Things that go bump in the night
Swarms of strange, boar-like monsters that were three times larger than average and, large tusked Wooly Mammoths squealed and rushed in head first into the thick crowd of soldiers. There weren’t just a handful, but over thousands screaming and stampede into the camp.
“Wild Boars! Fight for your lives!” The soldiers cried out in panic. Nobody expected a night raid, so quickly on the entering into the Dark Continent. What was more mind boggling was that they didn’t even hear the boars until the last minute.
“Kill them before they cause chaos!” General Liam shouted, he scrambled out of his tent with half of his armor on.
Soldiers scrambled into formation, trying to direct the charge of the boar’s attack. They didn’t want the monster to go in any deeper than necessary, especially because of their camping equipments and supplies that they had. Quickly, they set up a defensive line against the boars, their spears were stuck out like spikes to impede the boars from completely charging at them. Many got skewered by their head, while the others broke through, causing havoc around their surroundings.
Tents were torn apart, equipment was thrown around, and even supply wagons were toppled over. The sheer amount of chaos the Wild Boars caused wasn’t just a simple squabble. They specifically seemed to head straight towards the supplies without a second thought.
“Stop them!” General Liam ran forward, his sword in his hand, and swung into the boar’s head that was running straight at him. With a thunk, the sword sliced through, breaking into bone, and cutting the boar’s flesh in half. “Don’t let them come any closer!”
Adventurers that were stationed more at the back of the army, didn’t hear or see the chaos until the last moment as well. When they saw and heard the explosion on the east side of the General Liam’s army, they knew that something was wrong.
Players scrambled up on their feet, armor’s partially donned, they ran towards the source of carnage. When they arrived, they saw the battle between the elven army and the swarms of Wild Boars that was taking place. The Wild Boars weren’t like anything anyone of them ever saw, they were fast, powerful, large, and unusually intelligent.
As Zero and his group rushed towards the sound, what he saw made him stare in complete disbelief. Soldiers and Wild Boars were squaring off with one another. A message appeared in front of Zero’s face.
Zero was alarmed at the sheer possible number of boars that it can go up to. The sheer number of the monsters could easily be the same or even more than the Land Shark attack back in City of Terra. This meant only meant there was a possibility of there being even more monsters deeper into the Dark Continent, possibly even three to five times more in than the attack here, making it a terrifying thought.
With his night vision, he could see countless numbers of boars swarming towards them in an endless stream. Still he didn’t back down, he was bent on quelling in hungry stomach first before it affected his performance and health.
Valiant, Sekka, Leaf, Zeraph, and Reed worked together, covering each other’s back. Valiant and Sekka was the main force that took dozens of Wild Boars effortlessly, working perfectly in sync. They first had their fill of free food, and changed gears when they couldn’t eat too much. Zeraph at times would sneak in an attack to draw large numbers away if there were to many, but even still all of them did a good job in slaughtering their enemies without getting overwhelmed.
Valiant would aggressively attack and kill the boars as many as possible. He would then resurrected the boar into a Boar Zombies to help create dozens for back ups. They weren’t as powerful as the original one’s, but they did its job in slowing down the charges and opening up opportunities to counterattack. Meanwhile, Reed backed up Valiant by luring the boars towards Valiant to their demise.
Sekka, with her light ability, would buff and would set up party protection around them, giving them the extra boost of speed and power that their party needs. Even Zero and Agnis was given the same buffs, giving Zero an exhilarating adrenaline like high. Sekka too would use overwhelming strength, allowing them to combat their enemy with ease. Leaf would dip in and out, riding, jumping, rolling, and even dodging out of harm’s way from any boar without much trouble.
Zeraph leisurely walk through the thick crowds of soldiers, adventurers, and even the boars. He would draw his sword in inhumane speed, cutting the boar in multiple strikes, and cutting the boar with every movement, careful to not use more energy than he needed to. His attacks were just as powerful as the dragons, making him a force to be reckoned with.
