It bothers me deep within my soul to have to ask Bane for assistance. But the hour is late and our enemies are pressing down upon us with one single purpose. Mannfred has chosen to enlighten our adversaries as to our intentions, or more precisely, his intentions. Now five armies bear down upon us with nothing but our destruction on their collective minds. In the end it serves Mannfred’s purpose, but I don’t believe it will ensure a victory over chaos in and of itself. But for now, I will toe the line as I have always.
I summon Trixie, my conduit to Bane. I need to know where these armies are going to surface within our lands if we are going to have any chance to overcome their onslaught. She arrives promptly, with her ever present sly smile in tow. She answers my first several questions on the Slayer King and his armies as well as a question on how to get the wood elves and the high elves to go at each other instead of us. A name keeps repeating in my head as she is answering my last question. Atropus. I realize I am not listening at all to what she is saying. That single name, or word keeps repeating in my head. As she finishes, I ask my next question. “How can we use Atropus to destroy Chaos”? I can clearly see Trixie is receiving the answer from Bane and just as she is about to speak her form is completely obliterated…..
Beyond the gods. I head straight back to Drakenhof. I scour the library for references to power beyond the gods. Bane said it would take a power beyond the gods to stop chaos from its inevitable course, but I can find nothing in these tomes. Frustrated and out of patience something dawns on me, there is an ancient source of knowledge not 500 feet away from me in this castle.
Waiting in line, are you fucking kidding me? “Who is Atropus”? Mannfred looks at me like I just asked him who “Steve” is. “What is the power beyond the gods”? I ask impatiently. “Blasphemies, the mistakes of the gods” replies Mannfred. “Why is this so important to you”? “I believe that this Atropus is a power beyond the gods and I am positive that the only thing that with allow us to defeat chaos is power beyond the gods. Mannfred then asks me how I came by this information. “Bane and W’Soran” I reply…