From each step of their hooves pressing on the dead grass and the dead leaves that had withered when Nibel has gone blind. These two have one goal for them to accomplish: Restore Nibel before it is nothing but a dead and a ghost forest forever. However, they must face obstacles for their own survival in Nibel due to that there are predators that target on Spirit Guardians but the Spirit Guardians are targeting on one Spirit Guardian, an orphan named Ori. The Spirit Guardians blame Ori for causing their own forest home into a withering hell and a dangerous place. But Ori has someone who will protect the him. A Spirit Guardian who was rumored to be the first Spirit Guardian born in Nibel named Sein, she wants Ori's help for her and him to restore Nibel by reviving the Spirit Tree. Some can even say on a dangerous journey like what Ori and Sein are facing...how long can two heroes save their home if everything and everyone is against them? As Ori was walking beside Sein to stay close to her as she said earlier, they were going to where Ori once took. The path from earlier where Ori was attacked by a monster and when he came across a burning water enough to kill someone like Ori, and only one path was blocking their way with thorns growing on it with it's purple glowing body like bush. Sein stepped forward toward it.
"Ori you must stand back." Sein ordered Ori to stand back. Ori did what she said and Sein held her hand out to the thorn blob whatchamacallit (To be honest with you, I have no idea what those things are called). Then a flame burst out of her hand burning the blob into smithereens, no thorn was launched during the impact but it did clear the way.
"Come on!" Sein said. Ori and Sein had entered an area that Ori has never been in (Which he never been in other places in Nibel since Naru was worried he might get hurt), there was a somewhat like well where it had a light growing from the middle, the glowing flowers on top of them, and markings on it. Sein went closer to it while Ori was just behind her not knowing what it was.
"Spirit Wells are ancient structures, connected by the roots of the Spirit Tree. Spirit Guardians can use these to cure and bring their strength back if they feel weary....except if they had the same disease like Rico. But we can't use it now, not yet, use it like I said. If your hurt or wounded badly, you can use these to cure you and have your strength back." she explained to Ori how to use the Spirit Wells. These Spirit Wells are best and most used by Spirit Guardians if they're hurt or feeling weary but not curing their sickness and illness. Ori and Sein cannot use these if they do feel hurt. There wasn't another path but a huge edge that's too high enough for them climb, Ori looked at Sein if she could just fly on the top and she looked at him while reading his thoughts.
"To be honest Ori, when I said my strength was returning to me..I didn't mean all of my strengths but only the ones that I can use to attack and defend but not to get us to various places. They will come back to me later although, but we have to continue." she said. Ori followed Sein to a big blue soft round that looked like a overgrown flower.
"Let me show you what it can do, it's very useful for us!" Sein said. She jumped on it's top and Ori lost sight of her when she launched up in the air. Ori looked up when Sein was floating to dropping on the top of a broken stairs, he felt a bit frightened that he might get hurt real badly if he jumped high in the air.
"Ori, jump on it and you will be fine. I'll catch you up here!" she shouted back at Ori for him to hear. But Ori was worried if he would get killed in the process. He heard a sound from where Ori and Sein came from, he saw a creature like frog, it's fists where on the ground as it's feet were bouncing. Ori remembered what it was being told by Naru and he quickly jumped on the big blue flower. He screamed in fear and looking down at how high he was rising up from the ground, he felt his armpits being grabbed by Sein's hands. She laughed but Ori wasn't as he shaking and shivering.
"That's the reaction every Spirit Guardians make when they use these!" she laughed. Ori removed his fear looking face and turned to Sein with a mad face at her telling her it wasn't that funny, it gave Ori a heart attack, he was feeling the paranoia of getting killed by jumping high. After that, they've forgot about it and continued onward
Watching the two Spirit Guardians walking together to wherever they're heading to, he hangs on tree branches with his long arms and legs being quiet so they could not hear them, the only one he was looking was the little one. Waiting for the chance to make the little one pay for causing the forest to decay.
"Careful, we've been calling those Spine Slugs...For obvious reasons, they can shoot spikes out of their spines and are really deadly so be careful with those." Sein said to Ori to be careful with the Spine Slug. They had a Spine Slug standing still thinking that blocking them might be a good idea to do so, Spine Slugs are dangerous slugs known to Nibel but not that dangerous for the strong ones except for weak ones such as new born Spirit Guardians. Their spikes aren't poisonous but they can still hurt you. The slug let out four spikes out of it's back, the other two were going to other directions while the other two were going to Ori and Sein's directtion, Ori ducked and covered his head while a spike landed in front of him while the other landed next to Sein. She shot out flames that hit the Spike Slug making it turn into ashes. She told Ori to follow her as she found a square shaped rock blocking a path.
