All Hail Barracutus *On Hold*

War is ripe for the planet of Sempiterna. For generations the twelve major tribes/species (Unless you believe in the tales of the Wizards who say there are thirteen) have very little knowledge of the meaning of the word "peace". Only recently has the tribe of the Svets Deus brought about an era of peace.
In the meanwhile, Barracutus, a normal Kyanos Diamon, struggles to solve the past about the ancient forefathers of Sempiterna. Though could the knowledge of the ancient forefathers be a bigger mystery than he had originally thought it to be? Read throughout to uncover the history of Sempiterna in the first book of an epic trilogy.

(New chapter released every week)

**Please feel free to comment if you believe I made any mistakes in grammar, spelling, etc. Also any constructive criticism and that stuff would be nice** ** Finally, Story Rating: 13+ (Subtle, some-what descriptive violence)**


10. Chapter 8: The Arrival

As the Kyanos Diamon Warriors awoke and rose from their quarters, they were surprised to see that the dragons had been halted. Once they had all risen and prepared themselves, the keeper of their wagons had stated that Eusebius requested their presence. The Diamons followed the keeper outside to where they were to meet. Though, the Diamons were very taken by the sight as they stepped out. The ground was so different compared to the rolling plains in which they last met the king of the Svets Deus. This time, it was very clear what happened here. It was war-torn and desolated. Black ashes still remained lying down densely on the ground preventing even the smallest growth of life. Craters from land mines remained very evident; it was clear that this was the last stand before Heaven's Peak.

Eusebius had laid down an ornate carpet with the symbols of Yoj sewn in them in the center of the halted dragons. "Please relax yourselves." Eusebius said comfortably. The ten Diamons gave a warrior's bow and sat in a circle on the edges of the carpet. "I assume you have all been treated well?" The Diamons looked at him with all stunned expressions. They had went on at how they have been treated better here than all their lives on Sempiterna. Eusebius looked gladly and gave a small smile as he heard all the stories of their experiences. Eusebius had admitted that he was not used to the stories, and that he has never seen much luxury in just riding in these wagons. "Perhaps I am the one who is blind." was his remark. The Diamons were silent. For what were they to say to that? Breaking the silence, Eusebius asked, "Though, I should know if you would like to hear the history of mine?" They agreed to hear his history.

Eusebius closed his eyes and took a breath before he continued, "I was born lame of the Clan of the Dragons. I was considered a disgrace at birth, and so it was decided that I were to become an outcast. Normally, I would have been thrown out to die immediately, but my mother pleaded for a chance... a chance for me to live. The council had never been rivaled before on their authority. Therefore, when they had been asked for even the smallest favor, the chance for a child's survival, they said I was born lame because of the disgrace that had already been dwelling in my mother. She did not realize that the council could be so cruel." A few tears ran from Eusebius's eyes as he continued in segments, "And so, they said heartlessly, 'You have brought disgrace to this clan, and brought your misfortune upon your own son. You will be granted this wish, but not without a cost. You must experience unbearable pain just as Eusebius would have at his birth. You will be made a widow in this land, and your pitty will cost you not only the life of one soul but also the life of your firstborn. It's truly a shame however, that you will make Eusebius's mind remember his death instead that of the simple child's mind that it is now.'" Eusebius paused for a moment as he brought himself together, "So the council decided that I would be given the chance of life, though slim as it was, but not without a cost. I guess it can be said that I was born with the blood of two souls over my head. I personally can say, I never would have asked for anything like that, but this was out of my control. At least, so I am told. I wish I could say it ended there, but it did not. My mother did all the things in her power to train me to survive, but I was too young to understand real danger and death. Yet, one thing she stressed the most was the following of the Dragon constellation. I did not know it then, but it would be my key to survive."

The group of Diamons were silent and gave a dreadful look toward Eusebius. Still, Eusebius went on after a pause, "At... the day before I was chosen to be cast out, the day for my chance. My mother ran away with me to the Mountain of Storms, a place where still my chances of survival were small but much better than what was planned for me. I was told by my mother to follow the Dragon and it would lead the way. I expected her to come with me, only when I looked back to say I understood she had already gone. In this strange land, I was the prey and too young to have an real chance to fight. But I found my way out of that place without harm, only cuts and bruises from falling. Only now do I realize my endurance was that which was a pure miracle. By the time I traveled four days, my hunger became my undoing and my greatest friend. I found a perfect little valley to which I would spend what I thought to be my last day. So, I placed my head down and felt the relieving essence of death come over my body. I closed my eyes peacefully as the chill ran down my spine."

