TBCSS: S03E10 – A New Dawn Ending

The Discovery

The ceremony, though quick and infused with admirable dignity, was painful to witness. The kings, still shook, leave the tombs behind and gather their belongings, preparing to leave. Alron kneels down to pick up his belt and notices something odd. There is something like a small piece of glass peeking out of his pouch. He opens it and, looking inside, he’s rendered speechless.

Alron suddenly calls the others to draw their attention to his discovery. He tells them that, while he was still in Sendor’s castle, he took the chance to pick up the pieces of the shattered Black Crystal Sword. He says he quickly but carefully collected all the pieces, put them in the pouch he carries on his belt and ran away.

The prince of the North explains that he risked his life to do this out of respect for the legendary sword. He thinks that such a powerful weapon shouldn’t be abandoned in a rotting castle but brought back to where it belongs, in the Dark Cave, even if it isn’t whole anymore. The enchanted Sword, now harmless and torn apart by the violent battle, should be kept in a shrine inside the cave and forever be both the proof of the glorious victory of the kings and an eternal memento for anyone trying to destroy peace in Lastworld.

The heroes agree with Alron, and ask what startled him. He reaches into the pouch and extracts some of the fragments of the sword to reveal they are not black anymore. The Black Crystal Sword has turned white.

The group examines the find in astonishment and discuss the meaning of what happened, without finding a definite solution. Home is far away and they need to head to the Dark Cave before leaving Noland forever, so they begin their journey once again.

At the Dark Cave, they find the faithful Black Dragon still guarding the entrance. The majestic creature lets them get inside, where they start to search for a proper place to be the altar for their precious relic. Daltor finds a nice recess and there lays the white crystal pieces down, arranging them to reconstruct the original shape of the sword.

It’s dark outside and the heroes need to rest. The king of Westland, still in empathy with him, gives thanks to the mighty dragon for his service and releases him from his millennial duty, not before fulfilling one last task, guarding the kings’ sleep.

A shadow in the night

The Visit

Late at night, in spite of the presence of the guardian, a shadow appears and walks in where the kings are sleeping. It stands before the exhausted heroes and mildly says:

“Oh lowly, unsuspecting sleeping kings, your immense valor makes my duty all the more harrowing.”

Then walks towards Daltor’s feet and watches him as he squirms agitated by his dreams:

Oh, there you are… When I look upon you the part of me that still remembers my life on these lands craves to touch you. Sadly, those memories don’t belong to me anymore and my purpose is different. I see you in your restless sleep and I know what you’re dreaming of… images from the ancient legend… it all will soon be clear, I promise, but now you need to wake up, wake up Daltor, wake up!”

Daltor wakes up panting and frantically asks who’s speaking. The shadow shockingly answers:

“Don’t be afraid Daltor, it’s me, your father”

The King of the West, overwhelmed by confusion, screams in terror. How can it be his dead father?

New Dawn/Ending

New Dawn/Ending

In Sendor’s island, the Rotting Castle is still not at peace. All the devastation that struck it wasn’t enough to annihilate the force of destruction that the Master of Darkness unleashed using the Black Crystal Sword. The place is still restless. There is something, there is still something there. Something is lingering, something is looming.

Suddenly, a distressing ominous voice resounds in the halls, screaming its menace, harrowing air itself.

“I am the anguish darkness fears
Everything from now on will change
Bow down for there’s no escape
Indulge me and if you don’t you will die!”

What kind of presence is inhabiting the castle? Were the kings fools for thinking they killed Sendor? The extreme power of the sword could have made him immortal, bringing him back to life to make sure he finishes his job. The kings were delusional, deceived by their own thirst for peace and now they’ll have to fight again. There’s no rest for the righteous because the universe relies on the forces of light to outdo the forces of darkness. This is their duty, this is their destiny.

Back at the Dark Cave, the shadow speaks to his son, explaining that what they thought was a new beginning, a new era of prosperity is, in fact, the end of peace:

“With Dorus’ arrival so began your venture forged in Deception. What you were seeing was just a body brought back to life, for Dorus was a child without a soul, sent to you by the Dark Wizard. You were deceived, and used, by Sendor, for he needed your weapons, brought together to open the chest containing the black crystal sword. He needed that sword and its supreme power, a power that he thought could also bring back the soul of his son too with this well-orchestrated deception he got what he wanted, he got the sword.

But that sword, a source of pure evil, is not made to be held by men as it makes them lose their reasoning, and you son, you did the only thing you possibly could do. But see? The pieces of Crystal have turned white… that means that you released something far more dangerous than Sendor, something that only an old legend dares to talk about. There’s nothing left to do now but prepare to face the worse because the legend is becoming truth and the truth is now, history is repeating itself:

the most ancient of Evil has been freed.”

