FF13: Chrome pt 15FF13: Chrome pt 154 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 15: Grand Finale.
My life seems now like an opera gone wrong. There was my birth, unwanted but still welcomed by a somewhat young mother and an underpaid father.
They were both farm tenders, taking care of animals and plant life alike. My father was blonde like a majority of the Yoners, his ears pierced and even my dark-haired mother Ophelia had her cartilage hooped.
The changes happened after news that my grandfather disappeared reached us. My father overwhelmed became a l'cie to try and protect us. But in turn, his Focus was to destroy the Yoner family. When we refused he became a cei'th. To save my mother and to free my old man from a gristly fate I set him ablaze.
My mother distraught tossed me into the streets. I was nearly killed by a stampede of monsters but I was saved by a blonde boy my age named Maqui, eyes a crystal blue color. He promised to me if we ever met again he'd continue to save me. I hardly believed it, I was okay on my own.
But in doing so I was noticed by
+The Teutonic Knight+ Part I: IN HOC SIGNO VINCES+The Teutonic Knight+ Part I: IN HOC SIGNO VINCES4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
+ The Teutonic Knight +
Part I: In Hoc Signo Vinces
It was very fortunate, he supposedas the snowflakes drifted down before his eyesvery fortunate indeed to have the Mother of God as one's patroness. Tancred von Marienburg pulled the cowl of his hood further down his face as another piercing gust of wind hissed through the stark-thin trees. A solitary figure in the immense, tractless forest, the young knight rode aimlessly through the ever-deepening snow. The road had long been buried under a veil of white, so that with each step, his horse sank up to its belly in the crisp, frozen snowdrift. As he rode over a particularly high mound of snow, he felt the soles of his boots brush the top layer with a soft, whispered hushing sound. Wherever he turned he glimpsed that eternal blanket of blinding, smarting white. When he looked up from the shadowy folds of his cloak, his eyes were dazed with the uniformity of white, as though the world gazed at him through a large
Hen DomenThe timbered realmHen Domen3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Of Hen Domen,
Rather than built of stone,
A mighty fort –
Bailey and motte –
Risen of wood alone.
A haughty site
Upon the heights,
Ever watchful towers;
Formed protective bowers.
A hardy band
Made stubborn stand
Atop the verdant knoll,
But passing age
And armies' rage
Soon took a heavy toll.
For fickle time
Is quite unkind
To strongholds made of twig;
All that remains
Of its domain
Is thicket, mound, and dig.
Dragon Wings -- Chapter SixChapter SixDragon Wings -- Chapter Six7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
There was no goodbye. No group of dragons surrounding them to see them off. Just Lydia, Cial, and Retsam, standing at the edge of the Clearing in the driving rain. Cial squinted through the water running into his eyes, having difficulty making out the shapes of his companions. He tried to use his night vision, his eyes beginning to glow a brighter blue, but it didnt do much for him. The glow flickered off.
Be safe on this journey, Lydia. Retsam said softly. Are you sure that youre well enough?
Yes, Retsam. Lydia smiled, or at least Cial thought so. He still couldnt see very well. Ill be fine.
Indeed, Lydias injuries had not been as bad as they had first appeared. The only serious one was a scratch along her foreleg, but with a bandage and some time it was now okay to fly with.
All right. Retsam allowed. I suppose it wouldnt be wise to wait any longer. Go, and I will send a
Dragon Wings -- Ch. FifteenDragon Wings -- Ch. Fifteen6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
It was a few days later when Cial was able to slip away again. Eva had been surprised upon his quick recovery from his illness, but her patient seemed healthy and well enough. She was busy enough with other things, anyways, considering how many injured dragons there were. Only one had died from his injuries so far, and the rest seemed to be healing nicely.
Cial managed to slip out of the Clearing just after mealtime, when Zor and Eva were preoccupied with an infected wound. Exaiyen had been talking intently with Kaya, and would hopefully fail to notice Cials absence. Even so, the red dragon broke into a run, hoping no voice behind him would call him back.
