<meta />Unfortunately the good times could not last forever, and come morning we had a mission to prepare for. Matrena was not in the bed next to me when I awoke but I assume she had woken up earlier and gone on to train some new recruits. Something about the mission did not sit well with me. Stealing from a Lord of Dorwain was bad enough, but to steal from my father and homeland was even worse. I wish there was time to go to Kind Aldwick and ask his advice on this matter, it was possible that he had a mage strong enough to remove our Geass spell placed on us. Trying to figure out our best move forward I meet with the others. Thankfully Lucius had similar concerns to mine, The Lord Draxus was attempting to set us up. Lucius Percival and I managed to convince the others to go to Yampfield and ask the King for guidance. However when Jiro teleported us there it turned out to be a day of mourning for the King. This day was the day his wife had passed and wished not to be disturbed by anyone, even us. Admitting defeat Lucius and Percival went to go pray, while I went to go find Father Armias, perhaps he could tell me about this crude bow Cernunnos gave to me. Ask I walked to the temple a very sudden, and very painful headache came over me. However as soon as it had appeared it had left. Bewildered I continued onward. Father Armias was giving a sermon so I waited until he finished. I then made my way to him once his sermon was complete. Upon inspecting the bow he told me that, it was a faith weapon. That it would grant immense power, but required absolute faith in the deity that provided it. Knowing that my connection to Cernunnos was deepened I thanked Father Armias and went outside. Lucius had gotten a message from his God that performing the theft was all right with her. I then mentioned that if worse comes to worse I could mention that I was a Kronsieg to see if the Dwarves would hand over the mithril. Low and behold guess who’s memories had been affected? My friends. Letting the matter go, we teleported back to Dayhill. There Balgus managed to catch us and began to grill us on some information regarding our mission for Lord Draxus. We finally acquiesced to his questioning and admitted that we were stealing from Dorwain and the Dwarven Empire. He then said he knew someone who could potentially help us in this endeavour, if we could wait and hour they would be ready. Eager to accept all the help we could, we decided to wait to see this mysterious stranger. For the hour I went around and searched for Matrena I wanted to get in as much time as I could before we were separated. Unfortunately I didn’t seem to be able to catch up, defeated I returned to Balguss’ Tavern. At the end of the hour the new ally showed themselves. It was Matrena. She know a great deal about Dwarven customs (yes I know because she's a Dwarf.) The sight of her made me feel both elated and terrified. I was happy to once more fight by her side, and in general spend more time with her. However I know what we were asking, to ask someone to kill their own countrymen is a hard thing to do. After making sure she was truly ok with this, we decided to finally head out to the rendezvous point. Jiro teleported us to the closest point that he had been. The trip to the rendezvous would still take a day or two, which gave us one day to scout out the Dwarven escort and steal the Mythril. I spent the two days with Matrena, it’s a rare opportunity to be able to show off my survival skills, and to track with my beloved. We finally made it to the rendezvous with several hours before nightfall. As we made camp we all heard something. It sounded like a loud thudding, it was so loud I at first assumed with was a particularly bad storm or perhaps a exceptionally large band of wild animals. How I wish that was the case. No the source of this noise turned out to be a giant Golem, easily over a hundred and fifty feet tall. The entire Dwarven battalion was stationed inside, with balliste to protect it; and on the back? A giant, and I mean giant amount of Mithril, the total amount had got to be around several million gold pieces. At a loss for what to do, we camped for the night. The next day as soon as we woke up we began brainstorming. We had several hours before the Kronsieg escort would show up to do the exchange. After long deliberations we finally came up with something. Jiro would teleport himself and Percival to the foot of the Golem. Percy had an item that acted as small siege weapon. After damaging the Golem enough, Jiro would teleport them away, then Jiro himself would cause a distraction in an attempt to get as many Dwarves out of the Golem. After losing the pursuers he would teleport back, then teleport us to the top of the Golem, where we would then take control of the thing. The first two parts went amazing, almost perfect, Percy almost cause the thing the buckle. The group that left the Golem looked to be a sizable force. With that many gone we should be able to take charge before they got back. How wrong I was. As soon as we teleported to the top, we were surrounded by at least twenty Dwarves, who surprised to see us, were clearly very angry at our presence. First thing I did was aim at the Dwarf who was in a strange set of armor. The goal of not killing flew out of reach, as Scarloc in a flurry of blows slew Dwarf after Dwarf. Lucius and Percy were taking the majority of damage, and Matrena and I were holding off around five. Knowing our odds were not in our favor, Lucius decided to use our trump card. Lucius shattered the