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Days Before Breakdown 76th day before the breakdown
Oranar knew the forest well. He walked on this land since his childhood; the trees, streams, hills and cracks were his good friends. As well as the herbs, trees, the fragrance of the flowers and the animals who lived here, their hunting ground and the watering place on the bank of the nearby brook which increased to river a bit further. He started to walk here and learnt to swin in the cool mountain lake, played war and battle of stone with his fellow youngsters, he captured his first prey here and he was together with a woman here the first time. But now Oranar only was watching the rock what was before him and he knew its all crack, projection and rift.

But now there was a several meters wide and long crack in the cliff. A crack which should not be here. Oranar was watching it with disbelief and tried to check more parts from the darkness which was inside the hole. He tried to use his all senses. They did not alarm and he was curious so he collected his bravery and took a deep breath then made a step. The creature what was in the deep of the hole only was waiting for this. The black colored, thick hair covered, panther-sized and flexible moving beast started to attack noiselessly. It ran quicly and jumped with great power to Oranar’s chest. Oranar fell. The attacker went to left and Oranar turned his head toward it instinctively to measure his opponent. He looked into its ruby-colored glowing eyes when the creature opened its sharp teeth-fulled jaw to consume its prey with the demonic fire of the hell.

Terrible tragedy!
Oranar did not have time to scream. He burned into ashes and only a human-formed body was lying in the grass movelessly.

Oranar did not have time to scream. He burned into ashes and only a human-formed body was lying in the grass movelessly. A rattling sound was heard bye Oranar’s attacker then behind it more frightening cretures appeared to view the sun bathing and peachful landscape with satisfaction. The demons have arrived from the deep of the hell to conguer the inhabited and human-dominated world! A rattling sound was heard bye Oranar’s attacker then behind it more frightening cretures appeared to view the sun bathing and peachful landscape with satisfaction. The demons have arrived from the deep of the hell to conguer the inhabited and human-dominated world!

50th day before the breakdown
Aldagor was watching the tide of the hell beasts hiding behind the thick foliage of a tree. The different-looking monsters were running towards their target: a small nearby sentinel post was their target where a few guards were fighting persistently. It was clear they do not have a chance but they knew what their obligation is. Furthermore, they protected their nation, homes and family. They knew if they fail, the loved ones will be the prey of the monsters. They did not want it so fought until their death.

Aldagor almost fainted because of the fear, his feet trembled as his legs clambered into the tree. If he could do it, he would like to melt into the tree to hide from the seeking look. News said for some days that fearful creatures of the underworld were walking to the surface through demon gates. They destroy everything and everybody, both human and animal. Aldagor and his companions could not see the trace of it at the outpost but they were careful. They did more patroling every day and were watching the region. If the news are real then they wanted to be ready for fighting.

Run to live!
He and his tree companions started their patrol to the forests on the surrounding hills early in the morning. It was usually a routine task, but now they were very careful. Despite the carefulness they were not prepared and alert enough. The monsters attacked them from the bushes. The attack was a surprise but they had many years of fighting experience. They could halt the first attackers but the beasts had numerical superiority. Some moments later, Aldagor and his companions ran for their life to the outpost.

After a short time, there was smoke over the trees on east as the stronghold caught fire. Fire was the main weapon of the hell’s offsprings. Aldagor blinked some to wash the tears from his eyes then he climbed down from the tree. The creatures left some time ago. He knew he has only one chance to survive if he reach the main city called Janagurt which was surrounded with a strong stonewall. Where the men can fight successful against the monsters, it can be only the main city which is strengthened and filled with soldiers.

42nd day before the breakdown
First a strange vibration appeared at the foot of the rocky mountainside. It seemed, the air thickened and started to wave on the surface as the weak wind ruffles it. Then the gap which opened to the hell started to take shape in red color.

The demon lord stiffened for a moment waiting for the vibration to disappear. Then he shouted one and watched with pleasure that the hell’s servants with lower rank were running through the demonic gate to the unprotected and sunny surface. They were ignorant and silly creatures which lived for the destruction and carnage, their actions were managed by instincts or they did what they leaders said. The demon lord set them free and they took the opportunity to kill everybody and defeat everything which they met.

Foremost the fast hell hunds and demon wolves were running. Everybody can hear their howling from afar. The desire for destruction drove them, the promise of death gleamed in their red-glowing eyes. If they slowed down, then the bull-headed hell servants slapped them with a fiery whip to urge them to run faster and fight.
Meanwhile under the foot of demon lord, big sized demon snakes were gliding. They wormed noiselessly and went very fast, only the steel-hardness demon scales grated on the walls of the cave. On the surface, this noise will be sucked by the soft ground and vegetation. So snakes can pounce on the prey unexpectedly and without noise.

