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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Afterglow
Mathew Babaoye
Jan 15, 2016
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The Feasting Hall's tables were crowded that night with raucous subdenizens (goblins, pixies, ogres, and Weres) sitting at table, all illuminated garish green by witchfyre torches burning along the dark, faintly crystalline walls. Treys piled high with food and drink steadily weaved through the press, carried high by gnome servitors wearing purple and black livery...copyright protection133PENANApTYbXzBNO7

And yet...copyright protection133PENANA0OfFXtLcyw

Goldenslaughter was not enthralled. With her skin bonewhite again during the night, the dark immortal one's slender form was eerily beautiful (while clad a black gown) as she remained slouched in her throne-like chair at the empty high table atop the Dais. Still gazing down critically upon her minions, she now placed one of her black-slippered feet (almost insolently) up against the table's edge...copyright protection133PENANADANAGZb8bh

A cheer went up after the roast boar appeared.copyright protection133PENANAcAabM7KoVz

It is not the same. She sighed.copyright protection133PENANAwWnLBlfnyN

Puffed up, loyal and content, the military rabble assembled here were merely the soft descendants of the original fierce subdenizen mercenary force she had led to final victory during her ancient vale Conquering War. Sadly: each generation had a duller edge than the last, with her current forces now more accustomed to feasting than fighting. They called themselves "dark warriors", yet had still never been truly tested anywhere but upon the practice yard...copyright protection133PENANATboHM4GYdR

Goldenslaughter sneered. What a joke.copyright protection133PENANAfpspAfxlDt

Seemingly appearing from thin air (in that almost uncanny way he had), Feasal now stepped smoothly into place beside her.copyright protection133PENANAV9pjV0Eaod

"A goblet of Semblanc," she ordered him churlishly, not turning from her dark appraisal of the troops...copyright protection133PENANAYhpmZcrFaF

The ancient gnome descended back down the steps quickly and left the Feasting Hall, almost immediately returning to ascend the Dais steps while bearing a full goblet–copyright protection133PENANAxq5ZQFeo1S

Queen Goldenslaughter was already standing beside the high table, impatiently waiting his return. "Give me that," she snapped, snatching the goblet up while descending past him down the steps, before she smoothly slipped into the dark passage waiting behind the Dais...copyright protection133PENANARW1gfXhU7F

Gone.copyright protection133PENANA75XxsWJTCU

What are we even celebrating? More of the countless dull years passing? Tch. As if drudgery is a feat of reknown. Stalking away down the shadowed, faintly crystalline dark hallway away from the continued revelry, she passed numerous rusty relics and tarnished trophies gathering dust upon dark podiums lining the way. Her critical eye noted her faded banners hung limp up against the dark walls, but she ascended the dark-shadowed stairs at the end of the hall without delay, steadily climbing towards a private, quiet, and elegant spacious upper hallway where a wide wooden door, set in the far wall, was guarded by a gleaming suit of empty black armor...copyright protection133PENANAz9kE9akoyl

The Wraith Knight.copyright protection133PENANAgpiiGxfXrn

My loyal one will never judge me. Goldenslaughter downed the contents of her goblet in one gulp anyway, then threw it behind to clatter down the steps as she reached the upper hallway...copyright protection133PENANACztA6VwQP9

The Wraith Knight's helmet turned, with a slight skree.copyright protection133PENANAKoi42sfmRN

... and the Queen now smoothly glided past her tireless undead Champion, before opening the wide wooden door, which let escape a soft glow, then slipped inside and quickly shut it firmly behind her, *click*. Now we shall see what we shall see. Pressing her back against the wooden door, she smiled slyly: her black antechamber was empty but for the faintly glowing silver cage, surrounded by looping designs of shining blood, waiting there upon the center of the dark, faintly crystalline floor. Mmmmm. This time I will not fail to finally draw you out, and firmly bind you. She stepped gracefully forward, twining a curl of her long blue-black hair with one pale finger while beginning a slow circling of the binding design. Simply watching the faintly glowing cage within at first, she then briefly hummed to clear her throat, before bringing one of her bonewhite hands up to lightly touch three of her fingers to her bonewhite neck and begin humming: the sound smoothly doubling, and trebling, so that it seemed as if three separate voices were now humming together in harmonious chorus...copyright protection133PENANAI8d0qUyGRZ

Relaxing. Intoning. Bewitching.copyright protection133PENANA4uzx4GsBwi

Shimmering formed above the bloody design, the shimmering then slowly beginning to shine darkly, with sorcerous coercion...copyright protection133PENANAKgG3kJwA6n

Her eyes narrowed.copyright protection133PENANAoOvBPWwnCn

The white glow within the silver cage still shone clear.copyright protection133PENANAnHSXeWDHy9

Goldenslaughter stopped humming, and spoke: "caged one, my Glory dear, come forth from shroud, to near." Each word echoed thrice, girded Powerfully with the Aspect of command...copyright protection133PENANAZjqGmLpSlw

The white glow within the silver cage still shone clear.copyright protection133PENANAgJlLlaHRyk

Goldenslaughter frowned, then breathed in deeply, let a smile replace it, and began to sing the high, sweet verses of "Loves Approach". Cajoling, in harmonious tripled entreaty, by using an ancient tale of admiration, love, and hope...copyright protection133PENANAfV27Sg4wYD

The white glow within the silver cage still shone clear.copyright protection133PENANAGXW6EiS3bd

Her expectant expression twisted foul, then she began cursing the cage in that same tripled voice...copyright protection133PENANAArXVdi6VaE

Denigrating. Vilifying. Berating.copyright protection133PENANAgpAixtyBZw

The white glow within the silver cage still shone clear.copyright protection133PENANAeGuaM8tFcF

Goldenslaughter grimaced and became sad. She pleaded now, begging forgiveness. Asking just for a chance, any chance, to prove herself...copyright protection133PENANATN7QIk8Ogi

The white glow within the silver cage still shone clear.copyright protection133PENANAswI3OfwnQv

Stubborn still. If neither seduction, slander nor soft words will serve to move it, then perhaps brute force IS the only way. Finally bringing her circular pacing of the bloody designs to a stop, she faced the cage and fixed it firmly with her dread gaze...copyright protection133PENANAU5bogYxJEK

FocusWillAbsolute.copyright protection133PENANAoxxwngQv47

The Queen of Night gently placed a single bonewhite finger against her bonewhite throat and began, with her dread voice, to Sing in words of Power–copyright protection133PENANAOxDxArM6OD

Enchantments will not serve in this.copyright protection133PENANACIIO7YNFIr

Oh! Goldenslaughter paused, allowing the echoes of her words to fade away before she quickly crossed the bloody designs and kneeled down before the cage (unmindfully leaving her black gown spread wide across the wet ground behind her). "Are you speaking in my mind?"copyright protection133PENANAq6YXCletRi

A feeling of amusementAm I?copyright protection133PENANAAFQecrFZxu

She cackled.137Please respect copyright.PENANAcq8boLwCen
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