While the men welcome the party of harlots, you slip away to the wagon at the back of the camp. At least for the moment, it stands unguarded. You climb up and open one of the top wooden boxes. Empty.
Maybe Galen does order them to bring the crates back for reuse. You use your foot to push the bottom crate and it slides easily. Empty too.
Just to make sure, you move to the other side and open the top crate – empty – then check the bottom one with your foot. The bottom crate doesn’t budge.
Arching one eyebrow you glance around to see if anyone is approaching. With no one near, you lift off the top crate and open the bottom one.
In the night, it’s hard to see, but the box is definitely more than half full of something dark – or rather, many things. You lean closer.
“Swords?” There are a variety of lengths, but they are all black swords with thick wooden handles. Except that what you thought were black sheaths are actually thick blades. What sort of metal is it? And not regular steel?
You reach out to touch one of the blades. Just before your fingers touch the black surface, a spark jumps and tingling pain darts through your hand.
You jerk your hand back. It can’t be. How in the world would Gallino have a whole box of lightening staffs? Two centuries ago all realms of the known land had agreed to forbid the relic as part of the Treaty of Rodan. They had cost too many lives in war. Existing ones had been gathered and destroyed, along with the records of how to create it. The very information was deem too dangerous. Most people don’t even know that such a relic ever existed.
Although, it’s possible that a few escaped discovery and have been hidden to occasionally turn up, if anyone is found to have even one in their possession, is a serious crime. However, these are modified to look like swords, which means someone is creating them – in mass.
Only one book contained the details of the relic, secretly compiled of deadly relics and herbs in order to counter or destroy them. It had been one of the most dangerous secrets entrusted to the monks, which is the only reason you even know anything about it or the relic. You had hoped it had burned in the massacre, but if someone has even part of that book…
You grit your teeth. Fighting a lightening staff with a normal sword is deadly. Not to mention that if Gallino had these, who knew what else he might have. You remembered a few of the counters, but it would take time to find and prepare the right tools. It’s a good thing you checked the crates first. If caught, you could be dead before you even figured out what you were up against.
But now what? Do you:
Watch what happens to the crate and hope you find out where they are coming from or going before someone discovers you.
Grab one of the relics as evidence and get out of there. You are in way over your head and the relic alone can prove there’s serious trouble. Dying in reckless heroism might only ensure no one ever finds out until it is too late.
Voting is Closed.
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And to see how this adventure began, see Renegade Project #1