Draconis opened his eyes with a sharp pain in his leg. Still in denial, Draconis once again reasons that this is but a bad dream. This feeling of denial. He hasn’t felt like this since when he first lost his wife. Still, even though all evidence shows this is not a dream, he still thinks it is. After what felt like an eternity he felt the Wyvign crouch down. It spit up Draconis. He was covered in saliva but didn’t feel the need to shake it off. After all, it was just a dream right? He looked behind him tand saw the group of Wyvigns that took him sit down with a happy look on their faces. He turned around and came face to face with the queen herself. Odd. Food doesn’t usually show up to the queen right away. Wyvigns usually put the queen’s food into some type of oven like device first.
The queen leaned forward, sniffing Draconis. His head was the size of her nostrils. She scoffed at him. “This tiny little thing killed one of my best soldiers? You’re going to have to come up with a better excuse if you want to mourn someone’s death.” she said, rolling her eyes. Draconis scoffed at the queen. All the workers around the area stopped and turned to face them. It went dead silent as the queen looked in disbelief at what seemed like a lowly being scoffing at her. Draconis no longer believed it was a dream. In fact, he quickly hit himself for being an idiot for thinking such a thing. No longer was there disbelief, what replaced it was anger. He was angry that the gods overthrew him. He was angry that he hurt his leg and it still hurt. He was angry that he was taken all the way over here just to be used as an excuse. Most of all though, he was angry a mere mortal just scoffed at him. He wasn’t having this bitch’s attitude. She can scoff at any other god but him. Those Wyvigns wanted an excuse to mourn their dead friend? Then he shall grant their wish. “You of all people, a lowly queen who drones soldiers around to do your bidding instead of giving them free will, dare to scoff at me, Draconis God of Gods?” he questioned in a rude tone.
The queen let out a low growl but also a slight chuckle. “God of Gods? You are nothing but food to me. In fact, you are below that. Your small body can’t even provide enough meat to last me a minute.” the queen retaliated with a smirk. “Perhaps that is because you’re a fat and lazy queen. Have you gotten up and stretched your legs recently? I think your bones are getting brittle and old, like your species. If you kept in shape you wouldn’t have to eat so much. In fact, this is the reason why your species originally died. They were hunted to extinction because fat bitches like you ate almost everything. I’m surprised your ‘servants’ haven’t overthrown you yet. They easily can due to your misshapen body.” Draconis growled with his flames of anger burning hotter than a star.
“H-How dare you insult my beautiful body!” The queen yelled in anger. Draconis could see she was already gritting her teeth and he knew he had won now. Time for a victory lap. “Beautiful? It’s more along the lines of pitiful. Your species are a disgrace to this world and I can’t imagine why I would ever ask to bring your species back. People fear bees more than you, and those things are tiny! If I had the choice to die by you or bees I would choose you because at least it wouldn’t be as painful as being killed by bees!” Draconis yelled up the queen this time with a smirk on his face. “Less painful you say?” The queen questioned. She paused for a moment to think. She looked back down at Draconis with a malicious smile. “Throw him in the cage, but don’t cook him. We’ll let him starve and skin him alive slowly. Even when he begs for death, do not grant him this.” The queen commanded still smiling. Draconis’s plan had worked. He’ll live for another day. Now all he had to do was figure out how to escape…
Max woke up to a faint cry. “Help help! I am yelping for a helping hand! You! whelp! I need help!” the faint voice cried out. Max sat upright and Jeshtor fell down off of Max. “Ack! Hisssss! What was that for??” Jeshtor asked rubbing his back in slight pain. “Do you hear that?” Max asked. “You! In the distance! I need assistance! I know I sound persistent, but I need help so that I may stay existent!” the voice cried out once more. “You’re probably just hearing things.” Jeshtor sighed sounding annoyed still. “If you are hearing things, then why aren’t you peering at things?” the voice retaliated. “Just ignore it Max…” Jeshtor said rolling his eyes. “Ignoring is boring! You will be paid if you give me aid!” the small voice called out once more. “You can stay here if you want, but I’m going to see what needs help.” Max said, getting up and stretching. Max walked toward the voice and Jeshtor followed, grumbling.
