Dagger and Crystal

by Blind_Justice

Copyright© 2019 by Blind_Justice

Fantasy Sex Story: Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. When Declan discovers his true ancestry, pain and humiliation follow. Also, a trip to Hell and back.

Caution: This Fantasy Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including Ma/Fa   Rape   Reluctant   Hermaphrodite   High Fantasy   Demons   Anal Sex   Oral Sex   Pegging   Caution   Slow   Violent   .

Author’s Notes:

Thanks again to my lady love for never-ending support and my faithful editor bikoukumori, for taking care of errors faster than an elven arrow to the face.

This story contains scenes of violence, gore and one very unhappy demon. Reader discretion is advised.

The arrow leaped off the bowstring and buried itself in the orc’s wide open maw, causing him to stumble backwards and drop his weapon. I reached down, towards the quiver at my hip, intent on plucking the next arrow. There were none left. Cursing, I dropped my composite shortbow and drew my blade. Just in time. The fallen orc’s comrades were upon me, three sweaty, stinking greenskins. In stark contrast to most tavern tales, they were no raging lunatics or inept simpletons. No, they moved in tune with each other, a swift, yet careful trident maneuver, forcing me to divide my attention between them. Their arms and armor were crudely-made but in good shape. Dark iron breastplates they wore and I could choose if I wanted to die by battle axe, mace or morning star.

They had ambushed our small caravan just after sunset. Their spears took out the oxen pulling the lead cargo wagon, more effectively blocking the narrow forest trail we were on than any fallen tree could. And then they came, swarming us like a green tidal wave. We knew it was dangerous territory and had planned accordingly. Twelve warriors and archers to guard six traders seemed a lot but we were oh so few compared to the mass of snarling, shouting orc warriors, both male and female, who swarmed over us like so many oversized locusts. Someone close by gurgled helplessly as his throat was cut, the horrible sound urging me on.

Not dying was my preferred outcome. Time to get creative. The simple leather straps holding the orcs’ breastplates in place looked like a good point to start.

I pulled a throwing knife from the belt across my chest with my left hand and flicked it at the orc with the axe. I didn’t hit but he spent valuable heartbeats evading it nonetheless, enough time for me to charge past the mace-wielder, ramming my blade into his kidneys as I slid past him. Howling, he dropped his weapon and went to his knees.

Two were better than three but still at least one opponent too much. The orc with the morning star growled and charged. I bent low and yanked his stabbed friend his way. Far too late the orc realized where his weapon would end up. The spiked metal ball grazed his friend’s face, taking his eye out.

“I’ll kill you for that!” the morning-star wielding orc promised, pointing his bloody weapon my way. The axe-wielder was at his side, grinning viciously. Before I knew what happened, something hard hit the base of my neck and everything went black.


With a splitting headache I came to. I wasn’t dead, that much was sure. They say the dead feel no pain and I hurt in numerous places, most of all my poor head. I wanted to raise my hand, to touch the source of the pain, but I couldn’t. Rough hemp rope bound my wrists. And my ankles too. At least I could move my head. I was in a makeshift cage, a cone of quickly-cut branches, together with Lumea and Frida, the only women in the small trader’s caravan. Of course. Orcs prized females of all races as breeding stock or at least a nice diversion in bed. But why did they leave me alive?

Lumea, a human woman, seasoned veteran of several expeditions and a regular partner of mine, raised her head. Her blond tresses were mud-caked and she sported a massive black eye.

“You still alive, Declan?” she rasped.

“I can’t believe it myself,” I assured her. “How are you?”

“Hurting, but whole. For now,” she grumbled. She knew what orcs did to women.

“What was an entire orc tribe doing on our route?” I asked, no one in particular.

My thoughts were yanked off-course when I heard the rowdy cheers. They nearly overwhelmed the pleas for mercy. I didn’t recognize the voice, maybe one of the local talent we had taken along for the trip. An expectant hush fell over the orcs before they began to chant. Ominous, dark utterances, more akin to animal noises than sentient speech. Then there was a horrible, wet sound and an inhuman wail as they did something to the poor soul in their midst. The crack of bone was obscenely loud.

“What are they doing?” I hissed at Lumea.

