Orchestrated by the Greater Evil
As a woman was waking up from laying on the hard ground her vision was blurry, she slowly got to her feet looking around. Terror gripped her when she saw what she saw and she headed up the cold stone stairs panicking, there was a great stone door at the top of the first set of stairs. She pulled on the handle resulting in nothing but wasted effort, so she continued and continued trying desperately to get out of this cold dark and dank place trying to open the stone door.
“(NOISE) STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!”
The noise of something metal slamming onto the stone steps of the stairs echoed throughout the building and from the sound of the metal slamming the stone it was clearly attached to something or some one who was coming closer. The woman fidgeted to get the stubborn stone door open but it refused to move, as she was struggling she saw that there was a key hole underneath the door handle. The woman was doomed, she had no idea where the noise was coming from so she aimlessly started running up the next flight of stairs only to come face to face with what was making the noise.
“(Womans screaming) AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!”
Meanwhile there was an elven squire kneeling before a throne where an Elven queen sat alone,
“(Squire #1 kneeling) Majesty, I must inform you that we have lost more women in the dead of night (there was anxiety in the queens expression)”
“(Queen Triane stressed) This continues to happen.........I send soldiers and they fail me....just like how my husband the late king failed to stop that monster (The queen began to cry into her hands no longer sure of how to deal with this problem)”
Another Elven squire came into the throne room and knelt before the queen,
“(Squire #2 kneeling) My Majesty I must inform you that King Twilin has delivered this letter to you”
Queen Triane wiped the tears away from her eyes and took control of emotions, she bade the squire to come forward to give her the letter, he grabbed the letter from his pocket and handed it to the queen who quickly untied the letter. She began to read and as she was reading it she gave an exclamation of disbelief but she reread the letter to confirm what she had read,
“(Queen Triane shaking her head in disbelief and when she saw her squire was curious to know what the contents were she answered) King Twilin has declared war on us! (Everyone in the room was shocked) There is no way we can defeat Twilin with all of the losses I've suffered from these kidnappings and with the terrible defeat we suffered from attacking that monster.”
“(Squire #1) He has mustered too large an army for any army to combat against, for the past five months he has been conquering island after island executing the leaders. And what I don't understand is why he decides to war against us when Mel Kor Lore is too far away from his home island of Wanshita?”
The queen rose out of her throne musing over what she should do for awhile until she looked back at her two squires who were waiting for the queen to reply back,
“(Queen Triane) I want you to get the priestess from the neighboring island Nef Fel Horne (She was pointing at the first squire) and bring her here to me.”
“(Squire #1 Obedient) Yes my Majesty (He rose to his feet hurrying out of the throne room)”
“(Queen Triane then directed her attention to the second squire who was still kneeling before her) We must deal with the current problem before we can deal with King Twilins invasion force, so go order the blacksmith to start manufacturing silver weapons and inform the citizens that they also must assist in the construction of silver weapons”
“(Squire #2 confused) My Majesty why should we construct silver weapons?”
“(Queen Triane) There was a battle before the kidnapping of women became a recurring problem, and before the battle the late king and his knights had discovered a cave that lead down into a pitch black darkness until..........at the end of the downward passage there was a large door with ugly images of creatures no one would think ever existed. Once they had gotten to the door it started opening to reveal a world where fire could never be extinguished and peoples screaming never ended. Once my husband and his knights discovered this door they fled out of the cave, but they did not at first realize that they were followed by a creature whose helmet covered head emitted flames. Nor did they know that the door closed itself shut once the creature came out. My husband and his knights tried their best to subdue the creature but were all killed except for the knight whose cowardice saved his life. From the description that knight gave of the creature it seems clear that we are dealing with a demon (The second squire cowered in fear at the mention that it was a demon). And I am making an assumption based off of his report of the creature we are dealing with.”
The second squire bowed to his queen and ran out of the throne room understanding the urgency of the situation if they truly were dealing with a demon. The queen sat down on her throne contemplating what she should do and at times she succumbed to crying as she thought about how helpless she felt trying to defend her citizens against both a demon and a conqueror.
“(Marai relaxing in a hot spring with a bright smile) Ahhh.......this is what I've needed “
Once Marai had decided to leave Genjinshou island after the Lacia Incident she had decided to sail east to Nef Fel Horne Island for some relaxation. She had been relaxing on the island for over a week and she was officially nine months pregnant as of now, she was bigger than the average nine month pregnant woman but she had managed to learn to appreciate her body more ever since Elmenthus kissed her pregnant belly. After an hour of being in the hot spring she got out and dressed herself back into the wood elven attire she had gotten from Keshaondra, she put her pouch, double-hookshots and white belt back on while her bow and arrows were in her apartment. She made her way back to her apartment but was distracted by the cry of a woman and she ran toward the direction where the crying came from, there was a crowd of medical officials inside the temple crowded around something. Marai had gotten close enough to see that it was a pregnant woman going into labor crying in pain. Since the woman seemed to be well taken care of by the doctors and nurses around her Marai went back in the direction of her apartment. In her apartment she wondered what it felt like to give birth so she laid down on the floor moving herself into the labor position, thoughts of what life would be like if she were to end her pregnancy now and become a mother culminated into her mind to the point her thoughts were more active than she was.
