Transcript of Queen of the Icyene
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It was with sorrow in my heart that I left my home on Hallow, but I am duty bound as Queen to lead them in our Lord Saradomin's new campaign.
In New Domina, we lived forever beneath the sun's light - our floating capital moving with the sun, which lazily arced through our skies. The night on our home was incredibly dangerous, and few that found themselves within it survived the experience.
Arriving on this so-called paradise was more than a shock. Saradomin arranged all arrivals to be within daylight, but the sun moves so much faster here, and despite being warned of this fact, and reassured that the night on this world is not inherently dangerous, every new icyene arrival has had the same fearful reaction. My kind are so acclimated to conditions on Hallow, we as a race are fundamentally afraid of the dark. This is something we will have to adapt to if we are to become an effective force for good here.
As such, I have ordered construction of a tower on a small peninsula near where our city is being built. Lord Saradomin has promised to place within it a mote of his power to act as a permanent beacon - both a lighthouse for new arrivals to aim for and a comfort to ease us into this planet's incessant day/night cycle.
It is somewhat styled after the main tower on New Domina, and it shall be named Everlight, for it will stand for all time to cast its, and our, light within the darkest recesses of this world.-Queen Efaritay
With construction of Everlight completed and more icyene arriving each day, work on our homes here has begun in earnest, along with a castle to serve as my seat. It shall sit nearest to our new beacon.
My people have named this land Hallowvale, both in honour of me and testament to our home. From this foothold, we are expanding northwards, with the hope of securing all land east of the river, and creating chokeholds at every point of crossing. This will then provide my people with a bastion of safety from which to strike out against our Lord Saradomin's enemies, and a place to return to after each foray into the lands beyond.
Yet I must make this place more than just one of safety; it must feel more like a home. To that end, I have instigated a number of projects that should help our people settle here more easily. First, I have set in motion plans to hold regular games, much like those back on Hallow. They will be both a source of pride for our people and something to look forward to. In time, we can invite other allied and friendly races to join in with us.
Second, as morbid as it might seem, construction will soon begin on a graveyard south of our city here. Previous extra-planetary campaigns have taught us the cost of war, and though they are necessary, having a way to honour our fallen and remember them, to bring them home to their families, provides us with the strength to fight on.
Finally, beyond our own needs, we will soon construct a number of settlements for our new human allies. It is important that we make them not feel alienated by our culture, and show them that we and they can live side by side within the light of our lord.-Queen Efaritay
Despite our presence on this world being a campaign of war, it has brought me the greatest joy I have ever felt in my life - both a husband and a son. I am filled with love for them. Back on Hallow, the expectation would have been for me to wed Archon Bable, a marriage of convenience. He is an odious man whom I must tolerate, for he holds great sway over our military forces here, and they are needed to protect my beloved citizens.
Yet Lord Saradomin and I spoke on this matter, this tradition, and he encouraged its breaking when I told him of Ascertes. The humans are our allies too, a power in their own right, and an alliance worth cementing as much as any from our home world. Of course, Lord Saradomin's blessing was given in knowledge that it was practical, but he could see how much we were in love and celebrated in our joy just as much as in our duty being fulfilled.
Our Lord soon heads to the west with a newly formed force of human followers, supported by lions, unicorns, centaurs and even icyene, though many of my kind shall remain behind at Everlight to stand guard. He sets out on a long campaign to raze the imperial capital of Senntisten once and for all, though first he must carve a path to it. Long has it been a blot on the land under the rule of the Empty Lord, but now the usurper sits upon its throne almost as if nothing has changed in the intervening centuries.
May the Everlight cast across the river and smite our Lord's enemies!-Queen Efaritay
I am left with little choice but to acquiesce to Drakan's demands, for he holds my husband captive. His vyres somehow breached the castle in the night - we fell back to Everlight, but in the confusion, Ascertes was kidnapped. Archon Bable did not hold at Everlight, however, and continued his retreat to the east with the bulk of our remaining military force, and only my loyal royal guard remains, along with the non-military citizens.
I have instructed those who cannot fight to flee however they can - there is no point in them giving up their lives for the Archon's cowardice. However, I must stay to ensure the survival of my husband, their king. Word of Lord Drakan's ruthless reputation has carried even this far, and I dare not risk his fury being meted out on my loved ones. I have entrusted my child with two of his carers, my hope being they can smuggle him out to safety, perhaps to one of the nearby human settlements. The farther away they can get, the better, though it is hardly any safer across the river.
The royal guard say they will not leave my side, and they know what that likely means. When the time comes, I have instructed a handful of them to sabotage access to the Everlight. I do not imagine Drakan would attempt to steal its power for himself - it's probable a creature such as he could not even benefit from it, but it is best to not take the risk. No, I fully expect he will attempt to snuff it out, but on failing to do so, will simply destroy the tower or sink it beneath the waves. He and his vyres despise the light it casts and would not abide it for a second longer than they must.
Darkness shall fall on Hallowvale this day, for Everlight is forsaken.-Queen Efaritay
Vanescula Drakan[edit | edit source]
Talking to Vanescula Drakan about the mystery[edit | edit source]
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Without all pages found[edit | edit source]
- Vanescula Drakan: We've made some good progress, but we need to find more clues.
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- Vanescula Drakan: Great job, we've found everything and I've made notes in the site report.
After solving the mystery[edit | edit source]
- Vanescula Drakan: We've found everything and I've made notes in the site report.