-Lycan Woods, twelve hours later-
It had taken some time to get the Order task force together because the force was going to feature a large amount of Knights, but when it had come together it was a fairly large one. The force consisted of sixteen Knights, six Clerics, and Leona. The mission was simple... find the cult base, apprehend or eliminate any cultists within, and retrieve any cult documents that could be found. The werewolves were to be dealt with using lethal force.
Having received those simple instructions, Leona walked at the head of the armored group and to the right of Order Knight Athena as she led the way. She was chosen to be the Knight in charge of the force since Order Knights Jessica, Diana, and Minerva Anderson were currently engaged elsewhere. Leona had no problem with that choice since Athena had been a big help during their job together in Silent Cemetery a few years ago.
Leona followed Athena to the fork in the road where she and Amberlin had encountered Order Cleric Amanda hours ago and the group turned left. The group had traveled roughly ten meters down the path when they heard howling and everyone stopped where they were.
"Prepare to fight!" Athena instructed everyone. The armored knights drew their silver swords and raised their shields, then made a circular defensive formation with the unarmored clerics in the middle. Leona drew her own Silver Longsword and watched the area around them. Within seconds the group was surrounded by over twenty werewolves that had leaped out of the brush.
Leona took a deep breath and steadied her grip on her Silver Longsword.
This was it.
A werewolf standing eight meters away charged at Leona and the Wizard Saint prepared an Air Pressure spell with her left hand, then aimed and cast it at the werewolf. The spell hit it in the face and dropped it when it reached within two meters of her, where its momentum made it slide along the ground until it reached the meter mark before stopping. Leona heard the sounds of battle going on all around her, but she did not have time to turn back because a pair of werewolves started charging at her from ten meters away.
Leona held her ground and waited until they got close, then ducked down and thrust upwards with the Silver Longsword, impaling a werewolf through the heart with it. It yelped in pain and slid to the ground, where it was propped up by the handle of the sword touching the ground. Leona let go of the sword embedded in the beast and rolled to the right to avoid a claw swipe from the second werewolf, dodging the swipe by a matter of inches. She got to her feet and faced her attacker, then retaliated with a Silver Blade spell aimed at its body.
Leona's spell connected just as it turned to face her and sliced it deeply from the right shoulder to its left hip, killing it within seconds of Silver Blade's casting. When the beast fell onto its back and did not move the Wizard Saint turned to look at what was going on behind her and saw that the Order Knights were standing strong. They were standing their ground and keeping the lycanthropes at bay with their swords and shields. Since no enemies were currently confronting her Leona moved to assist the Knights by drawing some of the heat off of them.
Leona hurried to the left and flipped the werewolf she had impaled with her sword onto its back, then placed her hands on the grip and her right foot on the dead werewolf's chest. She pulled upwards and freed the sword, then hurried to help the Knights. She ran to the left and picked the closest werewolf she could find, then chopped into its right arm with a two-handed downward chop of her sword.
It suffered a deep gash in its arm and spun to face Leona, who was already winding up for another sword attack. She brought her sword down in a two-handed diagonal chop aimed at its chest and connected with a cut that cut it from its left shoulder to its right hip. It growled at her and lunged with a grab, but Leona was ready. She held the sword out and let it impale itself on the blade through the chest, then released the sword and drew her Scout Laser Pistol while ducking under a series of furious swipes with its claws. The impaled beast moved forward to swipe at Leona's face, but Athena intervened by jamming the tip of her spear through its head before it could reach its target.
The beast howled and fell to the ground and Athena withdrew the golden speartip from the side of its head. The werewolves began to back off away from the Knights and moments later turned and sprinted back into the underbrush, leaving the Knights victorious. Leona took a deep breath.
"Way to go, Leona! You killed three of those things by yourself!" Athena praised Leona. Leona put away her laser pistol and faced the Order Knight.
"Thanks for the praise, Athena. And thanks for helping me against that last werewolf." Leona thanked the orange-haired mage for the timely assistance against the werewolf that had just been killed. Athena waved the gratitude off with her free hand.
"Eh, it's nothing. I can see why the Order had you go with us. You're really handy in a fight!" Athena praised Leona again. Leona retrieved her sword from the chest of the werewolf the pair had just defeated. The Knight then turned towards the group of knights and clerics.
"Is everyone all right?" Athena asked the Order task force. All the answers were in the affirmative. Leona looked at the group and saw that all the knights and all the clerics had not been hurt and were still on their feet.
"All right then. Let's get moving again. There's no telling how long we have before the werewolves come back again!" Athena instructed everyone. The group immediately began to move down the path again, leaving five dead werewolves littering the ground behind them.
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