Just as the caster and melee minions had passed them, Talon was forced by Tokuhiro to veer right closer to the river. Graves followed him as they did. He shot out four knives outward cutting into several minions, hitting them a second time as the blades came back to him. The assassin growled under his breath as he caught the knives and placed them into a holding place within his sash. Due to the magics of the summoners, he was not able to use his full strength and all his skills. Limited only to four, which will be unlocked along with his physical prowess, he only was able to use one at the moment, the one summoners called Rake. Talon felt his body move on it’s own as he was forced to duck down, narrowly avoiding a knife that was aimed at his head. Sadly, he was slightly cut on his right arm, the attack not completely missing. He looked behind him, after his body was forced to move out of the way/ When he did, he stared into the eyes of his boss’s daughter.
“Lady Katarina,” Talon spoke slowly. “I would have thought you would like to go against your beau during this match.” He turned around and stabbed a few minions, feeling some of his locked power returning to him, but not enough.
“I would have,” Katarina replied as she attacked her own minions. She moved backed as as she felt a bullet slam into her shoulder. She glared at Graves as he was shooting her, but was forced to stop when Miss Fortune started shooting at him. The red haired beauty turned back to her father’s servant, and managed to dodge his technique as three blades flew past her and back. “I would have loved to go up against Garen right now, just like all the times we went to battle. This time though, I’m a little more than vexed at him.” Katarina disappeared in a puff of smoke, and found herself right behind Talon again. She went to cut him again, and felt the blade connect.
Talon didn’t show his pain, just like how he was taught as he grew up. Talon threw some blades behind him, and stabbed a blue caster minion. At that moment he felt a significant amount of his power return. ‘Talon, what skill do you want next?’ Tokuhiro’s voice appeared in his head.
‘Give me Cut Throat,' Talon demanded. In his mind he remembered he to walk into the shadows and reappear behind his opponents. Looking over to his boss’s daughter, he saw the same glazed look over her eyes before she moved into action. The assassin saw Katarina gather energy before disappearing behind him and stabbing him in the shoulder. It would have been more deadly if Talon hand’t moved himself at the last minute, since it was originally aimed at his heart. In that moment, Talon disappeared and reappeared behind the woman. He grabbed her by the left shoulder and sliced at her throat with the blade on his hand. The cut was only shallow, but it did it’s purpose. Katarina was silenced.
“Assassin! Smokescreen!” Talon heard his partner called out. Talon saw a canister fly over his head and land in front of him. A billow of smoke was released from the canister and gave Talon time to move back away. He looked back at Graves and saw that he was pushing Miss Fortune back, even if it was only a little bit. Seeing that his current opponent was preoccupied, Talon used Cut Throat on Miss Fortune. The other scantly clad woman was surprised when she felt a blade slash her throat. Miss Fortune looked back and saw Talon throwing several blades through the air that sliced her arms, legs and torso going away and back to Talon. She then felt three shots hit her back and her blood was spilling. In a flash of yellow light she was a couple of meters away and running.
“Summoner report on my health,” Talon asked Tokuhiro through their mental link. The assassin was making his way back towards their turret for some reprieve.
“You’re getting pretty low on health, I think it’s time for you to return,” the summoner replied. Talon felt magical energies pooling around his feet as his summoner began to cast his spell to return him to the base.
“Outlaw, I’ll be back in a few minutes. Hold the line if you can.” Talon heard Graves grunt something in response as he was recalled back to the summoning platform. He started to feel the healing properties of the platform entering him. Cuts and bruises were healing, and the mana he used during the fights were replenished. When he was fully healed he walked over to the shop. “Summoner, I need some shoes to travel faster.”
‘We can only afford boots of speed at the moment.’
“That is good enough. Will there be extra to get a health potion?”
‘Yeah. I’ll get you one.’ Talon saw the pink ogre thing inside the items cart hand him a pair of brown leather boots and a red vial full of red liquid. Placing the vial in a pouch in his sash, Talon saw the boots magically put themselves on his feet. Grunting his annoyance at having even something as simple as that done for him, the assassin turned around and ran back down his lane. When he arrived, he saw Graves struggling at the turret against the two red heads. Talon ran up and threw his blades at them, catching them only by a little bit.
“Outlaw, go back. I’ll hold for now.” Graves looked behind him, nodded his head in thanks and ran back. For his part, Talon started attacking the minions near the turret. Slicing them down and using Rake from time to time. Of course, he had to dodge the range attacks from the two women in front of him. Suddenly a loud voice rang out throughout all of the Summoner’s Rift.
Swain has slain Lux! FIRST BLOOD!
Talon could feel the small smirk on his face appearing, they had a chance of winning. He kept on defending and saw Graves appear next to him. A second later, Talon felt himself gain knowledge on how to stab and make them bleed as they ran away. ‘Talon, Lee Sin is coming to attack from the river. Graves knows about it as well. Be prepared to attack.” Just as the summoner said that an orb of energy slammed into the back of Miss Fortune, followed by a flying blind monk. Seeing this, Talon used Cut Throat silencing the pirate hunter. Then using Noxian Diplomacy he stabbed it through her abdomen before pulling it out. During all this time Graves was shooting at her as well, and Lee sin had turned around to attack Katarina keeping her busy.
Graves has slain Miss Fortune!
When Miss Fortune died, her body fell to the ground and disappeared in a wave of light; going back to the platform to be revived. Talon then turned around and chased after Katarina along side Lee Sin. The blind monk threw another Sonic Wave, hitting the woman following it by another Resonating Strike. Talon threw a Rake, and managed to hurt Katarina and Lee Sin managed to slay her afterwards.
Lee Sin has slain Katarina!
