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The Crystals of Aarken- Chapter 3
Enjoying the scenery and conversation unfortunately did not last much longer.  The next morning Eriniel heard something from over some hills a ways off.
“Hey, Diedra?”
“Yes, Eriniel?”
“Are ravens native to this region?”
“Not this far out on the plains, no. Why do you ask?”
“I just heard one off to our right a second ago. I was just curious.”
At that moment a group of wild centaurs came charging at us from around a grassy hill, yelling and whooping war calls.
“Arm yourselves, friends- they don’t look like they’re here for tea!” Haelgar warned.
“Don’t let them surround you! Keep riding and try to pick them off one by one!” Diedra advised.
“I’ll be of no use on this blasted horse; I’ll fight from the ground,” Haelgar brought his right leg around his horse’s hind quarters and jumped to the ground while pulling his double-bladed axe from its sheath on his
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The Crystals of Aarken- Chapter 2
If the first full day of travelling was any indication, moving through Rodigar would be easy. Most of the country was open plains and rolling hills of yellow grass. All we need to do was follow the roads west toward Afadar and Ceranne.
I was not as familiar with the area as Diedra, but she assured us that the most we would have to deal with are the occasional bandit. She was surprisingly knowledgeable about the country, even though she said she has only lived in two places her whole life- her home village and Sclayr, Astia for her Cleric training.
“So we never really got formally introduced…I am Eriniel Lhalorn and I’m a Ranger of the Order of Eryn, and this is my husband, Tarathon Auriul, Rider of Daerruth.”
“Yes, we did get thrown in to the fray without a how-do-you-do. I am Diedra, Cleric of Maia.”
“I am Haelgar, son of Agnar, and I’m a Fighter of the Ironfist Regiment.”
“Nice to formally meet you both,” I replied wit
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The Birth of Maeve
A long time ago- before the great cataclysm, there was a mortal woman named Itae, who was a priestess of Maia in the town Hayleth, which is in Rodigar. She was a dutiful, reverent woman who followed the law, gave to the poor, and loved children, though she had none of her own.
    One day, rival priests from the temple of Lekta confronted her out of nowhere when she left Maia’s temple for the night. They said that they were sent to bring her to trial for her ‘wrong-doings’, though of what wrong they spoke of, Itae had no idea. They dragged her to the town’s jail and threw her in a cell. The priests of Lekta could not leave well enough alone though; before they locked the door, they beat her senseless out of pure cruelty, hatred, and jealousy.
    The next morning, with the sun glaring into Itae’s black and blue face, she was dragged to the town judge, Mortimer. Her trial, if it could be called that, was short, for Mortimer’s heart
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The Origins of Drenn and Lekta
The original continent of Aarken looked very different than it does now. The main land mass was thinner and curved like a crescent moon around a large inner sea. The gods had created the world and its inhabitants, and they liked what they saw. The land was beautiful in its ancient, rugged, primordial state. Life for Aarken’s inhabitants was peaceful for the most part, and continued to be for hundreds of years.
But in the year 762 of the first age, something terrible happened- this is how the evil goddess Lekta came to be.
The first signs were great earthquakes emanating from the inner sea. The ocean began to froth and boil, and a huge mountain rose out of the water and began spewing thick black ash into the sky. There was so much ash in the atmosphere that it blocked out the sun. Then the lava came pouring and spurting out of the mouth of the gigantic volcano like a glowing river of fire.
Out of the volcano’s crater arose three figures- Lekta and her two companions, Malkus
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The Crystals of Aarken- Chapter 1
A stiff breeze blew through the streets that cool, bright morning. Flocks of birds flew over the stucco and marbled buildings. The markets were full of people- merchants hocking their wares, mothers purchasing food while keeping an eye on their children. Friends met in many of the town’s squares, and priests gave food to the less fortunate. All in all, one would call this day normal…average. What the unsuspecting world did not know was that this day was anything but normal. It was a start of something completely unexpected.
My name is Tarathon Auriul.
I had no idea what was to come- who could? Nevertheless, I found myself in a stuffy room with fifteen other people in the Rodigan city of Granz- one of which was my beautiful wife, Eriniel Lhalorn. We had been summoned by the Grand Council, yet they did not tell us why. Then again, we couldn’t have refused to come anyway. That would have been like refusing a king- a thing that is simply not done.
The room we were in was
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Time Flows On
Rain falls down to Earth
Cleansing, pure, new life springs forth
Soft drops drip on leaves
Gray skies spoil my mood
Wind howls through the trees
Wishing for summer
Sunshine brings new day
Golden flowers line the path
Rebirth, life anew
Freedom to wander
Evergreens provide cool shade
Beauty everywhere
Good friends and good food
Spending time while we’re still young
Lasting memories
Jump in cool water
Respite from sweltering heat
Sun burn hurts a lot
Falling leaves pile up
Swirling colors blow past us
Cold is coming soon
Summer is over
Children resume their studies
Learning improves all
Branches are now bare
Beautiful trees surround me
Winter is coming
Rain, rain, all the time
Soaking my clothes completely
At least let it snow
Breath made visible
Runny nose, sensitive skin
Bare hands freeze quickly
Quiet snow enfolds
Beauty in ev’ry season
Year’s end coming soon
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Darkness Surrounds
The dark and the cold
I trudge through the silence
Trying not to fall,
Fall into despair and depression.
No one is there for comfort,
Only the dark and cold around me
Silence, but the sounds of my footsteps.
I'm trying to get to the warmth
To friends and smiles
Laughter and hope
To the music.
For there I can be me
I can live and love
Embraced, I feel safe.
But I am in the ever-darkening night
Surrounded by silence
The cold saps my strength and will
Trying desperately to go where I'm wanted
The evil one is lurking
Waiting to pounce
I feel abandoned…
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Valhalla Is Near
Valhalla is near, I can feel it,
In my bones and in my heart.
From the blood on my chest and in my beard,
I can tell that the time is near.
What a battle it was!
With a sword in one hand and shield in the other,
I have instilled terror in the hearts of men all over the Northlands.
What a blow he gave me!
Curse the man who slew me!
May he rot from the inside out,
And the wolves eat his flesh,
And the ravens peck out his eyes!
What a chill I feel!
The wind freezes my feet,
The moon hides behind the clouds,
Dark and cold is my demise,
And so is my countenance.
What a feast there will be!
With sword in hand, Brynhildr will carry me to Valhalla
May Odin and Thor welcome me,
Tyr and Njördr congratulate me ,
And raise a toast in honor of my life.
Valhalla is near,
I can feel it in my bones...
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Oh Helm and Hammer
Oh Thor and Odin protect us
Let us be swift and mighty
Give us gold, mead, and women
Bring down the helm and the hammer
Oh Heimdall and Baldr be with us
We sail on the waves to green isles
Send winds to blow in our sails
Bring down the spear and the sword
Oh Loki and Hel don't betray us
Wreak havoc on those we attack
Let us die with a sword in our hands
Bring down the arrow and the axe
Oh for the helm and the hammer
Bring us strength for the fight,
Peace in the night,
And keep the shore forever in sight
May the helm and the hammer
Be with us 'til we die
Be with us 'til we die
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