Hey there, this is a story i've been working on, it's far from done yet, but I figured what the hell I'll post it and see if anyone likes it, It centers around a character who has saved the realm and mankind itself several times, but no one really knows him, they only know his legacy and hero name which he himself, never liked. And i figure i'd write it in short stories, for every adventure. This is the Necromancer chapter i've been doing, if you like it great, if you don't i always like to become better so if you dislike something or think something should be changed please tell me The Town of Redcourt, , The Crowned Lion Inn. The innkeep looks at his establishment, standing behind the solid oak bar counter in his inn. The inn is crowded, people sitting inside drinking their spirits and drinks, sitting by the fire, playing cards and telling jokes. Right outside the Inn however, the wind is whipping and howling, rain turning to ice as soon it hits the ground as the innkeep notices a man outside the window heading toward the inn with decisive steps, the cold storm does not seem to phase this man as he steps closer and closer. Opening the door to the inn as he walks inside, revealing his long black greyish hair, visibly frozen, his left eye covered up in a piece of cloth tied behind his head as he removes his hood. The one eyed man keeps walking toward the counter removing his thick fur coat and cloak, as he hangs it on the bar stool. The man is wearing a solid steel armor plate over his torso, appearing very bulky and thick, engraved runes glowing and a thick leather belt going from shoulder to hip, with small flasks and satchels sewn in on it. His arms however are unarmored, but visibly scarred with cuts and stitches, his left arm has a visibly burned scar on his forearm , but his hand intact, a large wound, appearing to be a bite or a claw mark from some eldritch beast is visible on his right arm. ‘’Barkeep, i’d like something strong...preferably distilled from mandrake… but whatever will do, rum would be nice too.’’ He says as he slams down a full coin purse on the counter. ‘’Who the hell would walk around with a pouch like that in the open…’’ The Innkeep thinks to himself as he nods and smiles to the one eyed man. ‘’Here you go, have one of each’’ the innkeep says as he counts the coins. ‘’These are platinum coins..’’ The Innkeep says looking up. ‘’ That’s a problem?’’ The one eyed man replies as his black hair with grey streaks starts to thaw and drip. ‘’No… but with one of these… you could pretty much buy my entire inn… 10 coppers get’s you a drink… 25 coppers, a room for the night… 50 coppers… I’ll throw in a breakfast feast as well.’’ ‘’So?’’ The one eyed man says as he raises his eyebrow. ‘’... Well… my lord, I don’t want to take too much or overcharge my fellow man, the gods don’t like it, and it’s morally wrong… and even worse the taxmen would just take it from me.’’ ‘’Huh...well… I don’t have much else… how about this, give me these drinks.. A bottle, room for the night and one of those breakfasts… and i’ll give you five of these.. And you’ll be fine as long as you don’t start spending it like an insane person, a good tip is shopping at armorers and artifact peddlers, they always have a lot of money, mainly due to mercenaries and heroes always buying their shit… so buy something...small, and you’ll get change in coppers, gold and silver… problem solved!’’ The man says as he gathers five coins and put them on the counter. ‘’...Aye… I can’t argue with that… too good an offer.’’ The innkeep replies as he pockets the coins and gives the man 2 bottles of rum. ‘’If you don’t mind me asking, where did you come across this.. You don’t appear a merchant… you can’t be… not with that kind of offer… you’d lose all your earnings in an instant..where did you find it?’’ The innkeep asks smiling. ‘’ The Necromancer King Cassius lair. ‘’ The man says as he looks with his non covered eye at the innkeep. ‘’ he died a long time ago… but i suppose he had some loot left.’’ the Innkeep says as he smiles. ‘’Actually… I killed him… after our battle i made free with his treasures… He might’ve been a necromancer, but he spen time honing his skills in alchemy magic too, and owned a pet diamond scaled dragon… which i killed too… and took every scale for myself...incredible crafting component, and valuable too. ‘’ the one eyed man says smiling ‘’No… that’s impossible, he died almost a hundred years ago.’’ the innkeep says as his eyes widens. ‘’96 years, in 2 days… it will be exactly 96 years.’’ The one eyed man replies. ‘’... I can’t believe that, you’re old yeah… but not over 45.’’ the innkeep replies. ‘’ well, you’re free to believe that, My name is Jericho Wolff though so it’s the same name as Cassius killer..’’ ‘’No, Cassius killer was a mystery Knight, known in legend as The Titan Knight, a warrior sent from heaven to execute the beasts and men that have managed escape hell itself!’’ The innkeep replies. Jericho says nothing as he stares at the innkeep. ‘’Believe what you will.’’ Jericho says growling. as he stands up and goes upstairs to his room. Jericho sits down at the desk in the rented room as he glances over a logbook, flipping through the pages... but he finds nothing interesting in it as he looks out the window, looking over a twisted tower, seemingly affected by black magic. '' We never manage to break the curse from the castle... did we Tovi?'' Jericho says as he sits down. Cassius Grave Castle, 96 years ago. Cassius stood upon his altar of skulls and bones as he cut open his hand dripping his blood over a large pentagram of bonemeal and corpses as he circled around ‘’You who left this world… soul bound in hell… rise again, rise again’’ Cassius chants as he keeps dripping his blood over the pentagram walking around it. ‘’ I COMMAND YOUR SOUL TO RISE, AND TAKE THIS VESSEL ‘’ Cassius roared as a bright red and black shimmering light rose as the corpses in the pentagram started twisting and disintegrating as it assembled as an ungodly horror, a beast of old ancient magic and blood. ‘’Kr’Ai Kthla Ireylah!’’ Cassius said as a black smoke rose from his palms covering the beast. the beast stood in front of him and his eyes opened as the smoke cleared. ‘’I am Cassius, your savior… tell me your name and swear your allegiance to me.’’ Cassius said as he looked at the hulking monster. The beast appeared, looking like something from a fever dream, an ungodly horror covered in teeth and horns, limbs where they should not be, two gigantic arms, capable of grabbing a horse with one hand, and two legs covered in fur, resembling that of a mammoth, tentacles erupting from his shoulders and tongue. ‘’ Troug ‘’ the monster replied in a thick booming voice. ‘’And whom do you serve?’’ Cassius asks as he opened his palm, inflicting pain upon every nerve of the monster. ‘’I… SERVE… CASSIUS.’’ The monster roared in pain as Cassius smiled ‘’Now… I command you to guard the front gates, the Grave Castle shall not be touched from the outside.’’ Cassius orders as the monster shambles toward the main gates, as Cassius walks toward his inner sanctum Cassius grabs a skull from the ground as he stares into the socket, the socket glowing red. ‘’Erlai-i’’ Cassius whispers as a vision appears to him, showing him being impaled by Jericho.. ‘’... No...this cannot be, the beast should prevent this fate… why hasn’t it changed…’’ Cassius says as he tightens his fist crushing the skull. ‘’WHY’’ Cassius roars as his eyes glow red with hatred and malice. __ The Redcourt Forest, ‘’ Come on Tovi, we’re soon at the castle.’’ A large black haired and bearded man said smiling as he twirled his greatsword resting it upon his shoulder. ‘’Tovi’’ he said again turning around, revealing his amber eyes and youthful features, standing 2 meters tall wearing a thick black cloak and a white steel armor, with a blue shimmer erupting from the pauldrons. ‘’ Right behind you big guy.’’ Tovi replied, a short slender blue eyed elf replied as she smiled to him. ‘’We’ll soon finish of Cassius, and cleanse this land of necromancy… i’d never be able to do that without you Jericho… thanks… again.’’ Tovi said as Jericho smiled and grabbed her by the shoulder, standing almost a half meter above her. ‘’ You know me by now, I too want to purge this realm of the darkness, and everyone will know about me, Baneman of Cassius. However, your companionship has been an added bonus… I’m damn lucky to have you with me.’’ He says smiling grabbing her by the waist carrying her toward the castle as she laughs ‘’Let me go man’’ She says in a playful tone of voice. ‘’Let you go, no way, I’m carrying you to safety!’’ Jericho replies smiling. ‘’Hah, what are you protecting me from then?’’ she says as she tries to wriggle loose. ‘’ Don’t rightly know, survival instincts you know’’ he says laughing as he accidentally drops her to the ground on her back. ‘’Heh...i’m sorry’’ Jericho says as he looks at Tovi as Tovi sits back up and crosses her arms smiling mockingly as she looks at Jericho. ‘’I...uh.’’ Jericho says blushing mildly. ‘’Oh please..’’ Tovi replies as she stands up touches Jericho’s arm and rests her head on his shoulder. ‘’ so… ‘’ Jericho says as he grabs her by the waist lifting her up looking into her eyes, as he rests his forehead against hers, as she does the same. ‘’Mhmm, what’s going on in that little mind of yours?’’ She says as he silences her with a kiss. ‘’There was that I guess... ‘’ Jericho says as she responds kissing him back, as Jericho walks to a nearby tree, still carrying Tovi.