The Warlock Hex
CHAPTER VII – The Brigadeers
Standing before Hex, Kredon and Shaehun is The Drow Ranger, ARCHUS CULIVEER.
“Don’t all say hello at once,” speaks Archus as he sparks a stick and rock, and tosses it in the prepared pile of wood and brush…
…it lights up in a roar.
“It will be dark soon, so we’d best figure out a Watch,” he finishes.
“But you’re a…” Hex starts, but stops himself.
“A Drow, yes, but I suspect you’ve seen worse, judging by that rascal of a blade at your side,” Archus speaks with a menacing smile.
Shaehun approaches, and locks arms with Archus, “Archus!” she seems surprisingly happy to see him…
…even Archus takes note, “Hello Shae, good to see you’re still breathing, word had it you’d considered giving such trivialities up…” he smiled again, pulled his bow off his back, “I’ll take first watch,” and disappeared into the trees.
“That–” started Kredon.
“–is an amazing being,” finished Shaehun, who then realized she was making too much of Archus, and turned towards the fire.
“You two get some sleep, you’ll need it, I’m going to stay up, take second watch when Archus comes in,” she speaks without room for negotiation.
Hex looks at Kredon and shrugs, “So be it,” he then throws some things into a pot, and puts it over the fire,”but first, we eat”.
TWO HOURS LATER
Shaehun joins Archus in a tree which he watches from.
“So who is this guy Shae, that you’d bring him to the Brigadeers?” Archus asks without taking his eyes off the watch.
“A Warlock… Lord of Talabus to be specific…” she replies.
“You know these words mean nothing to me, why have you brought him?”
“The Tear of Asmodeus directed him to find me… And beyond that, call it a feeling,” she explains.
“A feeling,” Archus says with a slight laugh.
“Is Araban at home, or off saving the world again?” Shaehun says with a laugh herself.
Archus smiles, this time softer, “The noble blowhard is there… Every last scale,” they both laugh.
Hex wakes early, and goes quickly into a trance.
Magic that fills me… I know not what your purpose is, or how you might react to serving this blade… I will do my best not to taint you
TAINT YOU… I COULD BE OFFENDED BY THIS, SHOULD I DESIRE… BUT I DO NOT
I know nothing of you Blade… Only that I am bonded to you, and you are bonded to Asmodeus
I AM ALIVE, MORTAL… THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
“Good morning my Lord,” speaks Kredon as he runs his hands through his thinning hair, “breakfast?”
Archus walks into camp, but Shaehun is no where to be seen.
“Shae will meet us at the base,” he says.
“Base?” Hex stands, and looks a bit surprised.
“You’ll see soon enough… For now, we need to get out of these woods, those Clerics will search them soon enough,” and with this Archus reaches down and grabs a piece of bread from near the fire.
THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE KORNDOR FOREST
The six Night Watch Clerics, two Elven Rangers and Cormick stand near what appear to be tracks leading into the woods.
“About 18 hours ago I’d say, but they may have made camp,” speaks the first Ranger.
“I still don’t understand why you didn’t join us in Angolo?” speaks one of the Night Watch.
“I need Hex to trust me… By my not showing up, he may have doubts that I was actually involved,” he explains openly.
“Can you take my men in there?” Cormick asks the two Wood Elf Rangers, they look at one another, and shake their heads.
“There’s a Drow Ranger known as Archus Culiveer in there… It’s his territory, and he wouldn’t take kindly to a couple Wood Elves entering it,” the second Ranger explains.
“Very well,” Cormick hands them a purse of gold coins, and the two of them make there way down the road.
“Find them,” he speaks, and the six Night Watch enter the wood.
PICTURE CREDIT – Sorin Markov