by Lord Zero
Didnīt you thought that it was extremely suspicious the fact that halfway
thru the game, the cast of characters suffers such a weird personnel cut?
I did. I bet that the bad guys are trying to fool our heroes ^_^.
This Fanfic is based on this idea: The enemies are alive, and still
kicking. Itīs a bit different from the game, but oh well.
NOTE: I didnīt respected Kevinīs way of talking, I hated it, but I
found him very childish on his personality and, well, his way of
talking. Maybe thatīs just me...
I think Iīll make a sequel and a prequel. What do you think? Email me at
As the giant dragon head of the Dragon Emperor hit the ground, lifeless,
the whole Mana Holyland seemed to tremble, as itīs own scence was being
torn apart, being defiled by the black soul of the Dragon Emperor using
the Mana Sword to cut the Mana Tree.
Duran suddenly felt strange, and weakened, and his legs began failing him:
He was falling to the ground, and just in time Riesz succeeded into letting
him fall to her legs, while she was kneeling, so he wouldnīt hit the floor
and break his stubborn head.
"Hey, HEY, Duran, wake up! Donīt leave us now!" Riesz shouted to him, as
Kevin, Charlotte and Hawk runned to surround him, like trying to help.
Angela only stood still, unable to avoid that terrible feeling in her mind,
that he would be harmed.
Luckily, Duran slowly opened his eyes, only to find the comfortable face
and mother-like look of Riesz, who let a sigh out, relieved. "We canīt
get out of here without our personal Paladin to help us!" She said, smiling
and brushing some of Duranīs locks of hair out of his face. She felt like
when she met him in the Waterfall Cave, when they became friends, finally.
And he remained to be her best friend. Ever.
He smiled, and everyone smiled. Only Angela grabbed her head with one hand
and said "Bastard. You scared me."
"Iīm tired. So tired. I donīt know if Iīll be able to get up... Iīm a
mess..." Duran talked slowly, showing off that _he was tired_.
"Yeah, we know, but youīre not a mess, you look great. Now get up, dammit,
this place is not going to be safe anymore" Hawk spat, sacarstically as
he could. Kevin smiled after putting his "Me donīt understand" face, and
said "Come on, Iīll take Duran out of here." happilly.
"Youīre sweet, Kevin. But he can get up by himself anyway. Get up, Duran!"
Riesz said with an authoritive voice. She helped him to get up, and
finally, Angela started walking toward them, and smacked Duran with her
Ancient Rod in his head.
"Didnīt you heard me, YOU SCARED ME."
The distinctive glow of the Faerie got their attention. "You have grow.
But the Mana Tree is dead, and Mana is dissapearing from this world.
Iīll be gone with it. I didnīt knew you for long, but thanks for
"No! Faerie, Donīt leave us!" The group said, hopeless for the lost
of their friend.
"Donīt worry, Iīll be back, as the new Mana Goddess"
The shape of the faerie began to change to a full grown beutiful woman,
who talked with a soothing voice "The faerie is the Mana Tree seed.
When she meets the heroes, who believed in her, she becomes the new
mana goddess. Thanks to you, Mana is only weakened, but she will
revive it. Remember this day, and make sure your kids remember, because
a hundred years from now, the menace will surface, and the Mana Sword
will be draw from itīs resting place.
You can go in peace, heroes of the Mana Sword..."
The group started walking towards the only place where Flammie would
be able to land, as she was flying over the place and trying to help
the heroes, but she couldnīt be able to break thru the tree.
Riesz stood there looking the Mana Treeīs dead roots, and turned around
to follow the group, as saw Kevinīs huge body, who looked at her with
his mouth open.
"Whatīs the matter, Riesz?" Kevinīs voice sounded like some forgotten
pagan god, now that he was a Death Hand. He was scary, if you werenīt
a friend. But he was still a soft and very caring guy, as he shown on
his everyday way of acting.
"Itīs nothing... itīs just like, itīs over..."
"Well, thatīs good, methinks... Why are you worried? We saved the world,
and weīre now free to continue our lifes"
"And what makes you think that I want to continue my life? I mean, itīs
great to be normal again... but I guess Iīll never be able to live thru
another adventure like this one. This was great, Kevin, I meet Duran,
the most determinated guy on earth, I meet the only Magus who couldnīt
use magic, Angela, I meet the cheapest romantic in the world, Hawk,
I meet a Half Elf, which is rare enough, Charlotte, I meet you...
I meet you, a beastman who doesnīt likes fighting... strange to the
"You talking about me!" Carlieīs annoying voice came by, cutting Rieszīs
inspiration. "What you saying, you mean tall guys?"
"Let us go..." Ended Riesz.
As Flammie flied as top velocity, Duran was "Driving her" (In fact, she
was driving him) as Angela was trying to make him notice of her sex-appeal
(Without any success), Hawk was trying to get a grip from somewhere (he
ended up grabbing himself from Flammieīs leg)(Donīt ask me how did he
get there), Carlie was playing with Flammieīs tail, and Kevin just was
still. Really still, since Riesz had her arms around his waist to keep
from falling. She was pretty much in Rolante, at least on her own
mind, thinking of his brother, whom wasnīt found after all. She would
search for him as soon as she got to her kingdom.
So she didnīt realized where her arms where. And her head was resting
on Kevinīs back. And so, Kevin was trying to not move, so she wouldnīt
move either. He felt really great, but he was blushing, and he didnīt wanted
anyone to notice.
Finally, Riesz snapped out of it, and realized her pose; she quickly
corrected herself "Sorry Kevin...".
"Donīt worry, it wasnīt... itīs ok."
Riesz kept looking at him as if he was to continue talking, so Kevin
simply looked away and spat "itīs ok, really."
She smiled, and then looked at Hawk. She would normally help people
like him, but he looked so funny hugging Flammieīs leg, that she
decided that it served him right.
They left Carlie with her Grandfather, who, like a priest he was, didnīt
seemed very emotive, but Heath hugged her, and they seemed happy anyway.
They finally touched ground at Rolante. Elliot ran towards his sisterīs
arms, and they both embranced with al their strength "Big sis! Youīre
"Youīre here!.. Iīm here... Iīm not going anywhere for a long, long
time... Thatīs what I wish, after all."
"You gotta let me help you, sis!"
The rest of the team looked the moving scene "They are very close. I
wish Iīve had a silbing..." said Angela, with a hint of jelousy.
"Thatīs what friends are for, Angela. To support each other. To
give whatīs needed..." Hawk walked at her, and finished "in your
case, we are here to help you feel what you want to feel. A true
"Youīre so sweet that Iīm surprised you arenīt a candy. Shut up."
Duran and Kevin laughed all heartily, and Hawk looked like a rejected
pretender. "You arenīt sweet".
"Iīm not supposed to be sweet. Iīm supposed to be annoying." She turned
around to cross her arms. Hawk looked at Duran and with every mean thought
he could articulate, he said:
"You are not going to have a good time"
Duran didnīt seemed to understand the commentary. Kevin laughed again.
At this point, they heard Rieszīs soft voice "Come, get in! We have to
"So this is why we left Carlie first, he he..." Hawk laughed.
That night, they had a party- Rolante style. The Amazons were Hawkīs
delight, Duran ate as much as he could, and Angela, pretty Angela, was
basically trying to get him drunk.
Kevin felt uneasy. He wanted to talk with Riesz, but she seemed somehow
busy, while the whole castle was throwing the house out of the window.
She was sitting, talking with Alma, and Elliot was sleeping over her.
She looked wonderful. She was perfect. She was sweet, caring, compasionate,
beutiful, and inteligent.
And he was a beast.
He was getting somewhat deppressed. He didnīt knew how to act in front
of a girl, he never met a girl he liked before. He was a tower of muscle,
was nearly a demi-god by becoming a Death Hand, but he was only 15, so he
couldnīt nearly be atriculate when talking to her.
He was decided to make her notice him, but he also sure that she wouldnīt
care beyond what she already cared for everyone.
But he would try anyway.
Angela was giving Duran whatever she could find to please him. Beer,
food, she was even cleaning his face.
By this point, either by Angelaīs charm or the Beerīs Charm, he was
charmed. He started looking at her different, noticing how pretty she
was. Sure she was annoying as hell, but, dear, was she pretty.
Then, he decide to abord her-thing that he didnīt had much experience,
though. Right, he could cut Forcenaīs castle in two using a good Flashing
Sword, but talking to her the first time without worrying abour saving the
world was even tougher.
"So, Angie (^_^)... What are you gonna do now?" He said, crossing his
legs, and trying his best to take the deepest voice he could produce.
Angela smiled then replied "I donīt think Iīl continue studying magic
at Altena, as I know far more than any of my teachers... I donīt know.
How ībout you, honey?" She then crossed her own legs, and grabbing her
knees. She was happy that he finally seemed like *talking*, instead of
eating or screaming to the rest of the party.
"I guess youīre right, youīre a Magus. You have everything you could
have, after all, at least on the magic side. Iīll try to join the kingīs
ranks once again, though I donīt know if Iīll able too."
