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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:34 pm

Shiloh was stunned. She looked at Erik to see if he was just as shocked she was that they were leaving that night instead of in a couple of days. She didn't mind leaving, she no longer had any reason to stay here except for Erik and he was leaving as well. With her parents gone along with her village, she was actually looking forward to a new beginning.

"Erik, we should finish eating and get back to our room to make sure that we have what we need for the move. I also need to prepare RainStorm and Sampson."

Their food had arrived and she began to eat, wondering what the new compound would be like and where she and Erik would be living.


Kryton looked at Braum and agreed with his statement except for one thing. The Dragon Riders.

"Braum, I respect your opinions, your advice, and your knowledge. I agree with your words, but I want a few guards with the aides. At least 15 to escort them. I will not have them unprotected no matter how well they can protect themselves."

Kryton took the map Braum had given him back to his table and studied it while he ate. He kept glancing over at Erik and Shiloh, trying to come to terms with the fact that his daughter was clearly a woman now, if the glow about her said anything. The thought of a man bedding his daughter did not sit well, but he was grateful that it was Erik and someone else. He knew that Erik loved Shiloh with all of his heart and was thankful for that, but the fact still remained that he would have to deal with the fact that his little girl had grown up....completely. He just wished he could tell her that he was her father without the reprocussions he knew would follow if he did. How he hated this secret he carried within his heart. When he'd seen Shiloh cradling the man she knew as her father in her arms all those weeks ago, seeing her anguish ripped his heart out. And when she'd withdrawn so deeply within herself recently, he wanted to shake her, yell at her...anything to snap her out of it. He'd promised Eleanor that Shiloh would never know, but he didn't know if he could keep that promise. It was more for Jason's sake than their own, but upon Jason's death, hearing what the dying man had said to Shiloh, Kryton now knew that he'd known all along that Shiloh was not his daughter. How he knew, he didn't know.

Finishing his meal, he stood up, glanced at Shiloh and Erik again and headed back to his office to choose what guards would accompany the aides.


Miranda looked at Braum, wondering what his plan was, having them leave so soon with nothing more than what they needed. Shaking her head, she figured with what she'd said about Serena must have made his decision for they needed to travel quickly and light, just in case.

"Braum, I will go and get ready. I'm not sure what your plan is, but I'm not sure it's a good idea to split up like this. I see the benefits to it, but the aides are beneficial to the riders, espcially any aide of the DragonStarr lineage for their riders are chosen for them by the fates and are connected on a level we don't understand. But, for once, I will not argue with you.....this time."

With those final words, she gave Braum a saucy smile as she grabbed her map and left to go gather her weapons and ready her horse. She would meet up with Shiloh on the trail and speak with her then.



Roxy had woken, feeling somehow refreshed and invigorated. Her blue eyes had an eerie look about them as she rose and dressed, leaving her dorm room.

Running into one of the other aides, the aide told Roxy about gathering only what they needed and prepare to depart by first starlight. Roxy nodded her head and wasted no time cleaning up, packing an extra set of clothing in her small pack as well as her small daggers, strapped on her shortsword and headed for the stables to check on her mount. She remembered her dream vividly and knew that she'd found someone like her in the red headed witch. She could still torment Shiloh and now she could also find ways to tear Miranda down as well. If she couldn't find what she wanted here with the riders and other aides, then maybe she could find what she was looking for with the witch. It would all start once they left and something told her that Serena would know when they, the aides, would leave.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:11 pm




By nightfall, the compound was ready to begin their move. The Dragons had already left with the straw dummies upon their backs, going about normal nighttime patrols. Then Miranda, Shiloh and the rest of the aides left 2 hours later. Shiloh and Erik not saying good-bye, but simply bidding each other be careful then a longing kiss between the two of them before they left, 15 chosen guards as their escorts. The aides headed east, as Braum had told them to. Then Kryton and the reserves, again 2 hours later, heading southeast and finally, Braum, Erik, and the riders left. The old compound was now empty and barren. Traveling light, it would only take them traveling through the night, camping for the day then another night and they would reach the coastal base near the Varden stronghold.

Up in the caves, a days ride from the old base sat Serena, Gnash and about 100 lizonians, 45 of which were Red Lizonians. Serena had been watching Roxy through her sfora ball, knowing by listening to Roxy what was happening and where the aides and her niece were at. Luckily, Gnash and 25 of the other Red Lizonians had all partook of her elixir she'd made for them to keep their blood flowing easily during the chill of the night so that they could attack the aides with ease. The rest were to wait until morning and then attack Kryton and the reserves. Luckily, Serena had fallen for the deception of the straw dummies on the dragons and didn't know about the riders being the last to leave on horseback.

Roxy was waiting for the right time to begin her verbal and mental assault on Miranda and in the meantime worked the other aides, turning them against Shiloh and the red-head. The guards kept watch as Kryton had been adamant about keeping the aides safe and protected. They did not want to risk his wrath if they failed.

The time was coming to where the groups would be meeting up when the attack came down upon the aides with a vengeance. Miranda fought valiantly as did Shiloh, RainStorm and Sampson along with the other aides. Roxy was fighting as well, but Miranda noticed that the Lizonians she fought against truly weren't engaging her, it looked more like mock fighting than an actual battle. That was when Miranda was pulled off of her mount by Gnash and his clawed hand ripping through the staps holding her armor on. Tossing it to the side, he slashed at her, cutting deep grooves across the top of her chest as she jabbed with her sword. Shiloh, RainStorm and Sampson were there in an instant, Sampson lunging for Gnash, his teeth sinking deep into the Lizonian's thigh. Gnash slashed with his claws, knocking Sampson off of him, the dog landing in a bloody heap after slamming into a tree with a thickening 'crack!' Shiloh screamed as RainStorm reared up, catching Gnash with his front hooves, throwing the lizard man back by 15 feet. Shiloh was off RainStorm before the horse had gotten back down to all fours running for the dog. Miranda joined her, calling for the aides to rally together only to find that most had been beaten down, blood on the ground from deep wounds, the guards having been ripped apart or taken down. Gnash was back up and closing in on her when she heard her aunt's voice.

"I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE OTHERS, GNASH!!!! JUST GRAB MIRANDA!!! THE REST OF YOU DO AS YOU WISH!!!"

Roxy found herself being led to Serena's side, Serena smiling at her. Roxy smiled back and as Shiloh looked up from Sampson's body, she saw Roxy standing next to the witch and saw red. She ordered RainStorm to stay with the dying dog as she drew her crossbow and aimed for Roxy's chest. Her shot went wide when another Red Lizonian tackled her, knocking the wind from her. She almost wretched when his forked tongue slid up her cheek, leaving a poisonous, slimy trail that burned into her skin. Suddenly he was gone as Miranda threw him off of her, grabbing her hand and pulling her up.

"Grab your sword, Shi and stand back to back with me!"

The two women stood there, ready to fend the remainder of the attacking Lizonians, which were still 17 strong. Some were injured, but not enough to where they couldn't fight. Gnash advanced on the two women who were standing together, kicking one of the aides who was laying on the ground, bleeding and moaning.

"You are mine, Miranda. For killing my brother. I will ssssssilenccce your tongue sssssso that all you will be able to do isssss sssssscream. And you, SSSSHHHHHHiloh, will keep me warm at night when the air issssss chilled."

Miranda was losing blood from the four deep gashes in the top of her chest and Shiloh's cheek was burning from the acidic saliva as well as a paralyzing agent seeping into her bloodstream. But both stood their ground when they heard Kryton and the reserves coming in with a battle cry. Gnash smiled toothily at the women as he and the others began to prepare to engage the oncoming soldiers. The sun was beginning to rise and the remaining Lizonians back in the caverns were stirring and slowly filtering out of the caverns to join their comrades in the battle. They would make it about the same time that Kryton and the reserves would and the battle would begin anew.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:26 am

Without warning from the sky and the rising sun, came a colophony of roars and battle cries as Braum astride Temeraire led, Kryton and Dacia , Erik , the other riders on their Dragons in an onslaught against the Lizonian's from the sky and the reserves and aides from the ground and the surrounding tress. The ambush had succeeded. Un beknownest to Serena, the Lizonians and Roxy, Braum had led the Riders to a secret rendezvous with the riders and had been shadowing the aides. Braum know knew positively what he had suspected, Roxy was a traitor. The dragons breathed showers of fire upon the Lizonians as he ahd the riders slashed and hewned them with thier swords. Erik swept towards the Lizonia known as Gnash as Braum and Temeraire dove towards Serena.
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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:11 am

As the remaining Lizonians started from their caves a shower of arrows filled the sky and began falling on the cavern entrace. A force , led by Ajihad of the Varden had taken position the previous night and now began to engage the rest of the gathered Lizonians.
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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:49 pm

Serena screamed in rage when she saw the riders, led by Braum, attack Gnash and the others. Grabby Roxy's arm, she pulled her sacred athame from it's sheath and looked deep into the girl's eyes, bidding her too stay still as she sliced deep within Roxy's palm, blood coating the blade. Looking out at Gnash, she spoke words of old as she then cut open her own palm, mixing her blood with Roxy's upon the blade. Pointing the blade towards Gnash, she finished the spell and watched as the drops of blood, now blackened by the spell, flowed towards him.

