Chapter 40 - Hold the Line

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Hold the Line
Moonless Age chapter
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Main characters


Related factions

The Sarghress makes a push towards the district where the Sharen holds conscripted commoners.

Summary

Hold The Line

The District Battle

As Ariel thinks about how the Sharen clan crumbles, she goes over the plan to take the enemy district as the plan unfolds. Golems piloted by the likes of Relon'tar and Kau to break enemy lines. Sealers like Shala and Zan'nah to clear the way of ethereal demons. Empaths from the Sulissin'rune like Abi'reo to seek out Sharen summoners. Fallen Legion assassins like Tabel, Reka and Nul'indra to kill the summoners. Wolf riders like Tur'geis and tiger riders like Laj'vati to flank Sharen dragon riders like Kery'awa and Oiloss'lin. And finally, the ground troops which includes herself, Xtka'en, Skai, Durlyn, Kev'ren and Sorin to kill any enemies left and take and hold positions.

However, the plan isn't perfect as Abi'reo and Nu'indra were attacked by demons in two separate instances, while Tabel has to deal with a massive summon. Additionally, many of the ground troops suffered injuries.

Infiltrating a fortified building, a squad consisting of Jak'iaah, Sen'gil, Mek'kel and Zair'cysparvin encounter a trap placed by Malag'nafein. They attempt to bypass the trap by opening one of walls but encounter another Siyah'khorshed, K'sava. They defeat her and the building is captured.

Lull From Battle

In the captured building, Min'issya finds the food storage and Reka and Mek'Kel are tended to, while the soldiers all relax. However, things take a turn for the worse when Sorin kills a prisoner, while Ariel asks Tur'geis' to release the slave he has. As the troops argue among themselves over the Sorin's actions as well as looting, Ariel resolves the situation by asking the slave herself and offering her a choice, continue as a slave or fight for the Sarghress. The slave answers she'll fight and Ariel takes other slaves willing to fight to Commander Sang, who was discussing the war situation with Cair'deirene.

Meanwhile, Nivali discovers the building was booby-trapped.

On the Sharen side, as Feli'cia complains about her situation, Oiloss'lin tends to Kery'awa's wounds. She also criticises Felicia's idea to take on Quain'tana herself. They then learn the building the Sarghress captured has exploded as a result of the booby-traps.

Prisoners

The captured Sarghress-Sullisin'rune prisoners, including seemingly Faen, are escorted by Oiloss'lin and Balushizar to the Slaver district. As they arrived, Shinae and Nona'brail also arrived and are greeted by Nidek'nil. In their cell, the other prisoners realise that Faen is out of her chains.

Shinae and Nihi'liir talk but Nihi'liir mocks Shinae and is unwilling to listen and act on Shinae's message. Balushizar meanwhiles patrols the cells and is shocked to find K'sava in one of the cells being beaten up by the prisoners. She lets her out after confirming her identity, but K'sava quickly chokes her, since she was actually Ariel.

Shinae talks with one of the Siyah'khorshed, Farahang, with whom she had a history. Shinae tells him that Zala'ess is returning from Nuqrah'shareh with allies and Farahang admits that his people have grown weary of the Sharen's abuses of them and his people plans to abandon the Sharen though will not say when. They then hear the alarm that the prisoners have escaped.

Break-Out

Upon learning of the breakout, Nihi'liir becomes angry and gives the order to kill all the escapees upon her signal. Before she could give the signal however, Ariel, disguised as Balushizar, decapitates her. Witnessing this, Shinae tells Farahang to take his people and escape to Sharen lines while she deals with Ariel. She catches up to Ariel and defeats her, but was unable to kill her before Sarghress reinforcements arrived. Faen was among the reinforcements and immediately rushes to Ariel's aid, while Ariel hopes she made Quain'tana proud with what she did.

Machike

Meanwhile, at Machike, Nei'kalsa and Kel'noz greets Quain'tana and her legions who had arrived at the colony.

