Nunu: The War for Freljord – 3

9 Jul

After leaving the City of Freljord, Nunu and Willump had taken the day’s travel to get to yeti territory. Upon reaching yeti territory, their older brother, Jessup, was already sitting there waiting for them. Nunu surmised scouts must have seen them coming and gone to alert them. They had a few moments of bonding before Nunu, speaking yittish, said, “We must meet with the elders at once.” Jessup said, “Of course. Stay close to Willy, for everyone is on edge right now.” The pair followed the larger yeti quite a ways before coming to the hillsides that the yeti called home.

Nunu quickly dismounted Willump, not wanting to show disrespect towards the yeti. Everyone knew the two were brothers, and they enjoyed being together, but to ride a yeti in front of the elders was a sign of subservience, and Nunu had no wish to offend his adopted people. They crossed the threshold into the crystal cave and Nunu was awed as always. The cave glittered brilliantly in soft firelight given off by the torches. The walls were perfectly rounded and there were ice statues carved everywhere. This cave had stood for as long as any of the yeti could remember, and Nunu loved it very much. The three elders sat on modest thrones, and had very wise, wrinkled faces.

He kneeled and beside him he saw Willump do the same, waiting to be addressed before speaking. “Nunu, Willump, our prized sons. How are things in the city of Freljord?” Nunu smiled and said, “Things have been going very well. We’re getting our feet on the ground, so to speak. As of yet, we haven’t had any trouble from the Winter’s Claw, although Queen Ashe thinks that an attack is coming soon.” The elders conferred softly with each other before a different one spoke up. “As we’ve said before, we think Ashe is a fine leader, and Tryndamere, the Barbarian King, adds might to their cause. I do not think we need to be worried. Now, I assume you are here about the delegation we sent out to the minotaurs?” Nunu nodded his agreement.

The last elder spoke up, “I’m afraid we do not have good news. They have not come back and we’ve been given no ransom demands or warnings.  I fear that our delegates have been killed. Whether it was by minotaur hand or someone looking to give us trouble, we do not know.” Nunu was very concerned by this. “Forgive me if I speak out of place, but what is your take on the situation elders? We’ve been on very good terms with the minotaurs, and I don’t believe they would turn on us like this.” The three looked at each other and the first one spoke, “Very astute, young Nunu. This is one of the reasons we value you so highly. We have spoken about it at length and agree that it would be an odd move for the minotaurs to make.

For the first time, Willump spoke in their presence.  “If we could, Nunu and I would like to volunteer to go and follow up with them. No disrespect intended towards the previous delegates, but the two of us would be well suited if trouble popped up. Considering Nunu’s previous friendship with Alistar through the League, I feel we could certainly make some headway.” The elders smiled in unison and conferred quietly again. Nunu and Willump waited patiently, showing no signs of frustration about side conversation, despite their youth.

Finally, the first elder said, “We agree. This seems like the best course of action. Stay here for the night and you may ride out tomorrow. It is one day’s yeti travel away.” The Elder smiled, knowing the way the two got around. Nunu and Willump thanked the elders and then took their leave. When they reached Jessup’s home, dinner was waiting and they all sat down to eat. Willump filled Jessup in on what had happened at the meeting while Nunu stuffed his face with vigor. After licking his plate clean, Nunu looked up and said, “I want you to come with us Jessup. Something strange is going on, and two yetis are always better than one.” Jessup tilted his head thoughtfully and then said, “You mean three yetis little brother. You’re just a runt.” The three of them laughed long and hard at this, and when the settled down, Jessup said seriously, “I agree. I shall join you two on your quest.”

They slept well that night, enjoying the warm comforts of the yeti hut before taking off at daybreak. A small contingent had turned up to see them off, and Nunu was heartened as always to see how his people had taken him in. His thoughts turned to the danger ahead, and wondering what had happened to the previous delegation. The day’s trek was difficult, but Nunu used his magic to keep his brothers warm and happy. It was a nifty little trick he had learned on cold night, but he managed to heat others inner body temperature, and whenever he did so, the effect was mimicked inside of him. It was quite a useful spell to know in the cold lands of Freljord, and both his brothers enjoyed the effects, making them pleased to have him along.

