Drastan stood atop the watch tower, watching the undead lurk on the cold sands from above, leaning agaisnt the iron bars. He bit his lower lip, the small fang gently piercing through his own skin in frustration. "I wonder what they're doing, hiding in the desert like that. One of the Monarchs is around, they must be up to something." Drastan thought to himself, slightly turning his head to the side to glance at Zyther, who was standing guard on the second watch tower across the Fort. The duo has been hunting vampires for weeks now, and already got themselves in more trouble than they can count. He closed his eyes, recapitulating what has happened so far.
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Netharna's EyeDrastan stepped on the charred lands, Zyther following right behind him. They were there to train, as Stonestead's dark room proved to not be enough for them anymore. Stumbling across a large group of Quorks, Drastan stopped, but Zyther didn't. He raised an eyebrow as Zyther quickly dashed forwards, slashing and piercing through the entities using his rapier without too much effort, nodding at Drastan as he drew a bow as soon as he was done. Drastan nodded back, unsheathing the greatsword that was resting in the scabbard on his back as they continued to hunt for monsters to kill to improve their own combat techniques.
Soon, the moon raised on the sky, and the duo decided to retreat into the ocean to take a break after slaughtering inumerous creatures of the Netherworld. Drastan gathered a few materials, and Zyther built a makeshift base they could rest for a bit before proceeding with their training.
Drastan was a child of the night, and being a vampire himself, he wasn't able to force himself to sleep, so he climbed atop one of the base's pillars and sat there, watching the Quorks from afar... but he saw something else amongst the monsters. Rubbing his eyes, he looked back at the group of Quorks, not sure if he could believe what he was seeing. The entity in the middle of the other creatures wore familiar robes and a cowl, similar to what he has seen other vampires wearing before. Intrigued, he jumped off the pillar and into the water. The water was rather shallow, so he managed to just walk through it and reach the edge of the volcano, approaching the possible vampire. As soon as he got close enough, the robed entity yelled something along the lines of "Assist me, dead ones!". Startled, Drastan quickly drew his blade and engaged in combat agaisnt the vampire.
When the sun was up, Drastan fell to his knees out of tiredness, looking at the fallen vampire he fought throughout the night as it's body slowly dissipated. Zyther approached from the distance, looking rather confused before the scene. Drastan explained what happened, and they decided to search for the vampires that were lurking about in Netharna's Eye. After hours of searching, they found something they weren't expecting to find. It was a female vampire that called herself "Vampire Queen". That infuriated Drastan, for he only accepted Labbinah as the queen of the vampires. Without thinking twice, he charged forward towards the false queen, but she summoned what seemed like her coven, leaving a group of vampires to fight agaisnt Drastan as she quickly dashed at Zyther, launching him into the water with a powerful blow. Drastan sighed, unsheathing two broadswords he was carrying, resorting to dual wielding to fight agaisnt the large group of vampires while Zyther fought agaisnt the queen on water. Drastan got quickly overwhelmed by the vampires and charged through them, retreating towards the water as well, which slowed down his enemies, but not himself, since his boots were enchanted with something that made his movement on water way faster and easier. There, with a few slashes and spells, he took care of the vampires easily. When he turned around to check on Zyther, he witnessed the fast paced fight that was happening, quickly rushing towards the clash to lend Zyther a hand by using healing magic on him, and glancing at each other, they had a wicked idea. Zyther swam towards the back side of the base he built, luring the 'vampire queen' to it while Drastan followed behind, healing both Zyther and the vampire to make sure their soon-to-be prisoner wouldn't die. After a bit of struggling, they managed to corner the 'queen', and with that they imprisoned her. Sheathing their weapons, Drastan and Zyther stood in front of her 'cell'. Striking a menacing glare at the prisoner, Drastan started to question her, as to why she claimed to be a queen, but there was no answer, so he asked why the vampires are wandering around Netharna's eye, but still the 'queen' kept silent. Then, he proceeded to ask a few more questions, but none of them was answered. Zyther paced around the chamber, sighing in disappointment. Out of patience, Drastan swung his hand violently at the 'queen', casting a purging magic to finish her off, turning to his side to look at Zyther. They agreed to search for more vampires the next day, and so they did, but didn't find one on the first night, nor on the second. On the third night, they were lucky to find another 'vampire queen', and repeated the process to trap her like they did to the previous one. Though this time, they were more patient. Drastan asked a few questions, and when they weren't answered, he proceeded to ask the again, over and over. In the end, he resorted to torture, brutely punching the vampire in hope that this would break their will and make them talk, but he didn't get anything out of it. As Drastan stepped outside of the cell, Zyther pierced through it's ceiling, allowing the sunlight to fill the room and burn the prisoner vampire. They let her burn for hours, untill a word finally came out of her mouth:
"I'll die before I give you answers! You mortal scum won't get away with this. The boss will send someone after you."
