"Um, two things. First, who is this Beaddan guy? And second, I'm quite find of Dar'Duatha. Tis a grand auld place. I'd appreciate it if ye didn't ensault it." says Patrick
"Oh, dear boy, I don't mean to insult our people, but the island is not our home." says Morgelyn. "As for Baeddan, come with me".
Morgelyn and the guards lead Patrick through a series of dark tunnels until they come to a great cavern so large that Patrick can not see the opposite side.
"Patrick, bow before the majesty that is Baeddan the Great!" shouts Morgelyn triumphantly.
"For now he is cursed to remain in stone, but we have a secret, my dear boy. A secret which will soon be ours!"
She motions to one of the guards.
"Bring the elf to my chambers!"MEANWHILE...
"My name is Sir Marko. What got you in prison, and where do you hail from?"
"I am Aioshi. How long have you been here? And why is this statue here?"
"Pleasure to meet you, Sir Marko, Aioshi."
The other prisoner bows to Aoishi in the style of greeting familiar to a warrior of the Yatsu Shogunate, then gives Marko a salute common to the men of northern Calendri.
"I came to these lands to explore the Duathan ruins that dot this region and to search for this magnificent statue of which I heard rumors about from abroad. I come from all over, though I hail from the lands of the Hatumid Caliphate. In any case, I did not expect to come across a standing army!"
He chuckles lightly and turns to Aoishi.
"Not terribly long. And that is an excellent question. There are a great many rumors about this statue. They say that it is actually a living man, turned to stone! The guards tell me that some of the higher ups know the chant to awaken him. I'd be interested to see that!"
He motions to the guards and frowns. "These two aren't actually a bad sort." Then he turns back to the statue.
"Apparently, they can't budge him. Even someone called Lyffrech can't move him and the guards speak carefully of him. Or her. They also say he has a mighty weapon locked away somewhere in these caverns. I assume its a hammer, of course, but I wonder what it does that makes it so special."
After a pause he says, "So what brings you gentlemen here?"BACK IN MORGELYN'S CHAMBERS...
Morgelyn continues to convince Patrick that her cause is just. Patrick feels the words becoming stronger as they echo in his mind.
A guard interrupts them.
"The prisoner is here as requested, your majesty." he says.
"Excellent!" says Morgelyn. As she turns away, Patrick feels a sense of exhaustion flood his body.
"Ah, here he is. Falir Avabuul, noble warden of Eth'Driel." says Morgelyn before she spits on him. "Filthy oath breaker!"
"You came here to rescue this traitor, Patrick, but now that you know the truth you shall use his flesh to awaken our great Lord Baeddan!" she says.
"This man came to rescue me?" asks a surprised Falir. "Did he have any companions?"
"Oh yes," answers Morgelyn. "Two warriors, one of them from across the sea. An elf too, but don't worry, I dealt with him personally. Now will you give us the words to awaken Lord Baeddan or must we find another way and let you die in vain?"
Falir looks at Patrick. Patrick thinks he sees the elf smile for a very brief moment before turning a stone faced gaze back to Morgelyn.
"You have won and I am beaten. In order to not die in vain, I shall give up the first of the Words of Awakening that are sacred to my people. Only one phrase, however, may be spoken per day. There are three in total." he says.
"Cursed elf sorcery! Not all of us have as much time as you do, but when Lord Baeddan is awake, he shall grant me eternal life for my service. Tell me the first phrase." she says.
"Gwethelen ai haru..." BACK IN THE PRISON CELL...
Aoishi, Marko and the other man are still conversing when a faint whisper passes their ears. "Gwethelen ai haru..."
They each glance over their shoulder looking for the person that spoke so gently to them. Aoishi is the first to notice the statue.
They stand up and back away as the statue begins to glow. The light grows brighter until...
... it bursts into a pillar of energy. They shield their eyes just in time. The guards outside the cell are blinded by the magic.
The light calms and an armored man stands before them.
"I.... I feel again......"