Volume 4 – Firemane Clan
Chapter #107 – Ride Of The Valkyries (1)[Styr’s POV. The Bloodsails Captsiy!]
“Whoever challenge our clan!”
“Whoever stands on our way!”
“Whoever dare to resist the Blood on the Sails!”
“Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!”
“They think they can snatch the meat from the mouth of the beast! The deserve a thousand death!”
“Kill the men! Throw the children in the sea! And take the women! HAHAHAHA!”
“Whoever bring the head of Jon Dare, will have his woman!”
“Hahaha! I’ll bring it captain!”
“We will sweep through them captain!”
“Kill them all!”
It will turn ugly for the poor town!
Originally, this was a territory of the clan until some fellow by the name of Jon Dare turned the puppet of a Jarl against us and started to build his own power.
I’ll admit it! He fooled us and I admire his ways but he is an idiot in the end. He can be swift, smart and ‘Dare’ all the way he wants but he can’t just try to block the tide with brute force.
The Bloodsails Clan may respond a little bit too late but a response will come.
We sent one of our men after him in Dawnstar and he refused to die quietly. He offended our clan greatly by doing so. We wrote his name on the sails with blood.
Those who got their names written are dead people.
Well, not entirely dead people, some of them managed to live anyway.
I looked at the sails and could read some names that are impossible to touch yet our bride never allowed us to remove them.
On the top are the ‘Bloody Hilda’ and the ‘King of Ashes’. If I remember, our clan cooperated with some other clans to kill the son of these two. I think I was just a kid by the time it happened.
Seriously! The clan is just a bother.
They don’t stop making enemies with everything in the world.
Now, we are in an open fight with a kid from the College of Winterhold just because he stole territory from us.
And my father told me to stop being lax and go as the head of the campaign.
What is he trying to do?
It is only the first day and I am pulling them left and right!
Some talents could be seen in their ranks though! A red witch and some brutes that can walk on water.
They costed me a ship already.
It doesn’t matter to me.
Once the sneaking team attacks them from behind, they are all done for.
I don’t know why the mages decided to move against us this time? I know that this Jon Dare is a mage and can’t be ordered around by the College’s administration because he is being protected by some strong mage.
Lucky for me, that mage can’t join the fray because she seems to be a core member of the College. They don’t interfere with us hidden clans as they can be considered one.
“Captain Styr! Should we move now?” Some asked me
“Hmmm! What is the situation ahead?”
“Karstag landed with the boats you sent him with! The red witch retreated!”
“How sad! She won’t live!” I pondered for a while. “Fine, let’s move!”
The main ship started to move! With its appearance alone the enemy will fall into disorder!
It was as I said, they sounded the horn and all retreated then fortified themselves on the slope.
Just as I thought! It is the best course of action anyway. If they can’t stop us from landing, the should stop us from climbing. They have the higher grounds after all.
Well, that would be true if only I haven’t sent Karstag to attack them from behind.
“Tell, the front ship to kill those men who can walk on water and prepare to land! Tell them to wait for us and keep dista… Oh! Karstag is here! Tell them to head to the shores immediately! Karstag’s men will attack from the back the moment we attack from the front! Hurry, hurry.”
I saw Karstag standing above the slope and it seems the enemies haven’t noticed him yet.
Good! I was worried a bit from that red witch but it seemed he killed her.
Hehe! This battle is over!
“Signal the first ship to land and secure the shore!”
“The Catapult ship! I want it to go a deeper and clean the slope from those rebels!”
“By your orders, Captain!”
“We, the main force in the third ship, will wait to go full ahead once they kill each other!”
“Don’t disappoint me! Everyone to their stations, we are reclaiming Winterhold!”
That was not a hrad battle!
The rebels showed a good fight but in the end they are just rebels in our territory.
I don’t take pleasure in this but they have forced us to do so!
“Captain! Something happened to Karstag!”
Eh! He was fine just now.
He just gave us a signal that he managed to sneak on the town. Now, we have them cornered.
“What can possibly happen to him?”
I took the spyglass that my quartermaster offered me and looked at his direction…
“H, How? When?”
The first ship is sailing into an ambush!
Dammit! They can’t be stopped anymore. We need to rush to their aid.
What is that?
Where is it coming from?
*music: Ride of the Valkyrie*
Strange? How can there be something like that in the sea?
“Captain, the Sky!”
One of my sailor pointed to the sky…
What’s with them?
I used the spyglass once again and what I saw made all my body go tense.
“What kind of sorcery is that?”
These birds are made of fire! And they are the source of that strange music!
I don’t understand.
They are flying in formation? Three of them are heading to the first ship, three are heading to the second, and…
*boom* *boom* *boom* *boom*
“What is going on?”
