We arrive back at the passenger’s area, and almost wished we’d waited. Only a third of the civilians survived, and most of the knights did as well. Remus, one of the other knights, approached us. “We’ve buried the dead, but we should move quickly. What’s left of the scanners picked up Zerg heading our way and a scout confirmed it.” Nodding I lead the way out of the transport and head us off into the forest, know the Zerg would scour it before they came looking for us. I motion Remus back up to my position.
“What happened before they hit the engines?”
“Everything was going fine. They couldn’t break our defense, try as they might. Then the Brutalisk came out. Ignoring the knights, it spat it’s acid on as many civilian as it could before Alice distracted it and led it off. She was still in the hall when we went down, probably why that’s the last thing Giovanni remembers before the crash.” I nod, stopping on a bit of a hill to look back at the group who I was in charge of getting back to Castle Brine.
“They were too prepared for this run. It’s like they had an infested in our midst. Or a changeling.” I shake my head and resume walking my halberd on my back and VMN in my hand, sweeping back and forth on the right flank, watching for movement. Remus had his claymore out, a weapon befitting a man his size. Most of us knights were well built, but Remus, Remus was a giant. Standing at six foot ten, and weighing 239 pounds, all of that muscle, not many would tangle with him, not even Zerg. Rumor has it he even killed an Ultralisk with his bear hands. I myself was only six foot five, and 185 pounds of muscle. Impressive, yes. Terrifying, no, at least not like Remus.
“I’ll agree with you there. Definitely too quick a response to our evacuation. Once we reach Brine, I’ll have an assassin go through their minds.” I shake my head, grabbing a stick and breaking it between my fingers as I went.
“No point. If it’s a changeling, it’s dead by now, and the Brutalisk probably killed the person who would be infested. But you’ve got my permission once we get there.” We kept trudging until nightfall when we stopped and set up camp. Helping to set up camp, I notice one of the civilians go off into the trees. “Remus, mind taking charge for a bit? I think I found our mole.” After he nods, I head off in the direction that the man had gone and come upon him conversing with an overlord.
“…they may very well be onto me after that little stunt with the transport. If you want to get into the castle, you’ll lay off us until we reach it. Then the nydus worm can do it’s job.”
“You are to serve the queen, and she says to kill off the knights protecting this group while they sleep. Then, and only then, will she pull the swarm back enough for you to enter.”
“Tell the queen I shall do as I’m told.” The overlord departs and the man walks past me, not noticing I was there until too late. Gabbing his head, I twist quickly, snapping his neck.
“May the Lord have mercy on you.” Dragging his body back to camp, I tie him to a post as his true appearance begins to show. Remus walks over and looks at the mans face, then sighs.
“Magnus Groth. A good man, turned to an evil purpose. May the Lord guide him home.” He goes and sits down at a fire, and I head to bed. It had been a long day. Laying down, I rest my halberd against the wall of the command tent and place the VMN under my pillow. As I drift off the memories begin to come back.