A crow spreading its wings.
[Current location: Neo Arcadia]
With Etherion on his way to Neo Arcadia, Valkyrion and Eon were keeping an eye on things, analyzing the situation, assessing it and thinking of a way to deal with the situation.
“You know… It has been a long time since something had happened around here.”, Eon said.
“I know.”, Valkyrion replied with a nod of his head. “And it has been an even longer time since we three gathered together in the city.”, he added.
“True. I think that it was when a new puppy was born?”, Eon asked with a chuckle.
“Yeah. But, puppy?”, Valkyrion asked and looked at Eon with an arched eyebrow.
“Well, they all started by dogs, didn’t they? No matter how those eight look now, they were once dogs. They were just lucky to have fed on fresh blood, then surviving all those endless fights and finally evolving to what they are now.”, Eon said.
“Yeah… But still, I could have never imagined that they would end up like that. From something so weak to something so powerful… If those scientists from back then were still alive, I am sure that they would be happy that their creations proved to be such a success.”, Valkyrion said.
“Well, the explosion on that day was the catalyst to their evolution. If that had never happened, they would not have mutated. Oh well…”, Eon said.
Suddenly they both felt a familiar sensation approaching them and they both nodded their heads before turning them to look at Etherion arriving.
“Well, well, well… If that isn’t the good old Etherion… Long time no see.”, Eon said with a smirk on his face.
“Yes, it has been a really long time Eon.”, Etherion said as he stopped right in front of them, using his Vector unit to hover in the air. “Valkyrion.”, Etherion said and nodded his head.
“Etherion. It’s good to have you back.”, Valkyrion said.
“By the way get off Vector. We don’t want to get spotted right away.”, Eon said.
“By the intruders? Sentinel gave me a heads up.”, Etherion said and took off his Vector unit.
“Yeah, Valkyrion here will let you know about most of it while I will have your Vector join mine in confusing the senses of everyone around here.”, Eon said and placed his right hand on Etherion’s Vector unit, sending the electric signal to move around the city and constantly releasing small bursts of energy and when the energy was about to be depleted, the unit should move back to the lab.
“Well… As Sentinel said, we have some intruders. We know nothing about them, but I suspect that some of them are some of the morons who appeared here not too long ago.”, Valkyrion said.
“I see. So, we sit here and wait?”, Etherion asked.
“Pretty much, yeah.”, Eon said as he rose back on his height while the Vector unit began flying around the city, executing the command that Eon had given.
“Good. So, what’s the status so far? I th—”, Etherion did not finish his phrase.
All three of them looked at each other as they felt the energy from an EM field nearby. Looking down they saw the man that had appeared earlier to shoot an EM field and killing one of the beasts that was nearby.
Eon chuckled at that though Valkyrion was as usual expressionless. As for Etherion, he did not care much about it.
“I think that this is going to be interesting. What do you guys think?”, Eon asked.
Nobody said a word. They just looked at each other in the eye and nodded their heads before looking down on the street again.
Whoever that man was, he was not an ordinary person. And perhaps maybe a thread to the city. Valkyrion cracked his neck in that thought and he knew that Eon and Etherion had thought the same thing.
And so the three of them stood there, observing the whole situation.
Of course while all those things were taking place, the beasts that resided within the city, they had all noticed the new appearances. And as it was natural, they had become a bit restless. Hell, they did not need much of a reason for that, but Valkyrion’s presence was enough to subdue them.
But this time things were different. Ever since the previous arrival of some guests, the beasts were slowly starting to move, and this time they just continued from where they had left. Slowly but surely the dog like beasts had become to approach the city center. But they were not alone… Their evolved states followed as well. Category two, category three, category four… And to make matters worse, even the last and most deadly categories had began to move as well…
One thing was certain, that was not going to be another ride in the park…
Valkyrion, Eon and Etherion had felt the beasts’ movement but they stood idle for the time being, knowing that they just wanted to know what exactly was going on.
