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MarsBravely the mighty men went forth to battle the great behemoth, the mighty mammoth.
Fearlessly they chased it down, right off the edge of a cliff.
Alas, the cliff was not high enough to host a fatal fall,
For when the doughty warriors approached it, the mammoth slew them all.
All, that is, save one.
Mightiest of the mighty, bravest of the brave, he stood alone as the mammoth lurched to its feet,
The lone hunter stood fast, unmoving, as the great beast charged, putting all its momentous bulk into forward motion.
And then the mammoth trampled him, that staunch defender, that stout warrior, pounding his courageous frame into so much gore and splintered bone, a sodden mass of broken flesh.
Why did he not move, you may ask?
Why wast his life in such a meaningless way?
Unwilling to leave his brothers, his comrades, his fellow warriors, he stood,
Facing his oncoming doom;
Fearing more than death to return alone.
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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