A Soldier Calls [Sialarvanya] Feb 11, 2017 19:24:48 GMT -7
Post by Solveig on Feb 11, 2017 19:24:48 GMT -7
"It's terrible, I know," she replied to the joke, "I never thought I would be putting on more clothing around you," She helped Sia to her feet and then they went about getting her dressed, and while Solveig wishes to revel in all the time they had together she also knew that time was of the essence and so they could not linger here now. Chestplate, pauldrons, cuisse, greaves, gauntlets and finally only the helmet remained. She didn't put it on yet, and instead was kissed by Sia and told to be safe, and reminded of the scroll that allowed her to summon her if necessary. She nodded once, decisively. "I will return when we have defeated them. I love you." She would have placed a hand to her cheek or run her fingers through her hair but her gauntlets were plate, as they must be to protect against the bite of an anpu, and so she bowed instead, like how a proper knight should bow to a lady, and then it was time to leave. As she shut the door behind her she took a breath and unsheathed her sword, holding it in one hand and the scroll in the other. Maybe together it would be enough.
Now she was to meet Gunnar outside the dining hall where, if he followed her orders successfully, all the non-combat residents would be safely hiding from the beasts. The halls of the keep were eerily silent as she made her way through them, and when she reached the door to the main hall she pushed it open but almost threw up when she saw what was inside. The ground was soaked red with blood as more than a dozen servants, children, and fellow soldiers lay dead, some of them ripped apart beyond all recognition. The coppery scent of blood was overpowering but beyond that was a sickly sweet smell that clung to her - the smell of death. She didn’t have time to mourn yet though, as a chilling howl echoed through the hall she had just come from. There was no time to waste.
Halfway through the hall she was knocked to the ground as one of the beasts jumped on her from behind. There had been no sound of warning, no clicking of sharp nails on the stone floor, and when she landed heavily on her stomach her sword fell out of her grasp and the scroll crinkled in her fingers. ”Ooof!” But luckily the heavy plate armour kept the creature’s teeth from puncturing her skin, though it did seem to bend slightly under the pressure. She could feel its breath hot on her neck, but before it could clamp down she rolled quickly to her back and the Anpu jumped away and disappeared into the shadows.
Solveig looked around, afraid it might jump out of the shadows as quickly as it had gone, but it did not return and so she went to pick up her sword. It had fallen in a pool of crimson and she grimaced as she picked it up, trying not to imagine which of her friends the blood had spilled from.
Once through the doors on the other side it was only two hallways until she was in front of the dining hall where not only Gunnar but Eyvinder and Kvieger stood at guard, each holding their sword in one hand and a torch in the other. ”Captain!” Gunnar called, and all three of them looked immensely relieved to see her there. She wasn’t sure she was worthy of the amount of confidence she brought to the situation, but she knew that at least with her they had one more sword and the scroll that could change everything.
Ooc: Left it here but I could also add more if you prefer, since Sia's alone in the room now