Milton searched for threats as he flew through the city. The streets were strangely deserted. From what the pilot had told him, he expected to find Aureus’Aevum ready to blast him and his companions from the second they stepped foot inside the city, but he hadn’t seen anyone yet. He hoped that didn’t mean that Lang’kahn had already moved his army to attack the king’s castle. He saw movement from the corner of his eye and he flew straight up instinctively. A fireball passed harmlessly beneath him, and he searched for its source.
He found a group of four Aureus’Aevum gathered on the street below, and he shot each of them with an arrow. The four Aureus’Aevum were pulled together, and struggled to break free of one another. Milton turned and shouted to Trixie and the others, “Be careful, this city may seem abandoned, but they are just waiting to ambush us!”
A wail filled the city, followed by a thud. Milton and Trixie turned to see what appeared to be a tusked whale with the legs of an elephant and a strong thick tail that ended in what appeared to be a boulder. The creature was backing up and getting ready to charge at a building with cracked walls, and it bellowed out, “I just want to go home! I won’t take cookies when mommy isn’t looking anymore! I’ll be good, please!”
Trixie looked up at Milton. “That’s just a child! We have to help him!”
Milton growled, but nodded his head. “We need to get him out of the city! We can’t ask a child to help us fight against Lang’kahn!”
“I’ll take care of it. I can take him to the edge of the city and catch back up with you faster than anyone else could.” Trixie ran up the child and held up her hands. “Hey, big guy. It’s okay, we’ll take you home to your mommy.”
The child started crying. “But the scary men said if I stopped hitting the buildings they would hurt my mommy!”
Trixie smiled reassuringly at him. “Don’t worry, we’re going to deal with the scary men, but lets get you out of here for now.” The child nodded and followed Trixie toward the edge of the city.
Milton started forward again, and the Aureus’Aevum charged after him. They continued on deeper into the city toward Lang’kahn’s castle, and before too long Trixie zipped up under Milton. She smiled up at him. “He’s waiting for us to return where the ani’voh dropped us off. Have you come across any other creatures or Aureus’Aevum yet?”
Milton shook his head. “No, and it worries me. This is Lang’kahn’s city, the province that he controls. You would think he’d have his forces more actively protecting it.”
Trixie frowned. “You’re right. Maybe Ahir was able to thin their ranks enough that Lang’kahn can only afford to have them guard the area around the castle. I’ll run ahead and check things out.”
Trixie darted down the street before Milton could get out, “Wait, it might be a trap!” Milton growled, but started flying as fast as the gauntlets would let him, hoping he could get to Trixie before anything happened to her. Before Milton made it too far, Trixie appeared back underneath him.
“I was right, there are a bunch of Aureus’Aevum gathered in front of the palace, but I saw a couple of small groups spread out wherever they have some humans attacking the city. I’ll take a few Aureus’Aevum with me to free the humans, and you can take the rest of them with you to attack the castle.”
Milton shook his head. “We should stick together. Besides, you agreed that we would help any humans we came across but wouldn’t go out of our way to seek them out.”
Trixie pouted. “You want to just leave helpless people to suffer? Besides, we wouldn’t be sending everyone to deal with them, only a few of us.”
Milton growled, “No, Trixie! We can help them once this is all taken care of! We are going to need your shield with us when we fight against Lang’kahn’s followers!”
Trixie crossed her arms. “Fine, but once we free Ahir and get the sword back, we’re coming back to help these people.”
Milton nodded his head. “That’s fine. Now lead us to the palace!” Trixie raced ahead of the group and Milton flew after her. He gasped when he saw a giant fireball the width of the city’s street come flying at them. Trixie stopped running and braced herself for the impact of the fireball, and the fireball crashed into her shield. It was bounced back down the street and startled cries came from the front of the palace followed by a loud crash. Once the smoke cleared away Milton looked in shock at the large hole in the side of the palace. A smile crossed his face. “That’s our ticket inside!”
Aureus’Aevum jumped around the corner in front of the palace, the last to join looking slightly singed and some of them dragging chains that led up to iron collars wrapped around the necks of creatures. Four of these creatures followed hesitantly after those who held their chains, one that had the body of a Tyrannosaurus with the head of a lion and long tentacles in place of its arms. Another of the creatures had the long, scaled body of a dragon, and another looked like a four-armed bear with wings sprouting from its back. The final creature was a giant wolf that appeared to be made of magma. Smoke rose up from the ground where it stood and it left behind footprints melted into the stone wherever it walked. One of the Aureus’Aevum pointed its finger at Milton and shouted, “Stop them from entering the palace! They want to interfere with master Lang’kahn’s plans!”
