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Soshi Chronicles: Born in Flames
By tom B hisnon
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Soshi Chronicles: Born in Flames
The fires of Hell, they say, are the hottest in the universe. I have felt these flames touching my body, and they are not hot at all compared to what I have felt. The pain of my past is like a paper cut, you say its no big deal and try to forget about it, but its always there.
Right now, I live in the Neutral town of Gradesh, in the center of Avadonia, my world. I have been sent on a mission by the soon to be king, Oni, himself to do one thing and one thing only: Destroy this town and all that dwell in it. I am a mercenary, which means I kill, for the wrong reasons or the right reasons for cash. I basically have no conscience, for it was burned away in my past, like everything else in my life like my parents, my stepparents, my passions, and even my love for that girl that I saw right before I... sparked. She was so beautiful with dark hair, green eyes, and skin that glowed even in the darkest of places, the Shadow Realm. Nevertheless, sadly, her life came to an end like all things. In addition, I have lost that determination that I once had to search for her, that determination to touch her, that determination to... even love her.
My name is Ken and I am the Fire breather. I am what some may call a pyro, but most call me a name that I am stuck with for the rest of my life: the Orphan of Radia, where the Fire Clan resides. As I am sure you have guessed by now, I am a pyromancer and like all the other elemental God's I was born to either create or destroy. Long story short, I chose both.
I guess I better get on my job before Oni gets on my ass. He is probably the only person who is not a God that can kick my tail. If you want to follow me on the road to my end then so be it, but let me warn you, it's gonna burn like hell.
I walked into the front of the gate of Gradesh, as quiet as a mouse, at midnight when most except for the royal guards, were sound asleep. As soon as I entered, I realized that this city was huge. Not even the capital of Avadonia was this big.
Quickly but quietly, I jumped onto the thin railing of the gate. The guards immediately looked up and saw me. They tried to scream for help but my blade was so swift that their throats were slit before they could make a sound. I decided to handle this job quickly for I had other matters to attend to. I jumped from rooftop, to rooftop, and on each, one letting a spark of flame hit the top. As I jumped off each one, the houses burned down one by one. Finally, after a couple of minutes, I reached the governors palace, where there were four guards dressed in iron clad armor who, as I could tell by the emblems that were on the left side of there chest were much more experienced than the guards that I killed as I entered.
"This should be interesting.” I thought as I ran towards the guards.
Before they could even plan a strategy, I threw a couple of poisonous darts at all four and they fell out instantly.
"Piece of cake."
The only question now was how to I get in. If I went in through the front door they would by now have at least twenty guards ready for battle. I could blow a hole in the wall but that would cause too much panic in the castle. I decided to go in from the top, ultimately.
On top of the governor’s palace, which was the last person I had to kill, I smiled at the work I had done for this was one of my best jobs yet.
I slipped down into the chimney, hearing the screams of the women, men, and even children from no more than two months old to 15years screaming, it was slightly painful for me to even listen to them but it was my job. Strangely, that was the first feeling of emotional and mental pain I have felt in three years.
As soon as finished scaling down the long chimney, I was welcomed by facing a dozen guards with spears in hand, and they were all pointing at me. For the first time ever, I was captured. The guards tied me up by my wrists and led me to the governors meeting room for interrogation. Nevertheless, they had another thing coming. I quickly released flames from my hands, which scorched the guard that was covering my rear armor and burned through the rope bound to my wrists. To the guard’s amazement, I exploded in a wave of fire and the element covered my whole but. They screamed like the townspeople outside of the castle and this time I actually enjoyed it.
I ran up the first flight of steps I could find and searched for the governor’s room. I had to kill him quickly before reinforcements would come. I would surely be caught if that happened. Finally, I threw my mask on the ground so the governor in the room in front of me would see the face of his killer. However, when I opened the door I did not see his face. With stealth, I walked deeper into the wondrous room with curtains embe dded with gems and floors made of marble.
