The Golem Mage
In the very beginning of this story, the beginning of the masters of Dispensia and this tale, the start of an eternal madness in existence.
an orphan named Hirald, a great sorcerer to be, became a student at the Golem Mage Academy, for the most talented youth, the most advanced schoold for mage asassins in the lands of Dispensia.
a new apprentice in the Order from the lands of Nomad.
A brutal land of the Horde, which obeys only their own culture. And rules of their nation, as brutal as they are, they are almost in a secret alliance with the order not bothered by their presence.
Until he met Nojaku, soon to be leader of the Ninja, he wondered where would he go in life with his madness.
and the trouble they worked their way out of became the things of myth and legend you might tell your children before bed.
"My boy, what is thy name young apprentice?" King Herald asks, never taking the time until now to ask young Hirald., Illelitia at his his side both standing near the gates of the palace leading into the city,, his queen and co-ruler of the Order.
"Hirald" Meaning Dragon King, “The bloodiest title you can have in the lands of nomad” Meaning their king to be of the separated clans of humans living amongst the Horde. The young boy managed, painfully aware of the meaning of his name, and afraid to bring attention to it. Not wanting to cause any uncertainty in the day just beginning. But Hirald eyes the country side amusingly, knowing all full well a day of an adventure, and not wanting to be cought off guard.
But King Herald was not the type to pick at one over such things., liking the boy not having a child of his own, he and his wife never being able to conceive, and almost taking over as care giver for the young sorcerer, already telling the fortune of the young deadly child as growing up to achieve greatness in the empire and the Golem Mage Academy.
"Hirald." Herald repeats, "Hirald, our new mage in the Golem Academy. And you had best not forget it either, apprentice."
It had to have been by chance that he had stumbled across the young one, Hirald had been abducted by a band of thieves after his mother and father had died, nobility and leaders of their village.. not wanting to live with relatives of kin either, he did not care where he was if he was alive or dead with the loss of his parents.
such talent was in their ranks, the thieves, always looking for the right leader to make for themselves, an educated young mage.
and it was unlikely that the apprentice would ever forget it.
"Now you have a country to stand for; our glorious Imperial Order."
The Order was something he believed in,the Academy something he enjoyed to the fullest.,
but the Order was a beacon that stood against the darker countrys of Dispensia., a land of freedom and prosperity. A law govering country it almost always has been, Believing in the commonness of all and the ancient beliefs of magic and their supreme rulers for guidance thru the dark times and turmoil.
Hiralds parents had fallen victim to a plague sent by the Lands of Dreary; The Alliances mortal enemy along with the last but the Hillshire Dwarven and Elven and the water people in Dispensia, let alone the Grimace, but not as much as a problem. And the horde, not to be bothered in their size and numbers, perfering to be left alone and out of human affairs.
it had been the first time he had seen the disgusting rot first hand, and he would never forget it. A sick vile plague which costs the lives of a fifth of the population. Conjured by the Fa evil sorcerors, even plaguing their own lands while trying to destroy the alliance. At the end of their hate.
He had been unable to do anything for his parents, and if not for Herald, he would have joined them in death, the order always claimed the human kind in the lands of the horde as their own. Horde living on the outskirts of the borders as well humans living on the borders of the Horde land, a dreadfull place it can be sometimes, but all in all it is just known as the wilds.
Nojaku seemed to sense how uncomfortable Hirald was in his memories, and thankfully intervened, Not wanting to spoil the day with things past.
"I think it's about time to go." There were things one could get away with, when their father was king of a faction. Running away from King Herald was apparently one of those perks.
"Of course, sir." Hirald knew an escape when he saw one.
"Good. Let's be off." Nodding politely to their elders, they departed for the village to play and plunder like children half their age.
Stalls of wares and people in the streets breezed by, most a blink in their eyes and forgotten as they passed the market, nothing in particular catching either of their attention.
"What is that?" Hirald asked, noticing for the first time a deep sapphire-green stone in Nojaku's hand.