There was none. Cial eagerly ran towards the waterfall, his feet digging into the loose river soil. He had thought a lot about his experience the previous day, and was anxious to see the Fleet of Diamond Tears once again. Maybe he did have power. Maybe they could help him control it
He skidded to a stop bes
Dragon Wings -- Chapter ElevenChapter ElevenDragon Wings -- Chapter Eleven6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Hey, Cial! Come over here and help, please! Cial sighed and bounded over to where Eva was calling for him. She was watching over a group of little hatchlings, several of which were stumbling with exhaustion.
Here, carry one, The Head Healer demanded, gently picking one up and placing it on Cials back. It was still small and not very heavy, but Cial knew it would get to be a burden after awhile. The little hatchling curled up on Cials back and promptly went to sleep, snoring softly. The red dragon smiled a bit despite himself. Why was he being so grumpy? Everyone had to do their job, and carrying a hatchling wasnt so much of a burden.
The Fleet of Jade Oceans, still battered and bloody, was making their way to the Fleet of Crystal Bloods Clearing. Although flying would have been much faster, they had to walk, and they had to walk slowly. Too many of the group were too badly injured to press ahead.
You too, Zor. E
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Cial struggled to keep his breathing even, trying to remain calm in this alien situation. Whats wrong? He repeated in a shaky voice. Lilac wouldnt-- or couldnt-- reply. She stood still and unmoving, her eyes still alight with that strange blue glow, her expression blank and emotionless.
Was she having a Seer vision? Cial had no idea how that kind of thing worked, and could only wait in unnerving silence for Lilac to recover. Perhaps a minute later, Lilac sucked in a long breath, and the light in her eyes finally faded away.
W-what was that? Cial asked once darkness had fallen again, trying not to show how scared he had been.
I Saw something. Lilac whispered. Its Its the air in here. It somehow had more to say to me than the wind outside.
Cial stared at her, uncomprehending. Uh, right. What did you See?
What did I See ? Lilac repeated in a small voice
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 41Chapter Forty-oneDragon Wings -- Ch. 416 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The day of the attack was overcast and gloomy, as if the atmosphere too could sense Cial's tension. The light was white and pale as it outlined the dragons of the army, their bodies looking abnormally dark against the uniform silver sky. The air was cold, and Cial shivered as he walked along the edge of the territory.
He was trying to keep in constant touch with his dark power so as to better find the Dark Leader when the time came, but it still made him somewhat ill to do so. This power was an evil and unnatural thing, and he was beginning to realize this. There was no forgiveness or lightness to be found under the earth. It was dark, cold, and enclosing. It held the dead in it's unrelenting embrace, slowly eating away at all that fell victim to it. To think that this thing could actually be controlled it was frightening. More than frightening, it was terrifying. Cial hated being connected to such a power, and on such an intimate level as well.
But connected to
Rathalos vs. Tigrex NarrationRathalos vs. Tigrex Narration8 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Rathalos VS Tigrex
Writing by: Xglide
Picture by: Terekjet
It was a bright day, the sun blazed through the clouds, nya. It was another great day, meow. Hello the name is Xglide, Felyne Scribe, nya nya. This day I have experienced the most exciting and the most gruesome battle between two great monsters, the Tigrex and the Rathalos. Never have I seen such a battle, and in an unexpected place too: in the mountains, near Pokke village. I was lucky to record this extreme event without getting hurt. The talented Melynx Artist Terekjet, a good friend of mine, drew this picture above of the battle. And now the story begins.
I was stalking a Rathalos because I wanted to write an ecology about them. He was in the forest, near Kokoto Village, drinking water. He raised his head and checked his surrounding. I ducked down to hide from him. He flew up and grabbed onto his tail as he took off. Im really light so he didnt notice.
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Retsam, you have to believe me! Stroff was wrong! Cial cried.
Retsam looked down at him, his height and mass suddenly seeming very intimidating. His bright green eyes held no anger, but Cials entire body was shaking with nervousness. It was several hours after the incident with the crater, and the rest of the Fleet seemed to believe Stroffs earlier accusation.