"Help me pull this." she said. Ori and Sein grabbed the rock, with their strength, they've pulled the rock backwards in order to open the blocked path. It was heavy but the two Spirit Guardians did pull it. The inside revealed to be a somewhat bunker with a hole in the left corner leading to the other side of where Ori and Sein came from above. The bunker seemed to have broken wooden bottles and scratch marks along with less cyan liquid on the floors and walls, they're even on the wooden bottles. Ori put his hand on his chest when Sein gasped, he turned to Sein with a sigh of relief making her know she scared Ori.
"Sorry about that....it's just that....somebody was attacked here by..whatever it was." Sein said. It seemed that this bunker had someone living there when some kind of creature attacked them, whatever it was it had claws sharp enough to make claw marks and wound others. Ori looked around and found a brown paper but Ori didn't know what a paper was, there were words written on it and he crouched to read it (He didn't touched it because he's afraid it might hurt him) and it said this.
*At this point, I might be screwed right now. What do I mean by being screwed up? It's the whole damn forest. Everything started to wither and decay, fruits no longer grow and there is less animals dying here. But the worst thing is..there are monsters that come out rarely in Nibel are common now, the other monsters are something we never seen before. Like if they were from other places. And get this, I've been hearing rumors that when Spirit Guardians and the Gumons and the Guardians were leaving Nibel, they got killed by some of them invisible bastards. This never happened before, but they are sounding like keeping us in this forest starting to become hell. You can bet, I'm gonna stay here until someone from outside finds out what's happening and save us. And if there is someone who manages to avoid getting killed by those monsters keeping anyone from getting out of Nibel and return with an a ton of guys from the outside world to help us from this forsaken forest, I'll be forever thankful to them. As for me, I'm staying in this place so I can't get killed, since I have a load of food for myself to eat in case all of this is over. I just hope nothing bad will happen to me.*
Whoever wrote this is dead by now judging by the scratch marks in the bunker. The bunker didn't have any food, probably someone or something stole them after the writer of the page got killed by a creature. But near the page, was a weird odd looking stone, Ori grabbed it and observed it. It seemed to have the appearance of a circle but it's missing the other half but it sure did looked weird to Ori.
"Whatcha got there?" Ori responded his hearing from Sein's question. He showed her the odd looking stone, she was observing the stone to see if she knew what it was.
"That's a keystone! They are used to open Spirit Gates but they need more than just one keystones, Ori we can open a Spirit Gate unless if the Spirit Gate has keystones missing. But who put this here?" she said. The stone Ori was holding was a keystone, according to Sein it can open any Spirit Gates but they require more than just one. They hope that this keystone is the only one missing. They've exited the bunker to continue their way to Hollow's Grove, they've came across thorns that prevents anyone from climbing a path beneath a tree. Ori was thinking how he and Sein would get over there. For a moment. Ori felt a strange force around him and sees how the ground was lowering except his hooves weren't touching the ground, he looked at Sein to see her reaching her hand out to Ori but she didn't seem to wanting to grab him. She moved her hand and Ori was slowly moving above the thorns and was lowered down on the ground, he does know that Sein did it but he wasn't sure what ability Sein used. She began to slowly rise from the ground as she was calm around this, she went to Ori and landed next to Ori gently.
"We all have 'talents' inside of us you know?" Sein winked at Ori. Ori looked at his hand having the thought of having a 'talent' as it was said by Sein. She meant that every Spirit Guardian have powers and abilities, the power she used was telekinesis which is a ability to move things with your mind including anything that's living. It's obvious Ori doesn't know any of these abilities but he will later get them once he grows up. Or during in this journey perhaps. They walked on a bridge keeping them from falling and touching the purple water that would hurt them anyone by touching it, but the bridge ended with two holes that if they're joined together then they would be a circle. Sein walked up to them and Ori knew that these were the Spirit Gates Sein was talking about.
"This Spirit Gate blocks us...They were built for protection, before the days of decay. We already have the keystones. If we want to reach the Spirit Tree, we must pass the Spirit Caverns that lie beyond this gate". Sein said. Ori and Sein had to go through the Spirit Caverns before going to Hollows Grove after they reach the Spirit Tree. A booming noise came from behind Ori and Sein but it seemed that it was farther, it felt like if something huge crashed down on the earth making that sound.
"Quick the keystones!" she said. Ori hurried to the Spirit Gate and put the keystone on one of the holes. One problem is that they were missing a -
"No worries, I have one Ori." ........anyway. There were noises that sounded like a monster breathing and grunting making Ori looked at the path they were in as the same monster Ori encountered before meeting Sein was there climbing over the thorns from beneath. Sein grabbed the keystone from her bag and placed it to the other hole. The gate opened and the monster sprinted on it's 4 limbs towards them. Sein grabbed Ori and dashed to the other side of the gate to pressing a stone next to the gate that allowed it to close, the monster was hitting on the gate so it could break it down. Ori was backing away fast from the gate.
