There was darkness, darkness in all directions. if not for the feeeling of pulling him down to the ground, he would not know which way was up, he couldn't even see his hand in front of him, was he blind now? Were his injuries so severe that he lost his eyes or was he drugged or poisoned to sleep as they carved his eyes from his head.
"Crreaative... but no. You aarre aasleep aand quite possibly dying. You lost much blood in the fight. I caan saave you, forr aa prrice."
"Why are you doing this, is this some last revenge for killing your old master?"
"Quite the otherr waay aarround. You killed him with his own sworrd, he could not haave died in aa more perrfect waay by his beliefs. That is why I offerr you this boon, join me aand I will heaal yourr wounds now aand forr aas long aas we staay togetherr."
"There is a catch I'm not aware of."
"Yes, therre is."
"Are you going to tell me it?"
"Not if I caan aavoid it."
"What if I refuse?"
"Then you might bleed to deaath eitherr now orr aafterr whaateverr next horrrorrs the duke demaands of you, but I doubt you maake it to morrning."
"What happens to you if I decline?"
"I waait aand prrobaably get taaken by one of the pitiful guaarrds orr the duke himself."
"If I join you, you heal me, what do you get out of it?"
"You aarre aa waarrriorr, I will feaast on yourr victims."
"Are you a soul feasting demon?"
"Demon yes, but not soul sucking. I feed on feaarr aand paain, you weaarr the prromise of paain like aa caape on yourr shoulderrs."
"And you will not consume my soul?"
"You aask aa lot of questions forr someone who is going to die without my help."
"Probably going to die without your help. I have survived for 12 years before you and I can probably survive another 12 after this."
"I doubt that you will live aanotherr dozen yeaarrs aat yourr currrent paace of violence."
"...The only thing you promise to feed off is the pain and fear?"
"Are you telling me the truth?"
"Not aall of it, but enough forr you to aaccept."
"Very well, but you join me, I'm in charge."
The room filled with smoke as the pact was made, just as the human had undergone a transformation, so was the minotaur. The sword itself was changing as well, becoming a weapon more meant to his hand than the katana would be. By the time the duke came for his prisoner, it would be an interesting time for them all.