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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2011 at 23:38
We left the village after a few minutes, we could have took less, but the debris was a real nuissance. The moment i left the building surroundings and step on the plains, i felt refreshed; maybe because of the scene in front of me, because of the air free of dirty or because i could walk freely now, but i liked to be here more than inside that hellish place. I took a long breath and kept a while stretching, just like if i had just woke up.

Maat waited for me to finish my strange "ritual", now her expression was softer and her movements less mechanical, i asked her if she was feeling allright, but she just told me that she likes open places better; well i do too... We started walking around the city, Lorre didnt told us where exactly was the "intruder" just that there was something close to the barrier he placed around the city. She told me he was an expert at "rune magic" a special branch of red magic, when i asked her about it, she answered me with a vague answer - If i remember it right... it was something about focusing a lot of magic power on a special symbol called "rune", but i dont know how he create them... i guess you need a lot of time to use a special branch of magic.

"Special branch?" i repeated those words with confussion and Maat turned to me with the same expression as me - What? you dont know the ramifications of magic? jeez... well we have time so i can explain you a little. As i hope you already know, there are 3 general magics: white, red and the infamous black. But each one of them can do infinite things. For example, white magic can be used to heal, to morph, or even to curse... what an irony. Those are, what we call, special branches, and there are people that focus all their study and effort on them, we call them "specialist" Lorre for example is a "rune-crafter" and i know a little about rituals, but cant be called specialist yet... you are an specialist when you know EVERYTHING about that magic, as you can guess, is something really hard and slow... - I was paying close attention, so there is even more uses to the magic than the general ones... well i guess that was obvious. Suddenly Maat stopped me with her hand on my chest, there was someone in front of us, someone that looked... strange.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2011 at 01:05
It was a "man" completely green, remind me of the goblins, but this one was taller and more muscular, like a giant version of them. He was wearing a pelt loincloth, a small shield on his left arm and a big axe that he was carrying with his free hand, dragging it through the floor while walking slowly. Maat was concentrated on out "visitor" and didnt even look at me once, but spoke softly - Tsk.. an orc, i really dont like those guys, they are hard to understand... if you have the luck to listen to their words before receiving an attack from them.

She advanced to him slowly and told me to follow her, but a bit far behind her, kind of her to try to protect me, but shamefull enough... the orc heard us and turn around slowly, drawing a semisircle on the floor with his axe. He gripped his axe stronger and look to both of us with curiosity... and hunger. - What you want, skinny ones? - I could understand him, wasnt he supposed to be talking another language... oh yeah the translator spell, its been a long time since i used it... or maybe not so much, Maat looks like didnt understand a thing, so i answered him. - our... "boss" sent us, he said someone was wandering around the city and wanted to know what or who - both of them were surprised, was it that strange my voice at that moment? - You understand me? you must be first. wont eat you then. Tell boss im hunting, strong magic from here, kurf likes magic taste.

Magic taste? i didnt know you could eat magic, nevermind that, he said kurf, is that his name? when i asked him he just nodded. so kurf, an orc travelling alone and by foot looking for magic to eat... strange. When i payed attention to him again, he was pointing to Maat with his free hand. - You friend smell good, magic meat, favourite food. - Wait, what? he was pretending to eat Maat? i tried to warn Maat, but he already was in front of us, damn he was fast even with that heavy-looking axe. I pushed Maat away at the last second and stopped his axe with my scaled arms, the attack came from up and a it almost buried me in the floor.

What the hell was that for, what did you said him!? - Maat was on the floor at my side and demanding me for an explanation, but honestly it wasnt the best time for that... I moved my arm to the right, and made the axe fall to the floor with a strong impact, but the orc wasnt droping it, he was gripping the handle with too much strenght to be able to disarm him. I tried reasoning with him, but he just raised his axe again and pointed it at me. - You talk like kurf, no need die, give me tasty girl. - like hell i was gonna give her as a dish... i made my claws appeared with a flash of light and faced kurf. - Look, i dont have any reason to hurt you, so just lower the axe and lets talk things, ok? - He swinged his axe to me merciless, i couldnt blocked it another time, my arms were already cracked, so i avoided it. - Ok, you know what? get out of here, no more need to talk, just get out ok? - And another swing of his axe... looks like Maat was right after all.

