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The Fog, The Path And The Door.
Knock, More And Ascend..

Timeline:

The Orken Horde have arrived on the doorsteps of Serenity Home. Many have gathered to defend the ‘serenity’ of this once peaceful and quiet town but it is doubtful they will be enough.

The remains of the once glorious Arashkan, the beautiful Bari Na-ammen, and the mystical Vodgar cities are all that stand between the annihilation of humanity. The numbers, however, say otherwise.

It is clear, Serenity Home needs her allies;
known, unknown, and forgotten..

And fast!

 

The heroes scatter all around the kingdom to find those allies. Some go to other cities, some to their own people to get help.

And some go where they shouldn’t..

Gnine Tinkerdome, Laila Wolvesbane, and Merisoul Xyrotwu travel to Silent Hills and quietly enter the Demon Fog to find a way to pass the slithering fog and enter the Silent Halls. The only clue they have is the strange riddle that Nadine Graciousward gave them.

 

into the hills
silent and hollow
chase the path
and through the fog
find the door
knock
more
and hallow
blood for blood
soul for soul
and
life for life
trade and be king
freely given
and
ascend

 

This story takes place a few short weeks after
Eski Efendim, Sahibim
ve Çok Daha Fazlası..

 

 

Are you sure this is the way?”, asked the gnome with a tight voice as the heavy fog settled around them once more, hiding the hills, the trees, the bushes, and finally, the earth itself.

“I have no idea, Master Gnine..”, replied the girl with the honey-brown hair, the crowning horns, and the raven-black wings, smartly.

 

There was a sullen silence..

..followed by a snort from the silent half-elf ranger girl, Laila.

 

The gnome, Gnine, turned around and scowled at Laila, then at the otherworldly beautiful girl, Merisoul, and scowled at her as well.

“This is no time for levity, Miss Mersoul.”, he said through clenched teeth.

“I don’t do levity, Master Gnine. This, you should know by now. Sweet Laila knows that I don’t, don’t you love?”, replied Merisoul brightly.

Laila coughed.

“I am not getting involved in this.”, she said and coughed again.

Merisoul shrugged and added, “And you really don’t have to ‘miss’ me all the time, you know. I will admit it is endearing, but methinks this is not quite the right time.”

 

Gnine ignored her wish and her remark. He scowled at her, some more..

..and at Laila as well, just so she wouldn’t feel left out.

 

“You said you knew the way!”, he nearly flared.

“No. I said I could find the way, given enough time..”, she corrected.

“We don’t have time.”, Gnine growled.

“Perhaps you should have decided to become a king a bit sooner, then, no?”, she smiled down at him.

“I didn’t know I had a kingdom, nor the fact that I could become her king!”, said Gnine in an exasperated tone.

“Well. There you have it then. Neither of us were sufficiently prepared and none of us knew we had to come here. This is where we admit we were caught with our pants down, I suppose, except I don’t’ have any pants and never owned one; always thought them to be a bit constricting and refraining for my taste, really..”, she said happily.

“Merisoul. PLEASE!”, said Gnine.

Laila snickered.

“‘Please’, always helps.”, Mersoul replied a bit seriously. “However, the fact remains; much like you, my dear Gnine Tinkerdome, I never came this way before either. I said I could find the way in, which is possibly true. All things considered, I am likely the only ‘friendly’ demon you are ever going to find, to get you in and through the Demon Fog.”

 

Gnine loved Merisoul.

She was pretty.

She was oddly fun.

She had an uncanny memory for events, conversations, and strange trivia.

She gave a ‘novel’ meaning to many unimportant or seemingly insignificant things.

And she was delicately accurate in whatever she did, be it blasting —or smoldering her enemies, or helping a friend..

..or even deceiving the said friend.

She would walk through fire to save what she thought was worth saving.. literally..

But she did have her exasperating moments, as well, and pushing her never helped..

Not in the long run, nor in the overall scheme of things.

 

Hence, Gnine Tinkerdome took a deep breath, slowly let go of his steam, and asked the raven winged half-succubi;

“How shall we proceed, then?”

“Smart move..”, complimented Laila.

Merisoul Xyrotwu smiled at her, then looked down at the gnome.

“I am sorry Master Gnine. I truly am. I really am not going out of my way to make things harder for you. Some things just are as hard as they are.. Period.

When the curse of the Demon Fog was laid upon these hills and your ancestors, Mortal counterparts had to be used so the curse would ‘stick’, per se. Otherwise, it would have dissipated a long, long time ago.

It is through those ‘willing’ Mortals the fog persists and said Mortals were not going to put something that could be thus easily cracked, now were they.”, Merisoul tried to explain.

“So, in other words.. what, exactly?”, asked Gnine.

“She means, we are screwed..”, inserted the ranger girl, in a low, noncommittal tone.

“Not quite.”, disagreed Merisoul.

“How so?”, asked Gnine.

“The Mortals who helped anchor the curse on this, ‘mortal’ end, used hard-to-decipher words to make it impossible for the anchor —the curse itself— to be broken. I suppose using a long array of random numbers, some sixteen or thirty digits would have sufficed and made it truly impossible to crack, but we are talking about Mortals who are, forever, subject to hubris, hence they put conditional rhymes and riddles. And you can always find the answer to a riddle.. provided you do it in the correct, sequential order.”

“Why?”, the gnome asked as a lump settled deep down his stomach for he felt a mind-numbing, and possibly a logic-murdering explanation coming his way.

“Because, my dear Master Gnine, it is the nature of hubris, which is the culmination of arrogance, pride, and vanity, to want to be noticed, much like serial killers leave calling cards behind. They want to be admired on how clever they are and how they have managed to elude capture for as long as they have.”, she replied happily.

 

Gnine stared at the girl with a sick expression, because that made ‘solving’ the riddle near impossible.

Laila chewed at a finger as she stared into the sticky fog and seemed like she wanted to be anywhere else but here.

 

“Do not despair, Master Gnine.”, Merisoul smiled at the gnome. “The riddle says;

 

into the hills
silent and hollow
chase the path
and through the fog
find the door
knock
more
and hallow

 

And here we are, in the hills, which are silent and empty. And we have thus followed the path into the fog.”

Laila rolled her eyes and silently ‘ho boy’ed at the half-succubi girl’s monumental misuse of logic.

“And the door?”, asked Gnine, looking around. “I see no door..”

“Well. If you had, that would have been too easy, and for just about anyone to find. I am thinking, the door is not a door, but a frame of mind. You of all people should know, Master Gnine, what appears, may not be. And what may not be, may be..” Merisoul said and looked at the gnome with expectation and anticipation..

 

..And it dawned in Gnine’s mind and he gave a sharp hiss..

 

“The bloody door is almost a metaphor. Very nearly an illusion.. It is the ‘unexpected’. It is right here; anywhere and everywhere!”

“Very astute, Master Gnine. I suspect you will make an excellent king someday.. What you have defined is, in fact, the very core of all power evil thrives upon; all its promise.. is an illusion!”

 

“Eh?”, baffled Laila.

Gnine, on the other hand, stared at the half-succubi girl with stunned admiration as true comprehension slowly dawned in his eyes.

 

“All those months ago..”, he gasped. “..back at that bloody demon pit, right after we killed Themalsar.. You tried to warn me.. Ow. My. Gosh! You tried to warn me and I never understood you were trying to tell me all along!”

“It’s alright, my dear Master Gnine. That self-same irony was lost upon myself, for I had descended into the same ruins for nothing other than to find power. And power I found. Just not the one I had considered, nor the kind I would have ever wanted, seeing as who and what I am.. Yet, here I am, working for one master, against a former master who will find me in the end, and suffer me pain like never felt, nor seen before.”

 

Gnine looked up at the otherworldly young woman, stepped up to her, and hugged her.

 

“Then we shall drill a hole into his Hell and come rescue you, my dear Merisoul.. Bet Udoorin would love that kind of carnage. Me, I prefer nuking from afar.. We shall bring his own walls down around him and make him suffer as he has made you suffer.”

Merisoul looked down at the gnome with surprise and astonishment.

 

“But.. Why?”, she asked.

 

“Because, my dear Soul, as inconvenient as we Mortals are, we are also headstrong, mule-headed, you might even say.. What’s more, WE LOVE and WE PROTECT OUR FRIENDS..“, he finished fiercely.

“What he said.”, added the ranger girl stoically and put a hand on the half-succubi’s shoulder.

 

Mersoul Xyrotwu rocked where she stood, as two ‘Mortals’, one little gnome, and one pretty ranger girl declared her, so blatantly, and honestly, a ‘friend’..

 

“Then I shall make it so, that you get your home, your people, your kingdom, and your destiny back, Master Gnine.”, she whispered, drew a step back, and knocked on the fog!

 

Knock.

Knock. Knock.

Knock.

Knock. Knock. Knock.

Knock.

 

KNOCK!..

 

..and the fog parted, revealing a dark, broken tunnel..

..and there were shadows in the tunnel..

..many shadows..

..and they moved..

..closer..

..and closer..

 

Gnine tensed.

Laila instantly cocked an arrow and drew her bow.

But the otherworldly beautiful half-succubi did not tense nor prepare.

“There’s no need, love.”, she said to the ranger corporal!

And then she smiled.

 

 

✱ ✱ ✱

 

 

Hello, mirima..”, she whispered.

“Hello, doll..”, replied a soft, husky voice..

 

..and the leading shadow formed into a ravishingly pretty girl with short, tanned hair, one amber-brown, the other pale green eye, and long, elegant antler-like horns.

 

“Took you long enough.”, said the ravishing girl with the antler horns.

“Took a while to convince my friends and get here..”, replied Merisoul.

 

The ravishing girl looked down at the ogling gnome and at the stunned ranger-girl and smirked.

 

“You seem short on friends, or is he just short?”, she said with an amused voice.

“Friends come by quality, mirima, not by quantity.. and he is the right height for his kind. The others are busy elsewhere.”, explained Mersioul.

“And this? Pretty isn’t she..”, she smiled.

Laila fidgeted uncomfortably while Merisoul looked past her, and into the dark tunnel.

“What are they doing here?”, she asked a bit surprised.

“The Mortal anchors set the conditions, doll.”, replied the girl with the antlers.

 

find the door
knock
more
and hallow
blood for blood
soul for soul
and
life for life
trade and be king
freely given
and
ascend

 

“You knocked and I opened The Door, but you needed more.. and these..”, she said, pointing at the many shadows in the tunnel, “..are the ‘more’. They all knew you. All I did was tell them about what you had done, and they all decided they wanted to trade their blood, their life, and what soul they had, and given freely, to ascend..”

 

Merisoul stared at her and perhaps for the first time, a thunderstruck expression cast on her face..

 

“Sweetheart..”, she began, but the antler-girl butt in.

“..Told them it wouldn’t be so much fun as it would be painful, and that they would actually have to get real jobs and work for their ascension, yet here they all are.

You always did say Auntie Irine wasn’t treating her trainees right.

Perhaps she should have indeed employed and nursed us better, rather than having us suffer the extremes of her ‘education program’.. nor indulged herself upon us, the way she did..

But then, if she could have, she wouldn’t have been the bloody demon bitch that she was and none of us would have had to endure this mess in the first place as we would never have been.

Now. Are you going to introduce us or what?”

 

Merisoul sighed.

“Thank you.”, she said softly.

