Scales of War

The Way of the Bat: Justice Tempered in Darkness – Chapter 6, Part: 3 (EXCERPTS)

Leaving a long trail of fallen enemies behind us, we walked into the Separatists’ camp. Tensions were high as we walked inside the barricade and the githyanki did not know what to make of us. But Talanee, the monk, was with the Separatists and vouched for us.
Gith, who had still been unconscious, finally awoke during this conversation. She identified herself and the Separatists agreed to unite with the Coalition to fight the Emperor’s forces.

We were able to alert the Coalition, and they sent Fariex, along with some other members of the Coalition. They informed us that the battle was going poorly for the Coalition on some of the other fronts. We needed to act quickly. Gith told us that she wanted to free the githyanki from the Emperor’s rule and reunite them with the githzerai.

We agreed to assassinate the Emperor while the Separatists and the Coalition engaged the Emperor’s forces. They would try to spare as many of them as possible so that Gith would still have a people to lead when the fighting was over. After we finished planning everything, Fariex teleported us into the Lich Queen’s former citadel.

After the Emperor defeated the Lich Queen he built his castle on top of the ruins of her destroyed fortress. We would use the ruins to get into his castle from below. We appeared in what had been the Lich Queen’s grand hall. The hall was not empty, though. Wights and a dracolich were lying in wait. They were serving the Lich Queen’s reanimated remains. I have never seen an undead similar to what the Lich Queen had become. She was nothing more than a disembodied spine. It was one of the more disturbing things I’ve seen since we began our adventures. Her voice echoed throughout the room as she told us to retreat. We stood our ground and braced ourselves for the fight.

The Lich Queen was a terrible opponent. Magic gems were fused into her vertebrae and provided her with powerful abilities. As we fought her the gems began exploding, and we could see the magic in them get absorbed into the spine each time, and each time we could see the Lich Queen’s strength renewed as chips in bone knit and fractures vanished. The wights were also fearsome foes as they fought for their queen. Of all things, the dracolich was the one we spent little time engaging for most of the battle. Aside from a few hits from Madmartigan and myself, the dracolich just seemed like less of a threat than the others.

When we had finally defeated the wights and the Lich Queen, we were able to focus our full attention on the dracolich, bringing it to a fast end. We just had one of the more difficult battles we’ve faced for some time, and we haven’t even entered the Emperor’s castle yet. I think the legend of Madmartigan’s Men, and Ithyk, will be getting its most exciting chapter yet after today is done.

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Madmartigan's Journal, Book Two, Pages 23 & 24
Beauty Boner

We finally reached the less-evil Gith hold in the city, but not before we carved our way through serious amounts of bad guys. I believe the term “metric fuck ton” was thrown out by Kage at one point.
Dispaeter sent his aspect (I guess…) to reclaim Gith. I warned him about going up against us, but of course he ignored and I choked him to death with my damned deadly hands while The Men took care of his cronies.
After that the gith let us in.
Ice bitch unfroze and started barking orders immediately. Soon after the coalition showed up, including my main man the dragon. That guy rules.
After some talk of storming the General’s stronghold we finally were dismissed. Same plan as always, big distraction out front, Madmartigan’s Men & Ithyk sneaking in the back door, leaving everyone sore. Story of my life.
When I finally laid my head down I immediately fell asleep. Eachthigern was there waiting for me in his glade, with Kickass and a whole squad of majestic fucking unicorns. He told me that I’ve done well as his knight, cleansing the evil fey, blah blah blah. I tuned him out because two of the unicorns starting getting busy and it was just about the most beautiful thing mine eyes have ever had the pleasure to behold. I actually cried a single tear of joy, in celebration of all the wonder in the world.
Eachthigern bit me to get my attention. I think my beauty boner gave me away.
He told me, again, that I wasn’t going to be able to just summon Kickass anymore, but the entire Joy (apparently that’s what you call a herd of Unicorns) to trample my enemies and heal The Men! Fucking sweeeeeeeeeet!
Then they all surrounded me and started prancing in joy, but the dream turned dark and the unicorns turned into riders on wolves, biting at me as I chopped them down with my sword. I turned to see The Men retreat over a bridge and then drop it as I literally held the wolves at bay. I woke up just as one of the rides stabbed me in the side, a fresh stitch of pain where the sword had been. Not sure what the fuck that was about.