"You will. Trust me. Youīre a Paladin. Itīs hard that anyone of us could
have any trouble finding a job" She laughed, and Duran followed her.
"I gotta TELLLLLL yaaa sumthing..."
This one was Hawk...
And he was beyond wasted in alcohol.
"What am I doing here? I should be with Jessica... zzzz" and he fell to
the flor, without Riesz to look for his head.
"Is he alive?" asked Angela.
"I think so. Letīs hope he is tomorrow" replied Duran.
The pair smiled, then Duran, out of ideas for continuing the chat,
asked "Whereīs Kevin?" while he looked around.
"And whereīs Riesz? Hmmm... Kevin and Riesz? Now thatīs a couple!"
said Angela, with a good charge of mischief on her tone.
Riesz stood against the wall with her arms crossed as Kevin rubbed
his neck with his right hand, embarrased.
"So, Kevin, what was that you wanted to talk about?"
"Y-you know... "
Then silence. Riesz wasnīt quite sure about what she could expect from
Kevin asking her to talk alone at the balcony in the middle of a
party, but she knew that it was important to him. He was very nervous,
and after his two words,he keeped his mouth open, as if he ran out
"I know... what?" She said quietly, trying not to scare him.
"Y-you know that I..." then he ran out of words.
Riesz was feeling like about to laugh in some histeria attack, but
she knew she shouldnīt do it. Kevin was about to freak out, and
she noticed it, so she walked towards him, and grabbed his hands,
stopping him from rubbing the back of his neck.
"If thereīs something you need to take out from your chest, Iīm
all ears, Kevin. So?"
"How Am I, Riesz?" he asked, like a little kid. Riesz, still grabbing
his hands, left her arms fall, and looked at him up and down.
"Well, youīre big. And youīre sweet, youīre a nice person, someone
who I could trust in. And youīre quite possibly the most powerful
beastman to ever exist. And you have the face of a kid, whoīs
still unsure of what to do..."
Kevin smiled slighty, and Riesz asked him "And how about me, Kevin?"
She smiled and nearly laughed, and Kevin instantly felt like an
idiot. So, finally, he decided to say it.
"I donīt know why am I so nervous, but I gotta tell you... youīre
pretty... and I..."
She smiled again "Do you care about me?".
He got tense all on his body, and whispered "Y-yes, I think..."
She caressed his face, and felt him shaking. He was handsome,
well, he was furry, and was very impressive seeing his muscle
mass, but he looked so innocent that the simple feeling of him
being so insecure was enough to seduct her feelings of protection
she had for everyone... As Duran was charmed by feeling that Angela
was taking care of him, as he liked it, Riesz was charmed by
the pure soul of the young beastman who was standing there,
tense and nervous.
"Kevin... come here" With the same hand she had on his face, she took
his chin and brought his face nearer to herīs, and kissed him.
The feeling of her lips touching his made Kevin felt very weird,
it was a feeling that was somewhat similar to the same as when
he did something wrong, and his body felt a sudden shake, but not
physically, but inside him. But he didnīt felt like doing a bad thing,
this was the best thing he could think off, but he couldnīt handle
Both opened their eyes when Riesz took her lips away from his.
She whispered "They are looking at us... Are you going to stay here?
I have to check on Elliot and the party...".
He was still in shock for his first kiss, that he couldnīt quite
look at her eyes "Me... Iīm tired... I think I will go to sleep...".
With the same smile, she said "Good night, Kevin. Iīll see you
He didnīt replied, he didnīt even listened, he just walked towards
the guestīs room. Riesz looked at him as he walked, one hand on
her chin, and the other holding that hand.
"I donīt know why I did it..."
Duran took Kevin just as he went into the party hall, and sat him
"You little brat. Youīve got the Star Lancer!. You look so innocent,
yet you know what to do with a girl! Thatīs the attitude!"
Kevin looked at him, and just remained silent, thinking of that moment.
"Hey, HEY, Kevin! Earth calling Kevin *BTTTZZZ*, are you here? KEVIN!"
"Y-yeah?" he said, shaking his head.
"You canīt let her here! Youīve got to catch her! Do you want to leave
her behind and pretend like youīve never met her?"
"No way! But I donīt know what to do..."
"Donīt worry! "Lover" itīs my second name! Iīll help you!"
Riesz looked at her little brother as he slept quietly on his room.
She realized that itīs been awhile since she saw him. He was so small,
so cute, so little. He was her little brother, and she loved him so
much, that she went thru all the wolrd, fought giant tower-climbing
beasts, demons, souless warriors, and even a giant dragon, only to
She also realized the irony that she didnīt found him after all.
He found his way home, on his own. He was growing, and after awhile,
a very short while, he would be a big guy who would most likely take
care of her big sis. He was going to be big like his father.
She missed both her parents. Thatīs why she cared so much about
his brother: he was her only familiar left. She would be alone
without him... No, she wouldnīt be alone anymore.
She had Hawk, the intrepid Wanderer from Navarre.
She had Duran, the mighty Paladin from Forcena.
She had Angela, the powerful Magus from Altena.
She had Carlie, the holy Bishop from Wendel.
And she had Kevin, the strong Death Hand from Beast Kingdom.
Yes, she had him, she though. She really had him. She smiled,
and wiped away her dirty thoughts out of her mind, and turned
around to find Angela walking toward her.
As soon as she was close enough to talk all right, she pointed
her finger at Riesz while saying with the tone of an annoying
little girl making jokes at expenses of her friend who likes
another little boy in the kindergarden "So you like the beastman!"
She changed her tone to a more serious, yet sexy tone "Well,
I canīt blame you... Heīs tall, has the face of a kid, that
muscles on his chest are so defined, he has incredible big arms...
Heīs damn sexy, but donīt you think heīs a little hairy?"
"Can I talk to you being serious?"
"Sure, go on"
"I think I loved him just since the moment I kissed him. I didnīt
really looked at any of the men with us during our travels, but
at the moment we were alone, and looked at him...
I just felt like that was the moment..."
"Youīre weird, you know?"
"Whatever... I guess Iīll go to sleep too. See you tomorrow, Angela"
"What a damn hangover!"
Duran was wasted on his bed as Hawk was complaining about his headache.
"I promise Iīll never drink again this way!"
"I said the same exact thing the day I went to find Koren"
"Shut the hell up, Duran!... oh hell.. I think Iīm gonna throw up
As Duran laughed, and Hawk threw up in the garbage basket mercilessly,
Kevin, completely oblivious to their scene, was still thinking.
He didnīt actually took any of Duranīs advices seriously, but he didnīt
slept during the whole night thinking about Riesz.
Talking about girls... Riesz and Angela entered the room. Riesz had her
hair freed, which was rare of her, and Angela had it on a pony tail,
which was also something uncommon.
"Howīs everyone?... ugh... guys you look terrible, except Kevin...
who seems to be fine. Oh well, heīs the nice guy of the group...
you should take him as model to follow..." Angelaīs words were
loud and there was no way of anywone ingnoring her.
Duran and Hawk looked each other, then looked at Kevin.
"Naaaah.... No way... leave us die a little while."
Riesz made an eye (;-)) to Kevin, while giving him a little
smile. Kevin smirked nervously, obviously not accostumed to Rieszīs
little afecttion signs. After it, Riesz annouced "Bad news, boys...
Wendel was attacked..."
"What the hell?" Duran stood, but fell down because of his hangover.
"Carlie is okay, and so is everyone else... But the Mana Sword was
"Itīs supposed to have no power left, but thereīs an small chance
it could be reforged... and we have no clue of who is gonna empower
the weapon, and with what kind of power..." said Angela.
"Heath is going to visit us, and heīs bringing Carlie. Iīm guessing
thereīs no vacation until we have that sword safe... or destroyed..."
"Destroyed..." Duran simply couldnīt work out that he would destroy
the thing he looked for so long.
It was ironic.
Heathīs words were somehow hard to understand, as he was really
worried about the Mana Sword.
"I-I donīt know who was it... but he seemed like a Ninja. Iīm suspecting
Bigieu is behind this..."
"Sheīs dead! Sheīs supposed to... that is..." Hawk sat down and started
"Do you think she has been fooling us all this time?" Asked Angela,
confused. Hawk did not replied, but Carlie jumped out of her chair and
shouted "Sheīs MEAN, sheīs been playing with us all this time! CARLIEīS
Heather tried to calm her down, then asked Hawk "Why do you thought sheīs
dead? I mean... when did you found out?"
"We meet her in the Mana Holy Land after the war... and she killed Jagan...
wait a minute, how did Elliot escape, Riesz?"
"He said he was left alone, and he ran away from the Darkness Palace, and
was found by the Amazon Army in the Cave of Darkness... What the hell?
The Palace was destroyed by the Dragon Emperor..." She stopped and
"I guess why itīs called Darkness palace... Nobodyīs supposed to find it."
Hawk collapsed into his chair, frustrated.
"F*** it... They fooled us!" Duran slammed his fist to the table. "Weīre
going in and weīll find out what the hell itīs going on!"
