Krakus Mountain – Home of the Fallen : PD.

Krakus Mountain – Home of the Fallen.  Bandit is whisked to safety in Krakus Mountain, but it is only a matter of time before Raul the Black finds her.
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Artie

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Flying.. What a strange sensation, especially for one who did not fly to begin with. Flap, flap. The beating of wings overhead made her blink and squint – until she simply closed her eyes completely. She was floating, airless.. The cold beat at her skin and made her hair whip around her, the only anchor was Habib’s warmth around her slowly freezing body.. All this time, through her exhaustion, she was still attempting to make sense of Habib’s words. Another inside her? What did such words even mean? With a slight sigh, almost inaudible, she would let herself fall limp in his arms once more, cuddling into him like a small child. Did Raul know? Was this his plan? Did he want her to be all to him, through a child? Would the child be as dark as his/her father? Was she going to have a boy or a girl..? And what on earth would she name it..?
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Razorbackwriter:
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Krakus Mountain – Home of the FallenPowerful wings continued to soar high above all the realms of Hell, spiriting away the sickly Bandit from those that wish to do her harm – in particular, Raul. Finally at the top of the mountain there was a single light, that waved back and forth as though it were some type of signal or torch. Diving down, Habib swooped until he came close to the edge of a ledge like crevice. Carefully, he beat his wings slower and finally touched down to land, right before a much smaller creature. A young girl. A very beautiful young girl. Her hair was pure ebony, her lips full and with a fresh face she bore a smile to see Habib return
.https://i0.wp.com/mobi-wall.brothersoft.com/files/240400/f/12831935484642.jpg“My love…you brought someone back?” The girl asked, setting down the lantern and approaching to see the sickly figure in his arms. Habib folded his dark wings back behind him as he allowed the girl forward. “Tis Bandit.”

The girl looked shocked, her face riddled with confusion as she then cast her eyes down at Bandit. “The….Bandit?” It was almost to incredulous for her to believe. In another life….she knew her. “But I thought she….” Amala started, but then she had to start walking with Habib as he made his way towards the temple. “No…but she nearly did.” Habib spoke of how she almost died right there in the maze. “The witch healed her.” Another surprise for Amala. “Which witch? And what of Raul?” Clearly, Amala knew of the Warlock all too well. She quickly cast her eyes to the skies, thinking that he may have followed them. Habib was pretty certain he hadn’t.

“Probably in some inn….drinking his life away now. He lost, Amala. End of.” Yes, Habib may have said this, but knowing what he knew with Bandit being pregnant, that may well change. He gave Amala a reassuring look, before walking Bandit into the temple. Amala ran back to get her lantern, and then with her bare feet padding the stone floor of the outer landing, she followed Habib inside.

“I’ll make her some broth. She looks so hungry.”

With Amala going to the kitchen, Habib walked the tired girl into one of the chambers for her to sleep on a soft bed.

~RB~

Artie:
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Oh, how much they didn’t know.. Bandit’s eyes struggled to remain open, the image of Amala blurred and difficult to make out.. Voices were muffled, like she was underneath water.. Food was not an option currently, as much as she yearned for it.. No, for now, rest was what she needed.. What would sustain her. Sleep. Habib brought the small and petite woman to a chamber, laying her on the bed.. Its warmth immediately swallowed her, causing a sigh of relief. Ah, what it felt like to sleep on a comfortable bed for once.. It was blissful.. The blankets encased her, her fingers gripping at the blankets.. Ever so slowly, weak, she would pull them over her head, basking in the warmth of it all…

How little did she know about Raul’s conquest, about Amala and who she was, about it all.. Bandit only knew a fraction of hell, she didn’t know about the little being inside of her – in fact, the thought of a child had been erased from her mind.. For now, survival kicked in – she must have been hallucinating about his previous words.. The thought of being pregnant was absurd, clearly.. She wasn’t pregnant, that was impossible, she hadn’t had sex recently.. Or hadn’t she? It mattered no longer, her eyes closing.. Bandit was consumed into the thick darkness, dreaming a dreamless dream as reality became nothing more than a speck.
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https://31.media.tumblr.com/5ef5e5037867f10d90269567d68b1e1a/tumblr_inline_nk32l2zyXc1sf3uv7.jpgWith Bandit now curled up beneath the blanket, Habib backed up and watched her for a moment till she completely settled. The Fallen now had a grim expression. He knew what he heard. Two heartbeats. Bringing up his hand he then racked his fingers back through his hair as the concern of what he knew was starting to get to him. If Raul were to find this out, there would be nothing to stop the Warlock from trying to find her. The trick, was to keep this under wraps – or find a place to take her that was well and truly out of Raul’s territories. But where? A child born from someone like Raul would naturally have magical powers, not to mention the fiery spirit of its mother. Habib did not have the clairvoyance to see into the future, he didn’t need to to know that the child whilst in the mother’s womb was going be in danger.The fair haired Bandit looked so peaceful in her slumber now. The horrors of the past few days must have been so taxing on her, that this need to sleep was all encompassing. Giving her their bed was the least that Habib could do.As he stood there, Amala crept in quietly with a tray that had on it a covered bowl of broth and sour dough bread. She stood quietly in the background, as though waiting for a word or maybe something to tell her what to do with it.

