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A cool breeze and the soothing sound of nature, truly this was quite a nice change of pace once in a while. To stand all alone deep within the forests of fairies was quite a nice feeling to say the least and he didn’t mind taking the time to enjoy this momentary solitude. Roaming around a forest was something that Asthar was quite all familiar with, but being the king of a demanding kingdom took time away from taking such strolls through the seas of trees. He did like the city life as well, but one did get bored quite easily when there was a whole world to witness.
A deep sigh was released as Asthar smiled softly as he stared upwards, looking past the branches and leaves overhead and gazed at the pure blue sky. With back resting upon the trunk of a sturdy tree and a warm and gentle breeze blowing by it truly was a nice moment that even the chirps and quirky noises belonging to nature were an odd treat. With how things were already ending up Asthar just wanted to relax and even take a nap, but his little trip to the forest was not just some mere casual stroll but a business trip, or at least that’s what he told himself.
Out of the three grand kingdom Holodrum had usually been seen as the home of the notorious shady for quite the numerous years, but it was quite amazing how that had changed all so quickly now that Hyrule had fallen into disarray and claimed the title for itself. With such a mighty and pure kingdom losing its ruler the way it did it only promoted others to go about gallivanting and doing whatever they damn pleased. It was just a pain in the ass really as these newbie bandits really thought they could get away with the same crap they did in Hyrule right in Holodrum.
“It almost time…” Asthar said softly to himself closing his eyes as he lowered his head and smiled a soft smile. His attire was rather simple, lacking any jewelry at all, but what covered his body was a long yellow coat with a hood that rested over his head. Most of his face was concealed by the shadow made from the hood over his head however one could still see his mouth and almost his bright red eyes.
A fair distance away from where he stood rested his target, the lair of sorts that a group of notorious roaming bandits claimed as their hide out. Normally merely seeking out a bunch of bandits was something that Asthar wouldn’t really find interest in and at most he’d usually leave to the knights of Holodrum should they get out of hand. Asthar did find some interest in this particular group and all that was needed was a mere spark to catch Asthar’s attention. He did have his other reasons, but one thing was that his sources did say that these so called bandits held a treasure that was worth flaunting. There were no details of what the treasure exactly was, but it was good enough to make Asthar curious enough to investigate and check it out and perhaps even claim it.
All that was left was for Asthar to merely wait for his partner to arrive so they could begin their little mission. A girl he was quite familiar with, but one he hadn’t seen in quite a while, she was another reason Asthar decided to set up this mission in the first place. Perhaps this was the only way that they could meet each other and while she was quite different from the girl he knew those years ago he believed that she was the very same girl he knew, albeit hardened from life’s cruel ways. It wasn’t easy to track her and even then he had yet to even face her just yet. The process of hiring was merely done through one of his men. A down payment was offered to the girl and the rest was up to her. To her at most this was described merely request of some treasure hunter seeking help from a mercenary in order to claim treasure from a group of bandits. She was promised half of the treasure along with the additional payment as well, but in general Asthar didn’t care about keeping the treasure, but more so the thrill of the adventure he would share with a dear friend Aryl.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Mar 24, 2017 23:26:11 GMT -5
PUT A SWORD TO MY HEART
AND WATCH ME LIVE
Aryllia stood in the shade of the wooded region, matching the coordinates with where she was said to meet up with this "treasure hunter". It was such a strange way to be recruited. For one, is was rather unconventional for the person who requested her assistance to not be the one to meet with her. Sending one of their men to pay up front and to simply ask of their presence in a location at a certain time was not something she had often dealt with. She couldn't say she was too offset from it though - they did pay her.
She waited in the trees, sitting upon a branch which was just out of site of the bandit's cove where this said treasure lay hidden. She wondered herself whom it was that had hired her, and how they had heard of her. They went through a great deal to track her down and ask for her assistance personally. She may have made a name for herself these days, but... that was for other reasons.
She wondered if they were associated with the Phoenix Company - a group of rogue sheikah who turned from the queen when Hyrule fell, being loyal to that whom they feel will benefit their survival - and at the moment... that was the guild taking hold of Hyrule Castle. Soon after the fall of the kingdom, Aryllia had started turning a profit within the city by conventional means; bounty hunting, treasure hunting, even just giving information on certain guilds. She was considered the informational hub since everyone knew who she was.
This attracted a lot of attention from the wrong people though, and in a contract gone wrong, she was ambushed, held hostage, and sold into a slave trade for guilds. She was now bound to the Phoenix Company, and any contracts she signed with, 75% of her profit would have to go to them. It didn't start out that way either; at first she was simply a toy for them to throw around, a pretty face to take advantage of, and once she began to work for them, all profit went toward their vault. It was only after some time of gaining their trust did she finally begin to pocket some of the rupees.
From the means of recruitment though, perhaps they didn't know of the Phoenix Company. Which meant that possibly--hopefully--she would be able to keep what was given to her for herself. The Goddesses knew she needed it. She was running low on supplies.
In the distance on a ragged path, a shadowed figure came into view, wearing a yellow cloak that shaded his face, but one thing stuck out that she could not ignore--those red eyes. She cursed under her breath as her heart began to pound. It was a Sheikah, which very well meant that they possibly were with the guild. She recollected her composure as he stood at the foot of the clearing just outside of the base, and she hopped down from the tree behind him.
"I believe I'm the one you requested to assist you," she spoke coolly, a hand rested on her hip while the other clutched a wooden staff that was grounded to the side of her. She noted that this wasn't the man that had asked this task of her, and also that he was alone. She was actually surprised that she was simply tagging along. Usually the way these things went, she would just go alone and do the dirty work for them.
