Man of FireAs I stepped away from that last world, I thought about all that had befallen me since I received that game. Such an innocent action, yet...
Yet here I was, the last hope of the Continuum. Traveling between different worlds, collecting bits and pieces of powerful artifacts that I broke and scattered across the Multiverse.
With a sigh, I turned toward the next universe that caught my attention.
Arriving in this universe was much smoother than my previous attempts, either I was getting better at this, or... well, I just hope I was getting better.
The first thing that caught my attention was the heat. This place was hot! Looking around, I could see why; I had arrived in a large underground cavern. There were paths that lead around, winding there way above an open lava pit that made up the whole of the floor.
There were people moving about, but not any near me. I had manifested in an out-of-the-way location. One that, I hoped, was out of the normal pathways of these
Battle for DisasterWe were loosing. Yes, in many universes we had banished the Darkness and restored the balance, but in many others we were the ones banished. In too many others. I had had quite a time learning to control my new powers. And my new body.
One of the other Defenders came up with the idea, to create a "dummy" universe that the Darkness would mistake for a true universe. Then, when he enters it, we trap him and kill him. The vote was unanimous.
The false universe was in place, within moments Dark arrived and began to undermine the basic nature of the plane, seeking to convert this universe as he had so many others. Now is the time to act! One of the other Defenders sent to me, Wind I think. Strike!
Acting as one, all six Defenders emerged from our hiding places within the folds of space and time. Dark was caught off guard and did not have time to react before we were upon him. I acted and removed the connections the other Defenders used to travel from one universe to
Birth of ChaosThe day had finally come. I was overjoyed as the UPS man walked down the hall. I retreated in to my study, and pulled the package open. I took a moment to admire the colorful packaging before pulling the disk and headset out. I booted up my computer and inserted the disk for the most talked about and anticipated game ever. Terra, such a simple name, for a game anything but.
As the installer ran, I thought about all I had heard about this game. It is supposed to revolutionize the gaming market. Powered by a technology called "total immersion virtual reality" and created by Midgrad Entertainment, this was a beta version. The actual game wasn't to be released for another year, but, being friends with the creator, I had gotten on the beta testing list.
The installer finished up and the program opened, showing a splash screen of a warrior welding a longsword in one hand and shooting a fireball with the other. The caption over the image read "Welcome to Terra, a world of Sword and Sor
Fall of a LegendIt seemed that I was to love. No matter what I wished otherwise, my heart had been stolen. And not by just any women, no. A real foxy lady had captured my heart. Literally.
I had fallen in love with a kitsune. A fox spirit. Appearing in Japanese folk lore, they are a group of tricksters who love to play pranks on humans. A few humans decided that they were going to "do" something about this.
It started off innocently enough. A group of people who could see these spirits, even when they didn't want to be seen, got together and found a way to stop the pranks.
But then someone took it too far. He found that he could regain his own life by stealing energy from spirits and he kept them around to continue to syphon off their energy.
Others became interested in this process as well, he began to capture and sell various spirits to other men, to be used as they saw fit. Very few could master the skill of draining energy for there own use, but they still found ways of abusing and demeaning those
Destiny FulfilledHumans are so oblivious. And I'm not talking about the supernatural either. Humans are the only creature that can so completely ignore something that is happening right under there noses. There is a whole underworld of spirit creatures living along side man. Creatures that I had thought only existed in legends and stories are quite real and in an endless war with the human race.
Take the kitsune for example, a group of trickster fox spirits found in Japanese legends. I had thought that was all they were, stories. But, here I am, sitting next to one.
I glanced over at her as I drove, she was smiling and watching the landscape pass as we left the city far behind. I stifled a grin as I imagined her sticking her head out of the window... But, silly as these fox creatures are, I doubted she would do that.
As we drove in silence, I thought about my new companion. An anthropomorphic fox, she stood just over four feet tall. Shaped like a human woman, and just as intelligent as any human I'd ev