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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Writer Mathew Babaoye
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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Mathew Babaoye
Dec 1, 2015
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A faint glow was the first hint.copyright protection75PENANAvAEmsfON1D

Far below, from the ancient, moon-silvered forest of the vale, it slowly climbed the dark-shadowed trail against the dark-faced bluff. No brighter, but slowly visible, until it was a faintly glowing cage. With its interior luminescence impenetrable the cage passed, continuing that slow rise up along the dark trail high, and higher, eventually nearing the bordering silver glow of the bright-rimmed ridgetop...copyright protection75PENANA5k11WAJCAq

... as subtly more was...copyright protection75PENANAS0J12zzVbm

The cage began silvering (wrapped by her slender arms fading into pale reality from the moonlight) while finally emerging onto the ridgetop, where a full moon was shining low in the starry sky above the vale's far distant encircling mountains...copyright protection75PENANAnHX23qiRdj

And substantial, she became...copyright protection75PENANAviEwjA73dI

Goldenslaughter.copyright protection75PENANAt6Ic8KMHFY

The dark immortal one was archly beautiful at night: wearing a red-lipped smile upon her bonewhite face as her long blue-black hair and black gown streamed ethereally behind her. She seemed to glide across the moonlit ridgetop, approaching an arcing greystone bridge spanning an abyssal chasm. "Beautiful one," she crooned down, into the cage's interior luminescence...copyright protection75PENANA43F15IrnAF

... returned a soft chirrup...copyright protection75PENANAH5XmChXJka

Goldenslaughter crossed the arcing greystone bridge upwards, against the night sky, then back downwards, onto a silvered plain (which had once borne an honored name) and headed out upon it. Low hills rose far ahead of her, upon which crouched a distant castle contrasting like a low, black shadow against the dark vista of encircling mountains under the full moon shining...copyright protection75PENANArOha1pUN7A

... flowing silent through silence, moving smoothly through stillness, gently rising, the way...copyright protection75PENANALbErdK9E8J

And returning triumphantly this time! Finally! Happy again for the first time in long years, Goldenslaughter steadily wound up through the low hills. This rare trek outside of the castle had finally culminated in a success much anticipated, promising change, and...copyright protection75PENANAjQPhcry9bT

Her eyes rose.copyright protection75PENANAkDIBNJ1Ix8

... and then thoughts of dark glory slowly filled her head again upon seeing the familiar dark towers, and dark keeps, slowly rising back into sight ahead of her above the dark, weathered walls of...copyright protection75PENANAjjkXKxHTcP

Caer Nocht.copyright protection75PENANADwFsNSUm25

The Dark Castle. Her old, mythic palatial residence remained stark, sinister, and sprawling. Hosting a pleasing plethora of courtyards, gardens, barracks, keeps, bedrooms, towers and secret warrens within its acreage, it was not just a site of abundant material wealth, but also a most satisfactory and impregnable dark bastion supporting her dark Rule. And furthermore, seeing it spread beautifully across the high, flat end of the bluff under the shining moonlight, but reflecting nothing back, also felt... HomeIt is my good home still. Goldenslaughter came the last distance, approaching the darkly gleaming moat while sending the barest brush of her monolithic Will against the ensorcelled shadows left within the dark gatehouse, to make them do her bidding...copyright protection75PENANAgmIYYvIZef

... metal slithered, wood groaned...copyright protection75PENANA8xysui0ccc

The drawbridge slowly descended, eventually landing upon the ground before her with a soft *thump* as she continued across it. While entering the shadows of the gatehouse, she saw moonlight shining down ahead upon the nearest outer courtyard...copyright protection75PENANA2QJIixAcTD

Her red lips curved up.copyright protection75PENANAiaZ09YwRYK

And yet standing there alone at the exact center, still as death, remained a gleaming suit of empty black armor...copyright protection75PENANA76iGzNZzZb

