The first to lose his mind was Dzhokhar. He was the silent type, he didn’t talk much and when he did, the words coming out from his mouth normally didn’t mean much. But, not a while ago he said he would defeat the servant himself, if Halriel could do it, he could do it too. Shouting for Lyra! He charged towards Skearon alone, holding his two-handed axe firmly, he struck Skearon’s throat with a mighty blow. Everyone was surprised of the aftermath, their eyes opened wide in panic. The axe Dzhokhar was holding torn into pieces. Before even a second passed, Skearon’s left arm took the shape of a spears bladed edge and pierced through Dzhokhar’s chest. Blood flowing like a river from Dzhokhar’s chest, he dropped the handle of his axe he was holding. As it dropped he mumbled. “I-I’m sorry.” And left out his last breath.
It was obvious, the moment Skearon turned the Elves into stone his sarcastic mood changed drastically. A dark aura came from his body, he simply turned into a different man. He took out his arm from Dzhokhar’s body, holding his heart which stopped beating in his very hand. He threw it right before Theodor. Theodor was more than angry, flames were lit in his eyes. He was going to seek vengeance, he was going to be the one, crushing Skearon. He dashed towards Skearon with immense speed. Even Skearon was surprised for a second. To protect himself, Skearon created barriers made of stone in front of him, all of them were penetrated by Theodor who then punched him in the face sending him flying to air, his face made of rock crumbled. Theodor jumped so high, it looked like he was flying. The two exchanged blows in air, striking one after another. The group couldn’t believe their eyes, even Matilda who experienced this once before, couldn’t get herself to believe it. Theodor got the upper hand, when he cut off Skearon’s right arm. Theodor continued slicing off Skearon, limb by limb, until Skearon head-butted him. Theodor plummeted on to the ground. He looked at Skearon, only to see his limbs growing back, or rather the pieces of rocks and pebbles on the ground joining his body. His eyes glowed green, as he finally turned into his Demon form. His face turned really ugly, the right part of his skull was bashed in. His whole body turned into stone with a greyish colour, except for his eyes, which glowed green. Spikes emerged from everywhere of his rock body and he grew larger. His arms became hammers, Theodor looked with awe, as if he had lost consciousness, he couldn’t move. But, it didn’t make any sense, he didn’t take a serious hit. It was fear that held him down. He could hardly breathe, is this the end? After all this way? He thought. Skearon approached Theodor with murderous intent, he raised his hammer arms to bash in Theodor’s head. Theodor closed his eyes. Hiero rushed in, hitting Skearon with all he had. But, it was ineffective. “Die insect.” As these words came out of Skearon’s mouth he hit Hiero’s stomach, throwing him to the ground, causing him to pass out. Thora and Halriel was still shocked from Dzhokhar’s death, they were trembling, shivering in fear. Matilda was nowhere in the scene, she had disappeared. Theodor looked around to see where she was, to at least take a glance at her before he dies. Defeat was inevitable.
“How pathetic! You admit defeat this easily? I shouldn’t have bothered with making an army at the first place.” Skearon said, as his right hand transformed into a sword. He pointed it towards Theodor’s neck. “Die.” He said, silently. Interrupted by a sudden kunai, which hit Skearon from his back. The kunai couldn’t pierce his hard shell and reflected from it.
“Now what?” He said with an annoyed face.
“You’ll have to get through me first, if you want to kill him.” She said running towards him with a dagger in her hand.
“Hmpf, gladly.” He replied with a smirk on his face.
His right hand was a sword and his left hand was a hammer. He struck with his left towards Matilda. She jumped over and kicked Skearon in the face. It had no effect either. He transformed his right hand into normal, grabbed her leg and threw her to the ground. Theodor’s eyes opened wide, when he saw Matilda standing up for him. He realized how foolish his action was, staying on the ground accepting defeat. He managed to stand up and he looked Skearon right in the eyes.