“(Voice of a Memory) You are special in that you can never give birth and will forever be pregnant my dear, because you are meant to be a hero like no other”
Reality had slammed all of the thoughts she had had moments ago and she got back to her feet getting herself prepared for bed. As she lay in bed she looked at her nine month pregnant body thinking how big she was, then she remembered how much of an anti-fat prejudice ass she was during her 2nd adventure.
“(Marai unhappy with herself, she slapped her forehead in embarrassment after remembering an incident) Damn It How could I be so terrible to Alasha..........(She looks to her side staring at a nearby plant in a pot) Next time I see her I must apologize! How could I get away with that! (She didn't remember the incident completely, but enough to know that she was guilty)”
She then put her hand on her belly moving it down and up smiling, she thought how ridiculous it was that she had made such a big deal out of her pregnancy throughout those months. It didn't take long for her to fall asleep.
The next day she had decided that she had had enough of relaxing and she wanted to wander around the town, she noticed all of the shops,vendors,restaurants, and other stores. Another aspect of this place she noticed was that the majority of the women she saw were pregnant and many of them waved at Marai as if she was a member of a secret club or something, Neftloft was a friendly town with its wants and needs and it was a very simplistic place that was gradually becoming more technological. In front of her was a large shrine up on a tall hill with some maiko sweeping the dust,sticks and leaves away from the shrine, the shrine itself was the largest one Marai had ever seen being at least three stories tall. The main priestess came out of the shrine looking at the progress that had been done by the maiko who were sweeping and they greeted the main priestess with a friendly smile as they continued. The priestess looked at the Kasuga style torii gate and then at the walls that prevented outsiders from seeing beyond the gate, and for whatever reason she immediately looked in front of her to see Marai looking at the walls. Oddly enough the sight of Marai seemed to annoy the priestess and eventually the priestess came down the steps walking at a good pace and Marai greeted her with a wave, the priestess waved back but didn't change her annoyed expression at all.
“(The priestess genuinely annoyed but keeping her cool) Is there something you want or do you enjoy staring at the shrine?”
“(Marai slightly ticked off by the question but she also kept her cool) your shrine is very beautiful and (Interrupted)”
“(Priestess interrupting and imitating Marais voice mockingly) And the best place I have ever seen (She stopped mocking Marai). Please spare me your flattery because there is something about you that irritates me”
“(Marai no longer restrained herself) What did I do to you aside from look at your shrine!? In fact WE'VE NEVER MET BEFORE NOW!?”
“(Squire #2 interrupting the conversation) Excuse me! Excuse me! (Both Marai and the priestess turn their heads to see a knight running toward them gasping for air as if he had been running a marathon)”
“(The Priestess's terrible mood came out in her voice without her meaning to) YES!? (The knight stopped in his tracks afraid of the priestess's angry tone of voice. When she noticed the effect her voice had on the knight she tried to use a more friendly voice) My apologies please come (She motioned for the knight to come and tell her whatever he wanted to tell her)”
“(Squire #2 slowly approaching the priestess until he at last was close enough to her to talk) Are you the Priestess Naoko?
“(Naoko nodded) Yes I am”
“(Squire #2 desperately getting down on his knees to kneel before the priestess) My queen requires your help”
“(Priestess Naoko forgetting her anger at Marai and acknowledging the squires request) I will come, but first I must get myself ready”
“(Squire #2 stopped kneeling smiling brightly, at first he didn't acknowledge Marai but after he had finished talking to the Priestess he did) Oh! And are you Marai? (Marai nodded) Forgive me for asking I have heard stories of your adventures and these stories have traveled to our island.”
By now Marai was no longer surprised that she was known by individuals she had never met on islands she had never known of, so it was no new news to her.
“(Marai) May I come to your island too?”
“(Squire #2) Well since it is you I have no objection (Priestess Naoko frowned)”
Before the Priestess accompanied the squire she quickly ran back to her shrine to grab provisions she needed for a spiritual exorcism for a demon or that's what she believed was the threat. Afterwords Marai and Naoko followed the squire to his nicely sized ship where Marai resigned herself to the idea of ending her vacation which she had already had her belongings on her when she was wandering around, but when she thought about it she couldn't help thinking that she had had enough of her vacation anyway. The ship set sail quickly without any delay and an hour passed and they could see the Island of Mel Kor Lore. For the duration of that hour the knight had been talking to Naoko in an anxious tone of voice as if the mere thought of the problems that have been befalling him and everyone on the island was enough to terrify anyone.
