SEVEN HOURS AGO A few minutes past midnight. A young sage by the name Asher Basia was training in the Midor Forest. While honing his fire based magic, Asher was being watched by two mysterious figures. Sensing he was no longer alone in the forest. Asher quickly used his flames to light the surrounding area. Asher immediately spots two standing by the bushes. The first being a tall muscular male with spiky russet colored hair. The other a petite buxom female with a earthy yellow color bob. Now faced up against two menacing adversaries. Asher sets his body ablaze as he prepares for battle. Asher: I don't know who you people are, but you dare interrupt my training? Now I will burn you both into crisp! Ava: Oh my big bro. The fire user is really heated up by our interference Philip: Is that so sis? Well let's see how hot he is once I start pounding on him. Course I'll just do enough to knock him out. Ava: Please make certain of that brother. Just like the others before him. The fire sage must be brought back alive. Otherwise our efforts will had been for nothing Asher: So you people are the ones who kidnapped my friend Ahio Ava: That must be the wind user. Don't worry too much about your friend though. The two of you will be reunited soon enough Asher: Exactly why are you people and what do you want with me? Philip: Who we are and our mission statement is none of your concern. Just know we are collecting sages who specializes in a singular elemental magic. Ava: We already have a water sage, earth sage, and of course your friend, the wind sage. Now after we defeat and bag you. All that is left is finding a light user Philip: Now we can either do this the easy way or the hard way! Asher: I'll soon die than willingly allow myself to be taken by the likes of you. After I'm done defeating the both of you. I'll demand the location of my friend Ahio and the other sages out of you Ava: Looks like he's wants the hard way brother. Since I defeated the last sage on my own. I'll let you take out the fire user Philip: It will be my pleasure NOW A new day has arrived as the sun's light shines on Okubi's soft caramel skin. In spite of his very long night sleep. Okubi wakes up feeling rather tired. Hoping to gain a few more minutes of rest. Okubi's ambitions are quickly shattered by the arrival of Eligos
Eligos: GOOD MORNING MASTER OKUBI! Are you ready for yet another exciting new day?
Greatly anger by his servant's loud wake up call. Using his ability to touch spirits. Okubi viciously grabs Eligos into his hands. Shaking the demon spirit severals times before releasing him. After a few seconds later. Eligos recovers from his vicious shaking by Okubi.
Eligos: MASTER OKUBI THAT WAS VERY MEAN OF YOU! I thought you were not going to hurt me anymore?
Okubi: And I thought I could get some more sleep. Instead I'm forced awake by my annoying friend and servant. Besides I only promised not to hurt you regularly. However if you irritate me like you just did. I will punish you accordingly. Now let me get some more sleep
Okubi lays back down in bed
Eligos: "How can Master Okubi still be so tired? The Demonic Dream Trial must had took more of a tool on his being than I thought. May the many demons of the Underworld Master Okubi never learns about last night. Otherwise I will incur the very worst of Master Okubi's wrath" Anyways Okubi, you can't just the day away
Okubi: Not the day away Eligos, just another hour or two. Now bug off somewhere before I shake you again
Eligos: Have you already forgotten why where here int he first place? Well let me remind you Master. We are not on vacation within King Onyxe's castle. We came here to discuss how we're going to defeat The Children of Ruin and their powerful leader Janiel. Now please come out of bed already
Okubi: Didn't I just tell you to bug off!
While still fighting with Eligos to stay in bed. The door to Okubi's room opens, entering his dear friends Xiaoyu and Apollyn. Now with the girls in the room. Okubi forfeits any chance of getting more sleep.
Okubi: Dammit! I'm getting up now Xiaoyu. Please don't harass me like Eligos did
Eligos: My apologies Master Okubi, but you are too important to allow you to stay in bed
Xiaoyu: Besides both Onyxe and I need you downstair ASAP
The moment Xiaoyu and Apollyn entered his room. Okubi sensed that something was very wrong. However now looking into Xiaoyu's stern face. Okubi's suspicions prove correct
Okubi: Xiaoyu, what's wrong now? Don't tell me another descendant is dead
Xiaoyu: Thankfully that's not the case yet, but something equally troubling had happened last night. Anyways I'll talk to you more about it once you taken your shower and gotten dressed. Also King Onyxe had a nice suit for you
Okubi: A new suit? I told that idiot King to repair my current pink suit
Xiaoyu: Well unfortunately in order to fix that pink skin tight suit of yours Okubi. That would require King Onyxe to go to the Underworld. After all that's where you bought it from. Anyways the new suit is made to your liking... at least I hope it is
Okubi: I hope so too Xiaoyu. Now allow me to get dress and I'll meet you all downstair in an hour
Apollyn: Oh wait just a second Okubi
Holding out her right hand. Apollyn begins creating a dessert with her flesh. Walking towards Okubi's bed, Apollyn holds her hand out before Okubi
Apollyn: Well don't just stare at it Okubi buddy. Apollyn has made you a green cherry cheese cake. Apollyn promise it will make Okubi buddy feel less sleepy
Okubi grabs the usual dessert out of Apollyn's hand. Devouring the dessert in one bite, Okubi instantly felt reenergized much like his normal self
Okubi: Oh that's much better Apollyn. Thank you so very much. Also that's a lovely new dress you're wearing
Apollyn: Apollyn appreciates Okubi buddy's kind words. Now we must go while you get ready. See you in a little bit
Following behind Xiaoyu out of Okubi's room. Apollyn waves Okubi goodbye as she leaves his room. Less than five minutes after the girls exits. Okubi grabs his needed hygiene products and heads towards the bathroom. Eligos follows behind his Master. Less than forty five minutes later, Okubi and Eligos reaches downstair to meet the others. Now wearing his new blue battle wardrobe. Okubi is pleasantly thrilled by how much he likes it. Entering the dinning room to greet the others. Okubi and Eligos were surprise to see only Onyxe, Hellin, Anna, Angelina, Apollyn, and Xiaoyu
Onyxe: Good morning Okubi and Eligos. I hope the both of you had a pleasant night
Okubi: It could had been better, but I'm grateful for another day. Anyways how did Adama's trial go last night?
