Ch. 23 Panic
The sun was rising on another morning for the citizens of Warfang. Though the fear of the battle to come still lingered in every heart most couldn’t help but enjoy the fresh rays of the sunrise. It helped bring peace to many and hope to others, hope that this wasn’t to be their last sunrise.
For the legendary dragon couple, morning meant preparation. Even with their son back they both felt as if they carried the fate of the world in their paws once again, and they were going to use that as motivation to better himself and Luna.
Luna, though she was one of many who hated waking up this early in the morning, understood the importance of the training she was required to do. She saw the kind of evil they were up against the night Phoenus returned. It was an evil that does not discriminate against who it kills, regardless of how young they are. She also remembered how useless she was in stopping it, and used that to push herself even harder.
While the two champions of light were training, Phoenus remained fast asleep with his paws wrapped tightly around the still sleeping Granite. The couple were up late after dinner with his parents to allow all of those from his childhood catch up with him. His grandmother alone took up an hour of his time. Maka had brought over Fissure and the recently released Gravel as well, allowing Phoenus to meet the child of Stone. Phoenus noticed that even though Fissure was the same age Stone was when he began to fall into his dark ways, he showed no signs of going down the same path. In fact Fissure was timid and introverted.
As Phoenus slept, three of the four current Guardians were supervising the preparations of the Warfang army. With the arrival of the Ice, Fire, and Electricity kingdoms their numbers rose significantly, but doubt still lingered in their minds. Not only were they up against the Dark Master Malefor and the Prince of Darkness Demetrius, but if what Phoenus told them was true the God of Darkness Nukpana as well. The former two dragons were enough to strike fear into the hearts of any dragon.
While Flame was inspecting the catapults along the wall a horn was blown behind him. He turned to see it was from the main gate and immediately flew as fast as he could to the source, fearing the worst. Upon arriving he landed and was surprised to see no army approaching and quickly located the mole who blew the horn.
“What is the situation?” he asked.
“There is a single dragon wearing the armor of the Earth Kingdom at our gate.” The mole replied.
The Fire Guardian was confused and looked directly down and saw the lone dragon sitting in front of the gate. “That is odd... Has he tried anything?”
“No sir, he’s just been sitting there. It appears he also has a white tied to his tail.”
Upon further inspection Flame noticed the flag as well. He also noticed on the armor was a pouch with a scroll sticking out of it.
“I will go down and meet this dragon, I want you to rally a platoon to this section in case he has a trick up his sleeve.” Flame ordered.
“As you command sir.” The mole replied before scurrying off.
Flame jumped off the wall and glided down to the unexpected visitor with two soldiers behind him. Once they landed the earth dragon stood and faced the Fire Guardian.
“Master Flame.” He said with a slight bow. “I am...”
“What does Boulder want this time?” Flame interrupted.
The green dragon was surprised by the interruption but said “I only have this message to deliver.”
He reached into the satchel and gave the scroll to Flame, who quickly opened and read it. As he read the message he gasped and nearly dropped the scroll. Once he completed it, he turned to the soldiers behind him and said “find the other three Guardians and inform them I am calling an emergency meeting immediately.”
“... and as the new King of Volos I declare the Earth Kingdom hereby surrenders to Warfang and end this pointless war. Volos will aid the citizens in Warfang against the dark army if requested. I await your response. King Stone of Volos.”
Once he finished reading the letter to the other three Guardians Flame put the scroll down and examined his companions. Gravel of course had a proud grin, but the other two shared skeptical looks.
“That’s it? The war with Volos is over?” Glacia asked.
“If this scroll is to be believed, then yes.” Flame answered, still in disbelief himself.
“I knew Stone wouldn’t let us down!” Gravel exclaimed, clearly proud of his son.
“It was a gamble to let him go, but it appears to have worked.” said Flame.
“How do we know this isn’t a trick?” Statica asked. “Boulder could be using this as an opportunity to enter Warfang and strike from the inside.”
“That is a concern of mine as well.” Flame replied. “However, the writing is different from the many sent by Boulder. His penmanship was far worse than this, but the concern still lingers.”
“It did say that once Boulder was defeated he fled Volos, so we can’t ask for proof that he is no longer in power.” Glacia stated.
