These are stories I wrote when I used to play the game Lineage (the original one).

Ivory Tower Experience

Author: Aola

I have finally set foot again in the land of Depardeiu. My prince, ToddA, has met up with me and we talked for some time. He invited me, later on, to hunt with him to Ivory Tower. I agreed right away, as I was wanting to get a hold of that Blood-To-Soul Crystal.

I had to gather up some supplies to tide me over for the hunt. This was the first time in weeks since I had one, and I didn't want to stop in midstream. I stocked up on silver arrows, some healing potions ((ojs)) and even some lesser healing ones. Then I used my Scroll of Polymorph to morph into an Orc Scout to be able to hit better. I left my dogs behind because I didn't want them to die during the hunt. Using my Blessed Teleportation Scroll, I was on my way.

My prince never looked handsomer. I haven't seen him in so long. I casted Earth Skin and a bunch of other spells on us to protect us further. I took a deep breath, and followed my prince inside the mysterious Ivory Tower.

We walked quickly, as we didn't want to waste our spells just by walking. By the time we got to the third level, Prince ToddA stopped. Arathin is coming with us, he said. I was overjoyed, as Arathin is a good hunter and part of our alliance. While we waited, I regenerated my mana by casting Blood-To-Mind. Of course, my health began going down, but I didn't mind. ToddA just laughed.

Arathin finally came, and we set off. The next level was very dark and gloomy. I've been there before, but I still felt chills on my spine as we trudged the dark hallways. We started hunting. The Iron Golems were very strong, it took a while to beat them down. The Living Armors, the ones I seek that drop B2S, were easy enough, but they do hit hard. We kept doing this for a while. I have gotten a few drops here and there, but not worthwhile...yet.

After hunting for a good long time, ToddA had to call it quits. I'm so tired. I'm falling asleep. He smiled at us. I told him to go back to Oren and get some sleep in the inn there. He bade Arathin and I farewell and teleported back to town.

Arathin and I kept going. I still have not gotten the crystal I seek, but this was such good training for me, I really didn't mind not finding it. As we were busy hunting down Living Armors, Iron Golems and Mimics, I was surprised to get an item from one of the Living Armors.

Arathin told me to use a Scroll of Identify on it, because it might be blessed. Sure enough, it was. I was quite happy about it and was thinking of selling it one of these days.

We called it a hunt after an intense training. I went to the dwarf storage and deposited all the important drops I had gotten. I forgot to mention that I had acquired a High Quality Ruby as well. Arathin looked around all the cities to see how much that Blessed Banded Mail was. He couldn't find the price for it, so I told him that I'll wait until another day.

I had a great time, but there were times where my life was in peril. But then, having a good hunting group is all worthwhile.

I Will Never Forget...

Author: Aola

I find myself in the darkness, lying down, with my bow at my side. I hear nothing around me...just silence.

What has become of me? Have I fallen in a great battle? Ah, I remember now...I was alone, hunting in the Oren Wasteland, with my strongest dog beside me, Malakas.

I think this is enough Lumps of Iron to last us a week, Malakas. I smiled. Let's go back to town.

Suddenly, I was caught unawares by Undead Elmore Soldiers behind me. Run for it, Malakas! There's too many of them! I shouted to my faithful friend.

As we ran for it, I kept pelting the soldiers with silver arrows. There were about fifty of them! I see one by one fall, but there were still too many. I kept running, whilst shooting with all my might.

For being undead, these soldiers were quick as a fox. I would've thought that being an elf would make my feet swift and overcome these monstrous beings. Unfortunately, a few of them had caught up with me and pulled me towards them.

I struggled fervently. I had to get out of here, and fast. At this moment of struggle, I saw one of the undead soldier's eyes. The horror! They do not have eyes at all. These soulless entities had only one thing in their minds: death.

One of them punched me on my side. I writhed in pain, trying to get up. But I was still held down like a vice-like grip. Slowly, I felt death coming for me, as they continued beat me to a pulp. At a distance, I saw that my faithful dog, Malakas, lying on the ground, motionless. He had already met his fate.

I kept thinking of my dear kind husband, ToddA. Oh my love, I will never again see your handsome face. I will no longer feel your hand in mine. I will never again feel your arms around me. I will never see our children grow up.

For some reason, my soul felt like it had lifted from my body and floated above me. I watched as my body was torn apart by the undeads. I heard a shout from a distance. I turn my head at the sound, and saw Prince ToddA with his dogs and his sharp sword. He started to kill the undeads one by one in succession.

As the last one fell, he walked towards me and picked my body up with tenderness. With a swoosh, my soul went back down to my body.

"Ah, my love!" cried ToddA. I should've come sooner and you will have avoided this fate.

Enduring the pain, I smiled with difficulty at my beloved. It is not your fault, my lord. Things happen for a reason. The time has come for me. I tried to lift my hand at his handsome face, but my hand was too painful for me to move.

"No, don't leave me!" shouted ToddA angrily, tears running down his cheeks. "I will not let you die!"

I did not hear him. I merely said, "I want you to be happy. I don't want you to be alone. If you ever find someone else to love, love her like you loved me." I started shivering uncontrollably. ToddA held me tighter.

"I will never forget you, my love." I said, after the shivering stopped. And there was darkness all over me. It was over.

Now, I find myself in this darkness. Am I truly dead? Why am I here? What is this place? As I continued to wonder, my thoughts have gone back to the last words from my lips to ToddA. Yes, my dear love, I will never forget...