Here’s part of another fight scene from War of Nytefall: Eradication. I wanted to introduce people to a minor character who will play a big role down the road. This is kind of his debut book where he starts interfering in the Dawn Fang’s lives. Who is he? Well, that’s a secret for another volume.
With all three fights having fallen into awkward standstills, the vampires are focused entirely on their opponents. Only Kai catches an odd sound, which he at first mistakes for the clinking of Decker’s armor. Not wanting to be distracted from Bob, he forgets the noise until it happens a few moments later. The look on the vampiric elf’s face tells him that he has heard it too and they begin to loosen their grips. Being invisible, they are ignored by the armored figure who charges by them and leaves the clear scent of a mortal in his wake. The intruder’s helmet is shaped like a horned demon with a projected snout that curves up at the tip. When he steps into the light, they can see the winged sun emblazoned on his chest plate and a collection of fangs fused to the metal collar. Their amusement at the hunter’s foolishness is short-lived as the man kicks Titus hard enough to send the powerful vampire through several trees. Thick gauntlets expertly deflect Luther’s sickles, but a blast of poison drives him away. The retreat brings the hunter in reach of Decker, but the dwarf’s grab is evaded by a backflip that none of the vampires expected out of the bulky figure. Archillious tackles his stumbling ally out of the way of a punch that drives the armored warrior’s entire arm into the solid ground. It creates enough of an opening for Titus to rush back into the fight and push the aggressive mortal to the edge of the camp.
With a sudden planting of his leg, the hunter stops the vampire’s attack and begins shoving back. Still invisible, Bob and Kai try to pounce on the man from behind, but he smacks them away using Titus like a club. The towering Dawn Fang snarls in rage at the sensation of being throw around and twists his body to land on his feet. He attempts to flip the mortal only to find himself lifted into the air and hurled across the camp where he crashes into Decker. Thin needles and sharp fangs fly towards the man, who refuses to get out of their path. The projectiles bounce off his armor, but the few specks of poison give off enough vapor to make him dizzy and force him to shake his head. Thinking he sees an opening, Bob grabs his lance and charges, which ends his invisibility and completely exposes him to the enemy. The weapon is caught by the powerful hunter and he is spun around at a dizzying speed, every turn bringing him closer to the man. A stumble breaks the mortal’s concentration and he accidentally releases the Dawn Fang, who sails high over the trees and into the distance. Realizing that his friend is going to be injured upon landing and fearing there are similar hunters in the area, Luther transforms into a raven and soars into the night sky.
By the time the hunter regains his balance, Kai, Decker, and Archillious have disappeared into the forest. Titus is the only vampire left and he staggers to his feet with the help of his protective double. It takes him a few seconds to realize that he is alone with the dangerous enemy who draws a strange sword. With a twist of the wrist, the weapon splits into segments kept together by a chain. The hunter gradually walks towards the Dawn Fang, who draws his claymores and takes a defensive stance. A flurry of movement above stops the advance and the man swings at ten phantoms of Luther that drop from the branches. All of them are sliced to pieces before they hit the ground, the bloodless chunks gradually disappearing. With no other targets, the hunter charges at Titus and whips the sword in wide arcs to kick up the leaves and sever low branches. The Dawn Fang watches the attacks and thinks he sees an opening that will only cost him a leg. Unwilling to die without a fight, the scarred warrior bares his fangs and runs to meet his mysterious attacker.
Without warning, the hunter leaps back and returns his weapon to a sheathe that is built into his armor’s left leg. The man slowly moves away while repeatedly clenching and opening his fists, the knuckles popping every time. Titus takes a single step forward and the mortal runs backwards at a speed that catches the vampire by surprise. He watches the armored figure easily avoid the trees without turning around, the sound of thudding footsteps vanishing almost as soon as the man disappears from view. Dropping his weapons and scratching his head, the Dawn Fang realizes that his muscles are stiff from an instinctive fear that he has not felt since before his transformation. He is still on edge when he looks to his right and sees Clyde standing two feet away. Titus bites his tongue to stifle the shout of fright that sticks in his throat, the twisted expression going unnoticed by his friend.
“I seem to be having that effect on mortals today,” Clyde casually mentions. Looking around the camp, he pats Titus on the shoulder and smiles. “The three of you need to . . . Where did Luther and Bob go?”