Nautilus

An excerpt from The Six, a tragedy. The Six was written by the renowned dwarven dramaturge J’aush De La’setter circa 4550 A.P. De La’setter was an expatriate bard who spent most of his time in the great city Re the capitol city of Valerius.

THE SIX PART IV:
NAUTILIS

INT. BRIDGE OF THE NAUTILUS. NIGHT?

_ Eldranoth is lounging at the helm of the Nautilus, controlling it through the manipulation of floating arcane sigils. Pamalyn stands ahead of the Illithid, facing away from him and overlooking the sprawling chaos of Wildspace._ PAMAYLN

The six have performed better than we could have ever hoped. With Fafnir dead and the Cosmic Clock repaired the timestream may actually begin to stabilize. I almost can’t believe it, not only have they saved the very fabric of reality, but the Time Fixers will once more become complacent monster hunters — allowing us to operate more openly once again.

ELDRANOTH

Do not assume we’ve seen the last of Fafnir, we cannot afford to ignore any threat to our plans. Fortunately,Zaerith and that silly mechus could not attain possession of the other Godeye. My phylactery’s location is still unknown…lost in time.

PAMALYN

You overestimate that brutish giant. The Shadow-Dancer impaled him through the head and the Stone-Soul blasted him into the depths of the Far Realm. Even if he survived their onslaught there can be no return from that hellish realm.

ELDRANOTH (after a moment of silence)

I returned.

Pamalyn almost turns to face Eldranoth, but is unable to face him. PAMALYN

But what of the Six then? Are they not threats to us? Why not seek to eliminate them?

ELDRANOTH

The Six are the key to everything. They can do what we cannot and, more importantly, they’re heroes, whether any of them would admit it to themselves or not and that makes them predictable.

PAMALYN

Hmph, their power is nothing compared to mine.

Eldranoth narrows his eyes at the sorceress, she still refuses to face him but can feel his eye on her

PAMALYN

…Or yours.

ELDRANOTH

Could you stand blade to blade against the Light Bearer, Pamalyn? Could your words move strangers to greatness like the Stone-Soul? Could you survive the ferocity of the Winter Beast? Could you best the Shadow Dancer in a contest of wits? And ask yourself Pamalyn, with all your knowledge of the arcane arts, could you really match the power of the Fire-Walker?

Pamalyn finally turns around, meeting Eldranoth’s stare. She defiantly strides toward him.

PAMALYN

If you’re saying I can’t best my own child —

ELDRANOTH

I am saying that the Six are necessary tools, especially now that I have put into their hands the ancient Keys, and like any tool, they will be disposed of when they are no longer useful. They’ve done much to help us already, but you know the magnitude of the threat we are facing: the power of the Lethe. Without the Six, we will fail.

PAMALYN

Ameles Potamos…Then we will fail, Eldranoth. You know as well as I do of the death of the Wind-Warrior as well as my daughter’s…dabblings in the daemonic arts. She’s tasted true power, Eldranoth, if she is truly my daughter nothing will make her give it up. I’ve looked into the future just as you have, I’ve seen the coming darkness. The Six are lost.

ELDRANOTH

The Wind-Warrior and the Flre-Walker will return in time. As I said the Six are predictable. The lost will be rescued. Besides, I have plans in place to insure that the Six will never be lost to us again.

This scene was the opening to the Fourth Act of The Six. After a disastrous opening weekend the play would go on to become a cultural sensation, becoming one of the most performed tragedies in all of Tyrr. Critics and Scholars have attributed the play’s success to the dark themes, which resonated with the common folk of the realm. Contributing also was talk of impending doom and apocalypse, the mention of the Lethe and of course the spotlight and lengthened screentime of Eldranoth and Pamalyn two anti-heros who became popular and perhaps saved De La’setter’s play and career. Eldranoth and Pamalyn were to later become crowd favorites, especially after the untimely death of The Six that caught many theatre go-ers unawares. Some critics say it was unscripted, and the actors quit on stage by killing off the characters because of some off-set disagreement with the playwright. Some say De La’setter wrote the deaths of THE Six in attempt to quit, in frustration thinking it would end the ever-growing popularity of the play…but it did the opposite, it actually increased ticket sales. Which leads other critics to think De La’setter was a genius and did it with intent.

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