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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Song of Passage

The starry gate, rockbound iron, salutes the dark with blood and fire;


For door to when, passage to for the dark star calls, its dreaming, horror, to feast on the night.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Briskie's Map

First to the skulls, stacked black and high,
through the doors, north the way is surely nigh;
down and down, northern four the silent ogres do ignore,
north then west past trap and chute, proceed the northern way,
also trapped, an unwary bane.


Then east to check secrets four only one of which, the one true door.
Shining gems, its plumage true, a wondrous treasure for mayhap you!

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Eastern Riddle

The east, a paradox, is red then grey, one is true the other less true, more fey.


Seek beyond, past Silver Nose, where none seek, yet the rushing, goes.


Deep and down, to thrice levels past, the door of bone, found at last!


Up, down, around, and around, with a leap, a jump and then a bound!


Here, oh here, the master waits, to greet his worshipers beyond the gates.


The door to riddle, the master to sing, one a call the other a ring!



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Taunting Riddle of Terrilax the Sly

Another riddle for you to try your hand to answer.  Since its so short, I'll add a hint:  it lies where the cries of dragons are drowned by the stone that flows molten.


Parchment hidden of ancient lore will show the path to the very door,
to the treasure trove of lost tombs,
gold and glory and yae, even unto death, in all the chambers.



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fydron di Knol

Fydron di Knol was a Melkalundian Mechanition who grew to fame during the Nexus Wars.  His most remembered creations came out of the 297 BCY confrontation of Melkalundian troops against the combined forces of Zienfaldor and Falohyr that were in Arduin at the time.  The battle took place in the Copper Mountains near a deep, rushing stream known as Brimestone Froth, which this battle took its name for.

Fydron feverishly rough crafted several mechanicals as the combined forces laid siege to their position.  Taking advantage of their position, he built several mobile spiked devices that held reservoirs of stones (something they had in plenty supply).  The device would roll through the krags they were defending and fire rocks down below at targets or areas.  Its teethed spikes would break down rock for a resupply.  He named them Spikenards after a flower he cherished.

His second most remembered device was a round sphere within three concentric rings.  The center sphere was pierced on all sides and the rings where set on toothed gears that turned and spun, utilizing a gyroscope inside the sphere.  These were pushed down the slopes and as they picked up speed they were bellow and scream like a trio of demons.  The gears, if they alighted upon something fleshly, would devour and spit out anything, even fully armored men on horseback.  These were called hell screamers and once in motion would run pretty much until destroyed.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Machaic before Skirin

Machaic is famous as a siege lord of Arduin and his valor on the battlefield and off was unquestioned.  Drunk beyond his sense one night at a victory party he was challenged to stand on the battlements of the city (Talismond√©) on the 10th of Torvaen (Skirin’s Night).  They say he met Skirin that night too, and Skirin gave him a choice: to take up his arms and battle the god or to submit to his will.  The stories diverge on what choice he did make depending on who tells it but regardless, he was not seen in the flesh again.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sly Footed Wind

Another slang word of Arduin, in this case a reference to some kind of plot, usually political or familial, but especially subtle in creation or execution.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Three Silver Squares

A very common exclamation found in Talismonde and among those who have attended her colleges, especially the college of magik.  

Its a reference to the three squares between the 20 or so halls of the College of Magik, where the majority of practice and real fighting takes place.

Each square is quite large and tiled with gray and silver stones, the silver tiles making a multitude of interlocking squares, triangles and other geometric shapes.  These represent the protective barriers that spring into being once magic is used within the space they bind.

Monday, November 21, 2011

EC has added three new Skeleton miniatures for your armies.  Here are some pictures and links - Enjoy!

In addition:

EC has completed in metal format and soon to be released the following new miniatures:
Adult Throon - he is a big boy and in scale.
Hell Hopper, probbaly will be available three ways, all pretty much the same with varying tongue lengths.
Gworm
Bloodbeast
more Skeletons :-)
Giant Vampire bats with skeletal riders
and a couple of others

We will add them when we get the time.




http://empcho.bizhosting.com/skeleton_of_the_north_with_spear_and_shield_i_stock_emc707_.html



http://empcho.bizhosting.com/melkalund_city_the_gaul_skeleton_guard_spear_shield_i_stock_emc804_.html




Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zirin

Streetwise lingo/slang for a Khai-Zirin, especially a female one.

Rattle the Rook

A bit of streetwise lingo for gloating over someone's failures or to brag about your success.


Common across all of Arduin though heard more often in urban areas than elsewhere.  Some use in other countries, especially those of Falohyr and Viruelandia.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Caterpillar's Lament

Another Hargrave riddle for your pleasure. 


Like the other, if you guess the proper dungeon this points to, a coupon in our stores lies waiting as treasure for your eager hands. 


 As a hint, its within the boundaries of the Country of Arduin and...well..."under" something. Good Luck! 


Smokey slow, I sit and ponder 'til squeaky voices come from yonder. 
What are these hobbitts who incessantly speak, sounding like a gate the squeaks? 
Pester, bother, bother, pester, as if I was some lowly jester! 
"A poem, a poem" They whine and cry, so if they'll leave, a poem I'll try. 
Straight then bent young Alice went, Neither looking nor sent;
'til the triple door, by the seashore mound, 'twas one she opened, her finder found. 
So scat! Go! Begone with your chatter, and let me get to an important matter! 
My handy hookah.

Green-Eyed Fae

A bit of streetwise lingo for someone who is wet behind the ears or a green horn.


Its origin and beginning use is uncertain but its a common term bandied about from the city to the country in Arduin and many other nations beyond its borders.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Voice of the Vault

Another riddle from Hargrave's notes. Can you guess which dungeon this one speaks about? As a hint, the voice speaks through a pool. First one to guess right gets a coupon for the Empcho store.




Thirteen vaults herein doth be yet 'tis only one where lieth he:
Beware the bane that surrounds you all, lest your own careless steps be your downfall.
This I must to all who pass!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Riddle of Sky Spike

Here's a hargrave riddle to tease your mind. Like the title notes, its about Sky Spike. Can you guess its location and what lies within? 


Glory calls from 13 halls, 
First to last you must travel,
Each a rhyme, a puzzle in mind for you to carefully unravel! 


Thus it was, thus it is and mayhap 'tis ever were.
But if you don't know look to your left and simply ask HER!

Thursday, November 10, 2011



Veterans day 2011

ONE DAY SALE (November 11, 2011) at Emperors Choice!

20% of most of our paper products (books and maps).

If you are a Veteran or relative of a Veteran - YOU qualify!  Just write the word "Veteran" in the Promotion code box!

The Metal sale is ongoing still and we hope to add some new miniatures soon - when we find time to upload them!

...Yes we know its a 48 star flag!