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Legend of the Light Gem

by Unicorn Hole

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GuruFireMane Not sure I could dig this album more than I do. Favorite track: Legend of the Light Gem.
Bry
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Bry An incredibly fun and energetic album that tells a nice little story with some surprisingly endearing characters!

A lot of love was put into this and it definitely shows! Favorite track: Another Adventure.
Jay
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Jay I honestly can't decide what I like more about this; The story it tells, or the music that goes so well with the story. <3 well done! Favorite track: Another Adventure.
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<NinKorr> Actually, all album is awesome, I choosed this track as favorite just because it first ;) Favorite track: Which Witch Won?.
Michael Risser
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Michael Risser This album is so spicy that I had to drink a glass of milk after listening to it. All the songs are so catchy and so well written, that it was almost impossible for me to pick out just one favorite track. Favorite track: Another Adventure.
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1.
Sparks fly, flames erupt Sands stream and sting in sudden gales Dazed and displaced by torrents abrupt As two witches clash to see who will prevail Kat, 14, a prodigy- noble, but a bit naive Astrid, 16, gives it her best- no moment is spared for rest Light radiates from within balled fists The gems that bring their powers to exist All five elements, nature's full force Through these girls such powers course A grin extends Kat's face, bright as the crescent moon Astrid more zeroed in, her movements well attuned Their gemstones' energies nearly fully consumed Something has got to give, the scale must tip soon Lightning explodes from Astrid's hand Rampant, lethal, charges no man could withstand But Kat has her own electric stone Neutralizes the bolts as they are thrown- skill well honed Kat blasts gusts robust to render her foe prone And pin her down with gravel summoned from her earth stone Fireballs soar through the air, roar toward their target square A sudden surge of water leaves nothing there Once-precious stones cast aside as they go grey Lest they be grabbed by mistake and thus betray Like night and day they trade.. "That's enough- well done, girls" Ghael calls off the friendly feud "Hey, I've got money riding on this!" Grub jokes and adds "how rude!" "Awesome as always" Kat says Astrid agrees, "I nearly had you too!" Ghael says "I'm quite impressed Now quickly rest, you've more yet to do"
2.
Ghael gathers the gang “So girls, do you recall The legend of the light gem? The heroes who wielded them And conquered utter mayhem? Hundreds of years ago..” Grub adds “when Ghael was just a teen!” Unamused, she continues “Elluryah was faltering “But a young kobold, with a pure heart Unlike our friend Grub here Produced a shimmering white gem That evil learned to fear The legendary knight and witch Battled with sword and spell The blade bright and blasts of light Banished the baneful back to hell!” The virtuous, the valiant Those who refuse to corrupt or dissent “So light gems are the strongest of them all?” Kat ponders aloud Astrid answers “sure, if you keep your head up in the clouds! Volt gems turn baddies into paper weights just fine” Ghael says “light gems are not benign- They destroy the depraved by design “And rumor has come my way of a light gem bona fide Likely fiction, but inaction I simply can’t abide A kobold in Shinrin town to the east Claims to have bore the stone In the midst of some other dissonance To me currently unknown “Shinrin is in a state of dismay And if we don’t help it may stay that way Find the antagonist, show him defeat Help keep others like us out of the streets” Kat can’t wait to save the day Make new friends and show them her way Despite Astrid’s assertion, Kat longs for a light gem As strong as a volt stone but not fickle like them Astrid’s been itching for her next real fight She’ll prove to Ghael the true extent of her might Grub, the girls’ own kobold friend Will guide them til the very end
3.
The group ventures through the woodlands towards Shinrin Pursuing peril to replace with peace once again Ghael once moved mountains But how years have slowed her down Grub and her pupils are now her feet on the ground The forest is scoured as Kat finds two flowers “For Grub blue, and yellow for you, each of your favorite hues!” Astrid smiles, says “it might be a while, but I’ll Find a purple one and and we’ll compile our styles” Cold colors concur, but the yellow stirs Of them, the only stem that’s studded with spurs But Ghael’s trained hand readily withstands Her wise eyes infer that such colors can blur So onward they press from dawn Towards an unknown dusk but However far from home, never alone Even when long gone No need to be withdrawn since They have each other to lean on The group hears a haunting roar in the distance “Don’t worry girls” Grub says and preps his battle stance Grub knows no magic- even Kat has him outsized A grin extends her face and Astrid rolls her eyes “Here, for you! I found some gifts too! I hate to outdo, but it’s what I do, ha!” Grub gives the girls a rotten fig and a twig Astrid chuckles a bit, but Kat’s laugh is big Grub’s wooden sword is more board than blade Lest he gore himself, real steel is forbade And the battered shield that he often wields Would bust into dust on a real battlefield Grub points upwards as a crow- white as snow- flies by Stunning to be sure, perhaps a reflection in the sky Girls abandoned as children, and a duty-bound kobold Redefining what it means to be what they are called
4.