Hellin: A waste of fucking time! That bitch should had been beheaded
Okubi: Morning to you too Hellin, but I was talking to Onyxe
Hellin: Well I was just making a statement. I couldn't give two shits if you were speaking to me or not!
Okubi: Annoying wench! Anyways Onyxe, what of Adama's trial?
Onyxe: It went as one could had expected. Adama was sentenced a life in prison. The government's decisions, not mine. I personally wanted her beheaded. After the hell she put the city of Coram and her daughter through. Anything less than death seem too damn kind. Anyways we have a new problem to worry about.
Okubi: Yes about this new problem. Exactly what is it about?
Onyxe: Just last night in Begonia, just three towns away from here. A sage by the name Asher Basia was kidnapped
Hellin: A mere kidnapping? Doesn't shit like that happens everyday? What makes this Asher person so damn special?
Onyxe: Well I'll gladly tell you if you remain silent. Anyways first and foremost Mr. Basia is not a descendant of the Great Sages. However that doesn't make him any less important
Anna: Any innocent sage regardless of their lineage should be protected. No life is less important than another
Onyxe: I one hundred percent agree with you Anna. Not only I don't appreciate the suffering of innocents. The reasons why Asher was kidnapped is very troubling. The past few weeks during the arrival of The Children of Ruin. There was a report of two sages being kidnapped in Brazil. A week ago the sage Ahio went missing in Hawaii. Now just yesterday the fire sage Asher went missing from Begonia
Apollyn: Apollyn is so confused? Why are all these sages being kidnapped yet they aren't descendants?
Angelina: Even ordinary sages can be targeted by evil Apollyn. However something about these kidnapping are rather unusual. Targeting sages who only uses a singular type of magic. Onyxe may I ask you the powers the missing sages posses?
Onyxe: That's very easy Angelina. The two sages from Brazil are brother and sister. Aciano sole used water based magic while Belzabel used earth magic. Ahio was reported back to me a wind user and Asher a fire manipulator
Okubi: A water, earth, wind, and fire sages all being kidnapped. Why do I get the feeling someone is trying to perform a sought of ritual? One that requires sages that specialize in one particular magic?
Xiaoyu: I heard stories about such a ritual. I believe it's called "Call of the Elements"!
Angelina: I believe that's very correct detective
Okubi: Call of the Elements?
Eligos: However that ritual also requires a sage that uses purely light magic and one that uses dark magic. So whoever kidnapped the missing sages, still needs to find a light sage and dark sage. Otherwise the ritual will be incomplete
Apollyn: Isn't Xiaoyu buddy a light sage? Also Okubi buddy uses dark magic
Okubi: Yes I use dark magic Lynn, but I do not qualify as a sole dark magic user. I can also manipulate fire, water, ice, and another magic I rather not name
Hellin: Oh please spare of your ego prissy boy. I already told the others about your Seduction Pose abilities
Okubi: Hellin how dare you!
Angelina: Okubi don't get yourself all riled up. Besides there's nothing wrong with you knowing Seduction Pose. Despite the taboo behind that particular magic due to the provocative poses one must perform. Knowing when to use a Seduction Pose can be a tide changer during a fierce battle
Hellin: Looks like someone fucking underestimated the level of understanding his comrades posses
Okubi: Even with my comrades being cool with my newer learned magic. That doesn't give you the right to tell my business
Hellin: What the fuck ever!
Okubi: Insufferable cur!
Xiaoyu: Okubi and Hellin! Please save your arguing for later. We have important matters to discuss
Okubi: My apologizes Xiaoyu
Okubi: Also by the way Onyxe. Where are the others? Like James, Nara, Lisa, and the Four Divas?
Onyxe: Nara and Lisa decided to tag along with James and Yura on a few errands. The Divas along with Abrafo are just one town over. Getting some needed time away from the castle. Course I made sure the are heavily protected. Anyways now back to the subject matter at hand. I want you all to traveling to Begonia. Unlike the other sages, Asher has only been missing for about ten hours. Hopefully some clues will remain of his whereabouts or of his kidnappers
Angelina: Also isn't the Bellflower Carnival taking place in Begonia today?
Onyxe: I almost forgot about that being today. I so would wish to go after missing the last three. Anyways someone must stay and watch over the castle. If only someone could stay in my place
Hellin: I rather not travel all the way to Begonia just to look for some random sage. Instead if Onyxe doesn't mind. I would like to request my mother to come here and train me.
Anna: Hellin are you saying you will remain in the castle while Onyxe comes with us to Begonia?
Hellin: That's exactly what I'm saying Anna. Course my mother will be here as well. Does that sound like a reasonable plan to you Onyxe?
