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War of Heaven and Hell: Nokturn's Zenith

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(Underworld)

 

Noturnus was focused, his eyes closed. he saw the party but an unknown person stood before them. he looked very powerful, perhaps to match the Demon God himself. eyes still closed, focused, he watched....................

 

(Weaver's Peak Base)

 

Psaro noticed the humans. his eyes still glowed red with anger. he looked around, noticed a couple Elven people dead, then turned back to the humans. Calming himself, Psaro asked "Who did this? im looking for a certain being but his whereabouts are unknown. perhaps if you tell me, it can give me a lead." Psaro then took out apples for everyone and handed each of them one. he went to the wagon and offered the Mermaid one as well. he then took out some sketches of a monster. the most notable features were 2 giant greatswords and 3 eyes. "I forget his name but this is the being im looking for..........." he handed the sketches to the party to be passed around. he then noticed an old comrade amongst the party.............................................

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Reoh simply looked at Psaro as he jumped out of the wagon.

 

"Psaro! It's been too long old friend. What brin...?"

 

He looked at the picture. "This is... Estark, the Lord of the Underworld! He's supposed to be still asleep under Akamento."

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(Endor)

 

"So We made it back to Endor." Jay says, now visible once again. "Sorry for making you walk back here. There was just a very ominous presence at Wellspring Falls" Phoenix appologized. They walk around for some time before finding a Traveling Merchant. "Excuse me?" Jay asked to the shop keeper. "Do you have a Feather Fan?" "I do." The shop keeper says, take one out from his bag. "That will be 18 gold coins." Jay places twenty in his hand. "Keep the change" he says taking the fan. He plucks each individual feather "What are you doing!?" The shop keeper exclaimed. "Watch." Jay said, placing the rainbow coloured feathers in the slots where the old ones were. "Da da-da-da Dun-Dun-Dun" Jay hums merrily. He then holds the fan as high as he can. "Behold! The Rainhawk Fan!" Jay begins to fan himself with it. "What a pleasant breeze" He says.

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"The village was destroyed by Malroth and Hargon, members of the demon army led by Nokturnus, lord of the Underworld. We were on our way to Weaver's Peak, in pursuit of a friend and another of the army's commanders."

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(Weaver's Peak Base)

 

Psaro turned to Reoh and smiled, his eyes returning back to their amber color. he patted Reoh on the shoulder, while listening to Dai. "So. Estark wasn't the cause of this............and u are correct, Reoh. he WAS supposed to be asleep. Apparently he awoke then took slumber elsewhere, which is currently unknown..........and to make matters worse, someone else is looking for him. Do u know if he has any relatives, Reoh?" psaro munched on his apple, taking in all the information he could gather. "and thats funny, i didnt sense anything at Weavers peak. I dropped Rose off there. surely i would have noticed something......." Psaro shrugged, as he didnt care about the powerful threats that awaited his old friend and the band of warriors at the top. Psaro must have been powerful to not notice anything...........................

 

(Weaver's Peak)

 

Baramos/Rhapthorne waved his sceptre in the air, dark clouds billowed over Weavers peak and it started to rain, hard. with lightning strikes at every turn. the portal to the Dream World was blocked by the Clouds and lightning struck houses and the bar. the 2 buildings that were left untouched were the Mayors house and the house where they found the couple and where anna, the skeleton XY, Zoma and Baramos/Rhapthorne resided.................................

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Reoh pondered a few moments. "You weren't there, but he had a son, Archfiend Starkers. I lost my leg and a lot of my old ability destroying his vessel..."

 

"I don't think Esturk had other relatives, but apparently from what I've seen the last few days, Demon Lords and Archfiends are popping out of the woodwork that's never been seen in this world. Did you see a young girl with a peculiar sceptre in the past day or so?"