“It seems we solved our food shortage.” Agnis smirked. “You ready?” She pulled out her bow, and nocked an arrow.
“Born ready.” Zero charged forward, his teeth dangerously gleaming with anticipation. He could smell the sweet scent of boars meat tickling his nose, making him salivate. Dinner was here and he was going to make sure to feed himself until he burst.
“Good.” Agnis let loose an arrow, hitting squarely in the one of the oncoming boar’s head. It squealed, and tumbled forward.
Zero’s head lunged forward, and snapped up the boar into it’s mouth. His teeth crushing against the bones, while the boar screamed in pain. With a last ditch of effort, the boar struggled to get out of Zero’s jaw, but he didn’t allow it. His hunger made his dragon instinct kick in even faster, enjoying the pleasing taste of fresh blood and meat, running down his throat.
This was one taste that he couldn’t easily forget, especially for a dragon that had no need for cooked meat. In his Origin form, he liked his meat raw majority of the times, but what he liked the most was the excitement of the hunt. The endorphin-like feel was ten times more potent than in his human body, the crushing of bones, the screaming of fear, and the taste of blood and meat was what spiked his hunger.
With a couple more crunches, he swallowed up the mash up pieces of the boar and swallowed it in a couple of gulps like an alligator. His shredded teeth wasn’t the best at chewing, so he had to swallow it into chunks. The food, slowly went down his throat and into his stomach, he wasn’t satisfied with the boar that he had eaten.
The boar’s size compared to him didn’t even come up to a full sized female human, not even filling up a third of his stomach, and the meat was slightly sweet, making him want more. His raptor-like eyes zoned in on his second prey, where a group of soldiers surrounded the boar with pikes. Reaching his claws out, he slammed the boar ruthlessly against the ground.. The soldiers cried out in alarm at the sudden interference from Zero, and gazed up towards him with startled expression.
“What?!” One of the Elven soldiers cried out just before he stumbled backwards onto his butt. A loud squeal from the boar could be heard, followed by a squishing like sound.
“Stand back!” Agnis called out. “Zero’s hungry!”
The elves scuttled away in panic for they feared to be part of a dragon’s meal. When they saw Zero pick up the boar with one hand and chomped down, they turned pale when they saw the splurt of blood with half of the boar’s body missing.
“Bring them over to Zero!” Agnis jumped off Zero’s back, she did a perfect diving roll with her bow in hand. When she got up, she fired at another charging boar from the left. The boar stumbled and fell onto the side, but quickly got back on its feet. “He’ll deal with them!”
“Got it!” The elven soldiers nodded, their expression was back to their stiff, cold self. The elves ran towards their other fellow soldiers.
“Round them up! The Dragon is hungry!” An elf with blond hair shouted, while he ran around. “Bring them this way!” He waved the others to follow.
The elves around Zero changed tactics into a hit and run, dragging the boar towards Zero as if their butts were on fire. Zero snapped his jaws at any nearest boar with one gulp, using his claws to rip them in half, leaving behind countless corpse of the dead boars in the process. He even used his tail as a whip, wrapping around them like a lasso and pounding them into the ground until they stopped moving.
Whenever his head whipped low to the ground, any elves that were to close to him jumped over or onto his neck so they wouldn’t get rammed along with the Wild Boar.
Zero happily at his dinner without holding back, the dragon in him wouldn’t let him off with a simple small meals, it wanted him to tear through bones, eradicate their prey, and even roar with excitement. The problem was that the more he ate, the more he still wasn’t satisfied by the meal. Even when fifty went into his belly, he was still ravenous with hunger.
