Expedition to Knyrh Summit

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Expedition to Knyrh Summit

Post by AezvyraValke on Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:28 pm



The Knyrh Summit has frozen over entirely. A strange, unknown presence has driven the angels to abandon their village atop the frozen pyre. The icy blanket and a spur of mass vegetation growth creep out, claiming more and more land each day. None have investigated, however, some citizens have claimed to see large, moving figures atop the summit, but there is no proof as the area seems completely void of life.

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Kai Cosande, advisor to the Empress took it upon himself to go on an expedition to the Knyhr summit for information on what threat the freezing may pose. It was there he confirmed various rumors of monsters and creatures roaming around the area, though he also discovered that they did not seem to live out in the open but instead came out to attack any intruders and that there were much more than just one species of creature.

The creatures proved formidable and unpredictable in combat Kai found, and that they weren't to be taken lightly. Upon falling unconscious at the rumored City of Angels that had clearly been abandoned, he awoke to find himself succumbing to the threat of frostbite, and though he didn't feel it immediately something ate away at his sanity. He later accredited the black ice that now coats his wounds, and will not thaw.

Atop the summit he caught glimpse of a winged humanoid creature he claims is the cause of everything, however, is not capable of speaking about it for extended amounts of time without visibly showing signs of derangement. He simply claims over and over, "His.... he.... hand.... swarm..."

The ice now spreads at increasing speeds, seemingly faster with the more land the ice claims and the biggest threat are the monster's ability to horde and overpower their victim.

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Re: Expedition to Knyrh Summit

Post by AezvyraValke on Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:32 pm

----------------------------------------------| ❖ Day 1 of the Expedition to Knyhr Summit❖ |-------------------------------------

The horse weakly trotted into the village. Both it and Kai spent a full 27 hours on the way towards the summit. Neither Kai nor the horse had much to eat or drink on the way. A row of soldiers stood post at the gate. “Halt!” one of them shouted as Kai approached. Kai brought the horse to a stop and dismounted its saddle.

“I’m here from Necromar. My name is Kai, an advisor Empress Aezvyra.  I came to investigate the Knyhr Summit for information.”

The guards gave Kai a strange look, one of them stepping forward. “While we respect your position and purpose, you do realize that this city is so overcrowded right now is to keep everybody away from that place?” He said to which Kai nodded. “I know,” responded Kai. “I sent the order.” The guard let out a light chuckle and placed a hand on his shoulder. “Be careful. We received word that the ice reached the border of our land last night.  At this rate, it should reach the crypts by the tomorrow evening.”

Kai sucked his teeth. “It’s moving that fast? What does activity look like down in the Crypts?” He asked.

“There’s no activity. It seems that they’re content to freeze away being as death isn’t a problem for anybody except the necromancer. We expect raids in the villages that refused to evacuate soon.”  Said the guard.

Kai hated the fact that he could do nothing to help the villages, but he didn’t have the time. He nodded, and the guards made an opening for him to enter. “There’s a nearby inn that has an availability but it isn’t cheap. They should be able to provide shelter to you Kai.” Kai nodded and walked into the city with his horse’s reigns in hand.

There were people all in the streets. Families on the ground conversing. Children asking endless streams of questions. “Why’d we have to go Mommy? I want to go back. How long until we go back?” Kai did his best to ignore his surroundings until he came across a fancy-looking inn. He knew it must have been the one the guard had spoken of.  

He entered, leaving the horse outside. The building was nice and quaint on the inside. It reminded him of the tavern but for rich people. He walked up to the counter where a woman sat, reading some sort of book.

“Hello.” She said with a smile. “How may I help you?”

Kai rested his arms on the counter. “I need a room and a stable, food, and water for my horse outside.” He said.
“Wonderful! That will be 300 gold coins for your room and 200 for your horse requests.”

Kai sighed and handed her a pouch full of gold which the woman counted carefully. She finally smiled after minutes of counting. “Let me take you to your room.” She stood from her seat and made her way upstairs with Kai following closely behind.

They walked through the torch-lit hallways until they reached a room with the number 118 carved into the wooden door. The woman unlocked the door and handed Kai the key. “Be careful with this now, you have to pay to have a replacement made if you lose or break it,”

“Got it.” Kai said with the nod of his head, as the woman walked off.  The room was small but clean. A bed sat against the wall, and a wooden chair with padding and working desk rested in the corner with an oil lamp, small stack of paper, a steel stamp, envelopes, a stick of wax, matches, a bottle of ink, and a pen.  Kai shut the door behind him and dropped his bag of provisions onto the bed.

