Ahir, Guardian of Malor, Chapter 15: The Battle Begins Audio

In chapter 15 of Ahir, Guardian of Malor Tor’jahd gives Lang’kahn the sword while Ahir is locked inside a cage. Lang’kahn begins work on breaking the seal so that he can use the sword to achieve his victory and Milton and Trixie take their group of Aureus’Aevum and begin their attack on Lang’kahn’s palace. The rest of the story will be below the video if you want to read along with me, and don’t forget to check out my newly published story, The Kids on the Case! You can buy your own copy at Lulu.com. Just search for the Kids on the Case!

  Aureus’Aevum all around the room watched a figure sitting in the middle on top of a throne that was made from delicate strips of gold designed to look like vines growing upward and wrapping around themselves. The Aureus’Aevum seated on the throne had his eyes closed in concentration and sweat was beading upon his forehead. He was draped in purple robes with golden trim and a tall gold-colored hat sat upon his head, the top was folded backward leaving four inches of fabric hanging loosely.

Several of the other Aureus’Aevum sat around glowing blue spheres which showed a black figure marching toward the palace they occupied. Smiles filled every face, and many were drinking a black liquid from thin tall silver containers. Whispers filled the room, excitedly saying that the day that they had been waiting for was nearly upon them, that the hour of their victory was finally here.

The doors burst open and every head turned and witnessed a black mist creature escorted by a grinning Aureus’Aevum draped in a red robe and clutching a sheathed sword. The room erupted into a mix of wild cheers, sneers and laughter. “Not so tough now, are you hero?” “You won’t be hurting any more of master Lang’kahn’s loyal followers now, will you, Ahir?”

The black mist glided along without looking up or acknowledging any of their shouts. A grinning Aureus’Aevum handed a key to the Aureus’Aevum holding the sword. He used it to unlock the door of a cage and opened it.  The black mist glided right into an intricately crafted cage of iron, the bars looked like delicate vines covered in thorns with lifelike flower blossoms at the tops. The Aureus’Aevum carrying the sword swung the door shut behind the black mist, and the door locked into place with a click. The demeanor of the mist creature changed once the door clicked shut. “Where am I? Why do I look like this? What’s going on?”

The Aureus’Aevum that had escorted him leered into the cage. “What’s the matter, Ahir? Aren’t you enjoying your new home?”

The mist creature turned and looked at the Aureus’Aevum that had spoken, and hesitantly said, “Tor’jahd, is that you? What’s going on?”

A weak voice responded from further in the cage. “He’s been manipulating us from the very beginning, Ahir. He ever was and ever will be Lang’kahn’s creature.”

Ahir turned and concern filled his face when he recognized Bar’bou’s voice. He hovered over the bruised and battered form of Bar’bou. “Bar’bou, what have they done to you?”

A grin covered Tor’jahd’s face. “Don’t worry about him; he can’t be killed, remember? Well, not yet anyway. I’d be much more worried about what we’re about to do to you.”

Fear filled Ahir’s face, but before he could respond, a regal voice called out, “Tor’jahd, you have kept me waiting long enough. Bring the sword to me.”

Tor’jahd’s face crumpled up in anger, but it quickly changed to a winning smile. He turned and started walking toward the figure seated upon the golden throne. “Of course; here is the artifact that you have been waiting for, Master.” Tor’jahd held the hilt of the sword out to Lang’kahn.

A smile filled Lang’kahn’s face and he pulled the blade free of its sheath. He gazed at the blade, marveling in its craftsmanship. He swung the sword down onto Tor’jahd’s wrist. Tor’jahd jumped back in pain, clutching his hurt, but intact, wrist. He looked at Lang’kahn with confusion. Lang’kahn shook his head. “I had to know for certain if they had actually sealed the blade to that human or not.”

Tor’jahd glared at Lang’kahn. “What if they hadn’t sealed it? You were going to cut off my hand!”

Lang’kahn smiled. “Relax, Tor’jahd. There’s a reason why I went for your wrist and not your throat. If it had worked, your hand could have been healed.” Lang’kahn set the sword on his lap, closed his eyes, and held his hands over the blade. After a short time he frowned and opened his eyes back up. “This seal that they put on the sword is a real bother. Le’gaz, Yun’tu, and Whum’than, come and aid me with the breaking of this seal.” He fixed his gaze upon Tor’jahd. “This is going to take some time to break the seal. While I’m distracted by this, do what you can to keep our enemies busy, my trusted advisor.”

