Welcome to your new life
August 13, 2054. Thursday. 12:00 AM.
“Squeak! Hack! Cough! Gack!” The sound of the baby Drezo Regalia being born from the eggs.
Thousands of dragon eggs were laid out scattered as far as the eye could see. Warm energy pulsated from the golden egg to the thousands of multi-colored eggs in the heart of the Draconis Library.
It was midnight when a hundred large eggs with smiley faces were hatching. All players decided to take on the new species called Drezo Regalia. While a good amount of large eggs were born, there were more small eggs than large. Kiyro noticed that compared to the smiley face eggs, the smaller eggs bore smaller dragons, with the smaller dragons outnumbering the players three to one. He guessed that they were NPCs of the Drezo Regalia race.
New non-dragon players and NPC were running around the room from left to right, trying to find their partners. It was a special occasion where even the NPC was ‘called’ by their partner to help hatch the new baby Drezo Regalia. Most of the NPCs were kids around the age of nine to fifteen. Only a small handful of adults were called to partner with them. The NPCs partnered with smaller Drezo Regalia eggs, while the new players partnered with the dragons from the smiley face eggs. Oddly enough, there were no full-blooded Dwarves or Trolls in the room. The large room became noisy with life as the baby dragons began chirping and squalling.
“Gah, What is with this feeble leg!”
“Someone help meeeeeeeeeee.”
The sounds of the baby dragon struggling for their first breath around the room. The instrumental chaos of life being born, all are resounding in one room.
“This is crap. Who is born as a baby!” Squealed a baby black dragon as he struggled out of the eggshell. More black dragons hatched from the large pool of dragon eggs than all the others. For every three eggs, a black dragon was born.
“Over here, someone brings some food!” Tino was running around with a bag filled with pet food. Tyrell was busily going from one dragon to another helping each player on how to form a contract. Even the infinity disciples were present in helping out the newborns because Tyrell was short on hands. New players, from humans to elves, were next to their partners as they helped out in the process of the Drezo Regalia’s being born.
“I’m dying! I need some fooooooooood!” A baby green dragon was barely stumbling around on its legs. His human female partner brought him food and placed it in front of him. In seconds the green dragon put his whole face into it the bowl of food and devoured it.
Zero was in his Origin form, staring at the chaos in front of him. He did not know what to do but to stand in a daze at the scene before him. Baby Dragons were struggling for their life just to live just like Zero when he was first born. He couldn’t help but find it funny to see the chaotic scene before him. They were all acting just like him, confused and desperately hungry.
“Zero, aren’t you going to say something?” Agnis elbowed him out of his trance. She and Zeraph were next to him, watching the whole ordeal play out before them.
“Like what?” Zero whispered. He was not sure what to say at a time like this.
“You know. Welcome them?”
“You kidding me right? I’m not some spokesperson.”
“Yea, but you’re the first of your kind.”
“I don’t have an obligation to tell them anything.”
“Stop being so rude and go say hi.” Agnis pushed him forward, but he barely moved. His large body was the size of a bus, and he was still growing. He could feel the creaking joints of his body popping as if it was telling him that his body height was not the end.
“Fine.” Grumbled Zero. He was not the type to be in front of a large crowd to give a speech. He could feel himself sweating; technically, dragons don’t sweat, but still, it was nerve-wracking.
Having all those eyes stare at you when you are speaking and not messing up is difficult.
With each step he took to the middle of the room, he could feel his body slightly tremble. This was a game. He probably would not see most of these people in real life, so what did it matter? His body shook as if it was telling him it did matter. He was trying to wipe out the nervousness in his mind and even the rampant thoughts that did not help him. The closer he got to his destination, the more he could feel the players and baby dragon’s gaze watching him, wondering what he would do next.
Going to the battlefield in the game and talking in front of hundred pairs of eyes were two different things—one required action by moving his body instinctively, while speaking was using one’s mind more. The number of thoughts over his head for fear of messing up kept replaying in his head.
He stopped in front of the golden egg in the middle of the room. Everyone’s gaze was towards him. Even the baby dragons halfway out of their eggs were staring intently at him. They knew what he was, but not who.