“I believe every word of this scroll.” Gravel declared. “However, I understand the skepticism, and I suggest we send someone to investigate these claims and report their findings.”
“We don’t have a lot of time to spare, if Stone is truly the king and is offering his army as support we need them as soon as possible.” Flame replied.
“We can send one of our fasted fliers, someone who will get there within the day.” Gravel suggested.
After a brief moment Statica said “Wasp. He is one of my most trusted friends and one of the fastest in Warfang. He will not let us down.”
“Any objections?” Flame asked the group. After the other two shook their heads no he declared “very well, Statica will inform Wasp of his mission and we will wait to hear his report. In the meantime we will return to the task of fortifying our defenses. Phoenus still thinks we have a few days before Nukpana is ready, but we need to be ready for an attack now.”
The other three Guardians all nodded in agreement and exited the chamber to carry out their current task. Flame and Gravel returned to preparing the army while Statica searched for Wasp. Glacia, still recovering from laying her egg, returned home to continue her recovery. Once she arrived home she walked into an empty house. She could not find Murghus or their two children. The egg was also missing, but the harness they used was also missing.
“Murghus must have taken the kids to the park.” She said assumingly. “He is such an amazing father.”
She wished she could join them, but she was simply too tired and retreated to her bed once more with a soft smile at the thought of Eira and Zoidius playing with their friends.
The Ice General Murghus frantically ran around Warfang, carrying his egg in the harness on his chest. He kept shouting the names of his two children as he searched for them. He already checked at Statica and Glacier’s home, but Thunor hadn’t seen them. He then tried all of the parks they normally go to, but with the events going on there were no children running around. His last hope was with Luna at Spyro and Cynder’s home, but no one was there. That was when he began to panic and searched the entire city.
“Eira! Zoidius! Where are you?!” he called out once more.
“General Murghus?” a voice from behind asked.
Murghus turned and saw Commander Aden, one of his closest friends.
“Aden! Have you seen Eira or Zoidius?” he quickly asked.
“I have not, I have been busy preparing my troops. Has something happened?”
“I can’t find them anywhere! They weren’t in their room this morning when I went to check on them.”
“Calm down my friend, take a deep breath. They are probably with their friends.”
“I’ve already checked with Glacier, and no one was in Spyro’s home. Do you know where they are?”
“I think I saw them entering the dojo early this morning with Luna, they might still be there.”
“Okay, I will check there, thank you!” Murghus exclaimed as he rushed to the Warfang dojo.
When he arrived, there were any dragons entering and exiting the building, but Murghus frantically pushed his way through and searched for Spyro. This dojo had several arenas, each catered for the different elements. With the arrival of Spyro, however, a special arena was made for those with multiple elements. Murghus knew he would find Spyro and his family there. As dragons with multiple elements was rare there weren’t any other dragons, allowing him to enter easily.
Inside the arena sat Spyro and Cynder. They were observing Luna practicing with her light element. She was mixing it with her bubble attack, which when the bubbles popped a small blast of light would erupt, causing damage to the ape dummies moving towards her.
Normally Murghus would be curious about this technique and would like to stay and watch, but he still had to find his kids, and by the looks of it they were not here either. He rushed up to Spyro and Cynder, quickly getting their attention.
“Murghus? What brings you here?” Cynder asked.
“Have any of you seen Eira or Zoidius?” he quickly asked. “I can’t find them anywhere!”
“We have not, Luna has been training all morning.” Spyro answered.
Murghus froze in disbelief, his fears were quickly becoming a reality, his children were missing. His legs began trembling as he felt weak, the fear of losing them forever taking hold of his heart. Spyro and Cynder rushed to his side and tried comforting him. Luna noticed what was happening and rushed over as well.
“We’ll find them Murghus, they have to be in the city somewhere.” Spyro said, trying to console his friend.
“What’s going on?” Luna asked.
Cynder turned her attention to her daughter and replied “Eira and Zoidius are missing, do you know where they might be?”
“I’ve looked everywhere! They aren’t with Thunor or at the park!” Murghus exclaimed on the verge of tears.
Luna was about to say something but shut her mouth, catching Cynder’s attention. “What is it Luna?”