“Go help top lane! The Outlaw and I have this!” Talon ordered. The assassin knew that if the monk could see, he would be glaring at him. They weren’t on the best of terms, but Lee Sin agreed none the less. He was then recalled, leaving Talon and Graves to finish attack the lane. While the two were attacking their turret, Talon decided to ask Graves a question that has been bugging him during the entire match. “Outlaw, I need information.”
“On what?” Graves grunted as he shot shell after shell onto the side of the turret.
“My summoner told me what would happen if we were to win this match.”
“Seeing dem girls in maid clothes is a once and a life time thing, so I’m excited,” the gunman chuckled. Talon growled in annoyance.
“I know that. I need to know is what happens if we lose.” Graves stopped shooting for a second and looked at the purple clad man.
“You’s got no idea what is going to happen do you?”
“I wouldn’t be asking if I knew.”
“If we lose we will end up doing the same things as them. We will be their butlers for the same duration. That is about a week. Although it only applies when you go to the Institute of War, which was stated that you are required to be summoned there every day for at least three hours.” Talon frowned, not really liking the idea of losing. Not because he’d end up wearing butler’s clothing, but because it would take up time. Time he needed to find the general. He was so distracted he didn’t notice that he broke the turret in front of him.
You have destroyed a turret!
‘Summoner, we BETTER not lose this, or I will come after your head,’ Talon mentally threatened.
“Hey! Don’t blame me for these things! I was just chosen to fight! Although, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ms. Sona dressed up as a maid hehehe,” Tokuhiro mentally replied. Talon tightened his grip on his blade and turned to attack whatever was in front of him in a fit of tranquil rage. This was going to be a long and irritating match.
(45 minutes later)
A tired group of men and women were standing in front of an exploding blue Nexus. The men had delighted looks on their faces, save Talon, while the women look defeated. The battle was intense for the most part, with each group pushing each other far back as often as they could. Talon had died a total of six times during all their exchanges, and killed at them ten times, although he mostly got assists in their battles. At one point the men were pushed so far back, that they had lost their middle inhibitor and one of their turrets right in front of their own purple nexus. It was just due to sheer luck and an insane amount of teamwork that they were able to repel the women and use that time they were dead to push down mid as well and destroy the women’s nexus. A heavy sigh left Talon’s lips as he turned around and closed his eyes.
‘Summoner get me out of here. NOW,’ the assassin demanded.
‘Fine, fine. I’ll take you back to the Institute-’ Tokuhiro was interrupted.
“No. Return me back to the place you spirited me away from.’
‘Outside of Piltover?’
‘Don’t forget, you swore on telling me info about the General.’
‘Fine.’ It was quiet for a minute before Tokuhiro spoke again. ‘You’re not going to tell Ms. Katarina about your current expedition?' Talon looked behind him, at his boss’s daughter speaking to her lover before looking away.
‘No. I see no point in telling her what I do all the time.’ The assassin heard his summoner scoff within his head. He then felt his body being warped back to where he was before the battle started. ‘Besides, I am not her lackey.’
When Talon reappeared in the little marsh near Piltover, he sighed and cracked his neck. Then turning around he saw an ethereal version of Tokuhiro standing in front of him. “Talk.” The summoner sighed and took off his hood to scratch his head before talking.
“I only have two minor pieces of information about General Marcus Du Couteau at the moment,” Tokuhiro stated. He held up one finger. “Information piece number one: The rumors about the General being alive are true.” That made the assassin’s eyes widen.
“How do you know that?”
“He was the one that contacted me to ask you to be my champion.” Talon raised an eyebrow at that. Tokuhiro then began to pace, even though it was just an image of himself. “You see, I’m not like most other summoners. I have a hobby of collecting information from all around Valoran, and provide it to people who are willing to give me what I want.”
“An information broker.”
“Correct. A few weeks ago, just before the start of of Snowdown, I was at a bar gathering information about the new trade routes that were established recently between Zaun and Frelijord, due to Singed and Gragas buying property there for their Graggy Ice alcohol, when a man sat down next to me. He asked if I was willing to trade some of my information for his. Being the ever inquisitive person I am, I agreed. We spoke in a secluded part of the bar and I was surprised to see it was the general himself.”
“How are you so sure it was him.”
“I uh...took a look into his mind, when he allowed it.”
“How did you manage that? I thought that you had to be in that room in the Institute of War?” Tokuhiro stopped walking before looking at Talon.
“Trade secret. Now after learning who he is, I gave him some info and he gave me info as well. Now, that leads to the second piece of information I have on the general: he is hunting some people down.”
“Hunting some people down?” Talon asked in a serious manner.
“Yes, he’s still heading around all of Valoran looking for a group of people, not sure what but he has decided that they are a threat and must be dealt with.”
“Why did he not tell me or his family about it?”
“It’s bigger than what most people can comprehend, not even he is sure he can handle this problem.”
“Did he say anything to you about what the problem was?”
“Yes, they are threatening all of Valoran. It is a contingent full of several people from all the major cities and smaller ones too. That is all we know so far about the group. It was only recently that the General asked me to call you in.” The two were silent for a few moments before Talon spoke again.
“What does the general want me to do?”
“Follow the trail of bread crumbs he has missed,” the summoner answered. Tokuhiro the turned around and pointed at Piltover. “There is a clue in there about the problem somewhere in there. Find it and it may lead you to the General.” Tokuhiro stopped talking before frowning. “I have to go, some of us are being called to a meeting about the battle we just had.” The image of Tokuhiro shimmered and disappeared. The assassin stayed silent before looking over at the city.
“I might as well have a change of clothes before going there.” Reaching into the pack he hid in the tree, he pulled out some clothing: his renegade clothes from his earlier days, refitted for his change of height and build. “Time to get to work.”