The Greatest Warrior
- Recollections VII
I looked up to BlackStone with an awe and reverence that a living legend
such as herself deserved. She was the first person in Temuair to possess a
Kasmanium Hauberk, which was then the best armor a warrior could possess. I
didn't know BlackStone too well for an extremely long amount of time. It
wasn't until near the end of the Moon/Nakayla/Valvalis days that BlackStone
would quite suddenly ask if I wished to come along on a hunt into 14.
I've always been an explorer. Anyone who knows me could tell you that
exploration is my favorite pasttime. And though I had never set foot in 14
(I'd only been to 12 at the highest then), and I had heard horror stories
about the magic used in there, I jumped at the chance.
We wound up going much deeper than 14, to 16 actually. Though we spend most
of our time in 15. It was in 15 I would discover a Hy-Brasyl Belt, which was
then an extremely rare item since many folk didn't explore areas where the
beasties carried them. I also found a Deoch Talos Shield, which BlackStone
maintained was pretty useless. I wanted to keep it anyways. I had never seen
one. It was a fortune to bank, too.
At the very least, BlackStone was always about 20 Insights up on me, (At
least until she hit 99th, but that doesn't matter any.) but she always
dragged me along on her hunts. And I was happy to go, I got to see things few
others had seen, explore where few others had explored. I had always doubted
my value on such hunts, (I was hunting in 19 before I could wield a 2-handed
sword.) but she always reassured me.
BlackStone would also eventually pass from the land, but not before
teaching me many valuble lessons. Showing me her mistakes, and offering
advice on how to overcome my own. She was ambitious and noble; sometimes she
had trouble with words, but the kind intent behind them was unmistakable.
Near the end of her time, late one evening, (things always seem to happen
late one evening or another) BlackStone called me the "greatest warrior,
better than <her>, better than Moon, better than anybody." You will never
hear me repeat that again, because it is not a status I wish to claim or
deny. I feel extremely ashamed putting there, but do so nonetheless for the
sake of completeness. I don't know on what basis greatest status is gained or
measured by; and in my eyes it was BlackStone and Faeron who had always been
kinda neck-in-neck for being the most acclaimed warrior.. only Faeron had
And so, that's what BlackStone told me; I know not if it was truth or
simply kind words. She was both a legend and a friend, she approved and
admired my accomplishments, supported and helped with my endevours. I always
tried to do my best to help her with hers.
Like Nahnia, BlackStone is someone I admire and view with reverence still.
She had qualities and traits I aspire to match. And in the end, I would
maintain that I don't matter all that much, and if anything...
...she was still the greatest warrior first.