“Probably the gruk-hrakor,” she whispered back. “They rip out his still beating heart, so their chieftain may gain the strength of his enemies.”

“Damn savages,” Frida moaned, wriggling around on the floor. The dwarf woman struggled against her bonds.

“Save your strength,” I suggested. “They will unbind you sooner or later and you’ll want to be prepared by then.”

“You’re the one to speak. I don’t fancy a green dick anywhere near me,” Frida hissed back, revulsion etched on her plump face. “The Hearthmother would never approve if one of her faith would give birth to a greenskin.”

A triumphant roar, followed by more cheers. Then the sounds of orcs scattering. Silence fell, only disturbed by Frida’s grunting as she kept fighting against her bonds.

“I’ve tried,” Lumea whispered. “Someone here knows how to tie decent knots. These are no random raiders. Too many at once. Maybe they’re preparing for war.”

“I have told both of ye – ‘tis the wrong season for cargo hauls,” Frida snarled. “Ores and crystals won’t go bad. We could have waited ‘til autumn. But nay, you had to push and push and see where that got us.”

“The money was good,” Lumea hissed. “Hush. I hear something.”

She was right. Heavy footfalls were coming closer. I craned my neck to look in the general direction. Two huge orcs came towards the cage. Thankfully, no morning star in sight.

“Anyone moves, we kill,” one of them growled in barely articulate Common. He wielded a long-hefted spear, the notched blade a painful addition to his threat.

The other orc yanked three bars out of the makeshift cage and leaned inside. I thought he would go for either of my female companions but, to my utter horror, he grabbed the ropes binding my legs and yanked me out of the cage. He replaced the branches, picked me up as if I weighed nothing and tossed me over his shoulder.

“What are you going to do with me?” I asked in Orc. It never hurt to learn the language of the predators you are hunting and two centuries gave me ample time to do just that. The orc carrying me paused in mid-step, then shrugged, nearly tossing me to the ground.

“Shaman wants,” was all he said.

Cold dread ran down my spine. The tales were rampant with the madness and debased rituals orc shamans supposedly conducted. Luckily, so far I’ve never had the misfortune to actually meet one. By the look of things, that was about to change as the orc carrying me brought me to a large tent, the hides decorated with eye-watering splashes of paint arranged in unwholesome markings. A huge fire roared in front of it. Several of the tent poles were decorated with all manner of monster skulls and the smell of herbs was overpowering. I half-expected the orc to toss me into the tent like a sack but, to my surprise, he put me down before entering it. He yanked a dagger – my dagger – from his boot and cut the ropes holding my ankles. He twirled the weapon in his fingers, causing the leaf-and-sun emblazoned pommel to shine in the firelight.

“Give that back,” I hissed.

The orc laughed amicably. “Yours no more. No need for it anyway.” His meaty hand shoved and I tumbled through the flap, into the tent itself. After being exposed to the blazing fire outside my eyes needed a moment to adjust to the near complete darkness inside the tent. The first thing I saw was a female body bent over a bowl. The smell of blood was powerful but something else was there, a flowery scent I didn’t expect at all.

My night vision kicked in quickly, something I really was proud of. It gave me an edge on the road. Yes, the only other person in this tent was a female, and she was stark naked. Water droplets pearled off her skin.

“You can stop gawking. Never seen a naked woman before?” The voice I didn’t expect either. She was very articulate for a start and had a pleasant, smoky undertone which put my hairs on end.

“You are the shaman?” I carefully asked.

“Of course. And you’re the strangest elf I’ve ever laid eyes on.” She turned around and looked at me for the first time. I wasn’t small, at just under six feet, but she was easily a head taller than me and very curvy, with wide hips and ample breasts. Her face still was hidden behind a generous amount of war paint but her eyes, lively and full of curiosity, traveled up and down my body.

“So, what do you want with me? Sacrifice me to your heathen gods?”

“Be at ease. My tribe just got their blood and my chieftain ate a heart. They will be busy drinking your ale and raping the women. We have all the time in the world to get to know each other better,” she purred. “Turn around.”

“Why? I have seen you naked already,” I said, grinning. In response, she calmly picked up a serrated knife. I swallowed whatever I intended to say and turned around. There is no arguing with knives

“You will see even more of me if you behave,” she said, grabbing my bound wrists. With practiced ease, she cut the ropes. “Undress.”

