“Nyah~, the waiting is the scariest part… so~ boring~.” A short and stout woman with pitch-black hair and cat-ears on the top of her head, was sitting on a metal chair, while cleaning her silver and white, flintlock pistols.
Her skin was tanned, because she was constantly exposed to the artificial lighting while performing her normal job: farming. Of course, the girl’s actual profession was Gunsmithing, but before the war started, it was more of a hobby.
“Hehehehe~, don’t worry little babies, Mama’s finally gonna let you play soon, meow~.” The girl with vertically slit pupils and yellow irises, was in a small room within the southern wall of Fort Resilience.
A name was written above her head, “Jasmine the Heretic, Level-5 Feline Dwarf Gunslinger, Rank-G.” The table that she was using, had a myriad of tools that were necessary to create ammunition for her single-shot pistols.
Compared to her tiny hands, the barrels may have seemed long and the caliber might have appeared wide. However, if one were to use ‘Scan,’ they would see: “7mm Flintlock Pistol: Increases the wielder’s Dexterity and Agility by one point; raises Attack Rating by ten. Baseline maximum effective range is 100 meters. Created by Jasmine Jade. Uncommon Quality, requires level-three to use.” Their shapes were similar to silver cannons, and the handles were created with polished white wood.
She turned her head to the left and glanced out the small porthole, muttering “Don’t worry Daddy~, we’re gonna kill lots and lots of those nasty green monsters for you…” The woman was completely naked and there were hundreds of terrible scars littering her body; even her left breast had been amputated and there was only a small, bald stump, instead of a long fluffy cat-tail. However, her face and hands were surprisingly untouched and seemed to be in pristine condition.
As she was looking out the tiny window, she yelled “Nyah!? So bright!” while watching two beams of light descended onto the grassy field. After a moment, there were two people standing there; one was a giant ‘Human’ who was wearing a lot of glowing equipment and holding an unreasonably large sword in his right hand, while the other was a strange girl with obsidian skin.
Jasmine purred quietly for a few seconds, then a golden halo appeared above the man’s head, and two giant dove-like wings erupted from his back. Even from so far away, she could hear him screaming “Shit, fuck, cunt, bitch-whore-cock! When it leveled-up, it said that the pain would be reduced! Why does it still hurt so much?! Arg~!”
Then the woman wearing tiger-fur shouted “Shut the hell up! Stop being such a fucking pussy! What’s the point in using those shitty wings anyway?! It’s not like you’ll ever be able to fly!”
He yelled “Obviously because they look awesome! Ow, ugh, wah~! Ah, okay, I think I’m fine now!” At that moment, the various cannoneers and musketeers stationed along the top of the southern, stone wall, were waiting for orders on how they should treat the two of them.
However, as if he had read their minds, the Nephilim turned around and waved at the various people who were pointing their weapons at him. “Oi, don’t waste your ammo on us, we’re on your side! Even if you shoot, it’ll just-ow! Fuck you, asshole!” While he was shouting, someone fired a small caliber metal ball, which struck his left cheek, but he didn’t even receive one point of damage.
Jasmine quickly closed her window while giggling, then muttered “Nyah~, his face is so strong~. Mn, it looks like those ugly monsters are moving meow~.”
The reason that the Dwarven forts were so difficult to siege, was that there were nearly a hundred tiny portholes on each wall; each of them had some sort of marksman stationed and able to accurately hit targets from a distance or up close. However, if the enemy did manage to make it over or inside of the walls, there weren’t very many Warriors who could fight them off.
Michael glared at the little girl who shot him, and then vanished, reappearing inside of her room and smacking the back of his head on the ceiling. He yelled “Ow, shit, seriously, fucking tiny-ass cat-bastards!”
Immediately after that, Sarah sprinted towards the wall, Shadow-Stepping next to him. Jasmine screamed “Nyah~, monsters! No, no, go away~! Wah~, Mommy, Daddy~, save me!” as she fired her other pistol at the man’s nose, while crying loudly.
He screamed “Oi, cut that shit out!” while blocking the attack with the back of his gauntlet. Strangely, instead of deflecting the metal ball, a circular shield made out of Light aura devoured it completely and even gave him a few points of Mana.
The Dark-Goblin glared at the terrified woman, before turning to the Nephilim and asking “How old is this crazy cunt? She’s actin like a fucking brat, but she can’t be that young…”
Michael glanced over the horribly scarred cat-dwarf’s body; he channeled mana into his voice and said “Hey, stop freaking out and talk to me. Do you remember a girl named Elina Jacobs? Ya would’ve gone to some sketchy Priestess Convent with her like, more than ten years ago…”
Hearing that name, Jasmine instantly calmed down, and tilted her head in confusion. She asked “Nyah~, I know Little Lina, we’re bestest friends, ever! But… I haven’t seen her in a while. Are you her friend too?”
