Kheirn smiled to himself as he dispatched the third guard with a
quick slash to his side. "They weren't even a challenge," he thought to
himself. He was happy for once which, for a very long time, had been very
It had been four long years since Kheirn had started on his quest for
revenge. He had never been the same since Alusariel had shamed him by
kicking him out of the Rogues Guild of Luskan. Now, after the four long
years of waiting, training and watching that Kheirn would be able to sate
his never-ending hunger for vengeance.
Running up the stairs to the third floor of the shady five-story
building Kheirn listened. He heard a familiar click and dove downward.
Barely five inches above his waist were three poisoned crossbow bolts in
the wall. They were still shaking from impact when Kheirn got up. Softly
Kheirn said, "You can't stop me that quickly Alusariel."
The third floor was where the guild trainees were housed. Kheirn was
smart enough to pick his day for revenge on the same day that most of the
trainees were gone on a training trip to Neverwinter Forest. Exceedingly
more skilled, Kheirn just slid past the ones that were left and slit the
throats of any who took notice to the "moving shadow" that was Kheirn.
Kheirn quickly made it to the fourth floor. Here he would have to be
a bit more careful. Alusariel kept his higher ranked guild members and
special gusts here. Kheirn had a strange feeling he was being watched, a
feeling he had learned shouldn't be dismissed.
Suddenly a morning star was swung at Kheirn. Kheirn rolled out of
the morning stars deadly swing that ended with a chunk of marble getting
knocked off of the nearest pillar. Looking up Kheirn saw what his foe was.
It was a bugbear, nearly eight feet tall and hairier than a dog. Having
its weapon stuck in the pillar the monster was cursing loudly in its own
gutteral language. Seeing his chance Kheirn grabbed his saber and plunged
it deep into the bugbear's side. The monster was not dead yet though.
Finally freeing his weapon, the bugbear swung it at Kheirn. Kheirn,
surprised that the monster was still standing in a pool of its own blood,
did not fully escape the morning star. One of the wicked spikes had made a
gash along his left leg. Wincing at the pain Kheirn toppled over. Not
forgetting of the bugbear he rolled over to see that it was about to swing
at him again. Quickly Kheirn grabbed a throwing knife from his boot and
threw it. The dagger found its target and plunged into the bugbear's
chest. It dug in until it had pierced the heart. The bugbear grabbed at
its chest as if he could do something to save himself. He fell dead before
he could pull out the dagger.
Kheirn quickly got up despite the thrashing pain in his leg. He
retrieved his dagger from the foul corpse of the monster. He ripped some
of the monster's shirt off and wrapped it around his bloody leg. He then
proceeded to the final floor.
Alusariel was waiting. He knew that Kheirn was coming, otherwise the
bugbear wouldn't have been there. He knew how far Kheirn could go with
vengeance, because vengeance was Kheirn's downfall. Four years ago Kheirn
had murdered another guild member out of revenge. In a practice duel the
other guild member had beaten Kheirn. It shouldn't have been so bad, but
Kheirn was not used to losing. Alusariel saw the hate in Kheirn's eyes
when he lost. The demonic red glow of absolute hate shone in his eyes.
The next day the other guild member was found with his throat slit and
Kheirn was removed from the guild. Alusariel knew that Kheirn would kill
the bugbear, he just wanted it to weaken him. Alusariel wanted the
pleasure of killing Kheirn all to himself. All he had to do was wait a
Kheirn reached the final floor to see Alusariel waiting. "He knew."
thought Kheirn. It did not matter to Kheirn however, Alusariel would still
die by his hands.
Alusariel saw Kheirn's eyes. They had not dimmed in the least. The
red-orange fire had still not been, "and they never will," decided
Alusariel. Alusariel had already noticed Kheirn's leg.
Kheirn rushed in saber leading the way with his curved dagger coming
in behind it, the magic imbued in it causing it to glow slightly. He
quickly slashed up torwards Alusariel's shoulder. Before it reached there
it was blocked by one of Alusariel's two Ykesha, his magic short swords
that were curved like a dragonfly's wing. Alusariel swung his ykeshas at
Kheirn's throat, missing by less than two inches. Kheirn lept back bracing
for Alusariels next attack. Alusariel came in low with one ykesha and high
with the other. Kheirn blocked the low slash easily while leaning back to
avoid the other, feeling the brush of air against his chest. Kheirn
retaliated by swinging his saber at Alusariel's legs, which Alusariel
dodged by jumping. Alusariel came down with both ykesha so fast he barely
dodged them. Kheirn barely dodged a full hit. While one ykesha missed,
the other nicked his arm, leaving a red line on it. Kheirn, seeing his
chance when Alusariel loosened up believing Kheirn to be defeated, took his
dagger and plunged it into Alusariel's stomach. Alusariel coughed up blood
and stared in disbelief. Kheirn just smiled and turned to walk away.
Alusariel was not going to die without doing anything. Taking the
dagger from his stomach he flung it at Kheirn. Kheirn turned quickly and
tried to dodge it, but his wounded leg would not let him move quick enough.
The dagger plunged deep into his side and Kheirn fell. They both knew
they would die, but they were both consent with what was happening and they
both had a smile for a death mask.