The Navigational

Eldon; a Human Navigational (they are usually supernatural), teams up with a pupil named Ziron; a Demon (a rare supernatural force that is shrouded in mystery) to slay creatures that destroy lives.

Story Teaser

We rushed through the hallways, pulling my coat closer to me. Suddenly out of nowhere a kid came in to punch me! I grabbed his fist and pushed it back dislocating his shoulder, then I kicked his kneecaps till he crumpled onto the floor. I looked over at my mentor and ran to keep up with him.

“I told you the students here don’t like me,” I said angrily.

“Well sadly, our choices are limited,” he said quickly, “the teacher we need to speak to is here.”

“Teacher’s don’t like me either,” I frowned.

“The teacher we are here for likes no one, so I can get this” he said with a hustle.

Suddenly the hallways were getting thinner and we were getting to the darker parts of the castle. A single corridor lit by only torches was our only choice. There were no doors here but one. At the very end, I stepped forward with my mentor.

“He will not be happy to see me,” he smirked as he opened the heavy door.

The door was tossed wide open. There were large wooden tables everywhere with cauldrons and briefcases full of ingredients. We walked into the dark room, where only a single candle on the top floor was lit. His office.

“I knew it would only be a matter of time before you would seek me. I told you once Eldon, those days are beyond me now. I’m an old man!” he said shaking.

The man who appeared before us was indeed quite old, he had a long white beard. He wore a coat made of blue satin and gold threads. His hair had been mostly lost, but it wasn’t noticeable under his small hat.

“I wouldn’t ask you for that, master, I only need a little favor.” my mentor said as he reached into his pockets.

He produced a quill with the initials KRG engraved into it. He gave it to the teacher who looked it over with curiosity.

“This is quite an old quill,” he said with a little smile.

Walking over to the bookcase he pulls out a hideaway book. Inside is a little leather journal, he looks at it and caresses it with his hands as he walks over to my mentor.

“This has ancient information, in dire need of updating, but I feel you know that and what you seek is from the old ways?” he smirked.

“Thank you master, I will not be returning this, you’ve carried it long enough and you have done well to protect it. Enjoy your last days master, the world is no longer after you!” my mentor smiled as he hugged the old man.

“Thank you, Eldon, I appreciate it. I’ll be off now there is a show of dragons in Europe I wish to see,” he smirked as he waived his hands and a trunk began to pack itself.

“Here, Devyn, this is now under your safeguard!” Eldon said as he tossed a book and quill to him, “Maybe you could read when you’re bored?”

“Yea, thanks master, I’ll keep a good eye on it. Maybe I will read it, we will see, can we leave now?” I whined.

“Yes, we are on our way out!” he said as he waved to his master.

The hallways were lighting up as we walked out, the halls were mostly empty which made the trip out more enjoyable. Soon the sky had fallen upon them as they stepped into the courtyard. Devyn held close to him his walking stick. He dragged himself behind his mentor.

“I need a drink,” he smiled as he tossed a couple gold coins in my direction.

“What are these for?” I asked.

“You’re too young to drink boy, but there are other amenities this castle offers. Go have some fun, meet someone fun!” He smirked.

“What about tomorrow?”

“Don’t forget supplies meboy!” He laughed as he walked into the tavern.

I grumbled as I walked to our horse, wrapped around the stables with their eyes closed. Each one held a great deal of luggage. I pulled things out of the bag in a fury making sure we had everything we needed. Once I assessed I realized, he had no food. Sure we could hunt but no spices. I was agitated. So much for one of the lovely women of Kampari.

“Thats some mighty fine horses you’ve got there? It would be a shame if I was to take them from you?” A man smirked drawing his sword.

He was a burly man, half his hair gone from some freak accident. Two skinny boys stood beside him holding kepeshs who uses those anymore?

“Are you saying you want to take my horses?” I looked at him in disgust.

“And everything in them. Fetch a fortune nowadays if we have good horses.” He smiled, “just walk away kid no one has to get hurt.

“Unbelievable!” I smirked.

I leapt into the air and kicked all three of them back. I pressed a button on my walking stick and furnished a blade. I quickly disarmed the two tiny guys while doing a backflip off the bigger guy. I parried him disarming him rather quickly, he stumbled to the rocks and panted in shock.

“How, you look like a cripple?” The big guy hummed in anger.

“Yeah, far from that man. Now seriously, I suggest you walk away because you’re about to be chased by something from your nightmares.” I smiled as light began to gather around my body.

“No sir! Nothing wrong here! Sorry for bothering you!” The big man stuttered as he pulled himself up, “you’re a demon!”

They quickly ran in different directions as I stood my ground. I finished my packing real quick as I looked into the night sky. Still early night I could meet someone tonight.