This morning we met, discussed strategy and then my dragon pal teleported us all into the Generals secret evil guy hideout. We came upon the former queen, now just a floating spine and a spooky shadow, along with some lackeys and a scary ass zombie dragon. I used my zip line to drop myself right in front of that bad Larry, and Rocky yelled to tear out its throat, so I did and this oozey sack of cold goo came with it.
They put up possibly the best fight we’ve seen yet, but in the end Madmartigan’s Men (& Ithyk) marched on while they lay dead.
Totally took that dragon’s skull.

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The Way of the Bat: Justice Tempered in Darkness – Chapter 6, Part: 2 (EXCERPTS)

We fought our way towards the area where the Separatists had barricaded themselves. As we approached the wall we were met by some of the Emperor’s more experienced soldiers. They tried to threaten and demoralize us, but their words lacked any sting. Tired of dragging out the inevitable, we rushed into battle. The soldiers were more seasoned than many of the githyanki we had fought along the way, but they still fell before the might of Madmartigan’s Men and Ithyk.

During the battle with the Emperor’s soldiers, some of the Separatists had gathered atop the barricade to watch the fight. As they continued to watch us while we walked towards them, they had a great view of an even more dramatic show.

We were still a few dozen feet from the barricade when there was an explosive flash of light. As our eyes refocused we were standing before several devils who were accompanied by angels in the service of Tiamat. The devils were Lord Dispater’s personal guard. Dispater sent an aspect of himself to collect Gith and punish us for taking her from his tower. The Separatists atop the barricade did not hide their shock and fear of Dispater’s entourage, but we are Madmartgan’s Men, and while some of us may have felt a bit more reticence than we have in a long time, we all stood strong.

The devils and Tiamat’s angels were a lot more to handle than the Emperor’s guard. I flew into the group and started dashing between them. I started pummeling them as quickly as I possibly could. Ithyk, Tzolek, and Madmartigan rushed the front line while I darted around the back of the group. Kage and Verne were helping us maintain control of the fight and soon we started taking down devils and angels one by one. After several heated moments, no one stood between us and the barricade.

One thing is for sure, the Separatists will definitely listen to whatever we have to say after seeing that fight.

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Madmartigan's Journal, Book Two, Page 22
YEEEEE-HAAAAA

We found Gith, all frozen in glass, and made it back to the ships. Max the devil was waiting for us and broke her out, distributed some presents and sent us on our way.
We flew into the heart of the battle between the Separatists and the Coalition, dogged by Gith ships and dragons. Kage was at the helm, doing fine, but I got a sudden inspiration so I pushed him out of the way, took control (like I do) and smashed that big ship right into a whole fucking squad of ugly Gith shit heads.
A bunch rushed out to meet us while they started bombarding us with big explody weapons. The kid ran up and started breaking them so I followed suit, smashing through them while the men (and Ithyk) killed the troops. I kept an eye on them over my shoulder, throwing them thumbs ups as they totally destroyed everything that moved.
It’s what we do and we’re damn good at it.

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The Way of the Bat: Justice Tempered in Darkness – Chapter 6, Part: 1 (EXCERPTS)

The Iron Tower’s prison was a twisting maze, rife with tall towers and jagged spikes. We dispatched a small patrol of devils and continued our search for Gith’s cell. We quickly realized such a search could take years. We decided to try and find the warden, hoping he would know the location of the cell. After questioning a few inmates, we found the warden.
While the warden didn’t know where Gith was, he did know of a hidden cell that he was ordered to stay away from. We destroyed the warden, and his guard, and found the hidden room. Inside the room was Gith, frozen inside of magical glass. We grabbed her and teleported away using the magic that the devil had given us.

When we returned to our ships, we found them both fully repaired. The devil freed Gith from the glass case. She was alive, but very weak. She fell into a deep sleep almost immediately.

The devil told us that the githyanki army was fighting both the Separatists and the Coalition, but the two forces had not yet been able to join together to fight the githyanki forces. If we were able to bring Gith to the Coalition, then the Separatists would almost assuredly join the Coalition.

We boarded both the ships and left the foul, hellish plane. Our githyanki captive was able to help us get the ships to Tu’narath. The city was huge and there seemed to be fighting everywhere.

The Separatists were cornered in the middle of the city. We decided to help them first.
There were a few githyanki ships that started following us and trying to take us down. We tried to outmaneuver them, taking the ships down closer to the buildings and weaving around obstacles, while returning fire when they were in range. We finally reached the center of the city and Madmartigan brought his ship right down on a large group of githyanki fighters. It was the kind of entrance that Madmartigan’s Men and Ithyk are becoming legendary for.

