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 Journey to Dusk (NC/Closed) 
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Thus far on our journey shafts of sunlight had been penetrating the canopy, but emerging forth from the trees we found ourselves in an overwhelming gloom. Looks of bewilderment turned to realization as my men and I began to comprehend the rumours we had heard of the Shadowlands. Without pausing we pushed forward, wishing only to be free of this oppression as quickly as we had entered it. Thoughts of the feast awaiting us spurred my men on as we could see the keep, Dusk, looming in the distance.

I’d been summoned along with all of NC’s lords to meet and swear allegiance to our guild master Ser Norton. I was eager to start an empire with others that shared my lack of faith, and come face to face with the man that had taken the risk or organizing such a guild. I found it surprising that I could have so much respect for a man I had never met.

Dusk seemed a welcome contrast to the surrounding lands as the entire population seemed eager to greet my small band of riders. The darkness of Dusk’s external walls housed a city illuminated with what seemed like sunlight; all previous doubt vanished as I left the darkness of the plains
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Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:16 am
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 I could not help but think about the feast that awaited us at the Fortress of Dusk. My men and I had been riding all day and had only had one meal, many weary hours ago. The darkness of night had covered the sky so quickly that I suspected it was work of heathens.

I could see something moving in the brush, and an erie sound was emanating from the treetops. I consider myself a brave man, but finding myself in the forests of Shadowlands I could not help but feel afraid, even terrified. I felt a shiver creep up my spine, and I shook it off when it reached my neck. I tried to conceal this but my men saw it and I could tell it did not help their moral. I was relieved when the dense trees all
around started to give way and My men and I could see the moon, half covered in a black frightening shadow. A few minutes later the trees changed to nothing more than bushes, that was all I could see, or rather, that the darkness would allow me to see.

Suddenly we heard a loud BANG........


Sat Sep 13, 2003 10:17 pm
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........Our hearts were thumping, we could practically them through the damp night air. The horses had stopped as soon as they heard the sound. We stared at one another not knowing what to make of the situation. Seconds after the sound's echo had passed, the sky shone brilliant like the sun. We looked ahead of us to see the massive Fortress of Dusk looming but a mere ten minutes ride ahead of us. The horses even knew what to do, they reared up kicking they hooves forward and then started to gallop. We were all so eager to get there and finally get out of the dark night, which had made us all so uneasy. I was ahead of my men, riding as fast I could, a branch struck my face, but I wanted so badly to be indoors, and away from the evil lurking all around me. I felt the blood flinging in little drops off my unshaven, scared face. The clouds opened and rain started to pour from the heavens, I feared Foret did not favor the creation of this new guild. I was soaked, the water was flying off my face sting as it hit my new wound, at such high speeds. We were nearing the gates of Dusk, I could feel the darkness creeping in all around me, I was being overcome with it, I kept riding just as I thought I could handle it no more, The torches on the wall of the gatehouse were in front of me. Lighting my way, I kept my eyes on the torches until I reached the walls of the fortress. We had arrived at Dusk, my men and I gladly entered through the gate as the guards, and villagers all around welcomed us in with happy faces. Our horses were taken from us to be put in the stables, while we were escorted to the hall to begin our feasting. My mind cheerfuly went back to the thought of food rather than the darkness and shadows looming just outside the Fortress of Dusk.


Sat Sep 13, 2003 10:46 pm
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Quietly he moved through the empty halls of the run down fortress, once a mighty structure, built as the pride of an empire it had long since seen better days. Walls crumbled, roads were potholled, rooves leaked, all around him he saw the need for laboureres to lend their hands. As he continued his walk through the darknes he caught sight of the northern tower; decimated, another scar of ancient battles he had never seen. He had read through the stories in the hall of ancients, historic accounts of his long last ancestors and the lives they had lived, of the wars they had fought. The final story had trailed off, a story of evil beings that encrouched on their land, of an evil shadow that spread like a disease consuming all in it's wake, converting those that stood in its path, destroying all it could not use. The few, the strong had lasted in this fortress till then end, but that was all that was written. From then on it was a blank, no more entries were made, none until now. Silently he had reached the room he had taken as his chambers, also in shambles he would have to restore it, but that could wait, he had one thing to do first.

Without a word he lit his candle and sat at the dust table still standing in the corner. The chair he used was old but still sturdy, although run down every piece that constructed this fortress was made my an artist, an expert in their trade there were no corners cut. Oh how it must have been a magnificent sight at it's pinacle.

With a passion that had not gripped him in ages he began to write out the story that had just transpired, the battle that had allowed he and his half sister, the heir to all that was around him, reclaim their past...

....the battle won we have moved into the fortress of old, we now begin the arduous task of rebuilding an empire. Before us lies a long and difficult road but it is one we accept with gratitude and passion, that Foret has seen us fit to reconstruct the pride of his nation is more than I can understand, but I do not complain, for the first time that I can remember my life has meaning and cause, I will serve this place as it's leaders of old did, I will guard it with my life and give it should it be asked. Unfortunately, our numbers are small, we have only a small force with us now, old allies of bygone ages have been sent out invitations to rekindle old alliances but we shall see how many respond. It has been hundreds of years since they have fought by the side of our house, I fear too few will respond to our calling. There is still so much work to be done, the forests are still consumed by the evil that has influenced them for years, it wall not be an easy task to restore these lands as before, we are in need of workers, or warriors, of sorcerers and even thieves, for with the development of new nations comes the interest of others, the battle to survive is just beginning....


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The cold, salty gusts of wind whipped Furio's long hair into his face as he continued to stare over the dark, crashing waves, trying to pierce the darkness. Since twilight the day before when the elven vessel Waverunner first entered the waters of Shadowlands all had been enveloped in a heavy darkness. The crew had lashed the tiller in place, steering towards where they hoped land was, trusting Foret to guide them safely to their destination. They were now, Furio estimated, near the shoreline but still their was no sign of life other than the suppressed shafts of light from the lamp penetrating a short way into the gloom.

Suddenly Furio's keen eyes detected a speck of light in the distance, dead ahead of the ship. The darkness was deceptive, and what seemed like a bonfire on the horizon was actually just a lantern only a few hundred metres ahead! The crew worked like madmen to slow the ship, and struggled to bring it alongside the pier. Furio leapt ashore, and walked down the length of the peer, his footsteps creating an hollow sound on the wooden planks. His eyes darted back and forth, searching for any sign of Dusk, to which he had been summoned to. Soon he was able to make out the outline of the keep, only a half an hour march from the docks. He gathered his men and set out to the feast that awaited them at the fortress.


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