1: The Wall << Back
It was like something out of a storybook—impossible, unreal. The
Great Northern Wall rose up out of the pock-marked ground, nearly
blotting out the sun. Devona placed her palm on the withered stone. It
felt solid, unmovable, reassuring.
her hammer onto her shoulder, the warrior climbed the stairs leading to
the crenellated defenses of the Wall. Until this morning, the massive
structure that separated the remnants of Ascalon from the Charr
infested territory to the north had been something she had only seen
from a distance. Now she would get her first look at the devastation on
the other side, the ruins and the tectonic shifting caused during the
Reaching the top, the warrior walked to the edge and peered over.
Huge rock slabs littered the ground, looking like giant bits of
shattered crockery, lying broken and discarded across the jagged
landscape. The trees and grasses were black—burnt and dead. The ground
rose from the base of the wall, becoming a small hill as it got further
into enemy territory, blocking a longer view. At the top of the hill,
backlit by the orange, scorched sky, Devona could just make out the
outline of the ruins of Surmia, one of the first cities to fall during
Devona looked out at a world of upheaval, the ruins of a fallen
kingdom, now desperately holding onto its last, best hope for survival.
The sound of a man clearing his throat brought her attention back to the Wall.
"Captain Calhaan." Devona straightened up and turned to face the officer.
Calhaan nodded "First time on the Wall?"
"What do you think?" He gestured out toward Charr territory.
Devona shook her head. "I'm in awe, sir."
The captain nodded.
"But I guess I expected—" Devona thought for a moment— "worse," she
said finally. She glanced out at the ruined ground. "I just wish I
could see more."
Captain Calhaan rocked back and forth on his heels. Grasping his
hands behind his back and sticking his chest out, he became suddenly
"Well, Recruit," he said, looking her straight in the eyes. "You're going to get your chance.”
"Gather a team," replied Calhaan. "You'll be going out within the hour."