As they reached the edge of minotaur lands, Nunu told them to stop. “Let’s camp just outside for the night. There’s a ridge off to the side that seems like it would work well for us.” They ventured over and set up camp, using Nunu’s blood boil in lieu of a fire. They took turns keeping watch. Nunu went first. He had time to sit there, think, and brood on this delay that he had caused. He wasn’t sure why he wanted to wait until tomorrow, but there was something he didn’t trust about the circumstances. As his watch ended, nothing of note had happened. Nunu began to hope he had simply been overly cautious and allowed himself to drift off to sleep.

Just when it felt he had managed to nod off, he was awoken roughly by Jessup. He was up instantly, alert to everything around him. He looked off in the distance where Jessup was pointing and saw a band of Winter’s Claw headed towards the minotaur territory. He drew a deep breath and whispered to his companions, “It is as I feared. Sejuani is intervening, probably trying to court the minotaurs while keeping us away. My guess is she’s asking them why we haven’t contacted them if we want them to be part of our state. Unfortunately, this changes things. Let’s follow them.”

The yetis were up in a heartbeat and they followed the group, silently making their way through the snow. They came upon the outskirts of the minotaur town and watched the Winter’s Claw enter the inn. They were about to follow them inside when they heard a mighty growl behind them. Nunu looked back and saw Jessup’s back with a mace hanging out of it. He was roaring in pain and the Nunu immediately threw an enchanted snowball at their attackers. In the dark it was difficult to tell, but it looked as though there were only five, all on foot.

‘This shouldn’t be a problem for two yetis with a mage,’ thought Nunu confidently, and Willump charged into the fray. With Willump lunging left and right attacking all he could, Nunu kept throwing his enchanted snowballs, which impacted with the force of bricks. They slumped down and finally Nunu felt comfortable channeling his most powerful spell. He began to suck the heat out of the air, and the Winter’s Claw warriors began trying to run away. Their feet began to freeze to the ground and they knew they were stuck. Finally it exploded with force and frozen them all solid. Nunu laughed triumphantly and said, “It’s cold out there…”.

He hopped off Willump and went to check on Jessup when he heard another roar, this time higher pitched and more desperate. He wheeled around quickly and saw Willump standing there, a battle mace sticking out of the front of his chest. As the yeti looked at Nunu, he said, “Goodbye, brother,” and the mace was ripped back out the other side. Nunu went into a rage and began using every spell he could think of, launching them wildly. His wild snowballs hit the attackers and several buildings, causing holes to erupt all over.

Eventually, he calmed down and kneeled over his brother. He quietly said to his brother’s rapidly cooling body, “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.” His sobs carried into the night and away with the howling wind.

Early post today, woo hoo! This marks the first time a major part of League of Legends dies (I copped out with Cassiopeia, but I felt Noxians have good reason to be able to). It also marks the first original character we’ve seen in Jessup. It’s certainly an indication of where this series is headed, and I actually really enjoyed writing this whole one. The credit for the yeti language of yittish will have to go to my girlfriend, who actually edits most of these before I can post them!

As always, let me know what you think, good or bad. I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of you through the comments and I always love new people as well!

-Tale Master


3 Responses to “Nunu: The War for Freljord – 3”

  1. John Smith July 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    You just killed the yeti…..How do the Winter Claw’s seem to have the upperhand every time? They surprised Tryndamere’s group and now the yeti’s. The people seem inept at posting lookouts or just being aware of their surroundings. GANKED!

    • League Tales July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Their Map awareness is really bad. Notice a complete lack of support champs in the Freljord section? Riot was asking for them to get owned.

      • John Smith July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

        Haha you ust killed their only tank. Except for Sej, but she’s evil…

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