Was this a test from the Company? She surely hoped not. But with the shadow that covered the man's face, she couldn't get a good look at him. Possibly a new recruit, but he didn't seem like any of the others within that guild. While it was a larger group, she had met most, if not all of the sheikah involved. They usually didn't send their newer people off to fetch treasure from a group of bandits though. That was a more adept task.
"I suppose you're going in as well then? Since I'm the one accompanying you, I would like to know what it is that you have planned. Any methods of attack? Do we sneak in, attack, and do you want casualties?" These were questions she would need answers to. While some of her employers did not care what means were taken to retrieve said treasure--or person--others did not want any lives to be taken.
The Shiekah race had some quite interesting and unique abilities and powers that Asthar had the privilege to learn. Throughout his life he had been raised as both a human and a Shiekah, but Asthar always did have a preference for the latter side of his heritage. No matter how much his father tried to snuff out that side from him Asthar was adamant about learning from the Sheikah and never forsook that heritage. His crimson eyes were his pride in a way, but it wasn’t like he was ashamed of his human heritage as well.
The cloak that that he used to conceal him was merely an outfit he mostly wore when he acted mostly as a member of the Sheikah clan. Most didn’t even know of this disguise and even some of his close friends didn’t either. It was a simple disguise, but one he felt oddly attached to for some reason. In this case the Sheikah ability to transform into a disguise helped quite a deal with his dealings with Aryllia. While he could have just tricked the girl into joining him and removed any old costume he was wearing when she arrived, Asthar wanted to observe the girl a bit as she was normally. Rumors were a good start, but also unreliable as well. He wanted to see how the girl had changed with his own two eyes.
The forest was quite quiet for the most part, save the small commotion occurring not too far away from where he stood, but eventually a sound caught his ear. The sound of rustling leaves was barely caught by Asthar’s ears and in that moment his mercenary had finally arrived. His crimson eyes stared over at her as they narrowed and a smirk formed upon his face as he looked over at her, but almost in an instant Asthar suddenly pushed his back away from the tree he was leaning on and spread out his arms in a welcoming manner as he closed his eyes and grinned a cheerful grin as he faced her “Welcome! Yes! Miss.Aryllia! Can I call you Aryll?! Oh I am so glad to see you made it!” Asthar said happily before suddenly lowering his right arm and placed it over his chest and lowered his head in a bow while his left arm still remained up. “Ah, to have such a beauty to work alongside me!” Asthar said before raising his head to face her with an wink and a smile “Truly I am a fortunate man” Asthar said before quickly standing up straight and turned away to look over at their next destination “Ah, but enough about that, I’m sure you’d rather not hear me blab on…We’ll have time after we finish work” Asthar said with a small smile.
Even if Aryll didn’t want to talk after all this, even if she planned to run off and distance herself away from those she cared about, he still held the desire to at the very least speak to her once again. It was nice times back then, back when they all were together. It was a time of war, but in a way it brought everyone together. Unfortunately such a unity was a fleeting thing and something that brought people so close together only pushed each other father than before. Even so, one could merely complain about the separation, or merely do something about it.
“Now then, I’m not going to let you have all the fun so of course I’ll be coming along” Asthar said before beginning to walk and signaled her to follow. “The group is a rather new one, but one that has been growing popular as of late and has been able to hire a fair amount of people” Asthar said as he faced her and grinned a childish grin “Which means they got a shit load of money to be able hire such people” Asthar said before looking forward again. “hmm let’s see, they’ve got two small watch towers that are aren’t really high at all and two archers manning them. Those two will be a pain so we’ve gotta get rid of them” Asthar said as he begun to climb a tree and signaled his new partner to do the same in order to get a clear view of the bandit’s lair “The layout is completely crappy. Loads of crates and barrels that one can use to hide and the actual hideout is quite far from the watchtowers…real smart of them to just leave an abandoned bokoblin establishment the exact same way as it was when they got there…” Asthar said crouching on a tree branch before looking over at Aryll.
“Get rid of the archers and then we can do as we please…I don’t know what exactly the treasure is but I’m positive they have something interesting there… saying that it is most likely that we’ll be getting into a brawl with the bandits and of course you’re free to flee if that comes up, but it does sound a bit…fun and I'd love to have some fun with you” Asthar said playfully with a smile “judging by your outfit Im assuming you’re a speedy person…that will be helpful…oh and by the way really nice outfit!” Asthar said giving her a thumbs up as he closed his eyes with a very cheerful and childish grin. With that said Asthar looked back at the camp and narrowed his crimson eyes with a smirk “well then, whenever you are ready” Asthar said.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Apr 16, 2017 0:31:04 GMT -5
PUT A SWORD TO MY HEART
AND WATCH ME LIVE
The stoic expression upon Aryllia's face faltered into a bit of confusion as she heard him speak. He most definitely did not sound how she had imagined upon confronting him, and she tried to place where she had heard that voice before. There was something strangely familiar about it, though perhaps it may have just been a common vocal inflection... though it was quite extravagant. Considerably more so than most.
She looked down, pursing her lips for a moment as she nodded to his words. Her head had immediately popped back up though as he called her "Aryll". Narrowing her eyes, she tilted her head to the side in curiosity. Not many considered to call her that... especially that of strangers. "I'm sorry, have we met before?" she asked quickly.
He quickly changed the subject to that of an idea of what their plan of action was. Assessing the information given, she nodded when he spoke of the different positions, possible loot, and where they should start. Her eyes flashed over the archers in the distance to which she hummed in agreement. They could prove to be a problem if they were not taken out first. Thankfully for her, she knew a way to get around them swiftly without notice.
As the cloaked Sheikah then made note of her outfit, making the assumption that she was quick on her feet, she raised a brow. "How observational of you," she laughed sarcastically. But just as she had finished her words, he then complimented it, and she coughed, her eyes widening as she looked over at him with a glare.
