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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Writer Mathew Babaoye
  • G: General Audiences
  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
  • PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Mathew Babaoye
Dec 1, 2015
5 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!7RslrEi7S0kh8yc00q4sposted on PENANA

A faint glow was the first hint.copyright protection96PENANATU8zfYZLMk

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 protection96PENANAZTcrfD5yKY

... as subtly more was...copyright protection96PENANAy4gHDsHDSL

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 protection96PENANA5MGdmVclHY

And substantial, she became...copyright protection96PENANAGHRT86weEh

Goldenslaughter.copyright protection96PENANAddmtVZVDDO

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 protection96PENANApIB5WX18jI

... returned a soft chirrup...copyright protection96PENANA6ZpYSy5pNK

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 protection96PENANAH0X3uT3pwG

... flowing silent through silence, moving smoothly through stillness, gently rising, the way...copyright protection96PENANAeVpP1lN2t6

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 protection96PENANALA6ayZJDow

Her eyes rose.copyright protection96PENANAo5xm91fdrL

... 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 protection96PENANATGHiwIEjK7

Caer Nocht.copyright protection96PENANApwIwGhvqVU

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 protection96PENANAXj0vF9xVmY

... metal slithered, wood groaned...copyright protection96PENANAHgFozb7duS

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 protection96PENANAlUo3q5lWvg

Her red lips curved up.copyright protection96PENANAQsAQYf0van

And yet standing there alone at the exact center, still as death, remained a gleaming suit of empty black armor...copyright protection96PENANAuRE9gdknqP

Heart. "Faithful one," she called out.copyright protection96PENANAfMJDQaIb6e

The Wraith Knight kneeled, its joints creaking.copyright protection96PENANAsXH2OFiOat

... metal slithered, wood groaned...copyright protection96PENANAcFlROB48Zv

"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 protection96PENANAXehHS8RAjY

The Wraith Knight rose, its joints creaking, and dutifully strode after her, clanking...copyright protection96PENANAPMVwOJb7ym

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 protection96PENANAAL1VCPwHYv

The double-doors swung wide, to darker shadows...copyright protection96PENANAcWKuECDvdW

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 protection96PENANAu2JqyxaKEI

Clanking outside, crossing the inner ward...copyright protection96PENANA6eu8a6XGNW

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 protection96PENANAc0TWvxz83M

"Goldenslaughter, Queen of Night."copyright protection96PENANA5xPOXnm780

Hmph. She paused.copyright protection96PENANAQefknprl6f

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 protection96PENANAhjfafLIPTL

"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 protection96PENANACYirNgP9oX

Feasal turned to watch her go, muttering–copyright protection96PENANA9fcpzzP1UV

Clanking: the Wraith Knight entered the Feasting Hall.copyright protection96PENANAgbevmuh4ka

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 protection96PENANAPW98nWpc5N

The Wraith Knight continued striding steadily down the old, hard-bitten gold carpet, clanking...copyright protection96PENANA9f2lECVuDP

... while Goldenslaughter now disappeared into a dark passage behind the Dais–copyright protection96PENANApT1Epn9Gsu

Every witchfyre torch suddenly snuffed out.copyright protection96PENANARiq0qOWQ02

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 protection96PENANAEahGwWjrqW

Stillness.copyright protection96PENANAhQQivgGFX8

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 protection96PENANA9OrzOSnLIo

Silence.copyright protection96PENANAOmz5352mxs

In the corners of the dark Feasting Hall, the darker, and still ensorcelled shadows came alive again, beginning to stir...100Please respect copyright.PENANAVCcmc1fAMX
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