I walked though the courtyard as salesmen yelled their products. Each one talking it up like it was the best thing ever. Suddenly I saw the lit sign. “MyLady’s” I smirked as I palmed the gold coins in my hands. I walked up to the door where a man wearing all satin smiled at me.

“Good evening sir, are you interested in partaking the wonders of this evening?” He winked.

“Yes sir. Looking for someone, thin but not too thin, she has to have red hair. Both places. Her eyes need to seem innocent, although we both know that’s not it amiright? And her hair must be curly, I’m carrying heavy today so she must be willing to do as I ask of her!” I smirked jingling my pockets.

“Yes sir! I have just the one you’re looking for, her name is Lady Dante. Feisty but innocent!” He smiled as he rang a bell.

Down the stairs came a woman of immaculate beauty. Her body wrapped in silk and her red hair deep waves down her shoulders. Her eyelashes heavy with black charcoal as she blinked, her eyelashes enhancing her youthful face. She came down and with a little tease pulled her dress up, showing legs smoother than an apple and built like a goddess. I smirked to myself as I grabbed her by the arm.

“The deluxe suite my good man!” I smiled as I tossed him a gold coin!

EROTICA

The sun had eaten its way through the thin shades of the luxury suite. My goddess that led me through a night of pure bliss lay beside me, quietly dreaming of a world where she isn’t being paid to have sex with. I left the coin under her pillow as I leapt through the door. I forgot about getting anything to eat! I ran up to the closes stall and bought us some quick supplies and shoved them in a burlap sack as I rushed to meet my mentor, praying he was just as late as me.

He stood there with a grimace puffing on a pipe in disgust.

“How was I able to arrive before you while under the devils nectar?” He sighed.

“Sorry master, I, lost track of time!” I lied.

“Well dear boy, quickly load them up! We must be on our way to the Green Reaches, where our next mission lies.

I quickly got on the house as we headed out towards the dirt trails laid from years before. On our way to a slaying of an almighty beast.

“The village of Jonril guards the deep woods of the green reaches, we are asked to attend by the almighty king of Kesh himself. We are to slay a nasty Wendigo. It has been spotted taking children. Feasting upon their flesh as if it’s life depended on it. It cannot be spoken how many children have been lost to this beast. Therefore we must be at our best, for this battle will not be quick.” Eldon said with a mighty puff of his pipe.

“Yes, is there anything in this book about this creature? I assume this is why we collected it?” I asked.

“Clever boy, yes, KRG had written a great page about his study of the wendigo’s he had encountered on his travels. We could use his vast knowledge to aid us in battle. Perhaps a library holds better answer, you think? Of course! But wendigos have not been seen for quite some time now. They are considered rare, because they don’t often show themselves. But when they do, they wreak havoc on all in their path.

They have sharp teeth on many parts of their bodies. They eat children to sate their sick obsession with human flesh.” Eldon smiled, as though there are worst things out there than that.

This wasn’t going to be an easy battle. I’ve heard myths and lore about these diabolical creatures. The most famous being “Winnie the Wendigo,” he sat in bushes during halloween night waiting for children to walk by them, then leap out and digest their tiny bodies. So many children went missing before one of the Navigators sought after them. His name was Malik, he was well known for his murder of various creatures in a short span. He slain the wendigo but with the cost of his dominant hand. A tragedy that befell him. He left the Navigators after that and resides on a peaceful beach somewhere. Haunted daily by the wendigos rotating teeth.

The night was already falling heavy upon us and we still had a ways to go, all that nonstop travel has left us both quite exhausted and in need of some sleep. We decided to set camp up next to one of the cliffs to protect us from attacks. We threw up the tent and gathered firewood. We roasted some potatoes and beef on the fire and began to talk more about the Navigationals.

“I know you’re new here Devyn, but there is much you need to know about us. We are a peaceful people, we only come when we are summoned, otherwise we could plunder villages with ease. We each pair up with a young navigational, usually with some kind of, shall we say, ailment? My pal Revlon is teamed up with a werewolf by the code name of “Nails”. However I got lucky, and got a daemon? Which we still know nothing about, shameful really? How am I supposed to prepare you for battle when I barely understand what you are? Pitiful I am! I apologize for putting your through this daunting task, but I know I couldn’t do it alone.” He said, rather sincerely.

I laid down in the fur blanket as I cracked open KRG’s book. I thumbed through the pages until I found the one I was looking for, no not the wendigo. Demons.

Demons are mythical creatures that possess abilities beyond this dimension. They can cast daemagi, transform, and see things with their daemon eye that no other creature can tune into. I know so little about these magnificent creatures.

On the bottom of the pages, in scribble handwriting was the name “Allison-Info”. I wonder if this Allison, could know anything more about my status as a paranormal creature? I thought I would ask Eldon tomorrow if this name has been spoken before. But I decided it would be best, for both of us, if I got some sleep. I summoned my aura around my body to keep us safe for the evening. If there was anything out there, my daemon would see it.

