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DWOAH: Lord Harkon vs Dettlaff van der Eretein
Deadliest warriors of all historyLord Harkon vs Dettlaff van der EreteinVampiric ‘Kings’Lord Harkon info:Height: 6 foot 5 (base form) 7 foot 2 (Vampire Lord form)Weight: 175lbs (base form) 250lbs (Vampire Lord form)Weapons: Harkon’s Sword, Tooth and Claw, Blood MagicArmour: Vampire Royal ArmourStrengths: As one of the original pure blooded Vampires Lord Harkon is one of the oldest and most dangerous threats to all of Nirn, Extreme strength (As both a Nord and a Vampire Harkon possesses superhuman strength, Is able to kill most enemies with single strikes, Can severely harm the Dragonborn with Melee attacks), Extreme durability (Can take multiple blows from the Dragonborn and his daughter Serana before falling), Massively hypersonic speeds (Can outspeed the Dragonborn with ease), Is an extremely powerful Mage (Can drain the health of his enemies via Blood Magic, Can create Barriers for defense via Restoration Magic, Can turn invisible via Illusion Magic, Can summon Gargoyles and Bats via Conjuration Magic, Can use Telekinesis via Alteration Magic), As both a Nord and a Vampire Harkon possesses an extreme resistance to Frost Magic, His Sword drains the life force of his enemies to replenish himself, His strain of Vampirism is so pure that it can overwhelm and ‘cure’ lesser strains of Vampirism and even Werewolves to turn whoever he bites into a pure blood Vampire, Can transform into mist or a flock of Bats, Can fly and levitate in his Vampire Lord form, Has several millennia of experience.Weaknesses: As a Vampire Harkon cannot survive in sunlight leading to his aim to blot out the sun permanently, As a Vampire Harkon suffers a severe vulnerability to Fire Magic and Weapons that are made to kill the Undead.Dettlaff van der Eretein info:Height: 6 foot 2 (base and Vampire forms) 7 foot (Monster form)Weight: 168lbs (base and Vampire forms) 220lbs (Monster form)Weapons: Tooth and Claw, Blood ManipulationStrengths: As a Higher Vampire Dettlaff was one of the toughest and most dangerous Monsters Geralt ever faced, Extreme strength (Was easily stronger than Geralt and was comparable if not stronger than Regis who was a fellow Higher Vampire, Is stated to have killed a Fiend with ease), Extreme durability (As a Vampire Detlaff was unphased by most injuries that should be fatal to mortal men, Shrugged off a savage beating from Regis, Geralt’s Silver Sword barely phased him), Massively hypersonic speeds (Can move so fast that even Geralt cannot keep up with him or even keep his eyes on him, His speed mimics teleportation), Possesses an extreme regeneration factor (Higher Vampires can heal from any wound inflicted by a non Higher Vampire to the point that even being liquified is more hindrance than deadly), Has an extreme pain tolerance (Could pick up a red hot horseshoe straight out of a fire and didn’t react to the heat of it, Barely reacted to being impaled through the chest, Seemed just annoyed when Geralt cut his second pair of wings off), Can Weaponise his blood, Can turn into mist, Can teleport, Can transform between his Vampire and Monster forms at will, Can put mortals to sleep by gazing into their eyes, Can fly in Monster form, Has several centuries of experience, Has a Higher Vampire Dettlaff can only be killed by another Higher Vampire.Weaknesses: Despite only truly being able to be killed by another Higher Vampire Dettlaff can be ‘killed’ if damaged enough as it forces him into a lengthy regeneration period which will count as a loss, Is incredibly emotional and can fly into violent rages with ease turning him into more feral Beast than skilled Warrior.Battle begin!(Castle Volkihar)“HARKON!!!”.The vast halls of Castle Volkihar echoed with the enraged shout alongside the sounds of the entrance doors being violently smashed open causing a gale to rush through the entranceway of the Castle blowing out every candle that was lit.In response to the violent intrusion CuSith and Garmr rushed to meet the intruder, their jaws snapping and snarling as they charged towards the entrance, disappearing out of sight for a couple of seconds before their barks and snarls were replaced by gurgled yelps as their bodies were then violently thrown back into the hall with their throats and chests carved open.Vingalmo was next as the Vampiric Altmer headed to the entrance with his