Angrily, he raised up his head, drew in a sharp breath and roared. His roar echoed out into the plains with a thundering voice. Every Wild Boar in a three mile radius temporarily froze out of fear, their gaze turned towards Zero, debating on if they should attack. Just when his echoing roar quieted, another more deeper voice called back in challenge.
|You have issued a territory battle. Territory battle has been accepted.|
|You have learned the Dragon’s Challenge.|
Zero knew instantly that the one who answered back was a boss that ordered the Wild Boar to attack. The boss monster was issuing a territory challenge back at Zero, not liking how he was here in its domain. Without a second thought, Zero answered back with as much force, he spewed out a torrent of red flames into the air, brightening up the area and telling the boss where his location was.
“What the hell did you do?” shouted Agnis in alarm. “You just compromised everyone’s location!”
Zero spat out a couple more breath of fire, then his chest rumbled, and he turned towards Agnis. With an half smile and rows of teeth showing, he let out a barking laugh.
“Too late for that now. The moment, I stepped in on the boss’s location, it became a territory war and I’m not going to back down now.” With spew of hot air, Agni’s white hair fluttered erratically behind her.
“Are you serious?” Agnis furrowed. “Damn it, does it mean we’ll be having more opposition the further we go in?”
“Argh! This is your fault!” Agnis pointed at him. “Why can’t you shift out of your dragon form so this doesn’t happen!”
“Can’t do anything about that.”
With an angry stomp, Agnis kicked the ground. “You better tell General Liam about this!”
“I’ll think about it.”
“There no time to be thinking, your presence made this quest ten times more difficult!”
“I personally don’t believe so.” Zero huffed not liking how she accused him.
“How so? Huh? Explain!” She placed her hand on her hips.
“No time for that now.” Zero snatched a boar off the ground and ate it with two bites.
“We have time, tell me what you did before I run to General Liam and tell him what you have just said!”
Zero eyes furrowed. Explaining in the middle of a fight wasn’t something easy, he had to pay attention to every little thing so Agnis wouldn’t get run over on when she wasn’t paying attention. His claws swiped down from the left, behind Agnis just in time before she could be mauled by its tusk.
“Look, even if I stepped into the enemy’s territory, I had the feeling that the monsters would still have attacked, possibly even drawn out the fight under the cover of the night. For me to be here and challenge the boss gives us a chance to minimize the casualties in a night battle.” Zero replied curtly, his tail did a sweeping motion, causing three boars to trip and fall forward with a thud. “By the rate that we are going, we’re probably going to meet every single territory boss we come across. I don’t know how far this territory boss’ land is, but by killing the boss, it means the monster swarms will lessen as we advance forward.”
Agnis fired an arrow past Zero’s side and into an oncoming boar. The arrow cut through the air, and slammed into the rump of its butt. With a squeal, the boar stumbled but caught itself and charged forward.
“You serious?” She fired another at the boar, this time missing completely, as the boar was able to move out just a hair breath away before the arrow could embed itself into its head. “What?!”
“Look out!” Zero’s claw slammed downwards in between Agnis and the boar. With a heavy thud, a sharp pain erupted out on Zero’s arm, his muscles tensed and he angrily snapped downwards, twisting his head towards the boar. His sharp teeth clamped onto its side, and he tore into its flesh.
“Zero?!” Agnis stepped back startled. “Wha-?!
Zero didn’t reply and took another hungry bite, eating the rest of the boar, leaving behind a part of its feet.
Thundering sound of beating footsteps, that shook the ground, could be heard heading straight towards them. With a roar, the heavy beast burst out from behind a few trees. Lowering its large tusk like head, it plowed through the soldier’s like a bowling ball. Elves and humans flew in the air, as the giant tusk impaled itself into its enemy.
Zero was excited at the challenge that was brought before him. The monster that was coming towards him were equal in size, heavy tusks that curled upwards, beady multiple red eyes, and even mammoth-like fur.
Boss Type monster
Alarmed at the message that popped up in front of him, Zero was shocked to find that they were about ten thousand of its herd invading in the middle of the night, making this fight ten times more difficult to fight. Even still, the Boar Mammoth didn’t stop its attack, it was mad at Zero’s presence, and when it saw Zero it roar with rage, challenging him once again.
