"What is this thing?"Poking a large beast Rax was presented with something he wasn't really sure of.
With his story behind him Rax was prepared with getting this all taken care of now. What he was referring to was the beast that Cake went and got for them just prior to leaving. Now away from the Crescendo Cartel's estate it was close to the point where Merlin would have to bid everyone, mainly Rax, a very fond farewell.
Ossa didn't seem to care about this creature. In truth she was horrified to hear Rax's history, but didn't want to show signs of any weakness or falter in her usual emotions. "Who cares, let's keep things going."
Lumbering in the center of the crowding lot was a bulkish badger like creature, the Cover Maul. Brown and brick red with claws like spiked flails it looked dangerous, the size of a small house. A Cover Maul was a very heavy set creature who could easily tango with adventurers in the low stone star level, nothing spectacular, but still something worth value to a lot. What was more to this creature is that funny enough it was a very passive beast. Its Essence gifted it with the ability to camoflauge itself to where unless it attacks every other being, or even construct, would see it as so harmless that it wouldn't even acknowledge on a serious note. One would see one, even with their monstrous size and well leveled strength on tier with a kitten.
These were honed by the Crescendo Cartel to smuggle their products past security and dangerous zones due to the Cover Maul basically going unnoticed, or at least not felt like they were going to be a problem. With this it was fully possible to get past the Vendreiga security constructs that surrounded the areas around the stronghold of a kingdom just beyond the trench that lined up with the outter most walls.
"Good to see you again, Rax." Aware that Rax and Company would be heading out soon Merlin bid a soft farewell to the one who he considered a disciple (Sometimes in some cases that is) unsure of when they'd see each other again "I think I'll stay here for a while. Taptio is a beautiful estate and I wish to partake the view in more."
Kay. Merlin just showed up at this guy's estate and now decides to stay there for a while? Rax knew it was like the real Merlin Chronos to just do as he pleases though "You don't think Bard will be against you staying?"
"Ehh, I don't care." Brutally honest with his intentions Merlin gave no care to the opinions of the residents of the Crescendo Cartel's estate "Let's see him do something about it."
In unison both Rax and Merlin began laughing loudly about this entire scenario "Ahahahahaha!" Funny ontop of it Umbra randomly joined in the laughter, not with any knowledge of why she was laughing with them at all
Seeing his master again was a refresher that Rax really needed. With all the things going on that rattled him deeply it was nothing but helpful to see a long since familiar face that he categorized as his own father figure. Merlin felt similar to the same as what Rax felt towards him. Throughout his life many saw him as either a problem or as the highly regarded ruler of Camelot. It wasn't until he got to know Rax that he had a person who saw him as nothing but a person to look up to, seeing him for who he was and not for just his position in strength. It was always something Merlin saw as a treasure in the kid; the ability to see people for who they are and act on it. He was without knowledge of what would turn and form from his reentering into his land of birth, a land he had long since forsaken and put behind himself.
Odd buzzing drifted around about the walls. It was foreign to Rax in an alerting manner he saw it as a possible obsticle that existed beyond the wall. "What the hells with that buzzing?"
"Hey, Skaryuu, why are you so angry all the time?" Manticore poked fun at the sworn swordsman of one of the Ji Dynasty's princes, ignoring Rax's comment entirely as the rest of them did
Snapping back without any care of how strong Manticore was Skaryuu scowled at him intensely, looming over the fact he was having to deal with these people "Why are you such an idiot all the time?"
"Whoa, hostility." Jotting down the events that were taking Place the tinkerer and man of knowledge Alaude kept track of their adventure
"Please, friends, let's not fight." Bondor went ot settle down the grouchy swordsman, a heart full of compassion and kindness was most of his well being.
Dohawk Harrowgale was well raised to have a heavy level of detailed wisdom to assist in solutions for issues between people "Conflict without real reason leads to nothing but loss."
Manticore clapped his hands together, agreeding that they should all be friends "Well said, Dohawk!"
"How are you able to say that with an honest face, Manticore?" Ossa was fully aware of Manticore's reputation that regarded him to pick fights with most people who look at him funny. It was how he earned the title of Scourge Lion
Smirking with his head held high up Manticore proclaimed himself "With a lot of pride and a laugh dwelling in my gut."
