Chapter 47 – The expedition

Author: Verathragna

Greetings everyone. As you might have noticed there weren’t any posts for a couple of months and I am sorry for not saying anything, but there were a lot of things that happened. First it was just some busy days in my real life, but latter on I had to go to the hospital for my random fainting problem, which is still unexplained. After getting back I wanted to continue writing, but unexpectedly deleted a couple of files and since i didn’t have any specific name for my story’s file it got deleted. Feeling down I started concentrating more on the exam’s projects and other school things that were falling of due to my writing. Anyways, I still can’t say there will be many chapters right now, but I hope to start writing more actively during summer. And once again I am really sorry for the wait.

Chapter 47

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Chapter 46 – Erna’s POV

Author: Verathragna

Hello everyone, last week was a bit difficult for me, I will try to release a couple more chapters this one. I hope you enjoy, it took a bit of time to write this(had to check the past chapters for some things) and I will edit it later for mistakes, cause I haven’t. Have a nice read.

Chapter 46

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CHapter 45 – The flower of ice

Author: Verathragna

Hello everyone, I am here with the first chapter of the week and I hope you will enjoy it. It took a bit of time, but there should be the three regular chapters this week. Please enjoy.

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Chapter 44 – The struggle

Author: Verahtragna

Hello everyone, here is the last regular chapter of the week, it took a bit longer, but there was nothing I could do. However this chapter is a bit longer than the usual, also there might be many more mistakes than usual, so if you see any tell me. Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Chapter 43 – Ice shade

Author: Verathragna

Hello everyone, here is the first chapter of the week, but this week there will only be two regular chapters and an extra one if there are donations. This week I have a lot of tests and I don’t have time. Although I will also try to improve the site’s navigation, please enjoy the chapter

Chapter 43

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Chapter 42 – The mage of the church

Author: Verathragna

Hello guys, here is the next chapter I hope you will enjoy it.

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As he walked down the hallway he didn’t see anything strange about it, but the foreboding feeling was still there. Like this he walked for several minutes in a rushed pace, trying to save some more time.

Not long passed until he came to the end and saw another wooden door, although a bit larger than the previous one. Taking a look just in case with his Mana vision, he luckily noticed that there seemed to be another ambush behind the door, and this time there appeared to be some mages mixed in as well.

Thinking about what to do, Ariel came to the conclusion that it is better to just do it how he always does. Casting the usual ice shield, he carefully opened the door. However he didn’t expect that the people behind the door wouldn’t even talk with him before ruthlessly attacking him.

The mages at the back each cast a spell of theirs, creating a barrage of magic attacks coming straight towards Ariel. Choosing the only option he could, Ariel used the ice wall spell several times to create a layered defence. The ice walls rose up in a second, just in time to block the incoming spells, nullifying the attack with only some visible damage. Unfortunately quantity sometimes beats quality as the large amount of mages continued their attack, destroying one wall after another in a short amount of time.

Ariel was left in a deadlock not knowing what to do since usually mages would quickly use up all of their Mana by now, but due to his special eyes Ariel could see that the enemy mages keep drinking something with large Mana concentration that restores their own Mana pools.

At first he felt befuddled, but soon he understood what those were, the only things which restore Mana and could be bought in large amounts were Mana potions. They were equivalent of health potions, but a lot cheaper since only mages use them, who are a bit scarce, compared to warriors.

Unfortunately Ariel didn’t have any of those since there weren’t times he would need them. Because of this, he knew he would lose if this battle of attrition continues further. Racking his brain, there was only one thing that came to mind which could help him in this situation.

That thing was the spell which he is working on and is yet to master completely so right now is a bit hard to use. However he didn’t have much of a choice and decide to at least try. First step he had to do to use it, was to have surface under his control near the enemy, in the other words, a place he could lay his Mana veins down at.

Thankfully none paid mind to the ice which was slowly covering the ground all around the room and even the mages concentrated on casting spells. Due to this, the preparation quickly came into their places and now he could try casting his spell “Ice spike”.

It is truly as simple as that, the premise of the spell is to manifest an ice spear out of any surface surrounding the enemy to kill him, truly a very simple yet effective way if attack. Of course he had to succeed at it first. Just like that he calmed his heart and slowly started casting with all of his hope on the line.

A moment has passed and Ariel’s eyes suddenly got coloured by excitement, the spell succeeded perfectly this time and was ready to cast. Looking in front, he could see that there was only a single ice wall left, but Ariel only felt satisfaction instead of fear from this and calmly activated the spell.

The mages didn’t even understand what happened and neither did the vanguards that stayed out of the way to not get hit by the spells. Spikes made entirely out of ice suddenly emerge from the ground and pierced the bodies of those using the spells to attack, easily killing them.

When the last Mana source at the back disappeared, Ariel understood that he had properly killed all of them, not leaving any other mage that could attack him. Since there were no mages left, he casually pulled own the ice wall in front of him and fearlessly looked towards the remaining warriors.

The people in question felt a chill go down their spine, seeing the devastation that Ariel caused in a single second they couldn’t, help but become scared. Slowly they started to back away in fear, unfortunately for them, Ariel wasn’t about to let them go, and so another massacre began just like that.

All of the warriors were quickly dispatched by Ariel’s spells which either, pierced, crushed or sliced them, there were quite a few ways Ariel could go about killing them. Soon they were all dead and the chicken slaughter ended.

However Ariel didn’t let down his guard yet as he heard slow clapping coming towards him form the side and a voice speaking in an amused way which accompanied it. “Impressive, variants truly live up to their name, so powerful.” Looking towards the place where the sound was coming from, Ariel could see a middle aged man with black hair and eyes simply standing there.

Though Ariel wasn’t surprised at this since he had noticed him a long time ago and just didn’t want to call out to him, and fight against him and the other people at the same time. However what did catch his attention were the clothes the man was wearing, a black gown just like the other person who was making the deal about the slaves before.

