Notes from the Netherworld Library - Chapter 1 P2When Gnarl woke, he wasn't entirely surprised to find himself staring up at a three-horned helm that hadn't been in this world in close to twenty years. The glowing white eyes that were all the helm let him see of its owner only proved that his memory was correct.
Well, that's going to put a crimp or two in Master Thorn's style. "Apologies, Lord. I'm not as young as I once was, and after so many years, we'd thought you must be dead, with all the wraiths after you." Gnarl climbed to his feet. He knew he was rambling, but for some reason he couldn't stop the words tumbling from his mouth. "Pity, really, I rather like the boy, but there it is. I can only serve the most senior candidate as it were. I do regret that I never could serve you properly before."
The Minion Master swallowed. "Master?" He couldn't be mistaken. This could not be anyone but Master Doniel, miraculously returned from the Infernal Abyss.
"I know." A little amusement crept into the Master's voice.
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He woke up to the cage being banged, startled, he flew to the back of the wall. His eyes darted from side to side. Where was he? This place, it smelled so revolting! Ew! Smelly bad place! Smelly bad place! He held his nose trying to block out the smell.
"Look! The little red-thing is finally awake," a voice said, as the cage was banged around again.
He cringed, pressing his body flat against the wall, his glowing chest panting hard. "Let me out!" he called out to them. "Let me out!"
"It speaks!" The voices retorted, as laughter filled the air. Again, the cage was banged around before whoever was banging the cage left. The laughter going with them. He cautiously made his way up to the front of the cage, peeking out. "Hello?" his voice called out.
"Pyrros wake! Pyrros wake!" Another voice, sounding similar to his own, called out.
All around him, he saw other cages with creatures the same as him. They all had red skin with glowing yellow stom
Notes from the Netherworld Library - IntroductionNo Overlord has yet realized that there is another library. When or if one of them does find the other library, the results aren't likely to be happy, at least not for Gnarl.Notes from the Netherworld Library - Introduction2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The other library has always been in the Netherworld. It contains Gnarl's collection of research on minion mythology, his notes on Tower management, and his chronicles of all the Overlords, complete with his honest assessment of said Overlords' abilities.
Since no Overlord has ever been particularly mild-tempered, the result of any of them ever seeing Gnarl's notes is likely to be... fiery.
Fortunately for the old Minion Master, there is only one Overlord who is likely to ask, and he is currently trapped in the Infernal Abyss.
Gnarl is not the first minion ever spawned, but he is one of the first generation, and the oldest minion alive. Mortis is from his generation, although spawned some years later. Giblet was once trained to follow Gnarl as a Minion Chieftain, a position that was later abandoned w
Notes from the Netherworld Library - Chapter 10Chapter 10: The Brave and the StupidNotes from the Netherworld Library - Chapter 102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaff smelled sleepy-stuff. He knew the smell from when the Mistresses used it, only never this strong. He rubbed his eyes, then grabbed a spare rag from the pile meant for the Master's spawnlings and wrapped it around his face, over his mouth and nose. That made him not so sleepy.
He took one of Mistress Juno's thin scarf things from a different shelf in the storage room, and draped it over his head so he wasn't getting sleepy-stuff in his eyes but he could still see, mostly. He remembered Horde minions talking about that trick, for when the air got stingy in nasty places.
Kaff crept out of the storage room, and peeked into the main room of the private quarters. In time to see a nurse-slave put Master's spawnlings in a big basket and hurry from the room. The nurse-slave had a rag around her mouth and nose, too, and all the other nurse-slaves were asleep.
This was bad.
Kaff followed the nurse-slave, and tried not to make any noise at all even
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Doniel remembered falling. Remembered seeming to hang in air that buffeted him while the Overlord fought to take over his mind. Overlord Mardis, who'd all but defeated the band Sir William the Black had assembled, who'd been laughing as magical winds drove even the giant Khan to his knees.
Remembered pain from ribs broken when he'd been tossed against the wall early in the battle. Doniel had lain there, ignored by the Overlord's minions, until he'd realized he was near the balcony and that the Overlord stood with his back to the open space, all attention on the heroes.
Overlord Mardis never expected to be tackled by an injured hero, and fell.
Doniel remembered that. Remembered, too, the way the ground loomed when the Overlord's body went limp, in that moment before the impact that smeared the Overlord across the jagged rocks drove everything out. It hadn't hurt, at first. There'd been no room for pain.
Then, when pain rose, the welcome blackness. And waking in a tomb, where th
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Maiala lay still and quiet in the deep shadows of the ravine while she watched the men pass. If they saw her, they'd beat her.
