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The Summoners Journey

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THE SUMMONERS JOURNEY

PREFACE- IT IS A TIME OF RESTLESS CHAOS WHEN MONSTERS CREATED FROM EVIL ROAM THE LAND AND ALL HOPE SEEMS TO BE LOST. THE HUMAN WAY OF LIFE HAS DETERIORATED TO THE WAY OF DOGS, WITH PEOPLE ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND WILD AND UNEDUCATED LOOKING FOR NOTHING BUT SHELTER, FOOD, AND PEACE OF MIND. WHAT COULD CAUSE THIS YOU ASK? IS IT AN ANCIENT TIME WHEN ANY SMALL DISTURBANCE CAN DISRUPT LIFE AS WE KNOW IT? IN A WAY IT IS. IT IS THE YEAR 3045 IN WHAT USED TO BE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-NOW RENAMED USPIRAL- BUT TO ANY OBSERVER OF YOUR TIME IT WOULD LOOK LIKE YEAR 1 IN THE WILDERNESS. EVIL MAGES RULE OVER THE LAND AND LOOK TO THE PEOPLE ONLY FOR THEIR NEXT EXPERIMENT. THEY CLAIMED CONTROL OVER THE LAND AND DESTROYED EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE WHO HAS TRIED TO OPPOSE THEM. NOBODY KNOWS HOW THEY GET THEIR POWER BUT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THEY ARE WICKED STRONG AND CAN CREATE ANY THING WITH ALL OF THEIR BLACK MAGIC. THIS INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM EVIL SPELLS TO MONSTERS AS CRAZY AND STRONG AS THEY ARE. SO BASICALLY, THEY ALL RULE USPIRAL WITH AN IRON FIST THAT CAUSES NOTHING BUT OPPRESSION. IT HAS BEEN THIS WAY FOR OVER A THOUSAND YEARS WITH THE EVIL GROWING STRONGER AND STRONGER. BUT NOW THE GODS HAVE HAD IT. WITH THE NEW DECREE THAT NOW THE PEOPLE WILL OFFER UP SACRIFICES TO THE MAGES INSTEAD OF THE GODS, THE GODS HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PLAN TO GET RID OF EVERY LAST EVIL MAGE. AND IN THE LAST WAY ANYONE WOULD THINK...

 

