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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Friday, August 05, 2016

DOCTOR STRANGE Movie TRAILER # 2 (Comic Con 2016)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Xar & Vichattan -The Four Bodies of Statera (The Heirs to Light Series Vol. 3)


Xar & Vichattan -The Four Bodies of Statera (The Heirs to Light Series Vol. 3)

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"Light..." Antessa's voice trailed away. Niteo was right. The sparkles didn't come from the Light they were accustomed to. Antessa couldn't sense this light, and neither could she embrace and control it.
"Niteo... you were right! That light... What is it, Niteo?"
"I don't know, Antessa. Not in the slightest."
Doubt and anxiety crept into Antessa's heart. "What is it, Niteo? What is that light?"


***


The Temple of Darkness has been resurrected.

However, as Xar has been imbued with light, Xar and Vichattan no longer consider the rise of dark powers as a grave threat. Especially after the Prime Crystal, too, is imbued with light.

The real threat comes from a light that is not Light; it comes with the fall of cold, white beads of light. A threat that overturns logical thoughts the world over.

Will Dark reign once more? What will become of the heirs to Light, and what is in fact happening in Xar and Vichattan? Find the answers in the final book of the Heirs to Light series: The Four Bodies of Statera.


Kindle Edition
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ASIN: B01I3V1KYM
Edition Language: English
 
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Xar & Vichattan - Tempest (The Heirs to Light Series Vol. 2)

Xar & Vichattan - Tempest 

(The Heirs to Light Series Vol. 2) Series

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In the middle of the unfamiliar place, a whisper reached Kara's ears. "Kara," it called out. The voice belonged to neither Antessa nor Petra, but to a far older, unknown woman.
"Who are you?" Kara thought.
"It's me, Kara. Lisbet."
Kara wasn't sure she had actually heard the voice. It might be a hallucination. However, she wasn't the only one who heard the voice; Antessa sensed it too.
"Where are we, Lisbet?" Kara asked.
"You both are on a large plate. A different plate from the one inhabited by the others." Instead of clearing things up, Lisbet's reply confused Kara and Antessa even more.

***

The Temple of Darkness's army was advancing. Xar, Vichattan, and the Temple of Light were at a loss on how to stop the dark army's growing powers. The situation grew more critical when the dark fay's powers destroyed those of the fays fighting on the side of Light, and the four heirs to Light became scattered. When attacks from Khalash and his commanders increase, the elemental and Xar's powers also began to fade.

Driven into a corner, the warriors of Light put their hopes on a madwoman and ancient books protected by deadly sorcery. However, when help seems forthcoming, it doesn't last long, as no one has guessed Dark's true plans.

Kindle Edition
Published July 1st 2016 by Bonmedo Tambunan
ASIN: B01HRY6OXI
Edition Language: English

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Xar & Vichattan - The Throne of Light (The Heirs to Light Series Vol. 1) Kindle Edition


Xar & Vichattan - The Throne of Light (The Heirs to Light Series Vol. 1) Kindle Edition
by Bonmedo Tambunan (Author), Lewi Djayaputra (Illustrator), Hendryzero Prasetyo (Illustrator), Eko Puteh (Illustrator), Eve Shi (Translator)

Epic Fantasy Adventure from an Indonesian Fantasy Writer. The first in the Xar & Vichattan - The Heirs to Light series.
After the success of its original version in Indonesian, the Xar & Vichattan series has been translated into English in the hope of reaching a wider audience.

It has been seven years since the last priestess of light sacrificed herself in order to exile the Dark army into the Void. Xar, where Spirit power users live, and Vichattan, where Nature magic users reside, are living in peace. But now Dark has managed to break free from the Void.

Unleashing the dark curse upon Xar and Vichattan's supreme leaders, Dark begins its return to earth. Having lost the power of Light, Xar and Vichattan seems trapped in a dire situation.

In the midst of the chaos, Light reveals its heirs, four teenagers aged twelve and thirteen: Antessa, granddaughter of the Temple of Xar's Grand Abbess; Dalrin, son of a Ka-Xar commander; Gerome, son of Vichattan's previous leaders; and Kara, daughter of Vichattan's deceased leaders.

