Our group does well in these pitiful tests. I am pleasantly surprised.
Shortly after the three trials, our group was gathered together and escorted to the slave pits wherein all the others were held. I guess this meant we were regulars now.
As we wander in, a fellow tech priest approaches us. Unlike me, he is old, rusted, and decrepit, likely one of the first of his kind. He talks openly to Lumi and casually mentions a revolt. I care nothing for politics, but I’m pretty sure it is unwise to discuss escape plans so freely. Oh well. We agree to his terms and set about working our own niches.
I lumber over to the vile mutant group. I’ve already pin pointed the leader of this rag tag crowd as I walked. A Boar-like creature of great stature, almost matching my own size. He’s eyeing me as I approach. I care not for his appearance. He stands up. The boy doesn’t even have the scars that display experience. I slam my fist into the top of his chest and feel his sternum crack and crumble away from all his ribs. He collapses slowly. I growl at the other imps, demanding they follow me. I watch as some run away. Some stand frozen. One that is fairly close to me smells of soiled clothes- puny creature cannot even contain his own piss.
This is a feeling that has been my companion for a long portion of my life. Fear. I can feel the terror of these mutants. Three of the largest mutants and a small, hideous mutant named Anders offer their services. The three look decent enough. Anders just looks amusing. Oh well, I’ll need a good laugh. I’ll keep them.
I return to my group. Most of us have gained favor with varying people, however, Mordengrave did the opposite; I find a feeling of respect in myself when I examine his deep rooted loathing of the dark eldar scum. Then we are gathered again and led to another fight. Finally.
We enter into a large arena filled with the scraps of buildings and a lone battle tank, upturned and broken. I hear them before I see them. Blood Brides. I have fought a pair once before and they proved difficult. For a time. Eventually I snacked on their tiny frames. I plan this encounter to end the same.
My friends.. ugh.. teammates (I’m getting soft) go to work killing. Mordengrave and I glance at another-I suspect we share the same thought-I pick him up and launch him high and hard. He lands in an explosion of dark elder brain matter. A blood bride runs to me, grins, and fires her weapon. The pellet hits my chest and bounces away, hardly biting at all. I mock her and she flew into a fit of rage and actually threw her weapon away!? Ha! What a prideful brat! I roar wildly and charge her. I spot a sniper on the building above the blood bride and figure my chance for inflicting the greatest amount of damage. As I gain ground, I heft my large hammer and bring it through the shell of the building the bride stands near. The whole building collapses easily, bringing bricks, rubble and 1 unlucky eldar soldier to the ground.
The building collapses on the three of us. I don’t mind. I figure if I’m buried I can take a quick nap. But Hitomi doesn’t allow my nap. She walks over and nonchalantly fires into the skull of the fallen eldar sniper. I grumble and brush the debris off my body and while doing so I notice a glint. It looks like the hilt of a blade. I look back at the blood bride’s body-still breathing- then back to the hilt. Without taking my eyes of the glint this time, I grab the bride’s slack body out of the rubble and bring my jaws to a close around her skull. She is skinny and bony but still, food is food. I stay low and pull a falchion out of the dirt. An unimpressive sword, but a blade nonetheless.
As the battle dies down, Maata drags a limp body onto the tank and violins his head away from the rest of his body. The crowd loses it. Her skill in rousing audiences is frivolous albeit awesome.
Then without warning Strang’s neck sparks and after a blink, he is grabbed by the shoulders and drug into the void. Deamons suck. It is too bad. I am often annoyed by other beings but Strang was at least an entertaining fool.
I have definitely gone soft..