Retsam, please, I really dont think Cial would do anything like this. Lydia pleaded from her place beside her adopted son. Hes innocent. Well, aside from sneaking out to chase the Scouts. Cial looked down, hiding from her sharp stare.
There was another dragon standing beside Retsam. He was long and green, like a snake, and age had dulled his once bright green scales to have a greyish tint. He was Barask, the Advisor, and the second most powerful dragon in the Fleet.
Barask glanced at Cial with a hooded expression. Sir, I think this whole thing is very
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The other dragons in the group hung back as Cial, Lilac, and Zahur entered a thick patch of trees. Cial carefully manoeuvred his way through the thick roots that were sprawled underneath the grass and leaves. Soon enough the thick foliage parted, and sunlight beat down on them once again.
There was a dragon sitting in the center if the clearing, his face turned away from them. His scales were a pale yellow that stood out among the green of his surroundings. Two wings so white they were almost blinding were folded on his back like a thick covering of snow, parted by the line of abnormally long spikes that ran down his spine and tail.
"Greetings, Leader." Zahur murmured, bowing low. Cial and Lilac mimicked the action, and Cial became aware of the Leader's aura. It was unlike anything he had ever sensed before. Instead of simply radiating power, like the other Protectors, the Leader seemed to be positively overtaken by it. It felt like if he were to be cut, he would not
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 36Chapter Thirty-sixDragon Wings -- Ch. 366 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Exaiyen's wing beats churned the cold mountain air as he drifted across the sky. His shoulders were aching after his long journey, but his face betrayed none of his discomfort, remaining a mask of stone. He scanned the mountains dully, until his gaze finally settled upon the tallest one. It's peak opened up into a large tunnel, like an icy mouth opened up to the cloudy sky. Exaiyen folded his wings and plunged inside.
Heat instantly flooded over his scales, stinging after the coolness of the northern wilderness. Exaiyen flapped his wings on the dead air, coming to a staggering stop on the bottom of the volcano. The stone sizzled under his feet as he landed, and he grit his teeth to stop from crying out.
Instantly he was aware of a presence in the mountain, something evil and vastly powerful. Exaiyen stood up straighter, staring straight ahead as the presence drew closer. It was nearly impossible to see - a shimmer of distorted air here, a brief, blurred shadow there-
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The tunnel descended briefly into darkness, and for a second Cial couldnt see a thing. Lilac continued to walk in front of him, completely at ease, and Kohari lumbered along in the lead. Cials head was still spinning with questions. How could Lilac be here? What was the Fleet of Diamond Tears? And what was all of this talk about magic?
Light began to flood into the tunnel, and soon the threesome emerged into a large cavern. Cial felt his jaw drop as an immense cavern was revealed, bright and welcoming, and scattered with dragons.
Many of them stopped what they were doing to stare at him, but others didnt-- and thats where it started to get weird. The dragons were doing things that Cial had never thought possible flashing beams of light, conjuring fire, even creating shimmering illusions, strange glittering shapes in the air. All of this had to be a dream. Dragons couldnt magic wasnt real! It couldnt be!
Golden Blood -- Ch. 3Chapter Three - JayGolden Blood -- Ch. 35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Jay! Pull up the nets!"
Sea spray was everywhere, sloshing into our fishing boat and soaking me to the skin. I groped blindly for the rough cordlike surface of the net, but felt only air and water.
"I can't see a thing!" I shouted in reply, struggling to stay balanced on the rocking boat. The sea was rough and cloudy today, and if we didn't hurry, we might get capsized.
My father swore. There was a break in the onslaught of water droplets and I saw a glimpse of him, tough and grizzled, holding onto the end of a net with all his strength. I stumbled over to him and latched onto the net as well.