To resurrect the power of Light, the four of them must retrace the route taken by the first heir. Only then would Xar and Vichattan have a chance of winning against Dark and saving their leaders, before the dark curse consumes them and a terrible fate befalls the world.
The original titles of the series in Indonesian are:

    Xar & Vichattan, Seri Ahli Waris Cahaya: Takhta Cahaya
    Xar & Vichattan, Seri Ahli Waris Cahaya: Prahara
    Xar & Vichattan, Seri Ahli Waris Cahaya: Empat Tubuh Statera

Editorial Reviews

To me, Bonmedo Tambunan is a brilliant writer, worthy of notice not only in Indonesia but also on an international scale. For the first time I have found a faultless book: the story is straightforward, but with the potential to magnificently unfold. The book does not smother the reader with grandness; instead it takes the reader along on its journey to unfold. - Bondan Stanislaus - Review for the Indonesian version of The Throne of Light on Goodreads

Two good things about this book: It is exciting and neatly written. There are very few plot holes and the story is satisfying to read. The novel's advantage lies in its straightforward plot, which is handled in an experienced, detailed manner. - Dion Yulianto - Review for the Indonesian version of The Throne of Light on Goodreads

A constantly engaging book, combining sci-fi/fantasy-style narration and profound moral lessons. - Toba Beta - Review for the Indonesian version of The Throne of Light on Goodreads

Product Details

    File Size: 2020 KB
    Print Length: 301 pages
    Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    Publisher: Bonmedo Tambunan (June 29, 2016)
    Publication Date: June 29, 2016
    Language: English
    ASIN: B01HRY6GVS
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    X-Ray:Not Enabled
    Word Wise: Enabled
    Lending: Not Enabled
    Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

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MORF and the Pirates of Flamenca by Andry Chang
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An Everna Saga story. Four brave morfs, creatures in the shape of tiny objects go on a suicide quest to Flamenca, a town of brutal pirates. They need to rescue their guardian, Gaspar Portiva from the sins of his past and to prevent the morfs' total annihilation and worse, eternal slavery. Will Dion, Circe, Aris and Ector prevail against the pirates and a more dangerous, more gigantic threat?

Monday, June 20, 2016

J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin. Epic Rap Battles of History. S...

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Swords of Legend - Fantasy and Historical Weapons Gallery 02

Some of the sample fantasy & historical weapons and swords, for my reference and source of inspiration.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Final Trailer (2016) Marvel Movie [4K ULTRA HD]

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Odyssey by Homer - The Audio Book

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Odyssey by Homer - translated by Fagles read by Ian McKellan

Monday, February 29, 2016

World Of Warcraft Full Movie Cinematic ALL Cinematic VIDEO GAME Trailers...

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The first three games in the Warcraft series, including their .expansion
packs, were all released on both the PC and Macintosh. All of these
games were of the real-time strategy genre. Each game proceeded to carry
on the storyline of the previous games and each introduced new features
and content to improve gameplay. Warcraft III was the first game in the
series to feature a Collector's Edition, which all subsequent games
have released as well. Warcraft II was the first game in the series to
feature play over the internet using .Battle.net, although this was not
included until a later release of the game. Warcraft II was also the
first in the series to be re-released as a "Battle Chest", a bundled
copy of the game containing both the original and expansion. Warcraft
III and World of Warcraft also have both had "Battle Chests" released
for them subsequent to their initial release. The "Battle.net" edition
of Warcraft II was also the first to introduce the use of CD keys to the
series, requiring each user online to have their own copy of the game
in order to be able to connect. However, a CD key is not yet required to
play via a Local Area Network, although speculation is that future
games in the series will do so, as another product in Blizzard
Entertainment's portfolio, StarCraft II, is doing so by removing the
option for using LANs altogether, requiring the use of Battle.net.[10]

In
1998, an adventure game in the series, Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the
Clans, was announced as being cancelled, having been previously delayed
from a 1997 release.

