As the final blow has been dealt to the guardian of Dagger Rock, you found yourself in a huge cavern under Dagger Rock itself. After several hours of search, you find a well hidden spiral staircase. The staircase has been carved directly from the rock. As far as you can tell, the staircase spiral down directly into the depth of the earth. Spiralling down, you had lost long ago the sense of time and distance and moving mechanically down when you finally reach the bottom of the staircase.
In front of you, down the stairs a gigantic opening into a cave of incredible size. You have difficulties to make sense of the size of it as you can’t seem to see it completely without moving your head around. Grand buildings made entirely of stone, standing several stories high are in the middle of the cavern and are not reaching by far the ceiling. Many building have carvings and symbols into their structure that you don’t recognize. The sheer size of the place makes you wonder what you don’t know of the world before the plague and it could have been. Even in your wildest dreams you never though construction such as this was even possible. This cave could hold the complete city of Ul-Bakak into one of its gigantic structure.
After several days of exploration and visiting, you found what you think you are looking for. It is a small amphitheatre that could old probably 500 people. On what should be the stage you found a big altar with the same symbol that was on the last dragon and that strange apparition. On the altar itself, there is a circle with an arrow pointing toward a standing circle of stone. The arrow on the altar is crossed by two lines. A long one where three holes are engraved and a shorter one with two holes also engraved. The standing stone circle is about 10 feet from the altar and is about 12 feet in diameter. The circle is made also of stone with many engraving of different symbols. After a close inspection you recognized one that represents time. After some time, you select one of the three pouches that Ebar gave you. Inside, as he said there are five coins matching in a pair and a trio. You put the three first coins on the altar and then the two matching ones. Once the last coin is set, the circle on the altar burst into blue flames. You can feel the heat of the flames and you see all the coins melting into the altar. Once all the coins have been absorbed by the altar, the arrow seems to be short form it into the standing circle, directly in its center. The arrow explodes in the circle forming a green-blue shimmering door. The door looks like bursting fire but emit no heat. You instinctually know you have to go through the portal and know that your destiny awaits you on the other side of time…
Mustering all your resolve and courage you step in the portal. At first all is normal but suddenly you feel like falling a great distance, then everything stops. You see yourself entering a door of yellow light. You recognized the place, you have been here on numerous occasions but in all those time you know and realized that you were dead. The pattern on the floor is from Ebar’s tokens, now full of shimmering colors and patterns. The thirteen doors are now translucent ghostlike doors from which you can see your previous incarnation and you feel that they seem happy to see you. Soon the room is at a standstill, you feel strange, then your other soul move and merge with you. You feel the duality of both souls but strangely enough you welcome it, you welcome the merging of both souls’ knowledge of the plain and your previous adventure trying and failing all these times to recover the tokens, but now you know the history of both your souls and their previous life. You know that you are now complete, without this merge you didn’t realized that half of yourself was empty but now you know. You are at peace with this strange and unique feeling.
You see a sixth person appearing in the room. You recognize the person as Ebar. Ebar walks to the middle of the room and address you: “Dear friends, as I said to you once, I am sorry for the burden of your task. You know you have to stop the plague from destroying the world. I hope I gave you enough knowledge of the future and you have discover enough of the past to realized the strength that will oppose you in your quest. Don’t worry; gather some strength and time should flow normally. Only the final battle really counts. If some of you happen to fall before this battle, recruit others to help you, time will realigned itself. Follow the path of good and you should be able to prevent the destruction of the world. All life is not necessarily win in battle, be the wisdom of time go with you on your final quest.”
After having spoken these words, Ebar vanish into nothingness. The room feels strangely quiet and empty. Suddenly, the floor disappears and you all start falling toward a small bright light. Getting closer to the light you realized that it is not just a light, but a burning ball of fire. You are falling towards the ball of fire, closer and closer you fall. Then, you go through the ball of flame. Going through you experience the worst feeling and pain you ever had, you feel your skin melting away from your muscles, then after all your skin in gone with your hair in flame, your exposed blood and muscle start burning and melting at the same time, you are burning flesh. Soon you can’t feel the pain anymore, you know that your eyes have melted and finally exploded in their sockets, you know there is no more muscle on your bony frame that is now being hit and crushed under the pressure of repeated hits. The pain is gone; you know that you don’t have a body anymore, what else can hurt you now? But the pain is now progressing through your souls, you feel it twisting and being pulled in all direction, ripping your moral and sense of justice away, you know you have nothing left and fall into forgetfulness and emptiness. Suddenly you begin to feel again your soul slowly returning and reforming your conscientiousness. Bones, muscle and flesh are growing back into a new body; you feel the growing of time as if you were born and growing to an adult all in the same second, nails, hair, eyes and nerves all grow back and forming a new body. Suddenly another light, this one bright like the sun is fast approaching, going through it you feel the rush of air on your naked body, falling without control into time, you see the ground fast approaching and then you hit it! This is when you lost all consciousness.
