The 1&2 chapter in the Terror-verse. Leave some feedback if you like, and I'll get better!
"Don't get a goddamn concussion right now!" A dark haired girl screamed next to my ear as I snapped my eyes open, feeling extremely doozy after what just happened. Speaking of...
"Hey! What did I just say?" She snapped, at the exact same time a tiny ball the size of a gold ball sailed through the air and landed before us with a sounding thunk. She dropped whatever temper she was having, and I stopped stumbling around to stare at the small ball in confusion. This looks very familiar. Very, very familiar, but I just couldn't place what it is or what it did. Then I heard a whirring sound.
That did it for me.
"Ah, I see. This is a miniature grenade." I muttered out loud to no one in particular, before Samantha rammed into my body from the side and knocked me flat to the floor ungracefully. I laid there for a split second, clutching my shoulder and popping it, because I was sure as hell something went snap back there. I scowled at Samantha next to me, who was also laying on the floor, clutching two pistols in her crossed arms. "What was that for?" I said, still partly unconscious and not aware of the situation around me.
"What do you mean 'What was that for'? It's a grenade!" She hissed as the tiny grenade exploded, and a blue wave of energy went spiralling away towards us. My eyes sparkled at the sight of the beautiful colours, but Samantha was having none of that. She clearly recognized the energy, because the first thing she did was uncross her arms and threw the pistol in front of her, then yank the glasses off and threw it as well. This all happened within a second, and I briefly wondered how she did all that.
Oh right. Her ability was enhanced reaction time. She could do all that. Bits and pieces of memories were starting to come back to me, though I was still mildly perturbed that we were in some sort of battlefield. The blue energy wave crashed into us, then simply bounced off harmlessly, ricocheting into the opposite wall. This happened several times rapidly, and I took the small time that I had to study my surroundings.
We weren't in an open environment, but rather in a fairly large room decorated with only white lights that shone from the ceiling and dent-covered pieces of metal that stood up vertically from the ground, serving as good cover from fire. Apart from that, there wasn't much that I could make out from this room, other than the fact that it felt very enclosed. Maybe we were underground? And how did I get here?
I pulled myself to my feet and tripped my way to the nearest metal cover as purple beams of energy obliterated the floor that I laid on just moments ago, searing the metal floor charcoal black. Like everything else, the coloured energy seem very familiar. Couldn't I do something like that too? I frowned and held my hand out in front, and from the back of my hips, a small purple tinted handle slammed into my open palm. I watched with pure fascination as the handle popped open, and converted itself into a pistol of sorts.
The pistol was also purple tinted, the barrel smooth and etched with a symbol. There didn't seem to be a hammer or slide to pull back on, but a single trigger to fire from. I turned it upside down and checked the bottom, only to find it also held no space for a magazine. But I knew all this. Why was I checking this again?
Energy shots pelted the back of my cover, and I suddenly remembered what we had been doing.
"I remember! This is a training exercise!" I yelled excitedly over to Samantha, who was returning fire towards our unknown enemies on the other side of the room, also hidden behind metal covers of their own. She looked over at me quizzically, shaking her head. I frowned again. "No? Then what is this?" I said, suddenly very worried about my current predicament.
"No, idiot, this is a training exercise, just snap out of your damn concussion and help me!" She screamed just before another grenade rolled by her feet, then exploded promptly. Smoke and sparks billowed out and flew everywhere, covering the entirety of Samantha with a haze of purple. I heard her coughing intensely from within, and knew she was trying her hardest to not inhale the sleeping gas. That took us both by surprise, and I heard movement coming in from behind my cover.
They were advancing.
But I could also help Samantha.
I dove across the gap between our covers, feeling purple energy shots passing by me, and leapt into the cloud of gas. I clamped my mouth shut, forcing myself not to breath as I sprinted towards Samantha, her figure stumbling in the haze. I reached out to touch her shoulder with my hand, and she turned her pistols on me aggressively, pointing it at my head and abdomen. I calmly set my other hand on one of the barrels and pushed it down, and pushed my healing into Samantha with the other.
She blinked once, then twice, and took in a deep breathe. When it became clear she didn't feel drowsy anymore, she looked at me with squinted eyes and nodded once. I didn't get the chance to return the favour before she grabbed me by the shoulders, and turned me around while holding me by the throat, pointing her spare gun at someone beyond the mist. As the gas began to disperse, two figures became visible to me. One man, and a woman. I knew them as Daniel and Rose, our respective guardians.
