Theodora left her tower in the cold mountains, she left everything.
And now she longed to see her beloved friend again, “Shani, how I miss you Shani, soon I will see you again!”, she thought to herself as she got out her quill and parchment. She then happily wrote a letter to let Shani know– sending her raven with it to Camp Bone Claw, the center of the Darfari in Exile Kingdom.
Necromancy changed Theodora and her mind had become clouded with corruption. Only the time away from the camp had given her mind a chance to cleanse and refresh. Her thoughts were clearer now and she longed to return to her tower and to her Shani.
She penned her letter thus:
“Dearest Shani, I am returning. While I have been away I have come to realize that the necromancy has been corrupting my mind and keeping me from my goal of removing the bracelet. I will return to my tower in preparation to go back to the Black Keep and get the next artifact. Your friend, Theodora the Vendhyan.”
After that, Theodora started the long trek back to Camp Bone Claw.
When she arrived at her tower room the first thing that she noticed was that Shani was not there as she had said in her letter. Then she looked inside her chest to find that all of her precious things, things needed to remove the bracelet, were gone.
“Where is Shani?”, she said to herself, “I long to see her and she is not here.”
After that, Theodora sat down to wait a while and write in her diary:
This is what she wrote:
“I have returned to my tower in the Darfari camp.
I do not know if I am safe here but I was losing my mind before I left for the north, though I did not know it at the time.
The necrotic powers that Oteku gave me were causing me to lose focus and enter the world of the corrupted undead– it is likely because I am not fully skilled in the arts as I should be.
I will stay here until I am ready to venture forth again to the Black Keep and secure the next artifact I need to remove the bracelet.
Hopefully, the corruption that has afflicted me will not hinder my goal.
–But it is nice to be back in my room. Shani is here sleeping now. She is my beautiful guardian and my best friend. The great Serpent blesses me with such a friend. But what will Chaka do? I wrote him that letter and shamed him, will I die here in this camp? Gods help me.”
When Theodora had finished writing these words in her diary she became restless and went out onto the balcony of her tower and called out, shouting: “Shani, Shani! Where are you! I must see your face at once!”
It wasn’t long before the Queen came riding toward her tower on the cable car, and Theodora’s heart leaped for joy. “Shani!” said Theodora, jumping up, and with a bright smile and joy in her heart. The Queen smiled and waved back as she walked down from the car and into the tower.
Theodora waited on the balcony for her. Then, when Shani didn’t appear as soon as she expected her to, went down to her room to find the Queen there, with a guard.
“Shani! It is so good to see you again!”, said Theodora as she hugged her Queen in joy.
Queen Shani’s face did not return the smile… and soon Theodora was in chains.
(to be continued)