Quest Old Stories, New Beginnings[Templar]

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  1. Saul Talith

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    Aberresai Savannah - Templar Fortress Herath

    Saul stood quietly on the very beginning of the massive stone bridge that spanned the gap between the mountains. Before him lay Herath, one of the three great Fortresses that had been built by the Templar of old. It's stone wallsstay lay mostly in tact, though parts of it had crumbled.

    Behind him lay nearly half of the Broken Sword Templar, and with them were dozens of engineers, workers, and their families.

    Saul had emptied nearly the entirety of the Broken Sword's Vault's to pay them all, but it would be well worth it. This Fortress was to be their new home, it was to mark the return of the Templar Order proper. He had invited all those whom he'd made his pact with and more.

    They could attend if they wished, they could join his garrison if only they asked.

    Herath would be rebuilt, it would be reoccupied to it's former glory.

    "Saul?"
    A hand landed on his shoulder and he turned back, spotting Edwin with a worried look on his face. The New Lord Captain of Broken Sword only nodded, gesturing towards the Fortress. "Let's go."

    They crossed the bridge within a few minutes, the gates already opened by the party that Saul had sent on ahead.
     
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    Skuld had indeed attended, though she was only in part of her armor. Working alongside everyone in her own chapter that had wished to stay, she had seen off those that wanted to continue their work. Working alongside the man to take over for her had been a trip.

    He was very much different than she was, but she doubted it would change that much about how they worked. He too was eager to return to their work in the chapter and wouldn't stay any longer than she did.

    They had the engineers and artisans now to make the fortress at least livable, and the funds for such work had come from the commander. It had staggered her how much they had cost, but it was needed to make sure the fortress was not going to fall in on them.

    She moved with them, anxious to get started on all of this business.
     
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    The bridge was impressive. The humans had such short lives. No individual human could ever achieve the heights of a master dwarf engineer. But with each generation they stood on the shoulder of the last. They through their brief lives into the labour to build great things quickly. He could respect that, in a way.

    Draedamyr perched on the lip of the wall, hands tucked under his armpits. The gentle breeze didn't seem to affect his balance. The drop just one step away was very long. Sometimes he liked to stand on the edge and imagine what it would be like to fall.

    Reverie and Twighlight were on his belt. All the tools of the trade were with him. There was work to be done. Stepping back he lightly dropped down to the bridge. This pile of stone placed by human hands. He turned towards the castle and walked towards the Fort.
     
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    Saul was greeted warmly by those within the fortress, a dozen smiles and greetings being called out as they welcomed him and the other Templar.

    The gates were held open, guarded by three men in full plate mail. Beyond them stood a small encampment in the courtyard, a large pile of rubble that had been pulled from the buildings sitting in the center. It seemed that the scouts had been eager to get to their work.

    One of the more senior scouts wandered up to him. He was a man from the Broken Sword, well educated and trusted by the previous Lord Captain. He offered Saul a quick salute followed by a greeting, a bright smile settling on his face as he waited for Saul to speak. "How's our Fortress?"

    "Well enough, Sir. We haven't made it past the first bridge yet. Though I suspect with everyone you've brought we'll need to change that."

    Saul smiled.

    "Indeed, Major." He glanced back to the pack of engineers and artisans. "Put together a party, we'll be exploring.
     
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    This wasn't the usual work he carried out for the Templars. Normally there was a particular mage wreaking havoc to be hunted down. Hunted and put down. He had no clue what would be on the other side of that bridge.

    Trolls were known to live in these parts and inhabit caves during the worst of the dry season. An abandoned fort was very much like a cave to an animal mind. No matter how sharp his swords and quick his hand, he wasn't well suited to fighting such monsters. Spears to keep them at bay, axes to finish them off.

    Bandits would have seen them by now. Probably would have hastened in their departure and been away already. Draedamyr hoped it wasn't the undead. The foul things had been seen several times west of the Spine. Better to have a mace or hammer to crack bones than a slender sword fit for duelling.

