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He leaned in toward the viewing port, looking at it intently.
“Can you get us closer?” he asked suddenly. “I want a look at this general of theirs.”
“You don’t think it’s Emil?” Elena asked.
Danor shook his head. “Zomoran may be calling himself a Warlord now, but he’s no military commander. Someone else is directing this attack.” He paused, and then added: “Or some thing.”
“I can try,” Gerard said. The image in the viewport shifted, flying down toward the hellgate.
“There,” Danor said suddenly, pointing. “About halfway between the dome and the marketplace.”
The image slowed to a stop. In its center, they saw a demon with a snake-like head perched atop a long, serpentine neck. Its skin was scaly and its body reptilian, with long, slender limbs. Although it looked small and weak for a demon, something in its bearing — and in the deference it received from the monsters around it — filled them with dread.
“So powerful,” Elena whispered.
Danor glanced at her. She was staring at the creature, but with her eyes closed, as if looking at it with an inner sight.
“I’ve never sensed anything like it,” she said. Her voice was trembling.
Nor will you again, Queen Elena, a voice said menacingly.
They started. They had heard the voice not with their ears, but in their minds. It spoke softly, but with a commanding intensity that struck them with fear and awe.
The King whirled back to the portal. The demon had turned to face it from the other side. Its single, great eye was looking right at them. A shiver ran down his spine as he realized that it could see them just as well as they could see it.
“By the Light, Emil,” Elena whispered, in a voice filled with horror. “What have you unleashed on our world?”From Sanctum of the Archmage: The Ring of the Killravens, by Tony Andarian