CHAPTER 1

HI, MY NAME IS ARY. I AM A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL WITH LONG DARK HAIR WITH REDDISH STREAKS. I'M AN AVERAGE FIVE-FIVE IN HEIGHTH AND HAVE GOLD EYES. I HAVE A NICE FAMILY OF FOUR, MY BUBBLY AND MELODRAMATIC MOM RITA, MY SILENT AND DARK DAD JOHN, MY IRRITATING LITTLE BRO JAK, AND ME. I TAKE AFTER MY DAD WHEN IT COMES TO MOODS. I'M USUALLY JUST HAPPY TO QUIETLY SIT IN THE BACKGROUND SO I WONT CAUSE ANY TROUBLE. YOU MIGHT THINK MY FAMILY WAS NORMAL. WE ARE FOR THE MOST PART. EXCEPT FOR ME. YOU SEE, WELL, I HAVE THIS... INSANE ABILITY TO SUMMON MONSTERS. YEAH YOU HEARD ME, SUMMON MONSTERS. I CAN SUMMON A CREATURE OF THE UTMOST DARK OR THE LIGHTEST LIGHT JUST BY THINKING OF THEM AND THEY APPEAR. ANYONE WHO HERES ABOUT THIS AND THINKS THAT WHAT I CAN DO IS COOL, YOUR WRONG. IT HURTS. A LOT. AND IT CAN HAPPEN AT THE WORST OF TIMES. I'D TELL YOU TO ASK MY OLD BEST FRIEND BUT YOU CANT 'CAUSE ONE TIME SHE PISSED ME OFF AFTER A FIGHT AND I ACCIDENTALLY SUMMONED A BLACK HEARTED DEMON THAT IMMEDIATELY STRUCK HER DEAD BEFORE I COULD BANISH HIM. THEN TO MAKE THINGS WORSE THAT WAS AROUND THE TIME WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS A MASSIVE SEARCH FOR SOMEONE WHO COULD SUMMON MONSTERS AND THERE WAS A HUNTING PARTY SEACHING FOR THEM. I AND MY FAMILY HAD TO RUN FROM TOWN TO TOWN TO ESCAPE THEM. MY LIFE WENT THAT WAY FOR A WHILE. ME MAKING THE MISTAKE OF GETTING TO ANGRY OR -GODS FORBID- HAPPY AND SUMMONING SOME SORT OF CREATURE THAT SCARES THE HELL OUT OF EVERY ONE AND CAUSING AN EVIL HUNTING PARTY TO COME AND CHASE US. IT HAS BEEN THIS WAY SINCE I WAS SIX YEARS OLD UNTIL NOW. WE HAD LIVED IN THIS ONE TOWN, DEWPORT FOR A WHILE WITHOUT ANYTHING WEIRD HAPPENING. THAT WAS, UNTIL I STARTED TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH KAY. I MET HER ABOUT THREE MONTHS INTO OUR STAY. KAY WAS AROUND 18 WITH LONG BLONDE HAIR. SHE STOOD ABOUT FIVE-TWO AND HAD GREEN EYES. SHE WAS ALSO FIT, LIKE A HIKER OR FARMGIRL. WHEN I FIRST SAW HER SHE WAS HELPING A GROUP OF KIDS FIND THEIR MOM. I WATCH HER FOR HALF THE DAY AS SHE LED THE KIDS AROUND THE TOWN SQUARE UNTIL ONE OF THE OLDER ONES RECOGNISED THEIR MOTHER. SHE SEEMED KIND ENOUGH BUT I WAS TOO NERVOUS TO GO UP TO HER AND SAY HI. SO I DID THE SENSABLE THING- I SPIED ON HER. I CAUTIOUSLY FOLLOWED HER WHEN SHE WENT OUT OF THE CITY. I CANT TELL YOU WHAT MADE ME DO IT, I JUST FELT COMPELLED TO FOLLOW THIS GIRL. SHEESH I WAS SO DESPERATE FOR A FRIEND. SO THERE I WAS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY WALLS STALKING THIS INNOCENT GIRL WHEN I SAW HIM. IT WAS JUST A FLASH, BUT I DEFINITELY SAW A SPIKEY HEAD DISAPPEAR BEHIND A ROW OF TREES. I SHRUGGED IT OFF AS NOTHING AND CONTINUED FOLLOWING KAY. SHE LED ME TO A SECLUDED CLEARING WITH A BULLSEYE HUNG UP ON A TREE. I WATCHED IN AMAZEMENT AS SHE DREW AN ARROW FROM HER BAG AND NOTCHED IT IN A BOW THAT MATERIALIZED OUT OF NOWHERE. SHE DREW HER ARM BACK AND LET THE ARROW FLY. FLOCK! RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. I WATCHED AGAIN AND AGAIN AS SHE HIT BULLSEYE AFTER