Aestus TaleThe smoke was about to clear off, and as Maximus shouted his resolve, Aestus ignored him focusing on his casting, he needed to be ready for the attack that his enemy was preparing, since he was getting ready more than a dozen of powerful clones, made of magic, a extremely advanced spell, that placed him in same tier, or even greater than Aestus master, the Tarasque Knight Celatus. And as a barrage of lighting bolts moved towards the Phoenix Knight, the dust that was about to clear was suddenly pushed in streams of hot air, as Aestus Phoenix armor was summoned, tanking easily the hits of the lighting using it's increased Magical defenses and it's own durability. Aestus armor took most of the damage, and some small, almost imperceptible cracks appeared, a testimony to Maximus uncanny magical power, and even some parts of the Knight skin were reacehd by the attacks, once more proving the Demon of Northland magic had high shield penetration power.
As the magical attacks from Maximus impacted his armor, Aestus pointed Maximus and spoke in a firm voice, You wont escape me Van Halum, if my mission is to take you to Terra Magus you're going to come with me, resisting will only lenghten your pain. and as he finished speaking, mostly trash talk, since he knew he wasnt capable to beat Maximus so easily, and he even started wonder if he could beat him at all, he punched the ground, as he charged his fist with magical energy, cracking the street under him, as the fissures started glowing in bright red and the ground was splitted into several big boulders that were pushed in all directions by the massive explosion, sending a nova of flaming stones, bursting throught the ring of clones with incredible force, destroying the ruined buildings around the point were Aestus punched.
The Knight readied his third spell, and using the explosion as cover sent a Simus Saggita Ardens, a barrage of at least 20 arrows undergorund, and let them stay on a spot, possibly a sewer, waiting for the perfect moment to attack, while Aestus took a defensive position and strenghten his armor and magical Shields. Come here Van Halum, If you are ready to be beaten and taken in chains to our homeland. Once again Aestus had to use taunting to throw Maximus out of his game
Batsu also felt the pressence Sabine spoke about, but as well when they looked nothing was there, he was as puzzled as she was, but at least he was happy that nothing happened to her, that would be somethign really terrible, for Batsu losing his new Comrades of the Company would be something he didnt wanted to imagine. The place was filled with the scent of blood and death, so Batsu said to Sabine, Why need to move out of this place and find the ones responsable for this. He sniffed the air searching for some clues, The blood was still fresh so the attackers wont be far. They cannot left this place without leaving some clues, I will investigate here, You go and check the town, use this, as he threw one of the Compay intercom links to her, if you find something, or somebody, I will be there in seconds. He decided to look by clues by himself since he was worried about Sabine reaction in front of this, he knew she was a warrior, but even so he didnt wanted her to be digging throught the corpses of the people she was trying to help. And as he palced the commlink in his ear, showing Sabine how to turn it on, he started searching for footprints or patterns around the bodies, We are gonna get them, dont worry, he said hoping to calm Sabine, but for what he saw here this wasnt the handywork of an Amateur, or even a good profesional, this was a slaughter house, somebody extremely skilled in killing in cold blood was the one that killed them, somebody with lot of experience