“My name is Zero, the Royal Librarian of this Draconis Library.” Zero stood straight with his chest proudly out. Even though he was covering up his nervousness, he tried his best to sound unafraid. “As the new residence of the Library, you have access to the building and the land around it. This is the first ever sanctuary for all Drezo Regalia and their partners.”
The new baby’s eyes were glued to Zero with awe. They all gazed jealously at his large shiny body, black and gold coat, and beautiful horns that jut out of his head. He was not as large as an adult they had seen, but it was large enough for anyone to see that he had horns. Even his face was becoming dragon-like, his bulky muscles were thick and muscular, and his tail long and sleek. He was missing a pair of wings on the back of his shoulder.
“Being a species that has been brought back to life, we are given the knowledge and power to become something great. It is in our blood to have ties to our ancestral True Dragon. Their goal and promise to be the guardians of Noriene binds us to this day. Since you were born, our ties with the True Dragons and the land of Noriene have been entwined.” Zero blew smoke as he took a breath. He was slowly getting into his speech. “Our species have passed nine laws from me and now to you. They are: One must have a partner. One must watch and record peace treaties between different species. One must say the oath to become a protector of Noriene.
One must not kill fellow Drezo Regalias. One must help fellow Drezo Regalias in a time of need. One must not steal each other’s Krustallos. One must not interbreed between two different races of Drezo Regalia unless allowed by the True Dragon council. One must follow the laws of the True Dragons. One must not break any of the nine rules, or the True Dragons council would take the existence of a Drezo Regalia. With this, Drezo Regalia’s oath once again makes us who we are. So welcome all new Drezo Regalia’s to your new life as dragons.”
A special message appeared in front of all the Drezo Regalia and their partner.
The Drezo Regalia Golden nine Laws
The ancient laws that the True Dragons had decreed to be absolute. If any of these laws are broken, consequences are followed depending on the severity of the crime. The heaviest crime is law number 6, where the punishment is the highest severity.
- One must have a partner.
- One must watch and record peace treaties between different species.
- One must say the oath to become a protector of Noriene.
- One must not kill fellow Drezo Regalias.
- One must help fellow Drezo Regalias in a time of need.
- One must not steal each other’s Krustallos.
- One must not interbreed between two different races of Drezo Regalia unless allowed by the True Dragon council.
- One must follow the laws of the True Dragons.
- One must not break any one of the nine rules, or their existence of a Drezo Regalia would be taken by the True Dragons council.
Zero went silent. He did not know what else to say next, and everyone stared at him even more strongly than before. He could not help but wonder if he said something wrong because they didn’t even make a sound. It was just awkwardly silent.
“Drezo Regalia.” Someone spoke cutting the silence in half.
“Drezo Regalia. Drezo Regalia. Drezo Regalia!” The chant grew louder to the point of the complete roaring of voices between everyone.
“Long live Drezo Regalia!” Everyone cheered at the top of their lungs. Their excitement was contagious, and even Zero could not help but smile. He had never gotten such a cheer before; even if it was not his name, he could feel the electrifying feeling it gave off. The voices finally died down to an audible level.
New dragons wobbled up to Zero as they looked at him like a hero.
“I feel so small. Is that what a dragon is supposed to look like/”
“I like his black scales.”
“Oh, look. I’m on top of the world!” A white baby dragon was balancing on top of his head. Its chest puffed out with pride and excitement. Zero did not even see or feel the white dragon climb his back. One moment he saw it in front of him the next it was on his head. Even in its baby stage, the white dragon’s speed was extraordinary.
“That’s soooooooooo adorable.” Agnis swooned. She rushed over to pick one of the baby dragons up.
“Hey, watch i-” A male dragon stopped short midway through his sentence and stared at her with large eyes. He was dazzled by her beauty. Other male dragons stared jealously at him while Agnis stroked his fluffy fur.
The others clamor over towards her in the hopes of getting petted. It could be said that a tidal wave of small baby dragons came at her with full force. Zero was alarmed at the large number of baby dragons swarming over her. He used his large body to block the baby dragon’s from piling upon Agnis. He wrapped himself like a snake and blew a torrent of red fire around them.