They peered over a small hill of sand to see two beasts blowing around what looked like a web. “These beasts want me deceased!” The voice called out. It was coming from the web that the beasts were messing with. “We gotta help whatever that thing is!” Max said, pulling out his handgun. “No we don’t Max, those things are dangerous. They’re too powerful for-” Jeshtor was cut off by Max shooting both the beasts in the head, instantly killing them. “You…” Jeshtor finished, surprised at how fast Max killed them. Max walked over and crouched down to look at the small web. On top of it was a small black spider with goggles on, even though they only covered two of its eyes. “Thanks for the help, whelp!” The small spider said. “You’re welcome, but I’m not a pup.” Max said. The spider lifted up the goggles and stared at Max. “Sorry! What’s your name? Is it James?” The small spider asked. “Max…” Max replied, still curious of the spider. “What’s your name?” Max asked sitting down. “Max the Axe, I like it! My name is Tex, and I see you’re on a trek. I can assist!” Tex said with a smile. “How so?” Max asked, giving Tex a questioned look.
“I’m a relic! Relics like me are spirits who possess items and give them magical properties. It’s awesome like a blossom!” Tex explained happily. “I don’t consider blossoms awesome…” Jeshtor grumbled in the background. “Why are you always rhyming?” Max asked, hoping for an answer. “I rhyme almost all the time! I usually don’t rhyme when I’m annoyed, angry, sad, or when I’m explaining something” Tex answered. “Rhyming is my species usual way of talking. It’s like our accent!” Tex added. “Is Jeshtor a relic?” Max asked looking back at him. “Erm, no I’m not!” Jeshtor said quickly. “Jeshtor is a relic, but he’s lying and it’s almost like he’s spying.” Tex told Max while seemingly working on a device attached to his web. “You lied to me?!” Max said, spinning around to face Jeshtor. “Erm, uh y-yes, but I can explain!” Jeshtor said. “Why would you lie to me? I thought we were friends!” Max said, furious with Jeshtor. “Oh dear, better hurry up and fix my gear!” Tex said, working faster now. “It’s because if I didn’t, you probably wouldn’t keep me around” Jeshtor explained, backing up.
“What? You think that just because you’re a magical spirit would make me not like you?” Max asked still angry with him. Jeshtor nodded solemnly. “Damn that relic, blowing my cover! Now I’ll have to regain the idiot’s trust once more, I shouldn’t have made a blatant lie like that earlier!” Jeshtor thought to himself. Max sighed. “Jeshtor, you helped me and you still are. Please don’t lie to me again though.” Max said with a solemn stare. “My relic is over there, right next to that pear!” Tex said, pushing a few buttons on his device. His web started to float up suddenly. “It’s fixed so I won’t get mixed in commotion!” Tex exclaimed, proud that he fixed his device. “Whoa, how’d you do that?” Max asked in awe. “It uses a small bubble to control the air around it!” Tex explained smiling. “That doesn’t sound very logical…” Max thought to himself. He shrugged it off and walked near the pear Tex was speaking of. “No Max. Don’t get too close!” Jeshtor yelled in a panic. “What do you mean? It’s just a pear on the ground.” Max said, reaching down and picking up the pear. The ground started to shake and teeth sprouted out. “Oh dear! It’s a Jurisho! Run!” Tex yelled. Max jumped away just in time before the beast launched upwards, closing its mouth. “What the hell is that thing?!” Max yelled backing up. “A Jurisho, they live in dry places and use juicy fruit or water to lure prey before they eat them!” Tex explained, putting his goggles back down.
