Guild Wars : Ghosts of Ascalon

By Matt Forbeck, Jeff Grubb

250 years in the past, Ascalon burned . . .

Desperate to shield his land from advancing hordes of bestial charr, King Adelbern summoned the omnipotent Foefire to repel the invaders. yet magic could be a double-edged sword—the Foefire burned either charr and human alike. whereas the charr corpses smoldered, the slain Ascalonians arose back, remodeled via their king’s rage into ghostly protectors and charged with guarding the area . . . eternally. The as soon as effective nation turned a haunted shadow of its former glory.

Centuries later, the descendants of Ascalon, exiled to the kingdom of Kryta, are besieged on both sides. to save lots of humankind, Queen Jennah seeks to barter a treaty with the hated charr. yet one concern continues to be. The charr legions won’t signal the truce until eventually their such a lot prized ownership, the Claw of the Khan-Ur,is lower back from the ruins of fallen Ascalon.

Now a mismatched band of adventurers, every one laid low with ghosts in their personal, units forth right into a haunted, war-torn land to retrieve the Claw. with no the artifact, there is not any wish for peace among human and charr—but the undead king who principles Ascalon won’t provide it up simply, and never every person desires peace!

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Ember Doomforge, Ash Legion. ” The older charr lower back her salute, notwithstanding stiffly. “Fellblow the Savage, Iron Legion, ahead of I mustered out. I notched my sword on sufficient of those mice through the years. Why are those ones nonetheless alive? ” Ember shrugged. “I don’t query my superiors. I basically perform their orders. those vermin visit Black fortress. Imperator enterprise. i believe they’re spies. ” “Huh,” stated Fellblow. “You desire them either alive? ” Dougal’s middle dropped into his boots. “For the moment,” stated Ember, and compelled fun. The Iron Legion charr laughed in addition, and moved on. Dougal without warning learned that he were conserving his breath. Ember pointed to the west. She stated quietly, “This highway will ultimately take us to the Black fortress. as an alternative we’ll lower north while nobody else is at the street. The Loreclaws are north people, and past them the Ascalon Basin. past that's the urban. ” Gullik and Kranxx nodded. Dougal checked out Riona, and her eyes have been alive with a poor fury. A half-mile west of the crossroads, the land grew to become rockier, and now there have been fewer ranches and nearly no street site visitors. Ember led them off the line and up into the hills. The land was once a lot because it should have been ahead of the charr invaded, maybe because it used to be sooner than the people arrived. nice boulders and faces of grey granite framed the valleys, worn through water and the insidious roots of slim younger bushes. The wind kicked up from the north, bearing with it a funky breeze. “It could be more straightforward for a while,” acknowledged Ember, “at least until eventually we succeed in the basin itself. ” “Then you have to allow us to out of these,” stated Riona, pulling on the neck shackle. It was once leaving a purple welt on her flesh. “Not but. ” Ember checked out the people. “I simply acknowledged ‘easier. ’ those lands will not be with no peril. There are bandits in those hills, a few human, a few charr, another races. And there are patrols right here. there's much less of an opportunity that a few workforce will encounter us, yet that opportunity exists. ” “What she is saying,” installed Kranxx, “is that the legions rule this land just like the human queen does hers. They rule the towns and regulate the roads, yet within the wild lands among the villages and the camps, a vacationer is on his personal. ” Ember neglected the asura and checked out Dougal. “If there's a challenge, loose her first. ” She pointed at Riona. Dougal nodded. They walked via lots of the day with no significant incident. when they stumbled on a small relations of devourers, large scorpions with toxic tails, feasting at the corpse of a deer. The devourers hissed and arched their double tails in caution, and Ember gave them a transparent berth. They complete off the final of the nutrients that Ember had bought, and pressed on, searching for an appropriate position for the night. That was once once they heard shouts forward, the conflict of steel, gunfire, and explosions. Ember and Gullik checked out one another, then rigorously made their method up the rocky hillside, the norn dragging Riona and Dougal with him. Kranxx saved a watch on their rear flank. The charr and the norn crawled the previous couple of ft to the crest of the hill, and the people undefined.

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