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Started 4/22/18 by whitebutterfly54 (redbutter54); 124429 views.
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Lucas the Minotaur knows there’s only one choice with Shadow’s curse taking effect soon.  A second serpent, “why does it always have to be snakes?” guards the artifact part, but Lucas decides to risk it.  “If the serpent is asleep, it won’t notice if we take the artifact part.”  Lucas feared the awakening fire, but he has the artifact part.  “The serpent never noticed me.  For a moment, it looked like its eyes lit with fire, but it faded quickly, so there’s nothing to worry about...I hope.  The Gem of Total Recall completes the Recollection Crown, which goes to Shadow at Creepy Street.  “The Crown is bound to make Shadow remember who he really is!”

Professor Pinfeathers senses uncertainty looming, a presence tied to a recent visit deep inside the mountains.  The Chilling Belt is the only way to tame a raging fire in someone’s heart and Lucas is the only one who can find out what happened.

Currently very busy, Lucas admits sensing danger.  And he’s sure where it’s coming from.  “The mine I visited recently caved in.  What could’ve happened?”  He reports there’s been a colossal avalanche, “The mine’s currently buried under rubble.  Only something powerful can remove it.”  Lucas worked to clear the entrance to the mine only to find it empty.  That can mean only one thing.  “When I last visited the mine, it was guarded by a sleeping fire serpent, but it’s gone now.  I hope someone just moved it.”

A careful examination of the mine reveals the serpent has awakened.  “It was asleep when I left there, I swear it!  Let me see what the books in my library have to say about this.”  Unfortunately, Lucas’ books and scrolls held no answers, but he believes there’s some information in the parallel world and he knows just who to ask for help.

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“By my hammer and anvil, you’re back”, says Torrum the Weapon Maker, whose work never ends.  Torrum concludes things aren’t going well when he notices “you look paler than a toadstool!”  Torrum offers to share the dwarves’ secret way of calming down.  “Cogs and sprockets!  We’re missing ingredients!  You’ll have to help me find them.”  Torrum believes “you’re tougher than you look” and finally admits “Now you look like the mightiest of dwarves – besides me, of course.” 

“Well, snap my screws!  I knew Lucas’s strength would bring him no good.  Lucas is like a brother to me!  We can’t leave him in the lurch.  We must help our minotaur friend save the castle!”

Despite being more brawn than brain, Torrum knows exactly what to do.  “First, we need to send word to the mages’ coven about what happened.  They always seem to have answers.”  The mages’ language is difficult and Torrum can’t magically send a message to them.  Craftsmanship to the rescue since the mages can’t use their magic to sense our need.   “We need to design something to deliver our message to the mages.”

“Bless my gears!  I think we’ve built something great!”

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“Rusty crowbars, we’re running out of time!  Let’s launch our mail-o-copter!”  Torrum receives a reply from the mages and wishes he could have seen the look on their faces when they saw his invention.  “Well, hammer my thumb, our mail-o-copter is damaged!  I need to find a way to extract the message from it.”

With the mail-o-copter finally in working order again, Torrum recovers the message.  “Copper cogs, they wrote the reply in their language!  I’m no good with the language of mages.”  But ever perseverant, Torrum finds “The mages haven’t let us down.  The serpent was already awake in the parallel world, and they successfully dealt with it there.”

With the serpent taken care of, Torrum plans his trip.  Once his portal is set to the right wavelength, Torrum sets off for the parallel world, leaving behind his mail-o-copter to stay in touch.  “We’re saved!  I learned what can handle the heat of the flaming serpent – it’s the Chilling Belt.  It saved the parallel dimension.”

Lucas the Minotaur needs to reflect on the information about the Chilling Belt, but “It’s just as I thought.  The people in the parallel world already know how to deal with the serpent.”  Deciphering information about the belt is difficult work.  “Unfortunately, the ancient texts are written in an unknown language.  I’ll have to sift through countless documents to translate it.”  Lucas’ extensive knowledge isn’t helpful because the language is more complicated than even he anticipated.  “If memory serves – and minotaurs have excellent memories – there should be a dictionary to help us translate the ancient writing.”  Retrieving the dictionary from the depths of the castle library, Lucas finds “the text mentions the first part of the Chilling Belt that can help subdue the serpent.”

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It appears the location of the artifact part is nearby and Lucas begins reading the manuscript very carefully believing the text contains a well-hidden metaphor.  “This metaphor clearly means a labyrinth!  I’m going to visit the labyrinth and search for the belt part.”  Lucas found the artifact part, the Ice Gem, but the artifact is still too cold to hold for long.  “We’ve done it.  This is only a small part of what you’ll have to do, but you’re on the right track.”

Professor Pinfeathers is positive the castle will, once again, overcome the mortal peril confronting it.   “It’s still unclear if this entity is good or evil, but we can’t take any chances.  Go to the one most likely to have answers to our questions.”

