Blade Brothers

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a story of death and sorrow, read about Oren losing his family and fight Death itself to save the world!

Submitted: July 30, 2012

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Blade Brothers
By Chandler Vining
 
Chapter 1 Planting Wheat
I awoke again, the year was 191(ad). Today I had to plant more wheat. As I packed up my tools my mother walked in, “Oren, its your Father. He’s not looking well and he must stay in today, you will have to do all the fields.”. then she just walked out, well that’s great I’m always doing the fields cause father is always sick, I grabbed my pack and walked toward the door, my father was on his bed roll and at first glance I saw a black figure above him, I looked again and it was gone so I blew it off. I began doing the fields I felt strange, like someone… or something was watching me. I decided to be safe to take a kneel and say a quick prayer. When I was done I felt a bit better so I finished most of the field and reached into my pack for my jug of water, but there was a snake in my pack and without hesitation I grabbed my long sword and slashed it, it was a unusual snake, it was black and had strange marking on it. The strange feeling came back. I stood up a looked around the was no one. So I quickly finished the field and ran home. When I opened the door the feeling hit me hard and I fell of my feet. I quickly stood and closed the door. I looked at my father, he was still on his bed and it had been hours. I went to my room and took out the strange rock I found in the fields last year. When I looked in it I could see myself, I had medium brown hair, a small mustache and beard. my white eye was looking funny, the was a strange symbol in the center. I put my stone away and cuffed my hand and practiced my sword swing, I cant swing the sword inside. I closed my eyes and imagined my sword in hand, then suddenly I felt something in my hand, I opened my eyes and every thing was bright and I could see everything very clearly and in my hand. My eyes got wide, was my sword but different it was almost see-through tinted blue, and glowing. The strange feeling quickly came back but it was like I was ready for it. I was no longer scared, I was ready to fight. The suddenly my father screamed I ran in there holding the sword but it weighed nothing, I looked at my father he was screaming and the black figure was back, I ran at it and swung the sword a loud screech rang through the house and turned to smoke and vanished. My father quickly stood, he seemed happy. He hugged me and told me he felt great ran outside and did a whole field and came back several hours later, and he still felt great, I was astonished. He went and laid down and fell asleep. So I did to. When I got to my room I looked in my stone and my eye was normal. The sword was gone, I laid down and went to sleep.
 
Chapter 2 My first adventure
When I awoke I walked out of my room and into the family room. My father was dressed in his hunting clothes, my mother on the floor with my baby sister. “Son, would you like to come hunting with me?” my father asked. And I ran into my room grabbed my bow and arrow and my sword and we left. As we walked through the woods in my homeland, Russia it was often cold. We found an elk, me and my father drew our bows and fired, the elk fell quickly, we got to him and dragged him home, as we walked my father asked me “what was that last night, when you slashed the black figure?” I went wide eyed “you saw him to?”. “of course, Son. When I was your age, I joined a Chinese Force, we never became the best we actually fell shortly after I joined but while I was there I decided to hunt a nice big elk for the General. When I returned the whole army was dead and the black figure was standing in the middle, I grabbed my sword and went to strike him down, but when I swung it just went through him without any effect. Then I blacked out, I have never spoken of it until now. Whatever that was that you did could avenge them.”. we walked to the hill in silence. Right when we peaked over the hill we could see the house, it was on fire.
 
