One clear winner this time with one correct answer. And that's Jeru. Congrats man.
100 exp for you.
Nobody guessed Jetrall's role. Well it was written before he made his major comeback, so there's not that much either.
I'll release the last 2 episodes of the first season shortly. Please do not post in between. You can post after I put out the 2 episodes. Thanks.
The fight had delayed our friends. It was nearing evening now and as they looked back, they saw red eyes gazing at them from between the trees- hungry cruel eyes. It seemed that the little light of day that was left was preventing them from pursuing.
The Precelians began to fear that darkness would awaken other creatures within Gurk- perhaps more dangerous than the bears they encountered.
They understood they would have to put some reasonable distance between them and the forest before they were safe. Az and Nacho were not ready yet for another full-out battle.
The friends hurried all they could but it looked to be a losing race. The sun seemed decided to beat them to it and was fast dipping below the horizon. And soon enough it was nightfall.
A long chilling howl echoed far behind them and they knew that the hunt was on.
Turmo- "Oh crap oh crap oh crap...what the hell is happening here? Why does this always happen to me?"
Nekro- "You have been pursued by frenzied animals wanting to eat you before?"
Turmo- "Now you that mention it...this has never happened to me...Hmm... Oh GAAAWWDD NOOOO am still going to die!!!."
Nacho- "Save your breath the both of you. There should be a small town somewhere close by according to the map elder Phrozen has given me. Let's hurry."
Some 10 minutes later.
Az- "I think I see some lights ahead of us."
And lights they were. Bright lamposts that have been lit to ward off the darkness of the night and maybe more than just the darkness.
They came before a huge wooden gate with a sign that read "Deeha'Blothri". Az knocked on the huge gate with his staff. Something queer happened- they were all pushed back by a wave of cold air. It seemed there were several enchantements placed on the door. Then suddenly, the gate creeked slowly open to reveal the familar sight of roads and human habitation. With some relief, our four companions entered the town. The gate closed with a thud and 2 guards came up, tall and wearing breastplates.
The burlier one came forward with a halberd in hand and spoke in an aggressive tone-
"Who are you strangers and what is your purpose coming to our town at such a late hour?"
"My name is Nacho and here is my esquire Nekro. We are both from the Moomoo clan. This is my friend Az from the Wolian clan and this is Turmobil a friend of mine from a village close to Ashnak valley. We are traveling throughout the land and were hoping to find hospitality in your town."
The guard appeared surprised. The reputation of both the Moomoo and the Wolian clans was such that its members were deeply respected anywhere in Precel. Their deeds during both Beast Wars and the Warlord wars were legend and praised throughout the whole land.
The burly guard- "My name is Jetrall. Here is my comrade Elfen Lied."
Elfen who also carried a small lamp with him raised it high in the air and in its light perceived the emblems of the clans on Az and the Moomooers.
Elfen- "You are indeed speaking the truth. Welcome friends. I shall go to announce your arrival to the master. Please follow Jetrall to the local tavern. You will find rooms to sleep and you'll be able to refresh yourselves."
As he was going to depart, Turmo spoke-
"Hey wait. If you are going to see the master and this Jetrall dude is leading us to the tavern, who will guard the gate?"
Elfen- "Oh crap...you are right. I never thought of that."
Jet- "This is a dilemma indeed. What are we going to do? This is just terrible!"
Nacho- "Woho there...no need to panic like that. We'll wait for Elfen to go first and return and then you can lead us to the Tavern Jet."
Elfen and Jet- "That is a brilliant idea! Unbelievable...We would never have thought of that. You must indeed be a praised member of the Moomoo clan!"
After Elfen returned, Jet led them to the Tavern. Apparently the master greatly desired to meet them and hear their tale and had invited them to his table later that night.
The travelers quickly refreshed themselves and were soon ready to go. Jet was their guide once more.
Jet- "I think the master has been expecting your arrival. He actually knows your leader, the famed Phrozen and had been warned to look out for you."
Nacho- "You seemed rather on edge for people you were actually looking out for."