blue coin that Lord Draxus gave us. Then after a few seconds four comets came striking out of the sky. They landed on top of the mithril itself. Our reinforcements turned out to be Mordrid Dragoon, Lord Darnoc, The Watcher, and Olen (I think that's how it spelled?) After that those four did most of the heavy lifting. Lord Darnoc somehow managed to fear all of the Dwarves into submission, his terrifying aura appeared to be too much for them. After that it was just a matter of rounding everyone up. After stripping the pilot of the Golem, we learned that the Golem required three things. One a suit of armor, two a pass phrase, however the third item eluded us. One thing that we did not notice however was a rune carved on the chest of the pilot. The rune which grew brighter and larger with each passing second. Matrena’s face grew grim at the sight of it. Whatever it was, it was bad news. Then flying out of the sky the biggest Dwarf that I have ever seen appeared. It was a Rune Priest. The strongest warriors the Dwarves had to offer. One look at him and I knew, there was no way to beat him. Perhaps it was the end of the line for the Sentinels. No Matrena and Galahad at to get out at least. Matrena however had an ace in the hole. Walking up the Rune Priest she declared that she was Matrena Goldhearth, and demanded the Priest to leave. I knew that Matrena was nobility, but it was the first time she had shown it. The Priest agreed to her request, but at a price. Matrena was returning to the capitol with him, before I could intercede the Priest teleported himself and Matrena away. The worst possible outcome had happened. My beloved was stolen from before my very eyes. I stood there shocked for what seemed like hours, before I remembered the Rings we wore. Focusing in on it, I learned that she was far away from me, but safe. I had broken into a prison in Hell, breaking into a Dwarven prison shouldnt be too hard right? Mordrid then knocked me out of my daze with some words of encouragement. We had a job to do, and sitting around mopping wouldn’t save Matrena, getting the Golem to move would. We then escorted two Dwarves to the leg of the Golem to repair the thing. I got to know the Dwarf Ranger rather well, we even shared a cigar together. Then dire news struck. Off in the distance Iolius had spotted something. A group of humans walking toward the Golem. The Kronsieg group. Baron Kronsieg was most likely to be among them. We then decided that we would distract the Kronsieg group long enough. Percy would oversee the repairs, and Lord Darnoc would continue to break the will of the Dwarves to find out how to move the Golem. We raced off to meet with the Kronsieg group. It did not take long to reach them, and to my shock, and joy Lord Kronsieg was not there. Instead a young man was surrounded by a force of twelve Dorwianin guards. Perhaps this man was trusted advisor? Or maybe a just a representative of Craburh? Nope, he was Prince Simon, the first born heir to Craburh. This felt like a slap in the face, I had another half brother, and this one was much younger then me. After some of Jiro shenanigans, and avoiding his questions, we were forced to spill the truth. We revealed that we had to steal this mithril to protect Yampfield, and that doing so was for the good of Dorwain. Prince Simon however refused all of our attempts to avoid combat. He did however have a compromise, if we were to defeat him, in one on one combat he would allow us to have the mithril. The fight would be all of us versus him, one at a time, he would not heal between fights and he would only use his fists. This told me a few things. One he is odds are a monk, or perhaps a Brawler. Two he was not unreasonable, and three that he did not know my real name. We then decided the order. Scarloc, then me, then Lucius would hopefully mop him up, Jiro had teleported back to Yampfield, so he would not fight. Unfortunately Scarloc was not in his element, and no offense to Scarloc, but I get the feeling that Scarloc is bad in a one on one. No room the sneak around. However Simon knocked him out within a few seconds. I dragged out Scarloc, and prepared myself for the fight to come. From what I had seen if I kept my distance I should be able to run him around long enough to whittle him down. Once I stepped into the ring Simon demanded that I share my real name before the fight could commence. Finally realizing that I could not avoid this any longer I said my full name: Gawain Kronsieg. After getting laughed at for a couple of seconds, he calmed down enough to start the match. My first action was to attempt to shoot him from ranger, however my first arrow, whether I had used to much force or simply it was a old bowstring, my bowstring snapped. I attempted to restring it, but could not due to the fact that I was on Galahad. Then it hit me, the faith weapon that I had been given. I drew it and first tried knocking an arrow in it. It was like an invisible hand pushed it out of my hand. Putting my absolute faith in Cernunnos, I went through the motions of drawing a bow. As I pulled the bow back, this gnarled piece of wood transformed. I turned into a beautiful bow. The entire bow was emitting a dark green glow. The arrow itself was a pure piece of green energy. This was the gift Cernunnos had given me, I must make it up to my God somehow. However even this proved to have little effect against Simon. He easily knocked the arrows away, and turns out he was capable of moving a lot further then I thought. He easily caught up to me and Galahad, Forcing