A smile filled Tor’jahd’s face. He bowed to Lang’kahn. “It will be as you say, Master.” Tor’jahd turned and made his way out of the room. He spared Ahir and Bar’bou a smirk as he walked past them, and all the other Aureus’Aevum in the room followed him out.

Once they were in a circular chamber outside of Lang’kahn’s throne room, Tor’jahd turned and faced the group that had followed him out. “Master Lang’kahn wants us to create more distractions for Dar’duo, so we are going to capture more humans. I want six of you to work on opening portals around Malor, and I want the rest of you to go through and grab as many humans as you can.”

One of the Aureus’Aevum looked at Tor’jahd and frowned. “What of the human with the bow? Won’t he simply send us back like last time?”

Tor’jahd laughed. “How do you think he’ll be able to find you? Without me there telling him where to go, he won’t know you were ever there.”

The Aureus’Aevum that had spoken up glared at Tor’jahd. “I can’t believe that Master Lang’kahn accepted you back after you worked so hard to foil his plans. Do you have any idea how many of us were sent back empty-handed because of you?”

Tor’jahd leered back. “Master Lang’kahn sent me over to that place with a mission, and I was successful. The sword is in his possession and there are none that will be able to stand against him. That is why I am Lang’kahn’s advisor and you are simply his pawns, and you had best not forget your place! Get those portals open now!”

The Aureus’Aevum glared at Tor’jahd but they turned to begin preparations for his plans, and a smile filled Tor’jahd’s face. He loved the feeling of having that kind of power. He would never have the absolute power that Lang’kahn wielded, but as long as he stayed as Lang’kahn’s advisor, he could make him dance like his little puppet king, and even though it would be Lang’kahn they bowed to, it would be Tor’jahd’s vision they would be living.

Tor’jahd moved toward the staircase and started climbing for the top of the tower, and he mused to himself as he did. He thought that his life was over when Dar’duo sent Lang’kahn to replace him as the governor of the Nathair province. After all the work he did for his province, and indirectly for the kingdom, he was replaced by a youth who didn’t know the first thing about ruling. Once he noticed that Lang’kahn took his every advisement to heart, it wasn’t difficult at all to turn him against his father. Subtly, of course; it would not have been wise to come out and plainly say to dethrone his father. No, once Tor’jahd had finished with Lang’kahn, he thought that it was his own idea to turn on his father. It only took a gentle nudge here and there for him to start thinking of it on his own.

Tor’jahd may no longer be a governor, but he soon would be the ruler of this entire world, if indirectly. Tor’jahd opened the door at the top of the staircase and walked to the edge of the tower. He gazed over the the city spread out beneath him, and the lights of the other cities in the distance. Soon, all of this would belong to Lang’kahn, which meant that it would dance to his tune. Perhaps in a millennia or two, once things had calmed down and settled into normality, Tor’jahd would take up the sword and do away with Lang’kahn. Then he would be able to step out of the shadows and take his rightful place.

Tor’jahd threw his head back and laughed. Ahir and the others thought that Lang’kahn was the one they had to worry about, but they had had their true enemy in their midst the entire time.

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Trixie adjusted her helmet as they walked down the hallway behind the Aureus’Aevum that was leading them to where the king was giving his speech. She looked at Milton who was walking beside her. “Do you think that there will be many volunteers?”

Milton shrugged, “The Aureus’Aevum we have met so far all seem to respect and follow everything their king asks of them, but he is asking them for something that goes against who they are. I’m not sure what to expect.”

The servant led them out the door at the end of the hall onto a balcony overlooking the courtyard down below. Trixie held up her hand to shade her eyes from the harsh light from the four lights hanging in the sky. She squinted and turned to the servant in surprise. “Your world has four suns?”

The servant smiled and shook his head. “No, we have six, but four is the most that you will see in the sky at once. Wait here and his majesty will see to you once he is done giving his speech.” The servant bowed his head and walked back into the hallway.

Milton shook his head. “Six suns? I don’t know that I could ever get used to something like that. If it’s always bright out, when do people sleep?”

Trixie shrugged. “Maybe they don’t sleep. The Aureus’Aevum are pretty different from us.” She motioned for Milton to follow her, “Come on, let’s go listen to the end of the King’s speech.” Trixie and Milton made their way closer to where King Dar’duo was addressing his people.

