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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster]

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:24 pm

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It would only be around half an hour more before Odin felt the touch of the death magic on his bones, signalling that he was exactly where he wanted to be. If the intense foreboding feeling wasn’t enough to convince passing elves and demi humans from entering, the dark miasma that had spread over the entire area certainly would. It was an odd thing to view for certain, a dark plague that Odin hadn’t seen for a few years. In fact, the only thing he had seen that could come close to describing this magic was his own Black Plague. Perhaps someone else had been granted access to the awesome power that Odin had once possessed, and that did nothing but intrigue the Lich more. Whatever this power was, whether it be Black Plague or some weaker variant of a similar magic, one thing was for certain: it was man made. Someone was creating this miasma, causing it to infect the trees and, as Odin began to wander through the infected woods, the people that had been caught in the area too. The bark of the trees was darker than it should have been, with strains of purple magic meandering its way through them.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:24 pm

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The people were equally affected. As Odin passed more and more dead bodies, he began to see signs of some kind of infectious disease. One that entered their bloodstream, caused their veins to become overloaded before, eventually, pop. The veins all around their body would explode with magic, likely spreading the disease to anyone caught within the vicinity. The people who had been here before had had no chance, they died instantly and had allowed the virus, whatever it was, to spread to where it was now. It was good that Hildegard had sent Odin, as he didn’t think anyone else would be able to breathe in this area of the forest, let alone solve the mystery of who or what was causing it. Then again, as Odin knelt beside a corpse and saw armour, it seemed as though the Beastmaster had already tried to keep this one under wraps. It made sense, this kind of thing would cause people to panic if word of it ever got out. Of course she had tried to solve it in house before asking the aid of a foreign mage. In this case being asked second wasn’t even because Odin was evil, it was because Hildegard was smart.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:25 pm

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Unfortunately, intelligence wasn’t what this mystery required. It required someone who didn’t need to breathe, someone who didn’t have veins or a bloodstream. Of the Beastmaster’s many aids, both from Bosco and the foreign mages from Fiore, Odin was the only one. Only he could solve this, and he was glad that he had joined Hildegard once more. If he had been in any other camp, if this virus had not been caught, and a Lich not sent when it was first discovered, it may have had the power to spread throughout the entire country, killing all it came into contact with and ruining Bosco, Stella, hell even the continent could have been at risk. Thankfully, Odin was here today and he was prepared for whatever could be at the source of all this miasma. He had already identified a possible culprit, even if it was technically a magic he himself had once used. He could at least guarantee that this wasn’t his doing, but it made him wonder if he could’ve ever performed something like this if he had tried. Maybe Black Plague’s true power had been locked away for Odin, maybe there had been more to it that he just hadn’t unlocked.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:25 pm

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He followed the stench just as much he did the bodies. All of them seemed to point in a direction, some kind of source to the entire thing, and that was where Odin figured he might get some answers. After all, it could literally be that simple. The centre of the miasma is where it was originating, yet no one living could get to that centre. Maybe he’d get to the middle, find an ancient totem that was fuelling this magic poison, study it for a couple of hours to see what actually made it so strong and, more importantly, where Odin could find more of it, and then destroy it to break the effects of the curse. His morality briefly getting the better of him, Odin figured that maybe he would destroy it first and then start examining the remaining pieces. After all, he didn’t want it to extend far enough to hit the settlement where he was residing. If nothing else, he liked that place, it gave him the peace he was looking for and it was also where he would get paid for all his hard work. It would not be ideal for all of its inhabitants to slowly die painful death.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:25 pm

