Nikola felt the return mental ping from Jaheira while he was leading his undead army to the very doorstep of the enemy and so before engaging them, he sent one last mental ping to her for nowExcellent...godspeed then, Ms. Jaheira...I trust that the equipment I have provided you with earlier along with your superlative abilities will see you through this affair successfully...please ping me back once you have spotted Hygia and I shall make my way over to you then.
With that, Nikola ended his mental message to Jaheira and then refocused his attention on dealing with the horde of enemies approaching him in an attempt to stop his invasion. When said enemies came near, he could discern, as Jaheira did in her assigned area, that they were all heavily armed and armored which was, of course, a clear sign that they had been expecting him. Then again, he had anticipated this and that had been exactly why he had made such an unnecessary commotion at their front door in the first place anyway, namely to force them to focus on him and in doing so, be caught unawares when Jaheira would steal Hygia right from under their proverbial noses"Ha! You really thought you could overwhelm us with such a puny force of undead, you foolish mage?! You are far too arrogant and now, you shall pay the price for it!!"
Nikola heard the leader of the enemy battalion approaching him and his troops speak thus to him and criticize his apparent hubris, so Nikola indulged him "Oh? You have the gall to accuse me of hubris?! You lot are the truly arrogant ones here, thinking that trash such as yourselves could have any right at all to deprive another of their freedom!! For committing such a cardinal sin, it is you who shall fall in battle here today, just as I swore!! Now, the time for talk is over!! Have at ye, oh ye dastardly villains!!"
Nikola pretended to speak in an rather exaggerated tone of anger and then called out a challenge to the enemies before him as well as their leader and in response, they foolishly let themselves be provoked even more and rushed headlong at his undead army. Naturally, Nikola ordered his undead army to do the same and so, the battle finally began in earnest with the combatants dancing the mad dance of death with each other on the field of battle to the warlike symphony of their clashing weapons and armor, all the sounds of which could no doubt be heard all throughout the enemy stronghold as far as even where Jaheira was presumably located currently. Of course, just as Nikola had calculated, his troops were evenly matched with those of the enemy's troops, but his troops that confronted the leader of the enemy battalion and his 7 special subordinates fell quite easily to their magic and magical armaments. So far, so good...this scenario is proceeding exactly as I had anticipated...now to intensify the pressure...
With that thought in mind, Nikola looked on as the enemy leader and his subordinated started to fire bolts of earth magic at him and so, he now activated his "Dragon King's Armor
" spell which then encased him in the associated magically created and rather ostentatiously ornate armor for all to see.
After doing so, he smirked and opened his mouth wide and began to inhale with great force thanks to his Slayer magic. Consequently, all the bolts of earth magic that nearly made impact with him were literally consumed by him, thus replenishing the mana that he had just expended to manifest his "Dragon King's Armor
", leaving the enemy leader and his 7 subordinates who were now confronting stymied briefly, as could be seen from their words"You're a Slayer? Curses, we had not accounted for that possibility! Fine then, let's see just how much more you can take!!"
However, Nikola had been waiting for just this chance, namely for his enemies to start recharging their spells for another volley, leaving a gap in their defenses as they had to reroute the mana from their protective heavy armor to powering their next round of spells. Now is the time, move in for the kill. Your targets are the 7 subordinates of the enemy leader, so do not fail me.
Nikola sent a mental command to his goblin assassin squad the 6 members of which had been awaiting his command to strike down the enemy. To that, they responded by phasing through the rather thick walls of the enemy stronghold as easily as if said walls had been made out of tissue paper instead of the magically reinforced metal and crystal they actually were in reality. Then, his goblin assassins proceeded to take advantage of Nikola drawing the attention of the enemy leader and his subordinates onto himself to sneak up behind each of the subordinates and quickly take them down with an almost surgical level of precision and in total silence as well. Once that was done, they vanished from view and returned to their posts just as quickly as they had arrived to assassinate the enemy at Nikola's command. Naturally, Nikola gave no hints to what had happened and instead made sure to egg the enemy leader on to keep him preoccupied to notice the sorry fate of his underlings. "Now that you all have recharged your mana stores, fire at will and take down this arrogant little upstart!!"
Nikola heard the enemy general issue his next commands in this manner, and as he looked on, said leader of the enemies noticed that nothing was happening in response to his commands to his chosen subordinates and so he glanced backward to see what had happened and to his horror, he noticed just then that his prized subordinates were now lying dead at his feet, apparently having been killed in some inexplicable way. In response, the enemy general now turned to Nikola with a greatly disconcerted look on his face, a sure sign that his former confidence had begun to waver to a moderate extent and inquired"When and how did you...?"
Nikola flashed him a cruel smirk as he remarked, taunting him so that he could egg him on further and in so doing, make his guard crumble even more. "...exterminate your utterly pathetic underlings to remove them from the equation? Well, if a worm such as yourself manages to successfully live through this battle with me, perhaps you will be fortunate enough to learn that."
Nikola spoke thus to the enemy general, finishing his query for him but giving an answer which was not really an answer at all, as per his plan for this battle.
- Post WC: 1123
- Total Personal WC: 5851