[size=12pt]Day 26: Man Made God[/size]
Today was… eventful. We used the Teleportation Shrine to reach the Kingdom of Caedo. It was in ruins, and Misery was waiting for us. He looked undead, almost like a Wight. We finally confronted him.
[b]So, you’ve finally come.
What is the purpose of this incessant violence, Umaro? Why do you bring naught but suffering in your wake? Is there motive to your tyranny?[/b]
“At first, it was to protect my kindgom from you after a warning from the God of Time. Now I just want your Nether Orb.”
[b]Hmm, as I thought. T’was your so-called gods that sent you here. Then, I implore you to heed my words:
There is nothing to be found above or below. And your gods? They exist naught but in your mind.
“You fool. I have felt their power and I am about to become one myself, one that surpasses even them.”
Unconvinced? If like a fool you still wish to stand against me, I’m left with no choice but to end your life alongside the ruthless suffering you and your kingdom have wrought upon this world.
“I should remind you, you wouldn’t be in this situation had you thought better of attacking my kindgom!”
[b]What? Do you truly believe it is you who is just, and I evil? You are gravely mistaken. But, though you are blind to this truth, I care not. You stand as the final impediment to the revolution this world so sorely needs, and I will not tolerate your interruption any longer.
Prepare thyself, King Umaro.[/b]
Mysery lunged himself at me and my companions. With a wave of his hand, he disarmed my party of their new weapons, cast a spell to nullify their traits, accelerated his movements threefold and protected himself with a barrier. Clearly this was a contingency spell that he’d been saving for such an occasion.
I still had the power granted to my by the gods. And the hard work we’d endure to scam those fools had strengthened our bodies and minds. Even with such a handicap, we couldn’t lose.
My whole party but Skull reacted faster than he did. Blood cast Summon Chaos and a Harpy Torturer appeared. Rock cast his Acid Rain spell to lower Misery’s defenses, then Flame cast a Chaos Bolt spell that pierced what little of his barrier remained. Gloom cast a Volcano spell to burn Misery, then it was his turn. He attacked Blood, Rock and Skull, triggering anothe cast of Acid Rain and Chaos Bolt. Skull cast a powerful Planets spell and the Harpy a Fireball. Blood cast Chaos Channeling, which blinded Misery and made him Bleed. Then, even weaponless, they striked at him physically until he fell. But…
[glow=black,2,300]I… AM… ASCENDED.[/glow]
He was now Misery, God of Revolution. I felt a presence behind me.
[glow=blue,2,300]And on this day, you too shall ascend, dear king.[/glow]
Vertraag was holding a gigantic Nether Orb. It started to glow, enveloping me and my creatures in a vibrant white light. I felt Misery’s spell being dispelled.
[glow=blue,2,300]It is time, Umaro! The gods are with you - finish Misery off once and for all![/glow]
Misery cast a powerful Animate Dead spell that summoned 5 Death creatures to his side. Meanwhile, my companions grabbed their weapons. I felt another presence.
[glow=gray,2,300]The winds blow in your favor.[/glow]
Aeolian cast a spell that increased my creatures’ speed. What were these fools doing? I didn’t need their, or anyone’s help!
Skull cast his Planets spell again, but it didn’t do as much damage as I was expecting. Misery still had some sort of protection.
[glow=blue,2,300]It is time! Strike now![/glow]
Vertraag slowed time around Misery, allowing my creatures to attack him. The Harpy cast another Fireball at Misery.
[glow=white,2,300]It is time to even the odds.[/glow]
Azural lowered the enemies’ Attack with a spell.
Everyone was out of Mana, so they attacked with their weapons. Misery’s barrier still held strong.
[glow=gray,2,300]There is room for only one god![/glow]
Meraxis’s words seemed off, but I had no time to think about that. He cast a spell on the enemies that lowered their Intelligence.
[glow=purple,2,300]Give in to temptation.[/glow]
Regalis lowered their Speed.
[glow=white,2,300]Grow bolder, embrace darkness.[/glow]
Erebyss raised my party’s Defense with her darkness.
