SECTION 2 CHAPTER 2 - Paradox Under the Ocean
The 7th Day of the Month of the Goddess's Death, Year 548
February 5th, 2013 Earth Time
Soleil, a little startled, stepped forward in her calming way of making
friends, gestured down and said, "He is on a mission from God.. Wait,
what? Why did she say that, she thinks? Then, who points down when saying
that? She had meant to say, and tries again, "He is alone in the center of
the world.. Then adds, "But you had to know that." She continued to slowly
step forward, as if in a trance, doing it and not knowing why.
The Necromancer cocked his head sideways as if looking at a curious
creature, and smiled. He just stood looking at Soleil in an odd way, like
a father proud of a daughter, or a teacher proud of a student. Then his
expression changed, as much as could be seen with his ghostly vapor-like
face, into a genuinely sad expression, he looked sad and defeated.
Meanwhile, Marious had been quickly getting the guys ready. Ontarious and
Wellz were done, and already starting their Necromancer mind-reading
spell as he worked on Liono.
The Necromancer seemed oblivious to what the men were doing. He looked
down, as if contemplating Vryce in the middle of the world, then looked up
and said, "He is no longer there." Stopping for a long pause, he
continued, "He was there before, yes. Vryce is dead."
He looked at everyone without moving his head, just his eyes. Remaining
very still, he lectured with his powerful raspy voice, "He is not 'the
planet', he is not 'God', he is not 'Gaea', he is dead, as dead as dead
can be. I do not know what he was trying to do, but it failed."
Marious looked as if he could not breathe and stammered, "This cannot be!"
The Necromancer continued coldly, "Vryce is no longer anywhere in this
universe, not in any of the billions of galaxies and countless planets
they contain. He is gone."
The Necromancer, collector of souls, tied to Vryce's soul by some
mysterious pact, sighed. As he did so, every person on the planet also
sighed as his weathered but commanding voice filled the room, "His soul is
gone. This I know. I cannot be wrong. I am truly sorry."
Soleil registered what he had just said but again, as if in a trance, just
kept walking forward as if to touch the Necromancer, as if to hug him.
Marious, thinking that this is not the plan, did nothing, even as he
watched Soleil reaching out to the Necromancer. He was frozen and felt
like a child for not knowing what to do!
Marious proudly watched Ontarious, Liono, and Wellz somehow focus enough
while hearing this news. They finished their spell to try to read the mind
of the Necromancer. This was no ordinary spell and was well beyond
anything anyone ever attempted. He did not tell the heroes, but he did not
expect it to work because the most important baseline was how well the
casters knew the target. Who knows the Necromancer? They would have better
luck reading Vryce's mind! At least they all knew him well. Marious
thought, "Could Vryce actually be dead?", as he continued to pull off a
classic Marious, doing nothing, but doing it exceedingly well!
Soleil somehow knew that Vryce was not dead, knew it in her bones, as if
God himself somehow swore on his own mother's grave that Vryce was OK -
she knew it. What she did not know was why she continued to step forward
and now wanted to reach out and kill the Necromancer! Kill the
The Necromancer looked at Soleil oddly, as if he loved her beyond hope, as
if he was also frozen like a child not knowing what to do or what to say,
as if he could not save her or himself.
Marious watched and noticed that every step Soleil took towards the creepy
Necromancer the more solid it appeared. He must act but what to do, his
mind screamed inside of his head! What to do!?
Then, as the Necromancer materialized even more, the heroes, spell took
hold and, like a hammer hitting their faces, the men instantly knew the
truth behind the Necromancer! They knew the truth, and they knew it was
something Vryce did not know!
Soleil took one final step forward, her mind in turmoil. She must kill the
Necromancer! Vryce must be alone and cut off. This must be the will of
Jakob! Vryce's Necromancer was acting like an anchor to his soul that must
be released. How did she know this? Jakob's command rushed into her and
over her like awesome waves of God power. "Kill the Necromancer", "Set
Vryce free once and for all", "Remove his anchor and set him free!"
Her mind blazed behind her eyes! Her tortured thoughts ripped through her
She did not know what to do! She has never killed anything in her life!
Well, not until just a few minutes ago! What has she started!?
She calmed and slowed down time in her soul. She entered her own personal
dream world ... and ... breathed in ... and out. It was Vryce who taught
her this spell, as he often talked of dreams and awareness. He once said,
"when you are in a dream, you are unaware of your own blind stupidity
towards what is real. Then you often wake up and feel like a jackass. If
only we could wake up the religious fools who ruin every world I have
stepped on. Just wake the idiots up so they can see they are just idiots
following idiots and in doing so rejecting God, and reality!" This was how
he would talk to her when no one was around and he was in one of his
moods. Not much set him off more than watching peoples. souls being turned
off by religion. She even missed his rants.
Her dream spell was working but reality was getting harder to ignore. Was
she a killer now? She had to decide what to do because when she started
time again she would not be able to resist the command of Jakob. She
should be mad, but somehow that seemed wrong. In fact, what seemed right
was to kill the Necromancer! It must die. She knew it. Did she? What is
The words of Vryce, he once said, just put this on my tombstone - "God
made Hope, Love, and Magic. Man made everything else, like fear, greed,
and religion. Not this man. He knew what was divine. He knew what was
.Kill the Necromancer. echoed in her brain as her spell weakened. She
tried to focus on what was real.