"So one finally talks..." said Zyther, walking up slowly.
"I'm sure nothing that they send will be a match for us." said Drastan in a mocking manner. But oh boy, little did he know how much he was wrong.
"You'll be dead before you know it, fools. What you seek is not for your ears, and you shall never receive it this way. You will suffer for what you have done here, mark my words."
"Well, I would have preferred more pleasant ways of communication... But your violence knows no bounds."
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"You have not seen a true vampire yet.", and after these final words, the vampire pulled a concealed splintered, wooden dagger from it's holster and pierced her heart with it, slumping down.
"Hm... noted for next time."
"Boss...?" said Drastan intrigued as he watched the vampire's corpse dissipate inside it's prison.
And with that, their vampire encounters in Netharna's Eye came to an end, but their hunt had just began, followed by dangers that could potentially kill the duo.
The Spirit ForestDrastan and Zyther had made their way to the Spirit Forest on a delivery mission; Drastan was carrying a sack filled with items capable of regenerating mana on contact. From time to time, he would help this nymph he met at Anivia with the work she was doing: spreading trees all over the empty plains, giving it a bit more of life. He was normally there on deliveries or undead slaying to help keep the nymph safe while she did her work. Making their way through the huge amount of trees, Drastan called out:
"Seilah! I'm here!"
And with that she yelled back, revealing her location: a small shack deep within the forest she had grew. Meeting her outside of the shack, Drastan smiled, saying:
"I've brought the mana regens, and dragged Zyther along with me as well. I think you two have met before."
"Yes I've met Zyther. Hi Zyther!" said Seilah.
"We've met, yes."
"Here, I'm sorry I couldn't have brought more." said Drastan, holding out the sack to her.
"Any bit helps." Seilah took the sack, but as soon as she did, someone came out from the shadows, a dread aura taking over the atmosphere.
"The boss told me you two were causing trouble in the neighborhood." said the entity as it quickly charged forwards, not giving Drastan and Zyther enough time to prepare. But as soon as it got close enough, it stopped before Seilah's summoned hounds, turned around and ran without thinking twice. Drastan and Zyther looked at each other, trying to contain their laughter.
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After a bit of running though, the entity stopped again and turned towards the hounds this time, slashing through them like paper. Drastan had usheathed his weapon, and so had Zyther, but the creature was so fast their eyes couldn't follow it. It attacked Seilah before knocking back Drastan and Zyther into a tree, they could only hear what sounded like Seilah's scream of pain. Then, it grabbed Zyther by the neck, slashed agaisnt his armor and threw him miles away, his body blasting through branches and leaves as it made it's way through the trees as Drastan watched it flying away before looking back at the creature. Gritting his teeth, Drastan attacked the entity, slashing his greatsword repeatedly agaisnt it as it stood still without moving an inch, allowing itself to be hit.
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"Hah! YOU are who they sent?! Pathetic!" said Drastan, growing a devilish grin on his face.