In 2004, Blizzard Entertainment moved the
series away from the real-time strategy genre and released World of
Warcraft, an MMORPG. Requiring a subscription fee to be paid to play, it
also introduced regular additional content to the series in the form of
patches. World of Warcraft quickly gained much popularity worldwide,
becoming the world's largest subscription-based MMORPG. They reached a
peak 12 million subscribers worldwide.[11] World of Warcraft has had
five expansions as of 2014. During the production of StarCraft II: Wings
of Liberty, Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce stated that "If there’s a
team that’s passionate about doing another WarCraft RTS, then that’s
definitely something we would consider. It’s nothing that we’re working
on right now, we have development teams working on Cataclysm, StarCraft
II: Wings of Liberty, Diablo III, and when those teams are all off the
projects they’re working on, they’ll be intimately involved in the
discussions about what’s next."

In 2013, Blizzard announced a new
online free-to-play trading card game titled Hearthstone: Heroes of
Warcraft, with the beta being available in summer of 2013.[12] In March
2014, Hearthstone was officially released. In addition to the
free-to-play basic gameplay Hearthstone also contains fee-based features
like extra card packs, a special tournament mode or additional
restricted matches against computer opponents.

Friday, January 15, 2016

3.3.20.3. The Mindbender’s Grudge - Part Two



Zal'fira the Necromancess, now the Lich Queen
‘UNNGHH!!’ Carol gets pushed back, tripping and almost falling back. Blood sprinkles out from her mouth and she touches her stomach, hurting.
            Urgh, my old wound is opening again! I have to find a way to outwit this mindbender and find a chance to drink healing potion!
            Carol’s eyes widen as she sees the masked lich standing tall, ready to unleash another powerful spell to finish the foe of her personal vendetta off.
            With a twisted tune, the lich taunts, ‘Ho? Done playing already? Well, that’s no fun. Hmph, tell you what, let’s play a new game. I want to know whether you can survive my new spell here: Vare Nekraal’me Skulegion!’
            BHLAAARSHHH!!! A barrage of dark, skull-shaped bolts shoots out from Zal’fira’s cane, spreading, hurtling to random directions like a Myriad of Lost Souls!
            Still hurt, Carolyn uses the scant mana energy she has and conjures another Wall of Magic Barrier. DAT, DAT, DAT, DAT! The wall resists a portion of bolts and then, CRACKLE-CRACK... PYAARSCH!! Shattering into pieces!
            BASH! BASH! BASH! Still, many more bolts hit the sorceress here and there. Carol grimaces to suppress the extreme pain. The next thing she sees is the Omegron-like serpent head of Viper Cane, hitting her stomach before she can do anything about it! BLUGG! The cane as though sticks on Carol, and dark energy keeps pumping in, inflicting gradual yet continuous damage.
            ‘GHYAAAHHH!!!’ Carol can’t take it anymore, screaming in agony, electrified by the pain she never felt before. The torment is not only to her body, but also to her mind and soul, and she, like all other people would rather die than experiencing this ‘taste of hell’.
            Zal’fira, on the other hand laughs out loud, ‘GYAAAHAAHA!! I got you! I got you this time! GWEHEEHEE!! Scream on, little girl! Scream on! Your scream is like a sweet music to my ears! Your dying breath is like a fragrant incense for me!
            Scream, you insignificant pet! Scream and die!’
            ‘LEAVE – CAROLYN – ALONE!’
            A scream comes, the lich turns her neck and looks up. ZZZRRRSHH!! A descending, vertical line of fire passes right in front of her face!
            The pressure on her relieved, Carolyn falls on all fours on the floor, slowly opening her eye, seeing her savior: It’s Robert!’
            The white-haired Paladin crouches with his hand on the floor after delivering the Dragon Hammering Down move. The lich stops immobile in place like a statue, covering her face with her gloved hand. Just then, PHRAALL!! The mask on her face breaks in two precise pieces.
            The lich then hurriedly moves away from her opponents, still covering her face with her left hand.
