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Chapter 4 (v.1) - No Ordinary Seer

Submitted: March 31, 2017

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Tsunami and Kathrina sat beside each other as the sun shone down on their faces. It was calm and peaceful, not a single worry clinging to either of them. Tsunami glanced over at Kathrina, smiling as he noticed the relaxed look on her face. He was glad that she had decided to stick around, and he was hoping that she’d decide to stay longer, maybe even for good. He hadn’t been with her very long at all, but in the time he had spent with her, he couldn’t help but feel content. She was different from everyone else he had met in Alvenguard, something about her was just so… alluring. But as she turned her head to look at him, he quickly looked away, hoping that she hadn’t caught him staring at her.

She had in fact caught him, but she felt no need to yell at him. She felt relaxed for the first time in a long time and she wanted to embrace that. Instead of scolding him for staring at her, she looked back out at the valley. After such a long time, she finally had hope of finding her friend again. Tsunami had sworn to help her and that gave her a long-awaited relief. She stared out at the valley, a slight smile appearing on her face as she thought about reuniting with her friend. She had so much to tell him, so much to ask – and she, for some reason, wanted to introduce him and Tsunami. She felt as though she owed Tsunami for giving her the chance he had, not just anyone would have offered to help her the way he had.

As the sun shined brightly down on them, Kathrina looked over at Tsunami, ‘’so… you’re really gonna help me find him?’’ she asked.

He looked over at her and nodded, ‘’of course’’ he smiled.

Pleased with his answer, she looked back down at the valley. However, as she sat there, an ominous feeling suddenly fell over her. The breeze seemed to carry danger with it, causing a cold shiver to run down Kathrina’s spine. She frowned, glaring ahead; something about this… it felt familiar. This sense of impending danger… no… she looked over at Tsunami –

Suddenly, a loud bang!!! echoed through the air from ahead. Moments later, a thick cloud of red smoke spewed into the air. Several other loud bangs followed, more red smoke clouds exploding into the sky as panic consumed the calm atmosphere. Tsunami instantly climbed to his feet, staring out at the valley in confusion.

Also climbing to her feet, Kathrina looked over at him, ‘’w-what is it?!’’ she asked desperately.

As another cloud of red smoke spewed into the air just a few miles out, Tsunami frowned in panic – he turned to face Shanloe and pointed at him, ‘’Warlocks!’’ he yelled, ‘’sound the alarm, they’re less than three miles out!’’

Shanloe nodded frantically, racing over to a large bell at the end of the wall. However, before he could reach it, out of nowhere, an arrow cut through the air, exploding through his head. As blood erupted from is head, he dropped to the ground, lifeless. The other scouts atop the wall started rushing around in frenzied panic, yelling amongst one another after witnessing their comrade’s death.

Tsunami shook his head and maintained his composure, ‘’hey!’’ he yelled, ‘’get your shit together, we’ve got Warlocks incoming!’’ he repeated.

On his word, the panicking scouts stopped panicking and looked to him for orders.

‘’You lot, get down to the city and warn Oswold, I’ll sound the alarm!’’ he instructed, making his way over to the bell that Shanloe had been heading for. Kathrina quickly followed him as the scouts rushed down the stairs to the city below. Reaching the bell, Tsunami abruptly pulled on a rope – the bell tolled loudly as he continued pulling the rope, but he was too distracted to notice the incoming arrow.

Quickly, Kathrina wielded her blade and swung it in front of Tsunami, deflecting the arrow before it hit him. He flinched in panic, ceasing to toll the bell as he looked over at her, ‘’what's going on?'' she asked quickly as Tsunami wielded his own sword, tolling the bell once more, ‘’what’s with that smoke?!’’ she asked, pointing out at the smoke with her sword.

Covering behind a crate, tsunami pulled her down with him, ‘’the long-range scouts: when they see incoming Warlocks, they fire red smoke into the air to warn the interior scouts, we must prepare!’’ he panicked, ‘’Warlocks… Warlocks… they… they’re coming!’’

