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‘A World Under Siege’

The monsters that escaped the Ancient struck out at anyone they saw before them.  Creatures of a myriad of sizes, some as small as house pets and others larger than the largest known animals, on a veritable rampage across the landscape with seemingly no obvious goals in mind.

The Archivists, on the other hand, were very methodical in their actions during this apparent chaos.  Even the Empress of the old Ten Kings land, who was supposed not to be aligned with Hullheach, had still taken similar actions at nearly the same time.

Citizens in these lands were so scared scatless by it all that the Archivists’ forces carried out their dastardly plans with the greatest of ease ever thought possible.  Doors were knocked down and whole families were roughed about without the slightest resistance.  Even the heavily empowered women of the Empress’ land never raised a single protest to her decrees.

Were it not for the rag-tag group calling themselves “Banon and the Rainbow Girls Squad” seeing through the illusions, the Empress’ act would’ve gone off as seamlessly as it did over at Hullheach.

Were it not for the loosely organized group of individuals helping out at Appathall, that land would’ve seen the same sort of fate as its neighbours inevitably did.

Over the weeks, those less fortunate lands, utterly decimated, had no choice but to accept the “bargain” offered by the Archivists as the “only solution to this present, dire situation.”  In other words, a monolithic, worldwide, tyrannical State; a one-world government, a one-world military-police, and a one-world economic system.

In the middle of all that, there was the Peregrine Academy.  That place was, arguably, the Archivists’ primary target.  They might even have wanted the Ancient to have crash-landed on top of it, to destroy it for good.  But, that Ancient’s last-ditch efforts prior to crashing preserved it and its inhabitants.

Deep into their fight against the incoming waves of monsters, the residents of the Academy were suddenly being attacked by special-ops units from Hullheach deployed there secretly to try to take the Academy down.

However, the Mortal God cast rays of light on those special-ops soldiers and knocked them all out.  This allowed for the others to focus on fighting the abominations stampeding about the place.

It was several days before the last of the creatures had come and gone.  The work of the Watchers and Azhseg fending off those beings allowed the other residents to focus on how best to help out the other lands while safe within the Valkyries’ force field.

The fifty-odd soldiers were also relocated to a secure room within the Academy, and kept under custody there.  The beings the Watchers fought and incapacitated soon diminished into humanoid forms, and were held under custody in a second room inside the Academy.

Focus could now be redirected towards the efforts being undertaken by the Rainbow Girls Squad and those helping out in Appathall.  M. I. Arregz and his band, who had used the chaos surrounding Hullheach to seize some supplies from Archivist forces too preoccupied with their plans to notice, now set off to Appathall to put their supplies to good use.  The supplies brought by the forces attempting to besiege the Academy were subsequently sent off by Bharkou over to the Squad for good use as well.

Azhseg, now present in person, was able to give a comprehensive account of what she witnessed going on in the Realms beyond Eyaye.  Something has been going on, she felt, that was far beyond the mere workings of Dark Forces.  Something else had to be going on, to account for why even the Librarians were unable to record it.  Exactly what that was, though, she couldn’t offer any kind of guess or idea.

But, what happened here over the past month or so, so far, was not the whole of what she presumed had been planned.  There was still more to come, and what had just occurred with that Ancient was just the appetizer.

The Peregrine would need to hurry up on her quest to the core, if what Azhseg thought was being planned next were actually to be acted out.  She theorized the masterminds of all this were after something specific, and if so then for everyone’s sake Cɪrthsta better reach it first.

Else, it can be expected to get so much worse on Eyaye in the near future….

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‘The Fall of an Ancient’

A meteor shower foreshadowed the incoming impactor.  Many people took some time from whatever they were doing that evening and night to admire it – if only for a moment.

At the Academy, the same phenomenon, read into by the Witchdoctor, was determined to be an omen of some kind of destructive event in the near future.

Five days later, the thing itself came falling through the atmosphere leaving a long tail of ash and dust and fire in its wake.  Its trajectory appeared to be towards the Peregrine Academy.  With the Watchers yet to be reunited, the best that could be done at the time was to hunker down and prepare.

Its wake was spotted midday by those still living on the Academy grounds.  It could be seen trying to maneuver, eliminating it as a meteorite.  It’s an entity under intelligent control.

