Battle For Griff

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It is the year 659 of the written record, and an eighteen-year-old cadet is about to enter the final stage of adulthood. Dolan has spent his entire life within the perimeters of his small village, training for this moment. Ready to endure a challenge known as a shoadalu' that will ensure he is welcomed into his clan, Dolan knows his skills will determine whether he lives or dies. As he ventures into a world filled with danger, betrayal, magic, and mystical creatures, only time will tell if he can become the great...

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It is the year 659 of the written record, and an eighteen-year-old cadet is about to enter the final stage of adulthood. Dolan has spent his entire life within the perimeters of his small village, training for this moment. Ready to endure a challenge known as a shoadalu' that will ensure he is welcomed into his clan, Dolan knows his skills will determine whether he lives or dies. As he ventures into a world filled with danger, betrayal, magic, and mystical creatures, only time will tell if he can become the great warrior he has always wanted to be.

Just as the clansmen who have come before him, Dolan is on a quest for revenge for a vicious act carried out years earlier. Now it is up to Dolan and the other cadets to determine who betrayed their clan. Unfortunately, the naïve young men know nothing about the outside world and must rise above their innocence in order to carry out their mission. Dolan and his team must rely on their magic, psychic abilities, and warrior skills in order to not only survive, but more importantly, reconstruct their beloved clan.

In this thrilling fantasy tale, a young warrior embarks on an adventure into an enchanting, wondrous, and often violent world that could potentially change his life forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462083190
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/13/2012
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Battle for Griff: Dolan's Journal


By John D. Wagner

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 John D. Wagner
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4620-8320-6


Chapter One

Kron Valley

It has been thirty eight days since my eighteenth birthday and the elders called a meeting and everyone was required to attend. The cadets and I gathered in the center of our training grounds. We were asked to take a seat in front of a large wooden stage with a podium in the center. At the back of the stage each elder sat in full battle gear, wearing their coat of arms and the Umbar insignia. In all the years of training, I have never seen our elders in full battle gear with their rank insignia. Olap got up and stood behind the podium and began to speak, "Let it be written that on the 91st day of the year 659 WR, we, your parents, elders and instructors, have decided it is time for some of you to put your training to the test and go through your shoadalu'. For over 300 years, we have required this test of each member of the clan. The shoadalu' requires each party to venture forth into the world and meet all new challenges head on. Training is wonderful, but it is no substitute for a real battle. This is our twenty third year in exile and there are twenty among you that are ready to venture forth and attempt their shoadalu'. We will call each of you one by one and present you with our gifts, our hopes, and our final words of wisdom before you leave us as cadets. Remember none of you may return to this village or wear the Umbar coat of arms, crest, and insignia until you have completed your shoadalu'. You will leave us today as novices, but when you return to us, you will be full fledged members of our clan. One other thing we must say, please remember that the Umbar Clan is dead and we must stay dead until we discover the true extent of the plot against us. After we learn this, we will be ready to exact our revenge on our enemies. Remember what you have learned and it will bring you back safely to your brethren. First, I would like Zanbi, Zeb, and Dahler to come forward and help me with the magic users. Tequena' please step forward."

