Merls The Sneaky sat on the hill and watched the slew of adventurers leaving ascalon heading for lions arch. The King was trying to rally troops for the war against the char, but most smart people were moving on.
Merls had just returned from the wall, but things looked bleak. The initial char onslaught had started many fires in ascalons surrounding forests. There was no sign of any bears, Merls had so much wanted to tame a bear for his journey. Perhaps the bears had headed west aswell. It came as no surprise to merls, beyond the wall was a devestation none of natures forces had dared to abuse the earth with.
Merls got to his feet, picking up his bow. It was a nice longbow with good grips, a plague devourer, had it hanging over its tail, although it had a badly damaged bowstring. Merls had aquired another from traders in ascalon. Merls smiled, some things could still be relied on.
Merls attatched the new string to the bottom of the bow and placed the end on the ground. He expertly bent it over his knee and removed the old string whilst attatching the new one. It felt good, much tighter than his last bow, Merls knew it would pierce armor now.
"Help!....Please!.....No too many!" Said a voice from behind Merls.
Merls turned around, he saw a lone elementist initiate, and three rather healthy looking char. Things seemed to be in hand as a warrior was sprinting in, although if they didn't have backup soon there would be big trouble.
There was no way to go directly down there, the only path was back down was the mountain pass, and it was a throng of people heading in the oppisite direction. But with this hieght, and the new bow he might just be able to intervene from here.
Merls picked a rocky outcrop to get the combination of hieght and position. Pulling back on the bow he called out "Take the bugger to the north west". Merls summoned his strength and pulled back on the bow extra hard and aimed for the called target, he released, and missed. Merls cursed under his breath. This time he summoned all his concentration, this shot he knew would hit, and wouldn't be blocked.
The warrior and elementist had taken the first char down a peg or two, and it appeared things werent as dire as first was thought. Our elementist had some healing skill aswell.
Merls released his arrow, direct hit, the char swayed, looked around and dropped. The arrow had pierced through its armor. While the warrior and elementist finished off the second char, the third was making a run for it. If he escaped, he would bring others to stop the fleeing masses.
Merls, refocused his aim and fired. The arrow went straight through the char's hoof, a few seconds later the warrior and elementist were on top of him and he too was a fallen foe.
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