Duran went to his room and started putting on his armor. Riesz entered the
room when he was fitting his Sacred shield to his arm.
"I think you should see your family, Duran. They must be worried about you.
They have known nothing about you since you defended Forcena from the Widzards
Duran lifted his view to find the eyes of the Star Lancer. She looked the same
as always, caring, and worried about everyone, yet she always looked sad. He
neve knew why, and this wasnīt the time to ask her.
"Itīs not going to take longer. Youīve killed Koren, you own your aunt and your
sister an apologize."
"I guess youīre right. After all, they have been waiting for me for weeks...
But itīs gonna be a quick visit, we canīt let *whoever* has the Sword
bid itīs time to empower it."
"We will drop you in Forcena... Iīm gonna take everyone home. Carlie and Heath
will stay here, so we can find the way to go into the Darkness Castle."
Riesz left the room. Duran took his shield from his arm, and looked to the
incriptions carved into it. "To defend the world, the faith and destroy the
evil which haunts the world...
We have become the Heroes of the Sword... I hope youīre watching, father...
Wherever you are..."
So, finally, Riesz was alone again. After leaving everyone on their homes,
so they could rest and see their loved ones, which was a very important
thing for them, since they had been 7 weeks fighting in order to bring
the Dragon Emperor down, and they havenīt saw their friends or family
much since the start of this madness, she returned to Rolante, where
Heath and Carlie were waiting for her.
She was flying on Flammieīs back. She was holding her neck, and she started
talking to her like she would talk to a mirror.
"I know Iīm going to see them tommorrow... but I canīt help to feel somewhat
alone... Theyīve been my best friends ever... weīve traveled for almost two
months... and now I donīt have them near me... And I know they are going to
be gone soon anyway. I have to get used to it.."
Riesz rested her head onto Flammieīs huge head. The flying creature did her
sound, and then did a quick loop, trying to cheer Riesz up.
She finally landed in the summit of the skies. After saluting the Amazon which
guarded this place, she went into her Castle, and finally, realized that she
was the new queen of Rolante.
It sounded huge to her 16 years of life.
She looked her Castle, and let her hair down. She felt like she was in charge
of the world, which isnīt an easy task. But first, she had to re-arrange her
Elliotīs voice interrupted her thoughts "Riesz... do you believe Father and
Mother are watching us from above?".
She smiled, and grabed her brother into her arms. "I do not believe it. I am
sure of it."
Then she hugged her brother, and holding him, she went into the throne room,
where she found Alma, Heath and Charlotte, waiting for her.
Angela asked the team to leave her in Elrand, for whatever reason.
Actually, she wanted to be alone.
She was going home after a long, long time... Without having to run away
from her mother. And so, she wanted to think about how would be that
encounter... she felt very insecure about returning to Altena.
She was, probably, scared. But even herself didnīt knew exactly.
She walked thru the Sub-Zero Valley, where she started her adventure. She
walked into the valley, and got lost, and finally, fell to the harsh eternal
winter which haunted the continent.
She also fell because of the sentimental scar she had, after finding that
her own mother wanted to sacrifice her to the Dragon Emperor. She felt so
humilliated, she didnīt wanted to regconize that her mother was, indeed,
trying to kill her. She always had the idea that her mother neglected her,
mainly because of the fact that she couldnīt use magic.
Well, now, she not only could cast the most powerful magic spells anyone
could think of, but she was quite possibly the most powerful magic user in
the known world. She was sure her mother was now free of the Dragon Emperor
influence and she would expect her with arms wide open.
She was sure of it, and, finally, reached Altena. The guards couldnīt
hide their happiness when the beutiful Magus was sighted.
Neither could Angela.
When Hawk returned to the Navarre Castle, she was surprised to find Neko,
Jessica and the rest of his friends outside, like if they were waiting
for him since he released Jessica from the claws of Bigieu...
He thought she was dead, but no... Bigieu was most likely alive. He couldnīt
believe it... What kind of estratagem could she think of, when she fooled
he and his partners into thinking she killed Jagan. That could have been
a simple ilussion...
He could only wish that Eagle couldīve been here. He would be a valuable
help... and friend. He was a great friend...
Jessica ran to hold Hawk on his arms: "I simply canīt believe youīre alive...
and here again... I missed you, Hawk... I missed you so much..."
He surrounded her with one arm and wiped a tear away from her cheek.
"I wish I could be here for longer... but Iīll have to go tommorrow.
Bigieu itīs alive."
Neko and the rest of the people shouted instantly "WHAT THE HE--"
"The Mana Sword was stolen, friends. Weīre sure that itīs Bigieuīs
Neko thought about it for a momento, and he replied "That would explain
the fact that we havenīt seen any stray Ninjas around here. They should
be supporting Bigieu and company...
But now, youīre here. And we are going to enjoy your presence..."
Hawk took her girlfriend and hugged her tightly. "At least youīre safe..."
"But you arenīt going to be..."
Duran couldnīt hide the tears of happiness when his aunt and little sister
received him at Forcena. After holding each other, Stella told him to go
with King Richard.
"So, youīre going away again?" Said the King, after hearing his stories
"Youīre just like your father, as corny as it
sounds. I see him in you. I find his soul reflected on your shield."
"King Richard, I appreciate your praises... But I want to stop thinking
about my father for awhile..."
The King of Forcena handed him the helmet of a Golden Knight "Son, your
father is proud, even if you... well, killed him... again. You did the
right thing, Duran. Your father could never rest in peace. His soul was
captive. You freed him."
That night, while eating at his home, he tought about his words. He killed
his father, indeed, but he wasnīt his father anymore. He was the Darkshine
Knight. He was with the enemy. Duran had learned a harsh lesson about being
a mercenary... a Paladin, best said. He could never have repent on his
actions when he was acting right.
And he was being as righteoust as possible.
He was defending the defenseless, he was defending the world, and beating
the evil which taints the existence of mankind. He had defeated the mightiest
foe that the humankind had faced yet.
So he was being right. At least he was supposed to be right.
"Duran, whatīs the matter?" Asked Stella, worried about him.
"Uh?... errr.. nothing... Iīm okay" he said, hiding his thought.
"Come on big bro, you gotta eat so you can be strong for your next
avdenture!!" Wendy started trying to feed him, but he refused it and
asked "What? You donīt seem to be worried about me going away again..."
Stella smiled and replied "We know youīre going to be alright. And youīre
going with Angela" She laughed "Sheīs a nice girl!"
"What are you talking about?" Duran was surprised about that comment.
After awhile, he started laughing and they all laughed all heartily.
Kevin was, above everything else, feeling tense. While the BeastKing
received him, and Karl was happy to see him, he wasnīt like extremely
feeling like in home.
The Beastking apologized to him, but he cutted him dry "You did what
you did to wake the power within me, father. You donīt have to apologize.
I owe you all my strength."
"Iīm sure Lugar is proud of you... wherever he might be now..."
"Heīs alive, father"
"I know. And he is one of the strongest Beastmen. Now that he has the
chance to live again, he has the potential to become the most powerful
With the sole exception of you, my son."
Kevin made several attempts to hold him, but finally the Beastking put
his huge hand on his shoulder and said "And I am proud of you, Kevin."
That night, he was talking with his father about his adventures, and
the battle with the Dragon Emperor, but finally the theme of Riesz came
"Duran, a friend of mine, told me that I have to be tough, and show my
strength to her to keep her..."
The Beastking looked him like *What the freak are you talking about*.
Kevin looked him, and really ashamed he said "But I guess he isnīt
"Itīs true that she would find you attractive because of you strength
and toughness, son, but, what did you saw in her?"
"Sheīs sincere, compasionate, and treats everyone with love. And sheīs
"Yes, she is beutiful, but above everything else, she has a beutiful
soul. Thatīs what is important. You have to show her what you have to
offer, not only your muscles. Copy me?"
He didnīt answered, but he got the idea. That night, he couldnīt
sleep. Each time he shut his eyes, he felt like he was going to lose
his mind. That was the first time he talked to his father like that,
and he honestly felt great.
And he was going to thank him.
Heath and Riesz - Carlie was asleep - were trying to find the entrance
to the Darkness Castle. They found out that they couldnīt honestly
find anyway into the castle- without making their way into the Cave of
"We will have to cross through that evil cave to get to the Darkness
"Letīs just hope that itīs not destroyed when we finally get there.
Heath, can I ask you a question?"
"Sure Riesz, go ahead."
"Are you coming with us?"
There was a silence. Heath looked worried, and spat "No... I canīt
go with you. You will have to make it on your own."
"Because I canīt go with Carlie anymore... She has to learn to live
on her own. She is too dependant on me... Sure she looks like a little
girl, but sheīs fifteen years old already. She has to grow...
Sheīs an elf, sheīs going to live for three hundred years.. She has
to learn to live with it... Iīm not going to be with her...
"Youīre being somewhat... I may sound like Charlotte, but... Mean..."
"Look at you, Riesz. Youīre 16 years old, and youīre already the Queen
of your kingdom. I wish Carlie would be such a mature girl..."
