)

    A scholar came to the city-state of Gridania one day, weary of his years of travel and discovery that took him across Hydaelyn. He was seeking a place to settle down and compile his research.

    He purchased a certain house on the outskirts of Lily Hills that the surrounding residents didn't dare go anywhere near. Rumors hung over the property like a stifling fog; stories of an abusive father and a mute daughter who could do very little to seek help. The scholar paid these whisperings no heed, however. The previous occupants haven't been seen nor heard from in decades, and any reason to steer clear had disappeared with them.

    After a long day of moving his books and other belongings, the scholar decided upon a well deserved rest. The silence engulfed the sounds of mild activity as he settled into his chair, book in hand.

    As the silence fell, however, he noticed a strange and very faint scratching noise. At first he thought it might be pests, but the scratches weren't in quick succession as you'd expect of a rodent; they were slow and deliberate, as if something hard were being dragged against the wood somewhere beneath the floorboards.


    As he searched the base of the house for perhaps a crawl space to investigate, he discovered that the foundations seemed to imply that the house had a basement, but there was no discernible entrance to it either within the house or outside of it. Obviously, the man who sold him the house didn't mention anything about a basement, but he couldn't think of any other explanation. The scratching continued every time the house fell silent; one long, drawn out scratch after the other.


    The scholar searched everywhere he could think of, but couldn't find so much as a hidden trap door. Finally, after some time and careful consideration he decided there was nothing for it: He would have to make an entrance himself. Gathering whatever tools he could find, he started tearing up floorboards one by one— the old wood and rusted nails creaking in protest— until there was a hole big enough for him to peer into, lantern in hand.


    In the far corner he could see the emaciated figure of a hyuran woman hunched over on her hands and knees, her thin white hair nearly brushing the ground, scratching letters into the wood with the bloody stump of a bony finger. The skin of her sallow face pulled tight against her skull, making her pale and clouded eyes appear as round as saucers as she turned her head unsteadily to gaze up at the source of the light. Her lips cracked apart as a soft hissing sound began to leave her mouth as she desperately tried to scream for help.

    Her blood splattered etchings covered every square ilm of the floor, the words begging and pleading over and over: "Father, please...Please let me out."

  3. #43

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    Beyond the great desert and into the shroud
    Holds a nightmarish tale for all the crowds
    A tale so frightening and astonishing … its true
    For me to speak of it would be painful and cruel

    It started at The Roost, the Gridania inn
    With a crisp cold night, and a whispering wind
    A weary adventurer of wealth came to stay
    Drifting in slumber from her day of play

    But as the night passed and air chilled down
    Evil was coming without any bounds
    The night got colder, faint light from a fireplace
    She pulled up her warm blanket to cover her face

    Then there was a sound, like swooshing about
    Not a stir in her bed, she was completely passed out
    Hour by hour ticked quickly away with her mind asleep
    Again a flood of swishes and swooshes started to creep

    She finally stirred, “Be quiet,” she said
    “I am so tired. I just want to rest in this bed!”
    The sound did not stop, it was persistent instead
    It became louder and louder to wake up the dead

    She leaped out, feeling annoyed and angry
    “Fine,” she yelled, “I’ll go back on my journey”
    She packed her sack and grabbed her fine weapon
    She fetched her chocobo, Chibi, her trusty old friend

    Into the Black Shroud, she rode to Emerald Brush
    But the swishing and swooshing caught up in the mush
    Quickly she snapped back, peeking behind
    But nothing was there, there was nothing to find

    From the Brush, she headed to Crimson Bark
    It was here where all the horror would start
    Suddenly she stopped, her body froze still
    A spirit flew by and gave her a chill

    She looked with her eyes wide as it could be
    The spirit looked back with fiery eyes to see
    The spirit was a soldier, wearing a thick leather cap
    A sword in one hand, and a buckler of scrap

    Another flew by, dressed black with a pointy hat
    It waved a gold scepter and was ready to attack
    Third, and then a fourth, and more swarmed in
    She was surrounded by spirits, she counted about seven

    She shivered and shook as they circled around
    Making the torturing swish and swooshing sound
    “What is this? Why are you here?” she cried out loud
    “I have done nothing to you or your home of the shroud”

