The Barbarian's Wife
Gelu was too close to the Sword of Frost for Tarnum to be lenient. As long as the Barbarian woman, Kija, was still out there she would be a threat, so he decided to eliminate one of the players in this dangerous hunt.
Tarnum must find the Ring of Infinite Gems to open the passage to the City of Volee. Unfortunately, the Barbarian woman, Kija, stands in his way. Tarnum and his two best Captains will carry over to the next scenario with all their skills, spells, and experience. Heroes are limited to level 32.
|Day 1 - day 1|
|The remainder of the Barbarian forces retreated here deep into the tunnels in the glaciers. Or did Kija lead them here?|
My own research has turned up some interesting information about the City of Volee where the Sword of Frost is supposed to be hidden. Volee was the first city of the Vori Elves, but it disappeared more than a thousand years ago shortly after the Sword of Frost was created.
Some speculate that the Sword of Frost itself is responsible for the creation of the glaciers that buried the ancient city. If this weapon is capable of such power, I'm not surprised that it has the power to destroy the world as well.
But first, I must deal with Kija once and for all. The wife of the Barbarian King has nowhere to go.
|Day 5 - day 5|
|Zallisa, the Medusa Queen, warned me today that there are too many Monoliths and tunnels in this part of the glacier. The enemy will be able to sneak up on me quickly and easily if I don't defend myself well.|
|Day 8 - day 8|
|I have learned there is a Wizard hiding in an old Seer's Hut to the south who is offering a large reward to anyone who can retrieve something for him. I must hurry. I certainly don't want my enemy to claim that Gold.|
|Day 15 - day 15|
|It cost a little Gold, but today I paid some Barbarian deserters to tell me all that they know about Kija and her troops.|
For the wife of Kilgor, King of the Barbarians, she's a powerful warrior. She may not be insane like her husband, but she is driven by her ambition and her taste for cruelty. Kija has built a Stronghold in one of the caverns below, fortifying it well. And she knows I'm coming.
More importantly, she's trying to find the Ring of Infinite Gems - the only object that will open the passage to the City of Volee - before I get there. All she really wants is the Sword of Frost and she will do anything to get it - even if it costs the lives of all her troops.
|Day 21 - day 21|
|With Neez and Kilkik dead, I rest a little easier these days. I can trust my Minotaur bodyguard's greed. His desire for wealth is predictable. And Zallisa and her Medusas still feel grateful to be on my good side once again. Now, if I can just hold things together for a little while longer.|
|Day 24 - day 24|
|Today, a Goblin messenger arrived at the camp to present an offer from Kija, Third Wife of Kilgor.|
"The Queen wants our two great forces to join against the nasty Elves," the Goblin said. "Why do we fight when we could be allies? Queen Kija even makes you a most generous offer!"
"I'll be the judge of that," I said. "What does she want?"
"She asks only for the Sword of Frost. You may keep all the loot and even this frozen northern land. All will be yours!"
I looked around at my troops. They seemed ready to stop fighting, and this alliance seemed practical to them.
"I refuse!" I said.
"What?" said the Goblin.
"If Kija is willing to give up everything in exchange for this Sword of Frost, then it must be a powerful weapon indeed - perhaps one capable of conquering the entire world! No, I refuse her offer, but go back to Kija and tell her I will give her the same option. She can keep this icy wasteland, but I get the Sword of Frost."
I sent the Goblin away and stared into the dark, suspicious eyes of my own bodyguard.
"Why did you do that? That's more wealth that I can imagine," Trongar said.
"Because with the Sword of Frost I will be able to take it all for myself anyways. That's what Kija plans. She gives everything away to me now, but what happens when her husband comes marching north? I'll tell you. He takes it all back - and then we have nothing!"
|Day 25 - day 25|
|There was only one solution as far as Kija was concerned. I had to defeat her army. I had to squash her completely or she will never give up her quest for the Sword of Frost.|
|10, 13, 1||For Computer - DO NOT TRANSLATE|
|10, 12, 1||Stronghold|
|10, 28, 0||Stronghold|
|25, 4, 0||Dungeon|
|10, 29, 0||Gurnisson the Barbarian|
|11, 14, 0||Kija the Battle Mage|
|20, 4, 0||Your most powerful hero from Tunnels of Ice scenario.|
|21, 6, 0||Your most powerful hero from Tunnels of Ice scenario.|
|25, 5, 0||Tarnum the Overlord|
|Seer's Hut (19, 16, 0)|
|You heard that this was the place where you could find the Ring of Infinite Gems, but it seems an unlikely hiding spot.|
A slot opens in the sturdy door to this home and a pair of dark eyes glare back at you.
"Go away! The only one I'm interested in seeing is Tarnum, the Dragonfriend."
|"You're not the one I seek! Go away! You're wasting your time," cries the deep voice from within.|
|"I am Tarnum," you say.|
You hear the clicking of several locks being thrown open, and then a stocky figure steps out into the light.
It's the Dwarf, Ufretin!
"I never expected to see you again!" you say.
"Believe me, I never expected to be here," Ufretin says.
"By the time I found my way back to Gelu, your words finally sunk in. I knew you had to be right - or else why would you do what you're doing? I tried to convince Gelu to turn back, but he wouldn't listen. He calls you a traitor, and me one too for listening to you. He's out of control!"
"I know. He believes he's right, and he's too stubborn to realize that he's endangering the entire world," you say.
"Well, he closed the passage to the City of Volee behind him and kept the only key - the Ring of Infinite Gems. I stole it from him and I was bringing it to you when Kija and her Barbarians found me. Luckily, I was able to lock myself within this magical tree," Ufretin says.
The Dwarf removes the Ring and stares sadly at the sparkling piece of jewellery.
"I hope I did the right thing," Ufretin says.
"I realize how hard it must've been for you to betray your friend, but believe me, Ufretin, it's for the best!"
"Just stop him, Tarnum Dragonfriend. Stop Gelu before he ruins his own name and is forever known as the Elf who nearly destroyed the world with his pride."
Ufretin offers you the Ring of Infinite Gems. Do you take it now?
|29, 24, 0 - Seer's Hut|
|The elaborately dressed sorcerer who lives in this hovel appears out of place. Even the pompous way he speaks convinces you that he wouldn't be buried in such a dump.|
"I need your help, bold adventurer," says the sorcerer. "It seems I some Red Dragons have stolen a book that is quite valuable to me. If you should return the Tome of Fire Magic to me intact and unblemished, I will give you 48,000 Gold. A hefty price, eh?"
"It seems more than enough," you say.
"Yes, I know, but as I said, I MUST have this book. And soon! Ride hard and ride fast, my friend."
|"I do apologize, but under ordinary circumstances I wouldn't associate with your kind. I have no interest in socializing with you. I am only interested in my book!"|
|The arrogant sorcerer studies the Tome of Fire Magic, placing a white glove on his hand before he turns each page slowly and deliberately.|
"Oh, my! A smudge!"
"It was in the possession of Red Dragons," you say. "You can't expect it to be perfect."
"I can, and I do! But I shall give you the 40,000 Gold anyway," the sorcerer says.
"Uh, it was 48,000 Gold," you remind him.
"Yes. You know you are practically stealing it from me, don't you? Take your blood money and leave immediately!"