            Carol takes a glimpse on the hollow, dark spots where the lich’s eyes had been and struggles to get up and take a good look. However, Zal’fira already knows her intention. She points her cane at her opponents, shouting, ‘Not a step closer! My face... You... You made my face... like this! Oh, yes, of course, you two meddlesome RATS! Khu, khu... My beautiful face... no more... You took it away, and now I’m a lich, half-life, half-dead... But more powerful, oh yes, for that I thank you. For that, I have a gift for you: The most excruciating pain you’ll ever experience, and a slow, gruesome death!’
            Saying that, Zal’fira removes her hand from her face and reveals a skull’s face – ivory, deathly white, hollow and vacant. A pale, faint glow comes behind the skull’s eye slots, signifying the massive magical energy generating her life force as the only source. Robert doesn’t bother to look at that hideous, deathly face and ignores Zal’fira’s taunt. Instead, he supports Carolyn who is down on the floor, saying, ‘Carol, are you all right?’
            ‘Urrgh... She is too strong... But I think I’ll live,’ The pink-haired sorceress curls up a faint yet beautiful smile on Robert’s affectionate attention, gets up and close and touches Rob’s forehead, muttering, ‘Nervatr.’
            ‘No matter what you do, don’t let that bonehead bend your brain.’
            ‘Thanks, Carol. Now watch me. Zal’fira will not escape me and Grimlock and won’t escpae death ever again!’ Saying that, Robert holds his fiery saber up high, charging frontally towards the lich.
            ‘Oh, a frontal assault? Fine, let’s see you dodge this! Vare Nekraal’me Skulegion!’
            DRAT-DRAT-DRAT!! Again, Zal’fira unleashes a Legion of Lost Souls, this time to a different opponent. How can a swordsman handle it, whereas it breached a sorceress’ force field?
            The answer coems in split-second. ZOOM! ZOOM! ZOOMAH-ZOOM! The white-haired Paladin moves like lightning from side-to-side, avoiding and slashing through the dark bolt barrage with a skill that utilizes both fire and dark energy – Black Dragon Soulstealer.
            BASH, BASH, BASH! The skull-shaped bolts burst in the air. Robert keeps moving like a shadow and is nearing at his opponent. Suddenly, BYAAARSCHHH!! A big, dark blast comes from his front! Robert’s eyes widen in shock and he tries to evade it, but it’s too late! He only outstretches his hands to block the blast with his saber, and BLAAMM!! Robert is hit by the full blast and is thrown to the back and hits the floor, BRUUSHHH!!
            ‘ROBEERTTT!!’ Carol shrieks, thinking that her soulmate must be gravely injured, or worse.
            Yet, Zal’fira’s high-pitched laugh fills the air.
            ‘WHUIHIHIHI!! Falling to the oldest trick in the book? PAH! Some Paladin you are. You better crawl back home and cry to mama, but oh, you’re too late for that!
            Humph, playing with you crybabies is making me bored, and now I bring you the grand finale to wash you all away! Take this, Vare Nekraal’me Mephistopeles!’
            Making sure that her two opponents are weakened and immobile, Zal’fira leaps up and floats in mid-air. BRRURLLL!! A swirling black ball materializes on the tip of her Viper Cane, signifying the first phase of the dark magic spell: Eternal Banishment.
            Robert and Carol struggle to get up and defend themselves.
            ‘Come, Robert. This is the same spell as before! Let’s combine our strengths! A Fire Wall will do!’ Saying that, Carolyn raises her trident preparing her spell, while Robert presses her back, supplying her with fire energy.
            ‘Agnioparadh!’
            FWOOOM!! The wall of fire shoots up in front of them.
            ‘Do you think I shall try the same spell on the same opponents? Think again! Oh, no, don’t think, just DIE! Napalmios!’
            BLAAM, BLAM, BLAAM!! The gigantic black ball instantly bursts! Countless bolts of dark energy, more numerous and with greater destructive power than Legion of Lost Souls spell pours like a falling blanket from all sides!
            ‘HYAAAH!!’ In one desperate move, Robert explodes his aura and turns back, his sword slashing in fervor upwards, forward, left and right.
            TANG! TANG! TANG! BASSH! TANG, TANG! BASSH!
