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There are tales of ghouls and the dead rising along the Eastern Allir Reaches. The Templar chapter based of Allria has gone to investigate the matter... and perhaps bring to an end to whoever is at the root of this evil...

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A necromancer seems to be ravaging the Eastern Allir Reaches(near the spine). Some of the Templars are trying to stop him/her. Feel free to join in as a survivor, a passerby, maybe the necromancers servant!

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  1. Kaska

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    Kaska shook her head grimly. "That's not possible. We've had to enter it's sight to do anything to it, it always immobilizes me and-" she paused, grimacing. She shook her head, dismissing it.

    "Someone has to be sacrificed to it. Unless this one can deal with us all..." An idea they hadn't had a chance to prune out. Lia had snuck up on him before. It was necessary.

    "There's no way to stop his magic from touching me?" She asked again, uneasy.
     
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    He shrugged. "Not unless you turn back the Wheel of Time and join the Templars about ten years ago."

    Not to mention held a gift for Anti-magic in the first place.

    The latter was of course extremely unlikely and the former entirely impossible. Still, he didn't want to take away all of her hope. The Lich wasn't going to be that much of a problem, especially if it was only going to be one. As long as they managed to kill him, any undead he raised wouldn't linger.

    "Don't worry about it." He told her. "Just stay out of it's sight and let me handle it."

    That was why they were here, wasn't it? "It will die fast enough."
     
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    Kaska snorted, knowing there was no way in hell that was going to happen. She withheld that comment though. It was best to not give him time to try and stop her.

    "We can't kill him until we learn who his master is, though. It's very important we know. Can you promise me that?" She asked, nonetheless serious as she changed topics.
     
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    Ah so another piece of information came trickling out. Perhaps he was better than Valerie at this sort of thing. Politics had never really been his game, but apparently just talking...just talking he could do just fine.

    Saul made a small mental note. "Interrogating a Lich is all but impossible."

    The Commander responded quietly. Torturing a Lich was like trying to torture a rock. One could sort of do it with Anti-magic, but the undeads tolerance for pain and...well everything was the envy of even the toughest human being. It would be all but impossible to get information out of the thing.

    They would have to trick it, or fail that just see if it would answer honestly.

    "There is a possibility it resents it's master." He rolled his shoulders. "In which case it might just tell us as it dies."

    Though that was a longshot. "Whoever raised it was powerful though. Would have to be."
     
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    Or perhaps we was slowly feeding him trickles of information to test his character, little glances being casted at him periodically when she felt he wasn't looking.

    "Let us pray for that then," she sighed, nodding a hello at the ranger Lia had tasked to accompany her. He sat down besides her, silent yet present ... in case she needed help in dealing with this Templar.

    Both sides thought poorly of each other. She rubbed at her face, going for her pack.

    "Is that all your questions?" She asked, a touch pointedly.
     
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    "Not really." Saul stated plainly.

    There were always questions. More qualities of the Lich, more things to know about the Fortress, the state of his army, how they had even learned of the damned thing. There were so many things that he didn't know as of yet, so many things he needed to find out.

    But he knew Kaska wouldn't give them to him.

    Perhaps that would change over the next few days, he'd already accomplished quite a bit tonight. He thought that Valerie would have been proud of him, though it was a tough call with her.

    Ana would have been. "We'll talk more tomorrow."

    The Templar Commander said with a heavy shrug, flashing the two Rangers a smile before he turned and headed back towards Leane.
     
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    "I'm sure we will," she sighed, glancing sideways at her ranger. "We will train during the hour stops, so piss fast and eat on the ship," she told him, rubbing her face retreating grumpily into her thought.

    And that was exactly what they did the next day, departing from the shore on the pretense of relieving themselves. They did so, but then Kaska drove them hard into a practice, her arm screaming in protest as decapitation moves were practiced time and time again, the girl focusing on accuracy among all else.

    She would only have one chance to do this, she was sure.
     
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    The Templar were about as impassive as could be on the journey, something that Saul had of course ordered them to be.

    He didn't want tensions flaring up, he didn't want his men flouting themselves in the face of the Rangers. The Commander made sure to keep things quiet, made sure to keep everyone on an even keel. The Lich was what mattered, not some sort of inter-order rivalry.

    The past was done with, best to leave it be. "We're getting close."

    The words came on the fifth day of their journey. They were on the Sayve now, traveling against the current and slowing their progress just a bit. Saul didn't mind it, he'd taken the opportunity to go fishing.