"Okay, listen buddy, I know that this is all fun and games to you, but try anything and your head will be on a spic like the wonderful display the bandits have over there," she growled. "I don't take kindly to lustful flattery. Hands off and we'll be fine."
She crouched down against the shrubberies that divided the two from the clearing where the base was, and she looked over the area cautiously. "I'm surprised a Sheikah even needs help with something like this. Aren't you guys supposed to be the masters of shadow and stealth?"
The two archers were located at a barrack of sorts, which was elevated from the ground level where they could look over the entire area. Thankfully, the clearing seemed to be circular in shape, as well as surrounded by a thick wooded grove. If she circled around the area, she could confuse them with the noise made and sneak up from behind.
"I need you to circle the area," she started. "The brawlers and short ranged fighters won't be able to hear it from the inside, but the archers are listening for anything suspicious. If you can rustle some branches and make some kind of noise, it'll gather their attention. Just make sure you aren't seen."
She narrowed her eyes taking a look at the bows that they had. "Yeah. Definitely make sure you aren't seen. They've got some pretty accurate equipment. I'll sneak around while you distract them and get them from behind... but you never answered me. Do you want casualties? I don't kill if I don't have to. But if I'm hired to do so then I will."
Her staff wasn't anything special. It was sturdy though, made from one of the branches of the Great Deku Tree himself. It wasn't magical or anything out of the ordinary, but it was as though an extension of her own ability. Hit someone with it hard enough, and they'll surely be knocked cold. Hit them with it again and you might seriously injure, or even kill them. The point of the weapon though, was strictly to avoid senseless killing though. Only when necessary.
Aryllia herself wasn't a huge fan of taking the lives of others. Unless it proved to be seriously life threatening, she would avoid it at all costs. Perhaps it was just something that was passed onto her from being raised in a family of knights, but mercy was apart of her code of honor. This was his mission though. She was only hired to come along. She'd do whatever she had to do if it meant getting paid accordingly.
Things would have been a bit complicated had he merely addressed the question she had of if they had met before. Of course Asthar could merely have rejected such a claim and merely continued on as the stranger that had never really met her before, but why complicate things? They had their mission before them and it was best that they finished it off before they actually did get into the more complicated things of the matter.
Aryll was a name Asthar always did like calling the girl that was now his temporary partner. Aryllia always did just seem so formal so calling her Aryll just fit the girl and even now despite how cold and stoic the girl had become he still couldn’t help but desire to call her by that name. Despite that cold shell she put up she was still the Aryll he knew, at least that was what he believe. Nostalgia could be quite an annoying thing, but a nice reminder in a way as well. It was because of this that Asthar was not trying adamantly to hide his identity from the girl. Whether his identity would be revealed by himself or the girl merely depended on the situation, but there was no doubt that Aryll will learn of his identity.
The plan had been discussed and things were heading in a good position. They were in an agreement on what their next course of action was and Asthar could assume that Aryll got the gist of the situation and an understanding of the area. All that was left was to move out, but a compliment wouldn’t hurt…or at least that’s what he thought. Closing his eyes and putting on a nervous grin, Asthar held up his hands and let out an awkward laugh, almost as if her words were like a blade pointed at his throat. “eheheh….scary scary” Asthar said before lowering his hands and glanced back at the bandits hideout once more. “Message heard and understood, though you needn’t worry” Asthar said as he smiled a soft smile. “I may be a flirt…but I never overstep my boundaries…there is more to a woman than merely a pretty face and body after all…to pursue a woman merely for a reason like that is…hollow…ah but these are the mere words of a rouge so you can choose to believe them or not” Asthar could only speak these words with a smooth and calm tone that was a total difference from the childish tone he had used earlier.
Aryll began to detail the plan even further and it was something that Asthar was quite alright with. In this case it seemed he was going to be the bait while Aryll took the chance to dispose of the two archers. It honestly would have left a bad taste in his mouth if he let Aryll be the bait so he was glad he was taking that role. Should he execute this plan well then there really was nothing to worry about. With that out of the way another topic came up causing Asthar to look over at her and raise an eyebrow “hmm? Casualties?” Asthar said as he looked back at the camp. “Well that’s up to you really, I’m giving you the freedom to do as you wish really…though it would be nice to minimize the bloodshed” Asthar said looking over at her closing his eyes with a grin “blood is so hard to get off clothes you know” Asthar said before leaping off the branch he stood upon and gracefully landed onto the ground.
“Well then, its time we get this show on the road and kick some ass…” Asthar said as he begun to walk forward but suddenly stopped and glanced over his shoulder at the girl. “…I’m counting on you…” Asthar said with a soft yet warm smile before he immediately dashed forward. His steps were quick but light, dashing through the forest out of sight. Aryllia was right to say that the Shiekah really didn’t need help, but regardless the mission’s main goal was not one just merely for treasure. With almost no sound at all he continued to dash, finding the right spot as he held his sheathed sword resting on his waist. Once he did get to the ideal spot he moved his sheath so that it would hit a branch nearby and catch the attention of both archers. With their attention caught on Asthar’s area it was all up to Aryll next.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Apr 18, 2017 23:02:20 GMT -5
As Asthar had moved forward to begin their plan, she watched him carefully as he began to circle the area. Aryllia then hopped up into the trees, climbing to the tallest branch while still remaining out of site. She narrowed her eyes, keeping her focus on the archers who were now in a puzzled search for where the noise had been coming from. She smirked lightly, her hand moving to the back of her holster, which kept her staff secured. Nodding as they seemed distracted enough, she hopped from tree to tree, circling the perimeter until she had been just above their alcove. They seemed to move around, leaning over their fencing to look around for the shuffling, when one of them had suddenly caught her attention. He appeared to have a horn of sorts - one to alert other bandits of enemies.