            Together, Carol and Robert block the bolt and take hits in rapid succession. Yet, the shower doesn’t stop and both Paladins are already running out of juice.
            Carol’s hands feel numb already and she starts to panic.
            No, I can’t... stop... blocking. If I stop, I die...
            Alas! The more she tries to move faster, the more bolts hit her like raining sledge hammers.
            Just them, THWANGG!! A big, black torso flies above Carol and Rob straight towards Zal’fira! The thing is absorbing the bolts and surprises the lich at the same time.
            ‘WHAT??’ Zal’fira quickly steps back and avoids the torso altogether and BLUGG! The big thing crashes on the floor!
            With blurry eyes, Carol tries to see what the thing actually is. It’s Cerberus! The three-headed giant hound is not moving at all, and it gradually shrinks and changes shape.
            In less than a minute, the minusculed Cerberus has transformed into another beast: a luchi! The little bat-winged, arrow-tailed, black mouse-like creature gets up. It turns towards Zal’fira a bit, flaps its ebony wings and flies away.
            ‘FERRE, come back! FERRE!!’
            Distraught and distracted, Zal’fira shouts on to call her pet. However, Ferre the luchi already flew out of sight.
            ‘Don’t you see, lich? Your face is so hideous, even your pet abandoned you!’ A man walks towards Zal’fira wielding a glowing jet-black and blood-red greatsword, Kraal’shazar.
            Hearing that, Zal’fira laughs evilly instead, ‘WHUIHIHIHI!!! Here comes another pushover, a pathetic smart-aleck! You think you know full well about the relation between master and pet, but you actually are making a fool of yourself! And I think you never had a pet in your miserable life! Pah! I don’t need to explain anything to a hopeless moron like you, so just shut up and fight!’
            Gritting his teeth in shame of being beaten in an argument with a mad undead, Adler von Bachmann dashes and thrusts forward with the Supreme Lone Lion skill!
            DASSHH!! The frontal, straight thrust darts like an arrow. No time to cast a spell, the lich swings her cane forward to block that attack. Suddenly, Adler stops thrusting and pivot-slashing instead! ZWISSHH!! Pouncing Tiger Slash!
            Shocked, Zal’fira swings her cane aside and TANGG! The sword strikes the cane with such force and sends her flying into the tower roof wall, BAMMM!!
            ‘Time to finish you off!’ Adler charges again! This time, it’s to deliver a deadly blow on the skeleton-in-the-robe sitting helplessly with her head down near the wall!
            As the tip of Deathblade is a few inches away from the skull face, suddenly Adler stops on his track!
            ‘Got you!’
            As soon as it’s said, Adler falls on his knees. And the next thing, Zal’fira gets up slowly. The viper head on her cane has its teeth sunk into Adler’s nape of neck like a vampire’s bite, and the Viscount falls, sprawling on the floor and looks like having a seizure or sorts. His face turns greenish, and it’s an obvious sign that he is poisoned!
            ‘Ha, ha! You stupid, careless bloke will never understand the extent of a lich’s power! You might’ve learned by now that you cannot finish a lich off easily. Now you’ve fallen into my trap and you’ll die slowly and painfully! On second thought, why don’t I just crush your skull now? CRACKKK!!! It’ll be a sweet melody! Khu, khu, khu, farewell, foolish Paladin!’
            ZWOOOSH!!! The Viper Cane strikes down and suddenly Z’TANG! A dining plate-like object flies through and blocks it!
            Startled, Zal’fira moves her head up and sees the old chronomage Eidos Crydias standing and catching back his godly weapon, Chrono Chakram.
            ‘You’re underestimating me, mad bones. You forgot that I, too am a wielder of Adair’s Arsenal. Oh, well. I deserve that attitude because of my old age, and it gives me a chance to do my thing with minimal risk.
            So, come on, give me your best shot, and I’ll show you what an old man can do.’
            ‘Humph, I don’t have to use full force against you. But, since you asked for it, I’ll give you this: Charrcerebron!’
            ‘Chrono Langst!’
            BRASH! BHRASSH!
