Dragons of Deepest Blue
Tarnum strikes back at Mutare's forces to take back lost AvLee land. He must defeat all towns without dying. All Heroes will be limited to level 34, but Tarnum and his two best Captains will transfer to the next scenario.
|Day 1 - day 1|
|Finally, it's time to go on the offensive.|
The Elf King has lost much territory to the Dragon Queen and her seemingly invincible forces. Before it becomes too late, we must strike back and show her that we're not going to crumble so easily.
So, I'm taking those forces already under my command and attacking here by the sea where Mutare has already built four Dungeons in order to control the Elves who live here. Meanwhile, the Elf King will continue fighting the Dragon Queen at the front lines - hoping to hold her off long enough for me to slip behind enemy lines and attack Mutare herself.
All depends on my victory here.
|Day 2 - day 2|
|I have also received word from the Elf King that another type of Dragon has joined Mutare - the mighty Azure Dragon. Now, she truly has an army of Dragons ready to flatten any army that stands before her.|
But I have noticed that in her haste to conquer the world, she has spread her troops too thin. She battles the Elf King in AvLee and the Knights of Erathia, and yet she still attacks me here. Perhaps this mistake will be her downfall.
|Day 7 - day 7|
|This morning, like every morning, I visit the healer's tent to check on Aspen.|
As I step inside, I'm surprised by the old Elf's pale complexion. I would've thought he had died in his sleep, except at that moment Aspen's eyes fluttered open.
"You look better," I said.
"And you are a bad liar!" Aspen said.
I sat down. This was the first chance we had to talk since his injury.
"You used me as a pawn," Aspen said.
"I'm not upset. In fact, I'm impressed! You let me believe Valita was the spy when you knew it was someone else. Who was it?"
"Kurbon, the Master of Supplies," I said. The words sounded odd. I still couldn't believe it.
Aspen shook his head as if he realized he should've known it all along.
"The letter I found, the one addressed to the spy - it was written by you, wasn't it?" Aspen said.
I nodded shamefully. I, who had once been a proud Barbarian, had mastered the skills of a spy.
But Aspen laughed even though it appeared to cause him pain.
"I don't think I will play chess with you anymore, Tarnum. It would do my reputation too much damage if I were to lose," the Elf said.
I placed a hand on Aspen's shoulder and said, "I don't think that I will ever beat you, friend."
"Hah! Again, you lie poorly. You never liked me," Aspen said. "Don't deny it! It doesn't upset me. No one ever likes me, but that's all right. At least they respect me."
"Yes," I said.
"I do want you to know that I liked you. You're a good man, Tarnum."
Later that day, Aspen somehow dragged himself from his tent. He stood alone and watched as the sun slowly dropped below the treetops, and then he collapsed - dead.
|Day 8 - Stuff for computer (every 7 days)|
|Stuff for computer - DO NOT TRANSLATE|
|Day 12 - day 12|
|I felt my heart quicken when I realized the riders approaching camp were from Valita's unit. She rode at the front, and although she had been in the wild for two weeks she looked beautiful.|
Human armies usually frown on relationships between their soldiers. Elves are different. They celebrate their emotions freely, even under the dark cloud of war. So, the moment Valita dismounted, she jumped into my arms.
"I missed you," she said.
I had missed her as well, but I couldn't bring myself to say it. I wanted to tell her so many things, but they wouldn't pass through my lips. Instead, I told her that we buried Aspen several days ago.
Valita frowned, lowered her head.
"I'm sorry," she said. "I couldn't find Kurbon. I tracked him through those tunnels as far as I could, but then they passed into Nighon territory and there were too many patrols for me to continue. There's no denying it now. Mutare is Kurbon's master!"
I found it easier to harden my heart to Valita's presence when I thought of the Dwarven spy, Kurbon.
"I have sworn upon Aspen's grave that I will kill Kurbon, for what he did to Aspen and for what he tried to do to you," I said.
Valita looked at me for a long time, and then she hugged me again.
|Day 20 - day 20|
|Today, a pair of Red Dragons ambushed one of my supply wagons. They destroyed everything, including the supplies. When Aspen was around, he used to warn me of these attacks before they happened, giving me the opportunity to redirect my supply lines and set traps for the enemy.|
As much as he annoyed me, he is sadly missed.
|Day 24 - day 24|
|A report came in today of another Dragon attack. This time, a few Azure Dragons razed a small Elven village. Many died. Mutare doesn't seem satisfied with simply defeating AvLee. She's making the Elves suffer.|
Somehow, I have to stop this destruction.
|Day 28 - day 28|
|Two more attacks on Elven villages and farms have angered the men under my command. There doesn't seem to be anything we can do to stop them.|
Then Valita approached me tonight with a plan.
"These attacks seem to be the actions of only a few groups of Dragons. With some Gold Dragons and Sharpshooters of my own, I could hunt them down and put an end to the destruction!" she said.
