Related article: Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 12:01:50 -0600From: Tommy KnightHawk Subject: Alpha Wanderer: Chapter 5 Friends and EnemiesChapter 5 Friends and EnemiesDisclaimer is the same as before. If this looks like it was yours itprobably wasn't because I've made it up all on the spot. Except for somestuff I borrowed from other Internet writers with their permission. Ifsomething looks like yours or if you want to give feed back or if you don'tunderstand something just contact me at alpha_wandererhotmail.comThanks to those who have been giving feedback. You know who you are. Alsothanks to hextaur and the_atlantian for beta testing the story.*************************************************************Review of Chapter 4 Life Goes On*************************************************************Borak was holding both falcons now and was looking intently at the female."I shall call you Erinlumbule (woods shadow in Elvish) for you were pulledfrom the shadow of death caused by these woods."I was in awe. I didn't even think of naming the falcon when I had gottenit but now I knew what it's name would be. Taking the male I said, "And Ishall call you Dunaewcoi (lover of bird life in Elvish) for you saved thelife of our friend here."Both birds looked pleased, as they took off together and danced in the air.Borak and I headed back to camp while talking about plans for travel."Well Borak, it looks like something wants us to head for Korison. We havework to do, and as they say, life goes on.*************************************************************End of Review*************************************************************Getting the falcons ready for their trip was hard work. We agreed that weshould just have the birds deliver the messages, mainly because we didn'thave the time to teach the birds how to act human. After duplicating themessage and tying it onto the birds, I mentally told the birds where to goand where to meet us when they finished. After we sent the birds off,Borak and I got ready to break camp.Borak and I took weapons according to how well we knew how to use them.The rest of the stuff we split down the middle. My favorite weapon was awalking staff I had made the first day after Talcorath. Perfect in weightand height, it made the perfect bow staff. It was rough enough to looklike a walking stick, but was a deadly weapon.Borak's weapon of choice was his sword. He had purchased it in Talcorath,but had altered it and made it stronger with magic. It was a sword likethe paladin use, wide and straight. Unlike my sword, it was simple, with asmall leather strip wrapped around the hilt. The sheath was also made outof leather, while mine was metal, gilded with gold.We set out toward Korison. We didn't travel as fast as we had on the wayto Talcorath, but we made good time on the highway. It was Borak's idea touse the highways on the way back. He figured that if Orcs were stilllooking for us, they would be looking through the forest.As we walked, we passed a few caravans. At about mid-day, a caravan thathad been gaining on us since about mid-morning caught up with us. Theylooked rather worn compared to the other caravans we had seen and had atired out feeling about them. Their leader slowed the caravan down to ourspeed and rode over to us."Ho, travelers." His voice sounded as tired out as the caravan looked."Ho." I returned in the standard fashion."It's been awhile since I have seen a body traveling in this samedirection. Have you a notion why?" While he tried to put it off as aquestion he might ask of anyone, his voice had an eager edge to it."The town of Korison is under siege." I said. For some reason this manmade me nervous and I didn't want to give away more information then I hadto."Really? I have heard rumors, but you speak as if you have seen the siegeyourself." My look must have given me away because he eyed me carefully."Your companion and yourself have the blood of the green ones in yourveins." I was shocked at how blunt he was."Indeed." I said."Yes, indeed. I have heard that the siege is made up of magic orckind.You wouldn't be of them would you?" He sounded suspicious now."I could be of the same blood as those who siege Korison, but I never knewmy father so I don't know. However, my friend here is a deserter of theirclan and has become mine." I felt Borak twitch on the other end of ourlink at my claiming him."This orc is a Kulak orc?" I saw his hand drift to the hilt of his sword."Hold your hand." Borak burst out. I could feel anger both across thelink and from his voice. "I will not stand here and be addressed in thethird person. If you have a problem with me, take it up with me not withmy...master."It was my turn to twitch but I felt Borak's acceptance of this through thelink."It so happens that I have a problem with you." Even through his tightlycontrolled voice I could feel a rage burning in him. "My name is Thurn,and yester night my young brother was taken in a raid pushed upon us by agroup of Kulak mages. What is your answer to that?"Borak gathered himself and said, "It is regrettable that your brother wastaken. While it hurts me that my brethren would be so rash, I cannot beheld responsible for their actions. I seceded from their ranks and nowfollow the lead of another."I could see the rage within the man dissipate with each of Borak's words."I'm sorry that I allowed my words to escape me in this time of sorrow. Iwish though that something could be done."I watched as Borak's mind worked and then felt a burst of informationthrough the link. Acting on his counsel I turned to Thurn. "We, my orcand I, were on our way to Korison as we Loli Sex speak. It just so happens