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By Sirum: The Bandit King and Desert Raider

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: By Sirum: The Bandit King and Desert Raider Reply with quote

If this seems a bit rushed, it's because it is. I just fast typed it to get it out of the way.

The Desert Raider:

The Desert Raider attained his name for only a short while after becoming associated with the Bandit King, but that shall be explained more thoroughly in a bit. The Desert Raider was, in fact, just a line of wyrmmes that had taken up residence within the sands of Tharivol. Whenever their leader died, a new one was appointed, and this trend continued on for thousands of years. Whenever nomads neared the areas where their underground buildings or tunnels were, they killed them ruthlessly and looted the corpses. The very last 'leader' of the desert wyrmmes possessed an amazing ability that none of the others had before. He had the ability to control exactly how the desert worked around him, from creating sandstorms with the flick of a tail to making a gigantic pit of quicksand form beneath an entire camp of nomads. He also, rather than fighting with tooth and claw as all the other wyrmmes, fought with a pair of invisible blades - or at least that's what anyone venturing in Tharivol that had managed to escape his presence would say. He wielded a pair of deadly, pure crystal scimitars, powerful enough to cut a man in half with the slightest effort.

They also say that there was not one of him, but many, who would seemingly appear from thin air every time a battle broke out. It isn't known where he acquired his abilities or his weapons, but unlike the rest of the wyrmmes he had ventured out of the desert, in search of a way to better himself in hopes of becoming wyrmme leader. Through his abilities, the Bandit King eventually sent out a messenger to him, in hopes of acquiring him and the rest of the wyrmmes as allies, as it was near impossible to launch a surprise attack with his own strength with the same strategy he used to take Ansteorra. Unusually, the Desert Raider agreed - despite the wyrmmes mostly despising anywhere away from their comfortably warm desert climate. Perhaps he tired of restricting his abilities to the sands, but regardless.. the two planned to meet halfway between the desert and Ansteorra, in a small clearing in a forest, each with ten personal guards - their ten most trusted and loyal. Which leads us to..

The Ambush:

Having gotten word of their plans to meet in secrecy so far away with so little troops, the Kingdoms that were allied with Goridona at the time came to a swift conclusion; they would need to hire professional killers to rid the world of the Bandit King's presence and all associated with him, less they too fall under his new, stronger army. The two meeting never even saw it coming when dozens of poisoned needles flew from the trees towards their bodies and the bodies of those around them. Only one managed to avoid being struck, Derelin Zexohn, by being under the unique protective abilities of his Chameleons' Robe. Being a skilled scroll wizard, he quickly drew out from his supply of them a teleportation scroll, sending the wounded leaders and himself away back to the Bandit King's original hideout prior to the Ansteorran invasion, which was thankfully still being manned by a group there. A quick divination revealed that the herbs required to make an antidote were scattered throughout Calenndor, making it near impossible to gather them and save the wyrmme and the furre.

So Derelin did all that he could do. With the help of the remaining mages there, he stopped the bodies of the Raider and the Bandit entirely with a powerful freezing spell. Their hearts didn't beat, they didn't age, in all appearance they were finely crafted and painted statues. Over the period of the next few months, the Kingdoms assisted Goridona in retaking his throne and went in search for the bodies of those they had thought to have assassinated. As making any sort of move would draw their attention towards the hidden location, they laid in wait, delaying the healing and reawakening of those they had looked up to, to ensure they were paid and safe from being crushed by the armies of the Kingdoms.

Of course, the wyrmmes simply didn't want to lose the best leader they had ever appointed, so they went along with this and followed the instructions of Derelin and the Bandit King's other remaining council. A shrine was built, to store both leaders in until they could be healed as it didn't appear that any time in the near future curing Bandit was something they could accomplish or, even if they were able to, Ansteorra and most of their forces were lost or had dispersed. When they were forgotten, then they could continue planning and return to their profitable raids.

Yet, the months turned to years. The years to decades, the decades to centuries and an age had passed. Only several, the ancestors of the original council of the Bandit King, remembered him by then, told by their fathers and grandfathers that those who could bring back the Bandit had a mountain of treasure awaiting them. Which leads us to now, to a scroll and map maker who had his shop destroyed by a Heretic's battle, losing his home, his job and had only his ancestors maps with him listing the locations of the places he needed to go. But he was no adventurer.. and Thamrivol had figured out just what he was up to through his foolishly advertising why he was seeking those who could acquire what he needed for him. Thusly he had to lay low, as bounties were put out on him to capture him and learn everything he knew, or at least take the ancient scrolls where they could cause no harm. He then took the quieter route, and.. this is where the back-story ends.
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