"Heave!" He cried, and together we hauled the net on board. My heart sank as I saw the five or so fish thrashing there. Another terrible catch. We couldn't go on like this
The boat shook violently and I grasped the edge, struggling to stay on my feet. "Let's go back!" I called, spitting seawater out of my mouth. The water was cold and the wind was biting straight
Dragon Wings -- Chapter EightChapter EightDragon Wings -- Chapter Eight6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Cial awoke to a claw jabbing him in the side. He groaned. He was back in the fleet, and Lydia was telling him to get up. And she would complain again about how dragons his age seemed to always sleep in
And then reality hit with the force of lightning. He was outside Fleet territory, beside a river, and Lydia was dead. A thousand emotions battled for space in his head. Grief. Fear. Anger. Confusion. But if he was out in the middle of nowhere, who was poking him ?
He opened his eyes, startled to find that he was surrounded by a group of dragons. Were they rogues? Cial stood up slowly, trying not to make any sudden movements. Would rogues kill him for no reason?
They werent the same rogues that had attacked him and Lydia, at least. These ones had more brightly coloured scales. There were only four of them. But what if they were part of the same group as the rogues ?
What are you doing here? One of them growled. He was one of the more
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 43Chapter Forty-threeDragon Wings -- Ch. 436 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When Cial first woke, he thought he was blind.
There was cold, hard stone beneath him, but only darkness reached his eyes. He struggled to swallow back the panic that was rising up in him, and tried to use his night vision. The blue glow flickered weakly for a moment, highlighting rough rock walls and chunks of stone, before it died out. He did not have enough stored light to see any more.
His head was throbbing. Cial groaned, reaching up to feel his skull. It was sticky with partially dried blood. What had happened? Someone had hit him
His memories suddenly slammed back into his mind, and he whimpered softly. Zahur and the rest of the squadron were dead. The mission had failed. Lilac was in danger. And he had been captured by the Dark Leader.
"Awake, then, are you?" Cial stiffened in terror at Volkan's rough voice. Footsteps came along in the darkness toward him, and stopped a few dragon-lengths away.
"Where am I? Where's Lilac?" Cial tried to make the
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 44Chapter Forty-fourDragon Wings -- Ch. 446 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Soon Cial could sense the beating hearts of the Great Army on the surface, and he swept towards them eagerly. Would they be able to hear him? They had to be! Perhaps not one of the ordinary Fleet dragons, but one of the magicians must surely be able to sense him
The feet above him were constantly moving about, and shifting their weight from side to side when they were still. It seemed like most of the army was in a state of nervousness. Could this be because Cial's squadron had failed to return? Or was it because they could already see the attack that was going to be their undoing? Dizziness spun Cial about as he tried to locate Kohari among all of the other dragons. Surely Kohari would be able to sense him, and then Cial could tell him about Lilac and everything would be all right
All of the heartbeats felt the same! Cial would have growled in frustration if he had a mouth. How was he to tell one dragon from all the others? If only he still had his senso
Dragon Wings -- Ch. ThirteenChapter ThirteenDragon Wings -- Ch. Thirteen6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Follow my dreams. Cial thought to himself for what must have been the hundredth time that day. He looked up to the sky, uneasiness flitting through him as he saw that night was almost upon them. What did that message mean? Did it have something to do with the dream he had had the previous night? Everything that had happened recently seemed to be connected-- The white powers attack, the dream, and the message. But Cial had no clue as to what it all meant.
Watch it, midyear, if you make that too tight, I wont be able to breathe, An unhappy voice reprimanded him. Cial jumped, noticing that he had bound the leaf-bandage twice as tight as he needed to around the Fighter he was tending to. Sorry! He squeaked in apology and unwound the wrapping. I just drifted off for a second there.
I noticed, The dragon grunted, struggling to his feet once Cial had corrected his mistake. He turned and limped away, lea
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Zors life had been turned upside down.
In a time period of just months, everything he knew had disappeared. First, the episode with Cial, and the distrust that had gripped the Fleet then. Then, the rogue attack, and the shadow dragons. Zor could still feel the pain eating away at him, that he lost his mother to those demons. And then, it seemed like everything was finally going all right. They were taken in by another Fleet, and recovering. Retsam and his Advisor had even just been discussing moving to another Clearing.
They had been so close.