She once asked Vryce why he trusted Jakob so much and he said it was not
faith, that Jakob earned it. Not only that but that the words of Jakob
could be trusted more than anyone's, even his own. She wondered, and
asked, "What if Jakob told you to kill me?" She remembered suddenly being
afraid of what he might say. He leaned in and whispered to her,"Well then
I would kill him for even suggesting it. But he would still have been
right." He had that particular sort of handsome-but-sly smile, but I
believed him when it came to Jakob. He joked and said, "Listen, believe it
or not, but if Jakob ever tells you to kill me, it is probably best that
That was how much he trusted the ageless planet-sized space tortoise named
Jakob, and she trusted Vryce.
Soleil then snapped awake without a second gone in the room and reached
out as if to hug the thing and to kill it in her embrace, to kill it with
the power of all of the stars in the universe! To be a killer again!
The Necromancer bowed his head as if in defeat, knowing what she intended.
Then, smiling at the thought of dying in her embrace, he reached out
towards her embrace.
"I am sorry!", she shouted at the Necromancer and she took hold of him!
Ontarious, Wellz, and Liono looked at one another in disbelief and
simultaneously, as if one voice, shouted, "The Necromancer is Vryce!",
"It's Vryce!", "That is Vryce!", "Vryce!".
Soleil's mind buckled! She heard them! She even somehow instantly believed
them, but she still had to kill the Necromancer! She knew she should not
stop! She yelled, "Vryce!", and grabbed the Necromancer, unleashing the
power of countless stars. destruction between her arms.
Aimonsorcio walked like a proud man with his friends, Daedalus and
Kwexania, as they ascended the staircase of the Castle of Medievia towards
Marious's war room. Daedalus says to Kwexania, "Have you ever walked to
the war room like this?" Kwexania, walking along side Daedalus as they
followed their mutual friend, said, "nope, I just lazily *pop* over like
most people." Aimonsorcio looks back as they top a bend in the staircase
and says, "You two do not know each other so I thought I would do the
introductions before you officially take office.. He grinned and offered,
"Daedalus, as you may have heard, is a legend amongst legends, a hero's
hero, a ..", then stops as Daedalus pokes him in the ass with his sharp
ceremonial obsidian athame dagger.
Kwexania, never late to enjoy a good laugh says, "Ha poke him again!". She
returns to the honor of the situation, them being elected, her Mayor and
Daedalus Governor of Medievia, and says, "I know of Daedalus, legendary
leader of the clan Fate, from way back, someone who could take a group of
the roughest most ruthless heroes on the planet and get them to work as
one, as a team, while somehow keeping them out of trouble. It is truly
legend. Since then it has been years of hearing about the great Daedalus."
Kwexania held her smile with a straight face, the way a leader learns, the
others not knowing if she was being sincere or making fun.
Daedalus, who just returned to Medievia after many years. absence, walked
next to Kwexania, pretending to stick Aimonsorcio in the butt again as he
said, "I know of you as well Kwexania. You are a brave leader in the
Insurrection of Chaos clan, known for being brave, loyal, and funny. The
type of person I approve of, even if I didn't vote for you.", he joked. "I
was speaking to Soleil last week and she said that your generosity towards
Medievia has helped keep her spirits up. She also mentioned something
about Medievia owning you a debt of gratitude that would be hard to pay
Aimonsorcio looked back and said, "Kwexania is a badass, a gracious
happy-go-lucky badass filled with compassion. It is a strange mix!"
Kwexania laughs and adds, "You have to rip the fun out of life, or it will
eat you up. Laughing is why we live!"
Daedalus nods as he really pokes Aimonsorcio's ass by accident, making him
laugh. "I lead through humor. It's the only way to get the knuckleheads to
Aimonsorcio stops at the top of the castle staircase, turns, and says to
Kwexania, "So Daedalus here wanted to try shipping out, since being a mad
death-defying captain of a Man of War is all the rage now as you know, in
order clans like yours anyway. He came from the time before we could float
anything on the ocean, so he had a lot to learn. Daedalus is now a member
of the Rise of Mayhem clan, a chaos clan that has never thought shipping
was fun. The legendary Daedalus here starts to ship, and now all of a
sudden the other members start shipping. Now, shipping is cool to them!"
Kwexania points at Daedalus and says, "You should start collecting
flowers! Do it to see if it becomes cool! I am sure your's would be a
Daedalus chuckles and stands up taller. He was actually pretty impressive.
He barks, "OK jackasses, follow me! The LEGEND! Into ... what is this
Kwexania grins, clutching the handle of her sword and says, "We are about
to enter the dangerous and dreaded procedural meeting, where newly elected
leaders learn how to govern!"
The three heroes walk down the hall of statues toward the hidden
passageway to the war room, their footsteps echoing back softly. This area
was as quiet as a library. A war could be taking place in the war room but
because of the spells to protect what is said in there, no sound could
escape. Aimonsorcio stops before the secret statue entrance and says, "You
know Daedalus, it is a shame things are so boring around Medievia lately.
If you were really back, maybe things would pick up!"
They step forward and immediately the statue of the tall man moves aside
to reveal the war room and the sound of thunder! They, in one quick view,
witness Soleil trying to kill the Necromancer with some sort of sun-plasma
bear hug, Marious behind the Necromancer trying to heal it, and Ontarious,
Liono, and Wellz trying to pull Soleil off of it! The statue quietly
slides back into position, the area once again as quiet as a tomb.
Daedalus turns to his companions, his eyes glowing with excitement and a
grin slowly taking over his face, and says, "I am back."
To be continued soon ...
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