Quest Old Stories, New Beginnings[Templar]

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  1. Anastasia

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    #51 Anastasia, Apr 8, 2019
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    "Here, I'll escort you," Valerie offered, giving a dismissive nod to Leane who step forward at least to help. The three had grown up together, along with Edwin, Berrek, Myrelle , Owin, Saul, and...

    Well they didn't speak about him anymore.

    Regardless, the remaining nine had formed a bond that ran deeper than even being Templar. It was a compulsion strong enough that Ana considered knocking the guards at the door unconscious just to get in. And it showed in the way Leane's keen gaze followed Valarie's movements away, constantly aware of the two's position around her.

    While their status with Saul left their own men often treating their word's like Saul's own, it did nothing for Ana with the guards that guarded the door. They weren't Broken Sword. Her face meant nothing to them. An order was an order, there were civilians out here.

    A frustrated scream pulled through her through her teeth. Leane moved to her side instead.



    "It's a surprise to see you here," Valerie confessed as she walked Greldyrn towards the civilians, where camp was being struck up among them. "When I learned what had happened to your chapter, well..." She looked back, giving him a tight smile. Empathy it was, then.

    "Maybe you can find something new here." Saul wasn't the only emphatic one of the chapter. Valerie genuinely believed they could build something good here. She led him to a wagon where the rations were being kept. She pointed out a fresh barrel of water for him to refill his flask off of, going into a bag to bring him dry strips of meat.
     
  2. Saul Talith

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    Saul's head hurt.

    His entire world was spinning. Pain rocketed up his arm, fingers feeling as though they had been mangled. He felt blood dripping down his palm, voices sounding in his ear. For a second he wasn't entirely sure if they were real or just playing upon his thoughts.

    After a moment passed he realized it was Skuld. A frown touched his lips, and slowly his head shook from left to right. The metal of his helmet scraped against the stone floor. A breath filled his lungs, and slowly the Templar Captain righted himself upon the ground.

    His sword had gone flying somewhere, his cloak was in tatters.

    As he gathered himself Saul saw them, dozens upon dozens of Templar spirits standing all around them. Their armor was different than his own, but different from each other as well. He stared at them, and they stared back. A silence loomed within the air, and then one of them stepped forward.

    The Captain tried to curl his fingers, tried to call upon anti-magic, but his mangled arm refused.

    The Ghost still stepped forward, and then it extended an arm to him.
     
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    The joints in his fingers ached. Not just from how tightly he gripped the hilt of his sword. He must have scraped the back of his hand across the ageing flagstones. He wanted to go and lie down. He wanted to be away from otherworldly spirits. Draedamyr was out of his depth and in pain.

    I truly hope that this dead human is grateful for being freed and not about to tear Talith's soul from his body.
     
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    Skuld had spoken, but realized she hadn't heard her own words. She blinked a few times, trying to make sense of things as she watched the wraiths. Her haste to get everyone standing had pushed her through the fuzzy feeling in her head, along with the muffled sounds around her. The shield had touched her face, but as she looked to Smithson, realized it may have been a tad harder than a touch.

    The other black rose looked like he'd been through a few rounds of fighting outside the local tavern. One eye was beginning to swell from catching the edge of the shield and his ears rang. He looked to Skuld, a small dribble of blood on her forehead from a small gash.
     
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    Saul reached for the ghost's hand, if only out of instinct.

    His fingers passed through the ghostly appendage, and for a moment he could have sworn he saw amusement in the eyes of the ghost behind the helmet. His hand passing through the ghost's seemed to be a trigger for something, the wraith suddenly losing it's form.

    A massive cloud of ghostly smoke seemed to erupt, a soft wind pushing through the corridor and the great hall seeming to sweep away the army of specters. Within half a minute they were gone, only those Templar still among the living remaining within the great stone structure.

    Saul slowly took a breath. "Someone want to help me up?"

