Brodje and Gio got on their way towards Umere, they had just 2 days to get there and get Rara out before the squadron of Templars arrived, as such they were moving as fast as they could and making no stops as they sped through the forests of Yaaba. Brodje was for some reason still reluctant to use his magic so he ran as fast as he could on land while Gio, barely visible, kept up with him from the air. They had been running for 8 hours straight when suddenly Gio dropped down and motioned for Brodje to keep quiet.

“What is it Gio? We have no time to lose” Brodje whispered impatiently

“Calm down Brother,well, actually, don’t be calm, we’ve got enemy soldiers ahead” Gio said, looking rather irritated

“Soldiers? why here? i thought you heretics drove out the government from this region 3 months ago” Brodje said, hand on his sword hilt

Apparently the retards up north thought it’d be a fine idea to make their soldiers go out through the northern border, turn around and try to take us by surprise” Gio was smiling rather wickedly, it made Brodje very uneasy.

“So, what do you suggest we do?” said Brodje, not liking the look on his brother’s face at all “Is there another route somewhere?”

Of course there is brother, there is always another route. Well i suppose you don’t mind us bringing back your wife’s carcass three weeks from now, that sounds like a good idea yes?”

Brodje ruffled his hair, getting more annoyed by the minute, Why couldn’t things just be simple, for once, was that really too much to ask? he wondered. The soldiers were coming, there were about fifty to sixty-five of them roughly and they were laughing rather happily, Brodje felt a slight twinge of guilt, these men would die soon, or at the very least suffer serious injuries, was all this really worth it? he quickly banished that thought from his mind, this was all for Rara, he’d die for Rara, he’d kill a thousand men for Rara, he’d burn down cities for Rara, he’d debowel pregnant women for her, he’d made his choice and he was going to deal with it.

Gio interrupted his thoughts by coughing loudly-a little too loudly, the soldiers were about fifty feet or so from then now and any moment now they would be spotted. “So, brother, what are we going to do, i highly doubt those soldiers are going to let us through, i’m obviously a mage” Gio said as his right arm began to vanish

“Hold on Gio, i’ll do this myself” Brodje said gruffly “I must do this myself”

“I won’t help you if you’re dying, if you want, after you die i could still go to Umere and rescue your wife” Gio said whilst giggling and randomly making parts of his body invisible

I’ll be the one to rescue her, thank you very much” Brodje said as he drew out his long, sleek one-hander and held it in a  reverse grip, with its tip facing backwards.

“That’s a nice sword Brother, where did you get it?” Gio asked

Made it myself actually, i’m a blacksmith afterall” Brodje said puffing out his chest

I’m not quite sure you should be proud of that, also the soldiers are coming closer, just so you know”

“I’m going, i’m going”

Brodje put his sword back in it’s sheath, he’d first try to pass, then lie, then if the soldiers still refused to let him go he’d murder them, the soldiers in question had now stopped moving and were now in a loose circle, surrounding something in the middle, he heard the laughter of the soldiers, the filthy jokes, the clink of their armor, but there was somthing else, it was a female voice pleading for help. Brodje was alarmed, he was 20 feet or so away from the soldiers and his curiosity was piqued by the female voice pleading breathlessly for help, then he heard the screaming, the long, drawn out pleas for help, he heard the soldiers jeer and laugh, he heard them poke fun at her as she was being raped, he heard them laugh. Time was still for Brodje for a while, he Imagined Rara as the one there, being raped by these uncouth poor excuses for soldiers, he could hear her screams, he could see her pretty face disfigured by tears as she wailed and nobody came, he could see her body as it was left uncovered and exposed after  the bastards were done and he couldn’t ignore it anymore.

Brodje unsheathed his sword and charged at the group of soldiers, taken by surprise by the wild-haired man yelling obscenities at them, two guards fell as Brodje sliced em as he charged directly for the two guards in the middle, confusion reigned as he hacked and slashed, ten, fifteen, twenty dead soldiers, suddenly he was surrounded on all sides and the soldiers began to laugh

Heretic scum like her ain’tcha?” a soldier jeered

Or maybe she’s his wife, we’ve had some like that” another soldier put in

Or maybe they were bethrothed” said another soldier grinning stupidly

Too bad she ain’t pure anymore, Both ways” the first soldier finished and they all burst out laughing

Brodje blinded by rage, put his sword back in his sheath.

“Oh lookie, he’s gonna surrender, another one for old Nor then, he likes his boys doesn’t he?”

I prefer them bit younger but my ma always told me never ta look a gift horse in the mouth” the tall, slightly hunched soldier said

Brodje lifted his hands up and rose up into the air, hovering just over the treeline, the sky began to darken and thunder rumbled ominously as Brodje’s pupils disappeared. The soldiers, displaying uncharacteristic intelligence started running for their lives, but Brodje wouldn’t let them, he started calling down bolts of lightning at them wildly, sometimes missing and setting trees on fire, he channeled chain lightning and took the lives of four soldiers simultaneously, the lightning running from one person to the next. Eventually Brodje fell, exhausted having annihilated all the soldiers… but one, apparently one had almost been able to escape, that is of course until Gio popped up in front of him and impaled him with his arm somehow.

So brother, what are we to do with her” Gio said, pointing to the girl, who had put on what remained of her clothes and was cowering behind a smoldering tree

“We’ll take her with us” Brodje said ruffling his hair and looking pale “What’s your name?” he asked

“It’s Wiete sir” she answered looking like she would die any second

“Hmm, looks like they hadn’t finished with her” Gio said looking at her somewhat lewdly “What do you say brother, want a go?

The girl hurriedly ran and hid behind Brodje peeking out from behind his shoulder.

“Don’t worry, he’s joking, at least i think he is, really appropiate joke in this situation Gio, really classy”

“I do try my best” Gio said smiling “So brother, how do you like those soldiers? Are we still heretics? Handsome face of justice right?”

Broodje could not reply, were his mom and junior brother really evil? Is this what the Face of justice in Yaaba was?Four hours later, they were halfway to Umere, Gio was carrying the girl on his shoulders and Brodje was on ground once again. Gio suggested they set up camp for the night and rest, Brodje and Gio learnt that the young girl was a child who had just started to show evidence of being a mage and was thus handed over to the authorities by her parents who believed it would protect her. Brodje lay against a tree while Wiete cuddled up to him,it was just past midnight as he fell asleep to thoughts of Rara.