Darkness Begins To Fall
by Richard B. Sampson
Darkness Begins To Fall
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)
It had been almost two days since Vet told me everything about the
attack. I knew that eventually I would have to believe in the horsemen.
Even Joel had said they would arrive someday. He had even told me that
when Isis had died. I wish I would have listened to him more. I
couldn't believe it when he was found dead, by his own hand. It was
around then I decided there was only one place to get answers, and that
was from Rotat. From my calculations, this was when the probes I had
launched would reach the Dimentional Hub. I had also called for my most
trusted friends to help in this. I wasn't sure what questions to ask.
When I saw the doors open, I just said, "THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING." I
couldn't believe the emotion I was feeling.
I saw Vet enter and say, "Radr, we all have a feeling what this is
about. You want to find a way to destroy the horsemen." She had gotten
to the point. She was the only of my original friends still alive.
Rich was dead, killed by Sepheroth and his followers, and Skiz was
killed by KLar.
I then noticed that Li had sat down and said, "We all know what
troubles are out there. And Vet has found a way to wound the one
horseman." I also noticed that Max, JaNa, and Hope were with her.
I looked in their direction and said, "I KNOW. IN FACT, THAT WAS
GOING TO BE PART OF THIS. BUT FIRST, I NEED YOU ALL TO HELP ME IN
SPEAKING WITH ROTAT. HE IS NOW THE ONLY BEING THAT I KNOW OF THAT HAS
INSIGHT TO THE FUTURE." If it was possible, I probably would have
I then heard Max say, "You are still taking Joel's death very
hard, Radr. I don't know why he killed himself, but he must have seen
something that truely scared him. Maybe something he didn't want to
accept as possible."
I was surprised when another voice said, "That he did, young Max.
It is good to see that you have returned to your loved ones." I turned
on a monitor and saw that Rotat was looking at one of the probes. He
then said, "You all must have questions, and the time you have to ask
them is growing short."
That statement alone changed my first question, "ROTAT, WHAT DO
YOU MEAN BY THAT?" It had me worried. Was everyone to die in a few
hours. Was there nothing we could do.
Rotat smiled and said, "You aren't going to die today. It is just
in a short while, the Dimentional Hub will no longer be accessable to
you. It has become to risky to leave the hub open here."
I heard Vet say, "You mean that you won't help us." I even had to
admit that it was very disturbing.
He shook his head and said, "No, I can give you some help. You
must know that what I say means alot, but I will never give a full
meaning." It was his way. Max had told me about that.
I then heard Li ask, "Rotat, where did these horsemen come from?"
It was an important question to everyone.
Rotat just looked at us and said, "They had existed long before
they existed. They were the four fiends. When Isis died, they exploded
and became the four horsemen. Their destructive powers are magnified
many times now, and they will usher in the final days if not stopped in
I was thinking about Joel when he said that. Had Joel seen that
no matter what we did, we would fail? I then heard Max ask, "What about
my sister? Will we be able to free her if we succeed?" It was a big
concern for Max and Li. Lena was the only other person left of his
family that was unaccounted for.
Rotat just looked in his direction and said, "All I can tell you
is that her role in the future is the most important role. She is both
the beginning and the end. The Alpha and the Omega."
It was at that moment that JaNa said, "You mean to say that Lena
is going to be something important when she's free, or when she's still
I noticed the look on Rotat's face. I could tell he wasn't going
to tell us. I then said, "ROTAT, CAN YOU TELL US HOW WE CAN DEFEAT
THESE HORSEMEN? THERE MUST BE SOME WAY THEY CAN BE DESTORIED?" The
whole idea of these horseman being unstoppable unnerved me.
Rotat just said, "In order to defeat them, you must find what
totally opposes them. Once you find that, you can use it to destroy
them. I believe Vet found the way to oppose the horseman of
Pestilence." I focused my attention on Vet.
She just looked at all of us and said, "All I did was cast a cure
spell. If cure can defeat pestilence, what defeats the others?"
I heard Hope say, "Well, Calm would defeat war, and Life would
destroy Death. All we need is to find a spell to counter Famine."
I then header JaNa say, "I remember reading once about a spell
that fills. I can't remember the way to invoke it, but it fills the
I then heard Rotat say, "Very wise, child. However, you must
defeat the horsemen before all the gems are assembled, and the power
source is merged. That is your only hope of being successful."
I then noticed that Rotat was heading for the door. I quickly
said, "ROTAT, WHICH OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN WOULD BE SIMPLEST TO DEFEAT?"
It was an honest question. I didn't have to fear any of them, except
for maybe War.
Rotat just smiled and said, "Famine is the first you should go
after. I recommend that you find the counter spell. Just remember, I
know there is more that one way to defeat Famine." I was half puzzled
by his remarks and watched as he dismissed the probe I had sent up with
the closing of the door.
When that happend, the hub was gone. I focused on all those at
the meeting and said, "ALL RIGHT EVERYONE, WE HAVE TO PREPARE. VET,
JANA, HOPE, HUNT DOWN THAT SPELL. WE KNOW CURE WORKS ON PLAGUE, SO FIND
OUT WHAT THE MOST POWERFUL CURE IS. MAX, CHECK THE SURVALENCE OF THE
OUTSIDE. MAYBE WE CAN FIND A KINK IN THEIR ARMOR. LI, CHECK THE LOGS
OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE OTHER AREA. FIND OUT WHICH HORSEMAN ENTERED THE
OTHER AREA." With their orders, everyone went to their appointed tasks.
I just hoped that the search for the spell would not need to go outside
I waited patiently, but I then saw Jack enter the room. In his
hand he held a note. He looked at me and said, "Radr, I found this note
in one of the books we have. It says `To Radr, From Joel.'"
I was stunned. Maybe it was an answer to why he died. I had Jack
open it, only to reveal a data disk. I looked at him and said, "JACK,
PUT THE DISK IN MY DISK DRIVE, AND GO HELP HOPE. SHE SHOULD BE IN THE
LIBRARY." When he had done so, he left, and I started the disk.
After a few seconds, I heard Joel's voice. "Radr, I know that if
you are listening to this, someone found my gift for you. You are
probably wondering why I took my own life. I know that in the days
ahead, many will die. I decided to wait for them with Rich. The only
thing I must say is that I foresaw something devistating. I don't know
what it was, but I swear I saw the beginning of Sherp, the fabled last
day. I hope that I'm wrong, but if I'm not, I rather be resting in
peace than in eternal torment. Take care, my friend." His words scared
me. Were we doomed to destruction?
To be continued...
Tomes of Forbidden Magic