What Happened 15 Years Ago
15 years ago the town of Clydewell was celebrating the summer festival of Balthain and a wedding party was on it’s way filling the town square with people. A group of five children were told to stick together in Clydewell: the eldest one, Magnus, had been ordered to look after the younger ones: Camil, the strong yet slow kid, Branden, the young son of the local hunter family, and the twins Grzegorz and Neera, outsiders who were following an old wizard visiting the town.
As the kids were strolling around the town Magnus’ mother ran in to them and ordered Magnus to deliver a gift bread to the local hermit woman living on the outskirts of the town. This woman was known to be a witch by the local children and thus Magnus reluctantly obeyed. The other kids followed him to the old witch’s house.
When the children entered the house they didn’t find an evil witch who eats children, but a simple middle aged woman. She beckoned them to sit by the table and told them “Some can see further than most people. Things that may become, things that have happened and things you might some day be”. She then pulled three cards from her tarot deck foreach of the children except Neera whose aura she said couldn’t be seen.
These were the cards given: Magnus received the Tower, the Lovers and the Hierophant. Branden received Justice, Six Swords and the Hanged Man. Camil received the Knight of Cups, the Stars and Judgement. Grzegorz received the Moon, the Magician and Death.
After the cards were given, a sound of horses arriving was heard outside. The alerted witch ordered the children to hide inside a closet and not to make a sound. Scared to do anything else than obey, the children did as told. Soon a giant of a man entered the house. He was bald, with a black beard, thick northern accent and had a serpent tattoo on his neck.
“Are you ready?” the giant asked. “Know that you will one day pay for every evil deed you have ever done tenfolder” the witch replied calmly. “Then I guess I’ll meet you in hell” he said and coldly ran her through with a sword as the children watched in horror from their hideout.
After the witch collapsed on the floor another man entered the house and said: " Ramsey, we should go now." The man called Ramsey replied “I’m done here. Send the order for attack”. And as soon as they had arrived the men left.
As the children crept out of the closet they gazed from the hut’s window. Columns of black smoke were rising from the direction of the town.
The bandit attack took a heavy toll of the town. Many were slain, including Branden’s mother. The bandit’s were finally driven from the area by a company of soldiers called the Grendir’s Spear. Soon after the foup of children were separated, each taken to their destinies, not to return together for 15 years…