Return of the Reaper

Thousands of years ago, the Reaper, Demon Lord and ruler of all Creation, was betrayed and his empire turned to dust. Now he has returned, and is looking for revenge on the one who betrayed him.


28. Chapter twenty eight

For a few moments the citizens looked angrily at them, until the Blood Sultan spread his wings, making everyone remember urgent businesses in the farthest corners of the city. Oblivious to the terror they caused, the strange party started walking through the city.


 Wherever they went people would shy away from them, avoiding their gaze and shouting for the guards. It was only with great effort that Erandiril managed to exchange a few words with an old fruit merchant, who told them they were in the city of Brugenmord.


 Upon hearing this name, comprehension dawned in them. Without further word, they turned around and started walking towards the castle that seemed to stand guard over the city.


 A few guards made half-hearted attempts to stop them but, seeing the newcomers hadn’t harmed anyone, and knowing another demon was helping with the city’s defenses, they just stood at a cautious distance to ensure nobody got murdered because of a misunderstanding.


 A while later they got to one of the castle’s main gates, guarded by two soldiers. Before they got there, one of the guards turned around and ran into the castle.


 The unlucky soldier stood there, his fear turning him pale as a ghost. But still he remembered his duty, for when the Reaper was about to enter he stood in his way and said “The a-access to the castle is f-forbidden, except with an invitation from His Majesty.”


 The Night Prowler took two steps forward, but a gesture from the Reaper held him in his place. He could clearly see the terror that clutched the man’s heart, yet he had fulfilled his duty and denied him access. As a show of respect to his dedication, the demon took two steps back and waited for the return of the other guard.


 A few minutes later the man appeared and said “His Majesty king Dieter von Hogerschaft shall receive you.” It was obvious that he tried, unsuccessfully, to sound  imposing “Please follow me.” He turned around and guided the travelers through the labyrinthic corridors of the ancient building.

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