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Unfortunately, life was never that easy. As he arrived at the centre of the miasma, Odin knew instantly that something wasn’t right. Having lived almost his entire life on the run, he was in a position where he could trust his instinct and, the majority of the time, he would be right. He had been born to demon worshippers, already branding him a great evil at the ripe old age of eight when the demon sin of pride, Lucifer, had decided to use him as a vessel. That was his first offence against the church of Illumin, and to some extent his own Icebergian people. Then he had joined Grimoire Heart, instantly pissing off the Rune Knights and the royal guard of Fiore, this was made infinitely worse by Grimoire Heart’s attacks around Fiore, culminating in the successful assassination of a false king. The true king of Fiore, Arthurias, had sadly died almost instantly, causing a despot to gain control. Then there was becoming a Lich, another affront to the church that at this point had sent its holy knights after him. Siding with Zagan had upset a lot of people too, as had the general existence of Eternal Nightmare. So Odin wasn’t on the friendliest of terms with a lot of people, and that had honed his ability to sense when something wasn’t right, like right now.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:25 pm

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There was a totem, just as he had expected, but surrounding it were death knights. No, not death knights, revenants. Much stronger and exceedingly harder to permanently destroy, they were roughly one level lower than being a full Lich in terms of strength. Some of the strongest undead that could still be commanded, provided the summoner had the power to keep them in line. That was the second strike for Odin. First, the Black Plague looking miasma that was coating the forests of Stella, even activating in the same way within people. And now, he was facing up against two revenants, beings that he had once held dominion over through the use of his Necromancy magic. They had been the strongest beings available for him to summon, and now they were walking towards him. Three metres tall, giant, black broadswords now being unsheathed, wielded in both hands. It was almost a carbon copy of what he had once used. All that was left was for Ryuk to appear, the Death God that Odin had once accidentally summoned before having him stick around for a time. He had increased the potency of his dark spells, including his summons. But that was for later consideration. For now, he had to deal with these bastards.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:25 pm

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Thankfully, Odin had Greed. It was one of the few spells in existence that could stay up without a sustaining cost, and it was purely reactionary. All he had to do was make sure he didn’t get hit too much. After all, if these revenants were anything like the ones he had once commanded -as was starting to see more and more likely as time went on- they were going to pack a punch. Their large broadswords could take a man’s head clean off, Odin had seen it happen himself, hell he had made it happen. While his head wouldn’t be removed from its current position, each strike from the revenants would definitely take their toll on Greed magic’s abilities and while Odin had a great deal of mana on reserve, he didn’t want to risk burning through it all against these two. They were definitely the grunts, so something much more powerful was awaiting him on the other side. He had to conserve his power no matter what, and that meant avoiding as much damage as possible, while dishing out the maximum. He would need to be more efficient than usual, and that was entirely out of his comfort zone.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:26 pm

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He had Greed magic for one main reason: to outlast his opponents. With high enough mana he had the power to outlast anyone in a fist fight. His entire battle strategy was to take the hits, dish out the same number, and overwhelm an opponent by beating them into submission. Of course, it had not worked as well against Shichiro, mostly because Odin hadn’t summoned the phylactery, which could have effectively doubled his mana reserves and easily won him the fight. He had been close with his standard levels of mana, and that had made him arrogant. It had worked out in the end though, as his almost immediate successful escape attempt had given him an increased bounty, and terrified the residents of Fiore even more than he had before. After all, if a Wizard Lord could break out of maximum security within mere days of being locked in, maybe it wasn’t all that secure. And if Odin could break out once, who’s to say he couldn’t do it again. That thought now laid in the minds of many Fiorians, giving the Lich a greater intimidation factor, as well as reducing the faith people had in their knights and, by extension, the royal family who command them. And that was the main goal.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:26 pm

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But the Lich had much more important things to be thinking about than his plans for the future, most importantly the two revenants that were currently running towards him and swinging their swords. His musings cost him mana then and there, as two attacks struck him in the torso, one from each of them. Snapping himself out of it, Odin grabbed the blade of one of the revenants, disarming him by pulling the blade directly out from his arms. Having the perfect defence was a strong boon, but so was having incredible offensive capabilities and Odin, who’s strength was higher than many people in Fiore, had both in abundance. If nothing else, he was definitely strong enough to take out these two revenants, but he might as well have some fun with it. After all, the velociraptor mother had taken some of the fun that he had previously planned, he needed to make up for that. There was an unscratched itch that he just needed to satisfy, and these undead would allow him to do just that, especially now that he had one of their weapons. It had been some time since Odin had wielded anything similar to a sword, but the weight was good.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:26 pm

