The Curse of Arvyl’s Folly

Scales Over Sangrithar Volume 1:  The Curse of Arvyl’s Folly

Generals are great men sometimes called upon to do terrible things.  By that measure, Hali, the Lord Warden commanding Sangrithar’s legions is a very great man – he’s burned, pillaged and murdered innocents all in the name of the God-Emperor, the mad tyrant Hali calls master.  He’s glad his wife and son didn’t live to see the man he’s become and tells himself that he doesn’t have a choice, that the magical compulsion binding him to the God-Emperor demands obedience, but deep down, Hali knows the truth.

The God-Emperor sends Hali to Cormane to collect an overdue tithe.  It’s a task better suited to an officer of lesser rank, but the God-Emperor, wanting a show of strength, insists that Hali attend to the matter personally.  At first, everything goes according to plan.  By the time Hali arrives, the advance legions have trampled the city and laid siege to the Baron’s keep.

Hali orders the legions to begin the final assault.  The line surges forward.  From the back of his warhorse, Hali watches the legions march towards inevitable victory.  Then the Baron’s pet wizard hurls a lightning bolt at Hali.  His life flashes before his eyes while he braces for the end.  A part of him is glad his servitude to the God-Emperor is ending.  Another looks forward to reuniting with his wife and son in Heaven.

The lightning is about to smite Hali and then … a shield of blue, just like the God-Emperor’s god-fire, mysteriously springs into existence, saving him.  Hali’s life will never be the same.


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