Onyxe: I'm perfectly okay with that Hellin. I mean it's not like I have to worry about Othello doing anything to jeopardize my Kingdom while I am away for a few hours. Also I can help with the investigation
Okubi: While I trust Hellin in spite of her irksome presence. I still do not trust Othello
Hellin: My mother doesn't want this crappy Kingdom Okubi. Besides after our encounter with Janiel yesterday. It's very important I get some more training in while you fuckers are away. Anna you will be going with them by the way. I don't want my mother scolding you all day
Xiaoyu: What Othello does to Anna is beyond mere scolding, but that's a conversation for another time
Angelina: Perhaps it's just me, but it's almost laughable how we're overlooking one single problem
Onyxe: Exactly what problem is that Angelina? Course I'm not going to use my telepathy to find out
Angelina: Does anyone remember Apollyn's statement earlier?
Okubi: You mean the part where Xiaoyu is a pure light user
Xiaoyu: Shit! Don't tell me I can't go to Begonia because of that
Okubi: Actually you being a pure light user can work to our advantage
Angelina: Considering it's more than likely Asher's kidnappers are still around. Many talented sages attends the Bellflower Carnival. I wouldn't be surprise they are on the look out for their next victim
Anna: Course if those fuckers think they're taking Xiaoyu. They are in for a rude awakening
Apollyn: Apollyn will bite their heads off if they touch Xiaoyu buddy
Okubi: Seems to me we now have everything figured out. Hellin and that mother of hers will watch the castle. While the rest of us will go to Begonia and find Asher and the other sages kidnappers
Onyxe: Along with having some much needed fun and relaxation. Anyways now that Hellin and Othello watching over my castle. I need to change into an outfit more suited for fun. It's been awhile since I gotten to enjoy myself
Okubi: Don't forget our main reason for going to Begonia Onyxe
Onyxe: Indeed! Finding Asher's kidnappers is our number one priority. Still some fun at the Bellflower Carnival won't hurt anyone
Apollyn: I wonder what lovely desserts will be served there?
Onyxe: Anyways let me go change quickly so we can get going. By the way Okubi, Angelina, and Anna. How do you guys like your new threads
Okubi: I'm surprise how nice this suit fits on me
Anna: It's green and comfy. That's good enough for me
Angelina: I never thought I would enjoy wearing a skin tight suit. Along with my new physical alterations. I truly am loving my new look
Onyxe: I'm so please to hear that. My tailors are absolutely amazing at what they do. Anyways enough mindless chit chat for now. Let me go hurry and change
After changing his outfit, Onyxe quickly returns to the others. Bidding Hellin and Othello farewell. Okubi and the others begin their journey to Begonia. Arriving to Begonia five hours later, the heroes find themselves immerse within the Bellflower Carnival. While most of the heroes plan on enjoying themselves. All of them will remain vigilant should Asher's kidnappers make another appearance. Merely seconds after the heroes arrival. The citizens of Begonia spot King Onyxe and immediately surround Onyxe and the others
Civilian #1: OMG OMG OMG! Looks who has graced us with his magnificent presence
Civilian #2: Everyone it's King Onyxe of Mayland
Onyxe: Greetings my lovely citizens of Mayland. I have come here to simply enjoy myself at the lovely Bellflower Carnival. Please don't let my presence here stop any of you from enjoying yourself. Long as the law of the land are respected. May all of you here have a wonderful time. Now please allow my friends and I to enjoy the carnival. Anyways I genuinely appreciate the warm welcome. I hope this will be a memorable experience for all of us. Have a wonderful day everyone
The crowd waves and Onyxe and company farewell. Allowing everyone to return to their previous activities. Finding a quite area nearby, the heroes begin to talk strategy with each other
Angelina: Now that the people know Onyxe is here. Chances are Asher's kidnappers won't even show up
Okubi: A high possibility, but I wouldn't rule it out completely. Perhaps the kidnappers might view Onyxe presence here as an advantage.
Onyxe: They might attempt to cause a ruckus at the carnival. Distracting us from their main objective
Eligos: Even if the kidnappers are right underneath our noses. Without any sign of a light magic user. They will more than likely not make any unnecessary moves
Anna: Meaning unless Xiaoyu or any other pure light user shows off their powers. The kidnappers won't reveal themselves
Xiaoyu: Well we didn't come all this way for nothing. We are going to find Asher and the other sages kidnappers. Even if I have to make myself an open target
Angelina: Well let's not do anything rash dear. If nothing suspicious happens within the next few hours. Perhaps one of us demon can fake an injury. Allowing Xiaoyu to show off her light magic
Onyxe: What if that doesn't work Angelina?
Angelina: Then I truly feel sorry for Asher and the other sages. We can't rescue them if we can't find out who took them
Anna: Hopefully those bastards are still around here. I can't accept anything less. I want to save Asher and the others
Okubi: We share your sentiment Anna, but we can't do the impossible. Times like this makes me wish I knew a locator spell. Regardless let's remain positive and hope we find Asher's kidnappers soon
Xiaoyu: It's not like any of us are rushing to get back to the Royal Lands. Meaning we have all day to investigate
Apollyn: In the meantime, Apollyn is going to find some sweet desserts
Okubi: Apollyn before you go anywhere. I don't think it's wise for any of us to be alone. Especially Xiaoyu of all people
Onyxe: Indeed Okubi! Since their are seven of us here. We should all split into groups. Team A will be Apollyn and myself Team B Okubi, Eligos, and Angelina and Team C Xiaoyu and Anna
Anna: Looks like I'm on investigation duty with Xiaoyu
Xiaoyu: You're welcome to enjoy the carnival festivities if you like Anna
Anna: No thanks. I really want to focus on finding the kidnappers
Onyxe: Just make me feel like shit lol
Anna: Oh Onyxe, I meant nothing shady by my comment. I know being a King isn't exactly a pleasant job. A job that doesn't leave much room for common mortal pleasures. Even you deserve to have a little fun. Don't let my determination tear you away from enjoying today's carnival
Onyxe: Wow Anna, you sounded so much like your father just now
Anna: *Blushes* Please try not to compare me to that man
Onyxe: My mistake dear. Anyways Xiaoyu, I'm going to psychically connect our minds together. Just in case something should happen to you while am not around. Course if you don't mind?
