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- Published: Tuesday, 08 October 2013 23:00
- Written by Mike Cropo
Wolves and Dragons of the Blood: Revelations
THIS IS THE OPENING OF CHAPTER FORTY-THREE
WESTERN HEIGHTS RESIDENTIAL SECTOR
HOME OF VANARI FIRST REGENT ALRERIN SHA HARAEL
They were a team of Lycavorian mercenaries in the employ of the OSG, or themselves depending on who you asked. Their target had been a bold one for sure. The boldest plan they had yet undertaken for the OSG, and they had several dozen missions under their belt in the employ of the OSG.
The Vanari First Regent.
Take out the Vanari First Regent and butcher his wife and any who were on the estate with him in as brutal a way as possible. They were given older Lycavorian Union uniforms and weapons to accomplish this task in order to make it seem like the Union was trying to subvert the Vanari government and rid itself of the First Regent who was a known Lycavorian hater. The OSG and their Vanari supporters, namely Ardan and Galar, could then claim that Prince Androcles and his minions were behind it and forever put an end to any kind of future that the Vanari and the Union may have had together. The Vanari government might even try to arrest any Lycavorians who were on the planet, further making the situation worse, knowing that Androcles would not allow his people to be held for anything when they did not commit any crime. It was an audacious plan to be sure, and one that could have very well succeeded, had Ardan and the others within his organization had known of Alrerin Sha Harael’s true allegiance and the purpose behind his actions through the years.
And if they had known of the visitors that Alrerin was currently entertaining.
These two facts combined to make the operation a complete and utter failure in more ways than one. As with their comrades attacking Coren Re Mydala’s estate, these Lycavorian mercenaries breached the main floor through a side entrance with a small amount of explosives, but did not use stun grenades for they did not expect any opposition. This was the first of three mistakes they made.
The second mistake was underestimating the fighting prowess of Ma’nia and the Vanari Security detail assigned to protect Alrerin. The third mistake was the most severe for they had not obtained any current intelligence on the man or his home and no one had scouted the estate before the attack. If they had, they may have taken note of the two dragons that were circling high above.
The leader of this assault team charged into the lower level of the estate with barely a pause after the explosive blast, his entire team following him close on his heels. It spelled their doom that much quicker. With Jeth and Tharua providing them all the intelligence they needed from high above, Lisisa and the other quickly piled some large pieces of furniture near the side entrance of the home to protect against the blast. When the leader cleared the smoky hallway into the main room, Lisisa struck first and without mercy. She blurred past the man, her dual blades flashing briefly as they opened his throat to the night air. The man dropped to his knees, his hands dropping his weapon and lifting to his neck as blood fountained from the two fatal slashes. As the others piled into the room and ran into the body of their soon to be dead leader, Arduri, Ma’nia and Nyosa led the other two Vanari Cadre Commandos over the top of the stacked furniture and fell on them with savage fury. Rinel and Riordian leaped over the furniture and dropped upon the three men and one woman at the rear with no hesitation. Arduri and Ma’nia and the other three Vanari knew they were no match in a prolonged fight with a Lycavorian so they used their speed and agility to their advantage and struck exceptionally fast. Arduri buried the single blade she carried into the thick neck of one Lycavorian and in a stunning move of agility and control, she used her feet to walk up the body of another Lycavorian as she struck. Denali had requested the ARCH DEMON’s Weapons Master to craft Arduri a combat blade that she could carry and use until such time as a proper Dragon Armor forged blade could be made for her. He had succeeded in making the lightweight but razor sharp curved angled blade. It was matt black in color and the pommel was made of solid oak from an Algolian High Oak tree, one of the strongest non-metal materials known to exist in the Union. The blade sliced through his neck like a hot knife through butter, severing his artery instantly. Arduri released the blade, knowing she had killed the man and that even if he shifted, he would not be able to stem the flow of blood from the wound. As she reached the apogee of her climb Arduri twisted her legs around the second Lycavorian’s neck and wrenched her body to the side. Her momentum caused the man’s body to twist in the same direction and his feet flew out from under him as his body did a complete flip and he landed painfully on his back with Arduri’s legs securely wrapped around his neck. She hooked her heels together and twisted her body further on the ground, savagely snapping the man’s neck without pause.
Nyosa was half Lycavorian and thus a bit more sturdily built than Arduri and Ma’nia. She simply kicked one Lycavorian’s rifle from his hands and then proceeded to beat him into submission with quick, savage blows from her hands. Her wolf fangs were fully extended and her eyes changed and she did not hesitate in her actions. A back ridge hand chop finally ended the man’s life as the force of the blow crushed his throat and dropped him to the floor gagging for air until the life left his body. Ma’nia stepped in close to a woman and used her sidearm to pistol whip her face causing the Lycavorian female to stagger in shock. Ma’nia stepped even closer, jammed her weapon into the woman’s throat and pulled the trigger three times. This is how it went in those seconds. No mercy or remorse was shown.
Riordian and Rinel, far more experienced in combat and physically able to stand with the Lycavorians, made short work of the stunned men and woman they fell upon, all of them ending up on the floor with grievous wounds. Three of them would die within seconds while the fourth, a woman, was the only one who would survive the night. Riordian couldn’t bring himself to kill a woman and he simply broke her collarbone and both arms before smashing the butt of his sidearm across her face and dropping her into unconsciousness.
