You awake disoriented in a pile of rubble. You try to recall the last thing that happened but you are having trouble. You look around and find yourself in a cavern with a molten lava river. Now you remember. It was Gehenna. You must make your way back to the Land of Fire, but you find that your path is blocked.
River of Lava The first obstacle you encounter is the large river of lava you must cross to reach the cavern exit. However, the searing lava will mean the end of you if you take the wrong path. Find the best way to reach the exit.
Dwarven Stronghold It looks like the Vesuv Lookout was destroyed but to the southeast is the Dwarven Stronghold of Ironfirst. Travel to the Dwarven Stronghold to see what has happened since your battle with Gehenna.
The Rebel Leader You finally make contact with the rebel leader, Aurelius. Why is he leading this rebellion? Confront him!
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The Rebels march toward the Caldonian stronghold as the two opposing armies brace for the impending battle. There is a brief respite from the rising tension as your forces appear from the mountains to intercept the Rebel march. Aurelius, the Rebellion leader, emerges on horseback from a thick line of the armored cavalry to meet you.
Aurelius: Announce yourself! What is your position here on this battle field?
You: I am an emissary from the Land of Fire, hoping to stop the bloodshed that is to come. After the horrors suffered by the people due to Mephistopheles's assault, can we not have a moment of peace to rebuild our nations and strengthen our old alliances?
Aurelius: I respect your efforts in coming here, and I believe your intentions to be noble. I too wish for peace... a lasting peace with a Nation strong enough to withstand assaults from future aggressors like Mephistopheles. Where was the Land of Fire when Mephistopheles unleashed his vile demons on our Kingdom? Where were you when the Land of Earth needed aid and fell to the demon's overwhelming forces? The Land of Fire locked itself in its castles and shielded itself from the carnage!
(His words strike a deep cord in your being, and you feel deep personal regret in having been absent during the assault.)
Aurelius: I too wish to rebuild, however the old ways were too weak to stand against the Evil in this World. I will unite the entire continent under the Banner of the Lion and strike fear in any demon that would dare threaten our lands again! Corvintheus himself spoke to me in a dream, and I know my choice to be just! It is the only way. Now clear my path, or fall to my blade!
(He is not a demon or vile creature of the dark like so many foes that you have vanquished. He is a man, and goals are just. However, if you are to stand aside and do nothing, you are sure of the pain and suffering that is to come to all sides. What will you do?)