July 24, 2054. Friday. 1:16pm
Zero welcomed the feeling of free-falling back into his body. It was an exhilarating, but an odd feeling. A sudden thump of his beating heart could be felt as he crashed into his human body.
He slowly opened his eyes and noticed that he was back in the same room when he last woke up in Garrett’s room. The warm trickle of heat from the fire in the hearth kept him toasty. It has been awhile since he woke up in a clean room. There were no extra lights entering into the room, and only the flickering of the hearth kept the place dim.
Wait, clean room? Zero pushed himself out of the bed, confused. He looked around trying to figure out where he was. Something felt familiar about this room, that he couldn’t remember exactly at the top of his head. The only thing he remembered was that this place was Garrett’s room. Everything in the room was the same. It hit him that the things that were missing were stacks of books, making the room feel much larger than before.
“You’re awake.” A familiar voice called out towards him. “I suggest you to have some tea.”
A hot white teacup was handed to him with a small plate underneath it.
“Garrett? Where are all the books?” Zero took the tea from Garrett and blew on it to cool it down. “What happened?”
“It’s a bit complicated,” Garrett replied. “First off, you wouldn’t believe the amount of Adventurers that fell asleep in one day. All you guys gave us quite a scare. We had to ferry all the Adventurers to the inns and into a spare housing. This has never happened before. Usually we find you guys all safely already in an inn.”
Zero was confused about what Garrett meant. When the players logged out, their avatar body would be considered to be in a safe location. If the body was still present in the world of Noriene when they last logged out, something was not right. Did it mean now that whenever they logged out they had to now find a safe spot to log out or was it just this one time? It was a theory that he needed to find now.
Garrett sipped on his tea. “The city is partially saved from the invasion, but the constant attacks of monsters has impeded our progress. It seems losing all you Adventurers in two weeks has caused quite a devastation to our city.” He continued to take small sips. “If I knew better, we all thought another epidemic had arisen.”
“No. Just something happened, but we’re all okay now. The Adventurers should be coming back today.”
“How do you know this?” Garrett asked piqued by Kiyro’s answer. He placed the cup of tea on the table.
“It’s an Adventurer thing.” Kiyro quickly replied. He didn’t wanted to go to in-depth with the explanation. He wasn’t even sure if Garrett understood.
“Ah yes. The Adventurers, that would make sense. It seems all of you Adventurers have some kind of odd connections. Garrett became quiet as he stared off into the distance.
“Is everything alright?” Zero asked. He wondered what Garrett was thinking so heavily on.
“Huh? Oh.” Garrett snapped back to reality. “So many things have transpired so quickly. The waves of monster attacks that constantly impedes the progress of rebuilding the wall and also I have become the temporary head Librarian-”
“Temporary Head Librarian?” Zero cut him off a bit too quickly before Garrett could finish.
“Well Reth has passed away from the invasion. We have lost quite a bit of our race safe guarding the treasures of this library. The royal guards never came to give us protection, not even once. We, the Lunar species, were the only ones standing in the way keeping our beloved home from being destroyed.” Garrett’s voice was filled full of malice. “If it wasn’t for me closing the gates and sealing it with magic, all of my people would have died that day.”
Garrett stood up furious as he paced back and forth. “If only Reth had listened, a third of my people would not have died. Believing that the royal guards will come and save us, when I know that we are considered the last on the list. The king does not welcome our kind nor does he have any love for books.
“How do you know this? Have you met him before?”
“Have I met him before? Yes. Only for a split moment, when he was in rage and tearing up a sacred book into pieces. Such a blasphemous act against knowledge.” Garrett was so riled up that Zero thought he could see an invisible volcano erupting from his head. “Our king has no love for us or his royal library. That stupid Reth believed in false promises.”
“It lead to so many innocent lives being lost.” Garrett stopped pacing and instead rested his weary hands on the back of the chair. He slouched forward in sadness at the thought of his fallen comrades. “So now we are back to our true route of who we once were.
Collecting, learning, and deciphering knowledge that we once lost by bringing back our heritage one step at a time. It truly brings tears to my eyes to see so many of my people accept that and change for the better.” Passion burned in his voice.
“I see. Congratulations on getting the position as a head librarian, but how are you guys going to survive from now on?”
“The job is still temporary. Plus it’s not something you have to worry about. We have stored food that could last us a year, and until the completion of the wall restoration we are not opening our doors to anyone.” Zero was a bit troubled at what Garrett was stating. He couldn’t stay cooped up in the Royal Library forever. He had things that he had to do, first being finding his brother in the game even though he did not know where he resides.
