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Bedeviled Shadow

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

It remains hidden until its master decides it’s time for it to attack. Not only that, this beast of the shadows makes absolutely no noise as it glides through the air on evil energy. The Bedeviled Shadow is an abomination, created by the sorceress Melania as a gift for the Goddess Ludia.

Conjured from a rift in space and time between Eucos and the Nine Realms, these creatures are composed of spectral energy that is never fully solidified. No one knows exactly how they kill their victim. What has been documented is how they enter the body through any open orifice, somehow suffocating the creature from the inside.

They are somewhat difficult to dispatch, but a combination of weapons and light can scare them off. Just be careful if you find yourself walking in dark places because a Bedeviled Shadow might be waiting for you.

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Vicious Rend

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

Cuts and bruises are just part of battle. There’s no getting around them if you’re on the front line. But if you don’t take care of yourself, the enemy can take advantage of any little injury you have. This philosophy is exactly something Auros, the God of War takes advantage of.

Knowing that enemy creatures would be sustaining injuries from his champion and followers, Auros sought a way to take advantage of them. He wanted a way to make those injuries even worse without having to sacrifice his own army of creatures. Once again, he approached Althaia for a spell.

She scribed a spell she dubbed “Vicious Rend” onto a dried piece of Silverback skin using the fang of a Riled Ursine. As she carved the letters into the thick hide, the fang practically sliced it in half, which was exactly what she was looking for. When this spell is used in battle on an injured creature, their existing wounds are torn open, making bad injuries even worse. Sometimes it’s enough to dispatch the creature to the void altogether, giving the spellcaster a distinct advantage to exploit.

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Glider Assailant

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

It was an impossible job with an equally impossible payout. It was too good for Thadius to pass up, even though everyone told him he should. How would it be possible to get behind the front line AND the rear line of the enemy battlefield without being spotted? “It can’t be done!” is what he heard from everyone he asked about it.

Thadius wasn’t deterred. Taking inspiration from the eagles he saw floating across the updrafts near the mountains outside of his home, he knew it was possible to fly. Fly high enough for the enemy to think he was just a bird, and land in just the right spot to deal a crippling blow to any enemy. 

Making one giant wing from the thin hides of blessed jackalopes, Thadius was confident he could accomplish his mission. Rolling up the hides and heavy branches into a pack, he carried them to the crest of the tallest mountain. He built the wing and triple-checked every joint, making sure it would not come apart in the middle of the flight.  With one last prayer to the Goddess Ludia, Thadius lifted the wing and ran as fast as he could off the edge of the mountainside and started his first flight, which might also be his last.

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Crook of Shepherding

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

Thaeriel will oftentimes lend his personal “Crook of Shepherding” to his champions. While it doesn’t seem like much, it is a very valuable relic. Blessed by the God himself, the runes etched into the wood make it indestructible. Oftentimes it can be used only one time to smack a creature. After that use, the runes spring to life, breathing new life into the largest creature that has died with you in battle.

Thaeriel does not like to call this a resurrection, that’s Malissus’ territory. The Crook of Shepherding is more like magical CPR. If the God of Light offers you this relic, be sure to consider taking it with you into battle. Sometimes one smack is all you’ll need to succeed.

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Fury

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

Auros, the God of War likes to get his hands dirty. He revels in the chaos and animosity of battle and enjoys meeting his opponents head on whenever possible. Even with that mindset, he knows the value of magic, and will use spellcrafters to give him any advantage possible. In this case, by using the spell he called “Fury.”

Auros wanted any easy way to grant strength and courage to his followers. He also wanted his champion to be able to grant it as well. He approached Althaia, a beautiful and well known spellcrafter who regularly created minor spells for Gods to use whenever needed. 

Taking a piece of parchment created from the skin of a Charging Oryx, she wrote the incantation in the blood of a Reckless Flamebreather. The magic combined with these two ingredients created a powerful spell that grants the receiver strength and courage for the coming battle. Being a simple spell, the effect is minor, but every little bit helps when there are a lot of creatures on the battlefield.

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Soul Bargain

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Malissus tasked one of her more trusted demons Belial with creating a spell. A special spell that no mortal or creature could resist. One that would steal their soul when they died in battle so she could take control of it if needed. After their soul was stolen and used, the creature would be totally and utterly, obliterated from both physical and spiritual existence.

Belial did not take the task lightly. Twirling his white mustache while combing through hundreds of ancient spell books, he was able to combine multiple spells into a single one that he named “Soul Bargain.” He presented his creation to Malissus who also blessed her champions with its knowledge. Now, prior to one of her minions sacrificing themselves in battle, they are presented with “Soul Bargain”, and no one will ever resist accepting it.

