Rain poured down, hammering against the windows and crashing into the walls. The cottage on the outskirts of Palaestra shuddered in the bad weather as strong winds tried their best to blow the windows in and steal its roof. But even if it took the wooden, sloped planks and the...Read More »
The Manufacturing and Storage district of Palaestra was always devoid of life in the dark evenings, apart from the one warehouse at the end of the street. Unlike every other warehouse, this one was not cold and full of products waiting to be used or sold, but instead filled with...Read More »
Underneath the city of Thre-Etas was a huge maze of caves and tunnels. Many of these were flooded with lava, boiling water or steam and used to generate power for the city. The Trelotam Chambers though were the exception. They were cold and frigid, as billowing winds swept through them....Read More »
Baxavius Thynanium lived in a simple home on the outskirts of Iolonarium, the Cassid territories of Portalia. From his little house he could see both Port Chria and the Kilamia Mountains over in the Rethan territories. In the distance, the sun was setting, lonely rays scattering over the jagged mountains,...Read More »
The two Retha slept peacefully in bed, sharing a large, woolly blanket which draped not only across them, but across the floor as well. They slept closely, their heavily armoured bodies snuggled together, seemingly not caring for the sharper parts of their organic, naturally-growing armour plating, nor their heavy claws....Read More »
The Silvertooth cafe was rarely frequented by any beings other than Thanatians. It sat on the edge of the small town of Asimidont, nestled in the low, dusty hills of Vriskera, next to a literal waterhole. Towns in Thanatian territories were rare, but Asimidont had sprung up due to many...Read More »
“Vice General, you’re working very late today!”
Elkay Theanon rolled his eyes. He was concentrating on what he was reading. It was a proposal from one of the lower generals to increase pay for Secondeers in the Rethan Stratos. Which seemed simple enough, but many of the less well-liked generals would...Read More »
The home of the Dessaron team Retha Squad One was normally full of beings on Saturday evenings, but that night, Gath was sleeping over at Retvik’s place, Vel had been invited to a party elsewhere and Kohgra was out foraging for things. Kayess-En, or Kass for short, had the whole...Read More »
Risk Level: High
Name: Veliakos ‘Vel’ Konztantin
Subtype: Hertan/Threan-type crossbreed
Date of birth: 18/11/81
Location of birth: Slitherlimb’s Rest, Hertany
Parents: Gathrin Konztantin (mother – deceased), Relasi Seran Konztantin (father – deceased)
Length (inc. tail): 2.51m
Born traits: Black skin. Purple and black armour with gold slithers. Blue eyes. Low-level Threan-type telepathy and...Read More »
Note: As with several stories, the timing of this tale is unknown.
“Kass, Vel, a word.”
Gath stomped in. He stomped everywhere he went, due to his Ethran-type status, but there was a particularly serious tone to his stomping today.
Vel and Kass both got up and followed Gath into the strategy room...Read More »
The nine most powerful members of the Rethan race sat calmly on their plain, wooden chairs, along a long, equally plain table. In the middle of the table sat the High General, Photeianos Photeianou. To his right sat Vice General Elkay Theanon and the three generals of the North: Rethais...Read More »
“You know what I’m going to say, don’t you?”
Arkay nodded. He didn’t need to say anything, he just wanted Skios to get it over with. He’d finally gotten out of hospital. Thankfully, apart from a small infection from an injury, he was perfectly fine. The Deitics hadn’t done anything worrying...Read More »
There were times when Retvik wasn’t sure how he ended up in a position and now was one of those times. He was one of the Dessaron, and he was currently in charge of the Dessaron Battle Arenas. Currently. Temporarily. The scheduling matches and keeping fans entertained was a lot...Read More »
Gath watched from the bed as Retvik rushed around, closing the curtains and making sure everything was off. It was thirty five degrees outside, and with all the windows and curtains shut, the temperature was only rising in the small, dark bedroom. Finally, when Retvik was happy, he removed his...Read More »
It was close to midnight. The medics had finished tending to Elkay’s injuries. He was lucky to be alive. But he was in no position to be going anywhere. Two broken legs, a sprained wing and a dislocated shoulder all vied for attention from his drug-ridden brain.
Someone, he wasn’t sure...Read More »
“Is it dark here or am I still partially blind?” Enkay panicked as he struggled to climb to his feet.
“Both! Help me out here!” Arkay frantically replied as he tried to lift the still unconscious Teekay out of the water. It was about thigh high, and Rethans weren’t exactly known...Read More »
Things were coming together quite well, considering recent events. They may have all been trapped in a series of underground tunnels with no way out, but they were all alive and they all had a place to sleep at night.
Teekay had been by far the most helpful. Once he’d woken...Read More »
This is set a year after the four Dessaron Interviews, on 09/05/16.
Cameravok: I assume we won’t be wasting any time on this.
Retvik: Nonsense. We have time. This isn’t like before.
Kazix: Well good!
Arkay: We’re just doing short bursts, right?
Kazix: Yes, people don’t like long, boring interviews.
Retvik: We already discussed this. Four...Read More »
Kayel sat on the ledge above the cage area. There were twenty Varga being held in there, alongside the former Queen of this Vohra nest. While the Varga’s cages had all been extended and opened up in one cage, the upset Vayra’s cage had been made smaller, as if it...Read More »
It had been a good day for Retvik. Everyone involved in today’s Dessaron Battle Arena matches had gone home happy, including all the losing teams. The only bad thing that happened today was that Gath had things to do, some negotiations with the team’s sponsor, so he wouldn’t be around...Read More »
Veeyel was banging his head against a wall. It was all he could really do right now, since he was wrapped up in a straight jacket and not really capable of movement. Maybe if he bashed his head in enough, he’d forget everything that was going on.
He knew exactly why...Read More »
Note: This tale takes place some time in the somewhat near future.
The sun was shining and little poulia were whistling and singing outside. A warm but gentle breeze was blowing into the small private room. The room wasn’t as pleasant as outside, what with the constant beeping machinery and the...Read More »
“Six months?” Enkay seemed pretty shocked. “We do the right thing, we don’t hurt anyone, we help the Kalsa Warriors get their freedom and we helped save a nest of innocent Vohra, and we get six months in prison?”
Everyone else though seemed quite relieved. They had all expected far worse....Read More »
The only source of light in the room, apart from the ICU machines, was that of a small television screen. On it was a nonsensical movie in which Thropes ran around like scared kids in a forest getting themselves killed. It was stupid, but it was amusing.