He understood that they must be connected trough the same organization, but he also didn’t think that this person will willingly give him any information if asked. While he was thinking, the man continued speaking. “I would like to invite you to join our church since your power would be absolutely valuable. What do you say?”

The man was obviously quite confident in himself and the previous ambush was probably his idea, but Ariel saw that the man was on the same level as him, a late stage elite so there shouldn’t be much of a power difference between them. That’s why he immediately refused to join the shady church. “I have to decline, my apologies. I dislike being associated with trash like you.”

Ariel’s reply seemed to hit a nerve, as the man didn’t seem as calm as before and now had a glint of savagery in his eyes. “If it is so, then I won’t be leaving you any time to regret it.” Finishing his words the man instantly attacked. Apparently it was either joining them or death, but Ariel wouldn’t take it as easily as that.

From the very start Ariel knew he was a mage and the spell that the man used for his first move, was some kind of bolt made entirely out of darkness. So most likely he was a darkness mage, but Ariel didn’t let down his guard in case he was a dual mage.

In retaliation, Ariel started using his own spell to deflect the enemy’s, creating a stalemate due to their equal levels. As they continued their “game”, Ariel seemed to slowly gain an advantage due to his spell control. Although their power was the same, Ariel could do things like changing the trajectories mid air and using one spell to block two, making the black clothed man a bit powerless, more so considering that Ariel wasn’t using chants.

Soon however, Ariel’s mysterious opponent seemed to have enough as he began speaking again. “You brat, you might be happy to be pushing me back but I will show you the mage duels never go as planned.” Ending his sentence, the man retreated and started chanting something which looked to be extremely dangerous.

Fortunately this was also part of Ariel’s plan and he just smiled inwardly as he activated his trap. When he was slaughtering the warriors, at that time he shot several frost bolt, but didn’t activate them to hide their power, and several of them landed exactly where the black clothed man was currently standing.

While his opponent was concentrating on casting his spell Ariel activated the frost bolts, making the shard fly out towards his enemy. The man barely managed to react and tried dodging them quite unsuccessfully, and had his right arm pierced by several of them, it didn’t end there, Ariel soon cast ice spike from right behind him where he was about to land which pierced the man’s left leg, which was a bit risky.

Before, he was quite careful and avoided the ice around him, but now he didn’t have time to look and entered Ariel’s zone of control. Seeing his own predicament, panic appeared on his face, but he soon sent a resentful look towards Ariel and quickly started chanting something.

Not knowing what he was doing, Ariel was a step too late and the man completed his spell. Suddenly an evil looking gate appeared from the ground, leaving Ariel dumbstruck. He had heard about this and saw several illustrations of it in books, so he knew what it was. A demon gate, black magic used for either summoning or transportation.

Ariel was still dazed while the man stepped into the portal and said his last words to him in a low tone. “When we meet again, I will definitely kill you. The church will not forgive you for this.” Only when the gate finally closed did Ariel get his wits back together.

However it is not surprising, black magic is forbidden and extremely rarely seen. Black magic and darkness magic are two different concepts as darkness magic is basically using pure darkness to attack and defend, black magic however, is several forbidden branches of magic in one, like necromancy, curse magic, or even blood magic.

He didn’t know about what kind of church the man was talking about, but he will have to inform some one about it soon. Right now however, he had to quickly find Erna, unfortunately he had little Mana left, so he first decided to run up to the bodies of mages he killed and drink some Mana potions they have.

Luckily there were still plenty of them and his Mana was fully restored, he was about to continue his search of the manor, but suddenly he notice a letter on the ground, coming closer and getting a better look he saw a strange symbol on it, a gate with a skull in the middle of it which was being chained.

It was quite strange and Ariel was about to open the letter to read it, however the next moment he heard a loud scream, and a familiar one at that. Undoubtedly it was Erna’s voice, coming directly from bellow him, Ariel stopped paying mind to the letter and started to franticly run towards where the scream came from, in his mind praying that Erna would be fine.

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Chapter 41 – Infiltration of the mansion

Author: Verathragna

Hello everyone, you must have already noticed that the shedule is a bit messed up, but my life has been busy and I had problems finding time to write. So because of my IRL, the chapter releases might be a bit random. Anyways please enjoy reading the chapter.

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The moon was currently quite high in the sky and the surroundings have already been plunged into the silent night for a long time. At the far side of the city, there stood a medium sized mansion which looked quite desolate if seen from far away.

 

Only two people were standing guard at the gate, in case someone decided to come at such a late hour. However just as the two people were talking while being lax, about their job two ice spears came out of nowhere and impaled both of them to the wall.

 

Right until the end they didn’t understand what actually killed them tonight, only Ariel who came out of the shadows the next moment, knew that he was responsible for it. Although he would usually not kill recklessly, today he didn’t have time to see if these people were innocent guards, or just the same like the slaver he had met today.

 

To him Erna’s life was much more important so he managed to ignore his own nonchalant killings while entering thought the gate. After crossing the line he saw a well taken care of front yard, which now was unfortunately still ruined by the night’s darkness.

 

Ignoring the other sights he could see, he directed his gaze towards the manor’s front entrance. Even if he was in a rush he didn’t forget to always be cautious, and this time it came through for him. Thanks to his special sight, he could see a large amount of Mana and Mana sources behind the door, signalling that there are undoubtedly people waiting to ambush him, inside.

 

However Ariel continued without fear and slowly pushed open the big wooden doors. The inside was similarly to the outside, also covered in darkness, unfortunately for the ambushers Ariel could easily see where they were due to their emitted Mana.

 

As he was carefully walking into the room, he soon heard a voice just as expected. Only the voice didn’t seem fully human and was mixed with a robotic or an artificial voice, “So you really have came brat. We were told you might come, but we really didn’t think you would be actually so stupid to arrive here alone.”