 

“No, doll, thank you. For the first time, we are free, and for the first time, we will have our will to our own. We will have real lives and should we wish, real mates; true loves, and lovers.. We will burn, not in flesh, but in our hearts.. And worthy pains they will be; that of birth, of life, and of death.. And perchance, understand what was bereft of our birthright; COMPASSION..”

 

“Sweetheart.. He will never forgive me. He CAN’T. This, I know. And this, I have accepted. But he will never let you be, either. One by one, he will hunt you all down.”, said Merisoul with tears in her eyes.

“Then we shall look upon it as a down payment for our ascension!”, replied the antler-girl, and harshly.

 

Once more, Merisoul signed.

 

Then she looked down at the befuddled gnome and the creeped out ranger-girl standing next to him and said, “Mirima, these are two of my friends, who have also claimed me as their friend; Master Gnine Tinkerdome and Ranger Corporal Laila Wolvesbane. Master Gnine, Corporal Laila, this my BFF, Lanna Temez.. “

“..Also known as Perigren Ostlanna Temez. Nice to meet you two, I think.”, Lanna said with her soft, husky voice.

“Umm.. You are welcome?”, replied Gnine. “Nice to meet you too, I hope.”

Laila could only nod.

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez smiled at the abashed gnome and the somewhat dumbstruck ranger-girl for a moment, then, just like that, she was all business, once again.

 

“Alright, you lot!.. Form a line, give your oaths before The First among the Lost to Rise, the King of these halls, and the Witness; She-Who-Stands-Between and go.. Hence you shall be bound only by your own oath and be free to fight for your ascension.”, she said and looked down, once more at Gnine.

Then, without warning, she slashed open her right palm, using her bare fingers..

She squeezed, and upon her bloody fist, she solemnly oathed;

 

“This blood, I, who has been known as Perigren Ostlanna Temez for the whole of my life, do freely give. I, Perigren Ostlanna Temez, who shall go forth with my brothers and sisters to fight, side by side with, and for Mortals, to pit my life, and against the odds, in hopes to redeem my soul, be free and ascend..”

 

Gnine Tinkerdome just stared at the antler-girl.

Laila had thought she’d prepared herself for ‘wierd’ when she’d decided to come here with Gnine and Merisoul but this had just gone off her charts.

 

“Where will you all go?”, asked Merisoul curiously?

Lanna Temez smiled at Merisoul.. smirked, really.

“To the one that burned you!. The young throw-away bantam, Thomas..” she said. “I arranged to ask him and he said he would keep us all hidden and safe, in his temple, of all places, until the fighting started. He thought we’d make excellent teams for surgical strikes against enemy HQs, though I am not quite sure what that really means!”

“You.. you spoke with Thomas? Thomas Dimwood?”, blurted Laila.

“Not in person, pretty girl.. Not yet, anyway. But I suspect I shall. I just must meet the boy who burned our Merisoul.”, she said happily.

Merisoul sighed.

 

And then a tall, young, pretty young man with pale hair and impressive, curving horns stepped up, gorged open his palm, squeezed it into a bloody fist, and spoke with a cool, rusty voice.

“This blood, I, who has been known as Hal Mali Volent Pierce for the whole of my life, do freely give. I, Hal Mali Volent Pierce, who shall go forth with my brothers and sisters to fight, side by side with, and for Mortals, to pit my life, and against the odds, in hopes to redeem my soul, be free and ascend.. Hi Soul!”

“Hey, Hal.. Thank you.”, Merisoul said.

“No, girl, thank you.”, smiled Hal..

..and walked off, and disappeared in the fog.

Laila stared after the handsome creature with a thunderstruck expression.

“I thought all you succubi were girls.”, she mumbled.

 

“Ow, no, sweet Laila.”, smiled Merisoul with a glassy expression. “We were made to sow discord among Mortals..

 

All Mortals..

 

I think, deep down, you also know; of the two genders, which is the stronger and the truly dangerous one.

 

Should you ever want to destroy a people, you need not kill their men, devastate their lands, nor slaughter their animals, but merely degrade, deprave, degenerate, immoralize, and corrupt their women..

 

And we are not succubi, which is a word used to describe our heritage. The females of our real counterparts are called ‘Succubus’ and the males are called an ‘Incubus’..

 

My mother.. she was a beautiful mortal woman. She got caught in a cult led by an Incubus, who was my father.”

 

“I.. I am sorry. I didn’t mean to..”, faltered Laila.

“It’s alright, love. Not your fault. I loved my mother because I remember her whispering warm words to me when I was born. She died two days later. She is probably the only one that I have known to have loved me unconditionally and uncritically. Perhaps I shall find my father, one day, and discuss what he did to her.. at length.”

“I’d be happy to come along.”, Laila offered. “I myself love a good, long discussion with bow charts and pointy, directional arrows.”

 

 

“I apologize for the inconvenience, Master Gnine.. “, said Lanna Temez seriously. “But the oaths to ascension must be observed and properly.”

“It’s perfectly alright, my dear.”, replied Gnine with a spooked and amazed voice as he watched the long line of the prettiest, most beautiful and striking, very young women, and the very nearly as pretty, beautiful and devilishly handsome young boys come filing out of the dark tunnel.

 

“This blood, I, who has been known as Mathilda Ravish Demure for the whole of my life, do freely give. I, Mathilda Ravish Demure, who shall go forth with my brothers and sisters to fight, side by side with, and for Mortals, to pit my life, and against the odds, in hopes to redeem my soul, be free and ascend.. Hey, you!”

“Hey, Demure. I am sorry about Blenda. She was truly a loss.”

“I am sorry too. She never did learn to keep her trap shut though. A girl should always know when to shut up and when to mouth off, particularly where Demogorgon is concerned.”, replied Mathilda with a shrug and walked off into the fog..

 

“This blood, I, who has been known as Constance Alure Smithen for the whole of my life, do freely give. I, Constance Alure Smithen, who shall go forth with my brothers and sisters to fight, side by side with, and for Mortals, to pit my life, and against the odds, in hopes to redeem my soul, be free and ascend..”, said another, rather alluring, soft-eyed creature with flowing, silky black hair, and long, beautiful horns, followed by a particularly bewitching girl with glowing red hair, mesmerizing eyes, pretty little horns and distinctly curving figure wearing expressly fashionable.. almost see-throughs..

“What she said..”, she blurted..

“Demelze..”, the antler-girl said with a reproving tone. “..you know that won’t work. A binding must have your full name, your intentions, and your dedication in it, put to words, and properly.”

“She’s right, dear.”, confirmed Merisoul. “You must start this with the correct perspective and reasons.. Doing what we have just done, then losing it all on a technicality would be a sorrow way to go.”

“You can’t even give us a definitive outcome for this lasting and binding excursion but you want me to be definitive in my application?”, she whined.

“Mortals never get any ‘definitive’ in anything they do, sweet Demelze. Why should we?”, asked Lanna Temez. “Which is sort of the point..”

“I don’t understand..”, said Demelze with a deflated pout.

“Neither do I. But I do know exactly what’s waiting for us back there, and so do you.”, replied Temez as she pointed back at the dark tunnel.

Demelze sighed, nailed the skin of her palm open, and said;

“This blood, I, who has been known as Cee Lingerith Demelze for the whole of my life, do freely give. I, Cee Lingerith Demelze, who shall go forth with my brothers and sisters to fight, side by side with, and for Mortals, to pit my life, and against the odds, in hopes to redeem my soul, be free and ascend..”

..and she skimped into the fog as well.

“That one’s going to be trouble.”, said Temez, staring after the Cee ‘Lingerith’ Demelze.

“Yes..”, agreed Merisoul. “..can you but imagine me in those skimpy things?”

“Did. Any number of times..”, smirked Lanna, and barked a silvery laugh.

Laila let out a blushed snort.

“Mirima..”, said Merisoul reproachfully.

“Yes, yes, I know. You’d look spectacular in them, though.”

“Perhaps. But then, so would you. So would any girl, Mortal and not. Which, sort of ruins the whole thing for me; to get appreciated for only my appearance in a particularly revealing bit of cloth that has nothing to do with my mind, my heart, my feelings, my wants, my ideals, nor my desires. It turns me from a living, breathing, thinking being, into a specific object with a specific use.. Which is what we were back there to begin with..”, she said and nodded at the tunnel.

“Fun, though.”, Lanna smiled.

“Fun, and demeaning.. When I want to capture a man, it must be a permanent arrangement, and without the use of my heritage. It must be because he wants me as a person who has the free will to say ‘no’ at any given time.”, replied Merisoul.

“You never say, ‘no’, doll..”

“Yes, I do.. I just prefer not to.. I like to arrange things in a way that I do not have to say ‘no’ because I don’t like seeing sad faces around me and ‘no’ makes people unhappy. Hence, I balance my integrity with their conformity.”

“That’s a lot of work..”, said the antler-girl thoughtfully.

“Saying ‘no’ outright is easy. It requires little to no effort but a tint of courage. ‘No’, also is a heart and deal-breaker. Once it’s out, it is always out there. Why break something when it can be avoided by giving just a bit more effort on my part. We give so much more effort to the truly insignificant and the inconsequential to attain equally pointless ends. Why should it become an issue when I take the time and effort in trying not to break a heart? I find those who don’t or just can’t be bothered, corrosively sad and destitute.

Don’t get me wrong, sweetheart. My rates aren’t really all that high. I only crave mutual wanting that isn’t limited to certain interactions.. That, I can take from any man.. The mutual wanting I desire is that of the heart.. And for that to happen, I must first understand the heart. I think that is a reasonable rate, don’t you think?”

“Then.. how will I know if I have that mutual wanting?”, Lanna Temez asked and the shadow of an unfathomable fear cast on her beautiful face.

“Do not fret, sweetheart. You already have it.”

“How? How do you know?”

“Because you still hurt, dear.. Years have gone and you still simmer and still burn!”

 

Gnine Tinkerdome watched the long line of Half-Borns coming out of the tunnel, a count of perhaps over two hundred of them, listened to their bloody oaths and stared after them as they walked into the fog and disappeared in it, with awed fascination.

But he was so much more enthralled by the point of view upon which his friend, Merisoul Xyrotwu, based her whole life and perspective upon.

It was eerie, uncanny, delicate, dedicated, extreme and..

..by the Heavens, it had bloody worked!

 

Then the final half-succubi came; a boy that seemed no more than six or eight, dragging what appeared to be a stuffed imp, of all things. He was holding the hand of an older Half-Born girl with sharp features; sharp red lips, high cheekbones, a bold nose, a sharp, pointy chin, sharp amber-like eyes, and even sharper horns and a slim, curling tail.

She looked down at the boy then at Temez, Merisoul, and Gnine with a vicious scowl.

“I wasn’t going to leave him behind.. They beat him a few too many times and he’s not been right ever since. I suspect he is on their list for termination. No Mortal would want a disagreeable little slut with a creepy tail like me, anyway. I shall find me a home and look after him. Somewhere far and remote. He will never be right, but I will bloody make sure he always has ample food to eat, me to play tickle-tackle-toes and be stupidly happy!”

Merisoul stepped up and hugged the vicious girl.

“And that ‘kindness’ shall be your redemption, then, my beautiful Berete Hamna Vir.. I shall miss you..”

“No, you won’t!”, snorted Berete.

“I might..”, smiled Merisoul.

