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Aliath - December 30, 2008 03:00 AM (GMT)
[center]The only thing I feel is anger, everything that passes throught my head is associated with anger and hatred. I will kill Dante, and nothing will stop me. He will pay for the years of horrible thoughts and fear following the murder of my parents. He murdered them, and the tribunal was corrupted. I will not leave this to the militia or the guard, I will not let this corruption go on; it's time to take matters into hand. First I will settle Dante's case, then the entire Monarchy will crumble...[/center]
[right]-Taken from the journal of Kerberos[/right]

[center]Chapter One: Dante the Assassin[/center]

Dante scaled the stone wall surrounding the mansion, pausing and listening for the footsteps of the guards patrolling up above. Dante waited for the guard to finish his nightly round and heaved himself up onto the walkway for on the wall. He quickly climbed down the other side and ended up in the courtyard. The sight was beautiful; the entire courtyard was decorated with beautiful flowers and diverse vegetation from every part of Gielenor. Dante picked a rose and shoved it in a small pocket in his coat, beside the many daggers and throwing knifes.

The heavy doors leading to the interior of the mansion itself were securely locked and the young man obviously had to find another way inside. He inspected the courtyard and a found a sturdy vine that lined the wall and led to a window. If he was lucky, it was the window to the master bedroom. He verified that the vine was strong enough to support his weight and started scaling the white washed stone wall of the luxurious palace. As he was halfway to the window, his cloak got stuck in the vine. Dante grabbed a knife from his pocket and cut himself loose, leaving a shred of crimson cloth dangling from the wall. He reached the window and pushed it open with ease; making no sound at all. He climbed into the window and looked around the room. It was dark, but the moonlight revealed a large bed in the center of the grand room where two figures were sleeping.

Dante drew his thin sword and advanced towards the bed. He gazed upon the sleeping figures and sighed; two more lives were to be taken by his blade. He raised the sword above his head and struck the first figure. He then stabbed into the second person. Dante wiped his sword with the blood drenched sheets. He grabbed the rose from his pocket and tossed it on the bed before leaving the place the same way he entered, leaving the two bodies to be discovered by an unfortunate maid or butler the next morning.

[center]Chapter Two: One Year Later...[/center]

Kerberos glared at the man, hatred and anger gleaming in his eyes. The courthouse wasn't very crowded, a couple guards were holding the assassin by the arms and a couple family members were lurking around. In front of him, Kerberos' old friend, a mage named Icarion was arguing with the assassin's laywer. The designated member of the tribunal stepped forward. He was a large man with a long black beard and despite his allure that reminded Kerberos of a bandit, he was wearing fine tunics that matched the other ten members of the tribunal. The man cleared his throat.

"We the tribunal of the Varrock Court have decided that the evidence; the piece of red cloth, is not valid proof as it could of been from anyone's cloak, not exclusively the defendant's..." announced the man, looking at Icarion. The mage protested but was shunned by the judge. Icarion sat down and gazed back at Kerberos, who was looking at the stone floor. Dante's chains were removed and he was escorted out of the courthouse. Kerberos was asked to wait in the courthouse until Dante had been safely escorted out of the city, to avoid any feuds between the two. A man in a red cloak, similar to Dante's, entered the courthouse and addresed the leader of the tribunal. Kerberos boiled with rage as he saw the man give the tribunal leader a pouch filled with gold.

Kerberos stormed out of the courthouse and ran to the Varrock Plaza. He kneeled by the fountain and prayed to Saradomin that his parents murderer would be punished. Icarion knelt beside Kerberos and patted him on the shoulder.

"We both know he did it, and the court was corrupt with gold from the assassin’s friends." said Icarion. "That man was but a hired assassin, Kerberos. The person who paid him to murder Jonas and Nova, your parents, is the one to blame."

"So you're excusing his actions? He didn't even know my parents and he... He killed them!" replied Kerberos, standing up. Icarion stood up and leaned against the fountain statue.

"That isn't what I meant, Kerberos. If that man was imprisoned or hanged, it wouldn't have made any difference. The man who truly murdered your parents is still out there. Dante wa-"

"Dante?" said Kerberos, furious. "You know his name?!"

