The four mini monster bandits.
Author’s Note: I own most of the story. Special thanks to Imfamous for letting me borrow his oc’s for this story.
The group enters the first city they come across, which is called Luxemburg, in the Neutral territory in order to purchase a few extra horses so they all could ride back home fast enough. While Luna goes to purchase them and April, Tsunami, and Jessica keep Paula and Sophia from fighting each other again, Nicholas goes off exploring the market, purchasing supplies for the return trip.
Nicholas: There. That should be enough.
As he returns to his companions, one of the stall vendors, a Lizard man, calls him over.
Vendor: Excuse me, sir, are you an Archangel?
Nicholas: An S-class one to be precise, why do you ask?
Vendor: Splendid. We have been dealing with a couple of monster bandits for a few months now, about four young ones.
Nicholas: Shouldn’t be a problem disciplining four monster children, right?
Vendor: Unfortunately when we catch them stealing, they use this weird black pendant with a red eye in the middle to teleport themselves far away from the city to where they reside.
This scares Nicholas a little, for there is only one pendant that fits that description.
Nicholas: I am going to hate myself for asking this, but isn’t that the pendant of the necromancer king Morgoth?
Vendor: The very same. The people of Luxemburg would be very grateful if you took care of those four troublesome kids.
Nicholas: I will do what I can to help, just give me a location of their hideout.
Vendor: It’s a cave in the forest close by. Hard to miss, it has blood on the front from last time I went there.
Nicholas: Thank you.
Vendor: No sir, thank you.
Nicholas returns to the others. Somber thoughts filled his head.
Nicholas: (This is very bad, having just one piece of the Necromancer king’s armor can corrupt the mind of the holder. I must track this group down and bring the pendant back to the forbidden vault under the Archangel temple. It is the only safe place for it. I fear that the monster children may have already been corrupted by the pendant, and if that is the case….then only death or the power of a god or the head archangel can save them. Michael have mercy on me).
He finally reaches the others.
April: Nicholas, you're back, did you get everything we need.
Nicholas: [nods solemnly] Yes, but I won’t be going back with you.
Luna: [surprised] But why not?
Nicholas: This town has been troubled by monster bandits.
Tsunami: How many?
Nicholas: Four, and all of them are just kids.
Sophia: Can’t they deal with it?
Nicholas: [shakes his head] The monsters have the dark pendant of the necromancer king.
This shocks them all. The Necromancer king was the first human to master Dark magic, yet became corrupted by it, thus becoming the first and most powerful necromancer in history, he was responsible for starting the first great war for Etherland, and he was so powerful that he almost destroyed the planet.
Luna: [scared] Morgoth’s Pendant?! Oh dear.
Nicholas: [nods] That is why I must send you all without me. I cannot bring you along in case things go wrong and you all get hurt.
Paula: We won’t leave you to deal with them by yourself.
Nicholas: You must, because you must inform the rest of the order back at the temple.
Luna: [makes a decision] We will come back for you, you know that right?
Nicholas: [sighs] Do not come to me, wait for me at the temple. If I am not back within a few days, then you may come to me. [mounts his horse] I will return, and with that pendant.
Jessica: But wouldn’t it corrupt you too?
Nicholas: [shakes his head] No, archangels are immune to corruption. I’ll be fine.
Nick mounts his horse and sets off to the den of the four mini monster bandits
April: We should get going, we got a long of ground to cover.
Luna: (Nicholas, pleases be safe).
Meanwhile with Nicholas….
Nicholas: [dismounts] This must be the cave. Time to go in.
Drawing his greatswords, He cautiously enters the cave using his enhanced night vision, ready to fight if the need arises. Meanwhile at the center of the cave….
Lamia child: Someone has found our home and entered our cave! We need to leave before he finds us.
Kitsune child: I agree with Amy, we need to leave.
Dragonian child: NO! We can deal with this person. Especially when we have this. [pulls out the pendant]
Elf child: No offense, Amber, but that thing is too dangerous to keep. I mean it has helped us get food and other necessities, but you have changed since we got that thing.
Amber: And if it weren’t for this pendant, Leaf, we’d be starving right now. [turns to Amy] I bet this guy isn’t even strong, you can probably deal with him.
Amy: [sighs in defeat] Ok. [grabs her war hammer and drags it to where Nicholas is]
Kitsune Child: I got a bad feeling about this.
Amber: You are such a downer, Gin. Lighten up.
Back with Nicholas….
Nicholas: (How far does this cave go, It’s been ten minutes since I entered the cave. Maybe I went to the wrong one. [spots Amy] Never mind).
Amy: Halt, I am Amy, the mini bandit of the Earth. You shall go no further.
Nicholas: Well then, Amy, I am Nicholas, S-class Archangel. I am here to bring you and the other four bandits in for your crimes. Surrender please, I don’t wish to harm children.
Amy: Ha! In your dreams.
She struggles to lift the war hammer, but once she does so, she tries to swing it at Nicholas but he dodges it, resulting in Amy being thrown around with the hammer.
Amy: [hits the ground] Oww.
Nicholas: Looks like that weapon of yours is too big.
Amy: [gets up] I’ll still kick your butt.
She continues to try and hit him with the war hammer but she only succeeds in hurting and tiring herself out.
Amy: [exhausted] I….give up….you win. [passes out]
Nicholas: [sighs] Poor girl. [covers her with a blanket before going deeper]
Back with the young bandits….