“Ah yes, while you were sleeping, something odd has been occurring in the library. I could hear a strange creaking like sound that rings throughout the whole wall. It’s been giving the younger generation quite a scare.” Garrett fixed his broken monocle. “I went to search for the sound and found out that the noise is coming from the attic where you had found the Book of Historia. It’s quite strange. I would appreciate if you could come with me to check it out.” He insisted and waited for Zero’s answer.
“If I go up there to help you out, would you allow me to leave the Library?” Zero hoped this deal would be enough to not get him stuck in this place for too long.
“Yes. I do have a way where you don’t have to open the front doors. I assure you I don’t go back on my words.”
Zero nodded. “I’ll do it.”
|A new quest Find the Noise in the Attic has been initiated.
Garrett has given you a task to find the odd noise that is coming from the Attic where the Book of Historia was once located.
Reward: leaving the library
This was his ticket out, and Zero pulled the blanket backwards. He hopped out of the bed ready to get on with quest. Having to finish the quest quickly was his main priority. He had to get out before he got cabin fever for being in one place too long with nothing to do but read.
“So what exactly have you found out?” Zero pulled open the door, letting them both go through.
Garret waved his hand back and forth accentuating his words, “Nothing much really. Just this and that. You’ll be surprised by how much it has changed though.”
“What do you mean?” Zero followed behind him, trying to catch up with Garrett’s long legs. Even though Garrett was walking his usual speed, for Zero who was still a thirteen year old looking teen, he had take faster steps to keep up with Garrett. He was sure that he was slowly starting to hit a growth spurt, and he could feel his aching bones starting to creak.
Since he hit level 150, his Origin form grew taller and slimmer, but there wasn’t much change in his human form. He wondered when he would grow to an adult size and wondered how much taller he would grow in his Origin form. For now, he was sure his Origin form was even the size of an fully grown elephant.
“You’ll know when we get there.” Garrett chuckled. “So many things have been changing since the invasion. New passageways and rooms that have never been there before have been appearing left and right. It’s truly stunning. This library is Alive. I swear it on my ancestors that it is.”
Garrett and Zero quickly went up the stairs and into a large doorway. The last time he found his way up towards the attic, he had to squeeze through a small door and tight corners, but now the setting and the placement of doors were different. The entrance was even more grand than before.
“Was the door to the entrance to the attic like this before? I swear it was smaller.” Zero asked confused as the door opened. A long leading staircase went straight up into the darkness.
“Like I said, the library has slowly been changing and even moving like an odd contraption. This is truly fascinating if you know what I mean. Everyday we find something new, but at the same time we worry that we might one day get lost.” Garrett enters in first. “Watch your step, the first one always seems to get me.” He picked up the torch from the wall and lights it with magic.
The bright light of the fire crackled with life as the once dark passageway is brightened. The cold damp walls were pristine white like marbles. Each step they took towards the attic the wall seemed to hold more and more majestic paintings of the sky and flying bird-like creatures. Zero for some reason was sure he thought they looked like dragons.
Garrett lit the torches that hung up on the wall one-by-one making it easier for them to climb the long stairway, but for some reason it didn’t seem to take too long to get up stairs. There were just so many paintings to look at that he forgot the passing of time.
No doors stood in their way, and only the opened up scene laid before him. Grass that wasn’t once there was present as life was bubbling around it. Shrubs, trees, flowers, and vines decorated the walls, a small pond was present in the middle of the room where the book of Historia once stood. No more was there a pedestal or even the guardian that guarded the book. It was instead an oddly magical feel to the place, where he thought possibly fairies could even live.
Different vibrant colors of flowers were present as they littered around the pond. A streak of light cast down upon the pond, accentuating the pond and warmth could be felt. Zero walked towards the pond stupefied in everything that he was seeing. He didn’t feel like he was gone from this place too long and already so much has changed before him. Nothing could describe the sheer amount of change.
“This place didn’t have flowers a couple of days ago. Quite amazing how they could grow in such a place. I don’t know what brought this sudden change.” Garrett replied. He followed behind Zero looking around in awe. “If I didn’t know better I would think I was in some other fantastical place, but that’s not the case.”
“How do you know this?”
“Look up. The ceiling is the same. We’re still in the library. This library was built with only one type of ancient tree that can be found only in the south. You can tell by the red texture on the wall and the ceiling.” Garrett pointed out.
Zero glanced down towards the pond where his reflection stared back at him. He couldn’t tell how deep the water was. A few small bubbles slowly floated to the surface.
Out of curiosity he bends over to take a closer look. Squinting, he thought he saw something surfacing towards him quickly. Pulling away, he fell backwards. A large crystal clear flower emerged from the watery depths of the pond. Its translucent petals shimmered magically in the light.
“What-!” Garrett yelled in horror as he fell backwards in fright. His monocle fell down on to his side as his hands wildly fluttered around him trying to catch balance. The sudden appearance of the flower was even a bit shocking to Zero himself.
What laid trapped inside of the crystal clear flower was Zeraph and another young boy who reminded Zero of a page. A puff like sound of air escaped as the flower slowly opened revealing the two inside.
“Who are t-t-they?” Garrett stuttered pointing towards the flower.
“Zeraph?” Zero called out lost at what was happening before them. The young boy slowly awoke and stretched. He looked around confused at where he was at.
“Sir?” The boy squeaked. He turned towards Zeraph and found him still sleeping. “Sir!” He pulled himself over and shook Zeraph hard.
“Wake up Sir. Don’t die on me!” said the boy wailing in anguish.
“He’ll be alright.” Zero called out towards the boy. “If I’m not mistaken, he said he’ll be back later today.”
“Excuse me? Who are you?” The boy asked wearily.
“I’m Zero. Zeraph’s friend over there that you are crying hysterically over.” Zero pointed out towards the sleeping body. “I suggest we bring him over here and take him to bed.”
“You’re Zeraph’s friend? I never heard anything about him talking about a friend before.” The boy said suspiciously. “You’re not going to hurt him are you?”
“Look kid. Zeraph is going to be alright. I told you I’m his friend. What’s your name?”
“I’m Scion. You look like a kid yourself.” Scion frowned. “You really not going to harm him?”
“Yes,” Zero reassured him once again. He was looking around trying to figure out a way to carry a fully grown man back towards stable ground without dropping him into the pond. He wasn’t sure if Garrett would even be able to help out in transporting him over. “Give me a second. I’ll be right over.”
“What?” Scion asked as he peered over towards Zero.
Zero stretched with arms held up into the air. He was not a fan of switching over, and he did feel quite sore whenever he shifted from one form to another. Stretching was actually becoming an unconscious habit when he had the time to, but on days when he needed to switch without a moment’s notice for a while his body ached.
Getting ready, Zero leaned forward and thought in his head, ‘Origin form.’ Each arms and legs grew longer and black, his head became triangular, his eyes glowed gold. His body was shifting naturally into a fluid dragon. His once black fur-like coat was gone and instead was replaced by a sleek otter like feathery-scale. No more did he look like a fox. His face was more reptilian in nature with his eyes slanted back making him intimidating. Large golden feathers decorated around his face. His coat glistened underneath the light making him shine with radiance as his neck and tail were long and whip-like. Even his teeth were becoming longer and sharper.
Scion squealed in fright as he stumbled backwards. His gaze filled with horror at what had transpired before him. A large creature stood a bit away from him glaring down upon him amused.
Zero couldn’t help himself but chuckle. It was the first time that someone was actually afraid of how he looked. No more was he the cute cuddly fox that Agnis loved to hug and instead he stood proudly like a warrior. His chest held up high, Zero blew out hot air. Steam rolled out towards the ground and even escaped his nose.
“Don’t worry kid, I’m not going to eat you,” said Zero in-between a growl and puffing out smoke. “You don’t taste that good anyways. I suggest you to move backwards.”
Scion squeaked and fumbled backwards. Garrett snickered and watched from behind. Zero took a step into the pond, and noticed that the bottom was not deep at all. It only came up to his belly. He was completely stumped on how the large flower could have appeared out of nowhere. The only answer was that it was magical.
Zero walked through the water. Each step he could feel his paws going through slimy mud making him feel a bit uncomfortable. The warm water was not making it any better when crossing the pond. What was also making it slightly difficult to cross over was that he was starting to tip-toe and partially floating as he got closer. It was as if his body could not decide to float or to just walk.
“Scion grab onto my neck. I’ll hoist you over so you don’t get wet.” Zero called out as he stood facing towards Scion. Scion nodded and reached up at Zero. He dangled on Zero’s neck as Zero moved him towards his back.
Gently setting him down, Scion slipped off of Zero’s neck and onto his back. Zero slugged through water as he made his trip back towards solid ground. It was a quick pickup and delivery. Garrett helped Scion get off Zero’s back. The distance between the flower and the ground wasn’t too far off from each other. His trip back towards the flower was just as quick as he dropped Scion off.
Zero climbed on top of the large flower, and stood next to the sleeping Zeraph. Reaching over with his long neck, Zero turned Zeraph over so he could get a good grasp of the back of Zeraph’s clothes. Just when he was about to grab onto Zeraph’s clothes like a mother cat picking up her kitten, Zeraph awoke with a startle.
Zeraph rolled out from Zero’s gaping jaws and fell straight into the water with a splash.
“What the-!?” Zeraph yelled in-between the crash of water entering into his mouth. He finally oriented himself as he bobbed in and out of water. “Where am I?” He said bewildered looking around for an answer. “I don’t remember logging out here.”