“What-” I started but got cut short by the cool sharpness of the knife against my neck.

“Shhh. I’m the one asking the questions here. And don’t make me repeat myself.” She stepped back a little, leaving me some room to work with. They had plundered me good. My weapon belt was gone as was the utility belt I had slung over my shoulder. It held all my potions and trinkets, not to mention the throwing knives. They had even taken my prized elven chain shirt which would be much too small for any of these brutes. I unfastened the laces holding my shirt in place and wriggled out of it.

“You might want to close your eyes,” the shaman advised me. The fierce hissing was all the warning I needed. I saw radiance explode behind my closed lids. Carefully, I opened my eyes again. She had mounted a lantern underneath the smoke hole, brightening the whole tent.

“I am Krejula but you may also call me Mistress for tonight,” she said, stepping back towards the washing bowl and dipping her hands into it. Her skin was of a rich leaf-green, her hair was long, black as coal and she sported a thick bush of the same color between her thighs. While I slowly stripped, stalling for time, she removed the rest of the war paint. Underneath it, she wasn’t ugly. Far from it. Sure, her jawline was stronger than that of some men I had met and she sported the typical tusked orc underbite but apart from her pointed ears, she could pass as a handsome human female. I kicked out of my boots and slipped out of the breeches. Eventually, I only stood there in my loincloth.

“You’re half-orc,” I unnecessarily observed.

“Best halves,” she said with a snort. “Done stripping?”

I tugged on my loincloth. “May I ask questions?”

“Depends on your conduct. You’re not naked.” The knife was back and I decided decency was a better sacrifice than my health. I undid the laces of my loincloth and let it drop. Crossing my arms over my chest, I looked into her eyes. Her gaze wandered down my body and stopped at my crotch.

“Not bad for a tree-hugger,” she said, licking her lips.

“You got me here to bed me?” I asked.

“I am the one who saved your life, and I will take it if it pleases me. One more undue word out of that mouth of yours and I’ll amuse myself reading the future from your innards. Do you understand?” She asked that calmly but her pose, the casual way she held the knife at the ready and her eyes, those amazing black eyes without iris or pupil made it abundantly clear she would follow up on her promises. For just a moment, when I first laid eyes on her, I doubted that this woman could be more than a pretty face. There were no doubts any more. I nodded slowly.

“Good.” She took one lithe step and stood in front of me, her presence imposing despite her wearing nothing but a determined expression. Her smell caught me off guard. I expected filth and dirt, maybe freshly-spilled blood, but she had washed herself and smelled of herbs and blossoms with a hint of musk. Not unpleasant at all. I had to fight the urge to inhale deeply.

“What is your name?” she asked, not unkindly, looking deep into my eyes. That gaze promised so much – a night of forbidden pleasure or a swift death if I displeased her.

“Declan,” I said in the firmest voice I could muster, given the circumstances.

“No House or clan name? I heard you elves are very keen on such.”

I shook my head.

“Speak. Why no House or clan name?” She placed her hand, the one without the knife, on my shoulder. Her fingers were easily able to grasp around it, the grip surprisingly gentle as she made skin contact for the first time. She pushed downwards. Not following her lead would undoubtedly end in dislocated bones for me so I obliged, sitting down on a thick bear pelt.

“Because I don’t have either. No House. No Clan. I was raised by humans, humble farmers who found me in their hayloft, nearly frozen to death. To them, I was a gift by the Mother of Plenty.” My hand unconsciously clasped the small holy symbol, the only thing which remained from my foster parents after two centuries, the small bronze corncob worn smooth by all the hands who have held it in prayer or ceremony.

“You are a curious fellow, Declan,” Krejula said. “You’re unlike any elf I’ve seen. And I’ve seen plenty. Killed plenty too. What kind of elf has ashen gray skin, red hair and green eyes?”

“A tainted one,” I whispered. The nameless hamlet where I grew up was a stone’s throw away from the ancient elven lands and enough elven traders or soldiers came through. It took only one, when I was just a snot-nosed kid, to drive home that fact. He had seen me, playing bare-chested in the mud like the others. The look he shot me, filled with revulsion and disgust hurt me more than even a dagger to the heart could. My foster parents always talked about the elves like they were mythical beings, gentle, wise and able to solve all the world’s problems with sword or spell. The hunter staring me down, he was a living being like everyone else and, like everyone else, he only had disgust for me.

