I know that this adventure would be full of obstacles. The witch was out to punish Howard but instead, I was getting the brunt of her vengeance. I continued walking, wary and careful of any danger that was lurking. I spotted a tree right ahead and decided to rest for a bit. But as soon as I was a few meters from it, I heard again a shrill scream, just like the first one but louder and longer! And when I opened my eyes, I was now in a vast open area covered with ice. I was shivering and shaking as I was not covered and protected from the cold. But I can endure this. I'll just continue my direction and get past this cursed area. And just when I thought that this was too easy, it suddenly rained hard. It rained with large jagged pieces of ice! It hurled down angrily from the sky and there was no place to take cover. I ran as fast as I could towards the northern direction, knowing that I just had to get past this place. But it wasn't easy and it was more painful than the heat of the sun. The pieces of ice hit my head and I was sure my head was covered with bruises and lumps as blood was trickling towards my forehead. The ice also sliced my skin as it fell and hit me from all direction. I don't think any ordinary man would have survived that but because I was hardy and I don't bleed easily, I continued running, enduring the pain. And just like I thought, it was a curse because as soon as I ran about 100 meters, I found myself back again in the forest.
"Bring it on!" I screamed as I was now faced by a giant tree blocking my path. There was a way to go around it but I remembered what Howard told me the witch warned him about, this adventure will be surrounded by danger and death. This giant tree was here for a purpose and I know I have to climb it. Finding a way around it would surely kill me.
I stretched for a bit then reached for the lowest branch. Then holding with both hands, I lifted my body then anchored myself with my left leg, hoisting myself up. I continued doing this until I felt that there was no end, I felt that the peak was unreachable. But I won't let a witch's curse stop me. I can do this because I have overcome obstacles harder than this before. So I continued and kept climbing. My arms and legs hurt, my whole body was screaming in pain but I still continued. I whispered a prayer to Talinghaga asking him to give me strength. And right after finishing my prayer with.... "for your glory oh mighty one… " I finally reached the top. I was surrounded by clouds and was amazed by a wonderful sight of nature below me. And while I was marveling, I suddenly found myself back in the forest, in my lonely path.
I want to be a Ruler of Kings
I want to change how things are, that's why I want to become Ruler of Kings! I admit I didn't have worthy reasons before but just to be famous. I wanted the glory. But now, after meeting different races and getting into a lot of situations, I know that I am definitely needed to make a change. I now have a different perspective in how I need things to happen. A lot of hungry men are colluding with dark elves who are disillusioned with the current regime. Men just want to work and eat and they can not do that with constant war. Elves are discriminated and not given the equal right that humans are afforded. Other races have the same sentiments.
I plan to change all of that. If war is needed to reach lasting peace, then so be it. And I will lead it.
Message to Advisor
My dear Alonzo! I hope all is well.
I am beginning to feel my age, but don't get me wrong, I am still as strong as a bull, and far wiser than when we first met. Thanks to you, I have matured well and I am ready for more task that you hand me. I would travel more so I can meet more individuals of different races so I can learn their plight. I am tired as I have just finished another adventure worthy of a tale for ages.
I love the bottle you sent me! But I left some so we can drink when we meet.
Worship of Talinghaga
Great Talinghaga! I am forever at your service. I than thee for giving me another chance to walk this world and spread your legacy! You have watched and guided me and kept me safe and for that I thank thee once again. I pray that you keep me strong and wise! I pray that you help me win everyone's respect. All this I ask in your name!