The Slaver

We rushed through the hallways, pulling my coat closer to me. Suddenly out of nowhere a kid came in to punch me! I grabbed his fist and pushed it back dislocating his shoulder, then I kicked his kneecaps till he crumpled onto the floor. I looked over at my mentor and ran to keep up with him.

“I told you the students here don’t like me,” I said angrily.

“Well sadly, our choices are limited,” he said quickly, “the teacher we need to speak to is here.”

“Teacher’s don’t like me either,” I frowned.

“The teacher we are here for likes no one, so I can get this” he said with a hustle.

Suddenly the hallways were getting thinner and we were getting to the darker parts of the castle. A single corridor lit by only torches was our only choice. There were no doors here but one. At the very end, I stepped forward with my mentor.

“He will not be happy to see me,” he smirked as he opened the heavy door.

The door was tossed wide open. There were large wooden tables everywhere with cauldrons and briefcases full of ingredients. We walked into the dark room, where only a single candle on the top floor was lit. His office.

“I knew it would only be a matter of time before you would seek me. I told you once Eldon, those days are beyond me now. I’m an old man!” he said shaking.

The man who appeared before us was indeed quite old, he had a long white beard. He wore a coat made of blue satin and gold threads. His hair had been mostly lost, but it wasn’t noticeable under his small hat.

“I wouldn’t ask you for that, master, I only need a little favor.” my mentor said as he reached into his pockets.

He produced a quill with the initials KRG engraved into it. He gave it to the teacher who looked it over with curiosity.

“This is quite an old quill,” he said with a little smile.

Walking over to the bookcase he pulls out a hideaway book. Inside is a little leather journal, he looks at it and caresses it with his hands as he walks over to my mentor.

“This has ancient information, in dire need of updating, but I feel you know that and what you seek is from the old ways?” he smirked.

“Thank you master, I will not be returning this, you’ve carried it long enough and you have done well to protect it. Enjoy your last days master, the world is no longer after you!” my mentor smiled as he hugged the old man.

“Thank you, Eldon, I appreciate it. I’ll be off now there is a show of dragons in Europe I wish to see,” he smirked as he waived his hands and a trunk began to pack itself.

“Here, Devyn, this is now under your safeguard!” Eldon said as he tossed a book and quill to him, “Maybe you could read when you’re bored?”

“Yea, thanks master, I’ll keep a good eye on it. Maybe I will read it, we will see, can we leave now?” I whined.

“Yes, we are on our way out!” he said as he waved to his master.

The hallways were lighting up as we walked out, the halls were mostly empty which made the trip out more enjoyable. Soon the sky had fallen upon them as they stepped into the courtyard. Devyn held close to him his walking stick. He dragged himself behind his mentor.

“I need a drink,” he smiled as he tossed a couple gold coins in my direction.

“What are these for?” I asked.

“You’re too young to drink boy, but there are other amenities this castle offers. Go have some fun, meet someone fun!” He smirked.

“What about tomorrow?”

“Don’t forget supplies meboy!” He laughed as he walked into the tavern.

I grumbled as I walked to our horse, wrapped around the stables with their eyes closed. Each one held a great deal of luggage. I pulled things out of the bag in a fury making sure we had everything we needed. Once I assessed I realized, he had no food. Sure we could hunt but no spices. I was agitated. So much for one of the lovely women of Kampari.

“Thats some mighty fine horses you’ve got there? It would be a shame if I was to take them from you?” A man smirked drawing his sword.

He was a burly man, half his hair gone from some freak accident. Two skinny boys stood beside him holding kepeshs who uses those anymore?

“Are you saying you want to take my horses?” I looked at him in disgust.

“And everything in them. Fetch a fortune nowadays if we have good horses.” He smiled, “just walk away kid no one has to get hurt.

“Unbelievable!” I smirked.

I leapt into the air and kicked all three of them back. I pressed a button on my walking stick and furnished a blade. I quickly disarmed the two tiny guys while doing a backflip off the bigger guy. I parried him disarming him rather quickly, he stumbled to the rocks and panted in shock.

“How, you look like a cripple?” The big guy hummed in anger.

“Yeah, far from that man. Now seriously, I suggest you walk away because you’re about to be chased by something from your nightmares.” I smiled as light began to gather around my body.

“No sir! Nothing wrong here! Sorry for bothering you!” The big man stuttered as he pulled himself up, “you’re a demon!”

They quickly ran in different directions as I stood my ground. I finished my packing real quick as I looked into the night sky. Still early night I could meet someone tonight.

I walked though the courtyard as salesmen yelled their products. Each one talking it up like it was the best thing ever. Suddenly I saw the lit sign. “MyLady’s” I smirked as I palmed the gold coins in my hands. I walked up to the door where a man wearing all satin smiled at me.

