Silent Chorus

Arda Namara Falls

The man in armor, the one leading the forces of Licadeis deep into the city, introduces himself as Amon, the Holy Son of the god Roon. The Holy Speaker, at the top of the ziggurat beside the 701st and a few members of the Chorus, is rendered speechless by the revelation. Cardinal Donnegal, however, responds in anger.

Cardinal Donnegal sweeps down the staircase to protect the Speaker from Amon, but with a word and a wave of his hand, completely erases the Cardinal’s clerical magic. The connection to his god Roon severed, he is no match for Amon, who begins to proceed up the staircase. He defeats Donnegal but spares his life, only to be met by the ferocious blade of Marsina the High Guard, the personal bodyguard of the Speaker. Widely believe to be the finest swordsman in the world, Marsina holds Amon off, locking him in combat as his soldiers surge up the temple.

One of the Chorus, secretly the fourth and final assassin that escaped the 701st, rushes at the Speaker with a blade held aloft. The 701st stop him before he can get there, saving the stunned Speaker’s life.

The Speaker informs the 701st that the two gigantic statues on the ziggurat, just a few steps down, are in fact ancient guardians, and can be summoned. Lady Priam and Captain Thoril join the Speaker in combat against Amon, while Zystrol, Ruckal, Theon, and Kelborne race down the steps to awaken the Guardians.

The Speaker floats down the ziggurat, staff bared, surrounding Priam, Thoril, and himself with divine energy. They, beside Marsina, battle Amon, whose inhuman strength and incredible magic seem unstoppable. At one point Amon turns and destroys Thoril with a Detonate spell, but the Speaker reverses time and rescues Thoril from that grisly fate.

Zystrol, meanwhile, battles both the Licadian soldiers and the giant ravenriders circling the temple. With a lucky spear throw and a feat of derring-do, he is pulled off the temple by a giant raven, flying through the air attached only by a rope. He climbs up the rope, slays the rider, and attempts to steer the red-eye demon-bird back toward the ziggurat.

As Kelborn single-handedly defends the stairs leading up to The Speaker from a horde of soldiers choked into a bottleneck, Ruckal and Theon circle around the battle toward the statues of a giant dragon and a massive gargoyle. Praying to Roon for assistance as they touch the statues, the figures explode into life. The Gold Dragon scoops up Theon and the Gargoyle scoops up Ruckal, leading them on a wild ride through the battle, raining down fire on the Licadian army as the city burns.

Finally, in a desperate bid to end the battle, The Speaker attempts to summon a celestial to aid him. Roon is generous in this hour of need, and sends his first and most powerful angel, Zaphkiel the Watcher, to the scene. A beam of golden light penetrates the thick clouds overhead, and a molten-gold man with white wings streaks to the temple. As Zaphkiel descends, the giant ravens harrying the city begin exploding in flames. The only one to survive the onslaught is Zystrol’s impromptu mount, whose eyes change from glowing red to incandescent blue.

Zaphkiel confirms that Amon is indeed the son of Roon, but calls him the “Ill-fortune Bastard Son, the Deceiver” before moving to smite him. In an act of apparent desperation, Amon triggers his ability to seperate a mortal from his god, aiming it at the Speaker before Zaphkiel can act. Zaphkiel moves like a lightning bolt and intercepts the attack, which causes Amon to shout in alarm and surprise and race up the stares toward him. Grabbing Zaphkiel in an embrace, Amon attempts some unknown magic as the angel pulses with lances of golden light and screams in agony.

One beam of light, through sheer misfortune, pierces Lady Priam and kills her instantly. As Zaphkiel’s light begins to destroy the temple, the Licadian army attempts to flee the city. The Speaker is badly injured by a lance of light, and the 701st squadron retreat to the top of the temple. Ruckal and Theon, riding their massive guardians, scoop up Thoril, Donnegal, and Kel and streak away from the city.

Zystrol coaxes his strange new raven mount toward the top of the temple, pulsing with light, even as the Ziggurat crumbles to the ground. Moments before Zaphkiel explodes, Zystrol’s raven scoops up the Speaker, along with Priam’s dead body, and rockets away. Zaphkiel explodes in an expanding globe of light that engulfs the city, and Zystrol escapes by a fraction of a second.

Miles away, on a hill, the 701st set down their various bodies and rescuees and watch the city of Arda Namara become a bright glowing orb of light . . .



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