 

The person’s words had clear mockery in his voice, since to him a boy coming here like this is truly suicide. In the meant time, the room has been lit up by the suddenly igniting candles and Ariel could finally see what he was facing.

 

In front of his stood several sturdy, giant stone golems, making a small encirclement surrounding him. Ariel was taken a back for a moment, but then he remembered some old news of how the Hevorin family had bought a large amount of remote controlled golems before.

 

If he had to guess right now, this was the reason they bought them, not to guard against intruders but to be of help in their devious scheme when needed. At this time, while Ariel was still thinking, to the people controlling the golems it appeared as if he was scared of them, which encouraged them to be even more aggressive with their words.

 

“It is too late to regret now, you are surrounded and the only option is for you to defeat us. However that’s unlikely, these golems have almost no weakness, and even if we would stand and let you shoot us as much as you want, you wound run out of Mana before killing us all, so just peacefully give up.”

 

The person behind the golem seemed to be quite confident, but unknown to him Ariel had been absentminded and his words made him return to the matter at hand. Feeling amused, he looked towards the golem, who was the only one to speak until now and responded. “Are you really so sure of yourself? I think if it is, an apparently stupid person like you, controlling it, the golem is nothing dangerous.”

 

The person who spoke before became dumbfounded for a while, but the next moment he became furious after getting back his wits. “You little… Let’s see you being brave after I crush your legs and arms.”

 

Suddenly the golem in front of Ariel started charging towards him without any indication, it was obvious that his opponent though to be invincible and charged without fear, and that is just what Ariel wanted. This time unlike the rest, Ariel didn’t summon his ice shields cause he felt like he wouldn’t need them right now.

 

Casually dodging the golem’s fists, he stepped around it as easily as walking down a road. This only further infuriated the first golem since guy though he was being taken for granted. However all the rest of the golems have also got closer into the hitting range.

 

Unfortunately for them, they just stepped into Ariel’s trap, he had wanted to draw in the rest of the golems closer to take care of all of them in a single strike. The reason he was planning like this was because due to his Mana sight he could quickly detect where the golem’s cores were.

 

However he didn’t know if the creator of these golems was lazy or just and idiot, but all of the golem cores seem to be in the very same place, their neck. Though this only helped Ariel, since even if he knew the location’s of the cores, if his enemies notice that he could so easily find them, they would be much more guarded against him, but right now he can easily do it in a single movement, and finish them off all at once.

 

As the surrounding golems jumped to attack him, Ariel casually cast a single ice slice in a roundabout motion, instantly decapitating all of them. “This can’t be…” Even in defeat the person who spoke previously seemed to be unable to notice his own faults.

 

The golems fell to the ground and crumbled into pieces. Without a Mana source they were nothing more than rocks put together so this outcome was expected.

 

Making sure that all of golems were out of the count, Ariel gave a quick look around the mansion with his Mana sight. Through the walls he could see several places where there were groups of people doing something and didn’t know to which he should head to, however just before he was lucky enough to see one of the groups, suddenly become extremely disorganized.

 

If he had to guess, it must have been the people controlling the golems he just fought, and if he had search the manor room by room, he felt it would be good to take care of them as soon as possible, since there are probably many more golems in this mansion and he didn’t want to waste too much time and Mana fighting them.

 

That is why he, without hesitation, walked down one of the narrower corridors, leading straight to the group in question. Although while rushing in a hurried pace, Ariel still managed to observe the interior and evaluate it, and just like one would expect, the Hevorin family sure liked luxury. Most of the walls were decorated by expensive art and exquisite carpets were put down along the floor. There were also plenty of golden chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and many pedestals whit precious items on them.

 

Just with the amount of wealth in this mansion, you could probably sate several villages for dozens of years. However all of this was just staying here, gathering dust pointlessly. This really made Ariel feel quite frustrated at the injustice, but he didn’t dwell on it for long, since he was already close to his destination.

 

Seeing the double wooden door, soon he heard voices behind it, speaking in a fearful manner. “Get the other golems ready, quickly, we don’t have much time.” The first voice was quite similar to the person who was trash talking Ariel before while the second one was more scholarly. “It takes longer than you think. If you hadn’t been so arrogant and assured of yourself they could have been ready form the start.”

 

From the conversation Ariel understood that the ones behind the door must be the fighting team and also the supporting team. However, they also seem to be about to break into fighting amongst themselves out of desperation.

 

On the other hand this didn’t really mean anything to Ariel, since he always adopted the policy that if no one bothers him, he won’t bother them as well, but of anyone even tries to do anything to him, he would make sure they end up dead.

 

Because of this he barged into the room with the intent to kill everyone inside. Entering he saw that there about a couple of dozens of people inside, more than half of them dressed as guards while the rest of them like the old researchers of the middle ages.

 

The room itself looked to be used for magic rituals and sort of a magic lab. It looked like this was the place the golems are prepared to be used and Ariel got lucky enough to come here first.

 

His arrival however brought complete despair to the people inside, as they looked towards Ariel as if he was the grim reaper himself, coming towards them. They got especially frightened when they saw countless ice spears manifesting in the air around him.

 

They all were about to plead for his mercy, but Ariel didn’t give them the chance. With a snap of his fingers, all of the ice spears flew, impaling themselves into at least one person, and sometimes two. The scene quickly turned into a picture of hell as the blood covered the ground entirely.

 

In the end there were only a couple of survivors after Ariel’s first barrage of attacks. The person who spoke before, to the guard turned pure white and started shaking in fear as he pleaded for his life. “I was ordered to do it please spare me. I swear I will never cross you ever again.”

 

Ariel only sneered at his words as he replied. “By following a person’s orders you take up all the sins that come with it.” The next moment the man felt his body grow cold and hit the ground lifelessly. From that, Ariel continued finishing off the survivors with ice slices until there was no one left alive.