But it didn't take long untill Drastan ceased his attacks, looking up at the entity with a frown: it didn't seem to have taken much damage from all his slashes. Mimicking Drastan's grin, the creature revealed sharp fangs; it was a Vampire Monarch. In the blink of an eye, the vampire quickly kicked Drastan downhill with an unbelievable force, making Drastan roll down the entire mountain in an incredible speed, only stopping when he reached the edge of a river. Coughing, Drastan grabbed his weapon and stood up slowly, but before he could regain his senses, the vampire was in front of him again, and striked agaisnt his chests with enough force to launch him into the river, in which he sinked in, painting the water red with his blood. Drastan didn't know how to swim, and thought he was about to drown when Zyther showed up, grabbing his arm and pulling him out of the water, allowing him to sort his thoughts. Drastan freezed the water below himself so he could stand and look around, and was surprised by the sight: An army of vampires stood on the land near the river, some were already in the water, simming towards the duo. Theal the Unstable was there, too, flying by and casting spells at the duo. Theal was a dragon... failure... thing, and was the least of their worries. Nodding at each other, Drastan and Zyther engaged in combat agaisnt the vampire army. Drastan fought one half of the army and the Monarch while Zyther fought the other half and Theal. All of them fought valiantly for hours, they managed to greatly decrease the regular vampires and 'vampire queens' in the army, and Zyther killed Theal for the second time. But, in the end, the Monarch and his army took the best ouf of the duo, landing a final blow agaisnt Drastan, which launched him agaisnt the side of a mountain, his back violently hitting agaisnt the rocks, his armor shattering and his body covered in wounds he gathered throughout the fight. Coughing out blood, he looked to his side as Zyther landed right next to him. Deeming his job as done, the Monarch left the two to die, bringing what remained of the vampire army along with him. Weakly looking at each other, Drastan and Zyther agreed to go back to Anivia before they died by the bottom of the mountain, casting a teleportation spell.
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AniviaDrastan slowly opened his eyes, letting his head fall to his side, faintly noticing Seventeen sitting right next to his bed, singing to him. He couldn't help but smile, slowly trying to figure out where he was. He looked around, realizing he was at Anivia, resting on one of the beds in the infirmary, feeling his body a bit funny. He ran his fingers along his naked chest, feeling scars that must've healed recently, remembering that Jay treated to his wounds after he and Zyther had arrived in Anivia covered in them. His pointy ears twitched a bit as he heard voices that wasn't his nor Seventeen's inside the infirmary. It sounded like Zyther, Jay, Poppy, Sera, Zoran, Thirty Seven, Solace and a few others he wasn't quite able to discern, as he was still a bit dizzy. The noise that stood out was the one coming from the door, apparently people were trying to get in, but Sera wasn't allowing them to. Drastan couldn't gather much else from what was happening before he fell asleep again as Seventeen sang him a lullaby.
Suddenly, Drastan's eyes opened wide at the sound of steel clashing agaisnt steel and screaming outside. He quickly sat up, Seventeen was still beside his bed. Raising an arm agaisnt his chest, Seventeen stopped him. Drastan wanted to help, he wanted to fight, even though he was in no condition for it, but Seventeen didn't allow him to. Soon, Zyther walked through the curtains and motioned for Drastan and Seventeen to follow him. Helping Drastan stand on his feet, Seventeen guided him as they followed Zyther, who explained the situation as they sneaked past the confusion and gathered their belongings. Apparently, a fight happened inside the lodge between Serenity, Anivia and Stonestead, but Jay was in Serenity's side, so the rest of Anivia was forced to retreat to Stonestead out of fear something else could happen to them. But before they left to Stonestead, Drastan said he still had something to get: he had to retrieve the gift Wintival gave to him. He insisted to go alone, but Seventeen wouldn't leave his side, neither would Thirty Seven. He sighed and accepted the help. Arriving by the little shrine he built for Wintival, he made a final prayer before leaving his god's domain, snatching the gift she gave him from a couple of chains that sustained it up in the air: it was some kind of snowflake. With that, they retreated to Stonestead, where they stayed as refugees.