"I don't know him personally, but he is a known assassin... The man who had your parents killed was obviously wealthy." said Icarion. Kerberos turned around and walked away.

[center]Chapter Three: The Assasin's Mistake[/center]

Dante was escorted out of the city through the southern gates. He was exiled from Varrock for one month following the trial, which wasn’t a problem for him, as he could easily smuggle his way in with the help of his friends. Dante immediately walked in direction of the desert city of Al-Kharid. The trip was about one day on foot, so he had no trouble arriving before the sun set behind the distant mountains of the east. He payed his toll at the gate leading to the city and headed towards a small building in the poor district of the city.

Dante knocked on the door and a small slit in the wood opened up to reveal a pair of weary eyes staring at him. The man behind the door closed the slit and Dante could hear him fumbling with the locks. The door was opened to Dante, who entered. The man who had opened the door to Dante greated him and brought him to a large room in the old building. Dante sat down in one of the oak chairs and waited for The Black Hand to speak.

“I see you’ve finally finished your task, Dante.” said the man, standing from his chair. “One year it took, but I see you’ve had troubles with the court and such… Yes, indeed the people you were sent to kill weren’t but simple nobles or merchants.”

“Then who were they?” said Dante, a tone of arrogance in his voice. He did not respect the cloaked man they called ‘The Black Hand’. He was the leader of the cult of assassins and usually assigned tasks that were given to him by nobles or rich merchants; sometimes even a king.

“They were nobles, but they had something more special than just gold or power.” said The Black Hand. “You see, I asked you to kill this particular family, so when you did this, I trust you murdered the entire family?” Dante froze in his chair; he thought he was only sent to kill the couple. He had no knowledge of anyone else inside that mansion besides a maid or servant of the sort.

“I- I thought I was only sent to kill the couple…” said Dante.

“Then your task isn’t complete. Go kill the boy named Kerberos, he is the son of the two you killed. I believe he still lives in that mansion, along with an old mage named Icarion. Kill them both.” simply said The Black Hand, his tone as calm as it was before Dante revealed his foolish mistake. Dante nodded and stormed out of the house, he had a task to complete.

[center]Chapter Four: Kerberos The Vengeful[/center]

The courtyard of the mansion had long been rid of flowers since the death of Jonas and Nova. It had been turned into a true training ground for Kerberos; where he was taught swordsmanship. Icarion, who was a powerful mage, even taught Kerberos to boost his own physical strength with magic. Kerberos was confused by this new art; he had only heard of very holy men who used divine powers for such purpose. Even those men needed years of meditation and true devotion to their god. The old mage explained to Kerberos that he could channel his power through magic itself, without the usage of runes. After many hours of this practice, Kerberos managed only the simple task of leaping a tad bit higher than he usually could. When the sun was setting, they ceased training and the pair went to eat dinner.

“Icarion, why would someone want my parents to die?” asked Kerberos.

“Your parents were nobles; they served the monarchy in some way. I assume someone wanted their position.” replied Icarion. “There are many reasons to kill a noble, not many of them are good.”

“I may never know who ordered the killing… But I know that the tribunal was corrupted with gold and I know this Dante killed my parents. I swore an oath to avenge my parents; those who hinder me in this quest will perish. The tribunal let Dante free, they will pay.” said Kerberos.

“Revenge is a bad thing, Kerberos. You should know that this blind anger and hatred of yours will bring you nowhere.” said Icarion. “I myself would avenge my parents if they had been murdered, but I wouldn’t go after the wrong people… Clear your mind and investigate. Find out who had your parents murdered and have them arrested. I’m sure you have enough gold to hire an excellent man that could represent you in the tribunal and have him imprisoned. Murder is punished with hanging, you’re oath would be fulfilled.”

“No, I will hunt down my parents killer and kill them.” hissed Kerberos. Icarion stood up; the windows opened a powerful gust of wind blew inside.

