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)**


11. Chapter 9: Black Lies in White Places

"So, this is where we will be staying for the time being?" Figmus inquired as they walked in the Eastern tower of Heaven's Wonder. There were ten beds in the Eastern tower, each being on its own floor with personal requirements. Though the middle floor split the beds apart and was empty except for a large table meant for playing chess. On the center of each floor was the Symbol of the Dragon.

Eusebius turned around and said, "Unless of course this is not suit for you? Each tower is unique in its own respect and you are welcome to all if needed. I would also let you stay in the middle tower of Heaven's Wonder, but it is the custom that only the ruler of Heaven's Peak will reside in the middle tower."

Figmus shook his head and replied, "No, no this will be fine. I had only wondered."

"Then I must be off now." Eusebius looked outside into the city and went on, "There is a meeting of up-most importance right now. Tomorrow I will send you Xeterex or another one of my trusted advisors to help you find your way to the Central Core where you will begin your first lesson in the arts of combat. Though again, tomorrow I will see to it that you are treated with high respect among the natives in Heaven's Peak." He then clasped the chalice from the chess table and took a sip. After thinking about what he just said a minute ago he added, "Perhaps even tonight you can teach me your own techniques."

"It would be an honor," the group of Kyanos Diamons stated in response.

Eusebius then walked down the spiraling staircase of the Easter tower. The Diamons watched out into the city's streets and saw Eusebius walking to his meeting. Hours later, the warriors were settled into their new place. Horribleecus and Barracutus had engaged in a game of chess, and the others had chosen to watch while they read the books found stored away in the cabinets. Of particular interest to Minos, he found a book of early healing techniques. Bucefulus had found a book which described strategic manuvers to order in the heat of battle. Finally, Figmus and the others found a books that related to tales where magic was involved. Magic had always been of great interest for both the Kyanos Diamons and the Nezeligs Slepkava as the art of magic was often brought up in the writings on the temples they served.

Figmus abruptly sat up, threw down his book, and stared out the window. The other ten warriors looked out the window as well but saw nothing. Naturally, they asked what was wrong. Figmus replied, "I... I don't necessarily know; I had originally thought something ill had happened. Please carry on." Figmus then grabbed his book and the nine other warriors just nodded their heads. After a few minute the ten warriors were as they had been.

Slowly the eight warriors, who were watching Barracutus and Horribleecus play their game, were only watching Horribleecus's inevitable defeat. Barracutus gave Horribleecus a comical smirk and then moved his bishop and said aloud, "Checkmate."

Horribleecus moved his head closer to the chess board to observe the reality of Barracutus's former statement. Barracutus laughed as Horribleecus tilted his head to see if there was an angle at which the checkmate would be preventable. After a long observation of the board, Horribleecus said in defeat, "I must congratulate you. Yet again, you still manage to make me kneel even though I thought I might have had a chance this time."

Barracutus replied quickly, "Perhaps next time my amicus. There is always a 'next time' for such things."

Horribleecus stood up and grumbled, "That's what you said the last time. And the time I spent to challenge you was all wasted."

Bucefulus interrupted as he was overhearing the conversation, "Only wasted if you chose not to learn anything."

Horribleecus looked outside the window and paused. He started rubbing his eyes and asked, "Is this what I think it is?"

There was a great fire in the direction that Eusebius had went off on. The warriors affirmed that Horribleecus was not mistaken. The smoke from the fire engulfed the city's streets and slowly grew larger. As the smoke reached the sky, a shroud of darkness fell over the white city. While the warriors looked out upon the great fire, a Svets Deus walked in up the Eastern tower. "You must follow me to the lower chambers," he ordered, "You will be safe there for the time being." The Kyanos Diamons turned around surprised to see the very well decorated Svets Deus. The chestplate of the Svets Deus was trimmed with shining gold and the center had the Symbol of the Dragon engraved into it. Most riveting of all was the fresh blood which was scattered about the

Minos was quick to inquire, "What is wrong?"

"Come and I shall tell you on the way," The Svets Deus commanded. The warriors agreed to follow down the staircase and so the Svets Deus continued, "It is past the city's curfew, so we must be swift as we get to our destination across the streets. Otherwise, we may not be able to reach it and be struck down to our knees."

"And this is from who's orders?" Minos asked sharply.

"The order of Eusebius himself. I was sent here to ensure your safety. I was told by Eusebius that the rebellion is inevitable, but your safety may still be redeemable." The group darted out of the Eastern tower and into the Grand Room. There they met up with more Svets Deus with the Symbol of the Dragon on their chestplates. One of which was very familiar. The escorting Svets Deus stated to the most highly decorated warrior with polished armor, "Xeterex, surely we cannot hold our own against these beasts. They have the true political power of the city and the Dragons are the only ones which still remain loyal to Eusebius's true and rightful power. What shall we do with the Diamons?"

Xeterex took off his helmet and said to the Diamons, "I must appologize for the inconvenience and the confidentiality that we hid from you. Though you must understand, Eusebius was planning to tell you of the Order of the Dragons." After stating that quickly to the Diamons, he directed his orders to the others, "As for us. We mighty Dragons will hold our own as long as we can."

One of the larger Dragons spoke out, "To fight another day Xeterex?"

Xeterex became pale at hearing the question and grimly declared, "The sacrifice of others will only ever ensure the lives of a few. However, someone must spread Power to attempt to undermine their support. It is the only shot in the long run. The Order of the Dragons was created to carry out this goal and should we fail Eusebius now, we will have failed ourselves. The choice is yours, though I will lead the assault."

All of the Dragons shouted in unison, "The Order of the Dragons all share one common sword in this!"

Xeterex gave a spiritless grin and commanded, "The common sword must be split today my friends. With the few amount of reinforcements that Eusebius received, our leader's death is almost certain if it had not already happened. In honor of our great leader, I ask that a few would join him in one last glorious battle, and in honor of Eusebius we must protect the Diamons! Finally, be it Evol's will that the dragons' sword be reunited and peace be restored. Power of Sempiterna will be restored, do not lose faith." The Dragons thus split into three groups each with its own name. The Black Dragons were to accompany Eusebius on the final battleground of their lives, The Blue Dragons were to go with the Kyanos Diamons and affirm their safety, and finally the Golden Dragons were to go with Xeterex and spread the true Power of Sempiterna.

Though the Kyanos Diamons did not know exactly what was happening within the city of Heaven's Peak, they knew that there would be a long, harsh journey ahead of them. Barractus, Horribleecus, Figmus, Minos, Bucefulus, and the five other warriors could only put their trust into the words of Xeterex. It was very clear that whatever this "power" they spoke of was of upmost importance for all of Sempiterna.

Dark silence fell upon the company in Heaven's Wonder that night before they set out and possibly march to their own death. To inspire and repair the broken spirits of his followers, Xeterex split his ceremonial sword into three parts and gave them to leaders of each of the three groups. Then he exclaimed proudly to both the Dragons and the Diamons, "My friends, if I need to, I will forge the dragons' sword out of the ashes myself, and we will then be reunited."



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