Sarah snickered, “Yup, this bitch is definitely a fuckin retar-”
The Nephilim abruptly shouted “Oi! You can’t say that word anymore, it isn’t politically correct… Hahahaha~, I’m just kidding! Well, it isn’t really an accurate description of her mental condition though. Hmmm~, from what I can tell, she’s probably experienced a bunch of traumas and regressed to a childlike state… maybe?”
She glared at him for a moment, before shoving her sword into his left, golden eye. There was no ‘Friendly-Fire’ barrier to protect him, because the attack wasn’t powerful enough to do any lethal damage. Fortunately, he managed to close his eyelid fast enough to keep from being blinded.
Then he finally answered the little cat-girl’s question: “Yeah, Elina’s my third Companion… Do you wanna be the fourth?”
Sarah immediately complained “Why the fucking hell would you want this simple bitch to join us?”
At that moment, a volley of twenty cannons fired at the same time, bombarding the vanguard of rankless and nearly unarmored Goblins. Watching that, Michael laughed hysterically, “They’re literally cannon-fodder!”
Watching scores of the tiny green men and women be blown to pieces, Jasmine clapped her hands together several times, while giggling. She yelled “Yay~, oh, meow~, they’re so pretty when they splode!”
He muttered “Looks like we better head up to the ramparts…” Then he asked again, “Oi, if you become my Companion, you’ll be able to see Elina again. Do you want that?”
The little girl looked at him, while smiling absentmindedly, and nodded her head. She started jumping up and down on her chair, yelling “Yeah~, do-it do-it, nyah~!”
“Would you like to accept ‘Jasmine Jade’ as your fourth Companion? Warning: You may only have a maximum of six Companions.”
Michael said “Yeah, isn’t that obvious? She’s an adorable tiny cat-girl with a mental disability and the ex-girlfriend of my Healer… but most importantly, she’s a motherfucking Gunslinger. Also, she seems to be a nudist, so she’ll probably fit in pretty easily.” Both of their bodies were suddenly enveloped in a blinding light, then the woman’s status-screen popped-up in front of him.
Titles: The Heretic
Race: Feline Dwarf
Specialization: Ranged Damage Dealer
Profession: Gunsmith Level 4]
Mana Regen per minute: 30
Health Regen per hour: 10
Attack Power: 5(+11/11)
Defense Rating: .5]
Blessing of Good Health Level 2: Resists Level-2 infectious diseases, illnesses and curses. Effectiveness will automatically double at the expense of mana, when exposed to Level-3 or higher infectious diseases, illnesses or curses.
Light Affinity Level 3: Mana and Health recovery increases dramatically when exposed to Sunlight and Moonlight. Increases damage done to enemies of the Darkness Affinity by 30%.
Chaos Affinity Level 2: Mana, Health and Stamina regeneration increase while in combat. Increases damage done to enemies of the Nature Affinity by 20%.
Divine Protection of Chaos Level 1: Chaos is a very fickle Goddess and may or may not decide to take possession over your body when you are in dire need of ‘salvation.’ When under the influence of the Chaos Goddess, all stats increase by 100000%, but various side-effects may occur afterwards. Warning: Chaos is unpredictable and extremely volatile. Allowing her to possess your body is not advised unless there are no allies in the vicinity of 100 miles.
Pistol Mastery Level 2: Increases damage with all types of pistols, by 10%.]
Scan Level 7: Identifies the object and gives detailed information. Only effective on items below the Epic quality and within forty levels of the caster.
Identification Level 7: Shows the target’s current Health, Mana, Stamina, Name, Title, Age, Profession, Class, Level, Rank, Race and Specialization. It is also possible to examine the target’s recent activities. Only effective on targets that are within thirty levels of the caster.
Sundering Beam Level 2: Fires a powerful laser, which deals damage against enemies of the Darkness Affinity and can reduce the Defense Rating of enemies that do not have the Light Affinity. Damage and Defense Rating reduction is based on the Aura stat. Range is dependent on the Agility stat. Costs two mana points.
Caustic Bullet Level 1: Sacrifices the caster’s life-force to add a toxic effect to their next round. Damage is based on the Aura stat. Range is depended on the Agility stat. Costs one point of Health.
Blood Bullet Level 1: Sacrifices the caster’s life-force to create one projectile, out of hardened, chaotic blood, which curses the enemy upon contact. Possible curses include: Hallucination, Fear, Paralysis, Arousal, Paranoia, Hate, Fury, Silence and Dyslexia. Damage is based on the Aura stat. Range is depended on the Agility stat. Costs one point of Health.]