Antuu, The Hydra
Antuu, the Captain of the Guard of Tempest Hall stands inside the gate shouting commands to the last nineteen of his men. He had spent the last day and night watching as over four hundred of his soldiers fell to their deaths trying to protect Xiun the Crystal Mage against one mighty warrior, Razhan Mol. Knowing the powers of Xiun, Antuu looks up at his mistress and understands that she will do whatever is necessary to try to protect Tempest Hall. He looks at her and without comprehending the meaning of her face; he turns his sights back to the few remaining men who are all changing to stone before his very eyes. Even with the strength of the stone pillars that now rest against the door, Antuu can see the gate begin to crack and give way. Antuu draws his sword for the last stand against the mighty warrior, Razhan Mol, and looks up again towards the Xiun. This time he understands the meaning of her look; he screams and drops his sword as she turns away. Antuu closes his eyes and sees only black. A great crashing sound awakens him. He opens his eyes and he casts a glance in every direction and at last looks down a great distance to see the warrior who has now broken through the gate. At last it dawns on him, he is no longer a lone man fighting to protect the Xiun the Mage, she has transformed him. Antuu the Hydra is born.