“Enough!” Zero shouted as fire cackled like a storming tornado. He rumbled as smoke escaped his mouth and nose. His eyes glinted dangerously with the intent to do harm. He did not like the idea of his partner being suffocated to death.
All the baby dragons stood frozen on the spot. The intimidation skill was in full effect, and he could see them shaking in fear. Some ran towards their partner, hiding in their arms, while the others scuttled away before they could be endowed with fire. Even though Zero knew that the dragon’s skin could take the fire, a baby’s dragon skin only held up to a third of an adult dragon.
“I would appreciate it if you respected my partner’s space.” Zero hissed. The fire flickered out of his mouth every time he talked, making him look demonic.
Everyone whispered towards one another when they found out the first ever Drezo Regalia partner was her. They wondered who this unknown elf beauty had been seen everywhere with Zero. Now they knew and understood that she was off limits.
“With that being said, we have a couple of things to go over about being a Drezo Regalia. If you want to learn follow me.” Zero uncurled around her, ducked his head under her, and lifted her onto his back. “I would appreciate it if you don’t torture the other baby dragons. Your habit of torturing small animals is a best-kept secret.” He whispered under his breath towards Agnis.
“What are you talking about? Torture? It’s called animal love.” Agnis hissed back. “You take out all the fun.”
“If you call being buried alive fun, then I must decline. The thought scares me into thinking what you are trying to do is kill yourself..”
“Quit exaggerating. You’re jealous that I don’t pay attention to you anymore.”
“Jealous? Me?” Agnis’ words completely stumped zero. He never thought of her over-expressive attention to be jealous of an animal. Even being treated like a pet was something that he did not like. “I think you’re getting yourself a bit confused there. I’m not competing for your attention. I’m just stopping an accident waiting to happen. You’re my friend; why wouldn’t I help you out.”
Agnis didn’t know what to say. So instead, she folded her arms and sat on his back, quiet thinking over what he had said.
“Sir?” A female baby blue dragon walked up towards Zero with awe.
Zero glanced down to see the young dragon. He couldn’t help but think that she was adorable with her large eyes staring at him. The cuteness of a baby dragon’s hit him like a wave. He had to shake it off to stop himself from patting the dragon’s head like a dog. Then, with a deep breath, he let out air to help him bring him back to his senses.
“Yes?” His head loomed over her, so she stepped back in fright.
“I um… I was just wondering, could you…”
Agnis smacked Zero in the head. “You’re scaring her. Back up. You’re staring down into her soul like some reaper ready to take it away.”
“What are you talking about?” Zero pulled back from the baby dragon and looked at Agnis funny as if she was spouting nonsense.
“Go ahead, cutie. He won’t bite. I’ll make sure of that.” Agnis winked. The baby dragon gaped at Agnis with surprise. To see a beautiful elf taming a ferocious-looking dragon was not something one would see every day.
Zero puffed a smoke outwards and shook his head. The smoke curled around Agnis and the baby dragon, making them cough.
“You’re making it difficult to breathe.” Agnis wheezed.
“What level must I be to grow big like you?” The baby dragon coughed and hiccuped between each word.
“Past level one hundred. I’m not even in my adult form.”
“You’re not?” The baby dragon gaped, shocked to hear that Zero was still young.
“One needs to hit level 200 even to hit the beginning of their teenage years.”
“Than, what about having wings?”
“I think it’s around the same age.”
“Kyaaaaaa!” The baby dragon squealed in happiness. “I can’t wait until I fly.”
“You and me both.” Zero couldn’t help but agree with what the baby dragon had stated. He was looking forward to the day he could fly freely in the sky. The endless clouds, the blowing winds, and even wondering what it would be like to free fall from the sky without worry. “Now, with that being said,” He turned towards the large crowds of dragon and partner alike. They all surrounded him, watching and waiting for what he would say.
“Follow me and stay in line.”
