Chapter Prologue : Prologue

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

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''War. In order to save something dear, wars are waged. The selfish desire of wanting to maintain peace causes wars and hatred is born to protect love. In a time of peace, always be prepared for war. But can you really blame them? The Humans... They seek peace, yet at the same time they yearn for war. Thinking of peace whilst spilling blood is something only they can do. They're two sides of the same coin. To protect something... Another must be sacrificed. They ruin everything they touch, including each other.

Four hundred years ago, I met a man. He called himself The Warlock. But he was no ordinary man. No. I could see in his eyes that he had suffered far greater than any man should. Such pain had caused him to lose his sanity. His ambition to destroy those responsible was rather frightening, yet intriguing. My family and I joined him on his quest of evil and destruction. His enemy...? An ancient race said to have been around before Humans. It was unclear why he carried such hatred for them, but perhaps the story was not meant for Human ears. This man, after all, was no Human. The loss had turned him into a monster, tampering with magics and forces forbidden to mortal hands. However, somehow, he had managed to elude the bounds of mortality...''

 

Four Hundred years prior to where our story begins...

 

The moon sat lazily perched behind the twisted tower of the massive castle embedded in the mountain face. A serpentine lake glistened peacefully from the castle’s shadow, few fish gliding through the water. The air remained still and silent, even as the chaos of war disturbed the peace on the opposite side of the mountain’s peak.

Suddenly, the black sky began to stain with a bright orange, grey smoke spewing into the air-

''Edmund!'' came a terrified voice.

''Cassius!'' yelled another, a desperate tone in his breathy voice.

From one of the castle’s smaller towers, a man was dangling from its window, another reaching out holding tightly onto his wrist-

''Don't let go!'' Edmund begged, his long, white hair flying around violently in the wind.

''I'm... Trying!'' Cassius replied insistently.

Explosions rang from the surrounding area, and suddenly, an explosion of fire smashed into the tower opposite them – the tower cracked, creaked and fell to the ground, a mirage of smoke and rubble erupting into the air as the dismantled piece of castle hit the ground. They both stared over at it in terror, the impending danger panicking them both.

''They're coming!'' Cassius warned, panicking.

Edmund shook his head, gritting his teeth, ''I know! Just... Pull me up!''

Cassius struggled, trying to pull his accomplice back through the window. He grunted and flinched with annoyance as his shoulder-length black hair blew across his face, distracting him. A wound on his upper arm bled profusely, growing with his efforts and preventing him from utilizing his full strength. He looked at his accomplice hesitantly as the wound tore, spreading further down his arm.

He glared back, ''don't you... don't let go!''

''I'm sorry!'' Cassius cried.

''No!''

Before Edmund could say anything else, Cassius let go...

Cassius watched in horror as Edmund fell, holding his hand out in desperation. The pain from his wounds was excruciating, but he couldn’t allow that to force him to abandon his friend. He grunted painfully and turned around, leaping up onto the window ledge -

''Edmund!'' he yelled as he dived out.

Falling faster and faster, streamlining his body so that he fell quickly enough to catch up with his friend, he held out his hand, reaching for him. Edmund desperately looked up, also reaching out, but an explosion hit the tower they had just fallen from. It cracked and tumbled, starting to fall and chase after them-

''Ed... Edmund!'' he struggled.

Gasping in panic, Edmund grabbed Cassius’ hand, ''What are you doing?!''

''Don't let go of me!'' Cassius instructed.

Edmund kept hold of Cassius' hand as a thick cloud of black smoke started to surround them both, originating from his back. In just moments, a loud, high-pitched roar filled the air, and from the smoke, a black dragon emerged, Edmund gripping tightly onto its back.

The tower hit the ground as more of the castle started to crumble and break away. From the smoke and flames, more black dragons emerged, flying around like panicked birds in the fire and smoke, aggressively flapping their wings. Edmund stared down at the ground; it was swarming with thousands of people, all surrounded by golden glowing auras. There were black scaled dragons on the ground fighting them, accompanied by smaller white dragons, tearing through the crowds, mowing down their opponents. Fire washed across the land like water, consuming anything in its path.

