In the world of High Magic and Adventure, darkness is in a constant feud with light. Good vs evil is the ultimate in endless conflict. And sadly they often trample those mortal foolish enough to get in their way. This, like many stories before it will show this struggle from the ground level of two individuals, Sabin Togar of the Qamran Tribe and Dire of Blacklake. Sabin Togar, a female Dark Elf from the Qamran Tribe of deadly assassins. She has been sent out into the above world to retrieve an artifact of cosmic power, before the traitorous Black Mages of the New Moon Tribe get their hands on it and wipe out all Dark Elf clans who refuse to follow their tyrannical cult and worship the bloody Goddess of Chaos Detrly.
She will journey many leagues in search of aid. But her kind of thought of as evil and impure to many of the above world races. Cutthroats, thieves, whores for hire, these and many more vile terms are attached to the Dark Elves. So she is met with resistance, hatred, and violence in nearly every village she enters especially by their ancient enemy, the brutish race of Orcs that roam the land. A mutual distrust and general anger dating back thousands of years when it is believed Dark Elves and Orcs stemmed from the same group of outcast Elves thrown from the ancient kingdoms of the Noble Folk. The two races blame the other for getting them expelled from paradise, but not even the oldest of Dark Elf and Orc know this to be true.
Sabin is undaunted in her journey to complete her mission, but she knows she cannot do it alone and her mother, the Chieftess of her Tribe forbade her from asking another Dark Elf for help, she does not know who can be trusted when the New Moon Cult is involved. But she is met with opposition at each turn, that is until she reaches the valley hamlet of Sàmhach it means silence in the ancient tongue and this small village was indeed that, but it was also home to a plethora of races. Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Beast people, and many more. If she would find help anywhere it would be here, at least that was her hope. But the people of Sàmhach want nothing to do with adventurers or treasure hunting, they simply wish to be left alone. But along the road she did hear mention of a veteran mercenary living on the outskirts of the town. Hunting for coin and clothing many said he was a reliable and very experienced warrior and adventurer, but as she sought him out she learned a painful truth no one saw fit to mention...he is also an Orc.
Thus she meets Dire of Blacklake. Dire, like many Orc was born into war, his first memories are of fighting for his life against three bears. And from there it has been war, blood, and death, his father was the leader of the Blacklake Guard a mercenary unit comprised entirely of Orcs his name was Grimore and he was also a powerful subclass of Orc warrior he was a Berserker. The most feared units on many battlefields. Unafraid, in a state of near constant bloodrage, and able to break a powerful horse's neck with a single blow.
They were what many Orc aspired to Dire included who was named Krom at the time. He proved himself and earned the bright red tattoos of the Berserkers. He lived for the Blacklake Guard and even found his mate within their ranks a mighty female named Shiga. Together they fought many battles, but disaster struck the mercenary band. A group of mages had struck down and burned the Blacklake encampment to the ground. Many of the bodies couldn't even be identified, so taking on the new names of Dire and Scorn they wandered the land finding those who had escaped the massacre and trying to rebuild the only family they ever knew. They eventually settled in Sàmhach and lived out the rest of their lives, they, and two children they adopted and raised. A boy named Grit went off to be a Merc in his own right and Whisper settled into the life of a Hunter running off with an Ogre to be wild nomads of the land.
Now going on his 350th year of life Scorn has passed on to the next life and Dire simply lives out his days waiting for his own chance to move into the Realm of Shadows and Dreams. But the game of the land are moving on and his livelihood goes with them. So once words comes his way of a woman looking for an experienced merc to help her with a quest he is eager to start, but there is one problem...she's a Dark Elf.
Two natural born rivals thrust together to fight against a conspiracy neither of them are any the wiser too, but with luck, skill, and no small measure of trust they can overcome that which has been set against them.
We begin our tale on the road and before Sabin meets Dire, when she gets sidetracked by an old prisonmate, one Y'gol Skullborne, an Ogre of endless appetite and infamous renown.