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8-29-2011 @ 3:52AM
Baldagrim Strongarm walked deep into the heart of Old Ironforge. The Guards who stood at their posts recognized him and gave a salute, which the veteran warrior waved them down. He knew where he needed to be and his feet remember the journey well as he had visited many times before in the past. There stood the diamond petrified form of King Magni Bronzebeard froze in a posture of both strength and pain. He looked around to see the many books of research still laid on the shelves, the astroglobe on the table in the corner, the largest book he'd ever seen alongside the back wall and the circles of runes that surrounded the frozen king."Magni..." The only word he uttered as he closed his eyes, remembering that day."My King, please listen. Even with all the research you've done. We are still no closer to ensure this will help save the kingdom, let alone the world.""I understand, Baldagrim. However, the earthquakes are intensifying and I refuse to standby and let my people suffer due to inaction, even if King Varian decides to see how events will unfold.""Then at least have a few shamans help. You've been adamant about doing all this...this...research on your own." Baldagrim gestured to the books around them.The King laughed in a manner befitting a jest, "You are worrying about me in a time like this? Usually, it is the other way around with me worrying about our futures. I know you are an adventurer worthy of great merit, but the time has come for me to act.""But, the Tablet of Earth...even you said, you didn't understand some of that which was written. How can you decide to..." He was silenced as the King raised his hand."I truly understand your concern, but the freedom and safety of all sometimes requires us to make sacrifices and take impossible risks. I'll be fine, friend. You'll see. This time tomorrow we'll be sharing a drink at the Stonefire Tavern tomorrow."Baldagrim tried one last measure of persuasion, "I know I have no knowledge of magic or the elements. I'm just a warrior. People stand behind my shield as I hit things. But you and I are alike in that matter. To go through with this without the aid of others is just completely mad. Even you have to see this."Magni stood in the center of the rune circles, "Tell you what. If I'm right, you buy the first round and if I'm wrong, I'll buy the first round. How about that, Baldagrim?"The rest was history. Baldagrim was brought back to the present as he remembered witnessing the spell turning Magni into what he is today. Then, the veteran warrior chuckled for he was reminded of the simplest fact of Magni's nature...he has yet to buy him that first round.Walking up to Magni's frozen form. He patted him on the shoulder with a smile, doing the best to hold back tears."One day, Friend. One day..."
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