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The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone.
- Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception (1954). p. 12.
The Call to Adventure
The hero begins in a situation of normality from which some information is received that acts as a call to head off into the unknown.
Avalan is a True Knight in a corrupt Capital City where there Is No Honor. He arrives Phebus’s style, to be received at the Citadel where he meets Lord Captain Paragon and the Iron Circle adviser, His Majesty’s Own Bartholomester van Der Bruck Bromsson, who offer him a post in the Day Watch.
Refusal of the Call
Often when the call is given, the future hero first refuses to heed it. This may be from a sense of duty or obligation, fear, insecurity, a sense of inadequacy, or any of a range of reasons that work to hold the person in his or her current circumstances.
Attempting it, his skills are greatly needed, and he fails to remain a True Knight, as he frequents brothels, where he falls in love with Tel’Sian Flintshire but she refuses to offer herself to him, remembering her first lover, ser Richard.
Once the hero has committed to the quest, consciously or unconsciously, his guide and magical helper appears or becomes known. More often than not, this supernatural mentor will present the hero with one or more talismans or artifacts that will aid him later in his quest.
During his first raid, he meets the thief Elijah Sarak’j, a Alladin of this world, who like he uses no magic but Houdini tricks. This secret could cost Avalan the victory in the Summer Gathering and his post as a Lieutenant. He lets him go against the price of Baron Greyfallow’s next plan. Elijah tells him to check the docks in the fortnight.
Crossing the First Threshold
This is the point where the person actually crosses into the field of adventure, leaving the known limits of his or her world and venturing into an unknown and dangerous realm where the rules and limits are not known.
After burning the ship on the docs, Avalan Den infiltrates the Greyfallow Brewery by offering the last fel-potion shipment to the baron. Ser Thomas Kent is wary of him. Avalan Den in love with Tel’Sian begins using the gold he gets from the Greyfallows to help her in her life as a madame, granting better life conditions for her whores.
Belly of the Whale
The belly of the whale represents the final separation from the hero’s known world and self. By entering this stage, the person shows willingness to undergo a metamorphosis. When First entering the stage the hero may encounter a minor danger or set back.
He forsakes being a True Knight, and serves them after he is defeated by Morgane Flintshire’s Tel’Sian eldest sister and rival whom se suspected of murdering their mother in the name of her father, the Patriarch. He fights Elijah on the shores, but his rage makes him ignore the dog, Kiba, whom Elijah follows. They find Borothar, in danger and held hostage by Thomas Kent, who slits his throat. Den is found with the shipments and soon after the connection is made between his Ravenclaw style and the Kingslayer’s ability. This prompts Rohan of framing him as the Assassin of Kings.
The Road of Trials
The road of trials is a series of tests that the person must undergo to begin the transformation. Often the person fails one or more of these tests, which often occur in threes.
Avalan Den accepts the help of the Wild Hunt to escape, but the dragon attacks and he finds his salute by hiding with farmers, who flee the war of the kings.
The Meeting with the Goddess
Avalan Den meets a gravedigger, who tells him he is burying his body.
Woman as Temptress
In this step, the hero faces those temptations, often of a physical or pleasurable nature, that may lead him or her to abandon or stray from his or her quest, which does not necessarily have to be represented by a woman. Woman is a metaphor for the physical or material temptations of life, since the hero-knight was often tempted by lust from his spiritual journey.
Avalan finds Morgane, and finds himself in love with her, but she is Elijah’s, whom has resurfaced as the Kingslayer’s Apprentice. She refuses him, and he becomes tempted by the offer of Magda Balgruuf, who takes Tel’Sian appearance and has sex with him. She then turns into Morgane, and Avalan is poisoned by her. He is dying for lying on his claims of being the Dark Messiah.
Atonement with the Father
In this step the person must confront and be initiated by whatever holds the ultimate power in his or her life. In many myths and stories this is the father, or a father figure who has life and death power. This is the center point of the journey. All the previous steps have been moving into this place, all that follow will move out from it. Although this step is most frequently symbolized by an encounter with a male entity, it does not have to be a male; just someone or thing with incredible power.
