Chapter 6: The Mission
"I will protect you, even if it costs me my life!"
"AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!" loud screams lingered from a cage-like building. Inside it, a bloody sight unfolded before a young girl, she's got blonde hair and green eyes wearing a frilly pink dress. Stitches come across her face just below her right eye. On her left eye, a familiar mark was engraved... The spider web.
Beside her, there's a floating doll...
"Poor useless humans..." she muttered with a creepy laugh, as she stood in the middle of blood bathed corpses. With a small dagger on her hand, she mercilessly stabbed the hand of a person who was barely alive.
"Ahahahahaha!" she laughed while holding her stomach, then she raised up the bloody knife to her face and licked the blood rolling down from it...
"But you know, Ningyou-chan?" she said in a cold voice to the doll hovering beside her "... it's always so fun killing them with their own weapons~" she continued with an evil smirk.
"Haah~ I guess its not here as well! These demons are enough to cover up this mess, teehee~" she said as she proceeded out of the fortress with the doll following behind.
"So, how was the information from the Red Demon Bird?" Zephyrine asked as he took a sip of his warm cup of tea.
"Negative, she won't talk" Lawrence replied sternly
"I guess it was useless keeping her alive, then. What a complete let down..."
"That was harsh, Master..."
"Nope, that's reality"
"I can't argue with that, I say"
The two were talking leisurely outside of Zephyrine's house. His was located at a border, just beside the flowing river that is directly connected to the pool in the school, an area where people rarely pass by. The place gives off a completely refreshing atmosphere with the natural get up of the surroundings, top it off with a small garden organized by Lawrence, of course, Zephyrine doesn't have a thing for those. And a small coffee table at the middle...
"Let's get to the point then, you are here because of father's message..." Zephyrine spoke, wearing a completely serious expression.
"Good memory. True, I was here for that" Lawrence replied with a soft smile, he set aside the teapot and faced Zephyrine with a complete 180 degree change in expression.
"Stop beating around the bush, there's no way I'd forget something as that" Zephyrine frowned a bit
"Ofcourse, Master is such an obedient child..." the brunette teased, then he reverted back to the previous mood, "Quite the usual, but strange in its cause..." he said vaguely, Zephyrine leaned on the table to listen further.
"Something about a mission, I presume?" He asked and Lawrence nodded in agreement
"Precisely, A prison break-out was recently reported... The incident occurred two weeks before at the Carcer X branch in the capital of Xelo, Lascer, north eastern of the Darkarcher territory... We've sent a group of Occissor Daemonums over to take care of that, and you are not to interfere with them..." Lawrence explained as he held out a map of Aeternus eterna. It is seen in the map that the world is separated into three, namely the "Reignsphere", "Darkarcher" and the "Hawk" territories in which Sanctus Erina Academy is located.
"Now, you're mission is to retrieve a certain prisoner..." Lawrence continued in which Zephyrine Raised an eyebrow, "... He said that prisoner is bound in the darkness... right... and only you can find it" He continued with a not-so-sure expression.
"What? How am I supposed to find it with just that, don't you have any identification, map or a picture at the very least?"Zephyrine retorted at the insufficient information.
"I'm afraid I don't have one, He also said you must find it no matter what..."Lawrence added, Zephyrine sighed in defeat. An order is an order, he couldn't refuse.
"Lascer huh... that's quite far..."he said in a glum tone, and to worsen his mood, a bad news came after.
"No worries, Mater, you are not to travel directly, since the gatekeeper in the Hawk territory wishes for your presence in his domain." Lawrence informed him with a smile "You are to travel to Alveus, just south of this country" he continued. Sanctus Erina Academy is in the country called Beateur in the Hawk Territory, and to its south is a country where a "Gatekeeper" dwells.
"What?! Can't you just tell him to make a gate for me? Why do I have to travel there?!" Zephyrine complained, Gatekeepers have peculiar personalities, even the one in their territory "...And what about Kuroakari..." Lawrence cut him off
"Master, that's being rude, and besides, Kuroakari is busy right now" Lawrence explained, the person called "Kuroakari" is a known name in the Darkarcher territory, she's the gatekeeper in those parts. Each of the three territories governed by the respective heads of the three families, also known as the Supreme Rulers, had a gatekeeper that watches over the continents.
"You are to depart by tonight, we have already taken care of everything regarding your school, you have completely nothing to worry about" and with that, the conversation ended without the chance for Zephyrine to complain.
The next day
A certain raven-haired boy was walking on the path towards the school library, he was holding a paper with a note written on it:
Stan-san! Please meet me at the
Library after class,
"Rain-san invited me?" Alfin said with a flustered face, she had a long time crush on Rain, if you hadn't noticed. "I wonder what's it about!" He said as he happily marched towards the library.