She might have been a useful extra set of hands, but lately as the wasteland expanded and the great river's poison ate more of the ocean's harvest she'd become more of a burden. A skinny girl slave wasn't as useful as a sturdy boy, and the other use for girls well, if it was that or food even the most lustful man would choose food.
If there'd been anywhere she could go, Maiala would have run. The Ruborian Desert was as secure a cage as anything physical, and the waste was worse. Villages like Cliffsedge were few and rare: there weren't many rivers, and most of them were poisoned by the waste.
Why her mother had dumped her here Well, that was easy enough. Cliffsedge was the closest Ruborian village to what was left of Evernight Forest, making it the obvious place for a dying, half-mad elf woman to leave her unwante
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Aquilonis, the northern jewel of the Glorious Empire, stood with all its gates firmly closed. Not protected by a magic nullification shield as Imperialis Gloriae had been Thorn was going to rename that city as soon as he had the rest of the Empire controlled but well enough defended that he would need to bring reinforcements in through the nearest of the new Netherworld Gates. His core horde was fine for towns and villages, but not a city of this size.
"Grubby is deploying a new Gate beyond that hill a mile back, Sire," Gnarl's voice sounded, as always, as though the old Master stood right behind him.
The first time Gnarl had done that, Thorn had damn near jumped out of his armor in shock. Now it was just... normal, the same as Gnarl picking up his surface thoughts.
Prepare reinforcements to bring through. he thought at the Minion Master. Do we have any explosives left?
That had Gnarl sputtering and shocked. Apparently he'
Notes from the Netherworld Library - Prologue P2They entered his temple as they saw themselves: the Jester in his two-tone green belled cap, clawed hand clutching the skull-topped staff with its smaller belled cap. He stayed behind Mardis, who wore the Overlord armor with its iconic tri-horned helm. The wraiths escorting the pair were highly amused, and Doniel would have been shocked if there were no side bets on how they'd respond.Notes from the Netherworld Library - Prologue P22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The confidence in Mardis's stance was proof enough that he expected to be met by the Forgotten God.
Understanding arrived: the Jester hadn't seen the Forgotten God's death. He'd fled before Doniel had blasted flame through the creature's mouth, before the mortally-wounded God had fallen into his pit. The Jester thought the hordes of wraiths were closing for a kill and was escaping so he and his Overlord passenger weren't mistakenly destroyed with them.
Both believed they were being brought to receive their promised reward.
Mardis faltered, stopped. The Overlord helm concealed his expression
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Juno lay back on her bed, gasping. It was completely wrong that she should be left alone like this. So typical of that arrogant elf and that selfish Nordbergian peasant to both go into labor on the same day as Juno herself, and with nothing but slaves to attend her.
How dare those ridiculous little beards bother her Lord right now? They could have waited a month or two to emerge from their holes in the mountains.
Another contraction had her clutching the linen, pushing and trying not to scream because curse it, she couldn't hear them screaming and she wasn't going to give either of those bitches any reason to look down on her.
She wanted to, though. Wanted to scream and curse and send minions running to fetch her 'pretties' to calm her.
But she wanted him here more than anything else. Everything was better when he was in the Tower, and everything was wonderful when he was in the private quarters, even without the sex.
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There was a hazy image. It wasn´t exactly clear what it was, and neither was the fact who did the perceiving. There was mainly pain. After that, there was mainly darkness. That was quite an improvement, really.
When there was a hazy image for the second time, things had slightly improved. This time some more information made it through, such as the little yellow lights all over the image. There also seemed to be joyful sounds. And there seemed to be a dark form, approaching her through the yellow lights. The voice didn´t seem. The voice was there, loud and clear, even if it sounded like it came from underwater muffled and gurgling in a strange way.
I see it´s awake, the voice spoke with a quite depressed tone.
Not it! Her! sounded another, far more cheerful voice. This voice was similar to the watery voice. Is female. Like Mistresses!
But this no Mistress, a second cheery voice
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The air was filled with screams. Thousands of different colored minions were fighting against creatures that resembled dragons. In rare cases few black minions could be seen amidst the more colorful flashes of red, brown, green and blue. The sky on the other hand was full of toxic clouds and bursts of flame. White flashes of ice cold air also cut through the very fabric of the stormy sky. Even lightning and acid was raining down from above as huge, different colored dragons spat their deadly breath weapons towards a different kind of enemy. This enemy however, was what seemed to be a combination of living storm clouds and black robed magic users from almost every race under the Darklords banners. Beneath them in the ground the battle raged on, minions fighting with fiery passion against the slowly retreating armies of the Dragonkin. Half man, half dragons that were much bigger than a normal human being.
Behind the lines, there could be seen thre