, Myra @13org
, and Aklenroth @Alivefalling
"I am who you are looking for."
Aklenroth's gaze moved to Myra. He recognized her off the bat, remembering their past together. He could not blame her for her aggression. "In the meantime, Myra you can remove your camouflage and cease your aggressive posture. I am quite surprised you are alive though, and I apologize for our past."
Aklenroth began to explain everything to them. "Orc and Human, your payment will be spoken about once we get inside. If you wish to leave, I will not stop you but, I would appreciate your help if you stayed as the humans have already been causing a lot of damage to our world in this short time. They have started fires, caused earthquakes and storms, and even killed citizens; they do not belong here and throw off the balance of this realm. I did not bring humans here and have strived to keep them out, eventually sacrificing everything to keep the humans from coming through as they receive powers beyond their capacity to control in this realm. The other light elves, my own race, have been trying to use humans to fight in a war they did not choose to be in. I can continue talking about this or show you myself the destruction and chaos they are causing. This world is a danger to them as they are to this world."
It was only when the elf began to talk that Myra understood why she was feeling so cornered and threatened after he appeared. The elf was no one other than Aklenroth himself. She didn't know how or why he took that form, nor the reason for him being apologizing for something, but it was clear to her that he already knew her presence, somehow. Despite that, she still maintained her camouflage and the aggressive posture. She didn't feel safe nor she trusted him at all.
Even though his extensive explanation was quite complicated, Myra understood that for some reason he didn't like humans that much, but what made her even more suspicious was that despite what he said about humans, he told Darius and Skar to stay.He's Aklenroth? But the guy in the sky last week was definitely a skeleton, but… Same clothes, same crown, and this is definitely his castle.
Darius raised both eyebrows at Aklenroth addressing Myra. Darius looked around and couldn't spot her, so he wondered how Aklenroth could. And… How does he know her?
Darius took a single step back as he became a bit wary, but he listened. This had been the first real explanation for what was going on that Darius had gotten. His thoughts on elves were already a bit skewed due to his interaction with the orcs of Orc Landing. Simply put, they were assholes."Just show me… I'm a visual kinda guy. Plus, I can't pass up on the opportunity to experience some actual magic…"
Darius said trying to take the unwanted attention off of Myra. He finally stepped forward while looking to Skar who nodded. She did not fully trust Aklenroth, but they couldn't do much but cooperate. She just hoped Darius and Myra kept themselves composed. Skar kept her eyes on Aklenroth and stepped forward with Darius. For now, they would follow the lord of darkness.
As Aklenroth watched Darius step forward, he reached his hand into his pocket, retrieving a small red crystal. "To start the visualization spell you must crush this in the palm of your hand."
Darius would not know but the true use of this crystal would be to summon an amorphous demon capable of possessing and strengthening one's own power as well as allowing the host to do a whole number of things. "I will show you the truth of what humans are truly doing under the will of the elves."
Even though Aklenroth wasn't being openly hostile, Myra's instincts still told her to run away. Unfortunately, it didn't matter how much she tried to convince Skar and Darius to do so, they seemed to have other plans.
As Darius took a few steps forward, Myra reached towards him, grabbing his wrist and gently pulling it, in a clear message for him not to get closer to Aklenroth. The second he extended his hands towards Darius though, Myra immediately let go of Darius’ hand, jumping back in a hostile posture. Even though somehow, Aklenroth was able to see through her camouflage, she still felt a bit more safe by using it so even if it was useless, she didn't drop it.
Darius had turned a bit when feeling Myra’s tug on his wrist. Though he couldn’t see her, he could only imagine she was worried about what was going on. One hand had been reaching for the crystal, while the other was towards Myra from her gentle pull. He looked to Skar who only stared at the crystal intensely. Everything that was unfolding was far beyond her understanding. To her, Darius did not appear to be in immediate danger. No weapons were drawn, no blood spilt… There was no yelling, no screaming. Aklenroth appeared to be benign, though his true intentions were masked by his calm and nonhostile demeanor. "I don’t know what to do…"
Darius seemed to freeze in place for a moment before he looked to Aklenroth and snatched the crystal. He took a few steps back with a stern look of distrust on his face.“I think it’ll be better if I keep my distance a bit.”
Darius said before looking upon the crystal. ”No funny business… or you’ll regret it.”
He threatened before giving attention to the crystal. Darius clasped both hands around the crystal and squeezed before feeling it crush in his palms. He stared intensely at his clasped hands, waiting for some sort of sign or the visual mumbo jumbo he was supposed to be experiencing. That’s when he felt a surge of energy come from his hands and spread to the rest of his body. His widened before glowing a bright red. He could see it. All that Aklenroth wanted him to see. First the disasters like the fires that had spread within the forests as well as other disasters that destroyed villages. Then came the deaths, not just caused by humans, but the deaths of humans as well. Some killed each other, while others were too helpless to survive the wilds of Avalia. He himself had nearly been a victim to a violent creature’s ill intentions upon arriving. He was viewing not just the presence of humans during this time, but throughout Avalia’s history. It was almost too much, but he managed to take all of it in. His eyes returned to normal, and though it had felt like hours, only a few seconds had passed. He looked into his hands that had no trace of the crystal he crushed before looking to Aklenroth. ”Fuck… How many of us are left out there?”
Darius asked referring to humans. “So they bring us here at random and make us fucking fight for them?!”
Darius whipped his hand down to his side in frustration, sending a wave of summoned water crashing to the ground beside him. “They just bring them here, hope they find them, and then use ‘em.”
Darius’ tone weakened. He was a bit solemn at the revelation the crystal gave him. He took a breath before nodding to himself. “I change my mind… I want the ten thousand for turning myself in because I’m staying! I’m not going back while there are still people out there… And how many have even made it here?”
Darius almost didn’t want to know the answer. During his travel to Morteum, there were no signs of any other humans, not one.
Skar turned to Darius with a shocked expression. The thought of him staying was odd. She wondered what he had seen that changed his mind that seemed so driven to the goal of going back to his home. She wondered what he would do with the amas he was receiving. If he reneged on their deal, she would surely kill him. She could only assume he would keep his word, but who knows what he was thinking after he had smashed the crystal and saw whatever he saw."I do not know how many are here if I am to be honest, and yes precisely, they are only bringing humans at random to fight for them and be used. There are many that don't even have a chance to be found before being killed."
Aklenroth then turned towards the doors whilst lifting his hand towards them, causing them to open. "If we wish to speak more, I would like to invite you inside."
he continued before walking into the Necropolis.