Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXI – From the Mouth of a Beast, a Narrow Escape

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From the Mouth of a Beast, a Narrow Escape

There was no way that Corvus could leave his dead friend behind for his corpse to be eaten by the Man-King’s dogs, or worse.

He dived back in through the window and into the chamber, avoiding the swings of the axe and trying his best not to become the guard dogs next meal.

Corvus grabs the body of his dearest friend and narrowly escapes the teeth of the guard dog and makes it out of the window and into the air to rejoin the other Corvids.

Now they have the Crown, the next phase is to return to Crowshaven and get the Ravenking crowned; a necessity in order to unite all of the Corvid Colonies and move to the castle at Treehold Keep before the Darkness comes.

Before that can be thought about in depth though, there is a more pressing matter at hand.

Corvus needs to hold a funeral for his oldest friend, Finbar…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XX – The Scream of a Man-King & the Murder of Finbar

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The Scream of a Man-King & the Murder of Finbar

As soon as Corvus & Ronin took the finger of the Man-King he awoke in a screaming and pained panic, before he could realise exactly what had happened, the dog was awake and trying to attack the Corvids who were fighting back ferociously and keeping the dog’s attention divided as to which of them to go for.

The Man-King saw what was happening and regained his senses, he grabbed the nearest thing he had to hand, which was his axe and began swatting about at the Corvids, trying to land a blow.

Eventually he did…

He landed a fatal blow on Finbar as he attempted to leave the chamber back through the window with Corvus and Ronin who had just escaped with the Crown.

Finbar was struck with the backside of the axe head, his spine and neck broken, killing him instantly.

As fast as that, Corvus had lost his oldest and dearest friend

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XIX – Taking the Crown from the Hand of a God

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Taking the Crown from the Hand of a God

Finally the moment has come; the opportunity to fulfill the first part of the Prophecy and retrieve the Crown of Crows, every flap of the journey has led to this point.

As earlier agreed, Corvus and Ronin are the ones to take the Crown and the Man-King’s finger in the process, Ronin has the sharpest beak so he will make the cut whilst Corvus takes the finger.

Very much aware of the large, protective canine sleeping just a few feet away, the Corvids decide to go for it and move as fast as possible afterwards.

Corvus begins to pull the Man-King’s finger and Ronin makes the cut…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XVIII – Inside the Chamber of the Man-King

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Inside the Chamber of the Man-King

The Corvids locate and reach the chamber of the Man-King and they quickly hatch their plan to take the Crown of Crows from his finger. Finbar checks that the human in bed is the Man-King and prepares for Corvus and Ronin to take the Crown.

The Corvids are quickly made aware of the large dog that is asleep on the floor of the chamber, sleeping but with its ears pricked and ready to detect any intrusions and protect its master at any cost.

The rest of the group wait outside, close enough to help if needed but far enough so as to lessen the risk of alerting any guards, human or canine, of their presence and their intentions.

Corvus and Ronin prepare to leave the window sill, and the dog’s snoring stops…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XVII – The Corvids Reach the Man-Colony of Ironholde

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The Corvids Reach the Man-Colony of Ironholde

After an arduous journey, that has already been fraught with grief and sorrow the Corvids finally reach their destination. Now comes the real challenge.

They arrive at Ironholde in the early evening with the Sun is slowly making His way down towards the western horizon. The Corvids know that a full Moon will be rising this night and in order to fulfill the Prophecy they must take the Crown of Crows before the night is over.

The first step is to identify the room of the Man-King; they quickly do this and then they plan their attack.

Many years ago, Ronin had been kept in a cage in a Man-Colony and he put forward the plan to wait until nightfall to make their move; he had first hand experience of the behavioural habits of Mankind and knew that for the most part, they became unconscious during the Moon light hours.

The Corvids agree to this idea, they find a nice nook in a tower wall to rest in and wait for the full Moon to begin its climb.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XVI – A Brief Rest at Stonewall

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A Brief Rest at Stonewall

With one night remaining before the next full moon and the end of the time limit deemed by the prophecy, the Corvids decided to stop for a decent night’s rest at Stonewall, just a few leagues from the settlement of Ironholde.

This was the first real rest they had taken since leaving the Colony of Thornwatch many days ago. So much had happened in the time since they left Thornwatch and so much ground covered. The loss of Ethelred was also still weighing heavily upon his closer comrades; Everild and Ronin.

Stonewall used to be the home of a Corvid Colony, many moons ago; before the Man-Colony was built at Ironholde and this led to the Stonewall Corvids; those that survived the intrusions, to leave their once loved home and head off elsewhere.

Corvus hoped that it didn’t bode ill for their quest…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XV – The Long Flight to Ironholde

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The Long Flight to Ironholde

With the last whirling mists of the Graveland well behind them and the strange binding worn off, the Corvids once again take to the skies and stretch their aching wings.

They stick to the coastline for this leg of the journey so as to avoid entering the Grimwood, doing so at this point would risk too much of a delay and if they got lost in the ancient forest they would never get to Ironholde in time to fulfill the prophecy.

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