Purification episode 58: Adversity Underground

The group kept a steady marching pace. Moving carefully through the ruins.

“Can’t we go faster?” Axra asked.

“Not with all these people,” Bonnie answered. “Too unwieldy. Are you feeling impatient?”

“I hate going slow is all,” Axra stated. She looked around, carefully scanning their surroundings. No sign of golems, psyrens or anything else dangerous. At least not yet. Axra kept her imagination in check, reminding herself that there wasn’t something sinister behind every column.

It wasn’t until past noon that they had their first sign of trouble. Twila noticed several indents in the ground. “Probably golem footprints,” she relayed. “Although very strange ones. And the tracks indicate a lot of them. Keep an eye out.”

They kept on their way, eating on the go. Not daring to stop for a break, at least not until they were clear of the ruins. Not even Velvet complained about the continuous march.

It was nearly an hour later when Velvet spotted some very strange, statuesque shapes. There were three in all, not quite humanoid, having arachnid-like legs. Velvet studied them, looking for signs of movement. That was when he saw them bolt towards them.

“Golems!” he yelled.

The dark elves they were escorting ran forward, scrambling to get away from the golems’ path. A small child tripped. Her mother, moving to try to shield her. The first golem reached them, bringing down its jagged claw. Velvet intercepted it, grasping it between his hands. He pulled downwards, ramming its claw safely into the ground. He proceeded to jump into the air, kicking down at the golem. Its stuck arm remained in the ground while the rest of its body went flying backwards.

He lifted the woman and her daughter and ran back towards the group. Reginald, Lilly, Bonnie, Axra and Lysara were blocking the other two golems from the main group.

“I have to run back and drop these two off,” Velvet explained. “Be back shortly.”

“No,” Axra said. “Stay with the main group. Reginald, you go too. If there’s something else dangerous up there Twila’ll need you. The four of us will stay back and join you as soon as we can.”

“Kay,” Velvet muttered.

“Very well,” Reginald agreed. “I shall protect our charges with my life if need be.”

“You should go as well, Princess,” Bonnie suggested. “Lysara too. There’s no need for all of us to stay behind.”

“No one’s staying behind,” Axra said. “At least not for long. We just have to damage them enough that they can’t pursue us. Aim for the legs.”

The four faced the golems. Lilly fired several arrows, trying to pierce some weak point in their spindly legs. All three ignored her completely, possibly because her arrows were bouncing off of them.

Axra and Bonnie moved together, slashing the nearest one . Axra hit its front left leg, Bonnie its front right. The construct staggered, but didn’t fall. “Dammit!” Axra cried. “How did Velvet manage to knock one of their legs off?”

“Bon, look out!” Lysara cried. She pushed Bonnie out of the way of a swiping leg, only to get hit herself and be sent rolling into the frail remnants of an old wall. The golem scanned Bonnie for a moment before moving towards Lysara’s battered form.

Simultaneously, the remaining two golems were coming at Axra from both sides, poised to crush her between them.

Bonnie took in the situation in one horrible instant. She quickly made her decision, grabbed her sword and charged.

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About ktulu007

I don’t really like talking about myself, but for the curious I’m Deutsch. I’m the second oldest of three children, four if you count my adopted sister. We largely grew up without a father. Writing has been a major passion for me since I was small. I like to write online because it offers me some freedom to experiment with different genres and provides me with more of an audience than I would normally have access to. One of my bigger influences has always been my youngest sister. She’s very socially aware, an excellent judge of quality when it comes to writing and very supportive of my efforts. Whenever I write I ask myself “would she find major problematic elements in this that I need to change?” and I try to be socially responsible enough and good enough to be as good of a writer as she thinks I am.
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