“Good evening sir, are you interested in partaking the wonders of this evening?” He winked.

“Yes sir. Looking for someone, thin but not too thin, she has to have red hair. Both places. Her eyes need to seem innocent, although we both know that’s not it amiright? And her hair must be curly, I’m carrying heavy today so she must be willing to do as I ask of her!” I smirked jingling my pockets.

“Yes sir! I have just the one you’re looking for, her name is Lady Dante. Feisty but innocent!” He smiled as he rang a bell.

Down the stairs came a woman of immaculate beauty. Her body wrapped in silk and her red hair deep waves down her shoulders. Her eyelashes heavy with black charcoal as she blinked, her eyelashes enhancing her youthful face. She came down and with a little tease pulled her dress up, showing legs smoother than an apple and built like a goddess. I smirked to myself as I grabbed her by the arm.

“The deluxe suite my good man!” I smiled as I tossed him a gold coin!

EROTICA

The sun had eaten its way through the thin shades of the luxury suite. My goddess that led me through a night of pure bliss lay beside me, quietly dreaming of a world where she isn’t being paid to have sex with. I left the coin under her pillow as I leapt through the door. I forgot about getting anything to eat! I ran up to the closes stall and bought us some quick supplies and shoved them in a burlap sack as I rushed to meet my mentor, praying he was just as late as me.

He stood there with a grimace puffing on a pipe in disgust.

“How was I able to arrive before you while under the devils nectar?” He sighed.

“Sorry master, I, lost track of time!” I lied.

“Well dear boy, quickly load them up! We must be on our way to the Green Reaches, where our next mission lies.

I quickly got on the house as we headed out towards the dirt trails laid from years before. On our way to a slaying of an almighty beast.

“The village of Jonril guards the deep woods of the green reaches, we are asked to attend by the almighty king of Kesh himself. We are to slay a nasty Wendigo. It has been spotted taking children. Feasting upon their flesh as if it’s life depended on it. It cannot be spoken how many children have been lost to this beast. Therefore we must be at our best, for this battle will not be quick.” Eldon said with a mighty puff of his pipe.

“Yes, is there anything in this book about this creature? I assume this is why we collected it?” I asked.

“Clever boy, yes, KRG had written a great page about his study of the wendigo’s he had encountered on his travels. We could use his vast knowledge to aid us in battle. Perhaps a library holds better answer, you think? Of course! But wendigos have not been seen for quite some time now. They are considered rare, because they don’t often show themselves. But when they do, they wreak havoc on all in their path.

They have sharp teeth on many parts of their bodies. They eat children to sate their sick obsession with human flesh.” Eldon smiled, as though there are worst things out there than that.

This wasn’t going to be an easy battle. I’ve heard myths and lore about these diabolical creatures. The most famous being “Winnie the Wendigo,” he sat in bushes during halloween night waiting for children to walk by them, then leap out and digest their tiny bodies. So many children went missing before one of the Navigators sought after them. His name was Malik, he was well known for his murder of various creatures in a short span. He slain the wendigo but with the cost of his dominant hand. A tragedy that befell him. He left the Navigators after that and resides on a peaceful beach somewhere. Haunted daily by the wendigos rotating teeth.

The night was already falling heavy upon us and we still had a ways to go, all that nonstop travel has left us both quite exhausted and in need of some sleep. We decided to set camp up next to one of the cliffs to protect us from attacks. We threw up the tent and gathered firewood. We roasted some potatoes and beef on the fire and began to talk more about the Navigationals.

“I know you’re new here Devyn, but there is much you need to know about us. We are a peaceful people, we only come when we are summoned, otherwise we could plunder villages with ease. We each pair up with a young navigational, usually with some kind of, shall we say, ailment? My pal Revlon is teamed up with a werewolf by the code name of “Nails”. However I got lucky, and got a daemon? Which we still know nothing about, shameful really? How am I supposed to prepare you for battle when I barely understand what you are? Pitiful I am! I apologize for putting your through this daunting task, but I know I couldn’t do it alone.” He said, rather sincerely.

I laid down in the fur blanket as I cracked open KRG’s book. I thumbed through the pages until I found the one I was looking for, no not the wendigo. Demons.

Demons are mythical creatures that possess abilities beyond this dimension. They can cast daemagi, transform, and see things with their daemon eye that no other creature can tune into. I know so little about these magnificent creatures.

On the bottom of the pages, in scribble handwriting was the name “Allison-Info”. I wonder if this Allison, could know anything more about my status as a paranormal creature? I thought I would ask Eldon tomorrow if this name has been spoken before. But I decided it would be best, for both of us, if I got some sleep. I summoned my aura around my body to keep us safe for the evening. If there was anything out there, my daemon would see it.

