Scout didn’t even have time to process what type of creature was attacking her before claws sheared through her chest. Trying to get some distance from her attacker, she stumbled backwards, only to slip on a sheet of ice underneath the snow. She landed on top of the attacking creature, which in turn collapsed, smashing her face into the ground.
The creature underneath her started writhing, trying to get out from the girl’s weight. Something else, though, started tearing at her back and legs, claws carving through her once more. This is where being a ranger had its issues. You lose melee fights, unless you had a team to protect you. She didn’t have any melee weapons on a quick draw, so she had to dig through her inventory to find one.
Scout slashed at what she was guessing were wolves, based off their size and the fact that they were fighting in a pack. She managed to catch one of them, which made a loud whine-like sound as it backed off. Changing tactics, she stabbed the wolf that hadn’t quite escaped from underneath her, and now the other wolves’ weight.
Blood poured from the wound she’d given to the wolf underneath her, so she didn’t care to attack it further. It wouldn’t survive much longer, and even if it did it wasn’t in a position to fight. Her own blood started to leak onto the wolf’s fur, mixing in with its own.
She pushed herself to the side, rolling away from the wolf that was still tearing up her back. Her knife, however, stuck in the body of the now-dormant wolf and pulled out of her grasp. There was no way she could face up to one wolf without a weapon, let alone however many more there were in that pack.
When she got herself sitting up straight again, two of the three attackers were lying dormant in the snow, the third already moving towards her. She pulled a snow ball together, compressing it as fast as she could. As soon as the wolf moved to lunge at her again, she the compressed ball into the side of its head with enough force that it fell over.
Scout was on her feet in seconds, running away from the wolf. There was no was she could hide, especially with the trail of blood that she was leaving for the wolf to follow. All she was trying for was time to line up a shot. She pulled her bow out, and arrow docked almost immediately.
She didn’t bother to check to see if it was far enough away. If it was too close, she’d already lost the battle anyways. It was only maybe ten feet away, closing in quickly. She took her aim, loosing the arrow less than a second later. The wolf tumbled to a stop less than a foot away from her. An arrow had pierced directly through its eye.
Scout took a deep breath, examining the plains. She didn’t see any other wolves around, which probably meant that this was just a hunting party. She decided to leave before the rest of the pack came looking.
The pain was different now; usually being attacked like that wouldn’t hurt this much. Maybe she was already tired and weak, or maybe the glitch took of some sort of pain filter as well, but Scout could barely walk as she pushed her way closer to the forest and the village.
She only had one health potion on her. Since she rarely got hurt, she didn’t usually take too many with her. She usually had a swordsman with her in battles, and she’d give help from a distance. Her health potion didn’t even slow the bleeding, which was bad on its own. Bleeding in the game had similar effects as real like, only toned down. Hopefully that still had its filter.
The town had just come into her view when Scout fell over. Her body felt empty, and she felt like she could barely move. She noticed that she had tunnel vision, and realized that it’d been slowly growing for a while. The snow around her started to warm up, to melt. The ranger couldn’t tell if her blood just stained the water red or if there was more blood than water around her.
The tunnel vision sealed off, leaving her in darkness. She could hear something moving beside her, but she didn’t have the energy to move. There was a loud roar, and then there was nothing.