The Sorceress War Part I, Chapter XVIII
Julia Heartilly-- "Hey look,
just because I have a short attention span doesn't mean I.... wait, what was
Lancer jumped to his feet as he heard several footsteps fly
past the cell door. He put his head against the metal to peer out of the
single view hole to see if the owners of the explosions had marched quickly
away from them. All he could make out however was brown shoulder length
hair and a grenade launcher in the hands of the owner. He smiled widely
and motioned the others up. Before Julia could run farther away with Zion
and Edea, he called out to her.
Since his hands were bonded,
he kicked the cell door with the heel of his shoe to generate noise. "Julia!
We're in here! Come back!"
As soon as he finished
calling, they heard the sound of three pairs of feet skidding to a halt.
Suddenly, Julia's eyes appeared at the view hole, startling Lancer to the point
where he jumped back almost a foot. Julia looked away for a moment and
ordered Edea and Zion to blast the lock off of the door, then told the captive
Wolves to stand back. As the four complied to her request, Edea went up
to the lock. Placing the muzzle of her chain gun against the computer lock,
she squeezed the trigger. As a string of bullets destroyed the small
terminal, the lock on the door disengaged and opened. Happily, if a
bit groggily, the four captives exited the almost unbearably small room.
"Hey, it's great to see
you guys are okay!" Julia greeted happily, she and the other two
rescuers moving to untie the bonds which held the other four still.
"The others are holding off the enemy soldiers while Andraia and Corin are
searching the other block of this level. By the way, do you have any more
As Julia undid the bonds that
held Raine, she could have sworn that the Alpha Wolf shuddered and had begun to
growl at that comment. She knew very well that Raine was probably angry
at this type of rescue, and was just glad that Celeste was so out of it due to
her beating that she couldn't do much more than glare at her. As Raine's
bonds were dropped, she spun around and looked sternly at Julia.
"This isn't exactly the
rescue I had in favor. True- it was the one I was expecting, but that
couldn't stop one of the calmer people like Lily or Edea from stopping
you!" She yelled quietly, shooting a look at the friendly sorceress.
Edea looked sheepishly down
at the floor in embarrassment. She had tried to stop Julia with Lilliana,
but the grenadier had grabbed them by the small hairs of the neck and forced
them to go with her. The whole incident hadn't been exactly glorious for
a sorceress. Julia smiled as Raine said this, and shrugged.
"You know me, persuasive
said, and then raised her voice so that she was yelling. "Andraia,
Corin and Lilliana-- go up to the main chamber and get our weapons back!
It's currently unguarded!" She turned to Julia, Zion, and Edea after
she saw the other three race towards another level. "You three go
watch for guards and soldiers who were following you. Lancer, carry
Celeste... I don't think she is fit to walk right now."
They all nodded at
once. Julia and Zion took off to the right to guard that side, whiled
Edea went to the left. Celeste, however, was partially conscious
still and began to protest about her current state.
"No Raine, I'm
fine. Really I am!" Celeste said with as much energy as she
could muster. "See... watch." She began to walk a few
paces to prove that she was fine, but stumbled and began to fall as she once
again grew dizzy. Lancer was able to catch her by the shoulders before
she hit the ground, however. Epsilon shook his head and laughed.
"If he doesn't carry
you..." The sniper said slyly. "... I will!"
Celeste's eyes widened at
that comment. "Lancer, pick me up!"
After the group shared a
brief chuckle, the mercenary quickly but gently took Celeste and threw her over
his right shoulder. Grabbing the underside of her knees, he made sure
that she would fall off if he had to run. The sudden change in height and
position made Celeste's head throb worse, and lowly groaned as she pressed her
hand to her forehead in an attempt to numb the pain. After a few more moments,
the three other Wolves returned from the now vacant main chamber which Raine
was trapped in only moments before she awoke in the cell.
Raine's katana, which now seemed to have strange scratches along the groove of
the blade. Raine scoffed when she saw the indentations and curse Virados
for whatever he had done to it since her captivity. Corin handed
Lancer back his pole-arm and Epsilon his sniper rifles. Epsilon
checked to make sure he still had plenty of ammo, but to his dismay he only had
a couple of magazines left. Lastly, Andraia handed Celeste her whip and
revolver handgun. Still in a daze, Celeste was barely able to return the
whip to her belt, and the revolver to her holster at the side of her outer
With the weapons
returned, Julia and the other two Wolves began to walk backwards towards the
group. As they drew closer, Raine had the horrid task of finding a
way out of the mess Julia and the rescue team had gotten themselves
into. Drawing a blank without Celeste's help, she was interrupted
"Raine?" The sorceress asked with a hint of nervousness in her
voice. "What about Virados? We still have to kill him as
stated in our orders."