“Dark elven blood?” Krejula asked, her fingertips caressing my face. I looked up in wonder. She hardly knew me and yet she was so ... gentle?

“The only conclusion. There are few things elves hate with a passion and chief amongst them are their black-skinned kin. My blood father has to be a dark elf, my mother a surface elf. No wonder I was dropped just outside the Elven lands.”

“Watch me,” Krejula ordered. She extended her arm, the one holding the knife, and placed the weapon onto a chest nestled against the tent’s inner wall, very deliberately. Noticing the question in my gaze, she explained:

“This is a sign of trust. You know where my knife is. You could use it to kill me and gain your freedom, at least until you run into one of the warriors outside. I hope you won’t use it tonight.” Then she laid down, on her side, facing me.

She was tempting me, in more ways than one. I knew I could be darn fast and the weapon was in arm’s reach. But her death wouldn’t be quiet, I would have no time to dress and running into the wilderness naked was something only a fool would do. I may be born with tainted blood, but I valued my life still.

I laid down as she had, on my side, facing her. A forearm’s length separated us.

“I know you want to, so speak.” She reached across the gap and dragged her dark nails across my chest, along an old scar. I shivered under her touch.

“You want to bed me? Why? Pity?” I hissed as she dug her fingernails, nay, talons, deep into my skin, gouging four furrows into my chest.

“And that’s what I get for allowing you to speak,” she snarled, her face dangerously close to mine. “I want to bed you because you pique my interest, Declan-of-no-House. And I want to bed someone besides my chieftain, who prefers the quick and hard in-and-out, which is hardly fulfilling. A woman has her needs and orcs don’t care. Don’t insult me any further.”

I inhaled through clenched teeth. That gouge stung! Then Krejula did something weird. She bent her head low, sniffed along my neck, the points of her tusks subtle reminders that she could tear my throat out if she so desired, then her tongue came out, lapping at the bloody furrows.

“Tastes like blood to me. Not much different than any other,” she said, looking back up. Her hand was on my skin again, crawling over the taut muscles of my stomach. This time it was only her fingertips, homing in on my member.

“Touch me already,” she ordered, scooting closer.

“Ever considered I don’t want to?” I asked, looking deep into her eyes.

Her hand closed around my shaft, with just enough force to get my attention.

“You react like any other man seeing a naked woman,” she purred, slowly pumping her hand up and down.

“Doesn’t imply my consent,” I retorted. My voice wasn’t as firm as before.

“All you need to do is get up, grab that knife and go,” she whispered, staying her hand. Her free hand closed around mine and pulled slowly, but insistently. I didn’t resist and she placed my hand on her ample breast. Her dark nipple was like a small pebble in my palm. Goosebumps greeted my fingertips.

“I know how an outcast feels, Declan,” Krejula said, softly. “Were it not for my magic I would still be shoveling horse manure on that godforsaken farm up in the mountains.” She released my hand and drew my head closer. I scooted closer. Her hand resumed the stroking of my member, occasionally bumping the glans against her warm, soft skin. “Only by being meaner and more dangerous than that old sack of flesh who was my predecessor did I gain this station. It doesn’t mean I’m a monster though.” Her lips brushed mine.

“For a vicious orc shaman, you’re very gentle,” I admitted, kissing her. She even tasted good, as if she had chewed some mint before having me brought over. “And very articulate, too.”

“My mother was a cleric of Mercy and she taught me how to read,” Krejula explained, her tongue licking over my lips. “Look around.”

I raised my head and surveyed the tent. I was so taken by her presence earlier, I had never looked past her. The back of the tent, across from the pelt we were on, held a grisly throne, mainly bones and thick wooden boards held together by leather straps, and beside it a tube filled with scrolls. On the other side I saw several battered books stacked on top of each other.

Krejula’s fingernails yanked my focus back to her. Or rather back to my manhood in her hand. Our eyes met and she shot me a vicious grin.

“Listen to your body, Declan.”