"A gem." Nojaku grinned with pride, rolling it over in his palm, watching the light refract off its angles. "And a remarkable one at that! It lets you peak into people's minds; hear their thoughts!"
He was an apprentice mage, and that sounded a little far fetched even for him from a simple, tiny stone.
"Allright, let me see it then." Hirald held out his hand, and Nojaku did nodt even think for moment there would be a problem with a little look, how saying 'no' could have completely changed the course of their lives.
As soon as it touched Hirald's skin, it burst into flames. He dropped it like the inferno it was, neither boys daring to get close to it now, but the amulet in Hiralds pocket had combusted as well,
the heat quickly seared through to his skin. Nojaku's attempts to strike it out made him cry out in pain, and he heard King Herald in the distance, rapidly approaching."What are you boys up to?! Honestly, can you not stay out of trouble for one day?"
"Apologies, my lord." They remember to bow, at least, before running further into the city without another word.
When it looked like they were clear, Nojaku leaned against the nearest cobblestone wall and groaned.
"My father is going to kill I for destroying his rune piece!
Hirald we have to find another one, and quick!" His eyes were drawn to his friends charred pocket, where a similar trinket had once resided. "Where did you get the one that scorched you so?"
"The lands of the Nomad..." Hiralds eyes drew together in thought for a moment, cocking his head to the side as he tried to recall- "I had another one like it, but I left it buried years ago."
"That's great!" Nojaku immediately lit up, a way out of his father's scrutiny brightening his mood considerably.
"We'll leave a note for the others and go get it. It's our best chance of finding the piece I need to replace.
" Without anyone finding out, they both mentally added. It was the combining of your aspect stone that caused the combustion of the gems, we've got to find another one, we've just got to. My life depends on it.
"Of course." Hirald bowed his head in approval,
the prospect of an adventure with his comrade was something he could happily sink his teeth into.
They sneaked into Nojaku's room, wary of alerting his father, and left a quick note. When they didn't show up for dinner, someone would surely find it and take it to him.
That only left how they were to leave. "Hey! What do you think you're doing you little-" The stable guard bit his tongue so hard Hirald would have been shocked if he wasn't tasting his own blood. Preferable to calling the Ninja prince something unforgivable and tieing a noose around his own neck, of course. "Help yourselves." The guard swallowed, pale.
"We need two strong mares. Would you arrange them?" Nojaku seemed to not notice a problem. Or was feeling charitable.
"Young Master... Might I ask when you two will return?" Prince or not, the guard also had a higher authority to answer to- his father.
"Late." Hirald wanted to laugh at the poor man's panicked fumbling
. Nojaku really wasn't that scary, was he?
"We'll be off now." Nojaku said instead, all sharp smiles that tell the guard not to ask further.
Hya, up boy Hirald and Nojaku command their mounts; they ride into the day east toward the military railroad...
Hopefully we can persuade a cargo ship from a soldier says Nojaku not feeling too well in his stomach,
I have the gold pieces to buy our fare to the Horde Lands and the money for the bribe to the soldiers at stand if so it takes,
from a noble man such as I, son of the king of the Ninja, who would say no? I'm prince aren’t I, yes says Hirald.
Let’s hope we don't get anyone killed. The note said three day's in the country side to hunt in celebration of the upcoming Spring Bazaar.
Let’s hope that the letter manages to get us through before anyone has a chance to find out what we've been up to...
Meanwhile, ah yes perfect says Fraknaru, very marvelous
I do say sir Herald, NOjaku and Hirald destroyed my third most valuable jewl,
He will have to replace it or I will thrash him good, funny how magic works isn’t it laughs Herald, only time will tell of their adventure,
I am already informed of Nojaku's and Hiralds departure,
how surely were they asks the king, very, and they left with a purse of gold, towards the military railway. Clinging all the merry way dun dun dun dun dun, silence shouts emperor Fraknaru with a look of dire meaning, Nojaku he smells insolence to the fullest,
from an officer he would surely know of the meaning. We do not need him getting on to our little plot now do we, a good exercise shall do them both a great deal good.