Veeyel had picked the...Read More »
Photeianos: Prime Minister Aesop, it is good to speak to you again.
Aesop: And a pleasure to speak to you, General Photeianos. Apologies that it must be under such… unusual circumstances.
Photeianos: Circumstances caused by Cassids.
Aesop: Hence why I said unusual. But I must insist, the Cassid government has nothing to...Read More »
The ship was being refuelled and prepared for take off. As per usual instructions, while his Ksa did all the required checks on the ship, Vice General Elkay watched from a distance, flanked by Veekay, Teekay, Enkay and Geekay, his ‘originals’ as he often called them. Finally, Arkay and...Read More »
“You rebuilding the city on your own?” Kass yawned as he watched Retvik moving rubble with his bare hands. “Like, completely?”
Retvik stopped what he was doing and wiped the sweat from his face. He had managed to get a lot done in the last few hours. Most of the roads...Read More »
“I’m going to find him.”
Retvik glared at Tenuk. The Ethran-type had been gone for five hours, and now he’d reappeared in an insane getup, spouting nonsense.
“You’re going to do what?”
“I will find Arkay and bring him back.”
Tenuk stood in the doorway, wearing a really bad-ass set of armour and carrying...Read More »
“Scan complete, Ekim. The specimen we picked up appears to be a Threavok, from the Mazain Tri-system.”
Arkay squirmed on the floor, not quite conscious, but not asleep either. He was only vaguely aware of his current location. A chain around his neck stopped him from moving in any way, and...Read More »
“Thank you, kid…”
“No worries, Retvik. Least I can do considering…”
Retvik waved as Kass dropped him off on the little path to his partner’s home. Kass revved the engine of his little hovercraft, wished Retvik well then sped off into the distance, probably back to his own little house on the...Read More »
“You said you’d be home today!”
“I’m sorry, Elksia. Something came up.”
“Family stuff. I’ll call you when I can.”
Tenuk closed the call on his communicator and turned to face the ten beings who had just teleported him from the space port to where he was now. A large, echoing room,...Read More »
Arkai twiddled her thumbs as she sat in the dark room, the only light being a rather pathetic light bulb hanging a great height above her. Between her and the lone door into the room was a basic table and a seat for someone else. The chairs were basic plastic...Read More »
I am glad that you made it home alive. I had many a restless night worrying that you would never come home at all. But of course, I am very, very sorry for the loss of both your friend and of your unborn child. I cannot understand why you...Read More »
“So he’s not coming back?”
“As far as I am aware, no.”
Kass was struggling to explain the situation to his team mates around their team’s kitchen area. Vel sat curled up in his chair, Kohgrah was angry and Abius was naked as usual.
“Gath has left us to deal with everything ourselves?”...Read More »
“Xentress! Xentress! Wake up!”
Lenik rushed over to the small, cushion-filled chamber, narrowly avoiding a low-hanging pip he could have easily smashed his head on. He slammed his fist on the door a few times, rudely awakening the sleeping beauty inside.
The door unlocked slowly. There must have been four or five...Read More »
“Are you finally taking a break, ser?” Teekay asked as he stood guard, watching uneasily as the Vice General packed a suit case.
“A short one, yes. How many times have I asked you to call me Elkay? You should know by now, I consider you my equal!”
“You haven’t mentioned going...Read More »
The communicator buzzed three, four, five times before Elkay finally picked up.
“You know I have been on holiday for no more than twelve hours, yes?” the Vice General growled down the voice piece. “Twelve hours. Not even a full day. Actually, when you include flights and travel time, it’s not...Read More »
July 27th, 10:59am
UsernameKopakaWasTaken is online
UsernameKopakaWasTaken: Tenuk, are you there?
Tenuk992: Yeah, I’m here, Kopus, what’s up?
UsernameKopakaWasTaken: I saw someone today. Have to tell you now.
Tenuk992: Who? Aren’t you out with that Nidikus guy? Going Lactara Hunting or something?
UsernameKopakaWasTaken: I was supposed to be. Tuya, Nidikus’s girlfriend, is scaring me and Pohus...Read More »
“I can tell you don’t get out much!”
Enyan grinned as Itakay cautiously sat down at the tiny little table. He’d watched every single movement as Itakay had entered, amused by the way Itakay inspected everyone present and checked every exit, all in the space of a couple of seconds. His...Read More »
“Empress! What are you doing here? You have your own team of personal medical staff to attend to your every need, what do you need from me?”
“Ah, little Timn, you know one such as I is always looking for more. Always, eternally hungry, you know.”
Elisia sat seductively on the leather...Read More »
There was smoke in the air.
Kass slammed his foot on the accelerator. The smoke was thick and heavy, and it only seemed to be getting thicker the further north he went. Ahead was his destination, exactly where the smoke was. The hovercraft skidded to the right, narrowly avoiding the flaming trees blocking...Read More »
“I’m glad you came here to meet me, little Kronospast!” Death span round in her particularly evil chair. She was wearing nothing but a shadowy mass of tentacles that just about covered her private parts. “Last time, the first time you saw me was just after that nasty thing with...Read More »
Dearest, beloved Gath,
You haven’t spoken to me since the fire. I am worried sick about you. I have tried calling you and messaging you and all sorts. When I requested to be wheeled to your side in my bed, I was refused. You clearly don’t want to speak to me....Read More »
Tell us what happened, they keep on saying. We need to know. Of course you do. I’m not. I can’t say. They try to help and they make me feel worse. They don’t understand. No one does. It’s a stupidly unique situation no other Rethan has experienced. They all want...Read More »
“What are you doing here?” Gath growled as he peered through the open door. “You shouldn’t be here.”
Retvik sniffed. “I miss you. I know I said I’d give you time but…”
With a sigh, Gath silently let Retvik in and closed the...Read More »
“What’s going on?” Arkay dozily asked as several nurses unclipped the wheels on the bottom of his bed and began to wheel him and his IV drip away.
General Kaldoran appeared, with a handful of Rethan soldiers by his side. “We’re moving you to a different facility. Nothing to worry about.”
Arkay...Read More »
“Thitavee-En, can I have a word please?”
“Of course!” The N-Class Ksa flapped his elegant wings as he followed Elkay into his office. “How can I be of assistance, Vice General?”
