Salzenmund (Book of Crows 4:47-65)

October 7, 2008

Three did stand at the walled city of Salzenmund.  Ravious, the first and forsaken, heralded the Changer of Ways by thus prior causing ruination from within.14  Mondhund, marauder from the North, looked forward with his one eye, his one arm in the shape of a bloody sickle.  And thus did a Dark Elf disciple, Athankiel, contribute to the cause of the Lord, for even Malekith must bend his steeled head to change.

The workings of the Raven Host were thus that the food and medicine were meager within the city walls.  The priests and guards of the Empire were weakened in constitution, and could not defend the city walls with cannons and prayers.  And so did the Host enter the body of Salzenmund.

Two mighty champions did stand in the way of the three.  Captain Heirgen was the first to fall.  His body impaled from behind by the changed arm of Mondhund.  The city guards ran screaming from the raised corpse, and so did the lowly marauders come to join Mondhund set upon the cowardly prey.  Broghen Kausel did stand in front of Ravious and call to the false light of Sigmar.

And thus did Ravious say, “Your flesh is weak.  Your armor is rotted.  Your mind is clouded.  Hand over your soul, a new world awaits you.  We demand it.”  And thus did the shadow of the Raven cast itself upon the face of Broghen Kausel.  And thus did he die.

As Salzemund fell, one of the firetouched did appear so as to burn the spoils of war to ash.  Arguise Flamewalker did cause an inferno to wash through the city obliterating the just and unjust alike.15  Ravious did shield the three from the flames, and so did the Dark Elf cut the wizard with a hundred slashes.  Each slash did erupt in molten flames, but the Lord of Change did instantly mend Athankiel as his pale skin burned.

And thus did the Raven Host move on from the ashes of Salzenmund.

From the notes of Librarian Nicola:
14 By crossreferencing the Book of Crows with the notes of Priest Adelmar of Salzenmund at the time the city was sacked it is obvious that the good Priest was foiled by Ravious, or one of his cohorts, to condemn the good Captain and Steward of the city. By the time the Raven Host came to the city walls, the Host merely ended the lives and conflict that had erupted between the church (and commoners) and the miltary of Salzenmund.
15 There are many conflicting views as to why the city actually was burned during the Age of Reckoning. Other scholars believe that the Raven Host began the conflagration of the city and bright wizard Arguise Flamewalker appeared to draw the flames to himself so as to put them out.


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