Gin: Looks like Amy got defeated.
Amber: She is weak, but I didn’t expect her to be that weak.
Leaf: She went up against an S-class Archangel, they are extremely tough to beat. There is no way we can beat him.
Amber: Silence, I know what I’m doing. You two go and stop him, and don’t come back until you succeed.
The two monster boys give her a scornful look before going off to face Nick.
Gin: That pendant is corrupting her more and more, it needs to be destroyed.
Leaf: I agree, but it will be impossible to snatch it from her, let alone destroy it.
Gin: Let's focus on this archangel first, then we can worry about that stupid pendant.
Leaf: What if that Archangel is the answer? Maybe he can help us.
Gin: He will still make us pay for what we did to that village.
Leaf: It’s better if we get punished than to let him beat us up and not saving Amber from her corruption.
Gin: [smirks] Ah yes, we wouldn’t want your girlfriend to change for the worse now do we?
Leaf: [blushes] Fuck you, Gin.
Back with Nicholas….
Nicholas: (Well I haven’t found the others yet, maybe they have already left). [spots Gin and Leaf] (I guess not).
Leaf: [pulls out his daggers] You’re the archangel that defeated our friend, Amy, correct?
Nicholas: If she is that Lamia that I defeated just now, then yes. I defeated her. She is still alive though, just unconscious from exhaustion.
Gin: Let me guess, it was because her war hammer was too heavy for her?
Nicholas: [nods] Yep.
Gin: [sighs] I told her not to buy that weapon, it’s too big and heavy for her.
Leaf: Any ways, Archangel, we need your help. Its our friend, Amber. I think she is being corrupted.
Nicholas: Is it because of the pendant?
Gin: [nods] In deed, ever since she stole it, she is becoming more evil and hostile.
Nicholas: Yeah, any piece of the Necromancer king’s armor will do that to you.
Gin and Leaf: [shocked] THAT PENDANT BELONGS TO THE NECROMANCER KING MORGOTH!?
Nicholas: Unfortunately yes.
Leaf: This is very bad. If we don’t free her soon, she will be permanently corrupted soon.
Gin: I agree. [turns to Nicholas] Will you help us save our friend.
Nicholas: [nods] I will help in any way I can. One of you should go and check on your friend, the other shall take me to whoever has the pendant.
Gin: I’ll go check on Amy. [heads off]
Leaf: This way, follow me.
Nicholas follows leaf to the center of the cave, where Amber was waiting. Upon seeing him, Amber becomes angry.
Amber: [angry] Leaf, why did and Gin not kill this man!?
Leaf: Because you need help. That pendant belongs to the Necromancer king, it’s corrupting your mind. You need to get rid of it.
Nicholas: He is right, if you don’t give it up soon, you will be permanently corrupted. I won’t be able to do much to help you if that happens.
Amber: SILENCE! I DO NOT CARE IF THIS CORRUPTS ME, ALL I CARE ABOUT IS THE POWER IT GIVES ME!
Inhaling, she spits a giant fireball at the two. Nicholas grabs his shield and gets in front of Leaf, using his shield to protect them both from the blast.
Leaf: Amber, please, you’re my best friend. This isn’t like you. You would never try to harm me. Please stop!
Nicholas: I’m sorry, Leaf, but the only way we can save her is if we defeat her and rip the pendant off of her.
Amber: Try and I will rip your head off.
Nicholas: [smirks] I’d love to see you try.
Nicholas charges at her, using his shield to protect himself from the dragon kid’s fire while using one of his greatswords to try and slash her in order to weaken her. Dragon scales are very strong therefore it was a little difficult to beat her.
Amber: My dragon scales are very strong, you will have a very hard time in defeating me.
Nicholas: Maybe, but can your scales protect you from my magic?
Nicholas fires a giant beam of light energy at her, sending her flying towards cave’s wall.
Leaf: Is she defeated?
Nicholas: Not sure.
Amber slowly rises, her eyes changing from their amber color to soulless black.
Amber: [demon voice] Fools, you cannot defeat me, even with your light magic.
She fires another fireball at Nicholas, only this time it was black as coal instead of the usual red. Nicholas blocks it with his shield.
Nicholas: (Shit, I got to end this before it’s too late).
Nicholas fires a barrage of lightning at her, stunning her long enough for him to deliver a knockout punch to her face.
Leaf: [worried] Is she….
Nicholas: [shook his head] No, she’s still alive. [takes the pendant and puts it in a small sack] I’ll carry her.
Nicholas gently picks up the unconscious amber and the two head off to where Amy and Gin are.
Amy: Oh, you guys did it.
Leaf: Yeah, but Amber took a beating.
Gin: Shit, we don’t have a lot of supplies to treat her.
Nicholas: I have some light based healing magic that can be of use.
Amy: [turns to Gin] Can we trust him?
Gin: [nods] He was willing to help us save Amber, and he hasn’t done anything for us to not trust him yet.
Amy: [nods] Ok. I have a blanket here you can set her down on.
Nicholas: [does so] Thank you. I’ll take good care of your friend. [begins to use his magic to heal her wounds]
Leaf: So what are you going to do with us now?
Nicholas: How about we just focus on the here and now and worry about what is going to happen next later on, ok?
Gin: [nods] Thank you.
To be continued….