“The light always shines brighter in the midst of darkness!” A blinding light came from the top of the castle. All of the Elves returned to normal in an instant. They looked around with confusion. Shocked by this, Skearon and Theodor looked up. Only to see an old man, with shining blue eyes, and long white hair floating by the wind. He was tall and really muscular and was smiling wryly.
“C-Chief?” Theodor asked.
He raised his right hand in to the sky, a lightning struck his hand. When the lightning faded, a long sword appeared in his hand. It had a golden handle and shined brightly. Chief teleported behind Skearon kicking him away from Theodor.
“This is your fight Theodor, have faith in yourself and embrace your powers!” He said, lending him a hand.
“Thank you Chief.” He said, getting up. He turned around, walking towards Skearon. Chief smiled behind him, like he was proud of Theodor.
Theodor swirled his sword, The Demonslayer around his arm. Flames appearing around him, he dashed towards Skearon.
“You incur my wrath!” Skearon shouted, as his arms turned into swords made of rocks. Theodor struck from his right, Skearon blocked with his left sword and raised his right to stab him, but he was stopped by the flames covering Theodor’s arm. He took a step back. Just then Theodor kicked his stomach, flipped and landed another kick right in to Skearon’s face, pieces of rocks fell from his face. They continued. Both of their blows became stronger every passing second. Fuelled by anger and the will to survive. Theodor’s flames got hotter and darker, whereas Skearon’s armoured shell became harder. Theodor’s swords tip scraped off pieces of rocks from Skearon’s body. Theodor had become faster, in fact so fast that Skearon’s eyes couldn’t follow him anymore. Landing blows from everywhere, Theodor took a stance holding his sword with both of his hands, giving all his strength to stab Skearon in the chest. His sword moved faster than the speed of sound, creating an incredible force that crushed the very ground beneath them. Skearon turned his right arm into a shield as a last act of defence. But, the shield was pierced along with his rock hard shell. Black flames emerged from the sword. Theodor’s eyes turned black.
“I-it can’t be.” He coughed blood. “Not only my shield, b-but my shell too?” He said as he fell on his knees, his arms turned back into normal as well as his body, blood flowing from his chest and mouth. He turned back into the Elf he was, once before. Theodor took out his sword from his body as Skearon fell. Theodor started shaking and he dropped his sword. He leaned backwards closing his eyes. He fell into the arms of Chief, who was standing behind him. He smiled. “Good job kid.” Everyone looked at Chief with cheerful eyes. Halriel ran towards him. “Chief? H-how did you?”
“I’ll explain everything later, take everyone injured inside. Then meet me in the recovery room, take the rest of the group as well.” He said as he walked forwards, inside the castle holding Theodor in his arms.
Halriel reached to his shoulder. “You need to help Dzhokhar!”
Chief looked to the ground sadly. “I am afraid, there is nothing I can do.” He entered the castle.
The Elves were helping out their comrades who were injured in the background. Hiero was sitting before Dzhokhar’s lifeless body, lying on the ground, tears flowing from his eyes like a river, sobbing in despair. Thora approached Halriel who was looking at Hiero and Dzhokhar.
“We did what we could.”
“I know, but we couldn’t save him. He did it because of me.”
“It’s not your fault.”
Halriel answered as if he wasn’t listening to what Thora said. “He was competing with me, I should have said something to him. I should have helped him, but I stood where I was. I couldn’t even get myself to move. I am Pathetic!”
Thora hugged him. “No you aren’t, there was nothing we could do at all.” She said, tears rolling down from her eyes. He closed his eyes, hugged her back and let the tears in his eyes run wild. They did defeat another servant, but they lost their comrade along the journey.
A few hours had past, the group met in the recovery room as the Chief requested. The room was small, there was only one bed in which Theodor was lying. The group and Chief were standing, sorrow covered all of their faces. “I asked for all of you to come here to enlighten you. As all of you had noticed the power inside Theodor.”
“Chief do you know anything about my powers?” Theodor interrupted.
