The Half-Orc girl, only twelve summers old did not expect what she saw as she
went out the house that morning. It was a dead deer, laying right in front of
her and her mothers house at the outskirts of town.
"Mum!" she called "There is a dead dear in front of our house." She moved closer
and to take a better look at it, the deer had a spear wound throw it's side and
it's throat had been cut.
Her mother came out and stood by her, seeing what she saw, "Elisa, go inside,
I'll take care of this." She looked out into the forest, with worried eyes.
Elisa curtseyed and walked inside, not wanting to question her mother.
Elisa's mother, Meredith, scanned the tree line for a few minutes before she
walked with a brisk pace into the forest, "I know you are here!" she said
loudly, "Show yourself you bastard!"
She heard a branch snap behind her and a low pitched voice saying "I'm here."
She turned around, looking at the big green monstrosity, anger flowing in her
veins, looking at him. They stood there for a few seconds. Meredith pulled out a
knife "What are you doing here!?"
He stood there, looking at the ground like a child being scolded by his mother,
but this was no child. This was the leader of an Orc Warband. "I..." He started
"wanted to see my daughter."
She stormed at him, knife at the ready, the big orc did not move a muscle, "YOU
WANT TO SEE YOUR DAUGHTER?!" She drove the knife into his left arm. She tried to
pull it out, but it was stuck "AFTER WHAT YOU DID?!"
The big orc took a step back and pulled out the knife, before sitting down on
the ground. "I met a paladin, he did something to me." he threw the knife at the
feet of the human woman "My Warband was all but slaughtered when we fell into a
trap. I'm the only survivor." He looked up at the human woman standing over him
with the knife in her hand "They had a paladin, he started shining like the sun
in the morning and when the light hit me... I..." A tear fell fell down his face
"I saw it... I saw every evil thing I've done. I-" he sniffled "saw your face
as I raped you."
The human woman spat at him "You think you can be forgiven for what you did?!"
"Get out of here! If I ever see you again, I'll get the guards to hunt you
The big orc stood up. "I know I shouldn't have come here. I'm sorry. For
everything." turned around and walked away from the house.
Meredith turned put her knife back it it's sheath and started to walk back to
the house when she heard a branch snap to the side of her. Looking she saw her
daughter. The daughter she never told the truth.
Elisa stood there with an expression of disbelief "That... That was..."
"Forget him." Meredith said looking away from her daughter.
"I SAID FORGET HIM!"
The walked back to the house in silence. As they reached the house Elisa let out
a heavy sigh. Meredith looked at her, the girl's face was blank and full of
"You never told me" Elisa said "Is that why we are outcast?"
Meredith walked into the house not saying a word.
Elisa continued "Talk to me. Do you hate me?" her voice becoming hoarse. "TALK
"I..." Meredith said without looking at her "I don't know."
"You don't know?!" Elisa took a step back "I should never have been born. I'm
born out of sin. I was a burden to you."
Meredith turned around, her eyes filled with doubt and uncertainty "It's
Elisa stood there, not a word coming out of her. The woman who was her mother,
who always smiled and was loving to her had in a matter of half a turn of the
hour glass become to be cold and uncaring.
"I'll leave" Elisa finally said after catching her breath "I'll go away."
Meredith turned to her side and said "Go inside. You are but a child, stop
Elisa hesitated but did as she was told.
--- four days later
Elisa stood at the crossroad, looking right and left. Her mother did not know
where she had gone, but she needed to get out of there, the love she had felt
had gone cold, she realised it was all but an act.
Over her shoulder a make-shift sack with what ever she could take that was not
too big or to important for her mother. It was not much, but it was all she
She looked at the sign again when she heard the sound of hooves behind her, it
was a band of soldiers, at the front was a horse that looked like it did not
have a rider.
She stopped aside as they rode passed, the horse at the front did have a rider,
it was a small, scaly, humanoid creature that she had never seen before. It had
green scales, wore plat-mail armour and a blue mantel.
She curtseyed at the creature "Noon, miss." it said in a yapping voice followed
by a nod.
She looked on in awe as the band rode by. The band consisted of humans. Only
humans it seemed. non of the humans seemed to have anything near to the same
quality of equipment as the little creature.
Some of the soldiers nodded at her too.
The world away from home was strange. She had seen humans and the occasional
elf. And her father, an orc. But this was new.
She decided to follow the band's route.
--- the next day.
She was sore after sleeping on the ground, but at least she had a blanket. She
ate some of the little meat she had taken with, but it was not too much. Water
was something she had forgotten.
As she walked down the road, she saw shadows move to her left. She tried to look
more closely but she saw nothing. This happened time and again.
Her feet were sore, she decided to sit down on a log. Cursing she had forgotten
water. She saw the shadows move again, this time the image did not go away.
"Want some water?" a low pitched voice said and into focus came a big orc.
"Sorry to startle you."
She looked at the orc in chock. "You're..."