[glow=white,2,300]Be bathed in the arcane![/glow]
Zonte raised my party’s Intelligence. But, without Mana, I was in trouble!
[glow=green,2,300]Do we have time for a quick nap?[/glow]
Lister strengthened Vertraag’s spell, allowing my party to attack again.
[glow=brown,2,300]HERE I FUCKING AM![/glow]
Torun increased my party’s Attack. Maybe now they would be able to pierce the enemy defenses.
Tartarith cast a massively powerful spell on the enemies, the likes of which I’d never seen before, but they were only lightly damaged. I was starting to get worried.
[glow=brown,2,300]Do not falter.[/glow]
Friden gave my creatures Multicast, but it was useless without Mana.
[glow=blue,2,300]Your pain is merely an illusion.[/glow]
She healed my creatures, but that was unnecessary. Could none of these fools heal their lost mana?
[glow=brown,2,300]Strike fast and true; let none challenge your sovereignty.[/glow]
Gonfurian gave my creatures Multistrike, but they weren’t doing enough damage.
[glow=black,2,300]I’ll soften them up for you. You can thank me later.[/glow]
Vulcanar lowered the enemies’ Defense.
Misery cast a Curse on my creatures. Now they received damage when they dealt it. Surviving that wouldn’t be a problem, but without spells, this was going to be a very long battle. Still, Misery was slowly dying thanks to the Burn and Bleed effects I’d managed to place on him before, so I just needed a bit more time.
Skull was the only one who could deal enough damage. He grabbed his scythe and dealt two critical blows to Misery. It was obvious he was mortally wounded, but he kept fighting. Then he striked again, and he fell, dying in a pool of his own blood. However, the summoned creatures didn’t disappear. I had to take care of them one by one, but, without Misery’s protection, they were easy prey.
It was done. Vertraag gave me the Nether Orb he carried.
The tenth Nether Orb, a shrunken version of the gigantic one that Siralim is built upon, had power exceeding even the gods.
Back at Siralim, Damaos thanked me and Vertraag spoke to me again.
[glow=blue,2,300][b]You’ve done well, friend. As much as it shames me to admit, in truth, I was not certain that you’d be able to stand toe-to-toe against Misery. I am most pleased to be proven wrong. You’ve saved not only your beloved kingdom, not only the world, but also preserved the sanctity of the gods themselves.
We have much to thank you for, Umaro, and we shall be forever indebted to you and your kingdom.[/b][/glow]
He would soon be proven wrong once again. I would defile the sanctity of the gods myself.
I used the ten Nether Orbs I had collected, trying to ascend, to become a god. But something in my body rejected their power. What was going on? Could it be the taint of the Devils?
Then I had a surprising visit.
“You must be Krampus. We could have used your help back there.”
Heh. You did just fine though, didn’t you? I think I finally figured out how to summon our master. Let’s go to your Nether Goblet.
At the Goblet, Krampus asked me for Vertraag’s Timepiece. I gave it to him and he started some sort of ritual. In the end, he had a potion in his hand.
This should be enough. One of us has to drink it and forfeit his life so that our master can have a body once again. Since I haven’t been much help so far, I’ll do the honors. See you guys.
He drank the potion. He looked surprised, then disappointed.
Heh. It failed. I’ve become a Nether Creature, but our master didn’t come back. There must be something missing… Oh well, I might as well join you while we look for it.
I drank his blood like I had his brothers’, then something happened to me. Some sort of entity spoke to my mind, thanking me for my efforts to bring it back to life. Just hearing its words was enough to make me want to die, but then, all of a sudden, I didn’t mind them at all. When it stopped, the Nether Orbs were floating around me, empowering me.
I hadn’t become a God however, but something entirely different.
It was surprisingly easy to convince my citizens that this was just the form I’d assumed as a new God. But I knew better. And the gods would now know everything. I would probably never be able to speak to them again.
But this was enough for me. I’d finally become an immortal being, the most powerful of all. All that was left was to look for a way to fulfill my promise. But now I had all the time in the world.
It is done.