Near the steps of the Imperial Palace, three terra-cotta soldier statues stood ever so stoically, serving as tributes to warriors who had fallen in the past in the name of the Emperor. Their eyes were bright red sapphires, a bounty that the Whirlwind was unable to resist.
“Come on, you bugger,” the Whirlwind said as he jammed a dagger underneath one of the sapphires and attempted to pry it out. “Just a little…there!”
The Whirlwind stared longingly at the treasure in his hand, only to be interrupted by a cold, undead hand on his shoulder.
“Bah!” the Whirlwind said as he bashed the zombie on the head with his club. “Can’t you see I’m busy?”
“Rarrrgh!” Niu cried as he lifted another undead warrior over his head and tossed it into the night sky. “There are more important things to be busy with!”
“I was promised loot!” the Whirlwind said as he began to work on prying out another sapphire.
A zombie jumped onto Niu’s back but was quickly thrown off. Another attacked from the front, but Niu managed to grip the beast by the face and jaw, allowing him to separate one for the other.
“I said I’d look the other way!” Niu shouted. “A feat that is growing more difficult the more you shirk your responsibilities!”
The Whirlwind rolled his eyes as a second sapphire eye dropped into his hand. “Oh alright, pansy!”
Thonk! Clonk! The Whirlwind bashed in the brains of countless zombies as a fireball whizzed just inches over his head. A zombie standing directly behind the thief was hit by the flame and was incinerated instantly.
“Hey!” the Whirlwind shouted at Junjie. The thief tapped his own head to make sure his locks will still there. “Watch it, will you? If you burn off all my hair and leave me like baldy here, the ladies will never touch me again.”
“You test my patience,” Niu said as he pummeled a zombie.
“Someone had to,” the Whirlwind replied as he bashed his club into an undead skull.
Crack! A bolt of lightning streaked through the sky, followed by a menacingly loud thunderclap.
With his ghostly frame, the Infallible Master walked right through his disciples, the zombies, even the various members of the Clan of the Mediocre Yet Effective Club Bonk. The old man reached the top step and looked into the sky, where more lightning bolts passed overhead, high above the palace.
“Children,” the Infallible Master said. “Time is of the essence!”
The Whirlwind’s associates formed a line near the middle of the palace steps, bonking any zombie that dared to pass. This allowed Junjie, Niu, and the Whirlwind to enter the palace with the master.
“Club fu saves the day!” the Whirlwind remarked.
“Now is not the time!” Niu hissed.
“Niu and Whirlwind, you must find the Emperor,” the master said. “Junjie, follow me.”
“But shouldn’t I help them find the Emperor?”
“This is more important,” the master said.
“What could be more important than the Emperor?” Junjie asked.