The time had come. Gathered at the cave’s entrance was the group about to delve into its depth.
Hanging by his side, Nacho had a brand new sword. It had an affinity for fire as was explained by Atru and Stony and could increase the damage of his spells. It was forged using the secret crafts passed down by the generations of blacksmiths of Deeha ‘Blothri who could imbue metals with the properties of fire, ice or poison.
Emil had successfully woken up and joined them. He was currently busy wiping dry his hair.
Narrator- Oh ya I forgot! Az had to do hit him with a water spell in the face in the morning. Mages are so handy…
Nearly all of the townsfolk were present so as wish their fellow guards success and show their gratitude. Among them were Turmo and Nekro with the former looking really miserable and the latter rather relaxed.
Turmo was feeling unusually restless and felt as if an impending doom lay on Nacho and Az who were about to enter the caves.
Just as they about to leave, he instinctively called out to Nacho.
The Moomooer stopped and turned. The two friends looked long at each other and time seemed to stand still. And the next moment Nacho’s arms had wrapped around Turmo, their bodies pressing hard against each other. Their eyes met again and the burning passion that awoke at that very instant could no longer be contained. As their lips…
Umpa, Phrozen, Shatt and the whole cast- ‘WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT!?!”
Narrator- what what, little bitches? You cannot just barge in the story like that you know.
Seth looking very interested- “So, they are going to make out, eh? Cool…”
Narrator- “Ya well, no actually… I was just having some fun.”
Turmo and Nacho sounding disappointed- “Really?”
Narrator- “Ok guys, fun times are over. Break up there. Let’s get this story going…Where was I…? Oh ya...”
Turmo, Nekro and the villagers watched as Atru muttered some spells and drew a symbol on the ground. The barrier was lifted. A cold wind came out to greet them, itself an unusual happening at a cave entrance.
And without looking back even once, the group plunged forward. They had their torches already lit but the darkness that greeted them seemed to shun the light with its menacing presence so that the torches formed a small illuminated sphere around them. The moss-covered walls of the caves glistened from time to time as an occasional drop of water would form, the result from surrounding humidity, and slide down to disappear through the tiny cracks in the stone. The air though heavy was very cold and faint were the whispers of a distant breeze that would sometimes reach the adventurers.
The guards had their weapons drawn. There stood Jet with his broad sword imbued with cold, Ferret holding a 2-handed sword with poison lining the blade and Elfen carrying a poleaxe having fire properties.
Only 3 guards came as the passage inside the cave was quite narrow. In the event of a battle, more than 6 people would only cause everybody to get into each others’ way.
Emil and Az had their staff held at the ready. Nacho was the only one seemingly composed but the intensity of his eyes spoke otherwise.
The passageway only allowed 3 people to walk abreast. It did seem to broaden further in though they could not see very far while even being so close to the entrance. Nacho, Emil and Jet carried the torches that would guide them in their journey, with the 2 mages and Ferret leading the way, with the rest following close behind.
They walked for 2 long hours with the passage going further underground but now they could definitely feel a slight breeze which however did nothing to make the air less stuffy. Almost all of them could walk comfortably side by side now. The dripping ceiling of the cave which they perceived at the entrance had now vanished. This bothered Nacho as they could not see how high the ceiling was and it could be the darkness playing tricks on him, but he thought he could hear creatures creeping along the walls high above them.
And then all of a sudden the tunnel came to an end. It opened into a wide chamber and there were 2 doors on the other side. The group stopped. But it was not the choice of their future path that brought them to an abrupt halt. At the center of the chamber was a cloaked figure with a cat to his side. The hood was drawn low across his face so they could not distinguish his features. They saw his smile however and in a movement almost too quick to follow, he drew out a piece of a paper from inside his cloak.
A sinister voice echoed across the room as he said-
“I’m Lt.Venom- a demonic dragon, lieutenant of the army of light. I have demonic and necrocan…I mean necraman…DAMN!”
