World of Kulan DM
"That is a wise way of looking at the world," Loranys replies. She stares at the sky with a look of woe. "The world. That doesn't have the same meaning now." She shakes her head. "I always knew there was life beyond this one, but I never expected a star-spanning empire ruled by dragons."Silhouette grimaces at her lapse. Then again, she didn't have the magic to keep a disguise running all day. Not without crippling herself. Thrak's magic hat would help, but she refused to do without her headband. She'd need the clarity it brought, and the power.
She looked at the female guard and nodded slowly. "Do not apologize for the sins of others," the tiefling replied quietly. "As I do not for those who came before me. We are each our own, and will bear the consequences of our choices." She shook her head slowly. "If I let the fear and ignorance of the world into my heart, there'd be nothing of it left by now anyway."
Loranys silently acknowledges the goliath's understanding of the situation.But Thrak, ambling along nearby, gave the guard a respectful nod. He knew better than most the importance of even a single person who understood what wasn't said.
As the caravan continues to move forward along the road, Soumral notes that there are some families that choose to abandon their homes and join the growing train of wagons, carts, peoples, and animals. The Fists work hard to try to keep everyone together but soon there are so many that the refugees stretch for more than half a mile up and down the road. The news of what has happened seems to proceed them towards the coast and more and more people join the caravan.Soumral sighs at the stubbornness of the people but can not fault them for not wanting to leave their homes. Nor will she force them to unless it becomes absolutely neccessary.
"So you have been fighting this draconic empire for most of your life," Loranys replies. "I hope you can teach us their vulnerabilities, so we can prevent them from taking our world away from us."Yin Hun only vaguely remembered a mention of the Shou in one of the briefings about Toril he read in preparation for the mission. One of the human ethnic groups native to the lands east of Faerûn.
"Perhaps," he tells Loranys. "I was amazed the first time I learned of actual human beings originating from other worlds. To be honest, though, I've had to focused more on how to kill them than finding out where they came from. I'll leave that to the anthropologists."
"Blue Star! Damn it is good to know you made it planet-side! The situation is damn insane!" Caranarth yells over the comm. "We are under heavy fire! The empire has landed here in full force and has recruited a local militant group called the Zhents!" Emiko hears blaster fire and explosions through the comm. "Rebel One doesn't think we can stay here much longer! We are in a place called Shadowdale! The locals are good fighters but can't fight with advanced tech!" A intense explosion roars across the comm and their is silence for several seconds. "Damn, that was too close! We haven't been able to contact Solar Prime, and there has been no contact with Rebel Two. He was supposed to contact us hours ago with vital data on the Imperial's shield frequencies." Another explosion booms through the comm and several screams tear into Emiko's soul. "Wherever you are, try to contact Solar Prime, if you can! Tell him we need ground support!"Emiko blinks in surprise. That was not the response she expected. Solar Prime? That's Commander Madden. What is the leader of the Freedom League doing on planet? And Rebel Three, that's... Caranarth? Of the Soldier of Freedom, I think? She looks to Yin Hun, and they share a look at the significance of the call signs. Her commander nods to her to respond.
"Dragon. Two. Two. Blue Star. Four. Ten. Minotaur. Confirm. What is the situation, Rebel Three?"
Another voice rings through the comm. “Retreat, retreat into Cormanthor!” The voice was like an angry dragon roaring. It shook Emiko to her knees.
She listens intently through the comm for Caranarth's voice but for several minutes there is only the sounds of battle and what sounds like heavy breathing and footfalls. Eventally, Caranarth realizes that the comm is still open. "B-blue S-star, are you stlll there? We need those shield frequencies or we're all going to die. If you're anywhere the region the locals call Anauroch, try to find Rebel Two. That is where he last made contact." Caranarth pants as he talks. Emiko can tell he is running flat out. "Shadowdale is lost. We're in full retreat into the forest. Watch the skies for landers. If they come in full force, either hide or use guerrilla tactics." Caranarth goes silent over the comm and his footfalls stop. "Get down, get down." There is almost five minutes of eerie silence through the comm, except for the man's breathing. "I don't think they saw us," he whispers to someone on the other side of the comm. "But stay down and hide." Caranarth's breathing is loud and raspy through the comm. He coughs. "If you're still there, Blue Star, I have to sign off. My power cell is nearly gone and I've been hit. I n-need to stop the b-bleeding. T-take care of yourself. I'll t-try to contact you t-tomorrow. Stay safe." The comm cuts out and there is only silence and static.
"Gods," Loranys says in shock and awe. "Shadowdale has fallen. If they can take Elminster's home, how are we going to fight them off?" She looks at both Shazer'a and Yin Hun before staring at Sil.
Several locals had gathered around Emiko to listen to the voice coming through the comm. Her earbud had stopped working in the humidity of the day. She'd tried to keep the volume low, but the sounds coming through the comm had been impossible for many to ignore. The news of Shadowdale's defeat quickly spreads and the locals gasp in shock or cry in disbelief. Others shake their head in resignation. Others simply keep walking in numbness.
"Is Elminster dead?" a young woman asks.
"I do not know," Loranys replies. More questions are flung at her. Questions she could not possibly answer. She soon starts snapping at people to get them moving again. "This feels like the end of the world," she finally says to Sil.