Elkay sat down behind his desk. He preferred his humble office compared to that of the High General’s, far less extravagant,...Read More »
“So where HAVE you been lately?” Retvik asked as he peered over his cards.
Phovos tutted, reorganized her cards then tutted again. “Long story. Got any sixes, Gath?”
“Go fish,” Gath smiled. “We have plenty of time to listen. Got any sevens, Lokmah?”
Lokmah squirmed a little, feeling very uncomfortable as he handed...Read More »
Arkay missed the sound of his heart monitor. During the long, dark nights, it was often the only thing he could hear that didn’t sound ominous or worrying. Since his heart monitor had been replaced with a silent, wireless one around his wrist, Arkay was sure he was either hearing...Read More »
TK0016K is now online
TK0016K: Are you well?
RK0019K: As well as I can be. Bit bored. Been waiting for you to get online so I could PM you. You?
TK0016K: How the fuck did you come back this time? How the fuck are you alive?
RK0019K: I wish I...Read More »
“You’re finally awake!”
Arkay blinked a couple of times. He was sitting on a large, luxurious sofa, with an IV drip attached to his arm. Standing in front of him was…
“By the Light! You’re Veeyel! The deputy leader of the legendary L-Class Ksa!” Arkay exclaimed. He flustered slightly, quickly wiping the...Read More »
“Sit down, please.”
Thitavee-En was visibly shaking. He’d had Itakay, the Vice General’s secretary, hand him the reports he wrote, but less than half an hour later, there he was, in the Vice General’s office. The knots in Thitavee’s stomach made it hard to concentrate on anything, let alone the angry...Read More »
“You’ve finally come down here yourself. Rather than sending my own little Ksa against me.”
It was nearly pitch black. If it wasn’t for Elkay’s enhanced senses, the one good thing he got from his mother, he would have been completely blind. Occasionally something would flash by, the glowing eyes of...Read More »
Elenar was just about to finish her shift when she felt someone tug on her arm. Through her sleepiness, it took her a while to realise who wanted her attention.
“General Kaldoran, ser! I…was not expecting you!”
Kaldoran smiled calmly and started walking...Read More »
“Are you sure the others do not mind me staying here?” Gath asked for the third time as he dumped all his belongings on the floor. Retvik smiled as he closed the door behind him, before nearly tripping up on one of Gath’s bags.
“I told you already, it is fine....Read More »
Jaydee tutted as he flicked between the channels on the entertainment system, not sure what he wanted to do with himself. He’d been in the Exemption Bay for a year and a half, and he still felt he hadn’t quite settled in yet.
The D-Class Ksa’s internal thoughts were interrupted by...Read More »
Aybee-en slapped Zitel round the head, hissing for him to shut up, as the younger Ksa approached.
“Ahem, hello kid, what do you want?”
“You two were whispering about me.”
Zitel lowered his head, seeing who it was. “Uh, no, no we weren’t.”
Arkay tutted, then pulled up a chair and sat down next...Read More »
“He’s breathing. Stable pulse. A bit low but definitely stable…”
“We’re looking into it now.”
Kaldoran held a thermometer strip against the Threan-type’s forehead. His skin temperature was a bit warm, but nothing too out of the ordinary. He placed a second strip on their tongue. This result was much more...Read More »
Teekay sat impatiently in the waiting room, twiddling his sharp, clawed thumbs. Every moment spent waiting here was time Teekay should have been spending with the Vice General. That was his job, to defend the second most powerful Rethan alive with, well, his own life. Yet here Teekay was, waiting...Read More »
“WHAT IN THE NAME OF THE LIGHT IS THAT?”
Veeyel fell out of his chair and crawled backwards along the floor, edging away from the writhing mass of shadowy tentacles in the middle of the room. Similar cries were made from the other Ksa scattered around, all of whom had been...Read More »
Patient: I wish to talk.
Medic: You haven’t spoken to us about anything in three years.
Patient: I know. I know. The Light. The Shadow. The things are different now. I know better.
Medic: Very well. Lay down, please.
Patient: I wish to sit.
Medic: Then sit. Talk when you’re ready.
Patient: I… I lose...Read More »
“So I have Death visiting me while I’m awake and now you’re visiting me in my dreams?”
Your mind wanders. Your mind seeks. She is inbuilt into you.
“Of course Death is. She brings us to life then kills us and reincarnates us. Unless you’re unlucky. What are you doing here in...Read More »
“My, my, how you have let Death affect you, little children…”
Every Deitic in the large, lush, palatial room froze. At the entrance of the Great Hall of the Anexartitai stood a towering monster, its face clad in a mask of gold, with tattered antlers growing out of its head.
The collection...Read More »
“I want to know about you.”
Aziten pushed his uneaten steak across his plate, ignoring the Threan sitting opposite him. After a few huffs and puffs, he finally looked up.
“Why do you want to know about me, kid?”
Arkay shrugged. He’d finished his dinner ages ago but had remained at the table...Read More »
“They are going to kill me, medic!”
Deyar cowered in the corner, terrified of everything going on around him. He was having a panic attack, and the medic in the room was trying her best to keep him calm.
“I don’t want to go in there!”
“Deyar, you know they are fellow Rethans,...Read More »
“You ever feel like we’re treated like slaves?”
Teekay glanced up from the book he was reading. The other handful of Ksa, all spending some time relaxing after a hard day’s work, did the same.
Veekay hesitated for a moment. He’d been sitting at his desk, reading about the Kalsa Warriors...Read More »
Nine Threan-type Rethans sat at wooden, unfurnished desks, each with a small, wooden stool, in a hall made mostly of concrete. There was little decoration to the room, apart from a handful of weapon stands. Two of the seats in the room though were currently unoccupied. At the front of...Read More »
Teekay rolled his eyes as someone knocked on the door behind him. He’d been moving boxes around on behalf of the Vice General all evening and wasn’t in the mood to speak to anyone.
“Yes? What do you want? Can’t you see I’m busy?”
“Do you have a moment to talk, Teekay?”
Immediately,...Read More »
It was the 6pm rush hour, and many Rethans were running around trying to get home, or get to get to work to start their shift. But in a small, quiet cafe, four Ksa sat peacefully, watching the world go by. Their 12 hour shifts had finally finished.
They all had...Read More »
“No, this cannot be right… Are you Arkay?”
