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The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords

by Rachel Alejandro. Buy album CD: Watch Me Now

ALTARUS: Gaze deep into the mists with your spirit-eyes, Xerxes... look far, and tell me
What you see.
XERXES: I see a land far to the north... a vast empire of dark endless moors and snow-
Crowned mountains... a land of brooding citadels and warrior-kings who hail to grim gods.
ALTARUS: Look well, Xerxes, for enlightenment hides within the fog-swathed vales of
The King's Dream:
By the onyx sceptre of my forefathers, the air is churning with auguries of dethronement...
Impending dread thus prophesized!
In a dream I was bade ride the argent-eyed unicorn to the Ring of Stones...
There a torrent of viscid slime assailed me, as pipes and horns sang the clarion of my
And the usurpation of my ancient azure throne.
Assassins stalk the nighted halls of my palace... poisoned blades and chalices surround
I thirsted for a balm, but my thirst was slaked by an envenomed draught.
My swordarm shackled by tendrils of sloth... enthralled by the chasmed gloom...
Borne upon wings of labyrinthine dread... I awaken!
I shall seek the counsel of the sorcerer, keeper of the ancient scrolls of wisdom, and the
Crystals of Power...
The Words of the Sorcerer:
My liege, great and regal king... the mists disclose their secrets... you are destined to
Wield a great dark power. Drink deep of the potions of the apothecary, for upon thee now I
Bestow a shard of the mystic Crystal of Mera... sacred artefact of the Atlantean mages,
Won in battle by our legions. My liege, the Crystal of Mera shall unveil the truth lurking
Hidden in thy most fever-haunted dreams...
The Voice of the Harbinger:
The land awash with spilled blood, and viscera torn forth from the sundered dead...
Gorge the earth with flesh darkened with the claw and fang of war... rent open the
Ravenous maws of worms...
The King:
The Crystal illumines dark secrets, the truth is known... a dire and ancient threat is ranged
Against me.
Hearken, the clarion is upon the winds, now the call to arms is upon us all,
Grim warriors, take up thy spears and hone thy gleaming swords.
Archers, string thy bows, brave knights, saddle the steeds of war,
The glory of battle is nigh at last, our banner shall fly this day in victory!
My warriors, a legacy shall this day be wrought by our blades, decreed by the gods,
Blessed by the blood of vanquished foes. Our destiny beckons...
Lord Angsaar, Dark Liege of Chaos:
Come, great king of Hyperboria, march against me with your splendid legions and
Shimmering swords. I, the Bane of the Atlantean Kings, the Scourge of Lemuria, Archfoe
Of the Immortals of Ultima Thule, shall Crush you! I shall visit a thousand plagues upon
Your realm, and wreak untold havoc and bloody carnage until I have your throne... and
Your soul!
ALTARUS: And thus, flanked by the splendour of azure banners, a vast army marched
Forth from the great walls of the Imperial City of Hyperborea, and at the forefront of the
Mighty legions, astride an ebon war-stallion, rode the king, sunlight glinting upon his
Splendid armour... compelled by dreams, and guided by the Crystal of Mera...
XERXES: Where? Where did the king's path take him?
ALTARUS: The king was compelled to lead his forces to the shadow-haunted Mountains
Of the Dead, a grim and brooding place steeped in dark and ancient legendry. Alone he
Rode into the gaping maw of a huge cave hewn into the side of the tallest mountain
Countless ages past by unknown hands. For three full days and nights he did not emerge
From the cave... until, at last, he rode forth from the eldritch mountain once more, a terrible
Knowledge shadowed in his icy eyes, and bearing in his gauntleted fist a huge black
Sword, a magnificent ebon blade which no human blacksmith ever forged. Fearsome
Sorcerous power crackled within the yard of black steel, dancing upon it's searingly honed,
Glyph-scored blade... and it's bejewelled, dragon-carved hilt did whisper arcane secrets to
The king in a strange, elder tongue.
XERXES: But master, what powers did this blade possess? What secrets did it hold?
ALTARUS: Many centuries ago, before even were waged the Great Wars between the
Ancient kingdoms of Atlantis and Hyperborea, Lord Angsaar did rise from his charnel-tomb
And do battle with a powerful immortal warrior-shaman over the possession of the elder
Crystals of Mera, mystic gems of unparalleled magical potency. Angsaar, his power
Swelled by forces from the vast Outer Darkness, did smite his foe to the brink of
Destruction... but, with his fading sorceries, the immortal mystically transferred his life-
Essence into his great black sword, and scattered the magic crystals across the galaxy,
Leaving Angsaar with a hollow victory and forcing him to return once more to his dark
Chamber of Slumber. The sword was lost for centuries, as were the crystals, until the one
Gem to remain on this world was discovered deep beneath the northern seas by an
Ancient Atlantean wizard. And the sword... legends spoke of how it's final resting place
Would be made known by the sorceries of the last crystal only when the blade's power
Would once again ne needed to battle the Chaos-liege. This was the immortal's final, most
Powerful spell... upon the reawakening of Angsaar, the sorcerous energies and undying
Lifeforce encased within the blade would be transferred to it's wielder... aye, the one who
Discovered the Shadow-Sword would be imbued with the power of the immortal, and by
The art of elder spellcraft, he would do battle with his ancient nemesis once more...
XERXES: Then there looms such a cataclysmic battle!
ALTARUS: And so, from his Black Citadel, the Chaos-liege did send forth his Horde of
Wraiths to engage the army of the king...
Behold, a legion of undead fiends meets us upon the field of war.
Face me, Scourge of Lemuria, I wield thy bane, the Shadow-Sword... (and darksome
Sorceries now empower me with thunderous might!)
Hearken, the clarion is upon the winds, now the call to arms is upon us all,
The glory of battle is nigh at last, into the fray we ride!
XERXES: The outcome, master... who left the field victorious? Did the king prevail?
ALTARUS: The mists begin to disperse... for now, the images fade. That tale shall have to
Wait 'til another day...
Lyrics: Byron
Music: Jonny Maudling

