10 Years After – 24

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The Vampire Lord we had been fighting recently was trying to open a gate between our dimensions.

It would not do for them to spend so much effort in opening the gate, only to have a chicken close it again.

Maybe that’s why they attacked Luchila’s tribe.

 

“The chief entrusted the God Fowl to me, since I was the youngest, and told me to run away.”

“How far did you run?”

“My tribe lived in the north. That place is…”

 

It seemed that Luchila had traveled very far.

 

“The enemy kept chasing us… I used illusions and magic to evade them, but I do now know how long I will be able to keep them off.”

“Vampires are most dangerous.”

“Yes.”

 

Luchila nodded with a wary expression.

Vampires could suck people’s blood to increase their numbers and also charm their enemies.

It was possible that any humans that came near to them had already been affected.

If that were the case, then he would want to stay away from the humans here.

 

And so that is why Luchila used the illusions to keep them away.

 

“But why can’t you leave this place?”

“This place is an ancient temple ruin… There is a barrier that keeps the vampires away.”

“Is that so?”

“Yes. It was written on an ancient map that was passed down in my tribe.”

 

Luchila said with finality.

 

Indeed, this did look like an ancient ruin. But it didn’t seem like there was an actual barrier.

Did this place really keep the vampires away?

I wondered, and so I asked Luchila.

 

“So did the vampires stop attacking once you came here?”

“No. They attacked several times at first, but they have stopped recently.”

 

I doubted there really was a barrier here.

 

A while ago, Shia’s tribe had fought a tribe of vampires.

The result was that the vampires were all killed, with the exception of the Vampire Lord.

The Vampire Lord was gravely wounded and had to regain his power while using goblins as its servants.

Maybe that’s why the attacks had stopped for now.

 

I told this to Luchila.

 

“What? Is that true?”

“Cluck-cluck.”

“No…what am I to do…”

 

Luchila was in shock.

 

“Very well then. Why don’t you come with us to the royal capital?”

“Are you sure…? Won’t it mean trouble?”

“There is a barrier to keep out monsters that surrounds the entire city. It will be hard for vampires to get past that.”

 

Not just in the royal capital, but most large cities had a barrier of holy protection surrounding them.

The stronger the monster, the more intense the pain. These barriers made them unable to use their incredible strength.

And so generally speaking, Vampire Lords did not enter any large cities.

 

“But I might still be attacked by the vampire thralls…”

 

It was hard for strong monsters to get in, but easy for weaker ones.

Goblins, demon rats and thralls of weaker vampires would not be affected as much.

If they tried, a lesser vampire might even get in.

 

“We can just cast a barrier around the house to keep the weaker ones out. I am a Sorcerer, after all. I can make a barrier or two.”

“Mister Locke…”

 

Luchila looked at us with much emotion.

But then Serulis opened her mouth.

 

“But Mister Locke, don’t you live with us? I don’t know if daddy will allow people to bring in pets?”

“Lord Gerberga is not a pet!”

“Cluck-cluck.”

 

Luchila retaliated and Gerberga clucked happily.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter! I found Serulis increasingly annoying, and then it dawned on me that if I had created a somewhat immature, naive, slightly impulsive, airheaded but generally decent and hardworking 15-year old character, this would be it. The fact that Locke is perfect as an uncle figure makes this so fun to read.

  2. ….he was going on about what a bother doing a quest with the girl was…but he has no trouble taking care of a demon with a chicken….

  3. “….he was going on about what a bother doing a quest with the girl was…but he has no trouble taking care of a demon with a chicken….”
    That is that, this is this 😛

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