 

When the last one fell to the ground Ariel finally let out a sigh of relief. Even for him such a massacre took a toll on his mind. After Reorganizing his mind, he turned and was about to head towards the other places full of people, but just at that time, he noticed that there was another hallway leading from the room he was in, to a place with the largest amount of people in the mansion.

 

Looking at the dreadful pathway, Ariel felt hesitant, but after a moment of doubt, he resolutely stepped towards the ghastly corridor, with the intentions to see what was on the other side.

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Chapter 40 – The kidnapping

Author: Verathragna

Hello everyone, here is the first chapter of the week, and from the name of the chapter should be able to guess what happened. Anyway it seems like my views are going down by a lot and I can’t understand why, if you find anything wrong please tell me, and enjoy.

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Seeing Sarah running towards them in panic, the two friends stood there completely petrified. The person in question on the other hand revealed a look of joy on her face when she saw them. She quickly started heading to their location at a rapid pace, almost as if she would die if she didn’t reach them.

 

It didn’t take even a couple of breaths for her to already be standing right in front of them. Although only after hearing her rough breathing did they finally snap out of their stupor and urgently ask what happened to make her so anxious. “Did something happen? Why are you in such a bad condition like this?”

 

Ariel didn’t waste time on the small talk and got straight to the point. They then patiently waited for her to catch her breath and didn’t rush her to speak, since it would be hard to get her thoughts together while under pressure and panting like this.

 

The wait didn’t take long and Sarah started speaking as soon as her breathing got a little better. “It’s Erna. She needs help fighting against a large group of people who attacked us. They seem to be some kind of assassins” Unfortunately even after this her words didn’t contain the details.

 

After understanding a bit of what happened, Brendon stepped up and started calming his sister down even further. “Relax, take deep breaths and tell us where it took place.” Sarah’s red eyes, that seemed to about to burst into tears, slightly calmed as she continued telling her story. “At the café, we were talking and eating, when a sudden surprise attack happened from some people dressed in black, only latter did we notice that they were assassins.”

 

Hearing the location and the specifics of the events that took place at the café, Ariel and Brendon felt an ominous feeling in their heart as they looked at each other. Ariel was the quickest to react and spoke up. “There is no time to get more help, we have to hurry to the location, let’s go.”

 

Under Ariel’s command the three of them started rushing back to the café at the fastest speed they could muster. Although the location was pretty close, every second mattered in such a situation so they didn’t even think about resting. When they have reached the building, there didn’t seem to be any other people around and also no sound coming from the actual café.

 

Feeling anxious, they quickly rushed in only to witness a bloody scene where they saw about thirty corpses of, men dressed in black, drowning in their own blood. Sarah felt slightly sick looking at this picture, but held it together.

 

Ariel and Brendon had less of a reaction from it however they still turned slightly pale as they scanned the room for Erna. Noticing that their friend was nowhere to be seen they suddenly became frightened. Ariel rushed into the room and once more carefully looked it over.

 

His fear deepened as he didn’t see even a strand of her golden hair, only bodies signifying that she put up a good fight before being taken. However he was also glad that he didn’t see her corpse as it meant that she was kidnapped and her life should still not be extinguished, for now.

 

As he was furiously thinking about what to do now, he heard a grunt coming form one of the bodies on the ground near him. Just now he was about to search them to see if he could find out their identity, but luckily enough there was still a person alive, to interrogate.

 

Turning his eyes to look at the direction the voice was coming from, Ariel saw another, black clothed person like all the rest, who had a medium body build. If you get a better look at them, those clothes do look like something that only a beginner assassin would wear.

 

Coming closer to the person, he spoke to him with zero emotion in his voice. “You have a minute to tell me who sent you and where is Erna.” The injured assassin however only laughed as he replied. “Do you really think I would betray my comrades like this?”

 

His words unfortunately only served to anger Ariel more as he spoke in even a colder voice. “Then I will show you several of my methods to make people speak.” As he bent over and put his hand on the assassin’s chest, a large amount of Mana started gathering around him, he didn’t feel like wasting time.

 

Outwardly nothing seemed to be happening, but suddenly the assassin’s body convulsed and he started screaming from the feeling of pain coming from inside of him. Sarah and Brendon completely didn’t understand what Ariel has done, but just in time for them to raise the question, he explained to everyone.

 

“This is a way of torture I invented, I am currently freezing you from inside out, your nerves, blood vessels, inner muscles, will all be slowly frozen, and believe me, the pain will only get worse if you resist.” The assassin got extremely frightened by his words, the pain he is experiencing couldn’t be described by speech, and he would already do anything to make it stop, so without further ado he spoke.”

“Please no more, it was the duke of Hevorin family he is the one who sent us here.” His speech was disorganized due to the pain, but Ariel managed to understand the most important parts, making his hidden anger reach the boiling point.

 

Before he didn’t know his enemy so he was holding back, but now that he knew who the enemy was, and considering he just found out before of his ties with an underworld organization, he couldn’t hold it back anymore.

 

The air around Ariel started dropping and the area started to freeze over, while silent, but piercing killing intent started emitting from his body. His friends have never seen him like this and didn’t know what to do. Unknown to them, not having many people he could consider being close to, made Ariel think of them as more important than even his own life. Now that someone actually dared to kidnap one of is friends, and what’s more his fiancé, for the first time in his life he was unable to control his emotions.

 

Thankfully his emotions soon started to recede as he managed to recall that he first had to go save Erna since there was not much time. He turned to look at his dumbfounded friends as he spoke. “Latter send someone to get this guy and interrogate him.” He said while pointing at now already frozen, body.

 

Brendon while still being lost, just nodded absentmindedly as Ariel continued speaking. “It is that worthless Hevorin family again. Do you know anything about where they could have taken Erna?” His words snapped the siblings out of their shock and Brendon quickly replied. “Of course I know. They have a mansion in this city that is used when Hevorin family members are staying here, but we should hurry out.”