Sometimes Zor wanted to scream. Why was everything falling down around him!? Retsam was dead! The Fleet of Jade Oceans was under attack! Even Cial was gone! Zors friend had to be dead. What else could have happened? It seemed like he and Eva were the last dragons on earth. Everyone else was dead, victims of Zors violent, crumbling world.
It had been several days since the war had star
Dragon Wings -- Ch. 37PART THREEDragon Wings -- Ch. 376 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Quick! Gather the troops!"
"Where is Lukos!?"
"Shadow dragons! Shadow dragons!"
It was the middle of the night, and the panicked cries filled the army as the alarm was raised. Cial leapt to his feet, shaking away his exhaustion. The moon was hanging full in the sky, looking larger and more yellow than usual, outlining the forms of waking dragons in white-gold strokes.
"What's going on?" Someone cried, and Cial looked around. Instinctively, he shot his mind into the earth, and his awareness flooded out around him. He felt the dragons of the Army, many of them still sleeping. And further out, already fighting the Army's first line of defences, was a small group of dragons. But their footsteps were abnormally light and fast, and their bodies crackled with energy
"Shadow dragons are attacking!" Cial cried as soon as he withdrew his power. His body was shaking with fright, partly because of the shadow dragons, and partly because of the power he
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They had been running and flying for four days straight, and Cial was exhausted. Admittedly, dragons had the stamina to travel for long periods of time, but Cial and Lilac were young, and this was pushing it. Every footfall sent shots of pain up Cial's ankles and into his legs, like long, sharp splinters jolting up his bones. His lungs, too, were straining to get enough air. He longed to simply stop and rest, but Kohari's words echoed in his ears -- "You have eleven days to get there and back." Eleven days! It had seemed like plenty at the time, but getting this far alone was four days gone that was eight days total, if you counted how long it would take the Fleet of Fighters to reach the Great Army.
The mountains were close, blocking out the sky in great rocky spines. Cial spread out his consciousness, searching for life. He felt a few birds high above, but there was no sign of any dragons. How were they to find the Fleet of Fighters?
Cial shot a glance upwar
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Cial was improving.
Ara was impressed by how far he had come in the short time of six weeks. His earth magic was still a bit lacking-- only now could he kind of sense the sprout, and make it wiggle a bit-- but he had improved greatly in the areas of sensory and simple energy. He seemed to have a knack for magic. That was rare enough in itself, for most dragons did not possess the ability to manipulate energy, and those that could often had to work long and hard before they had reached the level that Cial had achieved so easily.
He had even visited a few other classes, that were past the beginner level, and learned how to do other things. Ara knew that Cial was special, as did everyone in the Fleet. His affinity for magic wasnt very surprising, on the contrary, it had been quite expected. Ara was honoured at having been chosen to teach the Chosen Leader, and was a little sad when Cial finally graduated from her class.
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It was evening when Cial first sensed the Dark Leader coming. It was still a very strange thing indeed for Cial to feel his own body walking around, controlled by another being. Cial stretched out his consciousness further, but found that the Dark Leader was somehow masking his presence. It was impossible to see the Dark Leader in any detail, or determine how many Fighters he was taking along.
Cial hurried to inform Lukos, and the powerful Protector stopped what he was doing immediately. Are you sure? He may be tricking you again
I know the Dark Leader when I sense him, Cial replied, miffed. And he is coming. I can't tell how many dragons he has with him, though.
Lukos paused, then finally let out a sigh. I will go on your word. The Leader called to his Protectors and began to organize the flight to the cliff. Cial shuddered, imagining what the final battle would be. The Dark Leader in his own body, fighting Lukos with amaz
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Shutters ran through the boys body he snarled as his fingers tangled with the grass. Pain erupted through him as his fingernails grew to black claws and his hair grew longer, flowing down his back. His piercing green eyes turned into a dreadful black as he rose to his hind legs. Brown and black fur now covered his body and his humanish features vanished. Sulky grey clouds passed over a bright full moon as a shrill howl from the boy filled the air. Hunger and the scent of prey rushed to him. The urge to destroy the very creatures he was begin to fill within him. But how could he have such a strong urge to kill humans when he practically was one? No he wasn't one. He was a monster.