It had happened all so suddenly
for him. One moment Shadow was minding his own business; then the
next he was being dragged out of his castle and into Gaialla's and
Novara's sanctuary for some reason. The bag was pulled off of his
head causing him to squint from the sudden and drastic change of
lighting. He was wearing nothing but prisoner pants and was chained
by the hands as requested by the two from the start,
You kneel before us in this session of divine punishment." Novara
spoke with a stern voice unusual for him.
"What... What have I
d-done?" Shadow asked trembling. Gaialla stared at him with eyes as
cold as the vacuum of space.
"You have betrayed us Shadow. You
have abused your title, taken advantage of people, and committed
slaughter without a second thought. You've overstepped your
boundaries." Gaialla proclaimed. Shadow became distraught and tried
to explain himself,
"No! It's all a misunderstanding! I would
never do such things! Please-!"
"SILENCE!" Everyone inside
the sanctuary looked at Novara shocked,
"I've heard enough of
your pathetic begging Shadow! I've been far too merciful to you and
today we change that!" Nobody had seen this state of Novara before
and terrified Shadow to the very end.
"Please! Don't do this!
He's innocent! I swear!" Shadow looked over to see Hotep being
held back by some of Gaialla's and Novara's guards crying. He
looked around him and noticed the whole court filled with Deities;
even the Elite Deities were here to see the punishment.
show you the evidence...." Gaialla summoned a crystal view to show
Shadow killing people who attempted to give a sacrifice to him to
prolong their end as his demon form. It was undeniable that Shadow
had done these things,
"Now; does the criminal here have any
more pathetic excuses before we begin his punishment?" Gaialla
asked. Shadow shook his head finding it pointless to argue any
further by two of the most powerful Deities who thought he was
clearly guilty. He hung his low and tears began streaming
uncontrollably from his eyes.
"Thank you. Let us begin."
Gaialla raised a hand forming a ball of energy in it and pointed it
at Shadow. Novara did the same and the two began chanting something
incomprehensible by everyone there.
Soon a pillar of light that engulfed Shadow. Inside
it Shadow could be heard screaming as his flesh was seared right into
pitch blackness. Shadow's family looked away as he was supposedly
scorched alive. Though one of the Deities noticed he wasn't being
burned; he was transforming. Hotep watched in horror as hair began
growing from Shadow's body and covered his entire being. His legs
then began painfully breaking themselves to form a new shape and his
feet receded into his heel with his toes disappearing. His face
morphed itself into that of a Faun's (think of Splat from
Skylanders but more male-like), his fingers fused into just three,
and a tail started to grow out of his tailbone. Finally the light
dissipated and everyone saw what the two had done to him: They had
turned him into a Lambara. He was covered in black fur and strange
glowing whit marks. He had white hooves, ankles (the hair ended at
the top of them), hands, and nose. His right eye had been fixed as if
no damage had ever been done to it. He still had his long black
ponytail. Everyone became shocked and the murmuring was numerous in
states of horror and fascination.
Novara looked pleased with his work when Gaialla
"Stand up." She simply ordered Shadow to do. The
Lambara didn't stand up still having his head hanging low.
UP." She demanded this time in a voice that struck fear in even
Aliearon. Shaking Shadow slowly stood up. He trembled uncontrollably,
"You Shadow are hereby relieved of your status as God of
Oblivion and are to live out your miserable Lambara spirit life in
the forests of Betolsa for all eternity. We don't want to see you
even anywhere near any of the other Deities. Guards; get him out of
our sight." Two men grabbed Shadow and escorted him out of the
"NO! SHADOW! PLEASE!" Hotep screamed being held back
by the other Deities as Shadow only walked out hanging his head in
shame. Daisuke pulled out his sword and looked at the two.
pay for what you did to my father!" He jumped at them only to blast
back by one of Gaialla's energy balls.
"Nice one doofus."
Fang said trying to hide her crying.
"For your own health
Daisuke. Please don't try that again." Novara said as Daisuke was
picked up by Ryuu.
"This meeting is now over. You may go back
to your duties." Gaialla said before heading back into her private
quarters with Novara leaving the Mazzezin family to cope with this
On the outside Shadow could see a crowd in anger of
Shadow's new Lambara appearance. The guards held them back to avoid
any injuries to be inflicted upon Shadow. After a while they reached
a portal without any further casualties. Through it Shadow finally
looked up to see himself in a forest straight from a fantasy world.
"Here we are. Lamb boy." The first guard said as the two
"Try not to cause too much trouble here. I know
your new title: The disgraced hero." The second one said. With a
click the chains were free from Shadow. He stood there dead silent
his head still hanging low in shame.
"*Sigh* Enjoy your new
life. Disgraced God." The first said before the two left Shadow to
wallow in his misery.
Shadow looked up to see if no one was around and
"Everything... taken away from me..." He
began walking through his new home.