She turned her head away as she said “well... the night Phoenus came back... Zoidius did mention, a plan...”
Now all three adults turned their attention to the young dragon. “What plan?”
“A plan... to rescue his unborn younger sibling...”
“You mean Demetrius and Zarona have another child?” Spyro asked.
“Yeah, he said his mother laid it just before he ran away. He wanted to steal the egg and bring it here so the hatchling won’t be raised to be evil.”
“They’re not at the Mountain of Malefor.” Cynder stated. “We were just there, they evacuated to somewhere else.”
“They must be at Demetrius’ castle.” said Spyro. “That’s the only place I can think...”
Spyro was interrupted by Murghus removing the harness carrying his egg and giving it to Cynder. “Please deliver this to Glacia, and tell her everything!”
Cynder held onto the egg, but before either of them could say anything Murghus ran out of the room.
“Murghus! Wait!” Spyro exclaimed and tried to run after him, but was quickly reminded of the magic chain that once again tied him to Cynder when it activated and brought him to the ground.
Cynder quickly put on the harness and secured the egg to her chest before assisting her husband back to his feet. “We have to go after him!” She exclaimed. “He barely managed to survive against Demetrius, now he will be up against Malefor as well!”
“And Nukpana.” Spyro added, catching his breath. “We would be leaving Warfang weaker if we leave.”
“What about Phoenus?” Luna asked. “Surely he could help.”
“He’s the only option.” Cynder admitted. “Luna, go find him and take him to Glacia’s home. We will inform him of the situation there.”
Luna nodded and ran out of the room, followed closely by Spyro and Cynder. Luna flew off to Granite’s home while her parents went to Glacia’s. Spyro and Cynder landed a couple minutes later and knocked on the door. Inside the home Glacia awoke with a soft yawn and sleepily answered the door.
“Oh, hello Spyro, Cynder, what brings you...” The Ice Guardian paused when she saw Cynder carrying her egg. “Cynder... why do you have my egg?”
“Glacia, something has happened with Eira and Zoidius.” Spyro answered. “Murghus couldn’t find either of them, and according to Luna Zoidius was making a plan to go and rescue his unborn younger sibling.”
“We assume Eira went with him as well.” Cynder added. “Murghus immediately flew away to track them down, he gave us your egg to return to you.”
Glacia felt her heart sink into her stomach. “My... My children are going... where?”
“We are going to ask Phoenus to go after them, he’s the only one able to...”
Spyro paused his sentence when he felt a disturbing presence nearby. He looked around and noticed dark storm clouds closing in on Warfang. There had been no previous signs of a storm approaching, the weather had been perfect up until now.
Cynder noticed her husband’s shift in focus and asked “Spyro, what is it?”
He didn’t initially reply as he watched the storm clouds. Something in his gut told him it was no ordinary storm. The three of them heard a distant rumbling, causing the two dragonesses to look at the storm clouds as well.
“That’s odd, we weren’t expecting a storm today.” Cynder stated.
“Indeed...” Spyro replied, still deep in thought.
The clouds were swiftly approaching the city, and as they neared the city they began to widen. In a short amount of time it was big enough to cover the entire city.
“The clouds are moving too fast and too specific. Something is not right.” Spyro stated. He turned to Glacia and said “get inside and get under any cover you can, and don’t come out until the storm has passed.”
“But what about...”
“There’s nothing that can be done about that right now! We have to prepare the city!” Spyro interrupted.
A little shocked Glacia nodded and took her egg back from Cynder before retreating into her home and locking the door. The storm clouds had now blocked off the sun, covering the city in darkness.
“This is no ordinary storm, is it Spyro?” Cynder asked.
The purple dragon shook his head, and before he could say anything in response he was suddenly tackled into Cynder from behind. They all tumbled to the ground, but as they fell Spyro saw where they once stood was struck by a bolt of red lightning, the stones making the path flew everywhere leaving a crater in their place. After hitting the ground Spyro also saw that the one that tackled him was Phoenus.
“Son!” he exclaimed as he scurried back to his feet. “Thank you! Do you know what is happening?”
Phoenus caught his breath before saying “it’s Demetrius. He is attacking Warfang!”