''We need to land!'' he yelled, but the dragon didn't listen.

They stayed airborne, circling around, watching the battle below. Fear had spread like wildfire, people screaming and running for their lives as the dragons clashed with the aura-covered men. But then, an even louder, higher-pitched screech filled the air, startling the dragon as it wobbled around, struggling to fly straight.

''What is it?!'' Edmund yelled desperately.

The dragon growled lowly - from the clouds above, a strange bat-like monster the same size as the dragon flew down and dug its claws into the dragon’s back-

''CASSIUS!!!'' Edmund yelled as the monster swung around and sank its teeth into the dragon’s neck.

It screamed loudly in agony as the monster let go and backed away.

Edmund turned and glowered at the beast, gritting his teeth in anger - ''you piece of shit!'' he yelled. He jumped from the dragons back as a thick cloud of white smoke suddenly surrounded him – moments later, a white dragon emerged, racing towards the creature, claws and teeth bared. The monster screeched loudly, but the dragon dodged all its strikes. Before the monster could even try to attack again, the dragon flew above it and quickly dived down, grabbing onto its neck with its jaws-

CRACK!!!

The monster fell silent as the dragon let go, leaving its mangled corpse to fall to the ground. But it couldn't rest yet - it dived down, chasing after the black dragon who was also falling, stunned from the monster’s previous attacks. As it raced down, the number of people below was decreasing as the dragons fought them.

Among the black and white dragons were a few other different kinds: there were dragons which looked like they were wearing armor, dark red in color. Some wore a golden color and others dark blue, all fighting together, trying to fend off the huge hordes of men.

The white dragon reached out its front legs and grabbed hold of the black dragon's tail, trying to slow down, just a few meters from the ground. It roared loudly as it struggled, but as they came nearer to the ground, it let go, letting the black dragon rest on the grass. The white smoke appeared around it again, revealing Edmund as it quickly cleared.

''Cassius?!'' he called, panicking as he raced over to the dragon. The wounds on the black dragon’s neck were bleeding viciously, and if Edmund didn’t do anything, his friend would soon bleed out.

''Edmund!'' someone else called.

Edmund quickly looked up and watched as two other white-haired men ran over, followed by another with long black silky hair.

''Quinn! Cedric! Hadrian!'' he called back, sounding relieved.

They all stopped, standing side by side.

''C-Cassius!'' the black-haired man cried as he glared down at the dragon, ''what happened to my brother?!'' he demanded, crouching down beside it and examining the wounds.

''I don't know... we were escaping the castle and some… thing swooped down and attacked us!''

''We are pushing them back, do not worry. Quinn, help Hadrian take Cassius to the ruins'' one of the white-haired men instructed as he stood beside Edmund.

Black smoke began to surround the dragon, quickly clearing and revealing Cassius who was unconscious, his neck and shoulders very badly wounded. Quinn and Hadrian picked him up and began rushing him away back towards the castle.

''That bastard... he'll pay for this!'' Edmund declared.

''He will not win against us''

''Cedric... will he be okay?''

''Do not worry, my friend. He will be fine. We Teshika are strong; stronger than these filthy Warlocks''

Edmund stared at Cedric: he looked proud and determined, exactly the way a leader should look. Without Cedric, this battle could have been lost.

Edmund grinned, ''he thinks he can beat us?''

''Do not get cocky, this battle is far from over. This may be the first of many to come, but at least every Teshika clan has come together to fight him. We, as one, are a force to be reckoned with. Come, Edmund, we need you on the front lines''

The two men then quickly rushed off, heading back towards the huge war zone, explosions and the roars of dragons echoing in the distance. But as they left, watching from one of the last standing towers of the huge, fallen castle was a cloaked figure, glaring down at the devastation below. His bright yellow eyes shined brightly as he scowled in anger. His pupils were like daggers, thin and slit.