    “Leave me alone, you dead spirits from afar”
    But they continued to swish and swoosh among the stars
    Chibi screeched, in fear and dismay
    She knew what may happen; it may be her last day

    Suddenly the spirits slowed becoming visible and clear
    They drifted on closer, their weapons shiny and glare
    All of them chanted, it was the eeriest thing
    They were dead moogles with their great moogle king

    “This cannot be” she said to herself
    “I killed you all last night – I even took all of your wealth”
    Finally, the king spoke out with thunderous power
    “We have come back, revenge shall be ours!”

    They chanted louder with fiery eyes of hate
    Their fangs were gritted in the most disgusted state
    Each one were hungry, they were savoring in drool
    Her soul was their food; to devour her was the rule

    Tailturner was first; he grabbed her leg from behind
    He tugged on it fiercely, he tugged till she whined
    Koop was second; he swung his sword high
    He chopped off her arm, a most wonderful cry

    Third came Kapa, with a mighty axe spinning
    It took off her foot and poor Chibi’s wing
    One at a time, till all of them came
    Except king moogle and his demented fame

    He waited last, patiently till her final hour
    With one huge bite, she was completely devour
    The moogles chanted and danced, they were a victorious hood
    Their souls at peace, they finally returned to the Twelvewood

    Keep your hearts steady, for the worse still to come
    For I must tell you one more about the adventurous one
    Who was this adventurer who died of anguish and dreary
    I shall tell you her name, for her name was Yuri



  4. #44
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    Kamelia Aegis
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    Arcanist Lv 46
    As Marcelo Aegis and Apie Aegis visited their old friend Quenburga in Falcon's Nest, he is excited to share what they had learnt about the Tonberries of legend.

    Their tale began with them lost in Lynxpelt Patch where they stumbled across three amberscale rocks in front of a tree. Marcelo thought they resembled a Tonberry from the ancient books in Arrzaneth Ossuary. When he approached them an Echo occurred. There he saw three Tonberries speaking of their betrayal of fellow Tonberries to the Sylphs. In order for them to take over the experiment and reap the rewards, they knew the Sylphs would have to kill the Tonberries at the Gelmorra Ruins. Before anything else could be spoken, a mysterious flash of light engulfed everything. When the light faded, the Tonberries were transformed into rocks and the Echo stopped.

    Marcelo couldn't believe there was proof Tonberries existed, yet it wasn't conclusive. All he knew was, Sylphs were involved as well as Gelmorra Ruins, of which nothing is known except that it predates Gridanian history. Marcelo prepared for an extensive travel, since Lynxpelt Patch isn't near Gelmorra Ruins, while Apie headed towards Moonspore Grove. Upon reaching Gelmorra Ruins, Marcelo discovered amberscale rocks encircling a pit in the center.

    As Marcelo approached the rocks, another Echo engulfed him. He saw ten Tonberries around the pit chanting. The ruins were intact and the chanting was causing the center to distort and glow. An Imperial Juggernaut appeared in the glow. The Tonberries were unfazed, which made Marcelo believe that they thought it was an Allagan machine. Dozens of Sylphs and Elementals floated above, undetected by the focused Tonberries, casting a spell of their own. The spell was cast and the Imperial Juggernaut exploded, sending it's center flying across the sky and the rest of the machine disintegrated. The explosion sent a bright light in all directions, destroying the pillars. When the light cleared, all ten of the Tonberries were turned into amberscale rocks. The Echo ended and the far off home of the Sylphs was next, Moonspore Grove, where Marcelo planned to rendezvous with Apie. They explored the area, hoping to find a Sylph who would know what happened to the Tonberries. Luckily, they stumbled across a hidden Sylph village south of Goldleaf Dais.

