The nights in the Endless Forest were usually very quiet, but close to the cave of the rant-mans, four people were speaking breaking the silence.
"Arthur we have been waiting for a week and we have got no signal of him, maybe the rat-man have killed him ." A bulky apprentice with a magic robe covering all his body spoke to a tall red-headed man.
"Richard, you have already seen the state of the beast he kills, that person can kill Pseudo-Magi level magic creatures with ease. Before I was just being precautious but now, we have to kill him no matter what." Arthur says with determination in his face.
Arthur and his group have been waiting for Zatiel in a zone full of trees 2 kilometers away from the entrances of the cave. Although they were three ranks 3 apprentices, and one pseudo-magi they had choose to hide and wait to surprise his enemy instead of directly fighting with him.
´Luckily we did make plans or else, if we fight him head-on in the best scenario, only I could barely survive´.
Arthur has always been someone who plans for every possible scenario and does everything in his power to eliminate every unknown variable. In reality, he was not angry for his brother being hurt, but he knows that if let someone abuse his men, it will create a vicious circle and events like that will happen again, making it very difficult to increase his power in the tower.
In the beginning, he was sure that with his group killing these two apprentices will have to be ease but seeing the displays of power that Zatiel has shown, he knows that his opponent his someone who can kill all of them on his own.
Looking at the entrance to the caves Arthur starts going through the plan.
"Martin, is the spell ready to active?" Arthur asks a thin apprentice by his side.
"The parchment with the Rank 1 spell Mind Break is ready to act the moment he leaves the caves, we were very careful in putting it in the entrances before he arrives so he can't have discovered it," Martin responds as he focused on a small mirror in his hand that shows him perfectly the entrance to the caves.
"I must say we are overkilling him, no matter how strong an apprentice get, in the face of a rank 1 spell that can only be created for a rank 1 Magi they can only die," Richard says getting angry as he remembers how long they had to save to buy the parchment from the Tower.
Arthur did not say anything about the brawny man, as he looks at the only female of the group.
"What do you think about this scenario Linda."
Linda was a beautiful woman with a great figure and pretty face, but of course, that was not everything about her, she was also pretty powerfull on his own almost reaching the level of Pseudo-Magi.
"You have never disappointed us if you think that we should use this rank 1 spell to kill him, then you must have some valid reasons," Linda says smiling to Arthur.
"Thanks," Arthus says smiling back.
"I am just giving my honest op..." Before Linda could finish speaking an immense terror assault her.
From the dark sky, a person covered in shadows materializes itself right above her.
Before Linda could even react to the death threat a sword fall from the sky passing from his head to his hips cutting her in two exact pieces.
Arthur, Richard, and Martin could barely react to the grotesque scene when the blood of Linda splash over them.
But still, as elite apprentices, they got hold of the emotions in a moment.
The first to react was Arthur who chanted a spell and creates a dozen shields made of fire around him, the next one was Richard who makes his hands glow as he charged to the shadow.
Martin was an arcane apprentice and was not very proficient in battle so he was the last in react, but still, as he got hold of himself he trie to chant a spell to affect the conscious of the enemy, unfortunately for him before he could even start, four chains came out from below his feet and impaled him going through his body killing him instantly.
"Bastard!" Richard saw as another one of his comrades got killed it and he launched a punch with all his strength.
The shadow reacted with the same move, a blow full of strength with his free hand.
Richard grinned before the response of the shadow, as a body-refinement apprentice he was very confident in the strength of his body.
But this feeling didn't last long, the moment their fist clashed his hand exploded in a ball of blood and the rest of his arm was completely fractured.
Richard could not help but scream from the pain.
The shadow did not stop and tried to decapitate Richard but before he could connect his sword, balls of fire rushed to him forcing him to separate from his enemy.
Arthur was channeling all of his power trying to hurt the shadow but unfortunately for him, no matter how many balls of fire he throws none of them could connect.
The shadow looked at the direction where the fire was comings and with a movement of his hand, chains materialize close to Arthur and start attacking him
Although Arthur shields were strong they could barely resist the chains, so he had to redirect all of his attention to defense.
Now that the balls of fire were no more, the shadow attacks again at Richard with ferocity, this last one was too hurt and could not hold long before his head was separated from his body.
Arthur saw how the last of his comrade was killed and his heart was drowned on fear, although he wanted to run, the chains were attacking from all places and didn't give him any opportunity.
The shadow looks at the last person surviving, but no emotion could be detected from him just a complete indifference before his enemies' deaths. He started to bends his knees and you could fell how power was accumulating from the way the ground started to crack. After a moment he let go and shoots himself in the direction of Arthur.
The only thing Arthur saw was a flash before he felt how something crashed against his chest, it felt like a mountain has fallen on him.
The impact was so much that Arthur's chest exploded, being thrown with so much strength that he crushed against some trees before falling dead to the ground.
The person stood where Arthus was previously and as the shadows started to dissipate Zatiel figure was revealed.
´It was easier than I thought, I wonder if I will be able to kill a rank 1 being before advancing in rank myself.´
As Zatiel was thinking he started to gather the bodies of the apprentices to see if they had anything that could be useful to him.
When he got to Arthur he saw how the face of this one was full of regret and unwillingness.
Although Zatiel was indifferent before the emotions of his enemy he had to admit that this person was someone really careful, had been anyone else there is no way they would have detected the rank 1 spell.
Knowing of the spell that await him at the exit and that his enemies where close, he chose to open a new cave with his chains to go out of the mountain with no one knowing, and track his enemies to take them by surprise and finally end this hunt.
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