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Gromovol by Виталий Стрелец

Fan art of Gromovol by Виталий Стрелец

Gromovol was a young man from the ruling family of the Voroshk world who appeared in Soldiers Live. His father, Nashun the Researcher, would later be an ally of the Black Company.

Soldiers Live[]

Gromovol lived a life of immense privilege until his world's Shadowgate was unintentionally blasted open by the family patriarchs. When he and his relatives Sedvod, Magadan, and Arkana realized that their world would soon be overrun by killer shadows, they chose to flee. They became guests of the Black Company. They all expected to be treated like royalty, and were shocked when Croaker educated them about their new status at the bottom rung. The Company leadership accepted them but demanded that they hand over their priceless shefsepoken (magic robes) and rheitgeistiden (flying posts). This was a difficult deprivation as those items were the primary symbols of their status. Tobo would acquire Gromovol's shefsepoke.

Gromovol's relative Sedvod fell into an inexplicable coma, and would later die (cursed by the Khadidas). This unexpected and mysterious death caused the other young Voroshk additional stress and depression.

Gromovol and the other three teenagers kept a distance from Shukrat, another Voroshk teenager who proactively integrated with the Black Company.

On the night of the Battle of the Middle Ground, Gromovol, Arkana, and Magadan decided to steal their shefsepoken and rheitgeistiden to flee from their new, dangerous, alien surroundings. The three distracted some Black Company guards with a primitive disorientation spell, but Gromovol murdered the guards against Magadan's explicit protests. Before the three could make their escape or retrieve their magic artifacts, nearby Company soldiers discovered the murders, raised the alarm, and retaliated. Gromovol was seriously injured, Arkana was raped, and Magadan was killed.

Croaker wrote very disparagingly about Gromovol throughout the rest of the Annals, and he was never forgiven for the murders. The young man was spared execution, but, he would eventually be imprisoned in the cave of the ancients beneath the fortress with no name. There, he was abandoned in a state of deathlike slumber for the foreseeable future. His father Nashun and his uncle the First Father would die in combat with shadows during the Siege of Taglios.

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