Gnash felt the air stir around him and turned to see his mistress pointing the blade towards him. Knowing what spell Serena had cast, he opened his mouth and instructed the 3 Red Lizonians closest to him to do the same while the others fought against the reserve soldiers and sought cover from the dragons and their riders. The blackened blood flowed into Gnash's mouth, as well as Strife's, Chang's, and Tzar's mouths. They instantly felt the change as their red heads became streaked with black stripes, their eyes turning black. They felt the energy flowing through them from Roxy's and Serena's blood as well as the spell. Moving faster than normal, Gnash grabbed Miranda as Strife grabbed Shiloh. With Chang and Tzar clearing the way to Serena and Roxy, they headed for their mistress and Roxy. Serena looked up to see Braum and his dragon coming in fast and hard towards her and her new pupil. Serena grabbed Roxy by her bleeding hand, saying more words of old as the two vanished admist black smoke. Gnash already knew where Serena wanted him to go with her niece and quicly disappeared into the trees with a screaming and fighting Miranda. Clubbing her aside the head, he finally silenced her as she went limp, hung over his massive shoulder. Shiloh was feeling the effects of the paralyzing agent, her movements sluggish. She was able to get a hold of Strife's dagger and pulling it free, stabbed it into his upper thigh. The Lizonian yowled in pain, throwing Shiloh up against a tree, knocking her senseless. Pulling the dagger free, he turned, looking at death in the eyes when he saw Kryton advancing upon him.


Kryton took one look at his daughter laying in a heap at the bottom of the tree and saw the long, acid like burn on her right cheek from the lizonian's tongue. Her eyes were wide, but she was now unable to move. As Kryton advance on Strife like a madman, parrying and thrusting along with Strife, he drew blood more than once. Strife swung with his own blade, also trying to spit venom in the commander's eyes, missing every time having to keep from being skewered. Seeing a movement out of the corner of his eye, the lizonian faltered and Kryton swung with his sword, severing Strife's head from his body. As he turned towards where Shiloh was laying, Chang grabbed her, smiling at the commander just when Erik and Mina landed not far away. He held a dagger to Shiloh's throat, laughing maniacally.

"Ahhhhhh, Erik.........do you remember me boy? You should.....you and your worthless dragon. I am the only left of my lair that you led the attack on, remember? It was not long ago.....and you are the one who.....killed......my......MATE!!!!"

Chang took a deep breath, one of his claws tracing the long burn along Shiloh's cheek. Shiloh's eyes showed her fear and anger as they darted to Erik, then Kryton, and finally to Chang. When she looked at Chang, her eyes were filled with anger and loathing. All he did was chuckle, as he picked her up, throwing her over his shoulder as if she were a limp doll. When he looked at Erik, it was with a venomous hatred.

"You took my mate, Rider Erik....I now take yours. She will keep my blood warm when the night is chilled. She will replace my mate....but not as a mate but as my slave! As Miranda will be for Gnash, only he has plans to cut her tongue from her so that she cannot cut him with her acidic tongue."

As Chang backed up into the trees, Kryton cried out, "NOOOOOO!!! NOT MY DAUGHTER!!!!!" Then, Chang was gone with Shiloh as well as Gnash was gone with Miranda. They were headed to the underground caverns that led to the caverns under the shores of the sea.

Kryton fell to his knees, bellowing in rage as Dacia landed next to him. Dacia knew that Shiloh was his daughter and felt his loss as if it were her own.

Lord Jardony and his warriors made their way to the battle, having stopped the onslaught of the large group of lizonians coming from the caverns. They had sent the ones that were left running back inside to hover and shiver. Jardony walked up to Braum and gave him a curt nod before looking to Kryton.

"GET UP COMMANDER!! WE MUST PREPARE TO GO AFTER THEM AND BRING THEM BACK....ALIVE AND IN ONE PIECE!! THE BASTARDS HAVE MY DAUGHTER, CHANDRA, AS WELL!!!"

Lord Jardony knew that Miranda was a fighter but he'd also seen the wounds on her chest and knew the severity of them. He knew little of Shiloh except that she was of the DragonStarr clan and Erik's chosen aide by a vision. His daughter as well, was a fighter, but he had seen the slaves they'd rescued from time to time, men and women alike, and they were never the same, but they were usually not warriors either, so hopefully that would be in the women's favor.

"The two women are fighters as well as my own daughter. They will survive and fight until we reach them. They have to."

Jardony had finished getting ready to move while he spoke, instructing his own commander, Lord Kanton, to lead the others to the new compound while he went with Braum, Erik, and Kryton to recover Shiloh, Miranda, and Chandra. Lord Jardony, leading the way into the trees, heading for the caves he knew of that would lead them to the underground caverns near the coastline. It was a different path from the one that the Lizonians were taking and hopefully they would not be far behind the vile creatures. Serena would be difficult as she had a habit of disappearing in a wisp of smoke when things went awry for her. But, his concern right now, as with Erik, Braum, and Kryton were getting their women warriors back safely.

The trail was not hard to follow and Jardony let the others know what he suspected about the underground caverns near the coastline.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:43 am



Erik was in a rage. After his battle to get to Shiloh and taking his anger and fright out on the Lizonians he was left with a rage that was consuming him. Especially after what the lizard Change said to him. Erik would see that snake disemboweled, his hands cut off and his eyes painfully removed from his sockets, all before Erik left him to die. Oh yes, Change was going to be in for justice, Erik Jordan style. The last thing he needed right now was Jardony telling him anything about Shiloh being disfigured and he let the commanding officer know in no uncertain terms.

”We haven’t got time to stand here and exchange stories. Right now we need to go after them before the trail goes cold. What ever it is you think you need to reveal to us you can do so as we track these murdering bastards and gut every single one of them. Along with that bitch Serena and that bitch of a traitor Roxy.”

Kryton was a mess and Erik clearly saw the man was in shock. Walking over to his commander, he drew him up to his feet and grabbed a hold of his forearm, jerking the man towards him. Keeping his voice low, Erik’s tone was nothing short of authoritative when he spoke.

”Snap out of it, Kryton. We’ll find them and bring them back safely. I know you’re reeling but right now you need to be the commander I know you are.”

With a curt nod, Erik took a step back and let his eyes settle on Kryton’s. The man snapped out of his shock and nodded in return. Turning, he reclaimed his status with his own men and quickly gathered with Braum, Jadony and Erik to go after the lizards that had Miranda and Shiloh and Chandra.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:57 pm

Kryton snapped out of his daze when Erik took hold of him, realizing that now everyone around him knew that Shiloh was his daughter. He mentally berated himself as he pulled himself together, facing his men.

"YOU WILL ALL FOLLOW LORD KANTON'S ORDERS AS IF THEY WERE MY OWN!!! AND FOR THE RECORD, NO ONE IS TO SPEAK OF WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT AIDE SHILOH, ESPECIALLY TO HER OR YOU WILL SEE MY ANGER AS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!!! IS THAT UNDERSTOOD!!!!??"

There was a loud 'YES SIR!!!' and everyone knew to say nothing for noone wanted to face Kryton at his worst. He gathered his weapons once more and followed Erik, Braum, and Lord Jardony into the forest, his face as if it were stone, his eyes the only thing showing any emotion.....rage. He'd heard as Erik had what Chang had in store for Shiloh as well as what Gnash had planned for Miranda. He was familiar with Gnash and knew that the bastard would do as he said and cut out Miranda's tongue if she wasn't quiet, which he couldn't imagine the red-head doing that. They made good time, but with the spell the bitch Serena had cast, the Lizonians were able to move faster than usual.



Roxy had been transported to the caverns near the coastline, the crashing surf sounding like thunder inside the caves. Roxy was amazed at what she saw. The caves were actually caverns of various sizes all inter-connected by various paths. Where Serena had transported them to, looked to be some kind of sitting room/magicks room. There were sparkling, dark colored geodes and crystals hanging from the low ceiling, giving off an eerie glow. With a wave of her hand, Serena lit the wall torches and Roxy was able to see the rest of the room. The walls were a sparkling black stone, and even she could feel the energy radiating from them. There were two plush chairs along one wall as well as a chaise. An altar sat in the middle of the room and had various stones, crystals, sea salts, and candles standing in the middle. There were ancient engravings in the top of the altar and along the sides. Along another wall were tables and shelves with bottles of different colored liquids and powders. Some of the larger jars held various sized eyeballs, claws, what looked like skin, etc. Roxy was fascinated by it all and it showed on her face.


