Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Down by the River

Meaghan was dreaming again.  She could even tell herself that she was dreaming and it did nothing to halt her mind from replaying the events from that night.  She was forced to relive it, to re-experience her last night of humanity on Toril…
The Giants and trolls had been driven south overland from their attacks on Yartar.  Meaghan’s sorcerous skills were requested when some of those Giant stragglers settled a few miles from Daggerford on the Grayflow River.  While Meaghan herself wasn’t a Harper, several family members and friends were, so when she had received the request for assistance from the Harper agent Clavos, she immediately joined him and headed to the river to investigate.
The ranger Clavos was especially skilled with Trolls, his weapon produced magical flame and his armor could withstand their raking blows.  What Clavos needed was help with the two hill giants who would pepper him with thrown boulders and debris.   If Clavos could get in close enough he was more than confident in his ability to fell the few giant-kind that threatened their lands.  Meaghan’s magical talents were primarily in transmutation and conjuration.  She could use magic to give her allies unique skills or to transport them over long distances quickly.  Their plan was to find where the creatures were camped and distract them with a bright display of magical lights and sounds and use the distraction to allow her magic to move Clavos around the battlefield.  Clavos easily found the creature’s tracks and brought them within a hundred yards of their campfire on the Grayflow River.
As Meaghan began the final preparations of her spell, her eyes rested again on the comet that had been blazing across Toril’s skies these past weeks.  She remarked to Clavos that it appeared as if the Comet would strike the moon and its tail was already breaking up.  Her preparations  complete, Meaghan released her magical lights and sounds, having them burst directly above the two sleeping hill giants.  To her eyes the magical lights and sounds were odd, strange changing colors and the sounds that were released sounded as if they echoed in a tunnel.  Watching the startled giants jump to their feet while the trolls ran towards the sound gave the young sorcerous quite a chuckle.  Clavos drew his weapon and nodded at Meaghan his readiness and she began her spell that would transport him directly behind the giants.  As her spell was released a horrible screech and wailing sound tore at the sky and Meaghan knew something was terribly wrong.  She could hear Clavos screaming only for a moment before she felt herself torn away and lifted by her own magic.  Meaghan felt herself moving but looking back could see her body torn apart, split from within, magical colors swirling out of what were surely mortal wounds.  Her vision was suddenly filled up as she was falling, rapidly moving towards one of the larger trolls.  Streaks of burning rock passing through and around her, Meaghan could feel herself falling yet to her eyes she had no bodily form.  At least until she felt herself fall into the troll.  With no explanation to the madness occurring around her, she fell into unconsciousness, her last conscious thought the frightening realization that she somehow was now somehow inside the troll.
When she regained consciousness it was still night, the campfire was dying down and all was quiet.  The sky was alive with strange glows and streaks.  Looking into the river water, one giant floated face down, slowly being moved downstream while the other appeared to have died where he stood, his body pierced with stones and debris that had fallen from the heavens.  Meaghan saw what remained of Clavos’ body torn apart similarly to the body that had once been hers.  Staring into the water Meaghan stared at her new reflection, the monstrous troll features staring blankly back…
Meaghan woke from the dream.  The smells and sounds of Skullport suddenly echoing as her thoughts were pulled to from the dream to present day.  No one here knew who she was or what she had once been.  No one asks a troll too many questions.  Somehow she would find a way…

1 comment:

Gordzilla said...

The picture add is messed up today, I will try to add pix later from home