that theOrcs who took your kin were after us. It is partly our fault that he wastaken and it shall become our quest to save him."While saying this I drew my sword and gave a salute to Thurn. Borak inturn saluted him and we watched as he saluted back."It is acceptable what you have said." Thurn replied. "May whatever godsyou serve speed you in your quest. We are citizens of Raven Valley andwill look forward to your coming with my brother. I would go with you butthe care of his majesties goods are of more import to the kingdom. Thankyou."When he finished his speech, Borak and I veered off the main road and intothe woods. If indeed the Orckind that had attacked us had taken the boy,we would need a plan to get Thurn's brother back.When we were far enough away from the caravan to not be observed, wedropped our packages and sat down."Sorry for getting you into this." Borak looked sad."It is alright Borak." I laid my hand on his arm to show the truth of mywords. "I firmly believe that nothing happens by chance. There is areason that we need to save that boy.""How will we find him?""I have an idea. I don't know if it will work, but..." With my hand stillon his arm, I pulled him into my mind.Once there I shared Loli Sex with him my idea of setting a tracer on the magicalsignature of the Orc that had attacked us before. If we were careful, wecould figure out where he was without his knowing he was being looked for.Combining my mental control with Borak's magical knowledge, we would beable to pull it off."Ok Tucan let's give it a try."We sat facing each other, crossed legs and clasped hands. We both enteredthe Astral Plane and joined our mental selves. As Borak aligned his mentalself inside mine, I drew in his collected magical experience. I was in aweby how much I didn't know about magical abilities. There was so muchinformation it was almost overwhelming. I Loli Sex realized that I couldn't allowthe information to stay after we were done because it almost warped mysense of self. When Borak finished hiding inside my mental self, we joinedour mental abilities and scanned the surrounding area in widening circles.After about ten minutes of searching we found a small magical trail.Careful not to allow it to sense us, we followed its magical signature backto the caster. Zooming in on the group Loli Sex of magic users I was astonished atthe power they had among them. While they were the weaker of the siegemembers, they were still more advanced then I. Borak dwarfed them with hismagical ability for they were still students.We pulled back to our bodies and separated both mentally and physically.Borak looked thoughtful."I believe we could take them if we had some supplies. They seem to beholding the boy captive, almost as if they expect someone to rescue him.""So they aren't going to kill him. We have time to prepare.""Yes."Both of us jumped up and started gathering small items. While Borakgathered stones and bones, at his suggestion I gathered small plants,vines, and nuts. When we both had an armful we returned to the same placeand sorted them out."Ok Tucan, you're better at talismans and magical healing items, but I ammore talented and schooled in creating tools of mass destruction." Duringthe last line he grinned. "But you are also good at creating magical trapsand support magic items, like ensnaring vines. This is part of the reasonwe gathered different things.""So what do I do?""Feel into the item you want to change, then tell it what you want it todo. This is one of the more natural magic spells you will perform. It issecond nature to you, like feeling the trees or whatever it is you do.""So I'll just know what to do with it?""Yes, now get to work. If you can't figure something out just ask mysubconscious."With that Borak picked up the first rock and closed his hands around it.Even through his hands I could see a glow and knew that he was doingsomething. I picked up the vine and examined it with both my eyes and mysenses. I closed my eyes and envisioned the vine before me. I asked thevine what it could do. The image began changing before me. First itshowed me a vine reaching up and strangling an orc. I couldn't stand thethought of Borak getting killed by something I created so I went on to thenext phase.The vine again warped in my mind to show a natural armor that attackedanything that attacked it. I liked that idea and had it form that one.When I opened my eyes I was wearing a greenish armor with spikes around thewrists and ankles. A thick bark plating covered vital areas and I couldtell that it could take quite a punch, magic or otherwise.I glanced up to see Borak covered in stone armor. While mine was more foroffence, his was clearly better for defense. He was covered from neck tofoot with thin plates of stone, but I could tell that it was even strongerthan mine. He was holding a bone helmet and looking at me with a feralgrin.I grinned back and picked up a nut. As I examined it, I could feel ittelling me that it was best at healing. I examined the different healingabilities and made it as strong as I could. I made about ten of those thenpicked up a small thorn.With a flash, I knew what it could do and picked up a vine as well. Boraksmiled as I really got into commanding the natural objects. The thorn grewand extended to become a long javelin. The vine wrapped around the head,with the spell stored and ready to activate.I stood and hung my travel pack on a tree then pulled out my sword. Ipushed it against my back and felt the vine suit grow around it. At mybelt level a small sack grew and I dropped the nuts into it. Borak alsostood and I saw that he had grown a bone shield as well as a bone dagger.His sword was