“Why the hell would someone create that?!” Max said, turning around and running. “Don’t ask me! I have no idea!” Jeshtor said climbing up Max’s coat and into his hood. “Take this, Max the axe! It’s my relic!” Tex said, tossing a bag at Max. Max caught it and put it on. “Your relic is a normal bag?” Max questioned breathing heavily. The Jurisho started to swim in the sand towards him. “HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!” Max yelled trying to run faster. “It’s not just a normal bag, Max the axe. it’s my relic. It’s a device that I invented, before I became a relic that is. Open it up and push the red button.” Tex explained. Max took the bag off and opened it up. There was a lot of complicated wiring and devices inside. He noticed the red button after a few seconds of looking and pushed it. Long spider like legs extended and it crawled onto Max’s back. “Allioran activated.” A voice said coming from the backpack. “Assessing situation… Situation status: Danger! Extending recon flare.” the bag said as a small barrel extended out of it and fired a flare into the air. “Defensive mode activated. Objective: Survive.” the bag said. “What does any of that mean?” Max asked breathing even heavier now. “It means we should survive, not die!” Tex explained landing on Max’s shoulder.
The bag extended out claws that latched onto Max’s legs and arms. “Enhancing combat efficiency.” The bag said. Max felt needles being pushed into him and putting something inside his bloodstream. He stopped and turned around to face the beast. He fired a few shots into it to no effect. “None of this is working!” Max said looking worried. “Then we’ll dodge until help arrives.” Tex explained, pushing his goggles up. A small device extended out and onto Max’s arm. “That’s the booster. It’ll allow you to activate the boosters on your leg attachments, allowing you to run and dodge faster!” Tex said, pointing to the device. Confused, Max pushed down the trigger and a large burst of air came out of the claws attached to his legs which had formed into a small booster. It sent him flying into the air. “None of this makes any sense!” Max yelled as he fell back down. “Max, hurry up and move! The Jurisho is getting closer!” Jeshtor said, sounding scared for his life. Max started running to the left and he pushed the button, sending him flying farther away and into a pile of sand.
Max lifted his head up and spat out sand. He stood up and turned around to notice the Jurisho was even closer now. “Shitshitshit!” Max said scrambling up. The Jurisho jumped to grab Max in its mouth. Jeshtor and Tex screamed in horror. A cloaked figure jumped in the way and unleashed a large burst of fire from their hand. “You okay, kid?” the figure asked. Max could tell by the voice that it was a girl. “Yeah. Thanks for saving me.” Max said, trying to find any defining features so that he could spot this person if they ever met again. “It’s not over yet, sadly. Jurishos don’t go down that easily…” she explained, pulling out a rifle. “I saw your flare and came running. I’m glad I did. Another missing kid would really upset the city.” she told him. “City?” Max questioned, still trying to find any defining features. “Yes. Battle City is just up ahead, do you not live there?” she asked, sounding confused. Before Max could answer, the sand rose up all around them, taking an arena shape. “Damn, I forgot they get enraged easier with fire. If only Draconis was still in control, he’d sort out all these savage beasts with newfound powers.” she said as her grip on her rifle tightened. “Draconis? Who’s that?” Max asked. “Not now kid. Stay back, I’ll protect you!” She demanded sounding confident.
Flames bursted out of the top of her rifle as she shot the Jurisho. “You’ll only make it angrier, let me take over, please.” She whispered to herself. “Fine!” She said for some reason agreeing with herself. “Relic Swap!” she yelled as her gun extended out into a long blade. Max could see a slight blue glow coming from inside the cloak. She slowly descended onto the ground as if gravity did not affect her. “Sorry for this in advance beast,” she said in a softer tone. Her voice sounded different somehow. “But you must begone!” she yelled jumping high into the air and sending a large blue wave of energy at the Jurisho. “Max, you should be helping!” Jeshtor yelled at him. “But she told me to stay back.” Max replied, looking confused. “Are you really going to listen to some random person who just popped up?” Jeshtor hissed, wanting Max to repay the girl’s kindness for him. “I listened to you.” He retaliated with a slight chuckle. “Max the Axe, you really should help her though! She saved us. Don’t act depraved on us!” Tex joined in, also wanting Max to repay the girl.
