by Richard B. Sampson
A Story And Addendum For Memoirs Of The Heroes. (Previously "Memoirs Of
An Adventure's Child."))
(All Characters Are Ficticious And bare no resemblence to living people.
Any resemblence to fictional characters is only by chance. Special
Thanks to Howard Phillips Lovecraft)
(Some items in this story were inspired by the events of September 11,
2001. I do not condone the actions, and this story is in memoriam of
the victims of that disaster.)
I looked at Radr as I told him the same story again. Each time I
had told him about Hope's encounter on the surface, he acted like he
couldn't believe it. I finally sighed and said, "Do you need me to tell
you again what happend?" More and more I had seen that Radr had lost
most of his emotions. I didn't know if that was a good thing or not.
Radr just said, "I'M SORRY, VET. I MUST ADMIT IT SOUNDS A BIT FAR
FETCHED. I WISH I COULD VISUALLY CONFIRM IT." I could understand that.
I couldn't even accept the notion, but I knew Hope wouldn't lie. Yes,
she disobeyed orders to stay underground, but she wouldn't lie.
I continued to pace back and forth and said, "Radr, I know it
sounds like a folktale, but Hope has no reason to lie. Something
terrible has arrived. We need to start taking actions to stop them, and
if we can, rescue Lena from the Crystoids." I noticed Radr was about to
say something when all the lights in the room went red. I looked back
at Radr again and said, "Radr, what's happening? Why are all the lights
I watched as his screen lit up and showed information to him.
"THERE HAS BEEN AN EXPLOSION IN TWO OF THE UNDERGROUND AREAS. THE DOORS
ARE BEING SEALED TO PROTECT THE OTHER AREAS FROM POSSIBLE RADIATION.
THE PEOPLE THERE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HEAD OUT TO THE BLINDS IN THOSE
AREAS." It was a nightmare. Two areas, both hit with explosions. I
started to wonder if it was linked to what had happened up above. Soon
Radr exclaimed in what had to be shock, "THIS CAN'T BE RIGHT. I'M
REGISTERING AN EXPLOSION, BUT NO RADIATIONS. IT LIKE IT WAS A PHANTOM
BOMB DESIGNED TO GIVE OFF THE IMPRESSION OF LETHAL DANGER."
I just said, "Or it's leading in lethal danger. I'm going to one
of the sections." Before Radr could even protest, I started to run
through the complex, heading in the direction of one of the sealed off
sectors. The one problem with that was that the sectors were far away
from the main complex.
When I finally reached the door to the one sector, I went to open
it. It had been a long run, but I had to hurry. Before I could even
get the door open, I noticed a green light lit. It was a
contagion/contamination warning. I went to a com unit and said, "Radr,
the one sector is reporting contagion or contamination. What should I
Soon, I heard Radr say, "IN THE BOX NEAR THE DOOR IS A PENDANT
THAT PROTECTS FROM ALL POISONS AND MOST MALADIES. YOU'LL WANT TO WEAR
THAT, AND CAST SOME SORT OF PROTECTIVE MAGIC." I openned the box and
grabbed the pendant. I had heard that very few of those pendants had
existed. I was glad the Guardians had thought of this.
After I had put it on, I said to Radr, "Ok, I found the pendant,
and I'm casting a Regen spell on myself. Now, can I go in." I cast the
spell and hoped it would last enough. I knew there was a time limit on
the spell, and if it wore off, I was not in a place I could restore it.
Then, Radr said, "CONTROL DOOR IS NOW READY. YOU CAN SAFELY
ENTER." I openned the first door and entered the small area between the
doors to the sectors. I waited for the first door to seal back up and
then watched as the second door openned. As I stepped through, I hear
Radr say, "BE CAREFUL, AND HIT THE SWITCH TO LEAVE THERE."
I just said, "Alright," and moved forward. When I came to the
first intersectiion, I was startled to see a body lying there. When I
got close enough, I found it was still alive, but just from sight, I
could see it was racked with disease. As I got closer, I could tell it
was one of the women from Edo. I looked at her and cast a Regen spell
on her. I was horrified that all it did was manage to keep her at the
same state she was at. I looked at her and said, "What happened?"
She looked at me and with an effort that told me that told me that
she was about to die, said, "Crystoid got in. Entered shrine. Sounded
like explosion. Horseman entered." With that, I knew what had
happened. She then managed to say, "People captured, people dying.