“Should we let her sleep?”

“Yes…put the tray down on the nearby stand and if need be we heat it up again later.”

Amala nodded silently, and padded over to the side board, where she placed down the tray with a light clatter of the cutlery against the plate. It was a small noise, but Amala still turned her head to see if it caused Bandit to stir. Thankfully, it did not. Amala pursed her lips together and made her way to Habib’s side. She knew not the reason that he had taken off without warning the many hours before, but now it was starting to hit her as to why.

“Why did you bring her here?” Amala asked, threading her arm through his as she went to walk him out of the room where they could talk freely. Habib went willingly, only to shut the door on the way out. When they were a good few paces away he stopped.

“It was not safe to take her anywhere else. Not in her condition.”

“Condition?” Perking a brow, Amala was now truly intrigued. “What…?”

“She is with child.” There….he admitted it. Amala fell back, her jaw dropping open in shock. “Pregnant? Who is the father?” It was only natural that the female fallen wanted to know. Her eyes searching her love’s and the look he gave her almost made her heart stop beating. “No….not him…anyone but him.” Amala wrapped her arms around herself and she looked so distraught. He had not been in their lives for centuries or so it seemed. He was able to manipulate many things thanks to that mirror of his. Habib could feel his love’s distress and he wrapped his arms around her tightly. His chin resting on the top of her head. “I had to bring her here. It’s safe…from him.”

 

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Amala stared up at Habib with large eyes.

“Does she even know?’

“No…she doesn’t. I only felt it when I carried her away from the Maze of Greed. After the witch healed her. That is when I heard the two heart beats. The pregnancy must be in it’s infancy.” This would mean up to eight months of trying to protect her from Raul’s clutches. Habib continued to stroke his love’s hair, as he tried to think of what they could do to protect them both.

~RB~

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Artie:
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A groan from the blonde figure on the bed near them.  Bandit herself was lost in the theoretics of dreams, but were they really theoretics?  Are yes, the thief did have a few tricks up her sleeve yet, even if she didn’t even know it.  Amazing how escaping the river of hell could give someone powers…but perhaps that was what having such a strong soul to defy fate gave you.  An “extra”, if you would
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“What is it?” Bandit gazed at the sky above her, pointing at a reddish tinged star. There was a sound of a male next to her, a sort of “hmm,” pausing only as she looked at him. Him. Riley. “I’m pretty sure it’s a red dwarf. I’ve no idea how we can even see it, those things are really faded. Maybe it’s close, yeah?

“By close, do you mean light-years away?”

Yes. But close in relevance, you fucking smartass.” Bandit would grin at his response, making a noise of protest at his slight smack against her arm.

“What a bright light, though.. Wow..” Bandit would squint then, the light of it growing, beginning to hurt her eyes.. “Hey.. what the..?! Riley..?!” The blonde glanced over at the redhaired male, only to find that it was instead Raul’s face, a scream coming from her lips — the red had morphed into a streak, as though someone was attacking with red magicks, wings covering the sky behind the red streak – dark wings, of a fallen angel..!

Sudden, searing pain caused her to squeeze her eyes shut, a burning in her abdomen that spread to her navel and then lower – suddenly, a child crying, her hands wet over her chest.. The blonde opened her eyes, gazing at the screaming infant while she herself screamed..

The child suddenly went silent while Bandit screamed on, its eyes opening.. One was violet, the other amber, a sort of deep and mature look in its gaze, as if it understood.. And somehow she knew this was her child, sound ceasing from her lips as she would turn to face Raul next to her, his eyes suddenly determined.

He reached out for her child, taking it from her; in that instance, she wanted to bite him, to claw back for the child, but a feeling stopped her. Something told her this was not the thing to do. The warlock wrapped an arm under her abdomen then, pulling her against him and cradling the baby boy against his chest and looking down at it, then up to her.. “You did so well, my love..

“Oh, Raul..”
Bandit, I love you.. I love our son.. Our Grimm..

