The Fire Consuming

HSAR

This too shall pass.


Orthael was not entirely surprised when the first creature stepped out from behind a tree, not far ahead. It had once been a man, but grossly elongated arms led to a soft rustling from knuckles dragged along the forest floor. A few others joined it, all-too-dead eyes glistening with hunger for Life.

Pointing, Orthael spoke a sentence in a language not of his world. Golden flame dripped, gathered, and lanced through each undead slave with impacts that sent them crashing backwards through the undergrowth.

Inwardly, the man sighed. This was an old spell, bequeathed to him when he had been much younger. Long enough ago that the paladin force of the Church of the All-Consumption had been able to patrol darkly wooded places like these. Tonight he was alone, and even his meagre presence was a sacrifice for his home parish.

No matter. By the will of the Fire Consuming, he would be enough.

This was the thought on his mind when the shadow leapt at him from the darkness beyond his light.


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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

A holy word of power with some hutzpah. I like it! How are his martial skills?

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HSAR

HSAR

I should hope they're up to scratch. Would you like to find out, or is it your turn?

  • #1667 Posted 3 years ago
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Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Mighty-Joe Young LOA

I need to start at the begining somewhere but i like the action.

  • #1668 Posted 3 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

HSAR - It's up to you. I have to plot Malika's next step, which is probably going to involve killing something.

Joe - The beginning isn't too far back - https://ficlatte.com/stories/40911/

  • #1669 Posted 3 years ago
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HSAR

HSAR

While the iron is hot, they say...

  • #1670 Posted 3 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

The paladin is very powerful.

  • #1678 Posted 3 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

I suspect he is a holy warrior at the peak of his abilities and training, where the swordmaiden is only just beginning her journey. I'm extremely curious to see what sort of interplay takes place when the two finally meet.

  • #1681 Posted 3 years ago
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HSAR

HSAR

At the peak, or just a little way beyond it. I'm not sure yet.

  • #1682 Posted 3 years ago
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