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The Bloodmoon Prophecy

Author: 
Xan

SKAAL VILLAGE

Korst Wind-Eye

:Bloodmoon Prophecy:
"It is time we spoke of this. The legend tells of a time that occurs once in each era, when a demon god will walk the land in the company of his Hounds, creatures of terrible might. He is The Hunter, and his coming is preceded by three signs. I had prayed that I had misread the signs, misunderstood the prophecy, but I am sure it is not so."

:three signs:
"The first tells of Fire From the Eye of Glass. This we have seen on Lake Fjalding, though I had hoped it was the mere magic of the draugr lord. Next, the prophecy tells us of the Tide of Woe. Even now, our shores are lined with the corpses of the horkers, dead for a reason we cannot fathom. Finally, the prophecy tells us of the Bloodmoon, when the young moon itself runs red with the blood of the Hunter's prey. Look to the skies, Blodskaal. The third sign is upon us. Now we wait for the Hunter's Game."

:Hunter's Game:
"According to legend, it varies from era to era. Our Grandfathers' Grandfathers tell of a time when the Hunter and his Hounds preyed upon entire tribes of men. Taken to the Hunting Grounds, the men were hunted by the Hounds. The ones that died were the lucky--the survivors faced the Hunter himself. In another era, the Hunter took only a single man as his Prey. It is said if the Prey can last through the Bloodmoon, the Hunter returns to his demon realm for another era. We have only to await the Hunter's plan."

:Hunter's plan:
"There is little to be done until he lets it be known to us. Certainly it will not be long. I fear for our people, Blodskaal. There is little I can do to protect them in these times. I have only to pray to the All-Maker that he watches over us and keeps us from the Hunter's grasp."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to take a rest)
(wake up and being surrounded by werewolves)
(black out...)

MORTRAG GLACIER, ENTRY

Faern Sargtlin

(wake up)

Hircine

"Ahhh...you have arrived.
The others have been here for days now, and you are the last.
It is time for my Hunt, and you are to take part.
I have chosen only the most worthy to take part the Hunt--Carius of the Imperials, Heart-Fang of the Skaal, the frost giant Karstaag....and you.
You have proven yourself a worthy hunter, and so you have been given this honor.

You and the others are to find your way to my Hunting Grounds.
Take great care, as only one of you will earn the glory of facing the Hunter himself in battle while the Bloodmoon lights the sky.
The others have gone ahead, so only you remain to begin.
Beware, mortal--my Hounds are about, and they hunger for blood.
Perhaps I will see you soon.
Now go.
"

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the daedric gateway)

MORTRAG GLACIER, OUTER RING

Faern Sargtlin

(meet Captain Carius)

Captain Falx Carius

"Faern Sargtlin, it is you! I am sorry you, too, have been brought to play in this nefarious game. Since the werewolves captured me at the fort, I have been held here by this demon Hircine. Soon, others joined me: one of the Nords, named Heart-Fang, along with a beast named Karstaag. I believe the only hope for escape is to find our way through this maze."

:find our way:
"That is what the demon told me. We are to fight our way through this maze, which is hunted by the werewolves the demon calls his Hounds. I am weak, my friend, and have been here for too long. Perhaps together, we can find our way to safety. We must find the key to allow us through the gate in the center of this maze."

Faern Sargtlin

"Let us go together."

Captain Falx Carius

:find our way:
"I am glad for your companionship. Together we will fight our way through these demon hordes and escape this evil prison. There is a door in the center of this maze, but we will need a key to enter. Let us go find this key and leave this place."

Faern Sargtlin

(go with Captain Carius, slaying werewolf after werewolf)
(find a chest with a glowing key inside)
(approach the gate)

Captain Falx Carius

"Wait, my friend. I can go not further. This contest can have only one victor, and you will have to be the one. Perhaps if you are able to escape, I will find my way out in time. For now, I will guard this gate and make sure none of the beasts follow you through. Take care if you encounter the others. Karstaag is a wild creature, and will certainly try to kill you. Heart-Fang worries me...there is something wild in his eyes that I do not trust. Good luck, Faern Sargtlin."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the gate)

MORTRAG GLACIER, INNER RING

Faern Sargtlin

(meet Tharsten Heart-Fang)

Tharsten Heart-Fang

"It's you, Faern Sargtlin! How did you get to this place? We've little time, I fear. The frost giant Karstaag has gone ahead. Even now, I fear he may win this battle before me. Perhaps together we can fight through this place."