Why was his voice so far away sounding..?

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Bandit herself would do no more than roll over in her slumber, raising both arms to cover her head from view, unknowing that she had just witnessed the future..

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Krakus Mountain – Home of the FallenStanding outside Bandit’s room, Amala and Habib were still in each other’s arms. Habib trying to comfort his beloved from the threat of the return of Raul into their lives. Bringing Bandit here, was at a cost to their own safety. While both had their own powers in this realm, the memory of what Raul had done to them in the past still haunted them. Amala could not get over the fact that Raul had actually impregnated Bandit. All that she knew was that Raul was a sadist, who enjoyed nothing more than torturing women under his influence. He must have really messed up this time, to get one pregnant. Or did he do it on purpose? You had to wonder. Thinking on it, if he wanted a way to bind the woman to him truly was to make her the future mother of his spawn. Would this child take on the very powers of his father? Surely if that were the case, then the child would be a great warlock in its own right. This was truly a dangerous time for Bandit, and though Habib kept reassuring her that Raul was off drinking away his troubles, she had this sneaking suspicion that somehow he was going to find out.
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Habib did make such a promise, but in bringing Bandit here, he may have unknowingly put them into the line of fire.

“I hope your right….for all our sakes.”

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Far below, on the winding dirt track that led up the mountain, there was a sleek black and silver wolf, that was running through the forest. It’s paws slamming into the earth and its labored breaths showed that it was determined to find it’s prey. Leaping over a fallen log, it’s bold strides and capability were beyond that of an ordinary wolf. The fact was, it was a warlock….in wolf’s clothing….

Leaping onto a large rock crevice, it howled long and loud. The moon was the only one to hear, but it was a warning.

Raul was coming.

~RB~

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Kiri:
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https://i1.wp.com/fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/173/8/c/render_rin_okumura_y_kuro__ignaneesan__by_ignaneesan-d6a7m0e.pngOnce more, just like before, Zachary formed from darkness. Perks of being a Nephalem and having control over Darkness came to a point in which he had plenty of use for it, including extremely fast travel. Umbraportation, or teleportation with darkness, was near-instantaneous travel because it let him move at the speed of shadows, which was essentially the speed of light itself. Done by actually melting away into shadow, becoming a being of shadow itself. It was invaluable.Once Zachary had fully formed, his blue eyes almost immediately picked up on the energy signature of both Raul and Bandit, but the problem was they were in two different places. Wait, that wasn’t a problem. Zachary used his ability to both perceive and see the energy to lock onto Bandit, she was the more important, only to melt into shadow once more for a split second, reforming only feet away from the two fallen.Zachary went wide-eyed for a moment, backing up several steps before he shook his head and regained his composure. It was all that he could do. Hopefully Valmont and Nicholas would get there soon, before Raul, but if not then Zachary was going to have to handle this. Which is why he spoke in a diplomatic, and non-threatening tone to help avoid causing trouble.“Sorry for barging in like this, but I think you’ll be alarmed to know that you’ve a very dangerous visitor coming this way, and he won’t be long at all. And, to inform you, I’m sure you’ll know exactly who he is as he is most likely after the woman in that room…. or rather what lies within her. I am Zachary Knight, Chief Adviser of the Ambassador Vicomte de Valmont. I’m not here to cause trouble, but rather to prevent it.”

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Bandit’s eyes struggled to open, disturbed at the sounds she had heard, the movements – until, of course, her brain recognized that of a visitor… At this her eyes easily snapped open, a gasp coming from her lips as she would sit up in surprise, pulling her pillow over her body in a somewhat defensive move. She didn’t hear a single word Zachary had said, but from Habib’s look and the woman’s next to him… Something was wrong. Bandit herself looked incredibly gaunt and frail – just waking up hadn’t done her much good, and blood was still dried to her skin.. Nevermind that she’d slept for.. what? An hour? She didn’t know. It could have been minutes. It’d been days since her last official rest – her death not quite counting. It was her child that kept her alive and breathing at an even pace at this point, even if she did not know it.Her child – that was growing in her and could be no more than a month old – was the one keeping her alive. If one could see auras of power, Bandit herself was glowing from her own powers that the child had given her, but her light was most concentrated in her lower abdomen – her womb. “What.. What’s going on…?” She found herself backing towards the edge of the bed, just to have her back against something so no one could come up behind her.. A natural instinct of a survivor.. Though, she would be dead, if not the child within her. Mariela’s magic had only helped the fetus grow stronger than it should have been, along with Bandit’s will and Raul’s powers. So much power in something so small, that it had leaked into its mother around it..
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Krakus Mountain – Home of the FallenThe last thing that Amala and Habib were expecting was a visitor. Both went immediately on the defence as the man approached was an unknown to them. Habib’s wings opened out to the full, his face showed a new anger that had not been seen before. As for Amala, she raced inside and stood guard before the sleeping Bandit. The man approached Habib, and then started off with a greeting that was mixed with a warning.“Sorry for barging in like this, but I think you’ll be alarmed to know that you’ve a very dangerous visitor coming this way, and he won’t be long at all.”Amala whispered Raul’s name in shock. Her fears from earlier were now fully justified. This was not what Habib wanted to hear however, and he growled under his breath. It seemed that more knew about Bandit’s condition, than he had suspected.“When he left the maze, he was defeated. Someone had to have gotten to him afterwards, but who?’ It was like Habib was talking to himself. He was staring at the ground, shaking his head in utter disbelief.