Chapter 3 Attacked
We ran down the hill leaving the elk behind, my mother ran out of the house holding my baby sister. The roof of the house caved in, my mother and father were crying, as the fire spread to the fields. The door to the house was launched of the wall and the black figure walked out, but it was different. He had a dark grey robe, it was filled with tears. he held a scythe by his side and his hood was darker then the darkest dark, just looking at him made my stomach quiver, he razed his scythe and he spoke, his voice was like a thousand screaming people “We meet again. You don’t know who I am but I know you, you may call me, Death and I am here to collect what I meant to take years ago.”. my father stood pulling out his sword, “You will never touch my family!” and he charged, but with a swing of Death’s scythe my father was lunged across the grass, blood leaked out of his chest. Suddenly my eye felt funny again, I quickly imagined my sword and it appeared as it did before. I ran toward Death and he swung his scythe again but a countered and swung at his head, he ducked and jumped back. Death spoke a language I have never heard, and suddenly the ground in front of it cracked and opened. Screams pored out of the ground and 2 warriors crawled out, their armor was dark, but like any ordinary Iron armor, it was cracked and there faces were useable from the hoods over there heads. The crack in the ground shut and the Warriors pulled there swords, thoughts ran through my mind on how I could defeat them quick enough to save my family, the sword in my hand disappeared and a Bow appeared, I had a wild thought. I imagined me shooting 10 arrows at once, and then I shot. 10 arrows shot from my bow and pierced the Warriors and the fell to the ground. Death was Stunned, it ran at me like Lightning I yelled, I closed my eyes for just a second and imagined him shot with a few arrows. As I opened my eyes 3 arrows flew from the corner of my eye and smashed into its chest. But the weren’t like the arrows before, they were normal. “MOVE!”. I quickly ducked as the voice said and 3 more arrows hit Death and he was got off guard, and a man walked in front of me. He was wearing a skin tight ninja suit, gold plating, and a facemask with the imprint of a skull in it. He dropped his bow and pulled his spear, he looked down at me and said “well stand up it isn’t going to fight itself now is it.” I stood and imagined a sword, but not mine, a new one, a larger one, coded with flames, and not blue. and it quickly appeared in my hands weighing nothing, but I felt a bit weaker. Me and the man lunged toward Death and we both swung, death blocked and kicked the man. I saw an opening under his arm so I took it, I jabbed and as it struck him Lightning blasted from him, I was tossed toward the ground. I looked toward the man who was fighting face to face with death swinging and blocking, the man jabbed and Death countered and picked him up by the throat, so I stood up and ran at him tackling him and releasing the man. Death grabbed me by the throat, and spit fire at me. The flames covered my body, he dropped me. As I lay there I could feel the fire dancing in the wind on my body, I could feel the sharp sting of the flame. I was to tired to yell or scream, I just laid and thought about how I failed. Then water splashed onto me and I didn’t pay attention to the pain I still had a chance I thought of my sword, and charged. I struck Death in the back and threw water out of my hands onto him. Then I stabbed him in the stomach with the blade, his body shimmered so I grabbed his robes and he looked up and a beam of energy shot from his face. Then he Exploded launching me and the man to the ground. We couldn’t move. I was paralyzed, and watching it approach my family. He slashed my Mother and she twisted to the ground as the blood spattered through the air. He turned toward my baby sister. He picked her up and turned toward me. “I will take this one.” he said. Tears ran down my face as I drifted off to sleep.
 
Chapter 4 Waking up
I woke up in a wagon, hay below me for cushion, I looked up. The sky was gray full of dark clouds. I began to sit up when a hand touched my shoulder, “no, stay laying. Ill explain everything.”. I looked on a horse next to the wagon where the hand came from. It was a woman, with long brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a white and brown dress. She had a small sword at here hip. I looked up at who was driving the wagon. It was the man who helped fight Death. I looked behind the wagon, there were about 15 more solders. All dressed like the man, just without the facemask. All with Steel swords and riding horses. Carrying packs of food, clothes, and other things. “we’re here!” shouted the man driving the wagon. The Solders behind us smiled and cheered quietly. As we pulled up in a small village, maybe 6 buildings. Doors opened to other women and children coming to meet there loved ones. The wagon pulled over and stopped. I quickly pulled myself out of the wagon and fell to my knees, then flat to my chest. I broke the fall with my arms. I rolled over as 3 solders helped me up and walked me inside the inn. Once we were inside they sat me down on a bench near the fire to keep warm. The women came and sat next to me. “how are you feeling?” she asked nicely. “I’m ok. I think, I’m confused. Who are you?” she smiled and said “I’m Adorra, Sister of Sheng. And who are you?”. I hesitated and looked around. could I trust these people I thought to myself. “Oren.” I said quietly. “do you have any family Oren?” she asked. “I have a brother who currently serves under 
Ma Teng, and a baby sister who was kidnapped by Death.”. her eyes got wide. “sounds like quiet the story.” she said with a giggle. “where are we right now?” I asked suspiciously. “China.” she said. I paused. I needed to find my brother Ma Chao. He is only my half brother on my mothers side. When my mother was with Ma Teng she was kidnapped and rescued y my father. Ma Teng thought she had abandoned Ma Chao. “are we near Ma Teng’s Fortress?” I asked curiously. “yes.” she said sternly. I stood up feeling better. “I need to speak with Sheng.” I said. She simply pointed outside so I hurried outdoors. Sheng was by the wagon as I ran up to him. “Sheng, I need your help.” “ah, yes. Oren right.”. “yes” I said sternly, I tried to appear intimidating. “sure I will help you where shall we venture to?”. I was stunned to know he agreed so quickly. I explained what my plan was and he agreed, so we headed out on horseback.
 
