War of the Burning Sky
Scourge Act 2 Scene 3
The streets are nearly empty, as most of the citizens have found shelter. The night is cold and the sky glows from the many fires still raging throughout the city. But all is not quiet. High above, the screech and roar of battle fills the air as the Gate Pass griffon riders clash with Ragesian wyverns.
Looking up after a particularly loud screech, you see the shape of a bat-winged creature collide with a griffon rider. Both combatants flip from the impact, nearly throwing their riders off as they begin a fast descent towards the ground below. You can hear the sound of their collision. Somehow the griffon rider recovers himself and turns west towards the main battle, but the other creature, still screeching, plummets into the roof of a low building directly in front of your path.
Instantly the din of battle is replaced with the clatter of falling timber and tile. For a few seconds an eerie calm surrounds the building. Then a woman’s bloodcurdling scream echoes down the street and is suddenly stopped. The cry of a child starts as well, and continues.Scrambling inside the ruined house, you stop suddenly as you get your first glimpse at a Ragesian soldier. He appears to be rummaging through the wreckage for a make-shift disguise. He turns and glares at you, eyes filled with pure hatred. He grabs the crying infant and holds his axe blade against his throat. In a slightly gurgling voice, he demands that you let him pass.