Above the snakes, giant scorpion demons walked. Their chitin armor which covered their body can defend them against almost every kind of physical attacks. First limbs ended with human-sized scissors which were able to crush the armors made by humans. Their tail attacked the prey as a huge lance, then the green-glowing poison kills the surviving opponent in moments.

Far ahead, storm demon went forward almost crossing the gate. There was a swirl around him as he is walking in a small tornado. He defeated his weaker opponent with thunderbolt which only paralyzed the stronger ones, then he ripped them into pieces with his gigant claw paws.
Irresistible demonic talent!
Near to the demon lord, there were his most strongest servants, the bone demons and the incubus demons which protected their lord. Bone demons did not have flesh but their bones were harder than the steel and were sorrunded by fire aura. Incubus demons had almost infinite vitality and were able to survive almost every kind of damage. If they can cause damage on their prey, they steal their power immedately and even the most stonger fighters collapses before the feet of incubus demons. This skill came from hellish ancient magic.

Demon lord checked his servants again then he started to move too. He shouted one to let the creatures of the surface know that he arrived and prepared for the destruction. He knew that also another hordes have started to attack the unprotected world with the leadership of demon leaders, demon lords and demon princes.

34th day before the breakdown
Hiang Su, the leader of the imperial armies leant with his hands on the table and was watching the marks on the big map with care-worn look. In Emperor Waganir’s palace, several commanders, leaders and warlords gathered to discuss the possibilities and decide on the strategies which they will follow. Here and now, the cooperation of everybody was necessary, the ancestry and the past did not matter! Only the fighting knowledge and the experience!

Let’s hear the report!’ Hiang Su turned to the messenger who had arrived some moments ago. The messenger took breath fast, his face was covered by dust, his cloth was sweaty and dirty after the 2-days long riding. He looked up and started to recite the report with Hardanal, the leader of the sent armies, entrusted him.
Demonic hordes crossed the border of the empire 5 days ago. They arrived in the night, surprised the Seventh Imperial Legion which we arranged only recently. The legion consisted of inexperienced voluntaries. Their equipments were excellent but the moral, the hardiness and the bravery was on very low level. Demons defeated them during a few hours. It was not a battle, only a massacre. The survivors scattered, gathering of the the soldiers and reorganize them are impossible and unnecessary, the messenger looked up timidly, he was not happy that he have to tell these news.

Continue!’ the commander said.
In the same time the Sixth Imperial Legion was attacked too. This legion consisted of voluntary adventures who had fighting experience and enlisted in the army some days ago. They did not receive military training but they were qualified fighters who had chance in the fighting against the demons. They retreated in small groups while they caused serious damage to the attackers. It seemed it is not enough, the demons had inexhaustible resupply, they were swarming out of the gates. According to the calculations, the legion retreated to the main city and the monster are on their track,’ the messenger stopped speaking and gulped one from his cup to make wet his dry lips.
What happened with the First Imperial Legion?’​

The First Imperial Legion was surrounded by the hellish creatures. By the lead of Hardal, the veterans who were forged in battles, after they entered into deffensive formation broke out from the circle of enemies at the eastern side. They retreated to the capital as fast as they could to participate in the defense of the city. Their casualities were minimal but they caused horrible casualities to the demons which attacked without thinking, strategy and plan.
As Warlord Hardanal said, they will arrived in three days. They had to leave the resupply and the spare equipments behind so they will need food, drink and newer weapons and armours. The members of the legion are exhausted because of the continuous fight so they have to take a rest for 10 hours at least.

Thank you for the report, you can take a rest Hiang Su turned toward the leaders who were around the table and gave them the instructions. Everbody knew what to do and that they can not make mistake because they will not have a chance. Maybe they do not have any… The four legions which are in the region gather on the Dragon Field and take battle formation. Recharge their supplies, the imperial treasury, the armoury and the smiths of the city are at their service. The first Imperial legion are allowed to rest for 12 hours. During this time they must recharge their supplies and then move to the Dragon Field and take battle formation in the centre. Recruit new soldiers from the imperial guards. If we lose the battle, the guards will not be needed anymore. Gather the members of the Sixth Imperial Legion, reorganise them and increase their numbers with the adventurers in the region. Then the legion move to the Dragon Field and join the right wing of the Third Legion. Healers, mediwitches and priests be prepared to tend the wounded - the leader stopped the talking, glanced through the participants to search for any sign of fear or weakness. If a leader does not believe in himself/herself, and doubt are in the mind, it can be fatal. Nobody likes the weak-handed and uncertain leaders in war time. Hiang Su nodded with satisfaction and finished the conference on softer tone:

‘Lords! We can not lose this war! If it happens, then our empire and civilization will be defeated and our women, mothers and children will be the prey of the demons, our city will burn down. Emperor Wanagir trusts in us, we can not lose! Go and prepare the soldiers for the final battle! And everbody pray! We need the power from above.