Han, the Sage greets you subconsciously while he finishes meditating.  “I knew that this trouble would lead you here.  The Serpent’s awakening has created chaos in your mind.  Restrain it, and we’ll be able to proceed.”  Ready to “seek the help of someone with a clear mind and brave heart”, Han confides that grief consumes his mind.  “Not even my concerns over the Serpent can overshadow it.  The power of patience wanes with time.”  Sensing in his mind palace your capability of setting everything right again, Han says “Fate was generous in granting me a twin brother, although we walk two very different paths.  Everyone must follow their own path, and my brother chose the way of the warrior.  Unfortunately, we have drifted apart.”  

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Unwilling to believe his brother is gone, Han decides to enter into a trance to search for any connection to him.  Han senses life still flows through his brother, but can’t understand why he hasn’t visited in so long.  “Did you know that many twins have a special connection?  It’s true, and his mind is trying to tell me something.”  Han feels his brother’s anxiety and decides to send his astral body in search of his brother.  As his subconsciousness takes a faraway journey in search of its relative, Han feels his brother’s in a protected area.  Encountering some sort of barrier, Han needs help strengthening his astral body.  Once his astral projection breaks through the protective barrier,  Han reaches the soul that so closely resembles his own.  “Now I can see that your path leads to the settlement of harpies.”

Olympe, the Harpy greets any “friend of the sage.  My people’s hearts are always open to those that are chosen.”  Agreeing not to abandon our mutual friend, Olympe says “Han’s twin is important to our people.  He protects us from destruction.  We must prepare for the journey to find him.”  Flying to where the warrior twin should be will leave the settlement vulnerable, so Olympe asks for help to protect it.  “I have bad news.  The location the sage saw was empty.  But his twin was there.  His spirit still lingers in the air.  We can track the warrior’s lingering spirit, but only the oldest of the harpies knows how.  She’s an outcast who lives near our settlement, but no one knows exactly where.”  Harpies never completely vanish and would have died out long ago were it not for the elder harpy doing her best to hide from outsiders.

While the Harpy elder is the wisest of all, “she leaves behind very cryptic clues to her whereabouts.”  Unable to completely decipher the elder’s clues, Olympe has a possible lead.  “Our elder’s hint leads in four different directions, so I asked my people for help.  Harpies never refuse to help those close to them, but it requires payment.”  Olympe gave gifts to four harpies, who split up and went in the four cardinal directions.  Now “we need to wait for their return.”

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“The search has paid off.  Our elder understands our reason for seeking her.  The elder determined the warrior’s last location, so there’s hope.  We need to get ready for his arrival.  There’s no telling what state he’ll be in.”  Olympe would have liked to thank the elder, but she departed quickly without another word.  “The sage’s brother is alive, but he’s in bad shape.  Apparently, he’s been fighting to protect us from invaders.  He needs tending to.”  Olympe can’t tell the cause of his wounds, but they’re deep enough to put his life in danger.  To avoid infection, the wounds must be cleaned and Olympe is positive their remedies can handle it.  “He’s a skilled fighter.  I can’t imagine who could have done this kind of damage.”

Olympe did everything she could for Han’s twin brother and hopes he recovers quickly in the healer’s tent.  “I can’t believe our luck!  I’m told that our protector is awake and feeling much better.  We just need to give him what he needs to recover fully.  I’m happy the harpies could help.  I’m sure the brothers will contact each other soon.  The warrior has information about what you need.”

Han, the Sage owes his life to the harpies for reuniting his soul with that of his twin.  “You helped rescue the person most dear to me.  Now I can concentrate on our next problem.”  Hans’ brother helped him regain his spiritual powers and “it’s as if we share one soul.”  His twin told Han about a prophetic vision he had showing the location of a part of the Chilling Belt.  As the brothers joined minds and exchanged knowledge, Han realized something.  “The artifact we need is hidden deep in my subconsciousness.  A deep dive into my inner self will help me create something so powerful from nothing.”  It’s imperative for Han to concentrate because if he can’t make it materialize, the artifact may be lost forever.

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“Many years of spiritual practice have rewarded me with the artifact, but it’s left me weak and weary.  Help me recover and the artifact will be yours.”  “No effort goes unnoticed, and the universe rewarded you generously” with the Ice Salamander used to balance the Chilling Belt’s raw power.


Professor Pinfeathers thinks Helma, the Shaman Outcast and Ludwig Milton, Skeleton Knight can help.

Helma, the Shaman Outcast believes your intentions are pure, but you’re out of sync with nature.  “Let it into your heart, and the world will open for you.  The ancestors talk to us through the sounds of nature and they’ve been waiting for you to listen.”  Helma continues, “Can you feel  how the living creatures suffer?  This place used to thrive.  Shamans from all lands once lived here.  I’m the only one left.  Everyone else left for more peaceful lands.  I remained to prevent this place from perishing.”