:fight through:
"Perhaps together we can find our way to the end. With you by my side, the Hunter will have met his match. Heart-Fang will bring glory to his people! What say you, Faern Sargtlin?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Let us go together."

Tharsten Heart-Fang

:fight through:
"Then let us go. I will reach the end of this Hunter's game!"

Faern Sargtlin

(go with Tharsten Heart-Fang, slaying werewolf after werewolf)
(find a chest, it's empty)

Tharsten Heart-Fang

"This is as far as we go, Faern Sargtlin. I have the key to reach the next stage of the Hunter's challenge, and only I shall continue. This Hunt is for Heart-Fang and Heart-Fang alone. Many generations have I lived now, Hircine's Ring on my finger. This Hunt is my birthright! Heart-Fang alone shall face the Hunter. Heart-Fang alone shall earn the glory of the Hunt! See now the power I was born to wield! You now face Heart-Fang in his true form, the form he was born to wear!"

Faern Sargtlin

(face Tharsten Heart-Fang in werewolf form)
(defend and in the end, Tharsten Heart-Fang is slain)

As Heart-Fang breathes his last breath, the Hircine's Ring disappears from his finger, and has found a new owner.

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve Hircine's Ring and find a glowing key in Tharsten Heart-Fang's body)
(enter the gate)

MORTRAG GLACIER, HUNTSMAN'S HALL

Faern Sargtlin

(face Karstaag, the frost giant)
(slay him)
(Hircine shows up)

Hircine

"So...you are the one.
You have escaped my hounds and beaten back the other challengers.
I had rather expected the giant to prevail, but no matter.
You have proven yourself a worthy hunter, and you have earned the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a mortal:
you are to be my prey.

I ask you, though: what is it that makes a hunter great.
Is it his strength? The speed with which he strikes? Or is it his guile, the ability to outwit his prey?
Answer me, mortal, and decide your fate.

What is the hunter's greatest strength?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Guile."

Hircine

"So you have chosen, and so shall be your fate.
To face me in all my glory would be less than sporting, so you shall face but one of my aspects, the one you have chosen.
We have little time--the Bloodmoon sinks low in the sky.
Prepare yourself, mortal, for now you are the Hunted.
"

Faern Sargtlin

(face Hircine's Aspect of Guile)
(defeat him)
(retrieve Spear of the Hunter and a glowing key)
(with this key, leave Huntsman's Hall)
(witness the entire place is tumbling down)

Hircine

"This cannot be;
The Bloodmoon falls and the prey still lives!
You have defeated my aspect but I will return, mortal.
The bloodmoon will rise again and my hounds will walk the lands.
Let this world enjoy it's brief respite, for Hircine will hunt again!
"

Faern Sargtlin

(go back to Skaal Village to talk with Korst Wind-Eye)

SKAAL VILLAGE

Korst Wind-Eye

"The Bloodmoon Prophecy is no more, and the Skaal live on. The time of Tharsten Heart-Fang is passed, but the Skaal will remember him as a once-great warrior who has fallen."

:Bloodmoon Prophecy:
"The prophecy is ended. The werewolves dwindle in numbers, the fire in the lake is no more, and the horkers have begun to return to the island. You will be honored among the Skaal for the part you played in this, Faern Sargtlin."

:Tharsten Heart-Fang:
"I have heard whispers on the wind of the fate of Heart-Fang. He had been tempted by dark magic and was corrupted by it. I can only hope that our next leader does not suffer the same fate. As for who that leader will be...only time will tell. You would be a good leader, I think, Faern Sargtlin, but you are not Skaal-born. While you will be remembered with honor, you cannot lead. For now, I will guide the Skaal, until a time when the All-Maker lets it be known who will carry the mantle."

Faern Sargtlin

(go back to Fort Frostmoth)

FORT FROSTMOTH

Imperial Guard

"Captain Carius has returned! I've not heard the story, but he is in his chambers."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the General Quarters)
(meet Saenus Lusius)

Saenus Lusius

"Captain Carius has returned. He's said very little about his ordeal, but we are all just glad he is back where he belongs. Fort Frostmoth will be stronger than ever."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Captain Carius' Chamber)

Captain Falx Carius

"It is good to see you again. I believed I was dead for sure, but as the glacier toppled around me, I was transported outside. I am glad that you, too, survived the ordeal. Now, how may I help you?"

:Castle Karstaag:
"I have met the master of that place, though I hope never to meet him again."

:Tharsten Heart-Fang:
"I know him all too well. It sounds like the leader of these Skaal was a once-great man who fell to the allure of dark forces."


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