Ninth Order: Damsel In Kinda-Sorta-But-Not-Really Distress
Now, then...about that castle...I should be able to pass through now that I have the Reds
under my heel
on my side. They can easily swallow this wall of fire while the Browns take out any opposition, like these sword-wielding raiders.
Gnarl: He was most definitely not local. I wonder if the lady that gibbering peasant mentioned is behind this.
It appears that I will have to go around...the drawbridge is up. But who could have survived that attack? The damage is extensive...and probably expen
sive, as well.
[The Overlord sends his Brown minions through a crevice to open the drawbridge from inside.]
Excellent work! Ah, and it looks like these raiders have been guarding something. Take it back to the lair at once!
[As the minions take the glowing red cylindrical object back to the lair, the overlord feels a surge of power welling up from within. His Health has increased by one bar.]
*ahem* I mean...this is just what I needed. But...what exactly have they done to Castle Spree...and why?
Guardsman: My lady, please hurry! They're coming!
Woman: Stay back. These people are no threat to you. Put that down! ...Okay...let's just run!
[A burning man runs through the castle along with the lady, and eventually burns to death while his comrades follow her into the storeroom.]
Guardsman: That was...horrible.
Woman: Unless you want the "horrible" following us in here, I suggest you shut the door!
[He complies with the woman's request, just as a few more Raiders pass by.]
Woman: Keep those Reds at the back! Set them on fire!
What? Who said that?
Woman: Control your minions, man!
Hey! I know what I am doing, and I will not accept any advice from anyone who refuses to introduce themselves!
Woman: Your little creatures are just darlings, aren't they?
Why, than—I, I mean, flattery will get you nowhere, woman!
Woman: I'm Rose. Well, it seems like you can handle yourselves. Interested in a job? Have you heard about the Heaven's Peak Plague? It's nasty, very nasty. I came here to see if this place could shelter the poor lumps that aren't infected...yet. I need to get out of here, but I can't leave with these Raiders everywhere and I need my luggage. Could you deal with them and retrieve it for me? Oh, you should probably know: those Raiders had a strange creature with them. It's bound to be magical. Must have helped them get in here!
All right, "Rose", if that is
your real name, I shall find your luggage...On One Condition
. Upon completion of this mission, you will return with me to my tower, no questions asked. (More details to follow.
Rose: Those Raiders don't want me helping the plague victims. They want to create chaos! If that plague gets out of Heaven's Peak then things will get very disorganized! And I hate that!
I know the feeling, lady. Hey! Minions! Fall in line! Now!
[The Overlord goes to seek out the room next to Rose's cell for treasure, but only finds a group of peasants trapped underneath burning floorboards
The human spirit is certainly a resilient thing. They should all have been flayed alive after an encounter like that... Oh, stop acting like you never saw a man in a giant metal helmet before! There are much worse sights than this!
[The Overlord sees a giant Beholder up ahead, and a group of Raiders emerging from a portal in front of it.]
Gnarl: Hmm...That creature's presence explains how these Raiders entered the castle. Quick, Master! Position your Reds on high ground to attack the beast! You must keep it surrounded!
[The Overlord places five reds on either side of the creature and watches as they bombard it with fireballs, preventing any more enemies from spawning.]
Gnarl: Now, bring the luggage to that female creature before she moans the place down!
This is the strangest looking piece of luggage I have ever seen. Get that parcel moving, chop-chop!
Peasant: Let's head for Spree!
Rose: My luggage! You and your little Cherubs found it!
Gnarl: Cherubs? Yuck!
Well, you know what they say...No Accounting for Taste
Rose: I thought you were just the usual run-of-the-mill dungeon fodder, but you've surprised me! I think someone like you could use someone like me. Let's go!
[Moments later, back at the Tower...]
Rose: So this is your Tower. Hmm...it could use a bit of work.
Gnarl: Greetings, Mistress. Sire, we've managed to re-open the Private Quarters. I've intstructed the Minions to take m'Lady's luggage there.
Rose: If you're heading to Heaven's Peak, perhaps you could investigate what's been causing the plague? I'd better get up there. Wouldn't want those little dears eating my things and getting a tummy ache. Give me a chance to spruce up the place a little, then come on up. I'll put the kettle on.
An odd girl, that Rose...but she certainly knows her stuff