Dragonlance Tales II, Vol. 2 – The Cataclysm

Dragonlance Tales II, Vol. 2 – The Cataclysm


Volume 2



The world was forged upon three pillars: good, evil, neutrality. In

order to progress, a balance between the three must be maintained. But

there came a time in Krynn when the balance tilted. Believing himself

to be the equal to the gods in knowledge and in wisdom, the Kingpriest

of Istar sought the gods in arrogance and pride and demanded that they

do his bidding.

Having viewed with sorrow the tilting of the scales of

balance, resulting in hatred, prejudice, race divided against

race, the gods determined to restore the balance of the

world. They cast a fiery mountain upon Ansalon, then

withdrew their power, hoping those intelligent races who

dwelt upon Krynn would once again find their faith – in the

gods, in themselves, and in each other.

This catastrophe became known as the Cataclysm.

Michael Williams tells a tale of vengeance in his epic

poem, “The Word and the Silence.” He and his wife, Teri,

continue the tale and turn it into a mystery, as the accused

murderer’s son seeks to end the curse on his family in

“Mark of the Flame, Mark of the Word.”

Matya, a very cunning trader, stumbles onto the

bargain of her life – literally – in Mark Anthony’s “The

Bargain Driver.”

In Todd Fahnestock’s story, “Seekers,” a young orphan

boy embarks on a perilous journey to ask the gods a


For most people, the Cataclysm meant sorrow, death,

ruination. For the entrepreneurs in Nick O’Donohoe’s

story, “No Gods, No Heroes,” the Cataclysm means


Richard A. Knaak tells the tale of Rennard, known to

readers of THE LEGEND OF HUMA. Now a ghost,

doomed to torment in the Abyss, Rennard finds himself

transported back to Ansalon during the Cataclysm. Is it an

accident, or has he been brought back for a reason?

Dan Parkinson continues the adventures of the Bulp clan

of gully dwarves. Led by their valiant leader, Gorge III, the

Bulps leave Istar in search of the Promised Place. What they

find instead is certainly not what they expected, in “Ogre


Roger E. Moore reveals why Astinus never hires kender

to be scribes, in his story, “The Cobbler’s Son.”

A ship bound for Istar may be making its final voyage,

in Paul B. Thompson and Tonya R. Carter’s story, “The

Voyage of the SUNCHASER.”

Doug Niles continues the adventures of his scribe,

Foryth Teal, as that intrepid historian sets out to investigate

a priest’s claim that he can perform miracles, in “The High

Priest of Halcyon.”

In “True Knight,” we continue the story of the cleric of

Mishakal, Brother Michael, and Nikol, daughter of a

Solamnic Knight. The two survive the Cataclysm, but now

they want answers. Their search leads them to an encounter

with the knight who, so rumor has it, could have prevented

the Cataclysm.




On Solamnia’s castles

ravens alight,

dark and unnumbered

like a year of deaths,

and dreamt on the battlements,

fixed and holy,

are the signs of the Order

Kingfisher and Rose –

Kingfisher and Rose

and a sword that is bleeding forever

over the covering mountains,

the shires perpetually damaged,

and the blade itself

is an unhealed wound,

convergence of blood and memory,

its dark rain masking

the arrangement of stars,

and below it the ravens gather.

Below it forever

the woman is telling the story,

telling it softly

as the past collapses

into a breathing light,

and I am repeating her story

then and now in a willful dusk

at the turn of the year

in the flickering halls of the keep.

The story ascends and spirals,

descends on itself

and circles through time

through effacing event

and continuing vengeance

down to the time

I am telling her telling you this.

But bent by the fire

like a doubling memory,

the woman recounts and dwells

in a dead man’s story,

harsh in the ears

of his fledgling son,

who nods, and listens again, and descends

to a dodging country

of tears and remembrance,

where the memories of others

fashion his bent recollections,

assemble his father

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