Vegeta Stirred, he wasn’t sure how long he had been in this cage or how often his captor tortured him.
His memory had been damaged in the torture process and he was finding it harder to remember many of his earlier memories.
Vegeta began to stand when he heard that same sadistic voice.
“Ahh, the child of bhaal has awoken”
“Time for more experiments”
Vegeta braced himself for he knew what was to come next. One minute there was just the throbbing pain in his head and the next his entire body was engulfed in flames.
“aaarrrrgggggg” Vegeta screamed in pain as he fell to the floor.
“Don’t worry the pain is only passing, you should survive the process”
As these words sunk in Vegeta collapsed from the pain of his captor’s magical torture.
Vegeta wasn’t sure of how much time had passed since he had fainted again but when he awoke the unknown mage was still stood over him.
“Interesting, you have much untapped power”
Vegeta screamed again as the mage continued with his torture.
“Do you even realise your potential”
As more of the mage’s magic hit Vegeta he fell to the floor once more but this time he was still conscious.
Vegeta heard the sound of something large and heavy moving towards where his cage was.
“More intruders have entered the complex master,” he head a deep rumbling voice say in a flat toneless voice.
“They act sooner then we had anticipated but no matter they will prove only a slight delay”
Vegeta heard the heavy messenger turn and flee causing a small thud to echo in the dungeon with every step it took.
The sounds of another one of the mage’s spells met Vegeta ears however this spell wasn’t accompanied by a new wave of pain but instead by a small popping noise.
Before Vegeta could figure out what had happened he passed out once more.
Vegeta lay on the floor of his cell, conscious but he doubted whether he could stand anymore.
“Where is your great magical power now” he asked himself sarcastically.
“Some child of a god of murder” he continued to murmur to himself “you cant even put up a half way descent fight” he continued but stopped when a the sound of a door opening and of footsteps approaching greeted his ears.
“Wake up, you! Wake up! Come on, we have to get out of here!”
He was surprised to hear the voice of Imoen and not of his captor.
“What...Imoen? What's going on?” Vegeta asked as he started to rise from the floor of his cage.
Imoen looked at him symptomatically for a moment, she knew how much beginning locked in this cage whilst barely able to stand was hurting him, not physically but hurting is pride.
“He messed with your head too, huh? All I know is we were near Baldur's Gate and got jumped.” Imoen replied still with the same concern in her eyes.
“I don't think I want to remember it all. He's been... doing things... to us. Vegeta we have to get out of here!” He added with fear now growing in her voice.
“Alright, I'm moving. I ache all over though.” Vegeta said as he finally managed to get to his feet.
“Yeah, me too, but my head hurts the most, yours too by the sound of the screaming. We just have to get out of here.” Imoen said as she went to open the door on Vegeta’s cage.
“I'll not let a little headache get in my way, we'll go, but I must know who is behind this” Vegeta said as he watched Imoen fiddle with the lock of his cell.
“It isn't like a normal pain. Vegeta it's on the inside, like my bones made a little dagger and it won't go away.” Imoen said but when she looked up and caught Vegeta’s expression at this statement she quickly added, “Don't look at me like that, it just hurts, all right? Must have been the noise. There was a fight... assassins came after our captor, I think.”
“There's people dead all over and the fighting is still going on. I could hear it.”
“How is that lock going” Vegeta asked Imoen, partly out of real wonder and partly out of a desire to keep Imoen quiet for a moment as his head was pounding.
“Hmmm, well I cant get the lock of” Imoen said slowly
“Some thief you are, you can’t even pick a simple lock” Vegeta laughed
“Move back I’m going to try something” he continued.
Imoen moved back, blushing slightly at Vegeta’s comment about her thieving skills.
She watched as Vegeta moved his hands in an arcane gesture and muttered a few strange words.
Then Vegeta pointed his hand at the lock and an arrow made of fire shot forth, the arrow struck the lock that exploded allowing the cage door to open.
A look of triumph passed through Vegeta’s eyes, “I wasn’t to sure if I remembered any of my spells” he said when he caught the questioning look from Imoen.
“Lets get moving then” Vegeta said taking a quick glance at his surroundings.
“Good, I didn't want to go by myself. I need you around, Vegeta” Imoen said, her voice quaking slightly.
Before he could respond she quickly added “We should look in that room just off the corner of this one. I think I saw some weapons in there.
“I don't think it's our gear. They probably sold our best stuff, but anything is better than nothing.”
“Ok but where is the rest of our companions” Vegeta asked Imoen, she looked down at her feet for a moment before saying “I don’t know, maybe they are also locked up somewhere here”
With that she quickly turned her head towards the back of the prison, “I think I hear something coming from over there” she said “We should check it out”
“I’ll go” Vegeta said, “you wait here” he added as he walked towards the back of the prison.
Imoen watched and waited for a few moments before she heard the sound of someone screaming in rage, she had to resist the urge of running forwards to see if Vegeta was in any danger.
A few more moments passed and she saw two figures approaching her, she recognised the outline of Vegeta but wasn’t to sure of the identity of the second.
When the mysterious shaped man entered the light she suddenly realised who it was, “MINSC” she shouted in greeting “are you hurt, are you ok, where is Dynaheir” she asked very quickly.
Minsc looked saddened at Imoen’s last question then suddenly shouted, “Oh my poor Dynaheir, I failed my witch, I allowed her to be taken from me”
Imoen looked horror stricken at this proclamation.
“Imoen take Minsc and search that room you mentioned for a key” Vegeta said to change the subject “Jaheira is locked back there and I need a special key to open her cell” he added just as Imoen was about to ask why.
She and Minsc left to search the room while Vegeta returned to the cell of Jaheira.
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