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The Fireside Tales
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Thirty-Five
May 13th 2016
Chapter Thirty-Five: The Next Job
"Are you ready for your next task? The work never ends."
Bubnug took a small step back and his face twisted in nervousness. Valtyra did not think he would know what those titles meant, but he knew the weight behind them. The man in front of them was a powerful man indeed, leading the City of Monuments, Magnimar. The stories of this man, though, were not flattering ones. The poor being ignored and murders remaining uninvestigated. There was only one reason for being here in Valtyra's eyes: He did not want to get his hands dirty.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Thirty-Four
Apr 29th 2016
Chapter Thirty-Four: Return
"Everyone knows when the heroes return."
The trip from the manor was one of the worst things Valtyra ever experienced. Every step Shadowshine made sent a jolt of pain through her entire body up to her nose which would then send even stronger jolts of pain right back down. It was a never-ending cycle of agony that threatened to knock her out, yet she persevered until they arrived at the outskirts of Sandpoint. There, she found that a crowd had formed around the gate. A crowd that consisted of every single citizen of the town.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Thirty-Three
Apr 15th 2016
Chapter Thirty-Three: Collapse
"Everything that rises must fall. No matter what. People understand that. They complain, though, when it becomes too inconvenient for the subject to fall at that time."
The four heroes ran out to the underground pond and saw that despite the fact that the shaking only started seconds ago, the pond was almost completely full of rocks. Lotho and Alicia started running around the pond which was by far the safer route. However, Valtyra and Bubnug started hopping from rock to rock across the pond. The rocks were slippery and Valtyra almost fell a couple of times, but managed to get back to her feet to continue.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Thirty-Two
Apr 1st 2016
Chapter Thirty-Two: Underground Battle
"At least if you die here, you won't have far to go."
The two rapiers met only air as the ghoul twisted to the side. As the ghoul dodged, it swung its razor blade down towards Valtyra's head. She crouched down to avoid the blade and tried to counter, but the ghoul was already gone. It was already halfway across the cavern and heading straight for Alicia, still in the tunnel. Valtyra could feel the rage building up as the creature dared to ignore her.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Thirty-One
Mar 18th 2016
Chapter Thirty-One: Six-Feet-Deep Revenge
"They say that one will need to dig two graves for revenge. I say bull."
Before the group could cover up their noses to the smell, a form appeared as it flew towards them. Valtyra ducked and felt the air rush past her from the speed of the form. The splash of water sounded from behind her and she felt water droplets hit her back. Taking that as a declaration of war, she charged forward. The horrible smell grew stronger as she moved, but she hardly paid attention as she entered the fray already in progress.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Thirty
Mar 4th 2016
Chapter Thirty: The Underground
"Deep, deep underground where the dead rest. Don't wake them up, or you may join them."
The heroes hurried back down to the first floor and found an unexpected sight. Where the huge mold stain was stuck to the floor was now a huge wooden staircase that wound down towards the darkness below.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Twenty-Nine
Feb 19th 2016
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Iesha
"No-one realizes that those lost still remain with us. Usually, they remain in our hearts and memories. But for some, they are trapped on this Earth forever."
Five minutes later, it looked like the whole group was recovered enough to continue. Valtyra opened the door behind her and found a set of stairs leading up. She started up them, her footsteps echoing once throughout the crowded passage. The further up she went, the more unnerved the half-elf felt. It was as if the manor itself was trying to turn them away.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Twenty-Eight
Feb 12th 2016
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Fear and Illness
"Where is the courage that you held so tightly to? The faith that pushed you forward?"
Valtyra crossed the dining hall with blades in hand. She knocked over whatever got in her way, and she only stopped when she reached the entrance of the room. The hallway in front of her had two doors, to the left and to the right. Without any thought, she picked the door to the left and prepared to kick it down. Something pulled at her shoulder and she turned to find Alicia.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Nine
Feb 12th 2016
Chapter Nine: Grim News from Mosswood
"The eye of the storm has passed. Now you must face the other side of the hurricane. Some say that the other side is worse than the beginning. Will you survive?"
Valtyra woke up with a monstrous headache. The sunlight streaming from the open window next to her did not help things in the slightest. She had not even opened her eyes yet, and she felt as if she was in Hell.
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The Fireside Tales - Chapter Twenty-Seven
Jan 22nd 2016
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The First Floor
"You never know what memories will be pulled out of your head. Will you be ready to face the past you left behind? What about the present?"
With the click of the doors' latches shutting together, the inside of the manor became uncomfortably quiet. The only sounds that could be heard were the creaks and groans of the house settling on its supports and foundations. Looking around, Valtyra could see the wood of the walls waterlogged and molded severely. Moldering trophies hung on the wall in front of her and to her left: a boar, a bear, a firepelt cougar whose pelt looked similar to Bubnug's cloak, and a stag. But they were not as impressive as the monster on display in the center of the room. On a raised platform, a twelve-foot-long creature crouched. It had the body of a lion, a scorpion's tail with dozens of razor barbs, huge bat-like wings, and a deformed humanoid face.