The Aureus’Aevum gathered in front of the palace started sending fireballs, chunks of ice, bolts of lighting, and boulders hurtling down the street at Milton and his group of Aureus’Aevum. Milton flew up and drew back his bowstring. “This is it! Everyone spread out and try to keep them busy for Trixie and I so we can get into that palace!” He released the string and a bolt of light flew into the Aureus’Aevum that had pointed at him, and released a second shot into one of Aureus’Aevum holding one of the chains. The first Aureus’Aevum crashed into the other, knocking both of them to the ground.
Trixie rushed around trying to deflect all of the magical attacks back at Lang’kahn’s followers, but she gasped when she saw that some of the attacks were going to hit the human prisoners. She rushed past the attacks and got between the humans and the magical attacks, and did her best to deflect the attacks into the group of Aureus’Aevum when she could, and the rest of them she deflected into the ground. She shouted to the humans, “Fight with us and we’ll make sure that you make it back home and are returned to normal!”
The transformed humans hesitated momentarily and then turned upon those holding their chains, swatting them aside. Once the chains were free from the Aureus’Aevum’s hands Trixie started working on freeing them. The dragon regarded Trixie once it was free and said, “I do not wish to fight, I just want to return home!”
Trixie smiled. “You don’t have to fight. If you follow this street to the outside of the city, you will find another human that has been transformed. If you wait there with him we’ll take you to home once we are finished here. If you want a chance to get revenge on the one responsible for this happening to you, stay with us and fight!”
The dragon rushed to leave the town, shoving Aureus’Aevum out its way, and the bear-like human followed after it. The other two, though, turned and started attacking more of the Aureus’Aevum loyal to Lang’kahn.
More and more Aureus’Aevum were falling victim to Milton’s bow and were subdued on the ground, but some the Aureus’Aevum began breaking free and were focusing their attacks on Milton, seeing him as the real threat of the fight. Milton darted around the sky avoiding spell after spell, firing off his arrows when he could. He spared glimpses for the rest of the Aureus’Aevum occasionally, and was amazed at what some of their artifacts could do. He watched one Aureus’Aevum carrying a silver chain touch the chain to one of Lang’kahn’s minions. The Aureus’Aevum’s hands dropped down to his side and he struggled against invisible bonds. He watched another wearing a pair of gauntlets push his hand toward Lang’kahn’s minions and send them flying. Only in a world like this one, where the people knew nothing of violence, would objects such as these gather dust on a shelf. He was glad that more of these artifacts hadn’t found their way into human hands.
Trixie became a blur on the battlefield, racing back and forth deflecting magic attacks on the Aureus’Aevum and the humans. She made sure to keep an eye on the humans and made them a priority over the Aureus’Aevum. Several Aureus’Aevum were hit by magical attacks, and their cries of pain weighed upon her, but she knew that they would ultimately be alright, but the same couldn’t be said of the humans if they were to be hit by one of those spells.
Milton swooped down next to Trixie and said, “We aren’t accomplishing anything out here. We need to get inside that palace.”
Trixie looked around the battlefield with uncertainty. “What about the humans? Without me to protect them, they’re sure to be hurt at the very least.”
Milton sighed, “We can bring them with us, as well as a few of the Aureus’Aevum to support us.”
Sil’abo ran up to them. “What are the two of you doing? We’re in the middle of a battle field, this is no place for a chat!”
Milton smiled at Sil’abo. “Good timing, Sil’abo. We were about to go into the palace, so go ahead and choose a few Aureus’Aevum to go inside with us. No more than three, other than you.”
Sil’abo turned his head and whistled, and five Aureus’Aevum heads turned to look at them. He motioned for them to come over by them, and they the did cautiously. “You three are to come with us into the palace, and I’m leaving you two in charge of this fight. Take care of our brothers and sisters and make sure to keep our foes distracted.”
Trixie moved over to where the humans were fighting and explained the plan, and the three of them headed for the hole in the side of the palace. Milton and the four Aureus’Aevum rushed after them. Milton flew ahead of the group and quickly searched the room they entered into. He was surprised to see no guards anywhere inside, but he motioned for the others to continue on.
Once Sil’abo had caught up, he pointed at a staircase along the far wall. “I’ve been here before to deliver a message from King Dar’duo, and Lang’kahn kept his throne on the top floor.” The group rushed up the staircase, but no one noticed that another Aureus’Aevum was following after them.
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