The wind raced past him, making his cloak fly around violently. His long white hair flowed out from his hood as he stood there. Clenching his fist, he growled quietly, ''I need... to be stronger'' he muttered, gritting his teeth in anger. Then, he turned around and walked away, vanishing into the darkness as the battle raged on.

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Scene - The castle - by myself

 

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The song used for inspiration for this entire novel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ccFSXgdv5U

 

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Submitted: November 08, 2017

© Copyright 2020 Kathrina Csernis. All rights reserved.

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KevinLaw719

So, i started reading the third one, moved back to the second and then found myself wanting to know how all these characters got together, so here I am, reading the first novel in your epic series :)

Great start, i love the whole war thing and these two people, Cassius and Edmund. I like how at first you think Cassius let Edmund fall, but then he runs back after him, diving out of the castle and turns into a dragon, that part was pretty amazing.

This guy who says he needs to get stronger... I wonder who he is, the main villain, perhaps? Seems like one to me.

The person speaking at the start, I gather its not Kathrina, or Tsunami... So, I wonder, who is it? Who knew this mage man?

Loved the prologue, time to move further into the chapters. Amazing start :)

Fri, November 10th, 2017 6:31am

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Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it and took the time to come back to read this one cx

Thu, November 9th, 2017 11:32pm

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Srchaud

A friend of mine told me to read your work. So far I am not dissapointed. This seems like a fun start to an epic adventure. Lets be honest you can never go wrong with dragons.

Tue, November 14th, 2017 12:33am

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Hey, thanks a lot, i hope you enjoy it as much as my other readers are :)

Mon, November 13th, 2017 7:25pm

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xXbackflipsXx

Amazing work from a talented young Author, I like the pacing and how you explain the characters in such a way that I can really feel like I know their personalities which really does bring them to life. I can't wait to read more of your work!

Wed, November 15th, 2017 11:30am

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Thanks a lot, I'm happy you like it cx

Wed, November 15th, 2017 3:42am

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Twitchycat

I like it!
It's fast paced and has very vivid storytelling, drawing a clear picture of the action.
The stylisation is more like a movie, but that's fine.
Good job!

Fri, November 17th, 2017 5:50pm

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Thanks, I'm glad you like it cx

Fri, November 17th, 2017 9:56am

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TyroneSmith216

Hi, looking forward to reading your work. I came from your youtube link :)

Sat, November 18th, 2017 6:00pm

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Thanks, I hope you enjoy it

Sat, November 18th, 2017 10:40am

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Rosey Charlotte and Kiara

I like the start to this alot, im a big fantasy person and i love dragons too, i can see myself reading this until the very end. Its really long too which is good, i have high hopes for this :)

Sat, November 18th, 2017 6:25pm

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TheRealFrankCastle

Nice start, I like that you put art in the chapters too

Sat, November 18th, 2017 6:32pm

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Thanks

Sat, November 18th, 2017 10:41am

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The Flabbergaster

You really know how to paint a picture, it really gives a grand-scale impression, gives a real sense of an epic battle, and it draws the reader in. Also, dragons and vampires are two of my favorite elements in a fantasy story, so needless to say, I'm hooked! Excellent work!

Sat, November 18th, 2017 9:02pm

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Thanks, I'm glad you like it already and I hope it keeps you interested enough to follow until the end haha

Sat, November 18th, 2017 1:03pm

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JesterBlues

Hey! I just wanna say I really like you story. I'm a huge fan of fantasy and this one is just incredibly well written. So far I've just read the first two chapters but I'm sure I'll enjoy it till the very end!

Good luck writing!

Sun, November 19th, 2017 10:01am

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Thanks a lot, im glad you’re enjoying it and hopw you keep reading cx

Sun, November 19th, 2017 2:38am

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Carla W.

Really good start, I love the dragons and the way you just jump right into the battle, it has me hooked already. I love the art as well, did you draw it yourself?

~Carla W.

Thu, November 23rd, 2017 7:30pm

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Yep, I drew all the pictures and covers cx and thanks, I'm glad you came back to read it again cx

Thu, November 23rd, 2017 12:02pm

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Carla W.

Oh, I listened to the song and wow! I can see how it totally fits to this, that's amazing!

