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Chapter 19: A new Mahrim friend.

riding bluetail Riding is a tiresome activity. You have to continually steer around trees, rocks and other obstacles while keeping an eye around you for possible dangers that might be lurking in the shadows. Today I was doing everything but the latter. My attention was fixed forward and I wanted to reach my friends as soon as possible to help them with the siege works. My horse moved swiftly through the shadows as I heard the hoofs stomping the soft ground. I was almost dozing when all of a sudden a person by the name of Hartasia whispered through my ears. Was I dreaming, night dreaming or simply thinking out aloud? It turned out to be none of the above. I replied and he talked to me back!

“Hello” he said. “Why are you running so fast?”. “I want to reach my friends fast, and who are you please?” I replied. Quickly he whispered to me; “I want to fight.”, and it echoed through my head for some seconds. I turned my head around and there he was. A strong Mahrim male riding his horse towards me. And he was also catching up on me quite fast.

At this point I started thinking about all the stuff and the horse itself I brought with me on this adventure. What a pity to lose it all half way to my friends. I was sure I had already lost everything but my pride. It was more than clear that I will go down but I will not go down crying like a little girl.

It was only a matter of moments now and I could already feel the hot breath from my foe’s horse. I asked him one simple question that would determine the outcome of events.

“Do you want a fight no-gank or a normal fight?”. To my surprise he quickly replied to me “No-Gank”, so I took his word on it. A Mahrim could look as a fierce filthy wolfmen but they claim to be honorable in their doings. I stopped my horse and dismounted. He did the same right beside me.

“Are you ready I said?”. “Yes” was the answer! I applied some protective magic on myself and held my sword tight with both hands. He started off with some archery but I easily parried those while I gained distance on him. When close I opened with a power attack and he replied back with a whirlwind. We were hacking and slashing like madmen but it was clear to me that I was no match to him. My hits were not as strong as his, and his movement was too agile for my reflexes. Slowly my health dropped and soon I found myself down on the floor, facing up and I fainted.

Regaining my senses slowly I was perplexed. I could not see my city’s bindstone and for a second I thought I was going blind.

True to his words Hartasia did not finish me off but instead he prayed for my resurrection. I was very glad for his gallantry and expressed myself in an educated manner. I thanked him and offered him a couple of other duels. These did not end up much different than the first one, while he told me about possible strategies and tactics I could adopt. Finally he gave me a very nice sword and a spiked bow. He had some business to attend elsewhere so we said our goodbyes. I made sure to thank him again for his help and off I rode towards my friends that, by this time, were eager to know what was happening to me.

Next Chapter 20: A glorious encounter

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