Why did I try to resist anyway? Because she threatened her tribe was going to rape my friends? Nothing I could do either way. Krejula pushed against my shoulder and I let her topple me onto my back. She was willing. She was cleaner than some paid company I had during my travels. She knelt next to me, a searching look in her eyes. Was she asking for my consent in the end? I reached out to her, caressing the curve of her hips. That was all the invitation she needed.

Like a graceful predator, she pounced. Krejula swung her leg over my body and crouched over my hardness, throbbing and hard between her fingers. I grabbed her by her generous behind, in part to fondle the firm flesh, in part to keep her from slamming herself onto me, a feat I wouldn’t put past her. Krejula surprised me again. She placed my tip at her moist opening, then lowered herself slowly, exhaling in a long, lustful sigh until her folds caressed my pelvis.

“Not bad for a tree-hugger at all,” she hissed, dragging her nails across my chest. Then she leaned forward, placed her hands to either side of my head and kissed me, hungrily. I moaned into her mouth as her hips slowly rose, her hot tunnel causing delicious friction along my shaft. Krejula rode me, slowly at first, but picking up speed as the lust gripped her. Our kiss became more urgent as I added my own thrusts to our rhythm.

Heated breath and wet, slapping noises filled the tent. Suddenly, Krejula growled and broke the kiss. Before I knew what was amiss, she bent her head low and licked sweat off my skin, between neck and shoulder. And suddenly, she bit down, burying her teeth in the soft flesh of my neck. I wailed in shock and pain, my behind shooting off the pelt as my body went rigid in shock. Krejula gasped when I rammed my rod deep into her. The growl was back as she mercilessly rode me. I tried to buck her off me but Krejula simply grabbed my wrists, still not letting up on the bite and kept my flailing body in check through sheer weight alone. Caught somewhere between lust and panic, my body acted on pure instinct. It matched each savage act with a deep thrust into Krejula’s pussy, causing her to snarl into my neck each time I rammed my rod home. The more I struggled, the harder she rode me and the harder I fought to get her off me. The rush was intoxicating! Before I knew it, I was spewing hot seed into her. Krejula jerked into a sitting position atop of me, opened her mouth and screamed, bloody droplets spraying from her lips as she announced her own release.

I felt hot, sticky wetness seep into the hollow near my shoulder. Krejula, my rod still deeply embedded in her grasping pussy, looked down, her feral frown wiped away.

“I am so sorry, Declan,” she murmured, voice shaky from the force of her climax. “Does it hurt?”

Carefully, I touched the point where she had bitten me. The flesh was raw and ragged to my touch, and my fingers came away sticky with my own blood. The sting came a heartbeat later and I hissed in pain.

“Wait. I’ll take care of it,” Krejula said. She slowly rose off me, leaving a pool of our combined juices on my skin. On hands and knees she slithered to the chest nearby and pulled a small pouch from it. She knelt by my side and rummaged in the pouch until she brought forth a small jar. She coated her fingertips in a sickly gray paste and smeared it onto the wound on my neck. I recoiled at the icy chill the paste emanated. Only a heartbeat later, I noticed my flesh knitting while Krejula treated the gouges she had made with her fingernails earlier.

The pain receded and I tried to relax a bit.

“Do you always bite your lovers?” I asked, not caring if she wanted to cut me open for my insolence.

“I tried to restrain myself, honest,” she said, a wry smile playing around her lips. With her tousled hair, sparkling eyes and that little smile, she looked very adorable. Were it not for her bloody lips and chin. “You should see me when the chieftain is done with me.”

“The quick in-and-out number, huh?”

“The dominant partner in an orc coupling wants to make sure the submissive one doesn’t run off,” Krejula explained, her hands caressing my stomach. Then they wandered lower. Her fingers scooped up a bit of our juices. Looking deep into my eyes, she licked them clean.

“I’m no orc.”

“I tried not to bite too hard,” Krejula said, leaning forward. Her mouth engulfed my rod and she hungrily licked me. I reached out and caressed her back, noting the scars under my fingertips. She moaned appreciatively as my hand traveled lower, towards her butt. Her attention caused me to get hard again and before I knew it, I gently fucked her mouth.

The tent flap flew inwards and an orc, even bigger than the one who had carried me here, towered over us.

