14 Behind the Walls
The scene the greeted Eldrid upon entering the kingdom's walls was appalling, countless children were skinny and hungry, beggars lined the streets, and women were selling their bodies for food.
Eldrid went up to one of the children.
The kingdom of Death was full of the scum of humanity, however not everyone in the kingdom was like that, most of the commoners were normal people who had been given a bad lot in life to be born in the kingdom.
"Why is everyone in such dire need?"
The boy scoffed at Eldrid.
"The rich like you wouldn't understand the sufferings of the poor."
"Why do you think I'm rich?"
"You're wearing armor of Imperial gold, of course you're rich. You may not be super rich compared to other cultivators, but compared to us mortals, you're rich."
"Again, why is everyone here in such poor condition?"
"Our king cares nothing for us, he let's the cultivator's run free. Some are nice, but most enslave us, abuse us, the women are forced to *Censored*, everyone is in dire straits. Kids have learned to kill for food. Now tell me, AREN'T YOU RICH?!?! WITH ALL YOUR CULTIVATION RESOURCES AND ENERGY COINS!!!"
Eldrid was stunned by the child's outburst, he realized the child was right.
Anger and self loathing rose up in his chest, he wanted to help all these people get out of this place, but he wasn't strong enough to defy the king of this place. His money wasn't enough to interest cultivators either, it was just mortal money.
However Eldrid remembered he had a the leftovers of the tarrasque corpse, and no matter the taste of the meat, it's still food.
"Take me to a large open area."
"Why would I?"
"Because if you do, I'll cook some food for you."
The child looked at him in surprise.
The child led Eldrid through several alleyways full of trash, rats, and sleeping people to a fourty foot square of empty land in them middle of a bunch of shacks made of trash.
Eldrid brought out a large slab of meet that was about the size of the square, and cooked it in the air by using his spirit to have the air hold the meat up and combust to cook it.
After a few minutes the meat was fully cooked, and swarms of people were headed towards them.
"This should be enough to last you all a few days, right?"
"With all the people in the kingdom like us, if each person only got a handful this would only last us one meal."
Eldrid used his powers to turn the square into a mass of tables with meat on it for the people.
Suddenly a man came flying over, and began eying the meat.
"I am hereby confiscating this meat for our supreme ruler. This meat is too good for you lowly peasants."
Eldrid glared at the man in fury.
"WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DO THIS TO PEOPLE?! WHAT SORT OF SCUM ARE YOU?!"
"I DARE YOU GREEDY SACK OF CRAP!!! JUST BECAUSE THIS MEAT IS TARRASQUE MEAT YOU COVET IT!!!"
In fury Eldrid flashed the token Malthael gave him, causing the man to laugh.
"SO WHAT IF YOU KNOW THAT OLD BASTARD?! HE CAN'T SAVE YOU NOW!!! THE KING'S THE RULER HERE!"
"YOU WANT THE MEAT?! OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!"
"SO BE IT BOY!!!"
Eldrid summoned his spirit and sent a wave of sword energy at the man, which cut his head off.
The man's body grabbed his head before it fell from his body
"NOW I'M ANGRY!!!"
Eldrid teleported behind the man, incinerating him with righteous fire.
"HOW CAN YOU WIELD THESE ACCURSED FLAMES?!?!" The man yelled.
A final scream of agony so inhuman emitted from the man's mouth before he turned into ashes in the wind.
The masses quickly began to eat the meat before it could be taken away or trouble came.
Eldrid began to have a lot of mixed feelings at the scene before him, sadness, anger, self loathing, pity, he swore to himself that he would become strong enough to free these people from their oppressive ruler.
[You should probably hurry on your quest]
With that Eldrid left for the capital.