 

The other two nodded and all of them left the café while continuing to talk. Ariel who was leading in the front spoke to Sarah. “Sarah, can you tell us how it all happened? It would be best to know all the details.” Agreeing to his words Sarah spoke.

 

“Just as you probably know, we were spending some of our casual time in the café. It was nothing special, just a calm evening. Suddenly however, we were sneaked attacked out of nowhere, fortunately Erna managed to react just in time and we dodged their first strike.” It appeared that the assassins had some inside help since without it, it would be hard to get into the school grounds like that Ariel and Brendon thought this while continuing to listen.

 

“There were in all, about fifty of them and Erna was able to hold them back by herself for a good while, but I was just in the way and couldn’t cast any spells at all, due to that she got hurt several times.” After saying these words, Sarah once more seemed to about to burst into tears.

 

However Ariel put his hand on her head while responding. “Calm down. For someone who never experienced something like this it is natural to be caught off guard and become unable to fight. This is something to be expected of a mage so you shouldn’t blame yourself and continue the story so we could go help Erna.” It is unknown if Ariel’s words helped, but Sarah smiled again as she continued.

 

“Now that I think about it, from the start their attacks didn’t seem to be aiming for the kill, so they probably wanted to kidnap us, as the best as scenario. The battle dragged out for a while, unfortunately they realized that I was Erna’s liability and started concentrating on me. At that time Erna suddenly told me to run away and get some help. I didn’t want to leave her alone, but she grabbed me and threw me towards the exit while carrying on with fighting against the assassins.”

 

Ariel and Brendon saw that Sarah was still feeling guilty for not being of any use to Erna, maybe if she had been more collected they could have fully fought off their attackers. However they let her push those thoughts out on her own, and waited her continuation, which came quite quickly.

 

“At that time I had already got back some of my rationality and soon understood that I would be useless by continuing to stay there, so I ran as fast as my legs could carry me to find any other people around. Strangely there was not one person near here except for you two, almost as if this area was deserted at the time.”

 

Putting facts in their place inside his head, Ariel agreed as he spoke. “There must have been some strings pulled to make the kidnapping more successful.” Later on he would need to look into the staff here, but now he didn’t have the time as he asked. “Brendon, tell me the directions to the Hevorin mansion and I will go on first. In the meant time you should go bring Henrik while you, Sarah, go inform any teachers you can find. The more people know the better.”

 

Understanding what Ariel meant and realizing they were running out of time, both of them started doing their part. Sarah immediately left to search for anyone while Brendon started giving detailed directions. When they reached the gate, they finally said their farewells and separated to do their own tasks.

 

While speeding towards the place Brendon informed him about, Ariel felt the rage and killing intent boiling inside of him, ready to explode at any time. He will never let off anyone who hurts his friends, not until he is still alive.

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Chapter 39 – Blood drinker

Author: Verathragna

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Hello everyone, I’m her with the third and last free chapter of the week. Go to say that this one is an unusually long chapter for me with most of it taken up by action. However I have been sleepy so I didn’t have time to look it over, I will do it after waking up so there will definitely be some mistakes for now, in this chapter. Anyways, please enjoy.

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At a remote place of the forest, near the city walls, you could see two people confronting one another. One was the young Ariel, while the other was the already quite old and vicious criminal blood drinker.

When Ariel stepped out and faced him, he had already prepared his usual combat defenses, the three ice shields he would have hovering around. From this you could see that although Ariel’s words seemed to be quite light before, he didn’t dare to underestimate his opponent.

Blood drinker on the other hand, was still fuming for being insulted by a brat who still wasn’t even 20. While having his eyes turn red from blood lust, he drew his savage sword, which had many “teeth” from all sides of it, without saying another word making it look really intimidating. It was obvious that this sword was created with the desire to inflict as much pain as possible, which made Ariel feel reluctant to even get close to it.

However he soon noticed that his opponent wasn’t as furious as before, but more like a beast eyeing its prey. He started feeling like this blood drinker had quite a unique mindset as he was easily angered, but his anger would quickly be turned into savagery and frightening calmness when facing an opponent.

All of this made Ariel’s discard all the taunt cards he wanted to play, and instead he put more effort into observing his opponent’s moves. It didn’t take long for Ariel’s opponent to start slightly swinging his sword, almost as if having a feel for it but he also was conflicted about how silent the slaver has been. Ariel decided to wait until his opponent moved first before acting.

Currently Ariel stood at about twenty meters from his opponent and was quite confident about his opponent not being able to reach him, even though he hadn’t ever seen the true physical capabilities of a warrior. However his expectations ware overturned when the blood drinker took his first, large step and exploded in terrifying speed, heading straight towards him.

Ariel could barely react when his enemy appeared right in front of, and only by putting everything he could into dodging did he mange to lunge back a bit, avoiding a lethal blow. Unfortunately he heard glass breaking and noticed that he only had two ice shields left, as the previous attack destroyed one.

Taking several steps back Ariel got some distance while blood drinker also retreated, he seemed to be a very careful man and was afraid of Ariel having some kind of counter attack. Noticing that he has some room to breath, Ariel didn’t waste his time and quickly summoned five ice spears around him.

Although doing this makes it easy to keep track of them and they loose their surprise factor, Ariel didn’t want to take chances and this formation would be something that his opponent should be fearful a bit of attacking. The blood drinker, in the mean time was extremely shocked as he spoke. “You are actually able to use spells without chanting, I was right to have retreated. You also have quite a decent reaction speed compared to other mages. It seems there truly are monstrous geniuses like this in the world. Unfortunately you will meet your end here.”

His opponent in the end has mistakenly thought that he took the right choice by retreating. Unfortunately he didn’t know that if he followed up his attack, he might have killed Ariel in the first exchange and be done with it. However Ariel won’t be letting such an unexpected thing to happen again. He tightly gripped one of his newly manifested ice spears, making his beating heart calm down bit by bit.