Serena was pleased with seeing the eager look on her new pupil. She would enjoy teaching her and punishing her if needed. But, there was work to do for she had only 3 days to prepare for the ritual that would painfully strip Miranda of her untapped abilities and Gnash would only be patient for so long before he would begin to demand his right at vengeance on her niece. She smiled at the thought of what Gnash had in store for Miranda and chuckled. Her niece thought she was so tough, but she would soon be broken as would that little bitch Shiloh for little did Chang know, but she was going to let Roxy have her first, for turning traitor to her own people. But, that was not for now. Right now, the cells needed to be made ready for their visitors and grabbing Roxy by the hand, she led her down the various corridors, taking her to where it was damp, cold, and the air smelled of decay. Here were the cells, 6x6 foot cells with no blankets and only a corner as a bathroom. Along the far wall of all 4 cells were spikes imbedded the wall for chains.

"Roxy, over there in that open room are chains with shackles attached to the ends. Grab 3 of them and bring them to me."

Roxy went to do Serena's bidding and upon grabbing the chains, looked at the shackles and saw that there were small 1/4 inch spikes on the inside of the shackles. She smiled thinking about the pain this would cause to Shiloh. Careful not to get herself poked, she brought Serena the chains who took them, one at a time and hooked them to the stakes into the wall. She realized then that her lizonians had also been able to capture Chandra, Lord Jardony's daughter and her face split into a bigger smile. Three captives to torture for the price of one.

Once she had the shackles in place, she then readied the other instruments, most of which would be more mental to begin with. She would tear them down and find out where the Varden stronghold was and then pass that information on to the dark wizards. It would be grand, and she could see it now. She would be given the status of head witch within their sect and she would no longer have to live in caves and caverns. But first, she had to find out where the Varden stronghold was.


Gnash was the first to arrive with Miranda who was beginning to regain consciousness. As he carried her down the corridors, she began to fight, beating on his back, screaming obcentities at him until he reached the cells and his mistress. He tossed her into the cell, grinning as she landed with a thud. The deep gashes on her chest were bleeding again, but she still found the strength to raise off the cold floor and rush him, just when he slammed the barred door closed, laughing at her.

"You sssshhhhould be grateful you are in her firsssst, Miranda. The torturesssss planned for you in here are nothing compared to what I have planned for you."

Laughing, he turned away helping his mistress finish getting the other two cells ready.


Chang was almoste to the caverns when the paralyzing agent began to wear off of Shiloh. The pain was excruciating for her as the paralyzing venom begain to leave her system through the pores of her skin, her body dripping a yellow liquid for the next 20 yards. As the last of it dripped from her body, she let out an agonizing scream. Chang tossed her to the ground, his back and front wet from the substance that had leaked from Shiloh's body. Shiloh lay there, shuddering from the pain of it.

"Hurtsssss, doesssn't it, SSSSShhhhhiloh? Good. I hope Erik heard your scream and suffers for it."

Taking his water bladder, Chang cleaned himself off, not allowing Shiloh to do the same. When he approached her again, she had strength enough to lift herself up to a sitting position and with a clenched fist, she swung, hitting Chang square in the jaw, snapping his head back. As she attempted to get to her feet, her hair was grabbed from behind and she heard a snarl in her ear.

"That wassssss not ssssssmart, girl!"

Chang whipped her around, slapping her, his claws opening the mark on her cheek. Shiloh snarled at him, fighting for all she was worth, but she was no match for him, not just after regaining her ability to move again. Laughing evilly at her, Chang tied her hands together with a strip of rawhide and threw her back over his shoulder. Within the hour, he reached the caves and entered them.


Tsar entered not long after Chang with Chandra being drug behind him by the rope that was tied about her wrists. Once all 3 women were in their prospective cells, Serena smiled at them, as did Roxy.

"Enjoy your peace for the short time you have it. Shortly, it will be no more as your screams will fill these caves until I have what I want from you."

Turning in a flourish, Serena, Roxy, and the lizonians exit the damp, cold area and went to the sitting room to eat.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:31 pm

Serena and the others sat down at the black table, a green female lizonian serving them their meal and warmed mead and cider. She and Roxy ate a succulent seafood dish with seasoned kelp on the side while Gnash, Tsar, and Chang at what looked like some sort of rodent like creatures, freshly killed. They swallowed them whole, making Roxy grimace as their forked tongues darted in and out for a few moments.

"You will get used to the way they eat and what they eat, child. Now, finish your meal so that we may go play with our new pets."

An hour later, having finished their meal, the five of them rose, leaving the mess for the serving lizonian and headed back down to the level that held the cells. Once there, in a sing-song voice, Serena announced their presence, only to be met with Miranda's acid tongue. Walking up to her cell, she smiled sweetly at her niece.

"Tsk...Tsk. Now Miranda, where are your manners? Didn't my sister teach you any better? I have given you a place to sleep, albeit it's not what you are used to, but it is at my own generosity that you have the cell to sleep in. And, if you or Chandra tell me what it is I want to know, then your pain will be short-lived. Well, at least until Gnash gets a hold of you. Gnash...Tsar...Chang, the chains and shackles have been laid out by Roxy. Please string up the prisoners so that I can proceed to get the information I want."

As the three red-headed lizonians picked up the chains and shackles, they rattled them, causing the women to become anxious at what was about to occur. First, Gnash entered Miranda's cell and upon seeing Miranda crouched down in a fighting position, he laughed.

"Tisssss no usssse, Miranda. You will be chained to the wall for our entertainment. Don't fight, Miranda........the sssssooner it isssss done, the sssssssooner you will be mine and you will be releassssed from thissss cccccell."

Miranda said nothing as she glared at the lizard man, ready to pounce on him when she got the chance. As he came closer, she leapt at him, her sharp fingernails gouging for his eyes, leaving a long, bloody furrow down one side of his face, very close to his vulnerable eye. She kicked at him, bruising her toes on his shins.

Grabbing her around the waist, Gnash growled obcentities at the she-cat, throwing her against the wall. The wind was knocked out of her, and before she could recover, he had the shackles snapped around her wrists and the chain hooked on the stakes protruding from the wall. Inside the shackles were 4 little spikes, each about a quarter inch long and thin. Once the shackles were snapped shut, the little spikes dug into Miranda's wrists, causing thin streams of blood to slowly seep down her arms. The spikes were high enough that she had to stand on her tiptoes to keep her weight off of her wrists. Once done, Gnash left the cell to check on Tsar and Chang.

Tsar and Chang had fared no better than Gnash, both sporting deep scratches from Shiloh an Chandra, but they had managed to get them shackled and chained, their shackles equipped with the same small spikes as Miranda's and both having to stand on their tiptoes to keep their weight off of their wrists.

Serena had laid out various instruments.....small daggers, various sizes of what resembled knitting needles, a bull whip and various pokers to be heated for branding. Above the wall torches were rings where Serena showed Roxy how to hang the branding instruments so that the brands were heating up in the flames. Next, she took one of the small daggers and opening a small vial, she dipped the tip of the dagger into the liquid inside of it. This was something she'd made from the saliva of the lizonians whose saliva was acidic. It was somewhat diluted so that it wouldn't eat through the dagger or stone bowl, but it would burn for hours on the skin, especially if there were a cut involved. Handing one of the other 3 daggers to Roxy and Tsar, she instructed them to do the same and handed hers to Gnash. She entered Shiloh's cell with Roxy to instruct her in the art of torture.

Shiloh, her gray eyes stormy with anger and hatred, glared at the two women, kicking out with her feet...fighting to the best of her ability. But, standing on her toes so that the little spikes in the shackles didn't cut her wrists any worse made kicking out difficult to say the least and her efforts were clumsy at best. Roxy walked up to Shiloh, a finger tracing the acidic burn on her cheek. She leaned in close to Shiloh's ear, whispering.

"How many scars can I give you, Shiloh, before Erik will no longer want to look upon you? Hmmmm? Don't worry....I'm not going to start with your face, I will save that for last."

Shiloh's armor had already been removed as had the other women's and their tunics had been cut from them so that only their chests were covered. Their leggings had been left on, but their boots had been removed. Roxy walked in front of Shiloh, trailing the dagger's blade along her ribcage. Shiloh hissed in her breath as the diluted acid left a thin burn line in it's wake. Pressing harder as she came around to the front of her stomach, Roxy drew blood, allowing the diluted acid to penetrate and the burning sensation increased. Shiloh gritted her teeth, refusing to utter a sound.

The same was happening in Chandra's cell, only Tsar was cutting deep, forcing the acidic like substance into her muscles. Before long, Chandra could no longer hold in her cries of pain. In between them, she yelled at Miranda to not say anything, no matter what.

