Dominion of Blades: A LitRPG Adventure by Dinniman Matt

Dominion of Blades: A LitRPG Adventure by Dinniman Matt


Author:Dinniman, Matt [Dinniman, Matt]
Language: eng
Format: azw3, epub
Publisher: Dandy House
Published: 2017-04-10T16:00:00+00:00

Chapter 23

It took us several hours to locate an alchemist’s shop. With no map of the city, the labyrinthine streets were almost impossible to navigate. Gretchen finally had the idea to hire a young polecat, offering him five jacks to work as a guide. The creature’s name was Raj.

NPC Raj (Level 3, Commoner, Polecat) has joined the party.

“Wow, I didn’t know NPCs could join parties,” I said.

The hairy little kid looked at me and grinned with gleaming, sharp teeth. He wore a leather vest but no pants, Donald Duck style. He stood about three inches taller than Popper and fidgeted constantly, eyes darting around.

Gretchen patted Raj on the head. “Yeah, you can hire mercenaries to help you on quests. It’s expensive, though. You have to pay them once a day. And once they die, they’re out of the party. Some of them, depending on their attributes, will attack you after you fire them, too. Our buddy Raj here is a commoner, so he won’t be a bother, will you Raj?”

“I get five jacks,” he said. “I help, I help, I help!” The kid bounded ahead in the crowded streets, leaning forward when he ran, losing us only to reappear every few minutes. “This way, come on! Raj shows you the way!”

“You can even talk to them on the chat,” Gretchen said. “Check this out.”

Gretchen: Raj. Don’t go too far ahead of us.

Raj: Raj is a good guide! I won’t go much too far.

“That’s crazy,” I said. “What do they think they’re doing when they’re chatting like that?”

Gretchen shrugged. “Who knows?”

We followed the kid for several minutes. I marveled at the sheer variety of buildings and businesses and creatures. I noticed five churches as we traveled. Every single one was a black church of Tharon, including two that stood side-by-side.

“Guys, stop.” Gretchen said. She looked up into the sky, her eyes twitching as she consulted her screens. “Look. Mr. Blue Dot is here. Wait…yes. There’s two of them.”

We stopped dead in the middle of the street, all three of us looking at our mini-maps. About three blocks over, two blue dots appeared at the edge of our vision. They stood unmoving, overlapping each other in what seemed to be a dead zone in the midst of the bustling metropolis. A single, white dot appeared to be the only other living thing nearby. The NPC stood apart from the two blues, also not moving.

“What do we do?” I asked.

“They must see us. They’re not moving at all,” Popper said.

“Maybe they’re waiting to talk to us,” I said.

“There’s only one way to find out,” Gretchen said, and she turned Eli down a side street toward them. Popper and I exchanged nervous glances and turned to follow.

“Wait! Humans! Raj says the alchemist is this way!” the little polecat cried.

“This is more important, kid,” Popper said. “We’re taking a quick detour.”

The block appeared abandoned. The buildings seemed empty and neglected. Most stood four or five levels high with broken or boarded-up windows. Yellow, white, or black crossbeams covered several of the doorways.


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