Tragedy strikes the group as the enemy troops prove more formidable than thought. One of our heroes is killed, one is put into a coma and one is injured and out of commission. The dark wizard is taking personal delight in the destruction and even laughs in Garlan’s face.
The dark wizard even attacks the one wizard that has entered into a coma, attacking their mind.
Agoroth leaves the battlefield to tend to an old friend.
And someone finds that they know the identity of the dark wizard and they are devastated when it is revealed. They realize that they were the ones that started this whole journey into war.
Another day, another scene of mayhem. On hearing of the destruction of one of the southern villages, Claudious leaves with a small group of soldiers to see what the condition of the troops are down in that area.
While he is on his journey to the south, the rest of the wizards and leaders prepare the army to head back into the Eastern Desert. More Guildenians have shown up and Garlan and Sigarick are beginning to feel good about their chances of ending this war before it has much of a chance of getting started.
Oh, and the ancient right of pairing has taken place and it took a giant, white dragon to spill the beans to the entire gathering.
As you can see, I’ve just crossed the 70,000 word mark. Getting to 100,000 is a bit of a long shot, but I’m not giving up yet. One thing I’m seeing though is that this story may not be finished without getting closer to 120,000. We’ll have to wait and see.
I have crossed the 50,000 word mark (actually three days ago) and now NaNoWriMo starts validating those that have reached that goal. That is great and all, but my goal is 100,000 words and a completed first draft of this novel. I am sitting at just over 60,000 words and I am hitting the good part of the story, so it should start moving right along.
So, on to the next 40,000 words!
Now, let’s see. How much to tell you?
Okay, after reaching Rosemoor, plans are put in motion to send another group, a larger group, into the Eastern Desert and find this dark wizard and see if the war can be stopped before it even starts.
But, it seems the war has already started in two other places, which the group in Rosemoor is about to find out.
Oh, and Garlan is reunited with an old “friend.”
So, where did we leave off? Oh yes, Claudious is in trouble, Agoroth is in trouble and Pendivall is in big trouble. After getting Pendivall squared away, Garlan and his group leave Guilden to head back to Rosemoor.
Along the way Garlan decides to take a trip through his nightmare again and just about kills everyone around him. With Blaze, his father’s sword. But, a young apprentice saves everyone and a beautiful Guilden healer, decides to get to the bottom of Garlan’s dream.
Garlan learns that an old friend has been attacked along with his group and is in need of Garlan’s assistance. The problem: They are over a day away. Garlan leaves Guilden with a group in a race to get to his friend before it is too late.
Claudious has taken a group of men into the Eastern Desert to see what he can find out about the dark wizard. With Agoroth at his side, they find the Eastern Desert is even more dangerous than they first thought. Coming face-to-face with the dark wizard proves to be costly and they learn no more about him than originally known except that he is exceptionally powerful.
Garlan took another little trip with his mind, searching out Marnell, only to find someone getting a little too close to her. If he wasn’t a couple hundred miles away on an important mission there would be trouble.
As for the trouble up north, Garlan figures the last thing Wyndweir needs is to be fighting a war on two fronts. But, it just might come down to that.
He has also figured out a way to try and discern the identity of this new dark wizard. It will just take time and that is running out quite quickly.
Garlan has reached Guilden and is finding that help for the upcoming war may be a little harder to get than he thought. Not only is trouble brewing in the Eastern Desert, there appears to be something amiss in the northern lands. This could affect the entire outcome of the war.
I am now sitting at just under 40,000 words, which I will pass during this evening’s writing session. Then, just another 10,000 words to reach the halfway point to a finished first draft of the novel. Should be a wild ride from this point on.
So, sitting on the patio behind the pub, the five wizards are interrupted by a lot of screaming and ruckus in the street out front. They all rush into the street, expecting to see the dark wizard attacking the village again. What they see is quite a bit different.
After they calm everyone down, they return to their planning session and Garlan is told that he is to journey to Guilden to enlist the aid of the guilds. Oh, and he’s going alone. Isn’t he ever going to get to spend a decent amount of time with Marnell?
The wizards still have not figured out who this new enemy is. From the description they’ve been able to piece together, it sounds a lot like an old enemy. but how could that be? Sigarick cast him into a flaming volcano over one hundred years ago. He was sure of it.