Feldard was more than a little awed by the grace and beauty of the elven maid. This was very disconcerting to the dwarf and he did his best to give the appearance of gruffness. He folded his arms and frowned deeply. “Aye, that we have. Where are your menfolk? Were they all taken by this ‘Rahib’?” Feldard spoke the name much like an insult. “How many in total are missing?”

The beautiful elf lit up with hope. She had started to think that all was lost, but now it appeared that there was a chance for the Elyan afterall.

“Thank you for coming to our aid. Illsundal’s blessings be upon you. Yes, all our men have been taken, nearly forty in all,” she answered.

At his first though when he saw the elf maid Miklos was somewhat relieved that his fears were proved unfounded. His second thought he dismissed as he felt his cheeks reddening he could not afford such distractions in his search of the arcane. Were he a lesser man he might have made a fool of himself.

“You were brave Mistress Rahasia to sent such a request and sign it. The Rahib by reputation is not a forgiving man. I am glad to see you alive. This meeting is indeed fortunate for we ourselves seek him and we are somewhat more robust in our dealings than most.” He left the details to her imagination. “Needless to say the the Rahib’s employer and denizen of the tower yonder,” he gestured toward Dentiata’s stronghold, “is no longer.”

More to himself he rambled, “The question remains; what are the the Rahib’s weaknesses and how can we exploit them to his undoing? Ahh but I am getting ahead of myself, I am Miklos a student of arcane arts. Feldard and Saeth you have met. Allow me to introduce the Halavist, Maruc and that chap on the horse is Nicolai whose talents are too numerous to mention. We are honorable folk who seek certain knowledge. With your experiences with the Rahib can you tell us if he has mentioned anything of the following.” Miklos withdrew his note paper. “Taymora, Nyx, Nithia, undeath, sacrifice, the Dread Night or the Sons of Night. Anything, however insignificant it may seem to you, may be useful.”

“I’m sorry, I have no knowledge of any of the matters you mention,” she said, shaking her head. “We Elyan are a reclusive and peaceful clan. We rarely travel far from our foresthome. So, you have been on the Rahib’s trail, then. I thought perhaps it was Brenir that had sent you. He left yesterday to seek help.”

At Rahasia’s mention of the young elf, Maruc shook his head sadly. “I am sorry to inform you that this young elf has been slain. Do you perhaps know his name or his family? He must be buried properly.” Maruc took a deep breath. “Please forgive this questioning at such short notice but time is of the essence. It has been revealed to me that the poor elf was pursued and slain by five individuals. These were chasing him from the direction of the village, but we have no proof that they came from the village. The attackers then fled toward the mountain.”

Tears fell down the elfmaiden’s cheek at the tragic news. She then saw the body that had been carried on the horse. “Oh Brenir!” She rushed to him. Two others joined her. They took the body off the horse and gently placed it upon the ground.

“As much as I dread the thought, I fear it was those of our own clan who did this to him,” she said tearfully. “They are under the Rahib’s spell. They know not what they do!”



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5 responses to “Rahasia

  1. Saeth Tegau

    “Well, Brenir may have left to find help, and in some way you could say he did.” Saeth meant to be consoling to the grieving maiden, but her one-eyed gaze and hardened tone took most of the comfort from it.

    From there, she focused straight on the task at hand. “From the size of the village, I’d say you lost perhaps twenty archers to the clutches of this man? They remain imprisoned on the mount?” After a moments thought, her planning began, “And where were you to deliver yourself up to them, should you give in to this demand?”

    How tall is Rahasia, compared to Saeth?

  2. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    The dwarf scowled deeper at hearing the villagers themselves were the culprits. That would make getting to the Rahib a bit more difficult. Feldard had no qualms about battling through orcs and hired mercanaries, ensorceled villagers however would require a bit more care and accuracy so as not to kill or maim them. It was so much easier when you didn’t need to worry about leaving your opponents alive.
    As much as he distrusted magic he could see where the Mages’ spells might come in useful yet again. “Miklos, I hope you have that sleeping enchantment ready.”
    He glanced towards Saeth at her questioning. She obviously had a plan. He waited arms still crossed for the elven warrior to state it plain.

  3. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos laughed openly at Feldards comment. “Sorry my friend but the chances of me forcing elves into a magical slumber are no better than one in ten. They renown for their resistance to these things.” Miklo’s face dropped when he added, “Which makes the Rahibs ability to charm them with ease very worrying indeed. Fortunately I have two paralyzation charges left in the wand so we may be able to fell many without bloodshed.”

    He turned back to the elfmaid, “Rahasia, I assume the Rahib was huiman?”

  4. Maruc (Clr 4)

    “Were the charmed elves extensively armed with bows? I don’t like the idea of approaching any encampment under fire.” The priest said in worried tones. “Brenir was slain in melee so I can only hope they aren’t, assuming that his attackers were sent by the Rahib. This might also explain the lack of theft from the body, charmed elves would only follow instruction, not think independently.”

  5. Saeth: 10xp + 5xp
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp
    Feldard: 10xp

    Saeth: 6695/8000
    Maruc: 6790/12000
    Miklos: 6805/10000
    Nicolai: 6325/9600
    Feldard: 6740/8800

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