"Thanks for it... Itīs late. We better go to sleep... Good night, Heath."
"Good night, Riesz. Remember what i told you... You are the heart of
the group. Donīt give up, or the whole team would fall apart..."
Riesz smiled to show that she got the idea, and went to his room.
The heart of the Team ? She had to be be sane before keeping
everyone from heading towards madness.
I already miss you.
I have become an addict of your innocence.
The whole group agreed on uniting on Palo, where Riesz would be wating,
alongside Carlie and Flammie, who would take them to the entrance of
the Darkness cave.
Angela was late, but here presence was felt.
"Iīm here!!! Iīm here!! Donīt leave meeee!!!"
She ran towards the group screaming "How are you!!! I missed you!!".
Riesz was content of hearing those words, and so was everyone. She
got nearer the group with her arms opened, like trying to hold
everyone on her chest at the same time.
She got nearer.
Duran wasnīt able to hold his ground when Angela when she jumped on
him to hold him, and both fell fown, completely oblivious of what
happened around them.
Hawk, Carlie, Kevin and Riesz only let a sigh out, and looked away.
"Best leave them alone for awhile"
"Angela is something..."
"Sheīs crazy, and Carlie doesnīt likes it"
Carlie jumped over Hawk and started asking him about Jessica, and
Kevin took Riesz away to talk to her.
"Riesz... errr... I want to talk to you... about that night..."
"I... that night..."
Kevin was blushing. Riesz smiled, and asked him slowly "Do you think
that you did something wrong?"
"I think... errr.... no..."
"Then you shouldnīt have to feel nervous. Look, I canīt help you to
feel confident... You have to learn it by yourself... but rest assured
that I would wait for you my whole life... as long as you donīt change.
There was a silence... She looked embarrased... and she was... She
didnīt knew if he was going to take it the wrong way, but she was
trying to give Kevin a lesson of self confidence, and she was
embarrased to tell it...
After taking a quick look to Kevinīs jaw-open face, it seemed as his
jaw could reach the floor, she looked down and let it go out:
"I like you the way you are..."
So, she managed to get away without having to resort to the word
she was afraid to say. Kevin made several futile attempts to hold
her, and she threw herself to his chest.
"Donīt change, Kevin. You are meant to be this way. You donīt
need to change... never... ever..."
She snapped out of it, and told him "Go with Flammie, I need
to be alone for a minute..."
"Are you all right?"
She didnīt answered. She just stood there, and as soon as she
heard the door closing in, she said it.
"Love... Itīs that hard to say it... Dammit... iīm starting to
get the bad habits of my friends..."
So, the six heroes were, again, on the road.
They got to the Darkness Cave that night. This cave was, well,
dark. Itīs said that the light is forbidden on this cave, and,
while nobody knows if itīs true, it seems to be completely devoid
Duran led the group holding a torch high above his head. He didnīt
expected to have to do it, but he was getting comfortable with his
position as the "chief".
"So far, except for a couple oī Ghost who quickly faded away...
we havenīt saw anyone...
Donīt you think we should go back?"
Angela was the bullseye of every look after those words.
"Are scared, Angela?" asked Duran, who looked somewhat worried.
Of course, Angelaīs smart-ass attitude wasnīt going to show the
fact that she was about to freak out.
"Itīs because Carlie looks scared, and we should take care of
her, īcause sheīs the younger one and she doesnīt needs to be
Then she brushed her hair back to her backside. Hawk looked at
her like she was going to eat her alive, but at last, Carlie
jumped and shouted: "What the freak are you talking about?!"
"Get moving, we need to get on with this sometime this millenium!"
then Duran pushed her forward, which triggered an instant
complain "Get your hands away from me, Duran! I can walk on my
own!", after that, she finally took the Torch from Duranīs hand,
"What the hell did you saw on her?" asked, stranged, Hawk.
"She seemed nicer last night..."
"Yeah, whatever, guys, let get moving!" Riesz pushed the couple of
kids around, while Kevin laughed, which scared everyone with the
acoustic nature of the cave...
"And you had to talk, Angela... Carlie doesnīt likes this..."
The Darkness cave was infested with Wolves, Dragons and Ghosts,
after the next corner.
"We are NOT going to get inside easily, you know?" remarked
Angela, who, at last, was being inteligent.
"Canīt you cast Ancient or some sh*t like that, and so we can
get in?" shouted Hawk, who was losing his patience.
"I canīt cast īsh*tī, Hawk, but I can stick my freaking ancient
rod up your ass so hard, that you will be walking funny the rest
of your miserable life, OK?"
"Hey, HEY!!" Riesz tried to calm them down, but Hawk finally lost
his cool attitude, and fought back:
"Oh, Yeah? If you have the hots for Duran and he doesnīt gives
a damn about you itīs not my problem!"
Duran, who was tring to not hear the fight, lost his control and
jumped on Hawk "Now Iīm gonna kill you, robin-hood!"
Kevin succeeded into pinning Duran to the floor to keep him
from... err... killing Hawk, and Riesz hit Hawk with the
butt of her Stargazer spear, then punched Angela in the stomach,
which made her lose her senses.
"This isnīt going to work..." whispered Riesz, as she stopped
Hawk and Angela from falling asleep to the floor, then she
slowly put their bodies to the ground.
"What are you doing, Riesz?" asked, innocent, Carlie.
"Carlie, I need you to be here with them..."
"What?" Asked Duran and Kevin simultaneously. Riesz got up
again, and looked at them.
"Kevin, let him go. We canīt go with them, they are going to
be a burden. We donīt know what are we heading into, and we
know that they are the weakest ones in the group, both
physically and mentally. Hawk is worried about Jessica.
Angela is freaked out with her problems with her mother and...
well, you, Duran."
"The why does Carlie has to stay behind? Donīt you like Carlie?"
"It is not that I donīt want you here, but I canīt leave them
She knelt to be eyes to eyes with Carlie "Heath wants you to
grow, Carlie. You are going to wait for them to wake up, then
go away... This foe isnīt a Dragon Emperor.
Itīs something we donīt even know about. Donīt let them go
inside the cave... You may not come back alive."
"You seem to think youīre stronger than they since we fought the
Dragon Emperor, Riesz." remarked Duran, with all intention of
hurting Rieszīs feelings.
"And I was right, and you know it. They were about to die.
If... If your father had not regconized you, they would be dead.
Or, am I wrong?"
Duran rubbed the back of his head, and looked down "They didnīt
had the same time fighting the enemy as us... they didnīt had
the same time to develop their abilities. "
"Then, you and Kevin come with me. We need to find a way to
get inside without having to mess with this legion of
Dragons and Wolves..."
Riesz turned back to see Carlie looking at them. "Carlie will
wait for you here. Carlie will be okay. I canīt go back with
Heath, or he would be dissapointed..."
Riesz smiled and turned around "Wait for us, then... be careful...
Letīs go, guys"
Duran, Riesz and Kevin looked above a rock they were using
as a hideout:
Three Frost Dragon.
Three Undead Dragons.
Three Bloody Wolves.
Two Great Demons.
"Weīre screwed" Said Duran, letting out a sigh at the same
time "totally and genuinely screwed.. Any ideas"
Silence as answer.
"Well, seems we will have to break our way thru these enemies..."
"I can summon Marduke..."
"No, Riesz, you donīt need to waste your power here. We donīt
know what lies ahead. Weīll have to use our own power."
"Let us take a break, and then we will attack. Please, everyone,
donīt risk too much, we donīt need to die now..."
Duran and Kevin looked at her. She was as strong as themselves,
and she was an important part of the team: She always had her
feet on the ground. She didnīt thought about flying, she was
always the one to bring reality to their eyes.
But that wasnīt always the best thing to wish for.
Riesz and Duran moved stealthly to cover the flanks, and Kevin jumped in
to distract the Frost dragons that were the first wave of enemies to face.
Kevinīs animalistic shout was enough to draw the attention of the three
beast, which instantly followed the sound - as they couldnīt see too
well either - with their diabolic smiles always disguising their
cruel nature. Kevin received the first one with a good hit with his
Skull Disect glove, which broke the beastīs jaw, but he knew that
such a trivial injurie wouldnīt stop the blood lusted enemy.
But he knew his friends were going to help. Rieszīs Stargazer spear
sudenlly hit one of the dragons, causing him to fall, and Duran
jumped on the third one to bury his Brave Sword on the beast chest.
Using a combination of kicks and punches he would have come to call
"Ashura Dream fist" in memorial of the belief of his friend and
rival, Lugar, he managed to beat the frost dragon which was attacking
him. He quickly looked around to help his friends, but at the time,
Duran was hitting his shield as a signal of victory and Riesz was
getting her spear out of the dead body of the third Frost Dragon.
The next three Dragons were enough to force him to change to
his beast form.
Duran seemed to hide his face on his shield, and he started
"Holy powers who roam the Darkness in search of truth and courage"
He buried his sword in the ground with great strength, which caused
the floor to slightly tremble.
"Give me the power to erradicate the evil which defiles the spirit
He raised his sword over his head, and shouted with all his might.