I heard something come from behind so I drew y sword and lo and behold, there was he governor trying to sneak out of the door.
" It's nice to know that you at least treasure your life Mr. Lincoln unlike some of the wretched scum in this city do-wait I mean did for I have killed all who inhabit this city except you and a couple of your guards who as I can tell are on there way to come to your rescue but will be too late."
" Please don't kill me, I have kids."
" Wrong-you had kids. As I was going up the steps I stopped to tuck them in and give them a blaze of presents if you catch my drift." I chuckled with laughter as he, a grown man cried over little whelps who would, like every one else in this city was, grow up to be selfish little bastards.
I walked closer to the governor as he said a prayer to God.
I made a maniacle laugh and told him, " Not even your false God can save you now!" I ignited a fireball in my hand and was ready to hurl at his face when a figure with an aura that was pure stepped in front of the door. I already knew who it was: Hiro, the Wind rider. He was as I was and could become even stronger if he had killed more people like the one he is supposed to but he lacked one thing I had- brains. I ran out the stained window as he tried to hit me with his wind wave but I was far too quick.
I dived out of the window plummeting to the ground faster and faster each second until I transformed into something beautiful yet deadly. I had become a Phoenix. Only Hiro and I had a power as special as this. I sprouted glorious, fiery wings and flew towards the north. Everything under me was burning down except for the castle. As I looked down, I saw no one walking which was a good sign. The city of Gradesh had fallen by me. Luckily, Hiro did not see my face to tell who I was so I was home free, unless the governor had seen my face clear enough to recognize who I was. I flew towards the moon and reminisced about my life wondering where I would head next. Where my life started, I did not know but where it would end, I did. My life would end on the battlefield fighting for a cause that was not evil as I am doing now but for the good of all in Avadonia. For now, I would just relax and go where life would take me.
*** Back at the palace in Gradesh,
" I have not only let my people down but also my family.” the governor said as he wept while facing his late wife’s picture on the wall in his bedroom.
" Don't worry, the assassin wasn't bluffing when he said he tried to kill your children. He set their room on fire but they were saved just in time. They are being taken care of by the guards, they have minor cuts and bruises, and they will be fine.” Hiro replied.
The governor had a sigh of relief. At least one good thing happened today.
" Where are they?” he surprisingly said.
With a grim tone, Hiro replied" They are not in their room, they are below the palace where nothing was destroyed, but things were taken."
" I don’t care about what was taken, I just want to see my kids!"
Hiro escorted him, to the cellar. While doing so, he thought of who could have done something so terrible so quietly. He knew it could not be Oni's work, for he would do something much more out in the open. This act was too subtle for him. He wondered who could fly out of a window like the one a bird covered in flames. He decided to think on it later but he already had an idea of who it was. He finally reached the spot where the kids were.
Governor Lincoln ran to his kids with joy but also with a grim look on his face. It must have just hit him that plenty of money was taken. Nevertheless, when he spoke, Hiro knew it was something else. It was the fact that all parts of his city except his castle had been destroyed. Hiro quickly disappeared into the darkness without saying a word leaving the governor and his children by themselves with the guards.
I saw my hideout in the distance. It was just three minutes away. Finally, I could have some peace at least for a minute. Nevertheless, something in my gut told me that I was in trouble. I shook the feeling off by thinking of my favorite gem, the ruby. I have had a love for rubies ever since I was forced to leave the very city where I was supposedly born just for having some fun. The much thought of the point in time made my eyes turn to flame. I tried to calm down as I flew over my home.
I reverted to my humanoid form, when I saw that something was wrong. The stone that covered the entrance to my cave was rolled away. I knew it was Oni who had come in. I ran towards the inside of my cave and realized that the tons of jewels that lay in there with the swords that I made with my bare hands, for I forged weaponry, was gone.
In a voice of pure hatred, I screamed, " Oni! Show yourself now!"
