The Song Begins
The Churning Mists
With Nidhogg fallen, none save Hraesvelgr remains to answer our questions. Let us trouble the wyrm again. And if Iceheart yet lingers at Zenith, all the better. I would have her hear the truth from the dragon's maw.
...She has scarce moved since last we parted. Hmph. Hraesvelgr's confession will soon shake her from her stupor.
'Twas you, was it not? The furious screams of the dragons carried far... You have slain Nidhogg─what more could you desire from this place? Will you not allow Hraesvelgr to mourn the death of his kin in peace!?
Spare us your sanctimonious judgment, ice maiden. We have a gift for the great wyrm...and a mystery that can no longer lie buried. Lady Iceheart─the Dragonsong War has all but consumed your life and claimed many of your followers. 'Tis time you learned the truth of its beginning─the whole truth─that we may at last bring this bitter conflict to an end. Sound the horn, Warrior of Light!
Impenitent mortals, ever seeking to bury old wrongs under new. I did sense the moment of Nidhogg's demise...
You mean the moment I prised your eye from his head?
'Twould seem thou hast uncovered my secret. Aye. Unto the blinded Nidhogg did I yield one half of my strength...
Nidhogg... What hath befallen thee?
We are undone by covetous mortals. They did take Ratatoskr's eyes...and glut their appetites upon her essence...
She is slain, then? What madness hath unmade our peaceful accord!?
Did I not warn thee, brood-brother? They have ever been untrustworthy creatures, these short-lived Elezen. But thou wert enchanted by thy mortal maid. Thy folly hath cost Ratatoskr her life, and me mine eyes...
Oh, my beloved Shiva... How swiftly are thy kin made bestial by their appetites.
Hraesvelgr. 'Twas thy blindness that did invite disaster into our lands. Surrender thee an eye to me, and let that be thy penance.
They bested me once, but I was reckless. I shall need but a single eye to inflict enduring torment upon these traitors and every child of their line! Yield to me thy strength, brood-brother! My vengeance is begun!
Thou hast borne witness to a scene from my past.
It was yours... Your strength that sustained Nidhogg all these years...
Would that Haldrath had dealt the wyrm a killing blow...
When my brood-brother did appear before me, bloody and blinded, his life was all but spent. He demanded half my vigor, that he might exact his revenge upon the mortals who had wronged us.
And so you acquiesced! You surrendered your eye to Nidhogg knowing full well the suffering he would inflict!
The peace my beloved so dearly desired had been shattered by her own kin. Their treachery claimed my brood-sister's life and my brood-brother's reason! Thinkest thou thy fits of indignation will move me to remorse!? Go, mortals! Take your unruly passions and leave this place... Your presence here spelleth naught but misery. Were it not for Shiva's soothing embrace, I would slay you where you stand. Woe betide you should the bond we share ever weaken!