The slaver leader didn’t know what to do, and the time he spent debating if he should attack, Ariel had already finished regaining his rationality. He looked towards his enemy and began creating plans how to kill him.

Due to experiencing the near death experience he didn’t want to give an opening by using up all of his defenses, so while not shooting out the ice spears hovering around him, he cast a new spell to attack, instead. Ariel’s spell of choice in this situation was the frost bolt since it had decent range and also some dangerous factors to it which will keep his opponent on his toes.

By the time the first Ariel’s frost bolt was shot out, blood drinker had already awoken from his thoughts and after noticing a spell coming towards him, dodged to the side. However that was the reason Ariel chose this, just as the spell went past him, Ariel used its second feature of launching out its spikes.

At such a close range it was extremely hard to evade all of them, but thanks to noticing the activation at the last second, Ariel’s opponent managed to protect himself while dodging and using his sword to ward the spikes off him. Of course under such an unexpected assault he still got several tiny cuts all around his body, making the slave leader frustrated.

Seeing that his attack had only minimal effect, Ariel quickly tried shooting out another one. Unfortunately blood drinker understood that by staying a fair distance form Ariel would definitely end up in his defeat. That’s why he instantly started charging in zigzags toward the young mage.

While staying calm Ariel changed the spell he was preparing at the moment, and this time chose to use ice cone. Just when his enemy reached the required range, he unleashed his spell, covering a decent amount of area in front of him in ice.

Blood drinker didn’t have much experience in fighting mages so he easily got caught in Ariel’s plan, getting momentarily frozen. After seeing this, Ariel didn’t waste a second and sent the four ice spears around him to strike.

Unfortunately blood drinker was decently strong and was able to break out of his encasement almost immediately. Using all of his efforts to evade, Ariel’s attack was unable to deal a critical injury to him, but blood drinker’s skill was not enough for him to leave uninjured. His left shoulder and right leg were grazed, reducing his fighting ability by a notch.

Unexpectedly, while not paying any head to his injuries, the slaver leader charged towards him, intending to finish it as fast as possible. Ariel responded by calling back his four ice spears and thrusting out the one in his hands.

His opponent however was capable of easily measuring the trajectories and so he dodged the four coming from the back and the one coming from in front of him, while at the same time unleashing his own attack at Ariel.

Thankfully Ariel still had two ice shields and used one to block the strike, but the blood drinker was fast and instantly went in for his next attack. However he was met with an unexpected ice slice spell from Ariel’s left hand that he prepared while predicting his opponent’s actions.

The sword and the ice blade clashed, soon pushing both of them back and once more creating a distance. Looking at the middle aged man Ariel started to feel that this will be a long fight. Their skill was almost on the same level so neither of them could get an edge, ending up at a stalemate.

Coming to this conclusion Ariel quickly launched himself into the woods. Blood drinker, thinking that Ariel was escaping instantly started chasing him. However what he didn’t expect was that Ariel was just thinking of changing the terrain into something that would be a bit more beneficial to him.

As he entered the woods, another ice spear was launched directly at him. Blocking it with his sword, blood drinker’s fury reached an entirely new level. The next moment he understood what Ariel was planning and complied to do the same.

Like this, their guerrilla battle started and continued for who knows how long. Throughout the time they were battling, Ariel used many spells and also had to re summon many destroyed ice shields to even have a chance at surviving.

Countless attacks were exchange between the two, each trying to eliminate the other person. Only after a couple of hours did they finally break out of this stalemate. Ariel, who has been hiding inside the forest and evading the blood drinker’s blows, was finally driven out of the forestry.

Just when they finally stepped into a clearing again, the slaver leader spoke. “So much trouble for a single brat, but now there is nowhere to run anymore. I have never expected that you would last for such a long time, that’s why I decided to finish you of with my trump card.” Ariel’s opponent started snickering while speaking, he himself however didn’t respond, remaining silent and waited to see his enemy’s plan.

When blood drinker saw this, anger once again flashed in his eyes, but he consoled himself by saying that it won’t be long before Ariel dies. He suddenly took out something and put it on his finger, after Ariel got a better look at it, he realized it to be a storage ring. However he didn’t have much time to think. Blood drinker summoned several swords from inside it and the next moment all of them flew out from his hand and positioned themselves all around Ariel.

While being stunned, Ariel could barely continue to think, while the slaver leader started to laugh and speak. “See? This is my final move.  Although I am not truly at sword flight level, but I am already quite close and by making these swords out of a light metal I can use them like this. Now there is no way out for you anymore.” His opponent was clearly confident in himself and already thought that it is his win.

Ariel in the mean time was wracking his brain after snapping out of his stupor. All of his ice shields and most of his Mana was gone, and ice manipulation won’t be able to defend against all of them leaving Ariel in a dilemma.

Unfortunately his opponent looked to be tired of him already and even though he also had many small injuries, he still had some strength left to fight. What’s more, he really wants to be done with this as soon as possible. So at the next moment he directly charged at Ariel while thrusting his sword, at the same time the swords from all around him did the same and started flying towards him.

He easily saw that there was no way to evade or block all of them, making Ariel’s mind think even harder. However no matter how hard he thought about it, he couldn’t think up of a way and when the swords were already upon him he gritted his teeth and stared right in front of him, at the annoying and ugly grin. Although he can’t get out of this unharmed by sacrificing something, a person can always get something in return.

Without a moment of hesitation Ariel leaped at blood drinker, not expecting this he was late to react and soon his sword pierced Ariel’s body. He completely didn’t understand why Ariel did this but at the next moment he suddenly felt something cold in his chest, looking down he saw an exquisite ice spear that Ariel had always kept in his hands during the fight.