And prove how responsible they are, and how much we can count on them for the years to come.
It reminds I of the day I was young and had our adventure Herald, remember the eight month trip to the Lands Of Nomad with nothing but our short swords and bows and arrows to redeem my honor to my own father Dhakrkthu, why I miss him so.
And how my mother cooed I and told I how much a brave and responsible young man I had become.
Why the rites to becoming king, He either makes it or he doesn’t Fraknaru
. See, their they are the sneaky mage assassins off into the west points Fraknaru, riding hard and fast,
makes you proud to be a father.
Send message to the military rail road, that they have no trouble reaching their destination.
It has alomst been three days, and Noraku and Hirald reach the military rail road like it is the thing to do,
having the mounts rested for three days and returned home and paying twenty gold for a one way to Illetilia, a bordering city In the lands of Nomad,
Let's see if Hirald still has his aquantences a three month travel to the south. A den of dragons that will fetch a fair and very fast ride.
Their your friends Hirald, do they bite? Aha yes ofcours, no not I i've known them since I was a child, your still a child Naraku says. I mean I have know them for a very long time Nojaku Hirald says.
Anyways we should make due time to the south
and see if we can comandeer a few mounts along the way.
Very well , the young mage assassins set out south for their destonation of the dragons den. leaving Illelitia outpost, they venture into the night with their bows loaded and feircly watching the woods as they ventured on the path to the dragons den.
Aha, here we are now a safe place to sleep almost two days on their adventure after leaving Illetia, "five altogether" by now they're known to be running and in distant lands. They come across a cottage in the nomad lands,
Imperial they look, but Hirald still speaks the tounge perfect, since he's lived here for so long, growing up here and all.
Knock knock Nojaku knocks on the door,
an elderly woman open's it weirly.
Hof mey I help thee she speaks.
Nof me on lookin fer a tiny mounts Hirald speaks, meh havf gild fer tha xchange, meaning he is looking for two horses and he is willing to pay handsomely in gold,
the old womans eyes light up with such an offer from the boys,
and says bah inperial rilty,
neow look, ten gild fer tha mounts nd net a shickel none tiny. neow givit she spits.
Tiny your mounts round back of bern howse,
yu mey sleep in tha bern nd depart n tha merning.
Thank you miss says Nojaku, he pays the woman in full and Hirald says, yes I'll be off rearly in the merning.
For the next two months they venture hard and fast, riding day and night to make good time to the way of the dragons den,
south they venture from the way of Illetellia.
Ha, were almost there, says Hirald, It's fortanute we've made good time, we're almost out of supplies
, we've eaten almost all our jerkey we packed, not to meantion the biscuits that ran out a week ago,
pass the chew Hirald, Nojaku bits off a lipfull of flavorfull chewing tobacco, sparefull sir, we've only a pound left.
.. we need to stop at a village and resupply, we've eneough moneys, about eighty pieces gold, plenty to last our adventure out my sir. Yes ofcourse Nojaku Hirald says levating and circling in the deadly way the young mage assassin he is.
How much longer nojaku says, quite fearfull of the position he is in with his father and Hirald not seeming to be anymore clear headed about the situation they are in being so new to the empire and to the Golem Mage School,
It's just as much my fault Nojaku he says, I should have predicted the outcome of weilding two such powerfull jewl and being so young in my study,
no Nojuke says, I should have been more carefull of my fathers precious belongings
and more responsible
. HOpefully I show him how responsible I really am, and make up for this, right Hirald, 'right sir, Hirald says, I as well' and that we can be counted on in any situation, no matter how the dragon rolls, right, ofcourse sir.
At night they come upon the dragons din, very dangerous they are but they seem to have remembered hirald so well, Ah a new respect I have found for you sir says Nojaku.
