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When the Wheel Breaks ~ Epilogue ~ (Ingo van Thiel)
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Dear Age of Kings player,

I hope you enjoyed the first chapter of “When the Wheel Breaks”. Much as I would like to go ahead with the campaign, real life and other hobbies get in the way. At this time, the campaign is likely to remain a fragment. Anyhow, if you’d like to know how the story ends, it is here in the file description, along with a finished epilogue cut-scene scenario. Please make sure that you read the story below before you play the epilogue, or you may have a hard time understanding it. Happy gaming!

Ingo van Thiel
Cologne, April 2007

“WHEN THE WHEEL BREAKS” - STORY CONTINUED

Jun's escape because of a broken wheel gives the Ronin hope, and they almost venerate him as a saint. Also, he turns out to be an excellent archer (and will be portrayed as a longbowman for the rest of the game). Akira and Jun become friends and start leading the Ronin together.

The Ronin sneak into the Shogun’s Citadel and try to assassinate him. The assassination attempt fails because another party also sends a group that night to assassinate the Shogun. Both parties end up fighting because they mistake each other for guards. The real guards get alerted. Both assassin parties suffer heavy losses, the heroes barely escape.

They find out one of the Shogun’s generals (portrayed as a Teutonic knight) has long planned his murder, too. The other group of assassins were his men. After the disastrous assassination attempt, the two parties ally against the Shogun. The alliance brings on the change: Parts of the army change sides; the general population is already against the Shogun. A large-scale battle takes place, where Akira, Jun, and the general defeat the Shogun's army.
During the battle, Jun and the general start a quarrel. It turns out the general was partially to blame for the massacre of the workmen: He tried to distract the Shogun from his own plans by pointing fingers at the road workers, and presenting false clues. He was even there at the scene of the massacre, albeit in disguise and on foot. Jun kills the general.

Akira corners the Shogun, who suddenly appears calm and collected. The Shogun agrees to commit seppuku, and he laughs about his nightmare, because he knows the miserable fate on the bridge cannot be his any more. He argues that it was not death itself he was afraid of. It was the helpless and honorless death inside the carriage. For an instant, Akira thinks he understands some of the Shogun's madness. At this moment, Jun bursts in and spoils the honorable seppuku by shooting the Shogun. Akira is furious.

The former friends get alienated from each other. Jun insists on his role in the prophecy and has a growing number of people who follow him blindly. Jun usurps the Shogun's title, and his megalomania and brutality become more obvious by the hour. He tries to make the Miko adjust her prophecy to his taste - that the prophecy rightfully makes him the next Shogun. When the Miko only repeats the phrase "When the wheel breaks, the shogun breaks", Jun kills her in his wrath. Akira does not succeed in saving the Miko's life. His own men turn against him, and he barely survives Jun's attempt to have him killed as well.

The rest of the story is told in the epilogue scenario.

NOTE: Please make sure that you have When the Wheel Breaks ~ Part 1 ~ installed before playing this scenario. It will play fine without it, but a number of the sounds will be missing (and you don't want to skimp on atmosphere in an Ingo scenario; oh my, no). ;-D

This file was originally hosted at Age of Kings Heaven within the download containing When the Wheel Breaks ~ Part 1 ~ .
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Bleep Bloop Nov 8, 2013 @ 7:10am 
Game crashes when the knights get killed by the axe-men