None responded, with the exception of Lisa, who turned to her and smiled brightly, finishing with a brief giggle. That was to be expected from Lisa, who was always cheerful. Alicia pondered the possibilities for her story. Slejj's plot, his quest to redemption, all while overcoming treachery for the sake of the Independent states, was familiar to her. Daito, on the other hand, had given up his role in order to maintain his humanity. But what about the teeny-tiny energy ball stuck to his arm? Alicia wanted to ask Slejj a question, but she decided to wait until they arrived in town.
The sun's rays became heavier as time passed. Daito's hand was abruptly released from Lisa's little claws as they were crossing a bridge, and she started running towards a young lady approaching them from the front. She was a long way out, but with each step she took, she got closer. The sweltering sun had made the air hazy, and she seemed to be dancing her way towards them from that d
"Look, kid, what do you think will happen when you return to Royal Republic? What will people think of you? The dark bender who ran away because he was too afraid to face his responsibilities. You are one half of the duo who is supposed to lead the entire nation, and do you think people will respect you, a coward? No one will take orders from a frail man who runs away from his responsibility. Look, kid, I'm already a traitor, or so people say, and my return to Royal Republic is going to end in one way or another with execution, so if I can't help you right now, I might as well go down preserving your reputation.""... That's stupid. You know I'm never going to agree to that..."Slejj re-lit his pipe and inhaled the energizing smoke, "When the time comes, you'll see that I'm making sense, and you'll make the proper choice," he said as he blew a ring of smoke into the air and watched it dissipate.Daito paused for a moment, moving his gaze away from the book for a time to comprehend Sle
FOTGOTTEN TEMPLES OF SOUTH ANGUSShe heard someone coughing outside, and the sluggish delivery that accompanied the cough was all too familiar. There was only one person she knew who never made an effort to use his vocal cords, and what in the world was he doing awake at this hour?She went out of the tent to find him seated on a rock, looking into the Cimmerian sky, surrounded by specks of light. Obviously, a boiling pot of green tea sat over the fading firewood flames? But, owing to him, there was no tea.He sneezed again, this time more forcefully than the last cough that had slipped between his teeth. The fool was sitting outside with only a little cloth covering his torso, knowing full well the repercussions of his actions. Even with god magic, Alicia felt like smacking some sense into that powerful simpleton; mother nature was no match for him. She got an empty cup from behind the tents and filled it with dried tea leaves, which she threw
NORTH ANGUSWith the last word slipping through the cracks of his teeth along came a ghostly radiation. Drom was overcome by a sudden burst of vigor, his broken ribs searched for their severed parts and wound themselves together. His scissored knee reshaped and reverted, allowing him to bend his leg again. Within moments he was back to his old self again, perhaps better.“Now, the link has chosen you to be one of the people who should witness the truth, just as he chose us.”“Truth?!” Drom said, still confused as to what had happened. Moments ago he was in unbelievable pain and a moment after he felt like he could sprint up a hill without breaking a sweat.“The great link has many things he wants to show you! But first, you must do as I instruct. Go to the dark bender, tell him you were sent by the commander. He will know what to do next.”He stepped aside and cleared a way for the king to pass. Drom began his stride wit
His expression said it all. His eyebrows were lowered almost covering his eyes. The little folds on his forehead disfigured his ever jovial face and he kept gnawing on one side of his lower lip with his canine. He pondered over the words he had been told before his departure, and anyone in his position would have reacted the same, maybe even worse. Harmel burst into the room, panting heavily." Stop doing that! You know I don't like that stupid prank of yours!"It took a while for Drom to realize Harmel's presence. His eyes rolled slowly until he caught a glimpse of him holding onto the door, tired, on the verge of a collapse. Drom quickly forced a smile, trying to mask his unease, " aren't you supposed to address me as my liege?""Liege my foot! Get down there, you big oaf! Commander is waiting for you, he has been here... For the past two damn hours you big mutt!"" Okay okay! I'm going... no need to get all aggravated, you know your intelligence reduces when you are angry right?!"
He hoisted his arms up high, beckoning to the skies. He drew in an extensive breath, breathing through the gaps of his teeth he sounded like he was in the middle of a virile blizzard.“I call to you great presence. Heed to my orison and grant me your unfathomable power! For we serve you, o great link, our path to...Tomasa!”With the last word slipping through the cracks of his teeth along came a ghostly radiation. Drom was overcome by a sudden burst of vigor, his broken ribs searched for their severed parts and wound themselves together. His scissored knee reshaped and reverted, allowing him to bend his leg again. Within moments he was back to his old self again, perhaps better.“Now, the link has chosen you to be one of the people who should witness the truth, just as he chose us.”“Truth?!” Drom said, still confused as to what had happened. Moments ago he was in unbelievable pain and a moment after he felt like he could sprint up a hill without breaking a sweat.“The great link has
The three were thrown back into the dungeon. They peeked through the tiny rusty window and watched as the black clouds of fumes and ash washed over the once blue sky. Tyndale had destroyed the once beautiful city. Whatever was left of it dangled at the edge of extinction, moments away from being torn apart. Soon after his invasion, Tyndale enslaved the unfortunate that did not escape with the rest of the people to District Dark. Lora Deryleen for reasons unknown decided to abandon the Independent States and join forces with her younger brother Jrue Deryleen, they were directly under Tyndale in the chain of command.༺DISTRICT DARK༻She waddled into the house exhausted. She yanked off her boots and threw them behind the door, proceeding to strip off the rest of her armor." MOTHER!"She cleared her throat once more and yelled out louder, " Mother! Are you awake?"Two definite coughs sipped through the closed doors on one end of the corridor. Alicia untangled her hair, releasing the lock
They approached the table. It was as if those blows sparked their feet into action. They got to the table, but Alicia couldn't comprehend their mumbles; maybe they were truly animals who couldn't talk.One thing led to another, and the elders were being yanked from their seats and thrown out of the diner before Alicia knew it. The knight with the filthy foot on the stool and the grip on the waiter's collar grinned at the other knights.The anger building up inside Alicia was overwhelming, so she folded her face in an attempt to suppress it. The knight's neighbor was still sipping his green tea. Because of his cool attitude, Alicia started to wonder whether he was deaf or if the green tea was just too good to pass up for a diversion."Give me a menu of everything on it, and I mean everything. We'll decide what to eat after it appears at the table.""Yes, sir!" As they waited for their meal, the knight let go of the waiter's collar and joined his fellow animals drooling all over the ta
The servants in the room rushed over to the pedestal in front of the candles and carried an enormous leather arm sleeve. They proceeded to place it over the man’s arm and tied the laces under the sleeve to hold it in place. The sleeve covered most part of his arm, from his wrist all the way to the area below his shoulder. It had little etched chipping the surface, they were dotted in order.He walked out of the room, his broad shoulders scraping splinters off the rotten door frame. He then stepped onto the fairly raised balcony and stared down at the multitude of soldiers lined up, ready to be inducted into his ever-expanding army.“Are they ready?” he asked one of the servants behind him.“Yes sire, I taught them everything. They are ready to recite the oath.”“... very well.” he lifted up his arm with the sleeve and suspended it in mid-air, waiting.The servant threw a wave to the crowd and they all started chanting in unison.“WE PLEDGE OUR ALLEGIANCE TO THE ALMIGHTY KING. WE REWAR