Officially, but one segment of the island cluster was left… and that last segment was Astaroth’s to destroy. Slowly, his expression an emotionless frown, Astaroth walked straight into the one and only settlement of the North Isles. The entirety of this place was holy, a shrine and temple unto their God.
As the guardians of the temple, a pair of monks vastly superior to many warriors from many cultures approached him. Even as they drew near did Astaroth calmly draw his sword. The blade’s hilt was shaped as a dragon, the cross-guard the wings of the dragon and the pommel the head of a dragon. The grip was of leather, textured and fitted perfectly with the contours of Astaroth’s hand. It was a straight bladed sword, of mirror-polished steel… lined around the perimeter of the edge in gold.
With a flick of his wrist did he send that sword through the neck of the monk on the right, spinning easily under the other’s nunchaku and drawing his sword up and through that man’s torso effortless, cutting hi cleanly in half. All about him did rise the monks, but as he came to stand in the center of their temple did an eerie light come into his glowing golden eyes.
Raising his left hand, his index and middle fingers together and pointing upwards, did he summon a circle of… white… flame. The significance of the color was in relation to the heat. This, the so-called ‘phantom flame’ burned as the surface of the sun. The monks, their bodies became as ash faster than they could break apart. Momentarily were left sanding a circle of ash ‘statues’ that slowly but surly blew away in the increasing winds… forever lost out at sea where they inevitably came to rest. But not all were slain, for one man had not joined the others in fighting this murderous ‘guest’.
“…Your power is magnificent.” The guru of the sanctuary said with a grim frown, “I would expect nothing less of a Dragon. However, I am curious as to why you would come to slaughter my people as you have so easily.”
Astaroth gave him a look. “In death, you shall learn of fire and the void.”
(End of Chapter 3) Four more to go!
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