    He wasn't entirely sure he could stand on his own.
     
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    "No, you look far too heavy," Draedamyr replied curtly. One of the other armoured men was already moving towards their commander. He might be losing payment for the comment but it had been truthful. Commander of an order in decline was a title that held little meaning for one who had seen over thirty generations of their kind come and pass.

    He turned slowly, refusing to sheath his weapon. Whilst he could track the use of magic itself he wasn't sure he could even sense the presence of a spirit still tethered to this world. Logic told him they had been freed from the malevolent spirit, but logic wasn't holding out well for him today.
     
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    Skuld watched in silence as Saul tried to grab the arm of the ghostly templar, only to pass through it before a gust filled the hall and took with it the remaining spirits. It seemed that the trouble of the revenant had passed for the the time being, given that it had bound these templar to it.

    Saul's words sounded distant at first, then the elf spoke and seemed closer as she stared at both of them in turn. Adrenaline was wearing off finally, and everything on the woman began to ache and burn. Her forehead felt hot, her ears rang, and arms felt like noodles.

    Even sparring with her order had never left her this drained. Smithson approached her slowly, a hand waving in front of her face as he spoke.

    "Can you stand?" He spoke quietly. Her free arm extended, and the man wrapped it over his shoulder while she still held her shield up. Blinking, she took stock of the situation before looking to Saul.

    "Return-" She huffed. "And re-arm?" She knew she wouldn't be much further help if they trudged on, not that Saul looked any better.
     
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    Saul was pulled to his feet, the Elf being correct.

    With his own weight added to the armor it nearly took a second Templar to get him to his feet. A frown touched his lips as he managed to stand, the Lord Captain struggling not to fall over as he regained his balance. A breath filled him, his head shaking in answer to Skuld. "Rest."

    More than half of Herath still remained unexplored, but whatever curse had sat within the hallowed halls felt as though it had been lifted.

    That of course didn't mean there was nothing else here to find...but for now at least they would return to the first part of the Fortress and leave the rest be. At least until they had more men to explore.

    "We'll head back the way we came." No need to take chances.
     
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    He stood tall only because he didn't want to slump in front of the human mage hunters. It wasn't even just physical exhaustion and bruising. Draedamyr was sensitive to the magical energies that flowed through the world. That creature had made this a place of darkness and its passing had left a void. It tugged at his mind, made it difficult to focus.

    The elf put one foot in front of the other and made for the stairs. The bodies of the fallen, splayed out across the flagstones were all too real. It had claimed several of the party before being vanquished. At least he assumed it was gone. He had read tales of such things that were anchored to a place in the world and were never truly gone. There had been places near his home city where they would return every few centuries to lay a spirit to rest. Now he imagined those danger had been left to grow and spread.

    He sheathed his sword as he started down the stairs. If only because he didn't want them to see him drop it.
     
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    Skuld gave the commander a nod, the pair moving behind the elf as he lead the way back. She was glad they didn't have to move forward just yet. It was an unsure thing to have the spirit so quickly removed, and it remained to be seen if that things presence had kept anything else out. Or if it had simply kept other creatures to their own place in the fortress.

    Smithson seemed better on his feet, a few times having to drag Skuld along as her head spun. The shield had hit her hard and she was now struggling to remain awake. A few words to her assistant were terse and almost biting, trying to pull herself from his grasp once and nearly bringing them both down.

    Blinking, she relented and continued to be carried.
     
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    Frowning, Saul pulled himself together enough to actually make his way behind the others.

    Some of the Templar remained in position to the rear of course, watching the corners and insuring that no other Revenants were about to pop out.

    Eventually the group managed to return to the second gate, the massive doors still remaining sealed just as Saul had ordered. His frown twitched for a moment as he glanced back into the halls, his eyes searching for any remaining signs of the ghosts that had once surrounded them.

    When he found none the Lord Captain turned back, motioning for the others to move out of his way.

