Tarnum the Overlord

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Tarnum the Overlord is the first scenario of the The Sword of Frost campaign in Heroes Chronicles Heroes Chronicles.



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The Elven Hero, Gelu, set out to find and destroy the Sword of Frost to stop an apocalyptic prophecy, but he didn't realize that simply finding the ancient weapon would put the world at risk. Tarnum had to stop him, but the good forces of AvLee and Erathia refused to battle Gelu. Who, then, would lift a sword against the Elves?


Map description[edit]

Tarnum must conquer the Dungeon towns of Nighon to form a force willing to battle Gelu and his Elves. All Heroes are limited to level six, and all of Tarnum's skills, spells, and experience will transfer to the next scenario.

Starting options[edit]

Timed events[edit]

Day 1 - day 1
"If the Sword of Frost and Armageddon's Blade should ever meet, it would mean the end of the world!"

How can that fool of an Elf go looking for the Sword of Frost? I met Gelu once, and I found him to be an inspiring leader and dedicated fighter. He never would have accomplished all that he has in the past few years without the skills to match his stubbornness. But I've never known him to be stupid.

Is he so attached to the Armageddon's Blade that he can't see the danger he's putting the world in?

So, I've come to Nighon in search of a force to battle Gelu and his Elves. Unfortunately, the Elf King will not lift a finger against AvLee's greatest hero. And the Erathians consider themselves allies - to battle Gelu will only shatter that alliance. My only resort is to don the dark armour of an Overlord and somehow use the troops of Nighon for a good cause.

I've heard that after the death of their leader, the Dragon Queen Mutare, Nighon has fallen into chaos. Mutare's generals battle for control in an endless civil conflict. Just the sort of environment where I could slip in and gain control of the forces I'll need to stop Gelu's foolish quest.

Teal Day 2 - day 2
Over the centuries, I've managed to stash away huge caches of resources for situations just like this. Knowing that I would need these resources, I sent word to trusted friends arranging for some to be delivered to me here. The first wagons should arrive tomorrow, and more are on their way, probably arriving every two weeks or so.
Teal Day 3 - day 3 (every 14 days)
Wagons of supplies arrived today taken from one of my personal caches.

Resources: +12 Wood Wood, +3 Mercury Mercury, +9 Ore Ore, +15 Sulfur Sulfur, +4 Crystal Crystals, +5 Gem Gems, +1500 Gold Gold

Teal Day 8 - day 8
All these years removed from the life of brutality that made me unworthy of entering Paradise have softened me. After more than a week leading the creatures of Nighon, I've learned to pity their hard life. The weakest of them, the blind Troglodytes, get the worst of it.

I've seen Harpies and Beholders kill a Troglodyte for no other reason than it got in their way. It's no surprised the little creatures have learned to move around so quickly. I admit, over the years, I have probably killed hundreds of Troglodytes, but now that I lead them I only want to protect them from their own allies.

When a pair of Harpies started harassing a Troglodyte carrying some food to its friends, I jumped in and grabbed the winged women by their scrawny throats. I knew I couldn't show any weakness around here or someone would try to kill me and take over my leadership. Nor could I show compassion for another.

So, I kicked the Troglodyte to the ground and threw the Harpies up against the nearest tunnel wall.

"Did I say you could fight amongst each other? Did I?" I shouted at the top of my lungs. I made sure my entire army could hear.

The Troglodyte cowered as I drew the spiked mace from my belt. The Harpies tried to slink away. It was at that moment that I knew I had to make an example here and now or more of these creatures would die.

I jumped on the Harpies. With one hand, I tore off a wing. With my mace, I broke the other Harpy's ribs, crushing its heart.

Turning to the rest of my army, I held the bloody wing up for all to see.

"I say when and who you can kill! If anyone doesn't understand, step forward now," I told them. They knew that if anyone moved, they died.

Teal Day 15 - day 15
I have to struggle with my own troops after every victory to keep them from slaughtering the survivors. These Nighons don't even know the meaning of the word mercy. So, to keep them from believing that I, an Overlord, was weak because I showed mercy toward my enemy, I've had to feign insanity.

I started talking to things that aren't there, and on one occasion I rode for several miles naked before I 'realized' that I wasn't wearing my armour.

And when someone is caught, instead of torturing them to death I humiliate them. I dunked a pack of Troglodytes in tar, threw feathers over them, and told them that they were Harpies now. I even made a Minotaur wear a woman's dress.

Thankfully, my troops are confused enough that they no longer seemed bothered when I tell them they can't kill the prisoners, and so far they're all still too scared of me to challenge my authority.

Teal Day 19 - day 19
I received a letter today from a friend in AvLee stating that Gelu set sail for the distant northern lands of the Vori weeks ahead of time. He's anxious to complete his quest to destroy the Sword of Frost. If I don't hurry and consolidate my power here in Nighon, I'll never catch up with him.
Day 23 - day 23
Victory is near, so I sent word ahead for some ships to be purchased and prepared for my arrival. Also, I've learned that Nighon's influence spreads even as far as Vori lands, so perhaps I'll be able to seize control of those Dungeons as well.

We'll see. But first, I must finish things here and strengthen my defences enough that no Nighon Overlord will be able to threaten my territory - at least not until I've stopped Gelu.



Location Message
2, 2, 0 As you enter this world of perpetual darkness, you wonder if you have made the right choice. The creatures of the subterranean world are known for their cruelty. Was it arrogance to believe that you could shape them into a force for good?


Location Player Type
5, 25, 0 Red Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
7, 5, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
30, 27, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
33, 4, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon


Location Type Message
10, 0, 0 Harpy Hag Harpy Hag A pack of Harpy Hags swoop down out of the dark ceiling and attack you, but you raise your weapon and drop their leader in a single blow. The other Hags smile at you and beg to join a leader with such obvious strength.


Location Player Hero
1, 2, 0 Teal Tarnum Tarnum the Overlord
5, 26, 0 Red Jeddite Jeddite the Warlock