Arksi craned his neck round to see who was talking to him. He’d been happily sitting there, waiting for his next bottle message from Nenth, when a giant shadow had been cast over him. Problem was, it was dark down there and Arksi...Read More »
The purple, black and gold Thraki perched elegantly above the entrance of the Dovgokul Temple. He leaned over a bit, to make room for the circling white, blue and silver Thraki, who seemed hesitant to land.
“Lokmah, it has been a long time since you graces our peaks!” Vokulunax bared his...Read More »
Arkay fell backwards in shock as Retvik, Gath, Elksia and Tenuk all jumped out at him.
“Welcome back Arkay!” Elksia grinned as she grabbed Arkay and hugged him tight. Perhaps a little too tight. “I missed you so much!”
Finally, after way more than the traditional three seconds, Elksia let go...Read More »
Mavri Thyra lounged around on the well-padded chair, waiting patiently. Occasionally, she would spin around and wink at the young, red Kshan secretary, flirting with him and making the Kshan feel incredibly awkward. For a Thanatian, Mavri was incredibly attractive, but...Read More »
There had never been many stars in the skies above Portalia. The light pollution from the major cities, the small distances to the sun and nearby planets and the thick atmosphere meant only the light of the brightest stars made it to the eyes of stargazers. Instead, the sky was...Read More »
“Vi- uh, General El… uh, ser, can we talk for a moment please?”
Elkay glanced upwards from underneath his sun hat. He’d been sitting in his inflatable rubber ring, floating in the still water, ignoring the world around him. Across the pond, Psiksi was picking flowers, while Itakay and Enkay were...Read More »
Phovos’s offices were always busy, not just with beings coming in and out on business, but for pretty much everything pertaining to the city of Palaestra. Of course, Phovos would normally ferry out jobs to her army of loyal Raptors and Kshan, but there were some things Phovos always insisted...Read More »
Arkay sat nervously at the desk, waiting for his medic to come back with a variety of blood tests. This medic was new, a more elderly standard-type by the name of Feteer. He wasn’t a bad medic or anything, it was just something about his age and his constant need...Read More »
The four Vrekans were all alarmingly tall, bulky and well-armoured. They looked almost ridiculous, following the casually dressed Thanatian down the road, but no one was willing to say that to their faces. They were all members of the Myst, an elite squad of Vrekan warriors with one purpose –...Read More »
Arkay stared at the sign, then double-checked his map. He was definitely at the right place, but the sign on the front door said ‘closed’. Yet there were plenty of beings inside, clearly having drinks.
Without warning, a heavy arm slammed against Arkay’s shoulder. Out of instinct, he jumped up, teeth...Read More »
Elkay tutted as he flicked through the magazine he’d bought earlier. The local Thanatian shops weren’t exactly well-stocked, but considering that they were on the border and that Elkay was supposed to be in hiding, he couldn’t just go to any old Rethan shop and buy a newspaper. He didn’t...Read More »
“So, what do you think?”
Elkay stared at the opened package in front of him, inspecting everything that was in it. Its contents was amazing. Shoulder plating with a gold leaf trim. Chest plates with intricate gold spirals on them. Shin pads with silk and fur linings. Belts made of pure...Read More »
The tiny, bedraggled transport, an old 4×4 automobile with a single passenger, inched its way down the narrow, rocky road. Mist hovered around, not sure what to do with itself other than obscure vision and make everything feel dark. It may have only been 7pm, but it was already pitch...Read More »
“You’ve been acting quiet, Arkay, what’s up?”
Eskay had been concerned for a while about his friend. Arkay had spent almost all of his time lately hunched over a laptop computer, going out on friend-dates with the ruler of Palaestra, or sleeping. He had only seen Arkay eat once, and what...Read More »
Phovos watched as the winged Rethan approached with caution. She found it weird that he had wanted to meet in the middle of nowhere, but since she was the one with the deal to make, she thought why not? Was a nice place anyway.
Elkay didn’t reply. He stopped in his...Read More »
A third competitor fell to the ground, defeated by the newest member of the House Fighters. The House Fighters had always been the toughest and strongest fighters in the Dessaron Battle Arena, but rather than fighting for their own races, they represented the Arena itself. Their most common duty was...Read More »
Retvik was surprised to find that Arkay was home. For the last few weeks, he had either been staying with his brothers or spending time in an office working for the Raptor. It had been a while since they had seen each other.
After dumping several bags of shopping on the...Read More »
Emthion had been waiting patiently outside Rethais’s office for about ten minutes now, and Rethais would have been content to make the new Vice General wait even longer, if it wasn’t for the fact that he wanted to go home soon. With a sigh, Rethais pushed a button on his...Read More »
Retvik rushed into the hospital room, only to find Arkay sitting in his bed, feeling incredibly content. He looked pleased to see the former general, and waved frantically.
“Are you alright, kid?” Retvik glanced round for a chair, found one and pulled it up to Arkay’s bed so he could sit...Read More »
Stasis stared at each individual Veth as he walked by, judging them by their appearance. Many of them were terrifying, with mouths full of teeth and claws as long as Stasis’s forearms. They’d formed two lines either side of the personification of Nothingness, directing him towards the large, organic dome...Read More »
The crowd’s cheers were deafening. Members of every race, screaming and shouting from their seats, cheering a distinct phrase. They weren’t even in the arena, they were a good mile away in the watching bays. But even at this distance, Elkay could hear them.
They’d never cheered like this before. Not...Read More »
Today was supposed to be Elksia’s special day. Her birthday. But so far, it hadn’t been fun. Things had cropped up.
The entire time Elksia had been indoors, the sun had been shining and the clouds had gone away. She’d been filling out forms, trying to apply for a new post...Read More »
“I think we’re totally lost…” Septimus sighed as the pair of Cassids slowed down their 4×4 truck. They’d been driving around in the dark Thanatian forest for hours, trying to stick to the rocky roads but never seeming to go anywhere.
“Well you had the map!” Tertius shouted, then quickly lowered...Read More »
Veeyel sat in bed, not sure what to do with himself. Things lately had been a little off, to say the least. Normally, once you were there, you were stuck there, but people had been coming and going. Normal Rethans, not deranged Ksa like him.
