Old May 11, 2002, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Death... he was sure of it. or was he?. Life and death both fell into the same context right now. He felt alive but couldn't control what he did, he was motionless, floating. The black abyss around him was relentless giving him nothing to grasp as reality except for nothing. But out of the darkness came a dark grey stone hurled from no where. Smashing into nothing, a sudden ripple was sent through the plane he now excisted in. Demetrius' frozen body emerged from an icy lake where he levitated in the center.

Slowly turning, his head rotated to the right where a large band of savage orcs stood together sharpening their axes and swords. Some were laying in tents and others where out in the opening praising some forsaken deity, painting their faces in respect and reverence. His head turned again, this time to the left. There layed a well organized camp of humans standing, eyeing over the orcs, holding their blades and hammers high praying to Diana. With both groups turning to face each other, screams of bloody murder sounded the area and the two war bands charged each other running straight into the water. Scarlet ripples waved out from the water turning the liquid red, and all who entered the flooded grave did not emerge, except two.

Standing on left side of the half-ork boy was a tall and lean human dressed in ancient robes which were colored in black and dark purple. To the right was a muscular ork women with a berserked look on her face. But instead of battling the two embraced. And after a short time hundreds of skeletal arms reached up and drug both into the blood below. With that the arms of the two who were sucked below went above the water and held up a small child, who was a half-ork boy.

The abyss, that was all that was left. Whatever he was hit with was nothing minor. Or was it just his mind.

Demetrius Lo awaited to be awoken.
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Old May 13, 2002, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Through the darkness he heard noises, a skittering sound like that of a rodent and then sometimes the clink of a chain. Moans echoed through his head as dreams and reality collided around him. Slowly he came to, his eyes were blinded by a rough cloth tied around his face for that reason.
As he slowly checked himself he felt that his hands were free but his legs were chained, and if he moved them he could hear the metallic noise that had pervaded his dreams.

From somewhere nearby he could hear voices, they were gruff and low. The voice of a bully and ruffian, this voice did not come from a prisoner but from a man who watched prisoners and probably enjoyed reminding them that he was not chained and they were.
Beneath him Demetrius could feel a hard stone floor, it was cold to him so he had not been lying there too long. Slowly feeling himself he found no traces of his weapons or possessions just his clothes and a few bruises from when he was manhandled by the two that had dragged him in here.

In his mind there was little doubt that he was now in Malice, he had gotten what he had asked for, but now that he was in his chances of getting out weren't looking that good.
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Old May 14, 2002, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The distressed boy groped around the floor keeping his eyes tightly shut. Nothing but stone. So this is what Malice felt like. It was indeed a cold place and no one would doubt that. Sitting up, Demetrius tore the red cloth from around his head and tried to adjust to the light if there was any. He was their prisoner now, is this what joining Malice was? Fitting, very fitting...

In hope of getting noticed the half-ork moaned loudly and rattled the chain which was bound about his feet.
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Removing the blindfold was easily done and his eyes quickly adjusted to the glomy interior of the cell he was in. The room was like any dungeon cell he had heard about before, it had rusty bars the width of his wrist, a straw filled mattress in the corner which was already covered in mildew and other fungi and several bones which may have belonged to his predecessor but had been picked clean by the vermin that roamed the floor freely.

Your moans and chain rattling soon got the guard over, and the large man leered in through the rusty bars. His paunch was distended a dirty shirt bulging to hold his stomach. His face was crisscrossed with scars, and he had several teeth missing, on top of which his smell made you feel like gagging.

"So the fresh meat is awoken, I bet you have lots of questions but i'll get the Pitboss to answer them". With a loud chuckle and a grin at you he stumbled off through the unlit dungeon and left you alone to ponder on your fate and get used to your surroundings.
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Old May 17, 2002, 07:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The grimy room had reminded Demetruis of his own house, of which the deed of it he had found off that noble's corpse, minus the bones. But there was no safe feeling here, he was a prisoner for now or maybe forever.