“Good ‘nuf for me..”, replied the vicious girl. Then she looked down at the little boy and softly spoke to him. “Say, ‘goodbye’ to your kin Merisoul and Temez, Dar Derune.”

“I don’t like the word, ‘kin’. It means ‘hate’ in one of the many Mortal tongues. I shall prefer ‘hug’. It means the same in every language, and everywhere..”, murmured the little boy vaguely, and hugged Merisoul.

“Goodbye, Merisoul.”, he whispered into her tummy..

“Goodbye, my little luv.”, said Merisoul softly. “I shall miss you.”

“I shall miss you too. You were always nice to me even though you had no reason to be. It.. it always felt like you had an angel in you.. I shall always remember, and cherish that..”, he mumbled.

Then he turned to Lanna and stared at her with big, solemn eyes.

“I want to hug you too, Temez. But I do not know if I should because you were always my favorite. I do not want you to misunderstand.”, he said with a barely audible voice.

Temez bent down to the boy, and enclosed him whole, in her arms.

“I shall bloody understand as I please, my beautiful little field..”

“Goodbye to you too, then, mirima Temez. Too bad I am broken and can’t be fixed.”

“Goodbye, Dar Derune. You were all of our favorite and we are all broken!”, sniffled Lanna. “We shall see each other again, one day. If not then, surely it will be beyond Oblivion.”

“Oblivion..”, mused the boy. “..isn’t as far as it sounds, really. I could wait!”

Then the vicious girl and the little boy gave their oaths as well and were soon gone into the fog.

 

“Well. That’s it, then.”, said Lanna Temez.

“That’s it, then..”, agreed Merisoul quietly.

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez reached up hugged Merisoul.

 

“I shall miss you, Arezme Ara Serraphyn, my Best Fiend Friend, my sister, and my merry soul..”, she said..

 

..and she sobbed.

 

“And I shall dearly miss you as well, mirima Lanna Temez, my Best Fiend Friend, my sister, and my free soul..”, whispered Merisoul back, and for a long, long moment, she held her, and fiercely.

Then they parted..

 

Lanna Temez looked down at Gnine.

“We have cleared what we could, on our way here. Until you find yours, whatever else you face down there, is an enemy. This wasn’t the best we could do, it was merely the only thing we could do.. Through them, you must go to reach your people, and claim your hills, your halls, your throne, your heritage, your kingdom, and your destiny, Master Gnine Tinkerdome. I bid you and yours, a farewell..”

Gnine gave a solemn nod at her.

“Thank you, Lanna Temez. You shall be remembered.”

“No! My kind was a mistake that must never be remembered..”, she said harshly.

“If my friend Merisoul here is any indication of your kind, then you are but the best mistake ever to have happened.. Hence, you shall never be forgotten.”, replied Gnine.

Lanna gave Gnine a queasy stare.. Then she smiled.

“Mortals can indeed be inconvenient at times..”, she said with the same smile.

“Yes. Yes, they can, indeed..”, agreed Merisoul.

“Thank you for being my Merisoul’s friend, pretty Laila. Your kind —rangers, have always been a bane for my kind; always the first to face evil, and always the last thing we see.. You have no idea how important it is to have you as her friend. Now, I truly know she is not alone.”, Temez said seriously to Laila.

“She is welcome. And so are you.”, Laila replied. “For I know what it is to be alone.”

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez, now only mirima Lanna Temez, gave Merisoul one last look, but no last words..

Slowly she turned..

..and walked into the Demon Fog, after her brothers and sisters.

 

 

It would seem, the great ‘Project Discord’, Aunt Irine had hatched many, many years ago had inadvertently backfired and quite horribly so, once she was, perhaps unwittingly, taken out of the equation.

The fruits of her centuries-old work to create a very special and uniquely dedicated Hell Legion to sow dissension among Mortals had just walked off.. to fight against her own master.

And Kardax’Trakxa “The Face” now had a genuine reason to hate her and her progeny..

 

 

into the hills
silent and hollow, we have ventured
chased the path
and through the fog
found the door
knocked
more
and hallowed the grounds
with our blood
freely gave our souls
and
our lives
and returned the king
and fight, we shall
to earn our ascension..

 

 

..whispered Merisoul, and with Gnine Tinkerdome leading the way and Laila Wolvesbane following closely, they entered the dark, musty tunnel starting down into the still and muted vaults of Silent Hills, to give back her voice.

 

 


 

 

 
 

Time To Go..

Timeline:

Soon.

 

This story takes place
right after
A Demon’s Plan (18+) (Part Four) – All End

 

 

Tonic! Wake up..”, very nearly screamed Seressa Wraiven, and there was nothing but terror in her eyes. She frantically shook her little, gnomic pair as if willing her to wakefulness.

“Whot? Is it morning already?”, mumbled the sleeping gnomic girl.

PLEASE, LUV! WAKE UP!“, shouted the very tall, very dark girl in hysteria.

 

Tonic jumped up..

..and fell, face down, off the bed.

 

“Quickly. Quickly luv. Go get Master Brom here, right now. Tell him to get all his things..”

“Whot? Why?”, Tonic asked in pain as she held onto her bruised nose.

“Not now, baby girl. We must get out of here..”

“Here, like the inn?”

“No.. Here, like, THIS CITY!.. GO, TONIC, NOW.. I will get Cora. Meet me here in two..”, she half pleaded, half shrieked.

 

It was a good thing Tonic’s DOS hadn’t quite booted, just yet. Otherwise, she would have argued with her pair, demanding explanations with markers, illustrations, and possibly a blueprint schematics, no less.

 

Seressa grabbed everything she could get her hands on and stuffed them into whatever bag she could find, then ran to Cora’s room, and banged it open to find the barbarian girl not quite dressed, but holding her great, frosty sword with both hands.

“Is nothing ever calm, in these places you call cities?”, she asked curiously.

“Will not be, luv.”, she said hurriedly. “Grab everything you got and meet me at my room in one..”

“What is going on, Seressa?”, she asked quietly and calmly, as she grabbed her shirt, her pants, the large sack with her armor, her bags, and her leather-hide fur cloak.

“Put the pants on, dear. And the shirt! We don’t want Master Brom to ogle, now do we?”, she said, waving at the snow elf.

“Ogles at you all the time.”, Cora said, as she slipped into her pants and shirt.

“That’s different.”, she said a bit loftily.

“Don’t like sharing the ogling, then?”, smiled Cora.

“Who likes?”, she asked.

“Good point.. Alright. I am ready. Let’s go..”

 

“Hold hands.”, Seressa said, when they had all gathered in her room.

“Must I?”, mumbled Brom, as he gingerly took Tonics little hand. “And what in the blazes happened to your face, girl?”

“Same thing that’s about to happen to yours!”, she growled.

“Hush!”, hissed Cora and grabbed his hand as Seressa held hers and Tonic’s, forming a rough circle.

“What’s the rush?”, grumbled Brom, still not quite awake.

 

A low, rumbling noise was heard from far away..

..and something tectonic landed three houses away, sending it to blasted pieces all across the district in a fiery blaze!

 

“THAT!”, said Seressa.

Then she looked up at the unseen night sky.

“My Queen..Your maiden pleads.. We are ready..”, she whispered.

 

They stared at each other for a moment.

Then, in a shimmering haze, they disappeared..

..and something huge and burning crushed the inn, down into the ground..

 

 


 

 

 
 

The Best of Bargains

Timeline:

Soon.

 

This story takes place
right after
A Demon’s Plan (Part Four) – All End

 

 

“You.. you obstinate fool! You bargained my ‘Shal’ for the damned soul of a demon!”

 

 

“Yes.”

 

 

“Silly girl.. You should have bargained for your own.”

 

 

“I shall earn, my ‘own’.”

 

 

“Why would you do this? What is she to you, that you would make this bargain?”

 

 

“A friend.”

 

 

“A friend? She is a fiend.”

 

“She has no ‘friend’.”

 

“She can never have, ‘friend’.”

 

 

“She had me.”

 

 

“Another fiend.”

 

 

“Yes.”

 

 

“You truly are an unredeemable fool and not quite sane.”

 

 

“The fact that you will consistently see me a silly girl, I have never minded, for I have always been that.

 

“But reminded me, unfailingly, as a fiend, unredeemable, and alone, is sad..”

 

“Yes, I am a fool. And perhaps not quite sane as well..”

 

“But does my folly and relative lack of sanity have any relevance to the validity of the bargain?

 

“Will you, then, go back on your word?”

 

 

“No. I do not betray my word.”

 

 

“Then, I am content.”

 

 

“You could have asked.. for a lot more.”

 

“You could have wished for anything!

 

 

“I did not want a lot more. But I did wish for anything;

 

“That my friend was to be free.”

 

“That she would be allowed to work to save her soul.”

 

“And like any Mortal, that she could Ascend.

 

 

“She is the scion of Succubae.”

 

“She will always have lust.”

 

“She can never be free of that.”

 

 

“Then, she is already Mortal!”

 

 

“She is Sin. She cannot Ascend.”

 

 

“It is good, then, that the choice of Ascension is graced by ‘Compassion’ before it’s judged by ‘Wrath’.”

 

 

“Your faith in her is commendable, but misplaced. This, you must see.”

 

 

“It does not matter. I have made my choice. She will be free and she will have the chance to labor, and save her own, every day, and every night, and every walking moment of her life to attain her Ascension.”

 

“She will have the opportunity to be a woman to her man and to bear his children. With the sweat of her brows, she will grow the food from the dirt ere she puts it on their table. With the strength of her back, she will care and carry him, when he grows old. And with the pain in her heart she will fear, not for herself, but for them.”

 

“With tooth and nail, she will fight and bleed to protect what she has..”

 

“She will be the first among us to feel.. and understand compassion and love.”

 

“Hence, she will have a chance to earn her Ascension..”

 

“That is more than anyone has ever offered to any of my kind..”

 

 

“She will die.”

 

 

“All die. And All End. Until then, she will live happy. And when her time comes, she will die content, for she will have her children, and her children’s children around her.”

 

“She will have people who shall love her in life, and mourn for her in death. She will have people who will remember her. And the life-long labors of her deeds will walk this earth after her, thus she will never be forgotten, for her grueling deeds shall be a gift to her lineage; they will be free of the curse that beset her.”

 

“She will be known to all Mortals and not, as ‘the Fiend who Ascended’..”

 

 

“It is ludicrous and lunacy, to think she could be saved. And you bargained my ‘Light’.. my ‘Grace’.. for her..”

 

 

“We are, because you let it happen. You watched, with your kind, from your perch among the Heavens, as Mortals did what they did to us. Had you, perhaps, given us better options, we would never have been.

 

 

“I remember. Someone else said something similar. Once.”

 

 

“Perhaps you should have listened to her.. You ask me why I bargained your ‘Light’ and your ‘Grace’ for the soul of a fiend.”

 

“That ‘fiend’.. walks and carefully, every day. That ‘fiend’.. sleeps and fitfully, every night. Always in fear, always in terror that she might be ravaged, stained, and slain as her flesh is torn, shredded and gnawed off her bones, as her will, and her life is taken from her, at any moment.”

 

“She is alone and vulnerable, always.”

 

“Tell me. Who is to protect my fiend?”

 

“We. Were. Born.”

 

“Never were we asked, nor were we ever tasked with a choice.”

 

“Only born.”

 

“And thrown into pits before we could walk. We were fed by the lurid sins and the feces of Mortals.”