Zero pulled in his breath and roared viciously back. Angered, the Boar Mammoth stomped its feet, lowered its head and charged. With a thundering footsteps, the boar attacked, picking up dust and debris along with it. He followed after, bracing himself from the charge.
“Come on. Come on. Come on!” Zero roared. The Boar tusk made contact with Zero’s claws. His feet dug into the ground, bracing himself from the impact. Skidding backwards, he dug into the ground even further. His muscles bulged, his mouth open up into a devilish glee, and he pushed back with just as much force.
They were in a stalemate, with both unable to advance forward or back. Zero couldn’t let this go any further, he knew that if he fell back, the rampage would continue, creating more damage than necessary.
“Pin the monster down!” General Liam instructed, he threw a spear at the giant Boar. “Keep the smaller ones away!”
The soldiers shifted into two groups, centering around Zero. Half of them threw spears and arrows into the Boar Mammoth, trying to cut down its life force as quickly as possible. The other fanned out, working together in a groups of ten to push back the Wild Boars from breaking through to help the boss. High level earth magic split open from the ground, and vines snapped out to wrap itself around the boar mammoth’s legs. With an angry grunt, the giant boar snorted out a hot breath of air, and yanked forward, pulling the vines out of the ground.
Even still, the vines continually came out from the ground, rapidly wrapping itself around the giant boar. The magic persisted even towards the other Wild Boars, stopping them in their tracks. This allowed both adventurers and soldiers to take down the boars as quickly as possible without getting any injured.
Zero face snapped forward, moving past its giant tusk and biting down onto the boar’s shoulder. Tasting an even more savory slab of sweet meat in his mouth, his stomach rumbled even louder, telling him to devour this monster in front of him. He pulled back, taking a chunk of its meat into its throat, and allowing him a delicious belly full of meat. The meat was sweet, soft but tough, but better yet it reminded him of bacon.
The boar cried out in pain, and it violently shook back and forth, trying to throw Zero off. Zero didn’t allow the monster to wiggle away. Strengthening his core, he twisted his body with every ounce of strength he had. With a loud thud, the Boar Mammoth fell onto its side, throwing up its feet into the air.
Zero took this chance, and lunged forward, teeth open as he clawed and bit down onto its stomach. Blood splurted outwards,and a painful squeal followed after as he continued his ravaging attack. Like a lion hunting down his prey, Zero didn’t let go of his meal. Even though he was a lot weaker in level compared to the boss monster, in his dragon form, he was able to fight head-to-head. Luckily, the boss wasn’t overly high in level and power or it would’ve made the battle more difficult.
The scene before them was like a predator eating their prey in a middle of combat, making the whole image of a dragon more surreal and fierce. Soldiers and adventurers knew then that the dragons in front of them were living up their the legends. Even without his wings, Zero was becoming more dragon-like as the seconds went by. No more was he the puppy in his starting days, a dog, a giant lizard, but now a dragon in the eyes of many.
His chest swelled up and glowed red with fire, and compressed the air in his throat, he pulled back, and spat out a multiple balls of fire. The fire rushed forward into the open wound of the enemy, sharply increasing smell of roasted bacon. The sizzling sound of burning flesh could be heard.
Zero didn’t let the fire balls that he blew go out of control, he didn’t want to start a prairie fire, and he kept his flames at a minimal. Even Sekka and Valiant was conscious of where they were at, knowing that if they continually used their flames without control, the whole army could be trapped by their flames. That in itself was counter productive, which would cause a lot of unnecessary deaths.
The soldiers swarmed in unison along with the adventurer’s at hand, and quelled the rampaging boars, putting them down as fast and efficiently as they could. Large amount of loot and meat were scattered on the ground, coloring the dark floor with twinkling lights of gold, silver, copper, and bronze.
Striking and tearing, that was the repetitive cycle that Zero had done. He would use his entire weight against the Boar Mammoth, his right claws on its neck and the left digging into its rumps. Each squeal caused a frenzy of Wild Boars to push forward in the hopes to save their leader.