Tequena' is twenty two years old and the daughter of Samsi (father) and Dahler (mother). She is five feet eight inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds with blonde hair and bright green eyes. She is well built, but not psychically strong. She has worked on her mind more than her body. She is a brilliant mage and has been pledged to my brother Akram. Many of the cadets have been pledged to another. The elders have done their best to influence the breeding lines within our clan. If everyone survives the shoadalu' then the pairs will unite as they promised. Tequena' approached the stage and climbed the steps and stood in front of her masters. Dahler stepped forward, "We, your instructors and elders, present you with the following in the hopes that they will help keep you safe on your journey. We present you with a staff, a wand, adventuring equipment, and most importantly your spellbook. Memorize well your spells for they can save your life and that of the party. Go forth and make us proud." When Dahler finished, the elders stood and clapped. Tequena' was escorted from the stage and she stood to the side waiting for the others to be announced. Next Olap called Akram to come to the stage. Akram, my brother, is twenty two years old and he stands six feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. His mind is well trained, but his body is that of a typical mage, a little flabby and weak. This time Zanbi stepped forward and gave the same speech as Dahler and presented Akram with the same items. After the presentation Akram was escorted from the stage where he stood next to Tequena'. Next Malea' was called to the stage. Malea' is twenty years old and she is five feet seven inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She looks a lot like her sister, Tequena'. Malea' has been trained as an illusionist. Malea' has been pledged to Trolem. Zeb stepped forward and gave the same speech and presented Malea' with the same items. After the presentation, the elders clapped while Malea' was escorted off stage. The next to be invited to the stage was Eusebio. Eusebio is twenty years old and is the son of Darolen (father) and Verna (mother). He stands six feet one inch tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He has been trained as a sorcerer. Zanbi stepped forward and gave the same speech and presented him with the same items. After the presentation, the elders clapped while Eusebio was escorted off stage. The last magic user to be called was Ampon. Ampon is twenty years old and she is the daughter of Grek (father) and Taani (mother). She is five feet eleven inches tall and she weighs 160 pounds. She got her height from her father, but she looks like her mother. She has blonde hair and green eyes. She has been trained as a sorceress. She and Eusebio have been pledged to each other. Zeb stepped forward and gave the same speech and presented her with the same items. After each presentation, the elders clapped while Ampon was escorted off stage. Zanbi, Dahler, and Zeb returned to their seats and sat down.

Olap then asked Grek,Taani, and Benex to rise and help him with the presentation to the clerics. Olap began by calling Annica to the stage. Annica, my sister, is twenty years old and she is five foot seven inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes like our mother. I think she is very pretty for a sister, but according to Treml, she is the most beautiful woman in the entire universe, and he has told me so on numerous occasions. She and Treml have been pledged. Grek stepped forward, "We, your instructors and elders, present you with the following in the hopes that they will help keep you safe on your journey. We give you your chain mail, boots, helm, backpack, belt with pouches, herbs, mace, and most importantly your spellbook and holy symbol. Memorize well your spells for they can protect and heal both you and the party. Remember you live to protect and benefit the clan." After Grek finished, the elders stood and clapped while Annica was escorted off stage. Next, Olap called Collian to the stage. Collian is the daughter of Benex (father) and Jani (mother). She is twenty years old and stands five feet five inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. Her hair is a light shade of red and she has blue eyes. She has a fire and a zest for life that my brother Dagenhart finds totally irresistible. She and Dagenhart have been pledged. Taani stepped forward and gave the same speech as Grek, and presented Collian with the same items as Annica. Afterwards the elders stood and clapped while she was escorted off the stage. The next to be called to the stage was Reht. Reht is nineteen years old and she is the daughter of Zeb (father) and Zanbi (mother). Reht is five feet six inches tall and she weighs 140 pounds. She has red hair like her mother and bright green eyes. Reht has been pledged to Sinisa. Benex stepped forward and gave the same speech and presented her with the same items. Afterwards the elders stood and clapped while she was escorted off the stage.The last cleric to be invited to the stage was Spira, Reht's twin brother. Spira is nineteen years old and like his sister and mother he has red hair. He has brown eyes and he stands six feet tall and weighs around 190 pounds. Spira as of yet has not been pledged to anyone. Grek stepped forward and gave the same speech and presented him with the same items. Afterwards the elders stood and clapped while Spira was escorted off the stage. Grek, Taani, and Benex went and sat down.