His sword was lighted with the brightest light possible, then
a roar was heard. When the light was out, his sword seemed bright
enought to light the rest of their journey into the Dark Cave.
"Ha, Ha-- now, you idiot hell hounds... do you expect to match
my power?" Duran ran towards the nearest dragon, and with a mighty
slash, the Undead Dragon simply was cut in two pieces, and died with
a bright light which shined.
He turned around to face the Dragon which was charging against him,
but Riesz had enough time to hope on it, and bury her spear into its
head, instantly killing it. She stood over it, with Duran behind her,
to face the last remaining Dragon, but they were surprised to find
it down on the floor, heavily punished by the dark power of the Death
It was an show worth looking, the three most powerful fighters the
world had to defend itself were a mighty and beutiful force.
"Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn again..." Duran cursed as he noticed
that the five remaining monster were going to attack together.
"Hey, a īholy warriorī shouldnīt curse like that, Duran" joked
Kevin "Leave it to the īhand of deathī instead".
"Very funny, Kevin, but this one isnīt going to be easy. Iīll
take care of a couple oī Wolves" replied Duran to Kevinīs joke,
and charged against the Wolves, tackling them, and so, leaving
the monster separated.
While Duran killed the first Wolf, Riesz was trying to lay a hand
on the Demon. Kevin was basically messing around with the Wolves
The Great Demons are known for their defensive capacity, and
reflexes in the hand to hand combat, thought Riesz. I gotta find
a way to get on with it...
Riesz threw one quick thurst strike right to the beast cheast, who
blocked it with both hands, pushing the spear apart to the left
side. As she expected. Using her experience, Riesz was able to
use her spear as support to throw a falling heel kick on itīs
head. The Great Demon cried in pain, and with the same impulse,
she hit itīs chest with a fast and heavy slash, which sent the
Demon down, alive, but almost blacked out.
Kevin was able to take the wolf down, but the Demon was instead a
worthy adversary. He wasnīt aware when the Demon hit on his
back, and he fell. Fortunately, he got up fast, and he crouched
for a second.
Kevin seemed to dissapear for a second, then his shadow seemed to
be casted everywhere. A seconds later, a huge flash blinded
everyone but Riesz, who was quick enough to cover her eyes.
When she was able to look, the whole scene seemed to be cut like
paper, and it seemed like it would be rip apart. The cave grew
darker than before, and every monster had died when the light
was back to itīs dismal power.
"So thatīs the power of the Seiryuu Death Fist, Kevin. Your
power as a Death Hand is beyond limits..." said Riesz, with no
wishes to be heard by anyone, as she was removing her spear from
the dead body of the demon. However, Kevin caught the commentary
with the back of his ear, and while he changed form, inside him
was growing comfortable.
At least she was noticing him, beyond his kid-like face and
personality. He growled "Letīs go on. We donīt need to waste
time here", and Duran and Riesz followed him, not before
Duran recovered his torch, and blessed it for being lit after
Hawk woke up in shock. His last memory was Riesz hitting him with
her spear on his stomach, then he felt like he was needing more
oxygen than what he could grasp. He fell down, but he felt
Riesz grabbing him before he could take anymore damage. Then,
Being awake wasnīt very different from being asleep inside the
Rieszīs face seemed truly disturbed.
She has done it again: She thought she was stronger than
he and Angela, and left them where they were supposed to be safe.
He got up, but Carlieīs hands prevented it "Stay down, Hawk,
Carlie will take care of you!".
"What the hell? What happened?"
"Kevin, Riesz and Duran went inside the cave, and told Carlie
to stay here with you, and take you home. But Carlie canīt
drag you by herself with Flammie! So I waited for you to
wake up, so you can help me with Angela to get to Rolante!"
"Iīm not going anywhere else outside this cave, Carlie, and
you know it..." Hawk started shaking Angela so she would wake
up. She woke up very confused.
"What happened?... whereīs Duran?" Angela got up quickly, and
took a wild look around. "Where the heck are they... theyīve
done it again...". Angela collapsed to the ground, frustrated...
"Are we that weak? I mean... Rieszīs saved our lives twice...
and showed us our weakness. I canīt stand it... They think weīre
the annoying ones! I hate her!"
"Angela, please be calm. We canīt let ourselves be dragged down
like that..." Hawk put his hand on Angelaīs shoulder to comfort her.
But his face was torn with frustration as well.
"I donīt like thinking that way either... but they had to carry us
around twice already... Against Zable Fahr and against the Darkshine
Knight again... Maybe they were right to leave us behind..." He looked
at Angelaīs sad look, but he smiled...
"That doesnīt means weīre gonna stay here and wait like we have nothing
else to do! Carlie, youīre coming with me! Letīs find them- we have to
show īem weīre not a burden!" He lifted Angela with his hand, and
dragged Carlie inside.
"Hawk..." Angela stopped, then looked at him "Sorry for throwing my
problems on you... itīs just that Iīve--" Hawk put his hand on his
mouth to shut her up.
"Donīt worry. Iīm guessing thatīs why Riesz left us here. We got to
overcome our own problems before we can reach their level. Weīll
have to become stronger, both in mind and body. Mind you. Letīs
Riesz stood before the giant door that was separating them from the
Dark Castle itself- It was a huge door, with deep ornaments:
Gargoyles in various shapes, many runes carved into it, and more
important, a huge sign in the center of the door. It seemed like
a giant creepy eye, which seemed to cast its look over the whole yard
that was between the actual cave, and the actual castle.
She felt a chill all over her back. She took a little backstep, but
she found someone behind her. It was Kevin, who didnīt even bothered
to look at her. Riesz felt, for a moment, nervous of getting into this
Its said that the only light in this castle is the one that shines
in your own soul.
At the moment, she didnīt had any desire of having to light her own
way... she wanted to end all of this... She had faced legions of
demon, dragons, wolves and kinds of undead enemies.
The least she wanted was to have to face more minions. She was sick
and tired of this crap... but someone had to do it. And she didnīt
felt like throwing the work to the shoulders of Hawk, Angela or
Carlie. They werenīt ready for it, at least thatīs what she thought.
Besides, she wanted to prove Kevin. He had already captivated her
with his spirit, innocence and ingenuity, but she was the leader
of the Amazon Army, one of the most powerful armed forces in the known
world, and she was itself the most powerful Rolante warrior, a Star
Lancer. She couldnīt accept anyone who was weaker than her, quite
a machist concept, but it was the tradition.
Politics were as tough as military actions in Rolante.
Her thoughts about future plans were interrupted when Duran hit
the door with his Sacred shield, and asked "So, how are we gonna
open this thing? Any ideas?".
"oh... How about if we knock the damn door?" Spat Riesz, obviously
annoyed by being interrupted on her thoughts with such an impertinent
question. She felt the big hands of Kevin on her shoulders, and she
looked to him. Kevin pictured a small smile on his lips, then he
grabbed the door with his hands.
"I need help. Come"
The three heroes started pushing the door with all their strength.
Surprised, they found that they could move it, though it was offering
a lot of resistance. After a couple of minutes, the door has been
opened wide enough to fit Kevin, who was the biggest one on the
The Darkness Castle.
The objective has ben reached. It, obviously, wasnīt by any means
destroyed, it was intact, and rised powerful from the earth itself.
Indeed, the castle was menacing. The floors were bright, as the three
warriors could see their own reflections on it. This surprised Kevin,
as he could see himself and Riesz compared.
She looked so small. She was thin, but her legs, arms and abdomen were
marked by her muscles, not so to be ugly, but it was noticed.
He looked so big. He was practically a mass of muscles, and his hands
were as big as Rieszīs head.
It was impressive, but didnīt worried him. After all, beastmen are
supposed to be bigger than most humans...
"Fire..." Rieszīs soft voice attracted his attention. In fact, four
ways grew from the main hall. Three entrances were on fire. Whoever
was here had no intention of making the way easy. They had to follow
the way the king of this castle had marked. And so they started walking.
The first corridor was long, and it was ornamented with huge statues
of some widzard whose name was long deleted from the people memories.
The first clue about this castle was that at the end, they found a single
enemy. A Greater Demon. It was, as its name sugested, somewhat bigger
than "normal" great demons.
And it was going to prove that it was a worthy adversary as well. The
Demon started the battle by showering the whole room with its breath
which hit Duran, who didnīt seemed too harmed by the Demonīs breath,
but he admitted that this one was going to be tough. Riesz followed the
same tactic she used against the first Demon she faced: thrust attack,
heel kick, turn around, slice. It worked, but the Demon simply rised
again to attack the party. Kevin turned into a Wolf Devil, and
rellenteslly attack the enemy, who was powerful enough to withstand
"Go on Kevin... Iīll help you!" Riesz jumped against the Demon, who was
way too busy blocking Kevinīs punches to see the spear which was about
to go thru his brain.
Riesz didnīt even took her spear away from the corpse, she runned towards
the laid body of the paladin to help him "Duran, DURAN, wake up, are you
OK? Hey, HEY!!" She put his head on his legs while he slaped him to
wake him up.
