In the stunning finale to the War of the Burning Sky campaign saga, the heroes lead their armies on a final assault against the might of the Ragesian Empire and cut the heart out of their foe, the tyrannical Leska.
Companies of fiends, legions of deadly warriors, furious beasts, and titanic creations defend the desolate Opaline Wastes, for in the caverns below, Empress Leska crafts dark sorcery which will bind the world to eternal war.
From the throne room of the imperial palace to the ash-stained fields of war, to the ancient and accursed Heart of History, epic dangers loom against the heroes, and tens of thousands will fight and bleed and die at their side to save their many homelands, for both the end of the war and the fate of the world are tied to the beating of the Aquiline Heart.
In primordial times, an ancient spirit of elemental fire known as the Flamebringer Dragon battled the spirit of air, the Stormchaser Eagle. The dragon tore out the eagle's heart and drank her blood, gaining immense power and ensuring the strength of his draconic progeny. But the spirits of sea and stone sensed the dragon's growing might, and the dragon knew that if he consumed the heart and slew the eagle fully, the other two spirits would unite to destroy him. So the dragon hid the still-beating heart in a place to which he could never return, preferring to live rather than risk death by seeking more power.
Buried beyond the sight of any creature, the heart's blood pulsed into the roots of the world, nourishing it and fostering life above and below the surface. Ages marked the world, and as civilization rose, rumors of this font of life spread throughout the lands that would become Ragesia and its neighbors. Spellcasters could sense its power, and the power-hungry and the desperate sought it out, but only the scantest clues hinted at its location, or at the dangers that awaited those who found it. The Aquiline Heart passed into legend, becoming a symbol of the unattainable.
To protect the precious Heart, source of her eternal life, Leska has gathered her armies deep within the desolate badlands known as the Opaline Wastes. These legions guard the Heart of History, a practically bottomless rift that leads to the Aquiline Heart. Powerful rituals, performed by her loyal inquisitors in the imperial capital of Ragos, shield these forces from divination and ward the area against teleportation. All this gives Leska time to complete a mighty dweomer of her own.
In The Beating of the Aquiline Heart, the heroes will:
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