The war ground down to a halt. Winter began to break up and so, it would seem, did the enemy armies. Hard times still faced us, but one morning as the sun rose I felt a calling. Walking away from Naru I joined the Sun Rider in his progress across the sky. Me. Can you believe it? Walking a paladin’s path.
Then I met an foreigner waiting patiently in the Swan for the delivery of a book that would never come. I’m not sure what would have happened to him if I hadn’t come along that day… or me for that matter. This whole journey started with him and his book…
The search for that book lead us to The Dawn Caves and what appeared to be a new band of slavers using them as a hideout again. Only they weren’t simple slavers. They were devotees from another foreign land of a demon godling collecting people to fuel their fires.
With the welfare of our people in mind we followed those devotees through the portal they arrived in and found ourselves across the sea in Lo’an… where we have traveled the land learning its ways and about the Clutches that worship a demigod known as Eudoh… and yes, I have noticed the similarity to its name and my family name. I am afraid to ever mention it for fear of making that possible connection real.
Now we find ourselves deep in a magical wood waiting out the winter in a Elven city. Waiting for travel weather to seek out a place called The Eternal Fortress. Nothing bad can happen in a place named such, can it? What we have learned of this fortress seems to indicate that it is a home of supreme madness where time does not flow even and true and that whatever you seek can be found there. We seek weapons to kill demons and cannot find them within these lands themselves so to the Eternal Fortress we must go.
From there it is a simple task of finding the ice caves where Eudoh is currently trapped… but not for long we are told…. Where are these ice caves you ask? Why only within the Shoulders of the World… a very large, very high mountain range that divides these lands. It is our simple task to find it and destroy the demigod within. Not too hard, eh?
All I want to do is return home. I followed these people to keep them from stealing my people, and I find a much bigger story… a story I will not turn my back on, and in truth cannot, as the Sun Rider has seen fit to task me. Go figure that. But still. All I want to do is go home. I am finding it very hard to keep focused and even harder to see a clear path in front of me. I could really use your council right about now. You and your clear vision and strategic mind… that and your arms, both for your sword and the feel of them wrapped around me.
Right now I wait. I don’t wait well. But you know that. Send me strength, Aiko. I will need it.