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(Isle O' Smiles)

"How many Chimera Wings do you have?" Phoenix asked, "You never run out." Jay laughed. "I buy more. I never go out with less then ten." Jay and Phoenix rreturn to Jay's room. Jay unrolls the picture Psaro gave him. "I don't recognize it." He says and passes it to the hawkhart. "Do you recognize it. I'm going to look through my books." Jay takes a large, blue book from a shelf. "Three-eyed monsters..." he mumbles to himself. "I do recognize this character. But I can't remember what his name is. He is, the king of Nadiria, or something....In simpler terms, the underworld." Jay closes the book and places it back on the shelf. "Nothing. Gryphons, Bling Badjas, even Bjørn the Behemoose, but nothing on any underworld rulers. Maybe Jamirus knows something." Jay walks around the area for a bit until he finds Jamirus, sitting with his eyes closed. "Jamirus, are you busy?" Jay said. "No" he replies, without opening his eyes. Jay unrolls the picture, "Do you recognize this?" Jamirus stands up and looks over the picture. "Where did you get this?" he asks, very sternly. "I-I got it fromma man named Psaro. Jay said. "Psaro the Manslayer!? Jay, I don't want you to get involved with him." Jamirus tears the picture down the middle. "Forget you ever met him." "Come on, Jay. Jamirus is right. We should focus on finding the Aurora Staff." Phoenix adds.

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Kazuma looked at the apple Psaro gave to him and just looked over it for a bit, then looked over at Psaro. He seems familiar. One of the monsters I spoke to on my travels might have mentioned someone like him...but i can't really recall. Kazuma thought placing the apple in his bag.

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Dai was growing anxious. On top of the first demon lord spotted, Rhapthorne was likely now at the village. Every minute, the citizens -his parents- were in greater danger.

 

"Is there anything else you need? We need to reach our destination as soon as possible." Dai spoke, trying not to sound too anxious.

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(Weavers Peak Base)

 

Psaro continued to munch on his apple. "So Starkers is his name..........thnx for that piece of info. does anyone know what he looks like? perhaps a sketch could help me find Starkers, and eventually, Estark." Psaro took out some Parchment and a Leaf with a hollow stem. he offered it to the party. Psaro noticed Kazuma looking at him suspiciously. he then turned and looked at Reoh and Dai. Psaro then continued "I did see a girl with a sceptre but as to what has happened up at the peak is unknown. all i know is its going to rain." he pointed up at the dark billowing purple cluds, which proceeded to drop fat droplets of rain and eerie purple and yellow lighting burst forth from the clouds......................

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(Isle O' Smiles)

Phoenix shakes. "Jay, the presence I felt on Weaver's Peak. I fell it here." She says. "It is very powerful. Don't go anywhere near it."

Jay sighs. "Everyone is giving me orders. i'm going to the church."

Jay walks back inside,leaving Phoenix behind.

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Reoh shook his head. "Starkers's earthly form is dead, his spirit is banished to the great beyond. I did it myself before one of his minions cut off my leg."

 

As it began to rain he frowned, pulling an old circlet from his bag, putting it on.

 

"I hate rain."

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Something was wrong. This climb wasn't a great obstacle to a prepared group, and between the party, which had just defeated two of the army's generals, and this Psaro, who certainly seemed a formidable character in his own right, why was there no action from the army to repel them?

 

"Guys, does anyone find it odd that the Demon army hasn't made a move on us? We were here at the cliff base for almost a full day, and no move has been made against us the entire time. I'm starting to worry about what they have in store for us up there."

 

"And..." Hesitating, Dai cut off his last thought. "Never mind, I just think we need to get ready and move out soon. I'm sorry we couldn't be of much assistance Psaro, but there's someone in the village that I - WE have to save."

 

Dai was worried he'd seemed rather impertinent, but Anna was there, and he wasn't sure for how long or how much longer. And what of his parents? Were they there, were they still alive?

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Reoh had his sword out, looking for anything that moved out of line.

 

"I imagine the demon army hasn't made a move because of two reasons. One is that you have a divine-blooded hero in your party, and the other is that the demon army itself isn't likely top-side. Demons use monsters outside the underworld for their overworld activities, bringing the most powerful monsters here would expend a lot of energy."

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(Weavers Peak Base)

 

Psaro put the quill and the parchment back in the bag. he then turned to the party and said "I must be leaving now. whenever you are in the south region, try visting the land of elves. they might have some more info for you. i will send a word to them. i wish you luck on your journey and maybe we will run into eachother again." Psaro then turned and ascended the base up to the summit with one powerful jump................

