The Azure Shroud of Doom

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Dramatis personæ:
Fenfaril the Wizard………………………………………………………….a master of arcane arts
Ragner the Cleric………………………………………………………..a devotee of Khorne, god of Bloody Conquest
Wolfwood the Paladin………………………………………………….a champion of Law, devoted to his quest


Scene:
Some time later, at Hobb’s grave. Wolfwood and Fenfaril stand before the marker stone erected in the fallen fighter’s honor.


Mighty Wolfwood requests a favor of his elven companion, one last task to complete in his quest. Fenfaril opens his mind to the winds of magic, calling upon his fiery element, and touches on something, a source he had not before known. Seemingly near infinite and ripe for the plucking. Fenfaril draws upon this new well of power and, holding his hand above the marker stone, releases a burning torrent of energy, liquefying a channel into the stone. Wolfwood, wielding the sword of his fallen friend, drives it deep into the grave marker, returning Hobb’s sword. Fenfaril withdraws his focus and the stone seals, holding the sword in place. After an unspoken moment, the two depart, setting out for Qualindale to confer with the paladin’s order, to try to release Fenfaril from his debt to Death.

Several days later, Ragner, haggard and worn, stumbles into the forest glade surrounding Hobb’s grave. The sword, still seated in it’s stoney scabbard, let’s him know that Wolfwood, and possibly the others, have come this way. But the once lush meadow is no longer flowering and buzzing with life. The soil, once rich and loamy, is ashen and crumbles as he walks; the plants, once green and vibrant, are yellowing and faded. Something has drawn upon the life here and it is not likely to recover soon.

Ragner pushes on to The Jaunty Stag and learns that his friends had stopped here as well, and spoke of travelling to Qualindale, home of the Order of Light. It is there that the cleric of conquest finally rejoins his companions. The Order has been preparing a ritual to break free the wizard from his bargain to serve Death, a ritual which lasts several days, requires that the subject be rendered catatonic, and touches on the very edges of Death’s domain. Only Wolfwood, Ragner, and the heads of the Order know what truly happened during the ceremony.

After Fenfaril awakens, Wolfwood announces that he will remain behind at the Temple of Light, to pursue research and teaching neophyte paladins. Ragner and Fenfaril decide to seek out new adventure, to leave behind the lands of Qualin, and board ship to cross the Great Sea.


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