Unbound Deathlord: Challenge



Book 1: Challenge - Part 1 - Prison (read this too!)


A note from edwardcastle

Some people were skipping these introductory chapters.

Since I believed this to be an accident, I added the (read this too!) to the title


Underworld – Corrupted – Undead

The only reason the deathlords are not the most arrogant species of the Underworld is that they share space with vampires and drow.

Like liches, deathlords choose to become undead by magic, but both are very different beings. While liches give up on everything that could link them to their previous life – meat, blood, voice, memories –, they also receive exceptional power in the exchange.

Liches also have to study necromancy, a very complicated art that deals both with death and life magic. Only a master can then perform the ritual that will kill them momentarily and turn them into an undead.

Deathlords are not like that. They study only death magic and that, only scantly. Instead of turning themselves into a new existence keeping the power they possessed, they corrupt their lives with death magic until they become undead.

Immortality is their only goal, and the corruption strips them of everything they achieved in life, both physically and magically. It's like being born anew, keeping only their bodies and their memories, but losing every drop of power.

The Fallen Gods use such loss as a way of increasing their strength and influence over the world. They seduce the deathlords in their most vulnerable moment, trying to bind them to a mutually beneficial contract. Thus, the bound deathlords are born, giving away some liberty for the promise of easier and faster power to come.

But not all of them are seduced. When grown and powerful men lose everything that holds their ego together, a few of them opt for freedom instead of what they see as slavery. Unbound, they claim themselves to be.

Most of the world doesn't know how to feel about the species: should they be pitied for their fear of death? Rebuked for being undead? They are an enigma, and many fear what they don't understand.

Immortals by choice, bound or unbound, they have known since their transformation that they hold their existence and their future in their hands.

And they stop at nothing to achieve their goals.


-- Excerpt from "Species of Valia", by Amir, a Karr


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ShiroNeko @ShiroNeko ago


Thanks for the chapter + have a nice day


edwardcastle @edwardcastle ago

04/08/2016 13:39:28ShiroNeko Wrote: [ -> ]Okay...continue

Thanks for the chapter + have a nice day

Whoa, that was a quick read if I ever saw one!

I appreciate you commenting! The chapter 1 is up in here:


Oh, and I added some few author words to the end of this "chapter" after you read it, just so you know.

Hope you enjoy chapter 1!


menolous @menolous ago

me like. lets see if the rest holds up.

Lore of Rick @Lore of Rick ago

You misspelled 'fourth' but that's okay. Just want to mention that. Anyhow, looking forward to reading further.


edwardcastle @edwardcastle ago

05/08/2016 10:41:56menolous Wrote: [ -> ]me like. lets see if the rest holds up.

I hope it did!

Thanks for reading :D

22/08/2016 05:43:35 Wrote: [ -> ]You misspelled 'fourth' but that's okay. Just want to mention that. Anyhow, looking forward to reading further.

Thanks for pointing that out, just fixed it!

Hope you like the rest too.

Have a nice reading :D

superloner @superloner ago

An interesting species of undead.


edwardcastle @edwardcastle ago

30/08/2016 21:19:35superloner Wrote: [ -> ]An interesting species of undead.

Glad you like it.

Let me know if your opinion changes, so I can (hopefully) fix whatever is wrong.

Thanks for reading and for commenting!


Puck @Puck ago

So, deathlords become undead and at the end they have..nothing?


edwardcastle @edwardcastle ago

07/09/2016 00:28:06Killashard Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks for the chapter!

Thank you for reading!

07/09/2016 12:28:32Puck Wrote: [ -> ]So, deathlords become undead and at the end they have..nothing?

Yep. Well, they keep their material riches and all, but they lose all their power.

If they don't want to pay such price, they should go the lich way. Much harder, but more rewarding power-wise.

However, liches don't look as good.

It all comes to choosing what they want the most, really.

Keep their power or immortality and the possibility of getting powerful a little later?