One of the oldest dragons, Hirald named Grey a long time ago was the one to approach them first letting out a growl that he was friendly Nojaku seeming to understand the hesitation at being so new to the din of dragons
walking with his hands in his pockets not wanting to initiate an attack and following on Hiralds heel,
aha there we are Grey, Hirald say's fedding him a very large piece of dried jerkey, one of greys favorites.
What a good boy you have been dear freind.
Could we trouble you for a ride, we seem to be in much trouble and in need of assistance.
The dragon nods at being a very good dragon and finishes his meat wanting to please his young master. Aha, ofcourse...
The two begin their journey with thier new freind Grey, first off to a nearby village to resupply sir, ofcourse Hirald says. I remember a nearby village about twenty something miles off to the south we could resupply our dried meat supplys, I sir down that way Nojaku says to Grey, the dragon wags it's tail in reconition at being such a good dragon.
Hirald and Nojaku bring their dragon down upon a village named the Hillshire Lost,
a small village,
and the villagers sounding an alarm meaning dragon attack.
Nojaku and Hirald dismoutning with arrows loaded and aimed at villagers with pitch forks.
Hirald tells Nojaku, let I handle this sir, very well Nojaku says.
Thee, repor to I, Hirald says, I am neid of supplies and meet for meh dragon.
I weill whacha got deer freind says the person who looks to be the village elder.
Nojaku says no few, very big bags of meat villager he says throwing a purse of ten gold to the villagers feet.
The elder claps his hands, He hands over to Hirald two large bags of dried meat and Hirald throws him five more gold for a bag of tobacco,
which they most desperatally needed.
Aha well good sirs, Hiralds bow and arrow returned to its sheith says were off now then. Hirald and Najaku mounts their dragon and heads east leaving the village.
It's been three days and nights abroad the dragon, he's getting tired Nojaku says,
naw he's just hungry,
they make it to the spot Hirald burried his magic jewl as a child.
Just a foot down Nojaku Hirald says,
they are nearly at the border to the western imperial orders boundries, aha, here it is Hirald screams,
I told you it was here. Now, lets combine it with your aspect jewl and find our gem.
Nojaku mutters at the burning of the jewls after he combines them and throws them to the ground with no hesitation, and in a hurry to find the jewl they lost.
Aha, to the west in the imperial boundries, it looks two hundred miles, we are in luck freind.
Try and get a pinpoint on that location.
Two hundred eight thousanths and 3 ******** inches under ground it looks. How has it stayed hidden for so long, we're off.
It takes Nojaku and Hirald a few hours to reach the destination of the crystal,
they dig for hours untill they finally find it,
hold there it looks to be a soldier running tward them. Aha,
I trust your done with your silly little adventure sighs Faknaru,
you've both passed our little test to becomming supreme royalty,
now Nojaku's mother Neifaru comes running to her boy, bends down and gives him a hug squeezing him and telling him how much a brave and responsible little boy he his.
Hirald blushing in the back watching as Nojaku is cooed and cries to his mother,
we made it as fast as we could we did,
yes ofcourse she coes Hirald and Nojaku, why yes you did, very responsible you two are to make the adventure all by yourself. Hirald interupts, we were set up Nojaku, they got us, he laughed.
Chapter 1 In the lands of grimace
I has been two hundred years since we were children kain, being in the land of grimace for so long it feels like forever sir,
Grimace, dark creatures with pointy ears and very long and sharp teeth, A creature with a horn for a nose and winged beings that can fly for very short distances
Ah back here again, to no avail,
we must strive forward Kain, we will drop the emerald in the ancient salt sea’s of Valadaska,
where hopefully it will stay.
Only seventeen left my friend, we have been here for so long… feeding off of boar carcass,
the best royal grub this side of Dispensia, Kain remarks, about like a good mutton my lord.
Ha, Hirald shouts… It’s been almost three years here dear friend, well, 786 gems down nineteen left, eight hundred and five altogether.
