Alright, second post in one day Gates of Conflict
Rayner Ischurius and Adira are still walking on the dirt path and see Fort Lighthold in the distance. Along the way Adira looks down at her stomach wound and places her hand gently on top of it as she moans silently. Rayner takes notice.
“Does it still hurt?” Rayner asked.
“Not like it used to, but I’ll manage. I can’t believe there are monsters as big as that reptilian creature.” Adira replied.
“There are monsters far bigger and far stronger than that Sand Dragon. We’re lucky to have gotten away.” added Rayner.
“So why are you taking me to this Fort?” Adira asked.
“Like I said, you’re new to Orbis. So it’s best to take you to a place where you can learn about this world and the dangers it holds. And it’s a good thing I was the first to see you.” Rayner answered.
“Why is that?” Adira queried curiously.
“You could have encountered another person from a different faction. That or you could have been eaten by those monsters that were alerted by your spiritual essence that you ejected from your body” Rayner explained.
“Faction? Spiritual Essence? I don’t understand!” Adira puzzled.
“The people of Orbis are being torn apart by ideologies. Some fight for good, some for evil, and some for neither good nor evil. Factions have been created to represent these varying ideals and seek dominance. Where this ends, I just don’t know. As for your spiritual essence, your body still retains some of it. Your ability to control lightning is proof of that. But since you’re human, the body cannot contain all of your spiritual essence, so it discharges it from your body so that you don’t die from it. It’s amazing though that you still have so much of your spiritual essence in you. The majority of us immortals don’t even have it anymore. No spiritual essence, no powers.” Rayner clarified.
“And what’s your power?” Adira asked.
“Well, all my senses are more heightened than a normal immortal. Plus I have wicked strength, agility, and endurance. The many martial arts and combat training I’ve gained throughout the thousands of years has made me a very proficient soldier. I guess you can say I’m a super-man” Rayner joked as he laughed.
“That’s amazing. There’s so much I want to know.” Adira yearned.
“You will. Captain Enaretos will tell you everything you want to know. Look! We’re almost at the Fort. Stay behind me and I’ll explain the situation to them. The security is a bit strict here, so they don’t like strangers that much.” Rayner said.
Adira nodded and followed him from behind. Rayner approached the Fort’s imposing gate and signaled the guards.
“Vitrex! Mican! Open the gate. I have a guest with me.” Rayner shouted.
“Rayner, move away from that person. Now!” Vitrex demanded.
“What?” Rayner perplexed. Suddenly, four more guards appear in front of the gate and confront Rayner and Adira with their weapons directed towards them.
“Rayner!?” Adira tensed.
“Wait, stop. What’s the meaning of this, Vitrex?” Rayner questioned in shock.
“I said, move away Rayner. We cannot let our enemies fool us again.” Vitrex said sternly.
The guards moved closer towards Rayner and Adira. Adira, filled with uncertainty and betrayal, took Rayner’s scimitars again and backed away from Rayner.
“You lied to me, Rayner!” Adira accused.
“Adira, don’t. I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m not against you. Just please, put the scimitars away.” Rayner pleaded.
“NO! I won’t let any one of you near me.” Adira declared as she emitted electricity all around her.
“Adira, please I can resolve this.” Rayner said as he held out his hands towards the guards in order to negotiate with them.
“Rayner, you’re committing treason. Move away from her or else you’ll be considered a traitor.” Vitrex ordered threateningly.
“Vitrex, please let me explain.” Rayner implored.
Suddenly all four guards charged at Rayner and Adira. Rayner dodged the attacks of two guards and fought them with his bare hands, not willing to harm them, but instead disarm them. Vitrex pulled out his pistols and rushed forward to attack Rayner. Rayner sees him and pulls out his pistols and fires at him. Vitrex quickly dodges them and closes in. Both of them clash with their pistols in hand to hand combat as they keep firing at point blank range at each other, avoiding every bullet as they fight. Then they end up in a stalemate as they seize each other’s arms in a grapple.
“Vitrex, stop this. You’re making a mistake.” Rayner said
“The only mistake here is when you sided with that insurgent.” Vitrex retorted
The two other guards confronted Adira, to which Adira wasted no time in blasting them with her lightning bolts. The guards skillfully dodged them and closed in on her. She quickly drew her scimitars and clashed with their spear and axe. She masterfully held her ground as she kept trying to push them back with her lightning attacks. Out of nowhere, Mican appears with his claymore before Adira and with great speed attacks in a downward swing. Adira blocks the claymore attack in a scissor like fashion with her scimitars, but the impact is so great that it pushes her back and she falls to the ground.
“Evil-doers will fall to the might of righteousness.” Mican proclaimed
“There’s nothing righteous about this. You’re the one who’s going to fall here.” Adira countered.
Adira gave out a battle cry as scimitars and claymore clashed over and over again. Sparks flying with each blow as the scimitars lighted with electricity, while the claymore swung with the force of the wind. Adira eventually is forced into the defensive, until all four guards surround and overtake her, stripping her of her scimitars and pinning her down to the ground.
“NO, ADIRA!” Rayner screamed, but he couldn’t disengage from Vitrex. Instantly, Adira called a flash of lightning from the sky and blasted a wave of electricity that shocked and blew the guards away. Adira got to her feet, but her strength was nearly depleted. She staggered to her knees, prompting Mican to take the opportunity to knock Adira out with the handle of his claymore.