And they both had guns in hand.
Now, why would our guardians be trying to kill us?
"Because this is a training exercise!" I pounded my fist into my open palm, and Rose frowned worriedly with her guns raised and aimed at me. She glanced over at Daniel, who shrugged nonchalantly. "Concussion. Happens sometimes." He replied, not breaking his glare at Samantha.
"You know, he is your teammate and you shouldn't be holding your teammates hostage. You should be trying to work with-"
"He's my teammate, no one tells me how to work with him!" Samantha shot back, and I could feel her getting tense behind me. I raised an amused eyebrows at my guardians, who both sighed simultaneously, either at my deranged ramblings, or at Samantha's inability to stop being snappy.
"Uh huh. But have you wondered that having a teammate is almost always better than not having one?"
"This is the case where your 'almost' comes in. Look at him! He's still muttering to himself about grenades and light!" Samantha complained. Daniel tilted his head curiously, and I could see his pistol lowering slightly. Seeing her teammate hesitating, Rose also began to frown. And in that single moment of hesitation, Samantha saw an opportunity.
She went for it.
An energy shot knocked Rose to the floor, the force strong enough for me to hear the metal floor cracking. Samantha turned the gun towards the older and faster Daniel, who twisted his body to the right and lifted his gun at me, his icy cold eyes locked onto mines.
"Ah. Of course I'm stuck in the middle of this standoff." I groaned with annoyance, before I rammed my left elbow into the stomach of Samantha, who did not see it coming at all. She gasped and released her death hold on me, stumbled backwards while Daniel fired on me. There was no time to jump back, so I started pushing healing energy into my chest before the shots even hit. The warm flow of the energy in my body always managed to soothe me, and it didn't fail me now. I tried to take a deep breath, bracing myself for the intense pain I was about to feel.
I regret trying to breathe in as the triple barrage of purple energy hammered into my arm and chest, the knockback making me double over winded, but I stood my ground and stomped the ground behind me with my leg to keep my balance. I exhaled quickly, and smiled as I realized the pre-emptive healing probably was the only thing keeping me standing. I propelled myself forward with my back leg, using it as a booster, and dragged my left fist behind my shoulders without thinking about it too much. Thinking hurts a hell lot right now.
Although it might be worth the pain if I could have avoided what came next. As my fist swung my Daniel's face, he sidestepped and pushed me with an open palm, causing me to tumble on the floor once again.
"Ok, we are done." Daniel announced for everyone to hear. "Samantha, help Rose reset the training grounds. Rivin, go up and get some sleep. You'll feel better.' Everyone got off the ground, then went off to do their duties. Rose, who looked utterly fine despite taking a full energy shot to the chest, went off to the side of the training ground, with Samantha following suit. Sometimes I forget that the Raixiens had armour powerful enough to nullify the damage of a gunshot.
Of course, I didn't have one. Only the guardians have them, and there are only two left in this entire universe. And both of them are right here.
I heard Samantha mutter something about unfairness and concussions, before Rose shook her head and dragged her ward away from us. Daniel pointed a finger up, and I nodded tiredly. Maybe I should go get some sleep. After all, I hadn't been sleeping well since... ever. Not once in my fifteen years of life had I ever gotten a good night's rest, always ending with me awake until after midnight, when I would simply collapse from exhaustion. We never figured out what it was that kept me up, not even after consulting a good variety of doctors and seeking out professional help.
Not that they could've helped me much anyways. The Raixien and Human genes were much, much different. We couldn't risk any of the more curious doctors doing a full body check-up, then realize that our body functions differently than theirs. And by different, I don't mean something as simple as a defect gene or a malfunctioning limb.
Because we Raixiens have what Humans here call 'Powers', even though Daniel and Rose has never used those words ever. To them, we were all superhuman, when on Raixien, we would just be like everyone else.
We called our abilities 'Rengars', meaning 'Gifts' in Raixien tongue. We each came with different gifts, and that gift would have determined our role in the Raixien society before we were even born.
Of course, all that was just what Daniel and Rose had told me and Samantha. We had never seen our supposedly powerful home world before, nor had we ever seen any other Raixien aside from the four of us.
It took me a while to remember which hallway I should turn in our labyrinth of a home. It wasn't a home as much as a bunker, but it's where we all lived, so that's what I'm going to call it in the meantime. My fingers traced the curved and smooth metal wall that lined the hallways, feeling the cold material that hid away the countless wires and panels behind the walls. Fifteen years, and I still don't have full knowledge of what our house could do. It was like I said, a labyrinth. A maze that I would love to see from above.
