Day 2236. February 14, 2023. Lagos…
Beforehand in 4 In opposition to Darkness: …sport night time stand-ins…[hr]Father Attenborough’s shaky pinky finger touched the statue of the demi-god. He and the remainder of the teenagers have been prepared for a combat, anticipating the statue to come back alive at any second and assault them. Attenborough’s finger brushed the naked pig’s toes from the statue, and out from a lama’s snout spewed a torrent of golden cash!
“Sure!” John stated, stunned by the bout of excellent luck. “Fast, collect all of them so we will depend them.”
The 2 males and the lady sat on the filth ground round a small mound of cash. They added the few they’d discovered this far, in addition to paper notes with the price of the petrified gems in Kitty and Katarina statues.
“…219, 220, 221… 226 gold cash price. Will this be sufficient for 2 extra blessings, father?” Daybreak requested the previous cleric.
“It most actually will,” he stated, standing up, dusting off his robes as he did. “Come on, let’s get again to your folks. If we hurry, we will be outdoors in time to see the dawn.”
As John stepped contained in the cave’s entrance room on their solution to their petrified pals, a low guttural grunt got here from outdoors. A burly ogre, eight toes excessive, arms thick and juicy with veins of a roasted boar, charged at them. The group barely had time to boost their shields. The ogre’s uncooked energy kicked all of them to the bottom with one swoop of a membership. Attenborough was the primary on his toes. Nonetheless dazed, he knew all too properly that getting up, nonetheless confused about the place to hit, was higher than laying on the bottom and never hanging again in any respect. The ogre sidestepped the priest’s misplaced maul swing however did not see John’s sword coming in from behind.
Attenborough rested towards the wall, attempting to catch his breath and looking out on the exit. Solar was about to interrupt, and never for the primary time, he thought of leaving this place and leaving these two to fence for themselves. This complete association was turning out to be greater than he gambled. He was nonetheless in a single piece, however the ogre had gone down laborious and never with out first taking the priest’s remaining therapeutic spells with it. He wanted to relaxation. However he additionally needed to sleep with a transparent acutely aware.
Honoring his take care of John, he adopted them into the room with the statues.
John and Daybreak hugged Kitty with smiles of combined pleasure. The priest had spared their good friend from an eternity in stony limbo. However Katarina hadn’t been so fortunate. Nonetheless, one was higher than none, the teenagers acknowledged.
“The ability of youth,” Attenborough thought. “One minute, they’re combating their hearts out to avoid wasting their pals. The following, they’re mourning their failure, dusting themselves off the sorrow. Proud of what they’ve.” He knew of many adventurers that had gone by these emotional rollercoasters. “Your misplaced pals will come again to hang-out you if you happen to attain my age. And I will be there to take care of your sorrows after they do… for a good worth.”
The 4 left the room, turning again for one final glimpse at Katarina’s statue.
The room between them and the cave’s entrance nonetheless had the stench of contemporary blood combined with decaying corpses. Three lifeless trolls hacked to items – simply in case – about 100 lifeless rats who could not get their bellies full of the trolls’ stays. And, nonetheless contemporary, a dog-like creature who had threatened to go away them holding sticks and stones due to its gusto for all issues steel! Fortunately the iron eater wasn’t very nimble.
Unluckily, the armored physique of the Chaos “Degree-Sucking” Lord ambushing Kitty, John, Daybreak, and Attenborough wasn’t after their steel swords or bronze shields. He did not wish to eat them both. He was after the group who made a large number of his dwelling. He had lastly discovered them, and it was time to extract ache and fee for his or her trespasses.
The 4 adventures readied for one remaining combat. Bones have been damaged, and ranges have been misplaced. Blood spilled, and steel armor cracked, echoing down the empty corridors. They might be even emptier when the priest and the three teenagers lastly noticed the daylight.
One 12 months in the past: …the autumn of plans and clans…One 12 months later: N/A
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