Day of Breakdown & its Antecedents 25th day before the breakdown
Hardanal, the commander of the First Emperial Legion awakened from his nightmare. He was lying on the edge of the Dragon Field which was covered by corpses. He was alive but he felt will not be for long. He could breathe hard, his lung was pierced, weakened and half-filled with blood. Around him, there were several truncated, scorched and tortured bodies of soldiers, legionaries and voluntaries. There were many massacred demon body among them. Hardanal estimated he was lying here for two days. He was not able to move his body, he did not know how many and how serious injuries he has. Only his mind remained intact and vigilant if he did not have nightmare. Sometimes the general was lying on the ground unconsciously, sometimes he was able to remember the battle.

His lips were very dry, he knew if he do not tend of his injuries then he will die of the dehydration. He tried to turn his head to look round. He heard terrible and disgusting noises, the demons feasted from the defeated opponents’ bodies. Breaking of the bones, disruption of the flesh and skin. He was not angry now, he made peace with his destiny. He knew he and his soldiers, the city and the inhabitants did everything what they could. But simply they did not have a chance. The creatures overcame all obstacles, burned everything and hunted down everybody. They did not give a chance for the humans.
How long will be anybody able to survive? Who has a chance to survive the destruction of the horde?’ asked the general from himself. He knew it is the end. The most fortified city has fallen. Nobody is a safe anymore, nobody can protect the weak, the women, the children and the old ones. Everybody who could take and use the weapons were lying here dead. The empire and the humanity came to an end.

While Hardanal was thinking, he heard a noise from an another direction. He tried to turn there. A three meters tall demon was watching him with interest. They were looking each other for one minute, then the demon lifted its leg and stepped on Hardanal’s chest. His ribs broke, his heart beat one more then the last general of the imperial armies closed his eyes forever.

11th day before the breakdown
The former legionary Aldagor was hiding in the thick undergrowth and watching that the last building of the small settlement burns down. He knew all resistance came to an end, the demons killed all of the defenders. He felt himself very lonely and unprotected. He knew he has only one chance: he has to reach the ocean, get a ship and leave the cursed continent Arasina. He had already known it when the united legions lost the battle on the Dragon Field. He was saved miraculously, he was one of the survivors. He lost his comrade or left them. He can move faster by himself. In the last few days, he lost all of his acquaintances and all settlements fell which he knew. His last chance was the ocean.
Aldagor turned carefully and noiseless to crawl to the opposite trees. He heard noise suddenly from his right side. He pulled his sword quickly and swinged the sword to the direction of the noise. Metallic sound was heard as the blade slipped on the steely scale of the demon snake. The snake ascended his body and attacked him. Aldagor looked at the forked tongue of the demon snake then the darkness swallowed him.

The day of the breakdown
Hardanal, the commander of the First Emperial Legion awakened from his nightmare. He was lying on the edge of the Dragon Field which was covered by corpses. He was alive but he felt will not be for long. He could breathe hard, his lung was pierced, weakened and half-filled with blood. Around him, there were several truncated, scorched and tortured bodies of soldiers, legionaries and voluntaries. There were many massacred demon body among them. Hardanal estimated he was lying here for two days. He was not able to move his body, he did not know how many and how serious injuries he has. Only his mind remained intact and vigilant if he did not have nightmare. Sometimes the general was lying on the ground unconsciously, sometimes he was able to remember the battle.

His lips were very dry, he knew if he do not tend of his injuries then he will die of the dehydration. He tried to turn his head to look round. He heard terrible and disgusting noises, the demons feasted from the defeated opponents’ bodies. Breaking of the bones, disruption of the flesh and skin. He was not angry now, he made peace with his destiny. He knew he and his soldiers, the city and the inhabitants did everything what they could. But simply they did not have a chance. The creatures overcame all obstacles, burned everything and hunted down everybody. They did not give a chance for the humans.
How long will be anybody able to survive? Who has a chance to survive the destruction of the horde?’ asked the general from himself. He knew it is the end. The most fortified city has fallen. Nobody is a safe anymore, nobody can protect the weak, the women, the children and the old ones. Everbody who could take and use the weapons were lying here dead. The empire and the humanity came to an end.