"It's fine Ori, the gate won't get demolished by Rico!" she said to Ori. Ori remembered that the monster who attacked him used to be a Spirit Guardian but transformed into what he is now and tried to kill Ori and his name was Rico. Rico stopped hitting the gate and panted from exhaustion. Ori heard Rico's footsteps fading away, Ori and Sein sighed with relief.
"I told you so. Let's get going shall we?" Sein said. She hold her hand out for Ori and he grabbed it so she would lift him from the ground. As they continued, there seemed to be a pile of stone with two stones pointing at west and east. They also had writings on them as well. The west said Spirit Caverns while the east said Hollows Grove.
"Like I said earlier, we go to Spirit Caverns. There's a reason to go there Ori, you'll see when we get there." she said. Ori wondered what the reason was, he followed Sein to Spirit Caverns to see what the reason is.
Another Spirit Gate was closed and had two missing keystones. Sein sighed in frustration as she looked at the closed gate.
"Something is not right here at all! There were supposed to be keystones attached to the gate but someone or something is stealing them. It's as if they are trying to prevent us from going to any part of Nibel! It makes me so frustrated!" she angered from the gate being closed. Ori was following her since he was not happy because Sein said that the keystones were supposed to be in those holes but she said that something or someone is getting rid of them. Sein went behind Ori and climbed down on the small bridge they crossed, she waited for Ori to drop down and he did drop down having Sein to catch him. They were coming down on a cavern where it had a Spine Slug but big and not like the other Spike Slug they encountered due to it not having any eyes, Sein had her arm blocking Ori to have him stand back.
"That's a Split Slime. It can be split in two if you kill this part of it. Stand back." Sein said. Ori stand back while Sein launched the same flames from her hands as she did a few times before. The slime did split once the flames hit it, she finally took out the other rest of them making the path cleared. Ori looked behind to see that there was a staircase made out of tree trunks, he felt Sein behind him because she wanted to see what Ori was looking at. She walked down the stairs to make sure it's safe, she reached the bottom of the stairs and was staring at something. She moved her hand to alert Ori to come to her, he did and he was meet with another one of those ancient structures built by the Spirit Guardians except it didn't looked like a Spirit Well.
"Ori, this is a Map Stone, one of the many ancient markers created to chart the forest of Nibel as it grew. It has a piece missing which is a stone fragment and I do have one with me." Sein explained about the Map Stone. She grabbed the stone fragment from her bag made out of leaves and placed it on the Map Stone, while she was doing that, Ori was looking around to see a keystone lying beside the Map Stone then he picked it up.
"Whoever's stealing those keystones are a bit bad hiding them." she said.
Taking out the smoke grenade to make Ori and Sein blind in order for them to have the perfect chance to kill Ori for causing the forest to decay.
"Let's go make the brat pay."
Ori was about to give Sein the keystone when a strange small object came down the stairs, the object was covered in wood and stones with smoke coming out of the other stone part of it.
"ORI GET OVER THERE!!" Sein shouted at Ori to take cover behind the Map Stone. Sein took cover behind the Map Stone with Ori next to her, the object exploded into pieces with smoke starting to fill the area with smoke like a part of a fog entering a cave. Sein got out of her cover and wiped the smoke clear with her hand, coming down the stairs was a Spirit Guardian and behind him were eight other Spirit Guardians. Ori was still in his cover as he watched Sein preparing her flames for attack. Ori was starting to become worried for Sein that she might loose to them.
"Who are you? Have you -"
"I'm not of your concern and I want you to leave. Now." Sein threatened the Spirit Guardian. Ori was still hiding behind the Map Stone to avoid getting seen by the Spirit Guardian but he caught his head peeking over the Map Stone.
"Look miss, we just want that child. We've been looking for -"
"Absolutely not! I've came across 3 of your 'assassins' who tried to kill him because you blame all of this on him. Let me make this clear to you and to your friends behind you that he isn't to be blamed for all of this." she told the Spirit Guardian. However it seemed the Spirit Guardian was rather furious at Sein's request that he doesn't even know who she is at all, Ori saw the dagger in his hand and was starting to become more worried and concerned of Sein.
"No..let me make this clear to you...our home was withered and has been invaded by predators not from here, we can't get out because of them. That black fiend shouldn't have killed the Spirit Tree, IF THAT MOTHER####### BRAT CAME TO US BEFORE!!" the Spirit Guardian yelled at Sein to hand over Ori so they could kill him. The Spirit Guardians who have been surviving the decaying forest has changed their personalities, characteristics, moods, and their relationship with other Spirit Guardians for their own survival. But if they see Ori. They will not hesitate to kill him or torture him. Some even want to imprison him for life. However there are some Spirit Guardians who don't blame Ori for decaying Nibel, these Spirit Guardians who are about to attack Ori and Sein are one of the Spirit Guardians in Nibel who are trying to kill Ori to get their revenge on him.