. Lets make double time, to the mountains.. meanwhile
Clarly bringing the armies of the Royal Guard into force,
to the Palace, the bloodiest place on rock moon empire,
about to be destroyed by the elvish womans desire, our need for this place has come to an end.
. Now to the plan, Mwahahahahahaha, the most beautiful sinister laugh ever brought to life in the empire…
The king of the ninja, Nojaku, standing tall awaiting the arrival of his comrades Hirald and Kain,
Fellind and Merceirnier at side…
somethings wrong,, to arms we must break the lines, get us in there, we have to find them it isn’t time yet…
The armies of the mage asassins clash with the mighty grimace,
so much gore just to get the champions on ground…
The devlish and godlike mage asassins.
Only one chance to find them, their last jewls, they couldn’t of used them all, theyrre not back yet, theyre our only hope,
we must insist they’te still alive and adventuring on, most likely being subdued by kalikra.
My prize Jewl, he breaks it, by joining his two wordly possessions, the possessions of existence, of their homeland gone.
The king of the Ninja, a sorcerior of mighty talent throws the burning pieces into the dirt and watches his burning trail.,,,,
so their we are hirald, no way they’ve found so many,,, ah seventeen it looks.…. Aha, off we are.. And hopefully not into Kalikra’s reach.
The weirwolf has been on us for the last 100 days Hirald, says kain. He's blocking our getaway and throwing a damp in our adventure. Why did he have to show up at the last moment and ruin our retreat.
He's carriying a few of our jewls, quite cunning he is, and quite the tracker, think he found those all by himself,
shhhh kain, the beast smells insolence. Ive been watching his eyes for the last twenty or something miles, blood thirsty he is. HIs eyes are glowing...
But we're late hirald, nojaku fellind and merceirneir will surely think we are being subdoed by nothing but the beast which encircles us and blocks oour retreat. Or worse killed..
well one things sure, the emperor of all the grimace sent him to catch Hirald and his worldly companion,
our first duty, to make it to the rondevu point with the military,
we may have to go thru kaliktra. As bad as it sounds it's either him or us. Unseen we are emperor hirald, kain remarks, almost invisible ghosts we have been for two long years here,
think it would be better to just call the beast out and fight him on our own terms. And let his death howl become the eyes of the grimace, kain think,
we are mage assassins, It's almost if he's herding us in a trap, our first and only duty here is to dilude and be the sneaky tiranyy we have been our journey a success, but not now,
we wont lose, we still have a spell to inchant for all these here.
Off to find nojaku fellind and merceirnier. They'll come for us I just know it, It's our only hope that they've come for us, my rupy, he joins two rupys together, a hilander and his aspect, they ignite he throws them on the ground...
Aha, there we are old boy, coming to find your freind, if he had a tail it would be wagging right now
. I needed to see this, it looks two hundred miles off in the way of kalikra. Perfect, he's surely to have brought a dragon gun.
And hopefully brought I another gem of aspect, I can only stay hidden for so long without one here..,
But it was worth the cost, he must've used his prized rupy to find I, we'll we'll just have to pull one off the weirwolf and replace the thing. I'll see to it personally...
If I join a mind reding aspect with a dark howl, it should soul bind to his royal hiness.
Very dangerous art you practice kain insists, why I'm just an axe weilder, aha an enchanted axe kain hirald states, with your dragon aspect jewl, to stay hidden here with I and to make you live for another five hundred years. And just an axe weilder sir, if you insist...
Whats wrong Nojaku, asks merceirneir? The other spot by the spell, something or someone has a hold of, more than it looks, three jewels.
They must be sought after by the weirwolf and it seems not far off their trail, how they've made it this far is beyond I. we must help them.
I've packed two quadrant gems into the burrel, lets hope our gun will put the beast down without any trouble, .
And we can make our way back alive. I suspect we'll be in this land for quite some time again. But two quadrand gems, the all mighty beast of the grimace will surely hear us, in his own lands.
