A great warrior—that's right, our dark figure—appears in the battle. The arrogant general's enemies, men on the verge of death, are inspired by his presence. “They rose from their knees as though he'd lit their very blood aflame,” it says. “The shamed general watched as his men were cleaved by an army that had begged for mercy just moments before. His enemies had become murderers and butchers. As they closed on him, the general could not be certain whether they were still men at all.”
Possibly an empowering guardian, summoned to fight for a cause. I was guessing magical of some sorts because of the design and ornate nature of his sword, as well as the width of it.
A being of old that can revive the near dead to inspiring feats of strength if called upon? Possibly.
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