Xiaoyu: Not at all Onyxe. I know you will respect my inner thoughts
Okubi: So while Onyxe and Apollyn are having fun. The rest of us will investigate Begonia. Now go on and enjoy the carnival Onyxe and Apollyn
Apollyn: YIPPY! Apollyn is going to find some yummy desserts
Onyxe: Hey wait up for me Apollyn
Both Onyxe and Apollyn run off into the Bellflower Carnival. The remaining heroes begin their investigation. Hours of traveling through Begonia without any luck. The heroes return back to the carnival.
Okubi: Just in time ladies
Angelina: Please tell me you two found something
Xiaoyu: We were going to ask you two the same thing
Anna: Talk about disappointing. We might as well had hung out with Onyxe and Apollyn
Okubi: Walking around aimlessly still beats being around that noise
Eligos: Well I guess we won't be rescuing Asher and the others
Xiaoyu: DAMMIT! Absolute utter bullshit!
Angelina: Don't be too hard on yourself Xiaoyu
Anna: We all gave it our best shot
Okubi: Our best shot doesn't mean crap if we failed to find Asher or his kidnappers. Anyways I don't know about any of you, but I can use something to eat
Xiaoyu: Food sounds about good right now. Something to get my mind off today's epic fail
Angelina: May Asher and the other missing sages remain alive until miracle arrives
While walking towards the nearest food stand within the Bellflower Carnival. Okubi, Xiaoyu, and Angelina begins sensing a familiar presence around the carnival. One they have encounter several times since their journey began
Anna: Everything alright guys?
Okubi: Xiaoyu do you detect any surrounding descendants?
Xiaoyu: Not a descendant in sight Okubi, but yet I sense that bitch
Anna: Who are you guys talking about?
Angelina: One of the more fearsome members of The Children of Ruin. The assassin by the name Brutality. However didn't Janiel stated yesterday that Brutality was no longer under his service?
Xiaoyu: Mere bullshit just to throw us all Angie. I just don't get why Brutality is doing here
Okubi: Especially if there no descendants she needs to sacrifice for Mastema. Xiaoyu are you sure there are no descendants around here?
Xiaoyu: I'm one hundred percent certain Okubi
Eligos: Perhaps Brutality is the one behind Asher's disappearance?
Okubi: Unlikely Eligos, but I wouldn't be surprise if that were true. Anyways considering we're in a crowded area. We need to... hey Xiaoyu where are you going?
Xiaoyu: I'm not letting that bitch escape Okubi. Not after all that's she's done
Anna: Is that the same woman who killed Xiaoyu's friend Wei?
Okubi: The very same one Anna. That's why Xiaoyu can not go and face her alone. Eligos, you go get Onyxe and Apollyn. Angelina and Anna come with me
Following Okubi's orders, Eligos goes to find Onyxe and Apollyn. While Okubi and the girls chase after Xiaoyu. Standing only inches away from the food stand. Xiaoyu spots a scantly clad woman in yellow. Holding in her hand a cheese burger, large fries, and blueberry soda. Attempting to not cause a scene. Xiaoyu calmly walks up towards Brutality. However upon spotting Xiaoyu walking towards her. Brutality instantly drops her food and starts running
Xiaoyu: Oh you fucking bitch! I'm going to so murder your sorry ass
The peace of the Bellflower Carnival now ruined. Citizens begins to evacuate the area as Xiaoyu chases after Brutality. Following right behind Xiaoyu are Okubi, Angelina, and Anna
Okubi: Dammit Xiaoyu! Couldn't you had not let your hatred towards Brutality get to you?
Xiaoyu: Okubi I do not give a rat's ass about anything right now. I just want to end this bitch!
Angelina: Xiaoyu don't you think it's rather odd Brutality is running away instead of fighting?
Anna: I agree with Angelina. I only know what I been told about Brutality, but I'm not getting this vicious killer vibe from her right about now
Okubi: While her aura is still the same. Brutality doesn't seem like the same woman we encountered before
Xiaoyu: Well I did catch her with her guard down. Perhaps that's the reason she's acting different
Okubi: Don't be dense Xiaoyu. Anyone who knows better can see somethings different about Brutality
Xiaoyu: I DON'T CARE! I'm going to make her pay for what she's done to Wei
Filled with an enormous amount of animosity towards Brutality. Xiaoyu begins creating a fearsome energy of light in her hands
Okubi: Xiaoyu don't do it!
Xiaoyu: One hit is all it will take... JUDGMENT BEAM! Okubi: WATER HOLD! Right as Xiaoyu unleashes her attack towards Brutality. Okubi creates a puddle of water around Xiaoyu's feet. Causing her to only strike Brutality's right shoulder instead of her entire body. Hitting the ground hard after being hit. Brutality quickly rises to her feet, holding her injured shoulder. Fearing another deadly attack from her pursuer. Brutality runs into the Midor Forest. Meanwhile Xiaoyu begins to scold Okubi Xiaoyu: What the fuck did you just do that for? I had that bitch dead to right Okubi: First of all watch who the hell you're talking too! Second did you already forget about showing off your powers? Xiaoyu: Those fuckers aren't here anyways. Now if you don't fucking mind. Please release my feet from this puddle of water Okubi releases Xiaoyu from his Water Hold, but before Xiaoyu could run after Brutality. Okubi grabs ahold of Xiaoyu's left arm Okubi: Xiaoyu get ahold of yourself now! Xiaoyu: Why can't any of you understand? That bitch is responsible for my friend's death. Along with many countless others. If I don't take her out now. Who knows who will be next on her hit list?