Zero turned towards the door. He could see thousands of other eggs still unhatched and frozen in time. He hoped one day, all the eggs in the room would hatch and bring the Drezo Regalia population back to its former glory. Everyone followed him enthusiastically as if they were touring the building like students.
“Sir Young Dragon.” Bob was next to him like a ghost. This time the Leprechaun was wearing a green butler outfit and was clean-shaven. Everything about the Leprechaun didn’t scream Leprechaun at all. Only the green hat and a four-leaf clover pin on his chest was the answer that showed what he was.
Zero was startled by the unexpected encounter. “Bob? What are you doing here?”
“Sir Young Dragon. This is truly a joyous occasion. Your people have been born into this world. We will once again serve the dragon race.” Bob gracefully bowed towards Zero.
“Are you sure about this? We don’t mind at all.”
“No. No. It would be dishonorable if we did not.”
“I will not stop you from doing anything. Just choose wisely.”
“I am sure of this. We would once again love to serve under your people.”
Zero sighed. He did not know what to say anymore. Hundreds of leprechauns were appearing out of thin air. They stepped forward joyfully as they found their new masters to serve. Everyone was explicitly happy that they got a leprechaun butler. The thought of having a mythical creature serving them without the need to catch them was truly a miracle and something that was never seen before.
The Leprechaun’s service
The leprechauns are known to be one of the luckiest creatures in the world of Noriene. It is said that whoever catches them will find and receive their luck and gold, but when a Leprechaun decides to serve you, the luck received by the Leprechaun’s double. Therefore, the leprechauns choose their masters.
+10% increase in luck inside the lands of Drezo Regalia.
+ 5% increase in luck when outside the grounds of Drezo Regalia.
“No way did you see that?” The new players were excitedly chatting as they read the messages in front of them. Even the NPCs Drezo Regalia stared dreamily at the possibility of being chosen by the Leprechauns. Most of the Leprechauns had found their master as they served the new players, while only a handful picked the newborn NPCs. The rest disappeared back into the hallway without choosing a master.
“Yea. That is some wicked amount of increase in luck.”
“Would we be getting more special status like this?”
“I have gotten something like that.” A black dragon replied. “Something about being a Black
“Really?” The other dragons were not the same color as the black dragon replied.
The chats between the dragons intensified as they continued to follow Zero. They walked through the winding hallways, going downstairs to the first floor. There were the large statues that held up the interior of the Library building, the six legendary heroes. Paper crane emails flew around the Library as they were sent to their specified recipient.
“The legendary heroes statues that watch over the Library. How it got in here, I don’t quite know. There are more secrets to this Library than the facts I know.”
“Is that Lilith?” One of the bronze dragons asked curiously.
“Why is she still here? Didn’t she cause devastation to the City?”
“Yes, she did, but that was not her anymore.”
“Really? She did something extraordinary, but now that she has become a monster. I don’t think she deserves that title of a hero anymore.”
“Even if she turns into a demon, she still has a place in this Library. What she had become was done by using black magic and demons’ blood. But, as I said, she was no more.”
Zero stared at the statue Lilith and felt a hint of sadness towards Lilith. The demon that Zero had seen through the O.M had shown one of the demons that caused the downfall of one of the six heroes. Even the downfall of the Drezo Regalia was because of the war between the demons and humanity.
“I’ve seen the clip online. Didn’t a demon king kill her?”
“Is there anything else about the demon king? Is he still alive?”
“I honestly don’t know.”
Zero claws clicked on the marble floor as he continued to walk. He then went through the floors as he told a little bit of the history of each room. He felt like a guide guiding his first tourist.
“Chief Librarian.” Garrett walks up towards Zero jubilantly. He waved him down with a fist full of papers in hand. “I got paperwork you need to sign and look over.”
“Sign?” Zero head tilted in confusion. “They are?”
“It’s the paperwork from the new king to set up a new building on your land and an unknown message that we found in a new room that has opened.”
Agnis slid off his back and sneaked a peek behind Garrett. Zero shifted into human form. Then, he was back into a thirteen-year-old teen. The players and dragons gasped at his shifting of form. They were surprised that Zero transformed into a human boy, but what got them even more, was how young he looked. The size and stature of his dragon form didn’t even compare to how he looked in his human form.
