He saw the hut from afar. Sneaking around, and after surveying the surrounding he finally plucked his courage to approach the hut.
Aero has finally arrived at the hut. After all that running around, he finally found it. It is not an easy task.
Not to mention the Underworld is not exactly an inviting place.
Aero look at the hut from the outside as he walk closer to the hut. The hut was ugly.
Beyond ugly. It is unhabitable.
But I’m not one to judge
.After all this is the underworld.
Who knows? Maybe this hut is quite famous in the underworld and considered a great property.
Because he didn’t see a hut in other places of the Underworld.
First Aero tries to knock the front door of the fragile hut. But no one is answering. Aero sighed.
Just when Aero about to shout for Deria suddenly Aero notices someone is trying to punch him from behind the door.
Aero quickly jumped back.
Then he tries to punch Aero again. The second punch glanced in front of Aero. He noticed it too late, though, when the punch doubled him over and makes him choke air.
It was one heck of a punch.
Outside of having the wind knocked from him, Aero notices a fair amount of pain to his gut.
This is one unfamiliar sensation, he thought. Even when fighting the warrior in here he rarely gets sucker punched like this.
This man is an expert.
One punch makes his health dropped to 1000 points. That shocked him. Fortunately Aero is fast on his feet.
All of his experience in fighting monsters can be utilized.
First he shot Sacred Sword Skill Technique, as sword like energy shoots out from his finger slicing and cutting anything on its path.
The man skillfully evades his shot. Apparently the man could see the invisible force that shots up from his finger.
Then quickly Aero release his Killing intent.
Sensing that, and clearly unfamiliar with such energy directed at him, the man lose his balance avoiding his technique
Aero quickly try to shorten the distance between them to give a blow to the man gut. Then sensing the opportune moment he strikes a blow.
The man smiles like he anticipated the blow and ducked it.
Before Aero could even register that the boy dodges, another punch connected to his body.
This one is in his ribs, sending ripples of pain through his torso.
Aero almost collapsed right there. But he didn’t. He can’t fall. But it was a lot closer than he would have liked.
Ok, now this is a problem.
Aero already realized what is happening after overcoming the initial shock of being punched in the face.
This man is Deria.
There is no one in the hut.
So the only logical conclusion would be either this is Deria or Deria is killed by this man, which is impossible because this is the Underworld.
From this hostile reaction, Aero could only guess Deria is misunderstanding something.
Aero could see why he is the son of a God. He had that aura of youthful manliness on him.
He had this serene majesty that Aero couldn’t quite explain and physical beauty that is befitting a man borne of a God.
His jet black hair flows freely down on his neck. His muscles are not too oversized and his limbs are well proportioned and complement each other.
His agility and the expert way he dodge Aero attack shows he is a vigorous man. He was handsome if you have to put it in words.
As Aero analyzing the man, the man quickly trying to attack again but was promptly avoided
Then Deria tries to go in for another shot.
Aero was just in time to shove him off. Taking advantage of the push, Aero covered the distance between them quickly.
Then quickly Aero landed clean punch to Deria face and gut. Deria fell. But then he quickly got up again.
This is unbelievable. Aero thought he was strong.
But the sight of this kid on his feet so quickly after getting punched was not something he wanted to see.
Anxious, Aero threw himself on Deria hoping to land a few punches.
The kid then ducked, then swung again and responded with Aero rash move by giving Aero an uppercut.
Blood flowed from Aero lips.
Still he kept his feet.
Falling down was not an option. This time Aero finally feeling for the first time in Brave World, he has met someone who is equal to him.
He then jumped back and dial down his Killing Intent. Deria was just about to launch another attack when Aero said
“I was sent by Lady Athena to bring you to the Land Of The Living.”
This rattled the boy.
His balled fist starts too loosened up.
“What do you mean?”
“Now, just calm down and listen to me”
Then from a distance Aero start telling him about the quest that he had to undertake.
Listening intently Deria nodded and finally after being convinced that Aero was not an enemy he began to loosened up and invite him into the hut.
He then explained to Aero, that Zeus after his death sought to torment him more by sending the souls of people that were killed to face him every day.
He said he was actually surprised to see someone else is coming to attack him today even after he has defeated the batch of the attackers earlier.
“That damn Zeus. Even my death is not enough for him. But I always knew mother would sent someone, for she has promised” Deria said joy in his tone.
“Well, there is no doubt that your mother loved you. She would even help Poseidon breach a divine Law just to save you.” Aero said.
He did not say anything about the fact that Hephaestus is turned back to his male form.
But since they are Gods, Aero thought maybe appearances and gender is not that hard to change
“But now that I met you, let us return” Aero exclaimed to Deria.
“Yes, let us return. Lead the way, hero”
“Wai—me!” Aero was startled by this misunderstanding
“Yes. Of course you.” Deria said so confidently.
He is misunderstanding something.
“I thought you knew the exit?” Aero asked.
“Me? What gives you that idea? If I knew the exit, don’t you think I would get out of this place a long time ago?” Deria shot back.
Aero thought that this is the way this quest supposed to go.
Save Deria, exit the Underworld, go to Asgaro and gain fame for helping the King and meeting the Gods.
I should have known, nothing is so easy like that.
“Then I guess I need to pray” Aero said and then he kneel outside the hut, looking at the dark sky of the Underworld.
“I prayed to you, Goddess of War to give me strength and guidance” This time his prayer were short. It is in part because of his frustration that is building up
And then the light shimmered from the dark clouds and the projection of the Goddess appeared.
“Wise one, I’m honored” said Deria, his tone was full of reverence.
“I have completed your task, Goddess. Am I now free to go?” said Aero disrespectfully.
He has had it with this place.
It was gloomy and dark all the time.
Aero think he will have a severe depression if he has to stay on this place for another week.
The Goddess doesn’t seem insulted.
“Truly, young hero you do not disappoint me. “ She said to me while beaming proudly”
“Rise mortal” She addressed to Deria.
You have saved Deria the son of the God Hephaestus in the depths of Field of Asphodel.
: Fame increase to 1000
: Reputation increase to 1000
: The black raven will be lend to you
: Strength increase by 50
: Wisdom increase by 50
: Intellect increase by 50
: Daephastus will heard of your deed and will favor you
Difficulty level: C
You have level up!
The black raven on the Goddess shoulders quickly flew towards his shoulders.
“I have a second task for you” suddenly Athens said.
“For this task, ask Deria help. If you successfully complete this task, Hades will have no other choice then let both of you pass his realm”
“Capture the three headed dog that spits fire, and disease, the Cerberus without using weapons will be your second task”
Capture Cerberus alive without using any weapons.
Reward: Fame increase
: Reputation increase
: Lethenea will give you 2 bottle of ambrosia.
: Strength increase
: Wisdom increase
: Intellect increase
: Fire resistance increase
: Vades will give you the path to exiting the Underworld.
Difficulty level: A
Capturing Cerberus? I think this Goddess overestimated me. But this quest could not be declined. And Deria also stuck with me.
“Go forth to the mouth of river Acheron and confront the three headed beast and present him to Hades, and so you will gain his favor for you and the mortal son of Hephaestus” Athena said.
Then without warning, she disappears. Of course at the time, Aero didn’t know that Hades was just too lazy to retrieve the dog.
“Deria, are you up for hunting a three headed dog that might just spell our doom?” Aero asked to Deria.
Deria nodded excitedly.
“An adventure that involves dying with excruciating end? Count me in!”
So both of them began to walk towards River Acheron to meet with the three headed dog.