Jet- "You must forgive us my friend. 2 weeks ago, the guard at the gate who was LinkX was welcoming a stranger who had knocked at the gate. Now Link is quite the cheerful fellow and he has a habit of hugging every visitor to our town. Except that this visitor didn't like it at all. He severely injured our friend.
He announced himself as Shatterer and wanted to speak to the master. However he was instead met by the full garrison stationed some distance from the gate, when a peasant who saw the attack sounded the alarm."
The four companions looked at each other. Shatterer again.
Az- "What happened and is the guard Link ok?"
Jet- "Link is recovering in the infirmary and will be fine. This Shatterer guy simply sneered and gave us a warning which was more of a threat. He told us to leave this town and move out or we'll be killed, down to the very last one. He has given us a month after which he'll put his threat to work. He then disappeared in some form of mist. I was there that day and I swear I had never seen that kind of magic before."
Nacho- "We have...heard of this Shatterer. We were in the forest before coming here and we've encountered some strange animals. Your town being so close to Gurk itself, I am sure you know what I am talking about."
Jet- "Indeed I do friend. However am sure the master will answer these questions for you. We have reached the library."
Az- "The library? At this time?"
Jet- "Well yes...the master is a bit of a...peculiar man...He keeps talking about scripts and films and nobody can understand him. Add on that what he has strapped on his back, and you have yourself a real weir-...*cough* well you'll see. I leave you for now my friends. May we meet again soon." With that, Jet departed.
Turmo- "What a nice bloke that Jet dude."
And without further ado, Turmo and his friends entered the library.
-----------------------End of episode 8----------------------
Turmo- "Mr Narrator, what are these animals in Gurk?" Narrator- "Patience my good Turmo. All in due time."
Umpa- "If I was there, I would have stamped the hell out of them."
Shatterer- "Oh look, the sleeping beast is talking."
Umpa- "What do you mean by that?"
Shatterer- "That you should have had a place in Sleeping Beauty rather than here."
*Umpa's eyes begin to water.*
Nacho- "Don't mind him Umpa. He is just in one of his evil fits right now."
Umpa- "Am not crying! I just got lots of dust in my eyes!" Narrator- " So people, what about the life-mystery question?"
Dae- "I say a blumpkin is blue."
Shatt- "Me too."
Seth- "But what is a blumpkin?" [spoil] Narrator- You've been kamehamehaed bitches. Hahahahaha....."[/spoil]
Nektu- "Will he ever stop these jokes? I say we all stop trying to answer his questions."
Az- "Ya but we got cookies last time!"
Everyone- "We want more cookies!!!" Narrator- "Pfft...I guess you kinda deserve it. You are my main source of laughter after all. Here."
The library itself was a great hall that had been divided into two main areas- one just for the rows and rows of books and the other for study with several fairly large tables with small oil lamps atop them. Our friends entered the latter and here they encountered a strange man, who upon seeing them immediately stood up and walked their way.
Dressed in a dark cloak with the hood thrown over his head, he had like...twigs sticking out of his back.
"Greetings my fellow friends. You must forgive such a super-late invitation and request on my behalf but I much desired to speak to you all. I imagine you must be very tired."
He looked at them in an expectant manner.
Turmo- "Errr...why do you have branches growing on your back?"
Town-master laughing- "Oh you noticed. Realistic, aren't they? I have designed this cloak myself. I call it the super-twig cloak. These branches that you see are carefully chosen and are of specific size and shape."
Az- "Hmm...you use it for armor?"
Town-master- "Oh no, it just looks nice. Speaking of nice, I have been working on a super-story. Now you see there is this evil guy who cooks like this large and super-delicious cookie.He cooks also other smaller cookies and gives them to many people who, when they eat them, will desire for the big cookie so much that they will become his slaves. I've named it Lord of the Cookies. There will be..."
Nacho- "Oh...I...uhm...Town-master, sorry to...interrupt you, you wanted to see us about something important?"
Town-master- "Oh right...I keep forgetting! Yes...yes indeed I do my friends. My name is Atrumentis, but please call me Atru. I am the master of our good town of Deeha'Blothri. Please sit down and make yourselves comfortable."
