The meeting with the rebels gone bad we exit the building quickly. We try to stay out of sight of the airship’s searchlights and their deadly ballista’s. Raphael and Soren take to the rooftops, the rest of us take to the streets. Left, right, right, left we slowly make our way through the city like rats in a maze. Soldiers try to intercept us only to be cut down or savaged by Tetsuro. Brave pup just earned a treat.
As we enter a market square, Vito spots a mage on one of the ships. I grab some Wildfire from a vendor, throwing some gold crowns his way. The mage cast lightning at a distant rooftop, must be Raphael and Soren. Vito makes him pay with a well placed bolt through his throat. We move towards the ship trying to get under their field of fire. I get shot with a glancing blow while trying to protect Tetsuro from the hail of arrows and bolts. Once we are under the ship Tsura bathes it in fire as I hurl my volatile flask skyward. Our combined attack sets the ship on fire. That should keep them busy for a while.
The next street ends at a locked gate. I cut through the lock as Nicolaas lifts the gate. That wiry frame belies some hidden strength. It seems that both Raphael and Soren have lost their pursuers or they are dead as we now have both ships chasing us. I get shot again as they chase us down another street. I turn and hurl another flask at the closest ship. The trooper operating the ballista is very unlucky as his shot ruptures the wildfire, spraying the deck with fiery death. His burning corpse plummets to the street below.
As we turn to make our getaway, a Shadow Demon rises out of the ground. He challenges me to a duel, promising to let the others go. Our reputation has preceded us. I quickly agree for it is better for some to escape then for all of us to get caught in this trap. The Black Butterflies must continue the fight. There is only one way to end this quickly, as I do not have time to linger. I must sacrifice defense for a killing blow. My master called it “Sheathing the Sword.” We charge each other, swords raised. I cut him with a vicious cross body blow, as I feel his hooked blade bite deep into my arm. As I turn I see him drop to his knees, severely wounded. Blood pumps from my severed left arm, pooling at my feet. As I lose consciousness I hear him say, “Well met, Baal will face you again.” A Shadow Demon! Why was there a Shadow Demon here…… My companions grab me as the demon disappears and escape on the other airship as Raphael and Soren have somehow captured it.
I awaken to the gently rocking motion of the airship. It seems that I am in Vito’s debt for he has saved my life with his healing touch, though I have lost my left arm below the elbow. We are on our way to rendezvous with the Ghost and make our way to Castle Odessa. Even though the meeting went bad, we have gathered much intelligence on the enemy.
Talking to Woden about the intel, we are asked to attack a legion from the Alliance at Passage to slow them down giving Woden time to move troops to the pass. Then we are to stop Project Ascension, even though we know not what it is. Anything to do with the Yehudah must be evil. Our little group is growing as we now have two airships, one stealthy and silent the other swift and deadly.
Before we go Professor Gregory, an old friend of Nikolai, fits me with a mechanical gauntlet. Those Lucrecians and their inventions! It does not feel right, but it will allow me to continue the fight. He also promises Raphael a new tongue after Raphael gives Gregory Nikolai’s ashes. I do not know if that was wise, but we shall see.