“We are under attack, Captain!”
“Where is it coming from?”
“Captain, it is from that far away ship!”
“How? What kind o…”
“It’s fire, Captain! The are shooting fire on us like mages.”
Fire? From that distance?
Ah! They are shooting again!
“Take cover!” I shouted to warn the crew.
*music: Ride of the Valkyrie*
That music is nearer louder! The burning birds are already over our heads.
One of the crew men pointed at the sky again.
The six birds over the other ships started making weird moves and suddenly changed from their forms into massive chunks of fire…
… and they fell on the two ships.
*KABOOM!* *KABOOM!* *KABOOM!* *KABOOM!* *KABOOM!* *KABOOM!*
What I saw was indescribable…
The two ships in the front were no more!
The strange ship kept attacking us but my head had already stopped processing what is going around me.
All I could see is the last bird hovering over my ship!
When is it going to fall?
*chirp* *chirp* *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*
My expectations betrayed me!
Only a blue light with sounds of chirping came from above the bird.
Suddenly! A man appeared over the bird and jumped down from it… his body was giving of blue light as if he was the source of it all along.
Once he was in the air he fell directly on my ship.
All the ship dangled from that landing, he fell down like bolt of lightning and caused a massive damage to the ship and the crew around where he landed.
Once the dangling tensed down. I could see a hooded man in a strange fur armor with a sleeveless mage robe on it. He looked like a barbarian warrior and a storm mage both in the same time.
He landed in a kneeling position on his right knee and right fist. He moved his sight to look at us with a fierce smile.
“Superhero landing! Haha! It sure hurts like hell. Anyway! Daddy is home, bitches!”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~[Alina’s POV, a while ago]
Why did we have to meet an Aura master here?
He ran like the wind after us and managed to block our way!
Now, he is between us and the town!
If we ran to different directions, he will just go and wreck havoc in the town. If we faced him we will pay a hefty price to put him down. But the problem is that his men who are still coming are not far away.
“Dammit! Take him down as fast as possible. We can’t afford him to live.” This was the only solution I can think of!
“Hehe! Little girl, don’t overestimate yourself!”
The man laughed in a disgusting manner as he took out two swords.
Two swords? Against a Moonblade? You are testing my honor?
I jumped down from the Flame Atronach Horse and cast a ‘Bound Sword’ on each hand.
“Hehe! Girl, you are courting death!”
The man said as he slashed with his swords at me.
Surprisingly, I could evade easily!
All he can do is just wave around the blades with no understanding to them at all.
I could slash at him few times but an Aura master is an Aura master after all. All I could do is to delay him for the rest to recover their Magicka!
“Alina! They are coming!”
“I’ll hold him down. Take care of them!”
I was not confident but I will at least buy them a minute.
“Play time is over, little girl!”
The man said so and all I could feel was myself flying backward.
He, he was playing me the whole time?
… How frustrating!
I could hear Yisra fighting the rest of the pirates and calling for me.
Their situation is bad!
I need to…
“You should worry about yourself!”
The man kicked me and it felt so painful.
If felt like I am being shattered!
“I would have taken you to the young master but it seems your kind of woman would cause us nothing but headache! Just thank me I am killing you quickly!” The man raised his sword and…
Instead of taking the stab, I heard a cat growling!
“Ah! Ah! Aaah! Let go! Let go!”
“Help the Captain! Hurry!”
What’s going on?
“Wha! Undead? Run!”
What is happening?
I could open my eyes and managed to see the scene around me!
The man I was fighting is being bitten and scratches by… a large black cat?
It’s almost at the size of a wolf?
The man’s legs and torso were riddled with arrows!
Where are they coming from?
And why are there undead around me?
The undead are armored and attacking the pirates!
“Are you okay?”
A feminine voice called for me!
I looked at the direction and it seemed like a girl in a hood with grey skin and one sharp eye. The other eye is hidden under her hair.
She is so beautiful.
She had a bow in her hand so I guess she is the one who shot the pirate man!
She put down an Aura master with that strange cat!
“I am fine! Thank you!” I took the hand she offered.
“Looks like everything is over here, Yisra!”
Jullanar? Jon Dare’s follower?
“Where are the ‘Cannons’?”
“Ah! They are behind the bathhouse!”
“Fine, Ongeim has arrived with the new ship. Take this staff, with it you can command these undead to carry the connons to the ship!”
“Team leader orders!”
“Oh! Jon said so?”
“Yes! There is no time! A big ship is coming and we need the weapons to stop it!”
I heard the conversation and my head had some hard time to process it!
“Wait! Where is Jon Dare?” I interrupted and asked.
The girl called Jullanar and the cat froze at the same time and looked at me!
“”Making an appearance!”” They said.
The cat… said?