Why did I ever leave the port, leaning up against a wall he put his head in his hands. The reason he left was clear, he had provoked a group he should never had, those he called themselves 'watchers'.

Raising his head with squinted eyes the half-ork looked outside his cell. Who was this Pitboss? He shook his head quickly. It didn't matter. The only thing to do now was to wait and rott.
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As you wait you realise that none of your posessions are with you, merely the clothes you were in. Possibly they were being kept somewhere, and maybe you would get them back but now while you were a prisoner.

Soon you hear shuffled steps coming and the grimy face of the jailer returns. He gives you a wicked grin and then steps out of the way to make room for a large man. This new man is tall and muscular, his clothing is quite clean and well kept. He seems to be very well dressed for the location he is, a woven shirt of high quality, trousers more suited for a city and polished boots. His face was tanned and clean unlike the jailers, and his beard was well trimmed. If he was the boss of a pit then he probably didn't do any of the dirty work.

Looking in at you he gives you a good looking over, scratching his chin idly.
"You there, what are your skills?" His voice was was relaxed and smooth, a tone that was used to being obeyed.
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A refined man was something the boy thought he would never seen in the heart of Malice. There were no spikes or barbs, just fancy clothing.

"My skills," he stoped abruptly and cleared his sore throart, "Well I.. I know the gut in Port Alyxandrya like the back of my hand." he wasn't sure if that meant anything to these people but he hoped.
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The man doesn't seem impressed, turning to his compatriot he has a whispered conversation then motioning to you he says "Well let's see what you can do, shall we?"

With that he turns and leaves, the jailer grudgingly opens your cell and pulling a dagger from a sheath on his waist, he motions for you to get out.
The chain around your legs had enough slack to let you walk, but not enough to run and the jailer didn't seem intrested in unlocking it yet.

As you head out of the cell you follow the retreating back of the Pitboss through some winding corridors, most of which have at least one guard dressed in black leather standing in them. Finally he arrives at a small door which he opens slightly and then as you approach he opens for you and the jailer pushes you out into the sunlight.
With a thud the door behind you is slammed shut, a bolt sliding acroos it to seal you in your surroundings. As your eyes adjust you notice you are in a circular arena with raised walls about twice your height. The circle is nearly 50 feet across and filled hard baked dirt. Besides you there is nobody there, the only other item of intrest is a bloody scimitar and hammer lying to one side. Neither are of high quality but both have seen plenty of use.
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He wasn't sure what the Pitboss meant, but he knew it wasn't going to be any easy trial. What now he thought while waiting for the noble to leave the jail.

The drawn dagger was not a comfort to his feelings of dispair. The meer thought of that blade stuck under his ribs was enough to drive him insane. Tears were now affixed in the bottom of his eyes but they would not flow. His mind knew the perils of which he was facing and any weakness shown, like crying, could have meant death to the half-ork boy.

Turning every corner with a breath of relief, Demetrius followed as quick as he could in a somewhat muddled walk. After being thrown through the doors he felt the sunlight shine upon his face and the warmth flood over his skin.

" Where..." he said half dazed. Spotting the two weapons to the side, he came to a grim solution. Demetrius hoped his time for escape would be soon. With a quick walk the half-ork bent over and grabbed both weapons in his hands then looked around the arena once more.
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As you wait your eyes grow accustomed to the glare of the sun, and you notice with despair that the only way in or out of the pit is through the door you just used.
Shortly after your arrival the door is opened and a young man is pushed through the door, sprawling in the dust much like you. With him are thrown a longsword and a mace, and the door is slammed shut again.

As he gets up you notice that he is slightly older than you, with short black hair and medium build. As he notices the weapons he grabs them and rolls away from the door, coming up in a crouched stance ready for any attacks. Then he notices you and the weapons you hold and his stance hardens, the look he gives you isn't friendly.

Above you at the rim of the pit appears the pitboss, his attire gleaming in the sunlight. His well oiled voice calls down to you "Welcome gentlemen to the pit, it seems that you both have volunteered to join Malice, but we do not accept just anyone so you will have to prove your mettle. Let me put it this way, only one of you walks out of here to join us."
With that the man leaned forward content to watching the fight, around the rim of the pit appeared other faces eager to see a fight.

