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Blood and Rings 01

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Published: February 16, 2011


Author's Notes:

Blood and Rings is based on the Sonic the Hedgehog universe and is my attempt to detail Tails' life before he meets Sonic in the games.

Sonic and all related IP belongs to SEGA/ Sonic Team
No copyright or trademark infringement intended.

Series rated "Web-14" for violence & mild language.





Blood and Rings
Chapter 01



One day, Miles woke up.

He was cold, wet, and numb. Steady rain pelted his body. The fox kit struggled to move, but his limbs had trouble responding.

"Mommy...? Daddy...?" he moaned.

Sand and rocks shifted beneath him as he struggled. His head was ringing like a fire bell, and his tiny muscles ached and burned. The boy's vision began to focus, and he could see he was on a deserted beach. The sun hovered over the horizon, even as the dark clouds above continued to pummel him. The only sounds he could hear was the wind, the rustling leaves of the palm trees around him, and the ocean waves crashing against the shore.

Miles curled into a ball to try to conserve his body heat. He shivered and shuddered at the wind and the rain. He felt so cold. He didn't know where he was, or why he was alone on a beach in the rain.

"Mommy?! Daddy?! Anybody!" he cried.

Nobody answered.

The tide was coming in, and the ocean water surged past him, knocking the boy out of his ball form and carrying him up the shore – only to drag him back. Miles desperately clawed for anything he could latch on to; he slipped off a rock, and only stopped when he dug his arms into the wet  sand. The fox kit coughed up seawater.

"Helllp!"

He was disoriented, and he rubbed the saltwater out of his eyes, trying to see where higher ground was. Miles crawled as fast as his body would let him to the nearest palm tree, but he was much too slow to escape the next wave. The water scooped him up, and the boy collided with several rocks on his way up the shore. The water peaked, then mercilessly dragged Miles back down. The fox smacked into yet another rock, but its shape held his body in place even as his tails waved in the receding water. Miles' mouth suddenly tasted like wet rust. Miles lay draped over the rock, too weak to move. He could hardly feel his limbs.

"Mommy... daddy... help."

The next wave surged past him, but Miles clung to the rock or dear life, even as the water went over his head. When the water receded once more, Miles knew he couldn't stay there any longer. His body was cold, battered, and numb, but by force of will he peeled his limbs off the stone and crawled up the sandbank. The water caught him again, and he bashed into one more rock before coming to rest in the sand. Miles was senseless, and his limbs refused to work any longer. One last wave scooped him up, and gently deposited the boy at the top of the sandbank, as if sorry for its earlier ruthlessness. But the damage had already been done. Blood loss and hypothermia were pulling him down into sleep, and he somehow knew he wasn't going to wake up again. Miles whimpered at his cruel fate, abandoned on a nameless shore, not knowing if anyone knew or cared he was there. Tears streamed down his face into the mud he lay in.

"Mommy... daddy... where... are you... why..."

A golden shimmer of light caught his fading attentiveness. A circular object Miles had never seen before appeared before him. It was a ring, about the same diameter as Miles' head, and curiously, it floated a few inches off the ground, spinning lazily on a vertical axis.

What?

Miles stared at the alien object. It just hovered there, rotating nonchalantly as if nothing else mattered in the world. It was strangely soothing to look upon as he slowly slipped into unconsciousness. It even seemed to radiate a warmth than made him forget he was dying. Miles wondered if he could just touch it before he completely slipped away. He signaled his nearest hand to move, and two of his fingers managed to twitch. Just forcing his fingers to jerk took unimaginable effort. One twitch at a time, those two fingers and his thumb dragged his lifeless arm towards the golden ring. After what seemed an eternity, Miles' left hand was positioned directly beneath the floating ring. That simple act took every last bit of energy he had, and the boy could not summon the strength to lift his arm. The ring was so close, and yet so terribly far away. Miles silently wept at the fact that he could not perform such a simple task as touching an object not three inches above his hand. Miles inwardly knew he was leaving this world forever. All he wanted to do... was touch it.

Then, the ring began to flicker and fade.

No... wait... come back! Please!

