Lorku, son of Volundr, is a member of the Clan of the New Moon.
Journal entry #1:
I am not sure what to make of the these current events. Giant human like creatures with multiple heads and malformed men claiming to be our cursed brothers. How do you trust ones who have already shown to be without honor? How can we subject our beautiful women to lay with these abominations? Even if we can see past their actions and their grotesque physical appearance, how can we trust them to live up to their end of the bargain?
It is difficult to turn from the emotions of hate one must summon to slay creatures like this to that of embracing them within our clan. However, if they are truly our brethren and have indeed been cursed, do we not owe it to them to do everything we can to break that curse? If we were in their position, would we not do anything in our power to break that curse?
There are so many reasons to refuse their offer and protect our women from what is sure to be a horrific experience in breeding with these men. Yet, I still feel sympathy for their plight and feel that we should do what we can to help them which could benefit both of our people.
Journal entry #2:
So much has happened in such a short time. I cannot help but feel there is a higher power or powers guiding us in ways we cannot comprehend.
I know that many of our people do not trust the Bin-Kallic. It is hard to believe that we can look so different yet share common ancestors. I hope that after seeing the new generations born without curse will convince the skeptics. Indeed it is hard to deny the positive effect we have had on their newborn already.
While it should be enough to be satisfied that both of our clans have benefited greatly from this alliance, I cannot keep my mind off the inner sanctum. I am consumed with thoughts and dreams of what may lie beyond that strange wall. What effect it had on our people… what effect will it have in the future? It was disappointing to see our elders dismiss the mystery of that wall so quickly. I know that Aldirg and Udokul must have similar thoughts but are too proud to say anything. We now have a bond with something that we do not understand. Something that had a profound effect on our clans. We must seek more answers!
Journal entry #3:
Things were going well, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before we faced our next challenge as a tribe. Nothing has been easy in the past, so why should it be now?
The Bin-Kallic alliance has helped our people greatly, and we have been able to push forth into the mountains with the immense amount of food they have provided. Their mastery of of new substances have given us stronger weapons and armor and I for one am extremely thankful for the extra protection. All of this combined with constant practice I feel more confident than ever in my abilities. Previously I felt a great fear when we first entered melee with the Bin-Kallic. Now that fear is gone and replaced with an eagerness to further prove myself. It’s not bloodlust, but, a strong desire to prove myself over those we encounter in the future.
It seems that I will soon be able to feed my desires as we have encountered a new race of people yet again. While I may have said that I wanted to be open to discussions with these new people, secretly I hoped they would be hostile so that I could prove myself on the field of combat. Whatever force that controls this world seems to be listening because I now have that chance.
This time these new people have taken the fight to us without any kind of deals being offered. In some ways it is refreshing to know exactly where people stand. The Bin-Kallic seemed to have a duality to their nature, where on one hand they wanted our help but also we’re willing to steal and fight to get what they want. These new people want nothing more than to kill us, and that makes our choices much easier.
I am ready to face these new creatures in combat and for once I am not afraid. Perhaps they should be…
Journal entry #4:
What kind of men are these who would strike down innocent women and children. It takes all that i have to control my emotions and focus on the fight. I have never felt more contempt for anything than I do for these men now.
They are strong and fearless, not like the Bin-Kallic who in comparison seem somewhat pathetic now. At least these men are not afraid to fight. While I have to respect that, still they will receive no mercy.
What I find strange that is that it is by pure instinct that I protect the women and the young, and yet these men we fight now find it so easy to kill them.
I am able to protect some of our clan but there are too many, I have seen several cut down. I can’t move fast enough, can’t kill quick enough. Our women and children are paralyzed with fear. I never thought I would see a child so brutally slain. Images that will no doubt haunt my nightmares for a long time to come.
Journal entry #5:
My decision to challenge for leadership has taken it’s toll on our clans. I could not sit idle while Degana made his play to lead the battle. While I do not agree with his views, perhaps it would have been better if he had been the one to plan this battle. I was too afraid that if he was successful in this war he would have gained far too much influence over the elders and the other clans. In my haste to usurp his command, I may have made the most tragic mistake of our peoples history. I was not ready for this.
However, I cannot dwell on these mistakes. I must push forward and do whatever is necessary to win this war. To return our missing to their families. To keep our people safe from these honor-less Thale.
I feel more than ever I need to return to the sacred place the Bin-Kallic high priest took us to early in our negotiations. I do not know if answers lay behind the mysterious portal but I cannot help think that whatever has helped the Bin-Kallic survive this long can help us in this war against the Thale.
Journal entry #6:
How can I explain to the others what I have experienced in the Holy of Holies? I can barely comprehend the events myself. I have no doubt many will think I am crazy if I tell them what really happened. I must admit I am a little wary of Milcom. He talks of our children playing together, although I wonder what his true intentions are. I feel compelled to comply with his requests because he may be the link to some unanswered questions of our existence here.
