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The Gift: Chapter Sixteen: GnesisVicente excelled at sword craft. Within months he had grown proficient with all manner of bladed weaponry, but he remained specially attached to his ebony claymore.
It was quite the odd talent given that he had never before wielded anything more deadly than an alchemist’s knife. The iron dagger he kept under the counter of his shop had never been touched except for the day it was bought. So, where did the innate skill come from?
Drevas speculated that it might have been a trait passed to him by his sire, Quarra vampires being very good with large weapons, as well as years spent mastering the basics of movement.
And master them Vicente had. When practicing alone, Vicente could execute several complicated attacks and parries with the fluidity and effortlessness of a dancer. Sparring with Drevas proved to be far more difficult- the Dunmer’s speed and agility give him the advantage.
But Vicente learned to anticipate Drevas’s moves and strikes and their practice
The Gift: Chapter Fifteen: HoneyThe view from the top of Drevas’s home was a spectacular sight. The Red Mountain could be seen belching its gases and ash despite being miles away and the ashlands themselves teemed with life. Enormous mushroom trees grew and died while packs of guar and kagouti grazed on sparse tufts of grass. The twin moons rippled on the surface of a quiet oasis while cliff racers glided over the tops of pointed hills and thorny trunks.
Vicente came to the roof often to marvel at the beauty of the ashlands- a loveliness he had grown to appreciate as a predator as integral to the ecosystem as any other.
Tonight, however, he was not observing the diverse wildlife nor was he meditating on the intricacies of his life as a vampire.
He was thinking of home.
Of High Rock.
He held his pendent tightly in his pale hand, his thumb caressing the edge habitually. He was so deep in his thoughts he didn’t even notice Drevas sit cross legged next to him, the mi
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