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Boil-Blood Outlaw

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

If Cyrus Nicolo a.k.a, the Boil-Blood Outlaw, shows up in your town, it’s best to board up the windows and barricade the doors. It wouldn’t be a big deal if he was a normal man, but Cyrus becomes stronger the more angry he gets.

Blessed by Auros for unknown reasons long ago, anything can send him into a fit of rage. Cyrus was a master of the game Ludus Latrunculorum and would happily challenge anyone to a game over any stakes. When his opponent in one match cheated, Cyrus visually turned a shade of red, the dark tattoos on his body seeming to glow as if lit from an internal fire. He unsheathed two large hatchets, one in each hand and beheaded the man instantly.

If you happen to see Cyrus walking through town, and he asks you to play a quick game of Ludus Latrunculorum, be careful. You might just come face to face with the Boil-Blood Outlaw.

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Springbloom Hunter

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

Elexis was dressed in her best hunting gear, prepared for the annual hunt her township participated in every ear. As the flowers bloomed and the forest’s lush foliage drew animals out from the warmth of their winter slumber, hunters from all around gathered together for the “Springbloom Hunt.” 

This tradition kept the animal population to a manageable level while providing local villagers with goods to sell and food for their families. Everyone who participated was designated a Springbloom Hunter and given a specific number or type of creature they could hunt depending on their family size, and sometimes their social status. This was Elexis’ fifth year participating in the hunt and she was flush with anticipation.

Elexis heard the Dionysus bullhorn in the distance indicating the hunt had officially started, so she sprinted off to her favorite spot for hunting wild hog. There was something different about this year. She felt different. More in touch with nature and closer to Aeona, the God of nature. She wasn’t sure why she felt that way and cleared her mind to focus. Almost immediately she spotted a wild hog a short distance away. She stepped on a branch that announced her presence with a loud “SNAP”. The wild hog, wasting no time began to charge directly at her. 

Elexis drew an arrow, nocked it, pulled back the bow string and let it fly. The arrow struck the hog right in the chest, a fatal blow, but not one that dropped it immediately. The hog continued its charge and jumped at Elexis, attempting to gore her with a large tusk. Elexis dropped her bow, drew her dagger with one swift motion, but was not fast enough to fend off the hog. One of the razor sharp tusks and some small teeth tore into the flesh of her arm, knocking her off balance as the hog landed in a lump behind her, dead.

The two cuts were deep. So deep Elexis could see the crimson muscle pulsing inside, blood soaking the grass around her.  At the rate she was bleeding, there was no way she would make it back to the village. Emotions flooded over her all at once. She would never see her family again, never be able to marry Alec, never spend time with the people she loved so much. Elexis called to Aeona and prayed. She asked her God to mend her wounds so she could continue to provide for her family because without her, they would surely starve. 

As Elexis gripped her wound, trying her best to slow the bleeding, the tear in her skin began to glow. It started out gold, but slowly grew into a bright green that caused the bleeding to stop. Then, before her eyes, her skin began to slowly melt back together. The green glow receded and her arm was now as perfect as it was moments before the hog attack. Elexis began to weep with joy, overcome with emotion and thankfulness that Aeona had been watching over her.

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Ramshackle Hatchet

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Part of a series of written narrative sketches based on cards from the game Gods Unchained. These are just for fun and are not officially tied to Immutable or Gods Unchained in any way. www.godsunchained.com

While not particularly pleasing to look at, the Ramshackle Hatchet has seen its fair share war and bloodshed. Passed down through generations, historical accounts state it was forged by a blacksmith personally selected by Auros.

The leather hand wrap is in tatters, and the wood handle has cracked and splintered in some places. Despite these shortcomings, the blade edge remains razor-sharp, seeming to never dull. Confidence in this relic gives the wielder an overwhelming sense of power and allows them to attack any enemy without fear.

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Feast on the Dead

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Some champions of the Goddess Malissus are blessed with the ability to cast spells. One spell from her Highness is particularly useful in giving her some health if she becomes fatigued while supporting her champion. By casting “Feast of the Dead”, one creature is sacrificed for the glory of Malissus. In return for the sacrifice, every other creature is blessed with the ability to heal their beautiful God.

This spell was first created and used by Neferu in her battles across Eucos. It worked so well in battle, she inscribed it on a stone tablet and entrusted it to a catacomb curator. The curator buried it deep underground, shielding it from mortal use, and is only accessible by the Goddess herself, or her champion.