-''So to put it short, Mitc is a sort of demi-god mercenary. You hand him a contract, promise a nice reward, and he'll do it. He's a kind of person that 'shoots first and doesn't even bother asking question later'. Although he only does it if there's something really nice in it for him.'' When Karjak explained the nature of their savior, a demigod by the name of Mitc, everyone was indeed in pretty much shock.

-''Man…'' Po began, his voice still affected by the confusion and surprises of the adventure. ''A war of the Kung Fu masters is turning into a war of the Gods… That's awesome!'' Even though he was confused, Po still couldn't resist throwing in an occasional humorous comment. Comments that actually lightened up the mood.

-''I'm mostly glad that Po is okay…'' Tigress then sort of half whispered, but still easily loud enough for everyone to hear. ''I never got to thank that Mitc guy.'' Karjak chuckled at this statement.

-''Tigress, I'm just going to tell you something… Mitc isn't a guy who just takes 'Thank you' for reward. Either it's some kind of treasure or something of the liking, or the contract is not done. That's just how he works.''

-''He sounds like a nice person… So he doesn't only work for good, as long as there's a reward in for it?'' Viper then asked, thinking about this new sort of ''ally'' if you please.

-''Well, it's mostly if there's just a scavenging mission or to take someone out. Other than that, for example… Destroy the Dragon Warrior; it'd take a LOT of reward to get him to do that. Not that he even would do it, I'm just saying to give you guys a hint.'' Came the reply from the God, stretching his back to straighten up the bag he was carrying, after retrieving them from the fight.

-''Hehe, that's usually your typical mercenary…'' Monkey chuckled, pointing out the obvious. Suddenly, Karjak came to a stop.

-''Alright…'' He began, turning around to face the group. ''The Fort is just around this corner.'' Karjak motioned towards a bend in the path behind him. ''I'm telling you now; just getting ACCESS into the Fort is hard enough. There's a multitude of different security systems that are believed to have been built many years ago. Sigh… Many careless lives have been lost because of unwary eyes.''

-''Any ideas on how to get in?'' Crane asked, his voice almost sounding a little frightened. Thankfully, no one noticed it.

-''Well, getting in from the outside will be close to impossible. There are at least three traps or so every inch of the perimeter. Watch.'' Karjak started waving his hands about, causing some kind of blue energy to appear. Eventually, the blue energy turned into what looked like a real person. With one swift wave of one paw, the person look-alike started to walk towards the Fort. Almost immediately, when it came about fifteen feet or so away from the front gates, several spears were quickly flung out of the ground, effectively skewering the thing.

-''See what I'm talking about here? We get close to that thing, and we're going to have to pull spears out of our rear ends for hours!'' This comment got a few light laughs from the group, but the conversation quickly returned to the serious topic.

-''So how do we get inside?'' Crane then repeated himself.

-''Well, yes, there is a way. Not many know about it; it is very dangerous to traverse, and the end of the way is going to put us in the next dangerous situation.''

-''We've been though dangerous things before.'' Tigress then said, a small bit of her coldness returning to her voice, keeping in mind to still remind them that while she had softened up to her friends, she was just as hardcore as ever to her enemies, and she made sure that her friends never forgot that.

-''I don't doubt that for a second!'' Karjak replied playfully, still stretching his back. It was getting fairly late in the afternoon, but it was definitely not time to set up camp down here. ''Now, on to the other way in. Not too far away from here, there is a secret underground system of tunnels that connects to the Fort's basement and dungeon. Now, even though the tunnel itself also has a security system, it's not nearly as dangerous as the one on the exterior. We shall head there, and proceed inside tomorrow. Trust me, those tunnels are not very pleasant at night, because that's when the Ghouls awaken.''

-''Ghouls?'' Mantis asked, his voice toned by frightened curiosity. ''What are 'Ghouls'?''

-''Doesn't sound very nice.'' Monkey commented, chuckling slightly, but quieted down when he realized the seriousness in the conversation. Then, Karjak dropped his bag onto the ground, motioning for everybody to sit down. He then announced that it was time to tell a little history.

-''It all began right here, several hundreds of years ago…'' Karjak began, getting everyone to listen curiously. ''This fort was actually a vital point in the Great War between the two sides of the Gods. Meaning mostly me, many of my good brothers and such, and then Xiton, he with the rest of the evil side. Not only were the Gods present in this war, but also a lot of mortal fighters. Mortals who gave their lives to protect the world. Anyhow, this Fort was the location of one of the most important battles in that entire war. Here also lived a very skilled magician. Fortunately, the good side won this battle, and very important territory was gained. However, the magician had come across a sort of spell that allowed us to resurrect all of our fallen ones, but something went amiss. It did indeed resurrect the warriors, but it didn't turn them to good. Instead of returning them to their previous living states, they were twisted and changed into horrifying creatures that hunger after blood and flesh… They came to be known as Ghouls, immortal, mindless killing machines that slaughter everything in their paths. They've lived for hundreds of years, haunting the Fort. Just before the magician was slaughtered by the creatures, he hid away his relic of power, the Orb of Fire in a locked chest in his chamber where he fiddled with all the magic he used. If we can solve the riddle of the magician, not only will we receive the Orb, but we will also get control of all the Ghouls in the Fort! Legend has it that the one who controls the Orb of this magician, he also controls the Ghouls.'' When no one responded with anything particular, Karjak just shrugged. ''Or that's what legend says.''

Po actually blinked once and stared off into another direction, as if he was in deep thought. No one really noticed it as their once again gathered their things, planning to start a search for the secret entrance into the fort.