Max trusted the girl for some reason though, he didn’t want to join in but he had to. Max loaded his handgun and fired at the Jurisho’s eye which was easy to see due to it glowing bright green. The beast yelped in pain and turned to face Max. “Shit…” he thought aloud as he saw the beast start to rush towards him. “Look out!” the girl yelled. She wanted to rush over to aid him but she was stuck still floating down. “No! Hurry! He’ll die! I can’t let another die when I can save them!” she yelled to herself, looking conflicted. “I-I can’t do this anymore. Why did this have to happen to us? Why not anyone else?” she cried, looking down. Max pushed the booster’s trigger and he flew to the left, dodging the beast but landing in the sand once more. The Jurisho crashed right into the barrier it had just created. “L, you idiot! He’s still alive! We can still help him! Just switch to me and you can rest.” she said to herself. “I-I can’t stop crying!” she replied to herself putting her hands to her face.
Max grunted. He needed some firepower if he wanted to even make a dent on this thing. “Tex, can this bag do anything that I can use to attack?” Max asked looking back at Tex. Tex nodded. “It’s still a work in progress and easy to stress, but it should work.” Tex said, climbing into the bag and pushing a few buttons. “Spider Drones: Activated.” the bag said as Tex climbed back out. “Spider drones are small drones that will explode with the push of a button. They use a targeting reticle as well as a place knife.” Tex explained, putting his goggles back onto his top eyes. “You need to key the reticle on the target and the drones will go to it, it’s a more stealtier option. You can use the place knife to plant it into to somewhere and the spider will automatically track and move towards it.” Tex explained, hoping Max would understand.
“Right, that thing will crush the spider drones easily, making them useless… unless we get on top of it and plant them on a weak spot there.” Max thought aloud, looking near the top of the beast. “Damn it L ,I’m taking over!” the woman said to herself as her blade changed back into a gun and the blue glow turned into a slight orange glow. Max ran towards the beast and grabbed onto its side. “What the hell are you doing kid?!” the woman yelled rushing over to get him to safety. “Helping you, what does it look like?” he said, smirking. Max climbed up on top of the beast and looked around. The beast shook a lot trying to throw Max off, but he held on tight as he searched. Max noticed a gooey substance coming from a small hole in the middle of the beast. Max crawled over and pulled out a knife. It had a bunch of wires and looked nothing like any knife he’s seen. The mysterious woman had finally made it on top of the beast as well “Hey, what are you- Whoa!” the woman was cut off by the beast shaking as it started to enter the ground. “Hold on!” She yelled grabbing Max and getting a tight hold onto one of its spines. They all screamed as if it was a rollercoaster ride as the beast flew under the sand. Max opened his eyes, surprised he didn’t feel any more sand. Somehow there was a large network of tunnels and large spaces under the sand. Max shook his head and saw the hole still on the beast. He slid out of the women’s grasp. “Hey, get back here! You’re going to fall!” she yelled, reaching for him.
Max planted the knife with a loud yell right into the hole and the beast yelped in pain. It started to surface and turned upside down. Max started to fall but Jeshtor grabbed onto a spine and wrapped his fail around Max’s hand. His eyes widened in pain as he didn’t expect Max to be so heavy. The beast surfaced and Jeshtor let go. They both fell onto the sand but didn’t sink into it. “What was crawling all over me? Also you’re really heavy!” Jeshtor yelled. The woman landed next to them. “You idiot! You could have gotten yourself killed! What did you even do?!” She demanded with an angry stare. “This” Max said pushing a button on his bag. A large explosion bursted out of the beast. “Nice job, Max the axe!” Tex congratulated, happy his weapon worked. The beast let out a loud roar and fell into the sand its eyes rolling back. The large dome disappeared. “The creator of this game really knows how to make a hard first boss!” Max said sitting down.