I looked at her and said, "I will, but I will save who I can
save." I ran back to the door and cast an old spell I had found in
texts. Using it, I could return to the door to the sector without
worry. I then ran back to the person and said, "Which way to the
shrine?" She pointed down the one hall, and I knew which way I had to
go. The Crystoids went to the most important spot to all of us, the
shrine of Isis. They were constructed after Isis' death in every
sector. It was a terror tactic. I wanted destory all of them at that
point, but I knew that I shouldn't. Eventually, I encountered another
body, not as far gone as the first one. It was Hana. I quickly case a
Regen spell on her and noticed that she was getting better. I cast a
Cure spell, and soon she was well enough to move. I looked at her and
said, "Hana, can you get out of here?"
She looked at me and said, "My family is on the upper levels. I
have to get them out of here." When she said that, I knew that they
were dead. I shook my head. She looked at me and said, "No, you don't
mean that they are dead. They can't be dead."
I looked at her and said, "When I came in, I found a woman who was
near death. Even the Regen spell I first cast on you did nothing but
prolong the inevitable. If there are any others above the door, they'll
be lucky if they are dead. Hana, please, head to the door and make your
way to safety. Look for a green glow, that's a teleport spell transport
point. It's in front of the door."
She got up, and started to run off, only to stop and say, "Watch
out for the horseman. Don't let him touch you." I watched as she ran
off. I wondered if that was how the horsemen claimed their victims.
Even Hope's account said that all the one did was touch her friend. I
continued down towards the shrine, curing people as I moved. The closer
I got to the shrine, the earlier the stages of illness was, and the
quicker I was able to cure them. Soon, I felt like the Regen spell was
about to wear off. I stepped into a small, empty room, and quickly
Before I could leave the room, I heard footsteps. I quietly
openned the door a crack and saw two crystoids with their backs to me.
I head one say, "The leader wants to know if the seventh gem is here."
I watched as the other shook it's head and the first continued by
saying, "Portal needs that masked shape gem before the runes are ready
and the power source is remerged." I now knew what they were talking
about. The mask that Max wore, and Lena, who was turned into one of
them. I watched as they continued out of sight and openned the door.
I slowly moved in the direction they had headed. I was getting
very close to the shrine. I watched as they entered the shrine. They
had made their base there. I peeked in to see that they had desecrated
the place. There was a small cylindrical device there, and they had
several people bound up. I recognized a few. They were Hana's family.
I saw the one Crystoid pick one up and take it to the cylandrical device
and disappear. It was a transport device. They were taking the ones
not dying to their world to absorb them into their group. That was all
I could take. I quickly launched a fireball into the room, knocking the
other Crystoid into the cylander and making both explode. I ran in and
said, "Hana is going to be thankful that you are alive. You need to get
out of here."
As I worked at freeing them, I heard her son say, "I don't think
we will make it." I saw fear in his eyes, and I turned around. Right
there at the door, I saw the horseman. He was ridden with sickness. If
Hope's description was right, he was Pestilence.
I stood in front of all of them and said, "You won't claim anyone
The figure just looked at me and said, "You have been undoing all
my work. You will pay for that." He started to advance. I did the
only thing I could think of. I cast a low level Cure spell on him. He
yowled in agony. Curing him meant killing him. Soon, the cured area
became infected again and he said, "I will make you suffer for that."
I looked at him and said, "Not today." I grabbed everyone and
cast the teleport spell again. Soon, I was safely back to the exit.
But I heard a movement coming from almost every direction. I hit the
button to open the door. Soon enough the door openned and we all
entered. The door closed just as I saw Pestilence run into hall. I
heard him pound on the door as the process started for decontamination.
Soon, the other door started to cycle open. Soon enough, the door was
openned, and we all ran in. I then slammed the door shut, and resealed
When I was done, Radr said, "VET, SOME SURVIVORS CAME THROUGH.
When I had caught my breath, I said, "Alot. The Crystoids
attacked the sectors. I think two of the horsemen were helping. And I
found out some things." I watched as some of the Guardians escorted the
others away, and I said, "One, there may be a way to destroy the
horsemen. Two, the Crystoids are looking for Max's mask. And three, I
heard two Crystoids mention remerging a power source. I think they are
going to revive Shoac."
I then heard Radr say, "ISN'T THAT IMPOSSIBLE WITH BOTH ST. MARIUS
AND KLAR SPIRITS NON-EXISTANT?"
I just said, "I don't think they were destroyed when I was
rescued. I think that the Crystoid that help you then was working on
some sort of master plan." I made my way back and just thought about
what I had just said. St. Marius and my son's spirits still existed,
and when the third one is found, they will merge into Shoac. Now all we
needed to do was figure out why all this was needed. Maybe someone can
figure it all out.
The End May Be Approaching
Darkness Begins to Fall