This won't do. she thought to herself with a sigh. Hopping down from the branch as quietly as possible, she slowly got herself up, removing her staff from behind her as she then dug her elbow into the crook of the archers neck. With her other hand holding the staff, she moved it upward, the base of it slamming against his head as he slid across the floor, knocked out cold. Turning to the other archer, who had now been aware of her presence, she narrowed her eyes. "Don't worry. I'm not gonna kill you, I'm just following orders." she shrugged as she slowly walked up to them. These were definitely not the most seasoned in battle. His knees were quivering as he had clumsily tried to straighten his bow, but before he could even pull arrows from his quiver, Aryllia's staff had met with his head, slamming him into the wall. Unconscious, he then slid to the floor.
At least that was taken care of. And it was quiet enough to where other bandits hadn't seemed to notice. For the time being, from the looks of her damage, these two would be knocked out for quite a while - at least a few hours. This would give them the time they needed to raid the place, since it didn't seem to be that large of an area. She hopped down from the balcony to the entrance, which had been closed shut, appearing to be chained from the inside for security. Whether Asthar would want to try to find a way in, or sneak in through the balcony, she wasn't sure. She looked around for a moment as to see where he had gone.
Closing her eyes, she took a good look at the base. It appeared to once have been a monster's lair, from ages ago before their time. It was old, but still functional. This would mean that many of the traps in it may be a bit tricky if they didn't know what to expect. She had been in a monster's base before with others, but many of them were in ruins, or lacked the traps that this one appeared to be capable of having. At the very least though, this place was old enough to be able to fool or break certain areas or doors. Breaking in through the front door wouldn't be too much of a hassle, however it would create a conflict with the bandits and surely they'd be outnumbered. Their best bet was to try and go through the balcony. But this was his fun after all.
"It's up to you. Enter quietly through the balcony, or try to ram through this door? The archers should be knocked out long enough to make it in and out with the treasure," she explained. She was, quite frankly, a little nervous for his response. While he was simply going about this for the thrill, their lives were on the line. Sure, the archers were pretty novice, but who knew what kind of people would be inside? If they slipped up even slightly, or even became too distracted and got caught by some kind of trap, they'd be in for some serious trouble that could cost them their lives. Still, by the looks of his evasion and distraction, he was fast, and capable of handling himself. He was just one of those people who got off from the thrill of danger, she supposed.
Asthar’s movements were very cautious yet smooth. Despite his job to gather attention he couldn’t make it too obvious otherwise he’d find himself decorated with a nice set of arrows piercing his body. He moved around some branches but move around in the small area in order to make it even more difficult for the archers to pinpoint where he was. The confusion and frustration that the archers would feel would make it easier for Aryllia to swoop in and take them out. The way the archer got confused by such sounds and the way their eyes moved around perplexed merely told these archers were far from seasoned warriors in the slightest.
With his task being taken care of all he had to do was now wait for Aryllia to finish her task before they could move on with theirs. From his spot he was able to get a good view of what was going on and Asthar could only say that he was impressed at what he saw. Aryll managed to dispatch of both archers with ease and not only that but she managed to do it so quick and silent that the plan went off without a hitch.
“Wonderful! Magnificent! Truly a wonderous sight! Truly you make my heart flutter so!” Asthar said dramatically as he held one hand over his heart and the other held up as his head was lowered with a smile. He walked towards her and the entrance as he spoke and kept his voice quiet and mindful of where they were. One hand casually resting on his waist he stood beside his partner in this mission and stared over at the front door. Aryll began to speak to him about their next course of action and Asthar couldn’t help but raise his head and look down upon her with calm eyes. “hoh? Isn’t it obvious?” Asthar said as he narrowed his eyes and smirked “We break down that door and burst in head first of course! Kick any ass we find and then collect any treasure we can get! Sounds like the best damn plan doesn’t it?” Asthar said before closing his eyes with a grin. He begun to walk forward a bit but then and then stopped as he stood before the door and let out a chuckle. “yes…a good plan…to get us killed…” Asthar said before looking over his shoulder at her with a smile “We take the balcony and go from there, We’ll try and knock out whoever is in our way but for the most part we’ll rely on stealth and work our way up from there…a fight will be inevitable, but if we lower the amount of hurdles we’ll face during that time then we’ll be just fine…” Asthar said calmly holding his chin in thought, much more different than the carefree personality.
“Well then, let us not waste time then, let’s go…” Asthar said as he begun to climb, but stopped mid-way and looked over his shoulder. “…by the way, if things get messy…you are free to leave…do not worry you’ll get paid regardless…” Asthar said before closing his eyes and smiling a charming smile “I don’t want anything happening to that pretty face of yours…but I don’t think I have anything to worry about…” Asthar said as he looked forward “…after all you’re quite strong Aryll…” Asthar said. With that said Asthar immediately begun to climb the tree and once he was at a suitable height he leapt and landed on the balcony without a sound, holding the tip of his hood so that it wouldn’t fall.