While Hardanal was thinking, he heard a noise from an another direction. He tried to turn there. A three meters tall demon was watching him with interest. They were looking each other for one minute, then the demon lifted its leg and stepped on Hardanal’s chest. His ribs broke, his heart beat one more then the last general of the imperial armies closed his eyes forever.

11th day before the breakdown
The former legionary Aldagor was hiding in the thick undergrowth and watching that the last building of the small settlement burns down. He knew all resistance came to an end, the demons killed all of the defenders. He felt himself very lonely and unprotected. He knew he has only one chance: he has to reach the ocean, get a ship and leave the cursed continent Arasina. He had already known it when the united legions lost the battle on the Dragon Field. He was saved miraculously, he was one of the survivors. He lost his comrade or left them. He can move faster by himself. In the last few days, he lost all of his acquaintances and all settlements fell which he knew. His last chance was the ocean.

Aldagor turned carefully and noiseless to crawl to the opposite trees. He heard noise suddenly from his right side. He pulled his sword quickly and swinged the sword to the direction of the noise. Metallic sound was heard as the blade slipped on the steely scale of the demon snake. The snake ascended his body and attacked him. Aldagor looked at the forked tongue of the demon snake then the darkness swallowed him.

The day of the breakdown
Lanamar hoped that it is true and they will share their experiences with every man and woman who are able to fight. Lanamar had already known what the refugees and the simple citizen did not surmize. Only some high-ranking insider and the most important people know the truth: the first demon gates were opened on this continent too!

Imperial palace, Silver Hall, military conference
Alduin’Teven, the supreme commander of the imperial armies looked on the Silver Hall and stood up to share his opinion. Perfectly elaborated armours and weapons, shields ornamented with crests, military flags and huge pictures hung on the walls. Forged iron torches granted the light in the hall. The flaming torches did not care about the tension and the gloom which reigned in the hall.

In front of the walls, facing to the center of the hall, in green and silver uniform, the emperor’s guards were watching with close attention. There were two-handed spears in their hands and long sword in their scabbards. The guards did not care about what happens in the hall. Their only task was to protect the emperor against the assasinational attempts and betrayal. They attacked on the first suspicious sign immediately. Fortunatelly, it was not needed now, the participants of the conference did not conspire.

There is a table in the centre of the hall, fifty people can sit down around it. Emperor Yal’Rahun sat at the head of the table in an ornamented, green and silver colored clothes to let every participants know he is the emperor now.

Alduin’s place was at the right side of the emperor. On the left side the sullen and old Nogata’Rasan was listening to the conference who was the most important adviser and mage of the emperor. Next to him, the leader of the DragonPriest, Tajnar’Rahun sat who was the member of the imperial family. His look was friendly and raised faith in everybody who spoke with him. But now he spoke only a little, his words did not matter in this situation. There were two more people near the emperor: Ronovoj’Solon, the young and lean treasurer who was responsible for the economic cases and Tharganir, the dwarf who was the lead mining engineer in the imperial mines and the commissioned leader of the smaller dwarf settlement in the mountains. Mainly metals and jewels were brought to the surface from the imperial mines and the mountain dwarves mined the finest quality ores from the depth of their mines to make high quality weapons and armours in the imperial main city Zorandor. Further from the emperor and his escort, many sat but Alduin did not care about them. Only those people got invitation to the conference who were really necessary to work out the next steps in the future. The emperor, the main advisors and the most important people had already known that the first gates and holes opened on the continent Anathen too which lead to the demonic world and now it become necessary to decide how can they solve the problems and fight against the monsters successfully. It can not happen here too what destroyed Arasina!

