Chapter 197 Preparations
The man left
again to continue his work
the rest of them visited
a frail woman
looking to be in her seventies,
any reaction to their approach.
t know anything about
it was doubtlessly connected to some traumatic even
in her past.
for her and talk to her lovingly
remember her own parents.
Not a lot of pleasant
but it made her feel a little nostalgic still.
can you look after her for a while. You know she loves your paintings.” Claire said
after a while, smiling at the girl
who seemed to beam
She nodded quickly
ran to a nearby shed,
Ilea didn’t see any colors or brushes
but she figured the girl had her own ways.
Will you two be leaving again?” Cless asked
after she had
We will.” Kyrian said
and lifted her up again,
one of his spheres forming a
below her feet.
He let her fall a moment later,
making her shriek before she landed just
I hate this!” She
shouted while laughing and hit the man on his chest,
making him chuckle as well.
We’ll be back in no time.”
and hugged the girl.
He’s gotten close to her.
enjoying the scene.
Hopefully it’s not the wrong decision. For both of them.
Next time you should be stronger.”
Cless said, waving at her.
I’ll try my very best
to the girl
with a little less
They both high fived the girl
they made their way back.
Let me know if you need gold,
there’s already a substantial
amount coming in each day.”
Claire said to
Ilea as they
I’m fine for the moment.”
Ilea replied. “
a big part of it.”
likely already thinking
how specifically to
spend the gold.
Where’s Trian, I’d like to mee
him before we go.”
to her when they exited into Viscera.
Again there were
gates put into place to trap
something in the Haven,
protect someone against
whatever came into Viscera.
A good addition.
A lot of demons had been summoned into the city itself
s he had.
could be blocked off
and cleared out
easier like this.
He’s here actually.
looking at Ilea when she said the word friends. “
I’ll take you to them.”
to another lift that led downwards,
to the training halls.
nknown to her,
there were hidden
passages leading further
down into the mountain,
passages that not even her sphere
picked up. “
Were those here before?”
Ilea asked as the
elded back into
place behind them,
leaving no trace and
cutting off her
No. Most of them are new additions.
rune magic and
Can they block out your skill?” Claire asked
and smiled when Ilea confirmed. “
Seems like the efforts weren’t in v
something more potent than yours.
Elise will get something similar in the library
above. Just in case.”
So you’re going for him.”
still looking at the
same spot on the wall he had been staring at for the whole duration o
f their conversation.
Ilea didn’t really want to call it that either, the man only
barely reacting to what she said.
We are. Just wanted you to know that
It was nice seeing you.”
and got up,
not receiving a further response from the man.
He’s not quite himself, is he?” Kyrian asked
when she joined him in the hallway.
He needs time.
let’s see if Dagon and Elise found out anything or if they rather
busied themselves with other things.”
walking to Claire
when Aurelia came
running from the room.
Thank you for visiting.”
closing the door behind herself. “
I’ll get him
to his old self in no time.
been too hard on himself.”
and punched Ilea on her shoulde
I’ll get stronger,
for him and
Perhaps next time I won’t have to hold back as much
Ilea said, grinning at the girl
shook her head.
You’ll see.” She answered with a perfect smile
to the others.
Perhaps they were the first refugees
in Ravenhall after all.
s expected no new information on either Arthur or the Golden Lily was unearthed by
the two librarians.
A lack of
influential nobles in the Hand
was likely the reason,
as well as
the privacy of the rare noble that actually joined.
knowledge and research was more focused on skills, classes, stats and most importantly monsters.
Enemies to humanity itself,
other intelligent races,
their possible goals, philosophies,
y were an order of mercenaries,
not bound to one country or another.
However they were bound to
their species against
anyone that would come
the main focus of course,
of the western independent cities.
Still there were other races, some
trading with humans or even living in their cities.
No major war
had happened in the
last several hundred years.
resided in the
Naraza mountain chain or wherever they
dig themselves into the stone.
hey had no interest in
the human plains and had
stated so on several occasions.
elves were a mystery still,
their intentions differing with every attack
and the results varying just as much.
convinced they could end humanity as a whole if they
all their energy towards that goal
but so far nothing spoke for such
he Shadow’s Hand was one
thing that would stand in their way should they decide
execute such a plan.