“Sir!” Scion called out. He waved Zeraph down. Zeraph had begun to swim quickly over to them.
Zero’s mouth was still opened, a bit taken aback on what just happened before them. He wasn’t expecting Zeraph to log back on so soon. He closed his mouth and was ready to get off the crystal flower.
With an alarming speed, the crystal flower glowed a brilliant blue color and had begun to close it petals. Blue tendrils like whips snapped on tightly to Zero’s heels, making it impossible to jump out of the crystal flower. He pulled and clawed against the tendril but he could not budge.
“A trap!?” Zero gasped. He inhaled deeply and blew out a torrent of red flames. The hot crackling fire did not damage a single petal and instead seem to make the flower glow red. All sides of the petals finally closed all around him. He threw his body against the wall, but nothing budged to let him out.
“Zero?” Zeraph was pulling himself out of the pond as Scion and Garrett were helping him out.
“My word.” Garrett stared in awe.
“Sir what is happening?” Scion ask in worry.
“I don’t know kid. I don’t know.” Zeraph replied. He got up and stood watching.
The crystal lotus flower grew in size as it slowly rose up a few feet in the air. Zero couldn’t do anything but watch. No physical or magical attack could break the crystal flower. Whatever was happening, he could only wait for it to end.
As the crystal lotus finally stopped growing, a hot throbbing energy shot through his chest. He looked down as his black and gold Krustallos glowed bright like a flashlight. The Krustallos in his chest slipped out and floated before him. Crystal like formations wrapped around his Krustallos as it merged in the middle of the flower. A stream of gold and black energy shot out from the Krustallos and into the flower as the crystal lotus turned translucent gold and black. The power continued to stream outwards from the flower like rushing water and into the walls of the royal library.
The once quiet room was no more and instead was filled with the sound of loud mechanical contraptions. The room shook as if something was making it move. Zeraph, Scion, and Garrett almost tumbled onto the ground as they braced themselves.
|You have awakened the ancient building of the Draconis Library. As the descendant of Drezo Regalia, Draconis Library is now under your guardianship. New features for the new guardian of the library are available.|
|The quest Find the Noise in the Attic has been completed.
Reward: You have gained the Draconis Library.
|Would you like to view the Draconis Library?|
Draconis Library? This wasn’t the royal library at all? Zero was baffled by what he just learned and gained. The amount of reward from a simple quest was extraordinary. He wondered if there were some kind of catch. Nothing came so easily without something in return.
A building that was stationed in City of Terra. It was once a library of an ancient race of Drezo Regalia. Since the acceptance of a new Krustallos, it has accepted a new guardian and owner. The building has come alive as the old mechanical workings begin anew. Old magic has rekindled, the defensive magical barrier around the library has gone into effect.
|Guardian: Zero||Krustallos Energy: 523|
|Magical Defense: 354||Culture: 153|
|Military Power: 10||Economy: 0|
|Regional influence: 0||Technology: 100|
|Regional politics: 0||Faith: 5|
|Development: 0||Fame: 682|
|Sanitation: 5||Specialties: Information|
|Population: 153||Monthly tax Revenue: 164 gold|
The Lunar race has placed their complete allegiance to you and have become a citizen of Draconis Library. It is recommended that you increase the library protection.
Five large scale magic has gone into effect:
– Magma magic Level 1 has begun to churn out new land around the library, bringing in new soil and space available for buildings to be built on.
– Levitation magic Level 1: Levitation magic has begun to uproot the Draconis Library into the air. It is slowly heading out towards the city walls. This building at this moment can only stay aloof high above the trees. It must land for six hours every noon to recharge its magic.
– Fire magic barriers have completely surrounded the building, creating a temporary no kill zone. Other spells and magical abilities are activated till the end of the next two months.
– Full scale reconstruction magic has gone underway on the Draconis Library.
– Drezo Regalia curse suppression level 1:The curse of the Drezo Regalia has been canceled only in the area of the Draconis Library and surrounding 20 miles of land. All Drezo Regalias can shift and change without the consequences of the limiter.
The view changed as the scene around him went through all the lay out of the Draconis Library. More passageways were created as hundreds of living quarters were formed downwards into the ground. Magma flowed outwards from the side of the library and hardened quickly around it. No fire was seen nor did the building catch on fire. Instead the magma was slowly forming into a large boat like shape.
