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Dreams of Days to Come – Part Two

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Hanetsi, Sun Queen of Metsheput, sat upon her gilded throne, her head held erect. Six burly bearers carried her throne palanquin aloft, though now they stood still, allowing for her to survey the scene before her. Around her stood tall, ebon skinned men, each in burnished silver scale coats, with chain neckguards hanging from their spiked helms, and with spears and broad shields at hand.

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Nights of Fire – Part Eight

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They spent that night in the cave with Marran and the yhara-te, sharing a meal of roasted lizard as they listen to Marran regal them with tales of his time spent living alongside the primitive creatures of the northern mountains. One by one they fell asleep on the fleeces provided, the cave staying warm even as the fire burnt low, heated by the warmth of many bodies.

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The City in Shadows- Part Five

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Through the long halls of the mausoleum they ran, where no living soul had trod for years beyond remembering. Along empty corridors they tracked their prey, the soft glow of Blade’s arcane illumination bathing murals and mosaics upon the walls depicting scenes best left forgotten. Gaping doorways opened up into chambers silent and dark, but these they paid scant attention to, intent only on following their comrades and those who had taken them.

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Nights of Fire – Part Seven

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Snows and winds lashed at them as they followed the yhara-te up mountain paths, the sky darkening with both heavy clouds and the ending day. Nhaqosa peered through the weather, trying to follow where they were headed. Snow capped crags rose up sheer around them, and precipitous slopes dropped away, fading into the clouds, and all about spread the endless vista of grey and white. It would not do to be lost up there, not with the weather turning for the worst. Nhaqosa knew all he could do was hope that soon they would find a place of shelter, for his companions were beginning to suffer, shivering as each fresh blast of wind buffeted them. He had been too eager in his desires and had not allowed sufficient time to properly prepare for the weather that they were new encountering, an error for which he chided himself.

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The City in Shadows – Part Four

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Peregrine watched with guarded expressions as their former adversaries entered the mausoleum, leading their horses up the stairs and through a gap made in the barricade for them. Earlier, she had helped construct the barricades when the first ghouls had surprised them. Quick reflexes alone had put the ghouls down, preventing any being taken by them.Emir Barazi let fly a string of mellifluous curses as he watched his prey slip away once more, this time into the runs of the unexpected city. The long chase of many days deep into the inhospitable wastes of the desert had drawn on for far too long, and he wished simply for it to be brought to an end. Having to hunt for the fugitives through the city would only serve to delay matters further.

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Nights of Fire – Part Six

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By the time the first light of the following morning had arrived, the snow had begun to fall heavier. Overhead, the sky showed grey and dreary, thick with clouds that roiled across the heavens, a heaving mass that threatened worse to come. The company commenced their ascent up towards the mountains into the teeth of a strong breeze that whipped the snow into their faces, following along trails made by wild beasts, along hillsides and ridgelines.

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The City in Shadows – Part Three

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Emir Barazi let fly a string of mellifluous curses as he watched his prey slip away once more, this time into the runs of the unexpected city. The long chase of many days deep into the inhospitable wastes of the desert had drawn on for far too long, and he wished simply for it to be brought to an end. Having to hunt for the fugitives through the city would only serve to delay matters further.

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Nights of Fire – Part Five

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The search for a campsite for the night brought them to a ridge that jutted out into the forest from the foothills of the mountains they were headed towards. They clambered up it, out above the bulk of the forest, and there they sheltered for the night among a small stand of windswept trees. The night’s sky once more opened forth with the brilliant display of lights and colours that they had seen the previous night. The illuminance of the scintillating colours was, if anything, more intense than that of the night before.

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The City in Shadows – Part Two

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The distance to the spires from where they had espied it closed but slowly, even despite the hurried pace they made towards it, and likewise did the distance to their pursuers narrow. The race as to would reach their goal first was one too hard to judge, for it would be a close run thing, and so they laboured on as the heat and sand scourged them. Kharjii, once so resigned to his fate, now urged his men on to greater efforts, for fear now drove him on. Death in the deserts was not a prospect he relished, as thirst and heat wracked and devoured the body, yet it remained preferable to the horrors that Barazi would inflict upon them should they be taken alive.

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Nights of Fire – Part Four

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A tangled passage of growth lay ahead, interspersed by swift flowing streams of freezing water that cut through the forest, running fast across beds of smooth worn stones. They lost all sense of direction in the maze of foliage beneath the thick canopy, unable to pick out any markers in the distance. Their only guide to keep them on the path they wished to follow came from the pendant that hung around Nhaqosa’s neck, tugging them along the direction they needed to head.

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