“I’m sure you’ll know exactly who he is as he is most likely after the woman in that room…. or rather what lies within her.Habib started to nod, as the blood seemed to drain away from his face. Inside the room where Bandit lay, Amala was now wringing her hands and pacing back and forth. She knew the danger of Raul even when he didn’t have a reason to be incensed. The fact that they were harboring Bandit – the mother of his unborn would make him release such powerful magic that it might be impossible to stop.

Bandit roused and was now using the edge of the bed for her support, so no one could come at her from behind. “What.. What’s going on…?” Amala went straight to Bandit’s side, and had a look that was one of panic. “You don’t know what is inside of you, do you?’ Nothing had been said to her directly, as they had not yet been given the chance. Her head whipped around when Zachary introduced himself as Zachary Knight, Chief Adviser of the Ambassador Vicomte de Valmont. He said he was there on a mission to protect, not to harm the expectant mother. If the Embassy knew, then those higher up in Hell knew. Oh this was bad. Habib could not hide it from Bandit any longer. Bringing Zachary in to see her, he had to tell her the truth.

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“You carry the child of Raul the Black…..and he is coming for you both.”

Looking back at Zachary, he added. “We need to prepare. God knows what he is going to do, when he gets here.”

~RB~

The Maze of Greed – The Finale.

 

We come to the end of the Maze of Greed, with the defeat of Lydia- but the drama isn’t over.  Bandit carries a secret within her that is bound to change everything.  

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Bandit let herself fall nearly limp in Habib’s arms, shaking still. Her heart beat quickly as all she could smell was the fallen angel, all she could see was him, too.. Eyelids fluttered until they closed completely, her arms reaching up to wrap around the fallen’s neck.. Though, despite how much she shook in fear, some part of her wished that it was not Habib that held her, but Raul. God, what was it that attracted her to the messed and broken? Perhaps, that it was that she herself was a mess, that she too was a broken soul, waiting to be put back together.. Another part of her wished nothing more than to drink this all away, and the final part wanted nothing but her death.. What further suffering could she be spared if she was killed now..? Her eyes opened slowly as she gazed up at Habib, head falling back to be against his arm – there was no in between, she could not hold herself up currently..

Her breathing was hard gasps, almost wheezing rather than actual breaths. Her heart beat seemed almost impossibly fast, echoing — wait a minute.. No. Her heart beat was actually quite faint and slow, but yet.. there was another sound, thumpthumthumpthump, rapid in tune and seeming to come from her lower abdomen.. Oh. Oh.. it was another heartbeat entirely.. Yes. Bandit was pregnant. And Raul was her child’s father.. But she did not yet know of this pregnancy, she did not yet know of the little being that she held inside of her, a child with magic as strong as its father’s and a will to live as strong as its mother’s… Bandit needed nutrition and warmth, she would catch a sickness remaining outside and in such a weakened state – in fact, she could feel the same waves of unconsciousness overcoming her, appearing to be faint for another time. This would not be good for her baby..

 

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Scar was now beaming brightly as his beautiful Princess took his hand. In the change from coming back in the hat, he was actually taller now, and one might say better looking. Maybe it was his love for the young witch that had him appear this way. Then again, it was not how one looked, but what they were truly inside that made them worthy of love. Scar had been to hell and back…really, in order to save the girl of his dreams. He had been sent away in his own hat, and then brought back her family to her in order to help her. Little did he truly understand that in order to save her, she had to learn to save herself. It would be a good lesson for life and one that would be important in the coming days as the rest of hell figured out that Lydia was dead.

