Chapter 1Berix finally regained consciousness. He had to admit, this was not his day. For starters, it was so dark he couldn’t see anything. It was also very hot, much hotter than the Great Sea in which he lived. Additionally, he was tied to a chair.Suddenly, a light turned on, blinding him. Berix could faintly see three beings, though silhouetted by the bright light. He could faintly make out their armor as crimson, the color of the Fire Tribe.“Alright, talk,” one, apparently the leader, said.“Who are you?” Berix mumbled, still waiting for his eyes to adjust.“I’m Perditus. The brute to my left is Malum, who will be more than happy to give you encouragement to answer my questions if you don’t want to,” Perditus said.“And the third one?” Berix asked.“That’s Tyddak, a new recruit,” Perditus said. “Now, I believe you’ve asked enough questions. Now try answering one. Why were you snooping around our camp, Agori?”“I was just… scavenging. Maybe looking for some spare armor parts,” Berix said, shaking.“And what did you find?” Malum asked, touching a flame claw to Berix’s wrist.“Nothing,” Berix lied.“Nothing at all?” Malum asked, moving his claw up to Berix’s shoulder.“Okay!” Berix cried, quickly rustling through his satchel before showing a worn-out yet readable scroll, bearing an Ice Tribe insignia. “It’s a map. It shows the fortress they built around the Great Substance’s spring. It has traps, guard shifts, everything.”Malum snatched it and read it over. “The little maggot is right. It’s not very old, either. It’s dated this week,” he noted.“Malum, you’re a squad leader. Organize a patrol around the fortress’ perimeter to see if they have the same guards out,” Perditus ordered. “Oh, and take Tyddak. He could use the practice.”With the nod of a head, Malum departed, followed by Tyddak. Perditus then turned, helmet-to-helmet to Berix. Before he could utter one word, however, a blade sliced the air and lodged itself in a wall. Without releasing Berix, Perditus pulled the blade out and looked at the unique design. Then, his eyes widened in fearful realization.“Skrall!” he shouted. Leaving Berix, Perditus tried running for the nearest exit. However, every window and door exploded open as the soldiers of the Rock Tribe flooded in, blades at the ready.Berix, having squirmed in his chair so long, finally managed to break free. However, a Skrall blade fell upon him, pinning him to the floor by his neck.----So far, Malum’s troop had found the Ice Tribe defenses mostly corresponded with his map.“What if it’s a trap?” Tyddak asked.“That’s ludicrous. That crazy old man Certavus is too slow and dumb to make a trap,” Malum said, referring to Certavus’ role as head general.Suddenly, the ice around Malum, Tyddak, and the other six Fire Tribe warriors opened into hatches. Out of these hatches sprang a team of Ice Tribe warriors. In the front was the decorated head general, Certavus.“Trust me, Malum. I’m anything but ‘slow and dumb.’” Certavus promised. “This was all part of our plan.”As Malum raised his flame claws, and Tyddak his axe, the ice that wasn’t part of the trap started changing as well.In an instant, both sides were struck by beetle-like warriors, with silver and blue armor. The claws the monsters had dug into their armor, searching for the warriors’ deaths.----The Element Lord of Rock stood over the Agori Berix, staring him down.“So, you found the Ice Tribe’s map? The one the Fire Tribe stole from us?” the Rock leader growled.The Water Agori awkwardly fidgeted with his hands, and avoided looking the Lord in the eye. “Yes,” Berix said nervously.“Who sent you to get it?” the Element Lord asked.“Tarix, my field commander,” Berix explained.The Lord of Rock raised his eyebrow, composed of stones as the rest of him. “So he expects you back to Aqua Magna, with the Ice Tribe fortress map?” the Element Lord inquired.“Yes. Soon, too,” Berix said.The Element Lord of Rock stepped away and pulled out a scroll identical in appearance to the Ice Tribe map. “This is a fake map. Anyone who was to follow it would be led into the Ice Tribe’s traps,” the Element Lord explained. Then, dropping it in Berix’s lap, he added, “Take this back to your tribe. Tell them it’s the real map. If you go along with my plan, you might survive to see the end of this war.”“And if I don’t?” Berix asked boldly.“If you don’t… Well, you wait and see what happens if you don’t,” the Element Lord said, staring Berix in the eye. “I don’t care if you’re well beyond the Northern Frost or hiding in the deepest Iron Tribe mine. I’ll find you,” he promised.----As soon as he escaped the Skrall, unlike Berix, Perditus sped on his Thornatus V9 to the Northern Frost to check up to Malum and Tyddak.However, as soon as he reached the border, he could already hear the sounds of battle. Blasts of fire and ice decorated the sky. But Perditus could somehow make out an army of short, silver creatures with claws.Perditus immediately realized how dire the situation was. The Element Lord of Fire had told him about these things. Praying for his soldiers’ safety, he sped forward, hoping he wasn’t too late.
Edited by Master Inika, Jan 03 2012 - 01:49 PM.