 
 
Chapter 5 Zhao Yun
As we rode down the path we saw a man approaching behind us so we slowed down hoping to make conversation to help pass time. As he rode up next to us on his horse he announced his name “I’m Zhao Yun. General of Gongsun Zan.” he nodded. Sheng replied “I’m Sheng Chan, former solder under Yuan Shao.”. he nodded. I didn’t say anything. As we walked Zhao Yun explained how the war was going between the different armies. “Do you know 
Ma Chao?” I asked interrupting him. “Yes, he is a General under Ma Teng. Their hidden fortress is 3 miles in that direction -he pointed- but its becoming night. We better camp here.” he said and got of his horse and began to open his packs. Sheng nodded and did the same to I followed along. Once we got all of our tents set up we made a fire. Sheng and I ate bread cause there was little of anything else. 
Zhao Yun ate what looked like meat, he cooked it on the fire. He offered us some, Sheng refused but I was still hungry. “So, why are you looking for Ma Chao? You don’t wish his head do you?” Zhao Yun said Suspiciously. “No, he is my brother. I must tell him of mothers passing and see if he will help save our sister from Death.” Zhao Yun flinched when I said Death. “is there something wrong?” said Sheng he must of saw him do it to. “Yes. I have fought it on the battle field before. It is an unstoppable force. And if he has your sister she is gone. He will speed up her life and change her mind and body. it will change her to become one of its own, if you wait to much longer she will be fully controlled.” Zhao Yun decided not to speak anymore and he crawled into his tent and fell asleep. Sheng and I did the same. In the morning Zhao Yun gave us directions to Ma Teng’s Fortress. He road of the path onto another and Sheng and I went toward Ma Chao.
 
Chapter 6 The Mongols 
As we traveled the trees and bushes began to sway, even dance in the wind. As I watched them I remembered the fire on top of me. I saw my father tossed about like dirt, my mother slashed like a watermelon. Out house burned to the ground. The fields gone. And then I remembered Death. Right then I swore to kill him. I just didn’t know how. Suddenly interrupting my thoughts and arrow pierced the ground in front of us. Bandits fell from the trees and crawled from bushes. There were about 20 of them. “Who goes there!” shouted the Bandit Leader. Sheng just moved his arm in a swaying motion gesturing them to move. The bandit leader giggled and gestured his archer’s to set up to fire. I imagined my sword. My eye felt funny and my sword appeared. The Bandits were stunned. The Bandit Leader quickly told them to fire. Sheng and I leaped of the horses, him with his spear  and me with my sword. We charged as did they. Sheng jabbed and slashed, ripping them to shreds. I jabbed countered and kicked, they sung and I duck and sliced at the feet, he fell quickly and I jabbed him. Then I ran straight toward the Bandit Leader, he raised his sword. And I slashed he blocked and countered but I ducked. I imagined fire resting in my palm like seeds. I threw water earlier by accident maybe I can do it this time. The fire appeared in my hands with no burn and threw it at him and his Clothes began to burn, I kicked him to the ground and decapitated his head. I glance over at Sheng most of his guys were taken care of. Then and arrow ripped through my shoulder and fumbled me to the ground. A large Stocky man walked above me. He was about to execute me when 3 knives were thrown at his chest. He collapsed. I broke the arrow and stood up. A large train of what looked like Samurai. The aimed there arrows and killed the rest of the Bandits. Sheng and I approached. Their leader got off his horse and walked toward us with a smile. “we are a Mongolian Tribe. I am Orisu, King of our tribe.” Sheng nodded and spoke his name, so I followed along. We got back on our horses and rode side Orisu. “we are looking for warriors Sheng, you men were skilled on the battle field. Would you like to join our tribe?” Orisu spoke with such peacefulness, Sheng turned toward me, I nodded in agreement. So Sheng accepted too. “Very good, I no pronounce you my 2 Dragon Generals!” Orisu said with excitement. So as we rode I told Orisu the story of how Sheng and I got here. He was very interested in helping us, So he joined my adventure. We quickly changed directions and rode toward Ma Teng’s Fortress. It began nightfall and I was tired, Orisu and Sheng were wide awake talking. Orisu noticed how tired I was and told me to climb into his wagon and sleep for the night. I thanked him and climbed in, Sheng held my horse.
 
