ToAU: Part 1, The gold coin

24 Mar

**ToAU Spoilers ahead**

Sightings of the Ghost Ship were growing in number every week, even sparking the interests of the Imperial Army, who offered a reward in gold for information retaining to the mysterious ship.

Upon venturing to the Mires of Caedarva for unrelated purposes, Millions became lost in a graveyard of ages past. Through the darkness Millions could see that one grave towered above all the others. Not even the undead skeletons ventured near it. However a golden light flickered from its peak, drawing Knives closer. Reaching out for the gold glow Millions hand was smacked away by a figure emerging from the ground.

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Vile nation… Aht Urhgan… Cannot bear… Cannot bear this anger… Aht Urhgan… Uaaghhh… Uaaaghhh… Cannot forget…forgive…Black…Coffin…Ship… of Ephramad… Sunk… sunk by that… wretched… nation…The Coffin… drifts… I know not… where… Black…Cof… Will no one… send my words…? The warriors… of the Black Coffin… must hear… Hated foe… Vile emperor… Cannot bear… Anger… accursed emperor… Uuuuaaaghhh… Will… no one… hear my plea…? Aaauuuggghhh… This place… I cannot leave… Someone… anyone… Our revenge… on the emperor… begins with the rebirth… of the Black Coffin… Will no one… take this Ephramadian Gold Coin… to the feet of the prince…? Someone… to the prince’s side… End… the reign of the Empire… Uuuuaaaghhh… Luzaf… where are you…?”

The ghost hand drifted towards it rusted sword, however before it could gain a grip the lost soul was impaled by Knives’ sword. Slowly he began to fade from this world, with his last breath the ghost placed the gold glow into Millions hand. When the spirit had vanished the glow faded, revealing a brilliant golden coin.

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Quickly, Mill returned to Aht Urghan to present his information to President Shaleem. Upon seeing the brilliant gold coin, a shocked President Shaleem confirmed it to be from the 200 year lost empire of Ephramad. Along with five other mercenarys, Millions was ordered straight to the northern reefs, where the last sighting of the Black Coffin had been. Naja knew she had found the lead needed to unveil the secrets of the Ghost Ship, and wasnt letting anyone else get their hands on the Imperials gold.

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The reefs were littered with ruined ships. Every step revealed a new wreck emerging from the thick fog. After aimless wondering for some time the party wondered onto one of the ships. Out of the fog a Mithran fomor appeared, her eyes blood red from the demon within her brewing for over 200 years;

“Mwahaha… I am Fhu Madihmin… Mwahahahaha… I don’t get many visitors here on the edge of the roof… Bwahahahaha… What could you be looking for? Mwahaha… You don’t have to answer me. I know what you seek… Mwahahahaha… Bwahahahaha… That Ephramadian Gold Coin you clutch in your flesh-and-blood hand… mwahahaha… will be your fare to board the Coffin… My cutter will take you to the… Coffin. Oh, most definitely… Through the mists, I will be your guide… A humble, forgotten ferrywoman… “

Before the Mithra fomor had finished talking the coin was taken from Millions possession, the ores lining the ship flung into action with no physical presence to drive them. With a creak the ship departed port, sailing into the ocean abyss. Soon, out of the mist, a massive shadow came into view, swaying gently from side to side. The Black coffin was approaching.

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