The ninth knot had assumed their position in the Adarium and the king would die by their hands in one day. Meanwhile Ugor was sneaking around looking for the king’s hidden sanctum. In the Adarium, Ugor found the council room of the king. On a long table in the room he discovered notes and plans about the current war. Ugor learned three things from this:
- The king was aware of the existance of the knot of thorns, although he knew nothing of Cardinal Thorn, nor did he have any evidence of this. One note from an inquisitor said that he knew the location of a powerfull Asmodean artifact. “The Devil’s Heart” hidden in the lair of the cairn linnorm Nythoggr.
- Richard Havelyn was in the king’s council and had supplied the king with information about the villains.
- Vastenus Barca is the general Talingarde, and a close friend of the king despite his Barcan heritage.
After discovering this info, Ugor infiltrated the king’s private chamber. In the private shrine of the king, he found the Liber Darian, the history and family tree of house Darius. With but a stroke of a pen anyone could write their name in the book and be next in line for the throne (in case of the untimely death of the king and the princess).
While looking around the shrine, Ugor dicovered the secret trapdoor leading to the king’s sanctum. Unfortunately for him he was not alone. Brigit of the Brijidine, the powerfull azata high lady Dessiter had charged the knot with slaying, was waiting for him. It was only thanks to some magical items that Ugor managed to lead Brigit to the rest of the knot and kill her.
After the Azata lady was killed, Felix got the Liber Darian from Ugor and found a very interesting paragraph in it. The whereabouts of the last piece of the runeblade, Helbrand. The last part was built inside the royal throne. Felix reclaimed the missing piece and Helbrand whispered promises of greatness in his ear “Together we shall carve our name in blood upon the pages of history”.
After having found the sanctum and making some adjustments to the Liber Darian, the knot waited. After having rested and prepared they all went silently into the sanctum. There they assumed their positions and waited for the kings arrival. Suddenly the ground shook and they knew that Chargammon had kept his promise. Chargammon had arrived at the Adarium, and with him he had brought nothing but death. Suddenly in the sanctum a great light filled the room and after all these years, the forsaken finally stood face to face with the leader of the nation who had burned them, King Markadian V called the brave. The king had arrived with his trusted bodyguards to protect his daughter, but all their magic and martial prowessed only delayed the inevitable. Felix Warwick plunged his sword into the kings stomach and watched the life fade from his eyes “long live the king!”.