“What are you doing to that?” he roared, a dismissive hand cutting my way. His other hand pulled a short hatchet from his belt. Krejula gave one last, hurried suck, then she stood up, wiped her mouth on her hand and glared at the orc.

“I was blowing him, if you haven’t noticed,” Krejula hissed at him, her voice taking on a dangerous undertone I hadn’t heard from her yet. From out of nowhere, the knife was in her hand. The orc – probably the chieftain, going by the amount of jewelry on him – seemed genuinely intimidated by the naked woman in front of him. Krejula raised the knife until it was at eye level, hissed a sharp syllable and the blade ignited in a glaring white flame. “He is mine. Until the time I’ll sacrifice him for the glory of Lorec Bloodhand, I can do what I want with him.”

His free hand shot out and slapped Krejula, hard enough to send her stumbling back.

“You are not allowed to taint your body with elven seed!” he roared.

Krejula righted herself, growling softly. “If you don’t want to end up as my next sacrifice, you’d better go,” she hissed, jabbing the knife his way. “Your son would make a great warlord. And he respects me.”

“You wouldn’t dare!” He looked from her face to the hatchet, then back again. Krejula slowly stepped closer. Even from where I was laying, I could feel the intense heat coming from the weapon.

“I wouldn’t? I am your shaman. I speak for the Bloodhand. And right now the Bloodhand demands you get your stinking carcass out of my tent!” Krejula screeched, raising the knife to strike. The chieftain stepped backwards out of the tent, his eyes never leaving the knife.


That wasn’t the end of it. No. Only a few minutes later, the chieftain was back, this time with four other orcs. I recognized one of them by the dagger in his boot. In front of his men, the chieftain had more power, and the cunning brute knew it. Thankfully, Krejula had me dress once she had kicked out the chieftain, and so I was spared the humiliation of being dragged naked through the camp. Dragged I was nonetheless, through the camp, to a tree just opposite the chieftain’s tent. Krejula argued with the boss orc along the way, claiming I was her prize to do with what she wanted, but he ended the discussion with a vicious fist to her face. Even through my own ringing ears I heard the crack of bone. One orc dragged Krejula into the chieftain’s tent while the others tied me to the thick, rough trunk.

Once I was safely affixed to the tree, my arms bent backwards around it, the chieftain paraded the survivors of my caravan, Lumea and Frida, into his tent, the dwarven woman fighting every step of the way until one of the orcs smacked her across the head and carried her the rest of the way. Lumea shot me a sympathetic look as she entered the chieftain’s tent.

Wasn’t I the one supposed to pity them? Going by the sounds from the tent, the chieftain didn’t hold back as he went about raping them both. Surprisingly, I only heard Frida scream her impotent rage. Lumea kept suspiciously quiet. Maybe she thought by playing along she would escape the worst of her ordeal.

What I didn’t expect was the amount of cruelties the orcs heaped upon me. By the time midnight came around, my head rang, my jaw ached, I had several bruised or broken ribs and I smelled of orc piss as some of the guards marked their territory at my feet.

I was tired beyond belief but sleeping like that was impossible. Instead I tried to think of a way out. My options were limited, to put it mildly. Lumea had been right. Someone had taught these orcs how to tie good knots. Maybe Krejula? Whoever it was had done a great job. There was hardly any slack in the ropes and even if I could have moved, by the time I mustered the strength, my arms and legs had lost all feeling due to lack of circulation.

Another orc walked up to me, a dripping goat leg in one hand, a wooden mug in the other. Grinning, he kept on tearing large chunks of meat from the goat leg with his teeth and wolfing them down. When he was down to the bone, he tossed it at my feet, burped fondly and strutted off. I had expected him to douse me in ale just for the fun of it but he obviously thought drinking it was a better use for the ale than to humiliate the prisoner.

“Too bad he’s leaving,” a soft, female voice murmured behind my right ear.

“Who are you?” I hissed. For a moment I had hoped Krejula had come to save me, but that voice sounded different. More silken hiss than Krejula’s full-bodied tones.

There was motion at my back, the hair-raising sensation of a sharp object passing very close by my fingers, and then the ropes holding me gave. I fell on hands and knees as my numb limbs refused to carry me.