Gnash was grinning at Miranda, the dagger in his claws as he approached her. He said nothing, but his insane joy at what he was about to do showed in his reptilian eyes. Laying the blade on the wounds in the top of her chest, Gnash pressed the blade into one deep, red gash, forcing the acidic substance into the wound. Miranda's green eyes blazed into his red ones as she gritted her teeth against the pain, not giving him the satisfation of her screams. The same could not be said any longer in Shiloh's cell as her ribcage as now riddled with red stripes, the acidic substance making her feel as if her insides were burning and not just her skin.

This went on for a little over an hour and by the time they were done, Serena had learned nothing. She wasn't all that surprised, for it was too soon and the fun had just begun. She glanced in at her niece and was pleased to see that even she didn't utter a sound, her face was pale, her eyes glazed from the pain. Her chest was once more seeping blood as were the new wounds streaking her ribcage and stomach. Chandra and Shiloh were the same, only their screams had turned to whimpers, but both were still glaring at their captors. Giving a dramatic sigh, Serena bade they put away the daggers and grab the now red hot pokers. Before they entered the cells, Serena looked at her niece.

"Do you wish to tell me where the Varden stronghold is, Miranda?"

"Go to hell, you old cow!!"

Serena clicked her tongue in disappointment and walked to Chandra's cell, asking her the same question with the same response. Shaking her head, she handed one of the pokers to Roxy.

"Stay away from the face, Roxy. Concentrate on her legs and back....Chang can pull her away from the wall when you are ready to do her back."

Entering Miranda's cell again, she laughs.

"Maybe what you and Chandra need is a little incentive. Let's see how you do when nothing is being done to you, but just to your friend. How long can you stand to hear her scream I wonder?"

Shiloh's breathing was fast as she watched Roxy advance on her with the glowing poker.

"DON'T YOU TELL THEM A THING, MIRANDA!! NOR YOU, CHANDRA!!! NOT ONE WORD, NO MATTER WHAT!!!!"

The next thing Miranda and Chandra heard were Shiloh's screams as the smell of branding flesh filtered throughout the chamber. Fifteen minutes later all was quiet, Shiloh having passed out. Miranda and Chandra both had tears streaming down their cheeks, but they had said nothing.

"Lay the poker in the corner, Roxy. Come, we should get some rest and begin in the morning. Gnash, you three release them from the shackles and lock them in for the night."

Having done as their mistress requested, the left the three women in their cells as they locked them in, laughing at what would be done in the morning.

Miranda was the first to say something once they were alone.

"Shiloh....Shiloh....come on, girl, answer me. Chandra, can you hear anything coming from Shiloh's cell?"

Chandra listened, and finally heard a moan coming from Shiloh's cell. Breathing a sigh of relief, both women encouraged her to speak to them, staying awake for them.

"I don't know if I can listen to that again, Miranda. Shiloh doesn't know where the Varden stronghold is.....and her screams were almost more than I could bear."

A weak voice was heard from Shiloh's cell and both women could barely hear Shiloh's words.

"No....you will endure it as I have to. You cannot give in and tell them where the stronghold is. Swear it to me, Chandra. You too, Miranda. They will use me to get you to tell them and you cannot."

Both women swore to Shiloh that they would suffer along with her and not say a word. Shiloh lay there on the cold, damp floor, her body nothing but pain and thought of Erik, keeping his love foremost in her mind and heart lest she give up. She could see his face...feel his gentle touch as he made her a true woman.....hear his cries of release. She imagined he was right there next to her, holding her....making the pain stop. When she finally slept, she dreamt of him, hoping that she would still be alive when he found them....and she knew that he would find her for their love was too strong for him not to.

Miranda and Chandra were thinking along the same lines, only they were worried that Shiloh would not be alive by the time they were found for they knew that Serena would use Shiloh to weaken them to tell her where the stronghold was. Closing her eyes, Miranda concentrated, sending out a mental call to anyone who could hear it. She had no idea what is was she was doing and did so on pure instinct....more of her abilities opening up.

Would there be anyone who would hear her cries for aid? Would Braum and the others be close enough to hear? Or, would someone new intercept the call for help?

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:03 am




The Frundsberg castle stood aloft overlooking the South-East Elderan Seas and from all directions, all the eyes could see for leagues and leagues were rows of grape vines. Orchards covering the lower hills and over the hilltops stood the towering Coniferous trees of the Bald Cypress family. Many other fruit trees grew lined up in rows as well as the Oak trees. All the land served a purpose, to serve to the people of Anvil Lands.

His father always believed that giving a man a chance would release the man’s' pent up energy and the land would grow greener. He leased the land to families to earn their own living and asked only to pay what they could or barter labor to feed and drive the cattle that his father owned as well.

Sir Georg Jr., who was the rightful owner by being the first, passed on from the plague that took his life at 15 years and left everything to his other son, Lord Mhoram Trivok.

To understand the lives of their family brought back memories of the three massed ships that fell havoc to the sea serpents and the dragon that hovered above them. Ninety feet, maybe was the dragon from tip to tip of his vast membranous wings that shone in the new sunlight like gold shot smoke, and the length of his body was no less, but lean, arched like a greyhound, clawed like a lizard, and snake-scaled. The Endeavour and its crew were tormented watching the red and black serpents thrashing the ships with their long narrow tails. It was the bronze dragon that aided the Endeavour crew that afternoon after the wreckage scorn across the Elderan Seas.

It is necessary to know the crew named the landing the Dragon Grove and the surroundings in which they lived. In Dragon’s Grove, this was still a new world to them—a world dominated less by human beings than by the natural environment. Even after a century and a half of Cor-Dairens settlement, towering forests of cypress, pine, oak, maple, elm, beech, and chestnut covered most of the south & west lands. These forests were home to tens of thousands of deer and other wildlife. An intricate network of streams, rivers, and lakes crisscrossed the landscape, draining the land and providing homes for millions of beaver and freshwater fish. Even larger numbers of saltwater fish inhabited the relatively shallow waters off the eastern shoreline and inlets of the coast. These fish and animals had long provided food and fur clothing for native Frundesberg descendants and yielded valuable exports for their trade with other kingdoms.

On the most northern and eastern coast of Anvil, a few underwater caves and sunken treasure ships lay at the bottom where the rough seas tear open their bellys. Very little is known about this area but it is well known fact that ships should not try to make their way through this area. Very few, if any ever make it. Dragons hovered .

But unknown too many was the other side of the Coniferous tree grove where the rains constantly kept the deep dark forest of Monadh-Frith green and overgrown with foliage. Inside the forest, hidden swamps swallowed men and there had been numerous reports of lizardmen, trolls, and of a green dragon.



In the northern part of the continent is the Mountain and this rugged mountain is home to white lightning storm and dark cloud giants. There are adventures sought here by many because there are lots of dungeons, various caves and dead mines. They are also home to ogres, orcs, trolls, gnolls and various other nasties.



The southern range was where the Frundsberg castle grew pastures of grape vines, oat, and barley continuously and plentiful year round. It is the dark cellar where I lead this story to because it is this deep dark dungeon where Lord Mhoram father, Sir James stored his mead. He said he needed more space and had his men tore down the solid walls of rock widening the sublevel for his mead storage. But it would happen that his men opened into a cavern where the slick moist air grew moss deep into the belly of the mountain. Old sea stories rose and soon, my father took an expedition down into the heart looking for gemstones and the legendary Dark Crystal.



In the past, my father and men would go in there and be lost for days exploring the dungeons and the many hidden passages that sent men into the depths of another plane. Sub terrain levels that lead to the legendary name 'Dragon’s Groove'.



I approached the heavy barrier and located the secret latch that caused the door to spring open. The gray foggy mist filled the room and seemed to snarl and wrap the layers around and around my ankles. I pulled my dagger from the sheath and sliced the air trying to stop whatever it was and as sudden as is enveloped me, it was gone.



Parallel to the earth plane, I felt another presence of a creature within this sub plane that could see everything I did as if a mirror image lay in front of me. The bulls eye lantern I had cast light and shadows at the same time.


I cried out speaking to the beast, yet no response. My callings went unheard and finally I gave in. I would need a interpreter with these class skills to get by this creature if I were going to move deeper into the next level.

As I turned around and retraced my steps…a wall appeared where the entrance once was. Moreover, suddenly I was trapped.

This can't be….NO:

Now …Now after all those years of wondering why my father spent so much time in this place…now I knew why…

I felt the wall and its solid structure was real. The one-way door now forced me into the realms of going forth into the darkness. These secret passages, unknown rooms, tunnels, halls… a maze of unknown…it played in my head. I could feel the presence of the beast in front of me, a mirrored image that I could not touch. I took a bite of the hard heathen bread and washed it down with a swig of my spring wine. Raising the lantern, I scraped the wall leaving a mark of an X with my dagger and stepped cautiously into the darkness.