She frowned and grabbed his trembling arms, ‘’why are you so panicky?’’ she asked, ‘’they’re just Warlocks!’’

He stared at her, trying to calm down. He wasn’t afraid of the Warlocks, no. He was glad in fact. He loved nothing more than killing Warlocks, but he was afraid for Kathrina. They had clearly come for her – what if they took her away from him? He frowned in confusion – why did he feel so attached already?! Gripping the hilt of his sword tightly, he peeked over the barrel, a small group of blurred figures becoming visible in the valley below, ‘’I’m just… I… I – ‘’

‘’Tsunami!’’ she frowned, ‘’snap out of it!’’

Shaking his head, he looked up at her confused face, ‘’n-no, I’m… I’m alright’’ he said sternly, ‘’I… uh… the red smoke, it means that the long-range scouts have failed to stop them. We here have to prepare to fight them’’ he continued.

As scouts starting filing up onto the walls with bows and arrows, Kathrina frowned, ‘’so, what do we do?’’ she asked sternly.

Tsunami stared up at her, taking a few moments to process what was going on. Then, as he saw the scouts rushing over to him, he gained a stern look, determination driving him. The scouts rushed over, covering behind whatever objects they could, looking to Tsunami for orders. He frantically looked around at them all, ‘’are the ground forces ready?!’’ he yelled.

One of the scouts nodded, ‘’yes, Sir!’’ he replied, ‘’Oswold has them ready, awaiting your call!’’

Kathrina frowned; was Tsunami some kind of commander? Did he control this unit? She had thought he said that Oswold, that fat Baron controlled it… she frowned and sighed – now wasn’t the time to worry about stupid things like that. She looked back at Tsunami, ‘’what can I do?’’ she asked expectantly.

But as he looked back at her, he frowned hesitantly. He didn’t want to expose her, he didn’t want to put her at risk. In a battle such as the one coming, she could either be exposed as a Warlock, or the Warlock’s could take her. He didn’t want to lose her to them or to the Humans. No, he wasn’t going to let her get involved. But he knew how stubborn she was. How was he going to keep her from getting involved without directly denying her?

 

''We haven't had an attack in almost a year... why do they suddenly come now?'' one of the scouts muttered to another, making Tsunami frown in confliction.

The incoming Warlocks were clearly here because of Kathrina, but he wasn’t going to share that information with anyone. He looked over at her expectant face and frowned, ‘’I… need you to stay up here and assist the archers, can you do that?’’ he requested.

She frowned reluctantly but nodded, ‘’alright’’ she agreed.

As she agreed, Tsunami closed his eyes, focusing. Kathrina frowned, unsure what he was doing. But she didn’t question him; she could see that he was concentrating, so she wasn’t going to interfere. She looked over the barrel, seeing that the incoming Warlocks were just minutes away from being in combat range. Two of them had bows, firing arrows up at the walls – she quickly ducked, an arrow missing her head by mere inches. She then looked back to Tsunami, waiting for him to be done with whatever he was doing.

‘’Sir?!’’ one of the scouts called in panic, ‘’what do we have?!’’

Frowning, Tsunami opened his eyes, ‘’I sense eight targets – five Basic class, two Advanced and a single Master!’’ he announced, ‘’inform Oswold!’’

Nodding, the addressed scout scurried away, rushing down to the city below.

‘’How did you do that?’’ Kathrina asked curiously.

Tsunami looked over at her, ‘’I possess location and magic-determination magic. If I focus, I can tell what class a Warlock is by the strength of their magic’’ he explained quickly, peeking over the barrel once again, ‘’a Master… ‘’ he mumbled, ‘’hopefully he doesn’t cause too much trouble’’

Kathrina then moved closer to him, ‘’I can help fight him – ‘’

‘’No’’ Tsunami denied, ‘’you need to stay up here and protect the archers!’’