Tale of Colonies - Part I

The Citizens of Chel

On a date, two commoners, Sami'ka and Jens, are on a date. As Jens leaves after inviting her to Kyo'nne's next concert., Sama'ki returns home to find the Siyah'khorshed kidnapping her family for the slave army and the colony of Dari'yako. She tries calling for help but the kidnappers knock her out.

Machike

While enjoying the day with her two children Kenro and Esuni, Vaelia is informed by Ilmssyn of a mission for which Vaelia was selected specifically for. After dropping her children of with a neighbour, Vaelia packs her equipment and gets Skwerk to join her for the mission.

As the Highland Raiders travel for their mission, being the disruption of the slave colony of Dari'yako, Vaelia is placed on a squad alongside Ilmssyn, Nacht and Syrak with Suren as their leader.

Dari'yako

After scouting out Dari'yako, Suren's squad volunteers to be one of the squads to infiltrate the colony. However, while getting close, a Siyah'khorshed patrol comes close by. They find Ilmssyn, and move to find for other intruders but Ilmssyn stops them and they taker her prisoner for the administrator of the colony.

Suren takes advantage of them leaving, and though he understand his squad's concerns about Ilmssyn's situation, he says they can't afford to get captured themselves. They find a tunnel and a slave cleaning it, Sami'ka.

Characters

Hold The Line

Main Characters

Portrait Ariel Val'Sarghress.png
Ariel is the young heir to the Val'Sarghress clan. She has a powerful and uncommon shapechanging high sorcery.
Portrait Faen'arae Val'Sullisin'rune.png
Faen'arae is a daughter of Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune and the closest friend Ariel Val'Sarghress has. She suffers from strong empathy that is difficult for her to control.
Portrait Kau Val'Sharen.png
Kau Val'Sharen is a son of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. He has an affinity for working with golems and is currently working for the Val'Sarghress clan alongside his sister, Shala Val'Sharen.
Portrait Shala Val'Sharen.png
Shala Val'Sharen is a daughter of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. She has an affinity for sealing arts and is working for the Val'Sarghress clan alongside her brother, Kau Val'Sharen.
Portrait Shinae Vel'Sharen.png
Shinae is the protector twin of Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen. She is vocal and stubborn in her support of the ruling Vel'Sharen clan.



Supporting Characters

Sarghress-Sulissin'rune Faction
Portrait Quain'tana Val'Sarghress.png
Quain'tana Val Sarghress is the founder and current Ill'haress of the Val'Sarghress clan. She is a capable warrior and a figurehead for the common class.
Portrait Kel'noz Val'Sarghress.png
Kel'noz is the son of Quain'tana Val'Sarghress and a trusted Sarghress diplomat. He also serves as a headmaster at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Sang Niz'zre Sarghress.png
Sang is one of the commanders of the Val'Sarghress Assault legion and is the Dev'ess of House Niz'zre.
Portrait Nei'kalsa Tions Sarghress.png
Nei'kalsa is Sar'nel's older sister and teacher, raising him until he was of age to attend Orthorbbae.
Portrait Abi'reo Val'Sullisin'rune.png
Ab'ireo is a Val'Sullisin'rune battle empath with Elendlari training. She fought alongside the Val'Sarghress at the assault on Sharen-held districts around Darya Lake.
Portrait Cair'deirene Sullisin'rune.png
Cair'deirene is a cameo character designed by Leopardwerecat.
Portrait Durlyn Mae'yukir Sarghress.png
Durlyn Mae'yukir Sarghress is a cameo character designed by Durlyn.
Portrait Jak'iaah Sarghress.png
A veteran Brawlers squad leader and mate of Kev'ren.
Portrait Kev'ren Sarghress.png
Portrait Laj'vati Sullisin'rune.png
Laj'vati is one of the Suls willing to directly participate in the war effort itself.
Portrait Mek'kel Sarghress.png
Mek'kel is Sarghress soldier and former Tei'kaliath serving in Machike, as well as Shaira'ja's mate.
Portrait Min'issya Val'Sullisin'rune.png
Min'issya is a Sullisin'rune supply administrator.
Portrait Niva'li Des'intar Sullisin'rune.png
Niva'li is a feral guardian for Cair'deirene Sullisin'rune.
Portrait Nul'indra Sarghress.png
Nul'indra is a Val'Sarghress soldier of the Fallen Legion. She is a young rookie from the surface working under the direction of Reka.
Portrait Reka Sarghress.png
Reka is currently a member of the Fallen Legion that specialises in long-range combat.
Portrait Relon'tar Sarghress.png
Portrait Sen'gil Nimaraidh Tei'kaliath.png
A Tei'kaliath-born soldier serving in the Sarghress Home Guard.
Portrait Skai Sarghress.png
Portrait Sorin Sarghress.png
A cold and vengeful Sarghress soldier.
Portrait Tabel Barrilyl Sarghress.png
Portrait Tur'geis Am'saag Sarghress.png
Tur'geis Am'saag is a Highland Raider and Am'saag mercenary.
Portrait Xtka'en.png
Xtka'en is a soldier in the Sarghress homeguard.
Portrait Zair'cysparvin Sinin Sarghress.png
Portrait Zan'nah Sarghress.png
Zan'nah is a member of the Sarghress Home Guard serving as a sealer and mana specialist.



