Big Damn Heroes

Season Two: OVA

Shroeder's Tale...

((Some of this may be a bit fuzzy, so please add in any missing details!))

When the crew of the Purple Jewel broke up, Shroeder decided to go to school. She made a deal with Professor Gregorio of Morgrave University; she would help him with his research and he would help her find more out about the Draconic Prophecy. As his assistant, Shroeder was pleased to add a bull whip and hat to her gear, giving her the adventurer / pirate look. While not out and about helping the Professor, Shroeder blasted her way through the fast track to a degree from the University.

Professor Gregorio’s specialty is the Draconic Prophecy. Rather than interpreting it, he spends most of his time cataloging it. Over the course of the next two years, Shroeder and Professor Gregorio visited a number of interesting places in their quest to collect and organize all traces of the Prophecy. Somewhere along the way, they visited Shroeder’s home town. Shroeder’s home village was filled with humans. As a natural sorceress, her tendency to blow things up wasn’t well received. While people did recognize her in the village, her reception was tepid.

When they reached the caves, they discovered a number of very old markings; most of them talking about the Child of Storms. It spoke of an Avatar of Storms, an angel, that would walk among men and bring forth a child. As the duo searched the cave, they notice a secret door. Inside was a small barrow. A slightly raised dais was covered with a cloth; beautifully embroidered storm clouds covered the fabric. Underneath appeared to be a halfling size body. The walls of the caves where covered in minerals; minerals that had pushed themselves through the bedrock to spell out parts of the Draconic Prophecy. The walls spoke more about the Child of Storms.

As Shroeder swept the cloth off of the body, an electrical jolt moved from the fabric to her. Professor Gregorio wisely decided to watch this whole unveiling from afar. Underneath the cloth was a halfling woman; one that bore a striking resemblance to Shroeder. Professor Gregorio remarked that everything in this room seemed quite recent; probably done in the last 20 years or so. As Shroeder moved to cover the halfling again with the cloth, she gently brushed the body. When she did this, and enormous surge of lightning moved out of the body and into her.

After a few moments of stunned silence, Shroeder declared it was time for a rest room break. The two of them went back to town and began asking about the body. After some uncomfortable looks, Shroeder was told to go talk to her parents. Somewhat resigned, this is what the duo did. When Shroeder asked them about the body, the real history of what happened poured out. The halfling in the tomb was Shroeder’s biological mother. She had wandered into town near the end of her pregnancy and delirious with pain; electricity shocks during the labor killed her. Shroeder’s adopted parents interred the halfling woman in the barrows and then raised Shroeder as their own. They always worried that the lightning would hurt Shroeder just like it did her real mother, which is why they were always worried about her using her powers.

With many questions answered, and many more raised in their stead, Shroeder and Professor Gregorio made their way back to Sharn. Shroeder’s feeling of being filled with lightning never really went away. Over the next several months, Shroeder finished her degree; she completed the course requirements with ease. Occasionally she would meet up with Illeith’atharia for lunch. As it happens, she was in town already when Trisha called everyone back…


Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favour fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Season Two: OVA

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