Zero blew multiple fireballs, to the point he could see it turning into charred meat. As the Boar Mammoth let out its last dying howl, its high pitch sound even caused Zero to falter backwards. With a burst of energy, the Boar Mammoth push up from the ground, its gut spilling all over its place, and rammed into Zero’s stomach with its tusks. Zero fumbled backwards, and he fell onto the ground with heavy thud.
The Boar Mammoth staggered and feebly let out a couple of desperate attacks, Zero rolled his large body would allow, getting out of harm’s way.The Boar Mammoth half reared up, attempting to trample him under its feet. Zero’s hand drew out its claw and impaled the Boar Mammoth the moment it struck. Blood swept downwards, completely covering his half of his face, especially his neck.
A large number of arrows shot through the sky and came raining down upon the boar. With a shudder, the boar collapsed ontop of Zero, burying him underneath him.
“Omph!” Zero grunted. He realized that the Boar mammoth was a lot of more heavier than he thought. He was able to wiggle himself half way out of the boar’s body without completely being able to get out.
|You have leveled up.|
His hand wiggled underneath the boar, hoping to find any loot before anyone could find it. His hand grabbed something metallic, he quickly wrapped his talon around the item, and stashed it away before anyone could notice. A satisfied sly smile erupted on his face. Followed after a message appeared before him.
|You have won the territory battle against the Boss Boar Mammoth. You have gained 30 miles of the Boar Mammoth’s territory. All monsters lower level than you will not attempt to attack. All monsters 80 levels higher than you will issue a challenge to your territory. You cannot decline a challenge. This territory can be forfeit if you wish to not take over the territory. All areas in green on your map is your territory.|
|Would you like to take over this territory?|
“Yes.” He replied, pleased with himself.
|You have gained Boar Mammoth’s territory.|
Now that he thought about it, he remember learning something during the fight. It was called Roar of the Dragon’s Challenge.
A dragon’s roar has more than one function that causing fear, intimidation, and terror. It can be used to issues challenges to other creatures of different races. The more powerful and stronger the voice of the challenger, the stronger the responder will react.
If this giant monster wasn’t going to get off, he even thought of eating his way out, possibly unloading the heavy load. Zero opened his mouth to tear into the meat of the boar to dig his way out. Plus, pushing himself off his back didn’t give him enough power to push the monster away. He needed a more stable footing to have enough power and right now, he only had half.
Just when he was bent on eating his way out, a large numbers of General Liam’s soldiers helped pull off the Boar Mammoth off of him by throwing ropes around the tusks and pulling together. With a thud, the boar fell onto the ground.
General Liam brought forth a torch and examined the body of the with weary expression. “Who would’ve thought that they would be monsters like this roaming around in the area so soon. I expected it more deeper into the continent, not right at the borders of our kingdom.” He spoke with a worried gaze. “Luckily, we stopped this large herd from a possible invasion, but we lost a good six hundred of our men.” His expression was solemn, but moments later, his gaze changed into a stern expression.
“We need to double our guard at night.” General Liam quickly spoke, his demeanor shifting into an even more serious one than before. “Get moving!” He ordered.
A large number of soldiers pulled away in a hurry. They rushed to their post, doubling up and patrolling as best they could. Others went back to cleaning up the mess that the boar’s had caused, some were finishing off the strays, while others stayed around.
Some had stopped to take a good look at Zero, awed at his presence and appearance. Quite a few inched forward, hoping to touch him. Zero gave them a glare, telling them to back off. They scuttled backwards in fear, not wanting to get bitten by Zero’s gleaming white teeth.
Zero crawled his way out, and took a good look at the kill before him. With a loud thump, he fell onto his butt, and sat down with glee. Fresh meat, well cooked, was present before him and the smell of bacon tickled his nose, making him hungry. He wasn’t sure why he was constantly eating but the amount of food that he needed to eat increased in number in under a day.