Miles struggled as he had never struggled before, his mind consumed by the desire to just lift his hand and touch the ring. Dead nerves fizzled back to life, frozen muscles warmed in spite of the rain. Miles hand trembled as his arm strained against the cruel force of gravity.

Two inches.

Miles lay on the very edge of death, and he knew he this one and only chance to touch the mysterious object. The fox's eyes were already glazing over, but the last few coherent thoughts in his head were utterly consumed by the golden ring. If he failed now, eternal sleep would be his only reward.

One inch.

It hardly occurred to the boy that it was pointless anyway. Death awaited him whether he succeeded or not, but some mis-aimed sense of pride compelled Miles to spit in death's face before it took him. But, his arm weakened. His hand drooped. His breath escaped him. Suddenly, Miles despaired as the ring, now translucent and barely visible, sputtered its last few times.

REACH!!! Miles screamed inside his mind.

He touched it. Miles actually touched it. On its last and final flicker, Miles grabbed the golden ring. Its connection to this world restored, the ring flared in Miles' eyes, out-competing the brightness of noonday sun. Miles spasmed and screamed out loud as alien heat and electricity surged into his wet and naked body, threatening to cook him alive. The golden ring seemed to dissolve in Miles' hand, brilliant motes of light absorbing into Miles' flesh. The sensory overload was more than he could bear.

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!"

As quickly as it began, the surge was over, and the ring was gone. Miles now lay on his back with the rain pelting his face, feeling more than a little sizzled. His brain was completely scrambled, and couldn't comprehend what had just happened. But, his body was as unresponsive and before, and weariness overcame him.

The fox kit smiled. He had done it. He had touched the ring. And it was glorious.

All that was left...
… was darkness.
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OK, I'm borrowing my friend's ancient Dell laptop to my home needs, since my main PC is still out of commission. But holy cow, it's slow.

I'm rather burnt out from Tails of the Old Republic right now, so I've shifted to something else for the time being. I don't know if I'll complete this series before I move back to TotOR, but hopefully I won't abandon it like I did Chronicles of Lylat

On another note, I'm a rather sentimental guy, and I had quite a bit of trouble writing this chapter. Tails isn't 14 here like in TotOR -- try a decade earlier. I must have Joss Wheldon Syndrome -- I hurt the characters I love. Why?

Detailed comments appreciated, but short ones will do, to. :heart:
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Comments (25)
Lionwar1996's avatar
Damn........ You like hurting tails, don't you?
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
I have Joss Whedon Syndrome -- I hurt the characters I love most. :cries:
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Lionwar1996's avatar
Lol, I admit, I probable emotionally and/or physically hurt tails so much in my head, it's terrifying.
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HyperSonicXdA's avatar
HyperSonicXdA|Hobbyist Writer
Damn you're good at getting Tails mangled.
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Heh, well, they say adversity builds character. ;P

Thanks for the comment! :heart:
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littlebigboy12's avatar
Yes Tails, yes, LIVE!
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Of course he has to live. Game canon would be screwed if he didn't, and I'd be out of a story! :XD:

Thanks for the comment! :D
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SonicTailsBros4ever's avatar
lol. Wow! So...did Tails faint because only Sonic can touch the rings...because Uncle Chuck made them for him, or is this not the SatAM reasoning? XD This is awesome! I loved it! I love taking into consideration Tails' past! It's so fun! *U* Rock on!
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Hi there! :D

This version of the Sonic universe is based on a "hybrid continuity" that attempts to integrate the eight major Sonic franchises into a single, unified continuity. This includes the SEGA games, the Sonic X anime, the Archie and Fleetway comics, the DiC cartoons AoStH, Sat AM, & Underground, and The Movie.

Being the "alpha-canon", the SEGA games take precedence.

So, to answer your question, the rings function mostly like how they are found in the games: collectible tokens that protect you from fatal injury. However, I'm also including their ability to boost a character's natural Chaos powers -- if he or she is skilled enough to use them.

This was Miles Prower's very first ring he absorbed, and his body wasn't able to handle it.