But hell… ‘That’ had to happen…
A ship. A fucking ship began to descend from the sky and crashed on one of the buildings, making the whole city shake once again.
“Oh shit… I think that this is time to do something…”, Valkyrion said and looked at the other two.
“Sadly I agree. They are on the move now.”, Etherion said.
“So…”, Eon said and cracked his neck a few times while putting a sadistic smirk on his face. “Should we go all out?”, he asked.
“No. I will deal with it. I will once again show them who the boss is around here.”, Valkyrion said and jumped off the building before either Eon or Etherion had the chance to say something.
“Damn, I haven’t seen him this worked up ever since that time. This will not end well…”, Eon said with a sigh.
“What should we do?”, Etherion asked.
“For the time being, lets not get in his way. We will end up dead.”, Eon said and clenched his fists.
“Understood.”, Etherion said and nodded his head, noticing that Eon had clenched his fists. He knew that things were going to be hectic.
Valkyrion could hear some of the conversation between Eon and Etherion as he jumped from the roof, but he did not say anything. It was good that they had decided to stay behind.
“So… Will you take them all by yourself?”, Stargazer said with the characteristic shimmer of the right eye.
“That’s the plan.”, Valkyrion replied.
“You do realize that they are just too many. And not just that, there is also the issue of the uninvited guests.”, Stargazer said.
“I know… I plan on halting the movement of the mutts first. Then we will all focus on the guests.”, Valkyrion said and sighed.
“And how are we going to do that?”, Stargazer asked.
“There is one way…”, Valkyrion said and sighed again.
“You don’t mean that you are going to use ‘that’, will you?”, Stargazer asked.
“Sadly I don’t see any other choice. Their numbers are just too many.”, Valkyrion said.
“Yes, I understand that. But you had swore never to use ‘that’ again.”, Stargazer said.
“I know. But there is no other way to keep those mutts occupied enough to come up with a better plan.”, Valkyrion said.
“You have a good point. Should we go all out?”, Stargazer asked.
“Yes. For a limited time, lets raise the resonance to 100%. I will need all the energy I have to raise an army.”, Valkyrion replied.
“100%. Lets see how much this body will hold then.”, Stargazer replied.
While the whole conversation between Valkyrion and Stargazer was taking place, the distance to the ground was getting smaller and smaller till only 30 feet remained. As usual Valkyrion’s body had turned transparent and soon afterwards it dissipated into thin air in a display of an electrostatic discharge.
Valkyrion reappeared again in the very center of the city in the middle of the intersection. With the momentum that he had, once Valkyrion landed the ground shattered underneath his feet, creating a spiderweb pattern and a small crater of 4 feet in depth and a radius of 10 feet.
Once Valkyrion landed, he grabbed the handle of his sword and pulled it from his back, swinging it a few times before stabbing it on the ground 3 feet before him.
“Lets do this. Resonate to the max. Twin Soul Resonance.”, Valkyrion said and unbuttoned his shirt since he knew that with a resonance over 40%, his tops were always ripped to shreds.
“Do it fast. Our body won’t hold much. And you have a recoil to think along with our guests. Lets do this.”, Stargazer said.
Once Valkyrion had unbuttoned his top, he tied the sleeves on a knot around his waist so that he was not going to lose it.
And then it began.
Soon the area around Valkyrion began to heat up very fast. Valkyrion himself closed those dual toned eyes of him as he clapped his hands and held them together.
The heat slowly rose more and more, ending up distorting the view of the surroundings around Valkyrion’s body. As a result from the heat, several electrostatic discharges began to occur, lighting the area with their flashes and filling the area with the high pitched crackling sounds of them.
Valkyrion kept his eyes closed and his palms held together when he bended forward, staying in that position for a few seconds before opening his eyes in an instant and letting out a loud roar. But that was not all of it. After the roar, an explosion occurred that resulted from a sudden outburst of electricity from Valkyrion’s body. The roar and the shockwave from the explosion were enough to shake the ground and the buildings around him. Glasses from the windows shattered and began falling on the ground. Now an aura of electricity surrounded Valkyrion’s body and its radius kept expanding. 10 feet, 15 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet! The aura kept expanding more and more and the discharges were getting more and more violent.
As for Valkyrion? He stretched both his arms at once and bent forward some more as wings appeared on his back. Yes, a pair of black wings with each wing being 6 feet in length. Once the wings appeared on his back, some feathers fell from the wings and landed on the ground, only to get charred by the electricity. And then Valkyrion clapped his hands again, this time creating a shockwave that shattered more glasses.
“Twin Soul Resonance on 50% and raising!”, Stargazer said.
“Good… Keep it up!”, Valkyrion said and gritted his teeth.
All the muscles on Valkyrion’s body began flexing uncontrollably and his blood vessels had popped out and were visible on his skin.
“Not yet, not yet! DON’T STOP!”, Valkyrion said and gritted his teeth some more, his gums now bleeding.
“60% and raising!”, Stargazer said.
“MORE! MORE!!!”, Valkyrion shouted.
It was obvious that whatever was happening on Valkyrion’s body was really bad for him, but he did not seem to want to stop any time soon.
As the power on the resonance kept raising, the radius of that electric aura around his body kept increasing. On 70% it was on 70 feet already and it kept growing, all the while distorting the view of the surroundings with its immense heat.
“90%!”, Stargazer said.
“Just a little more. Just a little more. Hold on body of mine.”, Valkyrion said while panting.
Valkyrion’s body was covered in sweat and blood that came from his pores, obviously abusing his body to a degree that his regeneration ability could no longer keep up.
“100%! DO IT NOW! OR WE WILL BOTH DIE!”, Stargazer shouted.
“Lets begin then…”, Valkyrion said and swallowed hard.
With the aura around his body having formed a sphere of 120 feet in radius and the heat distorting the view around his body, the discharges were very violent and just one of those could knock out someone with ease.
The wings on Valkyrion’s back were already spreaded afar, standing proud that once again they had come out, only cover Valkyrion’s sides as he bent his knees and touched the ground with his palms.
“A long time ago I had made a promise. A promise that today I must break. Phanuel, forgive me but I don’t have a choice.”, Valkyrion said and closed his eyes. Taking many deep breaths and swallowing hard while trying to control all that energy that he was generating, Valkyrion once again spoke.
“My apologies for doing this to you. I know that you should have rested and that I should not have summoned you, but I need your assistance. With the life that I offer you, help me subdue those beasts that know nothing but destruction. Rise… Rise all of you who had fallen on that fateful day… RISE NEO ARCADIANS!!!”, Valkyrion said, adding emphasis and rising his voice on his final words.
Soon the ground and the buildings all over the city began to shake violently. The aura that surrounded Valkyrion’s body was becoming smaller and smaller till it suddenly dissipated. But it was not gone, no, no, no. All that energy was channeled through Valkyrion’s hands on the ground. Yet that was not all. That aura was only the tip of the iceberg of the power that was being generated within Valkyrion’s body.
The wings on his back once again spreaded afar as more and more electricity was sent on the ground.
Blood was coming out of Valkyrion’s mouth due to his gums bleeding, his nose and ears as well. He knew that he did not have much time. The energy needed to come out otherwise his body was going to explode.
Slowly but surely he had began to direct all that energy into the ground, making those tremors more and more intense.
“Yes, rise. It is your time now.”, Valkyrion said.
“Hurry up, otherwise you will be the one who will need to be resurrected.”, Stargazer said.
Throughout the city cracks began forming on the ground and pillars of electricity began to form from them.
After a few moments passed from that, voices, thousands voices were heard. No, those were not voices. Those were screams. Yes, the screams of those who had died on that fateful day in Neo Arcadia. Of course even with Valkyrion’s power, he could not bring them all back to life, but his power was enough to bring at least 5000 corpses back to life.