Dar’duo gripped the stone guardrail tightly. “…This is our problem, and we cannot just rely on others to solve it for us! We have to do our part to ensure our freedom and safety! Who will join with our human allies and fight to keep our families safe?”

Rousing cheers came up from the Aureus’Aevum gathered down below, and tears formed in the king’s eyes. “Thank you all for your support. Those that are interested in aiding in our plan, please make your way to Laz’krit’s armory. You will be directed on where to go after that.” King Dar’duo turned to face Milton and Trixie. “I see you have already finished with Laz’krit. I trust that he has provided you with some of his finest work?”

Trixie nodded her head. “He certainly has. He had the perfect artifacts to compliment the ones we already have.” Trixie pulled her helmet off and smiled at it. She placed it back on her head and turned her attention back on Dar’duo. “We only caught the end of it, but that seemed to be a very powerful speech your majesty. Your people certainly seemed to be excited by it.”

Dar’duo smiled and nodded his head. “Yes, fortunately your plan was well received. It seems that you will have many volunteers to help you in the upcoming fight.”

Milton nodded his head appreciatively. “Good, the more that join with us, the less likely we are to be focused upon. We need to move against Lang’kahn soon, though. The longer we give him before we attack, the more likely it will be that he will be able to use the sword when we face him.”

The king sighed. “I wish it was not so. I would trade anything to give my people more time to prepare for this, or, better yet, to avoid this all together. If only we could come to a peaceful resolution.”

Trixie looked sympathetically at the king. “I’m sure that you have done everything that you can to solve this peacefully. Unfortunately some people just can’t be reasoned with, and no matter what, someone is going to get hurt. The only thing you can do then is try and make it so that as few people get hurt as possible.”

Milton nodded his head. “In order for us to ensure the safety of your people, we have to move as soon as they are ready to go. Where are we supposed to meet them?”

“They will gather at the front gate of the castle once they have been given some equipment by Laz’krit. I will have two ani’vohs sent to there to take you all to the Nathair province. That’s where Lang’kahn’s palace is located. Come, I will take you there now and we can wait for the others to arrive.” The King led Trixie and Milton through the palace to the front gates.

Along the way Milton asked, “What are ani’vohs?”

“They are some of the fastest vehicles our scientists have developed, except for those we use to visit other worlds. I think you will be quite impressed by them.” A servant pushed open the front door of the castle and bowed to the king. Milton and Trixie gazed in wonder at the sights that awaited them.

Plants that looked similar to grass grew on either side of the path that led up to the palace, but they were a mosaic of colors that looked like they were allowed to grow randomly, but if seen from above, it became clear that they were arranged by a master artist to form a beautiful lakeside scene. Shrubs and small trees grew amongst the grass at perfect spots to add to the scenery, and some of the grass was even arranged to appear to be reflections of the trees on the water.

They were nothing compared to the gates however, which were made of some sparkling metal that caused the light of the suns to dance along them. The gates, which were always open, were made up of a series of connected metal plates, each formed into a different creature, the upper part of the gate was comprised of different winged creatures; most looked like birds, but some of them were clearly not birds. Below them were all sorts of creatures that would run along the ground, some with two legs, others with four, and even a few with more. One side of the gate looked like it was made to resemble the ground with all sorts of burrowing creatures scattered throughout, and the other side looked like it had flowing waves on it, and featured all sorts of aquatic creatures.

Milton and Trixie stared in wonder at their surroundings until two clouds dropped from the sky to the path. The sides opened to reveal that they weren’t actually clouds, but rather vehicles that had been fashioned to look like clouds. Two Aureus’Aevum stepped out of the vehicles and knelt before Dar’duo. “Your majesty, we have prepared the vehicles you requested. We can leave whenever you give the order.”

Dar’duo nodded his head. “Very good, I will entrust these two into your care then. If you will excuse me, I have some other things to attend to.” King Dar’duo walked back into the palace past the first group of Aureus’Aevum carrying artifacts with them. Each Aureus’Aevum introduced themselves to Trixie and Milton before they climbed into one of the ani’vohs. Once the last ani’voh was filled, Trixie and Milton climbed aboard and sat down next to the pilot.

The cloud-shaped machine hummed to life and lifted off of the ground until they were above the tops of the tallest buildings, and then they darted across the sky. Milton turned to the pilot. “How far is it to the Nathair province?”