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  1. A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria
  2. A Tale From The Deep Woods
  3. And Atlantis Falls...
  4. And Lo, When The Imperium Marches Against Gul-kothoth
  5. Araw At Gabi
  6. As The Vortex Illumines The Crystalline Walls Of Kor-avul-thaa
  7. As The Vortex Illumines The Crystalline...
  8. At The Altar Of The Dreaming Gods (Epilogue)
  9. Behold, The Armies Of War Descend Screaming From The Heavens!
  10. Behold, The Armies Of War Descend Screaming...
  11. Black Dragons Soar Above The Mountain Of Shadows (prologue)
  12. Black Dragons Soar Above The Mountain Of...
  13. Enthroned In The Temple Of The Serpent Kings
  14. Epilogue
  15. In The Raven-haunted Forests Of Darkenhold
  16. In The Raven-Haunted Forests Of Darkenhold, Where Shadows Reign And The Hues Of Sunlight Never Dance
  17. Into The Silent Chambers Of The Sapphirean Throne
  18. Journey To The Isle Of Mists
  19. Journey To The Isle Of Mists (Over The Moonless Depths Of Night-Dark Seas)
  20. Langit Na
  21. Naked Steel (the Warrior's Saga)
  22. Of Carnage And A Gathering Of The Wolves
  23. Prologue
  24. Saling Pusa
  25. Shadows 'neath The Black Pyramid
  26. Six Keys To The Onyx Pyramid
  27. Spellcraft & Moonfire
  28. Spellcraft & Moonfire (beyond The Citadel Of Frosts)
  29. Star-Maps Of The Ancient Cosmographers
  30. Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule
  31. Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne...
  32. The Awakening Of The Stars
  33. The Chronicle Of Shadows
  34. The Dark Liege Of Chaos Is Unleashed...
  35. The Dreamer In The Catacombs Of Ur
  36. The Empyreal Lexicon
  37. The Epsilon Exordium
  38. The Ghosts Of Angkor Wat
  39. The Ravening
  40. The Scourge Of The Fourth Celestial Host
  41. The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords
  42. The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming
  43. The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire
  44. The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire (Part: III)
  45. The Thirteen Cryptical Prophecies Of Mu
  46. The Voyagers Beneath The Mare Imbrium
  47. Thwarted By The Dark
  48. Thwarted By The Dark (Blade Of The Vampyre Hunter)
  49. To Dethrone The Witch-Queen Of Mytos K'unn (The Legend Of The Battle Of Blackhelm Vale)
  50. To Dethrone The Witch-Queen Of Mytos K'unn...
  51. Tumibok Kasi
  52. When Rides The Scion Of The Storms


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