"uhh... damn demonīs breath... I think it... got me off guard..." Duran
slowly rose from the floor. Then, a growl was heard...
"What was that noise?" asked Riesz.
The Demonīs body arose from the death, and attacked Riesz, who was
unarmed. He sent a huge arm strike against the Star Lancer, who
only managed to get a slight but firm grip to her Spear before the
Demon hit her and sent her against a wall.
Riesz opened her eyes, and saw Kevin running towards her, then she
shouted "No, Kevin, donīt worry about me, catch the Demon!".
Kevin took a good slide for a few feet while he was turning into
a Wolf again, and when he got a good grip, he charged against the
enemy, who was waiting him with his eyes locked on him.
Kevin used his own impulse to make an sliding roundhouse against
the face of the enemy, who was forced to take a backstep to avoid
falling down. The Monster counter attacked with a wing attack,
which Kevin dodges, to hit it with his own leg sweep.
Duran who was watching the whole battle from the floor, got up
using his sword as support, then he used his Saint Saber. Riesz,
Kevin and the Monster only noticed about him when his powerful
voice was sounded across the small room. This distraction was
enough for Kevin to hit the enemy once again with a jumping kick,
while Duran jumped towards the enemy to stab him with his saint
So, finally, the Greater Demon fell. Exhausted, Riesz left herself
fell on her knees, only for a moments. Kevin sat down to catch
Duran Collapsed unconsciouss in the ground.
"Thatīs right. Weīre screwed. As if we werenīt troubled enough,
now one of us is wounded..." Cursed Riesz as he inspected the
body of Duran, who had a huge wound on his chest, due to the
effects of Demon Breath.
"Heīs alive at least. To the very least... Come on, Riesz, we
havenīt got this far to give up here..." Kevin put his hand on
her shoulder to encourage her. Riesz, however, took his hand off
her shoulder, and got up.
"Face it, Kevin, weīve faced enemies we havenīt seen before, I donīt
know If I want to know what lies after that corner, and know Duranīs
poisoned with that thing... Iīm tired, Kevin, Iīm really tired, Weīve
been days running thru this endless maze, and yet we havenīt even
seen anything like a clue to know where the hell is that Mana Sword...
Iīm... Iīm...I... I donīt want to fight anymore..."
Riesz looked to his eyes, then simply thought about anything that
happened since they go thru the cave.
She was not only worried about Duran, but about Hawk, Carlie and
Angela, who were most likely on the verge of dying somewhere in the Dark
Cave. She was frustrated, she felt like she was not being the leader Heath
expected her to be, she was there only to prove Kevin.
She felt worse at it. She knew she was just proving him, because there
was no other reason to leave Hawk, Angela and Carlie there alone than
to prove him.
"Now I wish I have the Fairie here to tell me what to do..."
Kevin opened his mouth to try and say something that could help both of
them, something that he should he wouldnīt be able to find, but Riesz
shut his mouth with her hand, and said "shhhh... donīt overdo it...
you donīt have to even try. I think youīve done more than enough...".
A huge noise stopped their brief chat, and suddenlly, one of the walls
simply dissapeared. Instead, there was a door...
As Hawk, Angela and Carlie walked along the poorly lit road, they
could only hear the vague and distant sounds of battle.
"We shouldnīt be _that_ far from them... I mean, these bodies have
only hours of being killed" Commented the Wanderer, who began
to worry if they were in the right path. Of course, corpses were all around
them, and most likely the killers were his lost companions...
but he had the funny feeling that they had cross a line that they
were _not suposed_ to cross.
"Iīll hold my wishes to make another comment, but... they did a
damn good job- we havenīt seen too much monsters..." Angela knew
she was just trying to avoid the fact that she was feeling like
her lost partners were somewhere else this cave, maybe this world.
Silence while they roamed the last remmnants of the cave.
"Carlie believes that Riesz, Kevin and Duran are somewhat lost,
The two looked at her. "What did you said, Carlie?" asked, numbed
"That I think that they are lost, lost somewhere far away" replied
softly Carlie, nodding with her head.
"This couldnīt be true, I mean, letīs go forward, we shouldnīt be
far away from the... dark... castle- what the ..." Hawk stopped
when his sight was interrupted by a huge castle, which emerged from
the earth itself, and seemed to cover what was left of light into his
His jaw could reach the floor.
"Letīs get inside, I donīt want to lose more time" Angela walked inside
and followed the same path they had been following before.
"Should we get inside?" asked Kevin.
"Well, thereīs not much choice. What shall we do with Duran?" replied
instantly Riesz, wiping away a tear from her eye.
"Iīm OK... letīs get on with it..." Duran walked as if strength was
flowing out of his body. He was weakened greaty by the Demon Breath,
but he felt like if Riesz chose him to help her, as she had been the
leader always-- he did not wanted to "dissapoint" her.
"Then youīve got me caught in the act... you bring the thought back..."
said Riesz, with her view lost to a wall.
"What are you talking about, Riesz?"
"Donīt you remember the words Koren told us when we killed him?"
"Yes." Duran moved his head sideways as if he was trying to figure
Rieszīs thoughts out of her face "He told us `youīve got me caught
in the act of destructing the balance of Mana. You bring the thought
back, the thought of shame, the thought of misery that followed me
during my teen years for not being able to use magicī."
Duran stopped for a moment.
"Youīve got me caught in the act... you bring the thought back. What
does that means, Riesz?"
"Looking at you recalls the painful memory of my mother when she
died. She was deadly wounded by a demon during a mission on this
cave. A mission that clearly made us weak. We fell from the absolute
top of the military power in the world, to what we are: a tiny,
insolated kingdom in the middle of nowhere..." Riesz walked towards
him, helped him to get up, then, suddenly, holded him with the love
of a mother hugging her son when she has to leave him alone.
Still holding him, she spoke to his ear "I donīt want you to
go and die."
"Iīm not going to die, Riesz" Duran rounded her with his right arm,
still holding his glowing sword. Kevin looked at them, then resolved
to look away to avoid stupid jelousy thoughts. He smiled briefly
in his own mind.
"Carlie, Angela, and Hawk are coming this way. They think I donīt
know, but I do. In fact, they are inside this castle. She will
take care of you, as she is. Tell them to f***ing stop following
me- Kevin and I will take care of whatīs after that door."
"You are stubborn, you know?"
"Yes." Riesz took his head with her right hand and carefully
caressed his hair "And my stubborness has kept us alive until
this exact second..."
After that word, she crossed her right leg behind Duranīs
legs, and forced him to sit down with a gentle push. Duran
didnīt put much resistance, but if he would, in his weakened
state it would be nothing more than a nussiansce.
Riesz didnīt turned her head to say good bye, she only
looked at Kevin, who nodded with his head, then crossed the
An hour passed.
Duranīs patience was reaching its limits.
How could they get lost in the Castle? They didnīt took more
than fifteen minutes to get with the Greated Demon, then
five minutes to kill it...
Hawk couldnīt hide his emotions when he finally spotted Duran.
Both happiness and fear, as he confirmed that he was lying on
"Dammit, Angela, Carlie, come one, Iīve seen Duran!! Heīs this
Angelaīs eyes seemed to shine with the mere mention of her
loveīs name. Itīs been a long time since she saw him... and she
runned following Hawk, while Carlie was wrestling with her
little legs to keep with them.
"Duran!!! Iīm here!! Itīs me, Angie!! Canīt you hear me!"
Angela, for a moment, stopped. He didnīt seemed to hear her
screams. He didnīt seemed to...
He just didnīt seemed... alive... Could it be real? Could have
Riesz left him to face his own death, by himself...?
It couldnīt be true...
When they got with him, they noticed something. He wasnīt
breathing. Angela took her hair and pulled it in a desperate
attempt to stop her cry... which she wasnīt able to... She
broke down, fell to her knees, and started crying. She
shaked Duran in a futile attempt to wake him up.
"Duran, DONīT LEAVE us!! I canīt... I donīt believe this...
Iīm gonna kill you bastard if you donīt wake up! Iīll..."
Carlie washed away her tears, and offered her a soft smile.
She pushed Angela away, then began examinating the body of
Angela, on the verge of freaking out, looked at Hawk, who
didnīt gave her back the look. He kept looking at Carlie,
who was still touching parts of Duranīs chest.
Carlie then put her hands on his chest, and then pressed, which
caused a big light to shine and blind everyone, and a the sound
of boiling water was heard.
When the shine was gone, Duran opened his eyes.
"... Then you found me, and I woke up again..." ended Duran,
after telling everyone of the quest.
"Carlie guesses Riesz knews I was able to cure that. Itīs easy!"
Carlie jumped over Duran, who was grateful of her little miracles.
"Yeah, I thought about it too. Then she was right... once again,
to leave me here in your hands, Carlie... And she told us to
Angela, who was sitting next to him, with his arm around her
shoulders, got away from him, then looked him to his eyes, and
spat "What are you saying, Duran?".
"But who in the earth believes that Iīm going to listen to her?"