‘’But – ‘’

‘’Sir, they’re ready!’’ the scout called, rushing back over to Tsunami – in the blink of an eye, Kathrina sprung forward, swinging her sword forward. She deflected an arrow before it could pierce the scout’s head, saving his life.

As she rejoined him, Tsunami grabbed her wrist, ‘’see? They need you’’ he pleaded.

She was hesitant, but agreed, trusting that Tsunami could deal with the Master Warlock.

‘’I’ll come back here as soon as I can’’ he said humbly, ‘’just… don’t leave the wall, okay?’’

Frowning unsurely, she nodded, ‘’um… okay’’

Then, Tsunami climbed to his feet and rushed off, hurrying down to the city below. Kathrina shuffled over to the edge of the wall, staring down at the city below. There was a large crowd of armed men holdings swords lined up below, Oswold standing in front of them all. She couldn’t hear what they were saying, but it was easy to tell that the fat baron was barking orders at them, all of them saluting, yelling back to him simultaneously.

Once Tsunami joined Oswold, it seemed as though they were ready, all of them facing the gate. She shuffled over to the other side of the wall, peeking over the barrel – the Warlocks were just moments away; she looked over at the scouts and frowned, all of them panicking, visibly trembling with fear. Did Humans really fear Warlocks this much? She knew that they were afraid, but not like this. She felt conflicted, guilty; the Warlocks were only here because of her, she knew that. If she left, no one would get hurt. They were after her, not them… but if she left, she’d be throwing away the only chance she had of seeing Elijah again – she’d also be throwing away Tsunami, someone that seemed to care about her.

She ducked back down, leaning back against the barrel. What should she do?

 

Below, Tsunami was preparing to lead the battalion of Oswold’s men out to fight. He held his shimmering blue sword in his right hand, glaring out through the gate at the small group of incoming Warlocks. They were all following behind what Tsunami presumed to be the Master Warlock, the one he was planning to head straight to and take on himself. He glanced back at the battalion behind him, all of which were waiting for his orders. The fact that Oswold relied on him to lead his men during times of battle frustrated him, but it gave him a sense of power that he wasn’t afraid to admit he liked. He then looked up at the wall above, hoping that Kathrina was going to remain with the archers.

Glaring out at the Warlocks again, he scowled evilly, ready to fight. Without hesitation, he held up his left hand and pointed forward, ‘’attack!’’ he commanded.

As soon as he said, the battalion charged forward, filing out through the gate, heading for the Warlocks. Most of the fighters were Seers, so they were able to match up to Warlocks, possessing similar telekinetic abilities. Tsunami stood beside Oswold, watching as the battalion engaged in combat with the Warlocks, clashing their blades, wrestling with magic. He set his eyes on the Master, trying to get a quick read on him. Once he knew what the master was capable of, he’d head out there and swiftly take him out. But he couldn’t wait too long; the battalion wasn’t much larger than the Warlock force, so he’d have to act as quickly as possible and join the fight before the battalion’s numbers started dropping.

Oswold then looked over at Tsunami, ‘’aye, where’s the little Seer lass? Ain’t she ‘sposed to know a lot ‘bout Warlocks?’’ he asked frantically, looking back out at the battle outside the walls.

‘’She’s up on the wall helping the archers’’ he answered, still glaring out at the master Warlock, ‘’don’t worry, I’ve got this’’ he assured him.

The baron frowned in worry, ‘’then what are ye waiting for?! Get ou’ there n’ kill those damn Warlocks ‘fore they get too close!’’ he ordered.

He didn’t hesitate; Tsunami may control the battalion, but Oswold had power over him. He sprinted out of the gate, his eyes set upon the Master Warlock. He watched as his chosen target effortlessly slew one of the battalion members with a shimmering steel sword, his blood spraying onto the gravel-covered ground as the Master laughed harshly. Tsunami scowled evilly, moving as quickly as he could, trying to reach him before he killed anyone else. His anger was raging within him, the Warlock’s wicked laughter enraging him.