    There was still a good possibility that it would be completely empty. If that was the case then he would gladly take coin for the short journey.

    "I'll come forward," he said, raising his hand as one of the Templars walked to camp to put together a party to cross to the next part of the fortress.
     
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    Skuld had slowly crossed the bridge, taking in the sights of the people and small camp that had formed there. It seemed like such a faraway dream to have all of the chapters working together. Commander Talith was leading the charge though, and for that she was grateful. It was likely no one else could pull it off, as she knew with certainty she would never have been able to come this far. She caught wind of them needing an exploring party for the next bridge. She waved off her former apprentice with a sigh and called for another of their chapter, as it was time for him to be taking the rosters and assigning duties, not her.

    "Smithson, with me. We'll join!" Skuld waved to the man that was asking for help.
     
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    Before long a crew of twelve men had assembled themselves, all of them Templar save for the With Hunter. Saul eyed the elf for a brief moment, then simply shrugged his shoulders and motioned for all of them to follow along.

    The others would stay behind in the first section of the fortress.

    There was quite a bit of work to do, ensuring the gates functioned properly, finding everyone a place to sleep, and that wasn't even to mention everything else that had to be checked over. This process would be long, but that was why Saul had brought all of the engineers.

    Slowly the party headed towards the back of the Keep, finding their way eventually to a large locked gate.

    "I'm not sure what we'll find in the rest of the Fortress." Saul told them as he made his way into the gatehouse. The thing was sealed with a special lock, one that he'd thankfully found the key to several months ago during a journey to Vel Anir. "Herath was abandoned Five centuries ago."

    Slipping the key into the mechanism a loud click rang through the gatehouse, then a puff of dust sprang up as the gear began to wind. There was a loud mechanical clatter, the sound of chains dragging, and slowly the gates to the second Keep of Herath began to slide open. "No telling what's moved in since then."
     
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    There were no subtle emanations that would have heralded a magical trap. Draedamyr kept his hands close to his belt. He stood in silence, eyes studying the outline of the door as it opened before them.

    A distant howl rang out.

    His sword was in his hand almost before it had finished. Draedamyr canted his head to one side, but it was too late to determine the source. It could have been something out in the savanna disturbed by the noise. It could have been a troll inside the ruins waking up.

    "Jumpy?" someone asked.

    Draedamyr didn't deign to reply. He hadn't lived through seven centuries by becoming complacent. Nothing emerged when the way was clear. The elf took two low breaths before stepping forward. He didn't bother to sheath Reverie.
     
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    Skuld did not equip her full gear, even leaving behind her helm. Shield and hammer she held confidently though as Smithson out on his helm. The younger man had his mace and shield along with a sword at his hip, always ready to switch. He gave her a brief look of question as she shook her head and they continued. He was worried she was being overconfident, but she wasn't going to make them wait for her.

    The gatehouse opened the way, and with the howl, but Skuld and Smithson tried to listen intently. Neither could figure out the source, but both tightened their grips on their shields.

    "Hopefully nothing outlandish has made this their home. I don't imagine you have the engineers hazard pay." Skuld chimed as they followed behind the group. They kept toward the rear, beginning their usual patrol manner.

    Their eyes would always be moving up and down the area, scanning and watching from floor to ceiling as they walked.
     
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    "Seal the gate behind us." Saul called out to one of the Templar behind them.

    The man looked at him strangely for a moment, though he nodded his head and gave a quick salute.

    There was no telling what lurked beyond within the rest of Herath, and Saul wasn't going to risk anyone dying because of a stupid mistake. Skuld might have been joking, but he didn't want to put the engineers in danger. They had been paid to work, and he'd assured all of them they were safe.

    He would keep that promise.

    Without another word the Templar Commander stepped forward, moving along the great stone bridge towards the second fortress. The gate thankfully lay open, though the inside was as barren and black as the nights sky.

    "Torches." He told the others, his command quickly being followed as six fires sprang into light soon after.
     

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