Okubi: Regardless of the many sins Brutality has committed. That's no damn excuse for you behaving like a mad woman
Xiaoyu: Fine have it your way Okubi! We'll just let Brutality get away
Angelina: Even with her natural healing abilities. Brutality has to rest in order to heal. Meaning there's plenty of time to catch her
Anna: Hopefully we can go after her as a team this time
Xiaoyu: Okay I apologize for my behavior earlier. I just don't want her to get away again
Okubi: As do the rest of us. Now let's go into the Midor Forest and capture that monster
While the heroes were focused on calming an enrage Xiaoyu. Both Ava and Philip watch gleefully from the shadows. Knowing they have just found their next and final victim
Ava: So the Chinese girl does posse light base powers
Philip: Purely light based powers at that. Unfortunately capturing her won't be easy like the others
Ava: Oh brother don't let her friends scare you off
Philip: Me scared? You surely jest my dear sister. I just be forced to beat the crap out of the light users allies. Perhaps even killed them
Ava: Well as long as we bring the light sage back alive. The rest are canon fodder.
Philip: Anyways I'm ready when you are sister
Ava: Big brother, I was born ready. Time to nab us a light sage
Philip: Anyone who dares stand in our way will be killed!
Once both King Onyxe and Hellin had exited the castle. While everyone else was enjoying themselves. Doing whatever their heart desired within the castle. Okubi did not share the enthusiasm of the others. Instead Okubi had decided to go to bed. Without telling a single soul goodnight. Okubi along with his servant Eligos, headed upstair to his assigned room. Entering his room minutes later. Okubi undresses himself and throws on his silk lavender night gown. Laying in bed looking very down crest. Okubi remains silent as Eligos looks on with concern
Eligos: Is everything alright Master Okubi?
Okubi: Is everything ever alright Eligos? Considering everything we have been through until now. I can be feeling much worse. Also before you even ask me why I didn't wish Xiaoyu and the others goodnight. I simply wasn't in the mood. Besides it's not like anyone would notice anyways. Too busy stuffing their faces, playing video games, or making out. I have no time for such foolishness. They know I care and that's good enough
Eligos: Something you wish to talk about Master?
Okubi: Not at all Eligos. I just want to get some sleep. Who knows what will awaits us tomorrow
Eligos: Still bothered by the encounter with Janiel from earlier?
Okubi: It's been on my mind, but I survived worst. Janiel is just another obstacles that I must crush. The Children of Ruin will not release Mastema from Forbidden. I'll make damn sure of it. Now unless you have anymore needless question to ask me Eligos. I wish to close my eyes and rest
Eligos: If that is what you wish Master
Okubi: It surely is my dear friend
Bothering his Master no further. Eligos plants a kiss on Okubi's cheek and disappears. Finally closing eyes for bed. Okubi falls asleep in a matter of seconds. Deep within his dream, Okubi finds standing in a graveyard, completely naked. Feeling very nervous about his gloomy surrounding. Okubi decides to navigate the graveyards. Hoping to understand why is he here in the first place. Passing by the first few tombstones. The names on them are those of fallen heroes who existed eons ago. However as Okubi continues walking through the graveyard. Okubi begins recognizing names of people he currently knows. Naznim Sherwat, James Del Soto, Yura Mikan, Hisako Miki, Onyxe Blade. Horrified by the very though of them being dead. Fearing what else he would encounter in the graveyard. Okubi knew he had to keep moving forward. Nearly having navigated the entire graveyard. Okubi encounters the very thing he dreaded most. The names of his beloved friends and teammates Xiaoyu, Apollyn, Lisa, Nara, Angelina, Hellin, Anna, and surprising Eligos. However the most shocking with a tombstone that read "Okubi Vice, death at the hands of Mastema".
