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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Beginnings
Mathew Babaoye
Dec 1, 2015
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A faint glow was the first hint.copyright protection85PENANA4zfxpCtd9g

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 protection85PENANAh0eEhcf6G2

... as subtly more was...copyright protection85PENANAbhjx7FFuhf

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 protection85PENANABlPRTetmsC

And substantial, she became...copyright protection85PENANADJDSoU5E1M

Goldenslaughter.copyright protection85PENANAGc3ZKaFqEW

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 protection85PENANAGgiv7cKBzc

... returned a soft chirrup...copyright protection85PENANAedVR6jMbXO

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 protection85PENANAXE11ELbjcQ

... flowing silent through silence, moving smoothly through stillness, gently rising, the way...copyright protection85PENANAgS7znfM7Ql

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 protection85PENANAj5zfWFzJRw

Her eyes rose.copyright protection85PENANAxObyPPk19x

... 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 protection85PENANASppZZNeLV5

Caer Nocht.copyright protection85PENANA7eaGu7m3Qd

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 protection85PENANAAo2LWSBhTK

... metal slithered, wood groaned...copyright protection85PENANAOMaeM911VW

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 protection85PENANA62bhIGo4Jf

Her red lips curved up.copyright protection85PENANAikDk6AcIR6

And yet standing there alone at the exact center, still as death, remained a gleaming suit of empty black armor...copyright protection85PENANAsGSDVFNXGI

Heart. "Faithful one," she called out.copyright protection85PENANAUNL64tMtyw

The Wraith Knight kneeled, its joints creaking.copyright protection85PENANAJQQmbXWnFO

... metal slithered, wood groaned...copyright protection85PENANAu8vnMq2zoI

"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 protection85PENANAiiw3oBxb46

The Wraith Knight rose, its joints creaking, and dutifully strode after her, clanking...copyright protection85PENANAHOXya8v7wb

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 protection85PENANAW0jrn6SpFg

The double-doors swung wide, to darker shadows...copyright protection85PENANA8YzE1Yfz9k

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 protection85PENANAFQ8CojLUqh

Clanking outside, crossing the inner ward...copyright protection85PENANA6mipOFwG5b

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 protection85PENANAXe9wSbu8KD

"Goldenslaughter, Queen of Night."copyright protection85PENANAtquB3TUOOl

Hmph. She paused.copyright protection85PENANA5UIojw3Pc9

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 protection85PENANA1anbGgnbo8

"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 protection85PENANAPRyktBdop1

Feasal turned to watch her go, muttering–copyright protection85PENANAKvVsTfYX5a

Clanking: the Wraith Knight entered the Feasting Hall.copyright protection85PENANA67lti2JGd8

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 protection85PENANAO30mntYBSo

The Wraith Knight continued striding steadily down the old, hard-bitten gold carpet, clanking...copyright protection85PENANACCUy4ON3LT

... while Goldenslaughter now disappeared into a dark passage behind the Dais–copyright protection85PENANAeS0zmjB60P

Every witchfyre torch suddenly snuffed out.copyright protection85PENANAeOSfbgJ9RB

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 protection85PENANAyues2igQl2

Stillness.copyright protection85PENANAKzUL9h4Kn4

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 protection85PENANAzCTsR4IAeA

Silence.copyright protection85PENANAbM4qf7IvY4

In the corners of the dark Feasting Hall, the darker, and still ensorcelled shadows came alive again, beginning to stir...89Please respect copyright.PENANAE7KxABCibR
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