BULLSEYE WITH ONE, TWO, UP TO FOUR ARROWS AT A TIME! I WOULD HAVE HID THERE ALL DAY IF SHE HADN'T HAVE AKNOWLEGED ME. "HELLO, MYSTERY GIRL, ENJOYING THE SHOW?" SHE TURNED TO FACE ME AND I WAS SPEECHLESS. "I-I UH S-SORRY." MY CHEEKS FLAMED AND I TURNED TO RUN AWAY, BUT SHE STOPPED ME. "WAIT, PLEASE, DON'T GO. YOU LOOKED SO ALONE IN TOWN THAT I LET YOU FOLLOW ME OUT HERE SO WE COULD TALK." I CONSIDERED RUNNING AWAY, BUT SHE SEEMED SO SINCERE. IN THE END I DID WHAT EVERY LONELY TEENAGER WOULD DO, I OPENED UP. THE AMAZING THING WAS SHE DIDN'T RUN WHEN I TOLD HER I COULD SUMMON MONSTERS. SHE EVEN PUT HER ARM AROUND ME WHILE WE SAT LEANED UP ON A TREE WHEN SHE LEARNED HOW CHAOTIC MY LIFE HAD BEEN. "OH, SWEETIE, DON'T WORRY. YOU'VE MADE IT THIS FAR, YOU CAN KEEP GOING." THAT'S HOW KAY BECAME MY BEST FRIEND AND SUPPORTER.THAT WAS THE LAST TIME I SUMMONRD ANYTHING BY ACCIDENT. KAY WAS SO AMAZING. SHE WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO MAKE ME HAPPY. WHETHER IT WAS MY NEXT MEAL OR WORK OR WHATEVER SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP ME. SO HERE WE ARE LIVING OUR LITTLE HAPPY (SORT OF) LIVES WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN A WARNING HORN SOUNDED. IT WAS A MAGE HUNTING PARTY! THEY MUST HAVE GOT WIND THAT I HAD MADE MY WAY TO DEWPORT AND SENT THEIR ARMY OUT TO FIND AND KILL ME. SO NATURALLY, MY FAMILY AND I RAN. THROUGH THE STREETS AND DARK ALLEYS WE RACED. TWICE WE NEARLLY RAN INTO A CONVOY OF SEARCHERS AND GOT TURNED AROUND AND ALMOST CAUGHT. THEN, OUT OF NOWHERE, A STRANGE INSANELY BEAUTIFUL MAN WITH POINTED EARS STEPPED OUT IN FRONT OF US. "THIS WAY," HE CALLED. WE WERE SURPRISED, BUT WE FOLLOWED. HE WAS TALL, AROUND SIX-FOUR WITH SHORT SPIKEY BLACK HAIR WITH BLUE AND RED TIPS. HIS SKIN LOOKED VELVETY. I REALIZED WITH A SHOCK WHERE I HAD SEEN THAT SPIKEY HEAD. HE LED PAST THE HOUSES INTO THE STREETS TO A LITTLE STORE. HE MOTIONED FOR US TO FOLLOW HIM IN. WE DID, BUT CAUTIOUSLY SO. WHEN WE WERE INSIDE HE CLOSED THE DOOR SOFTLY AND TURNED TO US. "HELLO, MY NAME IS OTHELLO. I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR FAMILY OR RATHER YOU ARY." I WAS STUNNED. HOW DID THIS GOD OF A PERSON KNOW WHO I WAS?! "H-HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM," I ASKED TENSELY. HE SMILED WARMLY. "OH, I KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU, ARY. YOU ARE THE FIRST SUMMONER IN A THOUSAND YEARS TO COME FORTH. YOU ARE THE HOPE OF ALL USPIRAL REBORN." HE LOOKED AT ME LIKE NOBODY EVER HAD BEFORE, WITH A KIND OF ADORATION DESERVING OF A HERO. NOBODY KNEW WHAT TO SAY TO THAT SO HE ASKED ME A QUESTION. "ARY DO YOU WANT GET AWAY FROM HERE AND LIVE UP TO YOUR DESTINY?" I WAS STARTLED INTO SPEAKING. "MY DESTINY, LIKE A PROFECY?" POINTS TO ME FOR READING ALL THOSE OLD SCI-FI BOOKS. OTHELLO LAUGHED, AND IT WAS SO SOOTHING OF A SOUND EVERYONES GUARD ALMOST IMMEDIATELY DROPPED. "WELL SORT OF. MORE LIKE A POSSIBLE FUTURE. IF YOU CAN LIVE UP YOUR FULL POTENTIAL YOU COULD DO GREAT THINGS TO BRING PEACE TO USPIRAL."

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