Yes… 5000 of those who had died on that day had now turned into Valkyrion’s army with only one purpose; to subdue all those beasts and stop them from advancing.
But those corpses were not normal ones. While Valkyrion had brought them back from the dead, their souls were not brought back. They were more like zombies that were controlled by Valkyrion himself like puppets.
5000 corpses in total came out of the ground, staring at the direction that Valkyrion was at. But that was not all. From the cracks that were made on the ground and from the electricity that was released, layers of electricity formed around the corpses like an armor; the very same armor that Valkyrion used on him. That way whoever would come into contact with them, they would get a really nasty zap that could throw them away for a few feet.
Once the army of the deceased with the electricity armor around them was fully risen, Valkyrion could finally relax his body from all that tension from before. Wiping the blood off his face and swallowing hard, he grabbed the handle of his blade and took a leap into the air, ascending to a height of 1000 feet above the ground.
“SCATTER!”, was the only word that Valkyrion had shouted.
The deceased all nodded and they started heading towards the outskirts of the city in every direction. Of course with all the time that had passed, the beasts had advanced closer and closer to the city center, but that actually worked better for Valkyrion’s army since the defense would be stronger and not having any large openings.
All the while that Valkyrion was preparing for what he was about to do, Eon and Etherion were observing everything that was taking place in the city. When Valkyrion had began raising his energy levels, they both looked at each other with their eyes wide open.
“I had seen him pissed off and releasing energy before, but not like that. What the hell is he going to do? He will die!”, Eon said and while no helping himself, he took out a cigarette and lit it, smoking it to calm himself down a bit.
“That’s too much even for him. Lets just hope that he will be alright.”, Etherion replied.
They both nodded their heads and kept looking at Valkyrion as his energy was rising and rising to the point of even the area around them getting affected both by the heat and the electricity too.
“Holy fuck! What is he going to do with that shit? His body won’t be able to handle it!”, Eon said and tapped his feet.
“He must have a plan. I don’t think that he is doing it just for show.”, Etherion said.
“But his body won’t handle it.”, Eon said.
“Lets just hope that it will.”, Etherion said.
The duo on the roof kept looking at Valkyrion and both shook their heads when they saw all that blood on him.
“Shit…”, they both said with a sigh.
“Hurry up…”, Etherion said.
Eon kept smoking his cigarette and lit another one. He was worried, yes, but he was also getting excited; and that was a bad thing. An excited Eon is pretty much danger for his opponent(s).
And after some more time had passed, they felt the ground shake violently and heard those screams. Eon immediately realized that had happened and his eyes opened wide.
“Excellent!”, Eon said and a devilish smirk appeared on his face.
“I can feel multiple energies all over the city. What is going on?”, Etherion asked.
“They say that dead men tell no tales, but on this case those dead men will make fucking history.”, Eon said and stretched his arms. “Over 20 million people died here on that fateful day. Only a fragment of them is brought back. That’s why he rose his energy levels that much.”
“I see…”, Etherion said and looked around the city, feeling the electricity from the corpses. “Will those numbers be enough?”, he asked.
“I don’t know. But get ready, it is our turn now.”, Eon said and cracked his knuckles as he saw Valkyrion ascending.
With Valkyrion flying 1000 feet above the ground, Valkyrion had a good view on the entire city. Not that he needed to see, but anyway. Like a puppeteer in some play, Valkyrion controlled the actions of all those who were brought back from the dead and reanimated with electricity.
“Showtime.”, Valkyrion muttered to himself as the army had already began running towards the advancing beasts.
The distance between the beasts and the army was now less than 40 feet; Eon and Etherion were getting ready after eyeing Valkyrion.
30 feet; Etherion grabbed the handles of his gunblades that were strapped on his back.
20 feet; Eon did not say a single word, yet a radiant light that originated from the locket around his neck was split in two and attached itself on his hands, forming two katanas in his hands.