The sun finds its destination before the group finds theirs They set up camp for the night and postpone their affairs The girls’ flame gems spark a campfire- Their water gems stave away thirst They’ll rest but Grub decides it’s time to tell a scary story first “So girls, do you recall the legend of Silver? The demon known as Silver- evil in breathing form Our anguish keeps it fed; our hatred keeps it warm It curses us to die slow, and feeds on our despair It lusts to be stronger and in our pain we take it there “The scariest part of all, you may have already guessed Silver stays right here in Forsyth Forest!” As Grub’s story crescendos, he darts off into the shadows Not for dramatic effect, rather his tightening neck A poorly timed gemstone suddenly makes its presence known He heaves, adds to his supply- darts back with a “Now where was I? Oh yeah, we’re all gonna die! “Pawns pursue the grand soul Those desperate or heedless Die needlessly, it’s grievous” Kat can’t help but intervene “I bet Ghael could beat that thing! She can blast three entire stones At him at once- he’d be gone! “The match would go without a hitch Can’t beat the world’s strongest witch!” “As long as Silver didn’t get into her head” Grub agrees “Ghael would come out on top- the demon would be dead The grand soul would grant an extra chance at life A great prize but it’s an all-or-nothing fight” Astrid declares “someday, I’ll blow Silver away” Grub adds “okay, but let’s say, that’s a few decades away Silver’s terrain is the only place where he’ll attack Best to just stay away, in fact The only reason that we had to camp out overnight Is because we took the long way to avoid that very fight”
5.
So the conflict begins as the gang enters Shinrin A short search reveals the discord within It seems most everyone in the town Is on edge about the ongoing showdown Ulric- the name has been dragged through the mud A blacksmith who now has some bad blood With Larv- a local kobold laborer Who’s esteemed enemy ensured an uproar would occur Due to his local renown, the gang easily tracks Ulric down “I am a blacksmith for the king’s royal army A shaper of steel, just as Larv used to be “But my skills far surpassed his, he became redundant here Now he tries to tarnish my trade, so it appears But I am far too revered!” The group tracks Larv down for a word They’ll chat with him as he works- as he prefers “Ulric’s unfaithful to the king he serves Many of his products go to a side reserve “He should keep our great Elluryah safe with his profound skill Instead he sells to scoundrels to keeps his pockets filled I have produced a light gem- unreal but it’s true To prove my rectitude I’ll show the stone to you!” Grub and the girls aren’t sure what they should believe It seems that to some end they are being deceived Kat says both seem so honest, Astrid says they both tell lies The townsfolk are on edge but cannot spot the guise The gang will take Larv up on his offer to inspect the gem They decide it wise to bring Ulric along with them The foes meet face to face Their claims they’ll have to stand up for But before progress is made, a gang of bandits kicks in the door
6.
“I don’t know who y’all are- don’t care, get out our way The Shifting Sand is putting Larv in the ground today!” Kat and Astrid ready stones, Ulric draws a longsword The kobolds take shelter from this vicious horde Astrid dashes, Ulric slashes With an earth gem blast Kat bashes Disabling foes in droves in hopes to dispose of their composure The fray is a blur, the gang frayed like amateurs Elemental beams agleam Seems three now stream out from the team These girls may be young but they sure as hell ain’t green They blast the most impressive spells These thieves have ever seen Astrid’s dexterity and technique give her foes trouble But they’re awed and appalled That Kat’s magic output is doubled Kat’s happy to explain while dishing out the pain “Witches shoot energy that they draw from stones arcane Into the off-hand, through the core The main hand then releases rays But I was born ambidextrous In me energy runs both ways!” Ulric- stern as can be- says “I told you to leave this town If you plan to walk away, you’d best put your weapons down” The thieves look mighty confused- and not a lick amused But they aren’t up to argue all beaten and bruised They drop their weapons and flee, declare that they’ll be back Ulric says that it’s done- no need to pursue and attack Astrid hasn’t had enough Kat says these thieves should be in cuffs Ulric says this gang plays rough And few in Shinrin are too tough “Let the desert dogs scurry on home to lick their wounds Having been bested, once they’ve rested Thoughts of us will resume”
7.
The Shifting Sand dispatched Larv says “that wasn’t the first match They’ve been harassing folks around town Came here once- threatened to put me down” Ulric laughs and says “another lie! If they’d wanted you dead, then you would’ve died I have to go- I have a shipment tonight You kids be safe- stay out of trouble, alright? The gang decides to crash at Larv’s for a while To ward off any intruders vile He shows them the light gem, but won’t let them touch Says they’ll have to build up just a bit more trust Grub chats with Larv, tries to see through his eyes Meanwhile the girls share gossip outside They find where Larv’s raked up a huge pile of leaves And take turns jumping in from a nearby tree Later Grub confesses “Larv seems an honest guy He’s never sold a stone, instead he toils away to get by Like me he disagrees with the standard kobold crowd Embracing the snobby lives that our stone’s prices allow A kobold worthy of being proud “In fact he donates all of his stones To our old friend Phoebe - to your first home” “So we probably used them as kids,” Says Kat “That’s awesome of him- can’t deny that!” With much to ponder, the group calls it a day Then take their well earned rest with little delay But Astrid’s the exception, now she will make her move In darkness and silence, since Kat wouldn’t approve Astrid sneaks, she stalks the stone, Picks the lock, checks the gem on her own She finds what she expected and feared- There is no magic here Upon further investigation A find that defies explanation A sizable pile of weapons spans Which strongly resemble the Shifting Sands’ Astrid decides not to confront him And in the morning fills her allies in Grub is hurt, says he hates that it’s so Kat says there must be something they don’t know And word has made its way around That today Garth makes his way to town Seems Larv’s rumors have spanned the land And now the king has sent in his right hand The gang has knowledge that it’s only right to admit They decide in the meantime they’ll pay Ulric a visit
