Chapter 25 (7th of Earonitan in the year 6199)

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And the whole of Geiha did shake and tremble as the force and power of Earoni's Tear was released to banish back the dark lord Descist

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And the whole of Geiha did shake and tremble as the force and power of Earoni's Tear was released to banish back the dark lord Descist. The seas boiled and the sky sent forth bolts of lightning with nearly uncontrollable power. And the priests of Earoni vowed to never again allow the power of the relic to be used for fear that it would destroy the world.

-Armageddon 4:90

The forward momentum of the Arthbridge came to an abrupt, crashing halt

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The forward momentum of the Arthbridge came to an abrupt, crashing halt. As the deck bucked into the air like a wild mare preparing to toss an unwelcome rider, the wooden hull splintering like toothpicks was the crescendo that emphasized the magnitude of the catastrophe. Standing on the aft deck near the helm, Cassandra's hands latched to the railing, but she was still tossed and twisted to the lumber that had once been under her feet. She rose and steadied herself as the imperial cutter was dead in the water.

"Navigator! What happened?" Her demand ripped through the chaos that ensued.

"We followed the path of that ship exactly!" the answer came from the disheveled sailor manning the helm. He too was busy righting himself. "There's no way we could have missed the opening!"

"Breach in the forward hull!" another sailor called from the main deck. "Abandon ship!"

Cassandra raced, still shaken, to the bow. As she stood there, staring at the diminishing form of the ship they had attempted to follow, she was in awe that it still sailed onward without having been impeded by the reef. Her attention then turned downward. She could see the reef, clear as day, fluttering between just inches below the blue water and breaking the surface as gentle waves crested over it.

"Impossible." She checked to either side and could see that the reef extended far off in both directions. Beyond the ship they had tried to follow, she could see the outlines in the distance of the peaks from the volcanic islands of Fimmirra.

"Sub-general Nightwing!" the helmsman shouted, "the Arthbridge isn't going to stay afloat for very long with the amount of water we're taking on!"

"This is impossible!" she called back, returning to the rear of the ship as the deck started to list. Pushing through panicked sailors trying to recover from the calamity, she wanted answers. "How did that merchant ship get past? The reef couldn't just open and close up!"

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