“Viper ascend to northwest side of the Skianian Palace leave open for my freefall.” I spoke into my silver wrist band that connects to my visen that tucked away in my submerged visen garage. Visens are flying shiplike vehicle we have the hover cars, but they are way more expensive. Visen are great they are like your own personal plane, but better.
I dropped in my purplish black visen an the concave glass sealed me in and I strapped on my seat belt.
“Autopilot to Fangling Woods” It was a long ride. I pulled out the compact communicator I needed to call Kai and Toph
“Toph” I spoke to the communicator. Nothing happened. Weird. I looked at the small compact. I traced my hands over the vine carvings engraved on the outside. I opened the compact back up there was nothing seeming wrong with it I closed the dual purpose ore mir doesn’t looked scratched or tampered with, so maybe it just old I touch the mini key pad they are all working normally that is so odd.
“Viper reboot my ore mir on my compact communicator”
I placed my communicator on the small holding place that came out of the control area.
“You’re were bugged. I will debug re-secure your communicator.” The computer male voice spoke.”
I took it back
I entered my new code
“Toph” I spoke. Her face materialized in the ore mir.
“Where are you? Did you get the message I sent you before I was taken?”
“Yes I am are just beyond the boarder of Skiania 2 kilometers south of the capitol. Kai is on his way. I will be there in less than 7 minutes.” I told her before ending the call. I placed my compact in a hidden pocket in my jacket I made my way to the south side of the capitol. As I drew closer I saw another a black and yellow visen headed in the same direction as me. I the sun cast blarring in my line of sight I could barely see the passenger in the driver sit.
“Viper scan the visen to our left and give me a shot of them” the image came within seconds. I know that profile anywhere Kai. I should have known the visen colors should have been the dead giveaway he’s in the Stinger.
“Lock On – Signal Com. Initiate communication with Stinger visen. Kai when you pick up Toph head to Ashon forest. I know some people there we need to make a stop I need fill you guys in on what’s happening at the capitol before we go any farther.”
“You are finally thinking like a strategist I see” he mused. Kai can be such a butthead sometimes I thought smiling to myself. I don’t always go off on crazy adventures or in my case mischief with no backup plan.
I headed east toward Ashon’s forest the sky serpents territory. I push RV button. The hologram of my rearview surrounds where display no one seems to be chasing behind which she stalled them. I went full speed to meet them.
I descended at the entrance of Ashon forest.
“Initiate invisibility mode” I told my visen. I hopped out of my visen. The air grew thicker as I went deeper into the forest the fog was dense so I could still see, but the sun was setting. I hope they make it. It will be dark soon. In Ashton the closer it is to nightfall the fogger it gets. I pulled out my compact communicator. I dialed for Toph, they should be together
“Toph where are you and Kai located?” I asked
“We are about a few minutes from the clearing turn on your light beam and we will meet you” she told me.
“That might be bad I will try something else.” I sat down at the base of a tree about a kilometer into the forest. As closed my eyes I inhaled in the air and some of the magic in the forest until I could feel the mana flowing though my whole body and I blew into my fingers and refocus my mana into my palms as the center of focal point. The threads released from my fingers I let blend with the soil in the ground channeling through the trees in front of me. Gotcha!
My strands dissolves and I headed toward their location.
“Glad I found you guys” I said walking up to them.
“How did you find us so fast?” Kai asked
“Fog essence magic” I told her. It’s gotten dark we need to rest before we head to Montclair.
“Toph expand the perimeter and see if anyone is in listening range” I requested. She did a quick blink and her eyes glowed orangish yellow. She closed her eyes and when they open again they were back to golden amber.
“There is some werebeast not too far away, but just beyond ear shot they are closer to Moon Mountain in Dachain than they are to us, and there is a cabin that is not too far away but the people that inside is listening range” She informed us. That’s good the werebeast are in their territory and we have a resting spot with no eavesdroppers.
“So what so important you wanted to tell us that we had to sneak around in a cold damp forest that’s full of fog” Kai said as gave us fire as we sat down on some logs top provided for us. I looked over at him. I guess I can’t blame him for being a little mad he has always hated the cold.
I took a deep breath.
“After got caught today I decline his royal assness Prince Orion Solaris about my ruling I went to see the Ace. She told me our government is changing and fast. People are being killed, two factions called the Bellum of Shadows and the Shadow Militia seems to be causing trouble. They are trying to dismantle the peace between the countries and cause corruption in Saletheia. I know you guys can feel it. The life force of magic is dying. Here is the kicker Alysia will be sacrificed to refuel the life force of magic. We cannot let the Ace be sacrificed I told her I will find out what is going on and put a stop to it. Are you guys with me?” I looked at them both searching their eyes for any sign of either wanting to turn back now then, but I saw is not fear, but anger.
They looked at each other before turning to look at me.
“We are in.” They said in unison.
“Oh one more thing Alysia believes someone of high ranks is working with these rogue factions” Kia let a low whistle and Toph scowled
“You want us to go up against the people you just fled from!” she said in a low angry voice.