~Carla W.

Sat, November 25th, 2017 4:14am

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Thanks cx

Fri, November 24th, 2017 8:22pm

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AJLKS

Interesting prologue. Things got dangerous very fast and the revelation of Cassius's dragon nature was well done. The mysterious antagonist(?) at the end was intriguing, and so is the whole premise (dragon vs glowing people). I believe the lack of explanation of who's fighting, why, and where, is being purposefully omitted to cut to the exciting parts, which is fine.

The main logical issue I found is Cassius's statement regarding 20 seconds before hitting the ground. Assuming they're on an Earth-like planet, 20 seconds of fall would occur from a height of almost 2km (height = 1/2 gravity x time-squared). On that note, I'm not convinced Cassius can simply jump and catch up to Edmund who fell seconds before without any magical boost.

Another thing I recommend is to use better terms to describe the place and people. At times I'm not sure which character I'm following. And I think the combat choreography can use more details. That said, I liked it.

Sat, November 25th, 2017 10:11am

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Thanks, and yeah I purposely withheld it haha

And yeah I guess i should go back and do something about that falling thing, I'll be sure to look into it!

Thanks for reading and leaving me feedback cx

Sat, November 25th, 2017 9:18am

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Adabul_Mingolen

Really good start I can’t wait to read more!

Fri, December 1st, 2017 10:12am

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Kerry Yang

Great start! I'm going to keep reading more!

Tue, December 5th, 2017 6:48pm

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Hey! Thanks a lot! I hope you enjoy it :)

Tue, December 5th, 2017 11:00am

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TheBlueFox365

This was an awesome start!

Sun, December 10th, 2017 10:57pm

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Matthew Hair

Fast paced direct writing style easy to keep up with, I must say I'm glad I started this. This looks like a great start to a fantasy war story and it already seems like a violent one too. You have skill in building a scene giving the reader something to "see" Making it much easier to keep up with the quick action. Speaking of see I like that art at the end there not something you see often here.

Mon, December 11th, 2017 6:54pm

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I'm glad you like it, thanks cx

Mon, December 11th, 2017 11:13am

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Muneeb Sohail

Amazing work. I'm glad to read it. I like Art that you put in the chapter.

Fri, December 15th, 2017 1:57am

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Thanks!

Thu, December 14th, 2017 6:00pm

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れっくる

Woaaaaaahhhhhh!!! Action-packed already on the first chapter! This is gonna be good...

Sun, December 17th, 2017 11:09am

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Thanks, I'm glad you like it cx

Sun, December 17th, 2017 3:09am

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S. Rasmussen

So what exactly happened to Cassius? Was he the dragon? And what was the deal with all those white dragons? I'm confused

Sun, December 17th, 2017 4:43pm

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He was, and it was a battle lol the dragons are people with the ability to turn into dragons

Sun, December 17th, 2017 2:52pm

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ITS BILLYBOB

okay, this happened. I'm sure you noticed I did a lot of tiny nitpicks on obsolete things, that's how I am but that does not mean I dislike the story or your writing at all. Do I like this chapter with the vague transformations generally fluid passage as a whole, fast paced action packed and introducing the reader to the main character? yes very much so. one of the main characters? is the vampire the main character? Is Edmund the main character? Have I met the main character? I do have a nitpick, your choice to describe all the characters with their long (insert color here) hair there are so many better ways to describe a character, facial features body shape skin tone muscle mass etc I'm not saying long (insert color here) hair is bad but using it every time can throw a reader off from the intense scene especially in the very first chapter/prologue. on an ending note, I'm curious if we will get more of this Warlock guy from the opening monologue he sounds like an interesting guy/possible villain. well, I've run out of things to comment on and I will now move on to the next chapter. Good day.

Sun, December 24th, 2017 2:52pm

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Thanks for your comment, and yes these first chapters are currently undergoing 'maintenance' lol a lot of things have bee changed and the new version will be uploaded eventually.

I'm glad that you liked it, though. Thanks :)

Sun, December 24th, 2017 7:02am

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