Blacksmith of the Apocalypse

Chapter 368: The Burrow

give us reason to hurt you? ” Jess swaggered into the room.

Silence was the only answer as the researcher ’s fearful eyes kept focusing on the two fully armed intruders.

”Okay, then let ’s start with the most important question. The answer might bring you out of here alive. ”

A glimmer of hope lit up in the woman ’s fearful eyes.

”Where are the kitties- I mean the Tijaahk? ”

The woman suddenly blinked in surprise.

”A-Are you talking about Drosi and his kin? Wait, are you the people little Lani spoke about? ”

”Drosi…Lani…? ” Jess was confused.

”Wasn ’t Drosi the guy Lord Jonah spoke of and Lani that the girl that sent the letter to the boss? ” James helped her memory.

”Really? You were always better at remembering names…Anyway. Yes, we are looking for Drosi and Nani- ”

”Lani. ” the researcher corrected

”Lani. Yes, I said that. Since you know them, they were here, right? Obviously shit went down in this place. Are they still alive? ”

”I-I don ’t know. Shortly after we helped send that Letter, management reassigned them to a different facility… ” the woman said remorsefully.

”They, they were not here when the thing happened. ”

”Okay, so they are not here. Do you know where they are? ”

”No, I ’m sorry. Can we leave now? ”

”We can ’t leave without knowing where they are. ” jess insisted.

”I-I could find out if I get access to the intranet! ”

”Don ’t tell me we have to get you to somewhere else in this hellhole. ” James lamented

”Unfortunately, yes. I can only access it through a computer in the administration. ”

”Jess, i don ’t know what happened here, but we should get Lord Jonah first. ”

”First we would need to find a way to shut off the constant flow of monsters and…: ”

”Laura. ” the woman answered at the intense stare of the mage.

”Laura here probably can ’t do that from here either. ”

”Wait, are you saying that the test subjects keep being sent to the surface?! ”

”Yes? ”

”Then someone in management till has to be alive or something took control there…: ”

”let ’s talk on the way, Lord Jonah is still fighting outside. We don ’t have time. ”

Upon leaving, Laura had a minor breakdown, but couldn ’t vomit as her stomach was completely empty. Laura had no idea of what exactly was going on. She was completely surprised when they told her that the city above looked similar and was flooded by monsters.

She herself had been stuck in her office for days, too afraid to leave it. According to her, it all began with a security breach somewhere in the research and holding section several stories below, where James and Jess first entered.

She was one of the staff tasked with observing the behavior of their ”guests ” and had no knowledge of what was going on down there. Xen Biologies was not this shady when she started working there. They had been doing completely normal behavior studies and gene research in the Burrow. That was before the Apocalypse hit.

Laura knew there were darker sides to the company, but she had not been involved with those. They had always been top secret and done behind closed doors. With the system and magic entering the world things changed. Especially the war brought those dark sides to the surface.

Suddenly they were involved in research to cross humans and other races to create something stronger. At that point, it was too late to leave. She had seen colleagues who tried to quit vanish after stating their opinion a little too loudly.

All they could do to help was send letters for those like little Lani. But until now, no other ”guests ” had friends in Urth. At least that ever came looking for them.

She kept telling them as they walked.

”So, you have no idea what happened here? Really? ” jess kept poking as they walked past bodies and dried blood.

”R-Really. There was an evacuation notice, but before I could even leave my office, I heard screams in the hallway… I am a coward. I just locked my door and hid under my desk. I heard a lot of terrible things from the hallways, but nothing ever entered my office, and I never had the heart to look… ”

The researcher led them through several hallways until they reached a staircase. The whole complex was silent and devoid of life.

”Just up the stairs is the Administration. As long as we find a working computer, I can log into the intranet. ”

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