The illuminating shadow of the sun going through a drop of water had rendered you blind for a moment. Gathering your senses you feel the sky and clouds passing away and bringing rain further away. Dropping water is soaking you; you feel the moisture of the air, the rich saturated soil in your hands, the smell of rooting worms, leaves and other thing you don’t know. White, brownish and red drops continue to soak your skin. Where am I? Is the first coherent though you have, looking around you realized that you are half buried in dirt, blood and bodies. What the hell? Pulling yourself together you manage a shaky stand up. Half naked, soaked in blood and water the smell gets to your throat choking you with all its rich and disgusting odors, the mix of blood and rain and rotting flesh and screaming bodies. You never have seen such horror in all your lives, tens of body lying around you. Some green, some fleshy like humans, other brown and furry, others scaly black, green and yellowish. Weapons and armors all around, some broken, some shattered other in poor repair, all glistering with drops of reddish water, dried and still liquid blood. Some of the bodies are screaming in languages you seem to understands, others in languages you don’t. Standards are everywhere; most are broken and soaked in blood and dirt.
Then a ray of the sun hits you, warm and comforting. You are now aware that you have awakened in the middle of a battle field, strange view in truth. The ground should be green with small plants, but it is reddish, soaked with the blood of each opponents. Looking around yourself you see many armored soldiers going about the battle field looking for survivors of their armies; killing here and there helpless screaming body, silencing their agony. You recognized four people of this battlefield, all are close to you. You feel relieved to identify your friends in bodies you never saw before. That is when you also see around the battlefield trees, tall with leaves. You never saw so many trees in your life. It now hits you more deeply than you though possible, you have never felt that way before, you feel so lost, out of this world and without strength, you feel helpless remembering Ebar’s words: You have gone back in time.
The emptiness that fills you needs to be short, your instincts are screaming for you to get out of here, in the middle of the aftermath of a battle from which you know nothing. Your short reincarnation into Blue Water army tells you it is better to run away and come back than getting cut here and not knowing anything. All running away from the piles of bodies you hear some shouting behind you but do not stop. Entering the forest only a few yards away you just dash into it and running ahead, you are not even sure in which direction you are going. After moment of running wild you have to stop and rest. Gasping for air into your burning lungs, it feels if it was the first time this new body is running. Once you have recovered your breath you noticed a small trail going away from the battlefield. You realized that you were already following it, looking for signs of pursuit and not seeing any, you start along this new path. Some hours later, starting to freeze at the sun start to set down, barefoot, still half naked and covert in dirt, dried blood and you don’t what else you stumble upon a small wooden cabin. The door is closed but you can feel the warm of the light and the flickering of a fire. The smell of roasted meet just makes you realized that you are famished and your tongue as started to dried up for lack of liquid.
Entering into this cabin, you saw a man pocking at the fire. Turning his head towards you he seems surprised, his hand going reflexively to the dagger at his belt and then relaxed all in the same movement. Standing up, fixing you he ask: “Where have you been and done? I’ve been waiting for three days now! What have you done?” looking up and down at you. At this time your sense of danger was even more present than anything… who is this man, how does he knows me, what the nine hells is going on… you did not have the time to finished your internal questioning when you lack of food and water got the best of you, feeling another darkness submerging you, seeing blackness and light fading away, feeling your legs given up, starting to fall towards the ground. Just before passing out you know that the man caught you and is saying words in a way you are not sure to understand but the tone of his voice tell you that you can trust him and you are safe…
Clinging sounds, water dripping, smell of roasted chicken, signing birds. Opening your eyes, feel of cotton on your fingers, cotton sheet with on top of it a thick pelt of some animal providing warmth. You are in a bed. You feel better than when you woke up in this body. Where I am, who am I, who is this person? Turning your head you see four other beds with your comrades also looking around, they also look as lost as you are. You have another look at that man cooking by the fire. He look like any peasant you have encounter on the plain except for the dagger. Turning around, bringing a cauldron to the table, spreading bolls around and filling them with a hot and steamy liquid. Putting bread near the wooden spoon; putting wooden plates and knife also on the table, he looks at you and “come on up you lazy bastard, I know you’ve been watching for the last fifteen minutes, I know you can stand up now, come on the soup and the game I caught is also just fine and juicy… I’ll eat it all you lazy pigs…” With that, he sat down, cut out a generous piece of juicy meat and put it in is plate, cut it and took a large bite…
What are you doing….