Needless to say Chris was irritable, Hope was up every few hours demanding to be fed, they were lucky enough to find formula and a few wet moms, who were willing to share the milk needed to please the child. But the wastelands were becoming dangerous as the Demon Hunters were growing, the rebels had gotten desperate to defeat the demons. Chris was watching them in the hidden gorge as Lebaux kept watch with Hope. He watched as a Demon Hunter sauntered into the small market place where the humans hid out durring the day. His group held back as he snatched a woman up, she protested and shoved him away. He persisted and his skin glowed with energy, Chris leapt off the ledge they were holed up on and landed in the market place, he ran over and ripped the Hunter away from the woman. The Demon Hunter whirrled in swining a flaming fist. Chris's power rushed forward and he batted the hand away delivering a crushing uppercut that purified the Demon HUnter and purged the power eating at him. The Demon Hunter stared at him as he landed on his ass, Chris glared at him and pointed away from the cave, "Get out of my sight." Chris growled.
"It seems we meet again, under the same circumstances." He turned to see the victim, a mean looking woman who had a scar down her neck and chest. He rememebred her, about ten months ago when he saved Lebaux, he had saved her... from a Demon Hunter no less. He smirked as she dusted herself off. "They said the Paladin was reborn as a traitor. I had no idea it was you." She smiled sweetly.
"I am here not as a traitor, but as a White Knight, the Paladin. I fight becase I have a daughter to care for, the humans are what she needs." He said. "I had no knowledge that Demon Hunters ran things here."
He turned as he looked at the humans annoyed. "Since when have Demon Hunters protected humans. They hole up and use you as bait to draw demons here, then kill and absorb the powers." Chris hissed. "I may have left the ranks, but none of you need to fall so far as this."
He turned and walked back to the ledge where Lebaux sat with Hope balanced in his arms. He climbed up and noticed the woman following, he helped her up as well. "Would you like something to drink?" Chris offered the huge canteen they had but she declined. Lebaux shifted and Hope started crying again, taking her softly Chris held her close to him. She cooed up at him and stopped crying almost immediatly.
"Hi, I'm Lebaux." Lebaux greeted the woman and she sat back against a rock, she smiled and nodded.
"Julia, I heard you were a traitor too." She looked at him and Lebaux scratched his head in amusement.
"I guess so." Lebaux laughed, "But were back now."
"How long?" She asked.
"As long as it takes to stop this war." Chris said as he sat down. "Julia this is my daughter Hope."
She held out her chubby arms and Julia took Hope, she cooed softly and Chris sat back. He rubbed his head in exhaustion, the holy power was draining him now. He was surprised by that but noted he needed to use Paladin abilities sparingly. "Do you know anywhere we can find better shelter?" Lebaux asked.
"Yes, its outside the Demon Castle." Julia said, "You know the whole hidden close is hidden best kind of thing."
"The Royal Demon arent the issue." Chris said. "I have alot of work to do, is this the main epicenter of the resistance now?"
"No, the main resitance is going on inside the castle, in the two
districts, they keep attacking and getting beat down." Julia
said, "A lot of the women and children came here to
"That is foolish now the Demon Hunters have access to the women, they have no morals, they are greatly tainted and controlled by that power."Chris rubbed his temples again in irritation. This was too annoying to contemplate, how was he going to gain control of the army again if they were this rag tag. He needed to find a secure house, one Hope could stay in, but this was the problem, she couldnt be left un defended. "What are we going to do Lebaux, its not like you and I can storm in to battle with a baby."
"Does it help that her power engulfs mine?" Lebaux asked and Chris turned and puched Lebaux in the arm.
"I could stay and help." Julia smiled, Chris eyed her suddenly, seeking a motive in her. What was her game, who was she?"We can go just outside the castle walls and stay in a vacant house, I'l look after Hope, and you two stop all the causualties. "
"How do we know we can trust you?" Lebaux demanded taking Hope back into his arms. Julia sat primly, her blond hair swept back into a braid.
"You dont have to, but I am a wet nurse, I am a woman, and thus you two cant survive off jerky, meat, and baby formula." She said. "I get protection from others, you get a lifetime baby sitter."
"Fair enough, but why?" Lebaux asked his eyes hard, Chris eyed ehr too. This might be dangerous.
"I couldngt fit in with the demon populace Chris." She looked at him and he nodded. "I wanted to, since you said they'd protect me, but I didnt. So I left, and since then I was attacked four times by Demon Hnters. Each time a demon came to my aid. Whatever it is you are planning to do I will join you, becuase you wont turn your back on the demons that helped me. I trust you."
"Okay, you can come too." Chris said and nodded.
Zeke sat watching the kids sleep, they were relaxed in their crib, Ambrosia slid up behind him and he was suddenly aware of the brush of her silk nightie. She brushed her hand along his and he looked back hat her. She bumped him out of the way so she could gaze at the kids as well. He smiled and watched her watch them. He sat in one of the chairs and contemplated the next move. So far two conspiracies were going on, the ones involving the clans, and the one involving the humans. He had to tred carfully, the goal was to create an absolute empire, rebels would exist but they were for amusment. He had to root out the demon traitors, then handle the human, He just hoped Chris could unify them before Zeke had to annihalate them.