They listened to the harbour guard commander Lanamar’s report. He was the most reliable source, he could report in detail about everything. He worked 16 hours every day for weeks, did not care about the tiredness. He worked conscientiously, he knew always what his task is. He made lists about the ships, their crew, the number of the refugees and the useable equipments. These lists were always up to date and in details. He was in charge of the smooth operating of the harbour. He could answer every question about the harbour everytime, only took a look at his notes and gave the answer. In the last two months, lots of ships arrived with desperate and frightened refugees from Arasina. The last one was captain Urkathe’s ship. The captain was reliable and experienced man so Lanamar listened to him. According to the captain, his ship was the last which left Arasina before the demons defeated it. Everything and everybody were lost who remained there. The captain was an experienced sailor so he was able to perform his duty with small amount of sleeping or rest: he brought several refugees to city Zorandor. During the voyage, he could see sevaral desolate ships. On several ships there were some survivors but they were weak and close to the mental madness. The captain ignored these ships by way of precaution. Probably the most of these ships sank meanwhile. Urkathe estimated his ship is the last which reached the imperial harbour successfully. The vehicles which he left behind probably never arrive anywhere. Maybe the survivors’ tide ended, the overpopulated city can have a sigh of relief.

Now Alduin began to speak:
I do not care about the refugees, the ships and the crowdedness of the city. We are here to solve the danger which comes from the demons. If I get the necessary equipment, me and my soldiers will defeat the demons’ hordes,’ he said it with deep and sharp voice, his soldiers always completed these commands without opposition. I am afraid it will not be enough. It is difficult to wound the creatures of the underworld, but destroying them is more difficult. They will defeat our armies without any effort. It happened on the Dragon Field too however experienced adventures fought there,’ he said it firmly, all participant were listening to him with attention. He was Vorodur, a tall warrior who sat at a simple wooden bench with his friend Alsadir, the battle mage. They were neither the most important people nor have any considerable rank. They had already fought against the demons successfully, that is why they could take part on this session. My companion refered to the number of the imperial soldiers is not enough to destroy the demons so the empire can be in danger easily,’ Alsadir, the middle aged mage stood up to give the respect to the other people in the hall. He seemed as a beggar because of his simple clothes. But still Nogata, the personal mage of the emperor admitted his magical skills. The soldiers of the noble families can join to the imperial armies. It may be enough, or not?’ Namaron’Solon, the current leader of the Solon Dynasty asked from Alsadir. Namaron wore yellow clothes which was the color of his dinasty. Harsan, the warlord of the Solon Dynasty who sat next to him wore the same yellow clothes. Behind them, bodyguard with also yellow-patterned armor was standing without batting an eyelid, holding the flag of the dynasty. Vorodor only grumpled one to express his opinion. He spoke only if it was necessary.

I think it is still not enough, we need more soldiers to be able to defeat the demons,’ the honest answer sounded. The people in the hall were overcome by dissatisfaction. The present members of the three noble dynasties – Solon, Rasan and Teven – showed their disapproval as one man. The answer was hurtful for them because a middle-ranking person questioned their soldiers’ abilities. The bodyguard behind the emperor knocked with his lance on the tile floor twice. The noise stopped, everybody turned toward the emperor. Only the emperor had the right to speak so he stood up. Emperor Yal’Rahun looked around the present people to gain some time to make a decision. We have to be prepared for the worst. Remember what happened in Arasina. They did not have chance, the attack came as a surprise and they could not avoid their destiny. We have time, we can prepare for it. Do we have enough raw material and will our weapon and armour smiths be able to statisfy the needs for every adventures who are in the city?’ the emperor asked the city messengers who was here on behalf of the guilds. Four people took part on the conference: Vonatur, the leader of the weapon smiths’ guild, Gorlan on behalf of the amor smiths, Yasitur, the leader of the merchants’ guild and Olonamar who represented the other not too important guilds. Carpenters, stonemasons, looksmiths, bakers, jewelers, butchers and other professions which were not too important now, but they were also necessary. Olamar will inform them about the decision and plans. Gordan stood up to answer the emperor’s questions:
If we have enough raw material, mainly metals and leathers, then we will able to statisfy the claims.

As we know at the moment, the ore transportation from the mines to the city by the dwarves is still undisturbed. If we need something else then we will ask for Yasitur's help, Gorlan said and Yasitur nodded to show the merchants will do everything to provide the missing materials. I guaranteed that the ores and metals will be alright. Until the depth of mountains hides ores, the smith will have raw materials Tharganir, the dwarf said it with deep voice. So be it,’ the emperor said. ‘Replace the imperial and the noble soldiers’ missing equipments. Be the soldiers prepared and if it is needed, start the training to prepare for the battles. Support the guilds that they have enough amount of weapon and armor. If it is needed then demand loan from the emperial treasury and I order that the tax collectors not to disturb them now,’ the emperor turned to Ronovoj. The most important that the masters can work continuously and undisturbed. Start to announce that the empire needs adventurers. We trust them that they will be able to defeat the hellish creatures and protect the civilization.
 
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