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Aug 25, 2019 1:52 AM
Dragon Age Ari lands in vampireworld
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"I feel like that's all the more reason to complain, if it's a habit!"

He attempts to wipe some of the blood off his thighs. It doesn't go very well; it's gone all tacky. Flemeth claps his hands together. "To the river with you both, come on. Tabby, just follow Ari, he'll show you the way."

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Zeke trots along with them.

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Ari cheers up quickly, and the river is close by. It's deep and quick, but clear. Ari jumps in immediately and starts washing blood off and splashing around.

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Tabby cannonballs after him.

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While Zeke is busy making castles out of river-mud.

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After a few minutes of this, the sound of metal clanking on metal filters through the noises of the forest. A man in heavy metal armor emblazoned with a sigil of a flaming sword walks out of the treeline. He double-takes at the sight of three pale-skinned children swimming in the depths of the Korcari Wilds, and waves at them. "This isn't a safe place to play!" he calls. "Where are your parents?"

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"Me and Tabby's Ma is back at the nest." He shrugs. "Dad's in the Amazon, I think."

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The knight looks deeply confused. "I... alright... what about your parents, little boy?"

Ari gives him an evaluating look. "We're from Lothering," he says after a few seconds. "We ran off for a camping trip. We heard the Wilds were full of treasure we could bring back, but so far we've just found flowers and a couple of shiny rocks. Are you here with friends, Mr. Templar?"

"Yes," the Templar says. "Listen, why don't I take you back to camp and one of my comrades can get you back to Lothering, alright? It's not safe for a couple of kids out here."

"That sounds lovely," Ari says with a sincere smile. Then, to Tabby and Zeke, he whispers:

"Either of you feeling hungry? Because we're about to be killing a lot of people."

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"Not gonna turn down some fresh human."

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Ari climbs onto the shore. "We're ready to go when you are, ser."

The Templar nods. "Just get your clothes and come with me."

"Don't have any," Ari says breezily.

"...sorry, what?"

"Who wants to wear clothes when you're out in nature?" Ari laughs. "Weren't you ever a kid?"

The Templar grins ruefully. "I guess I must have, but it's been a while. Alright, just come with me and try not to step on any rocks."

"Come on, guys, let's go with Ser..."

"Gideon."

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Zeke cartwheels past.

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While Tabby takes Ari's hand. 

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Ari swings their hands up and down.

"Didn't anyone ever tell you the Witch of the Wilds would eat you if you went into the forest?" Ser Gideon asks as they make their way along the small path he's beaten through the forest.

"That's just a story," Ari scoffs.

"It isn't! We're actually here to get the Witch once and for all. It's hard, because she knows the forest better than we do, but we've got the Maker on our side and we can counter her magic."

Ari hums. "I always heard the Witch of the Wilds was a boy."

"Oh, you did say you were from Lothering," Ser Gideon recalls. "Everybody else says she's a girl, because it's the Witch of the Wilds, isn't it, not the Wizard of the Wilds?"

Ari nods thoughtfully. "Makes sense, I guess. So we just follow this path to get to your camp?"

"Right."

"You've been awfully helpful," Ari says, then he lets go of Tabby's hand, leaps up, and snaps Ser Gideon's neck.

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Tabby stamps Ser Gideon's head like a rotten pumpkin for emphasis.

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Zeke sniffs the air. "This is gonna be fun."

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"It totally is! The Templars have big swords, most of them, and we won't keep having the element of surprise for too long, but we can take them. Oh, watch out for the Holy Smite - it feels like they're setting your brain on fire, or so Dad says. That's usually how they get mages, they Smite them and then stab them through the heart while they're reeling from the pain."

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Zeke is vibrating with excitement. "Got it!"

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Tabby is already running down the path.

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Ari runs after her.

The Templar camp isn't that far. The clanking sound of heavily armored men pacing around is easy to follow.

"I have a bad feeling about this," one man says, sharpening his sword. "What makes us any different from every other Templar she's ripped to shreds?"

"Faith, Lawrence," another replies. "We're better equipped, better informed, and we have the Maker on our side."

Lawrence pauses. "I think the others would also have had the Maker on their side," he says cautiously.

"You'd think, wouldn't you," Ari says softly. Before any of them can react, he's wrenched Lawrence's sword from his hands and put it through his throat.

There's twelve Templars in the clearing, all fully armored. Most are holding their swords. One is holding a warhammer. They're not unfazed by the sudden murder of their compatriot, or the naked child appearing in their midst, but they're ready for a fight.

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Zeke manages to throw a Templar into one of his comrades, hard enough that his helmet penetrates the man's ribcage with a satisfying bundle of snaps.

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Which inspires Tabby to stab a man with another man's snapped, exposed bone.

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The Templars back up into a circle of blades. "Blue right! Red left! Yellow center!" their leader barks. There's a sound like a clap of thunder, and everything goes white.

It fucking hurts. As soon as the pain starts to fade, the commander shouts again and there's another thunderclap of agony.

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The twins are... not doing so hot.

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Tabby however is managing to crawl through the dirt towards the Templars. 

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