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Wraith Night (Archronicus book)

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  • Wraith Night (Archronicus book)

    Young prince Ostarion was thrust upon the throne by the death of his royal family. The swift, rotting disease that took their lives nearly claimed the prince as well, but the court’s mage took desperate measures—submitting the youth to a ritual that pared away all the vulnerable flesh, transforming him into a being of animated bone. The young king emerged from the scouring, convinced that having defied death once, he would never submit to it.

    With a deep mistrust of all things fleshy, Ostarion began to recast his parents’ legacy in forms imperishable. Every stone of his kingdom was replaced with its equivalent in bone. Skeleton King’s armies took dominion over neighboring lands, and as he extended his reach, he extracted the bones of his enemies. Eventually he came to rule over a land cold, white and brittle—and to yearn for something more.

    Never having trusted flesh, nor wishing to clothe his bones in it, he finally settled on pursuit of wraith energy, a form of pure spirit given off by certain dark souls at death, and taken up by ghosts and other revenants when they need a form with which to walk the earth. Should he shape himself from the wraith essence, he thought he might create a body as luminous and eternal as his ego.

    Consulting the ancient mage who had saved the young prince’s life, Skeleton King learned of a rare opportunity—a night foretold by certain olden sages who had grappled with the unruly and in most ways unpredictable cycles of nature—the solstice known as Wraith-Night, when the dead would rise in such great number that their souls could be harvested and captured in sufficient quantity to complete another ritual. Should he manage to harvest the wraith energy of the undead horde, he could rise once more transfigured—King forever, but this time of the Wraiths.

    From the Journals of Azorszos the Bony, Mage-Physik to Ostarion, eldest subject of that ungrateful wretch whom I must hail as king, and who will gladly lead the throng in cursing himself for the role he played in placing our so-called Skeleton King on the Throne of Bones.

  • #2
    Awesome. It's so good to see that Valve haven't forgotten about the Archronicus.

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    • #3
      Aha, so that's more backstory to WK. Never a bad thing, unless I'm trying to slip away form work.

      What's more interesting is that apparently all the enemies we fought during Wraith-Night were undead. That explains hordes of two-headed ogres - all of them probably Stonebreaks.

      And that does not explain squadrons of gyrocopters, because the first one was made by Aurel in recent times.
      Heroes this user should seriously reconsider ever picking again.

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      • #4
        Here are the journal pages the mage wrote, in case you don't want to boot up the game:
        http://i.imgur.com/gVn8wms.jpg
        http://i.imgur.com/rU0qED5.jpg

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Drkirby View Post
          Here are the journal pages the mage wrote, in case you don't want to boot up the game:
          http://i.imgur.com/gVn8wms.jpg
          http://i.imgur.com/rU0qED5.jpg
          Thank you.

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          • #6
            The Mage-Physician has a name!
            YEEAAAH!
            About time!

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            • #7
              which one the correct name of our king?
              Young prince Ostarion or King Leoric

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              • #8
                He has never, not for half a second, been Leoric in Dota 2. He's not young anymore, either.
                Heroes this user should seriously reconsider ever picking again.

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                • #9
                  At least he has a mage friend.

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                  • #10
                    "Friend" seems to be a bit of a stretch.

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                    • #11
                      I would like to see more of this mage.


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