ok just to set the stage, this story takes place in the world of Ulfgard (my world I created for my series). it follows an adventure of two unlikely companions, a Miirzanian Fox-clan warrior named Thorek, and a female mage named Lyvina. I picked SJ's song and my two prompts along with Lord Yuan's picture (I think, kinda winging the last bit cause I don't have it all written down on paper but yea). ok so sit back and relax, and enjoy a glimpse at my procrastinating creativity. Evening crept over the ruins as Thorek and Lyvina walked up the bridge. The moon was climbing up the sky, nearly clear of the distant mountains. A smattering of stars dotted the sky, which was growing progressively darker. They could hear wolves howling in the distance, as well as the sound of the wind, as though giant wings beat all around. Other sounds of nature could be discerned as well. Waterfalls all around added a calm rumble to the cacophony of sounds. "Let's head into the tower, get out of this wind," Thorek yelled over the sound. Lyvina nodded, pulling her hood tighter around her head. They made their way across the remainder of the bridges, passing the statue of some forgotten woman, probably a deity of sorts. Lyvina had a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach as they entered the tower. Inside, the tower was a mess of deteriorating furniture. Lyvina cast a spell to add a bit of light just as Thorek shut the door. As Thorek came into the light, Lyvina giggled quietly. For three months now they have traveled together, but she could not get accustomed to his bushy fox tail. He was the first Miirzanian she had ever met, and she was glad to have met him. On more then one occasion, he had saved her life. One such instance saw them traveling through the mountains, dusk had fallen, and out of nowhere, a large pack of wulgas attacked. Lyvina and Thorek fought them off, but not without a few close calls. One of the wulgas had somehow worked its way behind Lyvina and pounced towards her exposed back. Before its deadly jaws could make contact with her, Thorek had stopped it cold with a well place axe throw. Lyvina shuddered at the memory of that night. She looked around to see Thorek piling old wood together for a campfire. When he was satisfied with the amount gathered, he went to work lighting it. Lyvina started setting up the bed rolls. As the fire grew in strength, the two companions sat down and pulled out some food. As always it was a silent meal, Thorek not being one for talk while he ate. Lyvina was fine with it though, as it gave her the opportunity to think. Her thoughts quickly strayed to the one thing that always occupied them in the past few months, Miirzanians. She wanted to know more about them as a whole, but unfortunately Thorek never gave her straight answers. She had vowed that she would one day go to the far north herself and see how this wonderfully exotic race lived their day to day lives. Maybe even stay with Thorek and his family, have someone she's used to being around show her what their world is like. Laying down for sleep, Lyvina glanced over at Thorek, who was positioning himself to stand watch, and smiled. She felt safe in his presence, always comforted by the fact that his honor would never let anything happen to a friend. She turned around and fell quickly to sleep. ****** Lyvina woke suddenly in the middle of the night, her heart pounding. What was that she thought looking around. Thorek was standing next to her, axe in hand holding a finger to his lips indicating her to keep silent. She slowly got up and looked around, trying to discern where the noise that had woken her came from. Thorek pointed toward the side of the tower's far side, and that's when Lyvina noticed a small trap door in the floor. Slowly Thorek walked toward this new discovery, beckoning Lyvina to follow. Once they were next to it, Thorek slowly opened it up and looked down. Lyvina followed his gaze, seeing far down the flickering light of torches. Lyvina looked to Thorek, her heart pounding in her throat. He smiled a reassuring kind of smile and started toward the ladder. Lyvina followed, and down the ladder they descended. after a few minutes they finally made it down to the bottom of the ladder, Lyvina's hands shaking and sweaty from anxiety. They slowly made their way down the small corridor they had come to, small muffled sounds being heard every now and again. After about 200 yards, the noises started to grow louder. At times, strange growls could be heard amongst the other noises. Rounding a bend in the corridor, they could see a doorway ahead. Coming to a halt on their side of the opening, they cautiously looked inside. The sounds were definitely coming from this room, but they were unable to see what caused it. After a few more moments of scouring the room, they decided to enter and see what they could find. Edging their way into the room, they looked all around but still were unable to find the source of the noise. Suddenly out of nowhere there was a clashing roar from above. Lyvina looked up and screamed. Standing over them was a giant creature, at least half again the size of a troll. It looked down on the two companions with dull eyes. It's hands were massive, and it had skin the color of ebony. Thorek lifted up his axe and took a defensive position. The creature reached for them, but drew its hand back and roared in anger as Thorek's axe made a deep gash in its thumb. It reached out for Thorek, but again drew back as this time Lyvina struck first, casting a light in its face, blinding it. After this it became a struggle to just keep it off of them. After a few moments, the creature had a few more gashes in its hands, but each time it struck, it came closer to making contact. Thorek noticed this and made a decision that was very difficult to make. He rushed up to the creature and clambered onto it's arm. Lyvina screamed at him to come back but Thorek new the only way to stop it was to deal a devastating blow. He reached the creatures shoulder and proceeded to hack at its face. Lyvina watched on in horror as the creature reached up and grabbed Thorek. She then watched as Thorek's axe found it's way into the creatures mouth. It must have been enough because the creature fell to the ground a few seconds later. Lyvina cautiously walked toward where Thorek was held in the grasp of the dead thing. All noise had ceased, and as she struggled to get Thorek out of the grip of this creature, she could feel his eyes on her. When she finally succeeded in freeing him, Thorek looked up at her and smiled. He reached into a pocket on his coat and pulled out a locket. "Can you make sure this gets to my family?" he said weakly. "Don't worry about me, I won't be able to leave this room." "Don't say that," Lyvina pleaded, tears softly falling off her chin. "There is no use hiding the fact. I enjoyed traveling with you more then any companion before." "Please don't..." Lyvina started, but was cut off by Thorek placing a finger on her lips. "Take my map, it'll lead you to where my home is," Thorek whispered, and with that his time on this world ended. so yea that's it. I know I didn't quite make the deadline but better late then never eh. sorry for it being rushed at the end, my formulating of thoughts kinda trailed off at the end and yea.