“Let me restart- I’m a demonic dagon…I mean dragon. HELL! Who wrote that down? I can hardly decipher the handwriting on that piece of parchment. Now my intro is all ruined.”
The group just stared, unsure of what to do and who this stranger really was.
Then Emil broke the silence-
“ZOMG! You are a demonic dragon!”
Jet and Elfen- “Oh noes!!!”
Ferret- “Calm down. Can’t you see he’s just a man?”
The stranger threw back his cloak and they saw he was indeed a man. Long red hair with pale gray eyes- he looked very ordinary.
The man spoke again-
“And this is my sphinx!”
Emil- “ZOMG! A sphinx!”
Jet and Elfen- “Oh noes!!!”
Ferret- “Are you guys serious? Can’t you see that’s just a cat?”
Az- “Enough of this fooling around! Who are you stranger? And what are you and your cat doing here?”
Az moved forward as he spoke, dropping his guard and seeing nothing in the situation except a wanderer with his pet. It was an unusual mistake on his behalf- he felt reckless and impatient at that very moment.
As the Wolianer broke away from the group, the stranger quickly crouched- almost completely to the ground- as a great scaly black tail rose behind him. The dart at the end dripped with green poison.
The attack was swift and aimed with deadly precision. Az would have died had it not been for Emil who reacted fast enough to deflect the blow with a thrust of his long staff. But it was not enough. Az lay on the ground with a gaping hole in his right arm.
Venom moving forwards- “One down- 5 more to go.”
But Nacho had summoned a great wall of fire between them, causing the half-man half-scorpion creature to leap back and yell in fury-
“He will die! If my blow wasn’t deflected, it would have been a painless death. Now the poison will spread through his body and will slowly torture him to his last breath.”
Venom could not advance but he simply laughed. The fire barrier will not last indefinitely and he watched with wicked pleasure as our friends were frantically trying to revive Azriel.
Nacho came to a decision. The poison was magical in nature and he could feel and he rested his hands on his friend’s injury that it had not yet started spreading. He whispered a spell and soon his hand glowed bright red. He pressed his enchanted palm onto the wound and closed his fingers around tightly. Az woke up and screamed in agony as his flesh started burning. The guards and Emil watched in horror as the water mage struggled and writhed while Nacho held on firmly. Then after a full minute of pain and tears, the Moomooer let go and Az sank back into being unconscious, his breathing ragged and heavy from the recent trauma.
Nacho has burned off all the infected tissues and cells and prevented the poison from spreading but his friend has lost a lot of blood and he was going into shock. He called out to Emil and Elfen and asked them to take the injured mage back to town's safety and healers. They understood the gravity of the situation and delayed not a moment as the tall guard hoisted Az onto his shoulders and went galloping towards the entrance. As Emil rushed to accompany the guard, Nacho whispered to him-
“Shall we not return, will you do me a favor? Could you take the man called Turmo to the city of Curast? I'll be forever in your debt if you do.”
Emil nodded and left.
The wall of fire faded to tiny flames and there stood Venom calmly talking his cat and he was telling the animal-
“You are quite the useful thing are you? But I reckon I would have managed just fine on my own.”
“Oh look- the crisis meeting is over. Shall we get this going then?”
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Narrator- “Looks like all hell broke loose.”
Umpa- “They need me!”
Shatt- “This is entertaining. I hope the guy dies…uh… I mean to maintain realism and all, you know.”
Jet- “Oh noes. Will he die?”
Scyber- “This looks bad. What is going to happen?”
Phrozen- “Come on guys! You can take him on. He’s only one gu..I mean thing!”
Venom- “You forgot about my sphinx.”
Cat- “Ya, you forgot about me.”
Nektu- “Hey wait…you can talk!?!”
What is going to happen? Who or what is that cat?
Does it/he/she only talk in after episode chats? Is Venom just an overconfident bastard?
Is he going to get his ass handed to him?
All of these answers shall be revealed in the next episode of dfans the movie: Battle of the Kairn caves.