Alric sat in the dark staring at the stone wall of the cell across from him. The cell around him stank of death and decay, the atmosphere hung with human fear. People were crowded into the small room like animals awaiting the slaughter. Most were silent like Alric, some offered up mumbled prayers hoping that they would be heard and saved from a cruel fate. For a second though all those were drowned out by the roar of the crowd above. A child in the corner let out a low cry like a whimper as his mother clutched him closer. Alric sympathized with the child, the sound of the crowd made him uneasy as well. Like he was one step closer to meeting his death and there was no hope of getting out of it. This feeling would prove to be true, well at least partially.
The door to the cell opened, the iron hinges letting out a squeak of protest. What had opened the door looked human but everyone there knew th