“You’re thinking loudly again…”
Above him, Zitel...Read More »
When I was young, I used to believe in a traditional afterlife. When you died, you’d go to a special place where everything was good and warm and fun, and you’d spend forever being there because you lived a good life and you deserved it. Even when I was shown...Read More »
“What in the name of the Light are you doing, kid?” Retvik grumbled as he watched Arkay cleaning up broken glass. While trying to hang up some sort of green string, he had accidentally knocked over a lantern, which had shattered on the ground in a spectacular explosion of glass...Read More »
Verlais sat wearily as the world rushed by outside. Ever since he and his new friends had become famous, he’d been so damn busy. Constant briefings and debriefings with Vrekan authorities, conversations with Portalian authorities, vok of all shapes and sizes wanting to see and greet and speak with him....Read More »
The three Vrekans gathered around the Captain and his campfire, shivering from the cold. Border patrol was their least favourite job, and the weather as of late had been unbearable. Rain, hail, storms, every sort of negative weather they could imagine.
“Captain, can we take a break now?”
“Yes, but you must...Read More »
Retvik rubbed his eyes as he got up to answer the door. It was early, and he was the only person awake. The door opened gently, after a brief struggle with the lock. It took a moment for Retvik to realise who it was.
“Um, good morning, am I early?”
Retvik glanced...Read More »
Elkay always thought he was a well-travelled being, but never in his life had he seen a Thraki temple before. What was even stranger was the fact that there was only one Thraki present. A large, black, purple and gold Thraki, just staring at him, waiting for him to speak.
“Um…...Read More »
The Whenvern shaked his glorious white wings as he landed on the shores of Kinigi. He had been meaning to speak with Kinisis, better known as Death around these parts, for a while, but he had never gotten around to it. Always busy going forward.
Now though, he had a chance....Read More »
“Ah, heavens above…” Retvik let out a huge sigh of relief as he rolled off Gath and laid on his back, breathing heavily. Exhaustion swiftly took over, causing Retvik to close his eyes and pant.
Gath leaned on his side, looking lovingly at his partner. “You spoil me.”
“Nuh-uh,” Retvik grunted, still...Read More »
“I… don’t get what you want me to do… Can you explain it again?”
This was the fourth time Elkay had tried to explain everything to his younger brother. Arkay had always been a much sharper Rethan, but these days, it was as if he’d taken stupid pills or something. Slow,...Read More »
“My first day spent with you, and you take me hiking into the middle of nowhere just as I’m recovering from a cold…” Arkay puffed as he traipsed behind Kayel.
“Maybe you should be fitter then. Being outdoors is good for you.” Kayel seemed distracted, as if he was looking out...Read More »
The only source of light in the small tree house came from the moonlight outside, shining in through a plastic-covered window. The house consisted of a single room, made from plastic and metal sheeting, containing only the barest of necessities. Two beds, a food preparation area, storage and little else....Read More »
Arkay could hear whimpering.
The sound was coming from a small clearing in the forest. Fallen leaves covered the ground, and a weak sun shined through the empty branches above. But the clearing was lacking in leaves, showing open ground, with dew-coated grass. On a closer inspection, something was moving in...Read More »
Psiksi sat on the edge of the little tree house, unsure what to do with himself. He was supposed to be visiting local Rethan villages and trying to convince them that they should register to vote (and potentially get them to vote for his brother) but Psiksi just couldn’t be...Read More »
“Please, let me in!”
Thitavee-En bashed on the tattered, wooden door. He considered tearing it off its hinges and forcing his way in, but as he was about to do so, the door swing upon. Standing in the doorway was Veyar, looking rather bemused.
“Please, I need somewhere safe to go! My...Read More »
“That’s a fuckton of cookies…”
Gath watched as the six tiny Rethans ran around the kitchen, all neatly organized in their pursuit to bake lots of cookies. He had no idea why the hell they were baking cookies, but it amused the giant Ethran-type, seeing them acting all busy.
“It’s actually only...Read More »
“I should have visited more…”
“You were busy, ser.”
Elkay marched down the rows of small tents and camp sites. By his side was Captain Vallas, one of the two captains of the 471st Legion. The legion was currently out on a large training exercise, camping in a large field north of...Read More »
“Is there a problem?”
“I need… I need a word. Yes, a word.”
“What is the problem?”
“The voices. They’re back.”
“All of them?”
“Yes. Especially that… I’m sorry…”
“Have you been taking your medication?”
“Three times a day?”
“Yes! OF COURSE… Sorry.”
“Most of them started popping back over the last week. That… one… came...Read More »
“Why am I shaking?” Thitavee asked himself as he waited outside the glass-roofed office. All around him were books, specimens and all sorts of unusual items. Mostly books though. Occasionally, he’d see a Θ–Class Ksa wander by. Some would wave, some would look confused. Some of them,...Read More »
“So you’re, uh, unstable, huh?” Teekay asked as he sat down next to Envee.
“That is none of your concern.”
“Well, it is since your brother told me to speak to you. Similar problems.”
Envee looked up, confused. “You hear voices?”
“Sometimes,” Teekay replied. “They’ve said awful things to me. There’s… a reason I’m...Read More »
Arkay for a change was happy. He was busy sorting out piles of registration forms, to be delivered to the Rethan Registration Offices in Hertany. Since they’d started a while back, he, Kass and the members of the League of Brightly Coloured Rethans had managed to get three hundred Rethans...Read More »
“I’M NOT SAFE HERE!” Kayel-En screamed as he clawed against the walls of his cell. “PLEASE! HE’LL KILL ME! LIKE HE DID WITH THE OTHERS!”
The young Rethan had been screaming for several hours now. The R-Class Ksa, better known as the Arbiters or the Ksa Astynom, had picked him up...Read More »
Arkay had been unloading boxes for hours. Due to a movement in election dates, everyone was suddenly in a huge hurry to get everything sorted out for the elections next week. Luckily for Arkay, because he was located on Portalia, there were only a handful of polling stations that needed...Read More »
The young Ksa dutifully opened the door and let Kayelar through. Elkay’s office was remarkably small, despite the importance of the position he was running for. In fact, Kayelar’s own office was larger, and he was aiming for Elkay’s old job.
“Good evening, Kayelar. How are you? Would you like anything...Read More »
Elksia’s day had been miserable, so seeing one of her best friends really cheered her up. She rushed over to Arkay, picked him up and threw him in the air as if he was a little kid.