Eusebius folded his hands over his lap then as he said thankfully but still with sadness behind his words, "I was surprised to have my eyes open once again... still on this world with which we live presently. My vision was blurry, but as my eyes regained their vision I saw a species of aliens I never thought existed except in legends. It was one of the Wizards. It was in their camp that I was brought up, they said they saw something in me. So I lived among them without the fear of discrimination or outcast. After three years of being in their presence and not a day more, I was taken to the Alter of Ytilatrommi. It was at the alter that I had been cured of my lame legs. On that same day, I was also introduced to an interesting looking Kyanos Diamon who had also been taken in by the Wizards. When I had reached the age to where I could live on my own, I gave my farewells. The Wizards themselves couldn't understand why I had to leave, but now that I had finally been given more than a fair fighting's chance I needed to find out what happened to my mother. Needless to say, I took many paths but I never found what I sought after. The Clan of the Dragons fell into the past with no decisive records, and as for my mother, no information was recorded after the day I was abandoned. Eventually, I found myself sitting as the king of the Svets Deus and talking to you here... today, but that is a story in itself."

Eusebius bit his lip at the thought of his failure, and then looked up at the amazed countenances found on the faces of the Kyanos Diamons. The question they secretly asked themselves was: How could such a man endure so much? Eusebius looked up at the stars and saw that he had expanded the time he wanted to originally spend with his guests in order to arrive still on time to Heaven's Peak. He then explained to the Diamons that they should get back on the wagons; for the next time they would disembark would be right outside the city of Heaven's Peak.

After hours of riding through the large battlefield, the Diamons once again saw life. Only an hour more they finally arrived at Heaven's Peak. Two square towers guarded and watched the gates of the city. The walls had symbols of the Wondrous Seven, but the two towers bared the markings of both Yoj and Hewhay. Though the city's walls consisted of a white marbled color trimmed with deep red. It was obvious to see that this city was rightfully named.

As the wagons reached closer to the city Barracutus noticed a string of symbols in gold towering above the gates. He asked Xeterex what the symbols meant. Xeterex replied, "It comes to a rough translation, but in summary it states, 'The only key to this city is yourself. All are welcome though few ever choose to enter. Open your minds and you have opened the gates that have locked yourself.' Again, that's a rough translation of them as all over Sempiterna we have never found any other clues to this language. It is accepted teachings that it was symbolic of the Seven, but even today its origin remains unknown to us."

So, as the Diamons entered the city, they looked up in awe at the towering structures above them. The Diamons looked at the capitol building which was further down the straight, continuous road once inside the gates. It was as ornate as the rest of the city. Though the capitol had a brighter white and almost seemed to glow like a star. Being white and made out of stone was quite a new experience for the Diamons. Two weeks in such a city was surely a blessing that they'd remember until the day of their death.

As the wagons continued down the road towards the capitol, Figmus and the others looked out into the streets. The city had most of Sempiterna's species mixed throughout. Other Kyanos Diamons, Svets Deus, Nezeligs Slepkava, Black Aliens, Bony Devils, and even the great Horridus Dens walked about among each other. Though the Svets Deus outnumbered the other races, the species lived together in peace. Finally, the dragons had reached the foot of the capitol where they got off of the wagons. Eusebius then lightly boasted, "The capitol goes by the name of Heaven's Wonder. If I must say so myself, it is the only one of its kind here on Sempiterna." Heaven's Wonder was surrounded on four sides by four towers. Again each had the markings of both Yoj and Hewhay, and in the center was a fifth tower higher than all the rest. The center tower had the string of symbols found above the city's gates. The doors to Heaven's Wonder were golden with the Symbol of the Dragon engraved on each door. The Symbol of the Dragon showed two dragons in conflict with each other, and it was the highest achievable rank any Svets Deus could be givevn.

Eusebius opened the doors and turned around to look at the Kyanos Diamon warriors. He spread his hands apart and said as he gave a smile toward them, "This... is where you, my humble guests, shall stay. Only the best be given to you during your stay at Heaven's Peak. May the Wondrous Seven bless you all."

The Diamons then took a knee and gave the traditional return to those words, "And may the Seven be with you on your journey, guide your paths, open up your mind, and lastly give you understanding of the Word." They returned back to their feet and followed Eusebius into Heaven's Wonder.

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