in its sheath at his side and his helmet on his head made himappear deadly."We are quite the pair." Borak said as he thumped around, hanging his packon another tree."Yes we are." I was examining a small branch and feather I had found. Ireached into my pack and pulled out the arrowheads I had made earlier andput one on the end of the branch. A small vine from my supply turned theseitems into an arrow that looked (and was) Loli Sex quite deadly. With poison fromthe vine, a small cut from this arrow would slow anybody it hit. Iduplicated them until I ran out of arrowheads. I then fashioned a bow andquiver and attached them to my armor."You are quite resourceful." Borak said, as he looked me up and down."You are too you know." I said, before my armor grew up over my head,completely covering my face.We set off in the direction of the orc camp, Borak thumping loudly while Itreaded as softly as my Elven ancestors would have.When we came into hearing distance of the Orcs, Borak continued on hisstraight path while I circled around to surprise them. I moved like thewind, with scarcely a sound being heard. My armor was a natural camouflageand I flew around the camp without them noticing. When I was in position,I pulled my javelin from behind the quiver and prepared to attack.The Orcs were in disarray from Borak's loud stomping. Although it alertedthem to our coming it also made my javelin a more potent weapon. They weregathered together in the center of their camp, with their captive off toone side. They were preparing some magic and were starting to glow.While waiting for Borak's signal, I scanned the boy and found that he wasall right. I turned my attention back to the Orcs and prepared to throw myjavelin.The signal came as a burst of magic in the brush to the right and as theOrcs turned and fired I threw my javelin. It flew true and landed right inthe middle of them. With a burst the handle sucked into the head and thevines shot out, ensnaring four of the five Orcs. The fifth turned to helphis friends but suddenly had to defend himself from a barrage of magic fromBorak.I threw my second item into the air. It was a rock that had been modifiedby Borak, so I wasn't sure what it was supposed to do but he told me to hitright on top of the javelin head for it to work.Once again my throw was true and the rock broke over the roots of thevines. The Orcs were struggling trying to break free from them as the rockturned the vines to stone. One orc had escaped moments before the vineturned the others into stone as well. I abandoned my hiding place andrushed him before he had a chance to right himself.He turned and conjured a magical sword right before I reached him. Jumpingover him, I pulled out my sword and landed in a crouch. He jumped forwardwith a downward slash but I raised my sword in time and parried the blow.We traded blows for a while, neither really gaining ground. Unfortunatelyhe decided to mix magic in the fight and blasted a fireball in betweenblows.My armor held true against the barrage and I allowed it to adapt to theattack. The bark that had been the thicker armor appeared to be burningoff and I paused, allowing the Orc to think I was on fire. His guardlowered just the slightest bit and I slashed at him. He reacted fasterthan I expected and managed to block most of the blow. I got his shouldera little but it was nothing serious. I happened upon an idea then and fellto the ground screaming. I sent a message to Borak, telling him I wasacting and then channeled magic into the fire around me.The Orc backed away from the heat and I rose up in the flames, pulling outmy bow. I notched an arrow and shot in the direction I knew he was in. Ascream sounded and I let the flames die as he clutched the arrow in hisheart. My armor had been mostly burned away and I had a charred smell butwasn't badly hurt. I looked over to see how Borak was doing and watchedhim trade magic blows with the other Orc. I put my sword back in itsscabbard and notched another arrow. Sweeping this way and that I made sureBorak and I wouldn't be ambushed.I came back to the fight and, with permission from Borak, let the arrowfly. The Orc fell with a scream. I walked over to the boy and saw he hadfainted. I returned to my first victim and began striping him. After Ihad removed all his clothing and belongings and the arrow, I dragged himover to the stone Orcs and threw him in the midst of them.Borak did the same and placed his spoils with mine. Together we walkedover to the boy. I woke him up with a mental nudge and smiled at him."Who're you? Don't hurt me!" The boy pleaded."Calm down young one." Borak said."It's ok. Look." I said as a gestured toward the fallen Orcs. "We camehere to rescue you."The boy looked around and saw that we were saying the truth."Oh thank you, thank you." He said over and over again. Then he reallylooked at Borak."AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!" He screamed as he backed away."Well hello to you too." Borak grunted."Yo...you...you're one of them!" He said."No he's not." I said, "He helped me save you. He is my servant accordingto his own law and will help me in all that I do." I used this to makeBorak's story to Thurn be confirmed.The boy seemed to calm at that. I figured that he had seen this situationbefore."Look, we met Thurn and he asked us to rescue you. We will be returningyou to Raven Valley as soon as our business in Korison is finished." Isaid."Korison! But that's the city that's under attack!" He looked at Borak. "Byyour kind!""Yes it is." Borak confirmed. "And that is our business there." The boypaled. "To stop them.""Oh.""Yes." I said. "Now unless you Loli Sex want us to say 'Hey You!' all