Chapter 9, dark magic.
Across Terrakloys, a dark wizard was planning his revenge. He was absolutely mad at having Ligh’tregan defy destiny. When people defied his master, he was given a task to destroy that person, and he was proving a hard one to beat, let alone destroy. Occasionally they were easier to kill than beat, but destiny had failed to do it. That made his mind space small enough for an atom to try and fail to get in. it was god-damned small anyway, curse the king for completely blowing it. his name was Tellan Redshield. He had served destiny for about three years now. To be honest, he was starting to get quite sick of it. If only there was some way to trick him, some way to beat him. Actually, now that he thought about it, the new king was seeming to become quite good at it. Maybe he should ask him.
The next day, Ligh'tregan awoke still inside the portal. Rheged was outside, on a sort of balcony thing, training his socks off. “ why are you training now, the competition’s over, I’ve won!” Ligh'tregan asked him.
“ I want one more battle against you before we go, and I really need to train to beat you!”, he answered, “and we can’t battle now, in case you’re wondering, because you have a prize to pick up!” go back to the arena, there’s a monk waiting to give it to you!”
“cool, what is it?”
“that I cannot say, as it is something different every time. I can tell you one thing though, and that is that you’ll like it!”
so he went down to the arena, and sure enough, there was a tall man with no hair and brown sack-robes waiting for him.
“Rheged said you had something for me.”
The monk handed him a strange card. He looked at it and it had three horns and was pictured with all of them sticking out through the skin of a tyrannosaurus rex (which Ligh'tregan knew meant ‘tyrant king of the reptiles’ in Latin) the only thing that had three horns and could kill a T-Rex was a triceratops, Ligh'tregan's favourite dinosaur.
“thank you!” he said. The monk silently handed him another card.
“a reward for being so polite. This is just a starter card, I’m sure you understand. If you want to be the best dino-dueller, you have to have a good selection of move and dino cards. This card here is a move card, it’s called lightning strike. Use it when the battle gets tough in any way, shape, or form.”
“thank you for enlightening me, brother.”
“I appreciate your gratitude, even bathe in it, and I must do one last thing for you.”
“and what might that be?”
“my mission at the moment is to upgrade thy styler for dino-duelling, and then ‘twill change to sending thee on thy twisted and foredestined path to defeating, or losing against thy newly-gained ally and pal in an epically and masterfully fought dino-duel.”
“please, what’s with all the theeing and thouing, you were speaking perfectly fine just a moment ago!”
“sorry, I hope you understand, it was a slight official matter, my master, the destiny of light. He doesn’t take kindly to official matters being spoken in modern tongue, he’s a bit of an old fogie, but not as bad as the destiny of shadows, I’ve heard he treats his slave differently. Forcing him to go and kill anyone who stops his way of things very slowly and painfully, with an axe, even if it’s his family. He doesn’t even tell him that there’s two destinies. He thinks you’ve actually found a way of not doing what a destiny tells you to.”
“so I’ve not been doing what this dark destiny-“
“destiny of shadows, Ligh'tregan!”
“-yes, that, tells me to?”
“yes, and he is very annoyed at that, so far, you haven’t done anything the destiny of shadows wanted you to do, but everything the destiny of light wanted you to do. You were meant to kill the king, not become prince, on his side, and also, he wanted you to be the assassin that revived the dieall. In fact, he wanted you to be born 6000 years ago and to have been a snobby little boy who punched anyone who had been good in any way, even not talking when someone else was. He wanted you to be a right little monster. Ah. Here we go. One upgraded styler, now go and overwhelm Rheged with your awesome power!”
“OK, see ya later!”
in front of him, the door was closed. He tried it and it was locked too. “Rheged, can you open up please?”
“use magic! I can’t be bothered to come over to the door and risk losing my place on the field.”
“you haven’t challenged me yet!”
“ok, fine, I, Rheged Bluewater, hereby challenge you, Ligh'tregan Swae’teang, to a dino-duel! Now, go ahead and blast that door down!”
so he did. the door caved inwards and splintered into a million pieces. Rheged was standing in the blue corner, looking both annoyed and completely bewildered
“why the annoyed look, my dear friend?”
“don’t worry, I already knew all the rules of a duel. How wouldn’t I, after al those years duelling with the elves?”
“good point, all the more reason to be annoyed at the fact that I made that mistake, eh?”
“don’t worry about it Rheged, I’ve
“you’re not making this any easier for me, you know?”
“oh well, here we go… duel disk on!” a sort of blue and grey portable table spread out on Rheged’s arm. “you’re well equipped aren’t you?”
“I’ll put it this way… I have to be.”
“fair enough.” Ligh'tregan opened his styler and there were slots for cards on it. he placed the card that had a picture of Zeagor on one of them face up. The faithful beast appeared in front of him, in the red corner of course. Then, he took one of the cards he had designed himself out of his pocket and placed it on top of the previous card, face up again, which this time had a picture of a sort of solid blue dome on it. “upgrade card, you understand? It’s called force-field and it- well, generates a force-field!” the force-field went up around the zeagoraeleon.
“nice move!” exclaimed Rheged.
“thanks!” then it was Rheged’s move. he placed a card with the picture of a griffon on one of his card slots.
“your move.” Ligh'tregan then drew the card with the picture of epos on it. He looked closely and found he could see every detail. The card was not masterfully made, rather transformed. Then he placed the card on the next slot, and epos appeared in his side of the field. Then he took out a second upgrade card at random, and found it was exactly the card he wanted:
“aha! You’re going defensive!”
Ligh'tregan started his move by attacking a vampire token with his vampire card, “kokoa” and, one by one, the tokens began to go over to Ligh'tregan's field. Then he played the upgrade card, “fangs!”, which allowed all vampire monsters to attack twice without dying. So, kokoa, and all the vampire tokens, sucked the centaur’s blood twice! The centaur died from blood loss! Then Ligh'tregan told Zeagor to attack Rheged. Rheged lost!
“damn, I forgot about kokoa’s vampire talk ability! Another turn and you would have been dead! My next card was Moka!” said Rheged.
“good battle there my friend!” it was the monk.
“you beat the champion! The reward for that is a vampire deck. You get the cards:
d Vampire call
d Superhuman speed
“don’t mention it!”
the next book, “The Vampire Craze”, will explain how I joined a vampire school and came back wanting to suck everyone’s blood. Hope you enjoy!