“(Female Sailor) MEL KOR LORE IS UP AHEAD SIR ERIK”
Squire Erik acknowledged the sailors call and smiled back at the sailor. When they landed they were greeted and escorted into the town on Mel Kor Lore by a group of medieval looking elven soldiers. Although unknown to Marai and Naoko there were two separate states controlling the island with one of them being Queen Triane who was still living as a medieval monarch while the other state was controlled by President Tybian who was living in a much more modern metropolis than Queen Triane with advanced weaponry,transportation,markets and etc. The two states hated each other and made it their policy never to discuss the other state within their own state. The expression on the elven soldiers faces were grim and sad because they had to deal with the kidnapping problem and the new problem of King Twilins invasion. Naoko and Marai looked at these elves wondering why they looked so destroyed as far as morale went, it didn't take long for them to arrive at the palace. One of the knights looked at the big crowd of soldiers and then at Squire Erik whispering,
“(Whispering gate guard) who are those two women?”
“(Sir Erik whispering back) One of them is the Priestess I was sent to bring here and the other one is Marai”
“(the guard wanted to question why Marai came with the priestess but he didn't, he continued to whisper) I will inform the queen of your arrival”
The guard went into the palace going through room after room after room after room until he came to the Queens throne to kneel before her,
“(Queen Triane sitting on her throne) What news do you have for me?”
“(The guard whispered) Sir Erik has brought the Priestess and Marai”
“(The Queen didn't hear anything so she came closer to the guard) What did you say I couldn't hear you?”
“(The guards whispering voice was his normal voice, so he repeated himself) Sir Erik has brought the Priestess and Marai my Majesty”
“(Again the Queen didn't hear anything the guard said and she came closer leaving her throne) Please repeat what you said I can't hear you?”
“(The guard spoke louder only to reveal a very hoarse voice) Sir Erik has brought the Priestess and Marai here my Majesty”
“(The guards voice was so terrible sounding that the Queen had to cover both of her ears while she replied back) Thank you, please go invite them in (The guard got up and walked out of the throne room) Someone needs to help that disaster or make him mute (She was baffled at how terrible the guards voice was)”
While the Queen and guard were conversing the group outside of the palace were waiting, the sound of a little girl laughing could be heard. Marai turned her head to the left to see a dark figure that had a distinct head that was shaped like a side-ways diamond, the only other feature that was notable was its bright red eyes. Those were the only parts of its appearance that could be distinguished aside from its tall height, the little girls laughing continued and everyone in the group became alarmed waiting outside with the setting sun. Marai couldn't locate where the laughter was coming from but she felt it had something to do with the strange creature who was enshrouded in the darkness in the forest with some areas of light. As Marai continued to listen to the laughing she then started to remember why the laughing was familiar to her, she had heard this same laughter twice before now
1st Time- When she was a young girl growing up
2nd Time – When she was on the Satyriasis Island with the annoying pan flute playing satyr, it was when she was in the cemetery that she walked past a short cloaked figure who was the perfect height for a little girl.
“(Terrible voice Guard returning while Marai was still looking at the strange figure no one else seemed to be seeing) The Queen says you can come in (Once he started talking everyone covered their ears except the Elven guard himself, he lead the way into the palace and the group followed and right before Marai lost sight of the figure she saw the curved outline of a mouth appear bright red like the color of its eyes. The large palace doors opened. The palace was decorated with tapestries, rugs and wall paintings of rulers who came before in older times, the floor had a black and white pattern exactly the same as the pattern one would see on a chess board. In the center of the room there was a very long table laden with an assortment of food, drinks and Hors d'oeuvres, straight ahead of them beyond the long table was a long curtain covering the rooms beyond the table. To the left and right there were stairs going up to the next floor and the ceiling had a large candle lit chandelier. Coming out of the curtain was the Elven Queen wearing her royal attire)”
“(Queen Triane Greeting) Welcome I am Queen Triane and I would like you to join me in this banquet if you don't mind (Her eyes were at first focused on Priestess Naoko but when she saw Marai she seemed surprised) May I know why you brought this woman here with the Priestess Sir Erik? (Pointing at Marai)”
“(Sir Erik) She is Marai and I felt it would be rude to only invite the Priestess”
“(The Queen understood) So you are Marai, news of your achievements have reached my ears. Normally I would be more inclined to throw you out of my palace immediately but since you have gained quite a reputation for your deeds I will allow you to stay and help the Priestess deal with our problem (Marai thanked the Queen for being allowed to stay, Naoko frowned at this believing she didn't need Marai at all but kept her mouth shut) In any case let us commence with our banquet”
Queen Triane noticed Marais bow and arrows and she decided to whisper to the knight next to her, that knight got up from his chair and hurried out of the room. When he came back his hands were full of silver arrows,
“(Queen Triane) Please empty your quiver and fill it up with these arrows Marai (She pointed at the messy pile of silver arrows that had been dumped on the ground away from the table.)”