Garrett handed him the papers.
“If you don’t mind, can you take over and show the rest around the place?”
“I would be glad to.” Garrett proudly stood. He fixed his broken monocles. Then, with giant steps, he walked forward and began to drone off about the history of the Draconis Library.
Zero began to read the paper in hand.
An order from the New King
The contract between the Kingdom of Terra and the Drezo Regalia is void. You are ordered to bring the Royal Library back to its rightful place. If you do not turn in the Royal Library in a week, you are considered an enemy to the Kingdom. You have been warned.
“Are you serious?” Zero could not believe that the new King would be so dead against him having the Draconis Library. Since his arrival, the Kingdom did not take a second glance at the Library for anything more than just a library. Until it became a flying library, it was not seen as anything special.
“Why that bas-” Agnis caught herself before she swore as she clenched her fist. She was looking over his shoulder, reading every word. “The contract cannot just become invalid. The infinity seal officially recognizes both parties. Once given, they cannot just take it back.”
“I thought so too, but is there a way to take it?” Zero asked worriedly.
“Not that I know of. As I said, you have to consent to hand it over.”
Zero thought it over. Why was the New King asking for the Draconis Library when the contract was sealed? What did he have to gain from taking back what was only supposed to be watched over? Was there something more to the Library that he didn’t even know about?
Clearing his mind, he only thought of one thing. This was his. He was not going to roll over and let anybody else take what he had earned. A feral growl escaped his lips.
The question now comes down to what he should do next. The newborns could barely defend themselves against anyone right now. Unfortunately, this City was not the bests place for newbies about to be on the brink of war.
He flipped over towards the next letter in hand.
I would like to set up a general store shop on the Draconis Village land. I’d like to set up an appointment with you on the prices of rent. Please be lenient with me with the prices. I’m just a poor merchant. See you soon.
Zero was debating on the prices that he would set with Alan. He did not mind if Alan set up shop in the Draconis Village. It would help a lot in the Draconis library’s small economy. He pulled out a special paper and replied to Alan’s letter allowing him to set up shop in the Draconis Library. When he was done the paper magically folded by itself into a paper crane and flew away from his palm.
“Bob?” Bob was next to Zero the whole time, quietly following behind.
“Have there been any strange problems that you may have seen appearing around the Draconis Library lately?”
“There have been a few problems with the soldiers of the City inside the Draconis village. They have been harassing the citizens of Draconis, stating that the Library is rightfully the Kingdom’s historical site.”
“Do you mind saying to the new King that he must hold up to the contract? The contract of Infinity is something that should not be looked down upon. Tell Bishop Etran and Sanya about the situation. They will know what to do. I’ll take care of the soldiers.”
“I understand. If you don’t mind, I suggest you take the Draconis Library towards the City of the Elements. The elves are an old ally of the Draconis Library. They will give sanctuary to us.”
“I see. I will think about what you have told me.”
Bob bowed. “I understand.” He turned around and left.
Sanctuary with the Elves
Darkness is brewing over the newborn Drezo Regalia species. The new King of Terra had decreed that the Draconis Library be returned to its rightful place. Nullification of the contract is in the process by the King of Terra. He is seeking ways to take over the Draconis Library with force or dark magic. An old alliance is still in place with the Drezo Regalia and the elves. Moving the Draconis Village to the City of Elements is best for help.
Quest Level C
Failure: Loss of Draconis Village and slavery to the Kingdom of Terra.
Time limit: 3 months
Quest can not be rejected.
Side Quest: Hunting and gathering for the budding Draconis Village. Collect up to 200 large prey meat and gather 500 different species of plant seeds used to bring food.
A self-preservation mode has gone into effect for the Draconis Village. Camouflage mode has temporarily gone into effect for thirty days. Flight mode has increased temporarily to 23 hours a day. For one hour, the Draconis Village must land to replenish its magic. New destination City of Elements. All Drezo Regalia has a bonus of speed and concealment. Newborns cannot leave the land of Draconis Village till they reach level 120. Lava Magic is churning out special dungeons that are being formed around the Draconis Library. The rate of New expansion of land is increasing by three times the normal amount till the end of the three months.