He got up in a jump, and walked towards the door "So... whoīs
gonna come with me?".
Needless is to say that everyone followed his track.
Kevin woke her up. Riesz got back to her feet after noticing that
they were somewhere she had never been before.
It was another cave, but this one had torches, and had an slighty
lighter color to its composition. She looked at Kevin, who asked
her "Any ideas about where the hell are we?".
"I am quite sure we are no longer in the Dark Castle..."
"Thatīs not hard to figure out, Riesz... Do you think it was all
right to leave Duran there... alone?"
Riesz painted an small smile on her lips, and whispered "Carlie
will take care of him, donīt worry about Duran..." She changed
her face to another face, one which showed the fact that she
felt confident with him, when she joked "Worry about us, sweet
heart, as we _are_ lost...", then she smiled.
"At least we are together..." These words, which escaped from
Kevinīs mouth, surprised Riesz. She simply tought that such
a big sentence was too big for his mind to articulate. It seemed
like a romantic bit he didnīt seemed to know.
He was learning, she thought, and she was starting to like it.
"Yes, Kevin, we are together... and it makes me happy."
She walked towards him, with all her sensuality flowing out of her
body, and she was thinking "Well, what the hell... weīre not
going to live forever...". She was about to kiss him...
"Hahaha... I never thought I would find you like this, Princess
Riesz of Rolante, being a little... teenager..."
Riesz stopped. Yes. It was him. The two red burning eyes who stole
her brother away from him.
It was Jagan.
"How Iīve longed to find you and tear apart your head from the
rest of your body. Youīve made my life misserable..." grumbled
Riesz, now far away from her teen role. Her previous feelings
were simply erradicated, as her soul was filled with anger...
There was nothing that she hated more than the red-eyed devil.
"Come, I would have no problem to grant your wishes... As long
as youīre able to keep me interested..." whispered, loud though,
the vampire. He didnīt had any interest in killing her, or Kevin,
for that matters, but they were there: They shall not interfer
the rebirth of the Mana Sword.
Riesz armed her Star Gazer, as Kevin changed into his Wolf Devil
form. The vampire floated down to their level, and materialized
a Bloody Wolf and a Carmilla to aid him in the fight.
"Shall we start?"
"Right on, you bastard!" Riesz jumped against him, clearly showing
that she was the one to take life away from him, as Kevin understood.
Kevin simply charged against the Carmilla and the Bloody Wolf.
Rieszīs quick attacks were blocked by a somewhat efficient Jagan, though
he was showing some weakness on his defense. Still, he thought, as long
as I can block them, Iīm all right.
Girl, youīre mine.
Youīre so sweet...
So full of life...
So alive..., as simple as that...
I wish I could take that energy out of you... but I canīt...
Rieszīs leg managed to find its way into Jaganīs face as he was
thinking about the jelousy of his when faced to Rieszīs vitality.
"Got one... It wonīt be long before such mistakes are more, and
more abundant..." Rieszīs tone was scary, she was really angry,
even when finding in Kevin a soulmate, the vision of this guy simply
toned her to the fight.
Jagan smiled "You really think Iīm this `honorableī?
Girl, youīve got a lot to learn..."
Two more Bloody Wolves and two more Carmillas appeared before her
"Youīre a loser, you are nothing by yourself..." Said Riesz as she
moved her head side to side with a despective look...
"I told you youīve a lot to learn" shouted Jagan as the Wolves and
the Carmillas attempted to reach her position.
Then, all of sudden, a huge meteor found in its way the four monsters,
totally obliterating them, and hitting Jagan so hard, the Vampire lost
his flight, and fell down face to the floor.
The Vampire was surprised, as were Kevin and Riesz: After the meteor
crashed down, and the smoke was gone, they discovered the sweet
smile of a beutiful girl.
She was Angela. And Duran. And Carlie. And Hawk.
"Now itīs a fair fight, donīt you think, Jagan?" laughed the Magus.
"Guys, go. Iīll catch you later, this is between Jagan and Me."
The whole room was shocked. "What the hell are you talking
about, you canīt trust him!" Screamed Hawk. "Weīre not going
to leave you alone!".
"Go! You gotta find the Sword of Mana! I feel its power already...
that means is being empowered by some unknown kind of power. We
canīt lose more time!"
Hawk didnīt believed it... After all this time, she wasnīt saying
`stay behind meī or something like that.
"Ok, Riesz... " The Wanderer runned, as everyone did. Hawk was
proud. He always thought "Who the hell cares about Rieszīs opinion"
but now he felt proud.
"Weīll wait for you!"
When his voice faded, they were only two souls left in the room.
Riesz and Jagan.
"Ok, Princess... Iīll please you. Come for me, if you dare"
"As you wish, Jagan" Said, sarcastically, the Star Lancer,
as she bowed with an smile on her face. As soon as her head
was up, she charged at the vampire with a huge war shout.
However, he was not going to be taken down so easily. Riesz
found an invisible wall just a couple of meters from the
vampire, which kept her in suspension: then she flew against
a nearby wall.
The impact was so hard that she was incrusted in the wall.
Her face, kept up by the strength of the impact, fell heavy,
as she was breathing hard. Finally, the wall didnīt supported
the weight of the Star Lancer, and she fell from it, to end
on her knees, spiting blood.
"What the hell was that?" asked, confused.
"Do you really think I got so far by being a weakling?" screamed
with fury Jagan, who proceded to fly towards her, in an attempt
to finish her. Riesz couldnīt get up...
Or at least that was what she wanted him to believe.
"Gotcha..." Riesz quickly got up, then hitted the vampire in
mid-flight with the mightiest roundhouse she could throw in his
stomach. The man spat blood then lost his fly, and stood, grabing
his stomach, trying to breathe. Riesz, with the same impulse of the
roundhouse, threw another one, this time hitting him in the face.
Jagan was dissoriented.
And, as a _coupe de grace_ she jumped with a front flip to sit
on his shoulders. She pressed his neck with her legs, then,
keeping him tight on her legs, did a backflip to throw him to the
ground, hitting him hard.
With a last backflip, gracefully she got into her battle
stance, waiting for the vampire to get up, and continue
Indeed, Jagan got up, with very little balance, but still
kicking. He smiled, then tried wiping the blood out of his
face, only succedding into washing the whole mess into his
face, looking even more diabolical.
"Youīve grown up, girl. You have become stronger than before..."
The Vampire, frustrated, threw a huge animalistic scream, then
charged at her. She pointed her spear at him.
She stood firm.
He rushed at her, blinded, on his eyes and on his heart.
Then, an scream was heard.
Riesz was sitting next to the dead body of the were-vampire,
who remained lifeless, still with the spear on his chest.
She didnīt bothered to remove it. She simply looked at him,
and, shameful as it was to admit to her, she was delighted.
She was enjoying the fact that she killed him, at last.
That was, she wanted to believe, the last remnants of the
Amazon Legacy which was rightfully, but unfortunately, her
roots. The long dissapeared race of Amazon, who conquered
Rolante by killing the whole population of a former kingdom.
The race which was purpossely long forgotten from the minds
of the people of Rolante.
And that was, she wanted to believe, the last of it.
She wanted to believe that the last piece of Amazon Instinct
was banished to hell with the mind of the vampire who was
pierced by the Star Gazer.
She took her spear from the corpse, then began to walk on the
corridor which her companions followed.
A maniacal laugh was heard, but quickly stopped.
Carlie was the last of the line which formed their four
friends. She was somehow scared, and finally, she asked
to her partners "Methinks we should wait for Riesz."
"Sheīs gonna be alright, Carlie. we shouldnīt stop here."
replied Duran, smiling, helping Angela to cross a rock.
Kevin stopped. And of course everyone stopped then.
"Thatīs the same kind of door we crossed before..." He noted,
as he found out that they passed quite some time passed out
after they crossed the first door.
"Yes. And so what?" asked Hawk.
"I think we shouldnīt cross it..."
"oh, you mean that we could lose our senses after we cross
it? Donīt worry!" The wanderer threw some powder to the
Death Hand, who began to look transparent "Go in! You are
on Transhape!! Youīre not even a `physical beingī when
youīre under its effect!".
Hawk spred his powder to everyone, then they crossed the door.
"Youīve got some nifty tricks, Hawk..."
"And you ainīt seen nothing!" replied the intrepid Navarre
mercenary, as he rushed thru the corridor.
They ended at some big throne Room, which was very dark,
and the Torch only lighted up the factions of each hero.
"Where the hell are we?" Asked, nervous, The Paladin,
who had Angela hanging from his arm, and it was an embarrasing
situation. They felt a very cold wind.
The torch was put out by the wind.
"Fuck it." cursed the Paladin "As if it werenīt bad enough,
now we canīt even see each otherīs faces".
His wish was somehow granted. The whole room was lighted by a
powerful light which almost harmed the eye.
Duran began forcing his view to help to find their way, and
he tried focusing his view onto the Throne.
There was someone.
It was a feminine figure. They heard a profound voice "What?
Canīt you see me?"
Then the lights were on.