Marai went over toward the silver arrows dumping her arrows in a pile next to the silver arrows and she filled the silver arrows into her quiver, it was very easy to distinguish silver arrows from regular arrows. Everyone seated themselves at the table and began to put food on their plates and drinks in their glasses, and on the side there was a soup bowl for the soup. Once everyone had laden themselves with food the Queen and the knights stopped everyone from eating until the Queen herself paid respects,
“(Queen Triane with eyes closed and hands together speaking in an ancient tongue, and she sung these words like a ballad) Te Uull De Ile, Twa Mankle Con Assur, De Ulm Depasure Kanggilor (She opened her eyes and no longer had her hands together as she finished) Alright everyone please give your own respects before eating and after you have done so then eat heartily (As she said this she saw the terrible voiced guard had already started eating, her face became red with outrage) TAKE THAT FAITHLESS SAVAGE OUT OF MY PALACE IMMEDIATELY!!”
The knights who happened to be next to the guard got out of their chairs seizing the rude guard and dragged him out of the palace, The Queens face returned to her content expression as she waited for everyone to give graces before she began to eloquently eat her food. Everyone including Marai and especially Priestess Naoko had to admit that it was incredibly rude of the guard to not pay respects before eating, the table was silent until one of the guards was bothered by the silence,
“(Guard who spoke with food in his mouth) So what island do you hail from? (He posed the question to Marai, but this question was interrupted by an angry Queen Triane)”
“(Queen Triane angrily interrupting) TAKE THIS DISGUSTING IMBECILE OUT OF MY PALACE IMMEDIATELY!! (Once again the knights at the table had to rise from their chairs and seize the disrespectful guard out of the palace, the Queen began to wonder why her guards were so ill-mannered compared to her knights but then she thought that they were probably never taught the proper etiquette which was an importance part of her knights training) I apologize for my guards savage behavior (She was looking at Marai and Priestess Naoko trying to redeem her reputation as a hostess)”
After those two incidents the banquet went on peacefully and it wouldn't be long before everyone had eaten their fill and had drunk enough of their beverages (Mind you they weren't drinking alcoholic Elven beverages or alcohol in general at this banquet). After the banquet, the Queen,her knights,Priestess Naoko and Marai remained in their seats while the guards were outside speaking amongst themselves,
“(Queen Triane looking at Naoko) I sent for you because there have been kidnappings of the Elven women in our town and from what I have heard of this kidnapper, I believe it can only be killed by the likes of spiritual power or by weapons made of silver (Naokos eyes widen immediately while Marai didn't seem to know at first). Since we are privileged to have both a priestess and (She glanced over at Marai) an experienced warrior who has gained quite a reputation on her own, I believe there is a chance that this problem can be solved”
Naoko frowned at the idea that was being suggested but became serious again when she remembered how serious a problem a demon could be if what the Queen said was true,
“(Priestess Naoko inquisitive) So what does this demon look like?”
“(Squire Donnica) No one has survived to witness it kidnap our Elven women but Squire Xorax saw the creature when it cut down our late king and he is the only eye witness who is still alive.”
“(Naoko) Why is he the only eye-witness?”
“(Squire Donnica) Squire Xorax ran away and survived due to his cowardice, he fled to another island and it wasn't until he sent our Queen a letter that mentioned the events of what happened. This creature seems to always be aware of who is spying on it and it has the ability to kill the spy, that is why most everyone who has seen it is dead or away from us. That is why there is a 10 P.M. curfew where everyone must be inside their homes with black curtains including the Queen. The creature only appears at night”
“(Marai) How do you know the letter came from Squire Xorax?”
“(Queen Triane) He has written many letters to me many times despite the fact he could of communicated with me face to face most of those times (She rolled her eyes thinking about him)”
The palace doors opened and one of the guards came running in stopping when he reached the table, he was obviously afraid of something as everyone who was sitting at the table could notice the fear and sweat on his face,
“(Terrified Guard) Somethings happening My Majesty!”
“(Queen Triane rising to her feet slightly irritated at the guards impolite behavior) What is happening?”
The guard began shaking uncontrollably until he lost control of himself running out of the palace and eventually plunging off of a cliff to his death but only one or two citizens actually witnessed this suicide. The Queen was alarmed by this interruption and sat back down contemplating her situation, during this time Marai politely asked one of the knights where she might take care of her urgencies and she was escorted up the stone stairs and the knight pointed the room out, she went into the room finding a toilet and sink in the room while the soldier stayed nearby to protect Marai. At this moment Queen Triane felt herself break into tears while she was contemplating,
“(Queen Triane folded her arms and buried her head in her folded arms murmuring to herself as she was crying) Why can't this end........I don't know what to do.......how long must I continue to be helpless (She stopped murmuring to herself and looked at Naoko with eyes filled with tears) I want you and Marai to go out to that tower immediately! I WANT THIS PROBLEM TO END!(She screamed it when she finally lost control of her emotions which completely surprised Naoko, and her knights who seemed to understand too well the amount of stress the queen had been suffering)”
Marai was at the top of the stairs with the knight who escorted her when the Queen screamed, Naoko got up from her chair and stared up at Marai with a serious expression on her face, she gestured to Marai to come follow her out of the palace. Marai had no objection to that and did so while some knights escorted the Queen back to her chambers to rest, three knights followed Marai and Naoko. The guards outside opened the palace doors to let Naoko, Marai and the other knights come through. When they came out the sun was still setting even though so much time had passed before and during the banquet, Marai was confused by this but was reassured by Squire Donnica that it was normal for the sun to take a long time to fully set.
