The Wrath of Rrenn..*
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Vlad and Perkins grinned."We'll be back by high
noon." and they faded into the shadows. They were the high Rogue Lords, leaders of
the thieves and outlawsOnly the richest could afford to hire them, for they were never
known to have failed a single hit. That day, Damia the evil cleric, she whom they called
the Grim Hacker was the target. It was a fine day, blue, cloudless sky disturbed only by
the occasional pillar of fire displayed by some mind-twisted hoo-ha warmage.
"Rrenn?! wanna get me some kit?" That was
Mando, a budding rogue but always relied too heavily on others. You could never trust
anyone, never. Not in this world. I pretended to be asleep and heard the slam of the
trapdoor as he left the guild.
Myste was probably around in the nearby village, tricking
some fool into losing everything, most likely including his underpants. She was the rogue
Pride, object of lust for ALL men. "Lucky me" I thought and chuckled to meself.
I could here the beginner rogues practicing their little backstabbing tricks. The banging
on the wall was probably Damage trying to break it with his head.
I decided that I needed a break having recently failed my
most recent mission. The sly monk sure left quick. I looked at my broken arm. "I'll
get that Wintermute if its the last thing I do." The knife between his shoulder
blades felt good as the blood trickled down, but it didn't kill him. Even MY backstab had
failed. Saxon would probably gloat over this. That was one loud mouthed thug.
The small village was east of Drakenwood, and it was
there I had met the druid Rkel. He was one honest fellow, too honest if you ask me. Myste
was probably in the bar. The rumbling of the heavens indicated the coming of a storm. The
hair on the back of my neck prickled. As I approached the village, Inoticed columns of
smoke. Rogue instincts told me, there was trouble, BIG trouble and I was in the middle of
it. Soon, in the distance I could see two figures, standing alone in the village centre,
surrounded by what seemed like endless hordes of orcs. Lightning flashed down on the
cursed creatures, limbs went flying, the smell of sick blood filled the air. The place was
in utter chaos. The situation was grim. The two figures were most probably druids;
Chauntea of the Scyamore and Rkel the Initiate. They would never survive....
I looked around for Myste. Where was she ? Orcs were
everywhere, plundering, pillaging and they did rape. After that, they burned the people
alive. I spat. Even we didn't do that. Bloody orcs. I sneaked into town, from shadow to
Many an orc died that day, but among those who survived
there goes a rumour that when lightning arcs across the heavens, its is the sign of the
war god to go to battle. Those who disobey and hide in the shadows, become headless
corpses. That Jet Dagger, given me by Vlad sure had a keen edge.. I continued searching
for my wife.
It could have been the blood, it could have been the torn
red flag. But I saw her. Eyes closed, probably unconscious. The Orc Chief had her dangling
from his large hands, held by the hair. On the floor lay an Orc Champion still holding the
decorated Champion sword, but the corpse had lost an arm and leg. Good ol' Myste. Trust
her to massacre the bastard.
Maybe the ugly creep was a warlock or something. I saw a
huge crystal ball float high into the air and as if alive it became a slimy eyeball. Then
it stared right at me. The Orc Chief then looked me straight in the eye, through the
shadows, grinned, and lifeted Myste's bodyless head.
I can't really remeber what happened next. I think he
pointed at me. But there was this roaring in my ears. I smelt blood, tasted blood, saw
blood. Never have I fought like I did that day. Don't even think Merlyn the dragon- lord
could have done that. Twist, counter, backstab. The hordes kept on rushingat me. The only
thing I saw was that grin, that bastard of a grin. Then my daggers broke. I carried on
forward getting nearer to that grin. Nearer and nearer.Slash... slash....
Memories flicked past, of Morrigan teaching me the knife,
Perkins about the ladies, Vlad showing me the trip. These flooded my head and then it
seemed I entered a void.
All black, all dark. And then the silhouette of the
bastard with Myste's head filled me again. I reached into the void dragging out my
seeting, flaring fury, my cold naked hatred and my painful screaming agony. The Earth
began to tremble, bright flashes arced the heavens and crushed the earth, I looked up and
howled and then I blacked out.
The clerics of Drakenwood did a good job. My new arm
looks and feels exactly like the old one. Many say that the evil spirit of the Chief Orc
still lurks in the area, haunting the unwary traveller, looking for a body. They say that
Chief Orc was possesed by some infernal entity thus bestowing the powers equivalent to the
Archmages upon it. Even after its death, it still curses the land. That small village
exists no more.
Neither does Rrenn. I am Rrath, reborn. Arch Druid of
Drakenwood, Leader of the Guild of Druids.
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