Brigid's Heir

20. Mahalanka: Stealing the Third Circle for (from) her
... an offer she won't refuse...
15. The Empty City Denandsor
... her secrets revealed...
14. The Fall of Metagalapa
... a flying grave for her heroes...
13. Road to Mafal Ari
... the most powerful woman in Creation...
12. La Dance Macabre
... tricked her into the Black Chase...

Following Wan Shu’s isntructions, the circle decides to travel to Sijan. After crossing The Bridge of the Living, they enter the subterranean level of the city. Guiwenneth decides to pay a visit to the library in search for any useful information on sorcery; there she meets a young handsome apprentice known as Nulem. Not only is Nulem charming but he also knows many things and offers Guiwenneth to take her to a secret place in the upper city’s crypts. Having developed a certain fascination with the apprentice, Guiwenneth slips out at night to meet Nulem, who guides her to a small shadowland.

The next morning, the circle searches for Guiwenneth until they find her robe and a note that says “Black Chase, she still lives”. The circle rushes to the black forest to save Guiwenneth, until the road divides into four different ways. The circle agrees to separate to find the girl and so each of them is confronted by a duo of Abyssal Exalted:

Ehawee vs. Purple Snow and The Apprentice Nulem: Purple Snow reveals to be a little girl from Fefmerle and Ehawee finds herself unable to bring her down, meanwhile, the Apprentice summons a bonestrider and necrotech artillery to finish the Lunar. Ehawee manages to survive the ice bullets of Purple Snow; when the bonestrider is complete, Snow gets inside the subsidiary cockpit to opperate the cannons and finish the foster sister that abandoned her. Ehawee turns into a shrew and gets inside the subsidiary cockpit, knocks out Purple Snow and redirects the cannons against the bonestrider, effectively finishing it off.

Ashkar vs. The Six Deaths Prince and The Broken Dreams Artificer: The Apprentice installs a series of traps all over the battlefield, while the Prince attacks Ashkar with his poisonous darts from afar. After chasing the Prince and dodging both his attacks and the traps, Ashkar decides to activate all the traps at once and destroys them barehanded, the Prince seems to be cornered and uses his vajra’s surprise trick to backstab Ashkar, but he manages to resist the poison through the fight until he delivers a devastating punch to the Prince and the Abyssal decides it’s time for retreat.

Rowtag vs. Ocean of Silence and The Pheasant Illuminated by Darkness: Ocean of Silence

Eir vs. The Fakir of the Endless Vertebral Tower and The Master of the Iron Testament:

11. Noon Duel at Rivertown
... a new palace for her...

The circle arrives to the outskirts of Rivertown where they take a break at one of the many water mirrors of the area. While enjoying a brief moment of leisure, Rowtag is confronted by the gunslinger Flintlocke who takes him for a river pirate. Rowtag and Flintlocke fight until Guiwenneth explains the situation to Flintlocke, who then offers to escort her and her friends to the gates of Rivertown.

Inside the city, the circle notices a great amount of shogunate-era excavation machinery. Minister Cobei manages to meet them in secret and tells them that a group of scavegers known as the Hurricane Dragon Gang, has taken the inhabitants hostage and have begun a series of archaeological diggings on the city’s sacred shrine, the “Palace Under the River”, a powerful manse handed to the people of Rivertown by King Darius from which they descend.

The leader of the scavengers, Erzai Shuyin Afrar orders his men to break the dome seals of the palace to gain access to its treasures, but the breaking of the seals destabilize the essence flows of the manse, causing it to massively accumulate essence.

With only a couple of minutes to stop a manse explosion, the circle and Flintlocke fight against the Hurricane Dragon Gang, facing the outcast Gen Shuyin Afrar, who’s powerful enought to be able to break Shaym’s spine against the river’s floor; as the explosion approaches, Flintlocke uses his own body to block an eruption of essence while Guiwenneth repaired the manse’s seals using Incantation of Effective Restoration.

After defeating the scavengers, Guiwenneth is able to attune to the Palace Under the River and then asks Flintlocke if he would be willing to join them, but he rejects the offer objecting that: “I’m in a quest to find my lost sister, her name is Renuko”. Guiwenneth is about to tell him about the woman in Yarax, but Rowtag stops her as he thinks it would be best if Flintlocke’s determination to do good and spirit remain intact.


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