Soul of the Night Chapter 12Chapter 12 Aftermath
Deep in the Wilds
Conrí struck his flints against each other over a pile of kindling, trying to light a fire. The group had gotten deep into the Wilds, managing to avoid the darkspawn with Conrí’s help. Tristan was laying off to the side, exhausted and on the verge of passing out. Tira was looking over Tsume for any wounds she might have missed. The wolf had sustained her share of injuries during the battle and afterwards.
Serena however was pacing just outside the main camp, growling and swearing to herself. “Sodding old bastard… picked the perfect time to retreat, right when we needed him!” she lashed out, kicking a rusted helmet deeper into the forest.
“Enough!” Conrí barked. “You need to calm down.”
“Calm down?!” Serena snarled. “In case you haven’t noticed, Lieutenant, we’re the last Wardens in this Stone forsaken country! And the man who was supposed to answer
Soul of the Night Chapter 11Chapter 11 War at Ostagar
Alistair’s group moved quickly across to bridge as the army took their positions. Archers stood in a long line in front of the infantry with ballistae to their right, and the crowd of mabari stood to the left. Duncan and Conrí flanked Cailan as they made their way to the field. “The plan will work, your Majesty,” Duncan rumbled.
“Of course it will,” Cailan answered firmly. “The Blight ends here.”
“I hope you’re right, Cailan,” Conrí muttered as he and Koun took their places
Thunder cracked and it began to rain. Hundreds of darkspawn stalked out of the forest amidst a heavy mist. At the centre of the horde’s front line a massive Hurlock, clad in fine, ornate plate armor that looked like it had once belonged to a Ferelden captain, now stained with dried blood and carved with obscene runes and sigils. Its bald skull was covered by a horned helm like the Alphas, though its helm was muc
Soul of the Night Chapter 10Chapter 10 The Joining and A War Council
The group stumbled out of the wilds a number of hours later. Morrigan had taken them to her mother and she indeed had the scrolls. But that’s not what unnerved Erin. What unnerved her was that the woman seemed to know everything about her. Things she had never told the group. She shivered and gripped her sword’s hilt tightly.
One welcome sight was her brother standing near the Grey Warden tent. He was wearing a set of studded leather armor, much to Erin’s surprise. Conrķ smiled in relief when he saw her, but his brow quickly furrowed when he saw her walking gingerly. “Are you alright?” he asked.
“I’m fine,” Erin assured him. “Just a nasty run in with an Emissary.”
“Blast… I knew I should have gone with you…”
“It’s alright. Tristan patched me up. I’m just a little sore. Where’s your armor?”
“Ah, the quartermaster is replacing
Soul of the Night Chapter 9Chapter 9 Wolves, Darkspawn and Witches, Oh My
The group had barely gotten a mile into the forest before they were attacked. A pack of wolves, either starving or crazed by the Blight, charged from the underbrush but were quickly cut down by Daveth and Tira’s master archery and Tristan’s spells. Those that managed to avoid the deadly missiles were dispatched by Alistair, Jory, Erin, Garik, Serena and Blair.
Tira held up her hand as another wolf crept from the brush. “Wait…” The wolf eyed the group before loping forward. When the beast was within ten feet of Tira, it charged, leaping at the elf. Everyone seized their weapons… only to realize the wolf was licking Tira’s face happily. “Tsume! Oh it’s so good to see you, lethallan!”
“You… know this wolf, Tira?” Erin asked as she lowered her swords.
“Yes!” Tira laughed as she pushed the wolf off. “I found her as a cub a year ago. We think her m
Soul of the Night Chapter 8Chapter 8 Eye of the Storm
The group split up after they crossed the bridge. Conrķ had some things to deal with in the main army camp so he told the others he would find them before the Joining and headed off.
Tristan headed off towards the infirmary. While healing wasn’t his strongest suit, he could knit bones and heal flesh efficiently. As he was helping a healer mend a compound fracture, he met one of the other recruits. A balding man of middle years approached as Tristan and the healer looked over the wounded man’s leg. “Greetings. You must be one of the other recruits we’ve heard about,” he said with a friendly grin.