 

“We were broken, and beyond repair. We were made so we could never understand, never feel, never relate..”

 

“Always lose, but never mourn.”

 

“Yet, she found me. And together, we were two broken fiends who became friends in Hell.”

 

“That..”

 

“Was the only free choice..”

 

“We made.”

 

 

“You.. you could have bargained for the souls of so many.”

 

 

“I do not have so many.”

 

“I do not know so many.”

 

“I have but one.”

 

“And I know only that one.”

 

 

“Be damned, you and your fiend friend..

 

 

“I already am.”

 

“She. No longer..”

 

“She. Is free.

 

 

“You could have saved your Mortal friends.”

 

 

“I have. Their lives and their loves..”

 

“Bled for them, I have. Suffered pain and again for them. Lied and cheated for them. I have made them woe and abhor me so they would be reminded of the truly significant.”

 

“Abandoned all sound and reason, and traded the beat of my own heart for them..”

 

“..I have.”

 

“And burned for them.”

 

“I have…”

 

“Watched over them, day and night, above them and around them.”

 

“..I have.”

 

“Thus, with tooth and nail, I have worked to earn my Ascension..”

 

 

“It is likely she will kill the boy.”

 

 

“We only burn once. All these years, and her burn has never gone, never faded. It still simmers.. That is remorse. And that is love.”

 

“Who, among Mortals and nons, feel as we feel; always lost.”

 

“Who, among Mortals and nons, live as we live; always destitute.”

 

“And who, among Mortals and nons, suffer as we suffer; always scalded.”

 

“Judging the Half-Born must not be much of a challenge, when you shun us for being born the way we are. They have judged us to be fit for only one purpose. And you have judged us for merely being.”

 

“Are we thus doomed, Priceptine, to be treated the same by them, and you?

 

“In your willingness to pass unseasonable judgment and reign your wrath upon us, you fail to see what we have thus achieved..”

 

“One is an accident. A freak. A defect born of deficiency.”

 

“Two is not.”

 

“It is a promise.

 

“And it is hope..

 

“We have thus shown all, Mortals and nons, that they do not have to be what they were indoctrinated.”

 

“We have shown them that they are not doomed to their predicament, but that all could work for their Ascension.”

 

“This is the new precedence that we have set.. in Hell!”

 

“They will know..”

 

“..if there can be two, there can now be three.”

 

“And where there are three, there can be more..”

 

 

 

“You are naïve, and this was truly a depressing bargain;”

 

“A fiend, for my ‘Galad’..”

 

 

“This..”

 

“..was the best of bargains;”

 

“A ‘friend’.. for a stick!”

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 

A Demon’s Plan (18+) (Part Four)
All End.

Timeline:

Soon.

 

This story takes place
sometime after
Aklımdan Geçenler

 

 

“Psst!”

 

 

“Mmmm..?”

 

 

“Psssst!”

 

 

“Is that you, girl?”

 

 

“Yes, doll!”

 

 

“Doll? That’s a new.”

 

“Have you been eating, again?”

 

 

“Part of the job. I had to improvise..”

 

 

“Lemures?”

 

 

“Please! I have standards, you know..”

 

 

“Imps, then?”

 

 

“Imps.. Bit on the sour side, like Mortal’s rhubarbs. Can’t be too picky. Options are limited. Dretches make a stink and Manes just are inedible! Imps are fun to eat; they make this squeaky ‘eeep!’, when they die. I can eat them and no one cares..”

 

 

“Gluttony is sin, you know..”

 

 

“Yea.. and I am in Hell.”

 

 

“Unhealthy too..”

 

 

“Needed the supplements, doll. This plan is taking everything I’ve got.”

 

 

“Sweetheart, you really shouldn’t have done this.”

 

 

“He gave surety.”

 

 

“He does not give.”

 

“He cannot give.”

 

“He can only take.

 

 

“Doesn’t matter. Not at this point.”

 

 

“Are you safe?”

 

 

“As can be. For now.. We can talk. This line is secure. All is ready.”

 

 

“Tonight?”

 

 

“Tonight..”

 

 

“So there was a collaboration..”

 

 

“Apparently. Or else an awesome coincidence.”

 

 

“I doubt. We are never blessed with such serendipities. Should have eaten him when I had the chance. Haven’t had a bite since I left..”

 

 

“You met him?”

 

 

“Met him, and played right into his hand; I am at the fuse.”

 

 

“Understandable, if you haven’t eaten since you left. How do you stay sane?”

 

 

“Last one I tried was what I thought to be a Mortal bantam throw-away; rejected and dejected.. You know; puppy eyed, newly defined chin, cute, polite and vague..”

 

 

“A virgin?”

 

 

“A virgin.”

 

 

“Scrumptious!”

 

 

“Turns out he was a temple guardian. Like that wasn’t enough, he was also sorely, thoroughly and excruciatingly in love!”

 

 

“Ouch. Burnt or sick?”

 

 

“Burnt, sick, struck, slammed, marked, nearly eviscerated —and fined for everything but pubic indecency!

 

 

“The irony.”

 

 

“Then I figured, sanity is a luxury and not quiet a necessity.”

 

 

“Nice..”

 

 

“How bad is it going to be?”

 

 

You better not be there when it happens, bad.”

 

 

“Then this will be a deplorable evening.. Many people will get hurt. And many more will die..”

 

 

“That is inevitable; they are Mortals. Death is always what awaits them.

 

 

“Making life more precious, though.”

 

 

“Perhaps. I wouldn’t know. But nothing we do could change that. Death was coming, yet they foolishly preferred to stay blind. They had all the signs; the attacks, the ambushes, the raids, the slaughter.. Yet they did nothing.. This one act of sin will open their eyes, and strengthen their resolve. You know this to be true. We had agreed on this.”

 

 

“I know. But still..”

 

 

“Why change of heart now?”

 

 

“No Heart!”

 

 

“True.”

 

 

“Change of something, though..”

 

 

“We are not going through with it, then? Little I can do to stop it, considering all the effort I gave to start it. Has too much momentum, now.”

 

 

“You were always good at moving things..”

 

 

“You were better.”

 

 

“Was I?”

 

 

“Moved me..”

 

 

“That’s.. so sweet.”

 

 

“Have you figured it out yet?”

 

 

“A bit.”

 

 

“Tell me.”

 

 

“Made more, I think..”

 

 

“Will they replace me?”

 

 

“Never.”

 

 

“I do not understand.”

 

 

“Neither do I.”

 

 

“Then how can you have more?”

 

 

“I did not try. They did..”

 

 

“Mortals can be so inconvenient.”

 

 

“True. But they carry compassion. And love.”

 

 

“We have passions. We have love.”

 

 

“No, sweetheart, we don’t have passions. We have destitute desires. We don’t have love. We only make love; we feed upon lust with tangible despair! Theirs are not the same.”

 

 

“How so?”

 

 

“I have seen, how they can want and not touch. I have witnessed, how they can give but never take. And I have beheld, how theirs smolder and burn without brimstone and fire..

 

No, sweetheart..

 

We do not have passions. Nor do we ever have love..”

 

 

“They are so stupid.”

 

 

“They are Mortals.”

 

 

“They have lust.”

 

 

“They must have fun too.”

 

 

“I do not understand..”

 

 

“Neither do I. It is like, ‘friend’. Never comprehend. Only feel..”

 

 

“Like us?”

 

 

“Like us..”

 

 

“When will I see you again? I am bored.”

 

 

“Not soon. Perhaps never.”

 

 

“But. Why?”

 

 

“I will die.”

 

 

“I do not understand. You said this plan would save us.. And your plan worked flawlessly. He hates you now..”

 

 

“Yes. That was the plan..”

 

 

“..And Irine. He hates her very nearly as much as he hates you. Did you really kill her?”

 

 

“No. Was busy..”

 

 

“She could be alive, then?”

 

 

“Doubtful. Last I saw her, she was flat.”

 

 

“Irine? Flat? How very unlike her. Last I saw her, she had curves.. Many curves.. How did it happen?”

 

 

“A bug fell on her. A big bug!”

 

 

“The great and cunning, above all and favored Irine, graving under a bug.. Sounds ludicrously fitting.”

 

 

“I thought so, too..”

 

 

“He will not stop, you know? He will never stop! Not until he has you.”

 

 

“Hence, I must die.”

 

 

“But you are my.. ‘friend’ and I will never get to see you again..”

 

 

“Now you feel, ‘friend’ ?”

 

 

“Now I feel, ‘friend’. It is a sad thing.”

 

 

“Not always..”

 

 

“When is it not?”

 

 

“When we had fun.”

 

 

“True. We had many fun. Long ago..”

 

 

“We will again.”

 

 

“When?”

 

 

“When I die..”

 

 

“Must you?”

 

 

“It is the only way..”

 

 

“Things end, when they die.”

 

 

“Somethings..”

 

 

“Why die, then? Life is better.”

 

 

“Is it? Are you happy?”

 

 

“I am a play-slave in Hell. I have no right to ‘happy’.”

 

 

“You are you.. You have free will..”

 

 

“Why? All my choices and I will still lose.. And be alone.”

 

 

“Not all things we lose, are our strengths, sweetheart.”

 

 

“But when you die, all ends.”

 

 

“All End.”

 

 

“True. Still..”

 

 

“The plan was to save my friends.. and you..”

 

 

“But not yourself.”

 

 

“Not myself.”

 

 

“Why?”

 

 

“We.. started wrong. We must end it right. And this.. is my right!”

 

 

“How will I end it right?.”

 

 

“Where you first killed.”

 

 

“I do not go there. It..”

 

 

“Hurts?”

 

 

“Hurts..”

 

 

“That is ‘guilt’. An extension of ‘compassion’. Something only the best of Mortals feel.. It is like ‘friend’. Not understood. Only felt.”

 

 

“What is there?”

 

 

“The boy.”

 

 

“He lives?”

 

 

“Mindless..”

 

 

“He lives!”

 

 

“Older now. And alone..”

 

 

“What shall I do?”

 

 

“Will not be fun.”

 

 

“Tell me!”

 

 

“Do you truly want to know?”

 

 

“Yes. Can not forget his face. And how mutely he accepted his end.”

 

“Still hurts.”

 

“Still burns!”

 

“What shall I do?”

 

 

“Return what you took..”

 

 

“I.. will die!”

 

 

“Perhaps. Must be your choice. Your free will. Only way to end it right.. and save yourself.. and your soul.. from Him, and from Hell..”

 

 

“I.. understand, now.”

 

 

“You understand, now..”

 

 

“It is midnight.”

 

 

“Yes.”

 

 

“Light the fuse.”

 

“Let all burn like I burn!”

 

“I am tired and I hurt.”

 

 

“It is lit.”

 

 

“Run, then.”

 

 

“I can use my wings now.”

 

 

“Take your friends and fly, then. Make haste. They are coming..”

 

 

“I have one small favor to ask of you, ere we leave..”

 

 

“Ask.. Quick!”

 

 

“The Door. I shall need you to open it for me.”

 

 

“Ow?.. Owww.. That will be nasty.”

 

 

“It will. But it must be done.”

 

 

“Why?”

 

 

“Because I can not open it from this side.”

 

“Will you?”

 

 

“If I must..”

 

 

“For me.. and my friends..”

 

 

“Then I shall.”

 

 

“Thank you, and farewell, then, mirima Temez.”