Stunned by such a horrifying revelations. Okubi immediately falls to his knees before his grave. While crying heavily in his hands. Okubi fails to notice his fallen comrades rising from their graves. Finally having stopped crying, Okubi turns around in horror. Finding himself surrounded by his undead allies. Okubi attempts to use his magic powers, but to no avail. Realizing he cannot fight back, Okubi quickly rises to his feet and starts running. While running away from his undead friends. The other bodies of the deceases rises from their graves. Running without anywhere to go, Okubi begins fearing for the worst. Having done his very best to avoid the undead. Okubi has finally found himself corner. Unable to run or defend himself. Knowing their was no way out. Okubi's soul filled with unimaginable despair. The half demon dropped to his knees. Accepting the dark fate that awaited him. Successfully trapping Okubi in a corner. The undead cease their movement towards him. Instead they spread apart from each other. Allowing a yet known entity to makes it way towards Okubi. Staring up at the mysterious figure approaching him. Okubi begins to wonder should he try to fight back. However before Okubi could make any sudden moves. Standing before him is no other than Janiel. Looking down at the naked demon with a demented smile. Janiel then grabs Okubi by his throat. Lifting the petite half demon off his feet. Griping Janiel's right arm with both his hands. Okubi tries to prevent the demon from chocking him
Janiel: Well well well isn't it Asira's chosen hero? Just look at you... absolutely pathetic! While you were able to fool the others with your pretentious behavior. I see you for the pathetic little boy you really are Okubi. Now rot into nothingness worthless half demon
Using his powers against the defenseless Okubi. Janiel begins to rot away Okubi's flesh. Feeling himself slowly dying within Janiel's grasp. While his heart is heavily consumed by despair. A greater part of Okubi desires to live. That very desire for life unleashes a power from within. Merely seconds later a burning royal purple and black aura surrounds. The power within Okubi's unusual aura causes Janiel to release him. Now standing on his feet once more. Okubi stares down at Janiel and his undead army. Filled with a rage he has never felt in his entire life. Even more than the day he had killed his mother. His rage growing stronger by the second, Okubi felt himself changing into something sinister. However right before Okubi completely changes form. Janiel and his undead army vanishes before his very eyes. Everything around him slowly going black. Okubi feels his mind drifting away as well
The scenery quickly changes back to Okubi's room. Showing the half demon still asleep in bed, but still surrounded within his sinister aura. Floating above Okubi are both Eligos and the Grim Reaper Knox. While Okubi had fallen asleep. Eligos had arranged for his Master to undergo a deadly trial. One that would either make him stronger or destroy him completely. While Eligos deeply regretted betraying his Master's trust. The demon spirit also knew Okubi needed to become even stronger. Using his power to temporary mute Okubi's hearing. Knox begins to converse with Eligos
Knox: Believe me when I tell you this Eligos. I did not expect for Okubi to survive this trial. Not even most full born demons can handle a Demonic Dream Trial! Never did I imagine a half demon doing so well. While usually a bad dream or nightmare never kills anyone. A Demonic Dream Trial tests a demon's will to live. Surviving a Demonic Dream Trial can vastly increase a demon's power, but the price of failing is death
Eligos: I just couldn't believe I actually asked you to do this to Master Okubi. However I knew how worried he was about Janiel. My greatest fear would be losing Okubi to that monster
Knox: A demon of Janiel's powers and capabilities is very fearsome. Even worst the bastard has Forbidden in his possession. At least now Okubi's chances to defeat Janiel have greatly increased. Course it may take more than a Demon Dream Trial to help Okubi and the others
Eligos: That is indeed very true Knox, but now with Master Okubi's power increased. I'm nearly certain he will able to handle any future threats
Knox: I just hope the demon Okubi eventually transforms into doesn't become a greater threat than Janiel. Even when a demon survives a D.D.T. The chances of controlling their new found powers is rather low. Especially a demon as young as Okubi. Anyways now that my task is down here. I must return to the Underworld at once
Eligos: Thank you for everything you have done here Knox. May you have a safe return to the Underworld
Knox: I appreciate your words Eligos, but I would worry more about yourself friend. I pray to Satan, Okubi never learns of your betrayal. Otherwise the consequences can be very dire for you
Eligos: It's a risk I shall have to take. Not only do I need Master Okubi prepared for his inevitable encounter with Janiel. I need to make sure he has the strength to protect the others. Besides it's not like you will tell him what happened here
Knox: I most certainly will not. Unlike Thalia, Okubi seems to respect me. I wouldn't want to lose the son of Ophelia's favor. Nor do I wish to anger my own son. I could only imagine how Onyxe would react. If he knew what I done to Okubi. Anyways I bid you farewell Eligos. I look forward to our next encounter dear friend
Eligos: Like wise Knox
Knox: Oh I almost forgot to ask you Eligos. Are you not banking on the idea Hellin may possibly defeat Janiel instead?
Eligos: If I wanted to place my fate in the Queen of Babylon's daughter. I wouldn't dare risk my Master's life in the first place.
Knox: Fair enough. Also know once I take my leave. My mute spell over Okubi will relinquish. Now I leave for real this time
Opening a portal in front of him. Knox enters the portal and returns to the Underworld. After Knox exits from Okubi's bedroom. Eligos goes over to his Master's face and kisses his head once more. Only three hours away from dawn. Eligos vanishes from his Master's side until he is summoned
Surviving the incredible and dangerous events within Coram. Along with having encountered the mastermind behind the Children of Ruin, the infamous demon Janiel. Returning safely back to the Royal Lands hours later. Once entering inside of his castle. Onyxe immediately calls for his servants. Upon greeting their king, Onyxe orders his servants to get the heroes settled in. After enjoying a nice dinner with his friends. Moments before anyone could make sleeping arrangements. Onyxe makes an announcement to his guest
Onyxe: Well as you all know from earlier. The former Queen of Coram, Adama Snow has been found guilty for multiple crimes. While I was hoping for tomorrow to deal with that situation. Sadly I must meet with government officials tonight. In order to deal with this matter. Just when I thought I had enough on my mind. Anyways I will be back tomorrow morning hopefully
James: Onyxe do you want Yura or I to tag along
Onyxe: Not at all James buddy. However I would very much like Hellin to come with me
Before anyone else can utter a single word. Onyxe quickly uses his telepathy to speak to Hellin
Onyxe: "Hellin if you wouldn't mind. I would like you to join me on my trip"
Hellin: "The fuck you want to bother me for? Why don't you just take Anna's idiot father or the kunoichi?"
Onyxe: "I want you company for the very reason you unintentionally stated"
Hellin: "You're asking to come with you. In order to allow Anna and James one on one time"
Hellin: "The fuck for? Anna hates that bastards gut. Besides if Anna were to kill James. Not only would you try to kill her. I will have to kill you! I don't think your idea is a very wise one Onyxe!"
