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- Golden River –
The world became a rush of colors for a moment. First it was green as the princes body crashed through the leaf wall, for an instant it was blue as he was floating in the air, and then he was underwater. The prince composed himself as quickly as he could and brought himself back to the surface. The pool of water he was floating in was small and formed a perfect circle, surrounded on all sides by the wall of leaves. The prince scanned the wall looking for the spot he had been flung through. As soon as the prince spotted the hole, he saw his immortal companion tumble through as well. He was accompanied by two wave wolves who had their jaws locked to his left arm and right leg. He struggled on the ground with the synthetic predators and was able to break free just long enough to yell at the prince to DIVE!
He hesitated for only a second, and then dove down into the dark water. Under the water it was almost impossible to see anything, and the small pool seemed to be unfathomably deep. Being in the pool reminded him of one of the most traumatic events of his childhood. When he was 10, he fell down the castles well, the prince was down there in the cold cramped blackness for hours before anyone found him. The memory still haunted him. Panic was starting to set in and the only thing that the prince could make out in the water was a faint glow on the opposite side from him, so he started to swim towards it.
It took a minute or two of swimming, but finally the glow was getting brighter. With every stroke the light was getting closer and stronger, and now the prince was starting to feel a light gentle current pulling him towards the light. Just a couple of days ago this situation would have given the prince a considerable amount of anxiety, but in contrast to all the other things they’ve done in the past couple days, this didn’t seem so bad. His mother had always tried to teach him to go with the flow, but his default was always to swim against the current.
Finally the prince got close enough to light source to find that it was a hole in the wall which was emanating an intense golden light. The gentle current he had felt earlier was now considerably stronger. The prince swam closer still (mostly because he could no longer fight the current that was dragging him towards the opening). The prince was so close to the hole now that the golden light was almost blinding, he stopped swimming for a moment to shield his eyes, and that’s when the current grabbed him.
In an instant the prince was moving at an inconceivable speed through the water, propelled by some unseen force. The light was becoming brighter still, and eventually the light consumed him. The prince lost all sense of self. He could no longer tell if he was still moving at the incredible pace or just floating. A faint shape started to appear in front of him. At first it was small like a rock, but eventually it started to grow larger. It expanded and eventually took the form a human body. The light source seemed to be coming from directly behind it so the prince couldn’t see any distinguishing features except for what appeared to be a crown on top of its head. Slowly the figure began to fade away until all that remained was the skeleton, and then that disintegrated to leave only a skull still with the crown a top it.
The next thing the prince knew, he was waking up soaking wet on a beach and he could hear what sounded like a waterfall. His eyes opened and he sat up. The prince found himself on a large earthen platform seemingly floating in the sky. In the center of the platform there was a small lake with golden water and a small mound of dirt in the center. There were two canals coming out of the sides, and both canals ran to the edge of the platform where the water flowed off the edge. The prince continued to scan the landscape and spotted his bearded companion on the opposite shore. The immortal hammer was staring at the mound in the middle of the pond with his goggles on. It seemed as though the knight could sense him watching him, because the knight turned to him and pointed at the mound. He then jumped into the water and started swimming towards it. Reluctantly the prince followed suit and jumped in the water.
- 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.