8.
The gang heads back to Ulric’s forge and home Outrage resounds from round back- Ulric is not alone He is taking a stand- his foes making demands The gang rounds the corner to see the Shifting Sand “'You’ll get your weapons soon as Larv is in the ground' So you said, then you slapped my boys around" “Your boys are idiots- there were witnesses! If I didn’t step in, how could I feign innocence?" “So why not kill them all?” “Because I’m not like your lot Petty crime is not the only thing I’ve got!” The puzzle yet incomplete, but Ulric’s guilt now confessed Grub says “What better time than now to make the arrest?” Kat steps in, requests forfeit- of course they will not abide These Sands are stronger now and Ulric’s on their side Despite the splendid skills the girls display when they spar When they combine forces, a force is what they are Astrid pushes Kat hard to reach for the highest bar When they combine forces, a force is what they are Blasts of gravel pelt the men, Then strong winds blow and throw them prone Waves of water drench their garb Weighing them down like heavy stones Focused fire forces their foes to follow foreknown footing Kat condemns volt gems lest these guys be reduced to pudding Grub cheers and jeers from the sidelines Til a Shifting Sand lackey Chases him to the lush green But Kat knows he runs quickly The Shifting Sand is chased away Kat hopes they’ll change their ways someday There’s no denying Ulric is tough But his best efforts aren’t enough Grub even bested his foe By his account a disgrace “As he chased I bent a branch Then let it whip his big, dumb face!”
9.
A crowd gathers as the gang drags Ulric into town He is a criminal- this is his new renown It isn’t long before Garth arrives With the deadeye Wade and two other knights Garth thanks the gang for everything they’ve done “Despite his ties he’ll serve his time the same as anyone else” Kat says she hopes that it helps “He could do great things, if he’d behave himself!” Garth’s gang heads back through Forsyth Forest dragging Ulric along They’ll dump him into the Bristol dungeon where he belongs Wade looks him in the eye and says “don’t try anything dumb” “Like fight the king’s right hand And get crushed by a single thumb? Oh, I already know the outcome "Against the man who carries a hundred pound warhammer And wears armor that assures every assault is deterred The man who stopped a thug that tried to escape on a horse Lifted both man and mount and threw them with unnatural force That fight I can’t endorse” That option rejected, Ulric inspects his chains He hides his excitement, it seems that hope remains The shackles that he wears Are themselves worn and have now cracked When the timing is right, he’ll break free and double back He hears his own heartbeat The knights’ attention divides as a snow-white crow flies by Ulric manages to slip away from their watchful eyes From afar Garth’s tremendous strength is nullified But an arrow from Wade’s bow scrapes the bone in Ulric’s thigh He knows his end is nigh Garth stomps over to his prey, now left with no hope to escape “You betrayed our king- with your life you’ll pay I’d hoped that in those broken chains You’d think that you had found your recourse” Ulric’s spirit is crushed Just before he becomes a crumpled corpse
10.
“Although our search for a light gem was a dead end We chased that gang away, and made some new friends Ulric is behind bars by now- I know he’ll come around Good people make mistakes, but he will restore his renown “And Larv finally came clean- admitted he’d forged the stone He didn’t know how else to face the Shifting Sand alone Only one pure of heart could have produced that gem So to earn Shinrin’s trust he lied to them” Grub interrupts “Kat’s right- Larv told some lies, but he did take action too He stole some steel that’d sold to those stupid sandy dudes If more kobolds were like us, we’d have a better rep Just like you gals as witches, we’ll just go step by step!” Ghael says “well done girls, your spells surely excel” A grin extends Kat’s face- and Astrid’s as well Just then someone begins banging on the door “Come out, come out” he says “let’s play some more!” Ghael kicks the door open, three gems fill her left hand Seems the gang was tailed by the Shifting Sand Ghael protects Elluryah, long has and still today She has a hero’s heart, but she has her own way Witches are often seen as roguish heretics Ghael follows her gut and cares not for politics The gang believes that stigmas will be erased The gang achieves- even small steps can win a race With eye contact and shoulders back Ghael says “The girls you’re after are students of mine You think you’ll bother them? You’ve lost your minds! I am Ghael the witch! Be gone before I blow you away And I don’t mean with a wind gem, no You won’t live to see another day” With wide eyes, the men apologize They bound away, clearly afraid The word “student” echoes in Kat’s mind Astrid does her best to leave the thought behind Accepts how she’s defined So they’ll fight on!