    Something he didn't get to do often.

    "The Lich." Saul said as he stepped up behind Kaska. "What does he look like?"
     
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    Kaska was more open to talking now. The closer they got, the more anxious she grew. Anything could have happened in these two weeks, and her imagination was not kind when she began to fuss out different possibilities. Her sleep got worse. And most embarrassingly, there were some nights were her dreams had woken more than just her up.

    None of that matter though. Just getting there, that's all she thought about. Not finding the bodies of the other ten broken and left behind. That was her top priority.


    She didn't turn around, or even tense. Strangely, she was growing use to the Templars. Use to, but not trusting. That would just be stupid.

    "Um... Half dead? His face nearly rotting away..." She swallowed hard. "Armor.... crown on his head. S'missing an arm now. Hell my sword might still be buried in his chest," she mused, if just to brighten herself.
     
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    Saul's eyes narrowed for a second. "Crown?"

    There was suspicion in his tone. A crown was not a typical thing for a Lich. They thought highly of themselves, all of them did without fail, but a crown? That was a bit of an oddity.

    "What sort of crown?" The Templar walked forward and grasped the railing, leaning forward and watching the shore as it slowly slipped by.

    His mind began to run with half a dozen different theories, ideas of what could be laying ahead of them, or rather who. A lich with a crown...fingers tightened slightly, legends spooling through his mind.
     
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    She frowned, trying to bringing it to mind. "I-.. I don't know. I was too busy dealing with his magic to look. Bones, maybe? Why? Does it mean anything?"

    She turn to him, her attention sharpening as she hoped this lead for an opening-- another plan of action-- some weakness. Anything.

    "His eyes are blue?" She offered, trying to tip the scales to help.
     
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    He frowned slightly, and then suddenly cracked a smile as she added the detail of the Lich's eyes. It wasn't something he really ever paid any attention to...the color of his enemies eyes. It seemed an odd thing to notice, especially if you didn't even take in his crown.

    Saul's head shook slightly. "A Lich, in typical terms, was once a powerful sorcerer."

    That was of course common knowledge.

    "You don't have to be a Sorcerer to come back from the dead, you can be a warrior or something of the sort, but a Lich specifically is a sorcerer." He wondered if Rangers knew or even cared about that distinction. "There are few who would wear a crown."

    From what he knew anyway. "Fewer still who made their home in the Reach."
     
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    She remembered his eyes. She remembered them all too well. That and his mouth, open and laughing. Those were the two details she could describe to complete accuracy. Though she would never say why.

    "Are you talking about a king? An old, magical, king?" Her mouth fell open, her mind already tearing through chapters of learn history, trying to find a man that matched the part.

    As it was, her father did not focus her studies on frivolous details. Which to a degree, this was.

    "Do you know one?" She asked, her voice edgy.
     
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    "Or warlord who fancied himself one." Saul mused.

    Templar, unlike Rangers it seemed, were taught the history of the area they lived in. It was an important thing to learn when you dealt with the undead, and not just because any day something could crop up and become a massive pain in the ass. There were some very real practical applications.

    "The Reach had plenty." Before Alliria managed to wrangle an army powerful enough to systematically wipe them all off the face of the earth. He would have thought that even the Rangers remembered that, given the fact that they helped so much with it. "It could be one of them."

    He mused. "I would have to see the crown."
     
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    Kaska pursed her lips, trying hard to pull something forward. "...Bone?" She offered, no confidence in her tone.

    "I'm sorry, like I said. It's jewelry wasn't something I was really focused on in the moment. His magic is a bitch," she finally warned, touching on the topic for the first time.

    "You really need to avoid it. There's no functioning once it's on your body," she told her, her tone serious.
     
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    The Templar Commander waved dismissively, clearly not concerned about the Lich and his magic. His stance shifted slightly, lips thinning as she leaned forward on the railing. "It won't work on me."

    Some of the others it would, but not him.

    From what Kaska had already described he knew that the Lich's magic was very likely not elemental in nature, nor blood magic. It was likely the more standard fare. Dark Magic was one thing he'd encountered half a dozen times already, and he knew well that his own abilities could counter it.

    Even stop it.

    "Though." He mused for a second. "If it is who I think he might not even try."
     
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    Won't work on him? What kinda bullshit was that? She had heard this Templar chapter had some sort of secret weapon against magic different from all the rest, but since chapter knowledge didn't often creep its way outside the chapter ... the finer details were a mystery.