    As the Templar parted before him Saul made his way towards the door. He grimaced slightly as he shifted his arm, knocking on the heavy steel doors in an odd sort of rhythm before taking a step back.

    A minute passed, and then the grating sound of metal on metal began to echo as the doors to the first part of Herath began to fold open before him.
     
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    #62 Anastasia, Apr 24, 2019 at 2:57 PM
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    The stale air of the ruins washed over Ana as the doors were peeled open. The thick tension that had built up outside the doors dissipated in an instant at the sight of the returned Templars. Ana felt murmurs flicker out behind her, spreading rapidly out-- there was nothing to fear. The men had returned!

    Everything must be fine.

    But being as close to the door as Ana was, she could see that there was nothing fine about the men that had come back out.

    "...Saul?" she uttered, her voice tight with stress. She yanked off the helmet she had dawned while waiting and rushed to him. Others seemed to grasp the situation in time with her. She felt them move with her-- the well-seasoned warriors helping their comrades through the doors.

    "What happened?" Ana asked quickly, heedless of the heavy Broken Sword armor she wore. She reached for his head, fingers skimming his temples. Antimagic pulsed through her fingertips at the touch.
     
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    There was a barrel not far beyond the door. He didn't know what was in it, why it was there, or if it needed to be moved. He didn't care. Draedamyr sat heavily on it and slumped forward onto his knees. A braid of wheat blonde hair fell forwards across his face.

    It didn't feel as if anything had broken. Most of his skin was going to be quite colourful by the next morning. The creature hadn't managed to sink a hook into his soul. Perhaps it had only been able to do that upon death.

    "Managed to choose a haunted castle for your new home," he muttered, finally lifting his head.
     
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    The Black Roses were around Smithson and Skuld once clear of the gate, separating them and carrying each separately. Skuld attempted to shrug the help once more, finding her feet better this time as she huffed angrily at her comrades.

    "I am fine. Just...worse for wear. Now let me breath." She looked to Ana, then Saul. The commander could report their findings but she had to laugh a little when the elf spoke.

    "Big empty place, good view of the area and defensible. Surprised we were not greeted by anything here in the courtyard." Skuld offered, leaning against the kite shield with both hands.
     
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    "Revenant." Saul answered, flinching slightly at even the bare touch of his wounds.

    Most of the damage was actually his own fault.

    Anti-magic required a soft, almost surgical touch when dealing with things like wraiths. Someone well versed in the techniques could pick apart a Revenant at the seems, quite literally reduce it to little more than a forest wisp, but Saul wasn't good enough for that sort of thing.

    He'd turned the wraiths energies against itself, quite literally turning it into a bomb. It had not been smart, and in truth he'd endangered every Templar that had gone with him.

    Something he'd have to make up for later.

    "We're alright." He said quietly. "Lost some, but at least the second Keep should be safe now."

    Saul doubted the Revenant left anything else alive to be a threat.

    A moment passed, and in a much more quiet voice Saul added; "It's good to see you."
     
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    #66 Anastasia, Apr 26, 2019 at 12:52 AM
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    The pieces of the puzzle fell together for Ana in an instant. A Revenant, the state of his arm-- the fact they came out largely whole. Her insides twinged at the concept of how forced that bout of antimagic must have been. How much it must have hurt. All thoughts on chastising him melted away, replaced by guilt. If she had been on time, he wouldn't have had to do it.

    The softer nature of his next words pulled her from her swirling concern.

    "I'm sorry it took so long." He was given a small smile, her fingers catching a curl at his temple and pushing it back into the visor before she withdrew.


    She grew conscious of the people around them then, a moment taken to survey each stranger in turn. "If there's any ill affects of its magic on you, please come to me," she told them in greeting.

    She quietly double took and gave Saul a flickering glance of panic, realizing she didn't know if any of them were from a faction that despised magic and if she had just stepped on toes.

    Aaaaaah.
     

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