Weapon drawn only to quickly meet the same fate as the Death Hounds, his head coming flying into the hall to land on the floor and rolled towards Harkon’s throne, the Vampire Lord simply watching it come to a stop before raising his gaze to the blood red mist that rushed towards him before solidifying into the form of a bestial faced Vampire. Standing in front of Harkon’s throne Dettlaff slammed his Claws into the wooden frome of the throne to the left of Harkon’s head “you seek the darken the sun?! You condemn our kind to extinction!” the Higher Vampire barked as Harkon just looked up at him with a raised eyebrow “to blot out the sun will give Vampire Hunters freedom to hunt us down every hour of the day, countless Vampires will be massacred!”.“The Tyranny of the Sun Prophecy will raise Vampire kind to its true place as the superior species, if my lessers are to perish whilst subjugating the cattle then that is simply their fate” the Nordic Vampire stated before forcing Dettlaff back with a blast of Alteration Magic making him land several metres away “and I will not allow any upstart to threaten my goals, deal with him!” Harkon then commanded, snapping his fingers to order the rest of his court to deal with the intruder.As the other Volkihar Vampires rushed to attack him Dettlaff turned himself into a bloody mist again to rush around the court, only solidifying for a mere second at time to cut down each Vampire one by one with his Claws, removing limbs and heads with each swipe until the last Vampire fell leaving only him and Harkon left.Before he could turn to face the Vampire Lord Dettlaff gasped as the Blade of Harkon’s Sword suddenly erupted through his chest as he was impaled from behind “I’m going to need a new court, how annoying” Harkon drawled as he then pulled his Sword free and slashed at Dettlaff as the Higher Vampire swung around to Claw at him, his Sword slicing all four of Dettlaff’s fingers off leaving his Talons scattered on the floor as he snarled in pain.Shifting into mist to evade another swing of the Sword Dettlaff swiftly healed from his wounds, growing new fingers and Claws before wildly lashing out at the Nord, his Claws warping the air as they sliced through it whilst Harkon deftly dodged and blocked every strike with his Sword.Scoffing at the Higher Vampire’s beastial rage Harkon forced him back with another Telekinetic Blast before summoning two Gargoyles and sending the two Beasts at the Higher Vampire as he sheathed his Sword and turned into a flock of Bats.Barking in frustration Dettlaff launched himself at the Gargoyles that barreled towards him, one swing of his Claws beheading the first before turning to mist to avoid the Claws of the second, shifting behind it before solidifying and tearing off its wings and driving his Talons through its back and out of its chest to impale it.As both Gargoyles fell the Higher Vampire turned to find Harkon only for the flock of Bats he had turned into to attack him, swarming over him and clawing and biting at him as he swiped at them, his Claws warping the air as he tried to rip the Bats out of the air before Harkon reformed behind him and carved his Sword across Dettlaff’s back before kicking him to the floor.Rolling as he was kicked Dettlaff quickly righted himself and turned to bloody mist to wash over Harkon, solidifying his Claws over and over to slash at the Vampire Lord carving at his Armour and upper body, clawing across his face to draw blood turning his annoyance to anger as he turned into Bats again to escape the mists reach.“Stubborn little low blood aren’t you?” the Nord sneered wiping the blood from his face before casting his hand out to use Blood Magic, starting to drain Dettlaff’s very life force making the Higher Vampire grunt in pain and discomfort as he began to stagger and waver, falling to his knees as he saw his skin start to crack and break as blood began to seep from the wounds and travel through the air to Harkon’s hand making the deep gash across the Vampire Lord’s cheek close and heal up.Feeling his limbs begin to feel heavy as his life force was drained Dettlaff turned to a bloody mist again to escape the grips of the Blood Magic, rushing Harkon to run him through with the Talons of his right hand making the older Vampire spit blood as his blazing eyes widened in surprise.Lifting Harkon up Dettlaff hurled him across the room making him smash into one of the