Recently discovered in the ruins beneath the ruins of what was once the great civilization of Serus Arx comes a rare glimpse into an ancient time when the sun was red and Dearth nearly died.
The Many Deaths of Jericho Steel
As a fighter since birth and a soldier, I was no stranger to the
horrors of death. After the loss of both my brother and my left eye, I
thought I had seen it all. Even the darkest Kaijani trickery could not
have prepared me for the things I would encounter as I set out to seek
my fortune and spread my legacy.
After a few days on the road, I
stopped to rest and resupply in the town of Ongas. It was an exciting
day in Ongas. A child had been born that day. A special child according
to those in the local tavern. One who could change the world. I don't
know about that, but the boy certainly had a hand in shaping my destiny.
Further excitement was stirred when an old man stumbled into the
tavern raving about a mysterious portal that would open in the mountains
on that very night. This seemed to pique the interest of a few fellow
travellers as well as myself. When a small group set out, I followed at
a safe distance preferring my own company and not being overly trusting
Reaching the prophesied spot, there appeared to
be a triangular tear in the scenery. The travellers approached and
entered and it was then I chose to reveal and enter with them so as not
to miss my chance at fortune and glory. If only I had known then what I
know now, i would have stayed in the tavern and gotten blind drunk.
Well, half blind anyway.
Entering the portal, I found myself in
the company of an Elf, a young Wizard, a Halfling and a Druid. over
time, we would become brothers in arms but this night we were strangers.
The portal was like nothing I had ever seen with walls that looked
like stars and glowing jewels set in the doors. It wasn't long before
we were set upon by a group of odd metal soldiers and a sort of giant
living statue that shot alien fire from its single eye. The soldiers
were easily dispatched thanks to my skill. The giant, however, was a
problem. As each of us tried desperately not to fry, the Halfling
proved clever and with a bit of tinkering and the help of an Elven
arrow, the giant was returned to its slumber.
Deep inside the
confusing structure we encountered the demon snake Sisssaurrraggg.
Instinct took over and I leapt into action as any warrior would. I was
determined to vanquish this foul beast. Perhaps I acted too hastily. I
soon found myself trapped in the creatures maw. Fangs pierced my
chest. Venom filled my body. I thrashed and fought and tried to stab
the demon with my sword, but it was no use. Soon as I was standing at
the door to the great hall full of warriors who had gone before me.
Even my father and brother were there to greet me. Just as we were
about to share a forgiving embrace, I was awakened with a sharp gasping
breath that may have sounded to some like a scream of agony. I found
myself again in the portal still trapped in the mouth of the giant snake
which now lay dead. The demon appeared to have been guarding an
elaborate throne. Upon my extraction from the jaws of Sisssaurrraggg, I
naturally took my rightful place upon said throne.
seated, I along with he others am treated to astonishing visions. A
golden warrior appears claiming to be Timothy the newborn from the town.
He tells us that we are destined to save Dearth. That we must journey
to Serus Arx and seek the Wyvern. He is interrupted by a destructive
demon warrior known as the Revenant. An agent of Appolyon. He has been
sent to stop us from fulfilling the destiny that Timothy has just
explained. This future Timothy sacrifices himself in an attempt to hold
off the Revenant long enough for us to escape the portal.
Outside, in relative safety, none of us can quite comprehend what we
have just experienced. We all agree that Timothy's claims bear further
investigation. We band together and set out for Serus Arx in search of