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The return and defeat of Petros, and meeting with the Smith

Petros grins at you, ignoring Seth's fierce glare. "Well well well," he says with a smirk on his face, "Look who's back. I see you've changed since last we met, but no matter. I knew you'd return eventually." He snaps his fingers and you find yourself being levitated into the air. You are then pulled quickly through the air toward him, and he catches you in his arms. You try to struggle, but find you cannot--it is as if you are tightly bound hand and foot. He mutters something under his breath, and you both disappear just as Seth runs at you with his sword.

You reform in a small clearing in the wood. Petros drops you on the ground. You try to move but find you are still bound by the magic. Petros waves his hand and your dress is whipped off and over to the side. Petos approaches you...

And a strange blur tears out into the clearing and slams into Petros. It is Seth! Petros is thrown to the ground, and you feel a sudden shock that shocks you into an upright position. You find you are able to move again, and you get dressed again as Petros stands up. You watch as Petros's piercing brown eyes meet Seth's cutting blue ones, as both men stare each other down.

Petros draws his gigantic blade and crosses it with Seth's sleek one. "How dare you!" Petros hisses at Seth.

Seth continues glaring at Petros with his cutting icy stare. "Have you no honor, rouge?" Seth responds. "But then what am I saying, you never did. You always were a sneaky, lying, cheating, perverted asshole. Its no surprise you would do something like this. But it ends here. I will not allow you to bring any harm to my friends. And furthermore..."

Seth continues talking, but you don't hear what he is saying. Seth is one of the first people you have ever seen (even back in your own world) who is so noble and honorable. You find yourself admiring and respecting him even more. People like Seth are exceedingly rare, both in this world and back home, and you feel honored that Seth considers you to be his friend.

"...In short, Petros," Seth continues, "This is your last warning. Don't ever let me catch you around me, or my friend here, ever again. Because if I do, I will kill you without a second thought. Understood?" Petros, clearly nervous, nods hesitantly. "Good," says Seth, "now get out of here!" With one swipe of his sword, Seth knocks Petros's giant blade out of his hand and off to the side. Petros scrambles away, grabbing his sword as he flees.

Seth turns to you and, noticing your awed and shocked expression, lets out a laugh. "Are you alright?" Seth asks, "Did he do anything?"

You shake your head. "I-I'm fine," you say.

"I'm sorry about Petros," Seth says. "This did remind me of something though. After we get you your weapon, I need to teach you how to resist magic so an incident like this doesn't happen again."


You continue along on your way, traveling during the day and camping at night. Every once in a while the feminine voice inside your head begins to pester you, but each time you manage to drive it off with your steadfast refusal, albeit with more and more difficulty each time. The rest of the trip is rather uneventful, and after about 5 days you see the great forge. It is truly a sight to behold, rising up from the plains, reaching into the sky.

Seth leads you into the forge and introduces you to the weaponsmith. He is an absolutely huge man, standing about 8 feet tall, well-muscled, skin bronzed by the heat of the forge. He wears tattered gray pants and a tattered dark red vest.

"Well well look who's here!" the weaponsmith says in a deep and powerful, although cheerful, voice. "I am Hugo the weaponsmith. I s'pose yer here to getch yerself a weapon eh?" You nod, not knowing what to think of this man. "Well, excellent! Alright, Seth probaly told you this, but my weapons are custom-made, crafted perfectly to suit the user. Fighting style, hand grip, everything. You'd never be able to use any weapon as well as one I custom-make for you, and since the weapon is adapted to your style you don't have to adapt to it! So before we get started I need to see your fighting style to determine which weapon is best. Follow me."

The smith leads you through a door in the back of the shop. You are surprised to find that behind this door is a battling arena. Hugo rings a bell by the entrance, and another man enters through another door. This person looks like one of the palace guards, but with no armor or sword. Rather, this person is clad in leather "armor" and holds a staff as a weapon. The smith tells you that this is an assistant of his, and that anyone who wishes to get a weapon from his shop must battle the assistant, so he can determine your fighting style.

You and the assistant both enter the arena. Hugo rings the bell again and the battle begins.

The assistant rushes toward you, raising his staff as he charges. You quickly sidestep the attack, then quickly dart behind him, grab the rear end of the staff, then kick him in the back. This knocks him forward and wrenches the staff out of his hands. You quickly toss the staff away, out of the arena, where it is caught by the smith. As the assistant charges you again, you dart in close, grab him around the waist, and pull him in. You stomp on his foot hard, then spin and twist expertly out of range as he tries to land a punch. You kick him again in the back, then grab his wrists and get him in a lock position. You are about to kick again when you again hear the ring of the bell, indicating that the match is over; that Hugo has seen all he needs.

You release the assistant, who retrieves his staff and re-exits the room. The smith seems surprised and pleased at your skill (and you are also surprised at how good you have become). Meanwhile, Seth, who had quietly followed you in, is standing off to the side with a pleased look on his face.

"Young lady, I am highly impressed," Hugo exclaims. "That was one of the finest displays of combat skill I have ever seen. In fact, only two people have ever shown me a more impressive fight: Seth here and a rather strange fellow goin' by the name of Zyke. Anyway, that's not to be concerned about. Come along." The smith leads you and Seth back into the main shop.

Once back in the main shop, Hugo tells you to "show me your dominant hand". You do so, and the weaponsmith leans in close, grabbing your wrist in his left hand. He examines your hand, running a thick finger over your palm, then asking you to hold a stick of iron to determine your grip. After examining the way you hold the stick, Hugo announces that he has everything he needs to make your weapon. "I will make the perfect weapon for you," he says. "Don't you worry. It'll be ready in about a day. Come back tomorrow to pick it up."

Written by Drago

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