“Kerberos! Who named you the judge, tribunal and executioner?! Nobody! You will not turn into a murderer, you fool! You’re indignant and you ought to be ashamed of yourself!” shouted Icarion, before leaving the dining room. Kerberos wouldn’t take anything into account; he would avenge his parents.

Artegal - December 30, 2008 03:03 AM (GMT)
Good story, Though... I hate the name Dante.

starwolf_ftw - December 30, 2008 03:18 AM (GMT)
Great story, better then anything I could come up with.

3monightmar3 - December 30, 2008 04:15 AM (GMT)
very nice! u write a lot?

Aliath - December 30, 2008 04:33 AM (GMT)
I recently started posting some stories on Sal's, this is my first 'serious' story (as depicted by my God Wars one), I've also got another one going that depicts the lives of infantrymen during the God Wars; and that one isn't a joke.

3monightmar3 - December 30, 2008 04:53 AM (GMT)
awesome, i look 4ward 2 reading it! :D

K Arthur90 - December 30, 2008 05:09 AM (GMT)
Great! Another writing companion!
I write stories too, though mine are a little shorter. They're like an adventurer's journal or something alike.
I like your style, more specifically the way you describe the surroudings.
Though you just made a tiny mistake that doesn't affect the story at all: There are no two-storeys with dangling vimes on Varrock :P I call that "Writer Excuse". I use that too :rolleyes:
I give bannana bannana bannana bannana bannana , out of 5!

stingster2 - December 30, 2008 10:45 AM (GMT)
i love the name dante not only because he looks cool but next thing i make is gonna be dante. thanks for telling me a name. :D :lol:

Aliath - December 30, 2008 03:24 PM (GMT)
Dante was that guy in Devil May Cry, it's such an awesome name.

Kevinsaurus - December 30, 2008 06:09 PM (GMT)
oh nice job so far Aliath :D

i write a lotta stories myself, got myself a 241 page novel in a word document lol... can't share it with u guys it's way too long and would lag like crazy... looking forward to reading more

K Arthur90 - December 30, 2008 08:13 PM (GMT)
I got a sci-fi book too.
It's about 35% completed. The book itself is 45% done, but I'll need to review some (some as in the whole book :)) of the book before I can say its done.
BTW, there are (three) new chapters on The Adventurer's Diary :P

Techy - December 30, 2008 09:19 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kevinsaurus @ Dec 30 2008, 01:09 PM)
oh nice job so far Aliath :D

i write a lotta stories myself, got myself a 241 page novel in a word document lol... can't share it with u guys it's way too long and would lag like crazy... looking forward to reading more

Great story ali.

And kev, 241 pages is nothing :P

Whenever you get the chance, type rand=(200,99) and press space or enter in MS Word. It's does something uber cool. :wub:

Kevinsaurus - December 30, 2008 09:22 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Techy @ Dec 30 2008, 04:19 PM)
QUOTE (Kevinsaurus @ Dec 30 2008, 01:09 PM)
oh nice job so far Aliath  :D

i write a lotta stories myself, got myself a 241 page novel in a word document lol... can't share it with u guys it's way too long and would lag like crazy... looking forward to reading more

Great story ali.

And kev, 241 pages is nothing :P

Whenever you get the chance, type rand=(200,99) and press space or enter in MS Word. It's does something uber cool. :wub:

it did nothing... >.>
does it seriously do something? if it does maybe its cuz im using the new office...

Techy - December 30, 2008 10:43 PM (GMT)
Oh, my bad.

=rand (200,99)

Kevinsaurus - December 30, 2008 10:54 PM (GMT)
holy ****
567 pages of random junk??? HOLY MOLEY

K Arthur90 - December 31, 2008 01:59 AM (GMT)
It's not junk.
It's a story about a brown quick fox, that once came upon a three-legged dog. That dog sat by a pot of raw meat, which the fox sought a lot. Since the dog was three-legged, he spent all day just sitting there, being a lazy dog. The fox saw the chance to get the meat and "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog!"

3monightmar3 - December 31, 2008 02:37 AM (GMT)
say wat? :blink:

zoro894 - January 1, 2009 09:34 PM (GMT)
I just realized that dante = devil may cry :P

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