The attack was over far quicker than the OSG funded mercenaries had ever expected, and not at all in their favor.
“Nubous fools!” Nyosa hissed angrily.
“Everyone clear?” Lisisa barked out the question.
“All of them are down!” Riordian called out as Rinel began to secure the woman. “I have one prisoner!”
Lisisa blurred up next to him and looked down at the woman. “You spared her?” She asked.
“I could not… she is a woman Princess. I could not…” Riordian stammered.
Lisisa touched his arm and nodded. “I understand.” She told him. “Colonel Rinel… please insure she cannot escape. I will call for a Med Team from the ARCH DEMON.”
“Lisisa!” Coren’s voice echoed and they all turned to see him leading Alrerin down the last few stairs and into the main room holding the sidearm tightly but very much like he was prepared and knew how to use it quite well.
“Coren… you should have remained out of harm’s way until we called for you.” Lisisa scolded him.
“I am done remaining out of harm’s way!” Coren snapped. “This attack is too much! The OSG strikes at our leader now! I am seriously pissed off at this moment!”
Coren didn’t notice the look Alrerin gave to him over his shoulder, nor did he see the new hint of respect in those same eyes.
“We have one prisoner.” Lisisa told him. “I will send for a STRIKER from our ship to remove her before more Vanari arrive to secure the grounds. We must discover everything she knows.”
Coren looked at Alrerin. “First Regent?” He asked.
Alrerin was looking around his now violated home, seeing the destruction and the death and feeling the burning anger begin deep in his own gut. For centuries he had stood to the side and did nothing in order to protect his family. It had torn him apart inside to see the pain that other families had to endure, but in his mind it kept his family safe. Now Alrerin Sha Harael was discovering that was no longer the case, if it ever was. And now Alrerin had reached the end of his ability to tolerate the injustice to his people and his honor. He turned back to Coren and then to Lisisa. “You will discover everything she knows?” He asked in a voice filled now with conviction and strength.
Lisisa nodded her head. “Oh… yes sir.” She answered.
“Then move quickly Princess Leonidas.” Alrerin spoke. “It will be between seven and twelve minutes before more Commandos arrive to secure the grounds. Once they breached my estate in this manner, an automatic alert would have been sent to the local garrison. They will be moving now.”
Lisisa nodded. “I will have Tharua and Jeth take her and meet the STRIKER in the sky.” She said. “Do… do you want us to leave?”
Alrerin shook his head firmly as Riordian watched him. “No. I am done with the games I have had to play all of these years. You arrived with Coren to try and conduct discussions with me in a civilized and respectful manner and then these men attacked. They are obviously not your men correct?”
Lisisa snorted in disgust. “These fools?” She quipped. “They bumbled into the most basic of ambushes and were unprepared. It is not something Spartans would have done. Ever.”
“Then as far as I am concerned… we were all targets.” Alrerin spoke.
“You realize that everything will come out in the open medwan Alrerin.” Riordian spoke now moving closer to Alrerin and referring to him as father in the Lycavorian language. When he had begun doing this after Narlei and he were mated it had moved Alrerin almost to the point of tears and had drawn them ever closer together. “About Narlei and all of us.”
Alrerin met his eyes. “It is past time Riordian.” He answered. “I may not have the power I once had as First Regent but I will no longer sit idly by while our people are offered up to the OSG and their minions and yours bear the complete blame. Not any longer.”
“Ardan will try and crucify you among the other Regents.” Coren said. “Minimize you just as he has done with me. Perhaps even make a play to become First Regent.”
Alrerin met his gaze just as Narlei came slowly down the stairs holding their youngest child in her arms while her mother held the hands of their other children. “I have done nothing all of these centuries because I was protecting my own family. Look what that has wrought us Coren my friend. Nothing but more killing and enslavement of our young women. More distrust between our people and the Lycavorians. I can no longer tolerate this. I would not be able to look my grandchildren in the eye knowing I did nothing.”
Jokros moved back into the home from through the breach point holding the weapon in his hand. “The area outside is clear. Additional Vanari Commandos are already moving up the hill road. Their reaction time is far better than I had thought possible.”
Alrerin nodded his head. “Then they knew the attack was coming.” He stated slowly. “Which means Ardan has control of far more than I had first thought.” He looked at Coren and moved closer to him. “I believe it is time that you and I began to meet him at every turn Coren Re Mydala. And take back our people’s freedom!”
Coren smiled widely. “I believe you are right.” He stated. “I believe you are right.”
THIS IS AN SCI-FI/FANTASY NOVEL ORIENTED TO THE MATURE CROWD. IT HAS GRAPHIC LOVE SCENES AND MULTIPLE PARTNERS IN SOME RELATIONSHIPS. IT HAS VIOLENCE AND EXTREME LANGUAGE IN SOME PARTS. IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I HAVE RECEIVED PERMISSION TO USE THE IMAGES ON THIS SITE FROM THE DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS, OR TOOK THEM FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. THOUGH MANY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE IMAGES DO FOLLOW THE STORY, THEY ARE IN NO WAY INVOLVED OR ENDORSE IT. AT LEAST NOT AT THIS TIME. WHO KNOWS IN THE FUTURE.