Light … yes, light, and heat too, I am moving, slow, always seems so slow, now speeding up, speeding up, can’t wait, maybe the fire witch will be there, she alone visited me, maybe she alone can, and now I am out!!! and I see … nobody close, all far behind, as so often, none as brave as I, none as sleek as I, none as fast, no, not that old dwarf, like a dog he fights, barking and scrabbling with head down, blood everywhere, but he always stays alive, – Wait! wait, stare, something not right here, claws out, something under that tree, coil up, something dnagerous, coil yet more, a vine, rising up to grab… to grab Him … now pounce! All my speed! Slash, slash and slash again, AARGH! hard blow I took, gather strength, fire burst, from my visitor maybe, but it missed, lightning bolt, the lightning witch maybe, strength back, bite down now, hard, and twist and twist until, yes, He is free! I am the proudest! AAAARRGH! Never saw that, broken back, only two legs working, cannot hold on, He grimaces, and I know I am going, going back again, into the cold and the half-light, alone again or …
ARGH! my back, the cursed vine broke Hers, now it will know my rage! Twin panthers to avenge Her, now! Nooo! Too hasty, both missed, I am failing Her, I breathe help to Erik, must regain control, oversight, deadly vine, Kruthiks flow like lava below, might overrun Barrick and Tira, Rift torched some babies, now a Hive Lord is down there, and … what? ... Erik down, all the way down, in the vine’s clutches, thrashing to escape, and the Kruthiks have overrun Tira! No rest today, come back, there, now!
Light … and heat, wait for it, I am out again, and whole again, among bugs, He needs me, they all need me, He is safe above, I feel Him strike this bug, my claws steal its strength, channel to lightning witch, she is always nice to me, not like old dwarf, tells Him to send me high into air just to watch me fall, not that He ever would, now fire witch summons mini-sun, my favorite, hurts biggest bug, it shoots acid, but hurts me not, I am the toughest! Lightning witch sends a blast, old dwarf hunkers down, scared for once of the fight, but I am not scared, coil, coil more, pounce on fleeing bug, my jaws latch, I break its neck, I am the strongest!
A bug dead at Her jaws, feel the thrill, Erik freed himself, Rift fighting a bug climbing up, best protect this high spot, come up here, now!
Coil, leap, none can leap so high, reach big bug fighting fire witch, claws sink in, fire witch blasts, bug is strong, it does not fall, I see Him, safe, now fire witch is pulled off, same Vine that broke my back I think, so long ago, if she can visit me she can escape, yes, she is beside me again, I sink my claws again into bug, it claws back, but does not hurt me, I am the toughest!
Stay in control, rage or calm, oversight, Barrick surrounded, good for him, bad for them, Rift free, Tira healthy and blasting thunder, Erik taken a second time, nothing he cannot handle, all safe for now, so it’s rage, the Hive Lord feels my wintry wrath, now! Rift and She have killed their Kruthik, on to help Barrick, now!
That bug dead, I leap down, protect the dwarf, I am the most dutiful! Biggest bug is here, shooting acid, lightning witch hurt again, healing herself, arrows hit bug, from fast hands I think, everything chaos now, I miss a pounce, lightning witch kills biggest bug! Triumph, one bug remains, but no anger, no energy, I stand and watch now, as so often, but cannot see Him.
AARGH! Caught by the vine, dropped hard! Must stay in control. A bad bite, restrained, nothing broken, no spear in hand, only my totem, Erik coming to assist, just stay alive, they’ll have me out in no time, ah, drink the Kruthik potion, strength flowing through me, try a punch! No good, need a spear, what’s that, a lightning bolt, the hold is loosening, now Barrick is charging, head down, AARGH! Felt that, but the vine falls dead, I am free.
Don’t like this shack, nor this howling hag. Hallway feels like a trap – Barrick knows, his axe twitching – there! Archers! Punch one, ha! He missed! Punch another, AARGH, my side, got me, there’s Barrick swinging, and a fire blast from Rift, and … ohhh, an ogre! Must duck, too late, AAARGH! Rift and I down and hurt, the hag shows her true self – a Dracoman, breathing lightning, arrows in from Erik, ogre misses Rift, might have been death, no time, where is potion, got it, down it, use it, scrabble out like a Kruthik, safe now I think, blast from Tira, Rift gets clear, Barrick kills the Dracohag, but now the ogre is on him, help him, now!
Light again, and heat, it has been so long, next to old dwarf, facing an ogre, I am the best protector! Ready claws, coil and – BOOM! thunder from lightning witch I think, lost footing, glancing blow, down, not hurt though, arrows fly over me, He sends Twins but they miss, must have been the thunder, now ogre down, old dwarf misses anyway, fast hands runs in close, He calls to Mother, and the ogre is hurt! Everyone hitting now, but ogre is up again, fire witch brings ice, coil and … I miss my pounce, He misses too, must have been the ice, lightning witch ferocious today, old dwarf and fast hands, He misses again, old dwarf and fast hands and lightning witch, He misses yet again, He must be hurt, finally! fire witch puts ogre down, he was tough, and I relax, unhurt, He is standing, tired, I stand beside Him, I am the proudest!