It’s all fallen down, and I’m spiraling down with it all. To what end I don’t know, but the end is coming and all I can do now is delay it. There’s no stopping this reckoning for my actions. The night the Horde was coming we all frantically moved to get defenses built and ready while others got citizens out of the city. Our team worked with the Circus to ready some of the ballistas and in the darkness we couldn’t find enough of the bolts to make them worthwhile. I decided to let some light to help and we managed to find a grand total of 26. However instead of going straight to the Eastern wall the Horde was coming to the Northern wall, right were we are, because of me. We quickly began to get ready the defenses we had on the north wall. An orange burst of light and amid the steam I looked to see Kal Dorahg standing there. Riley acted and shot an arrow at him to no effect. He marches up and cuts Riley down. Finian shoots out a jet of purple energy and it looks like it would hurt any lesser being but no effect can be seen. Tammie nimbly runs up and slashed at him with her schimitar then just as quick as she ran in, she ducks back away, just missing the axe. With no sweat from his brow as he turns and Sage moves up and with a astounding amount of force slams the Thunderbrand into his side, crunching his armor and possibly breaking a couple of ribs. My opportunity, this thing has struck us and so many others down, all I could think was “no not this time, no more” as I let loose a powerful bolt seeing it burn his head clean off, leaving only his helm smoldering. His body barely had time to hit the ground before I took the potion of healing the fool had given me earlier and forced Riley to drink it. He awoke, somewhat startled but we didn’t say anything to each other only a look of pity before Tammie then called me over. The rest of the Circus arrived late and the Fool remakes on who killed Kal, I said nothing but the others pointed me out and a small applause began, witch quickly died as we all felt another step the Horde took to get to us. Tammie ordered me to inform Drax of what happened and to get everyone to the Northern wall. I flew over the husk of a city, burnt out and chard buildings, barely any people left. Glancing over my shoulder I saw it getting ever closer. I found Drax and he was rushing Rangers here and there, splitting the effort, some to the wall, others to help refugees. I told him of what the Horde was doing and he knew, I then told him of Kal Dorahg’s demise, he seemed relived, and almost relaxed a little before he ordered me to get back to the wall. I flew up and back just in time to see it’s full form, it’s stone body marching ever closer, 8 white hot eyes looking for something and seeming to only to glance over us. I ask if Tammie has a plan, but her attention is drawn to the circus, they’re fleeing. Piper released her little lizard pet and plays a very haunting tune and the lizard grows much bigger in size, so t she, Karlyle and Hissam all jump atop it. Sage then asks if I can distract it somehow, sound thought as my light brought it here maybe I could, but to where. Tammie made it an order then told Finian to go after the fool. As I turned to fly away the Horde knelt down and swiped away the wall we stood on as if he was clearing dust off a book. I managed to get flying and out of the way just in time. I glanced down to see Finian, and Tammie get out of the way, I couldn’t see Kyndle or Sage admits the rubble. I prayed they were ok and continued flying up and behind it. I then used my Light ability and two of its eyes looked at me then it quickly whent back to smashing buildings. As I watched I started to Realize what it was doing. Destroying the buildings and shops, it was going to make it hard for people to live, to work, it was razing the city to slowly choke the war from behind our lines. We had to bring this thing down. Then an idea occurred and I prayed to Zivonis for it to work. I swirls the air around me, building it’s speed faster and faster, then I let it slam into the Horde and watched as it toppled over bellowing as it hit the ground. I was impressed most of all, and thanked the Asendent above. Looking upon this I heard Tammie yell out to use the sword, as she did I could see it’s body was cooling some, just enough to get close. I unshethed it and flew like an arrow but just as I got almost close enough to hit when it roared and the flames came back to life flaring with new intensity. I managed to back off again just in time before catching on fire with the surrounding buildings. As I flew off I saw Finian way up above the Horde and then I see him drop something. I flew further up and away and I get a better look and realize that Finian