Thanks for the comment! :heart:
I'm glad you liked this story. Since SEGA doesn't deign to give us official backstories for their characters, stuff like this is ripe for fanfiction. I also have other stories featuring Tails, so check them out too if you're interested! :D
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SonicTailsBros4ever's avatar
lol. Thanks for the info.! This sounds really cool! I love this idea! All eight continuities...wow...! You're determined! I admire that! ^U^

Oh, I see! Nice way for the Rings to work! Poor Miles, though...

lol. This stuff RULES for FFN! XD Another reason for me to love this fandom so much! XD

I'll definitely check them out! Hope you like my stories, too!
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noofer7|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I wasn't expecting a new series, now of all times. Great introduction, with a lot of emotion and realism to Tails' struggles. I also love the way you take rings, your standard "bizarre retro video game object," and make it fit into a more serious situation.
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Yeah, I'm borrowing a laptop from one of my friends. I'm a little burnt out from my TotOR series right now.

The rings are a game item I think can use more explanation. Functionally, they're what keep you alive when you get struck by spikes, bullets, rockets, etc., instead of getting reduced to chunky salsa. I figure they work by allowing near-instant healing when a living body takes damage. This healing factor is limited, of course, which is why they don't protect against crushing or drowning. (Sonic must have been out of rings when he got impaled by Mephiles.)

The cartoons and comics tend to take a different approach. The rings there are generally called "Power Rings" and serve to boost a character's natural Chaos powers (typically Sonic's) so he can stronger, faster, and tougher than normal. In fact, in Sonic Unleashed, Sonic could consume his collected ring energy to boost his speed, just like in the cartoons and comics.

I'd prefer to take a hybrid approach where the rings are capable of both the healing factor and the power boost, for all characters who know how to use them. For all characters capable of absorbing them, the rings would provide protection from fatal damage. And, for characters skilled enough to use them at will, the collected ring energy could be consumed for a temporary power boost, like a backup battery pack.

Tails in this series has just absorbed his first ring, and doesn't know what they are or what they do (yet).

Thanks for commenting! :D
(I hid your double-post)
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alpinethehusky|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was great And summed up in a series of sounds: thud, thud, thud, *ring noise here* But despite the simplicity there was a lot to take in... Awe inspiring level of detail 9.5-10/10 keep up the good work. *Acheivement unlocked: Alpines :thumbsup: *
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Wow, I made an Xbox score. Woo! :XD:

Thanks for the comment! Yeah, that does effectively sum up the events of this chapter; I'm glad you liked it! :D
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milesprower99|Hobbyist General Artist
i feel your pain buddy. but, as i have learned from my own writings, hurting the characters you love and charish seem to make a great story for your readers. plus, you can pour all of your emotions into the pain and suffering your causing and create such an intense scene that rocks the sences of your readers, thus making you a great and powerful writer.
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you liked this! :D
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milesprower99|Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome!! ^^
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HedgehogNeesah's avatar
For a second I thought the ring was going to give him power xD You had me going for a second there ^^ I liked this story, and it brings up so many questions. That's a good tool for writing you know.
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Hi there! :D

Well, the ring did do **something** to him. We'll just have to find out what! ;P

Yes, questions, questions. You're certainly free to ask them, though I can't guarantee I'll answer!

Thanks for the comment! What did you like most? :meow:
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HedgehogNeesah's avatar
Aww, so that's how its gonna be? (I wanna know what the ring did now jk lol)

What I liked most about it? Well... you wrote it very well and you did good with how Tails felt about wanting to touch the ring even if he died; because to him, it was so gleaming and mysterious, he'd never seen anything like it. That was what you were addressing, like you wanted us to know exactly how he felt. (That's another great technique with writing. You wanna draw your readers into the character's feelings ^^)
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Thank you so very much! :heart:

If you're interested, check out some of my other Tails-related stuff! :D
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Hordaks-Pupil's avatar
ah poor Miles, but this is an awesome story and I love it :)
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Pyre-Vulpimorph's avatar
Thank you! :meow:

I love Tails, but in all my stories I seem to pull him through the wringer. Builds character, I say. ;P

But writing his struggle to touch the power ring made me teary-eyed. :cries:

What did you like most? :D
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Hordaks-Pupil's avatar
You're welcome. I do the same thing to the characters in my stories. I loved the scene where touched the power ring, powerful stuff :)
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