“ADIRA! RAAAAWH!” Rayner roars as he pushes Vitrex off him. Vitrex quickly fires his pistols, but Rayner backflips and takes out his duel submachine guns. The rapid fire forces Vitrex to retreat, giving Rayner the time to escape and help Adira. Mican confronts him, but Rayner easily avoids his claymore swings and grabs his arm, disarming him of his claymore and flipping him to the ground. Vitrex quickly enters the fight and both he and Rayner butt heads again with guns drawn in hand to hand combat with killer intent. Suddenly, a sudden earth shattering quake occurs and the ground splits as a wall of earth rises between Vitrex and Rayner.
“ENOUGH!” a strong and imposing voice commanded. Vitrex and Mican obeyed at the sound of his voice. Rayner retreated to Adira’s side, quickly grabbing his scimitars and sheathing them. Adira was still down on the ground, but conscious enough to lift her head and see where the voice came from. Rayner instantly knew the voice and looked straight up. A majestic being of light floated from above and slowly descended as the earthen wall that he had erected crumbled in his presence.
“Captain Enaretos!” Rayner said in astonishment.
“Wh-who is he?” Adira stuttered, still groaning in pain. Rayner helped her up to her feet and put her arm around his shoulder to support her.
“That’s Captain Eneratos, my boss and the leader of our faction.” Rayner explained.
“You should be in fear, evil-doer. You’re in the presence of the strongest immortal among the Righteous.” Mican declared.
“I’m not an evil-doer.” Adira argued.
Eneratos landed gently to the ground and viewed his surroundings as all focused their attention on him.
“Rayner, I’m glad to see you doing well. However, you must step away from that immortal.” Eneratos said.
“Captain, you too!?...tch!...Not until you explain to me what’s going on. This isn’t how we’re supposed to treat strangers” Rayner contended.
“HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO OUR CAPTAIN LIKE THAT? I WILL....” Vitrex barked until he was interrupted.
“Vitrex! It’s alright. Rayner has a right to know.” Eneratos interjected.
“Captain, what’s going on?” Rayner asked angrily.
“Our Fort was infiltrated. A group of three Malefactors came in disguised as one of our members. Most likely those members are probably dead and these Malefactors took their place. We defeated them, but at the cost of three more members.” Eneratos answered.
“That can’t be. Six of our brothers are gone?...kkh...But what does that have to do with Vitrex and the others attacking us like that?” Rayner questioned demandingly.
“Security level was raised. We followed procedure, all unknown immortals are to be assumed dangerous and captured.” Vitrex asserted.
“But Adira wasn’t dangerous. You didn’t even let me explain.” Rayner argued.
“Not dangerous? She stole your scimitars, turned on you and pointed her weapon against us” Vitrex retorted.
“You’re the ones who provoked me! I had to defend myself” Adira argued.
“Adira is right. She didn’t know who to trust. Her actions were justified. It’s you guys that are in the wrong here.” Rayner defended her.
“Why you! The Law must be followed, without it we’re nothing.” Mican interposed wrathfully.
“Not if that law ignores the plight of the innocent. Unjust laws must be broken. There’s no point in following the letter of the law if the spirit of the law is abandoned.” Rayner responded with authority
Eneratos raised his hand to end the quarrel and turns to look at Vitrex and Mican.
“Vitrex! Mican! I understand the pain you two feel for our fallen brethren, but do not let your emotions cloud your judgment when carrying out the law. Remember that we are to serve the good of all, not just ourselves.” Eneratos reasoned as he turned to look at Rayner and Adira. Both Vitrex and Mican nod reluctantly at Eneratos’s rebuke.
“However, though you two may be justified in defending yourselves, the fact still remains that that woman there is still a threat. She even turned on you, Rayner. There is no place here for an immortal that has no trust and loyalty towards his or her companions.” Eneratos maintained.
“Captain, you can’t hold that against her. She’s new to this world. She doesn’t know our ways.” Rayner pleaded.
“Then, tell me, Rayner. Do you trust her to not turn on you again?” Eneratos asked.
Rayner looked at Adira and both looked at each other with seriousness. Rayner looked back at Eneratos and said with no hesitation and full confidence, “On the honor of my family crest, she is trustworthy.”
“The ‘Aima Stavro’ (Blood Cross), I see your friend here is wearing your family crest. To give her such a thing means you do trust her.” Eneratos said.
“I kind of had no choice really.” Rayner said to himself as he laughs inwardly.
“Well then, what do you say, young lady?” Eneratos asked Adira.
“I...I’m sorry Rayner, for treating you the way I did. You’ve helped me three times already and yet I....Right now, you’re the only one I can trust, so I won’t betray that trust again.” Adira declared with a strong voice.
“Well said! Come and let us welcome you properly, Little One. We shall provide you with food and proper clothing befitting a warrior. Rayner, escort her to the healing chamber.” Eneratos commanded.
“Yes, sir.” Rayner replied joyfully. With the situation diffused Eneratos led everyone through the gates of Fort Lighthold.
To be continued....
End song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBPggVa6ZB4