Part 2: Franklinia
I am Wildwaters Rundeep and my adventures have been many in Norrath and all of its lands. Now I will tell you of how I met my brother Franklinia.
"Quiet... Do you hear that Dark?"
"Hear what? By Marr's loving light I hate when you do that." I grinned at darkwaters consternation.
"Upon my word! Where in Norrath did your ears go my brother?" I pointed at the little holes on the side of Dark's head, "and what are those?"
"Hey, what is this?" he asked pointing at a spot on my chest. As I looked down to see what he was pointing at he grabbed a large tuff of fur around my nipple and gave it a hard twist!
"Ow! For the love of catnip cut that out!" I howled then batted him in the head. I had become alot stronger in our years together and he fell over side ways rolling down the hill a little ways where he got wedged in a forked tree trunk. My friend Biscuits chased after him and joined in teh fun licking Dark's face which he held firmly between two paws.
"Hey! What in the hateful words of Inny? Get me out of this! And get this monster off of me!" I rubbed my nipple and started laughing. His legs were kicking back and forth and his arms were pinned to his sides.
"It isn't funny," he exclaimed.
"Neither are those Norrathian Nipplers you keep pulling on me," I replied. I helped him up and brushed him off careful not to scrape his skin with my rough paw pads. Biscuits retired to lay on a sunwared patch of grass while we sorted ourselves out.
"You know I do one little nipple twister and you push me down a hill. Then that great beast attacks me." biscuits snorted, flicked his tail and yawned.
"He's not a beast, he's a big love machine," I laughed and biscuits came over for a scratch behind the ears. He gave a little purr then began rubbing up against darkwaters who's head was about level with the great cat's shoulder.
'Now you cut that out you flea bitte-"
"Shhh..." I cut him off. Biscuits stopped harassing the frog and his ears perked up.
"What is it brother?"
"I don't know Dark, but it's coming from over here..." I took off to the summit of the hill and he hopped along behind. Biscuits disappeared into the forest as is his want in these situations.
Peering carefully over the edge of the hillock we looked down into the round, wooded valley below. I didnt see anything but I could hear explosions and the sound of metal colliding.
"Do you hear that now?" I asked.
"Yeah, sounds like a battle - we should investigate," Dark said.
"Aye, a good idea," I grinned. He gurgled a chuckle and we moved cautiously towards the noise.
Ahead of us forest gave way to a large circular waste. There was a smell of sulfur in the air and smoke everywhere. I strolled past darkwaters towards the clearing when he grabbed my arm,
"Stop!" he said firmly.
"I can see the source of our battle noise."
"Where?" I asked, he pointed ahead and to the right,
I looked carefully towards where he pointed and could make out the shape of a large orange monster. It was roughly man shaped but with no discernable legs and stood twice as high as the tallest Vah Shir.
Barely discernible through the smoke was a small blue figure locked in combat with the overbearing figure of the fire elemental. The monster held in its hand a large staff which it wielded two handed. It swung the large glowing rod over its head and brought it down swiftly to crush its victim, whom I was sure would be unable to resist such a fearsome blow. Much to my surprise the figure in blue raised his shield up and caught the blow squarely. There was the sound of metal grinding and then a blinding flash and sparks. The sound of an explosion hit us and we were surprised ot see the elemental demon fly back several paces. It rumbled in fury and advanced yet again.
"Well now, I'm glad I didnt walk into that," I said to my brother.
"Yeah - I can't stand the smell of burning cat."
"Well what shall we do? I certainly don't like the looks of that flamer ther!"
"Well Wild hes the haha gay not the other kind."
"I still don't care to be anywhere near him at this point. What do you think?"
"Well I am supposed to be a warrior you know."
"True but hes three times your size."
"Now wait a minute, i'm not the one who got his ass kicked by a dwarf back in kala-"
"I thought we agreed that never happened?" I interruped him. There was another loud explosion and flash, this time both figures flew apart and then rushed back into the fray.