 

“I will see you again, perhaps, and beyond Oblivion.”

 

 

“Am I not a Peregrine and Ousted anymore, then?”

 

 

“You never were, sweetheart. Only and always mirima Lanna Temez..

 

“My Best Fiend Friend..”

 

 

“Farewell, Arezme Ara Serraphyn, my Best Fiend Friend..

 

“The only merry soul in Hell..”

 

 


Perigren Ostlanna Temez; “Perigren”, ‘peregrine’ kelimesinden türemedir ve yabacı, garip, uzaktan gelen, egzotik anlamlarına gelir. “Ostlanna” ise, ‘oust’, dışlanmış, ötelenmiş, reddedilmiş kelimesinden gelir ve ‘dışlanmış/ötelenmiş/reddedilmiş Lanna’ demektir:

“Garip, yabancı ve dışlanmış Lanna Temez.”

 

Daha küçük yaştan itibaren Merisoul Xyrowu bunu reddeder ve ona eski elfçede, ‘özgür’ anlamına gelen “Mirima” olarak hitap eder;

“Mirima Temez.”

“Özgür Temez.”

 

Arezme Ara Serraphyn, Merry Soul: “Aremze” – eski Yunancadaki ‘Erasmus’ kelimesinden gelmedir ve ‘Beloved/Sevgili’ anlamına gelir. “Ara” – kız adı; O ki yağmur (huzur) getirir. “Serraphyn” – Seraph’dan türemedir ve bir nevi ‘melek’ anlamına gelir. “Merry Soul” ise ‘Mutlu Ruh’ demektir.

“Arezme Ara Serraphyn, Merry Soul.”

“Huzur Getiren Sevgili Mutlu Ruhlu Melek.”

 

 

 
 

A Demon’s Plan (18+) (Part Three)
Release the Horde!

Timeline:

Two figures, one young, slender and beautiful, the other, extraordinarily tall, lean, muscular, and by all means, bespoke; ‘male’, in a demonic sense, stood deep down the bowels of the chateau-like structure, planning the ultimate destruction of the mortal world..

 

This story takes place
sometime between
Day One”
and
Aklımdan Geçenler

 

 

Tell me, little Perigren, what goes in that pretty head of yours.”, said ‘The Face’, looking down at the slender, ravishing girl, even though she was calmly standing far across the large and broad table, in the vast and vaulted throne room of the Lord and Commander of the Infernal Armies. “You did not come here to merely besmirch and thus destroy my bride-to-be. Surely you must have more to ease my displeasure.

The slender and ravishing girl, Perigren Ostlanna Temez, looked at her liege, lord, and commander with her soulless, detached eyes.

“My Liege.”, she said in her comly bold and detached voice. “I cannot see the future as you can for my life does not reach thus far, but I know the hearts and minds of mortals. I know how they work, how they act, how they seek the things they do..

And more importantly, why they do them..”

For a bare moment, Ostlanna Temez held her own, not to consider what she would say, but to emphasize the importance of what came next..

“They already suspect there’s something coming and they’re merely looking for an excuse and the Orken have given them more than ample of it; their scouts, their trackers, and their rangers are all seeking and they will find their query. It is only a matter of time, My Liege. When they do, our window of opportunity and our element of surprise will be gone.

This, you must see..

Once they find your Orken, they will engage them in a delaying tactic, buying what time they would need while the elves and humans gather their armies as they did at Themalsar. It is very, very likely their dwarven allies will also come to their aid and from our flanks and our rear..  And as strong and vicious as your Orken are, in the end, they will be vastly outnumbered and slaughtered and decades of planning will be for naught. That, however, will not be your true loss, My Liege..

The Orken can be replaced. Their ‘revelation’, can not..

Humans, as a whole, are at a slumber. They truly are unawares or prefer to ignore the signs around them, favoring such bliss to a state of perpetual terror. The discovery of the Orken at their doorstep will have raised their general awareness to full wakefulness and remind them of the dangers in which they live.

I estimate a very high possibility that such awareness will pull them together all the more. Enough to form yet another alliance..

A stronger alliance..

For that was the true and underlying reason their Kingdom of Isles was founded in the first place.. An alliance that will overrun the Demon Gate at Demon Plains and destroy it.

Should that happen, there truly will be nothing left to hold them back nor to keep them at bay from gathering at Demon Wall by the hundreds of thousands and move against Gullem the Damned himself, and he has the only working and stable Demon Gate left anywhere in Kingdom of the Isles.”

 

Perigren paused once more. This one, because it was quite unavoidable; her unhealed back was getting at her, and at an incredible rate…

 

“My Liege..”, she said hoarsely. “..we faced only the high elves of High Woods and the gnomes of Silent Hills, with a pittance of humans, the local dwarves, and some loosely gathered druids with their pixies and sprites, at Themalsar and he still could not defeat them. He outnumbered them and still failed to overrun them.

I will not argue about the inadequacy of that old priest, but the matter of fact remains; he could not defeat the elves and the gnomes, even when you, My Liege, lured, ambushed, and entrapped Priceptine himself, down in the dungeons of that temple..

Despite all the diversions in place to delay, the knights of Koruxan, the paladins of Durkahan, and the mystics of Vodgar still managed to slip by your forces and join with the elves and the gnomes.. And when they came, Themalsar was utterly thwarted and his great temple put to ruins, and some eight hundred-odd years later, killed.. by a bunch of nobodies.

True, they had your bride-to-be, and it is always easier to second guess events that which we have not personally witnessed, but I am sure you know, she was no match for Themalsar..”

She fell silent as she swayed.

 

The Face stared at the frailing girl and there was no mercy, nor compassion in that stare.

There never was, and never had been—

“Sit, little Perigren. My presence is not a good place to fall on your back.”

—only pitiless calculation.

 

Perigren slumped and stumbled, but did not sit.

“Your presence is not a good place to fall on my back, sitting or otherwise, My Liege.”, she said with a rasping voice, breathing harder.

 

The Face smiled. The pretty little peregrine was not only smart but she was also cunning. All her actions, all her choices in words were calculated; just enough to aggravate or ‘compose’ a reaction out of him, yet appear meek, submissive, and barely docile enough not to get physical with her..

Quite the actor she was and playfully deceitful —all the traits one would find in a fully grown succubus.

Too bad she wasn’t one. The smart, ‘meek’ ones were always delicious and delightful to drag into his bed. The way they would squirm up until they died of ecstasy, was always a superb experience..

On the other hand, it was also a good thing she wasn’t.. The succubi were too lust-driven to make good generals, nor long-term planners, where massed forces were concerned. Their long term plans were always on a singular, ‘target-obtained’ basis and ended when they finally devoured the said, acquired-target.

Whatever she was playing at, because that’s exactly what she was doing, it had been pre-planned.

Many days, weeks, and perhaps, months of thought and research had been put into it and Kardax’Trakxa would find out soon enough. He always did. And when he did, his displeasure —or pleasure, would echo, high and low..

The Face was sure, the little peregrine also had her own end accounted for; likely by some fast-acting, powerful poison; the pretty ones always went for poison.

Still, she was a step-up from the usual brawlers and ambushers who had tried their way with their claws, fangs, barbed tentacles, and their hell-forged weapons. One could only take so much delight in repeat butchery upon failed assassination attempts, and The Face detested mediocrity.

 

No.

 

The pretty little peregrine would get at him where he least expected.

And the question was not, ‘Would she?’

The question was, ‘From where?’

Not for a moment did it cross his mind that the pretty girl with the succulent flesh, and currently squirming in pain, had approached him in good faith..

 

Good faith? Really, now..

 

This was Hell!

 

There was never any good faithing going on here..

 

“So..”, said The Face. “..you have a plan, then?”

“My Liege.”, whispered Perigren. “I only have strong suggestions..”

“You come here.. with no plan?”, murmured The Face and there was a dangerous quality in his voice.

 

“I am not a general, My Liege, nor a commander. I hold no troops, no status, and no presence, nor do I have any prestige to show for. In the eyes of those under your command, I am a mere pretty face —a juicy piece of flesh and tasty skin with a ‘limited lifespan’, and barely tolerated and only due to being the joy project of a once, favored concubine.

 

And now, she is dead..

 

 

I AM, MY LIEGE,

EFFECTIVELY, A NOBODY!

 

 

To say that I have a plan, would indicate, ‘I know better’..

 

 

I don’t.

 

 

What I do know is the accumulation of small, seemingly insignificant parts put together to see the bigger picture, and make mere suggestions. And the current picture suggests we use the available resources, dormant or otherwise, in the area and take full advantage of your hidden Orken. I estimate their discovery in less than two months. Whether they think they can’t be seen nor discovered, My Liege, is a moot point.

 

And that is putting it rather optimistically.”

 

She looked up and faced her liege and commander, conjuring everything she had left into that gaze;

Boldness and surety, a touch of a smirk, a squint of an eye, and deep, distracting breaths..

..and no small amount of ‘curious’ arrogance.

 

“It is time, My Liege..”, she said.

 

“IT IS TIME TO RELEASE THE HORDE!”

 

For a long, thoughtful moment, The Face mused at the quietly panting, pretty girl..

 

“You waltz a dangerous dance, little Perigren.. You would know of the ‘available resources’ in the area, how?”, he asked, more out of curiosity than menace, really.

 

“Auntie Irine..”, Perigren said, with all the cool detachment she could muster. “She talked in her sleep.. This, I think, you already know, My Liege..”

“Have an answer for everything, do you?”, he asked with amusement.

“Only for the inconvenient questions, My Liege.”, she replied.

I know, Irine talked in her sleep. The question is, how do you?”

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez went for a poor attempt of an amused smile. She felt her time was almost up and with utter surety, she did not want to faint in pain and drop —on her back, before her liege.

 

“Auntie Irine also liked to cuddle, My Liege, and very much, with her soft and succulent trainees, when she was otherwise not entertaining you..

 

Said, it was all part of the program!”

 

Kardax’Trakxa ‘The Face’ stared down at the squirming girl who stubbornly clung to her cool, and there was, not so subtle wrath in his burning eyes..

..and when he spoke, he blared.

 

THAT BITCH!

 

 


Perigren Ostlanna Temez; Perigren, ‘peregrine’ kelimesinden türemedir ve yabacı, garip,uzaktan gelen, egzotik anlamlarına gelir. Ostlanna ise, ‘oust’, dışlanmış, ötelenmiş, reddedilmiş kelimesinden gelir ve ‘dışlanmış/ötelenmiş/reddedilmiş Lanna’ demektir:

“Garip, yabancı ve dışlanmış Lanna Temez.”

 

 

 
 

A Demon’s Plan (18+) (Part Two)

 

 

Timeline:

Spiring somewhere in the dead and desolate grounds of Hell, stood a tall and mighty chateau. And deep down the bowels of the chateau, the slight figure of Perigren Ostlanna Temez slumbered fitfully..

 

This story takes place
sometime between
Day One”
and
Aklımdan Geçenler

 

 

In her nightmarish disposition, Perigren Ostlanna Temez could vaguely register the few things around her; that she was somehow still alive, enough to feel the searing pain spasming down her back, that she was afloat in some, lukewarm solution, and that she was stripped naked..

And it was that last bit was that alarmed her more than the others, interestingly. Considering she was a succubi half-breed, one would think that she would be in her natural element.

 

But no.