Zero was alarmed at the self-preservation mode that the Draconis Library suddenly went into effect. Just from reading the letter from the new King, the living Draconis Village seem to have a mind of its own.
“Did I just see this correctly? We are in self-preservation mode?” Agnis spoke out.
“No. You’re not reading it wrong. I got the same message as you.”
“If that’s the case, we need to split up and gather as many things we need at the Town square before we go. So drop me off at the Town square?”
“Okay. We’ll meet each around when the sun sets. I got some other things I got to do as well.”
With hurried steps, he left the Draconis Library and out into the Village. His destination was one place to find the city soldiers disrupting the Draconis Village. He spotted them in front of the general store arguing with a citizen of Draconis Village.
“This is the property of the Royal Kingdom of Terra.” A soldier spat as he pushed the store owner aside. “You better let us get what we want. Do you know what would happen to you if you said no?”
The downed store owner seethed in anger. “We, the citizen of the Draconis Village. You have no right over us.”
“Citizen of the Draconis Village? What ludicrous words are you spouting? The land that this Library sits on is the land of the Kingdom of Terra. You all are the citizen of Terra. What makes you think you guys have the right to form a new village apart from the Kingdom?”
“The sky you soldiers see is not the King’s. We, citizens of Draconis Village, have the freedom to live in the sky. However, our stay on the Kingdom of Terra soil is temporary.”
“Temporary, you say? Nonsense.” The soldiers went over and knocked over more
fruits and vegetables. He kicked pans and even threw glass bottles that shattered into pieces.
“You obey the rules of the New King. If you do not, it is called Treason!”
“Stop!” Zero yelled. He glared at the soldiers that were creating a commotion. The soldiers turned around to see who had the galls to stop them in their tantrums.
“What do you want, kid? Don’t you see we are busy here?”
“Don’t you see what you do makes others despise you?”
“Despise us? They are learning to respect us.”
“Not from where I am standing.”
“Leave us alone and go play with your toys. We have much better things to do than entertain a child.”
“I am not a child.”
“Oh really? From what I see here, you look like a kid.”
“Look doesn’t always tell everything about one’s age. Plus, you are not welcome here in this Village anymore. So leave when I am asking nicely.”
“Pft. Hahahahaha.” One of the soldiers burst into laughter as he held on to his side. The other soldiers followed suit as they could not believe this kid was telling them off. Citizens of the Draconis Village that were gathering around the commotions glared at the soldier’s rude behavior. Even the visiting players grumbled disdainfully at the soldier’s attitude and action. Finally, they whispered among themselves and shook their heads.
“I should’ve known that there are soldiers like that crawling around at the bottom of the barrel. What a despicable bunch.”
“I thought the Kingdom of Terra’s soldiers were known for their chivalry. Was this all a lie?”
“I’m not contracting out any more of the soldiers. I don’t want them to ruin my store’s reputation.”
“Why are they picking on the Draconis Village? Did something go wrong?”
“No. I heard the King decreed that this Village was part of their property.”
“What really? I thought it was a whole separate thing.”
“Would that kid be alright? He’s standing up to the soldiers.”
“Wait, I think I know who that is. Isn’t he the Chief Librarian and the one who runs the Draconis
“I think you are right.”
“He looks so young.”
“He’s so brave.”
“Isn’t he supposed to be the first dragon?”
“I have heard about that too.”
“Really? A dragon. I want to see a dragon. I saw one up close.”
“Hurry up and change! Let’s see your dragon form!”
“Dragon! Dragon! Dragon!”
The voices of the people were full of disappointment, anger, confusion, and concern. Others were excited when they learned that Zero was a dragon and cheered for him to change. Even the visiting players were curious about what would happen next between Zero and the soldiers. The soldiers stopped laughing and scanned around the crowd, confused. They look at each other, waiting for what to do next.
“Look. I don’t want to fight. I would appreciate it if you leave quietly.”