His mouth was salivating again, making him snap forward and bite into the cooked meat.
Delicious! He swooned.
The cook meat on the outside, and raw juicy meat in the inside with a good slew of blood. His claws grabbed the both ends of the Boar Mammoth’s body, digging in it in to get a better grip. With a pull, the boar meat ripped apart, allowing him to chew, before he swallowed the red meat with glee. He tore, he ate, and gobbled it down like an alligator.
Everyone who was watching, stare with complete disbelief. What they were seeing was something out of animal channel, watching a predator eating its prey. This was a close up view done live in front of everyone’s eyes. They could feel the sheer primal power of a creature in the wild, even though Zero wasn’t an wild animal, it still brought out the intimidation and fear factor of what an dragon was.
Players walked over, trying to see what other loot was around the Boar Mammoth, but they couldn’t get any closer while Zero’s was eating. Some grumbled, others walked away defeated. Half of them felt cheated, while the other didn’t care and let Zero have the kill. They saw him take the brunt of the Boar Mammoth’s attack, and knew that he had played a pivotal role.
Zero didn’t care about the large amount of stares that he was getting, instead he leisurely ate away the Boar Mammoth as if it was a delicious feast. Not even five minutes passed by and he was a third of the way done with eating the boar.
“Prince Zero.” General Liam spoke out loud. Zero froze, and whipped his head towards General Liam with a bloody mouth filled with red meat. The General took a step back, but stopped himself from going back any further. He coughed a couple of times, clearing his throat.
Zero gulped, and stared. “Please don’t call me Prince. I’m just Zero.” With an unconscious growl, General Liam tensed up.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you.”
“No, it’s alright. It’s just weird.”
“I see.” He took a look at me for a couple of moment than back towards the boar I had partially eaten. “Are you going to eat all that?”
“Yes. I’m unusually hungry today, and for some reason this particular meat is filling up my stomach. The little ones weren’t doing that.”
“If you don’t mind, how many did you eat?”
“One hundred and twenty-five.”
General Liam’s lips twitched. “That’s quite an appetite you have there.”
“You’re telling me. Usually, twenty of those little ones would’ve been fine.” Zero turned back, and ripped out another chunk of meat.
“I wanted to thank you for your help. I saw what you did by bringing the boss’s attention to yourself. You made this whole fight a lot more easy which helped us cut down on the casualties.”
“He had to do that.” Agnis walked over, her hands patted Zero on his side. “His presence brings attention.”
Zero snorted, putting out a burst of smoke from his mouth. Who side was she on anyways? He didn’t like how he was just thrown under the bus.
“Calm down, Zero. We need to explain the situation better so we’re better prepared for the next one.”
“Are you sure, because I feel like you did the opposite.” Zero snarled, letting the blood and meat spit on her pretty face. He didn’t care that it messed up her look at all.
“What do you mean?” General Liam asked. “Please explain.”
Agnis wiped away the blood on her face, then she took a deep breath and begun to talk. “It’s really simple really, its animal instinct to defend what has invaded its territory, and Zero here had stepped in on the boar’s territory. If we didn’t have Zero here, this Boar Mammoth would’ve picked us off slowly as we crossed its territory. By bringing it out by challenging its domain, it gave us a chance to deal with them quickly without having to go search for them.”
“So, what are you suggesting that we do?” General Liam asked, thinking over what she had said.
“We use him as bait for the next territory, bringing out the boss to our doorsteps.” Agnis stated with a wide grin.
Zero tilted his head confused. Huh? Use him as bait? Wait, what? It didn’t hit him until now in what she wanted to do. Every new territory that they went through, Agnis wanted him to call forth the boss of each territory, before entering. This was becoming a territory battle just like how the animals in the wild kingdom did it, and now that he thought about it, when he roared to challenge the boss of the territory, the Boar Mammoth shouted back with equal amount of force. Plus, he got the Dragon’s Challenge skill and gained territory.