 

Just then a very powerful bolt of purple and yellow lightning struck the ground in fromt of the party. it came from the clouds...................

 

(Underworld)

 

Nokturnus then opened his eyes, a little dazed...........nokturnus removed his helm to reveal a shiny bald head he shook his head then put his helm back on. he went to the middle of the room, in the middle of the Arena, and began searching for more lost souls to reconstruct...................

 

(Weaver's Peak)

 

Baramos/Rhapthorne walked over to the edge of the cliffs and looked down, only to see a forested area. he then went back to the house. "Zoma, dispatch of the heroes" Rhapthorne pointed at Zoma. Zoma only shook his head, as he was still in shock and awe about rhapthornes terrific power. then Baramos/Rhapthorne shook violently, as if he was having a seizure. Baramos/Rhapthorne's chest opened and a small little demon ripped out of baramos. Baramos crumpled to the ground and the little purple demon with an electric abdomen simply hovered in the air, holding the sceptre. "AT last the transformation is complete, but still..............im sooooooo hungry for power!" Cackling, the demon soared up in the air and flew down the summit of Weaver's Peak, passing a silver haired being. the two shared glances then sped up. Rhapthorne noticed party members at the base and flew directly at them while cackling, which turned into a shriek. rhapthorne then flew up in front of Dai, turned then flew south.

 

Zoma was shocked at his faithful Archfiends lifeless husk. he put his hands over Baramos and casts Kazing. The Kazing worked but baramos was different somehow. this baramos broke off his own arm and threw it at Zomas feet. the arm mutated into another Baramos and the other baramos' arm regenerated. Barabomus and Baragonus were born and zomas grin grew wide............................................

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(Isle O' Smiles, Church)

Jay is knelt down before the alter, lost in prayer.

".....And if it is Her will, may the Goddess grant me Her divine blessings. Amen" Jay stands up, at this time Xiphos' Envoy approaches him. "Jay, I was told to send you towards...." She starts, Jay cuts her off. "Xiphos doesn't give me orders anymore." "It's not Xiphos. Gryphus wants you in the training yard." Jay hurries along. 'My old teacher. Something must be up.' He thinks to himself. As he arrives, a War Gryphon is scolding a group of monsters, including a Slime, a Great Dragon, and a Killing Machine. "You are all useless magots." He shouts." Out of all of you, only the killing machine did significant damage to the target" He signals towards a line of scarecrows, the one across of the Killing Machine had been decapitated. "I want you to be able to do something like this...." He walks up to a scarecrow, thrust his claws into it's chest and twists his arm. When he pulls back, straw spills out off the hole. "You sent for me, General?" Jay asks. "Ah, Jay. Yes, would you come here please." He addresses the monsters. "Jay is my star pupil, watch him, and maybe you'll learn something." Jay lines himself up with a scarecrow, about 10 feet away, and draws his spear. He lines the spear up with where it's heart would be. "I'm going to try for a Mercurial Thrust." Jay pulls back, and in the blink of an eye, strikes it in the chest. It topples off of it's stake. "Good Jay." Gryphus says. "I see you still remember your lessons. "I called you to help me shape these slimes into warriors." Jay joins the line and stands next to the killing machine. "Hello. What's your name? Jay asks in a friendly tone. The Killing Machine turns it's head. "I am Roboster Model #1. I am called.....Nohi." it says. "It's nice to meet you, Nohi." he replies." Nohi turns it's head foward. "General, may I try?" it says. "Hmm? You want to see what you can do? All right."

Nohi rolls up to a scarecrow.

"Beep-boop. X-termin-8." Nohi spins his body, slashing the scarecrow several times. Many cuts riddle it's body until it's head gets hit, and falls off. Nohi then walks back to it's previous location. "Not bad." Gryphus says. "All right. Jay and Nohi, you're dismissed. The rest of you, try it again." Jay and Nohi leave the area together. "I know U." Nohi speaks. "U R a priest." Gryphus can still be heard shouting orders as the dou continue to walk. "Yes. I am a priest. And you're an attack bot, built to defeat enemies." "Sí. The other monsters are not good at taking orders. Thats why they don't listen 2 Gryphus." It says. Jay continues to walk. "Jay. I would like to add you to my Buddy List." Nohi says. Jay turns. "What? You want to be my friend? All right." Jay returns to his room.