The Man-Beast

The massive creature stood looming over us, looking down with its blood red eyes with thirst for destruction. Eldon looked in fear at the creature they had stumbled upon. The field was wet with the dew of the impending sun. Ziron had gritted his teeth at the great creature before them. “What do we know about these fucking things,” I said, fear lacing my voice.

“They are called Man Beasts, it is said a human can succumb to so much darkness that they manifest into these great massive beasts. They kill their pray by skewering them with their massive claws and then sinking their tusks into them as a tenderizer. Then they rip the unfortunate to shreds as they devour their flesh, blood, and bone. It brings them great joy. They hunt alone, in matter of fact if they were to ever stumble upon another of their species they will try to devour them as well. It is quite a site to see!” Eldon said confidently.

“This is no time to be fucking happy old man! This is scary as all hell!” I cried.

“Ready boy?” Eldon said drawing his blade.

“No,” I said as light built around my body.

“Ziron, let me handle this. Just slip into sleep and I’ll massacre this creature!” Sapphire laughed violently.

“No, I control you!” I said through gritted teeth.

“Your funeral,” Sapphire said defeated.

Eldon and Ziron rushed the ginormous creature and Eldon struck with his blade as hard as his decrepit body would allow. It screeched in pain as it flicked him away like a bother. I leapt into the air and came rushing down on him. Summoning the claws provided by Sapphire trying to pierce it’s hide. I ripped it open as black blood oozed out. I suddenly felt faint as the light diminished around me and I crashed to the ground.

“Oh, forgot to mention, their blood is poisonous,” Eldon said struggling to stand up.

“What the hell! How the fuck can I kill this thing if I can’t make it bleed!” I cried out.

“Very strategically,” Eldon said with a smile.

“This is ridiculous why the fuck do you hunt these things!” I cried out.

“I protect lives boy, I always have, always will until death greets me!”

“You might get your wish with this thing!”

“Fine, let me help!” Sapphire grunted, finally realizing he was not going to get control easily.

Light formed around my head creating a barrier from the poison. I leapt into the air and blasted towards the creature with the propulsion of wind to strike him like a missile. He stumbled back a ways as he screamed out and lashed at me. Blasting me into the soil, at least three feet down. Pain immediately entered my body as the light around me couldn’t take the entire blow.

Eldon stood up and once again ran at it. Striking wildly as he flailed. Runes were glowing this time and I saw a protective layer of mist around his body. Now he was being smart about things. The field filled with thick fog as Eldon continued his onslaught. However, it wasn’t as successful as they had hoped. The creature lifted Eldon up and brought him to his face starting at him and screaming bloody murder. Eldon looked confident. Was this a scheme?

He suddenly blasted his mist at the creatures eyes until it dropped him on the ground clawing for vision. It stomped back and forth on the field as it prepared another attack. I crawled out of the dirt and needed to think of something.

I blasted towards the creature and blasted demonic fire into its face. It howled in misery as it crumbled to the ground. I made my claws longer as I rushed down like a drill. Spinning with the wind to drill into this things hide. It immediately leapt up, almost a hundred feet in the air as it crashed down on top of me. I felt the darkness begging to absorb me. I fought for consciousness as it clawed at me. My light was fading. There wasn’t going to be anything to protect me anymore.

The creature was blasted back in a flaming fury as it crashed into the mountains thousands of feet behind us! Kato appeared in his full demon form and rushed at the creature at a speed I could barely recognize. I struggled to stand up as unconsciousness begged for me.

“Yes! That is how you do things. Come on, the darkness just seems so comforting doesn’t it Ziron? Just let it have you. Five minutes, you will feel SO much better if you sleep!” Sapphire said in a hushed, almost, melodic tone.

I was really struggling now, with Sapphire soothing me like this; a nap sounded completely amazing. I knew I couldn’t give up though. I struggled through the murky vision I had of the field. Regaining the focus of the demon that rescued me. Someday, I’ll be like that. I’ll have Sapphire obeying me! That pushed me through as I hushed Sapphire. Locking him away into the recesses of my mind. I summoned his power forcefully as I blasted towards the monstrosity.

I lashed out in a fury of quick strikes as it screamed for mercy. It was flailing on the ground as two demons horridly tore it to pieces. It screamed and screamed until Kato looked over at me.

“Lets end this!” Kato said, “Lesson two! Demon Attacks!”

Katos form turned back to himself with just a layer of light. Fire gathered into his body as a bow and arrow was formed. The arrow was ten feed long and spurred with obsidian. I decided to try to copy him. The wind built around me as it began to hit each other and create lightening! Suddenly I felt a ball of power in my mouth as I leapt higher into the air.

“Blue Lighting!” I cried.

Lightening blasted out of my mouth as it struck the foe. Spazzing and flailing as the electricity coursed through its body. It’s eyes melted and oozed out of its head. It was yelping now like a hurt dog. It tried to grab the earth trying to calm itself. No avail.

