Suddenly a rustling sound was all around him, there were people approaching him.
Moving as silently as they could through the thick bushes and hanging branches. Black
silhouettes, vaguely distinct able from the darkness of the forest. However, the dim lit
fire between them quickly dispersed the shroud of mystery. They were fully clothed in
thick black clothes and light leather armour to protect their vital points. Making it for
them easy to move around without making a single sound. Their faces were wrapped in
black cloth as well, with only one peculiar feature. A skull mask.
Without a doubt, you could easily conclude that these men and women were mages from
Dahau’s own guild, Savages. They were however from a different group, these weren’t
the normal soldiers or mages that walked around the dark guildhall. But they were those
that walked in the shadows. Assassin mages, equally deadly with a blade as they are
with their magic.
It didn’t take a genius to conclude why they were here, obviously, someone from inside
the guild had sent them. Hoping that they would take care of Dahau, so that he or she
could climb higher in the Savage Skull hierarchy. Honestly, Dahau was dumbfounded that
this could even happen! Well sure, these kinds of aggression happened often inside
Savage Skull, climbing higher by either sheer force, blackmail, treachery and even
assassination was only normal for a guild as deranged as his. But the fact that they
would target him of all people!
‘’Dahau of Savage Skull’’ said one of the assassins. ‘’We’ve come to collect your life’’
You could literally feel the blood thirst hanging in the air, as his fellow assassins drew
their blades the moment he spoke. Dahau couldn’t see it, but he was certain each one of
them had a Cheshire smile behind their masks. Their daggers weren’t that big, but the
curved blades suggested that these weapons weren’t made for open warfare but rather
for quickly disposing of an enemy during the night. However Dahau hasn’t even flinched,
instead, he sat silently on the dead tree while prodding the fire with a small twig.
‘’Hah!! Look at him’’ said a woman with a crow-like cackle. ‘’Frozen with fear I see!! I
don’t see why Kassadim had to send so many of us’’
The enemies surrounding Dahau were rather cocky, they outnumbered him ten to one
and they were clearly younger. On all accounts, they considered this a done deal, well
everyone except a single one that stayed a bit behind. She was nervous Dahau could
sense it; she probably realized the dire situation they were in. That in fact, they were the
ones who were heavily outgunned. ‘’Guys’’ she said with a shaking voice ‘I can’t sense
him?! Isn’t he supposed to be powerful, I don’t tru-‘’
‘’Oh shut up!!! This kill is mine!!’’ Impatience and eager to earn some reputation, one of
the assassins dashed towards Dahau. His blade rose high above his head, planning to
take Dahau out with one deadly strike.
The very next moment took every assassin by surprise; right before the killer could
strike Dahau a large black silhouette stormed out of the nearest bushes and grabbed the
attacking assassin with him. As if he was just a simple straw doll. At first, they didn’t
understand what was going, but as they turned towards the large mass they saw a
monstrous appearance. Their colleague hanged by his neck in the clenching maw of one
of Dahau’s personal Garm. Skoll. A giant hyena creature that carried with it the stench of
death. Its eyes sparkled devilish red and from between its teeth black saliva dripped
onto the ground. It easily stood three meters tall and was equally massive in weight. As
it put more pressure on its victim’s flesh you could hear the bones crush until the body
fell down on the ground, with a large gaping hole from his neck all the way down into his
torso. Blood sprayed around drenching the ground beneath their feet with the crimson
liquid of life itself, and the assassins, you could almost taste their fear, knowing that they
just signed their own death warrant.
‘’You were saying….’’
Their heads turned towards their target, which slowly raised himself from his seat. His
power slowly met steady getting more noticeable by the second. ‘’I haven’t seen this
level of stupidity in quite some time; you lot really thought you could take care off me?
Your boss has sent you on a suicide mission with the hope that one of you might land a
lucky strike… however, there are no lucky strikes when it comes to fighting me. No, there
is only youR unavoidable demise….’’ Dahau looked around, some of them were trembling,
and others were clenching their grip on the hilt of the blades even tighter. ‘’But’’ he
continued with a smug smirk on his face. ‘’I am impressed with your bravery regardless
of the level of foolishness, so I will make you this once in a lifetime offer. Anyone of you
that manages to stay alive until daybreak gets to continue their miserable existence you
would call a life. However, until then I will hunt you down.’’ This was maybe a little
unfair, but in all honesty, Dahau was a little bit annoyed. He had been searching for some
days know without even finding a single clue to his so-called golden dragon. So he had to
let off a little steam, and hunting always lightened his mood.
‘’You’re insane!!! No way in hell I am going to let you hunt me!! I am going to kill you
right here right now!’’ yelled one of them, but despite the brave words, you could hear
the fear and terror in his voice. Fear, however, forced you to take drastic and often stupid
actions. His words were just like that, nothing more than an empty promise.
Fuelled by fear and distress, the assassin ran towards the apex Savage. His blade raised high above
his head, hoping to land a decisive blow. However, as he was sprinting fanatically to his
targets he suddenly stopped. He hit the breaks so to speak; he even left a short trail
behind him as he stared directly into the barrel of what appeared to be some sort of
artillery device. Seemingly out of nowhere, a part of a large cannon had emerged from a
small rift. And was facing the assassin at point blank range. ‘’You should have listened to
your comrade’’ said Dahau with an ice-cold tone in his voice. ‘’No! Wai-‘’
But it was already to late before the assassin could even finish his final words he got
interrupted by a blinding bright light that turned everything to white and a deafening
sound that resounded through the entire valley. As the light dwindled and the dust
settled every assassin would gaze with horror at what was their former comrade. Or
what has left of him anyway. The cannon had taken out his entire upper body with a
concentrated beam of etherano that travelled even further behind him. Creating a clear
path in the forest straight behind him. What was left standing was nothing more than a
smouldering waist with legs that fell like a soft bundle onto the ground.
Like frightened animals, the assassins instinctively knew what they had to do, run, run
away and fast. They had to flee the scene, Dahau had given them an offer and they
realized if they didn’t take it, they would certainly die. Maybe even more gruesome than
the two others that already perished. It wasn’t a fighting chance, however, more a game
of hide and seek with the very slim possibility of making it out alive. But they would take
it if it meant postponing the inevitable.
Almost simultaneously the assassins dashed away, into the shroud of darkness that the
forest provided. Not that it would keep them safe after all Dahau had with him one of his
own personal Garm. A fierce hell beast that would crash through the trees like a
wrecking ball would pulverize a stonewall. This creature was a hunter, an apex predator,
a living war machine and most importantly endlessly loyal to its master. ‘’Go’’ he said
‘’hunt them down… one by one’’ it was however only one of a pair that had emerged.
Wherever Fenrir was Dahau didn’t know, maybe it was hunting in a nearby valley. Or
maybe it just didn’t feel the need to protect his master with Skoll already being around.
With a growl, the large creature disappeared into the night as well. Charging after his
victims to be.