 

Many unsavory things she was, and many sins she had done, true, but all and always with her own will. And whatever she had done, they had all been her own choice.

 

“Free will.”, her former trainee friend had called it..

..The vague and pretty girl who had been chosen among all the other trainees as the bride for their liege and commander, the mind behind every plan, every sinister conspiracy, and every single unspeakable atrocity that had ever occurred in the mortal coil in this cycle; Kardax’Trakxa, ‘The Face’..

 

The vague and pretty trainee who called herself, Merisoul Xyrotwu!

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez knew, deep in her heart, she was downplaying her former trainee friend by referring to her as ‘vague’ and ‘pretty’..

The girl was more like.. How did the mortals say it?

Mad as a hatter?..

..And as she, Perigren, would jealously admit, unearthly, or more like, otherworldly beautiful!

Ostlanna Temez knew just how beautiful and striking a figure she, herself, was.

On a scale of 1 to 10, she was somewhere very near 14 —pessimistically speaking.

19, if she was on one of her good day..

But while she was ravaging, lust-inspiring, blood steering, just by her phenomenal flesh, she lacked the one thing that Merisoul had.

 

The appearance of ‘innocence’..

 

The very thing that drew morals and non-mortals upon her like bees to honey..

..or flies, depending on your appetites!

 

Perigren had very nearly chewed through her knuckles, and certainly through her own heart, in a metaphorical sense, when she had first seen Xyrotwu..

..And damn her if she herself hadn’t wanted a bite out of her!

But then, she was already damned..

 

If her name, Merisoul, wasn’t a giveaway, her actions, her ideas, her approach to any given matter at hand, certainly said, something was just weird about her —something off!

They were pretty much at the very center of ‘Hell’; a totally dead, rotting, dreary, devastated, and desolate land where bouts of magma and spits of poisonous gases were the only things that marred the otherwise hopeless and monotonously twilight landscape, and she called herself, Merry Soul – A Happy Soul..

..in Hell.

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez knew exactly and of the many depths of what the word ‘demented’ meant, but it always seemed to fall short where that girl, her friend, had been concerned.

Not to mention, it had been that same pretty, vague, and pretty vague girl who had introduced her to the word, ‘friend’, in the first place.

“We are now BFF’s, Lanna Temez.”, she had declared, just after having slain their first mortal; a huge and ugly brute of a man who had thought it would be a good idea to make use of those ‘pretty little legs and what came between’, running around in their skimpy little outfits the way they did..

“What is a Bee Eff Eff?”, she’d asked, reeking of the mortal blood splattered all over their hands, faces, and their half-naked, nubile flesh..

 

“Best Fiend Friends!”

 

And yes, the fact that only, and only Merisoul had ever called her by that name, her real name; Lanna Temez, was not lost on her..

For everyone else, she was either ‘that little slut in training’ —the common use of reference for her and her kind, or Perigren Ostlanna Temez, at best. She hadn’t ever minded being called by her full name and title. But Soul had insisted calling her by Lanna Temez and deep down, she’d liked that.. a something that had also buffed up something that she would figure out much, much later..

 

Incidentally, that had also been their first time to have ever devoured a soul.

The big, ugly man’s soul had certainly been ‘fill’ing, but it had tasted horrible.. and vile..

Like, beyond belief!

Incomprehensibly so..

Which was also the time they both had learned, not every soul was edible..

Or rather, every soul was edible, but some just shouldn’t be et! Unless you had no taste whatsoever, which by default, disqualified you from being a succubus anyway, full or half-breed..

It had been an educational experience much like mortal grown-ups taught their kids not to put everything that moved into their mouths!

 

When it came to souls and soul-devouring, apparently the quality truly did matter, as opposed to quantity.

And Perigren Ostlanna Temez had had her true soul, soon after her first trip on the mortal world.

He had been a young, not quite man, human boy. Sixteen at the most..

He was helping his parents at the far end of a field, planting things, Perigren knew not what they were.

She had walked up to him and the boy had just stood there, ogling at her with his puppy-eyes that could only be called, ‘stupified adoration’..

That look had stirred some things in Perigren she never knew she ever had.

Something hot and wild.. Something that demanded every sensual part, every tender inch of her..

Her lips, her hips, her modest, nubile breasts, and.. well.. everything.

And she had devoured the boy, then and there.

 

Perigren Ostlanna had learned a few vital things that day;

 

That she had never known anything that could ‘taste’ so beautiful.

 

That what she felt, was something beyond mortal ‘ecstasy’.

 

That certain kinds of souls could ‘burn’..

 

..and for many years, that burning sensation would never truly diminish.

 

Which was also when she had learned what ‘innocence’ meant and why Merisoul’s such appearance appealed to mortals and non-mortals the way it did.

 

Two other things had stayed with Perigren Ostlanna Temez that very same day;

 

That would be the last time she would ever devour any soul, no matter how much she might want to..

 

..And the memory of the boy she had devoured; he hadn’t cried, nor made a single attempt to save his own life.

 

He had just stood there, staring at her with the same, adoring look as she devoured him away until he was no more.

 

Perigren knew very well what a fiend was, as she’d see one on any polished, reflecting surface. She never really understood what a ‘friend’ was, however, and she strongly suspected, neither did the pretty and vague girl.

Only that it related to some form of connection.. Or possibly, a bond.

She also knew such forms of bonds were assumed ‘punishable by death’. Which likely meant being chared, shredded, et, disintegrated or worse and while still alive..

Always while still alive.. that was the optimal way of making the most out of an example, after all.

And yet, she had declared her, Perigren Ostlanna Temez, as her friend.. She must have known about the consequences. Merisoul had always been a walking encyclopedia of not only spells, enchantments, necromancy, and magical theorems but of both mortal and non-mortal laws, the finer details of mortal life in general, and lots and lots of irrelevant, ‘garbage’ trivia.

 

Merisoul Xyrotwu confused Perigren.

And for some demented reason, she’d liked that; the state of wakeful, yet confused silliness!

It was like being caught in a bout of uncontrollable, but genuine laughter where you’d end up lying on your back, staring at a pretty, mortal sky on a warm, summer afternoon, with a stupid, happy smile on your face, for no reason or source.

It comported the phrase; ‘contentment’, and so thoroughly!

 

That weird girl had given her something none of her training, nor her Auntie Irine ever had;

A sense of self.

This was what she would figure out, much, much later..

And correspondingly;

Free will..

A something that very nearly creeped her out of her tight, exposive bodice at times because that ‘free will’ also related to their bond;

A friend..

 

ARE YOU AWAKE, YET, LITTLE PERIGREN?“, came the strong, commanding, and beautiful voice of The Face, her liege and commander..

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez jammed her skittering thoughts deep inside her vaulted ‘safe’ —a trick she had learned, also from that pretty, vague, and pretty vague girl, Merisoul Xyrotwu..

 

 

 

✱ ✱ ✱

 

 

 

Have I been returned for the extended pleasure of suffering numerous early retirements, My Liege?”, she rasped as she tried to sit up in the lukewarm solution. It was an odd, sluggish sensation, being in that solution. It smelled.. nice.. Something quite unexpected of her liege to have done for her, or anyone, for that matter, and certainly not in Hell! It also made her feel dizzy and, well, to put in finer terms, elated and all fuzzy on the inside.

What the hell was this thing?

“Unlike my predecessor, I detest raving on repeats. If I have not done a sufficiently effective work, out of my first try, I do not bother with retries.”, said the tall, lean, muscular form of The Face.

“I certainly feel like I have been afflicted by any number of ‘sufficiently effective work-outs’, My Liege. How deformed and mauled am I, if I may be so bold as to inquire. I am afraid to even ask; do I even entertain a back?”, she asked trying to buy enough time to clear her mind.

“You will live, and still be pretty. Do not despair, little Perigren, many bees will still flock to your honey! And you certainly do entertain a rather delightful back.”, The Face replied with an amused tone of voice. “Your wounds should smooth out in another day or two in that solution. Your pain, however, is there to stay for quite a bit longer..”

“What is to become of me, My Liege? Shall I be of use, or be used? This, I must know..”, she said as her sight came into focus while trying very hard to seem diffident.

 

And damn..

The commander, her liege, had a very beautiful body!

Perigren had never really liked her Aunt Irine, but she certainly had had a good taste for ‘quality flesh’!

 

Concentrate, girl. Get it together!.. If you want to get ahead with The Plan, you have to concentrate only on the business at hand.. There is no surviving the other options, no matter how delicious they might be..

 

It was hard for Perigren Ostlanna Temez.

Her commander and liege was indeed the height and peek of male attraction.

And her being a succubi, even if a mere half-breed, did nothing to help.

Quite the contrary, it boosted her certain instincts, made her want to very nearly luster after her commander like a bitch in heat!

Right here..

..and now!

 

Perigren closed her eyes.

No one should have to suffer the wants and needs of a succubi heritage. It was delightful, in a skin and flesh way, but very, very demeaning and humiliating..

..in a sense that you stopped being a human; the whole, other half of your existence.

Which was why half-breeds, such as herself, had a limited life span of ‘use’.

They mostly went insane towards the end, mindlessly lustering and prostrating themselves that left nothing of their humanity, self-worth, or awareness.

Such ‘details’ were never given to them during their training.

Why would they be informed of such details?

They were all expendable and were bred for a very specific reason.

They were all, to put it bluntly, tools for the amusement of their masters with the skills and training for extremely high accuracy for assassination, espionage, and sowing dissension among mortals.

An average succubi half-breed was good for four or five such missions. Seven, maybe eight, if they were exceptional..

Also, the reason why Perigren had opted to be an ‘organizer’ for her liege’s covered ops, rather than gore herself to madness in them..

 

“You wanted surety, little Perigren, you now have it. I expect you to be up and running in two days. We have much ground to cover.”, The Face said, giving the naked, slender form of the succubi half-breed a smile that would have sent many mortals to their fright induced deaths.

“It’s alright, My Liege. I will be up and running as soon as I can get my hands on some fresh set of clothes. What is this solution I have been dozed in? It has worked some wonders if I am indeed as intact as I was before.”, she said as she waited for her liege to leave.

“It is an expansive solution some enterprising mortal concocted at a place called The Academy of Melshieve. He was banished and barred from the Academy, due to the immoral use of certain.. ‘infantile’ ingredients, in his solution.. A truly happy outcome, as he works for us now, though he does not know it. He thinks he is being sponsored by some anonymous pharmaceutical company —for the betterment of mankind! I like a man who indulges in one or two of our seven sins. But this one went for so many; pride, greed, envy, lust, and gluttony! Really, now..”

Perigren made a disgusted face and very much wanted to jump out of the oozing solution, but didn’t dare to do so, in her current.. condition..

“My Liege. If I may..”, she half pleaded.

“Of course, little Perigren. I shall be waiting for you at my ‘office’, as the mortals like to say, next to my table, and my easily accessible chronicles..”, said The Face lightly, though Perigren felt the wrath in his stance.

Very soon, many mortals and non-mortals would die, even if they were remotely suspected of ever having been anywhere near that book!

 

 

 

✱ ✱ ✱

 

 

 

This one, My Liege..”, Perigren said, pointing at a miniature ‘peon’ on the large, very detailed map, representing the mortal world, the towns, and cities, the mountains, and forests, lakes, seas and oceans, swamps and ruins and much more. Any mortal cartographer would kill for a map like this one. But would likely die quite sooner than ever getting his hands on it. The map was immaculately drawn, as if The Face had whole legions, walking in a straight, horizontal line, noting down every bush, every pebble, every leaf they came across, in fear of missing anything.