Once again the screen around him changed to a top down view of the City of Terra. He could see the citizens of Terra gape in awe as they stared up towards the floating Library. It drifted so slow that he wondered if walking would be faster than riding on the floating library. They pointed and followed curious about what was going on.
|Where would you like to station your building or would you let it pilot on autodrive? Once set in autodrive the building will follow you wherever you go except into large cities where it will automatically be stationed outside till your return.|
“Position it near the outskirt of the town square.” Zero replied excited about the new guardian he was given. The thought of other buildings out there where he could gain more buildings excited him, but how to find them was the problem.
The library moved and shifted towards his direction. A message appeared once again informing him of something different.
|The reconstruction of the Draconis library is in need of materials and further development. Would you like to invest to speed up the reconstruction process? For a complete renovation every 1,000 gold you invest, a new wealth of knowledge will open up. One must invest 100,000 gold to be completely reconstructed.|
Zero thought it over. The amount he could accumulate was astronomical, but it was something worth gaining. The possibility to gain a building for himself was worth it in the long run.”Yes. Invest 5,246 gold.” This was all the gold he had collected.
|You have invested 5,246 gold and gained 5.2% renovation to the building. Would you like a personal dragon’s den?|
Dragon den? The thought of his own room made him excited. “Yes.”
|A room for Draconis guardian is being created. The Draconis Library gathering of traders quest has been initiated.|
| Draconis Library gathering of residents quest
The Draconis Library has come alive from its ancient slumber. As the guardian of the building one must take care of a special building given to a Drezo Regalia to watch over. Residents with different skills and species must be willing to move into the Draconis Library. Please go out and find residents for the area. Only having the same race will not suffice.
As the new guardian of the Draconis Library, one must invest in the future of the building. By continuously investing in the growth of the Library, it will help bring wisdom and knowledge to different races around the world. Completely invest in the building of Draconis Library and see it flower into something new.
Renovation of the building: 5.2/100
Percentage of traders gathered: 0%
Reward: Increase in handing out higher level quest and information.
Failure: Loss of productivity and eventually the loss of the building.
|Would you like to accept the quest?|
“Yes,” he replied. Extremely interested in the quest. The amount of gold invested into a Library was ridiculously high, but the thought of being given a higher level quest was tantalizing. He knew the more difficult the quest, the better the rewards. He wondered this time what he would gain.
|As the new guardian of the Draconis Library you have been endowed a powerful move, Trinity Fall.|
A three hit lightning fast combo that attacks the acupressure points on the body inflicting painful critical damage. It also endows the blade with Dragon Fire. Dragon Fire adds an additional attack boost to the attack and has a chance of the opponent catching on fire. This ability cannot be used in Origin form. Consumes a 1000 mp.
Zero was extremely happy with his new skill. He could finally use a skill that was worthwhile in his human form. He was wondering when he would gain a good skill, especially because he spent a majority of the time in his human form rather than his Origin.
|Would you like to exit the menu?|
“Yes.” Zero replied. The magical screens before him all turned off as the flower petals opened back up. His Krustallos did not returned back into his chest and instead had become a part of the lotus flower. Even if he wanted to, he dared not take it out for the thought of the building levitation magic possibly turning off and crashing down into the ground.
The book of Historia appeared before him as a page ripped out of the book. Words appeared onto the paper neatly in cursive. Zero began reading it as the words unfolded.
|Draconis Library is hereby under the guardianship of Zero. Since the true guardian, the Drezo Regalia, of the building has returned all rights pertaining to the building is handed back over to the Drezo Regalia, Zero, and the ancient convent between the ruler of City of Diadem and Drezo Regalia has been fulfilled.
Drake and Diadem
In testimony and witness under the God of Infinity
A beautiful seal design of a red and blue infinity symbol was scrawled underneath the two signatures. It’s golden letters floated down into his hands. He did not remember shifting back into his human form.
Zero smiled a wide grin that he could not contain. This was the second proof that now this building was legally his. He quickly stashed away the paper into his Zenith pouch that he had gained through a side quest with Agnis.
With a running start he lept off the crystal lotus and splashed into the warm waters. Swimming through the pond, he made his way towards land. Zeraph reached out his hands for Zero to hold onto as Garrett gave him a formal bow.
“Chief Librarian. I knew you could find the noise that has plagued us.” Garrett pulled out a handkerchief and handed it towards Zero. He was excited at the new prospect that were laid out before them.
“Chief Librarian?” asked Zeraph. Both Zeraph and Scion turned towards Garrett looking at him funny. “Since when?”
“Since his acceptance as the rightful owner of this Library, I humbly welcome you to our home. Especially as the guardian of the Record Keeper of Historia. There is none other but you to watch over and direct the future of the library,” Garrett replied. Zero took the handkerchief and thanked him.
“Ownership? Wasn’t this building the King’s?” Zeraph was completely stumped about what had transpired.
Zero couldn’t help contain his grin. “Nope. Not any more.” He pulled out the contract that he was just reading a moment ago and handed it to Zeraph. Zeraph carefully read the papers held in his hands.
