The dim light of dawn accompanied the chirping of the birds in the early morning when our friends woke up.
Narrator- “Uhm…Turmo is still asleep actually. Somebody prod him with a sharp stick.”
Turmo stirred, mumbled something unintelligible and rolled in the covers. Nacho came and sat on his bed and gently called out his name. As Turmo finally opened his eyes, he noticed the look of concern on Nacho’s face and he immediatley exclaimed-
Nacho smiled- “Nothing yet. Me, Az and Nekro have discussed about it. We think it is best for you to wait for us here when we go in the caves. It will probably be dangerous and there’s no need to risk your life. Hmm…Nekro bravely volunteered to keep you company here so you’ll not be alone.”
Turmo looking downcast- “I really wish I could help you guys. I know I am not of much use. I am sorry.”
Az- “Hey don’t worry about it. Do not think we are looking down on you because it is not so. We are friends, remember. We’ll come back soon enough anyway, so we’ll be reunited in no time.”
Turmo still looked trouble. He has known these people for mere days but has already become so attached to them. It could be that he was a stranger in a new world and was grateful for some company and help. But he could see that here were some exceptional individuals and knew in his heart that they will not be seeing each other for a long time.
He didn’t know how to say what he felt so he kept it to himself.
The friends took their breakfast together, after which they made their way to the library. It was still quite early and they were wondering whether they would see Atru at such a time. But there he was, a book propped upside down in front of him and his eyes unfocussed and blood-shot.
Nacho called out to him. The Town-master jumped, startled. He looked up towards the friends and they saw the tiredness etched in every line of his face. He obviously hasn’t slept and has probably worried himself sick the whole night.
“He must really care about his people”, thought Az.
Atru however hailed them with a cheerful expression and 10 minutes later they were to be seen walking down the streets of Deeha ‘Blothri, making their way towards the infirmary.
The Town-Master announced them some formidable piece of news while they were walking.
Atru- “After you departed last night, another mage came in after you!!! His name is Emilophion and you must surely know him, Azriel.”
Az- “Yes I do. But that’s incredible luck! He was sent 1 month ago to Curast by leader Hans. He was probably returning from the Eastern city.”
Atru- “Yes indeed. And quite a shock he got too on the road. When he neared the town, he was greeted by phasmatis gathered around the gate!”
Az- “Oh no…”
Atru- “Worry not, he just ran through to the gate and got in. He didn’t even have to fight! It seemed the evil creatures were just as surprised to see him. Good thing he had his wits with him though.”
[spoil]Narrator- That’s an action worthy of Nekro, I would say.
Nekro- Indeed. Pretty nicely done, I would say.[/spoil]
Atru- “I went to see him of course. I told him you were here and of your task of today. He immediately volunteered to come with you. I cannot believe this is just luck. Mother Precel must want us to succeed. I have delayed the mission for 2 hours to allow him to have a proper rest. I daresay things are looking better.”
The daylight allowed the companions to fully appreciate the beauty of the town. All of the architecture was wooden-based. Most of the ancient buildings like the Tavern and the library had intricately carved symbols depicting the balance between man and nature over their woodwork. The houses looked modest and simple yet had the refined touch of certain elegance about them. The streets themselves have remained mostly dirt tracks though sidewalks were present. And here again, timber was used. These as Atru explained came from Infuss trees. Wood taken from this tree has the property to toughen to near rock-consistency once mixed with certain chemicals and was mainly used for outdoor maintenance and construction.
The group reached the infirmary, which was one of the first buildings the skilled hands of townsfolk gave birth to. Chiseled into the wood arching over the entrance was a menacing-looking great bird surrounded my men, women and children. Turmo surprised, silently nudged Az to ask why such a horrible bird was carved into the wood at the entrance.
Az whispered- “Oh that’s the Viaax- a magical bird. Its feathers when brewed into a potion can counter most poisons and heal any injuries. They are very rare and even more difficult to catch.”
The friends proceeded to the room allocated to Zhuge. Upon seeing them, the fellow Moomooer sat up straight in his bed and shouted with glee-
“You made it!!!”
Nacho- “Yes we did, my good Zhuge. I am glad to see you are well.”
Zhuge- “Always so kind, prince. But the truth is that I failed my mission and put your life in danger as a result.”
Nacho- “Pointless to blame yourself friend for here we all are and very much alive. But what happened to you?”