But the Warlock had noticed Tsunami incoming. He kicked away the dead battalion member and turned to face Tsunami, laughing. He wore a Human-like skull over his head, a few locks of dark red hair flowing out through the bottom and a few cracks in the sides. He was wearing black robes which were blowing around in the bitter breeze, his yellow eyes glistening through the skull’s eyes. He lifted and pointed his blade at Tsunami, waiting for him to get close enough.

However, Tsunami wasn’t a fool when it came to combat. It seemed like the Warlock thought he was going to just recklessly run straight at him – but no, Tsunami had a plan that would allow him to swiftly take down this Warlock without injury to himself or any of the other battalion members. He had to be careful though; he needed to take down the Master before he could start using his magic, otherwise he could destroy half the city. Luckily, the other Warlocks were distracted with the battalion members, so there was no risk of them aiming at the city. All he had to do was quickly deal with the Master.

Gripping the hilt of his sword tightly, Tsunami reached the master – but as the Warlocks swung his sword forward, Tsunami dodged to the side, bringing his blade up towards the Master’s exposed front. However, the Warlock was smarter than he had thought. Before Tsunami could hit him, the Warlock spun on his heel, dodging Tsunami’s attack – this time, Tsunami was exposed. But he, too, managed to dodge, ducking under the Warlock’s blade. He then swung around to face his opponent, an evil glare on his face. This was going to take longer than he had hoped.

The Warlock laughed crazily, swinging his sword forward again, but even he could see that that wasn’t going to get him anywhere. Tsunami held his sword out, blocking the Warlock’s attack – but then, the Warlock held out his left hand, a golden aura starting to surround it. Tsunami panicked, realizing that he was charging a magic attack, but he didn’t let his panic distract him. Swiftly, he pulled his blade from the Warlock’s and swung his sword forward – the Warlock yelled in agony as Tsunami relentlessly sliced his hand from his wrist, keeping him from using magic as he had planned. The Warlock swung his sword forward again, his maniacal laughter now angered, pained yells.

Tsunami laughed in amusement as the Warlock tried to fight him with just one hand, but he couldn’t toy with him for too long. Warlocks had very responsive healing powers, so his hand would start to heal back very soon. As Tsunami continued clashing blades with the Warlock, a rain of arrows fell down from above. He glanced up at the wall, seeing that Kathrina had ordered the scouts to attack. He smirked, looking back over his shoulder, watching as the arrows sent the other Warlocks in a confused frenzy – but he had let himself become distracted for a second too long.

Suddenly, the Master Warlock harshly kicked Tsunami’s side, sending him crashing to the ground, losing his grip on his sword which skidded across the ground and out of reach. Panicking, he rolled over onto his back just in time – he grabbed the end of the Warlock’s blade just as he was about to stab it down into him. The two of them struggled, grunting; blood seeped from Tsunami’s hands as he gripped the blade, stopping the Warlock from impaling him. The Warlock yelled furiously, irritated by Tsunami’s persistence. He tried to overpower him, but Tsunami wasn’t going to give in.

As the Warlock glared down at him, Tsunami scowled back, ‘’w-why… are you here?!’’ he growled, struggling to keep the blade from edging closer and closer to him.

His hand started to heal back, and as it did, he laughed evilly, ‘’you know exactly why we’re here’’ he grinned, slamming his now healed hand atop his other, pushing aggressively on his blade, trying to impale Tsunami who still wouldn’t let up.

Tsunami frowned; he knew that they were here for Kathrina – and he wasn’t going to let them take her. He had promised to keep her safe, so he was going to do just that.

As he struggled, his blood around the blade began to freeze, a thin frosty mist seeping out through his fingers. The Warlock frowned in confusion – suddenly, as Tsunami grunted in struggle, ice began to spread up the blade from his hands. As the Warlock seemed to panic, Tsunami took his chance to escape; he kicked the Warlock’s shin, sending him stumbling back. He rolled over onto his side and scrambled to his feet, rushing over to his sword. He instantly recovered it from the ground and turned around in time to block the Warlock’s ice-covered blade – upon contact with Tsunami’s blade, the Warlock’s frozen sword smashed into pieces, leaving him weaponless and confused.

