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NUMEN THE SLAYER SAMPLE

Here is a sample from Numen the Slayer:

 

 

On the outskirts of the battle, Baron Ubba and four of his knights were surrounded by corpses and broken weapons. The baron limped through the carnage as he clutched a wound on his right side while using his battle ax as a cane. Meanwhile, two of his knights were guarding his flanks while the other two were leaning on each other for support. As they continued to wander through their insane surroundings, Ubba ground his teeth with frustrated anger while contemplating how the battle had turned against them so suddenly.

“How could this have happened? We had the Letums right where we wanted them, and that rabble took us by surprise with that dragon. Now the siege is broken, and we are doomed!” Ubba growled.

Patting his liege on the shoulder, one of the knights assured, “Just keep moving, My Lord. We will return to Chainhorn Castle and regroup.”

The five men stopped in their tracks when they heard growling behind them. Stiffly turning, they saw two war wolves glaring at them with hungry eyes. The beasts’ muzzles and paws were stained with blood. For a long moment, Ubba and his knights stared at the wolves as they waited for someone to make the first move.

Then the wolves lunged at Ubba and his men. The wounded knights were quickly taken down and ripped apart while the able-bodied knights cut the wolves down with their swords. However, as Ubba watched the skirmish, his wounds acted up, and he grunted with discomfort. Ubba was barely able to maintain his footing even when he used his ax as a cane. Once he regained his breath, Ubba and his surviving knights resumed their efforts to flee the battle.

“Leaving so soon, My Lord?” asked a voice behind Ubba and his knights.

The three men turned around to find Clovis, Joe, and Tristan standing before them. Clovis wore his horned great helm while his war hammer was drenched in the blood of his enemies. Tristan gripped his katzbalger with a tight grip, ready to engage his new enemies. Joe held both of his kukris with anticipation, glaring at his prey with hungry anticipation.

“Leave me alone!” Ubba demanded fiercely.

“I’m afraid I can’t do that, My Lord. Our orders are to keep anyone from escaping the true Emperor’s judgment,” Clovis explained.

Sneering, Joe added, “Plus, if we take out one of the leaders of the king’s army, our new friend Numen might reward us handsomely for your head.”

“Get out of my way, boys!” Ubba ordered, gripping his ax handle tightly.

“We will not, My Lord! You sided with King Robar! That makes you the true Emperor’s enemy and will be treated accordingly!” Tristan affirmed.

Ubba’s two knights charged at their new opponents with desperate ferocity. Tristan deflected his enemy’s sword before cleaving his chest open with his katzbalger. Meanwhile, Joe effortlessly sliced through the right hip of his adversary with one kukri before slitting his throat with the other. Joe and Tristan displayed lethal precision as they dispatched their opponents.

Lifting his battle ax, Ubba bellowed with rage and charged at Clovis. However, Clovis countered by swinging his war hammer into Ubba’s sternum, causing a geyser of blood to burst out of Ubba’s mouth. After that blow, Baron Ubba was dead before he limply hit the ground.

Shrugging his shoulders, Joe said, “Well that’s the end of that. Let’s hope Numen rewards us after this chore.”

“You and me both, Joe,” Tristan agreed.

Scoffing, Clovis countered, “Bah! It’s not about the rewards. The only reward I want is the thrill of this epic battle! Now let’s get back and kill some more of these suckers!”

With their foes beaten, Clovis, Tristan, and Joe turned on their heels and returned to the fray.

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VAEROX THE BLOOD DEMON

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Here is the dragon who appears in Numen the Slayer, Vaerox the Blood Demon. He is called the Blood Demon because of his crimson scales and his ferocity. Vaerox is presumably the last dragon in Gradaia and one of the dreaded Dire Beasts that dwell in the unexplored region known as the Territories. He is as tall as a castle when standing at his full height and wings are so vast that they eclipse the sun as he flies overhead. As a creature of magic, Vaerox has a spiritual connection to the elements and can see events unfold from great distances. He possesses enough destructive power to destroy castles and annihilate armies. Unlike some incarnations of dragons, Vaerox can verbally speak rather than communicate telepathically. Vaerox plays a significant role in Numen the Slayer and the forthcoming sequels.

GRAMFYRE

Gramfyre

Gramfyre is the weapon of choice for Numen Magnus. I named it after Gram, which was the sword the Norse hero Sigurd used to slay the dragon Fafnir. I also drew inspiration from Excalibur from Arthurian Legend and the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings. Just as Excalibur and the One Ring answer to no one except King Arthur and Sauron respectively, Gramfyre answers only to the descendants of its creator, Vaegar Dragonsteel or Vaegar the Mad. Instead of having Gramfyre in a stone like Excalibur, I had it in something else that rhymes with “stone”. Like the One Ring, Gramfyre has the ability to influence the mind of its wielder in order to fulfill its desires. While the One Ring influenced its bearers to return to Sauron, Gramfyre influences its wielders to satisfy its desire for conquest. As a result of this influence, Numen’s personality tends to shift from his normal personality to one of an ambitious and ruthless conqueror, often on a subconscious level.

In terms of appearance, Gramfyre is a hand-and-a-half sword that was forged from the organic metallic ore of a dragon scale. Its blade is pitch black with ancient runes engraved along the fuller. Its crossguard is cruciform in structure, made of gold, and decorated with rubies. The grip is made from polished ivory from dragon bones. Finally, the pommel resembles that of Narsil from The Lord of the Rings except it is made of gold and has a big ruby embedded in the center. Despite its size, the sword is so light that it feels like it’s not even there, which gives it a scary nature, yet it is virtually indestructible and sharp enough to cut through castle-forged steel like a hot knife through butter.

When wielding Gramfyre, its master tends to perform deeds that would be considered impossible by most. Most of the time, Gramfyre constantly influences fate so that its wielder could achieve its desire for conquest. In combat situations, it grants its master the strength, speed, and fury of ten men as well as a high tolerance to physical pain. The only drawback of these abilities is that Gramfyre requires the life force of its wielder in order to fuel its magic. The Civil Folk call Gramfyre the Sword of Power while the Welts refer to it as the Sword of Miracles. Overall, Gramfyre is a selfish, bloodthirsty, and capricious sword that is both a benefit and a liability.

KING ROBAR BAAL

Robar

This is the main villain of Numen the Slayer, King Robar Baal of Umbran. While creating him, I drew inspiration from Shakespeare’s version of Richard III as well as the Arthurian tyrant Vortigern. Like Shakespeare’s Richard III, Robar is a hunchback, but to make him more unique and reviled I made him a cannibal as well as a tyrant. Also, I included a more human side to him due to being persecuted all his life as a deformed creature even by his own family. To compensate for his insecurities, Robar purposely makes himself a tyrant in order to demand respect from those who mock him. His last name “Baal” is based on the demon who is one of the Seven Princes of Hell. Robar’s weapons of choice are a falchion forged from a meteorite and a meat cleaver that has a handle made from human bone as well as a collection of knives he carries on his belt. Overall, Robar serves as the driving force behind the story of Numen the Slayer.

JOE KARLY

Joe Karly

Here is another character from Numen the Slayer, Joe Karly. Joe is a petty thief who joins Numen’s quest with the hope of adventure and riches. Due to his profession, Joe tries to steal anything he can get his hands on when given the chance, which sometimes gets him in trouble. His weapons of choice are a pair of kukuri daggers that he uses with deadly efficiency. As a criminal, Joe never fights fair in a battle and can be mischievous at times. When it comes to stealth missions, Joe is the man for the job.