LOM Freebuild: Crossing the Bridge . Here it is folks, my first free-build for the Lands of Mythron! . After fooling those guards at the gate of Reedus, I found travelling to be quite blissful. Not many Mythronians dare to go too far beyond their main cities due to thieves and ambushes. The road was smooth, and without many travelers. And when I did pass one, they would nod at me respectfully, and then move on. Not to mention the air grew steady colder and colder as I moved farther North, which was my kind of weather. But soon, despite the fact I was trying to openly avoid it, trouble found me. I soon came across a small bridge which hovered over a small, jagged ravine. And that's where trouble found me.
Out of the fog from across the bridge, silhouettes of figures began to appear. First a tall beautiful woman, followed by a man, and then two filthy orcs. I knew this could only mean trouble.
Orc Archer: Ei! Hold it there, mate! Payin' a toll is required to be crossin' this here bridge! Just hand over your gold, and there won't be no trouble!
Man: Indeed. Just pay the toll, and no one needs to get hurt.
Woman: Just put your gold on the ground, and kick it over to us!
Me: This is a public bridge, lass, and owned by no one. I will pay no toll.
Archer Orc: Claudia, let's just have his head and be done with it! Then we can take it all!
Sword Orc: Yeah! No need to settle for less we're one arrow away from gettin' it all. Haha!
Me: Orcs teaming up with Humans? Not a combo usually seen, even in these parts. Mainly because Orcs are the filthiest slime in all of Mythron. They usually end up stabbing "business partners" in the back.
Archer Orc: Now you've gone and done it! I'll end you now!
At that moment, the Orc pulled back his drawstring to fire upon me.
Claudia: Wait! No!
But it was too late, the Orc had released the bowstring and the arrow whizzed quicker than the blink of an eye toward my direction.
Reflexively, and uselessly, I jumped backwards. And when I did so, the book fell out from inside my clothes and fell onto the bridge, open to an unknown page.
Suddenly, the pages of the book lit up into brilliant light. The arrow was halted, right in front of my nose, and then it shattered into a million splinters. But the book didn't stop there...
The book then transformed into a giant, blueish-grey troll. It stood many inches higher than any of us on the bridge. At the sight of the troll, the two orcs and man fled the bridge to leave their female leader to fend for herself.
The woman, Claudia, saw her comrades leave her, but she merely gritted her teeth and stood her ground against the troll. I couldn't help but admire her courage.
But fighting the monster head on was useless. The troll easily parried her strikes, and then took the spear, knocking her backwards.
Seeing that the creature was about to strike her down with that spear, I acted on pure instinct rather then will. I rushed the creature from behind.
I then leaped onto the troll's back, placing my sword at it's throat, ready to slice.
But the troll was relentless, and it swerved left and right, trying with everything it had to shake me off. But finally, I was able to place my sword at the middle of it's throat, and slice with all my might. The troll gave one last roar, and then it disappeared into a giant puff of smoke.
I fell onto the bridge, gasping for air and trying to focus again. When my eyes could focus, I saw that the book was right there underneath me.
I was in awe with the book as I picked it up and stared it down.
Me: The book...the book was defending itself.
Pushing my fear and curiosity aside, I pushed the book back into my clothes, and extended my hand to Claudia to help her up.
Claudia: That's some interesting literature you got there. Thanks for saving me. But just for the record, I can usually handle myself.
Me: I'm sure you can. Trolls are no piece of cake, after all. Especially magical ones that pop out of enchanted books.
Claudia: Look, this is kind of embarrassing, and I don't usually do this. But do you mind if I tag along with you for a while? This is the road to Bodus, you know, full of thieves and what not. I would hate to be caught out here unarmed.
I usually liked to travel alone, but she was right. Travelling alone on the road to Bodus was dangerous, for either of us.
Me: I guess it would be alright, especially since your last band of merry men abandoned you to a deadly fate.
Claudia: Yes, curse them. I knew they were about as loyal as that troll you just killed, but leaving me to die was quite savage of them. If I ever run into them again, they'll get what's coming to them.
I laughed and then we shook hands.
Me: I'm sure they will. In the mean time, as you probably know, I'm headed to Bodus on an important mission concerning this book. If you don't have a problem with that, we should be on our way.
Claudia: No problem at all! Just keep that book closed till we get there!
Me: Of course.
And then we turned North-East, and carried on our way.