It has been an eventful few days since we vanquished the first sliver of Karivakos. A foul bewitching demon that hid behind his minions, only be sheathed in Thrullzon's darkness and cast into oblivion by my axe and Enna's blade.
Since then we have battled gargoyles on the disappearing stairs, demons in a hall of hungry mouths and giants in halls dripping of poisonous ooze. But we have also made an ally. Sent here by his god, or perhaps imprisoned unwittingly, Harkill the mighty paladin of Bahumut now fights beside us. Thrullzon, unsurprisingly didn't want to free him, but he has proven a noble and valiant ally since his rescue.
And we have need his divine aid as well. The second form of Karivakos was an abomination of sorcery and strength. Enna accidentally freed him when she teleported inside the wind field that kept him trapped, but we were always going to kill him anyway. It is better that Karivakos be wiped from the face of this dimension and any other that he has tainted with his touch. That is something that the 5 of us, even Thrullzon, agree on.
He was indeed a mighty foe with stunning blows and backhanded tricks to keep us at bay. I wonder if Harkell is part berserker because in his blood rage he tried to cut down the enemy instead of aiding his allies. Reason returned to him though when his scythe did little to harm the monstrosity and he came to my aid, realigning my ringing senses. I reengaged our foe, keeping his blows directed at me. The fight had dragged on. Thrullzon had stepped up and fled away. It was no surprise that with his cackling laughter, a laugh once enjoyed when it came from the mouth of Akmenos but now despised, came a crackling of lightning all around me. It jolted the beast but it also jolted me. At that moment my anger was for Thrullzon alone but amidst the sparks I drove my axe upward through the demons skull, splitting it asunder.
In the silence of battle I seethed. Not just for the brutal attack Thrullzon landed on me, but for the disarray we showed on the battlefield. I wanted to split Thrullzon in two but I knew I couldn't. Thrullzon is only a mind. If when this is over he will not leave Akmenos' body then I will kill him and free my friend. But until then I will hold to hope.
In my mood, our rest was not much of one. These people. They follow me, well all of them but Thrullzon of course who follows no one, but I am no leader like Anton was. I need to find a way to lead them in battle. We need to work on our strategy and tactics, because as difficult as Karivakos abomination was, the final challenge will be far more so.( Collapse )Point of Fashion: