- Wave Wolves –
The events of the previous evening were still consuming the thoughts of the prince the next day as they entered The WAVE FOREST. It turned out that the actual reason for the trip to alpha sierra was so they could borrow a secret map to the forests location. Even with the map the forest had taken most of the day to locate and now the sun was starting to set.
As they entered the forest, the prince took a minute to soak up the endless complexity of the strange aquamarine trees that jutted diagonally from the ground. Apropos of nothing, the usually silent knight began explaining the origins of the wave forest to the prince. It turned out that the wave forest was created by some sort of being called a Saint which apparently has the ability to manipulate pure wave forms into physical objects and sounds. The knight seemed to recall that that this forest was created by a being called August, and he went on to explain that there were also several other saints who all worked in different wave spectrums, augusts being green.
The more they walked, the more eerie the forest became. The prince kept seeing things just outside his eye-line and now seemed to remember hearing faint howls in the distance back when they first breached the tree line. The prince brought up his concerns to the knight who grumbled that if the prince hadn’t slept in till noon and then gotten them lost, that they wouldn’t be traveling at night. Regardless of the hammers grumblings, they sat down for a snack break.
Just as the prince was about to take his first bite of the granule bar that he had stashed in his sack, he spotted a pair of sinister eyes watching him from behind a dark bush. The prince pointed the stealthy onlooker out to the knight who quickly lowered his goggles and turned his gaze towards the concealed figure. In an instant the knight had grabbed his pack and was urging the prince to get off his ass and follow him. As soon as they started running the forest filled with howls and the prince could see shadowy creatures moving all around them.
The prince was sprinting so hard that he didn’t even notice the trees disappear as they stumbled into a small clearing. Fear gripped the young prince as a pack of Wave Wolves emerged from the brush on the opposite side of the glade. He had heard tell of animals created out of pure wave, but he’d always believed the stories to be more myth than fact. The princes heart was pumping so hard that he could hardly hear a thing. Well, that was until the wolves all started to howl in unison. The sound was so loud and devastating that he thought his eardrums would burst. The knight swung his hammer at one of the wolves, but the hammer passed through it like it was liquid, only oddly wavering the wolfs ghostly visage. The knight bellowed at the prince to use his sword, but when he held it in his hand the blazing blue blade would not appear. The prince looked up at the knight with unfathomable fear in his eyes and simultaneously they started running back the other direction.
As they bolted through the forest the prince prayed that they wouldn’t trip over any of the smooth pale branches that littered the forest floor. Just as the thought entered his mind he felt his boot land on a branch which was shockingly slippery and the prince stumbled. Luckily at the last second he rolled and was back on his feet and moving with surprisingly little loss of momentum. The prince hopped over a particularly large log to the find the hammer stopped in his tracks staring at a massive wall of leaves, but before he could even ask why he’d stopped the wolves had surrounded them again. The prince stood still for a moment being at an utter loss for ideas when (for the second time in as many days) a large gloved hand grabbed him by the back of his cape and flung him directly into the wall of leaves.
– Alpha Olympia –
As the two travelers were descending the final hill, the prince noticed a strange crescent shaped mountain range off in the distance. When he pointed it out to his companion, the knight informed him that it was their current destination. It took another 3 hours to reach the range. They walked to the opening where the tips of the moon shape met and they discovered what appeared to be a small group of hooded soldiers. The lead solider called out for the immortal hammer. The prince was surprised to discover that they were expected, and that the hammer seemed to know this hooded woman who was carrying a large weapon that seemed to be a combination of a bow staff and dagger blade. When the prince inquired about the use of the object, the hooded solider clad in white responded that it was to protect Lady OLYMIA, who emerged from behind her at the mention of her name.
Sudden bursts of realization came over the prince. He now knew where they were. The ALPHA SIERRA COLONY. These were the first group of people who broke off from continuum city and migrated here to expand the reach of the kingdom. This was the daughter of Lady OSSA, the founder of alpha sierra. Olympia and the prince were childhood friends. When the prince was young, lady ossa would make regular trips back to continuum city to give reports to the king and pick up supplies. Ossa would always bring olympia with her and while the adults were off doing their adult business, they would hang out and get into trouble. Once the colony had become more stable they came back less and less until they eventually stopped all together. By the prince’s estimation it had probably been 3 years since they had seen each other last.
After the pleasantries were dispensed with, they preceded down into the valley where the village was. The houses were much different here in alpha sierra. In continuum city all of the houses were angular and box like, but here they were all round, there didn’t seem to be a sharp edge in the entire village. The knight had some important business to discuss with the head of olympia’s guard who was apparently named IFRI. Olympia showed the prince more of the town and told him about how there has been many attacks from a group they called The DARK RAIDERS. The dark raiders seemed to bear a strong resemblance to the man who had murdered his father months ago.
They were both tired from walking all day and went back to olympia’s place to hang out. She lived in the biggest dome in the village. The unit was divided into 3 separate compartments with a common room in the middle. It turned out it was shared by her, ifri and her mother (who was currently out of town helping a fellow colony). Inside her compartment the mood was very different. She told him that because of the raiders she wasn’t allowed to leave the colony anymore, and that she had become increasingly more and more bored. She reiterated how glad she was to see him, mostly because everyone in the colony was so dull and unadventurous. Eventually olympia seated herself next to him on the couch and they just sat for a while in silence, but the moment came to an end when they heard shouting coming from the common room.
They rushed outside to find a solider proclaiming that raiders had been spotted in town. All the commotion had brought ifri out of her room. She stumbled out clumsily putting her hood back on, followed closely by the prince’s bearded companion. The prince made a note to himself that he would have to ask him about that later. Ifri commanded that olympia remain here while she went to check on the village, and then her and the knight ran outside. Olympia said screw that, and they both climbed out her back window. She took him to the look out tower in the center of the town. They climbed the stairs to the top of the tower, but when the prince opened the door to the lookout, his head was savagely slammed into a wall.
It took a second for the prince to regain his vision. When he looked up all he saw was the raider’s back as he ran down the stairs with olympia slung over his shoulder. The prince stumbled to his feet and began pursuit. He flew down the stairs just in time to spot the raider round a corner. The prince unbuckled the hilt from his belt loop and sprinted after him. The raider was burning a path straight out of town. The prince used all his strength to run as hard as he could after him, slowly gaining distance on the dark kidnapper.
The prince caught up just as he reached the mountain wall. There was a rope hanging down the side of the mountain (obviously what they had used to enter the village). The raider realized that he couldn’t scale the wall holding the lady without the prince stopping him, so he drew his kirpan and lunged at the prince.
The prince easily dodged the attack, but when he moved to parry, he realized his weapon remained bladeless. At that same moment his eyes fell on olympia. Her face was badly bruised. The raider must have struck her in the face as well. A burst of anger shot through his body and he looked down at the hilt to see the glowing blue blade had emerged again.
A flash of fear shot through the raiders eyes, but he leapt at the prince again and again. The prince easily dodged his attacks and finally saw his opening and struck. When the blade touched the bandits flesh his body froze and turned to a blinding blue color and then shattered into tiny pieces that evaporated in the air. The prince was shocked, but relieved because he had saved olympia. He gathered her up in his arms and started walking back to the village. After walking for a moment she regained consciousness and looked up at him and softly whispered… my hero.
- Immortal Hammer -
Three days of straight walking was starting to wear on the young prince, and his current companion was anything but chatty. In fact, he’d barely uttered a single word the entire trip thus far. He was a strange immortal knight to be sure. Instead of carrying a bladed weapon like most knights, he carried only a single enormous war hammer with a pommel shaped like a lightning bolt. The only other remarkable characteristic was a pair of goggles he wore on his forehead. When the prince inquired about them, he simply replied prescription. The thing that troubled the prince was that being fairly well versed in the goings on of the Immortal Army, it vexed him as to why his mother would send such an unremarkable knight on what seemed to be such an important quest.
His musings were quickly put on hold when the prince looked up and saw that they had come to their first hurdle. The HEXA-HILLS. These hills were unlike any other geographical feature in all the kingdom. His father had explained that all of the vegetation that covered the hills had a unique element that interacted with light, and when the wind flowed through the foliage, the light would refract and give the appearance that the hills colors were in constant flux. The King had only taken him to see them once, but at the time he had said that the prince was far too young to traverse them, due mostly to the immense danger that lurked inside the rolling hills.
The hammer wielding knight also suggested that they go around the hills due to the immense danger, but the prince thought that was lame. The long way was much safer, but it would also add 3 extra days of walking to their trip, and the prince was already so tired of walking. So they proceeded into the hills with strangely little resistance from the knight. The prince however, instantly regretted this decision. What he didn’t realize was that while the hills were mesmerizingly beautiful from afar, they were overwhelmingly disorienting when you actually had to pass through them. The constant light refraction off of every single surface made a sort of rotating color pattern that never stood still. It gave an adventurer the sense of being underwater at all times, while simultaneously making it impossible to spot any incoming enemies because the scenery seemed to be in constant flux.
