Too Small for Two (Stamaria/Korin) Oct 24, 2011 14:24:17 GMT -5
Post by Ribitta on Oct 24, 2011 14:24:17 GMT -5
No chances with the Harbinger – that had always been the law among the Stamarian military, handed down by the Emperor himself, for there could be no greater victory than slaying that man; even his witch of a mother was less of a threat. As soon as the word of the Harbinger showing himself had arrived, Aurinar had departed as well, though his pace had been much slower than his bodyguard’s. The enemy knew the stakes, and Stamarin would not put it past the Korin rats to bait out one piece of power for another. Unfortunately for the Korin, though, DuValle could be counted as more than a match for the Harbinger in a duel. Still, there would be no chances taken unnecessarily, and the Emperor had left for the battle as well, heavily escorted by the rest of the Taron magi in the city.
As the destruction came into sight, Aurinar quickened his pace, the prize so close ahead. Each threat had to be handled with precision in order to lose no ends, and the Emperor acted swiftly. The Korin had introduced a Blind Harvester to the fight, and that would be the greatest priority regardless of the situation DuValle was in, though by the wreath of flames that adorned the ground, it did not appear to be finished yet.
Pointing a finger toward the sky, Stamarin slammed his gesture toward the ground, pointing it straight at the mechanical menace that threatened the safety of every living thing in the area, even the Emperor himself. Forming all but instantly from the sky above, a bolt of lightning plummeted toward the ground at an unbreakable pace, striking the Blind Harvester before it even had a chance to move. The explosion rocked the earth, destroying the machine immediately and leaving nothing but a charred, fragile husk that fell under its own weight.
Without a second glance, though, he turned to the circle of flames that roared stronger than anything that would be produced naturally. Khordus was a strong in the art of magic, but even his spells were no match for the Emperor of Stamaria. In one sweep of his hand, Aurinar dispelled the flames as if they were never there, finally revealing the fight to everyone else; the Harbinger still stood. “Fire!” the Emperor roared with an unmatchable fury, creating his own weapon inside the palm of his hand and hurling the raw, primal energy toward the Harbinger.
Stamarian propaganda stated that no man could stand against the might of Stamaria, but Khordus was ready to try. With his momentary edge against DuValle, he was free for long enough to expect the inevitable, reacting as quickly as he could. Pulling his weapons to himself once more, his flame wall broke a moment before they were secured, forcing him to linger a moment longer, totally exposed. Reaching out for his magic once more, he pulled the earth up in front of him, attempting to buy himself just a moment longer for escape.
Khordus was quick, but he was also fatigued, and the Stamarian marksmen had been trained their entire lives to lay waste to men such as Khordus before they could stand a moment longer. Feeling multiple rounds penetrate him flesh, the Harbinger’s world turned to agony as spectral hands from below grasped at his ankles, pulling him through the ground as his cover exploded under the heaviest of fire a moment later, leaving only spatters of blood, broken earth, and DuValle in the once-protected arena.
Tom came to a shuddering halt as the voice of his leader broke through the communications channel. It was weak, but living, and it contained perhaps more than a little satisfaction, “The storm has arrived – return to port.” Releasing pressure to the trigger on his gun, the giant of a man let it fall to his side as Kalia’s hurried footsteps faded into the distance.
Aurinar Stamarin turned from the fight, panting unlike he had in years. Many Stamarians would count this as a victory having pushed the Korin back into their loathsome hole, but as the angry protests of the city’s inhabitants began to reach his ears, he counted this as worse than a stalemate. Teradia was over for Stamaria.