We got off the ships and were greeted by Red Dragon Knights and other githyanki troops. They thought that their guns would help them, but I rushed in behind the forward troops and began working on disabling the guns. Madmartigan quickly followed and so I dove back into the fray fighting the troops. Ithyk, Verne, Tzolek and Kage plowed in from the front. Tzolek whipped himself up into a frenzy and started smashing through a bunch of the githyanki foot soldiers while I focused on the ones I thought were in charge.

In the end, they ended up like everyone else who has been foolish enough to stand against Madmartigan’s Men and Ithyk.

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Madmartigan's Journal, Book Two, Page 21
The detail's in the devil

This place is a prison. These people aren’t my friends. Except for my friends, who are. My friends.
Sorry, feeling a bit turned around because of the epic fucking scope of this prison. We managed to find the warden, a big ugly mother with a scorpion tail. The men & I (and Ithyk) laid him and his goons to waste after Verne pried some little secret right out of his brain.
That guy creeps me out sometimes…
Oh, wait, I have nothing to be worried about concerning Verne. Why did I ever think I did.
Wait… What?

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Madmartigan's Journal, Book Two, Page 20
Like a Goldhaven whore after Harvest Day

I am sick. A overly talkative devil (which seems to be a trend) gave me something way worse than I’ve ever had before, and I’ve caught alot of diseases from alot of trim. On the upside, I did choke the devil.
No, that’s not a euphemism.
He was backed up by a small hoard of undead outside the gates to the prison we’re currently breaking in to.

Sorry, just puked everywhere. Sorry about that stain, baby.

Where was I? I’m having trouble focusing. Just need to keep moving, keep killing until the job is done.
I got this.

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The Way of the Bat: Justice Tempered in Darkness – Chapter 5, Part: 8 (EXCERPTS)

We came upon golems made of reinforced brass. They attempted to pummel us but we handily defeated them. Continuing onward we found a gigantic open hall. The area was packed with the souls of the damned. They were torturing each other in gruesome ways. We made our way through the crowds of wailing and broken bodies.

At the far end of the hall we came to a large brass gate. The gate was guarded by some kind of devil and a group of undead. A balor was among the undead serving the devil. The devil tried to convince us that all we were doing was pointless, and that we still had not even entered the real prison. We refused to give in to the devil’s taunts, and with that the fight began.

During the battle a few of the other men were sickened by some kind of magical disease the devil unleashed on them. While we were victorious in the end, the fight taxed some of the members of the group quite a bit. We were hoping to get through this prison without needing to rest, but we may not have many more battles in us before we need to take a break.

After defeating the devil and his undead minions, we entered the prison through the large gate. After seeing what was outside the prison, I feel a morbid, and anxious, curiosity regarding what we will find inside it.

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A question of morality.
And whether I have any.

Our benefactor has provided us with a couple of rather impressive gifts now. At first glance this seems like a very beneficial partnership. We both stand to gain quite a bit from the outcome of all of this, and if one were to jump to any sort of conclusions, it would seem like a prolonged connection would be even better. Gaining gifts of both power and wealth could certainly swing the tide of such a long, drawn out battle to our favor. And every moment of time people spend not on a battlefield will save more lives than could truly be counted. On both sides. And I, more than any other among us, know the true value of even one moment.

However, from my own stand point, such a deal is beyond the realm of possible. For when all that is left of a man is his soul, how can he, in good conscience, give it up so willingly?

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Madmartigan's Journal, Book Two, Page 19
Wheeeee! Plop! Bubble hiss!

I’m finally free of that nagging bitch. Max the devil came back to lay out the prison break plan for us. Sounds half cocked, which means it’s perfect for us. After we got all the details down here pulled me aside and mentioned that any incredibly cold things I might possess would almost certainly melt were I to drop them in the lake of lava we would be flying over, and to do be careful. I don’t know how he knew I had Her with me, but I’m grateful for the tip. As we were fighting the lava bubbles that attacked us I “accidentally” let Her slip from around my neck. She knew it was coming, but too late to do anything about it other than scream for a second until she was plummeting to the lava, where I boiled up for a second and then was still. I took a hit while watching Her melt, but it was completely worth it. Sweet, sweet silence. Now it’s just me and my good ideas in my head.
Oh, we killed some damned king too. That was neat.

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