As Nacho was speaking, he couldn’t help notice the large dressing across Zhuge’s chest and right leg. It seemed he was saved just in time.
Zhuge- “As you know we abandoned our outpost at the Gurk forest many years back but the relative peace that seemed to settle over the forest during the last couple of years was meant to deceive us! Phrozen sent me to scout the path to Deeha ‘Blothri. We were not expecting any trouble, the reason only I was sent. But it would seem the time is much graver than we thought. These terrible creatures within the forest are no beast- they are much more fearsome.”
Nacho- “Sir Atru has some hypothesis behind that. We heard you managed to fight some of them off.”
Zhuge- “Yes but there were too many. I was able to hold the wolves at bay but when the bears came, most of my magic had been drained and if it wasn’t for the guards of Deeha ‘Blothri, I wouldn’t be here talking with you all. I wonder how Phrozen is keeping without me to aid him. So many days I have been away and I am the last wiki sys…I mean his trusty second in command.”
Nekro- “Oh don’t worry about that, Huck and Kickin_it have been helping him out.”
Zhuge- “Those bast…I mean oh are they? Usurpin…uhm..helping Phrozen huh?
Nacho- “ Yes they are and they’ve been working very hard too in your absence.”
Zhuge- “I’ll need to return as soon as possible. Phrozen will be needing my help, I just know it.”
Nacho- “Hmm…I see you won’t be able to move until at least one more week. Even then you cannot go through the forest again- it is too dangerous. You’ll have to take the long way, across the Southeastern range to get into Ashnak valley.”
Zhuge- “Yes that would seem the prudent thing to do.”
Nacho- “Well it was good to see you again my friend. Az and me are going with a group to investigate the Kairn caverns. I’ll see you when we return.”
Zhuge- “Yes, Sir Atru has told me of that earlier this morning. You honor our clan with your bravery prince. May Mother Precel bestow her blessings upon you.”
They parted company. Zhuge despite his well wishes looked worried. He felt angry with himself for not being able to help Nacho and tried desperately to convince himself that the guards of Deeha ‘Blothri will ensure the safety of the two mages.
Nacho- “Sir Atru, do you have a blacksmith in Deeha ‘Blothri? I’ll need a sword.”
Atru- “Yes certainly, I’ll show you where. Follow me.”
He brought them to Stonebreaker, the blacksmith. He was a large man with a thick black moustache and a goatee. He had very short hair and rather large ears. Sweat glistened on his face as his massive arm raised a big hammer to beat on the hot red iron. He glanced upward and saw Atru, however he didn’t stop and merely grunted a brief salutation. He was that kind of man- whenever he started working; he was completely devoted to the task. Atru knew of that and asked Stony if they could visit the back store for a sword. The latter grunted again and the company moved inside the workshop to see the weapons.
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Emilophion- “ZOMG, I’m in!”
Phrozen- “ Eh…let’s not get sidetracked here. What have you done to Zhuge?” Narrator- “Woah…calm down man. At least he didn’t lose anything…”
Zhuge- “I am fine Phrozen. Just a few injuries. Nothing very life-threatening.”
Shatt- “A shame really.”
Nektu- “Hey yo! These guys are still in Deeha ‘Blothri? Are they ever gonna leave or what? I am still waiting for my Fondue bourguignonne and Tarte flambée!”
Umpa- “How in the world is this food going to last this long? It must surely already have spoiled.”
Nacho- “Of course not! They are wrapped in special leaves capable of preserving them for months.”
Nektu- “I am not worried about that! You better have the thing when you meet me and not have eaten it! I have been waiting for that since the first freaking episode!”
Narrator- “Tempers running high today…must be one of these days…”
Are these guys ever going to enter the Kain caves? Why does this question sound like Nektu is asking it? What weapon will Nacho choose? Will Emilophion wake up in time?
Or is he just going to sleep his ass off?
All of these answers will be revealed in the next episode of Dfans the movie- The Kairn Caves.
(btw, kind of suitable that you mentioned my sleeping, I happen to sleep 12-13 hours per day during holidays ^^
You ungrateful little slut....
Haha but no seriously, this only introduces you and recognizes the name change. I'll go with Emil in future episodes. Emilophion is too long to write.
Oh the sleeping reference was intentional. My memory of conversations in the URT is better than you think.