“(Priestess Naoko looking at the three knights) so why did she lose control of herself when that guard ran out of the room?”
“(Squire Ghato sighing) That was not the first time we have lost guards, ever since this incident has happened we have been losing our Queens guards because they are driven to suicide due to an unknown insanity or they are found dead in a horrific manner. And........something or some creature has been entering the palace unseen and unnoticed placing the dead corpses of the guards in places that the Queen would notice, the horrific manner that I speak of is that these corpse are always found without any bones and internal organs as if something had crushed the bones and eaten the organs. It is yet another mystery that we have never solved as to who is doing this to our queens guards but everyday we have to dispose of the new scarecrow corpse of one of our guards to save our Queen from losing her sanity, she has been tortured with being helpless, powerless and terrified of whatever is kidnapping the town women and bring her horrific scarecrow bodies of guards. More recently I have heard that King Twilin has declared war on our small nation here, As prepared as we are to fight against King Twilin I know my Majesty would not last long especially with the long duration of stress she has been suffering”
There was a silence that took over after Squire Ghato spoke, Squire Donnica decided to break the silence,
“(Squire Donnica) If we are to free our Queen of her problems then we must get the job done and stop with this endless talking. The demon lives in the outskirts of our town in a tall tower (She began to lead the group toward a high hill and ahead of them up a very tall hill where one could only see the top of the tall tower in the distance)”
As the group was walking Marai and Naoko glanced back at the town, as they were looking at the town it looked so empty and abandoned. The citizens didn't greet them when they arrived and they didn't show any signs of activity within the time they had been on the island. Their eyes met the same spot when they saw red eyes in a nearby forest, this time they could visibly see a smiling little girl wearing a Victorian style dress next to a red eyed figure who was too concealed in darkness to be seen except for some long stringy arms with long claw-like fingers protruding into the lighted area of visibility. Naoko immediately grabbed a necklace of prayer beads she concealed in her robe handing it to Marai,
“(Naoko still walking with the knights forward looks back at Marai, with her free hand she grabbed from inside her robe a prayer bead necklace, she hands it to Marai) Put this on (Marai put the necklace on seeing how serious Naoko was)”
They both stared long at the creepy little girl who was smiling in a disturbing way next to some monstrous creature, if the girl wasn't acting so strange Naoko would be willing to run over to her and save her but there was also an evil energy permeating from the little girl. Eventually the little girl and the monstrous creature were out of sight as the group was down the first hill and going up the next hill. The next hill was conquered within forty-five minutes of walking, they all could now see the tall tower. The tower was deformed to the point that it was slanted unusually and there were large horns protruding from the tower, and on these protruding horns were the many boneless and organ-less corpses of the kidnapped women being blown on the wind as if they were paper scarecrows. All of a sudden the three knights disappeared in front of them,
“(Marai and Naoko Surprised) WHAT!?
They both looked all around but there was no trace of them,
“(Marai unsure) What should we do now?
“(Naoko Determined) We should kill this creature and get the job done”
Naoko marched forward with one hand on her prayer beads and the other prepared to open the stone door of the tower, Marai followed looking at the prayer beads Naoko gave her and also looked at her watch which still wasn't working since her last adventure. Naoko opened the door very slowly seeing a stone wall with a torch attached to the wall in front of her, there was a silence that was heard except for the sound of something breathing in and breathing out. Marai and Naoko gradually entered the tower seeing no sign of life. Once they were both inside the stone door slammed itself shut.
“(Description of Surroundings: The stone walls were discolored by many dark red stains and there were torches all along the walls, from the step both Naoko and Marai were on there were twisting stairs going up and twisting stairs going down. The ceiling was pitch black and impossible to see. The stone steps were also discolored by by dark red stains they both assumed was dried blood.”
They both as quietly as they could walked downstairs constantly looking back and ahead of them afraid of what they might encounter, they continued to venture further and further down hearing something breathing every now and then but not knowing where the sound was coming from. The stairs continued to twist down and for some time it seemed like there was no end to these stairs until both of them could see the dirt floor of a room. They were creeping as slowly and as silently as they could, when they came to the bottom step they saw a blood bath
“(Description of the Room) There was blood everywhere, some fresh and some not fresh. There were many dead bodies of the kidnapped women, some appeared to have been recently killed with all of their bones and internal organs still in tact and others who were obviously without those luxuries. There were horns protruding from the wall and on these horns were some of the dead women's bodies in very unusual positions as if someone was trying to make pieces of artwork out of them.”