Sharen-Siyah'khorshed Faction
Portrait Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen.png
Nihi'liir is a young daughter of Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen.
Portrait Balushizar Siyah'khorshed.png
A Black Sun slaver.
Portrait Farahang Siyah'khorshed.png
Farahang is a Black Sun mercenary who once had a relationship with Shinae.
Portrait Feli'cia Vel'Sharen.png
Feli'cia is a district administrator for the Vel'Sharen.
Portrait Kery'awa Xyrrai'zestu Sharen.png
Kery'awa is a Vel'Sharen Dragon Knight who fought the Sarghress in the district wars.
Portrait K'sava.png
K'sava is a hulking Black Sun warrior fighting with the Vel'Sharen alliance against the Val'Sarghress faction.
Portrait Malag'nafein.png
A former Beldrobbaen, now mercenary-for-hire.
Portrait Nidek'nil Sharen.png
Nidek'nil is a former Dutan'vir that joined the Vel'Sharen when his clan was destroyed, and is extremely loyal to Sarv'swati's cause.
Portrait Nona'brail Xyrrai'zestu Sharen.png
Nona'brail is an empathic nurse attending to Shinae Vel'Sharen after her pregnancy.
Portrait Oiloss'lin Xyrrai'zestu Sharen.png
Oiloss'lin is a caring mother and Dev'ess of the Xyrrai'zetsu house.



Tale of Colonies - Part I

Highland Raiders

Portrait Vaelia.png
Vaelia is an Emberi soldier of the Val'Sarghress clan and an important friend of Ariel Val'Sarghress.
Portrait Quill'yate Yurun'hiir Sarghress.png
Quill'yate is the commander of the Highland Raiders legion and the Dev'ess of House Yurun'hiir.
Portrait Ilmssyn Sarghress.png
A Highland Raider who participated in the capture of Dariya'ko.
Portrait Nacht.png
A Highland Raider who participated in the capture of Dariya'ko.
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Portrait Syrak Sarghress.png
A Highland Raider who participated in the capture of Dariya'ko.



Other

Portrait Akhkhazu "Skwerk".png
Skwerk is a locust queen aiding Vaelia in her Highland Raider travels.
Portrait Esuni.png
Esuni is a small Emberi baby and Vaelia's daughter.
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Portrait Kenro.png
Kenro is a young Emberi teenager and Vaelia's son.
Portrait Nihemo.png
Nihemo is a drowolath caretaker living among the Emberi of Machike, as well as a friend of Vaelia.
(Sami'ka.png not found, click to upload)