My father had wild nightmares of mutant spirited creatures while he lived. I would overhear the shouts and shrieks. They were servants of the Darkness, watchdogs who were created by a warlock lord to serve his empire. Trolls were forced to serve with them. These mutants were some kind of monster, large mindless creatures standing on two legs. There scarred faces with two eyes and long necks. The skin flaked off their drab figure of deformed limbs and claws for hands were cold and rubbery to the touch. My father would scream as these mutants attacked, shuffling their webbed feet and wings. Summoning the dead druids in the time of need, these creatures would be transformed back into the caverns at a time when the sea was the lowest and I could still hear the triumphant in his voice and the relief as he came back to us, weeks later unscratched except for the loss of a few men.


At other times, he mentioned the colorful honeycombs of crystals, the waterfalls and a deep red sea that was of the Dragon Groove. His scroll was loss the very last time, he entered this maze in search of the gemstones and minerals he claimed were there. He also claimed he had seen this Bronze Dragon. The one that until I met as a wyrm, I thought was just a myth. A creation in my fathers' eyes.


As I walked the air became thicker and staler. This invisible vapor smelled of dead flesh. I stepped forward, turned the corner, and loss my balance. Falling, I dropped the lantern to break my fall and suddenly, I watched as the lantern lit the room below me. The dungeon opened up and a vent hole in the middle of this narrow corridor became a colorful honeycomb that stretched endlessly into the depths. Grasping, clenching onto wet soggy moss, I pushed myself up over the edge and held my breathe as the lantern got smaller and smaller, its light illuminated the honeycomb until my naked eye could not see the light no more. The stench was overwhelming and as I laid there in the dark, a natural glow appeared over the honeycomb rock.


My father spoke of the quartz crystal and lying there, the darken room glowed. I crawled over and sat up right against the dungeon wall, again feeling the mirrored image watching my every move, curious about me, as I was it. Resting, I closed my eyes and slept for moments or hours, I do not know.

The decaying flesh rose and hit me like a catapult being launched into my castle; it jarred me from my sleep. Standing up, the volatile smells came from some creature left for the dead to decay on the floor of this dungeon. There were migrating white worms eating the flesh and sucking the poisonous black blood and the foul odor became overwhelming. I stepped away toward the narrow corridor on the other side of the black hole and the odor dissipated. For once, I found a correlation with this fouled decaying creature as a sign that there was air coming in and so there was another way out.

On the walls, black iron skull bearers separated by rows and rows of cells carved into the rock and sealed with windowless iron doors. The only entrance into the interior would be through that door. This would be guarded but by whom, I did not know. The plane seemed to slant downward and at times the cold wet dank rock floor caused me to slip. I knew that trolls would usually prefer to make camp outside a cavern instead of in this cold damp place and so facing death in battle was one thing, seeing the gruesome way this creature was left would haunt me. What caused the death so violent within these walls of this dungeon?


I came across several passages that left me wondering which way to go and suddenly they came at me with vile fanged blackness. Hundreds! No thousands of vampire bats. Swirling, enraged they were on me. The venom would kill me in minutes, there was no way to defeat my adversity enemy, and then he appeared.

Bannor, my old friend, the bronze dragon. I hadn't seen my dragon in a few years since leaving for training at the Loresett training academy for Masters of the Sword...we were inseparable back then and now moreover he had sensed I was near and in trouble. He flew down the vent hole and found his way into the cramped tunnel. Bannor spit fire toward the demon like creatures. In other parts of this cavern the screeching sound must have awaken something as I could hear many rushing toward our location.

"Bannor did you hear that.." I could faintly hear a scream...a woman’s' scream...turning back, I saw my first signs of what appeared to be lizard men. Bannor sensed a humanoid in trouble. His curious instinct to aid humanoids in trouble in the past always fascinated me. Seeing the Lizard men .....Bannor shocked the lizards by making a stance against them. Bannor I yelled and indicated what needed to be done "...open the rock wall door nearest the windowless iron cells if you can." With his claws he pried down the large rock wall next to the dungeon and at the same time spit several lines of fire at the approaching foot soldiers. Many tried to turn and run on all fours but Bannor did not let any escape.

I climbed through the jagged torn wall landing on both feet, my sword drawn and catching the lizard nearby off-guard.

My sword speared its heart and it screamed as it died in a pool of blood, A tortured bleeding woman stood before me in chains against the barren wall.
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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:48 pm

Miranda didn't know how much more they could take. After only a few hours...Serena, Roxy, Gnash, Chang, and Tsar returned. Chandra and Miranda put up a good fight when Gnash and Tsar tried to put them back into the shackles, and were pleased to see both red headed lizonians sporting deep scratches and bloody mouths, but they too suffered bruising on their faces and split lips and still found themselves back in the shackles. Shiloh was unable to put up much of a fight and Roxy took advantage of that and viciously kicked Shiloh in the mid-section, cracking ribs and laughing gleefully at Shiloh's plight.

"Not so smug without Erik, are you Shiloh? You have noone to protect you here."

Still laughing, Roxy watched as Chang placed her wrists back into the barbed shackles, both chuckling at Shiloh's moans. She was barely noticeable in this state. Her face was bruised, her lips split and swollen. One gray eye was swollen shut and her body was riddled with deep and shallow gashes and acidic burns. The scar that decorated her left cheek was an angry red now.

Once Miranda was strung back up, Serena came in to her cell, holding the bull whip herself. Miranda's green eyes glared at her aunt, all but shooting daggers at her.


"Now....now, Miranda. All you or Chandra have to do is tell me where the Varden stronghold is and this all stops. I'll even treat Shiloh's wounds so that she may live. What do you say, niece? Tell Auntie where your playmates are hiding and Auntie will let you go play with your new friend, Gnash."

The last was said as she seductively stroked Miranda's cheek with the handle of the whip. Miranda, still glaring at her, spit in her face, causing Serena to leap back, screeching in anger.

"I would sooner you suck my blood and gut me while I live before I tell you where the Varden stronghold is, you pathetic bitch!! None of us will talk!!"

"AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGG!!!!!"

Serena ordered Gnash to turn her niece so that her face was against the wall. Chandra and Shiloh both heard the whistling of the whip and then the strike when it flayed open Miranda's back, shredding the rest of her tunic. The heard nothing from Miranda except a grunt of pain. Again and again the whip flew....Serena's rage knowing no boundaries. By the 15th stroke, Miranda screamed, the pain becoming unbearable. Finally, after 20 strokes, Serena stopped, sweat dotting her brow, her chest heaving from her heavy breathing. She walked up to Miranda and grabbing a handfull of thick red hair, she yanked her head back, hissing in her ear.

"TELL ME WHERE THE STRONGHOLD IS!!!! WHERE...IS...IT?!!!! TELL ME, MIRANDA OR I START ON CHANDRA NEXT!!!"

Miranda, her eyes glazed with pain refused to speak. Serena let go of her hair, ordering Gnash to turn her back around and leave her shackled. Angry beyond belief, she stormed out of the cell, Gnash following her. Slamming the cell door shut, she glared at her niece.

"I will leave you for now, but think on this you little slut. If you or Chandra do not tell me where the stronghold is by the time I return in the morning then I will hand Shiloh over to Chang only she won't be leaving her cell. The two of you can hear every little thing he does to her unless you tell me what it is I want to know."

Leaving the three women strung up, the five of them left for the night. Miranda had never felt so much pain before and dug down deep within herself to a place where the pain could not reach her. Once there, she allowed herself some respite while thinking on what they were going to do. They couldn't tell them where the stronghold was and they couldn't let Chang get his filthy claws into Shiloh. The girl was a fighter and a trooper, but how much she could take, Miranda didn't know. She didn't want to have to tell Erik that she couldn't save his woman.

She didn't how long she hung there, trying to figure out what to do when she heard what sounded like rocks crumbling and falling. A green lizonian entered the chambers to check on them and make sure that they were still breathing when the wall gave way and he was skewered on the end of a sword. As the lizonian was tossed aside as if he were nothing, her green eyes narrowed as she looked to see who had done this. As the dust cleared, allowing the light from the torches to become brighter, she saw a large man standing before her. That was when she caught the scent of burnt lizard flesh and wondered how he had accomplished that let alone tearing a hole in the wall. Then she saw dragon's claws reach out and rip the cell door off of it's hinges. She couldn't see the head as it was too narrow in the cavern's and she knew that the large creature must be uncomfortable, but she was grateful he was there with this strange man. She also noticed that by the color of his talons, he was bronze dragon.....a rare breed. She looked back up at the man who was staring at her....surprise on his face at seeing her. She quickly snapped out of her stupor and thought of Shiloh.