Wow…the evil bitch finally got what was coming to her and she had a particularly nasty end. But looking about them now, they would see nothing but beauty. The maze had come back full and strong – vivid and colourful. Gone were the evils that walked its many lengths, but instead there were brightly coloured flowers and singing birds. Maybe this was an unnatural phenomenon in a place like Greed, but it matched the new Princess perfectly.

Scar gave Mariela’s hand a squeeze as he gestured for Sam, Sean and Tessa to follow. The alp knew that the family deserved a reunion that made the whole adventure worth while. In the coming days, Mariela would have a lot of choices to make. For one…she must decide if her family was to return. Mariela might be able to visit them, but the truth was she now belonged in Hell, and Greed was her kingdom and her home.

“Wait till you guys see the castle. It’s probably still a mess from the ball. Hope they have clean up crews working on it.” No truer statement had been made. There had been magical fights up there and much destruction and death. Not exactly the kind of place you want to take your relatives. Walking past the great giant Douglas, you could see the ginger haired mountain was happy for the small couple, but he was also sad in a way. There was no going back to the Fallen mansion now, and even if he could….Quinn was not there. His only friend in the worlds. He had lost his family long ago, and had no one to call his….or a real home. Some were getting their happy ever afters and others were not. The biggest losers were those that chose to play their worst cards with little regard for the others. Raul…Lydia…both lost.

The giant wiped away a stray tear as he leaned on his battle axe. The maze in behind him was in full bloom and colour. Did it really need a gardener now? Slowly, he made his way out of the maze and continued his search for the hell hound…his only friend.

(TC – Douglas)

Further back, Habib was holding onto the very tired looking Bandit. Her breathing was still shallow and her gasping came hard and sounded dreadful. She needed rest from all that had happened, and the fallen held her very close to him as he started to follow the rest of the party. But it was during that first few steps that he felt not one…but two heartbeats. Strange. A human only has….Habib’s eyes widened at the realization. No…it can’t be. Was Bandit pregnant? He stopped long enough to let the others get well ahead before saying anything.

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“I was going to take you away from this realm to a place where you can be healed…..but, it may destroy the life within you.” The fallen knew that if Bandit was indeed pregnant, and if the baby belonged to who he thought it did, that there was no way she could leave hell now. The fallen had to think quickly. The Princess and her family were just getting on with their lives, and now this. If Raul found out, he would bring about such death and destruction to get back Bandit and their child. Habib’s wings burst into life and without looking back, he pushed off from the ground, soaring into the air with Bandit in his arms. He needed to find her a temporary sanctuary from all that could harm her so he could think of what to do next.

Her life…and that of her unborn depended on it.

~RB~

 

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Mariela looked at Scar, realizing how much taller he was than her. “You’re taller now.” she stated with a small smile. She had always thought Scar was a charmer – but now he actually looked it. But she didn’t state this out loud, and instead bit the corner of her lip and gave a smile, before turning to Tessa and her brothers.

As they walked through the maze, Mariela took time to look around and notice how truly beautiful it was. Certainly much different than what it looked like before. It was a nice change, and Mariela admired how beautiful the maze was. Made her actually want to walk through it this time. Mariela looked down when Scar squeezed her hand, entwining their fingers together as he did so. She then looked up when Scar spoke.

“The castle is quite grand. It has everything you can imagine, and certainly fits for a perfect castle for Greed.” she said with a small laugh, looking at Tessa and her brothers again. “There was a… incident at the ball. We weren’t there to see what happened, but my guess is none of it was good. And if we walk and it’s completely destroyed, I apologize.” she spoke, turning to look ahead again.

“I didn’t think you could do it. Kill the Princess of Greed.” Tessa spoke, and Mariela turned to look at her. “I’ve killed once before, you know. That’s why I ended up in Hell.” she spoke. “That was different.” Sean spoke up. “You did it to protect us.” he spoke again, and Mariela looked at him. “And I killed Lydia to protect myself, and everybody else. The same exact reason I killed that man years ago. To protect the one’s I love.”

“Lydia was so… powerful. Yet you managed to kill her.” Tessa spoke, still not believing that little Mariela defeated the “powerful” Princess of Greed. Mariela just sighed, looking forward again. “Lydia may have been powerful, but that power caused her death. She may have been Princess of Greed, but there is such a thing as being too greedy.” she started.“Her Greed and ambition and desire to be the most powerful person in Hell caused her demise.” she said, then looked at the trio. “That, and the fact she had a really bad habit of underestimating people who were “lower” than her.” she said with a smile.

“So, you’re the new Princess of Greed. What are you going to do now?” Sam asked and Mariela shrugged. “Guess we’ll have to wait and see. But I know one thing. I’ll do a hell of a better job running this place than Lydia ever did.” she spoke.