The awakening: Darkness from within

The awakening: Darkness from within

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Genre: Fantasy

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Genre: Fantasy

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Summary

Light and Darkness, two forces that are intertwined with one another, always balanced.
But now darkness has gone rampant for an unknown reason, threatening the light.
A boy wakes up in a place he does not recognize, with no memories of his past life.
He finds himself in the middle of this conflict, the scale of which is grander than he could've ever imagined. What is the cause of this darkness and what is his role in all of this?
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Summary

Light and Darkness, two forces that are intertwined with one another, always balanced.
But now darkness has gone rampant for an unknown reason, threatening the light.
A boy wakes up in a place he does not recognize, with no memories of his past life.
He finds himself in the middle of this conflict, the scale of which is grander than he could've ever imagined. What is the cause of this darkness and what is his role in all of this?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Answers

Author Chapter Note

After escaping the labyrinth our yet nameless protagonist awaits answers from his newfound companions. But danger lurks in the shadows.

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: June 04, 2017

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: June 04, 2017

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Light and Darkness, eternally intertwined with one another. One can sometimes overpower the other however neither can be fully destroyed.

A summer breeze blew through my hair as the sun was shining in my face. I looked back at the entrance, it was pitch black. The entrance was covered by a small hill, the rest of it was completely underground. Opposite to the entrance was a forest with big lush trees. A beautiful forest indeed.

* * *

"Let's go then!" Zyra said.

"Wow wow, wait. First I want answers." I complained. "What is that place? why was I there? why were you there? What the hell were those things? What even are you? What...what..."

"All in due time. This is neither the place nor the time. We can talk when we are gone from this place" He replied.

"But-" I started

"I understand your confusion but unless you want those Shadows to come after us I suggest we go now and talk later." 

I sighed, "Why are you helping me?"

Zyra remained silent and I started to question his motives. What did I really know about him and what does he gain from all of this?

"I just so happened to find you while investigating the cause of the growing darkness." He eventually said. 

"Growing darkness..." I muttered, but Zyra had already started walking.

"Later..." Was all he said

 And thus we walked, into the forest.

* * *

We walked for an hour in silence. The sun slowly sank behind the horizon, warping shadows through the forest creating a beautiful, yet unsettling scenery. I started to feel uneasy.

We walked for a while longer until we finally stopped when the sun was completely gone and it started to get dark.

"Let's rest here." Zyra said.

I sat down by a tree. Even though the sun was gone it was still pretty warm. 

Zyra looked up to me, "ok."

"ok what?" I asked.

"Ask me whatever you want"

I didn't know where to start, there were so many things I wanted to know.

He spoke "Nothing? What do you know already?"

I tried to reach down into my memory, but nothing came to mind. My memory was like a blank slate, as though a dark fog in my head prevented me from seeing my past.

"I, I can't remember anything. What's happening?!" I started to stress.

"No memories, nothing? I guess I'll explain the basics then. This is the Kingdom of Argaeia, ruled by Eregor the Great. Does that ring a bell?"

"No..." I said.

"Hmmm, Maybe a bit of history will stir some memories?

I said nothing and kept looking down.

"Well, this land used to be divided and overrun by darkness. Darkness born from hate, greed, blind ambition. But a brave hero was able to repel the darkness and save the world."

"Nothing..." I whispered.

There was a short silence. But Zyra had peaked my curiosity.

"What happened to him?" I asked.

"Hm? Oh, He was consumed by darkness." He replied sadly.

"Consumed by darkness?" 

He didn't respond. What does it mean to be consumed be darkness...

Again this silence. I felt as though he was keeping things from me. How did he know all of this stuff anyway?

He tried again, "Anything you remember about your family, the ones that raised you, your loved ones?"

Seeing the look on my face was enough for him to understand the severity of the situation.

Some time went by. I was trying to organize my thoughts, take it all in. None of it made sense to me. Why did I forget all of this in the first place?

 

"What about those, those monsters? " I asked after a while. "You mentioned the name penumbra before."