"What am I to do now?" He
looked around the forest,
"Hmm... What opportunities may this
forest present to me? Will it show me a new way to live out my life
the happiest as I could?" As soon as he said that he came across a
strange shrine bathed in a strange glow. Oddly attracted to it Shadow
began ascending the steps to the top of the hill. At the top he found
a simple bow; but the bow itself was elegantly carved and doused in
various markings that for some reason matched the symbols on his
body. Carefully Shadow approached it and slowly touched the bow. He
could feel its smooth wood and tough spider silk string that just
begged of him to take it with him. Shadow picked it up off of its
mantle and walked off with it.
When Shadow got to the bottom of the hill and
observed it once more he decided to pull back on the string to see
how strong the spider silk was. What had happened shocked Shadow, as
he pulled back the markings on his body and body glowed brightly
causing an arrow to form. Freaked out he let go leading the arrow to
go into a nearby tree; he stumbled back and dropped the bow.
what kind of bow is this? How come it reacts to my power like this?"
Soon a large smile came across his face.
"That's it! I have
found my new calling! I will become a hunter, hunt down the most
dangerous beasts, and protect the... light..." His smile faded.
"But I don't want to protect the ones who cast me out as
punishment. But I also don't want to join the ones that try and
hurt others for their own power. Perhaps this bow is trying to tell
me something else. I guess I'll just have to continue my life in
this forest until I can figure out what this weapon is trying to tell
me." Shadow said before taking off into the forest to practice his
Forward to three months: Shadow had become a feared
hunter known as the Weeping Lamb. He had slain beasts three times his
size without even trying and evaded the locals with ease leading him
to be considered a myth, a legend, and a rumor. They say he had
donned a gray wooden lamb mask with white streaks of paint to
represent tears, and that glowing crimson instead peeked out of the
eyeholes instead of regular eyes. For Shadow however he was still
waiting to see if the bow would lead him to his true calling. He had
mastered transforming the bow into other various weapons like daggers
and a large Kris blade. He had learned how to hunt and to track down
any living thing.
Today he expected it to be no different as he hopped
across branches in search of his next hunt. His hair was tied into
the new usual ponytail that started halfway down his back (it had
grown quite a bit bushier and thick since then). As he traveled his
eyes immediately were set upon a strange man wearing a black trench
coat with a hood over his head and a large backpack carrying a
multitude of items and trinkets. Suspicious he hopped down and snuck
behind him with his bow at the ready.
"So... I have finally
found him." Shadow was confused to who he was talking about. The
man turned around and showed mesh pattern bandana he was wearing and
the strange goggles that had tons of lenses. On his hands were black
fingerless wool gloves.
"Yes boy, I am talking about you!" He
pointed a sickly gray finger at him.
"What do you want with me
creep?" Shadow asked unnerved about this stranger in the forest all
of a sudden.
"What do I want? Well I have an offer that could
satisfy both of us..." Shadow lowered his bow still unsure about
"Continue..." He gestured for the man to speak.
"Thank you... My name is Mordecai; I am the
traveling shopkeeper that will always get you hooked up with the best
kinds of potions, gems, treasures, you name it! But recently I've
been sent off to find another hunter to help us. You see we use to be
in a business that revolved around taking souls to the Realm of
Finality and making space for new souls to enter the universe.
Unfortunately long ago the last of the hunters were killed and their
souls locked away for all eternity by those wretched Deities known as
Gaialla and Novara knowing that they were the only things that could
bring death to them. When we heard of your antics I offered to go to
this forest and find him for my friends. Your job is to take souls
and bring them to the Realm of Finality." He wasn't sure what
Shadow's feelings were right now due to the mask but it seemed he
had him interested.
"And before you ask, yes, you can bring the
ones that wronged you to justice. Not even they are free from the
hands of death." Shadow's interest was now piqued.
mean Gaialla and Novara? Hmm..." Shadow thought about this,
"Here's the thing. You aren't just limited to the good
spirits, oh no... you can also bring evil spirits to justice and rid
the world of their horrendous nature. You show no discrimination, you
are just an enforcer of death." Shadow had heard enough.
think this is the calling that was meant for me. I am not evil, but
yet I am not good any longer. I stand for nothing; I'll take you up
on this offer." Mordecai looked ecstatic from that response.
"Perfect! Come with me, I want to introduce you to a few of my
friends that will help you along the way in this new career choice. I
can assure you, you have made a smart decision. Follow me." He
opened up a portal and led Shadow through.
Through the opening Shadow found himself in another
forest surrounded by cherry trees aplenty, the greenest grass that
Shadow had ever seen, and a beautiful mountain landscape in the
"You live here? This-" He was silenced by
Mordecai as they arrived to a rather large hut,
"A lot of them
say that. Just shut up and let me introduce you to Rizeal the
Recorder. Rizeal!" The two heard rustling of papers and books from
inside. A man clad in black robes came bumbling out covered in papers
"What is it you want Mordecai!? You better not be
trying to sell me anything because I'm not interested!" He looked
up at the Lambara who looked to be rather confused right now at what
was going on.