Passing by all the photos hung up on the wall, I realized just how much I missed those good times. Not that my life isn't good now, but knowing that I most probably would not get another chance at relaxing by the seaside or even celebrating my best friend Edward's birthday sucked.
But it had to be this way. All my life, I had only one purpose given to me: To reclaim my home world and perform the Great Reset, then... destroy the ones who slaughtered Raxar.
When I reached my bedroom, a fairly spacious and standard one, I noted the alarm clock on top of the bed stand. Whatever time it was, I could never manage to sleep of my own will. Still, I decided to simply click off the lights and waddle my way into bed.
I spent the next few hours tossing and turning, swatting at the mosquito that still somehow hung around in early November. The feeling of being unable to fall sleep has long since passed me, but I would always feel the effects of my lack of sleep the next day. Sometimes, if I were lucky, I would exhaust myself out early in the night and get some decent sleep. Other times, I would stay up late until four in the mourning and only get three hours of sleep.
"Go away, ghost. I just want to sleep." I grumbled into my pillow, pressing it hard against my face.
This continued. I listened with my head in the pillow for the next few minutes, familiarising myself with the steady beat of cracking that came from somewhere in my lightless room. I didn't bother trying to check out where it came from. I'd gotten too used to weird sounds in the middle of the night to be scared of damn ghosts, especially if they decided to spend their time in the afterlife haunting me with eggshell cracks.
Something fluttered in my chest. I blinked my eyes open, staring up at the dark ceiling, eying the lamp that hung from above.
But if I can see it, then that means there is light. I snapped by back upright, my hands gripped into fists and absolutely ready to fight... whatever was emitting the light. At this time of day, all the lights in the house would be off. I have my curtains fully covering the windows, and never once had any light spilled in through those. I also kept no electronic devices in my room. Which I should.
After a few seconds of utter silence, I began to laugh. Quietly, so as to not awaken the others in the nearby bedrooms. Why was I so paranoid? It was simply a weird sound and a feeling. Nothing more.
It came from above.
I turned my head upwards, and then I was shoved forcefully back into my bed.
And I fell asleep.
"Oh, what the hell." I growled, awaking in an unfamiliar place. I was somehow standing, even though I had been laying down. In my bed. At my home. On Earth.
Because this is definitely not Earth.
Earth had never looked this grim and bleak.
I suppose it would be fairly accurate assumption to say I wasn't actually here, since the green rain simply splattered through my hollow body and onto the ashen grey floor. My entire body look and felt hollow, with only purple lines outlining my silhouette. I gave off no light even though the lines seemed to look like glow sticks, the colour somehow swishing when I took a step forward and backward, like a liquid.
A dream, then. I have had these before, though very uncommon. When I do get them, it's usually nothing more than me reviewing everything I had done throughout the day, and not... this.
I turned my full attention to my surroundings. I was in some sort of town square surrounded by broken and demolished metal, heaps of it scattered all around me unnaturally. Once probably proud and strong houses, reduced to scraps. Photo frames and weapons laid within the broken debris, and I turned a full circle, and my heart skipped a beat at what I saw.
Bodies. Hundreds of them, laid out on their backs with crimson blood trailing the still intact floor. I took a step back in shock, then tripped over a sharp piece of metal jutting out from the ground, falling to my back. I glanced down, expecting to see the metal stuck through my luck, but the metal simply passed through my hollow body and ignored me completely.
Something rumbled in the debris next to me. I scooted away fearfully, wondering where I was, and better yet, how to wake up from this dream. The bodies, all spread out like that... it made me sick. I didn't look at them any longer, and was instead trying to wake myself from this terrible dream, all the while watching the metal shift and move all on its own.
"There's one left here." I flinched at the voice coming from behind me, and I jumped up to face a person clad in armour from head to toe, a sci-fi looking rifle in his gloved hands. I studied him more closely, realizing his armour was quite literally created from yellow crystals, interwoven to form a design on his chest plate. An arrow with a glowing circle in the middle of the shaft.
His helmet resembled the helmets of the centurions in ancient Rome, but instead of an open faceplate, a one-way black glass pane hid his face behind the helmet. He looked exactly like how I would picture a future legionnaire from space.