Now on the balcony Asthar began to peak his head in a bit to get a good sight of what was there and glanced over at Aryll. “…going through is a hallway with a few rooms and a split that goes left and right…its old and decrepit…so it’s going to be hard to understand the layout from outside…we need to go in and figure out the layout ourselves…I suggest we split up to cover more ground and meet up later. I'll go left and you can go right…there is one guy roaming around but I’ll deal with that…we move on my signal and take out as much as possible” Asthar said as he rose three fingers and smirked as he looked forward. With each second each finger went down and once the last finger was down Asthar immediately kicked off and dashed forward. The bandit roaming around in the hall did not notice the sudden incoming threat, but once he turned around it was far too late. Reaching forward Asthar grabbed the bandit’s mouth and held it shut. Narrowing his eyes with a smirk he raised his hand and smacked the side of his palm into the neck of the bandit, knocking him out. Placing the body down Asthar quickly began to dash down the hall and turned left upon a split in the hallway.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Jul 4, 2017 22:21:19 GMT -5
After they had taken out the remainder of bandits, Asthar had spoken to her, seeming rather excited by her skill. She blinked a few times, never really having someone compliment her strength with such admiration before - and quite honestly - she didn't really know how to take it. She wasn't really the best at receiving compliments, because she didn't know how to respond. She looked down with a small laugh, a bit of a fluster coming to her face as she cleared her throat to listen to the rest of his plan. And at first it sounded absolutely stupid - but then he agreed that it was a bad idea, to which she sighed in relief. His next plan however was much better. Just what was he getting out of this though?
They made their way back through the door of the balcony, and it was oddly quiet. Thankfully the damage they dealt outside had no interference for what was going on within, which meant that there was no suspicion of them even entering. Before Aryllia could make a move though, she spotted another bandit, to which Asthar went to take care of quickly. He wasn't that bad of a fighter himself - he had the sneak of a sheikah, so eat least he used that to his advantage.
They reached a fork in the hall, to which Asthar suggested splitting up. Usually that was a bad idea, but she knew she could handle her own, and if he was the one who wanted this done in the first place, who was she to interject? He was paying her, so his word went. She nodded at his response and immediately took to the hall she was directed to go down. "If it doesn't meet back up in the middle, I'll come back when I've cleared this side," she said to him quietly as she continued to walk.
Most of this hallway looked to be unused, but that could have just been how old this place really was. And if they really didn't use any of this area, there could be treasures left behind. She looked to the first door, which seemed to be rather dusty, appearing unused for some time. When she opened it, it shook, and was almost hard to push, but what she found was nothing. It was dark, but empty. She sighed, going to her next location.
Each room seemed to prove to be useless, however when she had finally reached the end of the hall, it led to a door that was slightly closed, a light emitting from it faintly.
"Hmm," she hummed to herself as she slowly edged herself to the wall to listen better. It sounded as though there were two people inside talking, and she could see a table by a fireplace from her view. Perhaps it was a bunk room? There wasn't going to be an easy way to sneak inside though. The doors were loud and you couldn't get through them easily. So she'd just have to surprise them both and fight two at once.
She counted in her head, trying to come up with a good plan, but before she could begin, she heard the shuffle of feet coming toward the door, hearing one of them talk of changing shifts. She immediately wove to the other side of the door, where it would block her from his view as he opened it, and as he passed, she then approached, placing both of her hands on his neck and turning them abruptly. She didn't break his neck - but he would be out for a while.
Now the next person. With the door still open, she peaked inside to notice that he was now sitting at a table, facing the fire. Good. She approached slowly, walking up as she went to place both of her hands on their neck, but he suddenly spoke.
"Haven't left yet? I'll be out there soon," he responded. Did... he think that she was the other guard. She narrowed her eyes, rolling them before snapping his joint as well, knocking him out cold. Scouring the room, she looked for anything that might be valuable, but all she could find was loose rupees and some clothes. Nothing that caught her eyes. Approaching the next closed door, it entered another hallway - the one that Asthar had went down. She looked around carefully to see if he was in view.
The girl was quite stoic looking but if Asthar had to describe it he felt it was more like a shell rather than her true personality. It was hard for one’s personality to fully change, but even then bits and pieces of it would remain. Aryllia was different from the girl he knew, but just listening to her small laugh and the flustered look on her face made the rouge disguised king smile a warm smile. In a way it was far too cute and he really did want to see more of it, but alas they had a job to do and hopefully they would be able to get it over with soon.
Splitting up was indeed perhaps a bad idea when rushing into the enemy’s territory, but if one could handle themselves then it was a fine tactic. Asthar was sure in his skill and he had faith in Aryllia’s skill as well. Had he not had such faith in the girl he would have never proposed such a mission and in Asthar’s mind he was sure that they were ready for anything. The fact alone that the girl didn’t walk off with his money and ditch him was a pleasant thing and something Asthar felt he did not need to worry about.
Giving Aryllia a nod upon hearing her words before moving past the split, Asthar made his way down the hallway that he had chosen. Each step was light as a feather and each footstep held caution. Sneaking into the first room he came upon produced nothing of interest in his eyes and the process repeated for the room across and the next few rooms ahead. It was a big hideout and Asthar could only assume that this area held a bigger space than what the bandits needed.
“Well this will be annoying…” Asthar said letting out a tsk as he begun to leave the room but then paused for a moment and glanced over his shoulder at something he didn’t really pay attention to originally. “Oh? What do we have here?” Asthar said walking up to a table and picked up a big piece of paper. “A diagram of the area…this might be useful” Asthar said rolling up the map and placing in in his pocket before dashing off into the next area. Dashing down the hall Asthar immediately pressed his back to the nearby wall as the hallway came to a turn to the left. Quickly peeking his head to check whether the hall was clear Asthar sighed in relief as he noticed it was clear, not only that, he noticed a familiar girl at the end of the hallway.
The hallway was quite wide and long, but it wouldn’t take long to cross at all. There was a problem however and it might be tricky for the cloaked man. On Asthar’s left side of the hallway there was no wall blocking the way. If one were to walk down the hall they would be able to get a good look down at the main floor as there was merely a railing there to prevent anybody from falling down. There was also a staircase one can use albeit both the railing and stairs were wooden and looked worn. Glancing down Asthar could merely see a bunch of bandits merely drinking merely, the sight almost looking as if they were looking down at a bar or something.
