604. Revelations beneath Belkarth

604 (a). Revelations beneath Belkarth

Sometimes one must trust instinct over reason, for whilst at times lucidity will betray you, your heart will not. When Hara, the leader of the Star-Gazers is abducted before our eyes, it leads to revelations of secrets that were foolishly kept, for rational reasons.

604 (b). Revelations beneath Belkarth

It was the warrior not of this time, Titus Valerius, who remembered that there was a secret Nedic temple buried deep beneath Belkarth itself; its entrance sealed by the self-proclaimed Emperor Tarish-Zi back in his own time. At the lake to the south of town the Breton conjurer Kelmen Locke once again proves his worth; his arcane intuition helping to unlock the puzzle to reveal another entrance to the sunken ruins.

We three soon find ourselves battling our way through members of the Scaled Court who had somehow infiltrated the corridors of Reinhold’s Retreat. Eventually we come upon a large chamber and found yet another Apex Stone. This one however had a giant ethereal snake coiled about it, and bound in magical chains before it was Hara.

604 (f). Revelations beneath Belkarth

During our violent encounter with the aspect of the Serpent, Hara revealed herself to be none-other then the Celestial Thief. Perhaps it is true what the philosophers tell us, that all the secrets of Nirn worth knowing are indeed hidden in plain sight.

It may have been Celestial hubris that prevented Hara from putting her faith in her only allies, but hiding her Apex Stone beneath the town, and her true identity from us, could have cost us Belkarth, and eventually Craglorn itself.

604 (j). Revelations beneath Belkarth

Our hearts may not betray us, but alas unlike mortals, the Celestials have no heart to trust.

S.K

603. Rahni’Za 5 – The trial of the true path

603 (a). Rahni’Za 5 - The trial of the true path603 (b). Rahni’Za 5 - The trial of the true path

The final trial of the Rahni’Za school of warriors is to brave the oppressive dark by following the true path. How terrible the darkness of these caverns. It is not simply the absence of light, the darkness somehow tears away at you from your inside, smothering your lungs, and crushing your heart. And with every step the wraiths and thralls seek to pull you off the true path lit by the Guardian spirit. How these caverns reflect the plight of this realm, for is it not on the darkest of nights that the stars shine most brightly… yet not over Craglorn.

Awaiting me at the end of the path is Abelazar the Betrayer. It was no surprise to learn that he is a member of the Scaled Court, the servants of the Celestial Serpent, who tore the very constellations from the skies. Abelazar astounded the schools masters with the ease in which he passed their trials, yet his feats were only achieved through deception and trickery. Of course the most important part of any deception is that the victims must want to believe in it. Have the Redguards become so desperate to rediscover the lost traditions of the Ansei that they are so easily deceived like a Breton maiden to the tavern bards coquetry? Perhaps it is that the desperate are too easily deceived because they are too quick to hope.

603 (f). Rahni’Za 5 - The trial of the true path

The Scaled Court obviously believed the Sword-Disciples to be a threat to their masters plan, so the betrayer was sent to kill the schools masters and turn their students into thralls. Alas that the Sword-Disciples of Rahni’Za are now beyond salvation. The most I can do for them is allow their spirits to find peace. I wrote before I entered this school that I was uncertain whether my motive was one of mercy, vengeance, or vainglory; It turns out in Rahni’Za, school of warriors, they are all the same.

603 (j). Rahni’Za 5 - The trial of the true path

S.K

602. Rahni’Za 4 – The trial of martial knowledge

602 (a). Rahni'Za 4 - The trial of martial knowledge

The lessons of the Rahni’Za, School of Warriors can be found in books scattered throughout the school. The trial of martial knowledge has you collect those tomes and return them to their proper place within the library. I guess the lesson here is that a warriors strength comes from the wisdom they gain from knowledge.

But as one would expect in a Redguard warrior school, the real trial is not in words but in actions. For when the bards sing of you, they will sing not of the books you have read, or the diplomas, medals or titles you have earnt. They will sing of your actions, of your deeds done, your battles fought, both lost and won. So it was of no surprise that beyond the library book pedestals awaited Master Abrunul to “Test your knowledge of the art of the blade…

S.K

601. Rahni’Za 3 – The trial of air

601 (a). Rahni'Za 3 - The trial of air

The Trial of air is a test of faith, but faith in what, the illusion magics of the either dead or corrupted masters of this school? Alas I cannot cross the air between rooftops and rocks without faith that the hidden path revealed by the sands is substantial. The reason a crow can fly is not simply because it has faith, but because it has wings, which I do not.

They say that the pessimist knows too much, whilst an optimist too little. As I know so little of how illusion magic works I guess I have little choice in this predicament but optimism. The optimist would keep their head pointed towards the stars, and their feet moving forward, so I look up and step out in blind faith; it is only now I remember that the sky over Craglorn is empty.

601 (f). Rahni'Za 3 - The trial of air

S.K

Rahni’Za 2 – The trial of the arena

600 (a). Rahni'Za 2 - The trial of the arena

The second trial at the Rahni’Za, School of Warriors is a trial of the arena. A grand melee fought against an array of warriors, beasts and champions in a circle of blood soaked rock and dust. It is a rigorous test of stamina, skills and courage. In the Legionnaires I was taught that a soldiers prime virtue is their endurance, which above all else is what will keep one alive on the battlefield. For no amount of training or skill can stop a soldier from being afraid, only experience teaches you to bear your fears, and brook them.

600 (d). Rahni'Za 2 - The trial of the arena

The common wisdom when entering a melee is that one must pace themselves for a long hard fight, yet I have learnt that the secret to winning any skirmish is to swiftly achieve initiative and momentum. So with that in mind as I step into the arena I set my stance, raise my shield, and charge directly at the first group of combatants that appear in the ring before me. As any gambler will tell you, one cannot win a game of Tribute by keeping one’s strongest cards in hand.

You know its funny but people believe that the soldier above all others prays for peace, for do they not suffer the deepest wounds and scars of war? Yet life without conflict for the soldier is never easy. We are trained to fight, to rely only upon our weapons, comrades, and skills in battle, but in peace we can only rely on ourselves to cope with the abrading quiet, and the horrors of ones introspection. What a soldier truly fears is that when all is said and done, without war what worth is their life?

S.K