huge tables that spanned the length of the hall, the Nord breaking straight through the thick wood of the table sending the corpses that were strewn out as meals tumbling to the floor as he slowly picked himself up.Clutching at his stomach wound with one hand Harkon raised his free hand to summon a Barrier as Dettlaff launched himself at him, his Claws rebounding off of the Barrier allowing Harkon to then send a blast of Telekinetic Magic at the Higher Vampire with enough force to send him across the hall and straight through the huge wooden doors at the other side.With the Higher Vampire momentarily out of the picture Harkon picked himself up and cast his hand towards one of the corpses on the floor, using Blood Magic to drain it completely to close his stomach wound before heading off after Dettlaff.Striding through the destroyed doors Harkon found the Higher Vampire impaled on his shrine to Molag Bal, the curved spikes that jutted out of the shrine protruding through his chest, stomach and out of his left arm as his snarled and hissed trying to pull himself free “to die upon an altar to the Lord of Domination, an end far beyond what you deserve, maybe Molag Bal will find some use for your miserable soul” Harkon scoffed sheathing his Sword and turning to leave Dettlaff to die slowly and alone.Watching as Harkon turned his back on him Dettlaff then let out an even more bestial roar stopping the Vampire Lord in his tracks, Harkon looking back over his shoulder to see Dettlaff’s body begin to grow and shift, his clothes falling away as his body became more animalistic and monstrous, two sets of wings bursting out of his back, his legs becoming double jointed and a thick layer of skin growing over his eyes as he took his Monster form and tore himself away from the shrine to Molag Bal and launched himself towards Harkon.Turning to attack and defend himself Harkon was caught off guard by Dettlaff’s sheer speed, his Sword being knocked from his hand sending it clattering to the ground as the Higher Vampire slammed into him and drove him into the wall.Bouncing off of the cold stone of the wall Harkon was then violently knocked around as Dettlaff tore into him with his Claws before grabbing hold of him and biting down deeply on his neck, making the Vampire Lord cry out in pain as his veins blackened with Dettlaff’s Venom.Clutching Harkon tighter with his Claws the Higher Vampire then flared his wings and took to the air, dragging the Vampire Lord with him as he proceeded to smash through one of the huge stained glass windows to take to the night sky outside.Once outside he flew higher, dragging Harkon up to the highest peaks of Castle Volkihar before dropping him down on the top of one of the towers, crashing down near him and prowling towards him as the Nord Vampire seemed to struggle to stand.Wheezing and coughing as the Higher Vampire’s Venom coursed through his veins Harkon then began to laugh darkly, his veins going from black back to their regular colour as he then stood up making Dettlaff back away slightly in shock “my bloodline comes from Molag Bal himself, it is far too pure for a filthy low blood like yourself to desecrate!” he declared as a dark aura began to rise from his form “now allow me to show you what a true Vampire looks like!”.With that his humanoid form erupted to reveal his true Vampire Lord form, his skin now an ashen grey, his features becoming more bestial mirroring Dettlaff’s before his transformation, his legs becoming double jointed, his fingers and toes becoming Talons, a pair of wings jutting from his back and atop his head sat a crown like structure.Letting out a shrill roar Dettlaff charged as Harkon who in turn flew towards the Higher Vampire, both with their Claws ready as they started to violently carve into each other, their blood splattering in every direction as they tore into each other like feral Beasts.As Harkon raked his Claws across Dettlaff’s chest he then grabbed hold of the Higher Vampire's arm and tore into it, ripping through the muscle and sinew until he tore it completely off making Dettlaff howl in rage, the Higher Vampire then manipulating his own blood to make a small explosive effect of it to force Harkon back.“You can’t kill me!” Dettlaff hissed as his blood took on a more solid form to drag his severed arm back to his body to reattach it “you are no Higher Vampire!”.