"Well we better decide what to do quickly or there may not be much left of that little fellow there..." I said as the elemental caught its foe hard with a sweeping motion and sent him into the trunk of a tree.
"Yeah we probably ought -" Dark was cut off by a defeaning roar as Biscuits charged by with a ferocious look in his eyes.
 Wait!  I thought to him. The response was an emphatic
 No 
"By Saryn's sandpaper titties! Control that monster!" dark exclaimed
"Too late!" I yelled as over my shoulder as i charged after my friend.
"Oh, for shit's sake!" Darkwaters yelled and drew his sword.
The blue clad figure still lay prone against the tree trunk as the elemental approached him lustfully. Biscuits roared again and leaped onto the massive monster. His large claws tore into its back and his jaws locked onto its neck. With a powerful twist of his neck he ripped a chunk from its neck.
The elemental roared and flung Biscuits from his back. I was rather worried to notice the 'flesh' wounds closing up and filling in rapidly.
 Are you ok biscuits? 
 Yes friend, he tastes bad. I chuckled and thought back
 Be careful 
 Aye  darkwaters reached the elemental and took position between it and the prone form. The elemental howled and struck at my brother. Dark deflected the blow and slashed his opponent. The blade went clear through teh elemental and appeared to do no damage. Uh oh.
"That isnt good!" dark called.
"Nope!" I replied as I came along side him. I ducked as Dark deflected another blow - sending it in my general direction.
"Wild tend to that fellow there while I occupy our friend here - see what he knows!" I quickly made for the prone form beneath the tree as I yelled
"Let's hope he wasn't just passing through as well!"
"Aye!" dark grunted as he caught another blow with his sword,
"Make it snappy he hits like a robobar!"
"Quit yer bitchin allready!" I reached my target and rolled him over. He was heavy for his size and I grunted with the effort. He was wearing bright blue plate armor. He had a beard and his hair was long and red. I noticed pointy ears as I shook him,
"Hey wake up there manno."
He came to with a start and with a speed i have rarely seen darted up and pushed me back. His strength surprised me as much as his speed. There was a flash and he drew a dagger from his greaves.
"Easy now there Red - We are all friends here. Well except him," I jerked a thumb over my shoulder where dark was visibly getting worn down and biscuits was trying to get some sort of damage to stick. He looked at me and then at our shared enemy and nodded. He began to sing something in a language I'd never heard before. The words felt powerful though and his voice held conviction. I watched in amazement as his hands began to glow. The air around us began to vibrate.
"If you can distract him now would be agood time to do so," red said.
"Right," I replied and turned. Calling towards my brother I said,
"Dark! Red here is cooking something tasty for our big friendly house guest here - why dont we entertain him a little?"
"About damn time!" he yelled back at me,
"How come you always wait till the hard part is over?" I grinned,
"just like to watch you work bro!"
"Well you are buying the ale next time we get into kaladim!" I chuckled as I approached the elemental. I began to mutter the ancient words of a binding spell.
 Use that spell I taught you for forceful blows 
 I shall 
I got the binding spell off and leaped up drawing my staff and long dagger. The spell slowed the monster some and caused it to turn to me ignoring my brotehr for the moment. I avoided a blow from the large staff and landed a few of my own on the creatures head. It howled and swung again knocking me aside. It hurt bad. I slowly got up feeling my bruised ribs.
"By the planar gods." I looked up and saw Darkwaters furiosuly slashing away. For every blow he deflected he delivered five more. I grinned. I was about to rejoin the fray when there was a defeaning explosion. Red had let lose a giant ball of lightening which collided with the elemental sending it back several yeards. The concussion form teh blast sent dark and biscuits flying.
The elemental dropped its staff and its features contorted. Light began to well up from inside it and then all of asudden it exploded into thousands of pieces.
I got up and limped over to my brother helping him up,
"Yeah, and you?"
"Horny as a hallas lass," I replied with a chuckle. I winced as my bruised ribs caught hsi weight.
"What about biscuits?" darkwaters asked.
"Awe how cute, you've bonded with him," I grinned evilly.