just activated and dropped the Token of Olara, and watched as the stone bear plunged into the Horde and disapearing. The Horde lost some of its progress getting up but seemed mostly unaffected by the bear. I happened to hear Tammie again (I’ll give her credit for an assassin she really can shout) and I flew down to the group seeing Mer’sedes as well as Sage and Kyndle (thank Archanon). Tammie told me to give the Blade of Banishment to Mer’sedes. I did and then he changed into a squirrel and started motioned me to carry him. I looked at Tammie very confused and asked what was going on. Tammie explained that Mer’sedes seeing the bear drop had a similar idea but to use the sword as a spear point. When I found it, the sword was lodged into a demon, and it didn’t kill or banish it but kept it frozen almost. That might have worked on the Horde but the way they wanted to go about it was just pure insanity. The Horde rose with fury smashing buildings with more anger and ferocity now. As insane as it was, I bent a wing down and Mer’sedes in his squirrel form climbed up it and settled on my shoulder. I glanced at everyone and then the squirrel on my shoulder and told him to hang on. I flew up and at least a good 60 feet over the Horde. I summoned the air around me and (quite literally) blew over the Horde, knocking it to the earth again. Mer’sedes saw his chance and with his squirrel hand patted me on the cheek, climbed up and jumped off my head and began to fall towards the feind. Flying past me i saw Prius moving to try and save him. Mer’sedes saw this and changed back into his Korindian self and pointed the sword straight on a collision course with the Horde. The Horde in turn shot our a jet of fire from it’s eyes but Mer’sedes (with Prius’s help ) moved just out of the way. I saw him collide then Prius slammed into him both fell to the ground and the sword flung off in some direction. When Mer’sedes collected Prius an began running I knew they were alright. The white hot eyes shifted and watched all around it and I took a shot with a bolt at one carefully aiming to make sure I hit. The light and flame exploded and when the energy dispursesd I counted only 7 of the 8 eyes left. Something worked, and Finian must have seen it and fired a bolt as well. Then from the ground another bolt, this one green, makes purchase and takes out another eye. The Horde is frantically looking around and its full attention is now on us. Finian swoops and shoots another bolt at its eyes and the Horde brings its hands up covering his leftover eyes, then look in out he took effect one step and swiped with one claw and Finian ducked out of the way, but the second arm came down and swayed him to the ground. I quickly flew down and used a potion of greater healing making sure he was awake before I flew up again and as I reached eye level with this fiendish beast I let loose another bolt robbing it of its fourth eye. It looks at me with its last three eyes and it seemed to grow hotter with rages. It steps forward and reaches into its chest and as its hand comes out its holding a very large 30 foot sword of stone, it raises it above it head and swings it down. In a surge of Adrenaline I look and take aim and fire three quick bolts at the last last three eyes. The last one hits the last eye as the tip of the sword slashes down opening a large gash in my chest but I manage to catch myself in the air, looking to see the fading fire and the crumbling stone of the Horde fall to pieces. I land and look at the crumbling debris and it’s a quick sigh of relief, I thought it was over that we won. However it only got worse from there. I regrouped with everyone else. It’s some time later that the Fool, Riley and Ox all arrive. He congratulated us on the victory and then started talking of payment, something we were not told of. Tammie is suspicious and inquires further. Something catches her eye and the Fool moves in close to Mer’sedes, Tammie then mouths, very stealthy to me "darkness ". I make the connection but knowing how the Fool works, somewhat, I wanted to advise caution however the chance never came. With the Fool that close to Mer’sedes she darted over with her schimitar out and pointed and ready to cut the Red Fools head off. He asks to talk this over but Tammie just lashes out in a vain attempt to cut his head from his body. I could only watch as in rapid movements Tammie and the Fool moved around and he ended up behind her with both hands grasping her face, threatening to snap her neck, then asking again to talk over the payment issue. Before I could speak I see Tammie attempt to use one of her assassin blades into the Fool behind her, but he catches her hand, and began to change into his werewolf