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"What was that!? I sensed the same energy from that thing that possessed Anna. And now I have this bad sense of foreboding for what awaits us at the top. I think it's time we head up there. Psaro, sorry we couldn't be of more help, but if we catch anything, we'll let you know. Come on guys!"

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Jay returned to his room, with a new treasure map in his hand. He collapsed on his bed and closed his eyes. 'Phoenix!' he thought, springing back up. He raced through the castle looking for her. She was talking to Jamirus. She turned and just watched Jay. "Phoenix, I'm sorry for leaving you like that." He apologized. "It's fine. I have to remember that humans have limits, you were under a lot of stress lately. So, where are we off to next?"she replied. Jay looks at his treasure map. "I got a new map from a Killing Machine named Nohi, one that Gryphus is training. It looks like it's near Weaver's Peak." "Good luck" Jamirus says. With that, Jay and Phoenix depart again. Jay tosses a Chimera's Wing shortly after they land near the base of the mountain, far from the heroes. As the walk looking for the entrance to the grotto, Phoenix starts a conversation. "Jay, I've been meaning to ask you, You're a monster master right" "Yeah" He replies. "And you said you had many other monsters. But...where did they go?" Jay pauses, seeming a little depressed about the thought. "Many of them have left to fallow their own wishes. However, I will admit...I do miss them...." "Perhaps we shall encounter them again." Phoenix says, trying to lift his mood.

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Reaching the top of the mountain, Dai stood with a site of horrors that could not be described. Bodies littered the ground, in various states of destruction, but all the faces shard the same contorted look of horror, as if they bore witness to unimaginable terror just before they perished.

 

Out of the corner of his eye, Dai spotted a trio of robed figures, gray skin with flat, beaked heads, carrying two figures. There was no mistaking their faces!

 

"Mom! Dad!"

 

Without thinking, Dai charged off in their direction alone, brandishing his sword.

 

"Let go of my parents you worthless bastards!"

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Reoh muttered a spell and ran with Dai.

 

"Accelerate us to our goal!"

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Phoenix suddenly stops "Jay, I'm sensing multiple numbers of large energy sources from the top of the mountain." She says. Jay also stops, but does not turn to Phoenix and thinks 'It must be those heroes. Dai, I've been so selfish. I was concerned only about rescuing Phoenix, that I didn't really care about what happened to the people around me... I've got to make things right...' "Jay? Don't you want to help?" Phoenix asks. "I do..." he replies "...But... it's....complicated.... you see... it's like this..." Jay explains everything that happened to Phoenix, including how he betrayed the heroes... "And now it's my fault that Anna is under Rhapthorne's control." "You did all of that, just to rescue me?" Phoenix said. Jay just stands there, silently. And they start to climb up towards the heroes' location.

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(Weavers Peak)

 

baramos bomus and baramos gonus turned around, looking at the people that shouted with cold dead eyes. they didnt have anytime to move, as they were dead. a wall of electric blue light appeared before then, casted by zoma. a bony figure (skeleton XY) dashed out from the house and charged at the 2 figures, screaming a bloody scream, enough to pierce the ears of anyone................

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Jay cringes upon hearing the Skeleton's scream, as he gazes on the horrible sight of what may have been the large forces Phoenix detected.

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"Topaz, stay at the wagon. Let them know what's going on, but don't let them get hurt. Wyn, heal any of the villagers who are still alive." Dai shouted, hoping Lily and the others would be ready if something happened.

 

Dai turned to face the three demons. These monsters had his parents, and their master was responsible for letting Anna disappear and costing so many lives for this war.

 

"Get over here now! I'll kill all 3 of you bastards myself!"

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(Weaver's Peak)

 

baraBomus and BaraGonus dropped the figures next to another slimmer one (the body of anna, but she was facedown). Bomus and Gonus raised their arms in a weird fashion then suddenly dropped them. they then raised their right fist sharply with index and middle fingers extended. 35 skeletons rose from the ground, eyes glowing red, holding swords and charged after their other superior undead counterpart, with zoma cackling in the background, waving his arms and imbuing the legion with the power of darkness and increasing bomus and gonus speed and defense................................

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