Episode 1- The Lost Soldier
[spoil]The Lost Soldier
Season 1 recap-
Precel- a world of magic, mages and beasts. A prophecy told long before their time, has set the path for the adventures of Nacho and his companions in their quest to find the elusive wand of power- the Eximius Wand.
Mere days after having set off from their clan’s refuge, they have been forced to fight for their lives, facing danger that was almost beyond their power. As the mystery and purpose of the terrible creatures behind the attack slowly unravel, our friends sit in the safety of the Town of Deeha’Blothri waiting to hear the reason they’ve been summoned by the master, Atrumentis.
Atru- “...which brings me to why I actually wanted to see you.”
The companions looked up inquiringly at the Town-master.
Atru- “It has to do with one of our guards, Jeru. He disappeared. We only began our super investigation when he failed to report to Ferret, the guard captain, after he finished his night patrol yesterday. From what we gathered, he was last seen near the Kairn Caves. Tomorrow a group of guards is going to head into the caves for a reconnaissance mission. Needless to say, it will be very dangerous but you see, Deeha ‘Blothri, is a very closely knit community. And as long as there is a hope that we can find Jeru, we must try.”
Nekro raised his eyebrows- “It’s dangerous, you say?”
Atru- “Yes indeed, super-dangerous! And that ever since the appearance of the undead or as they were referred to in the archives I found in the Western Kingdom, the Phasmatis. During the great wars, the caves were used to store everything from food to weapons. It is a vast network of tunnels and we’ve only ever used a very small part of it.
Then peace came and when they were no longer needed, the caves instead became a place of great interest for reckless young lads. The latter would always come back with stories of terrible monsters they’ve found in its depth and how they had to fight their way back. Quite humorous considering they all came back with no a scratch and clothes as clean as when they set off for their journey.
However some of our soldiers have tried to venture as far as they could within the caves but there was a place quite far within, that they described as a high-ceilinged oval chamber where there was a great gust of wind constantly blowing and no torches managed to stay lit. The soldiers had to track their way back through complete darkness away from the chamber for quite some distance before being able to light their torches again. They said the wind was ‘pursuing’ them.”
Az- “You think it was a spell?”
Atru- “I do not know but it could be just some air vents that was the cause of all of this. And it is well known that panic and darkness can mercilessly toy with our imagination. But I digress. The Kairn caves had to be sealed some 7 years ago when a great serpent phasmatis came out of it and attacked the townsfolk. If it wasn’t for the skill and courage of our elite guards, it might have been a gruesome day in our town history. Jet, Elfen, Ferret, Link and Jeru fought the creature and victory only smiled at us after a long and hard battle.”
Turmo- “So how come the Jeru guy went in there?”
Atru- “You should know that it was a magical barrier that we set at the cave’s entrance. So presumably nothing could come out of it, but we could easily go in. It’s true we covered the entrance with some broad planks to prevent children wandering in there but these could easily be bypassed by any grown-ups.”
Nacho- “But the question remains. Why did he go in there?”
Atru- “There might be an explanation to that. A week after the Shatterer incident, townsfolk living close to the caves started hearing growling and moaning coming from the cave at night. It sounded like an animal in pain and anguish, and usually occurred close to dawn when night is deepest. Many were starting to be afraid and feared that an attack similar to the Phasmatis serpent was imminent. I ordered guards to patrol near the caves, more to appease our inhabitants than anything else since the magical barrier was the best protection. At that time Jeru sought a meeting with me and told me he wanted to lead a group of guards into the cave and investigate the matter. I expressly forbade him since once a person crosses the barrier, he will be at the mercy of whatever foul creatures may be residing in the caves.”
Nacho- “You think he disobeyed you?”
Atru- “I do not know. He is a man of honor and has always served Deeha ‘Blothri well. He did seem quite perturbed during our meeting. There must be some other reason that pushed him to enter the caves.”
Nekro- “Well what does this have to do with us?”
Atru—“I am a man who believes in faith young ones. And your presence here at this moment strikes me as a turn of faith. The reconnaissance mission will be dangerous, but the power of the 2 mage clans will be a priceless aid and strength in this quest. We’ll have a much greater chance to succeed. I do not doubt the strength of my guards but I cannot hide that I fear greatly what might befall them in Kairn may be beyond their abilities. I have spent long hours in my study pondering on what to do. I conversed long with Ferret and came to a very painful decision to send my people into the caves. The doubt was still on my mind until you turned up and then all I saw was providence. Please help us!”
Nacho looked into the distressed face of the Town-master and knew he couldn’t refuse. If it wasn’t for the safety of Deeha ‘Blothri, they would be out in the wild having to survive against the terrible Phasmatis. It was the least they could do for the town. Besides they would be accompanied by guards who have had experience in dealing with such dangers.
Nacho- “We shall help Deeha ‘Blothri and its people.”
The Town-master expressed his sincere thanks. The atmosphere lightened considerably then, as Sir Atru began entertaining them with stories he’s been working on while they had dinner in a room removed from the library. As they feasted on the succulent dishes of meat, cheese, bread and…lemon juice, our friends began to truly relax for the first time since they entered the forest. However too soon (it seemed to them) were they finished and as they sat munching on some chocolate cookies, their minds went to Jeru and the dangers of the Kairn caves. Nacho seized the opportunity just as Atru paused and took a sip of his lemon juice-
“We would love to hear more of your stories sir Atru and I pray you do not take offence but we shall need to rest before the task that awaits us on the morrow.”
Narrator-“Mehehe…what a liar! Like if he wanted to hear the stories…”
Atru- “So true, young ones! I tend to get super-excited sometimes- forgive me. I bid you goodnight my friends. Rest well. Be ready by 10 o’clock. If you come to see me earlier-I’ll be in the library- we can go see your friend Zhuge.”
The friends bade the Town-master goodnight and went back to the tavern which had its bar and tables to serve food on the ground floor and lodgings on the 2 upper floors. The four companions made their way to their quarters on the first floor.
And soon enough, they were in a profound sleep, their minds finally free and undisturbed by the happenings of the outside world and their bodies enjoying a well-earned rest.
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Narrator- “How have been folks. Long time no see!”
Umpa- “When do I get in?!? When do I get in?!?” Narrator- “Oh shut up, Umpa.”
Zhuge- “I hope I’ll get some story time.”
Nekro- “Aah…another season of being taunted, insulted and made fun of… Who wouldn’t enjoy that…?”
Narrator- “Guys, do you ever do anything apart from complaining?”
Shatt- “Yep, I kill innocent people.”
Narrator- “Now that’s more like…Eh…wait, what?”
Shatt- “Chill, old man. I’m only at the planning stage. Nothing’s done yet.” Narrator- “Oh shut up, Shatt.”
Seth- “Yay! We are reunited once more.”
Narrator- “About damn time someone actually takes notice of that!”
What exactly is awaiting our friends in the Kairn caves?
How is Zhuge coping? Are the rumors true he lost a vital part of his anatomy when he was attacked?
Who is Stonebreaker? Does he like Zhuge? Wait, what?
All of these questions will be answered in the next episode of Dfans the movie titled: The Second Episode!
[spoil]Narrator- Hoho…how original is that?[/spoil]