Zahru was hit! His weapons were beginning to give way below the pressure as the halberdier drew back for a second thrust...
To make matters worse, the water had apparently not been deep enough to kill the lancer, and he picked up a sword with a vengeance...
At the same time...
"Ambush! It's the Hitokiri! Defend the portal!"
Zahru's reflexes had allowed him to jump away from the impact, but he wasn't granted a chance to recover.
"Hah! You may have escaped the blast but you lost your weapons!"
However, Zahru wasn't just going to let himself be cut down...
So he flipped, barely avoiding the blade.
When he turned, he started throwing a flurry of previously hidden knives at the knight.
However all bounched harmlessly off his shield.
"Don't think you can compare my skills to those of my soldiers!"
"And don't think I'll hold back because you happen to be-"
And to think I use these as ranged weapons...
"This is all your fault! Die!"
"Hah! Stupid trick! I can just let go of my lance! Now eat this!"
"You bastard! I'll make you pay..."
"Fine. Let's fight on even terms, then."
As Zahru was still recovering from the shield thrust, the knight sent a vicious strike towards his shield arm.
Knocking it away from him.
"Seems we're not on even terms anymore!"
"Hold on, I haven't started using my good arm
"Liar! You were using both your arms!"
"I wasn't expecting you to understand..."
The leather armour on Zahru's left arm suddenly ripped open as he pushed with full force.
Outnumbered, outclassed, leaderless and taken by surprise, the Falx never stood any chance and were swiftly dealt with. However...
"No he's not."
With the death of the summoner, the portal swiftly disappeared.
Saturnalia time, it's a-coming now...
Kage: "Well met, mighty one! I'm Kage, current leader of the Hitokiri, feudal rulers of these grounds."
Zahru: "Greetings. I'm Zahru."
Kage: "You fight with the strength of a great many warriors Zahru. We are grateful to you! You made our task here a whole lot easier and above all have rid us of a summoner - it's the only thing the Falx don't seem to have an infinite number of. Sadly, as I understand it, they made off with some villagers again... The Magus Guild have been doing their best to aid us, but more of these portals keep popping up faster than we can beat them down, and usually the damage is done before we arrive! Strong warriors are always welcome in stressful times as these, Zahru. We can give you protection throughout the kingdom and mend your wounds for now as well as offer a meal. Will you join us on our quest?"
Zahru: "Sure! I could use a guide anyway."