Chapter 18 (26th of Taru-Des in the year 6198)

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And so the Tear of Earoni shall be lost into the sands of time to keep it from the hands of those that would use it for less than the will of Greater Goddess

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And so the Tear of Earoni shall be lost into the sands of time to keep it from the hands of those that would use it for less than the will of Greater Goddess. Only to be found again when the triangle is again complete. Reflections in the mirror and a child of fairies shall complete the cycle and return to the world what was once lost.

-Legends 1023:45

Cassandra stormed through the palace halls, her fuse having long since burned down and her temper on the verge of exploding

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Cassandra stormed through the palace halls, her fuse having long since burned down and her temper on the verge of exploding. Her mood was particularly sour. Even for her.

Her hand still throbbed from striking the side of Captain Corsair's ship as he sailed off without her. He'd left her in a lifeboat, bobbing in the ocean, hundreds of miles away from Catersburg. She still cursed his name at random times.

Rounding a corner, she exploded through the closed but unlocked door of General Norga's briefing room. Stunned by the interruption, the assembled officers rose from their seats surrounding a large, oblong table on which was drawn a map of the world. Cassandra ignored all of them. All of them except General Norga at the far end.

Not content to walk around, Cassandra chose the most direct route. She lept up onto the atlas, her footsteps scattering small wooden ships representing the current positions of each of the Empire's fleets. She didn't care that her intrusion disrupted the meeting, nor that it annoyed the General and his officers.

"What is the meaning of this?" General Norga stood last, rising with slow patience.

Marching off the table, Cassandra plopped herself down right in front of him, grabbing him with both hands by the collar of his shirt. General Norga was nearly bent over backward.

"I want ships," she snarled.

The anger in her eyes caused Norga's blood to run cold. "I - I'm sorry Sub-general Nightwing but -"

"Damn it!" She slammed her already sore fist on the table, "No excuses!" Drawing close, she whispered in his ear. "Or I'll see that Kayzar and Lord Hedric find out that you've been skimming gold out of the treasury for your own pocket," Cassandra emphasized her point with a shove that sent him into his seat and his chair skidding backward.

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