They all settled around one of the study tables.
Nacho decided to bring up the most pressing matter on his mind- " Sir Atru, I have heard from one of your guards of someone called Shatterer who came here not long ago."
Atru- "Oh yes, that is true. It was super-scary too. It happened a couple of weeks back. But first of all my good prince, how is your father?"
Nacho rather taken aback- "I...I haven't seen or heard of him in a very long time now nor anyone of my family. I pray Mother Precel keeps them fine."
Atru- "I am sure they are super-fine, prince. The Age of Tenebris has brought many changes upon Precel and most kingdoms must try to live through them. Which brings an important issue to the table. I have heard you passed through the Forest and I am greatly surprised but relieved to see you have come out super-unscathed- but did you encounter any...anything along the way?"
Nacho- "We did." The Moomooer proceeded to gave a brief retelling of their adventures in Gurk and he told Atru of the bears, how they looked they were dead but still attacked as though they were still alive.
Atru- "I feared you might have encountered such dangers prince. I have long researched this matter- I mean the origin of these animals. The elder of your clan was of a great help to me. Indeed I personally know Phrozen and though against the rules, he allowed me to consult the Iajk scriptures for he understood I might perhaps find a new light to all the mysteries that encompass our present dilemma. From then on I travelled throughout Precel to seek out the super-truth."
Nacho- "The truth? What do you mean?"
Atru- "Well I shall explain that in a moment. As you already know, Beasts are normal animals in appearance. What puts them apart is their capacity of human speech and powers of transformation. They are much more stronger that the normal human. However as much as I looked throughout literature and history records and listened to the different tales of the different regions of Precel, talking and transforming animals is something 'unnatural'. Precel has had for ages magical creatures co-existing with the normal animals. While the magic in our good world is diverse and extends beyond the raw power of water and fire, no magic allows for transformation. Then comes the matter of summons. The Iajk scriptures has scant details on the matter. Scoobidux was apparently able to summon creatures after he obtained the wand and the evil Daemaro had summoning powers also.
Which makes me think that both the wand and the powers of the Beasts are something out of this world. The fact that Daemaro was brought back among the living should be proof enough. They disturb the natural balance on Precel. This might be the very cause of the birth of the Fountains of life. The land reacted to this 'outside' magic and tried to defend herself."
Nekro's thoughts- "Talk about super-boring stuff..."
Az- "Out of this world? There is nothing beyond the lands of Precelsus Tutshi except the vast expanses of the Sea."
Atru- "Nobody knows that alas. Not for certain. We do not know what lies beyond the Sea. In any case, the recent happenings may prove my guess to be right. The power behind Eximius and the Beasts has resurfaced. From my travelings, I have gathered that such creatures as the bear you have met have been sighted and even fought against in the distant past. There are rumors of it and tales that were made of them, and in the Western Kingdom, I found some old records on the matter. It told of the 'undead' and how dead animals could walk again, fearless and blood-thirsty. These incidents coincide with the rise of the Beasts and the emergence of the wand. Now once more, when the wand is prophesied to reappear, these undead animals rise again. I should also say that the legend and tales behind the undead animal go that if the head was taken, they would then rest in peace
Nacho- "Ya either that or blowing them up should be fine too."
Atru- "Oh I see you already know of their weakness. This is one of the reason we have been able to save Zhuge."
Nacho- "Zhuge!?! He left the village 1 week ago on a mission from elder Prozen. Is he here? Where is he?"
Atru- "No worries young prince. He is in the infirmary, recuperating. He was in fact sent to scout a safe passage for you. At least that's what we gathered from him. One of our guards noticed a great ball of fire in the sky above the trees of Gurk a late evening. Apparently some fierce battle was going on and I immediately sent a group of our elite guards to investigate. They returned with an injured Zhuge. He was apparently seriously outnumbered but fought bravely and managed to hold on until we could reach him. He just told us why he was in the forest before losing consciousness. And only yesterday, he woke up in panic and told us of your coming and how you should not enter Gurk at any cost."