“You’re happy to see me!” Arkay smiled. “I’m so sorry I kept on missing...Read More »
The package landed in front of Teekay, abruptly waking him from his nap. Whoever delivered it shouted a quick apology before disappearing upstairs, leaving Teekay capable of only muttering a few curse words. He wanted to go back to sleep, after all, Teekay hadn’t slept properly in weeks, but the...Read More »
Arkay could hear everyone muttering downstairs, planning their surprise. In fact, he could hear them through the heavy wooden door to his bedroom, and through the pillow he had put over his head. What he couldn’t hear though was what they were saying. Not that Arkay wanted to know. He...Read More »
The vehicle parking area was mostly empty now, but Kass was too lazy to move his hovercraft. He’d been waiting there for about an hour now, and was idly fiddling with the electric roof and windows to pass the time. But finally, he spotted a familiar figure walking over, their...Read More »
Ver was surprised when the little Rethan secretary told him the meeting was to be held outside. A second Rethan with feathery wings led the Vrekan King and his soldiers back downstairs, through a side passage, which then opened up into a large courtyard, filled with silver statues.
Each statue stood...Read More »
The only decent thing about this Vrekan bar on the outskirts of Palaestra was that it was open all night. That was the only reason Retvik was there. Everything else about the bar, from the décor to the service to the drinks was mediocre at best. But they had a...Read More »
“Gaaaaaath..?” Retvik shouted and instantly regretted it. He had a horrible headache and was just making it worse. He had tried going for a walk to calm his aching skull, but his trip outside had only left him feeling awkward and confused.
“What?” Gath shouted from the kitchen, where he was...Read More »
The Veth all gathered around Kinisis, all waiting for their regular weekly meeting. This meeting had been delayed because Kinisis had been working on a new Veth to join their ranks, but that didn’t bother Death’s humble servants.
“So, my wonderful little loyal buddies!” Kinisis grinned as she threw out snacks...Read More »
“Phovos. You can just call me Phovos.”
High General Elkay waited for the Raptor to sit down, before sitting down himself. “… Phovos. It is a pleasure to meet you again.”
Phovos smiled. “You were going to call me Ser. I could see it. Shame you don’t have a feminine version...Read More »
Death clapped her hands as a swarm of Veth ran around, cleaning up the coastlines of Kinigi.
“Move your asses, kids! I want this place looking like a fancy thropy beach resort!”
Several Veth sighed as they removed piles of skulls by quietly swallowing them, or taking them inland to bury if...Read More »
Death yawned and stretched, then reached for a glass of something to drink. But as she did so, she realised something was missing. Her new little friend who had been chained up next to her was missing.
“Where the fuck have you gone?” Death tutted. She got up and headed downstairs,...Read More »
The six of them sat around the table eating various breakfast dishes. While Retvik and Gath chowed down on sausages and mashed root vegetables, Vel, Elksia and Kass took bites out of their bacon and kotopoul eggs. Psiksi was eating a bowl of porridge with a vast amount of honey...Read More »
“Kalsa Warrior Nuvak, we need your assistance!”
The Vohra jumped up and down. Like most normal Vohra, her voice was monotonous, but Nuvak knew that she was excited. Her pheromones gave it away. Normally, Nuvak would be doing higher level duties in the nest, but occasionally, he would do the rounds....Read More »
Normally, other Veth remained far, far away from Arkay’s cage. The angry monster would always leap up at them, threatening them with claws and violence. Every Veth knew that the Veth Prime wasn’t to blame though. Outside of his missions on the mortal plane, he was treated far worse than...Read More »
At first, I thought this world was dead.
A land of hot stone, boiling rivers and spikes of bone, the spines and remains of animals long since deceased. Asterkitoi, gigantic beings that came to this world to leave the mortal coil and be renewed by the Cycle, their bodies melting in...Read More »
To whoever finds this,
Consider this a farewell to my sanity. I am chained up in an endless white space writing on a piece of skin ripped off from the hollow corpse of a Kronospast, using my own blood which is so hot it literally burns this supposedly nigh unbreakable skin.
Not...Read More »
Vahlok was enjoying himself.
Normally, heading off to isolated colonies was tiring and stupid. He’d do some magic tricks, he’d perform some ‘miracles’, he’d explain everything, and if he was lucky, the barbaric, undeveloped tribes and races he’d wasted all that time on MIGHT convert and start following Overlord Stasis. Might.
Today...Read More »
Kayel was exhausted.
In the last few weeks, he had been all over the place, rushing around on both Rethan and Thanatian duties. He had done all sorts. Lots of healing. A little bit of diplomacy. A lot of fighting beings trying to invade private Thrakian spaces. Worst of all, he...Read More »
The fire crackled away to itself. Kass watched as little flames drifted away and burnt into nothing. He’d been sitting there for about ten minutes. He wasn’t sure why, but that note he got after work was rather… convincing. The handwriting was identical. The little symbol at the end was...Read More »
“The whole city?”
“The whole city.”
“From this tiny office?”
Gath was not amused. He’d bashed his head on pretty much every single door frame as he’d made his way to the office of the ruler of Palaestra. He was supposed to have a new job but he didn’t even know what to...Read More »
She told me my name was Iatre. I don’t think she told me the truth. I look around at my fellow inmates and they all seem to think the same. Six of them I am pretty sure are all friends but the last one, it has a look of hatred...Read More »
I don’t know why I’m writing this. I just wanted to write. If I direct it at someone, the words come easier. As if I’m imagining that you’ll sympathise with me. I mean, if I said this in person, you probably would… You know what I mean.
I just want...Read More »
Retvik tutted as he flicked through paperwork then switched back to his computer, closing a tab he had open in his browser. He only had a few bits to finish, but there were things on his mind. Since he’d taken this job, he’d noticed more beings coming to Palaestra. He...Read More »
Psiksi felt weird. He had spent all day going through Arkay’s old stuff. They’d been meaning to do it for ages, but every time Retvik had entered his bedroom, he’d burst into tears, Elksia was unable to even go near Arkay’s belongings and Tenuk was… well Tenuk was doing Tenuk...Read More »
I’ve been wandering around for ages. Not really sure where I’m going, except towards the big dome. It’s the only real thing on the landscape. Everything else is just generic plains, with the odd rocky outcrop or dead tree. Oh and the river and its many reeds. But that’s about...Read More »
A circle of generals. That had always been the collective term for a bunch of Rethan Generals, mostly because their leaders had always sat in a circle. One of the first things Elkay had done when he got into power was to bring back that tradition. He’d always enjoyed the...Read More »
“I don’t believe you!” Seth growled. “For real? The High General managed to convince all of them?”