As he is wandering the streets of Kovani, he is approached by Dantena van Torquaz who offers him the antidote against his vow to forsake the Dark Wolf and enter Kyai mindset.
This is the point of realization in which a greater understanding is achieved. Armed with this new knowledge and perception, the hero is resolved and ready for the more difficult part of the adventure.
Avalan heals from his wounds and achieves Kyai and becomes the White Wolf. He buries the Dark Wolf into his deeper magical heart, and finally learns magic.
The Ultimate Boon
The ultimate boon is the achievement of the goal of the quest. It is what the person went on the journey to get. All the previous steps serve to prepare and purify the person for this step, since in many myths the boon is something transcendent like the elixir of life itself, or a plant that supplies immortality, or the holy grail.
After awakening his magic, Avalan is contacted by the Thieves Guild, whom Elijah Sarak’j is one of the higher ranking members, and meets the Greyfox, and learns later on his identity as the kingslayer, his father’s murderer.
Refusal of the Return
Having found bliss and enlightenment in the other world, the hero may not want to return to the ordinary world to bestow the boon onto his fellow-man.
Avalan wants to find Elijah, now knighted in the Fourth Kyai, and exact his revenge.
The Magic Fligh
Sometimes the hero must escape with the boon, if it is something that the gods have been jealously guarding. It can be just as adventurous and dangerous returning from the journey as it was to go on it.
Despite their final clash they end on Avalan’s victory, who challenges Elijah when he has achieved First Kyai.
Rescue from Without
Just as the hero may need guides and assistants to set out on the quest, often he or she must have powerful guides and rescuers to bring them back to everyday life, especially if the person has been wounded or weakened by the experience.
Avalan Den vows to become grandmaster of the Prime Order and he reunites with Tel’Sian and they marry.
The Crossing of the Return Threshold
The trick in returning is to retain the wisdom gained on the quest, to integrate that wisdom into a human life, and then maybe figure out how to share the wisdom with the rest of the world.
He is summoned by the Eldrich Chapter, the leaders of the Prime Order, whom judge worthy as First Kyai auxiliary, which implies joining the worst battlefields along the worse soldiers into the Keshian Empire, as part of raids lasting from the Last Crusade. It is His Majesty’s Own Bartholomester van Der Bruck’s last trick, for he has deserted the Day Watch, and he has not yet paid for this crime.
Master of Two Worlds
This step is usually represented by a transcendental hero like Jesus or Gautama Buddha. For a human hero, it may mean achieving a balance between the material and spiritual. The person has become comfortable and competent in both the inner and outer worlds.
Avalan Den and his men are sent to fight the Nordian Wild hunt, and they are desperate, he only escapes thanks to a tunnel the gravedigger has carved for him, through the grave. He opens it by killing Nicolai, his superior officer in the army, until the Iron Order arrives to support the Imperial forces, Cailan, Arius’ second son, has become Emperor, and he is Deregen Stormfyldd’s “emperor puppet”. Nobody knows for his murder of Nicolai, and he is awarded a large treasure by his family’s lawyers, and a thanks from Bartholomester van Der Bruck himself who has joined him and Tel’Sian, offering them a mansion in the inner city of Peythralm, close to the White-Gold Tower and the fields where trains the Imperial Guard, his father’s brothers in arms.
Freedom to Live
Mastery leads to freedom from the fear of death, which in turn is the freedom to live. This is sometimes referred to as living in the moment, neither anticipating the future nor regretting the past.
Upon Avalan De’s access into the Inner City, he is offered a position into the Iron Order by Grandmaster Arnolf Wallace himself as his aide-de-camp, a Second Kyai position. He accepts and is knighted again as ser Valar Fenris, in honor of the cutthroat who has helped him escape. His Name is Cleared. However, he wonders if anyone knows of his killing of Nicolai, and he finally seems in his room, facing a mirror. There, a man emerges in the night, in a black hood, visits him at night, calling him a heavy sleeper for a murderer. He says not to worry, his wife won’t wake…