Time was not a luxury they had and so Asthar needed to act. Couching a bit, Asthar dashed past the hall and quickly made it to his companion’s side “Well then, always nice to see you” Asthar said closing his eyes with a cheerful smile as he pulled out the map. “I couldn’t find what I was looking for but this map will help greatly…I’m sure that what I’m seeking is down below…” Asthar said pointing at the basement “here! Right here is where I believe we’ll find what we are looking for…hmm but there will be some guys down there…and the only path into the basement….is near the main entrance” Asthar said before closing his eyes in thought. “Hmm…we need a distraction…” Asthar said before his eyes widened as the front doors immediately swung open and a young bandit rushed in.
“Well well well, look who finally showed up. You’re so goddamn late for the meeting! Hahah the boss is pissed! He is going to have your head for sure!” said one of the bandits gleefully as the others laughed, but the one who had just entered seemed out of breath and frantic despite the laughter
“WHERE IS THE BOSS?! THE SCOUTS ARE OUT OF COMMISSION! WE HAVE INTRUDERS!”
With those words the situation got grim as the bandits begun to rise to their feet. “This is bad…a miscalculation on my part…I had assumed all of them were at the base due to their meeting…damn that kid really is an idiot…knowing o’l one eye he really would have chopped off the kids head for coming late…he lucked out…” Asthar said crossing his eyes with a sigh. “I said we needed a distraction right? Well then let me deal with that then…I’ll keep their attention so head to the basement without them noticing and clean up there…” Asthar said tossing her the map.
From behind Asthar a bandit yelled out those words as he rushed towards the pair, but Asthar closed his eyes and merely smirked as he quickly turned around and grabbed the bandit’s face with the palm of his hand and then looked over his shoulder at Aryll with a smile. “I have full faith in your skill Aryll…” Asthar said softly as his grip on the man’s face tightened and he immediately crashed through the railing and jumped from the upper floor. Airborne and still holding the man’s face, Asthar pushed downwards and both Asthar and the bandit descended downwards, causing Asthar to slam the bandit’s body through a table. Dust began to cover the area, but Asthar merely grinned as he stood ontop of a still standing table and spread out one arm while the other rested upon his sheathed sword “Well I guess there is no point in hiding any further…to take this long to figure out a single thief sneaked into your hideout…I must applaud that” Asthar said before unsheathing his blade. “Well then…shall we have some fun?” Asthar said narrowing his eyes with a smirk.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Jul 20, 2017 0:02:24 GMT -5
"W-wait! Don't be ridiculous!" Aryllia interjected at Asthar's plan. Things seemed to be falling apart rather quickly for the duo as alarms sounded and men began scouring the entire base for the intruders. She looked around quickly, trying to think on her feet, looking back to Asthar. "I'm not leaving without you." Whether this plan would work or not, Aryllia was severely against leaving anyone behind.
The sounds of footsteps drew nearer, and she continued to pace, thinking for a long moment before sighing. No matter how they went about this, she would be seen. There was no denying that. She looked back at Asthar, who seemed to be gearing for his plan, and she groaned, grabbing his wrist quickly and sprinting across the hall. "Just follow me, and leave the map out - we need to get to the areas that aren't used."
She kept her grip with him, running quickly as they made for a fork in the entryway, her feet almost skidding across the stone floors as they came to a halting stop, deciding which way to go. She glanced at the map, before heading off in a direction, making for a door that looked rusted shut. Using her strength of her leg, she kicked the door in, but as soon as they made way, the floor had broken beneath them, causing them to tumble into what appeared to be a storage room. A very dusty one.
"What was that?" she heard someone say from some ways away outside of the nook they were within. The room was small, pitch black, with the exception of the light peaking out from the keyhole. Aryllia had fallen on top of Asthar, but there wasn't much room for them to move around. They were so close, she could feel his breath on her, but she tried to ignore it as her eyes fixated on the keyhole, trying to see what was happening on the other side.
A man was looking around the room, almost oblivious to the fact that they were behind the door. One hand was rested on his chest to hold him still, while the other was against her ear, cupping it to better listen to what was going on. "I... I think we're in the basement," she murmured.
Asthar was more than ready to begin charging forward, he was ready to act as the distraction and dash down into the heart of the area and beat down a couple of bandits while running around trying to keep their attention on him. If it meant that Aryllia could get away while they focused on him then he was perfectly fine with that, after all it was his blunder that caused all this so he had to take responsibility. He prepped himself about to dash into the fray, but something immediately caught his attention and immediately Asthar looked over at her a bit surprised “wait huh?” Asthar said a bit caught off guard that she would not leave him.
To her he was just some odd stranger that hired him, yet even then she chose not to abandon him. It was noble and Asthar really admired that as he looked at the girl, but he really didn’t have time to admire her as she immediately grabbed his hand and pulled him along to hide away, the sudden pull snapping his mind back into reality. Together with his partner leading the way Asthar ran alongside the girl looked down over at her hand that held his own before watching her kick down the door. “…impressive” Asthar said before rushing in along with her only to find the two of them crashing downwards.
There was pain the sheer moment Asthar collided with the ground, but there was more pain the moment he found the girl falling onto him. The girl wasn’t really that heavy so he was okay that she landed on him rather than the hard ground, but it still hurt nonetheless and Asthar struggled not to let out a groan.
Moving a bit with the very limited space, Asthar held her shoulders and leaned in as well to try and tried to listen in as well. The bandits were still running around like madmen trying to find their intruders but to no avail. As per what Aryl said she was correct to say this was the basement, but from the keyhole one could see a weak looking old man running up to one of the bandits teary eyes and fatigued
“Whats going on? Is my family ok?! Please tell me!” the old man said running up to the bandit clinging onto the bandits arm, only for the bandit to kick him away.