Then more of these people flicked into existence behind him, each adorning the same armour and weaponry, until there were at least a dozen or two of them, watching the debris move itself apart. I wasn't watching the movement. Something about the arrow looked familiar, as if I were told it about every day, but just can't speak its name when I needed to. What was it?
A hand pierced through the metal plate covering the debris, and a woman looking to be in her mid-thirties pulled herself out, gasping in pain and shock from the amount of blood pooling at her sides. She didn't seem to see me, nor did the armour clad people, and her eyes widened with fear when she saw the men, their rifles raised and pointed at her menacingly.
"Please. Don't kill me..." The woman whispered softly, her dark eyes locking onto the first man pleadingly. "I have a husband and a child. A child." Then she seemed to remember something else, and turned around to dig at the hole from which she crawled out of. "My daughter. Rei!" She called, still frantically digging for her daughter while the men simply stared.
I didn't know their names, or their faces, but I already felt an immense amount of hatred for these people. They stared at the women trying to find her child, and did nothing to help. Absolutely nothing, except for keeping their guns trained on the women.
"Help me!" The women croaked, her throat dry from the amount of time she'd been under that debris. The first man shook his head, then punched the kneeling woman in the face. Blood exploded from the woman's nose, and she crumpled to the ground wordlessly. I roared, and tried to charge at the man, but failed. Some unknown force was holding me back, stopping me from getting closer.
"Your daughter is dead. So is everyone else." The man said. The woman started to sob, tears dripping down from her cheeks and splashed onto the ground, mixing with the green rain puddles. Her shoulders and head drooped down without spirit, and I felt the impulsion to fully destroy the man in front of me.
"Mercy. Please." The woman whispered.
The man said nothing. The other men in the back lowered their rifles, before the first man pulled out a pistol from behind his waist and aimed it at the woman's head.
"The Losac do not grant mercy." Then he fired.
I hardly heard her body drop to the floor as one of the hundreds beside her, her lifeless eyes staring at mines with utter despair and terror. I grit my teeth together, and tried once again to break free of the unknown force. The man holstered his pistol, which retracted into a yellow handle that he let hover behind his waist, and nodded to the other men behind him.
Then they all flickered, and disappeared. Like ghosts.
I blinked. There was no flashing light, nobody yelling and screaming, they simply left this place alone. The force finally relented, and I rushed towards the woman. It had already began to decay into starlight, something I was told the Raixien race did when death arrived. A brilliant sky of purple stars and dots appeared from her body, like fireflies in the dark, the only thing illuminating this horrible world. The only thing I even found remotely enjoyable here.
I spotted one special star, hovering above where her chest once was. A yellow star, blinking rapidly. I squinted, wondering if I really saw a man within that tiny star, before it joined the other purple stars by shifting its colour.
Then the stars winked out from existence, like the ghosts. That moment of beauty gone, forever.
Then I just realized what had happened. A person, executed mercilessly right in front of my eyes. By people who showed no emotion, no regret at what they had done. And that made me both terrified and forlorn. Because I just now remembered what that arrow symbol meant. The one that Samantha and I were both told of in our early ages, the one that we were told to tear from their chests.
The symbol of the Aerilosac. The golden race of doom, the legion of unrelenting conquest and the Orbsic manipulators. They had many titles, but these were the only ones that I was told of. They were the ones who destroyed my home planet and my people.
And my parents, too.
Then, as if noticing my thoughts, I was sucked behind me by a vacuum, emerging into another unknown place, this time in the middle of a fresh battlefield. I could tell this, since the buildings and covers were still relatively new and clean, the sound of golden ships zipping above me booming in my ears. Someone roared besides me, and I turned, surprised to see a soldier clad in full purple armour.
A Raixien soldier. The purple colour was a dead giveaway, but the dark hair and eyes also helped. That's what we all Raixiens have in common. Our dark complexion and skin tone due to the high amounts of sun we get on Raxar. The soldier in purple leapt impossibly far, covering at least ten meters with that single jump, and smashed the end of his purple rifle into the face of a Losac soldier I hadn't even seen appear. The golden soldier crumpled to the ground, Spartan helmet cracked.
Then the Aerilosac soldier started to decay, his armour and body cracking and turning into a dull coloured crystal, which I knew as Orbsic crystals. An extremely hard substance that can be found in large abundances on the Aerilosac planet, Losarien. Back before the planet was destroyed by themselves, the pollution and imminent natural hazards splitting the planet in half along with the proud golden race that once lived on it. The soldier faded into the wind, and the Raixien lifted his head up towards four more figures, marching towards us slowly.