He wished to relax but knew it would be best to notify the Empress of what was going on. He sat down at the desk and picked up a pen. He had not used a pen and ink in several years and yet the feel of the pen gripped in his fingers felt so natural. He dipped it into the ink and began writing.





He closed the letter and carefully tucked it into an envelope which on the front he wrote: “To be sent directly to the castle of Empress Aezvyra in Necromar.” He turned the envelope so its back faced him. He picked up the stick of wax and lit a match to it, allowing the thick wax to spill onto the closed flap of the envelope. He put out the match and set the stick back down before pressing the stamp firmly into the drying wax to make the seal.

He held the letter in his hands with a smile and went back downstairs. “Going out for the night?” The woman asked him as he entered the lobby. “No” he responded. “This needs to be sent out immediately.” The woman asked no questions.

“I’ll send it out in a few minutes.” She said.

Kai wasn’t comfortable with the immediate compliance to his request but was too tired to argue somebody agreeing to do a favor for him. He went back into his room and quickly plopped onto the bed where he near-instantly fell asleep.

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Re: Expedition to Knyrh Summit

Post by AezvyraValke on Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:33 pm

----------------------------------------------| ❖ Day 2 of the Expedition to Knyhr Summit❖ |----------------------------------------------


Kai’s eyes slowly opened where he lay in bed. He sat up and stretch out his arms. His bones cracked lightly as he stretched them. He picked up his provisions bag from the foot of the bed and pulled it over his head, onto his shoulder. The bottles of vodka klinked against each other as he stood up.

The halls were silent. “It must still be night,, ” He said to himself. “Better for me, I get to leave without a fuss.” He left the inn the back way, grabbing his horse from the stables. The horse neighed loudly as it was awoken. A flustered Kai did his best to calm the horse as not to wake the immense number of people sleeping on the streets. It quickly called do and allowed Kai to mount it.

Kai pulled the map out of his chest piece and unrolled it to reassure himself of the direction they needed to go. Once he finished, he rolled the map back up and stored it back in his chest piece as they set off for the summit of Knyhr.

The sun still had not risen. 4 hours had past when they reached land coated in ice. The Crypts of the Withered seemed completely dormant, claimed by the ice. Kai dismounted his horse and began on foot. A blizzard swirled endlessly. Shards of ice and snow licked Kai’s skin, cutting his face.

The instant he started bleeding, it dripped to the ground and the blood cells began multiplying, making just a few drops an entire puddle of blood. The puddle quickly froze and raised slightly from the ground as a flat crystal of blood that picked up Kai as it rose.

Kai smirked, and he rode on the crystal of blood as it carried him to the summit, breaking through the icy ground to travel quickly. As he rode on the Choisia Bay, a strange rumbling emerged from the frozen depths.

He looked around in confusion. Suddenly, a beast burst through the surface of the ice in front of Kai with its enormous claws. The creature was monstrous in size. It towered at least 100 feet in height. In a panic, Kai sped up. The monster chased after, making massive craters in the ice with its claws. Kai turned back to gauge the distance of the creature. He was almost to the mountain.

The creature opened its mouth, revealing several rows of uneven, jagged teeth and let out a booming roar that nearly split Kai’s ears. He had to get away from it. The creature plunged it’s claw deep into the ice, and instantly, jagged pillars of ice crystals shattered from the ground towards Kai. He extended a hand towards it, and his blood formed a shield to absorb the damage of the impact.

The ice broke through the shield of blood, and the force of the impact sent Kai rocketing into the mountains. The speed he was flying nearly made Kai sick until he slammed into a giant boulder in the middle of a plateau.

He fell to the ground, clutching his chest. His leg and chest stabbed him with a sharp pain when he moved as if he broke a rib and his leg. He let out a light yell in pain as he stood. His side was bleeding, punctured with several shards of glass, and soaked in vodka. He picked out the glass carefully, tossing it to the ground along with the bag of provisions that were now destroyed. Scabs closed the holes as he placed a hand to the puncture wounds on his side.

Kai looked around him. He could barely see in the thick of the blizzard. It was a mistake for him to have come alone. He began hobbling off to the other side of the plateau when he heard the clacking of something hard against the iced-over stone. He clenched his teeth and bit through the pain, sprinting away. He heard several high-pitched growls behind him. He wished to turn to see what it was, but he didn’t want to risk fighting anything again, and the blizzard hindered his sight far too much.
He soon saw a long set of stairs carved into the mountain that led up towards the peak. He gasped in pain as he sprinted up the stairs; his vision grew blurry.

