Location: Maximus' secret hideout
"We'll need to get out of here" Fraun said to Radjar.
"Sure, like I don't know that"
"My men shall cover your retreat" Maximus said "we cannot let all you heros die, can't we?"
"Do you have horses here?" Swift asked Maximus.
"Sure we have, their in the back of the base"
"Great, search some volunteers willing to cover us and get the rest of your men on their horses"
"Fraun, you load Aaylah on a horse and take my horse with you"
"Sure, but what are you going to do?"
"I'm staying here 'till the last man dies"
"If you stay, I stay" Strider said.
"Ok then, Leonidas, you lead these men to the Citadel, got it?"
In a matter of minutes, everyone in the hideout was quite busy, gathering supplies and arming the soldiers who had volunteerd to cover the retreat of their friends.
Swift was checking his amount of arrows.
"Are you ready?" Maximus asked.
"Yes, I'm always ready to fight, I'm born to be ready"
"Sire, they are comin'" Commodus shouted to Maximus.
"Great, make sure all the men are ready"
I just hope the others are getting away safely
"Arrows ready" an officer shouted to the soldiers who were defending the entrance.
A wall of arrows collided on the other Wolf Pack soldiers who just got in.
On the outside there was a leader shouting to his men, giving them orders.
"Get the crossbow soldiers over here NOW!"
They all readied a bolt and fired at the entrance and killed over a dozen Daggers.
"Tyco" Swift shouted while he grabbed his last arrow and making it ready to fire.
"On to the stairs, to the higher level!!"
All remaining soldiers quickly got on the large stone stairs to the main command room. (since I haven't gave any descriptions of the hideout, you can see a drawing here
don't mind my paint skills).
Meanwhile, Falcons and Red Flame warrioirs were swarming in. Swift fired his last arrows and then went over to his sword and slashed into the incoming enemies and then went to the command room.
"Swift!! Duck!!!" Strider yelled from in there. The remaining defenders had putted up a wall and fired taking down a bunch of Falcons.
Swift got back on his feet and defended the command room untill they needed to fall back to the stables.
"This isn't going well" Swift said "we are not stretching enough time to secure a safe retreat for the others"
It was a mess in the stables, flies were all over the corpses and arrows fletched continuously from both sides.
Swift quickly grabbed some hay and made a small wall from it, then he threw a torch in it. The stuff quickly got fire and so the Daggers got themself some defense and time to rest, at least until the fire got out. When it got out, the battle started again, the Red Flame warriors and the Falcons had allready a strong position as they had conquered 2/3 of the base.
They were pushing the defenders out of their own building.
It was now allready night and still the battle raged on, but there couldn't be a victory for the Daggers.
"We've stretched time long enough, let's leave this Tyco-place!!" Swift ordered, but there weren't many men left.
"You go, I'll hold them off" Maximus said.
Swift limped to a horse, together with Strider and some other soldiers and rode out, into darkness.
Meanwhile, on another place close to the Citadel, Radjar, Fraun, Leonidas, Aaylah and some Daggers were making camp.
"I hope Swift and the others made it out alive" Fraun said.
"He'll be fine, he's a tough guy so is Strider, they'll be just fine"