The pilot smiled at Milton. “The Nathair province is located on the Eastern coast of the continent, and it would take a week to get there by foot.” Milton’s mouth dropped open, but before he could ask any questions the pilot chuckled and continued. “Not to worry, in an ani’voh, we should reach it in about twenty minutes.”

The sides and bottom of the ani’voh were all clear, and Milton looked down to see cities and forests appear and vanish as they sped on. “This is unlike anything that we have where I come from.”

The pilot laughed. “If you are impressed by this then you should see the crafts we use when we want to travel through space. Those make this look like it’s standing still.” After a few minutes of travel, the ani’voh began to slow down. “I’m going to have to let you out here. If I get any closer to Lang’kahn’s palace, one of his minions will shoot me down. We’ve already lost six ani’vohs to them.”

Milton frowned. “You can’t get us any closer than this? It looks like the palace is all the way on the other side of the city.”

Sweat appeared on the pilots forehead. “I’ve already taken you further than any ani’voh has gotten in the past few weeks. I’m afraid that you will have to continue on foot from here.” The ani’voh lowered to the ground and the sides opened once more. The ani’vohs took off once Trixie, Milton, and their volunteers had all gotten out.

Milton turned to look over their volunteers, most of whom were standing nervously in anticipation. Sil’abo made his way up to Trixie and Milton’s side and smiled. “What is the plan from here? I’m sure that everyone would feel more confident if we knew what was coming next.”

Milton nodded his head. “Thanks for the advice, Sil’abo.” Milton cleared his throat. “We are about to enter into Lang’kahn’s territory, so we are likely to run into some of his loyal followers. We are also likely to run into some of the humans that were brought through. I know that they will likely attack us, but you need to just ignore them. They can’t hurt you, and they are only there to distract us. No matter what happens, none of you can use magic, do you understand me? The last thing we need is for any of you to turn to Lang’kahn’s side unexpectedly.”

Trixie frowned. “I don’t think we should just ignore the humans that are in the city. I’m sure that none of them want to be here doing what they are. I think we should talk with them and give them a chance to go back through one of the portals, or join with us if they want to.”

“That’s just going to take up more time that we don’t have to waste.” Milton sighed. “Fine, we can talk with them if we come across them, but we aren’t going to go out of our way to seek them out.” He turned back to the crowd, “Now follow me!” Milton jumped off the ground and flew toward the city. Trixie and the rest of the Aureus’Aevum ran after him.

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Laz’krit was sorting through the remaining artifact on his shelves, and he smiled to himself. Even if these artifacts never saw any other use than what they were receiving today he was glad that he had made them. Crafting normal everyday objects was fine, but every once in a while, he wanted a challenge. He turned to see to another shelf and jumped when he found King Dar’duo standing behind him. “Sire, what brings you to the vaults?”

Dar’duo looked over his shoulders as if to make sure that no one else was watching him, and said discretely, “You didn’t give away any of the objects in the royal vault, did you?”

Laz’krit looked offended. “Of course not. You forbade that any of those artifacts ever be used except for with your permission. Besides, you are the only one with the key to get inside of it.”

The king pulled a key that hung around his neck off and handed it to Laz’krit. “I want you to open the vault and fetch the royal scepter for me.”

Laz’krit gasped. “But you called that artifact an abomination! What could you want to use it for?”

Dar’duo’s face turned stern. “I was not aware that I needed to explain myself to my subjects when I gave an order. Are you still faithful to your king or not?”

Laz’krit sighed. “It will be as you say, sire.” Laz’krit took the key from Dar’duo and grabbed the side of one of his shelves, and pulled. The wall swung away with the shelf and revealed a door made from a golden metal with intricate symbols carved into it. Laz’krit put the key into the keyhole that was slightly off center of the door. Once he turned the key, he pulled it out partially and rotated again. Once the he had rotated three fourths of the way around, Laz’krit stopped and pushed the key deeper into the door. a panel on the wall next to the door opened up and revealed a lever. Laz’krit pulled on the lever and another shelf slid open to reveal a small chamber with pedestals arranged inside of it.

The king stepped into the chamber and picked a golden scepter up from one of the pedestals. A pained look crossed his face and he sighed. “I have to do my part to end this struggle as well.” Dar’duo stalked out of the chamber past Laz’krit. “Hang onto that key until I return, and tell no one of what I just did.”

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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 wouldn’t go out of our way to seek any humans 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 an 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 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 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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