“Who does this kid think he is? The King? Should we bow now?” The soldiers chuckled among themselves. “This kid is looking down on us as if he is the king.” The soldier came over and pushed him against the shoulder.
“All I’m asking is for you to leave the citizen of Draconis alone.”
“We don’t listen to pipsqueaks.” A soldier shoved him hard. Zero stumbled backward and fell onto his hands.
“Hey, that was unnecessary.”
“What are you going to do? Spit out the fire?”
“I’m asking you nicely. Leave before you get hurt.” Zero slowly got up.
The soldier that pushed him hard pushed him again, making Zero fall backward onto his hands.
“This pipsqueak has the nerve to tell us to leave. We don’t care who you are. This is the property of the Kingdom of Terra. You should leave.”
Zero sighed and thought, These annoying gnats that fly around him like pests won’t leave him alone. He would give them a chance to leave without causing a scene. They had pushed him too far. He would not take offensive remarks from these soldiers if they didn’t understand the word respect. His patience was running very thin, and he wanted to negotiate civilly.
“Kahahahha. This kid is a riot. What do you think you are, a king?” The soldiers kicked him hard against his chest. Wind knocked out of him as he cringed forward. The pain was sharp and sudden; even though these particular soldier levels were much lower than theirs, it still punched him.
“I’m telling you” Hot steam escaped from Zero’s body. The soldiers stepped backward in unease.
“To leave,” Zero’s hands started to shift and change into a black claws. His skin turned black like charcoal with gold markings. His body shifted quickly into his dragon form. Large and strong with beautiful feathery-like scales. Golden horns protruded from his head, and his face shifted
into a long snout. Sharp rows of teeth jutted out of his mouth, making him look scary.
His body towered over the soldiers as he looked down upon them with gleaming golden eyes. A puff of smoke escaped his mouth and surrounded the soldiers like a python. Then, with a deep throat rumble, he stared down upon the soldiers as if they were insignificant ants. The soldiers screamed in fright as they were stunned by the sudden change. They could not believe that they would see a dragon here of all places. They thought the supposed black and gold dragon was just a rumor the people had created.
“A dragon!” One of the soldiers screamed at the top of his lungs. He tripped and fell backward.
“So it’s true.” He mumbled under his breath.
“Leave. You are not welcome here anymore!” Zero roared as flames licked his lips. He had no more patience or chance to allow the soldiers to do whatever they wanted. Using violence was something he was not proud of using to solve issues. What it would bring were more problems where it could lead to revenge. If he could, he would rather calmly speak things through to make things go smoothly, but they are times when he had to put his foot down.
“You d-d-don’t scare me! You’re just an overgrown lizard!” The soldiers slid their swords out of their sheath and held them forward, ready to use.
Zero blew a torrent of hot flame in a specified direction towards their swords. The swords turned to scold hot, making it difficult for them to hold. They reared backward and held their hands up as if trying to block the scalding heat.
Curious bystanders were also pulled back in fright of getting burned. Luckily for Zero, his flames did not burn the buildings that were next to him.
Thank god for the fireproof enchantment. He thought.
With a flick of his clawed hands, he swiped towards them in one go. Unfortunately, they were thrown to the side of the building as they crashed into one another. With a thud, they fell to the ground unconscious. Zero did not give them a chance to retaliate, and his purpose was the only thing to stop them from causing any more damage to his Village.
“Did you see that?” A young female gasped in shock. “He just swiped them in one hit.”
“That’s so cool. I wish I were a dragon.”
“Shh, don’t talk too loud. He might turn on us.”
“You kidding? He’s the protector of this Village. Why would he do that?”
Even the newborn baby dragons were out watching all the commotion that Zero had caused. Their tour with Garrett was over, and they were doing their activities.
“I can’t wait to be strong like him.” A baby blue dragon stared with awe. His eyes sparkled.
“Was that fire he just blew? When do we learn how to blow fire?”
“Did you see that swipe? It blew them away.”
“Is this what we are looking forward to? Man, I can’t wait.”