He seized his chance to end him, plunging his shimmering blue sword forward. However, the Warlock wasn’t done yet. He dodged to the side, reached out and grabbed Tsunami’s wrist, and before Tsunami could try to escape, the Warlock pulled harshly and with such strength, pulling Tsunami off his feet. He swung him around and threw him through the air – Tsunami grunted painfully as he hit the ground once again, but this time, he had managed to keep hold of his sword.

But the Warlock didn’t come at him with a weapon; Tsunami had no time to recover, no time to prepare… the Warlock held out his left hand, a golden aura surrounding it. The Warlock grinned evilly as he watched panic smother Tsunami’s face – he was finished.

 

Atop the wall, Kathrina stared down at the battle. She watched as the battalion managed to take down two of the Warlocks rather quickly, the rain of arrows she had just ordered assisting them. The Warlocks were distracted by the arrows raining down upon them, and the battalion took that chance to attack. Using their Seer magic, they created shields over themselves, protecting themselves from the arrows as they continued to fight. In just moments of her ordered attack, two more of the six remaining Warlocks were slain. She smirked, glad to see that the Warlocks were failing in their attack. Perhaps Tsunami was right, maybe she really would be safe here.

However, as she set her eyes upon Tsunami, her smirk faded. She watched as he struggled against the Master Warlock, and as he was thrown across the ground, a sense of panic started to build up within her. She stood there, staring, waiting – he’d get up, right? She had only been with him a little while, but in that time she had seen that he was a skilled fighter, having managed to take down the Master Warlock that would have captured her in the valley. But this time, he wasn’t getting up. The Warlock prowled over to him, a clear intent to kill on his face – she had to do something.

She felt the need to assist him – she couldn’t just leave him. He had done so much for her already and she had done nothing for him. But what could she do? If she wanted to save him, there was no way to do it without exposing herself – she couldn’t just do nothing and leave the Warlock to kill him though. As her panic increased, she frantically looked around at all of the archers; they were distracted firing arrows, so they wouldn’t notice if she used a little Warlock magic, right? She looked back down at the Warlock and Tsunami, seeing that the Warlock was just moments from using magic to kill Tsunami who had no time to act –

As an evil scowl covered her face, she held out her right hand, a golden aura smothering it. She concentrated, glaring down at the Warlock – and just moments before he could attack, she grunted, struggling… the Warlock stopped in his tracks, confusion smothering both his and Tsunami’s face as a golden aura started to surround and strangle him like snakes. She didn’t waste any time either; now that she had him enthralled in the aura, she could send him away, but as she stood there, she realized that most of the archers had stopped what they were doing and were staring at her, muttering to one another with wary, confused looks on their faces.

It didn’t matter though. So what? They had found out, they were bound to find out at some point, right? She scowled and focused: what mattered now was saving Tsunami and disposing of the Master Warlock – however, as she frowned in confusion, she watched as Tsunami scrambled to his feet, grabbed his weapon and moved towards the Warlock. Mercilessly, he plunged his sword into the frozen Warlock’s chest, ending him. As he turned to stone, Kathrina lowered her hand, staring down at Tsunami.

‘’You… you’re a Warlock!’’ one of the archers yelled in panic.

Kathrina sharply turned her head and looked at him – what should she say? Should she own up? Should she try to deny it? She felt so conflicted, worried – but she had to say something. The battalion were still fighting the last of the Warlocks below and she couldn’t let them become distracted with her. She frantically shook her head, ‘’n-no!’’ she denied, ‘’I’m not a Warlock!’’

‘’Look at her eyes!’’ another panicked, pointing at her, ‘’she’s just like them!’’

She shook her head again, backing off as two of the archers sheathed their bows and pulled swords out, starting to move cautiously towards her. She wanted to reach for her own sword, but that would give them more reason to attack. She held out her hands, ‘’I-I’m not the enemy!’’ she insisted, ‘’I’m… I’m… I’m Tsunami’s friend!’’