There were dangerous monsters
in the north,
several expeditions not coming back at all, others defeated
and into the ocean had succeeded
everyone vanishing without a trace.
Monsters of the deep would
port cities from time to time
at least for a couple kilometers
off the coast,
was considered safe.
At least as safe as the wild in the human plains.
ities and walls
against the normal kind of monsters, either too weak to
get over or through the walls,
taken down by
a group effort of the defenders or hunters or
disliking the high number of
predators liked to isolate targets
the middle of the herd
I need five skills at
second tier level twenty for third tier becoming available?” Ilea asked
her about the
information regarding the
It’s usually the case, yes.
For most people,
at least the ones who
shared this information with me,
at least one or two available skills to
some conditions that one needs to fulfill
for the third tier
Either that or
andom. The fact that some people have the option to advance
none at all or anything in between
me think it’s the
Dagon explained. “
Your second class getting close then? Why not stay and train for a while, I’m sure you could reach it
soon. Couple weeks or months maybe.”
He suggested but Ilea
shook her head.
I’m gonna get there when I do and I already have a couple favo
rites should the time
I already have plenty of options to flee
I hope it’s enough.”
said and sighed.
You really hav
e that many skills
at the end of the second tier already?” Kyrian asked. “
k me most of our missions and training to
just get a third to that level.”
I focused more on
skills than leveling for quite a while.” Ilea said. “
Didn’t the training do a lot for you as well?”
I mean yes, it definitely did.
To get to two hundred I
didn’t use more than
all my skills
though so most of them were lagging behind
quite a bit.”
The man explained. “The training definitely helped
I’ll need a while longer to use
of my third tier
Got nothing available either.”
Good to know we’re in a similar boat then.
Are you sure you’re up for this then?
You lack a teleportation ability.”
and looked at him.
I thought we discussed this before.
Of course I am.
You don’t need a teleportation ability
bust through walls with
Plus being trapped in a room with me isn’t
good for anybody.
You remember when you didn’t have your curse resistance
and tried to walk into
It’s not a common ability.”
Yea but we’re not fighting common people.”
Ilea said. “
I trust you though.
And your abilities. Let’s just hope they d
idn’t already heavily train against
curse and metal magic.”
It’s painful to do that.
have experienced such
or would like to do so when they can get more powerful by killing people
and monsters delivered to them.”
Kyrian suggested. “
Plus we’re together,
we’ve got each oth
about this, it’s just that…,” Ilea started but he just
punched her shoulder.
Don’t worry about it.
Plus it’s just this mission. Afterwards we’ll train.
To get strong enough to face them we’ll have to face death
many times. This is just the first.”
Arthur Redleaf took
over from his father.
He’s not self made
which makes me doubt
the pain of curses
quite as much as you have as a hobby.”
It’s not exactly a hobby.”
but smiled. “
We’ll look through the records and see if we can find anything related to Eve, the Golden Lily or Arthur Redleaf.
Perhaps something pops up. Just make sure to come back
at some point.
May you prevail.”
said as he got up,
walking around the table and hugging Ilea tightly.
rib cage groaned under the
strength of his arms.
I don’t have to tell you not to die,
it’s probably easier to destroy this city again than
it is to kill you.”
when he let go
and turned to Kyrian. “
You, you don’t die
He said. “
Now leave my office,
catch up on forty lost years.
?” Ilea asked.
Forty years of romance
but the light shade of red on his face
wasn’t lost to her.
to the situation, especially considering
in relation to hers
she simply didn’t feel like it.
Not after all that has happened.
Maybe I’m becoming less of an insufferable twat.
chuckle to herself
to the confusion of the others.
Of course, then I will
let you get to it.
Thank you for the help and for taking care of her and Trian.”
She said, to both Dagon and Claire.
You brought the news
from Ravenhall. I doubt we’d be standing here without you.
rescued Elise from the dungeons
and you helped avenge Trian’s family.
If anybody should be
receiving thanks, it’s you.” Dagon said.
Don’t encourage her,
becoming a little more humble.” Kyrian said and
as he touched
You’re living a dangerous life Kyrian.” Claire said. “
We’re here for you two
and anybody you consider a friend.
To you or to the order.
you will have a place here
have to admit that
kind of fell in love with danger.”
winking at Ilea
at the last part.
he groaned and pushed his arm away. “
I’m not ready for a committed relationship Kyrian.
