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    Aelflead had barely taken four steps before she felt the air turn sweltering with heat. She remembered that it was hot close to the dragon, but the only time it got this hot was when- "Vis damn it, again?"

    She immediately stopped moving forward and turned on her heel, cutting a new path sideways, towards the beach, left, right, left, and flayed her arms in a separating motion towards her party. She was hoping that the pillars of flame soon to follow the intense heat she was feeling would have a harder time hitting something moving erratically and less of a chance to hit anyone else by "happy" accident.

    To her party, however, she looked as if she'd gone mad and was attempting to fly. So puzzled by her confusing new pattern her party almost stopped but recounting the demon wind that's reduced their party's size by half just moments ago they began to copy the brusque woman's wild pattern.

    They didn't know what the redhead was warning them from, or if her strange actions were, in fact, a warning, but they could always question her later if they survived. The last few to second guess her for just a minute were flayed carcasses behind them and underfoot.


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    Look, the way I see it you can go down the cliff two ways. You can walk down, or I can push you down. Its your choice, I don't care as long as I get paid.
    -Aelflead Kriastes

    Quick! Look over there! I promise it's important!
    ~Gwendolyn Noname

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    Reality twisted on all sides of the great daemon as the portals of Infernalis opened around it. They began to shimmer rapidly, ahead of the archmagi, behind the huge dragon and to either side. Then suddenly, torrents of flame exploded from all four portals, burning the ground and incinerating what little foliage remained.

    “Shields!” one laicar man from the legion cried desperately, but no amount of wood and metal were going to save him from the intense conflagration. He dropped his sword and cowered before the inferno, only for a shadow to part the fire before him. All along the frontline, experienced spellcasters had recognised the form of Bellator magic. Together they coordinated their efforts and conjured as many walls as they could to block the attack. Without them, the force would have been shattered, but they had too close to the fiery nightmare to avoid casualties. The flames still engulfed a portion of the attackers and sowed discord among them. Those that did not perish, dropped to the hot ground and rolled desperately to extinguish themselves. The pungent stench of burnt flesh tainted the air. Formations began to collapse as some of the fighters lost their heart under the magnitude of the attack.

    The bulging eye protruding out of the ram-horn watched as small groups of imps and twisted creatures began to prey on the distressed soldiers. They were promised a slaughter and that was what they were going to get.

    The robed figure stepped out to the side of the dragon, after being shielded from the blast. One lingering flame caught his eye.

    A pitiful box of trees and leaves. One corner of it was ablaze, but somehow it still managed to be. The Januin smiled beneath the black hood.

    “Worthless.”

    The archmagi extended one arm. Reality shimmered again, this time in the form of a small portal adjacent to the robed one. A larger portal appeared underneath the floating cube of green. One hand tapped the small portal and a pillar of flame erupted from the ground, threatening to consume the construct whole.

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    Ignis frowned, unable to feel relieved when their shelter survived the first bout of flames. She was certain there was more to come. Unfortunately, she could not predict the next burst of flames very well. She'd barely been able to spot the cloaked figure striking at something when flames burst through the twigs and vines holding them afloat.

    On instinct, as their shield disintegrated, the enlil snatched Amicus to her chest. All four women plummeted towards sure death until they slammed into a web of vines.

    The vines nearly gave way, stretching as they slowed the women's fall. Bark and leaves began to form around the vines as they straightened out.

    Ignis struggled to inhale; all the air had been crushed from her lungs upon impact. A weak rasp of pain escaped her lips at bruises she could feel forming. She turned her head to the side, tears sliding down her cheeks. Her nose smarted terribly and the blood running down her lip made the avian suspect it had broken.

    The enlil coughed and sucked in a ragged breath, air swishing down her throat.

    “Vis… damn…” she wheezed, “thing… should have… stayed dead….”

    Cora, which had managed to dodge the flames, warbled tiredly as if in agreement.

    “I have half a mind to send it back to Infernalis myself,” Laurel grunted. She sat up, groaning. The laicar likely had a cracked rib or two, but that wouldn't stop her. The battle hardened woman pulled off an over the shoulder pack she'd been carrying and began to rummage around.

    Pulling out a small device with wires and tubes, the laicar gave a feral grin that stretched her facial scar.

    “Let's blow them to hell.”

    Dianette pumped one fist in the air to show her agreement, but hadn't sat up yet. The young half-velen rolled to her side and gingerly pushed herself to her knees, favoring her left side.

    “We should really get that cloaked figure, too.”

    “I have a plan,” Laurel announced. “Birdie, how fast can you get us close to the dragon and the cloak?”

    Ignis squawked instead of answering; Amicus rustled apologetically in response.

    “Pretty fast,” she whispered from behind her hands, which had come up to guard her nose, eyes watering again. The enlil ripped a strip of cloth from her cloak and held it gingerly to her nose. Having it reset hurt like Aquila’s talons.

    “Good.” Laurel nodded. “Hey featherweight,” the gruff laicar addressed Aeria, “how's your throwing arm?”

    Their descent began just after Laurel's question, the curved platform beneath then accelerating at a rather frightening pace.

    Laurel pressed a button on the device and held it out to Aeria. “Throw it once we're close.”

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    All of Aeria’s desire to sock Laurel in the jaw had vanished. Under the circumstances, a little bit of a slight to her was a minor consideration. They were on the brink of being seriously injured or potentially even killed and taking umbrage at an insult would have been tantamount to insanity. Her stomach returned to normal after their sickening drop and she took the proffered bomb from Laurel’s hand. “Oh I’ve got pretty good aim. You give me the word and I’ll let ‘er rip!”

    The way that Amicus caused the platform to swoop down was both exhilarating and frightening. It was also incredibly aggressive which was something that she did not associate with the little mons infans. He was just too cute to be doing this. She wasn’t complaining, however, as they closed with the cloaked figure and its dragon steed. She had once heard that one should wait until one saw the whites of the enemy’s eyes and although this one’s eyes had no whites, she was close enough to gaze into that empty void.

    With a powerful, well-timed throw she sent the dahlitium bomb flying down right into the midst of the two terrifying figures even as they continued to sail by. There was no time to do more than chuck it and find out what would happen after the device detonated.


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    Meanwhile, Aelflead was trying to rise to her feet.

    Her gamble had been wrong about the demon's attack; instead of ducking past one of a numerous amount of portals she was sure were going to appear, she'd nearly been taken out by a massive gout of flame instead. It was only thanks to quick thinking on a demvir painted with symbols in gray that she'd been spared no more than some bruises.

    "Not sure what you were doing, runnin' 'round in circles just then, it's a little early for a victory lap." The demvir's face was a smooth, expressionless, piece of metal with holes cut into it to allow glowing green, eyes vision, but the woman could have sworn the bronze automaton was smirking at her.

    She ignored the machine's comment and went to stand, only to find herself getting pulled back to the dirt again, reaggravating the bruises she'd just received. But, before she could turn to fling the demvir off of her, a small point of light sailing through the air caught her eye.

    A closer look at the object told her what it was before her sarcastic new friend's electronically produced hiss of "Get down!" reached her ears, drained the anger from her system, and flattened her to the ground even further than the demvir could have pushed her.


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    Look, the way I see it you can go down the cliff two ways. You can walk down, or I can push you down. Its your choice, I don't care as long as I get paid.
    -Aelflead Kriastes

    Quick! Look over there! I promise it's important!
    ~Gwendolyn Noname

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