Immediately I felt a grasp on my neck that was so forceful that I was choking. It was Oni, who I forgot could likely kill me in an instant if he summoned Daak or not. Daak was a strange one for he did good at times, bad at times, and no one, except his father Oni, knows why. I did the same thing of course but I had a reason-------money.
" You should know to never scream at me you putrid little worm! If you ever do that again you will die by my hands!” he yelled.
" Okay, I understand just let me go.” I said with the little air I had. He threw me to the ground with amazing force.
" As you can see I have taken all of your gold and riches for you did not complete my mission."
I replied, trying not to yell at him, " Why did you do that? I did everything you asked. I destroyed the city, the women, the children, and the men. All of them except for a few measly guards, Hiro, and the governor."
In a slithery voice, he replied," You were not to be seen. This was a stealth mission. If you had not thrown your mask off because of your damned pride, you would have your money, your swords, and jewels. You have defied me and for that you are punished. You are fired!"
Oni disappeared after the last words. I was in the lowest state I had ever been for years. I was broke.
I thought about what I should do now. I had a multitude of things to do for; no one even knew that the Elemental God of fire was still living. Everyone thought that the god was killed in the Bloody Massacre of Radia, where the child was supposed to be born. In the massacre, the king ordered all kids to be taken from there home in Radia and killed by the king himself. I was there during the Massacre, but hid everywhere I could for the king said that if any kid were left behind then the whole village would be destroyed. Since the villagers later found out that I was still there, they forced me out of the village so no one else would get hurt. They banned me from my own home, even my own caretakers. The caretakers were not my parents; they were like stepparents but did not file to adopt me. The memories of the massacre haunt me tot his very day.
After hours of thinking of what to do, I decided to start on a clean slate. I did not want to fight anymore, so I decided not to go to the Hall of Elements where they would induct me as a god. I was going to try my hardest to live a normal life. I would open up a forgery in the capital of Avadonia, and make weapons for a living. However, it suddenly dawned on me that if I tried to lead a normal life then I would have absolutely no action. In addition, I was a big fan of action so I decided to keep my job as a mercenary/assassin but do it while searching for...her. I now realized that my feelings had come back! I had lost my feelings when I accepted to be Oni's personal mercenary but I guess the emotions came back after I was fired. I could feel my love for that girl who I once cared so deeply about coming back to me. All the evil that I had was sadly still there though. All the guilt that should have came to me before came to me now. The fact that I have killed thousands of people including women and children came to me. I then did something that I had not done for three years. I shed a tear. I shed that one tear for all the innocent people I have harmed in a way. Especially, the people of Gradesh were there.
After I got some of my emotions back I started on my search by gathering all the things Oni had not taken which was one thing- the locket that kept a picture of the girl in it. Deep down in my heart, I prayed that she was not dead. She was too kind, too loving, and too innocent to die. I then made an oath as I picked the locket up that the ply reason I would ever kill again would be for her. She would be my inspiration. Pretty soon though, I could already tell that I would have to break this promise for the first and hopefully last time for I heard a duple dozen people storm into the room saying things like "Kill Him!" and " Torture him for all the things he has done to us!” They were the townspeople nearby whose money I had stolen and for some whose spouses and family members I have killed for personal gain. They had finally found me. I do not know how but they did. The townspeople never saw my face for I had done all my wrong deeds in stealth. The only way they could know is if... Oni told them. He must have taken the form of a townsperson or something like that and told them who killed and had stolen from them. He must have showed them where I lived too. Why they believed him I do not know but I do know that my promise would soon be broken. The leader of the large group walked towards the back of the cave where I was with a torch and saw me.
" Here he is!” he screamed to all his fellow townspeople and he urged them to kill me.
The group of men and women surrounded me on all sides.
" Well, I see you have found me. I guess you guys came to die by my hand like some of your husbands and wives have, haven't you."