            Jets of green and blue bolts shoot out from Viper Cane and Chrono Chakram. Strangely, they don’t clash into each other, just darting and hitting the targets!
            BLASH! BLASH!
            ‘Ghaah!’ Zal’fira yells in pain. She then tries to move her fingers and limbs and feels that she is moving much slower than usual.
            ‘You might’ve slowed me down, but you can’t stop me now! And now you’re a totally idiotic, deranged old man incapable of doing anything! WHUAHAHAHA!’ She lets out a maniacal laugh.
            However, the old man is standing still, and with a smile he talks, ‘So, you think you really turned me into a madman, eh? Think again!’ He rolls his left sleeve down and reveals a silvery-white bangle on his arm. ‘Bracelet of Courage, a magical relic to keep me focus and conquer my fears, and also rendering my brain immune to mindbending magic.’
            In response to that, a thick, dark aura accumulates all over Zal’fira’s body as she says, ‘Good, in that case, I’ll try ANOTHER type of magic! An Nekraal’me Fyasch!’
            FYAAARSSCHHH!!
            Again, Dark Disintegration blasts off! Eidos, who has enchanted himself with the Haste spell moves aside swiftly like a young elf. Yet, he is still caught in the blast! DHIIESHH!! And gets knocked down to the floor.
            ‘HOHAHAHAHAHAW! Even you, old man, no matter how many godly weapons you wield, you’re no match for my power!
            WHOAAH!! Now I’m bored from lack of challenge,’ says Zal’fira, walking to the center of the rooftop and accumulates her aura. ‘It’s time to finish the game and wipe all these puny, pesky Paladins out. This is my ultimate, original spell. I saved it to challenge the Dark Overlord, but since occasion demands it, I’ll demonstrate it to you all.
            Witness! Experience! Suffer, and die!
            Fathomless Abyss: An Nekraal’me Tyral!’
            WHUURR, WHURR, WHUURRR!!
            Two holes materialize – on the sky and on the floor beneath Zal’fira’s feet. Strangely, the lich is floating in mid-air instead with the stream of dark energy keeps on flowing from her upright cane. The holes ar getting wider and wider, and electric currents are flowing like rain between both holes. Soon, the sprawling Paladins are all caught in the middle. Their bodies also levitate, but that’s because they’re been trapped in the middle of the electric bolts!
            FZZZT, FZZT, FZZT!! ‘GYAAARRRGHHH!!’
            Robert, Adler, Carolyn and Eidos scream together as their bodies are tortured in the endless electric currents before being thrown in the fathomless void: either up in the sky or down below for eternity, dead or alive, in one piece or torn apart.
            ‘WHUIHIHIHIHI!!! That’s right, SCREAM! Scream on like whores! Scream, because you will scream on for eternity in nothingness, between heaven and hell, in ultimate, eternal loneliness… like me.
            Like me! Yes! You feel like I feel now! So empty, so hollow, with no friends, no family, no lover! Yes, I shall make this world a place of all lonely people, all being must live in loneliness for eons and eons to come! Now…’
            Just as Zal’fira waves her hands to finalize her spell, suddenly, CRRACKK!! A streak of white light darts, breaking through the rain of electric currents and cracks into the lich’s skull forehead!
            Though naturally she has no brain, the magically generated living skeleton doesn’t die yet. Still, that line of light disrupts her concentration, and she abruptly stops her spell!
            Zal’fira turns to look at her assailant, and here he is, riding his faithful red griffin up in the air, the one who just shot her with the Guiding Light of Faith, Cristophe the White.
            The lich waves her hand to retaliate, but ZZZT, ZZZT! The residual energy from the unfinished Fathomless Abyss spell begins to backfire, and it’s now Zal’fira’s turn to feel the torture!
            ‘GAAAH!! This can’t be happening! How can a simple spell break through my ultimate finishing? My dreams, my masterpiece… No, I can’t die yet! I still have to… move on!’
            ‘Sadly, your chances are up.’
            Another voice comes with a resounding CRRASSHH!! A flash of light runs down all the way from the lich’s head to toe, and she freezes in place.
            ‘No, I can’t… allow it… Kluyvard…!’