"Lady Victoria, how are you doing? Are you hungry?" What Allara seemed to pay most attention to in this entire adventure so far was just how Immortal Rune's Victoria Nisean felt at every second of the day
Cheerfully responding Victoria patted on her tummy, showing no signs of hunger whatsoever "I'm fine. I like to eat in binges! Should be good for a few more days without needing any food."
"Beautiful and an intelligent survivalist!" He praised her, Allara happy with anything she says or does
"Ugh, Prince Allara..." Skaryuu didn't like that his prince was having his mind steered away by some broad so soon. As a man sword to the blade he cared for nothing besides protecting the one his oath was sworn to.
"We're maybe ten minutes from the trenches outside Vendreiga." Umbra was using her Essence to look head, knowing the distances and areas that they were getting towards
"Umbra, for a whackey girl like yourself you sure are useful." This was true. Ossa admited to the facts directed to Umbra's massive use to the team "At least one of these extras is."
Saluting happily Umbra was rought with joy "I aim to please!"
Given what they were all doing Bondor hoped for a unity to form between them all "We should all just be friends."
"Bondor, you're a great dude." Patting his pacifist pal, Rax was always in appreciation of his friends "Kay, we're here."
Getting past all of the watching constructs that resided scattered around outside the Vendreiga fortress wall was now a simple task. Without being noticed thanks to the Cover Maul the group essentially tip toed stealthfully right up to the doorstep of Vendreiga. It was strange to see all of the constructs constantly scanning the area with their large, luminescent eyes that sought out all non-usual entities to give alert to those who guarded the Vendreiga walls. This though was what they believed. What awaited them beyond the walls? Were they ready? Well, time to find out what they're all made of it seems!
Waving away the Cover Maul with her deepest and most sincere tears Victoria "Bye Fluffers! I'll miss you!"
"Victoria, don't befriend a Crime group's smuggling pet." Ossa directed, not wanting anything bad to come from it as it surely could
"We're not supposed to?" Dazed and confused Bondor hesitated to tell them that he already befriended the Cover Maul beast that brought them to where they were
Looking at Bondor with a look of disapproval Ossa had nothing else to say but "Bondor, god dammit..."
It was around four miles from the edge they were all standing at to the wall that was easily twice as high and thick as the trench that resided beside it. Light didn't even make it down to the bottom of the trench, only moist darkness
Bondor sneered down towards the trench, wondering how deep it was. It was as if all of the Static Highlands couldn't even fill up the trench just from what was visible by the human eye "Damn, look at this."
"Wowzers! It looks so amazing!" Getting attention towards her Umbra held herself together in a guise of suspense and wonder only to break in laughter, waving her hands in front of her face "Just kidding. I can't see anything."
Sloth chuckled with her comment, appreciating Umbra's humor in her own disability "Ha, blindness reference."
Making sure everything was up to her standards and expectations Ossa made sure that the one card that could jepordize "Manticore, do you have that device thing on to mask your Essence?"
"Yeah. If I run into Hank I'm taking the thing off and going wild." Slashing his fingers against one another Manticore created a brief spark as if he clashed metals together
Rax knew that Manticore was the only one that would be able to fight against this Hank Bank guy if he ever came across them. As long as they were able to get this job done Rax didn't care. What worried him was that he'd run into problems that were long since buried deep inside of his mind. If he's lucky he'd be able to reunite with one of his brothers.
Ten adventurers (Sorta heroes if you count Manticore) stood before the massive trench that divided the land around them and the mountain of the outter wall shielding Vendreiga from the outside world. Miles down below the surface was the entry way into what would lead them onto their first big adventure, excluding Manticore and Umbra of course. What Rax saw though wasn't simply a wall that rose up to the clouds in front of him. To the rookie adventurer it was an emotional stronghold that drove back a past he didn't prefer to think of for many reasons. Regardless of that though he agreed to venture onward with the rest of his friends, to prevent catastrophe from continuing, for being all around ways; a Hero.