Olap now called Cryax, Darkon, Verna, and Jani to the stage to assist him in the presentations to the fighters. First, Olap called Trolem. Trolem is twenty two years old and the son of Zooloo (father) and Cryax (mother). He is also the oldest in the party by sixty three days. He stands six feet four inches tall and weighs 260 pounds with jet black hair and black eyes and not an ounce of fat. He has the kind of eyes that could stare right through you. His eyes are cold and unfeeling, but he has a heart and a passion for his people that no one could deny. He is the strongest person in the clan. He like many others could have left on their shoadalu' years ago, but it was decided it would be better to send an entire combat group out when they were ready. He continued his studies and mastered many weapons and earned his right to lead our party. Cryax stepped forward, staring proudly at her son, "We, your instructors and elders, present you with the following in the hopes that they will help keep you safe on your journey. We give you your chain mail, helm, boots, backpack, belt with pouches, and a long dagger. You must remember that you are charged with protecting the party and defending the others until their powers have matured. Now stand forth!" Cryax turned and escorted Trolem to the right side of the stage. Grifir stood, "As sword master I give you your sword to defend the others and help the party overcome its enemies." She handed him a bastard sword. "Continue your studies and return as a master, battle tested and ready to take up the cause of the clan." Grifir sat back down and Cryax said, "Stand forth!" She escorted him to the other side of the stage, where Samsi and Lazriah were waiting. Samsi and Lazriah stepped forward and Samsi handed him a long bow and Lazriah handed him a quiver with two score of arrows. Both men stated clearly, "This weapon is for the benefit of the party. Grow in mastery as you use it." After these words Samsi and Lazriah sat down and Cryax led Trolem back to the podium in the center, "Go forth and fulfill your destiny and become a strong and honorable knight." The elders stood and clapped as he was escorted from the stage. Darkon then stepped forward and called Treml. Treml is twenty years old and is the son of Darkon (father) and Grifir (mother). He is six feet one inch tall and weighs 220 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes, well built and a strong fighter. Darkon gave a similar speech and gave Treml the same items. Then Darkon led Treml to Grifir for the same presentation and then to Samsi and Lazriah. They also gave the traditional speech and items. Then Darkon led Treml back to the podium in the center and stated, "Go forth and fulfill your destiny and become a strong and honorable ranger." The elders stood and clapped as Treml was escorted from the stage. Then Jani stepped forward and called Quipel to the stage. Quipel is twenty years old and she is Trolem's sister. She stands five feet ten inches tall and weighs 170 pounds with black hair and black eyes. Like her brother she is one of the psychically strongest fighters in the clan. Her body is well built and powerful. She is a welcome addition to our party. She has not been pledged to anyone at this time. The ceremony for her was the same as the other two. Then Jani led Quipel back to the podium in the center and stated, "Go forth and fulfill your destiny and become a strong and honorable knight." The elders stood and clapped as she was escorted from the stage. The last fighter to be invited to the stage was Sinisa. He is Ampon's brother and very tall. He is six feet ten inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He has blonde hair and grayish eyes. The ceremony for him was the same as the other three. Then Jani led Sinisa back to the podium in the center and stated, "Go forth and fulfill your destiny and become a strong and honorable fighter." The elders stood and clapped as he was escorted from the stage. Cryax, Darkon, Verna, and Jani all returned to their seats.

Olap asked Samsi and Lazriah to come to the stage and assist him with the presentation to the archers. Lazriah stepped forward and called Manifie' to come to the stage. Manifie' is twenty one years old and the daughter of Lazriah (father) and Genah (mother). She is five feet five inches tall and weighs 115 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is slender and very pretty. She has been pledged to no one at this time. Lazriah stood and said, "We, your instructors and elders, present you with the following in the hopes that they will help keep you safe on your journey. We give you your hide armor, boots, helm, backpack, belt with pouches, dagger, longbow, quiver, and two score of arrows. Now stand forth!" Lazriah led her to the right side of the stage. Grifir stood and gave Manifie' a long sword, "Continue your studies and return as a master, battle tested and ready to take up the cause of the clan." Grifir sat down and Lazriah led Manifie' back to the center and stated, "Go forth and fulfill your destiny." The elders stood and clapped as she was escorted off the stage. Then Samsi stepped forward and called Dian. Dian is Manifie's brother. He is nineteen years old and he stands six feet tall and weighs 190 pounds with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. He is strong, slender, and very agile. Dian was presented with the same items and given the same ceremony as Manifie'. Afterwards, the elders stood and clapped as he was escorted off the stage. Samsi and Lazriah returned to their seats.