"Yes" He offered her his water bottle "Drink."
She drank in silence. He sat down beside her on the log.
When she put back the cork in the hole and looked at her father. "I heard
everything." she said.
"I'm sorry." he said looking at the ground "You should not have known... Not
yet. But what's done is done."
"Yes" she said.
"Your mother throw you out?"
"No." she said giving her best smile "I ran away from home." her smile
disappeared as fast as it had appeared.
"She could not say that she loved me." she handed back the bottle.
The orc stood up "You need to move if you are to get to the next town before
they shut the gates."
"Yes." the half-orc girl said "You are right."
"Do you have money for a hostel or an inn?"
She looked up at the orc "I have some money... Two silver, nine copper."
He looked at her and smiled "You need more than that for a room. Here." he threw
her five gold pieces.
She smiled as she caught them "Thank you..." she looked at him "I never got your
"People call me The Turned One or just Turned." He smiled a sad smile "I was
born to the name of Thrak'ob Strigz'rim, meaning War Bringer, but I don't like
that name. That person is gone."
"Well, tank you Turned. I'll pay you back when I can."
"You don't have to. It is but a small repentance for my everything I've done."
They said their good byes and she continued down the road.
--- Two years later
Elisa huffed as she swung the sword for the hundredth time. The projected enemy
hitting her legs as she missed her swing, and a bell rang in her head.
"What did I tell you?" the elf man said as he threw a bottle at her "Watch your
Elisa caught the bottle without looking "It's hard fighting these projections,
they are hard to read."
The man smiled at her "want to spar with me?"
She took a swig of the water "Much rather than these magical projections." She
poured some water on her head.
The elven man took up his position and drew his sword, "Remember, these things
are sharp." He smiled slyly.
"I remember. I still have the scar." She smiled. She liked the art of the sword.
It it come naturally to her.
She took up her position and put the sword to her forehead, the man did the
same, the around the balconies of the inner court students stopped what they
were doing and leaned on the railings, whispering to each other.
Without word, in an instance swords were joined: Swing, block, sidestep, swing,
block, back step, swing, block, swing, block, forward step.
She knew he would not hurt her, but smack of the blade still hurt. She just
needed to get one hit with the side of her sword.
Block, swing, hit.
Elisa was in pain as the blade hit her upper arm. "Dwarven Feces!" she
The elf started laughing as they took up their position again "I'm not even
"I know you ain't! You wouldn't want your best student dying, now would you!"
Swing, block, swing, block.
The both swung and blocked much faster than the first time, more power. Elisa
felt something burning inside, it wanted out.
The elf suddenly took a few steps back and put up a hand "Stop."
Elisa lunged at the elf but was stopped with a smack on the top of her head with
the sheath of the Elf's sword.
"STOP I SAID!" he commanded "Calm down."
She looked around confused for a moment "What? What happened?"
The elf looked to the corner of the courtyard, "Come out, friend."
Like a mirage, a big green orc appeared out of nowhere. "I'm sorry to disturb
The whispering became like a background din for a moment.
"Your daughter, she has talent, Turned, but this is not good, you felt it too,
Turned looked at Elisa "Yes." He said and smiled "Hello, Elisa."
Elisa smiled at the orc "Hello, Turned."
Turned's smile shifted to a grave look "It is not good. You need to be able to
control it. The inner rage. If you can't you'll find yourself hacked to pieces
Elisa looked at the ground, unsure as how to react. How could she control
that which just came over her?
Turned sighed, looking at the elf apologetically.
The elf sighed as the silence became awkward, "Elisa... You are to join the
guild proper in a month. I don't know if I can give you the recommendation
letter if you don't find a way to get it under control."
Elisa was silent for a moment biting her lower lip "I understand."
"I can give you two months, but that will require you to go on a journey for a
month... I have arranged for the monks of the Black Peak to train you in
She looked at the elf, her anxiety disappearing "When will I be going?"
The elf smiled looking at Turned "That is why he is here."
--- Five years later
Turned looked at the gravestone with the name Meredith on it. Elisa putting a
small reef of flowers in front of the stone. "I'm sorry." he said.
"No, I made my choice."
"I was talking to her."
"I'll burn in the nine hells when I die for what I did, so this may be as close
I'll get to saying it to her one last time."
"We'll all burn in the nine hells." Elisa sighed "I never even wrote to her."
"I did, telling her what you have been up to."
"The war is coming." Elisa said.
"The winds smell of resentment and hatred."
"Yes they do."
They started down the path towards the town where Elisa had been told to not
spend too much time in as a child. "Mother told me to always return home
straight away when I went to the market."
"Did you play with other children?"
"Not really, they shunned me."
"You going to fight?" Elisa prompted.
"Yes... I'll die in battle."
"Did you not hate war?"
"I do hate war."
"Shall we drink away our sorrows, Turned?"
Turned smiled for the first time in days "Let's do that."
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