The commander simply
tapped her own forehead in thought as she kept thinking. "I know
that. Look guys, Virados has left for the airship docks. I'm
not sure where that is, but we need to go there to stop him. He is
there... because he is launching a full scale joint attack with Esthar against
Deling City's forces."
Lilliana looked shocked
and worried at this news. "Oh, that's just great. Deling
City is right by the coast, as well. If they have naval and air
forces attacking, it will take a bloody miracle to fend them off.
Dollet and the other allies have their own forces too scattered to do much to
"The Airship and
Sea Docks are over by the coast." Lancer declared, recalling
information he had learned in the past by former employers.
"If I remember right, we'd have to go through the pass over the mountain
range that stands in the way."
Raine turned back to
him. "Is there a train that leads through? Walking would take
hours. Hours that we don't have."
so." Lancer replied, "There may be a cargo and personnel train
system that leads to it. We can probably get a ride from the area
which we first entered the city at, the cargo terminal."
"All right. That's the plan. We have to get there and stop
him before he can launch the attack. If he is to take off and carry on
with his plan, the consequences would be catastrophic. Let's move
And with that phrase,
the ten soldiers of the Wolf Pack unit readied their weapons and followed their
leader as she began to speed down the halls that the others had come through
only moments before. Now the fate of a city-state rested with them,
and not just the souls of a few.
Jesse kicked a stone angrily, sending it deep into the snow
around him and his team. Excalibur had pulled out of the sewer
system a few hours ago, much to the relief of the soldiers. Since Virados
had not been inside his quarters, he was supposed to let Raine carry on the
mission, then the two teams would return to the two troop vessels and return
home. Jesse liked being out in the field, but when he was told to be on
stand-by, his impatient streak tended to get the better of him.
"Where the fuck is
Raine?!" He yelled with venom in his voice. "She should
have been out by now." He growled between phrases. "She's
probably just killing time to piss me off! Ever since we broke up that
became her favorite stupid sport!"
"Would you calm
down, please?" Jun asked him. Jesse was a well-respected
soldier at the Zeta Base, however sometimes he tended to intimidate Jun with
his violent behavior. "Isn't it possible that Wolf Pack has gotten
into some sort of trouble? Shouldn't we be doing something?"
"Let me worry about that. The distress signal went off
earlier, but then it went away as soon as we left the city. Raine must
have split the team up, and the other half must have gone in to help."
"If we don't hear
from them in another hour, then it's mandatory to go in a see if they're
alive." Icelina informed them, sitting on a rock sharpening her
gunblade. "They will most likely reply by then, though."
As she finished the
phrase, the communicator began to beep loudly. Jesse couldn't help but
chuckle, "Hey, Ice, good timing! Too bad you didn't do that a
half hour ago."
hell are you?" He said angrily. He then switched to sarcasm,
his other main tone of voice. "Do you know how worried you have made
us, young lady? I'm afraid we'll have to ground you."
came the equally sarcastic reply. "You have to go back to
Deling. Virados isn't dead yet, but he's launching a joint-strike
on the capitol. You have to go back and warn them. The Wolves will
take care of Virados, but if we do so too late, then your warning will be all
Deling has to rely on. If you can, try to get the allies to join us in
the fight as you pass their territories."
commander blinked in astonishment a few times. "Whoa, a joint
strike?! Man am I going to have a fun time slashing down all of those
baddies! You got it babe, I'll do that! Go kill that guy, and take
as long as you need!"
The only thing he heard
from the other side was a exasperated sigh, and then static as she signed
off. Inwardly, Jesse was a bit worried at the news, but didn't want to
show it to Raine or his teammates. He had long been able to hide
his fears to make sure that everyone else could look to him for support, in
case they were feeling afraid of nervous. He turned back to his soldiers
and informed them of their new plan.
"Okay guys, back
to the vessel!" He yelled, generating groans from his
teammates. "Oh, you can't be that sore, it only about fifty
miles! We'll find a train, don't worry. We have to warn the allies
and Deling against the strike! Let's move out!"
"Great, I knew
something like this would happen!" Aaron cried out, "Why
is it always when I go out on a mission, chaos seems to follow me? First
I loose my walkman, now this."
