UP: Lake Superior
Before the holidays, the Gelidum issued a note
stating, "The time of negotiation has drawn to a close. For months we have
watched you flail about pointlessly, run when we come calling, and pontificate
half-heartedly over the loss of your beloved shrines. Knowing this, for the
moment we will proceed with the next phase, a comprehensive survey of our new
The note was no bluff. That night a dozen fiends and several wyrms escorted
Zaruk, the ice fiend, and Mylfalydd, the ancient frost wyrm, on a surveying
expedition through the northern area. The ice fiends dispersed to the area
surrounding the Shrine of Sacrifice. Tipped off by criers, many swarmed to the
shrines in hopes to vanquish these surveying creatures.
The battle raged on for nearly an hour solid. At the Shrine of Justice, Zaruk
had fallen after a glorious fight. Over at the Shrine of Sacrifice a different
drama unfolded, as several watched in horror as the ranger Theron offered
Gavin's research to Mylfalydd before perishing in the battle. By the end,
Mylfalydd was also slain along with his minions. Trailed by sympathizers curing
and healing him all the way, Niflhym had arrived at the shrine hoping to reason
with his brother, but he was too late. Briefly addressing the crowd, he vanished
to safety before the confused mass could descend upon him.
Peace had come to the lands, but on what terms?
The answer came clearly the next week. Many at our offices expressed concern the
night of the shrine "survey" of the Gelidum, yet none appeared so
outwardly calm as Deborah as she wrote about it. But as our artists rushed in
with renditions of the increasing slaughter of the Gelidum, none could have
predicted the moment she slammed down her quill, yelled, "That's it, I'm
tired of having to pretend, there's no point anymore. I'm going home",
stormed out of our offices, turned into an ice fiend before our very eyes and
flew off to the north!
Although search parties were sent, none witnessed any sight of Deborah until the
next week. Deborah appeared at the next High Council meeting in Magincia alone
with the snowflake engraved bracelet of the Ambassador firmly locked upon her
wrist, an ice crystal necklace around her neck, and her once deep blond hair now
an icy blue. She thanked the council for vanquishing the former leaders of the
Gelidum and expressed the new leadership's desire for peace on behalf of her
liege, Niflhym, the ice wyrm.
The first draft of Terms of Cessation were issued by the High Council shortly
after this appearance. These terms included the issue of the silver arrow, an
object stolen by the ranger Theron and fired upon Kyry, the frozen ranger on the
night of her release. This item was later removed upon the return of the arrow
to the representatives of the area. A continual presence at the next two High
Council meetings, Deborah made brief statements but was often drowned out by
jeers and taunts as she spoke. However, the night of the peace talks as she
stood flanked by her two guards Valiar al'Issex and Keritak al'Firek, many
appeared more attentive as the Ambassador addressed the Council and crowd.
The conditions of peace as outlined by the High Council were stated again after
Lord Sten Hunter called the meeting to order. "Knowledge of any kind
regarding the Shrines frozen by the last government of the Gelidum and a means
in which to unfreeze them if any will be shared" was one of them. The
Ambassador stated "no technical assistance will be provided" on this
issue. Ambassador Deborah of the Gelidum has maintained this position since her
first appearance before the High Council last month. In a surprising move,
Deborah offered the knowledge and wisdom of her 'people' and wished them luck in
The High Council requested the current representatives claim responsibility for
the attack in Minoc leading to the death of Chief Ironside. This term was
rejected flatly with no room for compromise.
When asked what the Gelidum now sought, Deborah stated, "We seek peace. We
have spent far too long being exploited. Certainly the High Council can make
efforts, can they not, to discourage anything but peaceful exploration?"
Although the Lady Adai officially represented the High Council this evening, she
deferred commentary on this topic to Lady Geneveve Orseau, the eighth seat of
the High Council. "Specifics of any plan will have to be formulated,
however we will do what we can to educate Britannian citizens to the true nature
of your people," replied Lady Orseau.
After that, the High Council stated that peace had been reached, and all parties
were in agreement. The Ambassador turned to her guards, and with their dismissal,
the trio disappeared. Commentary from the crowd was diverse, as some wondered
what had been accomplished, others expressing relief the job was done at last.
Peace from our neighbors in the north has come to our plagued lands after many
months of terror. However, new dangers appear to be lurking on the horizon and
for all the latest, stay tuned and keep reading.
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