Both Naoko and Marai were horrified at the terrible sight looking away for some time, it took some time before they gained the courage to go back up the stairs but they did. This time they knew that the breathing must have been coming from upstairs. After some time of walking up the stairs both of them arrived to see some more women's corpses in the room upstairs, these corpses were restrained by chains.
“(Male Voice) I've never had guests come here of their free wills”
The voice came from a tall elven man wearing a sorcerers robe who had a floating book in front of him with a unique looking staff in his right hand. He was wearing an odd looking crown on his head, there was a magical door behind him obviously leading to another room only accessible by magic. The room was less of a blood bath compared to the downstairs floor, the floor was dirt just like the lower floor but other than that it was lit with plenty of torches like the lower room. It was unique in that the walls were spiked with uniquely protruding horns and the room itself was big enough to accommodate up to fifteen individuals.
“(Naoko) Are you the creature kidnapping the Elven women?”
“(Maduk) Oh your here to see him (Acting disappointed and pretending to be offended). He is so popular with the women that it's hard to miss them (He laughed at his own dark humor while Naoko and Marai glared at him)”
“(Marai pissed off) SHUT THE HELL UP! (She grabbed her bow and an arrow out of her quiver preparing to fire but she was stopped by Naoko, Maduk found it amusing giggling to himself)”
“(Naoko) Why are you doing this? It seems obvious that you are the culprit or are assisting the culprit”
“(Maduk started doing an odd dance while he answered Naokos question) Well seeing as it will only be a matter of time before King Twilin will come and kill the inhabitants of this miserable place I guess I can tell you, I am King Twilins sorcerer and I am the one who opened the door to the hellish world to bring a creature that would ensure my kings success in taking over this place.”
“(Marai) So you are kidnapping and killing women with a little girl (Maduk stopped in his place then turned his head back at Marai very slowly as if Marai had struck a nerve) and the little girls monster?”
“(Maduk unexpectedly surprised) What!?Little Girl!?(He became silent and started trembling in fear as if the little girl was a monster, he looked away from Marai and Naoko) She's here.........”
“(Marai) Here? Who is here?”
“(Maduk tried his best to regain his composure) ENOUGH! I must end this IDIOTIC CONVERSATION! King Twilin will rule Hiroshigate! COME MY BEAST!(He faced the magical door when he uttered this command”
At first it was quiet but that would change within a few minutes time when there was the sound of metal stomping on the stone floor in the magical room. It took long for the source of the noise to appear marching behind Maduk.
“(Character Description) It was an eight foot tall Demonic Minotaur that had fire coming out of its eyes, nose and mouth, its body was covered with armor except for its big metallic hooves. It wore a large helmet, breastplate armor,large metallic gauntlets and metallic leggings. It had an aura of fire.”
“(Maduk satisfied and eager to leave as his creature had come out of the magical door going past Maduk and facing Marai and Naoko) I must leave you both (He smiles at Marai and Naoko before he makes his way downstairs to leave the tower)”
The Demonic Minotaur gave a loud bellow and during this bellow Marai armed her silver arrows onto her bow examining the Minotaurs body for a weak spot with her eyes while Naoko put the prayer beads between both of hands and she created a barrier.
“(Naoko worried that Marai was outside of the barrier she created) Get behind me (Marai did so) I hope your archery is enough to end this (Despair began to attack Naokos mind as she was examining the creature for a weak spot with her eyes)”
The minotaur came closer to Naoko and started punching the barrier with its large gauntlets, Naoko felt the impact of the attacks on her barrier but she persisted, Marai raised her bow so that she could shoot her arrows past Naoko and she concentrated long before she wanted to fire. The minotaur continued his punching of the barrier with more bellowing while Maduk managed to escape out of the tower. Maduk was over taken by paranoia as he was looking everywhere to make sure no one was around, he ran away from the tower going down the first hill and up the second hill until he saw who was on top of the second hill,
“(Little Girl Giggling) Oh My!Maduk Why are you so scared of me?(Maduk was trembling when he heard the Little Girls voice, she started walking toward him nonchalantly)”
“(Maduk was frozen with fear) I........I........I......(He slowly clenched his fists) DIE!!!!!!(He raised his hand and lunged forward firing red blasts from his hand at the Little Girl and he then fired electric blasts at the Little Girl, He fired an assortment of offensive spells on the Little Girl causing a dense dust wall to form. After Maduk fired his barrage of magical blasts the noise of giggling shattered any belief of victory Maduk might have had)”
“(The Silhouette of the Little Girl appeared as the aftermath of Maduks magical attack ended, she giggled more. She came out of the barrage uninjured as if Maduks attack were completely useless) Oh My!Maduk, I thought you knew better than to challenge me when you are obviously inferior (She started giggling again). After all I was the one who allowed you to open the doorway to Hell and I was the one who decided to let you have that delightful demon pet do your bidding, remember?”