Galcea's Frozen NorthDrastan stood close to the group, looking around on the ice. The group consisted of Sera, Volkhardt, Redmond, Jay and Zyther, not counting himself. They had teamed up to attack a vampire den. Weeks had passed since the incident in Anivia, and the war was close to an end. Drastan and Zyther had decided to put their differences aside and join the group for this cause, since they shared similar objectives. As the group traveled through the ice, they eventually stopped in front of what seemed like an entrance to a cave. Preparing themselves, they entered, mages sticking close to Redmond at his command while the others covered the other side of the cave. It didn't take long untill they were greeted by a small group of vampires, which their flawless formation exterminated with ease. Proceeding to the next room, they were surprised by a whole army of vampires, and a vampire monarch. In that room, they fought for hours, and hours. Jay distracted some of the Monarchs, for there was more than one; Drastan took care of healing the party most of the time; Redmond, Volkhardt, Sera and Zyther took the offensive, although Drastan is sure a couple of 'queens' just kept toying with Volkhardt and pushing him around. During the fight, Zyther and Redmond were both heavily damaged, the rest of the group just injured moderately, except for Jay who seemed to be in perfect shape even after the endless fight, not a scratch on him. When the fight seemed like it could not be won, a stranger popped out of nowhere. Drastan was just barely able to see them before they quickly dived into the battle, punching everything they saw with an inhuman strenght: It was Zero, apparently a relative of Sera. Drastan told him he couldn't simply punch the monarchs to death for they were way too strong, but he didn't have a clue of what Zero was capable of. Zero punched the ground, piercing a hole to the void. The rest of the group was driven speechless as Zero simply lured the vampires into the void hole, which made the fight way easier. With that, they finished off the remaining vampires. The group had a short talk before disbanding, Volkhardt left first, then Redmond, and then both Sera and Zero. Zyther and Drastan stayed to inspect the den for a little longer before sealing it so no other vampires could use it. After this raid to the vampire den, the vampire population over the northern region of Templehelm greatly decreased, and Drastan was left with many battle spoils which he offered to queen Labbinah later on. All this started with his will to strenghten the bond between the undead and Wintival, because he couldn't grab her attention by praying, so he decided to act instead. Now, he hunts other vampires for the only person he accepts to be queen of the vampires: Labbinah. But with time, this proved to turn more into an addiction than anything else as he slowly became a megalomaniac, striving for power.
The Swallowing SandsStanding on the cold sands in the night, Drastan clenched his fists, looking around. He was accompanied by Zyther, Zoran, M and Seventeen. They were there on a hunt for vampires after Drastan spoke to Redmond about them. Apparently, there's been recent vampire activity in this particular desert, and the group is there to investigate. They searched and searched, but found nothing before the sun rose up in the sky. They decided to work together to build what seemed like a sand castle to have somewhere to retreat into in case they were overwhelmed by monsters. At first it was supposed to be a serious plan, but in the end they just had fun building a huge and funny-looking sand castle, which M called 'Fort Kickass'. They waited for two more days, and in the third, a vampire Monarch showed up next to Fort Kickass. Zyther and Drastan were quick to rush into combat, Zoran following right behind them. Drastan tackled the vampire monarch with his shoulder as it summoned vampire queens, preventing the monarch from summoning anything else. Zyther and Zoran fought the vampire queens, but two of them cornered Zoran and overwhelmed him, knocking him into the ground and stealing his weapons. Drastan grew ice spikes at the queens, making sure they cause no further damage to Zoran while he charged towards the vampires and fought them, resorting to dual wielding once again. Meanwhile, Zyther fought the monarch, which was using a spell to drag Seventeen closer to it, managing to injure her. Zyther took the opportunity to surprise the monarch off-guard, kicking it off-balance into a large hole in the sad he dug up, quickly covering it, letting the monarch suffocate underground. With that dealt with, Zyther helped Drastan take care of the remaining 'vampire queens', and as soon as they did, they stopped to help their friends who got injured in battle. When they got back to the Monarch, they noticed it was gone, had escaped while they tended to each others wounds. Drastan sighed in disappointment, turning around to look at the group, a bit surprised to see Areum, who must've showed up in the middle of the fight at some point. Telling the rest of the group to retreat back to Stonestead, Drastan stayed in the desert with Zyther, who started to build a proper fort over the sand castle. When it was finished, Zyther called it "Fort Fuhkoph".
Afterwards, they also built a small arena where they could lure vampires into. In that arena, they would have a slight edge in combat agaisnt the creatures.
With that, they settled, and in the desert they hunted for days on end, ridding The Swallowing Sands of any vampires that dared cross their path, but the monarch didn't show up again for revenge. It never came back, and Drastan didn't have a clue of where to go next to hunt for vampires. The desert was his lasting option.
He opened his eyes with a sigh, jumping down from the watch tower, gracefully landing on the cold sands that were bathing on the moonlight. He gently tapped on the shoulder of one of the undead, consequently raising a few more of them with his magic. He pinned a few letters to their chests and set them off to travel to other settlements, making sure to equip each and every one of them with helmets so they wouldn't burn to death on the sunlight. He grinned, having a plan in mind. The other vampires can hide, but not for long.