The Battle Mage

The beginning of the Assassin Quest Series, this series starts with Sirius Luna's story.

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8. Chapter 8

I awoke a few hours later to find my wrists in shackles attached to chains nailed into the walls. My mouth was covered by cloth and Ishma stood before me, wearing a low cut black dress. The dress had the same spider webbing design on it. The curves of the silver webbing showed off her bust very well. "I know you have many questions, she said, so I will pull this cloth away so you can speak." She reached up a pulled the cloth down around my neck. "How did you resist my time stopping spell?" I asked quickly. Ishma smiled and set one of her hands on her hips. "You mercenaries never do any background on me or any Michrians do you?" She said. I raised an eyebrow as she continued. "Michrians are best known for their abilities as Mages." I nodded. "Now it is my turn to ask a question, she said, who sent you?" I blinked a couple of times before I spoke. "Baniwi." I said flatly. Ishma's features quickly hardened and she glared at me with a great amount of intensity. "That cursed, bastard, son of a whore." She spat. "Than we have a common enemy." I said. She looked up at me and furrowed her brow. "What do you mean?" She asked. "I am not really one of his soldiers, I am actually an Assassin, sent by the King of Mittachlan." I said. She took a step back in surprise. "Then why would Baniwi send you here?" She asked. "I was to infiltrate his army and gain his trust, then I was to get into the castle, kill him and stop the war." I said. Ishma's jaw dropped and she set her hand on the side of my face. "Then you know why I seek war with him." She said. "He destroyed your people, your true hatred is for him, not for the Acrosanarians." I said. Ishma smiled, leaned up and kissed me. I let her for a moment until she slid her tongue into my mouth, then I turned away. "What is it?" She asked. I shook my head. "Didn't you enjoy my kiss?" She asked. I nodded. "Yes, but my heart is already someone else's." I said. Ishma looked down at the floor and then back at me. "You are married." She said. I nodded. "Yes, and I have a son, his name is Daelus." I said. Ishma smiled sweetly and nodded. "Oh, if only the King and I had been blessed with children of our own, but Baniwi's war destroyed any chance of that when my husband was killed in battle." She said. I could hear her voice become sad. I nodded and then one of Ishma's soldiers came into the room. "My lady, he said, our watchers have seen Baniwi and his men riding toward the city." Ishma nodded and waved him away. "You have to go, I said, run away and live to bring your people back from Baniwi's treachery." Ishma turned to me and a tear slowly made it's way down her cheek. "Go, survive, and come back from this horrible war." I said. She nodded and kissed my cheek. "Thank you, before I go however, you never did tell me your name." She said. "Sirius, I said, Sirius Luna." She nodded and kissed my lips once again. "Thank you, Sirius." She said. I nodded and then she left the room. I sat in silence for hours until Romulus came into the room, followed by Baniwi. "Mage, he said, where is Ishma?" I shook my head. "I do not know my King, I was hit on the back of the head upon entering the great hall and I woke up here." I lied. Baniwi sighed. "Very well, I suppose you tried, come, we must go." He said. I nodded and Baniwi swung his great sword into the chains, breaking them free of my wrists. I stood and picked up my short sword and my Charred Darkness Blade. We walked out of the room and into the great hall. "I see that you killed a few of her army." I nodded. "Yes Sire, but I could not get anywhere near Ishma." I lied again. "Well done anyway Mage." Baniwi said. I bowed. "Come, he said, we ride for home." I nodded and we left through the corridor that led to the outside. I mounted my still tied horse and we began our ride back to Acrosanar. The ride back seemed longer than the ride to Bådochïna. "Sire, I said to Baniwi, why do you want Ishma dead?" He looked over at me. "The Michrians always were a troublesome group, I just simply feel that they would do less harm to society if they weren't around." He said. "But, my King, why do you want Ishma dead?" I asked. Baniwi sighed. "Some things are better left alone, Mage." He said. I nodded and slowed my horse's pace. "He's hiding something Romulus, I whispered to the dog, and we need to find out what that is." The next few days went without any speaking between Baniwi and myself. Once we got back to Acrosanar I wrote a message to Baruti. The message read: "Grandmaster, Father, I have uncovered something between Baniwi and the Spider Queen of Michrius. I know not what haunts their pasts, what happened between the self proclaimed GodKing and Ishma, I do not know. But, I will find out what it is, and report back to you when I have. Your Assassin and Son, Sirius." After I folded and stamped the letter shut, I tied it to Romulus's chain. "Take this to the docks and give it to the captain of the ship known as Shadow Wings." I said to him. Romulus raised his ears and I patted his head. "Go, quickly my friend." I said, waving toward the door. Romulus turned and ran out of the room into the great hall. I followed him to the door way of the castle, making sure no one got ahold of the letter. Once Romulus was out of my sight, I turned and went back to my quarters. I sat down and thought for a moment. Then I stood and went to one of the guards in the great hall. "You there, guard." I said. He came over to me and bowed. "What do you ask of me?" He said. "Go to the great library and bring me any books on the history of Acrosanar and Michrius, do you understand?" I said. The guard nodded and then he turned and walked out of the castle. I stood for a moment and looked at the massive city and reminisced. Then I turned and walked back to my quarters, waiting for the guard to return with the books I had requested. It took the guard at least an hour for him to arrive with my books, or book. "I am sorry master Mage, I could only find one book." He said. I nodded and took the book from him. Then I waved the guard away and began to read. The book held everything, but what I was looking for. "Curses, I spat, I've read for hours and not learned a thing about these two cities." I slammed the book shut and set it on the table. At about that same moment, Baniwi stepped into the room. "Mage, why the sudden interest in Ishma and I's past?" He asked. I shrugged. "I simply wish to know why you hate her so." I said. Baniwi sighed and then stepped aside so Romulus could come in the room. I watched as Romulus padded over and laid his large body at my feet. "I already told you, some things are better left where they lie, leave it alone." He said. I bowed. "As you wish, Sire." I said. Baniwi looked between Romulus and myself, then he turned and walked away. Now I knew he really had something to hide. I turned and began writing a new note for Baruti to be delivered when Shadow Wings returned. This note read: "Father, something has happened. After extensive searching. Baniwi has told me, once again, to stay out of Ishma's and his own pasts. He has something he wishes to hide from the world. I still have nothing to report, anymore than that something is to be found here. I must find what Baniwi wants to be lost. Your Assassin and Son, Sirius." Baniwi wanted something to be lost, something I needed to be found.

 

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