By Chris Evans
We don't worry the flame, even though it burns us,
We don't worry the hearth, notwithstanding it consumes us,
And we don't worry its light,
Though it finds the darkness of our souls,
For therein lies our power.
-- Blood Oath of the Iron Elves
First in a beautiful debut sequence, A Darkness solid in hearth introduces an unforgiving international of musket and cannon...bow and arrow...magic, international relations, and oaths -- each one wielding poor strength in an Empire teetering on the point of war.
In this international, Konowa fast Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is regarded upon as something yet traditional. He's murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, visible his liked regiment disbanded, and at last been banished in shame to the single position he despises the main -- the forest.
Now, all he wishes is to be left by myself along with his misery...but for Konowa, not anything is ever that straightforward. The mysterious and welcoming Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out within the harmful wild with a royal decree that he resume his fee as an officer in Her Majesty's Imperial military, potent immediately.
For within the east, a falling purple celebrity heralds the go back of a magic lengthy vanished from the earth. uprising grows in the Empire as a frantic race to arrive the megastar unfolds. it's a likelihood for Konowa to redeem himself -- no matter if the total affair seems to be doomed to be a suicide mission...
and that the warriors recruited for the duty aren't in any respect what he expects. And worse, his key adversary within the perilous race for the superstar is the scary Shadow Monarch -- a mythical elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination unfold deeper than Konowa might ever imagine....
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28. Rocky Islet This bit of land is well above the surface of the lake. It has steep-sided walls of sheer rock, although these are covered with vegetation growing from above and in small crannies and ledges. The top seems flat and fertile, for there are trees growing from it-jungle growth which appears at least as thick as any you have seen. In the center of this place is a regular hill which is liewise covered with vegetation in riotous profusion. As the party attempts to reach the islet, a random encounter of the appropriate kind automatically occurs.
Strangely, the water does not reflect the sky or the adventurers observing the liquid. All that can be seen is a night sky dotted with a myriad of stars. The pool is a magical portal to a part of the ethereal plane affected by Zagyg’s mind. Anyone stepping into or touching the liquid is pulled into the other plane (see Encounter 39). The water and the metal are totally immune to mortal magic of any sort. If the party has a way of deciphering the runes, they will find the following sentence: “Ye who have fought the dormant king, enter my knowledge.
Huge Cavern Unless Oonga is encountered here, a nastv tanystropheus-will be waiting for the party to pass near the pile of rubble (northeastern portion of the cavern1) where it lies in wait. lurking just west of the final step up into his lair area (see New Monsters section). When the adventurers begin to ascend this ledge, Oonga will rush out to its edge, boulder ready to hurl. If the combat goes badly for the ape, he will slowly retreat into Area 10. There, Oonga will grab up a boulder from the rubble, hurling it with effect, and then retreat to the outside ledge, Area 11, using the sheltered southern portion to avoid spells if necessary.