We'll you think of something better Fellind, untill then we have our comrades to save, no way they could've packed such a shot and gone unseen for so long.
The Grimace track us now with the stench of magic at it's most lethal, haha! Merceirneir shreiks, were about to kill a god.
Good Nojaku says, we've only got one shot, let's try and stun the beast insists Fellind.
Ah yes theyre right over there Fellind, lets get the dragon, It’s a big one, it should carry all three of us,
Nojaku lets shoots his bow into a Grimace’s side, the other two running off to sound the alarm, Merceirneir takes the beasts head and the two royal Grimace, one turs to fire a projected arm at Nojaku, Nojaku turns his head just in time to miss the shot, and returns his aim and takes the beasts head with a powerful shot from his bow.
The third beast is off sounding the intruder alert at their watch station,
on the boundries of the highest points of the gale water barrier, ******** shouts merceirnier, their are thousands of Grimace around,
we have to make to the sky and now, they take aim on the Grimace shooting at them, Fellind catching an arrow in his spiked war oak shield. Now the third Grimace is downed, lets finish him so he dosen't talk and Merceirneir mount the dragon, we have to be off now,
Fellind takes his head with a shot after the Grimace says shilaiyke, meaning the Emperor will come for you.
The three fly hard to meet their comrades, it looks abouit ten miles off and they are at a fight with the weirwolf and a handfull of grimace.
Their they are, holding up in that cavern, I can hear them. I see them there Merceirneir points,
look their help signal, a fire, their last hope, they must be running out of ammounition by now, and worse, being cornered, I hope they manage to hold out untill we arive there.
Fire Hirald, shouts Kain, the axe weilder fighting two Grimace to the head while Hirald holds the weirwolf at bay with his great bow, but only so long can he hold the beast back with mere arrows.
Hes getting angry Hirald, you took his eye, Kain swings with all his might to take the arm from a Grimace, he drops his sword arm, downed the creature falls to the ravine below and Hirald takes the next two to the head with a shot dropping them mommentarily.
Nojaku falling from the sky with his blade suprises the weirwolf and cuts his side open, screaming the weirwolf hurries to Nojaku to bite, but gets a mouth of sword instead, now Nojaku shouts, now Merceirnier, take aim and fire!
Merceirnier skidding down the rock side ten foot long gun burrel aimed takes his shot, blaow! shocks the entire country side with the sound of the god killing gun.
The weirwolf drops with a death howl, aroooooooooooool.
Kalikras end, to the best.
How good to see you Nojaku, and in the nic of time sir. Did you bring I a jewl of aspect by chance. Why yes of course, here, Nojaku throws Hirald his new jewl of aspect to keep him hidden in the Grimace lands,
but not for long will that jewl work Fellind insists, the Emperor surely knows our location from the blast from the gun we must make it back to the military or worse of an objective, thru the portal.
Hirald wald up to the weirwolf and pulls the imbedded howling crystal from the weirwolfs forhead, it kicks, Inow you felt that old boy,
Hirald speaking to the Emperor to himself, almost cooing him in his own way.
But we won't be anywhere around by the time you come near.
They dissapear into the night, into the hills momentarrily before Emperor Dreary of the Grimace arrives on his dragon.
Taking a look around to see if he can find them. To no avail, they've dissapeared my lord the royal guard informs his majesty, bah, mere humans coming in here ,we must find them and soon, the damage they could've caused with their magic jewls.
Bah, blasted humans.
Merceirnier in the lead, the group heading for the rivers for their escape and Grimace swarming in everywhere.. We have to find a few dragons and make it to the highest point where we can reach the military. This should be our last time comming in and out of here once we turn the gale water barrier into a vortex. Clarly's already starting, see, I knew Clarly could not wait for us. Grey! screams Nojaku, Clarly set you here to find us, Grey Hiralds pet dragon makes it to them, and in the most fashonible time, they take their armour off and lose anything heavy and mount the giant dragon. To home grey, Hirald yells, magic is with us this day dear freinds.
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