Quickly understanding what happened, he revealed a pained expression of regret. To think that the infamous blood drinker would end up dying so pathetically at the hands of a boy, such a disgrace.

All the way until his last breath Ariel’s opponent’s eyes showed unwillingness. Unfortunately it didn’t help him in any way to save his miserable life. Only after Ariel felt that blood drinker drew his last breath did he draw out, the already bloody ice spear.

Letting out a breath of relief, the next moment he clutched his stomach. The sword wound was a very heavy wound due to the nature of his opponent’s weapon. He saw that he was quickly bleeding out, so he tried to immediately bandage himself.

Luckily enough, the next moment he heard the rustling of the leaves and turned to look to the left of him with vigilance. Coming out of the wood was his worn out best friend, seemingly satisfied with his job.

After seeing the situation at hand however, Brendon instantly ran up to Ariel and spoke. “You’re bleeding so much. This wound is too dangerous it has gone right through your stomach. It seems this bastard gave you trouble right until the end.” While continuing to speak, Brendon took out something out of his bag.

It was a flask filled with red liquid which was quite familiar to Ariel. What Brendon took out was a healing potion, something that can only be created by alchemists and is extremely expensive. However they are mostly used by adventurers or lone experts, since light magic’s capabilities are still way more efficient.

Fortunately in this situation Brendon was smart enough to bring one, and so he immediately gave it to Ariel. Chugging down the potion Ariel quickly felt his wound healing and even his Mana started refreshing itself at a rapid rate.

As soon as he felt that he recovered to a suitable condition he looked towards Brendon and expressed his thanks. “I am thankful, at least now I don’t have a hole in my stomach. My opponent was quite hard to handle, it is true that experience and skill can have a huge effect on who wins.”

Brendon nodded at his words and responded. “Yeah, but to have defeated such a notorious person is an impressive feat in itself. We have also managed to catch most of the slavers that ran to the forest. Unfortunately the black clothed youth used some kind of strange magic resembling the darkness element to escape. We couldn’t really do anything about it.”

Hearing this Ariel didn’t blame them and just tried comfort him. “A mysterious person like him must have some measures to remain mysterious it is not your fault. You just had too little information about him I think we should be putting more energy into interrogating these guys instead of chasing that youth.”

In response Brendon let out a weak smile as he spoke. “You’re right.” Seeing that his friend is not downcast anymore, Ariel came up to the lying body of blood drinker and started searching it. After some time he still didn’t find any useful clues and was about to give up, but suddenly a crest fell out of one of his pockets.

Bending down and picking it up he saw that the etched crest was that of a two headed horse. Before he could even start thinking, Brendon by his side exclaimed in shock. “Isn’t that the crest of the Hevorin family, are they the ones behind all of this?” Ariel kept looking at the thing in his hands for a few seconds more before he responded. “I think the Hevorin is only a tool that the mysterious organization you have spoke about, is using.”

Brendon appeared to have come to the realization and silently agreed to his theory as he spoke. “I will deal with this later, first we should get back to The Academy. I’m so tired I can barely stand.” Feeling amused Ariel simply complied and followed his friend towards the stationed knights.

In the end all the captured slavers were brought back to be interrogated, the mission also ended almost perfectly, there were no deaths on their side and only some light injuries. With the satisfying feeling in their hearts, Brendon and Ariel quickly returned to the school grounds.

Suddenly stopping on the road, Ariel turned to look at the school café, remembering that Sarah and Erna were going to hang out there until late at night, at least by their words. Thinking that they might still be there he spoke out towards Brendon. “Erna and Sarah should still be at the café. Maybe we should go chat with them a bit?”

His friend seemed to have not known about this and let out a surprised voice. “They are? Well I guess they “would” tell you. I also think we should go see what they are doing, it won’t hurt to say good night to them.”

Both of them turned to walk to the café at the end of their conversation, but in front of them they notice a shadow of a person running at their direction. As it got closer they instantly recognized the person due to her long blue hair.

However currently her hair was in a mess and her face had a panicking expression on it. This visage made a bad premonition start swelling up inside them as they though of what could have riled her up like this and more importantly, why was she alone?

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Chapter 38 – The ambush

Author: Verathragna

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Well here is the second chapter, the next one will have much more action, tell me what you think, I have been wondering if my writing has been improving or not. Also if someone doesn’t mind telling me, but do the authors usually do the glossaries by themselves? Cause it seems like it takes so much time out of you. Anyways, please enjoy the chapter.

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After exiting the establishment, Ariel and Brendon started hurrying towards the location where everything should take place. While doing this, they tried to be as discrete as they could manage and went down as many shortcuts as possible to get there in time for the whole event.

Fortunately they didn’t encounter any people that were stationed to keep watch, and noticed that overall the guard seemed to be quite relaxed, maybe they have some serious confidence that no one will interrupt them? However because of this, the two boys entered without being noticed and quickly found the location where Henrik was hiding.

Both of them silently and slowly walked closer to him, while Brendon used the communication orb to warn him that it was them who were coming from behind him. Henrik instantly took notice of them when he heard the voice and calmly waited for them to arrive in speaking range. When they made sure that their cover wasn’t blown and no one had followed them, they let out a breath of relief before turning towards the knight captain.

“Henrik, how are things going right now? Is everything alright and ready to go?” To Brendon’s whisper Henrik replied in a respectful manner. “Yes, currently the two sides are talking and most likely we still haven’t been noticed, or they wouldn’t appear so leisure.”

As the captain responded, he motioned towards the usually empty place which currently had a whole bunch of men at it. The first thing you would probably notice was the giant cart full of tied up and gagged people, which was protected by several bandit like people. They looked desperate and fearful for their future while quietly listening to the conversation of the two guys.

Those, people who were talking, both seemed to be on the same level with each other, since neither of them showed each other disrespect. Although only one of them had a bunch subordinate looking people behind him, while the other had seemingly came alone.

