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Ashgate: Xavros

By Alex S

I heard the bell ring. “Oh! Another wonderful customer, so you want to… Oh my god.” He came through the door with huge cut marks across his chest, he was covered in blood. “Quick, take this. Drink it before you lose too much blood.” I handed him some herbs. “You need to rest, let the herbs replenish your blood. What’s your name?” “I’m not sure. I woke up at the bank of a river. I tried to get up but I couldn’t, next thing I knew I washed ashore in some beach.” “My oh my. Was there a huge stone bridge near the river? High above where you woke up?” “Yes.” “Son, you were carried over across Ashgate all the way into Morcliff.”

“I think we should give you a new name.” “Suggestions?” “Well, I told my brother if I ever had a son I would name him Osborne. That sound good?”“Osborne, I like it.” “Well welcome to Walkeihla Ville, Osborne. You’re allowed to stay here as long as you want.” “Well, I was thinking about starting a new life here. If you don’t mind.” “Sure thin… Wait. What’s that?” I reached for his cloak and examined the crest. It had the shape of a silver shield. On the back these words were engraved. “Heroism isn’t brutal force, but an unassailable virtue.”  “By the gods, you must be one of the last surviving members of the Aegis!” “The Aegis?” “Quick, follow me.” I opened a closet and triggered the secret door. “Come.” We walked through the corridor, “I have been keeping this for a long time. When I was a boy, my father brought me down here every once in a while. He would talk about service in the Aegis. On his deathbed, he handed be a blade that was passed on by his father. He told me it was a weapon of the Aegis, a symbol of freedom. He wanted me to give it to someone worthy, and bring it to the abandoned fortress called Titan’s Wrath. It is buried under rubble but I have a map that might be able to lead you to the location.

“Wait wait wait, you still haven’t told me who are The Aegis.”

“The Aegis is a group of warriors and mages dedicated to protect the people of Ashgate, no matter race or gender. They were the ones who banished the Immortals years ago, but when these evils are at bay, they are formidable vampire hunters. But most members mysteriously banished a hundred years ago. I used to have Aegis members come to my shop for supplies every week, now I haven’t seen one for over ten years. I lost hope, I thought the faction was gone. Until now. ”

“So you want me to bring the blade to the fortress? Only that?”

“No, I would like you to help me rebuild the Aegis. Bring the blade to the fortress and look for any sources on how we can track down some surviving members.”

“Why bring it to the fortress? Won’t we need it?

“My father said to bring it there, and something will happen when it is reunited in the Aegis forge. They used it to construct their weaponry, its our only chance.”

“Alright then, Ill take the map and the blade.”
“Osborne, evil lurks in the fortress, be careful.”

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