form. Mer’sedes activates the Mask of Thorns and punches the Fool. Kyndle rushes behind the Fool and slashes at him but the Fool smacks her blade out of the way. Finian shoots a bolt at Riley and it looks like it hits hard, but Rileys still standing. Sage, still manning the ballista shoots the loaded bolt at Ox. He pulls it out as if it were a splinter and snaps it in two. Tammie breaks away and furiously strikes out but the blades can’t seem to cut through the werewolfs hyde. Then an arrow strikes Tammie in the back of the head and she slumps over. Riley speaks out and the Fool follows suit, I tell everyone to hold and I go over and check on Ta’qiyya , she’s alive, and I heal her to keep her stable but still knocked out, not wanting another confrontation without more information. I give her weapons to Finian and ask Kyndle to carry her back to where the Headquarters was being used. It was a very silent walk and upon arriving we found Five points abandoned. I told Finian to scout ahead to the west. We continued on foot till arriving and seeing three camp fires by the gate, Drax at one with someone resembling an adept like the one who screened my thoughts when I first arrived at Kythros, and Finian was there just eating some soup. At another fire was Lana, when she saw us she initially got up but I shook my head, and she sat back down. Something didn’t seem right. I had Tammie layed down a ways away, comfortable. Drax called me over and we began to talk. I asked about the payment and if he knew the Fool was a Werewolf. That’s when I noticed his amber eyes turn blue and his speech slowed as if he had to really think about what words to use. I came to the suspiction that the adept a few feet away was using Drax, this was a bad situation to be in, I had to get everyone out of here and quickly. The necklace! Tammie had it and that was my opportunity. I went over to her and asked everyone on the team over to "help " me. I looked up and saw Lana, I couldn’t leave her behind. I called her over as a healer, and when she was close enough I made sure we were all in contact and I quickly and unnoticed used the necklace and teleported away and arrived at Kythros. The familiar purple energy dissipated and we all found ourselves on the bridge in Kythros, Rangers rushing around us hands on their weapons, I don’t blame them, I’d be concerned if a bunch of people teleported onto my door step. I immediately show my ranger pin to the ones who looked like they were about to draw swords first. Mer’sedes immediately points and asks for an explanation, and I see the rest of the team is wondering as well. I explain in short and I ask to speak with Mindril, Mer’sedes turns to a donkey and we prop Tammie up and Sage seems very fascinated by the mule. Lana is also wanting more of a better explanation, I promise her a better one but later. We are escorted and see Mindril, and I explain everything, He was skeptical but that doubt went out when the adept screened my thoughts and confirmed what I said as truth. He says we’ll talk further in the morning the stress of the evening and we all settle down in the Ranger barracks. Tammie comes too some time later and I calm her down and explain what’s going on to her. She’s complimentary on what I did, I still feel guilty leaving drax, but I didn’t know if he was fully under control or what. Mer’sedes and Sage went out drinking coming back somewhat clumsy but they got beded down and rested. I got what rest I could and in the morning Mindril called us to his office. I explained in detail what happens the past few weeks, citing my reports, Tammie pitching in for some of the more recent events. We discuss what to do with the items, weather to lock them in a vault, keep them, or even destroy them. I wasn’t sure myself, the items couldn’t all be used by the forces the fool wanted to sell them to, but they were indeed powerful. Then after the Thunderbrand was done being examined we were told that the items couldn’t be destroyed, that only left the last two options. We needed time to relax and resupply so first opportunity Finian went to a bard college. I found Lana packing what things and supplies she had. I asked and she told me she had to leave, she had to get Drax back. I did convince her to stay two more days, fearful she’d attack the Circus head on. They’re a powerful group not to be underestimated and a part of me is fears for Riley. With the Fool being a Werewolf, that close to Darkness, how long till that corruption spreads, if not already. How many of the others are that way? There are things I need to try and figure ou and not enough time for it all. Two days is all I have, I have to keep them all safe, while being hunted as an animal. Archanon be with us.