Heart. "Faithful one," she called out.copyright protection75PENANAM21vKk2lxW

The Wraith Knight kneeled, its joints creaking.copyright protection75PENANAYP7XQgWn8U

... metal slithered, wood groaned...copyright protection75PENANA8g1qWAdV9c

"I finally caught it!" she crowed, twirling around her kneeling undead Champion with a laugh (and her long blue-black hair and black gown flying after her) before heading off again towards the other end of the courtyard, striding purposefully...copyright protection75PENANA7Wf8sZtuk0

The Wraith Knight rose, its joints creaking, and dutifully strode after her, clanking...copyright protection75PENANAriQygHPd4X

Passing through the shadowed inner gate, Goldenslaughter crossed a moonlit inner ward, leaving the Wraith Knight steadily farther behind her until she entered back into the shadows cast by the looming Great Keep, high upon which fluttered the pure black banner of her Rule. "Open!" she called.copyright protection75PENANA7cd8D9JQ5T

The double-doors swung wide, to darker shadows...copyright protection75PENANA3cPilhiOMC

Goldenslaughter glided inside of the Great Keep, whereupon a line of witchfyre torches burst into burning life up along its dark, faintly crystalline walls to begin casting eerie green illumination across her richly appointed but cavernously empty Feasting Hall...copyright protection75PENANAPdVGLcnAps

Clanking outside, crossing the inner ward...copyright protection75PENANAyxFMGiVp91

My Champion is often loyal to a fault. Goldenslaughter was flowing down the old, hard-bitten gold carpet covering the central aisle. While steadily passing by rows of ancient, scarred wooden tables: her admiring eye examined the rich heavy drapes covering tall windows spaced evenly along the Hall's outward facing wall. Yes, in design and cut they are still pleasing. Then she considered whether the gilt–copyright protection75PENANAidd8wzpOnb

"Goldenslaughter, Queen of Night."copyright protection75PENANArdpmUaziLZ

Hmph. She paused.copyright protection75PENANAKkwq6dJ2CS

An old gnome in black and purple livery now stepped out from the empty table before her, kneeling to present up to her a covered silver tray; this ancient subdenizen was her loyal, brilliant, and stubborn head servant, Feasal. "Refreshments?"copyright protection75PENANA3V6h3CQsre

"I have work yet to do, Feasal!" she abruptly sang out, her wrapped arms hugging the faintly glowing cage tighter against her chest as she skipped (her black gown flouncing from the motion) around his kneeling form...copyright protection75PENANAESr3fmeOE0

Feasal turned to watch her go, muttering–copyright protection75PENANAOpklPqyysa

Clanking: the Wraith Knight entered the Feasting Hall.copyright protection75PENANArw6yN9aDBC

Feasal glanced back at her utterly relentless undead Champion's approach... then he leapt back up (to avoid being trampled in the near future) and scurried out of sight, among the shadows...copyright protection75PENANARgujjJFyyk

The Wraith Knight continued striding steadily down the old, hard-bitten gold carpet, clanking...copyright protection75PENANAymJTHzkg7N

... while Goldenslaughter now disappeared into a dark passage behind the Dais–copyright protection75PENANArzjx86GjKi

Every witchfyre torch suddenly snuffed out.copyright protection75PENANAVCypVR9BqH

The Wraith Knight's steady outline of motion, sight of which was now leavened only by dull, faint moonlight edging the heavy window curtains, eventually finished crossing the dark Feasting Hall, its clanks receding away afterwards, from...copyright protection75PENANAVZ4ESMdd2l

Stillness.copyright protection75PENANA0tVj14qHnb

In the corners of the dark Feasting Hall, the shadows darkened further. And: fading to echoes, the receding clanks of the Knight also eventually softened away entirely, to...copyright protection75PENANAZiNxIJpRkQ

Silence.copyright protection75PENANAzfPDUIq8Vs

In the corners of the dark Feasting Hall, the darker, and still ensorcelled shadows came alive again, beginning to stir...79Please respect copyright.PENANASFaFdToDLJ
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