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And Lo, When The Imperium Marches Against Gul-Koth

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[Chapter 1: The Voyage of the Sorcerer]
The war between the Imperium and the allied Vyrgothian Kingdoms had raged
for  years.  Beginning as minor disputes over border territories, the conflict
had  swiftly  escalated  into  a  full-scale bloody war, a vast series of epic
campaigns,  fervently  perpetua  ted by the Emperor Koord and the Over-King of
Vyrgothia,  both  eager  to  smite their traditional ancestral foes and to win
great  glory  and  the adulation of their people by seizing victory in battle.
Recent  months had seen the forces of the Imperium display a staggering degree
of tactical mastery and battle prowess, contemptuously crushing the Vyrgothian
armies  in a series of great battles, 'til at last, following the slaughterous
Rout  of  the Fields of Kai-Vorg, The Empire's finest fighting force, the fame
d  and  far-feared  Legion  of  the Ebon Tiger, stood unopposed not five day's
march  from mighty Gul-Kothoth, the greatest and most ancient fortress-city in
all  the  Vyrgothian  kingdoms.  The Legion of the Ebon Tiger could not easily
count  their  numerous  and  r  esounding  victories, and their commander, the
legendary  warlord  Baalthus  Vane,  made  it clear to the Emperor that he was
eager  to  press  on  deep  into  the  enemy's lands and seize the prize which
awaited him; the siege and capture of ancient Gul-Kothoth! And yet the Emperor
Koord  did  not  order  the Legion to march, for disturbing information had of
late  been  relayed  to him by his spies in the Vyrgothian Royal Court... Dire
rumours  abounded that the Vyrgothian mages had at last discovered the ancient
arcane  r  ites  which  would  unlock  the  aeons-fettered  power of the dread
Obsidian Crown, a fearsome mystical artefact countless thousands of years old,
a  black-jewelled  circlet  believed once to have been borne upon the immortal
brow  of  the  legendary  Shadow-King  him self! And it was written in legend,
that  should the ancient spells of might entwining the artefact be reawakened,
then  incredible  near limitless ruinous power would thus be bestowed upon any
army  carrying  the  Crown  into  battle...  Had the mages of Vyrgoth ia truly
ascertained the time-lost conjurations required to empower the Obsidian Crown,
hidden  for centuries deep within the marble vaults of its ebon citadel? Eager
to  know  the  truth, the Emperor dispatched his most powerful sorcerer across
the  great  In  land  Sea to the Court of the Over-King, under the pretence of
offering  the  terms  for  the  Vyrgothian  surrender. He was bade use all his
sorcerous  skills  to  discover  the  truth...  a truth soon made clear by the
disdainful  refusal  of the Imperium's terms, an d the grimly fearsome message
given  the  sorcerer by Vyrgothia's Master Wizard, with which to return to the
Emperor:  "And  lo,  when  the Imperium marches against Gul-Kothoth, then dark
sorceries shall enshroud the Citadel of the Obsidian Crown..."

[The Wizards of Vyrgothia:]
Darkly bejewelled circlet of night,
Crown of the Elder King,
Unfettered at last the Trinity of Might,
The sceptre, the sword, and the ring.

[The Sorcerer:]
I stand upon the oaken planks of this great ship, (the splendid flagship of
the Imperium's navies)
Gazing at moon-gleam dancing on the vast, dark sea...
(And in my mind I behold) black crystals gleaming... ensorcellment!
I am enthralled by this nighted spell...
For I know that the slumbering sorceries
Of the Shadow-King's crown shall soon be reawakened...
And as I return to my emperor (shackled to such woefully grim tidings),
My spirit is borne upon the leathern wings of a great sorrow...

[Chapter 2: The March of the Imperium]
[The Emperor:]
Call forth the Ogre-Mage of the Black Lake
And the Swordmaster of Kyrman'ku,
Let them speak the Words Which Unfetter...
Enshrined for countless centuries, within its darksome citadel,
Five score and ten against the Tiger, (curse) the black crown of the
By all the dark gods, I swear I'll not be dethroned!
A seething forest of blackened blades,
A churning sea of ebon war-chariots,
A searing storm of flaming shafts,
All this havoc and more shall I unleash against my foe...
Into battle! The Legion shall march... the fall of Gul-Kothoth is nigh!

The  Legion  of  the  Ebon  Tiger...  six  thousand elite warriors of the
Imperium, the pride of the Emperor's forces... Bolstered by heavy cavalry, and
a  squadron  of  deadly scythed chariots... further reinforced by the Imperial
Frontier  Army of one hundred tho usand highly trained spearmen and archers...
and never has this force met its match in battle or siege...

[Baalthus Vane:]
Our banner flies ever glorious, undefeated we stand, steeped in victory.
The Iron Phalanx, six thousand strong, our ever-honed blades, the Tiger's
gleaming claws.
Pride of the Empire, Scourge of the Vraii,
Masters at Turonium, and Kai-Vorg.
Smiters of the Southern Host, Routers of the Horde, Bane of the Over-King, we
march to war!
And  so,  the  Emperor  himself  rides  to rendezvous with Baalthus Vane,
accompanied  by  his  sorcerous  aide.  The  Legion  of the Ebon Tiger reaches
Gul-Kothoth  at  dusk  on  the  fifth  day  of  their march from the fields of
Kai-Vorg,  halting  upon  the great arid plan which stretches before the city,
the huge dust cloud sent up by their massed arrival obscuring the dying embers
of  the  setting  sun.  As  the  vast army begins to make camp, arraying their
splendid  tents  and  banners, and assembling their gargantuan siege-wag  ons,
the  Emperor  stands  gazing at the huge brooding walls and colossal cyclopean
gates  of the city-fortress before him, vowing that a torrent of red slaughter
shall befall Gul-Kothoth, regardless of any sorcerous trinkets the Vyrgothians
may  possess,  and  that  the  Over-King  shall  pay  dearly  for  his sublime
arrogance.  And twelve leagues distant, an army of five score and ten, bearing
the Obsidian Crown, approaches the city...

[To be continued in Chaper 3: The Wizards Do Battle]

[Lyrics: Byron]
[Music: Jonny and Chris Maudling]   

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