"Hand him over to us." he asked furiously to Sein.
"Over my dead body..." Sein threatened the Spirit Guardian.
"Ori, it's best if you don't see this." she told Ori not to see the fight. Ori stopped peeking and hid behind the Map Stone covering his ears and closing his eyes tightly.
Watching the owl observing the forest from a tree and smiling of how her vengeance was going as she wanted to. Hiro was spying on the owl because he felt bad for her....past..Hiro didn't want to get the owl's attention since she had killed a few Spirit Guardians in order to destroy every last children to forget the Spirit Tree. Hiro has a keystone from a Spirit Gate and leaves the area where he was spying on the owl. He was searching for a place to hide it in order to prevent Ori and Sein from restoring the Spirit Tree.
A finger was poking Ori's shoulder making him gasp to look and see it was only Sein.
"Everything's is taken care of now, I didn't kill them though they're only unconscious. We have to go before they get their conscience back." Sein said. Ori followed Sein up to the wooden staircase as he walked passed Spirit Guardians on the ground unconscious. Sein doesn't want to kill the Spirit Guardians because she wants them to understand that Ori is not to be blamed for all of this. Ori felt sorry for them but also scared of them waking up and try to attack Ori and Sein again. They are entering some unknown area where there is a tree growing from the ground and it seemed to be going upwards from above the Spirit Caverns. The light of the sun setting was appearing from holes from above. Ori wondered where they were going to.
"Ori. Look." Sein said. She pointed to where they were headed. Ori saw that she was pointing to a tree with a glowing like orb on top just like the Spirit Tree, it looked like a miniature version of the Spirit Tree. Sein wasn't letting Ori to follow her because it was safe to go near it. Ori was approaching the tree slowly, is this what Sein meant of going to the Spirit Caverns? What was this tree?
Coughing and walking in pain from losing her blood cells from a poison growing inside, killing all of the cells inside her body causing her to enter the afterlife. She looses his vision as it turned black and felt her body crumbled to the ground. Her heartbeat wasn't beating anymore, nor was she alive anymore.
There were those that turned to hope...
...When she ravaged and killed
Ori was approaching the tree seeing how strange it was. Sein walked to the tree and placed her hand on the wood of the tree, he saw Sein sad as she touched the tree. But why?
"The light of the Spirit Tree lives in all of us. He's the reason we're alive, he's the reason we grew." Sein placed her other hand in her chest.
"When he called out to find you, many years past...we were attacked, wounded, and killed by her..now these Ancestral Trees are all that's left behind. Come closer and feel the light of Fil, the spirit inside." she said. Ori had his hand covering his mouth as Sein just said that this tree is a grave to a dead Spirit Guardian. He didn't know what Sein meant, feel Fil's light. What was she talking about? Ori did as she said and thought of placing his hand on the tree. Sein stand back slowly but wasn't showing any sign of fear. Ori looked back at the tree and there were suddenly white glowing leaves growing on it's branches, there were lights appearing from the tree and touching Ori's chest. He felt a strong and powerful force that felt like he was being given some sort of ability. He was risen from the ground and there were no longer the lights touching his chest and no feelings of any force, he was back on the ground and felt something new inside him. Ori got up and looked around his body to see if there was anything new but it all seemed the same.
"Fil was born with the talent of wall jumping, she could use her hooves to jump off from walls to reach the top or to where she wanted to land on. You now have her talent Ori. For starters, try climbing on that wall over and reach that top." she explained about Fil's talent and looked to where she was mentioning. There was a wall revealing a top if someone would climb up there. Ori looked back at Sein and she nodded at Ori to give it a try. Ori tried to give it a try, he ran to the wall and grabbed it with his hands but jumped immediately backwards. Ori did land on his hooves and was astonished by this. He jumped on the wall and did again to reach the top, he got to the top as he looked down to see Sein's face smiling.
"See! That's why I brought you here! I forgot to mention that Ancestral Trees can give any Spirit Guardian their talents and abilities but only one Spirit Guardian should have it and your the one who has Fil's. There's more in Nibel and will be useful for us to complete our goal." she gave Ori a hint about Ancestral Trees. She was telling the truth, every Ancestral Tree can give any Spirit Guardian the abilities and powers of a dead Spirit Guardian (If the Spirit Guardians want their powers). Ori was looking around to see if there was anything that might be useful since he wanted to look closer and double check every area to find useful stuff. He found something buried on dirt, he dug to see that there was a keystone. He came down to show Sein the keystone he found, these two keystones might be for that closed Spirit Gate. Now that Ori has the talent of Fil, he can wall jump from any wall if they are safe to jump on. They both got the two keystones for the closed Spirit Gate and must continue their journey to restore the Spirit Tree in order to bring Nibel back to normal.
To be continued....