about

The first chapter of the massive NCU storyline has arrived!

Unicorn Hole's long-awaited third full-length kicks off the NCU- a sprawling fantasy tale told by some of your favorite bands in the scene. Meet witches, kobolds, and knights- all bent on defending the kingdom of Elluryah however they can muster. Rumors of the legendary light gem draw them together, but does it even exist? A diverse range of musical influences tell the tale right along with the lyrics. Legend of the Light Gem is an action-packed beginning to a truly epic tale!

WHICH WITCH WON ANIMATED LYRIC VIDEO:
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NEXT NCU CHAPTER:
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released May 26, 2017

Unicorn Hole is John Nelson. I did juuust about everything. A few riffs from a couple tracks were written by Andrew Viggiano. A few riffs in "Ghael the Grey" were written by Jesse Williams and Shawn Gleaton. The aspects of the mixing that sound good were done by Tyler Hendricks. I did the other parts. The NCU banner was created by Zachary Foster. Julian Vaughan did a lot of proof-reading and story-checking. The Uhole logo was made by Diana Garvin.

Art created by Cruxia:
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Huge thanks to these awesome folks for making physicals a real thing:
Joshua Cope, Jerry Cozart, Joona Kortelainen, Christopher Kurschies, Jordon Butler, Denny Macchiato, Micah Jordan, Mike Risser, Sean Greenhill, Kimberly M Detro, Nate Evans, Julian Vaughan, Mitchell R Boyett, Joseph Schmoock, Abbi Lau, Jeff Lauck, Dustin Elmore, Sebastian Herrmann, Chase Fincher, Donovan Charles

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