“What’s the problem you two or the most powerful mage and magi I know besides the Solaris family. I know a there were a few that that graduated with us from the academy, but you know I don’t associate with them and now that I’ve met the prince I can’t stand him either or trust him or his damn family.” I spat out to her.
“You’re going to have to let that incident with Astra go. It was a long time ago” She told me. I will not let that go because Astra is nothing but a spoil princess that takes pleasure in making people feel inferior to her. From what I gathered at family day when her parents came my assumption doesn’t seems that far of a stretch.
“Hmph. By the way we will have to leave our visen here for the time being we pick them up again when we head to Solara after we leave Montclair. So while we are here I will leave them with some acquaintances I informed them.
“So we meet back here in 5 minutes with your gear?” Kai asked I marked this spot so we can come back to the location.
The cabin was just up ahead not too far to go. We arrived at the cabin I went to checked us in. There is a fire place sat off to near the left from the entrance I saw three black cloaked figures with staves lying next to each of them. White, Black, and Brown each representing a different level of magic. They looked suspicious but I disregarding the inkling feeling I had in the pit of my stomach and headed toward the check in.
“Hey stranger I haven’t seen you in these parts for a while. How long has it been?” Katniss Reinwood has changed a bit still slightly tall and built like an Amazonian curvy and fit in all the right places emerald green almond eyes but when she goes feral or get angry are glow yellow and become cat-like. She is a mix breed, fae and werebeast a bewitched combination. She claimed this upscale cabin as her own and turned it into an inn about 3 years ago.
She got into a bit of sticky situation a while back with some werebeast that wanted to claimed this as their territory and I stepped in to help her take them down. The fae decided to help the one time those two decided to agree is when it came to her because her heritage and what she is. I usually try not get involved in other people disputes, but something in me wouldn’t allow the prejudice and injustice.
“Yes it has been awhile” I said with a small smile.
“Kat, I need two rooms, make one a suit” The woman at the front desk told me.
She gave me the keys and I head toward Toph and Kai who I saw head to the veranda where dining could be inside or out. I went through to the double doors that lead to the dining area. It looked like a double dome which means the barrier I asked Toph to put up that time is still in place.
The cabin is mostly made of wood and dark red brick. The exit to the veranda is walled by wood and glass and cover in dome like shaped and protective seals goes up over the whole cabin when she closes down check-in for that day.
“So how is she doing?” Toph asked
“She’s doing fine and she hasn’t been bothered lately” I informed her.
“Well you might want to ask again later because the barrier has weakened…Kai and I will strengthen it again before we leave.” Toph offered.
I went to the arch doors and walked out on to the balcony and leaned over the railing looking at the clouds sashay across the moonlit sky. I closed my eyes taking in the gentle breeze. I could feel someone’s eyes staring at me through the woods, but I couldn’t get a look at the man except his clothing was not of Skiania or Ashon. Gypsy or pirate maybe. When the figure caught me looking he took off into the forest.
I gave them there keys and we headed to our rooms .
The place closed for the night. I laid in awake I felt small tremors. I looked out the window in my room I saw nothing I went to corner room and at the end of the hall way.
“Did you guys feel anything” Kai opened the door as Toph walked to the door.
“Oh we felt it…it woke me” she mumbled. She a hard sleeper so if something wakes her up on the first time it unusual.
“I will be right back I am about to go check on Kat” They nodded.
I ran to Kats room. I knocked there was no answer. Stepped over the cracks as I descended down the stairs into the darkness. I weaved a sphere that looked like a ball of yarn in my hand that glowed so I would have a flash light.
I called out to her in the darkness.
“Kat, kat, kat,” a few minutes passed as I navigated through the darkness
“I am here. I had to go to the cellar to get some weapons” I did remember her having an arsenal of weapons concealed behind a hidden wall in the wine cellar.
“What is going on Kat?” I asked her.
“Things are changing and powers are at play and I don’t plan to go down without a fight. I fear a war is coming to Skiania and I plan to be ready.” She told me. I have been dealing with a lot so I tend to stay out of the politics of Saletheia. If what Alysia said is true the worst is yet to come. I cannot do anything without a plan or course of action. I needed information.
“Kat what has been going on since I last left” I asked. I know it’s been awhile…after I left the academy and the incident 5 years ago. I didn’t really look back…I left the past behind me until she needed my help two years ago.
She gave me a sly smile “While you were playing lady Robin Hood, don’t think I haven’t heard the stories, some serious issues arose. Towns are being slaughter, swallowed up, burned to the ground, attacked, left with no food, water, or magic just disappear from people…of a town entirely. It’s getting worse. Lately my inn has been getting a series of small attacks, but its escalating and my defense shield is almost down” She told me.
“Do you know anything about a group of people called the Bellum of Shadows or the Shadow Militia?” I asked her. Her expression went dark before she spoke.