"Please...the girl in the cell next to me...her name is Shiloh and she is in worse shape than I am. You must get her out of here....you and your dragon must get her out of here. Please!! Get her out of here!!! Then set me and Chandra free. She is in the last cell. We can fight our way out of here, but Shiloh will not make it if you don't get her out of here!!!"

Miranda knew she was being bossy and bitchy, but she also knew that time was wasting for when Serena heard the ruckus or one of her lizonians reported to her that they were under attack she would come for them and the Gods only knew what she would do then. Her and Chandra had a chance, but Shiloh was bad and somehow, Miranda could feel it. She didn't know how she could feel the severity of Shiloh's wounds, but she could, just like she could almost feel the girl's heartbeat getting slower. She looked back at the man again, her green eyes spitting at him.

"SHILOH!!!! GET...HER...OUT...OF...HERE!!!!! NOW!!!!"

When he walked to her and undid her shackles, she couldn't stop the whimper of pain at being let down from the chains, fresh blood now streaming from the small wounds around her wrists. The man caught her before her legs gave out and she allowed him to hold her up for a few minutes while she once again swallowed the pain and gathered her will power before pushing away from him.

"Thank you, sir, but I must get the other two, especially Shiloh."

She stumbled away from him, seeing the keys hanging on the far wall near the entrance to the hallway Serena and the others had taken. Grabbing them, she quickly unlocked Chandra's cell and then unlocked her shackles, easing her to the ground to the best of her ability. Next was Shiloh's cell. Unlocking the cell door, she noticed that the man was behind her, waiting for her to unlock the cell door. Once she had it open, she rushed in and gasped at seeing Shiloh's state. How the girl was still alive she didn't know, but she credited to her's and Erik's love for each other. She turned looking at the man, telling him that he would have to catch her when she unlocked the shackles and was relieved when he moved to stand next to Shiloh. He gently caught her as Miranda unlocked the shackles and she was amazed that he was so gently for his size.

"You must get her out of here, sir. Her name is Shiloh DragonStarr and she is a chosen aide to one of our greatest riders. I am Miranda and the other girl is Chandra. Please...I beg of you...get Shiloh to safety. Chandra and I will find a way out of here...somehow."




Serena and the others were relaxing before they turned in for the night when they heard the commotion. Gnash sent Chang and Tsar to see what was going on and when they didn't return right away, Gnash himself went to see what was happening. When he came close to the cells, sniffed the air then let out a hiss...turning he ran back to his mistress. He had smelled death, dust from rocks crumbling, lizonian blood......and a bronze dragon. And where there was a bronze dragon there was almost always a chosen one and they would be a formidable foe. And one he was not foolish enough to confront alone. Knowing the bronze dragons empathy for the humans, he knew that the dragon and it's rider...if it had one...would be on their way to the cells if not already there. The only thing in their favor was that the dragon would be extremely cramped in the passageways. Sending a green lizonian to find Tsar and Chang and have them sent back to Serena, he quickly made his way back to his mistress.

He reached Serena and hollered at her before he even got to her side.


"A BRONZE DRAGON IS HERE MISTRESS!!! HURRY, IT WILL BE TRYING TO RESCUE THE WOMEN IF IT HASN'T ALREADY!!! YOU MUST GET TO SAFETY AND I AND THE OTHERS WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS!! I WILL COME FOR YOU ONCE THIS THREAT HAS BEEN DEALT WITH AND THE WOMEN ARE ONCE MORE SECURE IN THEIR CELLS!!!"

Gnash ordered Tsar, after he and Chang arrived, to get Serena and Roxy to safety so that they would not become targets of the dragon. Serena argured with Gnash, angered that once again her plan was being ripped apart, but she knew that Gnash was right and a bronze dragon woud rip her to shreds if it realized that she was responsible for the torture of the women. Following Tsar, her and Roxy went deeper into the caverns to where no dragon could go as Gnash and Chang gathered what was left of their lizonian army.....now only about 55 strong since the Varden attacked the rest as the emerged from their caves...and headed for the chamber that held the cells.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:25 am





The girl falls into my arms…lifting her over my left shoulder. I feel danger (lizard men arriving in force). We must depart immediately but there’s room for only two riders.

Danger...the report of danger rang out and appeared everywhere Miranda and the other were to go…I was as loss as they were…the challenges uttered in the flesh. We squeezed back out through the cavern wall…me and the girl…I looked into Bannor’s eyes and ran my hand along his snout…shouting in the speech of the maker and only of a mage to his dragon…nam hietha arw Ged arkvaissa swinging on his back the bronze dragon crept out using his tail to destroy anything that might to stop his retreat.

The other two women appear through the hole and seem to fight their way back through the cavern.

“Bannor wait,” I slip off his back and run to meet Miranda. “My Lady...use this dark crystal and head south…this will aide you in finding your way to your rescuers. It magical spell can only be read by you and should it fall into your adversaries, the crystal will shatter…use this to find your friend. The light within will activate as a beacon and you will find us.” Swinging around I run for Bannor’s wings. He has managed to turn around in a wider area in the cramped space. Slipping through the cavern …Bannor knows his path to freedom; its powerful wings stretch out as it flies over the abyss. Looking up Bannor flies upward in the vent hole where earlier I had lost the lantern. Falling into a slumber, I am awakening by the cool thin air above the mountain’s crest. Swinging outward toward the eastern seaboard…Bannor stretches its wings and flees toward the Land of Anvil.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:09 pm

Miranda didn't know what to think about this man and his dragon who had appeared out of nowhere. She didn't even know that a dragon could fit inside of the caverns. He must have seen the look on her face because he gave her a short explanation.

"Bannor is cramped in this part of the caverns, but he can crawl through them. I think there is a larger area up where we need to go to get out of here. Unfortunately, I will have to leave you and the other girl here to get this one out of here. I would imagine that the entrance to these caverns are definately too small for a dragon to enter by. But, sometimes, you can find vents big enough to allow a dragon to come through with it's wings folded close to it's body. It is not a comfortable thing for the dragon, but can be done."

Miranda nodded her head to the large man, looking over her shoulder at the bronze dragon.

"Just get Shiloh out of here. Chandra and I will get ourselves out.....somehow."

Miranda knew little about the bronze dragons, but what she did know that they were empathetic to humans and would give them aide when needed. She also knew that they lived close to water, usually large rivers, lakes, or seas.

As she watched him climb onto the dragon's back and her and Chandra stepped back as the dragon's tail obliterated the walls, making the chamber bigger. She hollered at him to stop before he caused a cave in and was amazed when the dragon did indeed stop swinging it's tail. That was when about 10 green lizonians rushed her and Chandra. She had a sword from the fallen lizonian and quickly cut the first one down, grabbing the sword as he sank to the cavern floor and tossing it to Chandra.

"HERE!! PULL ON YOUR STRENGTH, CHANDRA!! WE MUST GET OUT OF HERE BEFORE MY AUNT REALIZES WE ARE GONE!!"

Both women fought hard, cutting down green lizonians around them and taking nicks and cuts themselves, wounds they could not afford to have. They made it to where the man and the dragon were and that was when he handed her a dark crystal and quickly explained how it would work, but only for her. He told her what direction to take to find him and Shiloh and then they were gone, the dragon climbing it's way up the vent and then taking to the sky.

"C'mon, Chandra. We have to get out of here and find the others then go find Shiloh."

Turning around, she saw Gnash and Chang advancing on them, about 30 green lizonians following behind them. She quickly looked around, trying desperately to find a way out. Her and Chandra were in no shape to face those two along with that many green lizonians. That was when Chandra tapped her on the shoulder and pointed to a dark passage entrance just to the right of them. Nodding her head, the two slipped into the passageway, feeling their way.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:58 pm



Jardony, Kryton, Eric and Braum searched for Shiloh and Miranda for hours and they were still no closer to getting them back than they were when they started out. The lizards left trails for them to follow, unfortunately the trails went in all different directions and it was difficult to tell which one was the right one. The only thing they could count on was the fact Gnash and Chang’s trail left deeper imprinted foot prints for the group to follow. If it hadn’t been for that, there was no telling where they would be.

Eric was frustrated, pissed off and frightened and as the dawn’s early light began to change the sky from blackest black to something less ominous, he was certain he was beginning to see things. No doubt his eyes were playing tricks on him from the fatigue and exhaustion he was feeling. But he dare not give up. Shi was out there with those scaly bastards and he wasn’t going to let them use her like some common whore.

Where were the lizards taking them? The more Eric and the others searched for them, the less hope they were beginning to have. What if they couldn’t find the women? What then? Would they just abandon the whole lot of them? No! Eric wouldn’t let that happen. He couldn’t do that to Shiloh.