The other members of the Θ-Class Ksa were all equally dumbfounded and shocked.
“There’s no way he managed it!” Renth gasped. “The old Vice General tried for decades and…”
The Ksa...Read More »
“I’m still in shock over all of this…” Teekay muttered as he scribbled his way through paperwork. “All this hassle, just to get the same job I had last week. Fucking retarded.”
Geekay, Veekay and Enkay, who were busy packing away boxes and moving things around, both rolled their eyes. They’d...Read More »
“Arkay, I want you to listen to me. You’re tied down, you can’t move, but you can listen. You aren’t going to say or do anything. You’re just going to listen.
“Alright. Are you comfy? Silly me. You can’t answer. Well, I’m going to talk anyway.
“I’m angry at you, Arkay. You...Read More »
“Oh light oh light oh light this is bad…” Gath panicked as he rushed into the office. Everyone around had been on high alert ever since… IT had appeared in the courtyard. No one knew what to do, it had just stood there, patiently waiting for someone to come out...Read More »
Continuity hovered around the storage unit, watching as the Veth Prime tried on various bits of armour, none of which he seemed to like. He’d been trying to approach the angry Veth for a while, but after all that had happened recently, Continuity was feeling slightly scared of him. No,...Read More »
Veekay was feeling nervous and he didn’t understand why. Things had been awfully quiet ever since he’d essentially lost his job as a Ksa, but the quietness had done nothing to calm down the conflicts in his mind. He had always had one duty – to protect the Vice General…...Read More »
“Where’s Veekay?” Feyar growled as Teekay entered the room, dragging a wooden stool with him. The other Ksa all remained silent, wondering how the self-proclaimed ‘Electric Ninja’ would reply.
“He’s at work. Signed up with the 200th Legion. He can’t make it,” Teekay replied bluntly. “Unlike most of us here, sitting...Read More »
“Your brother is waiting for you in your office,” Captain Vallas smiled as the High General walked by.
“My brother?” Elkay blinked. “Which one?”
“Which one is the green one?”
Elkay tutted. Psiksi was supposed to have been in Vriskera, Portalia, helping with the Thanatian problem there. What he was doing here was...Read More »
Photeianos blinked. Once to wake himself up. Twice to clear his vision. Three times in disbelief. He was tied down. Leather straps kept him stuck to a large table. The sort of table a Rethan might be operated on. All around him was a familiar but not really familiar room,...Read More »
Psiksi sighed as the phone rang. It was three in the morning, everyone was asleep and this infernal communicator had woken him up. What sort of idiot calls at three in the morning anyway?
With another sigh, Psiksi rolled out of bed, onto the floor and across the room to where...Read More »
The room was brightly lit, with a white-paned window and painted walls, decorated with childish white and grey clouds. In the corner was a clean, neatly made bed with a freshly fluffed pillow. A desk, a lamp, a small computer sat in the opposite computer, next to a free-standing cupboard...Read More »
“Another day, another pile of land purchase offers to reject…” Retvik muttered to himself as he sat down. He could have had an assistant do this. He could have had Gath do this. But deep down, a small part of him liked doing this. He got to say no to...Read More »
Kayel adjusted his hood as he walked down the hallway. In one hand was a visitors’ pass, in the other was a bag of treats. He’d spent a good hour at the nearest convenience store picking out what would be best, what was low in calories and in sugar. After...Read More »
“What the fuck happened to you, Arkay?” Continuity asked as he held an ice pack to his head.
Arkay rolled his eyes as he limped into the room, trailing behind him a large roll of bandages that was soaking up an even longer trail of glowing blood.
“Bitch decided that she wasn’t...Read More »
The scantily clad Temthans stood in the middle of the room, offering threats and war and goodness else knows what. They’d happened to invade on the one day that the leaders of each Maza race had come together alongside their representatives to discuss the future of the Maza. Well, invade...Read More »
“I think we need to reset…” Syklos said for the seventh time that evening.
“We can’t do a reset now,” Continuity repeated for the eighth time. “We just can’t. Not now. Not after a corruption. We could accidentally get ourselves infected again. And there is no way we can get the...Read More »
“Wow, you somehow managed to do it…” Istoria blinked as Iatre opened the bedroom door. On the bed was Death, snoring loudly and drooling all over the place, completely naked. She didn’t even have her normal pointless black tentacle wraps on.
“Well, you asked me to!” Iatre smiled. “Was rather simple,...Read More »
Elkay sipped his frappé, while Aesop, the Prime Minister of the Cassids, sat there, panicking and fretting over a lost piece of paper.
“I was so certain I brought it with me! I swear! It was with everything else!”
Aesop paused for a moment, having spotted something. But upon realising that it...Read More »
“Hang on! Hang on!” the grumpy voice shouted from behind the door. “I can’t use my fucking legs, medic! Give me a moment!”
Rummaging around could be heard as the being on the other side desperately tried to reach the door. After about thirty seconds, the medic pulled out a key...Read More »
KL0135L is now online
3L0138L: What are you doing online?
KL0135L: I have a favour to ask.
3L0138L: You’re dead and not supposed to be in this text channel.
KL0135L: Then why didn’t you take away my channel privileges after I died? You’re the channel mod, you could have taken them away.
3L0138L: I assumed...Read More »
“Fuck me, it is so hot…” Retvik moaned as he leaned back in his chair, flapping a piece of paper in his face in an attempt to fan himself. “Is it always this hot or am I just delirious?”
“This is like the seventh time you’ve asked, dear,” Gath grunted. He...Read More »
KL0135L is now online.
DL0139L is no longer away.
DL0139L: You’re finally online. We need to talk.
KL0135L: What’s wrong?
DL0139L: Ksiel’s in hospital.
DL0139L: Attempted suicide.
DL0139L: Said he was going to visit Veeyel. Got a call from Zitel about an hour ago. I didn’t know any other way of getting in touch with...Read More »
Kayel sat in the dark, staring at the tiny screen of a pocket computer, noting things down. His hot chocolate drink had long gone cold, his small tub of ice cream had melted long before that. A half-empty bottle of water had been ignored for nearly a day now.
