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The Wrath of the Winter Wizard
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The Icewinds of Windhelm 0:00
In the northern most point of the civilized lands lies the town of Windhelm. Every winter, biting winds come soaring through, bringing disease and famine to peasant and noble alike.

A Meditation on the Heroes' Journey 1:09
And every winter, a few brave heroes journey to the home of the old Winter Wizard to seek cures for the sick. His home lies in the forest south of Windhelm, half a day's journey out. The wizard is great and powerful, and the only payment he asks for is to leave him and his forest otherwise undisturbed. He tells the heroes, "I am the forest, and the animals are my children."

A Premonition of the End 1:46
In his meditation, the wizard divines a vision of the future; it is a dark and twisted feeling, a feeling of great sorrow, and one of certain doom.

Rest Eternal for the Heroes of Windhelm 03:21
The heroes meet their fate a few hours from the town gates, stricken down by an avalanche while crossing a mountain pass.

The Ire of a Suffering People 03:36
Without their heroes, the townspeople are hopeless. Weeks pass, and many have died from hunger and illness. Soon their sorrow turns to anger and resentment for the winter wizard, who they believe has abandoned them. Some even claim that the wizard himself is the cause of their woes, summoning unnatural winters to subjugate the villagers. As people grow desperate, more and more start to believe this as well, until the entire town is consumed in a vengeful fury.

His Woods Were Set Ablaze 05:07
Windhelm is now unified with one voice, driven by one purpose. A mob leaves the town gates with torches in hand, chanting "This winter, we shall burn the wicked winter wizard's forest!" They reach the forest and spill barrels of oil around the perimeter. They light the oil with their torches, and fire quickly spreads from tree to tree as the people shout like feral beasts.

Suddenly, a great roar is heard emanating from the center of the forest. The booming voice echoes for miles on end as it thus bellows, "Flee now, my children, for our home is no more!" And all the woodland creatures run from their woods to find new shelter. From the fire, the people see a figure emerge. It is but a silhouette, yet they are stricken with fear. Now they must bear witness to........

The Wrath of the Winter Wizard 06:05
The townspeople overcome their fear and charge the wizard, but he summons a great wall of ice to block their approach, along with great gusts of wind and devastating hail storms. The ice wall crumbles and crushes a wave of attackers. More men charge the wizard, who has yet to move an inch or lift his head from his tome, and stalagmites of solid ice rise up to impale them. Finally some villagers move into range, and the wizard drops his tome and draws a shimmering falchion. They engage the wizard, but their swords and axes shatter as they clash against the wizard's mystic blade. One by one, the wizard strikes them down. Any souls unfortunate enough to lock eyes with the wizard are literally frozen solid by his piercing gaze.

Soon the villagers realize this is not a battle they can win. They start to retreat, but by this point the wizard's righteous fury has turned to bitter hatred. He pulls out a bow and fires it straight up into the sky. A volley of ice falls to the earth, slaying the remainder of the routed mob. In the wake of his rage, he has little time to be relieved. With an army of bodies before him, and his forest burning behind him, the wizard knows that all is lost.

The Kingdom of Solitude 08:52
The forest has burnt to ash. The wizard knows his old life is no more. Soon, the king's men will come to execute him for his crimes. And so, the wizard would ensure that he could oversee the desolate remains of his forest for all of eternity. He crafts a wicked phylactery and transforms himself into an immortal king of the undead -- a lich. The bodies of his attackers would become his new subjects, and any who would dare to enter the forest of the wicked winter wizard would meet the same fate. All who enter this forest shall bear witness to.........

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Level 19 Chipist
post #93909 :: 2018.01.02 10:16am
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I love it.
Level 9 Mixist
post #94121 :: 2018.01.07 1:46pm
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wow this was quite amazing
Level 21 Chipist
post #94393 :: 2018.01.13 8:00am
  footprints420 liēkd this
Great work. The flourish reminds me a lot of the score for Solstice.
Level 23 Chipist
th4 D34D
post #95173 :: 2018.02.04 6:08am
  Galgox and footprints420 liēkd this
Superb, really bad ass. I'm not generally into lengthy epics like that, but the style totally calls for it and is so fitting. It was a totally good time from beginning to end. I do have to stand a bit firm though that I think it would benefit from having some of the sections cut down a bit, but of course that's just personal opinion.
Level 9 Playa
post #95634 :: 2018.02.08 4:17pm
  footprints420 liēkd this
Do you have experience playing percussion? This sounds like it was done by someone who knows his rudiments. I like the short reprise.
Level 13 Chipist
post #95665 :: 2018.02.09 9:47pm
@th4 D34D, yeah, looking back on it, I think the biggest candidates for reduction would be section 3 and section 5.

@VirtualMan I haven't even touched a drum and had to look up what a rudiment was in this context, sorry!
Level 26 Chipist
post #95783 :: 2018.02.11 7:15pm
  footprints420 liēkd this
Man, this held my full attention from the beginning up to the very end. Outstanding work for an NSFc.
Level 14 Mixist
post #95892 :: 2018.02.12 4:38pm
  pigdevil2010, Warlord and footprints420 liēkd this
i wish I made stuff this long
Level 26 Chipist
post #96238 :: 2018.02.18 3:55pm
Nice Tunes!
As Follin Styled!
Level 29 Chipist
post #96373 :: 2018.02.19 10:53am
Level 24 Chipist
post #96795 :: 2018.02.26 5:13pm :: edit 2018.02.26 5:18pm
  footprints420 liēkd this
This is incredible. All 7s (though I'm admittedly a bit biased towards long form nsf). I really hope you make more like this one!

God though, I feel your pain on the filesize limits X/
Level 25 Chipist
post #97324 :: 2018.03.08 8:28pm
  footprints420 liēkd this
all about the eponymous section itself

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