“The World Stood Up…” – Epilogue

Alexander Rahl paced about a wooded clearing west of Trinsic, surrounded by dozens, if not hundreds of shades who had come to silently watch his slow descent into insanity. He paced about the clearing, pounding his fist into his hand, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, and sometimes both. Even the shades, with millennia of knowledge and experience as watchers, couldn’t tell which was which anymore. “The world stood up…” he cried…or laughed…to no one in particular, “…the world stood up…” He had been saying that for a while, much to the confusion and dismay of the gathering. The shade of Kironius Mengst stepped forward from a tree he had been attempting futilely to lean on and put himself into Alexander’s field of view. “I think it’s...

An Interrupted Journal – Kalipso

She gazes down at his sleeping face…His handsome, dark features finally peaceful compared to his looks of anguish and suffering after his treacherous ordeal. She silently bends over and gently brushes his brow with a kiss before exiting the chamber. She scouts out the dark gloom of the structure for any lurking dangers and departs. She arrives at her front door; glad to see the torch she left out was still burning brightly. She grabs the torch and enters. With the torch as a guide she searches the rooms thoroughly, finding nothing. She creeps back downstairs and kneels before a chest, placing the torch propped up in a holder beside it. She rummages through the chest and unlocks a box containing her battered journal, which she tucks under her arm. She grabs a...

Alexander’s Suicide Note – Alexander Rahl

To Those I Have Wronged: This may be my last moment of lucidity before I ride to do both what I am compelled to do, and what I must do. In the coming days, I fear I will do many things, commit many atrocities, and spill the blood of those undeserving. For these acts I take sole and complete responsibility. It was a thread of darkness within me that kept the tame shadows in my service, a thread of darkness that allowed Tahl-Mearis to come here and face me, and a thread of darkness that compelled me absolutely to place his ring on my finger – an act which has caused an unstoppable series of events that I fear will only end in misery and strife. Know that those bearing rings who have followed me have done so utterly against their will. In the last days I have felt...

Fighting a Hopeless Battle – Alexander Rahl

Alexander Rahl sat alone in his father’s offices, staring into the mirror in disgust. His eyes had almost gone to black from the Taint, and yet he couldn’t help put pull in more. The Lady was very, very happy to have him back, and he’d spent the last week in a near-constant state of ecstasy, her presence flowing into him like a torrential flood, and his body, prepared from conception to contain such energies, soaked it up like a sponge. He felt the other connection, the one he was bred for, in the back of his mind, cold and silent. The room was full of ghostly eyes, staring at him, judging him, trying to gauge what he would do next, but he ignored them. Nearly every other thing in the small room had been shattered in his most recent battle with Her, but...

Closing the Door

General Debinani Rahl sat in the forests of the north woods, looking at the two darkened and twisted trees forming an arch in the middle of a small clearing. He had been studying them for nearly an hour, looking for any signs that the waygate was supported in any way from the Sosarian end of the connection, but there was nothing. He sat down to the ground heavily and sighed. “They’re not going to make it without you,” came a voice from beside him, “they don’t have the context or the experience. They haven’t got the first idea how to fight this.” The General looked to the shade of Kironius Mengst sitting on the ground beside him. “You know, you’ve got some bloody god-awful timing,” he growled. “Don’t blame me, kid, it’s a phase of the...