For a few minutes, it looked like Jadis was about to take Shaddoc's head off along with Arren's. But, slowly, he pulled himself together so that he was at least not openly showing how mad he was. He shrugged and crossed his arms. "He doesn't want our help, why should we force it on him?" he remarked coldly, and somewhat childishly. He didn't feel up for any more heck right now. "I'm going to go home and finally get some decent rest-"
A loud roar rent the air. Jadis placed his hand over his eyes and sighed. "This just isn't my day." and he turned.
Coming toward them was probably one of the largest shadow
he'd ever seen. It howled again as it came toward them. Several of the smaller shadows appeared, running towards the three men.
Jadis uncovered his face and drew his swords. "I'll be fighting with you," he said to Arren. "But you're on your own. I won't drop everything to help you when this thing is about to kill you."
Struggle as he may, Ethinine could not break free. What was worse was that he could not hear his friends anymore, which meant either they were in the same predicament as he was, or they had abandoned him. Both thoughts troubled him.
"You have the mage?"
He started; a human voice?! The shadows holding him seemed to cower and want to shrink away. "What could inspire fear in monsters like these?
"Let me see him."
Slowly, the shadows released him and backed away. He found himself facing a winged man. Behind him stood...that man they'd fought and killed in the cave?!
"But-You're dead!" he exclaimed without thinking.
"I was, thank you very much. I'm recovering now."
The winged one studied him silently. Ethinine noticed how the darkness seemed to thicken around him in an unnatural way. Suddenly, he was very, very afraid.
"I doubt he personally will be of much use," the man concluded. "But perhaps we may use him as leverage. Take him to Gol-lath, and guard him as close as the others. If any of them escape, it will be all the worse for you."
The shadow monsters shrieked and howled. Ethinine found himself once more being carried off to light-knew-where. He wracked his brains frantically.
"Gol-lath. Wasn't that the first city to fall? No...it opened its gates willingly. Light help me...
Reveka and Callysta entered the cave. She glanced around, thinking how strange it felt to be going back...without Arren or Ethinine. She feared what the Grand Sage might do.
OOC- you know, I keep forgetting just how old Reveka actually is. Her character and personality feel so much younger.