Chapter 4: above Frontier Desert
Alistair and Sun had arrived in the desert wasteland about an hour ago and were now looking for signs of criminal activity. So far they had found nothing except for unending sand dunes. Even so they stayed right above the clouds for protection. "I don't see anything here in this quadrate Sun" Alistair said as he surveyed the area from above "neither do I Alistair there's nothing here but sand and more sand" she replied. Alistair moved away from his cloud as he continued to look down at the ground beneath him "alright lets check the next quadrate if we don't find anything there we'll head back to the castle with a negative report" he said. Sun nodded as they flew off towards the next quadrate of the desert. As they flew Alistair suddenly sensed something behind him as he stopped and turned around. Sun stopped as well as she looked to him and noticed the serious look on his face "Alistair what is it" she asked. Alistair looked around as he a small fireball appeared in his hand "something's following us, some dark and evil" he replied. They both looked around as Sun began to sense the same feeling as well. After a few moments the sense faded as the fireball in Alistair had disappeared. For a moment Alistair breathed a sigh of relief, that's when he was blasted to the ground by a sudden blast of dark energy.
Sun slowly got up as she ran over to Alistair "you alright" she asked him. He nodded as he got up, but he noticed that there was a slight strain on his left ankle due to the impact. "Ahhh geez what hit us" he said as he looked around. Sun shrugged as she didn't know what had hit them up in the clouds. Right now they were completely exposed out in the open. That's when the heard laughter above them "long time no see Alistair" said a voice. They turned around and saw Vladimir standing a few feet away from them "it been awhile" he said with an evil grin. Alistair glared angrily at him "so, you finally reveal yourself again coward got tired of hiding in the shadows huh" he said to him. "Don't bother me with insults Alistair this time I've come to even the score with you" he said as he dashed towards him "bring it on scumbag" Alistair replied as he dashed towards him as well.
Vladimir fired a blast of dark energy at him, but Alistair deflected it and kneed Vladimir in the face. He stumbled back as he turned around trying to grab Alistair by the throat. Alistair then punched Vladimir and then followed up with a roundhouse kick that sent Vladimir into a sand dune. He quickly blasted out of the sand dune as he fired a blast of electricity at Alistair who quickly the beam. Sun watched from behind a sand dune as she watched Alistair and Vladimir duke it out with each other.
Soon Alistair and Vladimir were locked in pitch combat with each other above the sand dunes "watch Vladimir you can't beat me, ever since Marick died you've become nothing then a wondering washed up general with one eye" Alistair said as he kicked him. Vladimir retaliated with punch to Alistair's face that was blocked by his fist "the only reason you did beat was because you caught me by surprised at after I stabbed your friend and killed her what was her name
Allana I believe" he said grinning. Anger flared in Alistair eyes "don't you DARE take about her" he said. He pulled his arm back and delivered a powerful punch to Vladimir's stomach. Vladimir coughed up blood as he stood there with a stunned look on his face. Alistair then brought both his fist together and slammed them down onto Vladimir's head sending crashing into the ground. Alistair was hovering above with a fireball charging in his hand "time to end this" he said as he raised his hand to blast him. Suddenly a red light came out of nowhere and struck him in the side. He yelled out in pain as his hand went to his side as another blast caught him in his left shoulder. Sun looked in horror as another blast struck at his left leg. She was about to fly up and help him when a blast glazed her side. She cringed in pain as fell to one knee. Alistair quickly turned around to see where the attack where coming from. That's when a blast hit him on his chest sending him into a sand dune. Sun ran over to Alistair and dug him. She placed and arm over her shoulder as she helped him up. That's when she saw a huge beam of energy coming towards them. Before she could dodge it the beam struck the ground and caused a huge explosion. Vladimir stared in disbelief as he saw his enemies consumed in the blast.
As he got up, two dragons in dark cloaks appeared in front of him "you would be wise to join us Vladimir, your contribution in finding the gem will be much appreciated" said one of the figures. Vladimir looked at them confused. "Who are you" he asked.
"We are part of organization that exist to spread darkness through the land, we are the servants of the high lord, we are the terrors in the night, we are The Syndicate" said the other figure as the three vanished in a cloud of black smoke.