I shook my head, stating that I didn't want to split my forces at this time.
"I can't go off chasing every skirmish group," I said. "Mutare will take advantage of that in a second and attack."
|Day 31 - day 31|
|I thought I was alone this morning as I went through my daily sword drills. Then I heard something whistle by my ear. I dropped to a fighting stance before I spotted an arrow in a nearby tree. I reached up and removed the arrow from the trunk, turned back to the woods.|
"Valita?" I called. The fletching was green and black.
The Elven woman came out from the shadows, never making a sound as she approached.
"Did that get your attention?" she said.
"Of course!" I answered.
"Good! Now, tell me what's wrong with you. You ignore me most of the time, otherwise you coddle me like some child! Your signals are mixed, Tarnum. Do you want me around, or don't you?!"
Anger made Valita's long cheeks blush, more beautiful than ever.
"Both," I admitted.
"Tarnum," she said, her voice becoming softer. "I think I could love you, but I feel sometimes that you don't feel the same about me. If so, let me know now and I'll walk away."
"But if there's a chance you could love me too," she interrupted, "there is nothing you can do to get rid of me! I just want a chance, Tarnum. Give us a chance to get to know each other - that's all I ask!"
I lowered my head because I would rather cut off my own hand than speak the words I was about to say.
"My life, Valita, is not my own. It hasn't been for a very long time."
"I don't understand," she said. When I didn't explain, she turned quickly and fled without bothering to cover her tears.
|Day 38 - day 38|
|Last night, I prayed to the Ancestors. I begged them to release me.|
"Haven't I suffered enough?" I shouted. "I understand now! I know what I did was wrong, but how can I make up for it? I can't go back and undo what I did! At least give me the power to correct my mistakes because this hurts too much!"
They didn't answer. Or perhaps their silence was their answer.
|Day 42 - day 42|
|The Dragon attacks on AvLee villages got to be too much for Valita and some of the other Elves. Sometime after we camped last night, she and the others left. She's hunting the Dragons - I'm sure of it. But I can't bring myself to go after her.|
It's just better this way. Maybe the time apart will cool my emotions. Maybe if I can defeat Mutare quickly, I can move on. Valita will find someone that makes her happy someday, someone who can stay by her side.
And maybe someday I can forget.
|5, 3, 0||Computer Stuff - DO NOT TRANSLATE|
|22, 63, 0||You decide to eat lunch here by an old rotting log, but as you sit down the wood crumbles beneath your weight. As you pull yourself out, however, you spot something shiny in the remains of the log - someone's long-forgotten stash.|
|43, 60, 0||An Elven scout bursts from the bushes. He appears dirty and tired.|
"Sir," he calls. "I've been trapped here in these trees for several days, unable to go anywhere for fear of my life!"
"What are you so afraid of?" you ask.
"Dragons! There has been a lot of Dragon activity around here lately. Great care should be taken in this area."
|43, 61, 0||Your scout wasn't kidding. Countless birds explode from the treetops, fleeing frantically into the clouds. Soon after, a pack of Dragons soar into the sky and prepare to attack.|
You spot Rust and Black Dragons, all led by a single great Azure Dragon.
|56, 64, 0||You capture a young leprechaun who not only tells you the location of another wealthy leprechaun, but that some Faerie Dragons are trapped in their grove by some Azure Dragons.|
|8, 60, 0||Dungeon|
|20, 25, 0||Dungeon|
|34, 66, 0||Castle|
|38, 50, 0||Dungeon|
|65, 4, 0||Dungeon|
|65, 47, 0||Rampart|
|59, 58, 0||Azure Dragon||Looming in the distance are five Azure Dragons. Their deep blue scales sparkle like a clear mountain lake, a color more beautiful than you have ever seen. They are larger than any of their kind. You watch as one lands on the grass. Even at this distance, the ground trembles beneath your feet.|
These beautiful creatures will not be easy to defeat.
|62, 60, 0||Faerie Dragon||A single Faerie Dragon flies over your head, circling excitedly.|
"Thank you, thank you! We would've been fighting at your side sooner had we known the Azures joined the Dragon Queen as well," it says.
"Yes, sadly. The odds are against us," you say.
"May we join you? Even the odds a bit, I think!"
|6, 3, 0||Jeddite the Warlock|
|8, 61, 0||Gunnar the Overlord|
|34, 67, 0||Your most powerful hero from the Dragons of Gossamer Wings scenario.|
|55, 65, 0||Your most powerful hero from the Dragons of Gossamer Wings scenario.|
|65, 5, 0||Lorelei the Overlord|
|65, 48, 0||Tarnum the Ranger|
|Seer's Hut (16, 63, 0)|
|Seer's Hut (46, 14, 0)|
|Seer's Hut (63, 25, 0)|