– 00:16:00:02 –
I sensed, more than saw an attack from behind me and to my right. I quickly dodged this attack and was barely able to bring my shield up in time to block a second strike, the contact sending reverberation up my shield arm, thankfully, this armour that the GX-Core provided me aided in softening the impact. Easy, no… Fair, yes.
I wasn’t used to using weapons, but this was a game, I just had to find the code and learn it. I stood in a defensive stance, blocking attacks when they came and feinting a few of my own just to keep the bandits on their feet.
Thunder rumbled over the distant mountains.
– WHAT’S WRONG SAGE? DON’T KNOW HOW TO FIGHT? –
Aha! Found it!
I raised my shield once more to block an attack, except this time, I used the bandit’s momentum against him, propelling him aside while spinning around with lightning speed and eviscerating half of my attackers with a single sword swing.
Lightning appeared over the mountains, following by an angry sounding rumble of thunder.
“What’s the matter? Weren’t expecting me to find the code?” I chuckled as I dispatched the remaining bandit’s.
– IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE, YOU WILL NOT WIN –
A massive shadow appeared overhead but was gone before I could spy what had caused it.
– BETTER HURRY –
The thunder appeared directly overhead this time, the GX-Core was mocking me.
I searched the bodies of the bandit’s, hoping to find a map that could tell me where Helgen was, but this lot had little more than the weapons and armour they had on them. There was a door nearby, leading to an interior cell of this bandit camp, where no doubt the leader of this rabble was hiding out; if anyone had a map, they would.
Entering the interior cell, I was immediately attacked by another bandit, this armour, although providing excellent protection, wasn’t very subtle.
I quickly ran her through and proceeded forward carving my way through the remaining men. Their leader was so surprised to see me that he just froze, and I ran him through with my sword.
I checked his body and cursed out loud. The earth around me started to shake, and bits of dirt and rocks fell from the ceiling.
– YOU’RE WASTING TIME WITH THIS LOT, SAGE –
I sped out of the bandit camp, hoping to spot a landmark where I could head towards and hopefully find a local friendly enough to ask directions from.
A city, far in the distance, that was my best bet. I ran as fast as I could until I spotted three warriors that had just finished taking down what looked like a giant.
“Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to Helgen?” I asked as I approached them.
“An outsider aye?” chuckled the woman with the red hair.
“Nice armour,” said the man with a deep voice, “Although, it would look better on my bedroom floor.”
I drew my sword and snarled, “Try it and I’ll cut it off!”
“Farkas, you Icebrain, that’s no way to greet a stranger!” snapped the red-haired woman. “My name is Aela. Helgen isn’t far from here, just follow the river path upstream until you reach Riverwood, one of the villagers can point you in the right direction from there.”
I thanked them and set off at a sprint.
“I like her,” I heard the man say cheerfully.
“Well, she clearly didn’t like you.” Aela laughed before saying something else which I didn’t catch as I ran out of range of her voice.
I encountered a pack of wolves on my way up the river path, with my newly found ability to fight, I made short work of them, but I couldn’t help but feel that I was running out of time. As if to illustrate the point, the time of day changed from day to night in a heartbeat and thunder could be heard in the distance.
I made it to the outskirts of Riverwood and asked the first villager I found for further directions.
“Just continue on up this path. When you reach the standing stones, keep going and when the path forks, take the South East road.”
I continued on, running as fast as my legs would go. Time changed back to daytime as thunder clapped loudly overhead.
– TICK, TOCK, SAGE –
“Shut it, you stupid machine!” I snapped as I took the South East road and raced towards Helgen.
– NOW, NOW, NO NEED TO BE SO RUDE –
I crested a hill and my heart sank. The village in front of me that was no doubt Helgen, lay in ruins. I entered the burning shell of a once thriving hamlet, the smell of burning flesh thick in the air.
Thunder shook the very earth around me.
– YOU LOSE, SAGE –