Atop the steps, he found another plateau, though there was a village on this one. “Who could have inhabited this?” He thought. “I thought the city of Angels was a myth. Why are there houses here and nobody around?” The sound of the snarling had faded away, and all was silent again. Kai walked around the village cautiously as he was in no position to fight. He stumbled into the nearest building, and shut the door behind him, securing it with a barricade afterward.

He quickly started a small fire in the fireplace as best he could. The flame was weak, but it was his only chance of beating the cold at that time. He looked to the back of the tiny hut to see a window that took up most of the wall, but before he could barricade it, he collapsed onto the ground. His armor banged against the wooden floor as he lost consciousness.

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----------------------------------------------| ❖ Day 3 of the Expedition to Knyhr Summit❖ |----------------------------------------------


Kai’s eyes struggled to open and his muscles ached all around. He pushed himself slowly off the frigid floor. His fire had completely extinguished, and all that remained were the ashes of the wood at the bottom of the pit.

He looked outside to see the blizzard still raging in the dark, but how could it be dark still? The fire had eaten a log into nothing but a pile of soot, and yet the last thing he remembered was lighting it only an hour or so before the sun would rise.

“How long was I out?” He asked. His skin was cold, and tiny ice crystals covered his wounds. “Shit!” He cursed under his breath, grabbing hold of his side to find his hands were numb. “I’ve got to get out of here before I die or get killed.”

He stood in silence. He looked out of the window to see a figure in the distance. Its eyes glowed a faint pale blue, and it possessed bat-like wings on its back. Spikes of what seemed to be crystal coated several portions of its body.

It slowly raised its hand in the air. A small glowing orb formed in its palm and emitted a bright light accompanied by a gut-wrenching screech for but a moment, and then the creature disappeared.

The sound of claws quickly scraping against ice and stone grew louder rapidly. Kai quickly pulled a knife from the kitchen table and cut a small gash into his broken leg. Suddenly the stone walls shattered. A whole horde of the creatures from the first plateau.

The feeling of fear overtook Kai for the first time in years. His blood cells had multiplied making a large sanguine pool on the floor. Several of the creatures pounced at Kai. Spiked streams of coagulated blood shot from the pool at his feet, piercing through the creatures.

The wriggled on the spikes trying to escape as the blood continued to move through the horde, piercing and caging small groups.

The pool of blood at Kai’s feet quickly froze and broke from the ground as a crystal. Kai took off on it as quickly as he could, hearing the pillars of blood breaking. Kai’s blood-shard ripped through the side of the mountain, bits of rock and debris trailing behind him.

A beam of magic shot from the sky, scraping against Kai’s side and arm. He gasped in pain and looked above him. Wyvern-like creatures flew overhead, blasting at him with rays of ice magic. He looked down at his arm to find that his abdominal wounds were completely iced over, and the armor on his arm had been eaten by the blast, leaving his skin covered in frost. He dodged the shots carefully; he knew that one more hit could ensure his demise on the harsh plain.

After a matter of a minute that felt like hours, he was at the base of the mountain, traveling on the top of the Choisia Bay.
The ground rumbled from beneath the ice he traveled on, and though he saw nothing, all he heard was the sound of something bursting through the frozen sea. 3 creatures quickly came into his view. It was the same monster he had encountered at the bay when he arrived.

They all rammed their claws into the ground sending crashing waves of shattered ice crystals towards Kai. The blood still oozing from his leg mimicked the magic cast by the monsters, stopping it in its tracks before it could reach him.

Kai placed a hand to the wound on his leg to scab it over to prevent the rapid freezing it was already succumbing to and began pumping all his energy into speeding up. Within minutes he reached the Crypts, and the first thing he noticed was that his horse had been killed. It lay, torn to shreds on the ground, its blood completely frozen by the blizzard, and its body almost covered in snow.

Kai had no time to grieve or take care of the animal. The ice had already expanded further by fifty feet over the course of the day he was unconscious. Somebody had to be causing the rapid spreading, and he was willing to bet it was the creature he saw out the window. It wasn’t like the others, and the image of the piercing eerie light in its eyes couldn’t escape Kai’s mind. How long had it been watching him, he wondered?

Hours passed, and Kai’s vision was nearly gone. The seething pain he felt on the mountains was now completely numb, and the ice in his wounds for some reason had not thawed in the unfrozen land.

The moon still rested high in the sky when he arrived at Klashi Hold. His crystal of blood carried him almost to the door before crumbling into rubble on the ground. Kai had no more energy to use his magic. He hobbled up to the door, and in struggling to bring a hand up to the door to knock, he fell to the ground unable to stand anymore.

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