Also, the Bin Kallic seem to be less interested in helping us overall. Perhaps they have gotten what they need by getting the brides they have now. I hope they realize that if they truly wish to be a part of our people they must do all they can to help us in this war.
Somehow I have to put all of this behind me as we return to the harsh reality of our war with the Thale. I was hoping to return with more Bin Kallic warriors but I am eager to see what these giants are capable of in combat. It will be my pleasure to fight a long side them. I hope that the war has gone well in our absence. I’m sure that if Degana has been more successful while I was gone that I will never heard the end of it. Perhaps it would be better to stay with the Bin Kallic…
Journal entry #7:
The giants that Milcom sent with us greatly sped up our return to the horde. I was only conscious for part of the journey but I suspect it took us about half of the time to travel home.
Unfortunately, we have arrived too late…
I am left to wonder that if my journey back to the Bin Kallic was worthwhile or not. After my first failure at directing the war I felt a need to do as much as I could to get aid to our people. I can only hope these giants we brought back were worth the time it took us. I would be a liar if I was not a little bit relieved that Degana was not successful in leading the war effort. Had he been successful I fear that his influence would have grown far too great. His presence is a huge distraction, I feel I must constantly challenge his authority otherwise he may grow too powerful. With people like Degana in command, there is no future for the Bin Kallic and perhaps even Clan of the New Moon.
After seeing the aftermath of this war I know that I must do what I can to unite our people. All I hear now is finger pointing and paranoia. The rumors of these cultists, blame being thrown every direction for who is at fault. Unless someone is able to unite us, I fear we will lose this war. Perhaps I must turn to Udokal and throw my support with him to lead us. He is a more reasonable man who is able to see both sides and may be able to decide the best course of action.
Let’s let Aldirg lead us! :-)
Journal entry #8:
Things were going too well. Under the leadership of Udokul we delivered a great blow to the Thale army. We had many reasons to celebrate but too much work left to do so. While others were working on securing our southern border, I was gathering an army to raze Thale villages in the north.
I’ve never liked this swamp. It has no redeeming qualities and if the Thale weren’t so aggressive, I would be happy to just let them have it as we move on. However, something about this particular area just didn’t feel right. Perhaps all the blood that has been spilt in this war has brought on something that cannot be explained or rationalized. Something that feeds off hate and death. Something with such a fearsome roar that even the most brave warrior must dig deep to steel his resolve.
Whatever it is, we have awoken it and now it is we who must deal with it.
Journal entry #9:
My failure to understand the horror now haunts my dreams. Even though we were able to use it to our advantage in the north, I know some day it will return. We must keep a close eye on it.
Our journey gets more complicated with every passing day. While we are still in conflict with the Thale, we have now met a new people, the Tewpatec. They seem far more civilized than the Thale but for some reason still chose to have some kind of relationship with them. They also possess some of our people as slaves. It would seem the honorable thing to do would be to return them to us but they have not done that. Our war rages on with the Thale and now we must also tread lightly with the Tewpatec.
We are also getting further and further from our allies the Bin-Kallic, and yet my obsession with the Holiest of Holies and Milcom grows stronger. Once we pass the mountain range, I fear I won’t be able to return. This last trip I am taking soon may be my last. I am bringing Milcom what he asked for, I wonder what further plans he has for me.
Journal entry #10:
We have arrived at the Bin Kallic crater again to be greeted with unbelievable adoration. I am not sure how to handle this as there are many more important things going on than weddings. The elders of the Bin Kallic are very persistent and I do not want to seem ungrateful. If circumstances were different these weddings would be a very good thing. If what Aldirg said was true, the Bin Kallic do not have much time to prepare and move from “The Enemy” in the sky.
I am hoping that Milcom can provide some insight into what this object in the sky truly is. My biggest fear is that he says it’s not really “The Enemy” and then who do I trust? Our own Kallic elders are certainly not infallible, but this will obviously cause a great divide among our people. We now have so much invested with the Bin Kallic, it will not be as simple as just leaving them behind if it comes to that.
Journal entry #11:
As I return home with my new bride, I hope she will be accepted as an equal in our Clan. I wonder if I have taken her away from the safety of the crater and put her in grave danger with our migration and constant fighting with the Thale. It is now my duty to protect her and that I will. I hope that when we have children they are free from the Bin Kallic curse. While she may never get to see them playing hand in hand with Kallic children, I feel this is taking us one step closer to there being no separation between our people again.
All of this won’t matter if we cannot finish this war with the Thale and successfully negotiate peace with the Tewpatec. The Tewpatec I feel represent a much larger threat. They ride giant beasts in the air, how would we fight such a foe? I hope that we are able to free our Kallic slaves and pass through the mountain peacefully. I have to admit the war is wearing me down. We have not seen what the other side of the mountain holds for us yet. I try not to think of the worst, for fear it may come true.
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