“Game? You think this is a game?!” the woman yelled at him. Jeshtor leaned up and whispered to Tex, telling him how Max thinks this is a game and that he won’t change his mind about it. Tex nodded slightly. “Well yeah, but you wouldn’t understand. You’re probably programed to think this isn’t a game.” Max said, shrugging. The woman started to open her mouth to shout at Max once more. “I already tried to change his mind about it, he’s set on believing this is all a game.” Jeshtor explained, climbing into Max’s hood. The woman stopped and stared at Jeshtor, then she looked at Tex. “How is a child able to wield such powerful relics?” she asked, still looking at the two. “Game logic and plot progression!” Max answered quickly shrugging once more. “He’s been blessed…” Jeshtor answered truthfully. “Blessed…By Draconis? Do you know where he is?” the woman asked, grabbing Max and shaking him. “What? Who? I don’t know who this Draconis is. Sorry.” Max answered. “This Draconis must either be a teammate or some boss if they have a specific name…” Max thought, trying to picture what someone with the name Draconis would look like.
Jeshtor figured he could take advantage of this woman since she knows that Max is blessed. “Well, since Max is blessed, surely a powerful person like yourself would help him get to the city right?” Jeshtor asked, hoping she’d say yes. Jeshtor didn’t want to go through another tough battle, but with her as a temporary ally they could get there easier. The woman stood there for a moment thinking. “I guess I could help you get there, but what do you gain by going to a useless city full of maniacs who want nothing but to hurt others?” she asked, her eyes looking curious. “Money. Surely with Max being blessed we could get money easier.” Jeshtor told her with a slight smile. She nodded. “Surely he can then. Off we go now.” she said, grabbing his hand and walking towards lights. “We’ll have to pass through a Wyvign cave though, so be prepared to battle later.” she told him, still holding his hand. “Oh hey Tex, I forgot to ask. Why are you helping me?” Max asked looking at him. Max pried his hands away from the woman’s somehow and held them out for Tex to land on them. “I told you, you’d be paid if you gave me aid.” Tex answered, looking up at Max with a smile.
“So you’re going to go with me on my whole journey!? Cool!” Max yelled with excitement. Tex gave a confused look. “No, Max the axe. My house is close to Battle city, so we shall stop there and I shall pay you.” Tex said, still holding his confused look. “Oh…” Max said, looking down. “Oh, do not worry Max the axe! I’m sure we’ll meet again one day, ay? I just pray that you be okay in your journey.” Tex told Max, taking on a smile once more. “What is this girl playing at, I know this planet like it’s the back of my hand. the Wyvign cave she must be referring to is slightly off path, I guess we have no choice but to follow her for now, but I’m keeping my eye on her…” Jeshtor thought to himself, giving the mysterious woman a cold hard stare when she wasn’t looking.
Draconis opened his eyes and they stopped glowing. He felt bad for making Luna cry but he knew it was the only way to attract her and Solar to his position. It was odd to him though. He could sense them both in the same spot at the same time. Almost as if they were combined, but that’s impossible. No Relic has ever combined with another. Draconis made it impossible to do so. Unless that idiot Pyronian was messing shit up like always, but he couldn’t have learned to change the worlds rules so quickly. It took Draconis years to master the manipulation of such a feat.
It did not matter right now though. Draconis needed to try his best to gather energy so that he could escape when they free him. He didn’t want to ditch both of them but he had no choice, he was too weak to battle and he’d end up dying. Besides, Luna and Solar are strong. They can deal with this themselves. Weird, Draconis seemed to pick up the essence of a being from another dimension. It was hard to find as it was covered up by a powerful relic. It also seemed to be traveling with Luna and Solar, maybe once he escaped he could find them once more and investigate this being that has an essence from another world…