“Fusillade Arrow!” Kato cried as the arrow was immediately in the foe.

I never saw it leave his bow it was so fast. It struck through his body tearing flesh, bone, and muscle to shreds as it entered. Suddenly it exploded in the foes heart. One last little squeal of begging slipped before it turned into black smoke and evaporated into the air.

The Death Rider

Aegis rose his blade in defense of the attacking creature but knew he stood no chance. How did this thing find him? The Death Rider was a vigilante, it hunted those that hunted other creatures. Basically the Navigational of the beasts side. Aegis was not supposed to be fighting this, he was told it was a horseman, a simple foe he could vanquish with ease. Was he set up? It howled in the distance as it spotted him.

“Hello, HUMAN!” It screamed in disgust as it slowly walked up to Aegis.

“Hello Huntsman,” Aegis said grasping his blade tightly wishing it would all be over.

“You dare challenge something of my caliber here? You foolish disgusting creature. Hunting us all to extinction! Is that your goal?? It snarled.

“Your creatures bring great destruction to our lives!” Aegis said struggling.

“Maybe this is the natural order of things? Perhaps you were meant to be brought to your knees before us? You humans are just weak creatures that need eradicating. We are the superiors, the elite race! You should bow before US!” It cried out as the clouds behind began to form fiery skulls as their gods looked upon the battle. The mare opened its jaw in a deafening howl as it snarled at Aegis.

“You keep saying I’m human?” Aegis said with a smirk.

Suddenly black smoke gathered around him as his body transformed. There before them stood a Vidus. Golden armor has formed around his body, flames pierced through the vents. His sword handle suddenly became a cylinder. Inside it a fire burning and an hourglass.

“You betrayed us! You disgusting disgrace! I can’t wait to end you!” The Death Rider screamed as he leapt from his steed.

“Welcome to your laying grounds!” Aegis said as he rose his blade.

Eldon and Ziron had stumbled through the swampy marsh wishing desperately for a fire. Everything was damn and the ground was just moss, with a foot of water over it.

“Why is it so wet here?” I cried in discomfort.

“This is the Swamp of Mastiff, a drenched land said to house a dragon of water deep beneath its many layers of moss. It is a terrible place to camp,” Eldon laughed.

“Stupid all of this is stupid,” I whined.

“Pathetic,” Sapphire whispered inside my mind.

Wind suddenly rushed around me in waves as the water was whisked away from my clothing and the ground. Each step was no longer water but damp moss. Much more easily traversed.

“You can do an awful lot of interesting things Ziron,” Eldon said pleasantly as he too was now freed from the damn waters.

“Wish I knew what I could and couldn’t do,” I said anxiously.

“Maybe you need to start using your brain a little more?” Eldon said, seriously.

“What are you talking about old man!”

“Think Ziron, boy, you are WIND! Wind can do so much more that blow the leaves of trees. Friction to lightning. Water to air. Flames to smoke. You don’t realize what you can do, because you don’t take the time to think about what you can do!”

“Thanks for your words of wisdom, oh great master,” I said sarcastically.

“Don’t mean to interrupt your misery, but do you hear that?” Sapphire said concerned.

I listened carefully trying to get in tune with his hearing. Blades were clashing in the distance.

“How many Navigational are there?”

“Four of us one for each compass point. Serj, Aegis, Callum, and I, why?”

“What is the likelihood of running into another one of them?”

“Slim to none, we barely travel in the same direction.

Eldon furnished a compass from his coat. He looked around feverishly as he located himself.

“If it was to be anyone, it would be Aegis. This is technically his mapping points.”

“I think Aegis is in danger.”

Eldon looked at me with worry in his eyes.

Aegis was blasted backwards from the strike of the Death Rider’s blade. It laughed manically as it rushed forward. His stead followed, prepared to rip him to shreds as well. Aegis blasted out fire, this deterred the stead but the Death Rider still came for him. Walking through the fire like it was nothing.

“You think flames can stop me?” It laughed.

“I was hoping it would slow you down,” Aegis said sincerely.

He stood tall with his sword but knew he would just be thrown back again. He needed to think of some sort of strategy to get himself out of this situation. He suddenly knew of a trick he had learned. He crafted fire beside him and a clone appeared beside him. It rushed the Death Rider. Their swords clashed in the falling sunlight as Aegis sat down and began chanting. Fire and obsidian gathered around him forming a cocoon. The clone was immediately destroyed turning back into fire as Aegis chanted faster. Suddenly obsidian gathered around his body forming a new armor.

“Well guess I have no choice,” Aegis grunted.

The Death Rider took a step back as a monstrosity appeared before him. Much taller and larger then the pathetic human he was facing before. It was cased in Obsidian Armor, it’s blade was also Obsidian now.