Maat was already standing at the side, why wasn't she doing anything? with her magic she could just end the combat in a second, it couldn't be... training, right? I was gonna say her something heavy, but the damn orc didnt leave me a second to think about another thing. He raised his axe, attacked and i avoided it closely, then tried to slash his hand with my claws, but he was faster and raised the axe again before i could finish my attack, stopping it with his weapon. I was getting desperate already, so i decided to use a bit of magic myself, is not cheating right? i focused my mind on my magical energy and share a little of it with the air around me, it then travel throught it and surround kurf, i heated it and it became an incredible ball of fire that engulfed him in a second. looks like i won.... thats what i thought.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2011 at 04:37
Is kind of sad nobody comments anything :(
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The flames engulfed everything and I was close enough to feel the heat from them, I guess I still didn't recover from my time at the "hell" because it reminds me of that scene... of the burnt corpses filling up the streets. I didn't want to kill him, the fire just went out of my control and created a fireball that destroyed everything it touch and, just when I thought that it was the end... the fire suddenly disappeared.

Tasty, kurf likes -The orc was standing in the center of a burnt land circle, completely unscathed. – You use good magic, different smell, kurf likes it - "tasty" "good magic" is he implying that he ate the fire...? Wait that isn't, the fire just disappeared, couldn't keep it alive, did he ate the magic producing it? Thinking about this idea I stood up in a jump and put enough distance between us, I wanted to try something.

            I concentrate my magic energy on the floor, remembering what Maat told me about imagining roots. It was actually really easy; I didn’t have to release a concentrated energy like the time with the wolves, but used a small amount of magic adopting the shape and properties with the surrounding. After a few seconds where the orc was just looking at me with curiosity, leaning the axe on his shoulder, I raised my hand and a pillar of earth appeared close to him. He faced it and then started sucking the air, this time I could see it clearly; a shiny light was ripped off from the pillar and was sucked by kurf, then the pillar stopped and crumbles in the place. He really can eat magic.

            But this time the orc didn’t wait for another demonstration, he strengthen the grip on his axe and run… no, he didn’t run, he just disappeared and appear next to me, my flame horns activated instinctively and thanks to that I avoided a fatal attack. – Don’t fight him Yume, a magician can’t beat a magic-hunter – It was Maat’s voice, she was back to a tree, arms crossed and watching the fight with attention, she was warning me, but to me it sounded like a challenge “you can’t beat him with your current level” is what her eyes told to me…

            I wonder why I didn’t want to be ashamed in front of Maat, but I set my mind that I couldn’t run away from the fight, just what could I use… I “grabbed” the air with my hands and infuse it with a high concentration of magic, hoping that he couldn’t eat it all instantly. With a fast swing of my arm, the air condensed into a few invisible edges, that were headed to the orc at the speed of a bullet, I thought that would work… but I was wrong again, he just sucked the magic in less than a second and just a strong wind reached him, there must be a way to use his ability against him.

            My “roots” were still underground, so I could use the land in a few meters around me as I want to. I rushed to him, with my claws activated and nothing else and tried wound him with a fast attack, he just disappeared from my sight again and appear at my side, was that just pure speed? He raised his axe and attacked me with it but I could create a pillar between us, stopping the attack, the impact was still too strong, so the earth was destroyed and I was sent a few meters away, at least landing all right and in one piece, at least now I know he can’t attack and use his ability at the same time…

