A/N: This is the basic format for the story:
*More information at end of story.
The voice came from a humanoid cat woman, who handed a canteen of water to Sun Wukong.
"Thank you, Kineko."
He drank thirstily from the canteen.
"I have to make sure you're hyrdated. You're our greatest hope to end this war." She went to hug him. He hugged her tightly.
The Golden Cloud swirled around Kineko, and fluffed.
"Yes, you too, Cloud."
A Few Years Earlier
Sun Wukong arrived at a small camp, where several Monkeys had armor and weapons ready, mostly spears arrows.
"Nice to meet you," said a young man. There was another man standing behind him. They were both human. Curiously, the second man had a marking on his forehead in the shape of an eye.
"We're here to help out the cause. We're wizards. My name is Li Nezha."
"Sun Wukong." They shook hands.
"This is here is my teammate, Erlang Shen."
The Golden Cloud burst from Sun Wukong's staff, shrunk slightly, and flew behind him.
"What is it, Cloud?"
He looked over to Erlang, who was feeding a dog.
"It is a dog, Cloud. Not a monster."
"What is that thing?" asked a anthropomorphic cat woman.
"Sun Wukong," Wukong introduced himself.
"This is the Golden Cloud, a guide created by the power of my Golden Staff."
"Aww, it's cute. Here, Cloud." The Golden Cloud zipped around her. It lowered itself toward the floor.
"What's it doing?"
"It's offering you a ride. If I agree with it, you can ride it."
She stepped into the cloud, feeling it's soft golden texture. She lay back on it, and it drifted upward.
Erlang stared at Wukong.
"I hope you really are as tough as they say."
Wukong sat on the grass, surrounded by the Golden Cloud, Kineko, Nezha, Erlang, Jinzha, and Muzha.* He drank some more from the canteen. He was adorned with golden chain-mail armor, a phoenix feather cap, and cloud-walking boots.
"That six-eared macaque is waiting on the top of the mountain," Erlang said. "He's become a magik."*
"A magik?" Nezha asked. "That won't stop four wizards and Sun Wukong."
"Hey!" Kineko piped up. "What about me?"
"Oh, and you, too."
The four wizards flew up towards the mountain, while Kineko rode the Golden Cloud.
Sun Wukong used the power of his 72 Earthly Transformations to turn into an eagle.***
When they got to the top of the mountain, they found not one, but two figures. One was the six-eared macaque, and the other was a short man in a dark robe. He had short, black, spiky hair.*(4)
"I was wondering when you'd show up," the man told them.
"You're a wizard," Nezha said.
"Very perceptive. But I'm not an ordinary wizard."
Jinzha, Muzha, and Erlang surrounded the young wizards, while Wukong, Kineko, and Nezha prepared to fight the macaque.
"Liu Yu-Zhao!" Wukong yelled.
"Shi Hou, it is you. I was wondering when you'd come out of hiding."*(5)
"Do not call me that."
"Right, you prefer Sun Wukong. I still hate that name. Sun."
He said that name as if it were a bad taste in his mouth.
"You are not to say another word about my family name, Yu-Zhao."
The three wizards fired magical attacks at the young wizard, but he blocked them all with a shield.
He waved his hands in a circular motion.
Three bolts of lightning struck Jinzha, Muzha, and Erlang, knocking them back.
Wukong pulled out his magical staff, while Yu-Zhao pulled out a spear. The two fought each other, sending each other down the mountain into a field of flowers.
On top of the Golden Cloud, Kineko followed the two.
Tearing up the ground, Wukong used the Golden Power of his staff to blast Yu-Zhao with a wave of golden energy. He waved his staff over and over, producing more quick waves.
Yu-Zhao transformed into a giant, white version of himself. Wukong grew to a giant sized, red version of himself. The two continued to battle, all the while they could hear the sounds of the wizards fighting. Nezha had decided to focus on helping the other three wizards.
Dust flew as the two titans' battle raged on. Eventually, Yu-Zhao blew black smoke into Sun Wukong's face.
Wukong struggled to get the black smoke to dissipate. As he struggled for breath, he transformed back into his regular form. Yu-Zhao also went back to his original form. He threw the spear he had been carrying at Wukong, who was now kneeling on the ground, losing strength.
"Watch out!" yelled Kineko. She knocked him out of the way. The spear going through her stomach.
Wukong's eyes glowed with golden fire, and in a burst of golden light, magical energy erupted from his body, forming the shape of a short Chinese dragon.*(6)
The dragon surrounding him, he smashed into Yu-Zhao. Yu-Zhao flew high in the air, slamming back into the ground some distance away.
As the dragon faded away, he raced back to Kineko.
"Kineko." He took her in his arms as she bled out.
"Hey, Wukong. I need to tell you..."
"Don't say anything. It's better to try and save your strength."
"Wu... I... love you." Her vision grew hazy, her eyes growing cloudy. Her body relaxed, becoming motionless.
As Wukong cried in his grief, his eyes glowed gold. A golden light bathed a small part of the field, with a radius of about ten feet. All of the flowers within the radius, as well as Kineko herself, were transformed into gold. Wukong was unaffected by the strange, anomalous phenomenon.*(7)
With a heavy heart, Wukong eventually made his way back up the mountain. He found the four wizards beaten and bloody, but alive.
"Nezha, what happened?"
"He... just... left. He left us here. He was too strong. Where's Kineko?"
Wukong started to cry again.
After the War
Wukong returned to Qin Dao's residence. He knocked on the door. Unexpectedly, it was answered by a man with long, blonde hair.
"Where is the Old Man?" Wukong asked.
"Such a lack of respect for the Master."
"Who are you, and how do you know Qin Dao."
"He is my mentor. My name is Arthur Pendragon."*(8)
"Mentor? Then, Master has taken on another disciple?"
"You," Arthur said. "You must be Sun Wukong. The Master has mentioned you a few times before."
"Where is he?"
"He should be back soon. Come in and have some tea, Brother."
"What is he doing?"
"He told me he was going on a trip, to the Realm of Angels. Said he was going to give me something to help me with my quest."
"So, something like my staff, then? Tell me, what is your quest?"*(9)
"I am trying to take back my kingdom in the Realm of Mortals. My own nephew has usurped the throne from me."*(10)
"I understand. I have fought as you did, for my own land. They have honored me as the 'Monkey King'."
"At least it ended well for you."
"I wouldn't exactly say that, but I suppose so."
Qin Dao walked through the door.
"Wukong," he greeted him.
"Master. I heard you have a gift for this one."
"Ah, I see you have already been introduced. The war is over then?"
"Yes, Master. I have a request, if you don't mind."
"What is it?"
"Is it possible to return someone from the dead?"
"Someone I cherished, she passed."
"I'm sorry. I cannot help you with that. But more importantly, I have something to discuss with you. I have noticed it since I walked in. Excuse us, Arthur."
The two walked into Qin Dao's room. Arthur drew a fire, drinking tea as he wondered what the two were discussing.
*Jinzha and Muzha are brothers of Nezha.
**A magik (male: magiko, female: magika) is someone who has acquired magical abilities unnaturally, rather than being born with them (wizard).
***This is a technique he learned while studying with Qin Dao.
*(4)Let's just say this person will become important later.
*(5)A nickname given to Sun Wukong by his people. ("Stone Monkey")
*(6)Let's just say this eventually becomes important.
*(7)This ability has since been given the name "the Midas Glow" by Sun Wukong.
*(8)This is King Arthur from Camelot. His quest will be expanded upon in another story, titled The Tale of King Arthur.
*(9)This is referring to the Holy Sword Excalibur.
*(10)He is referring to the character Mordred.