“Finally, a challenge!” The Death Rider cackled as it came at him. It’s stead now beneath it. It’s stead picked up Aegis and tossed him aside. A loud thunderous crash echoed the field.

Eldon and Ziron started towards the loud crash they heard in haste.

“That’s not possible? Aegis is a Vidus, a warrior crafted of fire. A Vidus is clothed in golden armor that expels fire. It can manipulate flames to form physical things. It is gifted with the power of Nordic Runes etched inside the armor. It has powers unimaginable from the perspective of normal warriors. It is hard to destroy! I could not imagine the creature he would be challenging that would cause him issues!”

“Well I think you better rack your brain, something has to be doing this? Wait you told me about Death Riders? They are the only thing you truly fear?”

“Glad to hear you’re paying attention boy. Yes they are just like us extreme hunters. Would one really be out here?”

“I don’t think Aegis would really be willing to gamble that possibility on rarity. We need to get there now!”

“Yes boy lets go with haste!”

Ziron summoned light around his body and grabbed Eldon by the armpits and blasted in the direction of chaos.

Aegis stumbled back up, holding open the mouth of the creature trying to devour him. Its drool oozed out of him covering Aegis in slime. The obsidian was starting to dissolve from it’s acidic spit. The Death Rider pointed its sword at Aegis and laughed.

“It’s over filth! You cannot defend teeth and blade!”

Suddenly the Death Rider was blasted from his mare by a blue blur. Ziron stood beside him blue light exploding around his body as he looked at the terrifying monster he had attacked.

“Two against one is unfair,” I said with a frown.

“What the hell is this?” The Death Rider said flabbergasted.

“My name is Ziron, a daemon Navigational!” I said triumphantly.

“A daemon!” It growled, “more disgusting traitors?”

Ziron stood up and encapsulated his body with a thick layer of light as a massive fox began to appear around him. He rushed towards the terrifying knight and clashed with its blade with vengeance. The crashing of claws and metal echoed through the mossy plains. Picking up the massive creature Ziron leapt into the air and tossed it into the moss laid depths.

Eldon struck the mare with extreme power he had somehow summoned. It was blasted back across the murky waters. It howled in discomfort as it stood up again. Eldon approached it carefully, his sword glowing with a bright white light. He aimed it at the beast and chanted quickly. Suddenly a blast of light pierced the creatures flesh. It screamed in agony as Eldon kept filling it with power.

The Death Rider looked around angrily, was he really just tossed by this mere tiny creature? Outraged it leapt into the air. Striking Ziron down with a screaming passion.

“You are all traitorous fools that need to be vaporized by my massive power!” It howled in frustration.

Ziron stood up instantly from the blow, somehow he was much more powerful than before. He would need to figure out why later! He leapt into the air once more and gathered the energy in his jaw. Aegis pulled himself up from the mossy prisons he had been trapped and turned to flames. Teleporting behind the massive Death Rider. Grabbing it with his gauntlets he laughed manically.

“Well, well, well, what do we have here? A subdued Death Rider? “What a pity, what would your kind think now that you are outclassed by the very thing you despise?” Aegis laughed.

“You disgusting creature get off of me! Traitorous swine must die!” It howled.

Suddenly a stream of light pierced the creatures head. It screamed in discomfort as Eldon aimed his sword at the creature. Walking slowly up to him he began to smile.

“Well, what an unfortunate turn of events?” Eldon smirked.

Ziron had finally gathered the energy and flew above the creature. Aiming true to the ground he blasted out white lightening into the creature. Black smoke consumed the swampy marsh they were familiar with. Collapsing to the ground, the light around Ziron dissipated. He looked around at the others. Aegis was shedding his armor and Eldon had sheathed his sword.

“Great job, thank you guys for your help!” Aegis said worried.

“What were you thinking?” Eldon said as he cuffed the mans ear.

“Hey old man, be nice to me, I was hired to kill what I thought was just a horseman! Turns out it was a Death Rider, my bad?” Aegis said stressfully brushing aside his brown hair.

“Well I’m glad we were here, that this is massively powerful!” Ziron said feeling the fatigue eating away at his body.

“I’m guessing we all need a good rest?” Eldon said noticing his sleepiness as well.

“There is a cave up here a few miles we can camp there, its safe, warm, and most of all dry!” Aegis said as he walked towards a mountain that had seemingly sprang from nowhere.

Trudging through the watery hell they finally reached the mountain line and pushed inside the thick pine trees. The smell of pine filled their nostrils as they pressed forward. The cave suddenly came into view as they all quickly went inside. Aegis summoned a free floating fire to warm them up.

“Well this is much better!” Aegis smiled.

“Let me dry you guys,” Ziron smiled as wind slipped inside and whisked away the moisture.

