23.14 The story of Ammarie the Possessed.
Sharra, the guildmistress of the Animist Guild, possessed a pendant of unknown worth which she believed to contain some worthy spirit. While walking through the Eastwood this pendant was stolen from her by a mysterious figure. Understandably shocked, Sharra set out to recover the pendant enlisting the aid of Ammarie, a Faerie, who professed to know the secret of the thief. Trusting the words of Ammarie, Sharra called many of her warrior friends to her aid in recovering a number of items which Ammarie had mysteriously requested in order that she might lend her aid. Fearlessly Maedhros, Euphoria, Sweetpea, Blaggard, Trekker, Zytrothemeyne and nameless others journeyed to the depths of the city of the orcs to recover the Viper Staff of the Orc Shaman. Sharra and Gaea, high-Priestess of Life journeyed with the party to lend healing. It was afterwards discovered that Gaea did not trust the words of Ammarie, but did not speak her fears in reverence for the history and reputation of the Faerie.
Misfortune befell the intrepid party, death was the reward for their bravery and trust in the words of Sharra and Ammarie. Blaggard, Trekker and Sweetpea fell to the Uruk-Hai in a fateful battle and Sharra, Euphoria and Zytrothemeyne were slain as they rushed to aid their companions. Only Maedhros stood firm against all resistance. During this time it become apparent that Ammarie's intentions in leading the party to this carnage were not as pure as were believed. Why, thought the wise, did one who advocated peace, wish to lead people to their deaths? In a climatic revelation Ammarie showed herself to be possessed by some dark force, and mocked the pitiful efforts against the orcs most cruelly.
Finally realising the true situation, Euphoria, Sharra and Gaea put forth their love and care for Ammarie to draw out the evil which dwelt within her. Gradually that hatred and resentment against the Faerie turned to sorrow and pity for her misfortune, and the Servitor of Darkness was drawn out and banished back to his master. Ammarie's fate was sealed and she died painfully at the feet of her saviours. Thus ended the life of the last Avalonian Faerie.
A note of heroism ran through this sad tale, however. While Ammarie's spirit was locked in combat with the demon, Maedhros continued his hopeless quest for the Viper Staff, oblivious to other developments. In a moment of great intensity, Maedhros burst in on Ammarie, Sharra, Gaea, Euphoria and the two Gods Genesis and Aldaron, followed closely by the Orc Shaman. He swung the Scimitar of Allendil against his mortal foe and the Shaman let out a deep cry of anguish, dying at their feet. The twisted quest was fulfilled as Sharra took possession of the Viper Staff which had cost the lives of so many.
Far reaching consequences of this are only now being realised, with Sharra's spirit forever bearing the burden of the deaths of these great and true souls. The seed of evil sprouts in the most unexpected places, and who could have believed that one who remains so true to herself as Sharra would have been affected. But then, is it not the delight of the Dark Lord that those most pure betray their own friends in an effort to do good?
Written by Alberich, the scribe, in the Spring, 808 years after the Divine War.