Montgomery let out his war cry as he kicked down the door. He and his stabbers rushed into the throne room of Aerie, capital of Aryan. Before him stood a wide room with pillars on either side, tapestry’s hung from the ceiling, with a raised dais on top of which sat the throne of Aryan.
The throne room was defended by two forces. Several stacks of knights surrounded their king on and around the dais, while the half way between them and Montgomery stood a five rank deep company of pikers lead by four warlords and backed up by a mid-level healomancer and shockomancer.
“KILL THEM”, yelled Aryans ruler
As Montgomery lead the charge a shrill whistle filled the room and as one the Aryan pikers swung their spears up, over and down. They charged the knights on the dais, combined with the momentum of Montgomery’s the knights were quickly pushed back and croaked.
“YOU TRETUROUS MUDBLO-“, the Aryan king had no time to finish his insult as the shockomancer, a striking olive-skinned woman with long dark hair, brought her hands up forming fists and pointing her forefingers. They came together and with a spoken word a bolt of lightning burst from the centre of her deadly point, the kings head exploded in a burst of red blood and golden blond hair, Montgomery swore he saw a perfect sky blue eye fly past his head.
This betrayal had not been isolated, all over the castle low level warlords were leading their troops in backstabbing manoeuvres bring victory to the side of Al-eye.
Turning to the now barbarian ex-troops of Aryan “restack with the most wounded warlord and drop your weapons”, he ordered
“we had a deal!”, came the shocked reply
“the deal will be honoured when the castle is secured”
“do it”, the complainer turned to an obviously higher ranking warlord, “we shall accompany him to ensure all our forces lead or otherwise surrender, with any luck we’ll prevent any unnecessary croaking”
Montgomery gave the warlord a respectful nod and watched as the remaining pikers restacked. Suddenly a wave of warmth washed over him and he felt refreshed. Looking around he found the healomancer standing next to the most wounded warlord of the survivors and watched as she had him hold his arm in place while she reattached it. She then stacked up with the pikers and sat straight down, her robes pooling around her, and the warlord de-stacked and joined by the shockomancer made his way towards Montgomery
“the healomancer is out of juice but she can still lead troops, she’ll remain here and keep the pikers from doing anything stupid”
Before Montgomery could reply the shockomancer pushed in. Yes Montgomery remembered her well from the secret negotiation of the assisted conquering of the castle. The castles dungeons and to be cleared and secured but you are not to enter or tamper with any of the cells for any reason is that understood. The arrogance, “erf boop it woman your dungeon will not be tampered with. I swear to the titans though if I find your keeping some sick pleasure down there our overlord will bring you into the side just to disband you”, The shockomancer had to visibly restrain herself from a scathing retort.
After a deep breath she asked, “may I be allowed to assist in the clearing commander.”
“in due course, right now there are some battle bears in the courtyard with shockomancer written all over them.”