“Yes, indeed. You and Halriel are the sons of Théoden, The Devil King.”
The whole group gasped with shock. “Oi, whadda ya mean by that!?” Halriel yelled, as he took a step forwards.
“You two are indeed his sons. Great power lies dormant inside Theodor, a power that one day will release.” He said as he looked towards Theodor. “You are the only one who can defeat him Theodor, and I will train you from now on, to awaken the powers inside you.”
“Well, what about me!?” Halriel asked.
“Your powers may never even be unleashed, I am sorry but I don’t sense the unusual strength I sense from Theodor.”
“B-but, how is that even possible?” Thora asked, still shivering from what she heard.
Chief took a long sigh. “Five hundred years ago, when Théoden made his first appearance in Tiliora, I was assigned to kill him. He released thousands of Demons from the underworld to roam freely in Tiliora. At those times every race were living with each other peacefully under one, big kingdom. The army and I, The Paladin, annihilated his army with ease. The strategy of the Elves, the power of the Demi-humans, the excellent craftsmanship and bravery of Dwarves and the sheer number of humans in the army. It was impossible to break our defences. It didn’t take long for him to understand this, so, he made a cunning strategy. Infiltrating the kingdom by himself undercover, he took in the forms of the king, the army general and such. He deceived every race with ease. Protests and coups never stopped in the streets, races attacking each other. It wasn’t long before every race went their own separate ways.”
“Just one man, what is it that he desires!? Why is he doing all this!?” Hiero burst in anger.
“He is no mere man, but a monster.” Theodor replied.
“He could’ve kept going, if he were to release the Demons in the Underworld unshackled like before, attacking each race separately. Victory would be his. But, he fell in love with the Demi-human queen. Rumour says she was the most beautiful woman ever to live. Not many people had seen the queen. Anyways, he kidnapped the queen and forfeited back to the Underworld. She gave birth to nine Demons. But those Demons are no mere Demons all of them represent a sin.”
“A sin?” Matilda asked, tilting her head in confusion.
“Yes. Gluttony, Pride, Lust, Greed, Sloth, Envy and Wrath. The first one you killed being Gluttony and Skearon, Wrath.”
“That’s seven.” Matilda said.
“Indeed. The other two Demons were hope and trust.”
“Hope and trust? But those aren’t sins.” Theodor interrupted.
“No they are not. The queen transported all of her powers into these two Demons, which resulted in her death afterwards. She put all of her trust and hope into these two baby Demons, that one day she believed would defeat The Devil King. Those two Demons are you, Theodor, you being hope and Halriel, you being trust.”
“B-but, that doesn’t make any sense! We were born twenty one years ago and we both lived in the orphanage.” Halriel said with his eyes open wide, hugging his head.
“I was the one who put you two in the orphanage.”
“How?” Theodor asked, as he sat up.
“I betrayed, my own.” A dark silence covered the whole room, everyone’s face was covered in shock. Trembling in fear.
“Betrayed?” Lyra asked silently.
“Yes, scared of death and defeat. I joined his army.” Chief said looking at the ground sadly. “I was young and never saw defeat, I was always the strongest, the best. In magic, in strategy, in terms of strength, everything! I was one of the few humans gifted with magic upon birth. The only magic user, capable of using the element of light.”
“The element of light? I thought there were only four elements, fire, water, earth and air.” Matilda asked.
“Those four are the most known basic elements. There is the elements of light and darkness, as well as the inbetween of the four elements such as ice. The combination of elements are infinite.”
“What happened after you joined him?” Theodor asked.
“I served him for years, going through torture beyond anyone’s mind can comprehend. But, in the end he made me stronger, I had achieved what I wanted. I felt as I was the strongest and I challenged him, only to get my ass kicked.” He chuckled. “I realized how strong he was and how much he was holding back. I realized I made a mistake and thought on how I could escape, I could at least give information and help to make the relations of the races better. But, there was no escape. Until, I met the queen. She told me about her plan, how she was going to transport her powers to you. She said she would spare some of her power and along with my power we could open a portal, a portal to the future.”