The four figures brandished golden blades, the edges gleaming mercilessly under the falling light, and pointed the tip at the Raixien soldier. I couldn't see his eyes under the metal mask that he wore, with purple wires glowing beneath the surface layer, but I did know that he was fully ready to fight four at once.
He squared his shoulders up, and snapped his armoured wrists back. A small gun handle zipped into his open palms from his hips, and by the time he drew his hand back, the handle had transformed into a large, menacing looking rifle. The Raixien didn't bother to aim, opting to simply spray down the four blade wielding Aerilosac soldiers instead of engaging in pointless, melee combat. Why do so when guns could do the job faster and much easier?
At least, that's what I thought until I saw the Aerilosac soldiers move.
The first of the four dashed forward, propelling himself with enough force to kick up the broken floor beneath him and closing in the distance between the Raixien. I watched with pure amazement and horror as every single purple shot either deflected off the Aerilosacs armour, or blocked by the blur that was his hands. I took a split second to look closer, and found myself entranced by his armour. It was made entirely out of Orbsic crystals, and every time a shot neared him, bits and pieces of his armour broke free from its whole and intercepted the energy shot.
The Raixien soldier realized this much earlier than me, having already threw his rifle on the floor and... stood there. I merely watched with sad disappointment at knowing there was nothing I can do to stop the past. No amount of shouting and pushing can save this valiant Raixien soldier now.
Even so, I still flinched when the golden blade went down on the soldier's body, slashing him in half. The Raixien crumpled to the ground, while the Aerilosac simply stared down at it without any movement. Then, as he turned back to join his comrades, a purple energy shot slammed into his back, and passed through his chest. I gasped in surprise, whipping my head back to see where the shot came from. There, just a few steps behind where the Raixien had died, was the exact same Raixien with the rifle in hand.
I glanced down at the lifeless body, then back at the still standing soldier, now facing only three Aerilosac soldiers. It was definitely the same person, with the same height and mask lines, and I almost shouted in joy. This person was a Sixth Warrior, capable of duplicating himself up to three times in battle. And I watched with amazed eyes as another copy of him appeared from behind one of the soldiers, and slit his throat with a blade.
Two down, two to go. The remaining soldiers jumped back, properly spacing themselves while the Sixth Warrior took off his mask, revealing features similar to what Samantha and I possess. Narrowed eyes of black locked onto the soldiers, the corners of his mouth curling into an aggressive and territorial snarl. His face was smooth and rather plain, but he was in no way a stranger to combat and war. That much I could tell from the well he stood defiantly before the soldiers, the hot wind blowing against his raven dark hair.
Then he closed his eyes, and began to chant. I walked closer to him, and even though I could not speak my mother language, I could understand the words perfectly in my mind as though they were spoken in English.
I am a Raixien of the Sixth.
He began to slowly vibrate. The Aerilosac soldiers opened fire on his duplicate, who is charging at them with his blade, deflecting shots of his own.
Born under the blessings of Ryla, the Raino of many.
A ghostly figure appeared above the head of the Raixien soldier, head and shoulders coming into view.
To separate; to flourish; to unify our purpose.
The figure screamed, and it tore away from the Sixth Warrior, landing on both its feet as its body began to take shape. Contour lines on its armour appeared, and ever so slowly did the figure shift its shape to the fine details of the Raixien. I smiled widely, having never witnessed a duplication before, and now getting the chance to see it myself. The original Sixth Warrior opened his eyes, and spoke the last words.
To serve as the warriors that guard our people.
And at once, the duo charged into the fray, but before they clashed with the soldiers, my vision tunnelled, and I sped through a circular hole of light and visions. I was flying, now, and I gritted my teeth as more scenes like these played out right in front of my eyes, battles of the past and how the Raixien lost each and every one of them. I saw soldiers bombarded by golden waves of falling meteors, tall and elegant structures being electrified from above, the tortured screams of those trapped and killed within those buildings as they called out for help.
I heard it all, seen it all, all in that one second of journeying through this memory lapse. My eyes started to well up, and I clapped my head hard, trying to snap myself away from this blinding tunnel. If I remained here any longer, I was sure to go insane. I wanted to shut my ears up from the voices, but they permeated through into my mines, filling my head with their anguished screams.
I pounded my head harder, eyes filling up with water now.
Again. And again.
I roared with outrage, and like any obedient creature, the tunnel collapsed on me.