Onyxe: "In spite of the potential backlash this could cause. In order for us to stand a chance against our enemies. All of us might be united in order to survive. Thus meaning James and his daughter must make amends"
Hellin: "Anna has no fucking reason to apologize to that spineless bastard! Anna wasn't the one who left her father for dead"
Onyxe: "That isn't what happened at all. James didn't abandon Anna to The Order"
Hellin: "You're absolutely right your majesty! James didn't intentionally leave Anna to be grabbed by The Order. However it was his incompetence and poor thinking skills that put Anna in that situation in the first damn place. To be quite honest with you Onyxe. Even since I had meet Anna's father. It has taken nearly everything within me not to rip his pathetic head off! Had he simply took Anna with him. Anna may had never fallen victim to The Order. Never knowing what it's like to endure cruelty at the hands of my mother. I resent James very existence more than ever you would know"
Onyxe: "I understand where you're coming from Hellin. However I also feel James needs to explain himself to Anna. After all it's her forgiveness he needs, not yours"
Hellin: "Anna will not forgive that man. There is too much hurt in her heart to do so. However if you foolishly believe that them talking will solve anything. I'll gladly join you on your errand to give my friend and your servant time to talk. However if Anna decides to end his worthless life. Don't you fucking dare do anything to her!"
Onyxe: "Fair enough my dear Dead Ringer"
Hellin: "Don't make me angrier than I am already. I'm more than just your clone after all"
Onyxe: "I'll be taking that as a yes. Thank you for your cooperation Hellin"
Hellin: "I'll play along in this pointless experiment of yours. I at least hope Anna gives her pathetic father as nice knuckle sandwich if nothing else"
Onyxe: "Sounds reasonable. Now to end our telepathic chit chat"
Upon Onyxe ending their telepathic conversation. Hellin immediately turns over to look at Anna
Anna: Um Hellin... is everything okay?
Hellin: Anna. I'm going to escort Onyxe to his meeting with Mayland's government officials. I shall return at dawn
Anna: Do you wish for me to come with you?
Hellin: Had I wanted you to come with me. I would had already stated such. I want to remain here with Okubi and the others. After the hellish day we had today. I want you to get some much needed rest. Who know what troubles await us tomorrow. So take this opportunity to relax yourself a bit. Anyways I'll see you tomorrow Anna. Take care of my friend Okubi
Okubi: Sure why not
Hellin: Okay let's get going Onyxe
James: Yo O? You're going to take her instead of Yura or me? Man what's the deal with that?
Onyxe: Don't take it personal my dear amigo. Usually I would yearn for your company, but as of now. It's Hellin's company I require. I promise it will all make sense to you at dawn. Anyways I need to get going James. Goodnight and I love you
James: Well if you say so O. Love you too and goodnight
After bidding the rest of his servants farewell. Both Onyxe and Hellin make their way to the castle entrance. Beginning their journey to meet the government officials of Mayland, concerning Adama's punishment. Everyone immediately returns to their previous activities. Leaving James and Anna very confused about what just happened. Before Anna can utter a single word out of her mouth. Oriana, Ricky, and Kira grab Anna. Taking her to hang out with them. Meanwhile Xiaoyu begins speaking to James
Xiaoyu: That's easily the most confused expression I ever seen on someone's face
James: Coming from a detective like yourself. That makes me feel rather terrible
Xiaoyu: Well don't Mr. Del Soto. Besides you do know Onyxe and Hellin were having a telepathic conversation. One that certainly dealt with you and another important person
James: Exactly how do you know that? I thought you only posses light magic and healing abilities
Xiaoyu: Along with the power to detect descendants, but a telepath I'm not. However I'm a detective with a high I.Q. and common sense. Anyways James I'm going to grab something to eat with my boyfriend and Apollyn. See you later
James: Hey wait a sec Xiaoyu. Can you at least give me a hint of what Onyxe and Hellin were talking about?
Xiaoyu: Sorry Mr. Del Soto. That's solely for you to figure out. Anyways peace out
Xiaoyu waves goodbye to James and walks away from him. Now confused and irritated. James goes to find himself something to drink. Hours later since Onyxe and Hellin's exit. James sat out on the castle's balcony. Not knowing her estranged father was already there. Anna arrives to the castle's balcony as well. Immediately spotting her father, Anna quickly regrets her decision. However before Anna could walk away. James urgently calls out to his daughter.
Anna: Sorry to bother you father. I'll find somewhere else to be alone
James: Anna please can you stay for a little bit
Anna: I honestly rather not father. I'm not in the mood for anymore drama tonight
James: I don't wish to cause you any drama sweetheart. I just would like to talk to you
Anna: Father whatever you wish to say to me can wait. Right now I just want to be alone
James: If that's what you really want Anna then I will leave you be. I just wanted to apologize to you face to face. Apologize for letting your mother die before your very eyes. Apologize for abandoning you at the motel. Apologize for the misery life you received at the hands of The Order and Othello. Words cannot describe how sorry I'm for everything you went through because of me
Anna: Father don't blame yourself for every tear I have cried. It's not like you knew anything of this would happen
James: Bullshit! Had your mother and I remained loyal to The Order. All of this could had been avoided
Anna: True as that is father. Had mother and you stayed with The Order. Neither of you would had the freedom you always wanted. Only because you betrayed The Order. Not only did you regain a fraction of your freedom. The current ruler of Mayland is your best friend. Betraying The Order was the best decision you ever made
James: Not at the price you had to paid
Anna: Being raised by The Order wasn't such a terrible thing. Only when they sold me to Othello. That's when I experience both physical and emotions pains
James: Othello! Satan knows how much I HATE that bitch! Only if she wasn't so goddamn powerful. I would had already fried that fucking whore
Anna: In spite of the Queen of Babylon's cruel personality. Please refrain from speaking about my friend's mother in such an ill fashion
James: My apologies to Hellin and you then. Hey do you see what's happening here?
