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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!

Tales There's Daggers In Smiles

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    The girl was clutched to her mother, who still gave resistance as Takama tugged her from her. She had to wrestle her away, her guards restraining the woman. The Dreadlord gave a yelp, the girl had bit her on the hand. "Take her" she commanded to one of Elise's retainers. She wanted the girl spared this sight at least.

    Bared blades kept the family from resisting. Elise seemed to be savouring the moment as she sized them up.
     
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    "You, you can't do this. We're your allies. We-"
    "Enough, Jerard." Elise said with a dismissive wave of her hand, inky black eyes watching as her guards ripped the girl from her mothers arms. There was a surge of screams, crying, though they were silenced with a quick strike of an armored fist.

    Elise watched her guard in silence, lips thinning for just a moment. A part of her was still unsure of taking the girl, but...she supposed she would indulge her Dreadlord for a time.

    "You know why you have to die." Her voice was cold. "Do it with dignity."

    She motioned to Takama. "Burn them."

    Elise couldn't do it with her own magic, this had to be the work of Dark Elf savages after all.
     
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    Elise's captives were being manhandled out of the manor. The fighting was still going on at the main gate. Takama murmured a few last words of power and pointed her hands forward. The conflagration engulfed the family. One moment there were scared humans, clutching to each other for support. The next bright flames were everywhere, only shadowy outlines visible inside them. The screams were unnaturally high, the stench of seared flesh filling her nostrils.

    One tried to move out of the flames but Takama's blade struck them down. The heat of the fire drove her back and she was last out of the room, watching as the last movement in the flames died down.
     
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    The fire caught to the rest of the building, wrenching to the walls and biting into the manor piece by piece. It seemed to dance and dance, only getting brighter as Elise turned and began to walk away.

    There was no quick path this time, there was no run, only a steady gait as she left the building behind.

    She heard the screams of a grieving daughters ahead of her, the whimpers of an Apprentice who did not know his fate. They fell on deaf ears. She smiled as they made their way to the front of the building, two double doors falling open as the flames began to consume the whole of the manor.

    Inky black slowly faded into bright gold.

    Fresh air and a Dark Elf man greeted them as they stepped outside. Slaughtered guards lay around the compound, as did a handful of the raiders.

    "You let some of them escape?" The Baroness asked the man as they came upon him. Her answer was a quick nod.

    She smiled. "Good, leave your dead."
     
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    Takama was disgusted watching the raiders take trophies. Head takers, some had mounted the skulls on stakes or spears. As allies they left much to be desired for. She'd have been happy if they'd all perished in the assault. Scum.

    Elise seemed satisfied which had her somewhat at ease. "We should leave mistress. The flames from this will be visible for miles. There will be patrols here before dawn". She was certain of it. She turned back to watch the flames rise higher, the blaze burning bright.

    The heat from it warmed her despite the night's chill. Her armour was stained red from the rival dreadlord's attack. She wondered if even a half hour had passed.
     
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    She nodded her head in ascent.

    "Pull your men back to the quarry." It was still safe to hide the Dark Elves there. They were savages, but at least they knew how to make themselves scarce.

    That was part of the reason why she had selected them for this in the first place.

    The Dark Elf man nodded to her, then quickly headed off to gather his men and retreat from the Manor House. The place would burn to the ground, leaving nothing but rubble and the corpses of House Hothra remaining. Others would find it, and they would blame outlanders.

    Sentiments would be stoked, exactly what Elise wanted.

    She motioned to the girl and Apprentice. "Take them back to my estate."

    It was private enough that no one would look for them there, and even if they did proving anything would be all put impossible.
     
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    Their mounts were waiting for them, brought forward by silent dark elves. Takama could swear the beasts were smiling, their bloodlust sated by the night's work. Their captives were bound and gagged, thrown across the front of a saddle with an attentive guard for each.

    Takama took one last look back at the flames as they reached their zenith. For better or worse, Elise's desires had been accomplished.
     
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    House Hothra burned, and by this time tomorrow Vel Anir would be abuzz with the foreign invaders that had done the deed.

    It was what she had wanted, what she'd planned for days now. There were some...circumstances around it of course, the girl and now the Apprentice, but both might prove useful before the end of the day.

    She hoped at least.

    The Journey home was about as quick as could be expected, taking the better part of the night. By the time they reached her estate Elise could already feel her backside begin to hurt, the comforts of a saddle leaving much to be desired. Her face scrunched as the gates opened before them.

    "Take the apprentice to the Dungeons." She ordered quietly before peering at Takama.

    "The girl is not to leave the estate." Her words were lower than before. "But as long as you keep her in check I will not throw her in a cell."

    Just a little leeway.
     
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    The apprentice was seized and marched off. The dungeons would be a secure location even for a mage. Takama did not envy him the interrogation and torture he was going to endure. She bowed her head in acknowledgement as Elise gave her instructions. "Thank you mistress" she said, the words heartfelt.

    She knew this counted as a boon, she'd be sure not to presume on her favour too much for a while. "I will take her into my personal care" she promised her, dismounting before she hefted the girl off the saddle. "Will you to the city tomorrow after this news breaks?"
     
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    She mused for a second. "No."

    It was a surprisingly good question, and if she'd not been planning this out for weeks she might have said yes. Her father would of course take such an action, moving from his own estate and heading into the city to take direct control of everything.

    He had no idea what she'd done, but he would react in exactly the way she wanted.

    "I will allow my father to take care of those affairs." Her fingers slowly pulled at the braid in her hair, slipping the tie from it so blonde locks would begin to unravel. There was speckling of red throughout the yellow braid, blood from the men she had slaughtered. "When the news breaks I'll pull my guard back to the estate."

    She smiled. "Protect myself from the savages."
     
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    Takama nodded, it made sense. Play the dutiful daughter, guard the family possessions while the head of the house rushed to the capital for the matters of state. A small laugh escaped her as she mentioned the savages.

    "What of them? Are they released from their oaths now? Or are they going to continue harassing the outlying farms?" She was mildly scandalised that they'd brought dark elves this close to Vel Anir itself.

    Her hand patted the back of the girl's head soothingly. "You should rest mistress, it has been a long night". In more ways than one.
     
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    "They are bound to me until their death." Elise seemed amused by that, though she didn't extrapolate just how she'd managed such an oath from the savages.

    The tale would have to be told some day, but not today.

    "Rest will come." She assured Takama. "Meet me in the dungeons tomorrow."

    The Baroness flashed a frown, glancing at the little girl. "Ensure she doesn't run off."

    Elise had already said that once to Takama, but she wanted to beat that point into the ground if she could. The girl was a risk, a big one. Not only because of who she was, but because she very well might be recognized by someone wandering on the grounds of the estate.

    She couldn't have that. "Dye her hair, or cut it off."

    With that she stalked off.
     

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