Even without all the
that has happened.”
I said danger, not you.”
The man said
Alright, we’re leaving. Thanks again and
let demons destroy the city again. Remember, there was one
incredibly tough one
it’s still around somewhere.”
as she walked to the door.
We have scouts
around and in the city.
Plus we took down
those giants, I think we can handle a single demon.”
not with all the changes
and the others had
brought to Ravenhall. Still,
that demon was dangerous. Similar
normal size of them and their speed
made for a much more dangerous enemy than
high leveled and powerful monster.
hey could be taken down with teamwork,
distraction and tactics.
For human sized or slightly larger enemies, that was much more difficult. Especially
and that demon spoke.
They still gave her more of an uneasy feeling
the monster whale or the
Basilisk she had faced so long ago.
And I was weak then compared to now.
Still it hadn’t killed her.
Had it been a Praetorian, she doubted anybody
in that cave would’ve come out alive.
ith their business concluded in Ravenhall,
the two of them
finished their preparations for
the journey and
Food and drink was bought,
weak health potions in case
their mana ran dry
or healing spells were interrupted.
Cloaks to hide
some spare clothes.
Ilea had initially planned to get some
things in Virilya
getting them here instead.
It was quicker and wouldn’t result in
Plus putting some money into the local economy would benefit her too in the end.
Ready to go?” She asked the man when they met up again
although all my stuff is going to be cold. Sure you don’t want to trade
your necklace against my ring?”
lea just grinned under her hood. “
I doubt you’d look as smashing
covered in bloody armor all the time. Nobody ever sees it.”
Kyrian said as they exited the city,
a couple people on the road leading towards the city.
An unusual sight considering the dangers involved in traveling.
They had grouped up
but looked to be far from the same
some clad in armor,
freezing in the
as they clutched to the thin
shirts they had,
You’ve seen it.” Ilea said absentmindedly as she
Hope and exhaustion
on their faces as they
gazed upon the
high walls of Ravenhall
a city that
Virilya in defens
They need some more shield mages for that I think.
“Which is why I wish you’d show it off more.” Kyrian said. “The first refugees are already here. Hey, where are you from?” He asked when they reached the closest group. The man who was spoken to looked around and shied back a little but managed to stammer out the name Harptown.
“Where’s that?” Ilea asked.
“Right next to the mountain chain. Not far from Morhill actually. Well it’s far if you’re moving like these guys are. Thanks.” He said, nodding to the man who seemed happy that the conversation had ended.
“If people from that town are already coming here…,” Ilea started, the two of them walking away from the road and towards the forest lying north of Ravenhall.
“Well Claire might have to get some more fields ready.” Kyrian completed her sentence.
“Maybe all that space below the city might be used finally.” Ilea said and he grunted.
“Half of it was destroyed. I doubt they rebuilt it all. But yea, there’s certainly enough space.” Kyrian said when they entered the forest, his body starting to levitate from the ground as his magic activated. Ilea’s wings spread in turn and she started flying too.
“Let’s stay low until we’ve crossed the mountains.” She said and he didn’t reply, just starting off towards their destination.
“Are you sure about this?” Walter asked after looking over the combination of runes. “I can barely read them and they give me a massive headache. We’ve summoned a demon before by accident.”
“I can take over most demons, should one show up.” Weavy said, his mind racing through the runes again and again. He had planned for this the entire week.
“Master I trust in you.” The boy said into his mind. An annoying trick he had learned.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have taught him at all.
Now he can annoy me through walls.
Weavy though and sighed, a gesture he liked more and more. He still didn’t quite know what exactly it meant but the humans did it to show frustration.
“Master Skorn. Please trust in my abilities. One more try.” He telepathically said to the human next to him. Walter frowned and looked at the big black sockets in Weavy’s head.
“Last time we had to clean the room six times to get the smell of blood out.” He grumbled as he left the room, closing the door behind himself.
“That is a yes then. Ein, step aside and watch carefully how I circulate my mana through these runes. More and more I gain understanding of the Old ones.” Weavy said before he went to the door and listened. Walter’s footsteps decreased in volume, meaning that he would have some time for himself.
He thought, his facial muscles deforming his mouth into a scary smile.
The boy stepped aside
as he started activating the runes, their light humming fueling his excitement.
They will understand soon.
He thought as his teeth started to show.