‘’You deceived him, didn’t you?! Did you think you could deceive us too?!’’ one of the sword-wielding archers yelled.

Shaking her head again, she looked at them both in panic, ‘’I’m – ‘’ but then, she sharply turned her head, seeing that Tsunami was assisting the battalion in taking down the remaining Warlocks. She looked back at the archers, ‘’the enemy is down there!’’ she yelled, ‘’don’t stop firing or you’ll – ‘’

‘’Look at her tryna talk her way out!’’ yelled another as he wielded his sword and joined the other archers in prowling towards her.

‘’Nothing’s gonna save you’’ the first growled, ‘’we’ll kill you where you stand, you Warlock filth!’’

She glared at them, her hand aching with angst the grab her sword, but she resisted. She didn’t want to attack, she didn’t want to give them what they wanted. As the battle raged below, she turned her head and looked down again, watching as the battalion started to struggle without their archers – ‘’what the hell are you doing?!’’ she growled, glaring at them all, ‘’they’re gonna die down there if you don’t – ‘’

‘’Shut up!’’ the first archers warned, pointing his blade at her face.

‘’You’re all morons!’’ she yelled back, ‘’no wonder you cower away behind these walls!’’

They all stopped for a moment, looking around at each other.

Kathrina pointed harshly at them, ‘’get back to firing, or their blood’ll be on your hands!’’ she warned. Then, she rushed forward, barging past them all –

‘’S-She’s tryna get away!’’

One of the archers smacked him over the head, ‘’aye, she’s right – resume firing!’’ he commanded in panic, ‘’we’ll get ‘er after’’ he grinned.

 

Kathrina wasted no time at all; she sprinted down the stairs and into the city, rushing towards the gate that led outside. Oswold eyed her strangely, but she ignored the fat baron, setting her eyes upon Tsunami as he came into view. To her surprise and relief, the archers above had continued firing, their rain of arrows distracting the remaining Warlocks as the battalion fought them. But the archers brief pause had given the Warlocks time to recover, and the battalion were now down to no more than three men as well as Tsunami, with four Warlocks remaining.

As she sprinted out the gate, she watched as Tsunami and two of the battalion members took out another Warlock, but at the same time, one of the other Warlocks slashed his sword at one of the battalion members. He dropped to the ground, his weapon falling beside him. He held up his hands, trying to scurry away – Tsunami and his comrades were too far away, but were already rushing towards him. Kathrina could see that they weren’t going to make it, and now that she was exposed, what would be the point in holding back?

She came to an abrupt halt, skidding across the gravel-covered ground as she held out her hands, a golden aura wrapping around them. In just seconds, a telekinetic blast erupted form her hands, colliding with the Warlock. He was propelled back and away from the battalion member. She lowered her hands as Tsunami leaped forward, plunging his sword through the Warlock’s chest, ending him. The other battalion members helped their comrade to his feet, but it wasn’t over yet.

However, Kathrina planned to end it right here, right now. She held up her hands again, using the same magic that had frozen the master Warlock to restrict the remaining Warlocks from moving. But as she did, the battalion and Tsunami stared over at her –

‘’S-She’s – ‘’

‘’What are you waiting for?!’’ she yelled, ‘’kill them!’’

They all looked over their shoulders in confusion, but when they noticed the frozen Warlocks, they burst into action. They slew the Warlocks effortlessly, but the fact that they had won the battle didn’t take their fear away. Kathrina frowned in confusion as the battalion then turned to face her, standing behind Tsunami. Of course, they had seen her magic, they had seen that she was a Warlock, and as all Humans were, they were afraid. She knew what was next, she knew what was going to happen. But as she stood there, she set her eyes upon Tsunami.

Unlike the battalion, he didn’t have a wary, terrified look on his face. He looked relieved, grateful… but the same couldn’t be said for the soldiers that were rushing towards her from the city behind.

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