Originally posted by Socran:
Chapter 9: (“The Dragons’ Claw”, aka “Boss Rush”) Solus and the dragon-rider head off on their own to do some scouting while their companions continue enjoying the hospitality of the wizards. They briefly join a peculiar group of cultists (of the not-so-evil variety) for a ceremonial feast, but quickly leave when the dragon-rider angers them with an incident that involves a magic word and an exploded pig. Still hungry, the dragon-rider decides to try his hand at hunting while Solus scouts ahead on his own. However, he quickly finds that he is the one being hunted, by a beastman with glowing purple eyes. He defeats it, but learns that a dragon had been watching him through its eyes, and had lured him into a trap. The dragon, Mesyra the Watcher, attacks him from above with a lightning breath attack. He barely avoids the attack, and uses a thrown dagger to short out her next attack, bringing her crashing to the ground. Since Mesyra is particularly small for a dragon, about as large as Solus, the dragon-rider is able to defeat her in single combat. However, she says that the Dragons’ Claw will be coming for him, and shows him her claw. One of the digits is missing.
The dragon-rider mentally calls for Solus to rejoin him, and sees a blue dragon approaching from the distace. However, instead of Solus’ azure scales, this dragon is cyan – and as he’s coming closer, it becomes obvious that he’s much larger than Solus. The new dragon, Nimrod the Hunter, attacks the dragon-rider with an acidic spitting attack. Solus arrives in time for the dragon-rider to leap onto his back, however, and they attempt to outmaneuver their pursuer. The dragon-rider notices the cultists’ shrine below them, and the pair swoops down with Nimrod in hot pursuit. The cultists’ leader yells at them, but quickly scatters when Nimrod lands behind them. The dragon-rider speaks the magic word, and a bolt of lightning strikes the shrine. Dragons don’t explode as easily as pigs, but enough repetitions of the word by the dragon-rider and the cultists eventually brings the dragon to his knees. With his dying breath, Nimrod – who is missing the second digit on one of his claws – mentions that the dragon-rider’s army is doomed.
The pair returns to the tower to find that their companions are engaged in battle against an entire army of dragons and whelplings. They rush to aid their outnumbered friends, but eventually learn that most of the dragons are illusions. The only adult dragon in the area is Phaedra the Deceiver, with a few whelps to assist her. Once they figure out which of her is real, she’s defeated. They see that she’s missing the third digit on one of her claws, and know that two dragons are still hunting them.
That night, the dragon-rider has a dream. Like most of his dreams, it involves turnips. Unlike most of his dreams, it’s interrupted by a voice from the darkness. Tenebra the Shadow-Mistress, the fourth of the Dragons’ Claw, has invaded his dreams. She creates an image of Kalaxia, her mother (though her father was Nalagarst, making Solus only her half-brother – and Kalaxia a whore), to destroy the dragon-rider. But he has some recent experience with dream worlds himself, and transforms into a gigantic copy of the legendary Terracles. With his Mighty Thews, he snaps Kalaxia’s back, returning her to the shadows. But Tenebra shows him a vision of a town being destroyed by beastmen, and burned to the ground by Valanazes the Gold, leader of the Dragons’ Claw. She says that Valanazes is already in the town, but will spare the people if the dragon-rider faces Tenebra alone. Whether he wins or loses, a messenger will tell Valanazes to let the people go – or kill them, if he tries to deceive her.
The dragon-rider tries to sneak out and face Tenebra, but is stopped by Marcus. They fight, but this awakens the rest of their companions. Each of them is pissed at the dragon-rider for basically trying to sacrifice himself, and insist that they find some other way. He knows he can’t stop them now, so he goes along with their plan. Though they manage to defeat Tenebra together, they must now save the town from Valanazes. Solus eats an eye from Phaedra and Tenebra – just as he had from Kalaxia – and uses their powers to create an illusion to lure Valanazes. Though their simulacrum of Tenebra manages to get him out of the town, he quickly sees through their deception. Solus and the dragon-rider engage him in the air, trying to stop him from returning to the town, and eventually drive him to the ground. Their companions arrive shortly after, having already killed the beastmen in the town. It’s over. Valanazes doesn’t even bother to declare that the Dragons’ Claw will avenge him, because that group of draconic assassins is no more.
Aaaand I’m done, until the release the next chapter or I finally get around to reading that bonus chapter that the dragon-rider doesn’t even appear in. Or am I? There are still a few more points from that game that are brought up in Clash.
Faustus – Yeah, you knew this guy had to be somewhere. But, actually, outside of a brief callback to the tutorials during the zombie chapter, Faustus never appears in the main storyline. He’s basically just the excuse for fighting old bosses as raids after you’ve already defeated them, by sensing where they’ve been resurrected. He’s also mentioned in the description of a few legendary items, as the person who combines the ingredients you collected. Also, he was a limited time premium item.
Mina Von Richten – She’s mentioned once in Chapter 3 of Clash, as well as a few cards (like the recent Wrath of the Red Baroness ). She’s one of the earliest legendary items you can obtain (a troop for your legion), but she’s never actually involved in the plot. Actually, the same could be said for any vampires. Her backstory gets mentioned in a few items (and her card), and she’s referenced by the little girl in the zombie chapter, but that’s all. I feel like she should be given more of a role in Clash, like Faustus and Teucer (sorta) did. She’s probably still alive, and could afford to be given some actual goals and characterization instead of being a Mary Sue-ish background character.
Teucer Tullian – I mentioned him earlier, but there’s a bit more added to him after Chapter 9. If you upgrade him using items obtained from that chapter’s bosses, his new description mentions that Solus has taken an interest in him. The dragon-rider suspects that it’s because he was named after Teucer’s cousin, but it’s likely that his prophetic powers have shown him that he’ll meet Tessa Tullian in the future.
Obyron – I just noticed that he was mentioned in the opening of the new anniversary zone. He’s actually just a guild raid. To my knowledge, they don’t have a backstory aside from a few lines in the description of the items they drop. You learn more about Obyron from this game than you did when you actually fought him in Dawn.
Thews – It means muscles.
Fun fact: Dawn of the Dragons disconnects you (if you don’t click “yes” to an “Are you there?” popup – or if you click “no”) after about half an hour of inactivity. I’ve been disconnected, or at least gotten the popup, several times just from reading the story.
Can you give a summary of the other chapters too?