“Quite you damn alchemist, we brought you here to do your damn job so focus solely on that and we might release you and your family. NOW GET WORKING ON THOSE SHARDS!” The bandit said. It was a complete lie, but the only hope the alchemist really had to hope upon.
“…so they are connected…” Asthar whispered calmly as he listened to what was happening. “There have been three rumors going about in Holodrum…one of the rumors going about is that a few alchemists and their families have been going missing lately…the second is that numerous amounts of gold have been either swiped or pillaged…and third…they say that there are those that can sell shards of the triforce itself…” Asthar said narrowing his eyes “…they are using alchemist to make and then sell counterfeits of the triforce shards…” Asthar concluded.
With his conclusion Asthar glanced down over at the girl but then his eyes glanced over at his chest only to notice the girl had her hand on his chest, making him realize just how close she was to him. His eyes widened a bit as he glanced down at her, barely even seeing her from the small light from the keyhole, but even then he was a bit dumbfound. He had girls always cling to him before, but this was different. He almost felt a bit, flustered? He couldn’t describe it, but it was only for a snap before Asthar closed his eyes with a cheerful smile “Well this is nice…” Asthar said before releasing her shoulders and leaned back a bit. “So, I know I was the one who hired you and all…but I’ll leave the next decision up to you…what do you want to do? Whatever it is…I’ll follow suit…” Asthar said.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Jul 20, 2017 0:45:09 GMT -5
Aryllia stiffened a bit as Asthar had grabbed her shoulders, but was immediately involved with the conversation taking place outside the door. An old man, begging for news of his family, and suddenly her heart dropped. He was a prisoner here, and his family was being kept somewhere as well, likely being used for labor or trapped in a cell. She related to this all too well, and she would have hoped that someone who was breaching Phenex would do the same courtesy for her as to help her and the others escape.
Asthar spoke of the rumors that buzzed in Holodrum, and it made sense. She heard about these counterfeit shards, when Phenex had sent her up to retrieve them, and she stole an entire jar full, only to find that they lacked the magical essence of the relic itself. Sure they were enchanted with something, but it was merely for the cosmetic aura. His shoulders released from her, but her palm on his chest had tightened into a fist, lightly gripping the cloth of his shirt as her voice hitched up, empathy breaking her natural low tone.
"We... we need to help them," she murmured. "We can't let these people live like slaves. We have to save them, even if it means killing the bandits," she said with hesitation. Death was only necessary if it meant saving the innocent. She had to remind herself that. It's what she always told herself, just as her brother had died. His death saved everyone. "We save the family, take the loot, and we go. If we don't kill anyone, we at least blow the place up. Do something, so they can't keep bringing innocent families here to do their slave labor."
She looked at him, for the first time in years, innocence painted on her face like a mask. At this point, the treasure didn't matter. As long as the alchemist and his family got out safe, and the place was destroyed, or the boss eliminated.
This was where the real mission truly begun, the real reason he brought himself over to this fortress and in the heart of the enemy. Merely bringing in knights would have just alerted the bandits and if they lost them then it would have just been another attempt of chasing them around. It was already hard enough to track them down and Asthar was not going to let them get away. The sheikah of his group were busy as it is at Holodrum and Asthar always did have a distaste of merely leaving tasks to others while he merely stood behind. He and Aryll were enough, that was what he believed and that what he continued to believe even now when they were at a very tricky situation.
He had expected her to snap at him possibly because of having held on to her, but did not happen. Her fist was holding his shirt tightly and it was clear that what she saw affected her greatly. She held the same feeling he did and if anything her feeling on the matter were much stronger than his. The feeling of hate for those bandits and the sympathy for the victims, that was what was going to push them through this mission. Asthar closed his eyes and let out a sigh, but he then suddenly raised his hand and gently placed it on top the girls head before opening his eyes once more and looked down at her with a soft yet comforting smile “Im glad…I was hoping you’d say that…” Asthar said softly before glancing over at the door. “We’ll free those that were captured and those bandits will pay dearly…” Asthar said before reaching out for the doorknob and took hold of it. “If we want to prevent all this from happening…we need to get rid of the boss…without him they will be in disarray…like chickens with their heads cut off…only then will it be easier to deal with the rest...but our main focus will be getting those prisoners out safe and sound…after that we can draw out the boss…” Asthar said as he looked through the keyhole.
“Alright…there is only one bandit down here…” Asthar said twist the knob slowly. “The door is open…once I open this door I’ll take out the bandit and we’ll search for any prisoners…” Asthar said. Taking a deep breath Asthar immediately twisted the doorknob the moment he realized the bandit had his attention elsewhere and then dashed out. Gripping the blade resting on his side Asthar quickly drew it out, but quickly trusted the bottom of his blade’s handle and smashed it on the back of the bandit’s head knocking him out without a sound. Letting out a sigh of relief Asthar glanced over at three scrawny individuals, all alchemist that stared over at the cloaked Asthar in fright. “Hey there, we are here to rescue you” Asthar said with a smile as he looked over at the alchemists only for the three to back up into a corner holding each other in fright. “e-er…hmm…they don’t believe me…” Asthar said. It was reasonable in a way for them to be frightened. With what they went through and the fact that Asthar looked more like a rouge than a noble king it was hard for them to even believe his words. “Hm…hey…Aryll…” Asthar begun to say as he ran up to the girl’s side “Say, why don’t you try and ease them into trusting us and get some more info…after all, who better to do so than a beautiful maiden” Asthar said smoothly at the last bit as he walked off a bit looking around the area. The basement was lit with a few torched and though it was pretty dark it was good enough to see with, looking to have been an old dungeon of some sorts. The basement seemingly looked to extend down a long tunnel and if Asthar had to guess it seemed that maybe the families of the alchemist may be deep in there. With all this going on Asthar didn’t even take mind of the mountain of gold nearby in sight.