    There they met a Sylph Susurrus, to whom Marcelo explained his two Echoes. The Sylph explained that Moonspore Grove was approached by three Tonberries a long time ago, well before Gridania was established. The three spoke of other Tonberries who planned to use ancient magic to bring any assistance from another time to help them become the rulers of the lands and have every Spoken bow to them. The problem was that the spell was unpredictable and they couldn't control from which time period they were summoning. The Sylphs were grateful and inquired why they would betray their own kind. They stated they had their reasons and departed, which made the Sylphs cautious of their intentions. They contacted the Elementals and together decided to attack the Tonberries using a spell normally forbidden in the Twelveswood, but allowed during dire situations. The Sylph explained Tonberries aren't extinct, just elusive, choosing never to be seen by anyone in Hydaelyn. All Tonberries in The Black Shroud during that spell were turned to rock, including a family of three who were escaping to Coerthas. The Elementals felt that was safer than just going after the ten Tonberries. After telling Marcelo and Apie all that is known, the Sylph then offered to show them a piece of the destroyed Juggernaut, which had flown across the entire Twelveswood and crashed nearby. It was upside down and nature had reclaimed it, but it was proof that magic can bend time...

    So now Marcelo and Apie Aegis must bid Quenburga adieu, for the Sylph Susurrus had said something curious, that all Tonberries were turned to rock, even a family of three who were escaping to Coerthas. Marcelo knows of three rocks that supposedly fill your heart with sorrow when touched, just west of Fallgourd lake. Perhaps there might be new campfire stories to share with dear Quenburga on their next visit...until then, farewell...

  5. #45
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    Troy Walker
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    Alchemist Lv 54

    In the desert late one night
    Troy was in for quite the fright!
    He saw a man wrapped in a big white sheet
    From his head down to his feet
    The man had rotting tooth decay !
    Then troy asked him how is his day
    Before the man could even speak
    Part of his face began to leak,
    maggots crawled in and then crawled out
    They were crawling out of his snout!
    Troy could not believe his eyes
    For he thought it was a disguise!
    As troy realized it was real!
    He could not help but to let out a squeal ,
    Gnawing and crunching the human delight,
    Troy had been caught by a monster at night.

  6. #46
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    Eva Zelorius
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    Weaver Lv 50

    The dull orange glow of the campfire cast eerie shadows upon the duskwight's tattooed face as she leaned forward, a mischievous grin forming on her lips, "You want to hear a really frightening tale?"

    The others seated around the fire, having already heard a handful of stories that night chortled to themselves at the notion that the mild-mannered woman could somehow spook them. Each head present bobbed approval though, and quiet sounds of agreement came from their lips.

    The elezen's curious grin widened a bit as she spoke her words from memory in a slow lilting cadence; soft gestures of her hands accompanying each verse.

    'Tis said in legend that around these parts once lived
    A highlander fellow named Caleb with his beautiful wife.
    Two little boys and a baby girl they had
    In their modest little life.

    One day a curious-looking man appeared at their door,
    A strange glimmer in his eye, and oddly-dressed.
    Tipped his hat to the fellow and bowed down low
    And humbly made his request.

    "I have traveled for suns without food nor drink
    My belly is empty and my feet are aching.
    Would you allow me a meal and a place to sleep
    And I'll be on my way upon waking?"

    The highlander stroked his chin and pondered
    Before giving a sigh, looking none too eager,
    "Our home is full and we've no more room,
    And the crop this year has been meager."

    "I've three hungry mouths to feed," he went on.
    "Not counting my wife's and my own.
    I wish I could help but these times are so tough."
    And he slammed the door with a groan.

    The stranger closed his eyes and muttered
    A few quiet words in some queer foreign accent.
    He shook his head and descended the steps
    And off on his way he then went.

    What happened to Caleb next is widely unknown
    Some people still swear that his soul was possessed.
    By some devilet trickery or black magic maybe.
    But I think something darker coalesced.

    Nymeia's shears snipped four threads that night
    Much to all the villagers' chagrin.
    From the Springripple four corpses were pulled.
    The highlander had drowned all his kin.

    But the story continues, my dear little dodos,
    For you see that Caleb was never found.
    It's said he'd roam the forest at night
    Looking for those loved ones he'd drowned.

    And they say his mind grew madder and wilder
    With the coming and going of each season.
    And soon bodies began turning up again
    With nary a rhyme nor a reason.