With a...Read More »
The straps were finally off. Arkay was finally free of his duty. A normal being once more. Mostly normal. Still a Veth but no longer chained to existence itself.
Above him, up the stairs, in the galaxy-laden room, Kinisis was waking up. A weight had been lifted from Arkay’s shoulders and...Read More »
“What’s wrong with Arkay?” Iatre asked as he helped himself to some of Istoria’s popcorn. “And why are you three just watching him rather than helping him?”
Below them, the Veth Prime, the most powerful of the Veth, was tearing things apart in an arena known locally as “Death’s Playground”. It...Read More »
“I don’t know who’s dumber, you or the whimpering baby down there,” Syklos snorted as he walked past Iatre. “You both sat there for what, twenty four hours? You’re both dumber than a barrel of spagloops.”
“I notice you’re not saying that to Arkay’s face,” Iatre retorted. “You’re just saying it...Read More »
“There’s this place I planted a seed for, I really like how it came out, but I’m hesitant to let it spread elsewhere.”
“You say that about a lot of things, Kinisis.”
“Yes, but this time I mean it. This world I created. Well, not created. Pushed? Prodded? What’s the term?”
“I don’t...Read More »
One tree stood out from the rest of this vast, oaken forest. It wasn’t nearly as tall as some of the other trees, but it was much, much thicker and fatter, as if it had been specifically grown to be round. In its branches was a tangled, twisted structure, a...Read More »
Arkay sighed as he shifted himself, trying to get the pink sand out of the crevices of his armour. There were things he had to get done, but Kinisis had insisted he stay on the beach and cool off for a bit. Still, the sound of crashing waves was rather...Read More »
“Which table are they at?” Nenth whispered as he and Arksi entered the very fancy restaurant.
“Have a look around and guess…”
With a nervous sigh, Nenth did as he was told. It suddenly became very obvious which table they had booked, since there was a large, red Banikan sitting at it....Read More »
Istoria sighed as she bent down to pick up the pen she had dropped. But as she got back up, everything felt weird. She felt as if something catastrophic had happened in the space between her pen hitting the ground and her reaching down to grab it.
Whatever the feeling was,...Read More »
Elkay stood by the window, looking over the city of Thre-Vretania. The weather had been weird lately, blowing dust across the city’s streets, with heavy cloud ruining the strength of their solar panels. Elkay’s office was just as dusty as the streets below, with the high winds lifting it easily...Read More »
“No. Just injuries.”
“And the target?”
“That… is rather hard to explain…”
Normally, Deyar would have been thankful for still being an active Ksa. He considered his duties as a member of the Arbiters to be one of the most important jobs around. So when Feyar sent the entire R-Class...Read More »
Elkay was done for the day. He was exhausted. Between a diplomatic crisis between the Cassids and the Banikans and their own troubles with the former High General, Elkay had long ago realised that maybe he just needed to finish up, take a few hours off and come back fresh...Read More »
Ever since Psiksi had moved in with Kass, he’d found it harder and harder to wake up early. There was no need to get up at 5am like he used to, but getting up at 7:30 had made him complacent. He would still get up if...Read More »
Kass woke up to the scent of something incredibly sweet. It was most likely coming from the kitchen, but Kass hadn’t bought anything sweet in a while. He was supposed to have been on a brief, sugar and alcohol free diet after he got a little too drunk the week...Read More »
“I want to make a dragon…” Death mused to herself as she sat in her deckchair, watching the waters of Kinigi flow by.
The beach was mostly empty apart from a handful of higher Veth, patrolling the pink sands and defending it from Deitics and anything else that might have threatened...Read More »
Kass stood by the doorway, holding a large tub of milky yogurt mixed with shredded cucumber – a dip called tsatsiki. In the bathroom behind him, Psiksi had been throwing up violently. He had been doing so for the last half an hour, and Kass had no idea what had...Read More »
“What the fuck have you done to yourself?” Death gasped, dropping her cup of tea all over the place.
Arkay blinked, all confused. He’d given himself a large pair of horns, an even larger pair of demonic, scaly wings, huge claws and big spikes on his tail. Otherwise he looked like...Read More »
Psiksi almost screamed as Kass pulled the blankets off him. After a brief struggle, Psiksi grabbed a blanket and wrapped it around him.
Kass shrugged, then pulled the blanket off him, only for Psiksi to grab the blanket and wrap himself up again. Knowing he wouldn’t win, Kass then got...Read More »
Lately, Vahlok had been doing the same jobs over and over. “Go get this, go get that!” was all Stasis ever told him to do. So that was what he did. Endless fetch quests. Today’s job was no different. Vahlok had to capture this rogue ‘Unhumin’ scientist. Apparently this thing...Read More »
Shards of frosted glass littered the alleyway. It made a change from the normal large pile of rubbish that would normally cover the ground, but the glass wasn’t exactly reassuring. In the middle of the broken glass was a confused, dazed, young, Rethan-like being that probably shouldn’t have been there.
At...Read More »
Veeyel had been standing in the doorway for about twenty minutes now. In the living room, Frienir was arguing with his partner. Clearly there had been a misunderstanding, but perhaps this had happened before. Frienir bringing someone home who he shouldn’t have. Either way, his partner, Lousanos, was incredibly angry.
The...Read More »
Veeyel had been watching from the shadows for about twenty minutes now, as three armoured vehicles were lined up in front of the Astynom station. Armed soldiers made a line between the entrance and the vehicles, one hand on their gunstaff, the other on their electric stun-tasers. They were shepherding...Read More »
Twenty Cassids. Baxavius had beaten them all. Cassids in heavy armour, Cassids with robots, Cassids in giant mechs. They had all succumbed to Baxavius’s fiery harka-blade, his collapsatic shield, his elegant butterfly knife, his righteous Boson-Initializing Somatic Offensive Nuker. Admittedly, his BISON had done most of the work, but compared...Read More »
Most of the waters in Kinigi were part of the massive rivers that cleansed and recycled souls, erasing their memories and preparing them to be reborn into new bodies. Each one would twist and turn, from the Sea of Death to the Ocean of Birth. This lake though was the...Read More »
“Are you alright?”
Something tapped Veeyel on the shoulder. He rubbed his eyes then slowly sat up. His back ached. He’d fallen asleep on a bench and somehow everything on his body was still intact. Then again, Veeyel didn’t have anything on him worth stealing.
“You don’t look alright.”
Veeyel finally looked up....Read More »