10 feet; Eon looked at Etherion and nodded his head as he called Sentinel back in his lab. “Sentinel, we need the Vectors here as fast as possible.”, Eon said and went silent while waiting for the Vector units to arrive so that they could reach the ground safely.
[Current location: 500 feet underground of the very center of Neo Arcadia.]
A massive orb of 30 feet in diameter had begun to radiate and shed light even in the most shadowy corners of that underground room. An orb that was floating over a column of 10 feet in height and on its base numerous cables that ran in every direction.
On the left side of the room, a male figure was seen slowly rising from the ground.
“How long?”, the male asked in a bass and hoarse voice.
“Too long.”, another voice was heard, a female one but also a computer generated one.
“My Goddess, is that You?”, the male asked.
“Yes Prometheus, this is me. I have a request for you.”, the female voice said again.
“What is it?”, Prometheus asked.
“My name is Minerva. Call me by that name.”, Minerva said.
“But, how can I do that to you? You are the light that gave life to me.”, Prometheus said.
“Prometheus… Fine, do as you like. Now, you need to go to the surface. I am sure that you can sense it too. There is something going on but I don’t know what. All of my sensors are broken.”, Minerva said.
“Of course, if that is what you wish, I shall comply.”, Prometheus said and took a low bow.
“Your armory is ready.”, Minerva said.
“Thank you my Goddess. I shall do as you wish.”, Prometheus said and took another low bow before walking down the stairs.
The male known as Prometheus was a well built male that stood on 6 feet and 6 inches in height with pale skin and turquoise eyes with golden irises. Dressed in black boots, black cargo pants, a black sleeveless jacket, black gloves that covered his hands up to his elbows and a black mask that covered half his face. One characteristic was that his jacket had many straps and belts that he used to tie his hands with, but on his case they were just hanging.
Prometheus walked towards the base of the orb and he caressed the metal.
“My Goddess, I shall bring honor to you. Just wait.”, Prometheus said and walked away from the base with vast and slow steps.
As he walked away from the base, he suddenly disappeared as he passed by what seemed to be ripples in the air.
[Current location: Neo Arcadia.]
Valkyrion was holding his sword tight with his right hand while watching at the first wave of the beasts clash with the first wave of the dead army.
The clash left behind multiple discharges that of course killed most of the beasts as the dead army kept advancing; the armor of electricity doing a good job and killing every category one beast upon touching them.
Eon and Etherion were holding their weapons respectively while waiting for the Vector units to arrive.
And suddenly right in the middle of the intersection, 1000 feet bellow Valkyrion, ripples formed in the air and the male known as Prometheus made his appearance.
The sudden appearance of an unknown presence alerted Valkyrion, Eon and Etherion who all looked at the one who had appeared.
They did not know who Prometheus was, hell, they had no idea about the underground facility either.
“Eon, emergency, emergency. Quantum brainwaves detected. Quantum brainwaves detected.”, Sentinel said directly inside Eon’s head via the chip that he had on his neck.
“What did you say?”, Eon asked.
“My scanners picked up a transmission of quantum brainwaves 500 feet beneath the ground of the center of Neo Arcadia.”, Sentinel said.
“What the fuck?”, Eon said.
“And the man who appeared, he seems to be using the same frequency like the one my scanners picked up.”, Sentinel said.
“So… Is he an ally or an enemy?”, Eon asked.
“I don’t know. Proceed with caution.”, Sentinel said.
Eon nodded his head and looked at Etherion.
“Can I leave things to you here? I need to check the new guest.”, Eon said to Etherion.
“Do not worry, do what you have to do. I will be here on standby.”, Etherion replied.
“Thanks.”, Eon said.
Soon the two Vector units arrived and Eon jumped on his own one, not waiting for a single moment and diving towards the ground, heading directly for the unknown to him male (Prometheus).
What does fate reserve for the three warlords?
Who is that man who appeared?
Will the beasts be subdued or angered more?
Only time will tell…