“This time, you might not be crazy.” Zero replied. He went back to leisurely eating the Boar’s meat in front of him.
“Hmph. I never was.” Agnis crossed her hand in front of her.
“Okay, let’s say that we use him as bait, how would he call the territory boss over?”
“That, I leave it to Zero to explain.”
Zero sighed. If she was going to bring up an explanation, she should’ve went all the way through instead of stopping midway.
“Don’t worry about that. It comes with being a Dragon.” Zero replied. “All I need to do is roar, and if they roar back the challenge is accepted. They’ll come flocking towards us. ”
“Interesting. Then we should try what you stated out.” General Liam spoke.
“Plus, we won’t have to worry for a good thirty miles from weaker monsters.” He replied, in between each chew. “They’re not going to attack now, after I had become this territory’s head.”
“That is even better.”
”Though there is one more fact. I forgot to mention.”
“Stronger monsters that are stronger than me will still attack. I can’t do anything about that, but to fight back.”
“That could be a problem, but stopping the lower level monsters from bringing unnecessary attacks would shave off at least 70% of the attacks. That is better than nothing, we might’ve had more casualties if we continued forwards without your blessing.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s a blessing.” Zero frowned. General Liam was making it sound a lot more weirder than it should be.
General Liam waved his hand, stopping Zero from saying anything further. “What you are doing is more a blessing to my soldiers. I don’t want anymore needless deaths that would jeopardize them, so getting to our objective as quickly and safely as possible is what I always hoped for, even though that isn’t the case the majority of the time. Still, even if we have some kind of edge that would benefit us, it means a lot more than you think. A dragon’s blessing is one of them.”
Zero could tell that he couldn’t refute in what General Liam had said, it was just too difficult to say anything else, but nod his head and let General Liam continue to think up whatever fantastical thing that he had thought of Zero.
“You should go get some rest.” General Liam saluted Zero. “We’ll talk more when you have fully rested. We’ll stay camping for another day to take care of the wounded. You should continue to eat your meals. I’ll see you later, Zero.” He turned away, leaving Zero behind so he can finish his meal.
Zero claws shifted upwards onto the white bone of the Boar’s ribcage, he watched as General Liam had left.
“So, what do you think of him?”
“What do you mean?” He turned towards her, not understanding why she would suddenly ask that question.
“Isn’t he interesting? Usually Generals don’t listen to commoners like me, but he still did.” Agnis chuckled.
“I believe its because your my companion, that’s why he listened.”
Agnis shook her head. “General Liam was born a commoner, so he knows how to deal with lower class people, and he especially listens to what they have to say. The way he even talks about his soldiers not getting injured as a priority makes him a great general.”
“Just taking care of your people doesn’t mean that he is a great general, you know.”
“I know.” Agnis placed her hand on her back. “He also was quick on his feet, and knew what to do. I believe he has more up his sleeve.”
“We’ll see.” Zero devoured the Boar’s meat to the bone, leaving nothing behind. He finally felt full after eating the whole meat. With a loud burp, he pushed himself up, and went back towards their tent that they set up.
Agnis scaled up his side and sat on his back, enjoying the nice cool breeze. “Hey, Zero.”
“This might sound strange, but I think your wings have grown a bit more.”
“It did?” Zero’s brightened at the thought his wings were growing quicker than expected.
“Yea, its now twice its normal size. At the rate that you’re eating, I bet its all going into your wings.”
“That could be a possibility.”
“I think so.”
“Well, we’ll see.”
“Yes, we will.” Agnis replied happily as she stroked his wing with a giggle. Zero shuddered at the tingling feeling and sighed. Eventually, they made it back towards the tent, and Zero curled around the tent, letting Agnis jump off. He felt bloated and happy that his stomach was full, he closed his eyes and let sleep overtake him.
