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Shadows within Heroes
My name is Aliyah Crowley.
I’m an elven mercenary employed by nobles to eliminate any resistance against them… but it is naught but a fruitless task. After you kill someone and get your money… what then? What’s that money gonna do for you? All you’re gonna do is buy some food and sleep and that’s it!
Sigh. I haven’t done much, luckily. My superior officer doesn’t think I should be a mercenary, but what other job can I get? I’m useless as anything else.
Mercenary Outpost, Arechearth Continent, 11:04
“This is aggravating…” There were two mercenaries outside of their cabins playing a good old fashioned game of chess. The loser; a female dwelf with blonde hair, was staring at her meager forces of a rook, pawn, and king.
The other one: A grey kobold wearing a cap, was thinking of his next move. He had eleven pieces, but he had to be cautious. “Checkmate.” He said as he moved his queen forward.
It was pretty obvious that the dwelf was frustrated, as she breathed heavily for a second. “Well, I think that was a-” She grabbed the chess table and flipped it forward, causing the board and all the pieces to scatter all over the earth, then walked away, grumbling.
“Soren, what the hell just happened?!” An elf with fancier clothing than other mercenaries asked, walking up to inspect the table.
“I was playing chess with Alex, sir.” Soren answered. “She didn’t take the loss well.”
The commander sighed. “Oh course she did that. Don’t play games with her again, rookie. She got aggravated when someone tried playing battleship with her.” He walked back to his command centre and decided to say: “And clean up that mess.”
As he was walking to the cabin serving as his command post, another elf passed by him, wearing less armor than the other mercenaries. “Rough day?”
“It’s morning, don’t jinx it.” The commander just simply walked past as the other elf walked over to Soren, who was picking up some chess pieces off the floor.
“Good morning Soren. Did you spill some chess pieces all over the ground or something?”
The kobold grabbed a rock out of his pockets and started munching on one of them before answering. “Kobold… I beat Alex in chess; she was pissed.”
When Soren finally rearranged all the chess pieces, the table got knocked over again by a sudden eaglebear riding in. “Got an attack coming in!” There was a kobold riding on the eaglebear wearing some very light armor.
“WHAT THE HELL, MAN?!” Soren yelled extremely angrily. “I just picked up all these pieces!”
The rider chuckled a little bit. “Heheh. Sorry, kid. You can put it back after we deal with the incoming enemies. Soren, go inform Jeff about this. Aliyah, put on some armor; you’re gonna need to command one of our teams.”
Aliyah scratched her head nervously. “Umm… are you sure? Can’t you do it?”
“Nope.” He turned his companion around and rode off to go get vision on the enemies again.
The elf sighed. Command a team? I’m not sure i’m ready for that.
She walked to a cabin near the command post and entered; her messy bed, a mirror, and a chest were all that were there besides two windows and a fireplace.
Aliyah started by checking herself out in the mirror. Lime green eyes and long brown hair with two streaks of blonde in the front. Fashionably dyed in the past… but not so special anymore. She took a few seconds to comb her hair and then opened the nearby chest to take out a protective vest, fashioned out of some sort of useful material and painted black for stealth capabilities. It also had some explosive flares on it, in case of emergency.
She wore it under her dark green parka and switched her shoes for the leather boots, then walked out into the sunlight.
Jeff, the elven commander was standing in front of Soren, Alex, and five other rookies who had lined up. Aliyah gingerly stood next to him. “Alright men, we’ve been informed of a new threat by our scout.” All the mercenaries were wearing a black vest over a camouflage shirt, with or without sleeves rolled up.
“Can you just cut to the chase already?” Soren asked annoyingly.
The commander made a frustrated snort, but kept his cool. “There’s some crazed Bonedancer advancing on the city with an army of ageless thralls in tow. We’re gonna need to kill all of them. Something catastrophic may happen if we leave any of them alive.”
One of the rookies started gripping his sword tightly. “A-ageless? I thought Bopen wasn’t able to come near the continent!”
“It’s not Bopen. Just some monsters.” Jeff cleared his throat before picking teams. “I’ll take you three.” He said, pointing to Alex and two rookies. “Aliyah, you take the rest. Our scout has taken most of our forces and is currency advancing towards the enemy. We’re gonna surround them and hit em with a pincer attack. I’ll go South, got it?”
“Sure…” Aliyah said blankly. Without another word, they split into two groups and started marching out of the camp.
It didn’t take long before Soren started flapping his gums. “Ugh, the nerve of that guy, right? Recklessly running over the chessboard like that!”
“I’m sure it was only an accident.” Aliyah suggested. “Wonder what his name is? No one ever seems to mention it.”
“The hell it was an accident!” Soren glanced at the two rookies behind him. One of them seemed annoyed and the other didn’t give a hat rat’s ass. “He definitely did that on purpose to annoy me.”
One of the rookies; an elven spellslinger, tapped the kobold on the shoulder. “Tone it down, they might hear us.”
“Yeah.” Aliyah said, now whispering. “We should be near them any minute now.”
“I don’t know why you thought it was such a good idea to try to march up to our city and attack it, but it’s not gonna matter much if you keep walking!” They could see the eaglebear rider gloating to a bonedancer in front of nearly a hundred ageless.
The bonedancer wasn’t taking a hint. It was still marching. Luckily there were plenty of trees around the field they were in, so the flanking teams wouldn’t have much trouble sneaking around them. “You give me no choice. Defensive formation!” The 20-30 mercenaries behind the rider started attacking using various weapons. The mages and archers were all taking free shots, and the melee units were standing their ground in a phalanx, waiting for the ageless to draw closer.
Aliyah’s team was peeking over some bushes. “Keep waiting. We need the first squad to distract them.”
“Pretty sure they’re already distracted…” A rookie said.
“Alright, attack.” Aliyah didn’t have any ranged weapons, so she just waited where she was.
Soren pulled out a longbow and nocked an arrow, aiming at the bonedancer in front. “I got this…” He let the arrow loose, and it buried itself into the skull of one of the nearby ageless, knocking it off the thrall. “Damn!”
The rookies readied their weapons: A magical revolver and a floara wand of beauty. And they started unleashed whatever spells and abilities they could. Here comes the fun...