“Yes, I am Tristan,” the young elf said as he wrapped his patient’s leg with a thick bandage. “Keep off it for a few hours and you should be ready when the battle begins.”
“Ser Jory is my name,” the warrior announced. “I hail from Redcliffe where I served as a knight under the command of Arl
Soul of the Night Chapter 7Chapter 7 Exodus
Conrķ spurred his horse, urging the stallion to run faster across the plane, what remained of his family and his new recruits nipping at his heels. The group had been riding through the night to escape Howe and his men.
“Brother!” Erin groaned. “I think we’ve put enough distance between Howe and us.”
Conrķ slowed his black steed to a stop. “Aye…” he dismounted from his winded horse and began pulling supplies from its back. “Here,” he dropped a few bedrolls near Erin’s horse. “Get a fire going. I’ll see about getting us a meal. Koun,” Conrķ looked to his faithful war hound. The poor dog had flopped down and was panting in the grass but when his master called his name, Koun had dutifully raised his head. Conrķ sighed. “Stay here, old boy, and rest. You’ve earned it.” Koun huffed and began lapping up the water Erin had placed in front of him.
“Uh, boss?” Gari
Soul of the Night Chapter 6Chapter 6 Mysteries of the Dales
“What do you say, lethallan?” Tamlen asked his hunting partner.
Tira Mahariel grimaced as she contemplated, her arrow aimed vaguely at their quarry. While it was unlikely these three, unarmed humans were bandits, they may still cause trouble.
“Let’s find out what they’re doing here.”
“Does it matter? Hunting or banditry, we’ll need to move camp if we let them live.”
“L-look,” said one of the humans. “We didn’t come here to be trouble. We just found a cave.”
“Yes! A cave!” one of his friends agreed. “With carvings like I’ve never seen! We thought there might be…”
“Treasure,” Tamlen snorted. “So you’re more akin to thieves than real bandits.”
“If you’ve been there, you should have treasure to prove it,” Tira commented fairly.
“Here…” the second human stammered. “We
Soul of the Night Chapter 5Chapter 5 Wolves of the North
Castle Cousland, Highever
“… I trust then that your men should be here soon,” said Teyrn Bryce Cousland.
“They should begin arriving tonight and we can march tomorrow,” said Arl Rendon Howe. “I apologize for the delay my lord… this is entirely my fault.”
“No, no,” Bryce argued. “The appearance of the darkspawn in the south has us all scrambling, doesn’t it? I only received word from the king a few days ago myself. I shall send my eldest off with my men. You and I will ride tomorrow, just like the old days.”
“True, though we both had less grey in our hair and we fought Orlaisans, not… monsters.”
Bryce chuckled. “At least the smell will be the same.” A sound from the door drew the teyrn’s attention. His daughter Erin, stood in the doorway. “I’m sorry, pup, I didn’t see you there. Howe, you remember my daughter.”
Soul of the Night Chapter 4Chapter 4 Under the Branches of the Vhenadahl
Chapter 4 Under the Branches of the Vhenadahl
Blair Tabris chewed her lip worriedly as one of Vaughn’s men carried the unconscious lord from the Alienage.
“Oh, I really messed up this time,” her cousin Shianni murmured. She had been the one to knock out Vaughn Urien, the arl of Denerim’s son, with a ceramic wine bottle.
“It’ll be alright. He won’t tell anyone an elven woman took him down,” Soris assured her.
“I hope so,” Shianni grimaced. “I should get cleaned up.”
“Is everyone else alright?” Soris asked as he looked around.
“I think we’re all just shaken,” said a mousy elf woman Blair didn’t know. “What was that about?”
Soris laughed nervously. “Looks like the arl’s son started drinking too early. Um,” he turned to Blair as a man joined them. “Well, let’s not