"Yes, they're the ones we encountered in the labyrinth. They're pretty pathetic but find their strength in numbers. Moving up from them there are antumbra, you can look at them as the officers of the dark forces. Lastly there are the Umbra."

"What about them?" I asked.

Zyra paused before he spoke, "Let's just say that you don't want to get to know them better."

"But wait, some things don't add up. If the darkness was repelled Then why were those penumbra there, and what about this 'growing darkness'?"

"Very sharp of you." He replied. "Yes the Darkness was repelled yet, just like Light, it can never be fully destroyed. The world is composed of light and darkness, one cannot exist without the other. Now don't get me wrong, darkness is not necessarily evil. Something is causing darkness to go rampant and threaten the light. I don't know much about it but what I do know is that the source lies within the depths of that labyrinth."

"But then we have to do something about it!" I said.

"And what do you expect to do about it? You're dead the moment you enter that labyrinth."

"No, our best bet is get away from here. We'll see what we'll do afterwards." And with that Zyra put his head down and closed his eyes. "Now let's sleep, we leave early tomorrow."

"But I have so many more questions to-" I tried. He started snoring loudly.

"Wh... why are you snoring telepathically to me?" I asked.

He answered "To let you know I'm going to sleep and not answer more of your silly questions."

I was dumbfounded but accepted that there was nothing I could do and went to sleep myself.

* * *

I was floating in nothingness. drifting peacefully. All of a sudden a voice in the distance. I recognized it. It was a girl's. It was very distant but clearly there. 

"Hello?" I tried but there was no response

Then I saw her, barely visible. I tried to move, but could not move my feet. I tried to reach out, but darkness got hold of my arm, pulling me away. Pulling me... down. I tried to scream, I tried to struggle. I tried... Please believe me, I tried, I  really did...Don't go...Don't leave...

the darkness completely engulfed me.

* * *

I woke up, sweating. That girl, who is she?

Moonlight was shining through the trees. Sinister shadows looming above me. Zyra was sleeping peacefully. I was about to lay down again when I spotted movement by a nearby bush. I sat there silently. Are my eyes playing tricks on me?

Looking at the ground I realized something was definitely wrong. The shadows... It was impossible for them to be pointing the same direction as the moon. A chill went over my spine at the realization of the uncanny truth. I tried waking up Zyra but it was already too late. As one they rose up and launched them upon me.

That bright light again. But instead of killing the Penumbra, a spear appeared in my hand.

What, what is this?

Without thinking I pierced forward, breaking their formation. In the mean time Zyra had woken, looking at me with unbelief. I knew what I had to do.

I took on a battle stance and readied myself for the upcoming fight. I looked at the penumbra surrounding me, there must've been 5 or so. I lashed out, and again, and again. Jump left, stab, backwards dash, parry, spin around, slash...

They all disappeared after one or two hits. It all felt natural to me. My body guided every move. I felt truly alive. Until...

More of them appeared. An entire horde of penumbra was charging my way. There was no hope for me here. I looked at Zyra, he saw the same. 

"Just run!" He yelled.

Running, running again. Is this all I do? When will this end?

A cliff, dropping hundreds of meters deep. I turned around, tightening the grip on my spear. 

"What now?" I looked at Zyra. "Any bright ideas?"

He replied, "You take that pointy stick and stab them with until they die. How's that for an idea?"

"And you complain about my sarcasm?" I said while laughing uncomfortably.

The first wave came in. I tried fending them of as best I could. However I couldn't prevent getting a few scratches here and there. Right after the first wave was cleared, the second one came in. Wave after wave, pushing me closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.

After countless waves my legs gave in and I fell to my knees. I was at the end of my strength. This is it then...

Awaiting the final blow a warm glow came rising from behind me. When I opened my eyes all the penumbra were gone, banished by the light of dawn. I let out a sigh of relief. Just as I was about to stand up, the ground beneath me gave in and I fell. Everything went to black again.


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