“(Maduk trembled uncontrollably with fear and he started backing away from the Little Girl, when she saw him backing away she playfully started approaching him. He used his last resort which was desperation) Vora NO! Please spare me! PLEASE!”
“(Vora Amused as she kept approaching Maduk) You actually thought you could kill me even though I thought you knew that I can't be killed, having that arrogance only shows how inferior you are Maduk. I also cannot allow you to kill one of them and I believe you know who I am talking about. In any case you should of known better than to challenge me when I can crush your guts literally”
Maduk turned tail and ran for it, Vora effortlessly disappeared and reappeared in front of him. She thrust her hand into Maduks belly ripping out his large intestine and dropping it on the ground, she seemed to take great delight in that as Maduk stared down at his ripped belly in horror. Then she thrust her hand at his lower region and ripped his penis off, Maduk instantly fell to the ground dead after that. Voras hand had an evil dark aura and was covered in blood but that didn't seem to bother her as much.
“(Vora Satisfied) Maybe you'll do better in life as a woman (She walked toward the forest thinking to herself) These beings are so amusing and yet, (She turned her head toward the Tower before she entered the forest)”
Marai managed to fire her silver arrow into the Demonic Minotaurs flaming eye, it bellowed in protest to the attack. The Demonic Minotaur stopped attacking to grab and remove the arrow in its eye, it did remove the arrow from its flaming eye successfully only to be shoot in the other flaming eye with a silver arrow. The creature bellowed even louder in anger, Marai had managed to grab and reload quickly aiming for the Minotaurs flesh in between the armor firing as fast as she could. The minotaur vanished into thin air as if it sensed something unpleasant, Naoko was exhausted from sustaining the barrier as she did and Marai looked around for the creature. Marai helped Naoko back to her feet and started escorting her when they both heard moaning coming from downstairs, once again they slowly made their way downstairs to see the downstairs room filled with the ghosts of all of the women who were murdered moaning as if they were a chorus. One of the ghosts came closer and closer to Marai and Naoko, both Naoko and Marai were frightened and started going back up when the ghost had managed to touch Marai with its transparent hand, its voice could be heard in a faint and gentle voice in Marais head,
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) Why do you fear me?
“(Marai speaking to it with her thoughts) You lunged at me why else?
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) I'm sorry, I couldn't help wanting to feel the warmth of a living body. I haven't known warmth since before I was decapitated by that monster you bested”
“(Marai confused in her thoughts) But I didn't best that creature?”
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) If you didn't then it must have been overpowered by a greater evil or feared being overpowered by a greater being”
“(Marai) Feared? What do you mean?”
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) Demons are not the most superior forms of evil in the world like so many people believe, there are greater and more terrifying creatures of evil than the living and the dead could ever imagine”
“(Marai inquisitive) Why did that Monster start kidnapping women?”
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) Well when it first arrived the king and all of the men of our town had rumors that the door into hell was being opened, so he and his army went to go investigate. No one knew Maduk was the one who opened it, but once they came down into the dark cave they discovered the door of hell completely opened and instead of attempting to close it fear overtook their minds as they ran out of the cave. Unfortunately they were followed by the monster. The King ordered his archers to fire on the creature but that was futile and did nothing, then he foolishly ordered his peasants to commit suicide charges against it which ended up killing all of the peasants as the creature ripped the peasants into many decapitated body parts on the bloody ground. The monster bellowed loudly approaching the army and then it grew taller until it was twenty feet tall towering over the army, the King ordered all of his army to kill the creature. He had no idea of what a demon was, nor did he know how one could defeat or injury a demon. Ultimately it was a bloodbath where all of the Elven men in the army except for one coward were brutally decapitated by the monsters large clawed gauntlets.”
“(Marai) But how do you know all of this? And that is impossible I met some of Queen Trianes knights and guards?”
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) I watched the battle hiding in some bushes on the sidelines and I attempted to flee back to the town only to be discovered by the creature, it kidnapped me and took me to the tower where I would die a gruesome death. The knights and guards you saw were images of men as they were before the monster came and killed them. The only ones who were alive after that battle were the women,children, Squire Xorax and the Queen, it wasn't until my experiences as a ghost that I realized the creature was kidnapping more women than myself and killing them”
“(Marai still baffled in confusion) Then why could me,Naoko and Queen Triane see them?”
“(Ghost of a Dead Elven Woman) Queen Triane has been known to see things no one else can see, she has often been criticized for her ability and I know this because I was once one of her palace guards. Queen Triane trusted me and she told me of her ability to see people who were dead walking around as if they were alive again. I abandoned my post when I wanted to see the battle between the King and the monster and I paid for it with my life. I don't know why you both had this ability but maybe you are the same as Queen Triane.”
