Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXVIII – The Corvids Arrive at Crowshaven, a Surprise Welcoming

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The Corvids Arrive at Crowshaven, a Surprise Welcoming

The group manage to get through the rest of their journey through the Grimwood without any further problems or delays, and after what feels like an age of being away, Corvus returns to Crowshaven; without Finbar but with four others.

Upon arriving, Corvus was most surprised by the welcoming committee that awaited him at the foot of the Great Tree.

Alwyn, the White Raven alongside Harfengel, the Chief of Crowshaven who is soon to be Ravenking; and the sick relative of Corvus, fully recovered and eagerly awaiting her reunion with her brother.

Although he hadn’t left his Ancient Watchtower in over a century, Alwyn knew that he had to in order to pay his part in the fulfilment of the prophecy; he had sent Corvus on a quest that stopped him being able to save his sibling so Alwyn assumed responsibility to get the Starshade herb to her.

There was now a lot of catching up to do, but more importantly, a lot of planning to do. Every Corvid Colony needed to be moved as one Colony to the Treehold Keep to escape the coming Darkness.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXVII – An End to Sibling Rivalry, Corvus Settles the Dispute

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An End to Sibling Rivalry, Corvus Settles the Dispute

In those tense and emotionally charged moments of Munin and Hugin swooping at each other and viciously fighting over a future that was an illusion of trickery shown to them by the Mirror Pond; Corvus joined the fray and powerfully split the two brothers apart.

“Of all that we have lost so far, the many leagues we have covered together and how close at times we have come to death, you two think it right and acceptable to kill each other? To fight over that of which you have no right? We have come all this way to fulfil a prophecy that doesn’t result in either of you becoming Ravenking!”

Munin & Hugin see that Corvus is carrying the pack that contains the Crown of Crows; they discern that he has no ambitions of wearing it himself and he also spent time by the Mirror Pond. The pair realise that they have become seduced by their own greed and ambition and this was enhance by visions that they saw in the water, but visions that already existed in the depths of their own hearts to begin with.

They heed Corvus’ words, they make their peace with each other and vow to see this quest fulfilled in the right manner.

The Corvids settle down to rest for a while longer before heading back into the Grimwood

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXVI – A Battle of Greed, Munin Against Hugin

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A Battle of Greed, Munin Against Hugin

The idea of kingship has never crossed the mind of neither Munin or Hugin, the fight that the two ended up engaged in is testament to the power of the trickery of the Mirror Pond. It started out as an innocent glance at their reflections in the water and ended in a full blown battle; not only against each other, but also against themselves.

The two brothers from the distant northern Colony end up fighting each other in a meaningless battle of greed.

The other Corvids have a long moment of not knowing what to do, whether to step in and try to stop the fight or to leave it to unfold.

Corvus decides to take matters into his own hands…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXV – A Reflection of Glory in the Mirror Pond

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A Reflection of Glory in the Mirror Pond

The Mirror Pond in Mistglen is a place of legend, there are many tales known to the beings that live outside the Grimwood; the only problem being how much the tales differ from one another as to what the Mirror Pond offers.

Corvus is wary of the place and the ‘promises’ it apparently offers and he warns the others to be cautious whilst near it.

Hugin and Munin however, have different ideas. They find themselves immediately drawn to the cool reflective glare of the Mirror Pond and they immediately head to the water’s edge for a better look.

What each of them sees looking back at them is their own reflection, but wearing the Crown of Crows, a promising future of kingship and glory unfold before each of their eyes. The visions that they each see begins to stir up an envious greed and dangerous sense of ambition; they describe to each other the visions they saw.

This causes and intense feeling of jealousy between them; Hugin dives at Munin in rage…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXIV – The Stone circle and Mirror Pond at Mistglen

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The Stone Circle and Mirror Pond at Mistglen

There are a vast number of scary things to be happened upon within the confines of an ancient forest, especially one with a reputation such as that held by the Grimwood. One of those scary things is a sudden clearing, such as the clearing in the centre of the Grimwood known as Mistglen.

The open circle of land set within the confines of the Grimwood is a fair few leagues of open space, with a scattering of trees, ponds and meadows. True it its name, there is also a lot of mist in the area of Mistglen and this gives what could be a place of beauty, an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere.

After battling their way through the rough forest terrain, the Corvids wind up in Mistglen, their attention immediately drawn to the Stone Circle that surrounds the Mirror Pond; they decide to head towards it to take rest and recuperate by the water.

They know now from the map that Alwyn gave them that they are about halfway through the Grimwood and this gives the group a sense of relief.

The problem being that it can soon turn to complacency…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXIII – Into the Grimwood, the Forest Journey Begins

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Into the Grimwood, the Forest Journey Begins

With two of the Corvids now lost along the way, the remaining five finally enter the Grimwood and begin the last leg of the journey back to Crowshaven.

For Corvus, it feels like an age ago that he left Crowshaven and first met the White Raven; Alwyn; made the tough decision that he had to make in order to see the prophecy fulfilled; and the grief stricken walk out of the Gravelands.

In some ways, Corvus knew the worst was yet to come, the Grimwood is a forest that strikes fear into the hearts of even the hardiest of travelers. Rallying all the Corvid Colonies together under a Ravenking and the exodus to Treehold Keep would also prove to be a challenging endeavour.

The five Corvids; Ronin, Corvus, Hugin, Everild and Munin take a brief rest on a rock and look into the distant depths of the woodland.

The unknown awaits them; and they await the unknown…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXII – A Funeral for Finbar, More Mourning for the Corvids

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A Funeral for Finbar, More Mourning for the Corvids

The Corvids manage to get to the edge of the Grimwood without any further problems, carrying with them the body of Finbar, broken and lifeless. Each of the Corvids carries the body for a way, sharing the load between them in order to reach their destination as quickly as they can.

At the edge of the Grimwood Corvus announces “We shall hold the funeral for our dear friend here, in this spot, before the Grimwood. To carry him through and try to return him to Crowshaven by this route would be folly. The Great Golden Eagle has a keen eye and will find him wherever he lies.”

The Conspiracy of Corvids calmly collected their thoughts for a few moments, and then they sang a funerary song together as is the custom amongst their kind.

They said their farewells and last to say his was Corvus; who had known Finbar since they were Hatchlings, they then entered the Grimwood.

They entered amongst the shadowy darkness of the trees and the dense thickets, hoping against all hope that they didn’t have to face any more loss before this journey ended…

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