Still, as they kept pressing forward, he felt the light of hope slowly lessen until it was barely a flicker. But then, they stopped where they were for they heard the rumbling of the earth soon followed by the sound of crumbling rock and dirt. That’s when they heard the unmistakable sound of dragons wings and they flapped to lift the massive body up off the ground and into the sky.

Eric and the others strained to see what dragon it was, but the sky was still too dark for them to discern. The flickering light of hope quickly turned into a flame once more and the men moved in the direction they heard the crumbling earth come from. This HAD to be a sign of good will. Surely the Gods were aiding the men by giving them this strange beacon to follow.

When they reached the massive hole caused by the dragon as it forced its way above ground, all four of them approached cautiously in case there were more. When they reached the edge, Kryton knelt down and called into the cavern below.

”SHILOH! MIRANDA! CHANDRA! ARE YOU DOWN THERE?!”

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:17 pm

Miranda and Chandra could go no further, the tunnel had become too narrow to continue. The good thing was that the Lizonians wouldn't be able to follow if they'd seen where they'd gone...the bad thing....they couldn't see, only hear and they had no idea how many of the lizonians were out there. That was when they both heard Commander Kryton.

"Miranda....they're here!! You and I are both good fighters and with them up above at the entrance to the hole the bronze dragon made bigger, we have a chance!"

Chandra's voice was a mere whisper, but Miranda heard every word, wondering what to do. The bad thing was, Chang and Gnash would have heard Kryton as well. Making the decision to fight rather than be stuck in a narrow tunnel, she nodded her head, then realized that Chandra couldn't see her in the darkness of the passageway.

"I'd rather die and take as many of those bastards with us then be stuck in here."

"You stay here, Randy. You are the only who can lead them to Shiloh. I will head out to fight and let them know that we're here. You....stay...here."

Miranda hated that she would stay behind, but Chandra had a very valid point. She said a prayer to the Gods when Chandra shimmied out of the tunnel with a war cry. The next thing Miranda heard was sword slicing through flesh and Chandra yelling at the four men.

"WHERE HERE!!!!........'grunt'......HURRY!!!! MIRANDA IS.....'oomph'....HIDDEN, WE ARE INJURED AND SHILOH IS......!"k

That was all she got out when she was attacked from behind, Chang running his blade through shoulder, rendering her unable to swing her blade.

"Come down and play with usssss, Kryton. Erik mussssst be with you assss well. Your woman, Ssssssshhhhhiloh sssssscreamed for me, Erik."

Chang was laughing when he got done speaking, wondering how well Erik was taking the news about his woman.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:26 am

As Braum led Jardony, Kryton and Eric made their way down the dark passageway he said "Be alert, keep some distance between us, this could be a trap." Just as he rounded a dark corner, there was a clash of steel. Braums sword pairied a spear thrust from a lurking lizonian. The creature countered, feighnted to the right and thrust left. Braums sword swung and severed the creatures head. As Baum turned to warn the others, a burning senstaion filled his back and chest. looing down the blade of a sword protruded from his chest and he sank to his knees, as the sword was withdrawn. Standing behind him was a lone red lizinian holding the sword. The creature lifted it's head and gave a triumphant roar.

On the surface Temeraire fell to her knees and he neck stretched out, head rising and gave out a mournful roar.
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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:04 pm



Braum had no sooner got the words out of his mouth when Erik saw the flash of something out of the corner of his eye. Hearing Braum engaging with the Lizonian, Erik rushed forward with his own blade drawn when he saw the blade protruding from Braum’s chest only to see it slide back through. His eyes widened with disbelief as he saw the elder rider fall to his knees. When he heard the Lizonian roar triumphantly, Erik saw red.

In one swift motion, Erik lunged for the creature and swung his sword at the same time. The blade came down in a chopping like motion onto the creatures shoulder where the neck and shoulder met. Erik’s blade penetrated half way through the creatures torso by the time it stopped cutting off the roar prematurely.

As the Lizonian fell dead, Erik withdrew his bloodied sword and kicked the body out of the way then rushed to Braum’s side. The elder rider was cradled in Kryton’s arms and when Erik reached him, Braum was wheezing and gurgling with every breath he took while Jardony stood guard and looked on with a pained expression on his face. Erik’s ice blue eyes could still not believe what they were seeing and he felt tears stinging them as he tried to blink them away.

”Braum….Braum can you hear me? I’m so sorry….I should have been up there with you…..can you please forgive me?”

Braum reached out and took Erik’s hand in his, clutching it desperately. Erik held onto the mans hand with a death like grip willing him to live even though Erik knew it was impossible with a gaping hole in the middle of his chest.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:03 pm

Chandra yelled out when she saw Braum go down, still battling two lizonians while a third tried to get to Miranda down the narrow passage. She heard the lizonian give a very undignified screech, then saw the same lizonian come backing out of the passage way, blood streaming from where one eye used to be. Then she saw Miranda shimmy her way out as well and join her in their battle, making short work of the two lizonians who were battling Chandra.

Miranda had stuffed the dark crystal into her side pouch that she carried with her to keep it safe when she heard Chandra yell out to Braum. Knowing that the man must have been injured, she heard the lizonian advancing on her as she drew her short dagger and waited, hoping that her aim would be true. It was and looking over, she saw that her blade had pierced his eye. After helping Chandra, she then rushed over to Braum and Erik as Chandra ran into her father's arms, Jardony wrapping her in a protective embrace. Both women were bloodied and bruised, the torture they endured evident on their bodies and in their eyes.

Miranda knelt down beside Braum, her look grim upon seeing his wound. She looked into Erik's stricken face and laid a comforting hand on his shoulder. It was then that she saw him looking around, knowing that he was looking for Shiloh.

"Shiloh isn't here, Erik. She was badly tortured, worse than us. Serena and Roxy used her to get us to tell them where the Varden stronghold is. We didn't...and Shiloh paid for it."

Chandra then took over as Miranda continued to study Braum's wound.

"A man appeared along with his bronze dragon.....a rare bronze dragon. Miranda begged him to get Shiloh out of here if she was going to have a chance to live. He gave Miranda a dark crystal and told her to head south to find them."

Miranda looked back up at Erik, unsure as to how to tell him about Shiloh's condition and what was done to her. She also wasn't sure as to what to do about Braum's mortal injury. She chose to keep an eye on Braum and tell Erik what had happened, but first they needed to get out of here before more lizonians showed up. That was Gnash and Chang stepped out of the shadows where they had been hiding waiting for the men to make their way down to them, along with another 10 lizonians. Chang grinned at Erik, his forked tongue flicking in and out.

"Ssssssso, Erik.....you made it. Too bad your woman is not here.....she may not even be alive. Roxy and I had the mosssst fun with your woman. Sssssssshhhhhhe sssssscreamed for me......ssssshhhe hassss the mossst wonderful ssssscream. Too bad that basssstard with the bronze dragon sssshhhowed up. We weren't done playing yet, Roxy, Sssshhhiloh, and I."

Miranda saw the rage enter Erik's eyes at Chang's words and hoped that Erik would destroy the bastard for she'd seen Shiloh when her and the man had released her and she'd been in bad shape. Gnash was standing next to Chang, glaring at Miranda. They would have to get rid of these two in order to get out of here and begin their search for Shiloh and take care of Braum. She wasn't even sure if their was any hope for Braum.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:24 pm



Erik kept his gaze on Miranda as she tried to explain to him what happened to Shiloh. The grip Braum had on his hand wasn’t letting up but Erik could see the life ebbing away in Braum’s gaze. The man didn’t have many moments left in this life. And I appeared as though he wanted to say something.

Just as Erilk was getting ready to lean down to hear what Braum had to say, the Lizonians showed up and the one began taunting Erik. If Erik thought he was seeing red before, here was nothing to explain what he was seeing now. Shiloh wasn’t here. She’d been tortured by these bastards along with that traitorous bitch Roxy and there was no telling if she was dead or alive. And now Braum had fallen at the hands of these hideous, unnatural creatures.

He could take no more.

Erik looked into Braum’s eyes with a distant, far off look in his icy gaze. In the next moment, the young rider was up and lunging at Change and Gnash with a war cry. It didn’t matter if there were 10 Lizonians or 100. Erik was moving like a madman possessed. His blade sliced through the air striking one Lizonian after another. His eyes had a murderous look to them as he fought the group single handedly. What did he have to lose at this point? Everything else he cared about was gone.

And he was going to make these lizards wish they’d never seen him let alone were foolish enough to taunt him.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:38 pm

Miranda stayed next to Braum when Erik went Beserk. She looked to Chandra, her green eyes filled with worry. Damn that Chang!! She hoped that Erik shut his mouth once and for all, for Shiloh could very well be alive.

"Stay with Braum, Chandra. Lord Jardony...Commander Kryton...get rid of those bastards."