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In fact, the only weapons he had wielded previously were a spear, a single fist and his current staff, none of which were similar in weight or strength to a sword. His spear had possessed more reach and was more powerful naturally, but with less positions that could truly damage an enemy. The fist had been the opposite: minimal reach but maximum damage potential. As long as it collided with an enemy, no matter where on the weapon the collision took place, he would be dealing maximum damage. Not to mention Odin’s gauntlet specifically had allowed him to reposition almost on a whim, granting incredible speeds for brief moments in a similar style to the dash spells he had gained from Kazimir. That had been the main reason he had released the weapon in favour of Morrigan’s staff, other than the fact that the staff had called to him with a familiar power that required further studying. He didn’t know why it felt as such, but it was something he needed to discover. As well as that, the staff itself possessed minimal destructive capabilities by merely swinging it. However, with Odin’s strength that wasn’t entirely important, he could still swing it with enough force to knock someone’s head clean off.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:26 pm

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So, despite the complimentary weight of the sword feeling similar to weapons he had previously wielded, he was by no means a master of the blade. However, neither was this skeletal revenant a master of hand to hand. That gave Odin more destructive power, more reach, and equal levels of skill. The advantage was firmly in the Lich’s favour, as he swung the blade with incredible power. The first strike completely missed its target, as the blade was moved much quicker than he had expected, and the enemy hadn’t even been in the right position to take any damage. Rolling his eyes for a moment, Odin rested the blade on his shoulder for a moment, taking the required steps to ensure his grip and stance were right, or at least better prepared for what he was about to do. Taking a breath, he stepped forwards on his dominant foot, bringing the blade down just as the revenant attempted to rush towards him and strike him with a skeletal claw, using whatever means it had at its disposal after losing its weapon of choice. They were primal beasts at heart, ancient champions but reduced to mindless servants who attacked at their master’s command.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:26 pm

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The bifurcation worked a treat, as each half of the revenant fell to either side of the Lich before fading away into the darkness, a common enough indication of the summon being truly destroyed. He knew enough about his own magic to know that the spell had ended, and now he only had one left to deal with. Unfortunately, this final enemy still had its weapon, and was much stronger with it that Odin would be. He discarded the blade he had stolen, which also disappeared into the darkness. It made sense; it was summoned as the weapon of the revenant. No revenant meant no weapon, leaving Odin with his fists, his staff and, I guess if he really needed it, his shield. Unstrapping it from his back, Odin wielded the staff and shield in his hands, having never actually tried the combination of weapons in the past. Usually the combat situations he had been in were better suited to one or the other, rarely both. Today was the day that he’d be able to test it out, as he was once again attacked by the final foe. Blocking with his shield destroyed the armour almost instantly, but it shuddered against the enemy, allowing for the staff to penetrate through its skeleton, killing it instantly and returning it to the darkness from whence it came.

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Protecting the Forest [Support: Hildegard the Beastmaster] - Page 2 Empty Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:27 pm

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Unfortunately, that was to be the end of the story that day. After destroying the two revenants, whatever magic was causing the plague to exist also faded into the wind. The trees began to recover, all traces of the magic leaving the area of the forest. However, Odin knew better than to start celebrating. For whatever reason, it was not over as simply as that. Someone had created the mist, created the plague, and had created the revenants. For some reason, someone was out there copying his own abilities, and they had wanted the Lich to notice. Well, they had certainly gotten his attention, and they would soon find themselves face to face with the Wizard Lord. Odin could guarantee it wouldn’t end well for them. He did not enjoy being mocked, and anyone that tried would quickly meet the fate of so many others who had tried. But, for today, there was nothing more to be done. Odin would return to the settlement, greeting Nemesis mid-way and riding the rest of the journey. After receiving praise for his work, as well as payment, Odin would retire for the evening. He didn’t feel like he had succeeded, but the demi humans were indebted to him, and the strong wood of the forest was now safe once more. Hildegard would be proud.

-Exit-

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