    Oh, the Wood Wailers conducted their searches.
    They'd scoured the forest far and wide.
    But that cursed man remained a phantom
    And the murders would never subside.

    So to this very day, in these very woods,
    The mad kinslayer prowls about.
    So be wary my friends and rest lightly,
    For Caleb might just be... LOOK OUT!

    The duskwight woman leapt to her feet suddenly and shrieked, pointing to where a masked highlander crept up over a nearby log and then lurched forward towards the campfire waving his arms menacingly!

    The others that were gathered around the fire reacted, jumping to their feet all at once. Panicked screams echoed through the trees as all but Eva and the highlander scattered off into the woods in all directions.

    "You look silly Gerik, take that thing off, mmmh?"

    The highlander removed his mask, smirking at her, "We scared them somethin' good, huh Eva?" He leaned back and let out a deep, bellowing laugh.

    "Well, they did say they wanted to be frightened..." She grinned ruefully before joining in her highlander friend's laughter.

    “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”

  7. #47
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    Lucent Seiten
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    Pugilist Lv 60

    The Ixali Curse

    There once was a great warrior protected the peace of the now ancient city. One day, rumors began of the Ixali gathering in force and thus he went to quell them. He crossed over blazing sand following the sound of their primitive drums and whooping calls. When he found the great rally of his enemy, there stood in the middle of them a dark robed figure. It never bristled, even while interrupted in the middle of its chanting. The Ixali priest seemed to look down at the warrior from its intricately carved beak.

    The moment was like a huge cosmic pause, just before it exploded into chaos. They did not come in full force as he expected and thus he took the opportunity to speed forth and slay the dark priest. The priest almost seemed to laugh as he was struck down and as if that cackle were a battle horn, the expected wave of Ixali came.
    It was a long battle, but the warrior emerged victorious. Something was wrong though, as he came back from his battle sense. He could see his arms were covered in blood and feathers from his ordeal so he moved his hands to wipe them and better inspect for his own wounds. They didn't wipe off.

    He thought he had stopped their heathen ritual and instead he had completed it. Though the beasts lay slain across the terrain like a brutal painting, one of them still stood. That one was himself. His nervous laugh came out like a throaty squawk as he continued to examine himself. There would be no praise for him anymore, as no one would let him set foot near the city now! What could he do?

    Vengeance. He would hunt down any remaining Ixali and they would not know what hit them. It was a grand plan. The cursed warrior had not traveled far before he encountered a group of wanderers. Before he could hide his gruesome visage, he was attacked. He found he could not defend himself when he realized not only were these people he knew and had fought beside, but also those he had sworn to protect. In that moment of morale conflict, he too was struck down.

    Greedy hands roughly looted his dying body before leaving him in his agony on the burning sands. Turning his head to watch their fading forms and draw his last breaths, he saw a darkly robed form walking towards him. For a moment, his blurring vision became clear as that cruel gaze and intricately carved beak peered down at him mockingly from above. It couldn't be! The warrior soothed himself with the thought that it had to be a trick of his dying mind.

    The ixali priest's voice faded in his head saying, "Try again?"

    The warrior awoke again on the sands whole and normal once more. Proof it was not a dream was the missing items taken from him by his once allies. He was elated to be renewed but crushed with the memory of those who had slain him. With a shake of his head, the warrior reminded himself that he had been an Ixali and should have died. His quest must continue.

    Once more, the warrior hunted the ixali. Once more the spilling of their blood changed him until he became one of them; though slow enough for him to now realize what the curse truly was. Once again, the hunter became the hunted and he was left to die out among the rocks and dunes. Once again, the dark figure came to him and asked, "Try again?"

    There had to be a way to break the curse! Before the ixali priest could disappear, the warrior lunged forward while drawing his sword. The metal pierced through the dark figure's back and the priest's head turned to look in shock at the newly arisen warrior. What looked back at the warrior was not the intricately carved beak he'd come to know but gurgling bubbles spewing forth from petite pink lips of a white-clad healer.

    Looking into the dying girl's eyes, the warrior asked as a cruel grin drew his lips back, "Try again?" and the cycle began anew.

  8. #48
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    Pandaemic Fleetfoot
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    Goldsmith Lv 50

    You want to hear a story? Well, I do know one..

