Chaos looming, Exodus impending.
The heroes returned to the house of mankind after the conquest of The Death Valley.
House leader was standing after the giant door to the house building with armed guardsmen and sentries lined up around him.
Heroes, beaten down from the adventure, seemed to be finding relief in the capital. House leaders held the hand of each and every hero and cheered them up. It was obvious to the heroes that, despite the calm semblance, the house leader’s unassuming mien evolved from deep-seated fear.
After a large supper, heroes and the house members sent down together. The house leader started telling what is in his mind. “Heroes, I am afraid I need to tell you something scary and fearful. I am more proud and grateful for your contribution to make our continent a safe place for mankind. So… I hoped our last expedition would bring us the peace that we deserve to have. I don’t want to place any burden on your shoulder anymore.… But. ”
He stopped there bending his face down solemnly and then added.
“We found an ancient stone tablet in the ruin of the ancient kingdom, prognosticating our future. I am sure that you know about the arid territory north of the desert, where there is the great Mount Arrarat is located.…”
His face started to turn rubicund and eye trembling with anxiety.
“The tablet portend that there are massive tainted world stone buried and sealed underneath the mountain’s substratum. The ancient wizardry spells that are cast over the objects to protect will expire this year. The evil powers will simmer out into the mountain and will eventually cause a giant volcanic explosion that will cloud the world for centuries. It is evident that the darkness will animate all the monsters dormant around the continent. It will be complete chaos, where monsters will preponderate and wreak havoc of the world order that we worked so hard to recover…. There is only one way out to prevent utter mutual destruction…. According to a stone tablet, there is a port another side of the mountains and an ark is waiting there to evacuate people.”
He chewed his lip for a moment and raise his face to see straight into the hero’s eye and continued.
“I, as a leader of the house, have to give you a final order. Take all the people in the town and head across the northern territory toward the port. It will be a difficult way ahead as these unruly monsters berserk, making the entire route full of hazards. When you cross the land of flames and find the ark there. Sail to the north, there is a new continent, much bigger than ours. There, you must go to the League of Kingdoms and speak to Ashot, who is the chancellor of the league and an old friend of mine. If you quote me, he will certainly take care of our citizens.… I give all my authority to help you make it through, effectively immediately. I will stay here to do all I can do to prevent the monsters from dishonoring our sacred statuary… I have a prime duty to protect the house with my life.”
House leader finished resolutely and walked away behind the door into the hallway.
Now, heroes need to prepare a long and tough journey. Citizens are packing up for the great exodus. Heroes will lead the way.
The fate of mankind is in the hands of the heroes. There is not much time when the volcano erupts. Things will get even worse.
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