For the first time since the Five Waves, and to be the second time ever, Akei and Aguyu retreat to the resting room, that R.E. had found them in years earlier, to enact what they called “Athskeilon.”  The others watched as the two Valkyries sat kneeling and facing each other inside an ornate symbol carved into the floor, holding each other’s hands cross-wise, touching their foreheads together, then finally bringing their etherial wings out that quickly expanded to beyond the walls of the Academy and into a dome-shaped field covering the entire grounds and a portion of the surrounding forest.  Akei’s white wings blended into Aguyu’s black wings at the dome’s surface, creating a swirling pattern of light and dark akin to a dome-shaped vortex of ether that began at its apex and disappeared into the ground.

The incoming entity drifts slowly towards the ground, but as it approaches close enough its true speed can be glanced at.  It’s actually moving quite quickly, as evidenced by the sonic boom that sweeps the Academy prior to its inevitable impact with the earth.

That impact eventually did come, the being just missing the Academy grounds.  An almighty earthquake erupts from the collision, and in the distance forest can be seen uprooted and thrown into the air quite a distance away.  Copious amounts of earth were also torn away from their original home, some pieces even falling onto the Athskeilon.

Moments later, the commotion falls away into silence.  An uneasy silence, it was.  The Academy’s residents, the Valkyries, the Witchdoctor, the Merry-maker, Bharkou, Princess, Raac and Raghul, and two new recruits acquired since the Peregrine’s party left on their quest, seize the moment to finalize preparations.

Elsewhere, the lone, traveling Freemen were alerted to the falling object as well.

Amid a street performance near Hullheach, Arregz and his band-mates were the second-nearest Freemen to the impact site.  The final maneuver made by the beast was clearly visible in the sky from their vantage point.

Meanwhile, in Appathall, Freemen tending to an aid booth in Appavell were the first among the Freemen to see the incoming entity.  The locals there were afraid it was another terror attack underway.

Thiere, despite being well away from the trajectory of the thing, was also just able to catch sight of the trail of smoke and ash being left in its wake.  She had only just joined a rag-tag group of misfits calling themselves “Banon and the Rainbow Girls Squad,” and upon seeing the smoke received a nagging feeling that she should return to the Academy to help out there instead.

She fought against the feeling.  She’d only just arrived here, and her homeland required her help as well.  Besides, the Academy had other, equally capable, individuals residing there; the Academy was in good hands.

Finally, following the burn-up trail is an ancient starship piloted by a very deflated Alien girl.  She had hoped to beat the calamity to Eyaye, but the Forces of Darkness made sure to be ahead of schedule.  She hadn’t expected the calamities to begin so soon.

The Ancient of Eyaye had already crash-landed some distance away from the Peregrine Academy when she settled her own ship down just outside the Academy’s secondary gate.

Unable to enter through the barrier now, her best chance of being useful to the Academy now was to take her own stand against the incoming monsters.  Inside, she’d been building a ship, loaded with all the ancient relics and weaponry she’d gotten her hands on, just for such a purpose.  Those monsters won’t stand a chance.

There’s gonna be A LOT of them, though.  Their biggest advantage right now is their sheer numbers.

All the monstrosities that were caged up forever, after the great wars of yore….

In her newly-built warship, she hovers over the Academy.  There, she can see the sky darkening in the distance.  Over what can be seen of the remains of the Ancient, what mirrors a large cloud of colonial insects, or a swarm of Adversarial war-drones, billows out from the Ancient’s body.  Soon enough, there’s enough of them able to blanket the entire sky here in an artificial dusk.  Those ready to fight brace for what’s inevitably to come….

Work of the Week #24

Ancient relics of Breykaria:

Minkathnaazrah’s helmet:  Most prized war-helmet in Breykaria, given that it once belonged to King Minkathnaazrah himself.

Minkathnaazrah helmet

The Warrior plaque:  Etched, gold plaque containing the poem “Warrior.”  It now resides at the Aealian museum of Ancient Relics (founded by the Professor), alongside the above helmet.

Azuephoydah:  Breykaria’s largest and oldest lighthouse.  Built by an ancient clan of Yoleukara, it comes with its own shield and a fibre-optic cable linking it to an equally sophisticated communications base.

So long as my light guides you You shall return home

Triickulea:  A siege weapon resembling a trebuchet, made from hardwood with Yoleukaran writing along its main beams.  It is another relic of the long-lost tribe that once inhabited Agrobask.

The Great Chain:  Built in Minkathnaazrah’s time, it spans considerable swaths of barrier reef along the southern and eastern reaches of Orimar.  Made from massive chain-links of solid iron, this defensive measure can be raised up from the water to restrict the movement of ships and even low-hovering craft.