    I had been traveling Eorzea from Shroud to Sea in an effort to seek my fortune. It had been days since my last hot meal, weeks since a proper bed, and nearly a month with only myself for company. It would be two more starving, treacherous days until I reached the high walls of Ul'dah

    By the glow of the red moon, nestled in the shadow of a large cliff ahead was a flickering campfire. Hopes to resupply overrode my better judgment. I crept my way to the edge of the light's warm glow.

    What I saw was a short fellow - no taller than myself. He wore a thick brown cowl with the hood pulled fast around his head. I watched as he casually tossed a large branch onto the campfire. The fire leapt and danced at the offering.

    My heart froze when I saw a wicked butcher's knife drawn and glinting in the firelight. The figure stared intently ahead, face shrouded by an old wooden mask. In a grim and raspy voice the man called, "Well now - Are you going to stop playing in the sand and make yourself known?" I quickly donned a mask of my own in hopes of keeping some portion of my presence a secret, and warily approached the camp.

    My stomach gave a betraying groan as I stepped closer to the fire. The figure nodded in response. “Aye, well most of the good bits are gone, but here.” Reaching into a tattered pack, the stranger produced a faerie apple and proceeded to chop it into quarters with his knife. He handed me half the pieces, and threw the rest into the flames.

    “Even fire's got to eat.” He said, patting the top of an old lantern at his side. “We've all got to make sure we get ours in when we can.” I happily chewed the sliced apple, letting the cool juices slake at my thirst and curb my maddening appetite.

    “Here, take the pack and what's left of it. No use for me.” The raggedy pack was tossed my way, and upon closer examination I noticed there was fresh blood on the canvas. As I examined the splotch of blood that had pooled on the pack. The man laughed. “Oh. That's not mine.”

    I felt fear nipping at the back of my mind again. Something was wrong about this place. The revelation came like a tidal wave. Smoke! I stared down at the fire, but there was no ash or smoke to be seen. A glint of metal in the fire drew my attention. Horror gripped me as I noticed what I'd mistaken for a branch earlier. The branch was wearing a ring! It was a man's arm! The flesh was being torn and gulped by the wisps – dozens of them. The crackling of the fire was really the sound of bones being gnawed by their voracious little mouths.

    I staggered back, and my host leveled a piercing gaze at me. The figure tilted it's head, and wielded the glinting knife once more. In its other weathered and greenish hand it produced the lantern that had sat by his side. With deliberate and calculated steps, he approached me. The mask dropped with a resolute thud. As it raised the lantern to its face, I gasped in horror.

    Murderous yellow eyes stared back from an impossible face of green skin. The campfire exploded to life in a flurry of movement and the wisps encircled the lantern - casting the figure in a sickly pale glow. A sing-song melody began to emerge from the wisps in tiny childlike voices.

    "It comes for you
    In dead of night,
    to use your soul
    for lantern's light.
    try to run,
    but never win
    Tonberry comes
    to eat your sin"

    By the twelve I ran until the stars bled into the dawn. I ran to the doors of the Arrzaneth Ossuary. They thought me a madman for my tale, but the grim scene still haunts me. There – at the corner of my eye. He approaches still. Listen! Can you hear the song?


  9. #49
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    Phen Deazur
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    Pugilist Lv 50

    This is a story not too old of a time after Ul’dah was green but before it was bold.
    A tale of 3 brothers traveling the Thanlan wastes seeking their fortune, they began to tarry their pace.
    They stopped near a dead ash tree for stories and ale, then the sun begins to set, the heat began to pale.

    They went up to the tree to gather wood for their fire
    2 branches down to earth, now stoking the pyre.

    The night was merry and the drinks all so plenty. The brothers trade had me their pockets quite hefty.
    The night drug on and the fire slowly waned, the first brother left for more ashen pane.

