Vie Mort, Mort Vie
by Richard B. Sampson jr.
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)
This was it. We had started the final battle, and even I hoped it
would end the way we hoped it would. I had lost too many people I cared
about in my lifetime. I lost my husband, my friends, my mother, and even
my son. Although my son was the second incarnation of Shoac, I had still
loved him. All these thoughts were running through my head as we facing
the Crystoids, but it didn't distract me from the fight. If anything, it
helped fuel my battle. Every Crystoid I stopped, I did in the name of
the people I had lost. Soon enough, we had finally reached the door to
the main chamber. Before we entered, I heard Captain say, "Already everyone,
this is it. Vet, are you ready to defeat Death?"
I nodded and said, "I have the perfect spell ready. One that will
destroy him instantly. We just have to keep the queen Crystoid alive
until after the runestones lose their power."
I saw most of the others nod. They were not happy about it, but it
was necessary. I then heard Max say, "I'll tackle the Queen. I want all
of the rest of you to stop all the other Crystoids. I want the marksmen
to take care of snipers. Any of you who can fly, follow JaNa's lead.
She will lead the defense in the air." I watched my daughter nod. She
had her wings out, and was ready for battle. I also noticed, for the
first time, that some of the Guardians had jet packs.
I then head JaNa say, "Our job is to stop any flying Crystoids. We
are to keep the Crystoids back, and not let them kill the Queen." We knew
what would happen if the Queen of the Crystoids were to die before power
of the runestones disappated.
I then head Hope say, "Is there anything I can do? I do have my
abilities." I knew it would be a risk for her to use her magic, but I
also knew she had learned to control it.
I watched as the Captain said, "I think so. If any of the preparer
Crystoids come out, use your magic on them. The Crystoids will try and
save them. It is those Crystoids that are most valuable next to the
I watched my granddaughter nod and say, "I understand. I'll have
those things in more trouble than they wished they could cause."
I then walked up to the doors and said, "Ok, We need to enter and
stop the Crystoids." I saw everyone nod and I pushed the doors open.
We then entered the main chamber. It appeared to be bigger than the
whole realm of the Crystoids. In the back of the room, I saw Lena fastened
to a wall. Slightly in front of her was the makings of a doorframe, and
in three corners were three of the runestones.
Standing in front of the structure was the Queen herself, and Death.
Soon the Queen said, "It's about time. Soon, the gate to our mistress
will be open, and her minions will enter this world."
I then heard Max yell, "This is the end, and you will not succeed."
It was then that Max began the battle. As was expected, the Queen was
trying to get herself killed, but Max made sure his attacks were not
As the battle ensued, I saw Crystoids start to join in the battle.
It was evident that they planned for the Queen to die. I almost didn't
see Death go to stab me with his sickle, as he said in his whispy voice.
"It is time for you to join the ranks of the dead."
I quickly launched a force bolt at Death and said, "Now is not my
time to die." As he flew back, he knocked two Crystoids that JaNa and
her group were fighting out of the air.
As Death was temporarily dazed, I heard another Crystoid say, "Must
save the life-giving liquid." I saw that Hope had cast her spell on a
dozen of the preparer Crystoids. The rest were now distracted on trying
to stop us, trying to help in the termination of the Queen, and to save
their precious liquid.
I then head the Queen shout, "Don't worry about that. Make sure
that I die." Soon, I saw some of the Crystoids start heading back to
the fight between Max and the Queen."
I would have watched more, but I noticed that Death was starting
to head towards me. I heard him say, "You shall pay for that. I shall
make your death long and painful. I'll make you a mummy before I kill
I faced my advesary and said, "I doubt that. I have the one spell
that can stop you." At that point, I casted the Life spell at Death.
It was the one thing that could destroy the last Horseman.
As I watched, his skeletal face almost more a look of pain. As the
Life spell started to bring him to Life, I heard him say, "My part has
been fulfilled. I have served my purpose." Soon, Death exploded, and
the runestone flew to it's corner.
When the stone started to fly, I heard Max shout, "How did that
happend?" I looked to see the Queen laying on the floor. She appeared
to be dead.
I heard Captain say, "I thought I told you she was not to die."
Max then said, "I didn't kill her. She just collapsed. There is
no mark on her." Indeed, I could see there wasn't a mark on her body.
It was a bad sign.
Soon, it got worse as I head a voice of pure evil say, "At last, my
true purpose has been realized. Now Shub can enter this world and claim
it." It was Shoac. He had been reformed.
As the gateway glowed to life, I saw sparks fly from Lena. The
portal was now opening. I looked over at Captain and shouted, "How can
this be happening? We didn't kill the Queen."
The answer came from a source I did not expect. "It is because
before you arrived, the Queen was killed. I was controling her body from
afar." I turned to see Sharm standing behind me. "This was planned out
long in advance. Our plan was put in motion the moment you were possessed."
It was then I realized the extend of the damage, and the extent of
the plan. I turned and looked at Sharm. He had only helped them save me
because it was part of their master plan. Sharm hadn't destroyed KLar
and St. Marius. He preserved them. What had happened to Lena was planned
to. I looked at Sharm and said, "How long has this been planned?"
Sharm only smiled and said, "Since my wife and I manipulated things
from our masters palace back in the Mana Net. She was the one who initially
contacted Shub for all the power. We manipulated our leaders in the great
war among the Ancients. We made them think they were getting the gift of
ultimate power. What they got was used but the very people they thought
they were manipulating. Now the dark forces will do what they had long
set to do. You had no clue that we were all ready. We had stolen the
Time Bomb, and insured our victory. Now, you will be consumed by the
I turned toward the gate and saw some creatures making their way
through the gate. They were hideous. Some looked like the things I saw
in the Nasty Dungeon, but others were worse. Some flew, and jumped, and
far in the back, slowly approaching was the evil one herself. I just
quietly said to myself, "What have we done?"
I was briefly distracted when I heard a scream come from Max. At
first, I thought it had been on of those creatures that had attacked him.
When I finally saw what had attacked him, I froze in horror. The form was
all to familiar to me. I heard Max gasp, "No, not you," before he collapsed.
As I looked at the form, I could see the claws on it's hand, the
crazed look in its eyes, and what looked like blood coming from its mouth.
I then heard Sharm say, "I couldn't let her miss the big moment." The
madman had prevented Li's death. I just watched in horror as Li started
to run at me.