Your opponent doesn't say much, but his glare speaks volumes, he intends to be the one walking out of here. With both weapons raised he begins to advance on you.
He holds the longsword in his left hand, and the mace in his right. Whether he knows how to use them or not you're unsure, but he certainly knows which end to point at you.
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His hope for escape soon was answered but rather grimly. It seemed the quickest and simplest way to get away from Malice would be death. The only sure solution was to battle for his life against this other poor soul.

The term pitboss was now making more sense and being trapped in the pit was something of nightmare. You either fought and killed another innocent creature or died by it's hands. But maybe the other wasn't so innocent, Demetrius lied about wanting to join but the other boy had come to Malice with his own free will. He kept that in mind.

Holding the two weapons tightly in his gruff hands, the half-ork waded back and forth sluggishly trying to find an open spot in his opponents defense but it seemed that Lo's eyes were to un-trained.

As the black haired boy moves forward Demetrius keeps the hammer close to parry with and uses the long, but curved blade of the scimitar to jab at his enemy lightly.
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The boy circles you warrily, his weapons held firmly but at wild angles, leaving many open spaces through which you could you could make a quick attack. His own experiences probably only went as far as hearing tales round the campfire and playing 'pretend' with his friends.

As he closed in he ended up standing too close and one of your quering stabs with the scimitar made him jump back, his arms instinctivly spreading out for balance.
With a snarl he regained his guard and lunged forward with the longsword aimed at your chest.
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A sadistic grin grew on Demetrius' lips as he watched the boy he fought suffer. His eyes widen and his heart raced quicker than he had ever felt before, except once. He seemed to remember once when a young thug was trying to steal a few crowns from him. After they locked arms Demetrius felt a drastic change in his heart and blood. He no longer feared pain but welcomed it. Was this the orc inside him trying to escape? He always wondered.

Trying to control himself in his berserked state, the half-ork boy side stepped as the black haired boy advanced on him. With his scimitar Kuzak tried to knock his oppenents sword to the side and crush his face with the hammer using his own speed and wieght against him.
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Demetrius sidestepped the blade coming at him and deflected it even further as he swept it aside with the scimitar in his hand, meanwhile his own swipe with the hammer at the boys head struck grazing the youths head and leaving a bleeding gash above one ear where the edge of the hammer had caught him.

The youth passed and turned, looking up in amazement he felt the side of his head from where blood flowed. Suddenly he looked weak, a young boy caught in something he had no chance at.
His weapons shook in his hands as he took up a defensive stance, his first encounter was not leaning in his favour and the boy was scared.
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The half-orc boy howled in delight after his hammer had mauled through the youth's flesh. His first attack to draw blood. Watching the other young one quiver away, Kuzak snorted and spitted, walking back and forth in a most aggressive manner. His midnight blue eyes shimmered from the suns and slowly turned from sharp and angry to concerned. It seemed as though his human will had gained control over his body once again, if not for only a short time.

Looking over the shaking boy Demetrius sighed and felt his stomach drop. He was forced to try and take his enemies life, a life that could have been long and wonderous. Could he possibly do it, take anothers life? And what was this malicious side of him that appeared from time to time, would he be able to control it?

Demetrius Lo had a good chance of winning this battle, although the outcome wasn't set in stone. But what scared him the most was they were both unexperienced, would Lo win because of his size or lineage? Life was unfair and it was all becoming to clear to the boy. He wouldn't let others stand over him, whatever it took Demetrius Lo... Kuzak would train and strengthen to stop others from ruling him.

Stepping closer and closer with his weapons high the half-ork gave a warm look and searched for an opening in the boys stance. Deciding not to attack straight forward and counting on the other boy's shaking and weakness Demetrius drew his hammer up for parrying and stepped close enough so just the middle of their swords would meet. Using as much force as he could Kuzak tried to disarm his opponent by hitting the longsword with the scimitar.
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