Rydia looked out the window. Black clouds were overlapping the sun, yet it was still quite hot. 'That’s what you get when you make a secret base in the middle of a desert,' she thought, sighing and sitting down on her bed, kicking aside a sword as she did so. 'Huge patrols slowly centering in on the AEON base… it’s obvious the NOL have almost found us. The rest of AEON should soon take action… including Saya. Though she’s annoying, I have to admit, she’s a big asset.' She flicked her head sideways, taking one last glance at the window before kicking her feet up and lying on the bed.
'I sure hope AEON does something soon. I almost wish the NOL would attack us. It’s getting boring, sitting around with nothing better to do than go train and talk to the others. Yeesh… I’m so bored,' she thought.
And sooner than Rydia or anyone else could have expected, something did happen.
Watz was running for his life. He wasn’t sure if he was getting anywhere, and if it was actually working, but he knew that even if it was a small chance of escape, he’d try, no matter the odds. “Stupid NOL soldiers… if they are soldiers at all, and not just monsters in disguise,” he muttered under his breath. He looked back at the black figures who had just killed all his remaining blood relations, his vision obscured by smoke. All they had to do now was finish the job, and kill Watz themself. He shouted in pain as a well thrown electric spear caught him in the ankle and sent him tumbling to the ground. “This isn’t working…” he said. “This is likely risky, but it’s all I can do.” And with that, he spun around and faced the miniature army head-on. His survival instinct kicked in as he sidestepped another thrown spear, kicked the thrower in the face and ran off again, the soldiers chasing him in hot pursuit. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw another soldier activating an AMP device. He had heard from a news report just days ago that these strange devices separated the elements that made up things such as water, food, fire and much more, releasing it in huge bursts. The reporters had called it ‘the ultimate fusion of technology and nature’. Watz saw it coming just in time and just managed to dodge most of the huge fireball that flew towards him in time, the side of it lightly burning his shoulder. 'Better than the alternative,' he thought. 'That was aimed for my face.'
Suddenly, multiple flashes came from the sky. Watz looked up to see TWENTY fireballs falling down towards him, each approaching him from a different angle. “This looks very, VERY , bad,” Watz said under his breath.
“Attack!” Watz heard one of the many soldiers shout. “What happened to fighting and killing someone with a Keozen Mark? Kill him!”
“Keozen Mark? Why are you attacking me?! This doesn’t make SENSE!” Watz shouted angrily, preparing for the worst as the fireballs got steadily closer. However, deep inside him, he felt a strange power, and he felt like energy was flowing through his entire body and into his right hand.
His right hand moved of its own accord. Without even thinking, Watz held his hand up towards the fireballs and instantaneously a blue light shot out of his hand, deflecting the attacks and sending the fireballs crashing into the soldiers. Regaining control of his hand, he looked at where the strange glow had come from. Marked on his hand was a strange symbol – a spiral with a cross through it. “What the…” Watz said to himself. “I have to get away before this gets any worse…” He turned and saw soldiers streaming into his small urban farm. “Damn… The path to the bunker’s blocked already.” Watz quickly ran as more soldiers converged around him. Taking a chance, Watz slid under the feet of one of the soldiers. He punched the soldier, with no success other than to make it turn towards him. Angered, Watz looked at the charging soldier before him and furiously formulated a plan. As the soldier did a running tackle towards him, Watz grabbed his fist and did a shoulder throw, smashing the attacker against the ground. Looking up, Watz rolled to the side as a rain of flames slammed into where he had stood, incinerating the soldier. As the flames raged, Watz saw a claw extending from the soldier. Claw, not hand, Watz noted.
Watz saw that the NOL forces had stopped for a second to fire their weapons. That was all the time he needed. Watz grabbed part of the railing on the house and climbed onto the roof. As the soldiers began charging up their weapons once more, Watz flung himself from the roof, body-slamming into one of the many monster-soldiers while simultaneously taking their weapon. Quickly, Watz spun around, and activated the device.
What Watz didn’t see was that a blue spark of energy ran from the crest on his hand and straight into the machine. A massive explosion resulted, throwing Watz back into the wall and destroying many of the NOL members. As the blast cleared, Watz noticed that he hadn’t been harmed by the explosion whatsoever. With no choice, Watz ran to the garden, pushing over one of the potted plants to reveal a moss-covered button. Watz jabbed it repeatedly as a small compartment in the garden folded up to reveal a long sword, just bigger than Watz with a small curve. Though covered with dirt, the small emerald jewel in the hilt shone with a strange, almost unearthly light.
'Now!' Every single nerve in his body screamed. Without a single second of hesitation, Watz turned, parrying a single stroke from one of the many members of the horde and retaliating in kind. The length of the blade caused it to slice through three of the NOL monsters. Instead of trying to get them off the blade, Watz simply used it like a bat, knocking down monsters left and right. Watz noticed that no matter how much damage they took, the monsters did not bleed. Only the most fatal, destructive blows stopped the monsters from continuing their relentless assault. If they’re not stupid, they’ll have figured out that I know they’re not human, Watz thought. In that case, they’ll show what they really are soon enough…
He was right. A massive spider-like creature lunged at him, pinning him to the ground. Desperately, Watz stabbed it again and again, his sword bouncing off uselessly.
Just as the spider was about to deliver the final blow, a catastrophic explosion erupted around Watz, destroying the land kilometres around him. Inside the heart of the burst, however, Watz fell to the ground just as a black void wrapped around him before vanishing.
END CHAPTER //1\\
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