Anna: We are having a conversation in spite of my reluctance of the matter
James: Which means you need to come take a seat
James quickly gets up and pulls out a chair for Anna to sit. Taking a seat across from her father. They continue their conversation
James: So other than the obvious bullshit you been put through. How are you feeling love?
Anna: "How are you feeling love?" Didn't mom use to say that to you?
James: Yep! Course she also said it to you. Don't you remember?
Anna: I can barely remember mother's first name. Only her face remains clear in my mind. Never can I forget seeing my mother be killed before my very eyes. That very day I lost everything. My family, my childhood, my piece of mind. Somedays I wish I could ask Hellin to wipe my mind clean of all those terrible events. However in order I don't allow that to happen to me ever again. I know it's very important I keep my memories intact. Regardless how much it tears at my soul. I'm just grateful I survived. Anyways I don't wish reflecting too much on the past. For the sake of my sanity. I need to only focus on the now
James: From the very bottom of my heart Anna. I'm so sorry for every terrible thing you endure because of my selfish actions. Had I known what I know now. I would had never betrayed The Order. Even at the course of your mother's love.
Anna: A lot of should, could, and would. Anyways the past cannot be changed. We can only look forward to a better future
James: Are you saying you still don't want to kill me sweetheart?
Anna: Father get real! If I had wanted to kill you. I would had already done so. The only reason I felt that way because I thought of you as a selfish prick. Who didn't feel an ounce of sympathy of what he done. However seeing that view of you was very untrue. I do not longer wish to end your life. Besides unlike me, you will always be on The Order's "To Kill List". It's only thanks to Onyxe, The Order hasn't come to Asira to murder you
James: Well you got me there kid. I'm just glad they were kind enough not to punish you for my wrong doings. Lesser demons would had killed you and still wanted me dead
Anna: The Order are demons of honor if nothing else
James: By the way Anna, where did you get those tarot cards of yours?
Anna: One of The Order decease assassins gave them to me as a gift. I'm currently able to summon twelve of the fifty two cards I posses. My tarot allies mean a great deal to me. Even the ones that I cannot use in battle yet
James: That's a very nice thing to say. I would say I raised you to be such a good woman, but I know good and well I can't take credit for that. Neither can your mother unfortunately. I'm truly sorry once again
Anna: No need to keep apologizing father. Be grateful I no longer want to kill you
James: So are your tarot cards the only tools you have in battle?
Anna: I'm very skilled at making various potions and I'm very capable in hand to hand combat. No need to worry if I can handle myself in a fight father
James: So you don't know how to wield fire like your old man?
Anna: I do not
James: Would you like me to teach you?
Anna: I think not father
Anna: Honestly? I'm just not interested learning anything from you
James: Wow, that's pretty damn harsh
Anna: I could be harsher, but I won't
James: Anna you do understand I never meant for any of this to happened. I never wanted to spend centuries wondering if my daughter is dead or alive. Unfortunately circumstances prevented me from searching for you. Had I believed many centuries ago The Order would spare your life. Nothing would had prevented me from rescuing you
Anna: Just so we could continue living on the run? Life would be easier remaining with The Order until a safer opportunity presented itself. Father I get that you love me and never wished anything bad to happen to me. Unfortunately actions have consequences and being the child of two traitors. My life was a reflection of my parent's poor decision. Never will you know the agonizing pleasure. Living amongst demons who despised your very existence. The only reason I'm alive today wasn't out of The Order's pity. They simply didn't see no value in killing me. Master Ulric's words still ring in my head til this day. "A child of traitors has no value. Even the shit out of one's assholes is more valuable. That is why we haven't killed you". To think the very man who betrayed them has more value than me. Do you know how much that hurts to know?
James: Anna that isn't fucking true at all! You have more value than every individual I have ever meet. Even more so than Onyxe himself
Anna: Are you really saying the man that saved your pathetic life has less value than your own daughter? I never knew you thought that little of Onyxe
James: Seems to me you been around Othello way too long. I'm not saying Onyxe doesn't mean anything to me. Am just saying you, my daughter means the world to me. Anna... are you about to cry?
Anna: My eyes are a bit teary, but if you think I'm going to burst into tears. Running into your arms and start screaming to you "Why did you abandon me papa?" Then you have another thing coming. I'll sooner renege on my promise about killing you than cry before you. Trust me I know what it's like to cry. Queen Othello made certain of that. However you're not worth a single fucking tear drop from my eyes father. I understand now how much you love me, but you will never understand how badly you hurt me. Maybe in time I come to love you. Almost as much as you love me. Yet no matter how long either of us live. Never will I ever forgive you. Because forgiving you means forgetting about all the bad. All the hardships I had suffered by your actions. I know your life wasn't easy, but why did I have to suffer as well? Anyways now that's off my chest. I'm ready to call it the night. Who knows what trouble tomorrow will bring. Fortunately depending on how you look at it. The two of us are at much better terms. Wouldn't you agree father?
James: Better, but far from great
Anna: It's better than it was before. Only a few days ago. I would had killed you on sight. Now I just don't really like being around you. Have a good night father. See you at dawn
James: Goodnight to you too sweetheart
Watching his daughter exit the balcony into the castle. James reaches down and grabs his half drank beer bottle. Sipping on his drink nice and slowly. The demon reflects on his conversation between his daughter and him. Tears forming around his eyes. James continue to drink his liquor in silence. Hoping tomorrow will bring him a new opportunity. One that will draw him closer to his daughter
Hey viewers this is a rather small update. I just finished revising Chapter 14 of FORBIDDEN. No huge changes. Just spelling errors fixes and a few dialogue changes. Overall the story for the chapter remains the same