"Just us, a long tunnel, and about a million monsters." Prologue
Kpik sat back on a rock, a dead Shrill at his feet, behind him stood the others, some were in their normal form, the form of a Toa, while a few decided to stick to their Rahi forms. He sighed, how long was this going to last? They had already been here for three days, and already their kill meters were reaching the triple digits, Kpik looked down at his arm, around his wrist was a device, one that spanned his wrist lengthwise; the device displayed a number six digits long, his was at 68 (followed by x amount of zeroes), was that really how many he had killed? It felt as though he had slain more than that.He stood up, looking around at the scenery; all he saw was dead, black rocks for miles around, jutting up out of the ground to form odd shapes. They certainly provided the perfect battle field, but it all felt so dead, so void of life, as if nothing had ever lived, and nothing was ever going to live. Once more he sighed, turning around to face his friends. "It's almost time, we should prepare for battle," He said, walking off to a nearby vantage point atop one of the black rocks.The others did the same, and those who were transformed turned back to normal, after a few minutes of preparation, they heard a loud crack, as usual, followed by silence, and then the voice, oh that voice, it could strike fear into the bravest of warriors, into the most fierce monsters, it spoke, saying; "Welcome again, I hope each of you are ready, for the Beasts are more than ready. Let the torment begin." Each of them waited with their blades and various elemental powers ready, Kpik breathed in and out slowly, calming his heart rate, for if you lost your head in battle, more than likely you would literally lose it.They could come form anywhere, from behind, in front, beneath, above, Kpik even speculated that they could start coming from within, as mad as that sounded.A roar that could crack mountains shook the heroes, it signaled the arrival of the Beasts, and the beginning of the fight. Out of nowhere, three Shredders leaped in, and began the usual attack of slashing at them. With a flash, Spawn shot each one down with well placed streams of fire fire; more came out, from around the rocks, from up above, underneath, and the Heroes took action. Everyone ran forth, weapons slashing, elemental powers lashing about, and rapidly, everyone's numbers rose.This caused only one problem;"The player with the highest number at the end of the Tunnel shall die by my hand, while the others will be set free, watch how much you kill, because you just might just be the one to go." Those were the Announcer's words, and everyone heeded them well, all of the team was cautious of their kill counts, weary of the fight that surely loomed at the end of their Journey.***Chapter one – A beginning
I guess you could say this was all a dream…. But a few of us would disagree. It all happened so fast, one moment, we were all standing inside, peacefully, trying to get our work done, then, well, it all goes blank after that. So far, we’ve just woken up, except, there was something strange about all of us, for one thing, we were covered in armor, and the other thing, we were in some type of strange, tunnel.No one has tried to explain this, except everyone’s rational thoughts bursting out; we’ve all been desperately searching for a way out, none of us know where an exit might be, all we’ve seen is only black spikes and ground, the only other sight is a small white dot at the very end of the tunnel, Celu attempted to run for the dot, but didn’t make it ten feet before something grabbed him and put him back with us, hang on, something’s happening as I write, it’s a voice, it sounds angry and sympathetic at the same time, it also sounds deep and intimidating, maybe he, or it, knows a way out.***A Toa lie on the ground, partially unconscious, so do five more, also not moving, and asleep. Slowly, the Toa (of ice) awoke, his eyes opened as if they hadn’t in years, he did not bother speaking, he could feel no throat to speak from. He pulled his elbows toward himself, and pushed up into a sitting position, everything was white, and all he could see was thin outlines of five other bodies lying around him. “Where am I?” he asked himself in thought, little by little, the white faded, revealing a darker color of black, although his friends lit up the scene with their bright colors. He pulled his legs in to a kneel, he then pushed up on a hand, and stood up, immediately, he fell forwards, trying to stop himself, he ran along with his body, but he only hit a spike with his head, and was forced to sit back down.The Toa sighed, he looked around at where he was, he could identify the others near him as his friends, but he hadn’t the slightest clue on where they were. He rubbed his eyes with his wrist, and tried to stand up again, but before he could; the others started getting up.First was Celu, he went through the temporary blindness and stumbling around, but he noticed Kpik, and tried to speak, but he only moved his mouth, or so Kpik thought. At that moment, Kpik realized that his ears were ringing, as if a gun or other loud noise had been shot off around his head, he shook his head, hit it, and finally stopped trying to hear. He looked at Celu, who had now stood up; his friend walked over to him, and helped him onto his feet. Almost instantaneously, he could hear again, apparently Celu had been screaming, Kpik shook his head once more, and looked at Celu, “its okay, I can hear again, you don’t have to scream anymore,” he said, looking around at where they were again.The next one up was Spawn, except he did not stumble around or anything that they had done, it also appeared he had not gone through the blindness; it was as if he had just woken up. “Guys, where are we? I remember a bright light, followed by a loud noise, and then it was like all my senses were shut off,” the Toa of fire said, he breathed in and out, he was looking around, worried. Kpik turned around, looking at the rest of the group; Aero, Aderia, and Riglax, he ran over to Aero, and began to help him up, but he