me to dismount and engage him on level ground. He then tried fighting Galahad. Galahad got a lucky bite in, and me myself got one lucky arrow in when his back was turned. However Simon was too strong a fighter and knocked out Galahad. However due to my empathetic link I knew Galahad still had some strength left in her, and was merely playing dead. As soon as his back was turned Galahad pounced on him getting one last bite into him. It was also the only time I saw Simon get mad. He turned around and immediately knocked Galahad out, then turning to me I saw the sheer rage in his eyes. Apparently he can’t control his emotions very well, as his first strike against me, drew blood. I did not last long against him, after a flurry of blows I myself was knocked out. When I came to Lucius had begun his fight. It was Lucius Iolius, and PErcy against him. The first strike Lucius gave was a mighty one, that strike alone most likely caused more damage then Galahad and myself put together. However even those three were unable to defeat him, however after studying him I realized that he was barely standing on his feet. Being the clear losers of this fight I prepared myself to get ready to run and warn the others on the Golem. However Simon for our efforts agreed to let the Golem go, and in exchange for such a narrow fight give us each one thing we asked for. I requested a ring which would provide more defense. It was during this time that I went forward and request that I be hit with acid. The Kronsieg line were immune to acid, and I needed to prove to Simon that we were somehow related. He agreed and splashed not only myself, but himself as well. I saw the look of realization on his face. When I went to shake his hand in farewell he bid farewell to his brother, not to a mad man. Feeling victorious and slightly ashamed at losing we went back to the Golem. Darnoc figured out the last key to the puzzle (truth be told I forgot what it was) We began our journey back to Rax. Inside the ring I found a letter that Simon must of written saying that the real owner of the Mirthril would come to get it. That must mean the Baron himself might come looking for it. It was on the third day of travel that my worst fears came true. As I was sitting atop the Golem chatting with Mordrid I saw a lone figure walking towards us. I looked back to call alarm, when I looked back he was gone. Then the Golem shook, the figure had jumped onto the Golem. The figure was Lord Kronsieg my Father. In seconds he was surrounded. The other began their assault, however he managed to dodge most of the attacks, even the ones from Darnoc and Mordrid. At first I tried to convince him to leave, or perhaps talk, but to no avail. I soon realized how futile this fight was, in seconds a killed most of the Dwarves that had surrounded him. He even knocked out Scarloc. This was not all, he even picked up Darnoc with one hand, and swung him around like a bat, knocking everyone away from him. He then threw Darnoc off the side of the Golem. This fight would end in our defeat if we didn’t do something about it. Mordrid then revealed that he had a plan, all I had to do was stand near the Baron. Trusting Mordrid I moved to the spot he had pointed out. As soon as I did I felt two sharp, stinging pains in the back. To my horror and shock Mordrid had shot me with two arrows, I felt my strength sap, these two shots were bad, if they had been a few centimeter closer he would of pierced my heart. However as soon as the arrows did their damage, the good Baron stopped his attack. Mordrid then said if the Baron if he would not leave, Mordrid would kill me. Just like that the Baron began to walk away, I tried stopping him, but as soon as I got close to him, he merely stepped off the Golem. Mordrid had found a line that the Baron would not cross. However just like that we finally secured the mithril shipment. My first course of action (besides being healed) was to talk to Mordrid. Nearly killing your own brother is hard, and I wanted to make sure he was ok. It was during this time that I invited Mordrid to my future wedding. He then informed me that he was a wanted man, and would only ruin it. I do not care, Mordrid is my kin and I want him there, no damn bounty can stop that. After some convincing he said he would consider it. We then spent the next week doing our own thing. Daily I would focus in on my ring to make sure Matrena was ok. It was only one the fifth day that I realized something strange. Matrena’s position went from being to the south west, to the north east. She was back at Dayhill! A wave of relief washed over me, she was back home, and presumably safe. During this time I made a promise to myself, that I would at first chance return to Craburh. I would attempt to fix the wrongs that I had committed. I don't care what it takes, but I feel as if I must reclaim my family name, and prove myself worthy of being a Kronsieg. It was also during this travel back to Rax that I got figured out the bow a little bit. As a faith weapon I needed to prove that I was worth it. Once per day a creature would appear as highlighted green, and it was my sole purpose to hunt it, otherwise some terrible would happen. I’m not sure what Cernunnos was kinda iffy on the details. He did inform me that after enough time, he would allow me to chose the targets I hunt. However our ride on this Golem was drawing to a near, in the distance I can make out Rax. After this our adventure in Rax will finally be over, and we can rid ourselves of Lord Draxus, and return to Yampfield.