After 3 hours of walking (and the prince throwing up twice), the two sat down to take a much needed rest in a patch of land they found that was thankfully devoid of any plant life. The break was short lived and the knight (who had now donned his goggles) dragged the groggy prince to his feet. They were only a couple steps back into the brush when the knight came to a complete stop. Without warning the knight drew and swung his hammer in one flawlessly fluid movement that catapulted a large bug like creature 20 meters into the air. It was then that the prince remembered why the hills were so dangerous. These hills were full of overgrown insects that over the years had developed the ability to camouflage themselves in the ever changing plant life. As abruptly and effortlessly as his last move, the knight grabbed the prince by his shirt and threw him into the air. As the prince flew through the air he saw the knight bring his war hammer to ground and 20 more large bugs were flung into the air due the shockwave created by the hammer.
The prince hit the ground just after he saw all the bugs scamper away. The prince got up and dusted himself off and was beginning to formulate the way in which he was going to chastise the goggled oaf who had just tossed him across the hillside when he noticed a massive shape emerging from behind the closest hill. The hammer was already jamming across the hilltop at a pace that was somewhat unbelievable for such a large man. The prince recognized the giant shape to be a MEGA MANTIS just in time to see its head caved in by the blunt side of the knight’s hammer.
The prince sauntered over to where the knight was standing, but just as he was in spitting distance, the mantis raised its head once more, and without even looking back the knight threw his hammer behind him and nailed it square between the eyes.
- Quantum Sword –
As The Prince stumbled down the hall, sleepily following the large bearded knight who had awoken him moments earlier, all he could think about was how he hadn’t been up this early in years and how much he hated it. It quickly dawned upon him that the bearded goliath was leading him towards the chamber where his mother and father used to conduct all their business. The THRONE ROOM. This was also the place in which he was usually reprimanded for doing all the things that they considered unbecoming of a prince. He wondered which of his many misdeeds his mother had found out about and would soon be reprimanding him for. He also wondered why this punishment was going to involve such a large immortal knight, and furthermore why it was taking place at such an early hour.
When they reached the chamber, the knight opened the door for him and led him inside. His mother sat in her usual place on her usual throne to the left of where his father usually sat. The prince found it unsettling to see his father’s throne empty. It had been two months since the king was assassinated, despite his snowflake dirge having only been performed yesterday. His mother had seemed extremely distraught to say the least. While the prince was also deeply saddened by the loss of his father, it was hard for him to garner the same emotions as his mother because of the terribly tumultuous relationship he had with his father and king.
As the two approached the dual thrones, the prince realized that his mother was clutching something in her hands. When they reached the foot of the thrones she opened her hand and revealed what looked to be the hilt of a sword. It was very plain looking except for a clear diamond that sat where the yellow crossguard met its brown grip. Without a word the queen handed him the hilt. It was unnaturally light, but at the same time he could feel an undeniable strength, which was quite odd considering the thing was bladeless.
I have a quest for you. The queen explained to him that he was to cross the vast lands of the kingdom to avenge his father’s death by slaying the Dark Rider who had killed the king. The prince was confused, how could he, a lowly noob of a knight defeat someone who had bested his father, who was the greatest fighter he’d ever known. The Queen explained that The IMMORTAL HAMMER (the knight who was standing with them presently) would accompany and aid him in his quest, and that the sword she just bequeath him would be unbeatable. The prince didn’t understand. This was no sword, twas merely a portion of one, but the queen had an answer.
Think of your father, and the anger you have for the one who slew him. The prince was puzzled, how would this help? He stood silent for a moment, and he thought of his father. At first he could only think of small things, then more memories started to come, and suddenly he started to recall things he hadn’t thought of in years. He forgot about the confusing and frustrating past couple years and started to recall all the amazing adventures his father had secretly taken him on when he was young (especially the ones that his mother had forbidden those were the best).
Finally the anger he had been holding back since his father’s death all came out. He looked down to see the diamond turn from clear to a glowing blue, and then he was engulfed in blue light. His mind was transported into bodies of other warriors. All of them fighting bravely in worlds that didn’t seem to resemble his own. One minute he was a green creature with four 4 arms talking to a sentient bag of gas, the next he was a 12 foot tall woman who was embroiled in a heated battle inside of a giant mechanized castle floating in space. Hundreds more followed, and they all had one thing in common. They all wielded a glowing blue sword.
In an instant he was back in the throne room. The prince looked down at the hilt he was holding in his hand, but it wasn’t just a hilt anymore. The glowing blue blade of his visions had sprouted from some spectral sheath. He looked up at the queen and she looked back at him. The awestruck prince demanded the meaning of the blade. Stone-faced, the queen responded …it’s our revenge.