The two of them were in a complete silence before Rain decided to break it and state whatever she needed.
"Uhh... Stan-san, it's about... Y-yesterday... I remembered..." she said with teary eyes as she recalled the events of the incident.
"So Rain-san has a feminine side as well" Al thought as he looked at his friend, but his thoughts were completely shattered when Rain changed expressions in a flash.
"I SWEAR I'LL M MAKE MIA PAY" she said as she clenched her fists together and made a lot of "cracking" sound, her face completely angry and she is oozing out of menacing aura. Alfin backed up in surprise.
"Ah?!" She suddenly snapped out of her anger as she remembered something important "..Oh right! It's about Zephyri...I mean Darkarcher-san! Don't you think he's too suspicious?"
"Y-You're right, Zephyrine, Is he always that good in fighting? He even did energy materialization?!" he said in realization
" Finally found a sensible being!" Rain thought as her mood brightened up from the mere fact that she has found a peer "Yeah! Mia and the others are idiots and they don't seem to mind it at all... Especially during the infiltration of the Red Demon Bird!" she voiced out
"?" Al was dumbfounded at that
"...He was the one who beat her but he said that Lawrence was the one who did it!" Rain continued
"Only one thing is certain, Stan-san! He's hiding something! And we'll find out what it was!" Rain declared "Let's start with his background!"
"H-Hai..." Al agreed forcefully
"Okay... so Zephyrine Darkarcher is from an Aristocratic household...so what can we get from that?" Rain muttered "...Honestly what's with those households anyway, aren't they just a bunch of normal humans like us?!" She said, denying the facts in history books.
"R-Rain-san, what're you saying..." Alfin replied hopelessly "...The three aristocrats came from the bloodline that ruled Aeternus Eterna for as long as anyone can remember...they hold agreat duty protecting the peace of the world" He added
"Eh really?!" Rain said in complete amazement as if hearing it for the first time, Al sweatdropped and continued explaining
"Y-Yeah... The most well know Supreme Rulers are the one from Two-centuries ago... This is always mentioned during discussions and a lot of statues of them can be found, so I bet you know them" Al asked hopefully, Rain scratched the back of her head in response
"I believe, they're Reo Darkarcher, Claudius Reignsphere and Erina Hawk from which our school was named after..." She answered with a forced smile
"That's correct" Al commented
"Yay, One point!" Rain exclaimed, as she raised a finger signifying a point on her side
"R-Rain-san this isn't a quiz bee or so..." Al sweatdropped, again "ehem... As I was saying, These three are well known because of their accomplishments... they're the ones who ended the war during their time , they sealed off a powerful demon using three talismans scattered around the world..." Al was cut off by Rain's sudden interference
"Oh! Oh! I know that! I know that!" she said repeatedly "The three great seal located in each Territory are guarded by gatekeepers! These three are linked together and to every part of the world!but for some reason, they've lost their original purpose, and right now, they are just being used as transportation mediums that can transport a person to any place in a matter of seconds!, unfortunately, very few people are allowed to use them!" she said excitedly as she scribbled something in a piece of paper.
"Well, that's common knowledge but I'm surprised you know about them" Al praised her, somehow
"Hehe, I've experienced travelling using one of the seals before when I was young" She said with a peace sign "Though I can't remember which one"
"Is that so?" Al smiled in response, then he heaved a heavy sigh, they weren't getting anything out of their discussion, in the end, they were just like having a history review class.
"Even if we discuss this all or the second war... we won't gain anything... why don't we just ask Zephyrine-kun himself, that'd be more producti..."
Later at night
Aboard an old-looking Cargo ship...
"Lately, a lot of demons are going out of control, there's the Red demon bird, the Puppet Master and lots of other reports... And now it's a whole prison" Zephyrine thought, standing on a deck of the ship "...Might be another war, huh? Such stupidity... anyway, the gatekeeper of the Hawk... is that idiot..." he frowned at the mention of that, he continued staring at the nearing image of the island
"We're getting near the port..." he thought as the crew members of the ship began preparing to hook down the anchors. Zephyrine wore the hood of his long travelling coat.
"OOH! GET TO WORK! STOP SLACKING OFF!" one crew shouted as all the others unloaded the trading materials to be sold, Zephyrine went down unnoticed and walked towards his destination. The sun was already rising when they arrived, it took him a day and a half to reach Alveus, now he had to walk to the Seal.
"Need to finish this quickly" he said as he stopped after an hour of travelling. In front of a weird-looking rock structure, atop it was a strange symbol composed of two headed scythe from opposite sides and an orb encircling a black moon (I'll post a pic on my profile later, I'll notify if it's up already) . At the bottom, there's a metallic door composed of huge bars and on the side there was a sign with the words "SEAL" written on it.
