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Episode 6: A War of Wayward Souls, IV


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Previously:

Episode 6, Part Three

 

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"Quickly, we must warn the Jarl of the Pale."

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"By the gods, we're too late."

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"They'll be heading for Solitude next."

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"What drives them? Why would pirates attack cities like this?"

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"These are not ordinary pirates. I fear there are Daedric forces at work here."

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"We ride hard for Solitude! Do not stop until we have reached the city gates!"

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"Mine! She's mine!"

"Lamae, you're having a nightmare! It's not real!"

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"This is probably just part of her performance."

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"I will tear out your heart!"

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"Move aside!"

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"Get back! You cannot help her!"

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"Lamae, can you hear me? You're okay."

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"Get her inside," said Morsi. "She should not be out here."

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"Morsi, you know what torments her, don't you?"

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"Please, I've known her since we were young. You must tell me."

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"Not here," she said. "Follow me."

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"Where shall I begin?"

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"I was born amongst the rugged canyons of Sunforge in central Hammerfell..."

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"Oh, for gods' sakes, we didn't ask for your life story. We're busy. Skip to the important bits."

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"Right, sorry. I learned some magic and there were some Daedric goings on and then I was old and lived alone on a remote island near Stros M'Kai. Is that better?"

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"We shall see. Continue."

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"A pair of sailors came to me with a stricken infant. I was known to the people of Stros M'Kai, you see, as a healer, of sorts."

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"I asked them what was wrong with this child, and they told me: it did not cry, it did not wail. Deathly silent, she was, from the moment she was pushed from her mother's womb."

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"I knew this affliction. The price to remedy it was steep."

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"'We will pay whatever it costs,' said the father. 'Please, you must do something.'"

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"I accepted. I had debts, you understand."

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"Oh no, of course. No judgement from either of us."

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"I told them to wait outside..."

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"... while I performed the ritual."

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"When it was complete, I presented them with their crying, wailing babe. A perfectly ordinary child."

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"And on their way they went, destined for their new life in the ice fields north of Winterhold..."

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"... while I was left with the burden of what I had done. For the ritual had left a schism of souls, two bodies, two children: one of Nirn, the other..."

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"... of Oblivion."

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"On a beach, amidst a fierce storm in the dead of night I left her, hoping my guilt would be washed away..."

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"... but my hope was in vain..."

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"... for the prince of Coldharbour never forgets."

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"Okay, just to be clear: Lamae's evil soul-twin, whose name is Ziga, if I recall, is heading this way to recapture Ramara and, in her own words, tear my heart out and eat it. Is that all correct?"

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"Yeah, that's pretty much it."

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"Right. I'll just be popping down to the cellar. If anyone needs me, I'll be drowning in one of the mead barrels."

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"Nonsense, Nelfim! We must not give in to fear. Let us go out and face this danger together!"

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"Yes! We are with you, Ramara!"

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"Yeah! Let's go kill some pirates!"

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"Don't look at me, I'm stayin' right here by the fire."

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We gathered on the rampart overlooking the harbour.

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"Okay, now what?" said Stenvar.

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"I don't know. I thought this would be inspiring somehow."

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"I'm cold."

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"Look!"

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"Hello, Danika, Monika and Noora!"

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"Oh, hey, it's the porn guy."

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"The city is in grave danger," said Noora.

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"We are quite aware," said Ramara. "We have archers and catapults."

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"It won't be enough," said Danika. "Ordinary soldiers won't stand a chance against these pirates. We'll need skilled warriors to lead the defense."

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"Ah! I have an idea."

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"Mr. Firebeard, we wish to speak with your housecarl."

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"Which one? We have many housecarls."

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"You know, the special one."

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"Ah, come this way."

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"I give you Jordis the Sword-Maiden."

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"Was she in a broom closet?"

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"Jordis, the city is about to be attacked by bloodthirsty pirates. Can the housecarls help us?"

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"Yes! I will send out the call."

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We followed Jordis out into the street.

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"Housecarls of Skyrim! I call on you in my hour of need!"

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"Alright, I'm about ready to kill some motherfuckers."

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"I was beginning to think you'd never ask."

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"My blade is always ready."

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"Iona, Lydia, Rayya, Solitude is faced with an onslaught of Daedric-powered pirates. Will you help us defend the city?"

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"Of course, Jordis, you can count on us," said Rayya.

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"My men stand ready, Jarl Elisif," said General Tullius to Ramara.

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"Excellent. Captain Aldis, are the archers and catapults in position?"

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"Sorry, who are you?"

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"I think it's time for a speech," I said.

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"Oh, no, Nelfim, that is a terrible idea. Please don't."

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"Friends, lovers, housecarls, people I don't like and people I've never met..."

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"... tonight we face a terrible danger, but I'm quite confident that you will all do a splendid job, because I like my heart where it is, and I'm really not fond of the idea of having it torn from my chest."

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"So, off you go!"

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"Step aside, darling, I'll handle this."

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"Soldiers of Solitude, proud warriors of Skyrim, tomorrow, we will rise to greet a beautiful new day."

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"Tomorrow, we will feast and drink until we're sick!"

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"Tomorrow, we will make obscene works of art and fuck whoever we bloody well please, and damn the consequences!"

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"Tomorrow, we will do all of this, because tonight, we will fight!"

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"Tonight, we will drench our shores with the blood of any who dare attack this great city!"

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"Tonight, we will be victorious!"

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"To the docks!"

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"Right, that did the trick."

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"Just to clear, when you said 'we' will fight..?"

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"Oh no, I meant them. We're staying right here."

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"Ah, good."

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"Ready?"

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"Ready."

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"Then let them come."

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To be concluded!

 

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Sometimes i feel, this story is somehow an comedy with some moments like with Housecarl. :D

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thank you a nice build up again , i love your story , and formost the people in it , fantastic  🥰

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Lovely! Well Done! I love the interactions between characters especially between Ramara and Nelfim. :sweat_smile::heart:;):thumbsup:

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