“This is your lucky day, ... friend,” she hissed, stepping into my field of view. I saw knee-high crimson boots, the left one had a dagger sheath strapped to it. Between her naked, black-skinned thighs, a long, crimson loincloth hung down. My eyes traveled further up, over a slim black leather belt holding a slender blade and a whip, until I saw her bare stomach. A golden spider ornament sat in her navel, four legs on either side sunk into her skin. Above that, more crimson leather cupping her breasts, adorned with black spiderweb patterns.

She knelt down, a thick copper braid falling over her shoulder, and looked straight into my eyes. Hers were the blood-red of a true dark elf, set in an angular, jet-black face with pointed ears peeking through her hair. Her lips curled into a playful smile. “You may call me Xandrith, and I am your faerie godmother tonight. Get up.”

She grabbed my wrist and hoisted me to my legs without any apparent effort. Standing next to her, I realized she was nearly a head smaller than me, but her whole composure, her presence made her appear much taller than she was.

“What do you want with me? And where did you come from?” I asked her. There was no backpack, no cloak, nothing. Only the revealing garments she wore on her person. The strong presence of spider imagery suggested she was a follower of the Chaos Queen, and I decided to tread carefully around her.

“You ask too many questions. And by the Mother, you stink!” Xandrith snarled some strange syllables, waved her hand my way and a prickling sensation washed over me, taking fatigue, pain and the nasty reek of humiliation off me. She was a spellcaster, so some extra caution was definitely advised. There were a thousand tavern tales filled with the exquisite cruelties dark elven priestesses loved to heap upon those who displeased them and I didn’t intend to become another one.

“If you don’t have any more pressing questions, how about we make a quiet escape? If we move now, the orcs would be none the wiser,” Xandrith suggested.

The offer was tempting. I didn’t want to stick around and see what kind of entertainment the war chief would derive from my spindly body. But there were at least two others to consider. Frida and Lumea. I couldn’t leave them to suffer at the hands of these brutes.

“I can’t.”

Xandrith, already a few paces away, shot me an incredulous look over her shoulder. “You can’t be serious.”

“The orcs hold two of my friends hostage. I can’t leave them here.”

“Why not?” Her hiss could have impaled me.

“It’s the right thing to do.”

She sighed. “Listen. There are about fifty orcs in this camp. We are blessed by the Mother no one has noticed you slipping free yet. We could be gone like the morning mist and yet you want to jeopardize your clean escape for ... what? Two people who owe you nothing? No one told me I would be saving a bloody Paladin!”

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t try.”

Her mouth worked until her furious face relaxed. After taking a deep, calming breath, she said: “I will help you. But in return, you will owe me. Do you agree to that?”

There was no hesitation on my part. “I accept.”

She embraced me, her arms pinning me in place as strongly as any set of ropes could do, then her mouth found mine. She kissed me, hard, then her teeth found my lower lip and bit down until blood came. She licked the blood off my lips and let me go.

“By the blood that binds us,” she gasped, grinning wickedly. She intoned another spell, and a moment later there was a small pile of gear at my feet. A shortbow, a quiver of arrows and a sword, all fashioned from simple materials and without any adornments, but they seemed sturdy and well-made.

“And for the love of all that’s ... holy, please be quiet. I don’t want to raise more of a ruckus than I have to,” Xandrith whispered. “Do you have any idea where your friends may be?”

Arming up, I nodded. “They are in the chieftain’s tent right over there.”

“Hm, two guards. You think you can get past them?”

“No problem. Your spell worked wonders on me.”

“Good. I will circle around to the far side of the camp and distract any attention away from you. Once you’re done freeing your friends, we’ll meet to the east of here. There’s an old, leafless oak in a small clearing. You think you can find me?”

“Sure.”

Without another word, Xandrith ducked into the shadows and crept to the west, away form the chieftain’s tent. I pulled my cloak over my head and crouched low, silently creeping forward until I was out of sight, hidden in a thickly-leafed bush. One of the guards just marched off towards the still blazing bonfire in the camp’s center, carrying two empty mugs with him while the other one cocked his head and scratched his balls. I heard muffled sobs and the slapping of flesh against flesh. My keen eyes recognized the guard. It was the burly one who had taken my dagger as his prize.