Miranda took control of the situation and while Lord Jardony didn't bat an eye, knowing what Miranda was capable of, Kryton was just as livid and scared as Erik was and was already joining in the fray as Miranda spoke. Chandra knelt down next to Braum as Kryton and Jardony joined in with Erik, keeping the foul creatures away from their fallen comrade and Chandra. Miranda attempted to get to Erik as he was slicing his way to Chang who was standing not far away, a look of utter fear in his reptilian eyes. Gnash was grinning as he focused on Jardony.

Miranda was slicing her way through the few lizonians that were left, knowing that there were probably more coming along with Serena and Roxy. She yelled at Erik, trying to get through the rage he was feeling as she fought, tiring more quickly from her wounds, her body wanting to lay down now that the calvary had arrived.

"ERIK!!!!....ERIK!!!!!......I HAVE A WAY TO FIND SHILOH!!!! THERE IS A VERY GOOD CHANCE THAT SHE LIVES, BUT NOT IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOU!!! FINISH THIS SO WE CAN FIND HER!!!!"

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:15 am

Braum drew a ragged breath, rose on his elbows and called out "Eric...... MY SON ...... come to your father!" .... he then fell back and reached for out and clutched his sword, bringing it to his bleeding chest. "Eric come I have something ...... " then his words were choked by the rattle of his bloody cough.
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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:53 pm

Bannor swept over the mountains and into the valleys down below…flying just above the treetops, Lord Mhoram kept an eye behind them , half expecting something to be following. The woman was in pain. She obviously had been tortured beyond recognition as terror filled her eyes. She clutched her wounds with her fingers and by the time the castle servants got to her; her fingers were severly burned from the acidic seepage.

Now three days have passed and yet no word from Bannor if anyone else had survived from Treachery’s gorge inside the belly of the mountain. Its funny how time passed when inside the darkness of a cavern


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the servants gave aid and healers were called in from all of Anvil. The healing mud…Hurtloam dug from the riches of Anvil Rivers and streams (rich in minerals) healed many of the smaller cuts on her legs and arms; but the servants grew tired of restraining the young woman from clawing at her other much larger wounds that had not stopped seeping green bile.

The pressure against her chest began slowly to wear her skin raw, and the unbearable pain nagged her off the bottom of her slumber. Turbulence rushed her head, as if she were pillowed on shoals.
She labored her way in her sleep. Her body wrecked and jolted twice in rapid successions, and her resting place heaved. Servants lifted her head and lips to the glass of spring wine that kept her calm in her sleep.

Lord Mhoram looked up toward the mountain, “we will need to move this woman to safety, for if the woman warrior has been captured and whatever lizard men are left…nothing will stop them from searching until they find …”

Lord Mhoram could not finish his sentence. “Alert the kingdom, Cor-Dairen settlement and the villages…. The Land of Anvil must be warned of the dangers, more dangerous then the deep dark forest of Monadh-Frith and the hidden swamps.”

The northern Mountain known for there of dungeons, various caves and dead mines, were home to lizard men, and trolls…and where there are trolls, there are ogres, orcs, gnolls and various other vespers.




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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:00 pm



Erik didn’t care what Miranda told him. All he knew was that bastard of an abomination of nature had to be silenced once and for all. He unleashed a beast with his taunting and Erik was going to show him just how much of an animal he could be.

But it was Braum’s words that reached his rage induced mind. The rider felt as though he’d been struck and the wind forced from his lungs. His glazed eyes blinked into sudden clarity and he ceased his movements. What was left of the lizonians, including Chang and Gnash, quickly turn and ran down the passageways to escape the berserk rider.

Turning and looking back at where Braum lay cradled in Chandra’s lap, Erik’s hand lost the ability to grasp his sword and the weapon fell to the stone floor causing a metal CLANG to fill the area. He stared at the dieing Braum for what seemed like forever before his feet finally moved. Even then his feet felt like they were lead weights.

When he reached the elder rider, he slowly knealt down beside him and let his gaze settle on Braum’s. There was a mixture of disbelief and knowing all at the same time in those icy depths. Still, Erik reached a trembling hand out to once more grip Braum’s hand.

”My……father?”

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:15 pm

Braum gripped Erik's hand and with a soft voice Braum said "Yes, you are my son........That is why I was hard on you............I knew you would need to be strong.............Duty, kept me from your mother.............A desire to keep you safe has kept me from you............I have failed my son and................ask your forgiveness........" Braums eyes closed for several moments as his breathing shallowed and rattled in his chest. He lifted his sword, that lay beside him and placed it in Erik's hands. "This ........ this is all I have my son..............That and the pride I have for the man you have become..................Take this sword and use it well." With that said, Braum let out one last breath, his grip relaxed, his hand fell to his chest and his eyes became fixed, the light going out of them.

On the surface there was a mighty roar and then the sound of a dragon falling to earth. Both Braum and Temeraire both passed into the hereafter.


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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:38 pm



Erik’s mind was whirling. Braum? Was his father? He was alive all this time? He glanced down at the sword that had been placed in his hands and as Braum slipped away, Erik tried desperately to stop the man from passing on.

”NO! Wait! You can’t le….”

But it was too late. Death would not allow Braum to stay another second and feel the pain the blade had inflicted upon him. Erik saw the life drain from Braum’s eyes and he still couldn’t believe what happened. As he reached up with his trembling hand, he gently closed Braum’s eyes for the last time and bowed his head as silent sobs racked his body.

The father he longed so much for had come back to him and taught him everything he knew yet feared so much for his son’s life that he dared not reveal the truth until it was too late. There was so much Erik wanted to ask him, wanted to say to him and now, he would never have the chance. The lizards had robbed him of his father not once but twice now and this time there was no chance of him ever coming back.

Erik lifted his face to the heavens and cried out mournfully as his heart constricted in his chest. Clutching the sword he had been given to his chest, Erik knew he had to let his father go once and for all. But he wasn’t going to leave him here to become food for those bastards. Standing, Erik sheathed the sword his father gave him then bent down to pick his body up and carry it.

”He will not be left for them to feed on.”

The look in his eyes told everyone they had best not try to suggest otherwise. Letting Kryton lead followed by Mirads, Erik followed them letting Chandra and Jardony bring up the rear. It was time they left these cramped tunnels and get out in the open where fighting those bastards was on even ground. But before they could do that, Erik had a pyre to build and burn before he would go anywhere.

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PostSubject: Re: Stand Together...The Rebellion Grows   Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:33 pm

Miranda, Chandra, Erik, Kryton, And Jardony made their way out of the caverns, carrying Braum's body between them. Gnash, Chang and what was left of the Lizonians had fled...for now. Once they were outside the caverns, Miranda's and Chandra's wounds were cared for, a funeral pyre was built for Braum while the dragons prepared one for Temeraire. Everyone was in shock at finding out that Braum was Erik's father almost as much as they'd been when they'd found out that Kryton was Shiloh's father.

Miranda stayed close to Erik, letting him know that he had a friend should he need one as well as she had the means to find Shiloh. Three days had passed since they'd left the caverns and cremated Braum and Temeraire. Now was the time to find Shiloh. She approached Erik, pulling out the dark crystal from her pocket as Lord Jardony and Chandra prepared to head to the new compound and make sure that everyone was situated. Kryton was going with Erik and Miranda to find his daughter.

"Erik, I am sorry for your loss, but we should leave now to find Shiloh. The rider who took her said to head south and that the crystal would guide me. So, we should head out. Mount Mina and follow me."

Miranda was still sore from her wounds, but she also had no intention of leaving Shiloh. She mounted her horse, as she watched Kryton mount Dacia. She turned south and it wasn't long before the crystal started so softly glow. By that night she could feel that they were close.

The middle of the next day was when the crystal was brightly glowing and Miranda saw the castle amidst the trees. It was so well hidden, that she would have never even known it was there. She looked up and saw that by the way Mina and Dacia were flying about, they too had noticed the castle.

"HO THERE!!! YOU AT THE GATE!! I AM LOOKING FOR AN INJURED GIRL NAMED SHILOH AND I KNOW THAT SHE WAS BROUGHT HERE BY A RIDER AND HIS BRONZE DRAGON!! WHAT SAY YOU?"

The guard looked closely at Miranda and seeing that she fit the description of the one his lord had said would come looking for the girl, he hollered back down, then his eyes widened when he saw the other two dragons and their riders land next to the redhead.

"AYE!! SHE IS STILL HERE!! WE WERE GOING TO MOVE HER THEN YOU SHOWED UP!! SHE IS STILL RECOVERING FROM HER WOUNDS, BUT SHE LIVES!! I WILL HAVE THE GATE OPENED SO THAT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS MAY ENTER!!"

True to his word, the guard had the gates opened and the woman, two men, and two dragons entered the large keep.

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