ran through the arena and stopped for a moment to check for the enemy at
one of the arched doorways of the amphitheater. Panic almost
overwhelmed him as he surveyed the multitude of benches. “Oh no.
Where did I park?” Then remembering the spot just on the other
side of the hall and to the east of where the Governor from Kastanza
used to sit, he saw it. “That chameleon device really is too
good,” he muttered to himself.
him the way seemed clear, but something didn’t seem right. The
hair on the back of his neck stood up. He had no time to check,
despite his feelings. Making his way swiftly towards the POD, he
saw them, just moving shadows in the corner of his eyesight at first,
and then recognizable shapes of men ... six of them moving in from all
around the arena with swords drawn. He surveyed his opponents
cautiously, summing up their abilities. He knew their mark, the
Shadow Knights of the Salmonil. The Salmonil, fierce nomadic
warriors, were bad enough albeit extremely superstitious, but the Shadow
Knights, so called because of the dark clothing they wore, were worse.
This band of brigands had no honor and should not have been given the
dignified title of knight.
Instead of defending a code of honor, they pillaged, burned, and did
whatever else their wicked leader desired.
looked again towards the POD. He had the lead. He could
get to the POD before them, but he would not have time to initiate a
jump. He rebuked himself for not bringing a remote. Just as
well, he wanted to find out more about his pursuers so he might as well
take advantage of it. Why did they come here, since Cah Bel is
within Andril Territory? Were they just patrolling the ruins and
just happened to find him, or were they sent in search of him and his
to confront them directly, he stopped in his tracks a stone’s throw
away from the POD. The Shadow Knights copied his move but then
started walking sideways always facing him in a slow spiral drawing
closer, swords at the ready almost in a dance.
no further Firesmyth,” one, apparently the leader, called out in a