At that moment there was a loud smashing noise that caused the entire island to shake, the ghost at that moment let go of its grip releasing Marai from the telepathic conversation. Marai looked around for the ghost but she couldn't find it, and she didn't know why she couldn't see the ghost anymore at that moment.
“(Naoko slightly annoyed as she looked at Marai) What were you doing? I was trying to talk to you and you were just staring out at the wall for no reason”
“(Marai glanced at Naoko and then looked in front of her at the stairs leading up) No time to explain right now, Lets go!”
Marai stopped assisting Naoko once she saw Naoko had had enough time to recover, they both went up the stairs until they came to the door out of the tower. Marai opened it and Naoko followed running out into the dark outside of night, they saw the demonic minotaur twenty feet tall grabbing the women into its large gauntlet and crushing them into nothingness. Then the minotaur started destroying the town by stomping on it and slamming its large gauntlets on it causing the island to shake more, Marai and Naoko immediately ran back to the town as fast as they could. Unfortunately the long distance between the tower and the town gave the monster enough time to demolish the town into rubble with many dead bodies of women and children laying everywhere, even the palace was demolished. By the time Marai and Naoko had arrived at the town the Demonic Minotaur vanished again, Marai and Naoko separated to try and find survivors. Naoko went to the town going from rubble to rubble trying to find survivors while Marai went to the palace trying to find survivors. From behind the palace there was the glint of a dagger next to a cliff that caught her eyes, she came closer to the dagger noticing blood on the blade and that was when her eye caught a reddish color contaminating the ocean water. And the source of the contamination was Queen Trianes dead body coloring all of the water around her body with blood. Marai sighed and went back to accompany Naoko after finding Queen Trianes dead body thirty feet below the cliff.
Vora was skipping away in the shadows with her monstrous companion following behind, and she stopped pondering over something,
“(Vora's thoughts) Well that was fun, projecting life in dead individuals within the minds of these mortals is so easy. Although (She looked at her bloodied hand) I took great satisfaction ending that mortals life (She giggled)”
Vora had the appearance of a girl of ten years old wearing a blue bell shaped skirt with bloomers underneath and long socks covering almost her entire legs that went into her fancy black shoes, and on top she wore a black buttoned up overcoat. Vora had long black hair drooping down but none of it was obstructing her vision in anyway and in her hair was a rather large reddish bow tie, her eyes were bright red.
She continued to skip away as if she was the happiest girl in the world, eventually she was too far into the forest for our eyes to follow.
Prequel – Lacia Incident
Sequel – Golden Glory, Red Retribution
Marai - After discovering that the inhabitants of the town were all dead, she and Naoko went back to Neftloft. She would spent a lot of time traveling from island to island until she had heard a rumor about, “Gloves of Smashing”. Once she had heard the rumors she ventured out to Wanshita where the events of her next adventure take place, “Golden Glory, Red Retribution”.
Naoko – She returned to her duties as a shrine priestess and devoted herself to acting with more respect after she remembered her rude behavior toward Marai who see had to admit later didn't need to be reprimanded.
Vora – She was the mastermind who orchestrated the demise of Queen Triane and the entire town, though we have no information on why she did this or even her interest in this. She did effortlessly conjure up the ability that Queen Triane had into both Naoko and Marais minds with the belief that those who were dead appeared as they did before death. When the Demonic Minotaur had stopped fighting with Naokos barrier and tried to remove the arrows flying at it, it vanished when it sensed Voras overwhelming power fearing that it would killed by that superior power. Once Marai had finished her telepathic conversation with the ghost, Vora removed this conjured illusion from both Marai and Naokos minds. Vora would finally confront Marai in, “Illure Lire Lovora Morgue”.
King Twilin – He arrived onto Mel Kore Lor to a completely empty town filled with the same destruction Marai and Naoko had seen before they left. President Tybian sent an army of riflemen to the demolished town to greet King Twilin, the two armies fought for four bloody days ultimately resulting in a stalemate despite the fact that President Tybians forces had superior technology. King Twilin had managed to use his superior artillery to cripple the advancing riflemen while he ordered his army to retreat back to Wanshita to suppress an uprising that was happening in Wanshita. President Tybian was able to claim the entire island of Mel Kore Lor for himself now that Queen Triane was dead.
Queen Triane – had suffered depression ever since Vora had allowed the Demonic Minotaur to murder her husband, sons, uncles and the entire army of the Elven men from the town. Once Naoko and Marai had arrived she had gone to far into her depression to avoid suicide, when Marai was talking to the ghost she slit her own throat with the dagger in her pocket and plunged to her death off of the cliff behind her palace.
We have no idea what happened to the Demonic Minotaur and the Strange creature that accompanied Vora, so it is up to the readers imagination to figure it out for right now.