II "Dark Rising"
Company of Targos parted ways at the palace of High Lady
Alustriel exactly a year ago at the 18th of Tarsakh (April)
and Alianna return to the Ten Towns to investigate the
disturbing visions the paladin got from his god, Bahamut.
There, they find themselves transported to Ravenloft,
the demi-plane of dread, where they continue their adventuring
trying to solve the mystery of two ancient races locked
in mortal battle.
and Alianna both return to Brynn Shander after their adventures
where they enjoy each others company and a well deserved
respite from all the dangers. One day, while Malcolm was
training his apprentice, Ivan, he receives yet another
vision from Bahamut. This time he is brought to an evil
keep somewhere in the Spine of the World where he witnesses
the leader of the Order of the Chimera, the cambion Medae,
speaking to his dark master.
can barely hear their conversation but managed to remember
woman soon shall bear child and the other shall be discovered.."
master has waited for this moment for countless years..."
the dark armored warrior said amidst maniacal laughter.
by Mirtul 1371DR (June), Amenrath and Psion decide to
return to the ruins of Ascore to see if they can find
more clues to aid them in their quest to solve the mystery
of the Nether Scrolls (The Prophecy-link).
they discover that a spacefaring race known as Ilithids
have been aiding both the Shade and the Red Wizards by
selling more weapons. Amen and Psion discover a spelljamming
with reinforcements, they find that the vessel and all
trace of the Ilithids have vanished. They also encountered
a Shade patrol led by a certain shade officer named Anskar.
returns to Anuaroch, his home. On the way, he and Psion
encounter Anskar the Shade. They slay him after a difficult
the Bedine tribe, Achmed informs him that Shade military
activity has increased recently. Most of the Bedine tribes
have been forced to retreat to the Sword wastes... away
from the Oases that they call home.
Bedine Kolyats (patrols) have been very busy lately fending
off attacks from the Shade. Sheik Abdul, leader of the
Bedine people, has prepared his nation for war. He is
cautious yet his son, Omar wants to bring the army to
the heart of the enemy, the Sea of Shadows.
Midsummer, part of the Nether Scrolls is fulfilled. The
evil City of Shade appears at the Scimitar Spires in a
great explosion of magic and dark energy. An explosion
that prompted the two priests of the Bedine, Zebeddas
(priest of Elah/Selune) and Qemmet (priest of Anhur) to
reveal to Amen and the rest their greatest fear...
of the months after the incursion of the Shade drive the
Bedine further south. Of the 6 tribes, 2 have almost been
completely annihilated. Bedine forces dwindle every day.
Their 2,000 strong riders are no match for the 10,000
strong army of the Shade.
the Bedine leadership has, what appears to be, an enigma.
They know not if it will be their downfall or their savior.
is the child, Zasheir.
few months before the cataclysm, this 10-year-old Bedine
boy began chanting a language no one in their tribe could
understand. Even aged priests and the elderly could not
comprehend the language. Even magic could not breach such
priest of Elah tells Amen that it is "a language
older than time itself... which even the most powerful
wizards in the Toril could not even comprehend."
Sheik and the priests believe that the fate of the Bedine
people and maybe even the answers to this epic struggle
will be unlocked once the words of Zasheir are translated.
is tasked to return to Silverymoon to report to the Lord's
Alliance the developments in Anuaroch and reveal to them
facts about Zasheir. He is also to call for aid in the
coming war against the City of Shade.
tale of the second book of Winter's Twilight begins in
stark contrast to the cold, white snow of the Ten Towns.
We follow the tracks of Amen's mount as it cascades down
the slopes of the unforgiving sand dunes of Anuaroch leaving
dust and prints that only the hard beating sun are privy
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