The Helios Air and Sea docks were one of the largest
man-made structures in the world. Not even Esthar had a dock of this
magnitude. It's positioning was perfect for an assault on the Western
countries, since it faced the general direction of Deling City.
Several dozen nuclear and normal powered Helian submarines lined up against the
Eastern portion of the docks, while the large vessels such as carriers or
destroyers had claim to the Western half of the Sea Docks. However,
an entire second story was built on top of these docks, leading to a flat
platform which housed a portion of Helios' airship fleet. At least five
to six airships were present at the same time, though it could dock a maximum
of nine. These airships were not mere fighters, like Galbadia and Esthar
used, but dwarfed even the newest Ragnarok cruisers of Esthar's R&D
These massive machines
could hold several dozen people, and most were at least several hundred feet
long. Most were about five times the size of the Ragnarok, but the
larger ones that were used for troop placement were about twice that
size. The world knew very well that airships were a leftover tool of war
that had been used by the Mysidians during the Centran Wars. Somehow, the
technology was stolen by Centrans and taken into Trabia after they
migrated when the continents were destroyed. Helios had now
upgraded them into the deadly war machines they were today. Unless a city
had air defenses, they stood no chance against an attack by a single
Virados couldn't help
but marvel at them. They were almost a forgotten piece of his heritage as
the world now saw. They drifted away from Mysidian origins, and simply
thought they were Helian in nature. With these tools, he felt he had the
power to crush almost any army. As he looked on as busy deck hands
prepared almost every vessel in the docks for departure, he couldn't help but
let out a victorious chuckle. With this force, and the force of the
Estharian troops, his plan almost seemed too perfect.
However, there was one
annoying thing standing in his way. Though Virados was president of
Helios in almost every area aside from name, the current president seemed to
disagree with the attack. In fact, the middle-aged man was
currently begging him to stop the assault at once.
Virados, I demand you stop this at once!" President Nerrance said
with authority in his voice. The last thing the president wanted
was to get in between this war of Galbadia and Esthar. "It is
insane! We have no business meddling in their affairs!"
"You are beginning
to annoy me, little man."
"Then if you want
me to be quiet, you'll call off the assault!" Nerrance said with
venom on his tongue. He was beginning to get a bit frustrated with
Virados, and was seriously growing disturbed with his decision to allow Virados
to be ambassador. Little did he know, he was working with someone who
held more power than he could ever hope to achieve.
I know what I am doing."
this!" Nerrance said at last. "I am the rightful
president, and have more power than you do, young man!" He turned to
the nearest group of officers. "Listen to me my
soldiers! This man is leading you down the wrong path of your
destiny! We mustn't allow him to succeed, you must stop the assault at
once! This is an order from-- "
This was the last
sentence of his life. Before he knew what had happened, Virados had spun
around with his sword in hand. The blade now rested through
Nerrance's heart and ribcage. Blood dripped out of his wound, and onto
the stone ground below. In a swift motion, Virados removed his blade and
placed it back into his scabbard, leaving the now dead president to drop to the
At the looks the
officers were now giving Virados, he decided to make his point more
clear. "This is what happens when you do not follow my
orders! Either follow me and complete your mission, or meet a similar
The officers saluted
and sped off with looks of complete terror in their eyes, hoping not to anger
the new leader of Helios any further. Virados chuckled, amazed at
how easy it was to strike fear into the hearts of the Centrans. Most
Mysidians were braver than that, some even to the point of being recklessly
brave. Often, the truly brave Mysidians would cross the line between
bravery and stupidity.
He began the ascent
from the Airship Platform onto the foredeck of the larger airship known as the Avenger.
He had the option between that and the other ship, the Valhalla, but
to his knowledge this ship was the more heavily armed. It was
slower, but he was looking towards firepower over speed. Besides, the
airships had to fly along with the navy ships, which were as slow as the Avenger
His aids quickly
followed him up, after telling crew members to do something with the former
president's body. Virados was actually the person most Helians were
afraid of, instead of Galbadia. Defying his orders meant the end of a
life, and his way of execution was more painful than Galbadia's. The most
popular saying among Helians now was 'Better to walk beside the Devil, than to
be in his path.'
Virados on the other
hand looked forward to the battle ahead. He could almost taste his
victory as of right then. The airship slowly undid it's
chains that held it to the platform, and rose into the air at Virados'
command. As long as the Galbadians didn't know of the attack, then they
would stand no chance against a surprise attack from both Eastern
Empires. Everything he and his leader had planned together so very
carefully now seemed to be coming into place.