" Yeah, I’ll catch up in a minute!" Kage shouted as the rest of the party left the shrine. Kage quickly knelt down in front of the dismembered body of the dead mercenary. He wrote the name of Glasrael in the former competitions blood and it suddenly flared to life. In a blast of black fire the devil Glasrael appeared.
“Oh, it’s you.” Glasrael said with a note of disappointment in his voice.
“Hey boss!” said Kage, grinning like an idiot “I had a favor to ask.”
“Did you?” said Glasrael dryly as he glanced around. “Are we in a shrine to Moridan?” Kage nodded enthusiastically as Glasrael surveyed the carnage. His spirits seem to lift. “Oh Kage, you desecrated a shrine for me! How wonderful!”
“Hmmmm? All this? No I didn’t do this. Orcs did. See?” Kage said as he pointed at the sign of Grummsh drawn in blood on the wall.
“Orcs?” Glasrael asked
“Yeah see, orcs are invading Bordins Watch so they can take over the Vale.”
“And you’re helping them?” Glasrael sound very excited. " That’s genius Kage! It will be all out war. During times of mass conflict people become desperate and make deals that they would never make during a time of peace." Glasraels eyes became distant and his mouth perked up into a chilling smile.
“Yeah, it’s a good thing we’re helping and are gonna defeat the orcs!” said Kage, looking very proud of himself. Glasrael snapped out of his momentary day dream.
“Stop the….? But…?” Glasraels shoulders slumped. “Oh right, for a moment I forgot whom I was talking to.”
“Boss, how could you forget!? I’m the amazing hero Kage, the Black, musician extraordinaire. One of the Lord’s of Madmartigan’s Manse Victorious, and second-in-command of Madmartigan’s Men! Soon to be hero of the entire Elsir Vale!” Kage threw a fist into the air in triumph while Glasrael stared at him in dismay.
“Are you done?” Glasrael ask with a note of sadness in his voice.
“What? Oh, no, I had a favor to ask in exchange for this sacrifice of all these orcs.”
“I was hoping I could get some help with information. Like maybe a direct channel to you so whenever I need to know stuff I can just ask yo….”
“No, I’ll do one better.” Glasrael spoke quickly, cutting Kage off. “Give me your hand.”
Kage looked confused but held his hand out palm up. Glasrael grabbed his hand and cut the palm with one of his talons. Kage winced as blood welled up. Glasrael spoke a word of power and in a flash of hell fire a small imp appeared in Kages hand holding a golden chalice of flame and a iron bond book. " There, an imp servitor. He knows a lot, so you can ask him things. Also he’s sneaky. Oh, and he can communicate with me directly," the imp looked up at Glasrael with a very confused look on its face. “so you don’t need to contact me anymore.” Glasrael smiled “Happy?” Kages eyes grew wide and his jaw dropped. He looked up a Glasrael with pure excitement on his face.
“This.” he began. “Is. AWESOME!!!! I have my own IMP! No one else does! Thank you boss!”
“You’re welcome, I’m going to leave now. Have fun.” And like that, Glasrael vanished. Kage looked down at the imp whose face held a mix of confusion and apprehension.
" All right little guy! You’re with me now! And I’m gonna call you……Dio!"
The Imp let out a sigh of worry.