Legacy of the Portal War
After having left the cathedral and the city behind, the group started travelling west towards the old elven lands to find more information on their enemy. While travelling, Jon noticed that the group was being tracked, though hunted would be a better description. Varric reluctantly stayed behind to see who or what was following them, and he noticed two pantherlike creatures following their trail. These creatures though were semi-transparent and seemed not be tracking by scent, rather by some mystical sense. And while they noticed him, they didn’t bother with him either.
So he went to warn the others and they tried to lose thier trackers by going off the road, which didn’t do any good. so they stood and fight and the fight was a hard one, but in the end they prevailed.
A few days later Jon again noticed that they were being followed by like-wise creatures and this time they tried to see whom they were tracking. It turned out that one was following Ruargh, the other the group, who in it they didn’t know. Again the fought and won, but again it wasn’t easy.
At this time the group was getting desperate. They had no-where to go, no time to do anything, and were being hunted, with no telling when or how many off those creatures would be coming next. That night fog started to set in and when Ruargh went out to investigate he found out that the camp had somehow been transported into another realm. There, a man was waiting for them, to give them a choice. He didn’t want to say his name at first, telling them that giving up his identity would influence the choice to make. He also told them that the place he had taken them stood outside of time, so they could take their time to make a decision without being interrupted. He told them of the future he had seen, in which the world had been lost, most people died, the great war having scourged the lands and the anubians having come out victorious.
So he was giving them a choice. To return to the past and prevent the cataclysm from happening, with all the consequences that would bring, such as an open future and an open demon gate. To do nothing and try and change the future in their own time, though bleak as that possibility may seem. To go to the one person powerful and knowledgable enough to stop all of it. To go and face the one responsibe for this war. Or to gather unlikely allies in the demons that had been banished from the world 60 years ago.
Ruargh dismissed all but the first two possibilities. Allying with demons he refused, going to face their opponent would be suicide, and pride prevented him from asking Lydia’s help.
After several hours of thinking and debating with his fellows he decided to go back to the past and try and convince himself to stop the coming cataclysm.
The decision made, the man revealed himself to be Valterra, who, with the help of his dragon allies would open the portal to that fateful day. When they arrived there however, things turned out quite different then they had imagined. Instead of just going there, they had taken the place of Ruargh’s old group. He turned to a rather surprised Lydia and asked her to not activate the crown. Being a bit suspicious, but also trusting him, she put away the crown and decided to hear out their story. She transported all of them to her city in the north, to listen to their tales and to make a decision, one that would ultimately alter the future of the world.