The Mistress of Death resurrects the Necrotic Knight to claim the
hammer of the underworld and free the Necromancer. The Knight's return
unleashes ancient binding magic, compelling the Warders to partner with
their arch-enemy the Chaotic Order and a mysterious grey-clad healer.
Can they work together or will the Necromancer’s armies of undead
overwhelm the world?
“It is time for you to choose. Do you accept my offer of assistance?” the skull asked.
“I don’t appear to have an alternative,” Yuden said.
A cackling laugh escaped from the skull. “Of course
you have alternatives. You can choose to decline my guidance. Then you
may take your chances with the barbarian hordes. Or if you can find it,
enter the Shadow Pass, where certain death awaits you.”
“Those options aren’t particularly attractive.”
“That is irrelevant. All that is necessary is that you
be given a choice and freedom to make it. My presence in this plane
grows tenuous. If you want to accept my offer, you must do so now.”
Yuden looked at the lifeless skull. What did he have
to lose? Was listening to a talking skull really any worse than his
plan to return to Cadina? His friends were dead, killed by other
members of the Shaulan. He didn’t know who to trust. Even with his
newly honed skills, what could he hope to accomplish on his own? Did he
really expect that he could avenge Zengji’s murder by himself?
He shook his head. No, there really wasn’t a choice. “I accept your assistance.”
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