With extreme terror, Daltor realizes the terrifying mistake they made.

In the castle, the hellish voice roars:

“Finally! I have been awakened!”

10. A NEW DAWN ENDING

[Alron]

Just right before we left
I was catching my breath
I was binding up my wounds
And checking myself everywhere
For broken bones
I had nothing there left to do
Until I looked up
And I saw it laying there
I saw the shattered sword

History says we owe respect
To this legendary sword

We know, oh mighty kings
The Dark Cave is where it belongs
We’ll lay it there for the world to see
We restored our eternal peace

As soon as I stood up
I collected the pieces
And then put them in this pouch
Which I tied to my belt
To keep it safe
But now look at this, everyone
The crystal is white!
I don’t know what this change means
The black has gone away

History says we owe respect
To this legendary sword

We know, oh mighty kings
The Dark Cave is where it belongs
We’ll lay it there for the world to see
We restored our eternal peace

We know, oh mighty kings
The Dark Cave is where it belongs
We’ll lay it there for the world to see
We restored our eternal peace

Here falls the blue veil of the night
The deep blue veil of the night

[Daltor]

Lie there for eternity!
We should stay here and rest our bones
I think we deserve this much at least!
Oh majestic, proud Black Dragon watch our sleep
This will be your last guard

[Shadow]

“Oh lowly, unsuspecting sleeping kings, your immense
Valor makes my duty all the more harrowing. Oh, there
You are… When I look upon you the part of me that still
Remembers my life on these lands craves to touch you
Sadly, those memories don’t belong to me anymore and
My purpose is different. I see you in your restless sleep
And I know what you’re dreaming of… images from the
Ancient legend… it all will soon be clear, I promise, but
Now you need to wake up, wake up Daltor, wake up!”

[Daltor]

“Uh! Uh? Who is it? Who’s speaking?

[Shadow]

“Don’t be afraid Daltor, it’s me, your father”

[Daltor]

“What? No! No! That’s… that’s impossible!”

[Storyteller]

Thick, dark voracious clouds
Have devoured almost the entire castle
While unforgiving gloom
Still drips down carving stones like knives of terror

Evil is still around!

[The Dark Demon]

I’m finally free, I’m finally out
I was there, trapped for so long
Held down, locked and kept in chains
Closed in, since the beginning of time!

I am the anguish darkness fears
Everything from now on will change
Bow down for there’s no escape
Indulge me and if you don’t you will die!

[Storyteller]

Echoes in the halls
Whose voice is this?

For the righteous there’s no rest
No truce to his misery
‘cause the universe relies on him
To protect, fight and serve

Maybe a preventive spell
Has brought Sendor to this world again?
Duping hard the laws of death
To put an end to what began

Evil is still around!

[The Dark Demon]

Damnation is a trifle
In comparison to my depravity
Wicked, cruel and unmerciful
Perverted since the beginning of time!

I’m finally back to rule the world
Everything will bend at my will
I’m the Lord of all your souls
Indulge me and if you don’t you will die!

[Storyteller]

Echoes in the halls
Whose voice is this?

For the righteous there’s no rest
No truce to his misery
‘cause the universe relies on him
To protect, fight and serve

Maybe a preventive spell
Has brought Sendor to this world again?
Duping hard the laws of death
To put an end to what he had begun

In its presence, turmoil, crisis!
Nothing grows and nothing rises!

[Father] “With Dorus’ arrival so began your venture forged in
Deception. What you were seeing was just a body brought
Back to life, for Dorus was a child without a soul, sent to
You by the Dark Wizard. You were deceived, and used, by
Sendor, for he needed your weapons, brought together
To open the chest containing the black crystal sword. He
Needed that sword and its supreme power, a power that
He thought could also bring back the soul of his son too
With this well-orchestrated deception he got what he
Wanted, he got the sword.”

“But that sword, a source of pure evil, is not made
To be held by men as it makes them lose their
Reasoning, and you son, you did the only thing
You possibly could do. But see? The pieces of
Crystal have turned white… that means that you
Released something far more dangerous than
Sendor, something that only an old legend dares
To talk about. There’s nothing left to do now
But prepare to face the worse, because the legend
Is becoming truth and the truth is now
History is repeating itself: the most ancient of
Evil has been freed.”

[Daltor]

No! Things are so much worse than before!

[The Dark Demon]

“Finally! I have been awakened!”

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  • Credits
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
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