|THE DISCIPLES SERIES
|ART BY ME
CAHUSACK'S BETRAYAL - I
Few Humans would lived to relate the dreadful events that shattered the Empire. Unable to withstand the invasion of the Legions of the Damned, the Humans withdrew to the East.
The false rumor about the King's death served well an ambitious noble named Cahuzak. He assembled a small force and capture an important city named Andross. The last standing Humans knew that their salvation was hidden in the captured city. It stood as a fortress between the Empire and the Legions of the Damned.
AN ANCIENT MENACE - II
After executing the renegade aristocrat, the Humans strengthened their northern frontier in prevision of a fierce unholy counterattack. The Legions of the Damned's counterattack never came.
Assistance came in an unexpected manner, disturbing revelations gave hope to the Empire. An unnatural force manifested itself and pushed back the Legions the Damned. By annoyance, the deceases rose again and struggled against the irritated legions. The non-living were battling fiercely, tearing themselves apart in an abominable dance. Under, one striving kingdom had fallen under chaos. A scout informed them that the Undead Hordes were such in the land for an ancient scepter.
The scepter was said to be in the possession of a powerful human sorcerer. As the sorcerer learned to wield the scepter, his power grew. Undead Hordes stood between the Empire and the Legions of the Damned. The exhausted troops of the Empire were left to accomplish their task as the destruction of the evil scepter was imperative.
THE ABDUCTION - III
The scepter was destroyed with no other form of ceremony than being crushed under a soldier's foot. Most of the undead creatures fell lifeless upon the lands and what was left of the cursed army was hunted down by the Empire's forces.
During the Empire's battle against the Undead Hordes, the Legions of the Damned had got the Queen and Uther, the heir to the Empire's throne. Rumors about the rebirth of Bethrezen startled the Humans and no efforts will be spare to retrieve the Queen, fearing the use of the infant as a receptacle for the unholy one. While pursuing the ravissors, an imperial knight slew the fiends in the mountains, but the queen felt into a precipice with the royal child not to be seen again.
The day after, rangers just found her captive in a Mountain Clan's city.
For unknown reasons, the Mountain Clans did not want to return the queen nor the infant and the Empire will have to capture the fortress where she was imprisoned.
BEYOND REDEMPTION - IV
The Humans arrived to late to free the Queen. A soldier slew her by mistake, for a succubus had taken over her soul and transformed her into a demon. The infant was nowhere to be found.
The imperial scouts found the Legions of the Damned's lair and a campaign for retribution was organized promptly. For the fire that burns in the king's eyes was dreadful; all knew that the king's anger will be appeased only by the eradication of all the devils roaming in the lands.
The sages told the King that the Legion of the Damned drain the earth for their infernal powers as human sorcerers do. They will be banned forever if the land was blooming with life.
The Empire's agony ceased with the destruction of the Legions of the Damned's last bastion. The Empire's efforts were rewarded as their exhausted forces arrived in time to hinder the unholy ritual long prepared by the Legions of the Damned.
When imperial troops found the pagan's sanctuary, the holy priests come to accomplish the ritual to seal the unholy gate and to complete the Highfather's work that had begun six millennium ago.
The once prosperous lands ablaze, the Humans had to began a long journey, to rebuild their ravished Empire. Tales about these epic battles and the disappearance of their royal heir will never be forgotten by bards long after these dreadful events.