Defiling the Rogue
Laverna laid their naked on her bed as she read over the city newspaper. Amilie and Rozalin stood before her — their pride as thieves were shredded. She didn’t look up at them as she continued to read her paper on the scientific development of small circular lens that could improve one’s vision and a black powder that could ignite a spark.
“So, what do you two have to say for yourselves?”
“I have no words to excuse myself,” Amilie said.
“Really? Because I think we did what we could.”
“You beat two men unconscious, took the dagger off of him, and flee here.”
“Yeah, we’re thieves right? So, we steal.”
“Normally, I would string you both up naked for a few hours but seeing as how it is your first time, and Amilie did explain to you the rules of our guild, I will overlook your mistake this time.”
“Still, as punishment the two of you will do something for me. Do you know about the Ruins of Cadavers?”
“No, what is that?” Rozalin asked.
“It is an old abandon ruin who’s true nature has long since been lost. The ruins themselves are rarely explored due to the large undead population. So much so that it is completely blocked off from the public.”
“Okay, and what is it you want us to do?”
“I want the two of you to find me a valuable item.”
“How will we know what we’re looking for?”
“It will look valuable and expensive. Oh, and rare.”
Before Amilie and Rozalin could say anything Laverna sent them on their way. Amilie and Rozalin made their way to the ruins following an old dirt road that had not seen much use.
“You brought this on yourself. I told you not to do it.”
The two of them continued walking until Amilie heard something in the distance. It was the faint sound of voices. She wasn’t able to hear what was being said but she knew they voices were of human nature.
“Stick to the trees. I can hear voices up ahead.”
With haste the two of them moved off into the cover of the woods and moved silently. Amilie could hear the voices of two people talking, one a female; one a male. As they closed in, Amilie could see the ruins. Mounds of destroyed rubble filled the land — save for a large square building in the center. After scanning the ruins Amilie realized where the two voices were coming from.
Even though the figures standing in front of the large building were hard for Amilie to see she could make out the outlines of weapons — spears — held firmly in their hands. *Abandoned? Not likely*, Amilie thought as she looked to Rozalin.
“We may need to knock these guards out.”
“Just say the word and I’m ready.”
Amilie moved silently from the cover of the shadows as Rozalin followed close by. Once the two of them were in position, they sprang into action. Within seconds and in perfect harmony the two of them knocked out the guards without a sound and hid their bodies behind the building — out of sight from human eyes.
A large stone door stood between them and the inside of the ruins. The door had an immaculate craving of a detailed dragon curled up in a vortex spiral. Below the dragon was craving of runes that told a chilling tale of unspeakable acts.
“Any idea what that says?” Rozalin asked.
“I can only make out a few words. It sounds like a story.”
“From what little I can read it sounds like a tale of a little girl who was a slave to a powerful dragon.”
“Is that all?”
“Well… It looks like there is more but I would rather not speak of it anymore.”
“Why? What happens?”
“You don’t want to know…”
“Let’s just explore the ruins…”
Pushing open the door, the two of them entered the ruins and scanned the large open room. The barren room wasn’t much to look at, however, lit torches on the wall told signs that the ruins were far from abandoned. Near the back Amilie noticed an open doorway that led downwards into the depths of abyss.
Amilie moved carefully along the outer walls — keeping to the shadows. Rozalin followed closely behind without disturbing a single spec of debris like a silent shadow. As they moved closer to the doorway Amilie noticed a stairwell that descended into complete darkness. *Guess there’s nowhere to go but down*, Amilie thought as she peered into the endless darkness.
Moving down the stairs with her right hand on the wall, Amilie continued to wonder what was down in the ruins. The stairway finally ended, leading into a labyrinth of hallways all five meter wide. The hallways were dimly lit but offered a bit of shadow to use as cover.
“So, where should we go?” Amilie asked.
“It would help if we had a map.”
“I can mark where we have been. One second…”
Amile grabbed a piece of charcoal from her pouch and inscribed a symbol near the bottom of the wall.
“What is that?” Rozalin asked.
“It’s a phantom mark. This symbol marks escape route.”
“I will teach you all of the symbols later, for now let’s see what this ruin holds.”
The two of them moved down hallway after hallway until they finally came to an open room. In the center of the room Amilie could see a strange symbol on the ground. It was a large circle with a pentagram inside of it. While Amilie knew of the symbol she became worried of what the ruins truly held deep inside them.
“Something tells me this ruin isn’t abandoned like Laverna told us.”
“Yeah, stay on guard. I have a bad feeling about this.”
After exploring the room carefully the two of them headed down a hallway until Amilie could hear the sound of someone crying — a small child. As Amilie and Rozalin entered another open area they were shocked by what they saw. Prison cells holding children could be seen lined up on the left and right sides. Amilie peered into the one of the cells but soon wish she hadn’t.
A little girl sat there dressed in tattered clothes, without shoes or socks. Her long black hair was messy while her pale skin made her look like that of a ghost. She was as thin as a twig from being malnourished for weeks on end. *This poor girl has been through a lot*, Amilie thought as she continued to move from shadow to shadow.
With little desire to stay, Amilie headed for a hallway at the end of the room. Before she could leave however, she felt a hand on her shoulder.
“We should free them,” Rozalin said.
“That’s not our objective.”
“So? We can’t leave them here.”
“Even if we do free them what would we do with them?”
“Hand them over to the guild, what else?”
“I highly doubt Laverna would want kids.”
“If you won’t save them, then I will.”
Amilie sighed as she closed her eyes. *This girl is going to get me killed one day*, Amilie thought.
“Fine. Let’s get them out and lead them back to the guild.”