"UUhhHH! I'm a m-monster!" A voice spoke coming from inside the doors, as a hand appeared from inside as well. Zephyrine just stared at it motionless with his stoic expression.
"What the heck are you doing..." He asked as the figure came into the light, "Fleo?"
"Eh!? Zephyrine!" Fleo shouted in surprise. He is the gatekeeper of the Hawk territory, a seemingly innocent young boy, with golden hair. On the left part of his head, he wore a hair accessory that looks like a tie in the form of clip. He has huge brown orbs, and is wearing a monocle on his right eye. He is dressed in a long red coat with a black bow, and dangling on his neck is a pocket watch with the symbol from the rock scribbled on top of it, what's more strange is the floating crystal ball on a pedestal or such with sharp teeth like things around it, it has wings too.
"You arrived earlier than expected!" Fleo said happily, his eyes glimmering with excitement like a child offered with candies and snacks. "LET'S PLAY!" his immediate demand
"NO" Zephyrine replied sternly, in which Fleo adapted a teary-eyed expression
"Y-You don't want.. to... p-play?!" he said in the verge of crying, you certainly can't tell that he's one of the 'powerful' gatekeepers.
Zephyrine's eyes twitched in defeat... "Look, I can't play with you. I have a mission..."
"C-Can't play..." The boy replied, completely ignoring the important mission he mentioned, before he bursted out into tears. Zephyrine massaged his forehead and sighed..
"Fine, I'll play with you some other time, but right now, you gotta' help me" he said, making Fleo instantly happy again...
"OKAY~" He replied enthusiastically as he lead him inside the domain
They passed through a lot of entrances with tricky traps, pass a long pathway underground, then climbed atop a set of stairs till they reach the main chamber. A spacious circular dome, lighted dimly by the torches around it. On the floor, the same symbol he saw on the outside and on Fleo's watch was scribbled...
"The seal of the great demon eh..." Zephyrine muttered under his breath in which Fleo just shook off
"Please stand on the center" He instructed and Zephyrine did as was told. Fleo began chanting a spell in a different language, as the scribbling on the floor began to lit up, the same time Fleo's eyes formed a weird markings on it. In a split second, Zephyrine was transported to the mechanism of the seal. It's a weird and gloomy place consisting of different doors and distorted, swirling horizon with metallic wheels suspended in mid air. Zephyrine began walking, searching the place for the right door, he stopped right in front of a one that looks like a crowned-fish, a note was taped on it saying :
This is the door to Xelo, Lascer!
"What an ugly door..." he said to himself as he twist the knob open.
-Somewhere, in a dark chamber—
"Boring... as usual" a girl's voice lingered in somewhere far beneath the reach of light and of reality, a distortion between worlds... A void.
"!" She stopped on her endless thinking and got up "... he has arrived!" she exclaimed as her bright blue eyes flashed within the dark.
-END OF CHAPTER—
I hope everything was clear, regarding the seals and the territories and the gatekeepers...
Aeternus Eterna - an alternate reality where Humans and Demons live
-Separated into three territories, ruled by the three aristocratic family.. Thus "The Hawk, Darkarcher and Reighnsphere territories, it was named based on the Ruler in charge of that domain.
Seals- There are three seals used by the three Heroes/ Supreme Rulers from 200 years ago (e.g Reo Darkarcher, Erina Hawk and Claudius Reighnsphere) to seal a powerful demon and completely dominated the war, scattered in each territory. The seals had the ability to transport anything to anyplace in the world thus it is used as a transportation medium, nowadays.
Gatekeepers- they are the guardians of the seals and since there are three seals, there are also three of them.
Fleo- the gatekeeper of the Hawk Territory
Kuroakari- the gatekeeper of the Darkarcher Territory
Under Hawk Territory:
Beateur- The location of Sanctus Erina Academy. A plentiful country located at the south west of Hawk.
Alveus- A small country at the south of Beateur where one of the seal is located.
Under Darkarcher Territory:
Xelo- A country North east of Darkarcher territory, an isolated country surrounded by vast oceans.
Lascer- Capital city of Xelo.
-HOPE THAT'S CLEAR! PM ME IF THERE'RE ANY QUESTIONS—
Thanks to Jake crusher for reviewing and giving me opinions on how to improve the story, here I hope I had shown how bad Rain is at history.
Please bear with the insufficiencies or comment so you don't have to bear with it hahaha :D And yay! I' m getting to the good part! I was kinda' rushing the typing to get here.
Just saying: I just turned 16 today, nov.28 oh, I'm getting old HAHA