Chapter 7 Helping Ma Chao
I awoke to Orisu screaming orders to his troops and Sheng tossing my sword at me, Sheng pulled me up and yelled “we found Ma Chao he needs help he is in grave danger, we must help him win the battle!” I quickly jumped up and my sword appeared, I ran toward Orisu with Sheng for our orders. Orisu just simply pointed Sheng and I toward the enemy and said “ Save Ma Chao!” so I ran toward him. I kicked a man trying to stab Ma Chao the sliced another. Ma Chao saw we were helping so him and I got back to back slicing and slashing whipping and kicking, a stockier man approached me and swung his sword, I ducked and slashed at his legs and he jumped, I quickly recovered and jabbed at his chest a dodged and hit me with the but of his blade, I crumbled to the ground. The man was about to stab me when Ma Chao stuck his spear into the man’s chest and tore it out. The man collapsed Ma Chao helped me up and blocked another mans strike and countered with a jab killing another man. I sliced a man trying to tackle Ma Chao and then a blade slid under my arm, tearing my clothes and slicing the skin. A turned and slashed at the man. He fell as I saw the blood fling through the air. I nearly cried seeing all the death around me. I had to keep moving though so I kept flinging my blade at different people, then the feeling came and I knew what was about to happen. I turned pushing Ma Chao to the ground, I shot a blast of energy at Sheng and Orisu bringing the to the ground, and I did my best to form a sort of Shield around us my energy quickly went away but I kept holding the field of energy, then Death appeared and caused an explosion like the one at my farm, as the blast hit my energy field I quickly absorbed the energy of my field and the blast, and Death ran toward me and swung his scythe with what energy I had left I ducked and jumped, dodging all of his swings and slashes, he grew angry and picked me up by the throat and spit fire at my body again just this time it kept coming and coming. I could feel the burn, he threw me at a tree, my body crushed the trunk and wet threw it hitting another bringing it down, as I smashed into the ground the tree fell near me. I could only feel pain, the burn if the fire on me melting my skin. I could feel my body melting away, It was like I was fading into the ground, disappearing. The sting of the flame kept on as I began to not be able to think, pictures of my family raced through my head, then pictures of Sheng and Orisu, everyone. Suddenly the pain stopped, I thought the fire was put out but no. it was still burning. I could move my head. Like all my energy was back. I turned toward Death as he battled Orisu, Sheng, and Ma Chao at the same time, I tried to stand, it was hard but I did. I looked down at where I was laying and my eyes got wide. The ground was cracked, and the grass was burning and above all that was my burning lifeless body. I looked down at myself I was made of tinted blue sparkling energy. I looked like my sword. My body kept burning. I tried to cry but no tears came out. I felt no emotion. I walked toward the Battle. Death kicked Ma Chao to the ground hit Orisu and swung at Sheng, I ran in front of the blade as my energy stopped it, Sheng fell to the ground. His eyes wide looking at me. All of there eyes wide. I looked at Death he was astounded, he swung at me and I grabbed the end of his scythe and tore it from is hands. I held it as my own, I swung it at him and he ducked, then I kicked at him and he went to grab my foot but when he touched me his hand caught fire, he looked up at the sky and screamed. I drove the scythe into his chest and kicked him up into the air, jumped and shot him with a beam and he was launched miles and miles away. I fell to the ground landing on my feet. I looked at my friends. They just stared back. I turned and ran toward the forest running as fast as I could through the trees. I could here birds and the sound of nature when I realized what had happened. 
I was dead.
 