“Thank you Ziron, so sorry, we never really were properly introduced!” Eldon laughed.

“My name is Aegis I am a Navigational, south particularly!” Aegis smiled.

“I am Ziron, I am a Demon and of course your already know this old fool!” Ziron laughed. Eldon cuffed his ear in humor.

“So Aegis? What is going on where is your partner?” Eldon asked worry laced in his voice.

Aegis held his head low and looked up like a bad puppy.

“We got into a little bit of a disagreement, and decided it would be best for the both of us to separate for awhile. Sadly lost touch with him a bit ago. I still hope he is okay,” Aegis said looking around in embarrassment.

“Sorry to hear that old friend, I’m sure you will either find a new one or rekindle the old!” Eldon said as he furnished a flask from his robes.

“To old and new friendships!” They yelled.

The Unholy Knight

Ziron and Eldon woke up with a slight pain in their sides. Sleeping on the floor of a cave was not the most comfortable thing. Aegis had awoken before them and stared out into the mossy waters. He looked around to see his guests awake.

“Good morning,” he said with a warm smile.

“What will the world greet us today old friend?” Eldon said as he pulled himself up off the ground.

“Where are we supposed to be going again?” Ziron said confused.

“The village of Mitosis, it is said to be hidden amongst the fog of this mossy place. There is word an unholy knight resides there on its outskirts and their provisions are running dangerously low. I do not know why something of that magnitude is wondering about but it is very concerning. Especially since it is smart enough to know how to keep the village hostage. Usually they just wonder about aimlessly hunting for small animals to feed upon.

“Interesting?” Aegis said stroking his chin.

“I know, it is almost like someone has sent him to do the very thing he is doing,” Eldon said concern, like always, laced in his voice. Rubbing the pain eating away at his side.

“You do know you’re getting old right?” Aegis said suddenly.

“Oh shut your trap boy, there is yet so much to accomplish. My age has no warrant on the ability to protect others.

“I know, I can’t believe he is still foolish enough to keep up this good fight,” Ziron laughed.

“You going to replace me someday boy?” Eldon said with a smirk.

“Highly unlikely, I am far to mismanaged to achieve that!” Ziron laughed out loudly.

“Just keep in mind that people do not take kindly to those that are not human, you don’t show it of course but your word will get out and they won’t trust you. I know, I’ve lived this life!” Aegis said sadly.

“Tragically so I’m afraid,” Eldon said with faint anger in his voice.

“We I suppose we should be off,” Aegis said with a quick gather of his things.

“I suppose we must,” Ziron complained as they headed out of the cave back into the wet abyss.

The depths seemed much more uninviting as they climbed through the murky waters and waded through the mist that had suddenly begin to clamber. Aegis kept quite, but Ziron noticed Eldon liming about slightly. Something was not okay, this battle would be on him. Eldon was far too tired and sore to face off against this unholy knight or whatever he called it. Ziron felt something tugging at him, something was going wrong.

“Foolish human, listen to me. You’ve suppressed me long enough!” The voice cried out inside Ziron.

“What do you want?” Ziron appeased the demon.

“Your old friend their has been poisoned. You are a massive fool for not noticing it!” Sapphire yelled.

“What are you talking about how?” Ziron asked telepathically.

“You too have been poisoned I can’t believe you didn’t notice,” Sapphire said disappointment laced in his voice.

“Why though? Is Aegis okay?”

“I believe the Vidus inside him burns up poison. I repel it. However Eldon is only human, he doesn’t have that luxury. I just don’t know how we were poisoned?

“We did fight a death rider think he had anything to do with it?”

“I doubt it, it doesn’t leak poison like some other creatures do.”

“You aren’t seriously considered Aegis did this are you?”

The silence was the only answer Ziron needed.

“HELLO DEMON!” A voice suddenly pierced through our heads.

“What? How?” Sapphire coughed as he felt his power slipping.

“What is going on?” Ziron spoke when his body began to weaken.

“I think the poison is working? How!” Sapphire cried.

“I should have known better than to trust some stupid human to do this job, his poison was easily repelled by you. Foolish fool!” The outsider echoed.

“Who are you?” Ziron asked as the water in his shoes suddenly felt much heavier.

“I am the unholy knight. I am the master of the universe. I poisoned you spineless creatures. I will end you for meddling in my plans!” It screamed the pain filled Ziron’s head.

“Eldon,” Ziron whispered weakly, “what is this unholy knight?”

“Oh boy! You don’t sound too hot! They are creatures of darkness their head is nothing more than an eye, they stare into you and manipulate your thoughts. Quite ruthless beasts really. However, they usually are not tapped into that ability. They struggle to even walk let alone use their abilities to manipulate the thoughts of others. Weak dumb creatures in all honesty. At least usually!” Eldon clapped.

“This one is not so weak!

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