            CHRUMBLE! Zal’fira’s body splits in two pieces of identical sizes, and then crumbles down into a pile of bones beneath the robe. The Viper Cane is thrown aside like a wasted reject.
            Just then, the man who splitted her steps forward with both hands gripping the Zweihänder Kraal’shazar tightly. Injured from head to toe and with sparks still crawling on his battered full plate mail, Adler von Bachmann curls a smile on his bloody lips.
            ‘Have a taste of your own medicine, you insane pile of dog chew! Yes, that’s the fate you deserved from choosing the path of hollow loneliness,’ he says.
            Just then, a hand comes to stop the Viscount on his track. Carolyn the sorceress steps in front of Adler, saying, ‘However, she’s not truly finished yet. Necromancy can reassemble her bones again and she will be up and about again to go on wih her menace.’
            Eidos also steps forward and says to the pink-haired mage, ‘So, do you have a solution to finish Zal’fira off for good?’
            ‘In fact, I do,’ says Carol with a serious face. ‘Step back, everyone, because I’m going to cremate her. Incineragnios!’
            FWOOOSSHHZZZ!!
            From the floor below, a pillar of fire erupts continuously, kindling the pile of bones and robe. It only takes a minute before Zal’fira’s remains turn into ash. At least Carol is civil towards her old rival by giving her a proper cremation.
            FWOOSHH!! Suddenly, the ash swirls up like being uplifted by a cyclone! Robert, Carol, Adler and Eidos step back an ready their weapons in shock, but the surprise turns into wonder as they see a transparent, luminous apparition between the swirling ash.
            Carol observes that apparition carefully as it forms a figure of a moderately beautiful young woman. Ah, so this is Zal’fira in her prime. Now I understand why she couldn’t take it when the love of her life Kluyvard chose the plain Genilda Yemima over her.
            Then, a whisper so melodious, soft yet audible by all comes. ‘Ah, you finally understood, Carolyn, if that’s your name.’
            A pause, then Zal’fira’s ghost continues, ‘At first, I was so frustrated and felt that my world has fallen apart when I attended Genilda and Kluyvard’s wedding. I was so consumed with rage and hatred that the beast in me took over. I soon resorted into studying necromancy, and I was so good at it that I became obsessed in using it to take revenge on not only Genilda and Kluyvard, but also on this cruel, unfair world.
            I wanted to make the world suffer the loneliness and emptiness I was in, and when I realized the error of my way, I was too late. I already became someone else, even becoming an abominable lich and lost my beauty, family, friends, possessions and all hope for life and heaven.
            Still, though it’s too late, I’m grateful that you liberated me from my worldly prison at last, Carolyn.
            Now, I can rejoin the late Kluyvard, my love, seeing him for one, last time before undergoing hell and damnation which is for one, last time before undergoing hell and damnation which is the destiny I deserve. Well, as for Genilda, if you see her again please tell her that I apologize for harboring such hate towards her, and may she live long and prosper, taking care of Kluyvard’s offsprings so his legacy will live on and on.’
            Suddenly, Zal’fira’s ghost looks up. From the dark sky, another apparition comes down bearing form of a tall, handsome man with a trimmed mustache and a pair of large, beautiful eyes on his manly visage, which would make an ideal pair for the fair Zal’fira.
            Zal’fira then says to the male ghost, ‘Oh, is that you, Kluyvard? What? You’re coming to take me up to heaven? You want me to live with you there?
            But, I am stained and foul. Huh? It’s not my fault? I am already saved when I repented from my sins and I was just a victim, a prisoner of the beast in me you hated so much that made you chose Genilda?
            You tried to tell me that but you never had a chance to, but thanks to Carolyn, now I can rejoin you. Oh, I’m so happy! I’ve never felt this much joy before! I’m not lonely after all!