Chapter 8 Helping Zhao Yun
I stopped running when I reached the road. I heard the sound of a horse trotting I looked over to see Zhao Yun running holding a baby he was about to be shot with arrows when I blasted energy at them, I ran along side Zhao Yun blasting different people we ran fro hours I didn’t grow weak to my surprise, we kept running until we got out of that village. He stopped running and asked me what was I, and I told him what happened. And he told me the baby was his General Liu Bei’s son Liu Chan. He told me how he had to save him from those guys trying to kill him and return it to his General. I wished him luck and ran back into the forest. I began to see large bright lights, then one very large white light appeared in front if me and I walked cautiously into it. I found my self in a land with a bright blue sky. Large apple trees and bright green grass. From behind one of the trees and man walked out. Wearing a white tunic and white pants. He had a long brown beard and spoke in the most magnificent tone, it sounded like angels singing, “Oren, do you know who I am?”, my voice would not speak, I was amazed by everything. The man was beautiful, I could barely look at him. “that’s Ok Oren, I am Whatever you wish to call me, I am referred to as God, Buddha, Elohim, and simply the Lord. You can call me whatever you wish.”
 
Chapter 9 Afterlife
I decided to call him The Lord, it was easy to remember. I could not speak but it was like he could read my mind. “you are here because your body has died but your spirit has come here to the Afterlife, the spirit world. You are special Oren, that eye is the mark of God. You race is only born in time of trouble. You are problem solvers. I created you to be like me, -he approached me and showed me his eye- the problem today is Death, he has escaped his prison and fled onto your land, you must kill him and cast him away back into his prison in the darkest depths of hell.” I nodded. “but, Child. Your time has not come yet. I will send you back to your own body, I will restore you too health. But your look will be forever changed. I am sorry. Now my son, you will find him in the outskirts of Beijing. Fight Death, fight him for me. Kill him!” I nodded quickly. But I didn’t want to leave. He made a door I approached it and opened it. I was sucked through some kind of whole. Then everything around me was black. The were small whit specs all around me. Straight ahead I could see a ball. It was green and blue. Around it I could see a smaller ball. A gray one. And all over there were small balls all different colors. The ball I was headed toward began to get larger and larger, I got closer and closer to it, I closed my eyes. I opened them minutes later and I could see Sheng, and Orisu, I could only see the tops of their heads though. Then I saw my body being dragged on a wagon I headed straight toward it. I smashed into my body crushing the wagon and cracking the ground.
 
Chapter 10 Recovery
I woke up laying on the ground. Near a small river. I leaned up. Ma Chao was washing his face in the water with Sheng, Orisu filling containers of water. I leaned over to the water, I could see myself in it, I had no hair, not on my whole body. I was taped up, the bandages were bloody. Lying next to me was a suit of Steel Plate Armor, with helmet, I put it all on and my body was completely hidden in the armor. I stood up as Ma Chao and Sheng rushed over to me. They walked me back to the horses. We began to ride to Beijing and I explained everything, Everyone sharpened there blades but I meditated on my skills. I was attempting to master The Mark of God, I kept generating my sword and generating different types of weapons. I tried to deal with shooting projectiles out of my hands, like spears, arrows, and knives. As we traveled we came across Zhao Yun again. He was with his general and his army. I explained to Liu Bei what had all happened and he agreed to give us 500 warriors and Zhao Yun agreed to travel with us. So now I had Sheng, Orisu, Ma Chao, Zhao Yun, 50 Mongolian Warriors, and 500 Chinese Samurai. We were ready. We kept on our way to Beijing, all of our men trained on there way, sharpening blades meditating and shooting arrows at trees. Then we reached the top of the final hill, as we reached the peak we saw Beijing, and in front of that, Death and his army of Demons.
 