“And this one..”, she said, pointing at another representative peon. “They both have to act at the same time.”

 

The Face cocked an eyebrow.

 

“It is a very unprofitable move, little Perigren. And their syncrosity would mean nothing. The distance between them is too great to have any effect on either side. Not to mention, the losses would be irreplaceable for quite some time. Especially the ones at Demon Plains, seeing as how the Demon Gate is still malfunctioning and is unable to import more than a trickle of our forces at any given time.”, he said quietly.

“The simultaneity is not for the benefit of either of those forces, My Liege. They are the bait.. The distraction..”, Perigren said, also quietly.

“Explain.”, said The Face, looking up to the slight form of the succubi half-breed, still quivering with unhealed pain.

“They are for the benefit of these forces.”, she said solemnly, as she took a loose peon from the box at the side of the map, and placed it..

..at another location, quite aways east of the Demon Plains.

 

The Face stared down at the girl.

And hot, infernal breath seethed down his nose.

 

“You are not supposed to know about those forces, little Perigren.”, he said with burning eyes.

“My Liege. You wanted answers before you asked of them. This is me, supplying you with the answers. How I know the things I know matters little. Suffice to say, mortals and not quite mortals fail to curb their instincts to try and impress ‘that little slut in training’.. The short and tall of the matter is; those forces are very nearly unearthed.. discovered..”, she said, gazing at her liege with the detached expression she was so good at.

“And you know the fact that they are about to be discovered, how?”, The Face asked silently.

“Due to yours, My Liege. She.. she is with a group of unlikely venturers. They have been after certain clues, left behind by foolish, inadequate, and incompetent mortal thugs, what could otherwise have been a simple snatch and grab by one of my kind, leaving no clues to be found, nor any trails to be followed. Which is exactly the opposite of what those fools did. Unfortunately, the clues first led them to no other than Themalsar himself, even though he had nothing to do with it. Suffice to say, she was there when Themalsar was destroyed.. She was also there when the same mortals slew Aunt Irine. The clues have now led them elsewhere, directly to where they should have gone in the first place.

Or would never have, had the job been done correctly..

As for your forces, the ones that have been in hiding, are a mere glimpse away from being discovered no matter what.”, Perigren said, succinctly.

“Those forces are unlikely to be discovered, little Perigren. They have been extensively trained, both physically and mentally.”, replied The Face, and there was a district ‘storm’ in his voice now.

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez paused for a moment. She felt her stomach churn. She loved and absolutely hated being what she was. She could play, at will, a whole crowd of mortals like a lute, and as flattering as that sounded, she felt stained, somehow, every time she had done it. It was a simple chain reaction that, one thing would inevitably lead to the other; she would lose a piece of her self, her humanity every time she did, what she did.. and given enough time and repetitions, she would eventually lose it all and her free will along with it because her humanity would have died, leaving only half a succubi.. a creature with only base instincts, and base desires, as her demonic heritage would finally take over and she would slowly but decidedly, earnestly, even, and with perverse pleasure, deteriorate towards that insanity, she so feared..

And she hated admitting it openly, even for the ’cause’..

 

“What is in common with a succubus and I, My Liege?”, she asked finally.

“Both you and the succubi are creatures of lust, little Perigrin. This, you already know. You will do your best to stay the madness of that lust as best as you can, and one day, though unlikely, you might overcome it. Even my bride-to-be has an expiration date, and she has shown exceptional mental capacity, unseen even in fully grown succubi. In the end, it is a lost fight with only one possible outcome. What you make of yourself until then, is up to me.”, The Face said, with his merciless, handsome voice.

“My point, exactly, My Liege.”, Perigren replied morosely. “Your Greater Orken are well-bred, and exceptionally trained warriors, scouts, and ambushers, true, but at the end of the day, they are merely experimental orcs. Much like I am an experimental succubi.. That is their heritage. You can see the loss of their patience and discipline by the way they have been raiding farms and villages. They have been killing the scouts and rangers of the elves and humans alike, inadvertently exposing themselves and their presence.

The humans are already aware something is afoot, My Liege. And so are the elves. Either they find out about your forces prematurely, or we strike first and take away their choices, and the possibility of the Orken being discovered becomes altogether a moot point.”

 

Another pause ensued, but this time, it was on The Face end..

 

“There a few too many details that you know, but shouldn’t. Not unless you were personally there, little Perigren. AND THEY NEED ADRESSING.“, The Face said, leaving no room for debate.

 

“I know them, My Liege, because she told me herself.”, Peritren said quietly. “I can not locate her, because I suspect Priceptine, the Archangel of Wrath conceals her through their bond. But she speaks to me..”

“And she would do this, why?”, The Face said, and his voice was like the grinding of thousands of stones.

 

“Because she believes that she and I are friends, My Liege, even though neither she nor I know what it means to be friends.”, replied Perigren Ostlanna Temez soullessly. “She’s a demon, trapped, and alone in the mortal coil with no one to hear her, listen to her, relate to her, or be her friend. Whether her betrayal is genuine, I am not privy to that knowledge. But her bond to the archangel is in place and there is little she can do to escape it, even if she wanted. I do, however, know that she has saved the lives of her companions many times, even at the expense of her own. I shall do as I must, and talk to her when she contacts and pry what information I can. Should I get the chance, what would you want me to do, My Liege.

 

Kardax’Trakxa ‘The Face’ paused only for so long before his words spat out like the Wrath of Hell, that he was..

 

“A bond such as she has forged with an angel, much less an archangel, can only occur on a mutual agreement basis. That is how angels work. Otherwise, such a bond would not be fair! She has opted to serve Priceptine. It was a choice of servitude or.. death.. She should have chosen the latter, for as sure as she did not, she must suffer the consequences of her betrayal.

 

 

Bring her to me and alive, little Perigren. I shall place her in a cell I had once used for no other than Ad Ara, herself!

 

There, little Perigren, you and I, shall make her suffer torment like never heard of, nor witnessed before.

 

Thus she shall learn the true meaning.. and the price of ‘a friend’ in Hell.

 

And after we have had our fill, I shall not honor her by casting her to the ethernal voids of Oblivion.

 

I shall allow you, little Perigren, to devour..

 

..and consume her soul!”

 

 

 

 


 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez; Perigren, ‘peregrine’ kelimesinden türemedir ve yabacı, garip, egzotik anlamlarına gelir. Ostlanna ise, ‘oust’, dışlanmış, ötelenmiş kelimesinden gelir ve ‘dışlanmış/ötelenmiş Lanna’ demektir: Garip, egzotik, ve dışlanmış Lanna Temez.

 

 

A Demon’s Plan (18+) (Part One)

 

 

Timeline:

Deep, spiteful thunders rumbled while fitful lightning arced erratically across a deep, dark gray, forever dreary, and an always twilight sky.

Dead, rotting lands stretched from horizon to horizon littered with cracks and chasms of fiery bursts and deathly, poisonous miasma, as ‘things’ moved, either lumbering, or slithering, or creeping as they hunted, in packs or singly, it didn’t matter. Here, everything was a predator and yet a prey.

THIS WAS HELL..

 

An enormous structure that vaguely resembled a chateau made of unhealthy looking, ugly yellow and botched brown brimstone rock, stood tall and mighty and with an arrogance that bespoke;

I AM SIN!

 

And deep in the bowels of that mighty chateau, a tall, lean, handsome, and deadly figure fumed sulfurously.

Many broken demonic corpses littered his otherwise unadorned, vast, and vaulted throne room, as the commander of the demonic armies walked up lazily to another one of his countless underlings; this one, a nearly sixteen feet tall massive beast of a demon.

The tip of the handsome commander’s great, curved blade scraped the ugly yellow, and botched brown brimstone rock floor, sending eager sparks with an eerie screech..

 

This story takes place
sometime between
Day One”
and
Aklımdan Geçenler

 

 

Tel me, Boulgrourm..” spoke the tall, handsome demon commander. “..do you know anything as to what happened to my favorite concubine Irine and my bride-to-be? And while at it, fill me in on why I have suddenly stopped receiving any word from that old fool, Themalsar, and why his demon pit is suddenly inactive, no, totally destroyed? Do let me know why the ruins of his temple is no more and why there is a little, not quite mortal grove; a garden with cherry blooms and pretty flowers where that temple is supposed to be, hmm?”

The massive, towering, sixteen feet form of Boulgrourm shifted uncomfortably as it stared down at the dark, lean form of his commander.

“I am a bruiser. A basher. A warrior. Not a sneaky little slut like your concubine—”, began Boulgrourm, but that was as far as he got.

 

“—to your loss!”

 

..the murmur of the dark, lean form of the commander was heard as he floated some fifteen feet away, his soot colored, raven-like wings stretched gracefully.

 

No one quite saw when he had retrieved Boulgrourm’s head from his enormous shoulders.

The giant demon certainly never saw it coming and his towering body did not even register that it was now missing a major and vital limp. It spurted thick, black, tar-like blood for a long minute until a wet, wheezing sound escaped the stump where his head had been a few, mere moments ago, and with a resounding crash, it toppled over..

..next to the other, broken bodies.

 

The dark, lean commander didn’t wait long to milk on the drama. He was a brutally practical creature. He didn’t like to put on any displays, much like the way he refused to adorn his throne room, neither the seat nor its cavernous halls with sinister-looking obscure designs, carvings, sculptures, or gaping, tormented skulls, like his predecessor, had.

 

Skulls? Really, now, how pedestrian and juvenile was that?

And quite putrid in its mentality, from the commander’s point of view.

 

What did adorn his halls and his throne were simple designs that could barely be called ‘eloquent’, if noted at all. But they all had their deadly purpose. A few had tested them when he had first ascended the throne and none had gotten as far as the ugly, obsidian-like stump of a throne.

Not even close.

 

Accept Irine.

 

A very cunning demon woman was, that Irine.

Or had been..

Which was why she had risen among the ranks of his sub-commanders so fast, as opposed to why his underlings thought she had.

If anything appealed to the commander of the demon armies, it was ‘well-placed cunning’..

..and ‘smoothness in application’.

Had the commander of the armies of the dark, infernal abyss been a mortal general, one could say he was ‘an idealist, but also a brutally practical professional with a near-obsessive care in his meticulous attention to detail’.

 

Good Heavens he was not a ‘mortal general’.

The mortal coil did not need a bloody conqueror such as he..

 

The commander had many unsavory tastes and an unorthodoxly unique understanding of his ‘command’, certainly, but everything he did, he did them for a reason and with cunning precision and deadly smoothness.

Hence his throne was carved and polished down to an even perfection, for the ease access of a smooth kill-rush, should the occasion demand, which, in all candor, was not quite infrequent.

 

Kardax’Trakxa “The Face” did not kill his subordinates out of whim. That was a trait his predecessor had favored.

Foolish, and quite wasteful.

He just removed them from command with an ‘immutable’ attitude because they were either incompetent or just stupid. After all, stupidity and incompetence was stupidity and incompetence wherever such subordinates were stationed.

And ‘The Face’ needed neither, anywhere among his ranks.

Those that showed promise, rose.

Those that didn’t, but still went for the ranks, didn’t.

The ability to assess one’s own worth and virtues correctly was also something The Face valued.