    Before she had a chance to ask what exactly he did to make that occur, he spoke again.

    "Wait. You have a name? Give it."
     
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    "It is a theory." Saul said simply, not entirely sure that he was even correct. He needed more information, at least to see the Lich for himself.

    His fingers drummed on the railing in front of him.

    "I can't be sure." The Commander was weary of giving her information that might very well turn out to be wrong. "Not until I see him."

    The fact that he was a man was a clue, the armor and the crown two more. The last was that he had specifically fought Rangers. There was a possibility, but it was slim.

    Very much so.
     
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    She straightened besides him, turning head on. "Well there's a lot I wasn't sure on that I told you. This is important, you shouldn't keep it to yourself, my men are already out there holding down the fort. If there's anything you know that could help them-" She threatened, her nostrils flaring at her threat.
     
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    Saul perked an eyebrow. Not entirely sure if the girl even knew what she was doing at this point. Threatening him at little point, especially given their current situation.

    "During the first great Schism there was a Templar sect that broke away from the Order." He mused for a moment, thinking, and then slowly going on. "Their leader was a powerful mage. This was back when the Templar hated...well pretty much all mages."

    Near four thousand years ago, it was said. "Our historians think he was a plant from Elbion or somewhere, squirreled away to break out ranks."

    He shrugged.

    "Anyway he took nearly two thousand men when he broke away, declared war on the Templar and anyone else in the Reach. Wreaked havoc for a year or so until we managed to pull him down." He frowned slightly. "Fancied himself a King. Wore black armor and a half circlet crown."
     
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    Kaska reeled back a little, understanding flooding her in a bout of overwhelmed shock. "Oh." She found herself unconsciously mimicking him, her fingers drumming on the railing. She nodded to herself, the description feeling right. "The armor was black," she confirmed.

    There was some relief to realize how powerless this figure was now. Two thousand had fallen into forty, maybe one-hundred buy the time they could return. It wasn't utterly unmanageable. But also best they stop it now... Events surrounding this were starting to make sense.

    "So that makes him one of yours," she said pointedly, likewise relieved that this wasn't quiet so much the fault of rangers, as she had been suspecting. "But the firs schism was what? Four thousand years ago? How is he coming into play now? Shouldn't you have noticed him before?"

    She was still a touch naive on the finer aspects of liches. All aspects, really.
     
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    Saul's face remained impassive at the accusation. "He was raised by someone else."

    It really was the only explanation.

    A lich did not just simply pop up out of nowhere from the dead. Usually when they were self made the sorcerer died and then immediately returned, a matter of them bringing about their own undeath. There was also a possibility of being raised through a place heavily seeped in magic, but given that this Lich was traveling that was impossible.

    No, somebody raised it.

    "Four thousand years is a long time. Even the Templar had forgotten where his grave was." He frowned. "Somebody found it and then raised him from the dead."

    His fingers tapped against the railing. "Perhaps hoping to antagonize Templar."
     
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    She stiffened, her fears coming full circle.

    And she said nothing, not trusting herself to comment as evenly as she would like. She was great at acting, but only about things she didn't care for. Everything else? Open book...

    "You do have a lot of enemies," she allowed, pushing off the railing in a dismissive gesture. In her usual abrupt manner, she attempted to walk away.
     
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    Saul shrugged. "No more than you."

    The words sounded quite a bit more harsh than he would have liked, but it was true. Rangers and Templar both had their fair share of enemies. The only true difference was where those enemies were. His Order had them all over Arethil, the Rangers? Well everyone onew exactly where to find them.

    A problem they had to deal with often he imagined.

    As Kaska pushed herself away and began to leave Saul simply stayed put where he was. His mind was racing with a dozen different possibilities, sifting through the likelihood of what and who the lich actually was. The idea that his theory might be correct...terrified him.

    The tales of old were never kind, and near enough horror stories that they used to tell them to one another as kids.

    He hoped none were exactly right.
     
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    It was the eve of the last night that she actively approached him again, the crew having just deposited themselves on land. Some were working towards a fire, others gutting fish. Sensing the soon to be tight resource situation, Kaska and the captain opted for a few hours rest on shore to cook and prepare a solid meal and rations for the up coming days. A few hours was a heavy cost to Kaska's racing concerns, but if it brought a refreshed army and food for her people, she trusted Lia could spare it.

    She wasn't going to spend it stagnant though. She walked up to Saul and jerked her chin wordlessly at him, expecting him to follow her into the treeline.
     
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