            I waited now for him to come to me, but I made it so the floor around me was softer and more instable, this time my judgment was correct, he disappeared from my sight but, instead of appearing besides me ready to attack, he was trying to get his leg out of the floor; with that weight and the speed he was using, he needed a strong ground to fight onto. I could have attacked him like that, but then he just would have parried me with his axe, he was rather good at handling it. I raised a new pillar of earth between us and activated my dragon legs now that he couldn’t see me, then I hardened the floor I was going to use and zigzagged heading to the trapped orc. I attacked with my right claw, sinking the strange material it was made of into the greenish skin of Kurf, the wound wasn’t too severe, just cut his arm enough to not let him use it again in a long time… and yet he used that same arm to throw me with a hit onto the air… just what happened?




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2011 at 05:04

I stood up the fastest I could and shake my head, a little numb because of the impact. I looked for the orc, he finally got free from the ground, looks like he just “ate” the magic again and turned the ground back to a solid one, but that wasn’t what surprised me… his arm was completely fine, the wound was closed and just a little of dry blood was covering it, just how? – this is why I told you to stop… they are physical warriors but can use enhancing white magic, making them stronger, faster or regenerating them at an incredible speed, and you are giving him the great amount of magic needed for that – I have to admit Maat is awesome… awesomely cold, while I’m here fighting with my life on the line she is watching and teaching me…

                Kurf looked at Maat while she was talking, he didn’t understand her but was just looking, now that I think about it, wasn’t she his objective at first, why is he not trying to attack her now? I shouldn’t think about everything so much in a battlefield, the orc noticed I was distracted and took the chance by attacking me, this time he was faster and I couldn’t avoid the whole attack, he reached my shoulder, cutting and smashing it with the axe, leaving it completely useless but, at least, still connected.

                While distracting him with more pillars of earth that I created from the remnants of magic energy I left underground, I tried to heal my arm. I remember the teachings from the elder, but it was passive healing, regenerate a deep cut in the middle of a fight faster and good enough to not let it open again… I guess it is a bit hard. I could manage to at least close the wound, but not with white magic, seeing that it was a desperate situation I used desperate measures, I summoned a bit of fire and burnt the wounds so they would close… it hurt like hell and almost made me pass away, but I just couldn’t let it finish like that. Now I was wounded, without earth magic (nor time to produce more) and facing a “doped” warrior with killing intents… this is what I call a relaxing time…

                Let’s be honest, this was going to end with my death no matter how you see it, not even Maat was trying to do anything, I wonder if she would actually care if I were dead or alive. With the agonizing pain on my shoulder and the mental fatigue, I was about to give up. My eyelids started to became heavier, little by little my eyes were closing and the darkness was filling my surroundings, i stopped feeling the pain, the fatigue, the reason to fight, for a moment I just gave up to the calmness of that darkness, it felt good to.

                Awake, chosen one – Those were the last words I heard before succumbing to the darkness.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2011 at 18:18
Just read through your diary for the first time today, not too bad. Interesting story so far
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2011 at 19:24
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2011 at 23:10
Rather enjoyed it :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 2011 at 02:24
The idea of the magic eating orc is rather interesting, Yumeshi...did you think up how he does this already, or did I miss it somehow?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 2011 at 02:32
I think that the idea is that "wiser" beings would know how to collect it and such at a moments notice, however myself here thinks that he can consume the essence and with it become stronger, and is therefor tapping into abilities he is unaware of.

that may be completely off though.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 2011 at 03:46
lol kurf... magic-eaters are an orc speciality (in my "world" xD) making use of their glutton nature. Magic energy as i explained in past chapters, is nothing else than an unknow energy, generate by any living being, that carry a comand, "condense and throw yourself at high speed" sending this comand to a portion of the air, will create wind blades. Magic-eaters can eat this energy, not the air, just the information that gives it the "power" and makes it its own. Of course it would be too unfair if that was just like that, but in the new chapters i will explain the disadvantages... take care of what you eat.

i dont even know if i answered your question bellus, please answer me if this helped you xD.
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