“You didn’t write this right?” Zeraph asked skeptically.
“If I did, would Garrett suddenly call me Lord?” Zero pouted as his wet shoes squished from his annoyed tap.
“Is that the sacred sigil?” Scion gasped as he peered around Zeraph’s side.
“Sacred sigil?” Zeraph asked.
“Yes. The sacred sigil of Infinity that is written on the walls of the church. I only have seen it a couple of times, but everyone knows that the sacred sigil only appears at a sacred ritual either as a witness or when a sacred contract is made. Nobody can forge the sacred sigil without getting cursed or worse, death.”
“That is news to me.” Zero replied in a cheerful tone. This now even proved to Zeraph that he did not forge the contract. “Anyways I got a quest to do,” he snatched the paper out of Zeraph’s hands and rolled it up. Stashing it away in merry tune, Zero suddenly stopped.
“Wait. Zeraph. What were you guys even doing in the crystal flower in the first place? How did you even end up in it?”
Zeraph cleared his throat, “A quest. It seems staying with you a little longer might be a good idea in helping me finish it.”
“How?” Zero was a bit lost.
“Let’s put it this way. The quest I was doing brought you the crystal flower and you somehow, at the end of all this you ended up with the royal library. With that being said, this building,” Zeraph motioned around him, “might have some kind of connection between you and the quest. Kapish?”
“Yea….” Zero was not sure how to take this all in. “I see. Well, hopefully you’ll find what you are looking for.”
“I hope so too.” Zeraph nodded in agreement. “I think I did.” He quietly muttered.
“Oh, by the way, do you have any merchants, blacksmith, or traders that you know who are willing to relocate and possible go on a journey?”
“I might have some why?”
“I just received a quest that asked to bring willing people to move into this establishment.”
“I need to make a couple of calls, but no promises.”
“I do need to speak with Garrett for the moment. Scion.”
“Yes sir?” Scion peeked from back of Zeraph.
Both Garrett and Zeraph had begun to converse with one another about Scion’s apprenticeship. Zero was too busy thinking and he did not catch all their conversation.
Zero was giddy with excitement. He already had a couple of people in mind and was ready to go out and complete his task. Taking a couple of steps, Garrett called towards him.
“Chief Librarian!” said Garrett.
Zero turned towards him.
“Is there anything you want us to do?”
“Well except helping out the reconstruction of the building just do what you normally do. Oh and drop the Chief, it’s a bit odd.”
“If you say so sir,” Garrett bowed and his broken monocle fell from his face. Zero thought he saw Garrett lips curl into a snicker.
Zero sighed. He wasn’t so sure if Garrett was playing with him or because he was an NPC that had a set of phrases that he had to say.
With each step, Zero power walked out of the attic, down the stairs, and made his way outside. The door to the Draconis Library was no longer closed tightly, and instead it was wide open. The Lunar Rabbits were all stationed outside wondering what was going on, but when Zero stepped out they bowed towards him in acknowledgement. The warm summer air brought in a cool breeze that tickled his cheeks.
Breathing in the fresh air, he let out a breath of happiness. This building was his and he did not have to go to war to take it over. The only problem lies in that he must protect the building from being stolen by others when the protection is over. Right now he did not have any outstanding armor, weapons, or a guild to protect what was his. If a war broke out this minute, he would lose. He knew this perfectly.
But at the same time, he knew that even if he lost the building it would not easily be taken over. Without a Krustallos and being a Drezo Regalia, the Draconis Library would just be another library. With such thought, he felt a bit more at ease.
Laid out before him was the City of Diadem in its glorious form. Near the East side of the city he could see the construction of the wall still in effect. Birds flocked around the Draconis Library as they flew next to the building.
Zero noticed the large crowd of players located below the Library, they swarmed and pointed up towards the floating building. The Draconis Library was hovering over the Town square and slowly heading towards the outer wall. His stop was here. Running into a sprint, he jumped off the floating land and towards the nearest building. He shifted into his Origin form in midair as he transformed claws grabbed hold into the walls of the buildings.
With his momentum, he pushed himself off from the walls and jumped onto another scaling down towards the ground. With a loud thud, he landed perfectly on all four. Dust and dirt flew outwards as people covered themselves from the gust of wind.
His tail whipped back and forth around him keeping people at bay. Smoke rose from his throat and out his mouth and nose. A small rumbling growl erupted unconsciously from him. To him it was a purr, but for the large crowd they took it as a threatening growl.
|You have learn Intimidation.|
Has a 15% chance to stun monsters, people, and different species for three seconds. Their will to fight you will decrease and their attack, magic, and defense power will be cut down by 10%.
