Lanta 5: Eyes of Bitana
The War on Continent Makarin
Makarin, and in particular the city of Aruclam, had to deal with the daunting task of handling Sidakreeth’s famous “burst through the roof”. Sidakreeth had decided to use himself as a decoy while his drow, who had befriended the ornery mist dragon Widgon Sjinusoal, were led by the dragon through the Now Region. Sidakreeth somehow knew about the coliseum and the capacity of civilians that could be there. He blasted the ground beneath it and the earth that flew into the sky rained down as boulders. Thousands were killed either from falling into Sidakreeth’s crater or from the falling rocks. The drow leader stayed around as long as only commoners were present and he slashed them to bits, screaming a mesh of abyssal and undercommon. Once the troops showed up, he played with the first on the scene and then ran northwest to where, up until now, Aruclam’s biggest problem lived: stone giants. Rumors began to fly of the giants dabbling in wicked abyssal magic immediately after Sidakreeth’s escape, but King Heaven Kross II would hear none of it. He was positive something had been living beneath the city that was left by the demons who had invaded Aruclam just before Lantafinsayf’s Absolution. Scholars and wizards were sought out in finding an explanation as to how it happened. When it was discovered that the cave Sidakreeth had come through reached the underdark, the drow became suspect. Elves from the city, and from the massive forest of Willowan to the south, were asked to aid Aruclam. All, sages and elves alike, complied.
After weeks of research and carefully searching the underdark closest to Arulcam, word of the other continents being invaded reached the wizards. It seems that the other continents had felt they were the only ones being attacked, but once sailor’s stories of the drow reached other ports, the world knew it had a new problem and alerted Aruclam. Heaven remained calm, knowing he had the elves to look to, but the elves image of confidence was an illusion. The descriptions of Sidakreeth and what the drow looked like before they came into the sunlight was something new to them. They suggested to King Kross that mages spy on the enemy and find out where they were. But in the end, it was plain old dumb luck that showed them what they were dealing with. One of the wizards in the west mage guild of Aruclam, a female gnome named Jistyon Lutest, had been planning on taking control of the guild through the politicians she had in her pocket, but an important ally of hers, Widgon Sjinusoal, had turned against her. She only found this out when she came to greet him one day in his home in the Now Region and saw the thousands of drow who had taken up residence there. She got close enough to speak with Widgon telepathically and he confessed to what he had done in the hopes that she would join. But Jistyon was only selfish, not evil. She was intelligent, not mad and so teleported back to Aruclam and confessed how she knew Widgon, and what she had seen in his domain. The head of the west mage’s guild, Uloz Vahn (Oo-lahz vahn), was the only one she told and he agreed to keep her personal story a secret while informing Aruclam of what was going on to their north. Unfortunately, Uloz was forced to explain how he knew and turned in Jistyon without showing any sign of emotion. She was arrested and the King prepared to attack Widgon.
The city of Aruclam had always known about the evil dragon Widgon and knew they could easily defeat the thickheaded beast. There were several reasons why they never had. The first is because they left it up to the Dragon Raiders to take the long, cold trek up to the snow-covered Now Region. The second is that he was related the kind-hearted Mirca Eyer. The third is after the Dragon Raiders became infamous for harming peaceful dragons, Aruclam did not want to be boxed in with them and let Widgon be. But now he had to pay for siding with the drow. The generals of Aruclam and the nearby militant city of Wilten planned out both attacks and defenses for the drow and dragon. The soldiers that went north for an attack were accompanied by several mages who were receiving messages from the other parts of the world about how to deal with the chaotic elves. But the messages were mixed since Briom was facing what appeared to be the normal, stealthy drow. Once all the soldiers were in the icy and mountainous Now Region, Sidakreeth sprung his trap. It appeared that when Aruclam did not take his original bait, he sat and waited for them. He had watched Jistyon meet Widgon without either knowing and expected this. The soldiers were surrounded, but Sidakreeth had not taken into effect where they were when the trap was sprung. They had the high ground and were able to escape into the mountains. Sidakreeth expect his drow to follow by traveling through the caves, but Widgon destroyed all caves he did not monitor and did not bother to tell Sidakreeth. The soldiers were not in the clearance yet, though. The drow followed on the surface and the only place they had left to go was to Widgon’s home. In addition to that, these drow had returned to their normal selves like the ones in Briom and were able to stop all forms of magical communication between the soldiers and Aruclam.