“Yes, Bellum of Shadows they travel across all of Saletheia and they are behind most if not all the attacks and they never stay in one place for too long. Or so I’ve heard. They want to control the magic that flows through Saletheia and the biggest source of power is the Ace after coronation.” Who are the Bellum of Shadows? What will happen to Alysia? She’s in danger. What happening to Saletheia? Is what Alysia said true? What about the Shadow Militia? Who are they how do they fit into all this? Time is of the essence so all my questions can’t be answered at the moment.
“What about the Shadow Militia?” I asked
“Oh they are alright.” She looked mischievously holding back a laugh.
“Lets’ just say…if you are lady Robin Hood they are your merry men. I will say this though they don’t like monarchy…style of government. As you may know many of the places in Saletheia have a monarch the Pirates, Gypsies, Pegasonians, A’ lecornians, Weavers, and the Faele,but their style of monarch is a bit complex. The Shadow Militia wants a democracy for Saletheia.”
I agree the monarchy is problematic to a certain extent. I didn’t even want to be crowned the Ace. So, peacefully eradicating the monarchy style is fine by me, but leaving destruction in its quake to destroy our supreme source of stability is another issue that must stopped by any means necessary.
“Is there anything I should look for?” I asked her. She cut her eyes at me while grabbing the last of weapons. I noticed the symbols on the guns my eyes widened. How did she come across those? The Rosary has a golden rose engraved wrapped around the hilt it kills fae, Arcana has web rune that was in different colors it kills weavers, but can change into a wand rune engraving and kill magicians, Eterna it had the infinity symbol with fangs coming out of the loops at the hilt. The spellslingers Special Class – C of the ARC Special Spellslingers Colt Collection there are only three in Special Class – A and three in Special Class – R as well. The ARCs is a total of 9 special guns designed to kill supernatural beings. They are part of the most feared and coveted weapons and she has one third of them in her arsenal. They can kill all supernatural creatures.
“How did you acquire the SC Colts of the ARCs?” I asked her. She raised an eyebrow at me.
“How do you think? How I usually get my weapons I barter or go to the creator if I want specific weapons. Stop giving me that face like I done awaken a ghost that should have let stay dead” when she finally turned to fully face me and when she finished. They are hard to get a hold of they should have been long gone sealed away after their last user destroyed nearly half of Saletheia. She waking old ghost. That still doesn’t explain why she has them. Because with her power, Kai, Toph, and mine we can take whoever comes to this inn.
“Why do you need them?” I pressed.
“I’ve heard chatter that 3 of the officials are working with the Bellum of Shadows. The Faerie Queen Amaris Summerchime, The bloodsucker Master Vampire Emery Codogan, and your cousin Urorah Springs whose on the weavers high council, and they have rallied some their kind to their coup.” She explained as she was suiting up she look an assassin ready to slay as she tucked the hidden knife pocket in her boots. Her leather pants and belt that held two 007A.I Buster Gun becomes whatever weapon needs the wielder needs there only 12 in the world and she has two. I see she has acquired many unique weapons since I last seen her. She finished off her look with a black clock purple armor and that cover her chest and wrist armory that went to her elbows.
“Is there anything else about either I should know about?” I asked.
“Yes…wait you are going after them?”
“Yeah I have no choice it’s me…us or them. Someone very important to me life’s hangs in the balance and at the moment I have decided to not be the next Ace, and since some decided to interfere with the current Ace life and my future. I plan to nip this in the bud fast, but smart.” She looked me up and down.
“Who are you and what have you done with Eden?…you can’t possibly go up against these factions. I mean you are good in combat and all, but these factions are a mixed bunch you don’t know who they are and what you’re going up against. Are you sure you want to do this?” I looked at her I appreciate her caring but it must be done.
“Yes, and I am not alone I have Toph and Kai with me. You mind lending me one or two of your weapons?” I responded to her
“Yeah, Toph and Kai can to…you are going to need it. After I tie things up here. I will leave for about two weeks if you need to stop by or contact me use the messenger not the communicator and I would suggest you do that from now own because your com has trace magic embedded in it” she told me as she prepared to defend her inn. They must have embedded it when I was captured.
“I need to go tell the other guest they are free to leave if they so choose” I nodded at her
“I will stay here and patrol until you get back”. She nodded before moving she doesn’t have wings…but she will get them she just doesn’t know it yet.
Seal was breaking. A Surge….the barrier broke. The seal is down the glass was breaking. glass flew everywhere gave some minor cuts a big chunk of glassed head straight for my face if it hadn’t froze and dropped to ground. Where did that come from? Toph nor Kai can freeze time far as I know. I searched the room but could see anyone. I moved back I didn’t know how long that freeze would last I moved back enough, so I wouldn’t get cut by the glass and forest debris that came in. I saw a shadow move from the corner of my eye just left of me from the small corridor between the side door between the bar and the restrooms. Chill ran down my face because I’d had an inkling feeling of who was around the corner. My senses heighted.
“Come out! I know you are there.”
The person that has been watching from the woods since we got here. Slowly stepped out from between the corridor.
The Pirate. The Gypsy.