Chapter 11 Charging Down the Hill
I climbed of my horse, and ordered everyone into formation on the top if the hill. I could here the yells of the demon’s. I stood looking at my army, “Men, it will be an honor to fight by you side today, because today your names will be remembered! We will go down in history, they will tell Stories of this day, the day we cast Death back into his Prison in fiery depths of hell! Now, CHARGE!”. I turned a shot hundreds of arrows out of my palms, and ran down the hill. I could here the footsteps behind me, the yelling of my army. To my left was Orisu and Sheng, to my right was Ma Chao and Zhao Yun. Once we reached the bottom we all swung our weapons, Sheng and his Spear, Orisu and his Katana, Ma Chao and Zhao Yun with Spears, and me with my energy blade. I ducked and swung, countered and kicked. every time I slashed a demon he turned to dust, I just kept dodging and jabbing, it was like I knew what would happen next. The suddenly the ground shook as a monster straight from legends lunged forth out of the ground, it was a Dragon, without hesitation I ran toward it, Blade ready. It spit fire and I ducked and jumped landing on its foot, stabbing it. It tried to throw me but I used my sword as a branch jabbing it into the Dragon’s eye, I kicked it in the face and held my palm out, I suddenly blasted some sort of energy cannon out of my hand, the Dragon turned to dust and I landed on the ground feet first. I stood and looked at Death with a smirk on my face. I kept fighting, and running toward Death. When I reached his tower. I shot another cannon at the base of the tower, it began to crumble and collapse. Death jumped before it fell and landed near me and I charged, Death Charged me to, we met sword to scythe, slashing and whipping I kicked it to the ground and checked on my friends, the battle was going well but the demons kept coming. I looked back at Death but it was to late, it picked me up again ready to spit fire but I was prepared, I spit pure and utter energy through my helmet and into its hood. It clenched and threw me back. I landed on the ground and he clapped his hands together sending a blast toward everyone. I looked at my team as it hit, it instantly killed almost everyone on the battle field. All of Deaths, and all of mine except Orisu, Sheng, Ma Chao, and Zhao Yun. They quickly stood as did I and we all charged at Death at once, he threw his scythe at Orisu, and he wasn’t ready for it as the blade on the scythe drove into Orisu’s Chest, he puked up blood and black gunk. He turned toward me. Tears in his eyes. Death Pushed us down and approached Orisu, Death Grabbed the Scythe and tore it from Orisu’s chest. He fell to his knees. And then flat. I threw my sword at Death but it caught it. My blade dissolved to nothing. Ma Chao ran toward him but death kicked him at least 50 feet away. Zhao Yun also Charged but was butted with the scythe and collapsed, he was out cold. Sheng stood up determined, but I knew what he was going to do. He threw his spear as a diversion and went to tackle Death and I shot Death with several arrows. Sheng failed and was stabbed by the Scythe, I stood and generated my sword and charged, I stabbed Death in the side, and punched it repeatedly, I twisted the blade and Death dropped his scythe. Sheng on the end of it. I pulled the blade through his body and yanked it out, the decapitated Death. Death screeched and turned to nothing but dust, then he blew away in the wind. I rolled Sheng over, he was dead. Orisu was dead. Ma Chao walked up to me grabbing my shoulder with Zhao Yun. We began to walk away from the fight when Death reappeared and spoke in the language I had never heard, it was a memory blast. I dropped to the floor but Ma Chao and Zhao Yun didn’t. Death shot the blast and they both fell down, I stood up and looked at Death, they will never remember you Oren, never. And now you must die. his voice rang in my head. I charged him blade ready but he dodged it and jabbed me with his scythe. I looked down to see the blade in my chest. I vomited blood and the black gunk. Death ripped it from my chest and tossed me to the ground I could feel my life fading away again. I took in all the energy I could, then I blew myself up causing an explosion so big it ripped the ground an pushed death back into the depths of Hell. Then the ground shut and I felt nothing, but I could see the light again.
 
Chapter 12 Have a Drink
I was back in the land of apple trees and bright blue skies and bright green grass. I felt better. The Lord walked out from behind the tree again, he sat down at a table with a tea pot. He looked at me and spoke the beautiful voice “You have done it my child, you have killed Death. It is locked in its prison again. There is you family and friends -he pointed and there was my father, mother, Sheng, and Orisu.-, you may wonder where you baby sister is, and that’s what I need to speak with you about Oren, your sister is imprisonment in Hell. Now come, have a Drink.”


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