    The brother was gone for some minutes and more, the second brother thought the first brother a chore.
    “My brothers a good man but cant handle his drink, hell be a lush forever I think”
    The 2nd brother set out and went after, he called out to the silhouette of the tree with great laughter”
    “3 ales should not undo a merchant like this, it should be at least 20- plus 6!”
    He went up to tree to recover his brother from a reveling nap

    The third brother knew something was wrong, he stared at the fire he knew not how long
    The cold night began to set in, as the fire slowly waned, the fire slowly dimmed.
    The brother sat cold and alone as the fire light stopped and the moon light rose.
    The old ash tree shadow came on him hither, the creaks of its branches sent him a shiver.
    The pressure on his neck was for only a moment but the last sound as he fell was his all too true torment
    3 brothers lay dead in their camp.

    So if you travel in Thanlan do not forget of the trees of the past. Before the sand over took the forest at last. Because the dead trees harbor as much magic as the new, and the Ashborn Treant harbors more hatred for its death too.
    So the next time you travel add tinder to your pack, because it might not be the branch you bring down but your neck, with a

  10. #50
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    Lyndis Evadne
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    Scholar Lv 60

    The Toll

    He sat down in the only chair of the small rectangular room.

    Small, yet refined. The Quicksand's proprietor had a certain taste that struck well with him. There was that issue with the construction on the front entrance that never seemed anywhere the nearer to completion. However, the guild

    workers were mindful not to make any noise in the evenings.

    Now was one of those quiet evenings. The room was dimly lit by a candle on the desk in front of him and a dim red glow from the windows behind him. His Journal already lie open.

    Today was truley exciting. Whilst helping the Ashcrown Consortium he was forced to play his hand in getting the beastmen to aquit a destructive plan. He was writing this down in his journal. He'd become proud whenever he remembered a

    part where he thought he did well. He finished taking notes on the event when a less pleasant memory from earlier that day creeped back into his mind.

    After things calmed down he had encountered something. He hesitated when deciding what to write. How to describe it? It was dark, cloaked and faceless. Skeletal wings erupted from its back. As evil as nothing but the darkest of

    voidspawn. He remembered a slyph had called it an Ascian, but said no more.

    Deciding that he'd rather forget the black abommination, he closed his journal without writing a word of it. At that instant a pounding noise grasped his attention. It sounded like two knocks on his room door. He got up to investigate,

    openning the door. He saw no one. The hall was unlit and the only source of light was a red glow where there was a window at the end of the hallway. He began to doubt he heard something as pronounced as a knock at his door. Maybe his

    mind was playing tricks. He was about to turn around when he heard it again.

    Thump. Thump.

    This time it was further away. It was probably hammering down at the front door. Even though they had been respectful about such things in the past might not find reason to forget such courtesies.

    Thump. Thump.

    He decided it was worth letting someone hear his annoyance. He began the journey down to the front entrance.

    Thump. Thump.

    He paused midstep. Did it just come from behind him? He was unsure, but continued on. A slight doubt crept into his mind. Was he really hearing anything at all? No, that was a silly idea. It was much more likely that someone was pulling

    a prank. He finally noticed how empty the inn was. No lamps were lit, everyone was gone. The pranker definitely chose the perfect night. But, he was still convinced it was a worker at the front.

    Thump. Thump.

    He spun around. The noise came from right behind him. Like someone had beat on the wall. But no one was there. Now he felt uneasy. He was most definitely going crazy. No, it was the construction, and he'd get them to stop! But why

    always two swings of the hammer?

    Thump. Thump.

    He was almost there. He quickened his pace. Where was everyone? Trying to stop a moon from falling on us? Why weren't they in bed, like proper people.

    Thump. Thump.

    He arrived at the front door. He could see the inner workings of what they were trying to build. No one was there.

    Thump. Thump.

    No longer did he believe it was the hammering of carpenters. It was a heartbeat. He didn't bother to check for any other evidence. He knew what it was. It wasn't going to let him escape. This was the heartbeat of the darkest of

    voidsent. He sprinted all the way to his room, slammed the door behind him and bolted it shut. The beating was in his head now. Thump, thump. Thump, thump.

    He turned around.

    There on his desk his journal sat opened. Thump, thump. It was opened to the page he was writing in earlier. Thump, thump. There, something new was written.

    'I will not be forgotten' With that. The noise ceased.
    You don't need a reason to help someone~

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