would not wake. Instead, Riglax got up, he could hear, and speak just fine, but he could not feel, or see, “guys?” he asked out, his head moved in their general direction, Celu walked over to him, and helped him up on his feet, just like Kpik and Celu, Riglax regained all his senses, Riglax sighed, “I didn’t think I was ever going to see again,” he said as he smiled, but that smile soon disappeared as he looked around at where they were.Aero and Aderia both opened their eyes together at the same time, and they both got up, exactly how Spawn did, without any loss of the senses. “Hmm, maybe some of us got hit harder than the others?” Kpik guessed, he was happy now that each of them were awake, but they now needed to figure out where they were, and how they were going to get out.For the next few hours, they all tried to get out, and they all tried to escape, they had all found they were suited in armor from head to toe, and everyone had their own unique color. They had also discovered that each of them possessed an element they could control, everyone thought that this was pretty cool, but it didn’t help them find their way out. “What’s that?” Aderia said one hour, pointing at the end of the tunnel, where she saw a white dot, just sitting there, everyone walked over to see what it was, and Celu spoke up. “Maybe that’s our way out, wow, either that’s a small hole, or this is a really long tunnel,” he said. He started walking towards it, and after about ten feet, a large shadowy hand came out of nowhere and grabbed Celu; putting him back where he was.A few people flipped out, but Spawn and Kpik walked over to where Celu was picked up, but stayed about a foot away. The only light was a lantern hanging on a pole ten feet away, so Spawn lit up his palm, and shined it down upon the ten foot mark. There they saw several rune-like drawings all bunched together, forming a circle around the group. “What do you think it is?” asked Kpik, he looked back at the staring group, who were just as confused as they were, “guys, come here, come look at this,” Spawn said, beckoning for them to come.One by one, they all came, looking at this strange line that went all the way around them in a circle. Celu came forward through the crowd of others, and pointed to his side, there was a large handprint on it, but it was fading fast, “this is only getting stranger by the minute,” Aero said, he stuck out his arm slowly through the circle, and it was suddenly grabbed by the large hand that grabbed Celu, and was set back by the pole, “do not cross the line once more, or there shall be punishment,” said a loud, deadly voice. Kpik pulled put a notebook, and began to write down everything that had happened so far.In the middle of writing, another voice came, this was the same one that had spoken before, it sounded like an announcer, but more evil, it only said one long thing. “Welcome to the Tunnel, I have taken you six captive to test your strengths and weaknesses, please, do not be worried. You are to go on your first wave tomorrow, there, you will meet my beasts, this wave I will show you Shredders, these nasty things will tear you apart if you are not careful, you shall all attempt to make it to the next site, with another circle, and pole, there you will rest until the next wave, you will all do this until you reach the end of the Tunnel, and then you will all be set free.“Oh, and about those wrists of yours, well, every time you kill, it will go up one, yes, even if you kill one of my rather large beasts, it still counts as one. The one with the highest number at the end of the tunnel shall die by my hand, while the others will be set free, watch how much you kill, because you just might be the one to go.“Beware though; you all have limited lives, ten each to be exact. Yes, that is right; when you die, you will spawn where a teammate is not fighting. When you run out of lives, well, you die, alright? When you enter a circle, the beasts cannot follow you, so you’re protected until I say so. Fight well with the weapons I will give you, do not worry about them dulling or breaking, because they cannot, my own little gift for you. Now that I have stated the rules, get a bit of rest. Let the tormenting begin.”Everyone waited for a few seconds, and then six weapons appeared from thin air, everyone received a sword that matched their armor, along with a wrist strapped shield that would protect them from attacks. They all decided to do as the voice said, and they all spread out through the circle to sleep.Celu and Kpik stayed awake, talking, “so how do you think he’ll get us to move out of the circle? What if we just decide to stay right here?” Celu asked, Kpik only shrugged, “well, my guess is that if he can put us in here, he has control over it, which means he’ll probably take away the circle,” Kpik suggested, looking around at the circle.Celu sighed, “If that’s the case, then we’ll be moving through this thing who knows how long, and what if someone loses all their lives? How are we going to get through this alive?” Celu asked; he was very worried about this, but who wouldn’t be? They obviously were fighting for their lives, trying to get to the end of some Mata Nui knows how long tunnel, Kpik could only sigh and shake his head, “I don’t know, Celu, I guess we’ll just have to hold onto those lives, I’m going to take care of myself, I suggest we all do that, nothing will stop us from working as a team and helping each other, but we should watch our own backs as well,” The Toa of ice said as he turned over to sleep. Celu did the same, and both drifted off to sleep.To be continued…
---This is a story of a group of people that do exist on this planet, I started this story many months ago, and cast my friends as the stars of it.Sadly, the next nine chapters are already written, so GSing is not possible.C&C is obviously appreciated, but seeing as how the next nine chapters are written, C&C will be next to impossible to implement until after all those chapters are posted. :PI hope everyone who read this found it interesting, and enjoyable. -Skar
(center code is an evil guy)
Edited by Skarloth, Oct 15 2011 - 10:30 PM.