Release Date:August 27, 2002
Book Preview: "The Quest"
The evil warlock Noknor, seeking to make a name for himself, assassinated Grand General of the Arcalnian Army Sir Richard Viccon and his Chinese wife Hua Fang. Their young son Kain Viccon witnessed the gruesome crime and narrowly escaped Noknor’s wrath with his infant sister Nancy clutched in his arms. Having no other family in Arcainia, Kain and Nancy were sent to China to live with their mother’s brother and his family. There the Viccon siblings befriended their cousin Hua Li, a beautiful girl training in her family’s powerful fighting style. Ten years have now passed and Kain has followed in his father’s footsteps to become Grand General of the Arcainian Army while Nancy has grown into a teenager schoolgirl as beautiful as her mother. Shattering their peaceful world, Noknor has returned with his Dark Army and invaded the Kingxdom of Kuberica, Arcainia’s northern ally, in his bid to eventually conquer all Five Kingdoms of the Old World. Kain and Nancy lead the Arcainian Army to stop the mad warlock while also seeking their own vengeance against the murderer of their beloved parents. However, their quest will be far from easy as Noknor’s second-in-command, a loathsome mercenary that betrayed her lover on the battlefield. Only the faery relic the Elemental Sword is powerful enough to stand up to Noknor’s cruel new fury, but to get it Kain and Nancy must seek out the Ladys of the Elements. Just finding the four faery queens is an adventure as Kain and Nancy trek through the haunted Forest of Souls, brave Dismal Swamp, save the City of Hurst from a criminal gang, liberate a cursed enchantress, and fend off Noknor’s bloodthirsty horde. Time is not on the Viccons’ side if they hope to both save the Old World and their feisty,sharp-tongued cousin from Noknor’s vile hands.
The pair traveled swiftly through the hallways, not coming into any more contact with Noknor’s troops. It seemed that their path had been totally cleared and Kain could not wonder if it had been intentional. He was almost certain that Noknor wanted him all to himself. And that suited him just fine. He was prepared to give Noknor the fight of his life.
At last, they spotted a large set of elegant double doors at the end of a long passageway, red in color with eccentric, though grotesquely morbid, designs engraved into them. Kain held no doubts that they had come to the throne room and that Noknor awaited them inside. He wondered with a grimace at just how the doors had gotten their red color, noting that if the rest of the castle was an example he should utter more prayers. Two Dark Knights stood readyu on either side of the doors, decked out in full armor with a more devilish look to their helmets and larger swords and shields than the average Dark Knight. Kain figured these to be Noknor’s personal guards. They would be very well trained and prove to be quite formidable enemies. Kain, losing patience fast for Noknor’s blood, decided to just be done with them in one swoop. As they turned their heads to regard the pair, Kain raised his sword at them. Before they could even utter a word of warning, a large blast of fire hurled towards them. They raised their shields on skillful instinct, but they might as well been hodling their bare arms up as the flames engulfed them, swallowing them like a snake gulping down its prey. They screamed for a very short moment before their ash bodies blew away, scattering among the hall like so much confetti.
Nancy started forward, but Kain gripped her to halt her in her tracks. She jerked to a stop and whipped her angry face around to growl lowly at her brother. The harsh glare he fed her stopped her words and softened her anger as he murmured “I don’t want you going in there, Nancy.”
She gasped in utter shock as fury rushed back into her face, her sneered mouth quickly opening to deliver a harsh string of words. However, Kain’s upraised hand directly in from of her face ceased her actions and prevented further speaking as he continued with what he had to say.
“I don’t want you to go with me. But, I know that I can’t keep you from it. And I understand why. You have to, I guess, for the same reasons I have to face him. And what can I say, you’ve got the Viccon stubborn streak. You’ll go in no matter what. Plus, mom said…I, I mean…Look, what I’m just trying to say is be careful in there.”
“I mean it, girl. Watch your back, do not allow your emotions to get the better of you, and absolutely do NOT under any circumstances take any unnecessary risks! If it gets too hot, you high tail it out of there and get to a safe spot. Don’t worry about me. If anything were to happen to you…”
Her grin was playful, but her eyes held serious as she replied “I’m not going anywhere anytime soon big bro.”
Kain nodded his head as his own pursed lips smiled slightly. He tightened his grip on his weapon and replied in an almost playful tone “Let’s play, shall we?”
The double doors were thrown open with a resounding boom that echoed through the throne room as the siblings threw themselves in, their weapons and shields held ready for the immediate attack they felt would be launched at them.