Now it was my turn to grin. I readied the bow, nocked the arrow and took careful aim. Taking down a deer or taking down an orc, it all took but one perfectly placed shot. I couldn’t risk him alerting the whole camp so I aimed for his neck. Inhaling, I pulled the string then held my breath and took the shot. The arrow hissed off the string and found its mark. Gurgling helplessly, the orc clutched at the arrow protruding from his neck, blood spurting between his fingers as the life seeped from him. I dashed from the shrub, bow in one hand, sword in the other and jumped him, finishing him with a lightning-quick stab between the ribs. Not waiting for his death throes to stop, I dragged him past the tent, into another bush. Not a moment too soon. My heart hammering in my ears, I nevertheless heard the tuneless whistling of the returning orc. Quietly, I slung the bow over my shoulder and sheathed the sword, then I bent low and pulled my dagger from the orc’s crude boot.

The second orc had stopped. He sniffed the air then looked around. I snatched a pebble from the ground and chucked it against a tree trunk close by. Predictably, the orc’s head turned around. Like a pouncing shadow, I was on him. My hand snaked around his neck and clasped over his mouth, the other, wielding the dagger, mercilessly slit his throat. I held him as he bled out, struggling against me, then I let him sink down onto the trampled grass.

From the far side of the camp, I heard muffled grunts and the noises of combat. Xandrith had gone to work too. With the bonfire between us, I couldn’t make out any details, only the huge shadows of orcs joining the melee and the sounds of them dying horribly, torn to shreds by a huge, many-armed shadow. Briefly, I wondered what she was doing but then I reminded myself that I didn’t have much time. I circled back around to the tent’s entrance and slipped through the flap.

No one seemed to have noticed me. It was dark in the tent apart from the light coming through the smoke hole overhead, just enough so my eyesight would work. Tied to the center beam of the tent was Krejula, one eye swollen shut and her jaw at an unhealthy angle. The orc chieftain was balls deep in Frida’s ass, brutally fucking the unconscious dwarf woman. A thick lump had sprouted on her temple where he had brutally beaten her. Only Lumea was unharmed, kneeling behind the chieftain and fondling his ass and balls. Her face and hair were caked with generous amounts of orc cum, her lips pressed into a determined line. Getting at the orc would be tricky, wedged as he was between both naked women. Krejula’s head hung low, she hadn’t seen me either. Placing one foot before the other, careful not to trip over discarded clothing or toppled decorations, I crept towards her. The orc chieftain grunted faster, he was close to his release, completely focused on tormented Frida.

Krejula’s head came up and our eyes met. I already knew she could see in the dark well enough so I placed a finger on my lips to keep her quiet. She nodded. I pointed at the orc chief and slashed my hand across my throat. Another nod. Now came the tricky part. I brandished my dagger, pointed at her wrists and then at Lumea. She furrowed her brow then half a smile distorted her face. I stepped behind her and cut her loose. Krejula, without missing a beat, tackled Lumea off the orc chieftain’s back. With her out of the way, I swept in. The orc didn’t have time to blink, let alone cum. My elbow against his temple stunned him so I could topple him onto his back then I pinned his arms to the floor with my knees and rammed the dagger into the chieftain’s eye, killing him instantly. His body spasmed and convulsed under me.

Besides me, the two women wrestled on the floor until Krejula knocked Lumea out with a vicious punch to her head. The naked shaman rose and looked around until she found a pile of clothing, from which she extracted her medicine satchel. She fumbled around in it and produced the cream she had used on me before. The ointment worked almost immediately, the sound of bones scraping against each other was unpleasant. A moment later she cleared her throat.

“You are a welcome sight, Declan.”

“Glad we understood each other.”

She crossed the space between us, bear hugging me against her. “Thank you for saving me.”

“What had gotten into her?” I asked, nodding at Lumea.

“Oh, to be spared the worst of his rage, she had agreed to become his first wife. They tormented the dwarf together, poor thing.”

I sighed. Lumea had always been the opportunist but I never would have thought she’d go that far to save her life. She and Frida had been friends forever.

Krejula cocked her head at an ear-piercing wail. “What’s happening out there?”

“A ... friend of mine is causing a bit of a mess out there. Can I ask a favor of you?”

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