“A portal to the future!?” Halriel asked in shock.
“Indeed, I teleported to Elexus, exactly twenty one years ago. But, I had to sacrifice ninety percent of my powers.”
“So those two are servants too, huh?” Hiero said as he took out his spear.
“Oi! Whadda ya mean by that? We ain’t no fucking servants!”
The words Halriel said went from Hiero’s one ear and went out from the other. “It is because of you that, he is dead. That we are suffering. Yes, that’s why.” He said, smiling creepily.
“That’s enough.” Chief said, suddenly appearing before Hiero. His eyes glowing white, and white sparks coming out from his body. The creepy smile on his face turned upside down as he fell onto his knees. “I’m sorry, it’s just that I miss my best friend.”
“Speaking of, we’ll be late for the ceremony if we chit chat anymore. I have explained everything, I believe, and now that your quest is finished I’ll escort you all to the academy safely tomorrow morning.”
“Chief.” Theodor said as Chief stepped out of the room. He looked at Theodor. “What is it?”
“How do you know our quest? It wasn’t to be revealed to anyone.”
He chuckled. “You got me there. I was always spying on you Theodor, just in case. Even when he came into your room, I knew. That dark aura, it brings back bad memories.” He said leaving the room.
“When he came into your room? Who did?” Halriel asked.
“The Devil King.” Theodor answered with a sigh.
“Was he the reason you went into a coma?” Lyra asked.
Theodor knew the real reason he went into a coma was Nexus, but he didn’t want his friends to know Nexus was a servant, so he simply lied.
“Yes, he came into my room and poisoned me.”
Aside from Theodor only Matilda knew the truth, but they both agreed not to tell the truth about Nexus so she wasn’t shocked.
“Is everything Chief said true, brother? You were stronger than me the whole time!?” Halriel asked Theodor, his eyes wide open and full of agony.
“I’m not sure, but I think it is. There is no other explanation to what had happened to me for the last few weeks. I didn’t even found about my powers until about a few weeks ago.”
“You shouldn’t cry over spilt milk, we can’t change the past Hal.” Matilda said.
“Whadda ya know, eh!? Suddenly learning that ye are the son of the most evil piece o’ shit in the world!? That ye aren’t a human, but a half Demon cunt!?”
“Half Demon cunt, huh? Well trust me I know much better than you!”
Theodor’s eyes opened wide. “Are you sure-“
“There is no more point in hiding the fact that I’m a Demi-human now. Is there?” She said looking to the floor.
“T-that’s enough everyone.” Lyra interrupted, trembling. “We are going to be late. We should pray and say farewell to our comrade, Dzhokhar.”
Silence took over the room, nobody could say anything over the words that came from Lyra. Halriel Left the room with quick, angry steps. Then Hiero, with slow paced steps which indicated he was still in despair from his best friend’s death. Thora ran afterwards, to catch up with Halriel. Matilda and Theodor remained in the room.
“Why did you tell everyone?” Theodor asked with a soft voice.
“There was no reason to keep it as a secret anymore, I guess we are all freaks.” She replied with the same tone Theodor used.
A smile appeared in Theodor’s face. Freaks huh?
”What are you smiling about?”
“Oh, it’s nothing.”
“Anyways… Do you need help getting up?”
“No, no I’m fine.” He said as he sat on the side of the bed. He forced his arms and stood up.
“I guess the regeneration ability isn’t that bad.” Theodor said with a smirk, as he took off the bandages in his stomach.
“Well, a human wouldn’t be able to stand for a few years with those injuries of yours.”
Theodor put on his light armour. “Alright, let’s bid our farewells to those who had fallen along with our comrade.” The smirk on his face disappeared as he said these words. But he still kept a straight face not to show his agony to the girl in front of him.
“Yeah.” She replied.
—————————————————————————————————————————————–And that sums up chapter 3! Sorry for being later than usual, thank you all for reading…