            Well, I must go now. The Dark Overlord is in that tower, and be careful, he’s very powerful – way more powerful than the rest of us. Farewell, Carolyn! Farewell, o’ brave Paladins! Farewell, good luck and thank you!’
            As she says that, Zal’fira’s ghost floats up and embraces Kluyvard. And then, hand-in-hand, the two apparitions fly up, up, and away until they vanish from sight in the dark clouds of the dark, starless sky of neverending night.
            ‘Farewell, Zal’fira. May you rest in peace, love and happiness forever and ever,’ says Carolyn, staring into the sky.
            And then Robert comes, still staggering from his wounds and curls a hand on her shoulder, saying, ‘That was a divine thing you did, Carol. It made me admire you more and more.’
            Hernan and Iris come together riding a pegasus.
Cristophe also lands on the battered tower rooftop, dismounts, comes towards the Paladins who just battled Zal’fira and says, ‘Robert, Carol, all of you, are you all right?’
Eidos says, ‘We’re injured, yes, but we can still move on after a bit of rest. Oh, which reminds me, where are Algaban and Omegron?’
Chris says, ‘They’re still battling, I guess. Omegron was deranged after Zal’fira, her master was slain, and Algaban the Red drove him away to continue their fight somewhere else far from here.’
Robert sighs and speaks up, ‘Well, I hope Algaban is all right and this fight can end the chain of hatred and rivalry between the two contending beings.’
Pointing his sword at the great gate to the main tower, Adler says, ‘The Dark Overlord’s Heir is in that tower. The final fight is upon us. Let’s go now, we have no time to waste for our comrades’ sake.’
Hernan says, ‘Yes, let’s… Hey, look! A swarm of flying monsters is coming towards us now and Dejan is fighting them! Let’s help him!
Adler, Robert, Chris and Carol, you go ahead! The rest of us will handle things here!’
Saying that, Hernan mounts his pegasus, Iris mounts Acavela the griffin and Eidos prepares a Meteor Shower spell.
No time to argue to that, Carol runs along with Robert, Adler and Cristophe to the main tower and arrives at the great gate. The jet-black gate is decorated with carvings of demons, devils and all beings of hell on each side and door and a hideous carving of Vordac’s mark, a skull with two pairs of big horns with hands holding the globe and a heart, all portraying the ultimate dark authority and its desire to dominate the world and the hearts of al people.
‘Well, there’s no turning back now. It’s the final judgment that will determine the balance between light and darkness,’ says Cristophe. ‘Are you all ready for this?’
‘As ready as ever,’ says Carolyn with a smile.
Robert puts his hands on the left gate door, saying, ‘This is what I live for. Fight on!’
Adler also puts his hands on the right side, ‘So, what are we waiting for? Let’s push this already!’
CRII… CREEAAKKK!!! The gate is pushed open.
            The four Paladins walk into the tower with firm steps, cautious without hurrying.
            Inside the tower is a round, high and vast dome with pillars and windowless walls surrounding it which bear similar colors and design to the demonic walls near the throne chambers. On the far corner of the hall, a throne bearing a carving of a demon and a black altar made of a single slab of ebony stand on a high platform with stairs.
            On the altar lies a divinely beautiful woman with golden hair, wearing a grand, white gown and dress sparkling like being made of diamond thread. One look on her face and one can guess that she’s sleeping like a log or dead like a statue.
            On the demonic throne sits a figure wearing all black, ragged cloak and hood.  With the Crow Scythe on the side of the throne, all in all he looks exactly like a Grim Reaper, an angel of death.
            Upon seeing the woman, Cristophe rushes forward, shouting, ‘Eloise!’
            Suddenly, the woman levitates in mid-air, still in sleeping position and lands on the hooded figure’s lap. The mysterious figure outstretches a deathly pale human hand and caresses Eloise’s long hair and cheek and stares at the Paladins.
            Cristophe sees the cloaked man’s lips moving, saying, ‘So, we finally meet again…
            … brother.’

End of Chapter 20



Image Source: The Vigil of the Lich Queen by David Blac


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