Magic And Light – Chapter XVI

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Chapter I – A Gathering Of Friends – Chapter II – Making Characters – Chapter III – Choose Your Class – Chapter IV – Character Introductions (Stigus) – Chapter V – Character Introductions (Chi (Red)) – Chapter VI – Character Introductions (Ren) – CHAPTER VII – Character Introductions (Kinner) – Chapter VIII – Character Introductions (Zhan) –  Chapter IX – Final Character Introduction (Tor-Atimus) – Chapter X – Beginnings – Chapter XI – The Crimson Blade Tavern – Chapter XII – Waiting – Chapter XIII – North To Drudgek – Chapter XIV –  Session 3 – Chapter XV – Day 1

CHAPTER XVI – Orcs

“Naughty, naughty,” suddenly speaks Kinner’s voice from behind the two bandits in the dark.

They jump in surprise, “We meant you no harm… We were just passing through, and saw your fire.”

With this Chi draws his bow back, “Thought you might scope it out, and determine how easily it would be to rob us.”

“Well, ha ha, sirs, you must understand… This is our livelihood…”

“It is a tainted profession,” the deep voice of Tor-Atimus rumbles through the camp, as he appears in front of the fire bearing his great sword.

“Please… Have mercy… Find it in your heart’s goodness to let us go…” pleas one of the Bandits.

“We’re not holding you,” suddenly speaks Zahn who walks up directly to them.

He then pulls out the medallion from around his neck, hanging on a gold chain, is a bright yellow sun.

As he holds it up to them, his eyes fill with golden light, as does the sun medallion, as it casts its’ glow upon the men…

…one of them falls to his knees, “Please… I beg of you… Have mercy,”

Suddenly all of them have retreated from their positions, and returned to their beds leaving the two Bandits where they were.

The one on his knees rises, “I know of Apollo… He is a glorious god… This land has been godless for too long…” he turns to his partner in crime, “I’m staying to find a way to serve this Cleric in anyway I can…”

“Are you mad!” the other speaks.

“No… I am saved,” and with this, the Bandit lays down his bed roll, and does his best to go to sleep.

The other runs off.

Tor-Atimus suddenly appears, and sits by the fire, as his Watch shift has begun, sending Chi to bed with the others.

“Come closer to the fire boy,” he speaks in his rumbling Half-Orc tone.

The Bandit stands, grabs his bedroll, and lays it out closer to the fire, “Thank you.”

An hour later Tor-Atimus senses… Something.

He looks up and four Orcs stand 20 feet away, just out of the fire light, but his Darkvision shows them clearly.

He raises his hand in greetings to them.

One of them raises his hand…

…Tor-Atimus stands, and walks over to them.

“Not much moon tonight…” he speaks in Orcish.

“Not much moon,” the apparent leader of them replies.

“Are you in need of food?” Tor-Artimus questions.

“We are not…” the leader replies.

Meanwhile Chi lays in the dark, listening to the conversation, as he speaks Orc, but not letting them know he is awake.

“Why are you traveling with these…” speaks the leader.

“I am a Paladin… And so I have left my people… I am from far away… A land called Despa…” explains Tor-Atimus.

“I know Despa… Why are you here?” the leader continues.

“I travel with a Cleric… A Priest of Apollo… I seek a greater purpose…” explains Tor-Atimus.

“Hmmph… We go,” replies the leader, none to pleased at his response, but, none to bothered either.

“Farewell friend…” speaks Tor-Atimus.

“May you find this ‘purpose’, and not be betrayed in the searching,” speaks the leader as he and the other three Orcs walk away.

PICTURE CREDIT – Orc

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