Zero ignored their chatter and picked up the scattered soldiers on the floor with his hands and teeth. He made his way to the edge of the Village, where he dropped them off into a boat on the side. A Lunar Rabbit was stationed by the boat, allowing visitors to come in and out.
“Take them down and far away from the City as possible. A week walk would be good enough.”
“Yes, chief librarian.” The Lunar Rabbit bowed and let the ropes on the boat loose. The boat floated midair and drifted down towards the ground and into the forest. Zero shifted into his human form and got into one of the floating boats. He, too, went down to the ground.
Russ spat with disgust. He hated that lizard. He was so close to getting the Royal Library for the new King. It would have been a deal if that damn Bishop Sanya had not butted in. She had the nerve to state that the killer was false and that the stupid lizard was innocent.
Sooner or later, he will get back at her and her stupid church. He will surely destroy them and make his god’s religion the one standing on top. That lizard’s nerve states that he is the rightful owner of the Royal Library. If he knew any better, that lizard probably co-conspired with the Bishops to take over the Royal Library.
He suspected the Bishop of Infinity might think of taking over the City of Diadem. What’s worse, they could take over the Kingdom because of their large religious base. The major Church of Infinity’s base was situated here in the City.
Wasn’t that the reason for handing over the wealth of information, the Royal Library, to a supposed Dragon that they highly prized? It could be a coup-d’etat brewing any moment now. He was just snipping it in the bud before it even happened.
Russ knew the wealth of knowledge and secrets that the Royal Library had. Giving it up to the so-called heir to the Library is a foolish act. Knowledge was power, and that Library had it all. He had heard rumors of the magic powers it hoarded and still not found. It was a completely unexpected turn of events for it to activate and appear now. The old King was foolish to let such precious wealth be freely given away.
“My Prince. I mean, You’re majesty.” Russ quickly corrected himself as he bowed deeply toward the new King. “I have failed you.”
The Prince, now a king, sat on his throne as he scanned upon Russ. His handsome chiseled face stared down upon him in disappointment, but it was quickly changed to a stoic face. His emotions were hidden away for no one else to see; only Russ could catch the split-second expression. Nevertheless, he couldn’t help but be ashamed of his failure.
“No matter. There will always be another chance.” The King replied in a hint of disappointment. But then, he leaned against the throne chair and relaxed.
“What happened to the soldiers that been sent? Did they do what they were supposed to do?”
“Yes. They should be doing what you have asked as we speak.”
“Good. Send a couple more to create a disturbance. This time though, send in some ruffians.
They should do a better job at creating chaos.”
“I will be on top of that. Is there anything else that you wanted me to do?”
“Not right this moment. Do tell me what you think of this so-called Drezo Regalia. I heard you
have met him.”
“I believe he’s a creature that shouldn’t be considered an ally with your Kingdom. He is dangerous, your majesty. Just like a feral dog that could bite or kill its owner if it’s not fed properly. A monster on a leash that can not be controlled. He is just a creature, your majesty. It is something we humans should not stoop ourselves to. We are humans, sir. A being that has transcended time over and over again.”
“You have a point.” The young King drummed his finger on the wooden throne chair.
“Your majesty, if you don’t mind me speaking my mind.”
“Go ahead. I value your opinion.”
“I suggest we put down the monster that could one day bring havoc to your City. It could become another Lilith.”
“Are you sure? Such creatures do not look so strong.”
“Your majesty. It is not wise to think a young dragon won’t become a killer. Look at the legends in the past. The famous black and green dragon Solomon devastated the world and split the lands apart. What if we have another one that could devastate nations?”
“Put a hit list on his head and get rid of the problem. No, get rid of all demi-humans and nonhumans that are a threat to our City.”
“I will do exactly that.”
“I’m glad I can count on you. You have full authority over the army to get this job done.”
“Yes, your majesty.” Russ bowed deeply and turned around. He left the throne room and went to start the plan to take down Zero and his new species. He would have the last laugh and evolve into a higher being. A ruler. No a god. Russ wickedly smiled. One day everything will be his.
Yes, his. He nodded, pleased with his thought. It will all be MINE.
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