The person who had a bunch of savages behind him was a rough looking man in mid forties with black hair and green eyes. His face should have been called decent in the past, but now it was littered by many scars from battles, making it a bit unpleasant to the eyes. If Ariel had to guess, this must be the guy who was nicknamed the blood drinker as he was the one leading the slavers who were driving the cart right now.

On the other side it was actually only a delicate youth who wore black garments on his body and a staff, unlike that of the blood sucker’s leather armor and steel sword, indicating that he was some kind of a mage. The youth’s looks were quite good and although he had a weak build similar to Ariel’s, his dark brown hair and blue eyes made him into quite a lady killer.

From the side, both of these men appeared to be on a quite a good relationship and were casually talking with each other while laughing. Unfortunately it was impossible to get closer and listen to their conversation for them without getting caught.

However there were several times they would exclaim their words a bit louder and you could discern some things. Although all Ariel land the others could understand were “Much more”, “The church”, and the word which attracted most of their attention “Archduke”.

Even though this wasn’t much, they though that this was all crucial information in some different perspective. However they also thought that this was not enough for them to go by, so when the conversation of these two was coming to the end, Brendon has already turned to Henrik to ask. “Is everyone ready to move?”

The captain of the knight’s gave a nodded and quickly responded. “All the lookouts have been located and my men are prepared to take them out, but we aren’t some assassins, when we make our move, we will undoubtedly be heard by the enemy so we will have to work quickly once everything starts.”

Brendon acknowledged what Henrik said and this time started speaking to Ariel. “We should wait a bit before showing ourselves to take them by surprise, however be prepared for their retaliation.” Ariel gave his affirmation and watched Brendon give Henrik the sign to begin.

Soon after the command of Henrik, many sounds of combat instantly could be heard coming from everywhere around them. When the blood drinker and the youth in black robes noticed that something was wrong, they quickly gathered the slavers which numbered at about fifty, into a decent formation, while using only a couple of words, showing that they still had some discipline unlike normal thugs.

At that time Henrik finally showed himself as he walked out of the shrubbery while the thirty knights, who finished taking care of the lookouts, quickly surrounded the group. Although there were less of them than there were slavers, each knight was several times more powerful than a normal slaver and this amount of them could easily pressure the enemy’s side.

Anger and hate rapidly appeared in the eyes of the slaver leader as he started shouting. “Who are you and what do you think you are doing you bastard!?” Not taking heed of the angry man or the youth looking coldly at him, Henrik did his usual knight’s task. “My name is Henrik and I am the captain of this knight squad. Under his majesty’s orders, all of you will be punished for your crimes that you did in his domain, the Galath kingdom. Please surrender quietly so that we can avoid even more blood shed.”

Unfortunately Henrik’s words seemed to only anger the opposition more, since the slavers quickly prepared to fight under the orders of the black clothed youth, while the man named blood drinker was still cursing. “You think you have what it takes you shit? I will make sure to rip you in half in the most brutal way possible so it would be painful.”

When the leader finished speaking, he unexpectedly, also started commanding the troops in a careful manner. It seems like although this person had a bad temper he wasn’t that stupid. The slaver rapidly took take places and under the cry of their boss, were about to take the initiative to attack without having any more pleasantries.

Just at that time Ariel and Brendon finally made their move. Brendon used his magic to support the knights and several of his spells were put on them that were beneficial to fighting and recovery. On the other hand Ariel unleashed several frost bolts that he had prepared beforehand, straight into the thick of the slavers.

Several moments later screams could be heard coming from their formation and blood started quickly flowing under their feet. In just this opening faze, about ten of the bandits have already been killed or injured, instantly ruining their moral.

The leaders in the mean time were completely frozen for different reasons. That youth in black stood the dumbstruck as he started muttering to himself “Ice? Could it be a variant magic?” He appeared to have become a bit absentminded seeing Ariel’s magic.

The slaver leader however felt so furious that he started to tremble from it and his face began turning completely red. However Ariel’s group once more underestimated the experience of the opponent, as the blood drinker managed to instantly evaluate this as a bad situation and understood that fighting a group of trained knight’s with mages at the back, would be terrible for him. The man quickly shouted at the top of his lungs as he faced Henrik. “Retreat, get out of here as fast as possible.”

The group surprisingly, obediently listened to his orders, and with the youth, who was still looking at the place Ariel shot out his spells from, started retreating. The blood drinker had also started to rapidly run away as he shouted towards the knight captain. “Next time we meet I will make you regret this day for the whole eternity!” Henrik heard his threat, but didn’t pay any mind to it, in his head the whole group was already as good as dead, the only one he was actually interested in chasing was the youth, who appeared to belong to the mysterious organization that was behind all of this commotion. That’s why he took off after the young mage, while commanding the other knight’s to hunt down the rest of the normal slavers.

In the mean time, the infamous blood sucker has just managed to get out of the city and started to relax, when suddenly a spear made entirely of ice suddenly speared out of nowhere heading straight towards his vital areas. However he was experienced and managed to almost flawlessly dodge the surprise attack.

After that he quickly faced the direction that the ice spear came from as he shouted. “Show yourself coward, or is this all you are capable of?!” Ariel complied to his provocation and calmly exited the forestry while thinking about the strange youth with unknown origin from before. He had left earlier so he could intercept the slaver leader, but still notice the youth’s dangerous look. Giving it some more thought he just shook his head, since from the amount of Mana in his core, he could discern that the youth should have also been a mage at the late Elite rank like him and shouldn’t bring much problems.

Blood drinker on the other hand was stumped for a while when he saw Ariel, but the next second his rage exploded inside of him, especially when he notice how Ariel was ignoring him. “A brat like you dared to go against me? Are you tired of living?” Unfortunately Ariel only felt amused at such empty threats as he spoke while letting out a sigh. “I don’t have time for this. I still want to get some good rest after all of this.”

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