"No such thing - just mighty handy to havea big monster in a fight like that," the frog blinked.
 Tell him I love him too 
 Ha! maybe you two should cuddle. 
 Maybe 
 Are you ok? 
 Yes 
"Biscuits says he wants to cuddle," I said to my brother
"Now listen here you fuzz encrusted booger," Dark said raising his sword and shaking it at Biscuits who was about to pounce on the frog. We heard a throat clear behind us and trned to see Red supporting himself on a smoldering tree trunk.
"May I ask whom I have the honor of addressing?" He asked in what I can only describe as a melodious voice.
"Bit rude for the bit of help we gave yah don't you think?" Darkwaters said. The elf (his pointed ears and melodic tones were not to be mistaken. I had never seen an elf, only read about them in fariy tales but this was certainly an elf) regarded my brother for a moment. He seemed to be peering into him and darkwaters shifted a little uncomfortably.
"Indeed, I apologise. Allow me to introduce myself and properly show my gratitude for your help with Ixiblat Fer," I did not recogonise the name but something in my primal memories caused the hair to stand up on the back of my neck.
"I am Franklinia..." the elf paused for a moment before continuing, "well just Franklinia. I am in the midst of some rather important business and I certainly thank you for your assistance jsut now." He bowed slightly and then stood expectantly.
"Now wait a moment. Who is this ixiblat fer and what is that stick you picked up? What busine-" Darkwaters began but I cut him off,
"I am Wildwaters Rundeep and this is my brother Darkwaters Rundeep. We are glad that we could be of assistance to you Sir Franklinia." The elf raised an eyebrow at the mention of my brother but said nothing. Before I could stop myself I felt the urge to add,
"And I hope we can be of further service to you." My brother stiffened when I said that. However there was something about this, I felt he and his mission were important. There was a sense of destiny about him. It also interested me that biscuits seemed extemely interested in him, indeed at that moment he was rumbling loudly as he purred and walked around the elf. Normally biscuits didnt take to people like that and I was quite surprised when he told me quite flatly 'no' when I told him to stay back form assisting the elf.
I made a mental note to ask my friend about it as my brother tugged at my sleeve,
"Excuse us Sir Frankin-whatsit but I need to have a private chat with my brother for a moment." He dragged me off to the edge of the smoking clearing. The elf made no move to follow us.
"Now what in blazes are you doing?" Dark was clearly agitated.
"Quietly or he'll hear you," I replied.
"Don't hush me! You just told him we'd go help him do what ever and we have no clue who he is or what in the great depths of discord hes doing!"
"There is something about him dark, I feel we need to go help him. That's all I know brother. There is something important he is doing and lately I have felt a great unease amongst the wild spirits. When he mentioned the name of this ixiblat fer it caused me great unease. I cannot tell you what to do brother but I must determine what this is that I feel happening. I will go with him." I spoke earnestly. It was difficult to convey what I felt. Darkwaters thought for a moment and then,
"I have travelled far with you my adopted brother, we have had good years. I will not leave you now but I cannot promise this is the path I will choose for myself."
"I understand bro." We stood silent a moment then clasped hands and nodded to each other. After a moment we turned.
"Elf!" my brother called out,
"We will be accompanying you," he said matter of factly.
"Very well friends," the elf said, "now I may tell you of Ixiblat Fer, summoned demon and servent of the evil Ragefire. He was brought here by the sarnak mages, servents to the plasmatc priesthood and underlings of the lord king of the sarnak. But now we must move quickly as it will not be safe here for long."
"Very well," I replied and darkwaters nodded. We grabbed our things and made haste. I made a decision to ask biscits about this elf at a later date.
As we moved quickly through the brush the elf began to quietly sing and as he snag the tree branches seemed to retract from our path and there was a great light before us. Even Darwaters was silent as we lsitened to the powerful melody - very stirring yet in a language neither of us knew.
We moved quickly, deeper and deeper into the darkwoods. We did not know what was ahead of us but the light and behind us only fading light...
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