Drashlan

EPILOGUE

Once the remnants of the Jade Lynx had recovered from their ordeal, they brought Nesslan back to the wreckage of Skadi. She managed to, with surprisingly little equipment, to perform repairs and the pair limped over to the nearest port outside of the Dead Lands. The companions left her there, since she indicated that her plan was to return home (preferably without them). K’i was kind enough (for a small fee, of course) to take them as far as the Ir Dessi Protectorate, where they bought horses and traveled south.

In Qnajj, Lazarus said his goodbyes, as we had heard in a border town that his brother thought it safe enough to start running the family business. Later communication between Caldren and Lazarus’s younger sister told of a strange sort of showdown between the brothers:

They met in the market square with the sun high overhead, and charged at one another, firing again and again until neither had any bullets left. I imagine that it is very difficult to kill a man that is already dead, and in the end, Lazarus was standing over him, watching him breathe his last. He looked up at me, holstered the gunblade, and waved. That is how I remember him. We have buried them together, in hopes that they remember happier times. I am to take over the family business. So please, if you have need of anything in the city of Qnajj, feel free to prevail upon us for anything.

Caldren knew that Lazarus would never return, but since it was clear that the Jade Lynx had always been nothing more than a means to an end for the man, it gave him little pain. He announced his intention of rebuilding the Jade Lynx to the others, and most agreed to help. Kiri left for a time to find the rest of her family, and Kan’na went home to visit hers. Joachim stayed on as the primary discipline and drill officer, while Faewin was to minister to the sick and wounded. Quentin declined the invitation to renew his commission, choosing instead to return home to Okhrad. War and the Sundering had played havoc with his homeland, and the Royal Family saw him as a godsend. He and his new wife Fatima worked to help the country, and at Quentin’s urging, the king contracted the newly formed Jade Lynx to deal with the horrors that emerged from the Abyss.

After a few months, Kan’na and Kiri returned, just in time to help keep the fledgling company together in the absence of their leader. Caldren, after a great deal of meditation, decided to go on a journey to find his mother. In his stead, Kan’na took the helm, her leadership calculating where Caldren’s had been wise. Faewin wished to be of help to him, but at Kan’na’s urging, stayed with the company. If it was is fate to return, he would. It was not long before the undead portions of the Jade Lynx began causing trouble, trying to pass themselves off as the “original” company. Joachim, Sivon, Kiri and Ferox left, and against all odds eradicated the remaining eight hundred undead Jade Lynx. For nearly a year, Caldren was gone. No word of him reached the company, but in the closing of spring, he returned. Though saddened by the discovery that his mother had passed into the next world, he was glad that she no longer suffered.

Back in the Jade Lynx, Caldren then worked to gain fresh recruits, directing the company as Commander General. It was nearly three years before Joachim sent word that the undead Jade Lynx were finally vanquished. He disappeared into the wilds, and the last news the company had of him was a wanted poster in High Eladrin script nailed to a tree in the Riil’var Territories of Als’alonn. He is wanted dead or alive for high treason, along with all the leaders of the Feyborn Resistance.

Through it all, Karnak remained with the company, providing aid, insight and much needed comic relief. Toward the summer of his third year in Okhrad, however, he caught the eye of a man that said he could make him famous as an entertainer. Kan’na was the only one to see him off as he left, boarding a massive circus airship. Sivon returned to the company and remains loyal to his Commander General to this day, acting as leader of the airborne division of the Jade Lynx. The airships, of course, were built by Nesslan, who had in the meantime started up her own airship-manufacturing corporation. Small, sleek and extremely fast ships were commissioned by the Jade Lynx, and Nesslan jumped at the chance to engineer something even more cutting-edge, and less suicidal, than Skadi.

After she returned with Sivon, Kiri did not remain long in the company. She disappeared with a small number of scouts and trackers that were put under her command. Caldren did not seem very alarmed by this. They returned after few months with a dozen of drake hatchlings taken from their native Thiir’vaas. This was the beginning of the Hellkites, the Jade Lynx air cavalry under Kiri’s command.

Caldren named Faewin head of the Healer’s Corps, which continues its mission of self-sacrifice to keep others alive. Sivon has gained fame as Captain Marshall of the Aviation Division, whose missions take them to the skies above every city on the continent. Kan’na ran the Arcane Division, and formed a unit of Fey-pact specialists known for their ability to be exactly where they were needed on the battlefield. Currently five hundred strong, the Jade Lynx is once again a force to be reckoned with. It is also the only mercenary company to have its own air fleet, fully capable of moving the entire company.

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