Post by Aryllia Queensguard on Jul 21, 2017 2:30:25 GMT -5
Aryllia nodded to Asthar's response, slightly relieved that he had the same ideas in mind. When he had opened the door and rushed out from the room, she followed behind closely, only to see that the Alchemists were more so confused and frightened than happy to see them. Asthar then approached, asking if she would be able to convince them and... complimenting her? "W-wait what?" she paused for a moment. "Uh, I'm not that..." she stopped herself and sighed. She was rather insecure of her appearance, truth be told.
Something about him was so familiar to her though, and she still couldn't put her finger on it. Though she had a distaste for Sheikah from her recent exposure to them, she couldn't help, but wonder who this man truly was. She almost got lost in her thoughts before snapping back, nodding and walking over to the alchemists. "I know this is sudden, but we're trying to stop what these bandits are doing. We're going to save you and your families. Do you know where they are located? Once we take down the boss, we need your help to safely escape this place."
One of the Alchemists had nodded in silence, to which Aryllia smiled, giving a thumbs up. "Awesome. Stay put and we will be back for you, okay?" She turned around to Asthar once more and smirked, walking past him. "So I assume he's somewhere down this hall," she mused for a moment, putting her hand to her chin as she pondered. Truthfully, she had no idea what they would be up against. Who knew how strong this guy was, especially if he had a whole operation invested within the black market. Sure, the other bandits were inexperienced and easily incapacitated, but someone running a cartel at this scale had to have some kind of knowledge of keeping others under him and scaring people off.
"So... you ready?" she asked before striding off into the dimly lit hall. Doors on each side had been closed shut, but with window holes that showed a source of light from within, and rows of beds. It was most likely where many of the guards would sleep. At the end of the hall was a large, metal door with golden rims. This had to be where he stayed. Stopping just before the door, she slowly put her hand to the handle and looked at Asthar before nodding. This would be their true test.
A sigh of relief was let out as Asthar watched Aryllia begin to speak to the alchemist and was able to gain their trust. In that regard things would be much easier for them when they needed to get the victims out, but Asthar did take notice to how Aryll reacted to his complement and it made him smile a bit. Despite how stoic she was she was still quite adorable and Asthar did like bring out the cute side of her even if he wasn’t trying. All his complements to her were genuine and it made Asthar realize that she wasn’t used to such complements.
All that could wait for the moment as both the two were going to end up at the decisive moment that would decide the mission and whether they would be able to walk out or not. Standing by Aryllia’s side Asthar smirked once she asked if he was ready. “Heh…Of course” Asthar said as he walked alongside the girl’s side down the dim hallway. Glancing around and keeping his eyes sharp, eventually the two reached the door and glancing over at Aryll he gave her a nod to confirm he was ready.
The moment the door opened Asthar quietly walked in along with the girl and stepped into the room. The room was huge and littered with items all around. There were numerous expensive items all over the place and it was obvious they were all looted items. Varrious weapons were also around here and there, but noticeably there was a large desk and standing in front of the desk was a huge muscular man, towering over Asthar and Aryll. His back was facing them, not having turned to look at who entered despite the sound of the door opening.
“Status report…did you find the intruders?” the large man said with a booming voice as he stood there looking at a diagram on the wall before him with his arms crossed.
Asthar knew this man, he had fought against this man once before and to his displeasure this very man managed to slip away from him before. Sneaking up on him and taking him out would not work, Asthar knew this and so he unsheathed his sword and immediately dashed at the man. The very moment Asthar reached close he did not swing his sword but instead he rose the blade up horizontally as the huge man immediately turned around and swung his own sword downwards. With a mighty clang the two blades clashed and Asthar held his ground as the man tried to overpower him. “Heh…sorry I think your men are a bit preoccupied…” Asthar said before immediately jumping back breaking the clash and stood beside Aryllia with his blade still drawn.
The apparent boss looked over at them with his own sword drawn and gripped his sword tightly. The man held numerous scars however the most prominent thing about this man was that he had an eyepatch over his right eye. “Oh? A mere scrawny boy and girl? Such insolence! What are you here for? Treasure?” the boss began to say and then laughed “HAH, your greed sent you to your death then! To even think of stealing from the greatest bandit and his gang is a crime worthy of execution!” the boss said laughing.
“Geez…still as loud as ever…” Asthar mumbled under his breath before sighing “what the hell are you blabbering about? Greatest bandit my ass! You honestly think those shards are going to continue to work? Yeah sure some idiots will buy into it at first but even then those idiots will wise up and not buy your crap” Asthar said
“By then it will be already enough!” The boss said while Asthar raised an eyebrow in confusion. “By that time…I’ll have enough funds, enough men! Hehe…hahahahaha! I’ll work my way up! Things are changing and these lands belong to bastards like us! I’m sure you’ve seen what has happened to Hyrule right! Such a grand kingdom like that falling to a bastard like Eleazar! Hahahah! Holodrum is next! Me and my men will do the same and claim that kingdom…but ohoho no! I will not be like Eleazar! I’m going to do what he didn’t! I’m going to make sure that king is dead! That bastard Asthar…I’m going to make him beg for salvation and then rip his goddamn head and stick it on a pike for all to see! Holodrum is going to be MINE!” The boss yelled.
“Yeah…I really didn’t ask for your lifestory…” Asthar grumbled with a deadpan stare as he watched the boss blab on.
“Both your heads will be prime examples not to mess with me!” The boss said prepping himself to charge forward.
With that Asthar quickly prepped himself as well “Get ready…this is going to be a little tough but we'll be able to finish this in a snap if we work together” Asthar said as he rash forward and begun to clash swords with the boss once more.