the timeyou'll have to tell us your name.""Oh, right. My name is Shawn. Shawn Curse of the house of Thavendor.""Well, Shawn," Borak said, "I hope you are used to travel, for we will begoing quickly and lightly across this land.""I may be a son of young summers, but I am as stout as the rest of myfamily. I will keep up.""Then let us pick up our spoils and be gone." I said.We gathered together all the supplies of the Orcs that was worth saving,including some more magic books and a few magical items. We also took oneof their tents and headed off toward our other packs. Shawn asked manyquestions about our past and soon we knew each other quite well.After dividing up the supplies we headed off on the road again. We walkeduntil dusk then set up camp. Shawn hadn't complained about the fast pace,but it was clear that he was tired.After raising the tent and getting out the food, Borak entered the tent tomake the bed. Shawn proved that he was no stranger to travel by gatheringwood for our fire. With the Orc band that had been sent to capture ustaken care of, Borak and I were no longer worried about being discovered.I stacked the wood up in the circle of stones I had gathered and threw somefire at it to get it started. Shawn just gaped, stuttering around until heregained control of this tongue."You're a shaman!" He blurted."No, I'm a student of the Orc mage Borak." I corrected."But your control! I've never seen Orcish magic with that kind ofcontr..." He trailed off, looking like he had said something wrong."The band your brother is in isn't a caravan, is it?" I asked.He shook his head slowly. "No, we were sent to Korison to help them.Despite your attempts, the city would fall without our help, and thenTorksi would be taken. The destruction wouldn't have stopped there andthey wouldn't be stopped until they destroyed most of our kingdom."My head jerked up. "A seer saw this?""Yes. He came to my father with his vision and my father decided to sendmy family to stop them.""Your family?" Borak asked from the tent flap."Yes. My family has been known for their strength in Sorcery and we weresent to stop the Orcs." He looked sad for a moment. "Now I know mydestiny is not with them.""Oh but it is my dear fellow." I said. "We are on our way there withmessages to both Torksi and Leavostra for help.""Help won't come." He snapped. "That's what our seer saw. No help exceptfrom us! And we are from a city that is a moon's travel away. The leadersof Torksi and Leavostra are too short sighted to realize they are next.""What about you?" I asked."My destiny is not with them. The seer said that carriers of the greenblood would save me from themselves. We didn't understand what he meantthen, he tends to be a little cryptic, but now we know." He lookeddejected. "He said that I had a much higher purpose and that my destinywas with you. That really perplexed my father. He thought that we wouldfind a band of Orcs that would help us fight the siege or something.""Regardless, Loli Sex we will still help your family fight the Kulak siege." Boraksaid."He said that you would say that. His message to you was, 'As the demonriver Korsanog runs red, so will the blood of human's across the land ifyou help.' I'm not sure what he means, but by the look on your face, youdo."I looked at Borak and saw he was shocked to the point of speechlessness."What does he mean Borak?"Borak took a deep breath, "The River Korsanog is a red river in the land ofthe demons. For one who summons, like me, it is the ultimate challenge fordemon summoning. The message carries two messages. It's first is theapparent message. Humans will fail if I attempt to help them. It also saysthat if I were to help, mankind would be put through its ultimatechallenge.""And that is?" Shawn asked."I'm not sure, but it would be bad." Borak answered."The main question is what are we going to do now. Without being able tohelp Korison there is no other thing that I need to do." I said."We shall tackle that in the morning. For now we all need our rest." Withthat Borak turned toward the tent.All other matters were pushed to the back of my head as I wondered what wewould do about sleeping arrangements. Borak, I knew, would sleep naked. Ididn't know how Shawn would react to that.Deciding to take things as they came, I followed Borak to the tent. Icould hear Shawn following me as well. Pushing aside the flap, I saw Borakalready undressing and laying his things on top of the skin."It gets cold at night." Borak said, as if he was reading my mind. "We putour clothing on top of the skin to keep us warm."With that, Borak removed his pants, making himself completely naked. Ifelt a lurch in me at seeing his naked body, and I tried my best to make itlook like a natural thing. I started removing my clothing as well andlooked over at Shawn as if to say, "You coming?"Shawn looked shocked, but I couldn't tell what at. Naked Orcs are animpressive thing, even if some people think they're ugly. Shawn beganundoing the buttons of his shirt. He looked apprehensive but steadilyremoved his clothes, laying them on top of ours.*************************************************************End Of Chapter 5 Friends and Enemies*************************************************************Sorry people. Loli Sex Couldn't resist. I have to make you want the next chapterif I expect you to come back. I changed from uploading them as txt touploading them as .htm files. Tell me if you like the other way better orif this is better. Feedback is demanded for future posts. For feedback Imay give cookies! Hahaha. Anyway feedback can be given atalpha_wandererhotmail.comLook for the next chapter in about a week. If I get good feedback, that is.