Blogs by Cassidy McKay
Evil stalks the world this Halloween. Are you protected?
10/30/2006 10:27:58 PM
Some people believe that evil confines itself to All Hallow's Eve. It doesn't...
Some people believe that our world is the only world. How naive...
Think you're alone? Think you're safe? You're not.
Be afraid. Be very afraid! Have you seen what a Sarion can do in full battle rage? It's not a pretty sight. Not that many humans have witnessed it, or lived to tell the tale afterwards.
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The rituals to enter the Blood Passage were harsh and extremely painful. The Sarion knew his potential human carrier was on the other side, and with the Sarion race, the desire to breed was only topped by the desire to rule. To do one, the other must be accomplished along with the seven ritual sacrifices. He could sense a very strong carrier close by on the human plane of existence; a child out of her would be viable, healthy, and enormously strong… just what the future King of the Sarion needed in an heir.
Fresh blood from a G'nor beast glistened in the circle around him, and a crystallized powder rested in his hand, ready to be sprinkled upon the still-warm blood of the ferocious beast. A Blood Passage was never to be taken lightly… the pain of opening it and the endurance required to keep it open were sufficient to keep those unworthy ones from attempting it.
He chanted the complex ritual, sprinkling the powder carefully, and felt his heart expand in his chest, as though it would rip through the fragile walls containing it. At the height of the excruciating pain, a small sliver of light appeared within the circle.
As he struggled to maintain his equilibrium, the words of the ritual drifted off into a stunned silence. The sliver of light expanded into a shifting, unstable rift between worlds, which suddenly engulfed everything within the circle, leaving only a smoking residue where the circle had been drawn.
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Wrenching pain shot through both Thorne and Brent, as the overload of a Blood Passage opening just behind the cottage slammed their Seeker senses into overdrive. Running out the door, Brent yelled at Wynne to lock the door behind them and not to open it for any reason.
She quickly did as she was told. The intense look of hatred and fear on the faces of these two strong-willed men had her running for the door. Whatever caused that look wasn't something she wanted to face on her own. George stood in the window at the back of the cottage; every hair standing on end, and yowling like all hell had broken loose. His arched back and straight tail drew Wynne towards the window where a bright light pulsed, outlining the cat like a Halloween caricature.
The light blinded her for a moment. As her vision returned, she saw a struggle between the men and whatever they were fighting. A pulsing maw of red perched behind the men, and was outlined in the most oddly colored light she'd ever seen. The light flashed between a garish bright red, the menacing-looking darker color of old blood, a stained white, and black. It looked much like she would imagine a gaping wound ripped into the flesh of reality would. The shadows grappling before it drew her attention away from the Blood Passage.
Brent and Thorne were fighting with long knives against a huge creature, something Wynne had never even dreamed of in her worst nightmares. It was larger than the biggest bear she'd ever heard of, but covered in a stiff-looking short, dark fur. A somewhat human-shaped head topped its shoulders, seemingly connected straight to them instead of sitting on top of a neck. The creature's head was huge, devoid of hair, and deep folds of flesh shadowed small eyes, a large nose and mouth, looking something like a human shar-pei dog. Muscles were everywhere, bulging beneath a short, dirty tunic.
It swung its arms at the men, knocking Brent into a tree, as Thorne circled around and attacked it again from the rear. As the Sarion screamed in pain at the knife entering his back, Brent attacked from the front, pushing it towards the pulsing, bloody rip between the veils of the worlds. Thorne pulled the knife from its back, and Brent quickly severed its head from its body, jumping back as a horrid brown and greenish-looking blood spilled on the ground under the rift.
A blinding flash of light threw both men towards the cabin, slamming them into the wall. The Blood Passage collapsed in upon itself, vaporizing the Sarion and everything within a small circle around it. A foul stench permeated the cabin as Wynne felt her way to the door, still blinded by the flash of light.
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Evil stalks the world this Halloween. Are you protected? - Monday, October 30, 2006
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