A new skill, he thought. He was pleased at learning something useful.
“A monster!” A woman shrieked and she fell backwards into the crowds.
Players pulled out their weapons and were ready to attack in seconds.
The people backed away unsettled, until a little girl stepped forward at first unsure but then her eyes brightened. She ran up towards him in confident steps with arms raised up high towards him in glee. Her contagious laughter rung throughout the muffled voices of the crowd and broke the heavy air.
“Doggy!” The girl exclaimed and she glomped onto him like glue. More nearby children ran towards him with just as much excitement. They climbed all over him like he was some kind of playground. A couple dangled off his tail, some were already climbing on his back, and the little girl was putting her face completely into his chest snuggling in his extra soft feathery fur.
Zero stood absolutely still for a moment, and sat down. He had things he had to do, but he could not seem to pry the children away from him without causing too much a scene. He couldn’t push them away roughly for the chance of angering the surrounding mobs and lowering his hard built up intimacy between the children.
The crowd muttered amongst each other whispering out loudly.
“I think I saw that creature in the battle with the giant.” A man talked to his wife.
“Yea. I think it was him that slew the creature. I didn’t expect him to be so big. He’s quite scary.”
“Are you saying it’s that fox creature? He does look something similar.”
“Zero!” A female’s voice called out towards him. He looked up and noticed Agnis pushing her way through the tight knit crowds. “Excuse me! Excuse me!” She roughly pushed and squeezed through. “People come on! Let me through. He’s my friend!”
With a final push, Agnis slipped through the thick crowds. She looked tired and winded.
“Zero. You won’t believe this. The Royal Library is floating and their is a huge hole where it once stood.” She panted trying to catch her breathe.
“I know.” Zero replied.
“The monster speaks.” One of the townsman spoke out loudly in surprise.
Zero was starting to get tired of this obnoxious crowd that formed tightly around him like a caged animal, barely making him able to move.
“Yea. Look.” Zero pointed up towards him where the Library was. “By the way it’s not the Royal Library anymore. It’s called the Draconis Library.”
“Wait. Draconis Library? How? When? Wait….why are you even surrounded by so many people. Did you do something wrong?” Agnis stood up straightening herself. She pushed back her hair so she could see better.
“Well about that. It’s a long story. If you don’t mind can you get these kids off of me?” Zero was starting to get peeved because a couple of them were starting to pull out his feathery fur.
“Hey kids. Leave the poor creature alone. Your parents are probably looking for you. You don’t want to get in trouble for being missing. Who knows they might give you a spanking for disappearing.” Agnis smirked. The children stopped what they were doing and stared at Agnis horrified at what she had said.
“Noooooooo!” The kids screamed and scattered like roaches. “Mommy! Daddy!” They yelled as they ran towards their parents.
“Easy.” Agnis lips curled into a smirk. She clapped her hands as if she was dusting herself off.
“How?” Zero asked amazed.
“I just know how to deal with kids.” She patted him on his shoulders. The crowd stood speechless at what was transpiring the whole time. They did not know if they should intervene and asked questions or just quietly watch. Everything was happening so quickly that they did not know when to speak.
“Move out of the way! Let the Royal guards through!” shouted a Royal guard. The crowd split exactly like when Moses split the sea in half.
Their purple and silver light armor glistened underneath the sunlight. Rows upon rows of the royal guards surrounded Zero and Agnis in minutes. Their pikes held up high as the leader of the royal guard on a brown horse appeared before them. He cleared his throat and in a loud voice he said, “We are here in the behalf of the king. Are you the beast that slayed the giant?”
The leader of the royal guard asked towards Agnis and Zero. Zero stepped forward. “That would be me.”
“I’m his partner,” replied Agnis. She stepped forward right behind him.
“So you are this beast. The king is waiting for you.” The leader of the royal guard reigned in the horse and the horse turned to leave the crowded area. “Follow me.”
Zero and Agnis trotted behind him as the crowd parted ways letting them through. They followed behind him out of curiosity, especially for the king of the city to come looking for them was a bit unexpected.
Did some major quest appear before them or was it something completely different? Thought Zero. He was curious about what they had to say.
Russ sat silently waiting, biding his time. It had been months since he applied to the WaterRose guild anxiously waiting to take part in the large battle. Since the completion of the World quest both in Noriene and the real world, he was able to climb the ladder of the WaterRose guild and gain a large points in fame.
He was a personal crusader that worked under the great teaching of Hades, he wore a rare armor that set him apart from most of his guild members. The armor was form fitting, and made him look like a black raven. Being a human that served under Hades had brought bountiful blessing that he never thought was possible.