"Who did you bring here today?" Rizeal looked
at Shadow intently,
"How much is he paying you?" He asked,
"Enough pestering the new hunter here Rizeal!" He looked at
Mordecai in disbelief,
"New hunter? So... you've come here to
take the job?" Rizeal asked Shadow,
"Yes I have. So what do
you do around here?" Shadow asked,
"*Ahem* my job is to
record all the souls you obtain over the course of your career. I can
find out any of their names with my special book known as the
All-Knowing Tome here." He lifted up a book with an eye on the
"And figure out who they are when you bring them to the
Realm of Finality. Sounds simple enough?" Shadow nodded,
it seems you have something that the other hunters didn't; the
ability to control the souls they captured." Rizeal looked at him
"It means you can summon any souls you put a
binding on to battle for you or order them around." Shadow
snickered at the thought of it,
Gaialla and Novara? Now that sounds like a treat...'
"Yes. Though they can only be Deity's souls so far. You can
visit me at the library anytime to empower those souls or maintain
control over them for longer out of the Realm of Finality. Now
introduce this new hunter to our other friend while I sort out my
mess." With that he closed the door and left the two to find the
"Alright. That was Rizeal, and now here come to our
second friend. I must warn you though... she can be quite... jumpy..."
Mordecai swallowed nervously. The two had arrived to a cottage that
"How jumpy are we talking about here?" As Shadow
said that the door burst open to reveal a gray faun/Lambara hybrid
covered in black markings with white hair in curls and grayish horns.
"Goooood... morningeveryonehowarewedoinghere? Good?
She was impossible to understand for Shadow. She was running all over
the place talking to her flowers is seemed. Mordecai cleared his
"Lissiana!" The girl stopped her gibbering to turn to
see the shopkeeper waving to her,
BecauseifsoI'vegotmypaymentrightoverthere-!" He cupped his hand
over her mouth.
"That's not why I'm here. I would like you
to meet someone. Oh Weeping Lamb! Don't be shy!" He called out
for the Lambara. He was greeted with Shadow slowly peeking his head
out trembling in utter fear.
"This is no way to- OW!"
Mordecai ripped his hand from her mouth and gripped it. The girl had
chewed straight through the glove and bitten his middle finger.
many times do I have to tell you that is not necessary!?" He yelled
"How many times do
I have to tell you that
I hate it when you put your hand over my mouth!?" She had slowed
down her speech enough for Shadow to understand her.
Lissiana turned to Shadow still poking his head out a
bit and ran towards him.
"And who do we have here?" She
dragged him out from behind the wall and saw him in all his Lambara
"I, can't, believe, it.
was calmed down by Shadow this time.
"He just isn't here to
be your friend. He's the new hunter around here. So please try to
keep your talking pace as understandable as possible." Mordecai
"New hunter? Finally we can get something done
around here! I am Lissiana the Faunara, the Morals Counselor around
these parts." She bowed humbly before him,
Counselor?" Shadow looked confused,
"*Sigh* I help with
making sure that the hunters stay neutral and unbiased as possible. I
can also help with empowering your light and dark magic to stay ahead
of the game. You can visit me whenever you feel like you need some
more bang for your buck or need some help staying on the path to
neutrality." She explained,
"Thank you, now what's a
Faunara?" Shadow asked,
"It's a hybrid between a Faun and a
Lambara. Simple as that. Now if you have any more questions I need to
get back to my flowers." Lissiana said,
"Nope. I hope to get
to know you more often some other time." Shadow said waving goodbye
"Good. Now allow me to show you to your new home."
Mordecai led the way once more. When they were out of Lissiana's
earshot he whispered into Shadow's ear,
between you and me; I'm pretty sure that girl drinks several
coffees a day." Shadow only rolled his eyes
After little bit more walking the two had reached a
pond with a nice looking cottage overlooking it.
"Here we are!
Your new home! I leave you to yourself to get comfortable. When you
feel like you've gotten use to your new surroundings I'll take
you down to the village for a celebratory dinner." Mordecai said,
"But that Faunara said-" Shadow was about to correct him,
"It's the evening. Lissiana doesn't have a very good sense
of time..." He said before turning around to leave.
thing!" He turned back to the new hunter,
"My real name is
Shadronix. But most of my friends and family just call me Shadow. Be
sure to tell the other two this." Mordecai simply nodded obligingly
before turning around and leaving. Shadow took off his mask and
"So... this is my new life? I could get used to it."
He opened the door to his new cottage.
"It's good to know
that someone out there is always willing to support you." He said
to himself before finally going inside.