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Chapter V: Warmth of a Forgotten Home

     Nostalgia trickles through my veins and crawls underneath my skull. The conversant, cold earth against my back ripples throughout my body. The smell of stale, underground air. The feel of rough against my arms and palms. The echoing raucous roars of drunken dwarves echoes infinitely away from me. I feel it again: home.      Yet the second I open my eyes, I see nothing but my own mangled body. A void of breathable air, a sight of infinite nothing, and a feeling of faltering life strangle my senses. Right at my feet, I see myself in a gnarled position. My skin melts off the bones like wax. My bones crack and splinter in a strange, rhythmic manner. The splinters of my ribs spiral around in a hypnotic pattern that I do not understand.      I stand here, with my hammers in my hands. Why am I here? Am I dead?      “Welcome back, Dwinger ,” an esoteric greeting rings in my ahead.      From the surrounding darkness, a dwarf appears before me. His stature matches mine in every way