Since entering into the border edge of the Electric Continent he had found a temple hidden away under rubble. He was lucky to find the new temple without dying from exploring a difficult dungeon. He was the only one that survived the dungeon and received the bountiful blessing of the God. Then he was quickly summoned back to the City of Diadem to do a bit of searching.
He worked diligently to raise his affinity with the god of the underworld Hades. He didn’t expected to find a different god in such a location. He thought all gods in the world of Noriene were mostly from the Norse Mythology. For now he had told no one at his new findings. He had a gut feeling that telling people that he served a god that was seen around the world as an evil being was not something he wanted his guild to know about yet. His sunglasses slipped from his nose revealing his black eyes that seem to sparkle with mischief.
He had become the fifth group leader in taking on the responsibility to aid the guild leader Lilac in tough situations especially since the quest to retrieve the horn. He had saved several and gave strong back up during the time of crisis in the quest to obtain the Horn of the Dead with the Hercules guild.
Purposefully he put himself near Lilac to seize any opportunities, he had to be recognized. She was his ideal women and his goal. Everyday he aimed tireless to climb the rank of the WaterRose guild and be the second in command. It was his ultimate goal.
But there was always someone standing in his way. The four commanders Tim, Sento, Sasha, and Kent who were her top commanders of the WaterRose guild. Not only that, who could ever forget the second in command, the shadow that protects her at every forefront of the battle, Ten.
That wretched Ten. How the name made him boil in anger. He had personally embarrassed Russ in front of Lilac in a duel. He had tried his best to defeat Ten but failed miserably. It had taken less that thirty seconds for his utter defeat. Thinking about the past infuriated him even more.
But things would be different. He swore to himself. There were plans he was going to enact to make sure he would rise like the phoenix and defang the beast. He was not going to back down from his goal and the quest was going to make everything he wanted a reality.
Not only that but to give him such a low class mission to deliver a letter to Aldran, the leader of the Hercules guild. He was no errand boy. If it wasn’t for Lilac, he wouldn’t have gone went through with this. He despised Ten for giving him such a job. Her sweet words was what coaxed him. He loved to hear her talking and he took the initiative to be around her as much as possible. It pleased him.
“Did you see the flying Royal Library in the City of Terra?” The husband whispered to his wife. Russ stopped and stood around to hear their conversation.
A flying library? The thought boggled his mind. When did the City of Diadem have a flying library?
“Yea. I was there when it happened. You wouldn’t believe what I saw. It was truly frightening. The ground shook, rocks and dirt fell down from the sky, and you could hear the screams of the citizens in complete terror. I thought another attack was coming.” The wife shivered while thinking back on the nostalgic past.
Russ was even more curious now. He wanted to check out this flying Royal Library. Maybe there was something he could gain in all of this. With hurried steps, Russ followed the excited crowds that streamed past him. He even saw a nobleman riding on horse with a group of soldiers going in the same direction as everyone else.
In a split second everything changed in a complete 180, the horse neighed and reared up dropping the noble man onto the ground with a heavy thud. Three large dogs that were fighting with one another slipped under the horse making it startle in fright. The crowds scattered like roaches as they ducked and covered from getting trample on.
Russ was nearby as he ran forward and grabbed the horse’s reign pulling the horse back down.
“Woah! Woah,” he sternly yelled. The horse neighed and pranced around nervously. Already the horse was calming down from Russ’ quick handling. He had a natural talent with animals.
“Sir are you okay?” Russ glanced down to see the disheveled nobleman. Upon closer inspection, he noticed that this nobleman was not like every other nobleman he saw. His clothes were all in simple cotton attire. He looked more like a commoner than a nobleman.
“How did you do that?” The nobleman asked. He dusted himself off and got up.
“My lord are you okay?” The soldiers rushed forward to help him up, but they were stopped by the noble man’s hand.
“I was raised on a farm so I know how to handle horses.” Russ replied as he patted the horse on the nose. He pulled out a sugar cube from his Zenith pouch and fed it to the horse.
“I can’t thank you enough. I thought I was going to die. I only wanted to take a morning stroll to head over to see the flying Royal Library. I didn’t expect all this to happen.” The noble man smiled warmly towards him. “I am Prince Xander. I would like to personally reward you for saving my life. Please follow me to the castle. Right now I don’t have anything to give.”
Russ was surprised the person that he saved was the first Prince of this kingdom. He was ecstatic at the lucky opportunity that had fallen down into his lap. “I am truly honored.” He bowed deeply, he wanted to make a deep impression on the future King.
“If you don’t mind, please follow.” Prince Xander walked up to his horse and began to ride it once again.
“Yes my lord.” Russ quickly replied. He handed the reins over. Already he had forgotten about the flying Royal Library and deviously grinned from ear-to-ear. “My day is getting better and better.”