While Spirits may wait for eternity, trouble won’t.  “The nature spirits once revealed a prophecy about a threat coming from this mountain.  The shamans heard the prophecy and did their best to suppress the mountain’s power.  But they couldn’t guess the true source of the threat.”  Helma continues, “On the day the prophecy came true, the shamans used all of their power to subdue the mountain...and that’s when the miners came.  The miners exploited the opportunity to search for precious ores and treasure.  Legend says that the ancient spirits who created this world put treasure under this mountain and left a powerful guardian to protect it.”  Helma says the miners’ greed was limitless and the shamans were powerless to stop them.  So the shamans sought refuge elsewhere.  “ The miners’ digging almost awakened the guardian of the treasure, but a miracle saved us when the mountain erupted with lava, taking those who disturbed its peace.”

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Helma, the Shaman Outcast was chosen to be the mountain’s caretaker and can’t leave it under any circumstance.  While the prophecy says the land can be saved from the guardian of the mountain, it will be very dangerous.  A natural source of power must be found in order to succeed.  Helma believes “you must be the savior from the prophecy!  Your aura shines like a thousand suns on a cloudless day.”  Helma also reveals a minor eruption sealed off the entrance to that part of the mountain.  “I need all of the natural elements to overcome this.  Air, water, earth, and fire, heed my call.  Let the savior enter the mountain.”

With the path open and trusting that nature will protect you, the trip begins to the mountain.

Though intrigued by your limitless bravery, the Fire Elemental suggests quickening your pace.  “This is a dangerous place, stranger.  But if you’re courageous enough, perhaps you can help me.”    Warning that you haven’t proven your right to be here yet, the Fire Elemental says “I’ve guarded the treasures of the ancient spirits since the mountain was created.  Only someone with a pure soul and brave heart can hope to get even a glimpse of it.  Do you dare to try?”

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Hoping the intention is not to steal the treasure but to render help, the Fire Elemental continues.  “My fire essence tears me apart from inside.  My inner flame was meant to protect the mountain, but because of human greed, I could end up destroying everyone.”  The Fire Elemental remembers it was a fine day until the miners caused overwhelming anguish of the mountain.  “When the miners found out about the limitless treasure, greed took over.  They decided to take everything for themselves.  The ancient spirits tied my spirit with the mountain, so when the miners reached its core, I was filled with pain.  My wounds are so deep that I’m barely able to hold off my fire.”  While the shamans’ intentions were good, they only weakened the mountain.  “My molten fire could cause the mountain to erupt at any moment!”  If that happens, everyone and everything in the castle would be destroyed.

“Only the Chilling Belt can stop it, but there may be a temporary way to calm it.  An ancient stone flute from the mountain depths can buy us some time.  Ancient spirits foresaw this possibility, so they created a unique stone flute covered in gems.  However, I’m having a difficult time remembering where it is.”  The spirits’ powers helped the Fire Elemental remember the calming instrument is in the mountain’s treasury hall.  But the hall is vast and full of unusual artifacts.  “Time waits for no one, and the fire burns inside me still.  My wound has made me so weak, but I know we’ve almost found what we’re looking for.”  While the Fire Elemental is successful in locating the artifact part, there is still one obstacle protecting it.  “Your efforts bought us some time to search for the Chilling Belt components.  I’m trusting you to complete it.”

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Helma, the Shaman Outcast knows the elemental suffered because of human interference.  “Even though we knew the prophecy, we couldn’t protect him.”  Helma must find out where the shamans kept the artifact needed to pacify the mountain.  “When I was little, I saw an old shaman talk to the spirits.”  He “used an ancient peace pipe to communicate with the ancestors’ spirits.  The artifact should be in the old shaman settlement.  I’ll go – only shamans can enter that sacred ground.”

Helma found the settlement and the artifact, but there’s a complication.  “The artifact is sealed in a case made by the royal artisans.”  After succeeding in the task to open the seal, the Polar Bear artifact is yours.  It adds power to the belt and allows the wearer to hold off flames.  Helma says “I knew you’d manage to succeed.  Now the artifact is yours.  Use it well.”

Poor Ludwig Milton, Skeleton Knight, doesn’t have the strength to move.  Helping Shadow lift that terrible curse took a lot of effort, leaving Ludwig gravely weakened.  The powerful effect of the curse left behind painful consequences, but Ludwig believes there’s a way to recover from it.  “I’m not about to die, but we should still make haste!”  Ludwig remembers “a potion maker mentioning that the potion of a thousand lives can remove a curse’s effects.”  But the potion is as powerful as it is rare, making its ingredients almost impossible to find.  And in his current state, Ludwig can’t remember all the ingredients.  “I can’t move, so I must rely on my faithful winged companion again.  He’ll find out how to brew that potion from that potion maker himself.”