The army continued to move towards the south, the endless plains continued to outstretched before them, overtaking twenty-seven miles without much problems. Many monsters ran away, when they smell or saw the large army that descended down upon them. When they saw and felt Zero’s presence, they scattered in fear for they knew that a powerful enemy was in the midst of the army.
They were also a few high level monsters that did sniff out Zero’s presence, but they didn’t challenge Zero for the territory. Instead, they watched with weariness for they thought that the army was part of Zero’s pack, and knew that if they attacked, they would be overrun. Not a single one picked a fight that meant their death. Every creature had an intuitive instinct that would tell them when to pick a fight and when their death was near hand if they made a foolish move. This was the time, when the monsters on the plain knew the dangers around Zero’s group.
Not only that, majority of the General Liam’s army were all high level passing level 380. Compare to Zero and the players, they were a lot stronger, making the fight a lot more easier for them to comb through the field without much trouble. Even fighting against the Boar Mammoth wasn’t too much trouble, especially if they only lost about a six hundred of their soldiers.
While Zero took the brunt of the attack, the army was able to take care of the small fries quickly and efficiently, helping to lessen the damage to the army.
Crossing the thirty miles plains took over one and half day, when they reached the edge of the borders of Zero’s new territory, his pace started to slow down. He could still see the endless plains before him. The sharp scent of his territory had started to thin out, and instead a pungent sharp scent slapped him in the face.
His nose crinkled, he warily scanned his surroundings, not liking the smell ahead. The smell was three times worse than the Boar Mammoth’s smell. What attacked his nose reminded him of a bit of sewage mixed in with some strange plant smell that he couldn’t recognize.
“Agnis, we’re finally crossing out of my territory.”
“So soon? I thought it would be another couple of hours.” Agnis replied, while she was laying on his back.
The one thing that Zero wished he could do was laze around like Agnis, but he couldn’t shift into his human form to even ride a horse. Instead, he became a horse to Agnis, making him feel a bit peeved and jealous.
“Yes, are you going to tell General Liam?”
“I’m on it.” Agnis got up, slide down his back and went into a full sprint.
The army went for a couple more minutes, until they halted, making people wonder why they had stopped. Soldiers started to split ways, and General Liam walked over on his horse.
Zero lowered his head so he could hear him better. “General Liam, you’re here quite fast.”
“We need you to take the front.” He asked. “Do you mind taking the lead for awhile?”
“I don’t mind.” Zero started to walk, people moved out of the way to let him through.
“I’m sorry for putting you through a large burden,” General Liam replied. He gripped the reins, even harder than usual, then look up towards Zero. “I will make sure to back you up all the way.”
“Thank you General Liam. I will be fine. Please, stay behind me, for we don’t know what kind of monsters will be popping out.”
“Don’t worry about me.” With a deep chuckle, General Liam smiled. “Even though I am a bit old, I for sure can keep up the fight.”
Zero picked up his pace, Agnis followed, running up to his side, and climb on. This time, she stood on his shoulder to get a better look at what was in front of them. The moment he left his territory, he felt uncomfortable, as if he shouldn’t be there. His body tensed, and his teeth bared, he glared out into the distance waiting for any possible attack.
“Are you okay?” Agnis asked worriedly, they made it towards the front of the moving army.
“Be on guard, we just entered into someone’s territory.”
Agnis nodded her head. They continued forward, more carefully than before. Zero watched for any unsuspecting attacks, strange movements, noise, and even smell. The further they walked, the stronger the smell.
Zero knew that whatever was up ahead knew that he was here, invading their territory.
“Are you ready?” He asked.
“Whenever you are.” Agnis patted her hand against his neck.
With a deep inhale of breath, he dugged his claws into the ground, stood up straighter, and even curled a bit of his tail. A loud challenging roar escaped his throat as it shook the ground.
“You think whoever it is heard that?”
“Oh, they heard it alright.”
|You have issued a territory battle.|
A high piercing sound erupted outwards from far off in the distance.
|Territory battle has been accepted.|