I am always made nervous of the methods of Bojovnik and the others in training Slayers. I can’t help but feel that they breed unmerciful and cruel subjects…however, when my thoughts drift in this direction, I remember that this is the way of The Citadel, and I am saddened.
The Slayer class this month was very small, only six members, but there were a few standouts among them. Yenefer Renko and Cahton Acedon (strangely referred to as “L” and “R” in some bizarre hazing process by the other slayers) were the only two who showed no exceptional abilities. However, according to Bojovnik’s report, Alexander Nazarov, Ceredine Aedonnel, Halien, and Magnus Gladius all showed fantastic capability, and relatively few of the Slabí imitating dolls were “killed”. (This does not change the fact that one of them was reportedly shot with an arrow) In addition to all these fresh faces is a recent Scout graduate, Parolles Zeno. Parolles will supposedly be accompanying The Slayers on their missions, in an attempt to better join the aspects of our Scout and Slayer divisions.
As usual, the final Slayer test involved bringing the Slayers up to The Gardens and having them defend these dummies from attacks by a certain type of monster. The monster chosen this time was, apparently, a forest spider. However, Bojovnik, up to his usual tricks, only told the would-be Slayers about one spider, when in reality there were three. As per usual, the Spiders were not any danger to the trainees (other than an instance of Cahton being caught in a massive web), as they were much more occupied with the animal corpses tied to the dummies.
Having performed exceptionally, even managing to notice the other hisses of the spiders before they came, the apprentice Slayers were passed on by Bojovnik and allowed to graduate.
The next day, Slayer graduation was held in the seventh ring. This, I attended. The Prime Magister, Jevon Heird, gave his usual long-winded speech about knowing The Slayers when he hadn’t actually ever seen the majority of them. The entertaining part was when The Revered Maiden entered, and he broke his speech midway to kneel, along with the rest of the room. (Sometimes I wonder if that ever gets tiring for Her. Surely imagining Her being annoyed by constant breaks in conversation in Her presence is not blasphemous.) Jevon ended up tongue-tied in Her presence, and, as always, She was extremely courteous. The rest of the room was asked to stand and continue, and I believe that Jevon ended up skipping ahead in his speech by a few lines.
Each of The Slayers was brought forward, spoken about by Jevon, and given a gift. This time, he could not obscure that he didn’t know many of them. However, the words were very politely spoken, and he was courteous to them. Parolles was brought forward, too, and given a gift, in a rather humorous turn of events.
The Ceremony of Blood passed, and was as awe-inspiring as it always is. Nothing is in that fountain but water, Slayer blood, and magical preservatives. With every drop that is added, it seems to become increasingly redder. I wonder if the Slayers feel bonded in the same way that we see them bonded after this.
The Slayers were free for a few days, but they were eventually assigned to me. I believe that our first meeting was…awkward at best. This is, after all, my first time commanding Slayers, and I disagree with many of the orders that the other High Priests give. Going in, I was terrified that they would find me naive or overtly merciful, and I ended up stumbling over my words multiple times. In the end, however, I managed to get the orders across. They needed to go to a village where multiple attacks had been reported by monstrous creatures. Things that flew through the night killing and taking. Due to the close proximity of The Citadel to the village, and the relative weakness of the monsters, it had been judged that this would be a good mission for starting Slayers. I am pleased to announce that there were no casualties, a rarity for first missions as we all know.
The report given to me was that The Slayers, upon entering the village, interacted with the Slabí, threateningly at first, but strangely enough ended up being very kind to them by the end. In fact, Nazarov gave one of the Slabí families a day’s worth of rations, after hearing a terrible story of how another Slayer killed a husband and father in cold blood. (Merely because he stood in the way) A silver piece was given to a child in exchange for watching the Slayers’ horses (though apparently it would have been used to send him in front of the party into the cave they learned the monsters were occupying, if not for intervention on Ceredine’s part). The Slayers gathered much information here. They learned that swarms of bats attacked the village and tore creatures to shreds, and they also learned, through a rather disturbing hole in the wall of one of the huts, that there was a much larger monster they may have had to face. In another noteworthy kind act, Magnus chopped down a tree and used the wood to provide an improvised sealed-up wall.
The Slayers moved onward, and reached the cave. It is reported that, as this point, a large rock was thrown in, and swarms of bats emerged. Ceredine used the necklace of fireballs, given to her as a gift to engulf both of the swarms in flame. The group was then unsure about how to proceed, since they believed there to be more enemies inside.
Somehow, a bizarre idea came about involving holding one end of a tree, and lighting the other end on fire with a torch. Due to the recent rain, it took a fairly long time for the fire to spread along the tree, and the slayers could hold it fairly safely. It was pushed into the cave, and used as a bizarre makeshift torch, as well as a weapon if any enemy should come.
And supposedly, an enemy did come. To be precise, a giant bat, mutated by The Spirits. It put up a fairly decent fight, managing to injure Ceredine, but The Slayers through superior numbers and tactics killed it fairly easily.
In the cave, bodies of Slabí who had tried to kill the beast themselves were found, and a sizable number of copper pieces were found on them. The bat, strangely enough, was hoisted up and placed on Magnus’s back. As they walked back through the village, a small girl saw him, and hugged his leg, thanking him.
All in all, it seems that these Slayers are good at what they are primarily going to be doing: killing. And I am pleased with the relative lack of Slabí harassment…though I know that other high priests wouldn’t care. I look forward to working with these Slayers in the future, and hope I make a better impression on them in future missions.
-High Priest, Nový Poradie