Olap now asked Katrina to come up on the stage and assist him with the presentation to the assassins. Katrina stepped forward and called Dagenhart. Dagenhart is eighteen years old and he stands six feet two inches tall and weighs 195 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He and I look a great deal alike since we are twins and we share many of the same characteristics, but we are not identical. Katrina spoke, "We, your instructors and elders, present you with the following in the hopes that they will help keep you safe on your journey. We give you your hide armor, boots, helm, backpack, belt with pouches, four throwing daggers, and a long dagger. Now stand forth!" She led Dagenhart to the right side of the stage. Grifir stood and handed him a bastard sword, "Continue your studies and return as a master, battle tested and ready to take up the cause of the clan." Grifir sat down and Katrina led Dagenhart to the other side where Samsi and Lazriah were standing. They handed him a long bow and a quiver with two score of arrows and stated, "This weapon is for the benefit of the party. Grow in mastery as you use it." Samsi and Lazriah sat back down. Katrina led Dagenhart to the back of the stage where Zooloo, Darolen, and Genah were standing. They gave Dagenhart a set of thieves' tools and stated, "Use these tools along with what we have taught you. Remember to continue to improve your skills, because the world is full of unseen traps and danger." Zooloo, Darolen, and Genah sat down and Katrina led Dagenhart back to the podium, "We were created to be part of a secret society to serve and protect the lawful rulers of the land of Griff. Remember well what you have learned, be alert and always vigilant, allow the body to rest, but the mind must never rest." The elders stood and clapped as he was escorted off the stage. Then Katrina called me, I am six feet two inches tall and I weigh 200 pounds. I, like my siblings, have brown hair and brown eyes. I was given the same ceremony as Dagenhart. I also was supplied with the same items. Afterwards, the elders stood and clapped as I was escorted from the stage. Next Katrina called Dalea' to join her on the stage. Dalea' is eighteen years old and she is Eusebio's sister. She is five feet nine inches tall and weighs 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She is quite muscular with a well defined body. She and I have trained together for the past sixteen years. She and I have been pledged to each other. Dalea' was given the same ceremony as Dagenhart and I and she was given the same items. Afterwards, the elders stood and clapped as she was escorted off the stage. The next assassin to be called to the stage was Gutta. Gutta is Sinisa's twin brother and they are almost identical. Once you know them they are easy to tell apart. If you didn't, they can easily be mistaken for one another. He is eighteen years old. Gutta is extremely tall for an assassin. He is six feet six inches tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has black hair and green eyes. He was given the same ceremony and the same items. Afterwards, the elders stood and clapped as Gutta was escorted off the stage. The last assassin to be called was Jiping. Jiping is Trolem's and Quipel's sister. She is eighteen years old and she has black hair and black eyes. She is five feet eight inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She is extremely strong, agile, and cunning. She and Dian have been pledged. She was given the same ceremony and the same items. Afterwards, the elders stood and clapped as she was escorted off the stage. Katrina sat back down.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Written Record....................ix
Chapter One: Kron Valley....................1
Chapter Two: Adventure Begins....................10
Chapter Three: City State....................27
Chapter Four: The Guilds....................40
Chapter Five: The Discovery....................52
Chapter Six: A New Beginning....................64
Chapter Seven: Phase One....................76
Chapter Eight: New Alliances....................89
Chapter Nine: Phase Two....................99
Chapter Ten: The Escape....................126
Chapter Eleven: A New Deal....................135
Chapter Twelve: The Set Up....................152
Chapter Thirteen: Battle for Griff....................162
Chapter Fourteen: War with Manuto....................197
Chapter Fifteen: Recalled to Duty....................209
Chapter Sixteen: The Reunification....................221
Chapter Seventeen: The Valklund Mission....................227
Chapter Eighteen: Judgment Day....................246
Chapter Nineteen: Prelude to Invasion....................260
Chapter Twenty: Cadets Go to War....................285
Chapter Twenty One: Invasion Day....................310
Chapter Twenty Two: Battle at Sea....................327
Chapter Twenty Three: The Chase....................342
Chapter Twenty Four: The Siege....................354
Chapter Twenty Five: An Empire on the Brink....................371
Chapter Twenty Six: A new challenge....................391
Chapter Twenty Seven: The Coronation....................408
Chapter Twenty Eight: The Tribunal....................414
Chapter Twenty Nine: A New Beginning....................428
Chapter Thirty: The Union....................444
Chapter Thirty One: Day of Introduction....................454
Cast of Characters....................471
Maps....................481
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