Stronger Together


«Scene: Hero fights the Marchosias»

Hero: Stryche! A little help would be nice!
Hero: I don't know how much longer I can-

«The Hero gets knocked away into a wall, and then gets sucked into the Marchosias»


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«Scene: Elder Xubo, Stryche, and Marchosias at a ceremony»

Elder Xubo: As you all know, my time as Clan Elder of the Hunter's Moon Clan coming to an end.
Elder Xubo: I have communed with our guardian spirit, Voland, King of Bears, for guidance in finding my successor.
Elder Xubo: A successor who would embody Voland's strength, tempered by his wisdom, bringing both aspects of the Great Bear into balance.
Elder Xubo: But what he showed me was not one new apprentice, but two.

«Screen pans right to Marchosias»

Elder Xubo: Marchosias, who is brave and ruthless enough to defeat any enemy.

«Screen pans right to Stryche»

Elder Xubo: And Stryche, who is patient and wise enough to know when to hold back.
Elder Xubo: Alone, each embodies half of Voland's virtue.
Elder Xubo: Together, they will make our clan stronger than it has ever been before.

Marchosias: Together? But the ritual was only intended for one. Will you not have us compete?

Elder Xubo: No. It's more important to maintain the balance.
Elder Xubo: It's true that the ritual we have does not allow for two Elders. I will have to alter it.
Elder Xubo: I will spend some time in meditation, and hope that Voland gives me the insight I need.

Marchosias: So, this is not even happening tonight? How long must we wait?

Stryche: As long as it takes to find the answer we need.

Elder Xubo: And that is why we need you both.
Elder Xubo: Together, I know you will lead us to greatness.
Elder Xubo: And we'll figure out how to do that soon, I promise you. But I've kept you all here long enough.
Elder Xubo: It's getting late, and we should all get some rest.

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«Scene: Hero in Stryche's village, but it's on fire»

Hero: Where… am I?
Hero: Stryche?? Where are you?

???: Psst! In here! Before they hear you!

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«Scene: Hero and Stryche in Stryche's house»

Stryche: I don't know how you know my name, stranger. But you SEEM like a friendly face.

Hero: Stryche! You look so young…
Hero: Oh man! I must have fallen into your past when that…
Hero: …when that thing…
Hero: I… I can't remember what happened.

Stryche: Listen… I don't know who you are, and I can't tell you how you got here. But you sound like a friend.
Stryche: And I could really use your help.

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