"I thought of sending a small search party for you but I did not know when you would depart from your clan and had no idea you were so super-close to us. I hope you forgive us prince."
Nacho- "Sir Atru, you are not to blame at all. Indeed I am quite grateful to you and your men for having saved Zhuge. Elder Phrozen is very attached to him and would have conferred such an important mission to no other.
But this new information you've given me on the wand and the Beasts is rather disturbing. I will not pretend to have understood it all but this might be an explanation to the power of sorcerers and witches."
Turmo's thoughts- "Oh fuck...this looks like big-time trouble. Sorcerers and witches now? Man, what's up here...? Not a super-place....not a super-place at all..."
Atru- "Oh I see you are following me, Prince. The magic that sorcerers and witches wield is 'unnatural'. They have spells in the form of curses.
Still, they took part in none of the Great Wars. It might have been because they are so few and or they did not see their vile and selfish ends being aided by allying with any group. I personally think it is the latter. I thought at first this Shatterer was a sorcerer, but no sorcerer can break through the enchantments around Deeha'Blothri as he did. There are so many mysteries...yet I think they must somehow be all connected. I have come across a witch once during one of my journeys across Precel and barely escaped. This Shatterer had the same aura except his power was more intense and focused. I saw him that day though he did not know I was the Town-master. And also he seems to have a purpose or task at hand very much unlike the sorcerers and witches inhabiting the different kingdoms of Precel."
Nacho- "This is worrying indeed. But there are enchantments around Deeha'Bolthri you say? Then you must have a Stone of Jordan."
Atru- "Yes we do. The Stone's power has been what protected us for so long. It is a gift given to the town before my time by the leader of the Moomoo clan back then, for having been one of the outpost used by mages in the Beast Wars."
Nacho- "And it was well-given too. But will it be enough to prevail against Shatterer? I heard of his threat against the Town from one of the guards."
Atru- "I think it will. This Shatterer- he broke through the enchantments at the door but wasn't able to move further in. His threat is just a bluff I believe. The Stone's power comes from Mother Precel's heart herself and the closer you move towards the center of Deeha'Blothri, the more potent is the power. Shatterer must have realized that this is not something he can challenge that easily and gave a warning instead, remaining only at the gates. I think we will be super-safe. Besides the guards of Deeha'Blothri are very well trained...which brings me to why I actually wanted to see you."
---------------------End of episode 9--------------------------
Narrator- "Season one is over folks. So have you had a nice time?"
Zhuge- "Me on my deathbed was really nice indeed." Narrator- "Sarcasm will be the end of us all one day I tell you."
Atru- "Well I think it was definitely super-nice."
Umpa- "Eerrr...what's with the 'super'?"
Atru- "What about it?"
Shatt- "Well you sound super-annoying for one."
Atru- "That's because super-stupid guys like you cannot understand a super-cool guy like me."
Shatt- "How about I super-drill a hole in your skull? Like super-right-now? Narrator- "Ah folks calm down...calm now. You realize we have just ended the first season? It's time to celebrate this!"
Nacho- "Let's get some lemon juice yay!"
Turmo- "And some milk-shake!"
Everyone- "And cookies of course!" Narrator- Cheers everybody. Enjoy your break. We'll see each other for the second season of Dfans the movie. See ya."
------------------------------------END OF SEASON ONE------------------------------------
Btw I would be requiring some extra feedback on the last episode as I have introduced a lot of the 'foundation lore' that will be used later on.
If you haven't understood something, do tell me.
Finally got to read the last too episodes. I love the last episode in particular. By laying more of that foundation it helps give us a general idea of where the story might go or at least what it will be about. I think you got more into the lore at the perfect time. If you had not, it would have left the reader going "Ok, another episode that doesn't really go anywhere". But alas, as the chapters progress we get to dive deeper into the meat of the story. Mmmmmm meat...Anyways. I love how you portray my character at the end of these. So much fun to read.
as I was reading the last episode I thought "What's up with the super thing? I wonder if he will make me say that at the end?" And you did! XD
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"I want to say something but I'll keep it to myself I guess and leave this useless post behind to make you aware that there WAS something... "
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