“That maybe so” Harkon snarled back as he rose from the ground again “but I will still have your head!” he roared as he summoned two Gargoyles again alongside a flock of Bats sending them to attack the Higher Vampire.Like before Dettlaff was quick to dispatch the Gargoyles with a few swipes of his Claws before starting to thrash and lunge at the flock of Bats that swarmed him, his Claws warping the air as Harkon then appeared behind him.Lunging forward Harkon tore at the Higher Vampire’s wings, tearing them from his back before driving his Claws into the sides of Dettlaff’s ribcage, dragging him back to bite down hard on his neck sending arterial splatter spraying everywhere as the Higher Vampire shrieked in pain.Tearing out a good chunk of skin and muscle from Dettlaff’s neck Harkon then tossed him to the floor to which he started to thrash and convulse as his body began to shift back towards its humanoid form, the bite mark on his neck burning like Hellfire as the Vampire Lords more potent Venom coursed through his system “what...what have you done?!” he gasped as he found himself unable to turn back into his Monster form and even worse his neck wound wasn’t healing.“You yourself stated that I would be unable to kill you because I am no ‘Higher Vampire’ so I simply rectified that” the Nord Vampire stated coldly before lifting Dettlaff into the air with Telekinesis “normally I grant my blood as a gift but for you, simply to put an end to an annoyance” he then snarled before dragging Dettlaff forward to sink his teeth into his throat, his Fangs tearing through his muscle and jugular before Harkon tore them both out leaving a gaping bloody hole where his throat once was.With that he cast Dettlaff off of the side of the tower to plummet several hundred feet to the ground below, not caring if he perished via the fall or the impact as he transformed back into his humanoid form, the Nord then casting a hateful glare towards the brightening sky as the sunrise began to creep up prompting him to head back into his Castle to continue plotting out his goals to blot out the sun.Winner: Lord HarkonWell it’s been a good while since I used a character from the Witcher and I like to think I did Dettlaff some justice here.Anyway, why does Harkon beat Dettlaff?Well when it comes to power arguably Harkon is greater thanks to his wider range of abilities and ability to use Magic compared to Dettlaff’s simple mist transformation and Claws whilst their speed and durability are arguably equal.What gives Harkon the needed advantage in my opinion however is ironically his bite, as one of the first Vampire Lords and receiving his ‘gift’ from Molag Bal himself Harkon is one of the purest forms of Vampires in gaming and his bite is so powerful that it cures all other forms of Vampirism and even Lycanthropy to transform the one he bit into a Vampire Lord as well as causes an instantaneous transformation rather than having the three day waiting period of normal Vampirism so arguably he’d be able to bypass the ‘only a Higher Vampire can kill a Higher Vampire’ rule by literally turning Dettlaff into a Vampire Lord allowing him to kill him.And since there is no proof of the strain of Higher Vampire Vampirism coming from an evil Demi-God it’s arguable that Dettlaff wouldn’t be able to resist turning unlike how Harkon cannot be turned by ‘lesser’ forms of Vampirism.
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Campfire and Conversations
The flames from the fire chased the shadows away, and a relaxing crackle echoed throughout the night. Eskel was sitting on his bedroll, legs crossed, as he absentmindedly brought the whetstone back and forth along the blade of his sword. He had been on the road for the better part of two weeks now, but it didn't bother him much. He was actually more worried that it bothered Brina.
The young woman had been traveling with him, even though he had been quite adamant that it wasn't a life for the likes of her. He had meant it as a compliment, but he may not have chosen the best words and so she had become quite offended. She hadn't spoken to him for three days, just followed him from a distance and quietly spent the nights at his side - although, mostly on the other side of the fire.
Now, however, she was sitting next to him. So close that he could feel the pressure of her knee against his own. It surprised him that it didn't bother her that he accidentally elbowed her every now and then, b