The leader with the torch charged at me with all his might. I smiled and under my breath whispered, " I'm Sorry.” and I actually meant it. With a snap of my fingers, the torch exploded in his hand. I heard him scream in aping as his flesh burned with the very fire that he once held. The cave went dark and someone in the group of townspeople started yelling " Somebody light a torch or something so we can kill him.” and things of that nature. I did the honor of lighting the cave and hurled a ball of fire at him. He died as soon as the fire reached him. I suddenly took on my Phoenix form, which was so hot that all else in the cave died instantly. I flew out of the cave by burning a whole in the roof of it and flew towards where my heart told me. My promise had been broken for the first time, but I was sure it was certainly not going to be the last.
As I walked in the cold damp forest, while my boots were sliding across the muddy exterior of the ground, I felt hungry, poor, and tired but most of all I felt empty. I realized that some of my feelings had come back but not all of them. If only I could go to a city, I thought. I knew hat there were wanted posters of me everywhere after I burned Gradesh to the ground and I'm sure that somehow, Oni had shown people what I looked like as fast as he could. The only things I could feel emotionally were love, sorrow, and guilt. I tried to find in my heart the anger, the arrogance, the honor, and even the adrenaline that I felt before I gave my soul to Oni but hardly any of it came back.
"I don't know what's wrong with me but whatever it is, I'd give anything to feel better- except my soul.” I thought as the birds chirped above my head.
The most important reason I wanted my emotions back was not because of the emptiness I felt, but because of the fact that I drew my power from my emotions. Firepower comes from how I feel. Foe example, if felt immense anger and hatred, I could burn down a whole forest. All of my positive feelings were with me but most of my negative feelings from which I drew my power seemed to have drifted off in the wind when I gave my soul. I guess when Oni gave me my soul back, he stole many of my negative emotions, which gave me strength, and given them to someone or even...something.
A sudden rustling in the trees sparked my interest. I knew it could not have been the wind because it had just rained the other day, and the winds should have died down by now. I could sense that someone was watching or even following me. I walked forward and cut through some bushes to throw the stalker off but still I could sense his energy. If I could get him close enough I could just burn him to death and get it over with but I remembered that I had made an oath so I guess I would just torture him instead. I decided that if he would not come out I would have to smoke him out. With the little energy that I had, I ignited a fireball in both hands, shot them in random directions horizontally, and burned my surroundings down to a crisp. In a matter of seconds, embers danced around me and it felt like I was in Heaven. In the midst of the flames roaring, I could hear a strong thud south of where I was. I ran in that direction and I saw tree with dark bark on the floor that was letting off fumes. I was misled. Suddenly I heard something whiz past my ear and I ducked right before it hit me. As I looked at it, I saw that it was a knife. I looked behind me to find at least a dozen men who I could tell were looking for me.
One of them stepped forward to address me. He was wearing a black trench coat with leather pants and army boots. He had guns holstered on each side of his waist and a gigantic sword slung across his back. Under his coat was a plain white shirt with a patch on it. It was the batch of a bounty hunter, only I could tell, but not juts any bounty hunters. It was the mark of the "Dark Shadow,” the group that was known for their marksmanship and barbaric ways of deathliness. They were only called on for when there was an extremely dangerous threat not in captivity that, in this case, was me. The leader who stepped to me obviously seemed pissed, so I tried to stay on his good side.
" What seems to be the problem sir?” I said in a sarcastic tone.
" You know why we are here you cruddy scum. You are wanted by the governor of Gradesh for murder and destruction of private and public property. You will be sentenced to death by fire. But I guess we will have to rearrange that now that we have seen the stunt that you have just pulled now wouldn’t we?"
I laughed because of the irony.
" You can, try, to kill me however you please but I doubt that you will succeed." I tried to bluff because I do not think they knew that I was wiped out because I did not have my negative emotions to fuel my power. I would have to rely on my fighting skills instead of my powers this time, I thought. In addition, with that thought, I ran towards the head leader with full force and the battle began.
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