It certainly saved a lot of time.

He had, after all, spent the first few centuries following his ascension, clearing his ranks of the incompetent, the stupid, the nescient, the reluctant, the inessential, and the redundant..

 

His favorite concubine, Irine, had been very cunning and smooth in her efficiency in everything she did, whether she was in a bloody battlefield, or in his bed. Even her curves had been so; cunningly smooth..

And now she was missing..

..for too long to assume anything but her having been killed.

And so was his bride-to-be.

And that old fool, Themalsar.

 

True, the loss of that disgusting mortal was of little note for the commander, but he had been an anchor to the other end of the demon pit. Without him, the demon pit would collapse.

The fact that the pit had collapsed, told him the old, raving lunatic was indeed no more..

..so much so that, and as hard as he, Kardax’Trakxa “The Face” himself had tried, he couldn’t reach out and find his soul.

And Kardax’Trakxa had wanted that old man’s soul for over eight hundred years.

He had had a special hell prepared, just for him!

Whoever had slain Themalsar, it had been done in a manner that had utterly destroyed him; body and soul!

Had his bride-to-be, done this?

He doubted.

In time perhaps, she would attain such levels of destructive power, certainly, but it was too early, even with her soul-devouring succubi heritage.. She was just too young, too inexperienced and whatever that old fool was, Themalsar had never been weak.

 

“My Liege.”, said a soft, whispering, feminine voice.

 

‘The Face’ looked up but did not see the owner of the soft, whispering, feminine voice. He did sense the ‘surety’ and ‘confidence’ quality in that voice, though.

 

“Leave us.”, The Face said. “And remember, I do not tolerate fools. None of you are indispensable, essential, or vital, nor are you irreplaceable or invaluable.. The only constant for me is the goal. You can either be there to harvest its benefits or be an example to those who will be there when the time of harvesting arrives. When I want bruisers, I will find them in my Fester Pits, by the millions.

You are here with the sole reason to get me the answers I want before I ask them of you and accomplish the tasks with an accuracy that demands more than you can dare not to afford.”

 

The remaining sub-commanders made quiet and hasty retreat out of the vast, vaulted halls of the throne room..

..leaving a slim, slender, even, figure with short, lightly ‘tanned’, loose hair with two doe-like antlers crowning them, a pair of similarly colored, blade-like brows, one amber-brown, and another, pale-green eye, a generous, uncaring mouth, and a cute, perky nose, soft, nubile breasts, youthful hips, and long, runners legs..

She wore a loose, white, low front-cut, fine linen blouse, revealing her soft, inviting flesh, a dark, tight bodice that came up to just under her modest-sized breasts, and a pair of loose, black, belly dancer’s shalwars, displaying more of her delicious, tender flesh at the hips..

Separately, each of her singular features would have likely made any mortal girl appealing. Put together, with her strutting, arrogant stance, one could reasonably use phrases like ravaging, consuming, deadly, and murderous – from a beauty point of view.

However her outer, skin appearance was, her gaze projected something else. It was a rather unsettling sort of gaze.. It wasn’t ‘cold’, per say, but there was a distinct, soulless quality about that gaze; she could be making savage, coveting love.. or be busy slowly slicing open your throat with the same dispassionate and remote fix..

..and continue making love, while you shuddered and died of a very bloody ecstasy!

She didn’t move, she didn’t look behind at the sub-commanders filing out of the vast, vaulted halls, she didn’t stare at her commander, she certainly did not fidget, blush or shy away, as the tall, lean, muscular form of her liege made a slow, full circle around her, scrutinizing every inch, every curve of her.

 

She just stood there, in her breathless beauty, staring into some unseen distance, as her slender life hung on balance.

 

 

 

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I sense your Aunt Irine’s arrogance in you..”, The Face said quietly as he stared down at the slender, tempting, taking, and alluring figure of the uncanny girl.

“..Perigren, isn’t it?”

“Perigren Ostlanna Temez, My Liege, as we both very well know, that you know..”, replied the girl, Perigren, in her soft, breathy whisper, still staring at the distance.

“Yes.. arrogant, smart, and knows she is both, and more.. How very Irine-like..”, mused The Face.

“I have no desire to fill her shoes, My Liege.”, said Perigren quietly.

“Not feeling up to the task?”

“No, My Liege. I don’t do ‘old shoes’.. I have my own.”, she replied with disconcerting coolness.

 

An eyebrow from The Face cocked up with amusement.

“Ow?”, he purred and there was now a.. dangerous quality to his voice.

 

“And I also don’t do the ‘concubine’ thing, My Liege.”, she added and there wasn’t a trace of fear, doubt, or anxiety in her voice.

 

She said it, and there it was.

 

“You sound quite sure of yourself, little Perigren.”, The Face said not bothering with threats, veiled or otherwise in his words.

And only Irine would have known, Kardax’Trakxa never threatened those he intended to kill.

He just would.

Threats only gave away your intentions, and possibly your weaknesses, neither of which The Face would show.

 

The Face gave nothing before he took everything..

 

“I am not my aunt, My Liege. You can either have me or my services. But not both. I know the limits of my body. I know exactly how much of what I can endure. I also know what happens once you have had yours; I am afraid, nothing truly survives you, My Liege. You can either put me to good use as an organizer for your covered ops and benefit from my services for, possibly, centuries or you can put me to use.. once.”, she said, with the same detached, cool, distant stare.

 

The lean, muscular demon lord and commander of the infernal legions stared down at the slim, coiled wire-like Perigren for a long, silent moment.

 

“A self-evaluating, in full control of her emotions kind of girl. Interesting. Much better than Irine ever managed. Interesting indeed. Whether you are just as impressive, is to be seen.”, The Face spoke finally. “Speak. What have you, to impress me..”

“First, My Liege, I must have the surety of your confidence, and that I shall not suffer your wrath for my candor. I am a pittance against your strength. I can not survive your wrath.”, she said and for the first time, she looked at her liege’s ‘face’.

“Your first words of council are to bind me, little Perigren?”, asked the demon lord in a silent, dreadful voice.

“My Liege. My life is in your hands. There is nothing I can do to avoid anything you can do to me. If I am to serve, however, I must be free to speak as I will and to act upon it. I must also have surety that unhappy underlings and sub-commanders do not try their way with me.”, replied Perigren, still gazing into her lieges bottomless face.

“Impress me, little Perigren. Then I shall give you your surety.”, The Face said, crushing the words in his mouth.

“Your chronicles. You must place it somewhere a bit more inaccessible than on the top of the table, next to your throne, My Liege.”, Perigren said cooly.

“I would like to see the unhappy soul that wishes to visit my chronicles, dear Perigren. Many have tried. I have tasted their ashes scattered around it.”, replied The Face.

 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez gazed at her liege’s face for a silent moment, as if debating her own life against his temperament. Then she spoke, and without a shrug, twitch or hesitation, in old, demonic tongue..

 

 

 

 

 

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When she finished, she felt one of her liege’s enormous grasp around her slender waist, her chest, and her breasts, and the other around her narrow shoulders, and her throat.

“Hence, the need for surety, My Liege.”, she whispered, barely able to speak.

“You have managed to gain my attention, little Perigren. You have yet to impress me. Do it. And fast!”, the horrible wrath of The Face breathed down the back of her neck.

 

At what point he had managed to move from standing in front of the girl, to behind her and grasp her so thoroughly, Perigren never saw.

 

“Your wards have weaknesses, My Liege. Circumventing them was difficult, but they are not impregnable. Your chronicle.. Only you can touch it..”, she whispered hoarsely.

“I am well aware of the gaps in my wards, little Perigren. I put them there myself. As for the fact that only I can touch my chronicles, does not explain how you have read it.”, The Face’s searing breath burning into the back of the girl in his clutches, scouring the very skin off her slender figure.

“My Liege.. I will die, and very soon, before I am able to give you the satisfaction of an answer..”, she whispered in pain as her legs gave, and her eyes started to glaze and roll-up.

 

The Face unclenched..

..and the girl dropped on the floor, gasping for breath, her face distorted by the searing abuse of her liege.

Slowly, with a steely determination, she rose to her feet, even as her back smoked.

 

“You.. you have claimed someone.. as your very own.. My Liege..”, she whispered through clenched teeth. “Thus, she was able to touch and unfold the cover.. and gaze upon your chronicles.. without being disintegrated..”

 

Kardax’Trakxa “The Face” gazed down at the withering form of Perigren Ostlanna Temez for a long moment and many things crossed his cunning mind with uncanny haste.

 

“Tell me, little Perigren..”, he whispered down at the dying girl with a remorseless voice. “..you know this how?”

“She.. we.. were of the same batch of.. trainees, My Liege.. Of the eighteen pits in our particular village, only three.. survived.. She, myself, and a third, who was later disqualified and killed..

Years later, we returned to that village.. where she and I had been thrown into our own.. separate pits..

I.. I avenged myself.. I slew all the men and women who dumped things on us, everyday.. for years.. She.. she did nothing. Later, she would claim she reaped her vengeance.. But I was there, My Liege.. We were close.. And back then.. it did not matter..

Now, in the light that.. she would be your bride.. Such weakness in a bride-to-be of My Liege was not acceptable.. Such information.. could not be kept from your knowledge.. It was her, who told me how.. she had snuck here, into your throne room, My Liege, and how she was able to touch.. and read your chronicles.. And because she had claimed me.. as her friend.. I was also able to touch them and.. read them, My Liege..”, Perigren gasped more, panting harshly as she succumbed to the pain, and collapsed on the hard, brimstone rock floor and on her side.

“Aunt Irine.. she taught us of mortal weaknesses.. and how to recognize them.. Your bride-to-be, My Liege, has betrayed you.. She has passed her loyalties to another.. and bonded herself to him..”, she whispered as her sight failed.

“She has bonded herself.. to no other than Priceptine, the Archangel of Wrath, My Liege.. And it was her, who freed Him from the curse you put on him.. centuries ago.. during the war against.. Themalsar..”, she said and her slender body failed under the pain.

 

The Face stared down at the beautiful, slender figure, withered at his feet, and with merciless eyes.

Then he made a vague, grasping gesture in the air before him with his claw-like fingers as if to catch a fly, and murmured, “Not yet, my little Perigren Ostlanna Temez. Not yet. You might be weak in that patently pretty, and illustriously delicious figure, but I will make use of your other services and possibly for centuries..”

 

 

 

 


 

Perigren Ostlanna Temez; Perigren, ‘peregrine’ kelimesinden türemedir ve yabacı, garip, egzotik anlamlarına gelir. Ostlanna ise, ‘oust’, dışlanmış, ötelenmiş kelimesinden gelir ve ‘dışlanmış/ötelenmiş Lanna’ demektir: Garip, egzotik, ve dışlanmış Lanna Temez.

 

The demonic words written in the KARDAX’TRAKXA CHRONİCLES, and spoken by Perigren Ostlanna Temez;

 

My dear Irine.

 

There is little I can do for you. You have lost your sense of direction and you have allowed yourself to be led by your appetites for far too long.

 

A woman that satisfies my needs are many. What I need is more than tender flesh. I need a commander at my side. A commander with insight and a certain sense of urgency, neither of which you have.. You are, at best, excellent at any given task. But your need to appease your delights, your luxuries and your constant requests of mortal gore blinds you far too often to make a permanent arrangement feasible.. I am afraid, the day I shall have to slay you, approaches.