She was Bigieu. The witch got up and walked towards the group,
which felt a sudden chill down their spines. The witch was going
to confront them, at last.
Duran remembered the miserable Koren. He was quite a surprise,
and he didnīt wanted to take any chances with this woman, then
he got on his battle stance, his Sacred Shield up, ready to the fight.
"So, finally we met on the battleground, Bigieu... aren`t you going
to run away as you always do, bitch?" asked fiercely Hawk, who was
a the edge of breaking out to kill her with one swift slash, but he
"No, dear, Iīm going to stop you for once and for all- I donīt give
a damn about you, but the Dark Prince doesnīt want you there. So, I
have to stop you- As my prince wishes..."
"I donīt give a damn about the Dark Prince anyway- but you... "The
Wanderer pointed his finger at her "You are mine, witch!".
The Wanderer charged at the woman, who didnīt seemed surprised, and
she didnīt even tried to stop him. "You really think you are strong
enough to take it on me, kid?" Asked Bigieu as Hawk runned down her
throat "You donīt know me.... YOU DONīT KNOW ME AT ALL, HAWK!"
Bigieu began to grow fur, then ear, then she simply became a giant
two-legged cat which was about twice Hawkīs size. He stopped, stunned
by the fact that she changed that way. The catwoman looked at her,
the threw her paw to his face, sending him several meters away flying.
Hawk got up, totally surprised, and he was so stumped that he almost
couldnīt get up. Duran charged at the giant beast, as did Kevin, while
Carlie runned at the Wanderer and Angela started chanting one of her
"Hawk, are you okay?" Asked the little Half-elf, while the only response
from the kid was an ingenuos look. He didnīt seemed to believe what he was
"Hawk? Youīre scaring me!" screamed Carlie.
"Yes, yeah, Iīm all right, let me get up..." Hawk got on his guard stance
then began looking into his trap-pocket.
The Cat-woman was dominating the Paladin, but the Wolf Devil proved to be
a worthy opponent, as he was using good combinations to keep Bigieu
distracted as Angela began casting Ancient. When the Meteor crashed
over Bigieu, she quickly got up, but she had a big bruise on her legs.
"At least I harmed her... now... I feel tired..." The Magus was losing
her senses. Duran ran to her, and just catched her before she hit the
"Youīre overdoing it, Angela... too many Ancients... Rest now" whispered,
while he started brushing her hair between his fingers. At this moment,
she seemed even more beutiful than before- she was fighting for her life,
as well as for everyone elseīs life. That is admirable, and alongside her
sweat brightening her face, and the little blood she carried around since
she was hitted by Riesz.
She was a piece of art. She looked amazing. Even on this situation, she
remained beutiful and, in some sense, pure. Pure Beuty. Maybe she wasnīt
charming on her personality, but she was as beutiful as possible.
She finally fell asleep.
Kevin was wrestling with the cat, as he tried pulling off his combinations,
but the giant beast was quick at her attacks, and effective on her
defenses. He finally hitted her in the stomach, following with a quick
round punch to her face, which made the beast stumble.
Unfortunately, that wasnīt enough, and the tired wolf was sent against a
wall. Carlie ran around trying to cure everyone.
"This is all youīve got? I canīt believe you killed the Dragon Emperor!"
The cat taunted "Without Riesz, you seem to be nothing. Nothing at all.
Now I better dispose of you, and enjoy the glory with the Dark Prince!"
The cat stopped her taunt when she noticed little streams of air moving
around her. She stood silent for a moment...
-SLASH!- "Dammit! Where are you, kid?" the cat was slashed near her chest
by some invisible dagger wielding enemy.
-SLASH!- The cat grabbed her left arm, as she was cut there. in a last
desperate attempt, she threw violent swings to the air, trying to catch
whoever was attacking her.
-SLASH!- Bigieu fell. She was cut in her face, all her right side,
including her eye. She was bleeding like hell, and she couldnīt see
The air materialized in front of her. It was Hawk, who was simply messing
around her, transhaped, that simple trap he learned from Dryad, the Leaf
Sprite. He smirked, and looked at her, thought she couldnīt look at him.
"Now you see the power of the Wanderer, the power of Mother Gaia. Bitch,
you are not part of this world- so long, witch!"
Hawk attacked the beast with her biggest combination ever, with the
honest wish of getting rid of her now and forever. He couldnīt think
about anything but to kill her.
When he turned around, Bigieu was just a mess of slashes and cuts-
There was no way for her to survive. Not that anyone hoped for it...
"What a mess..."
Riesz walked into the throne room, watching the corpse of the dead witch,
which was barely like her old self- difficult to figure out who she was,
if Bigieu or a simple Ghoul.
"I guess they can live by themselves... They shouldnīt be far..."
She began following their tracks, and reasoning about everything. Maybe
what she needed was some time alone.
"Letīs go!" Shouted Hawk.
The group ran all the way thru the long corridor which seemed to lead
nowhere- exactly what they were looking for.
Hawk knew the legends about the ArchDemon. He was basically the brother
of the Goddess, who banished him into oblivion, to the forsaken
He knew that the ArchDemon was reincarnated each houndred years, and
that each time we took a different form, and each time he tried to
destroy the balance of Mana to avenge his humilliation thousand eras
ago, when the world was just created.
He knew that he and his partners- no, friends, were the ones to stop him
once again, as the Goddess couldnīt face him in her weak state. So he
ran valiant into the darkness to beat him.
He looked around him, and finally, locked on Kevin. He catched the
Star Lancer, with his innocence. He really was lucky, and Hawk really
didnīt liked that fact, as his relationship with Jessica was each
time going down and down. He didnīt wanted to think about it, but
everything pointed at him being the killer of Eagle as the fact that
blamed his relationship.
"But you arenīt going to be..."
Jessica didnīt exactly liked Hawk to be a wanderer in the world to
save it. He wasnīt at home for months, and she was not going to wait for
You have to stop thinking about it.
Riesz left you behind because of this.
You gotta stop bringing your personal life to work. As hard as it may
"Letīs go!" Shouted Hawk.
The group ran all the way thru the long corridor which seemed to lead
nowhere- exactly what they were looking for.
Duran simply couldnīt think about a new foe. He knew absolutely nothing
about this Archdemon, except that he was indeed a mighty entity.
He looked at Angela. So sweet, so pure. She was tired, but she insisted
into going with the group. He kept her close to him, in any case should
she fall, he would be there for her.
He wanted to be there for Angela _always_.
"Letīs go!" Shouted Hawk.
The group ran all the way thru the long corridor which seemed to lead
nowhere- exactly what they were looking for.
Carlie ran courageously towards the end of the corridor, without looking
behind. She was going to do her best to beat this new enemy, which
was the cause for Heath to test her powers.
She knew Heath was trying to make her a grown up girl. But she was
only 15, which is quite young for elves, who live several hundred years,
and it made it difficult to her to digest.
She was considering moving to Diorre with her kind. Though she knew
that it was going to be hard. But she was going to try anyway. She
was Carlie, the Bishop.
"Letīs go!" Shouted Hawk.
The group ran all the way thru the long corridor which seemed to lead
nowhere- exactly what they were looking for.
Angela was about to fell several time during the attack, but she
wanted to prove that she was worth all the trouble she brought with
the team. Besides, she didnīt wanted to leave Duran alone for another
second. She was becoming a maniac, but she liked it, and she was with
him, which was important to her mind.
And, finally, Duran began to care about her, which comforted her, seeing
how he kept her close to him, like to be with her always. She felt
like he took care of her, at last, and she did not wanted to lose
So she forced herself to the pace of the race to keep with her friends.
"Letīs go!" Shouted Hawk.
The group ran all the way thru the long corridor which seemed to lead
nowhere- exactly what they were looking for.
Kevin was worried.
These things shouldnīt be happening during a mission like this.
Duran and Angela began to care about each other too much, and they
became somehow linked. It was bad for the battle.
Hawk seemed depressed, and his excessive cruelty towards Bigieu showed
his frustration and how he repressed his anger. It was bad for everything.
Carlie was nearly crying. She seemed to try to hide it, as she was always
happy and tried to make everyone as happy as she was. She was surely
touched by Rieszīs words about Heath.
And Riesz and himself were at the edge of a sentimental breakdown. He
was simply confused, and Riesz seemed somehow different as ussual.
They werenīt themselves. They were being dominated by the frustrations
of their personal lifes and Kevin was actually trying to hold on to his
human part. The separation between Riesz and the rest of the group was
part of Rieszīs conflicts, surely.
But the end of the corridor was there, and it ended at the roof of the
castle, which seemed to grow from the clouds. Several kilometers above
The shape of a man was sighted. He was a tall, long haired blond man,
who had a long red cape hanging from his big back.
He turned around to face the party, while holding the Mana Sword on
his hand. "Welcome, heroes of the Sword of Mana. Are you here to
confront me, by any means?" Asked the man.
"Donīt be stupid, ArchDemon. We are here to take the Sword of Mana
back to where it belongs-"
The Dark Prince cutted him "Are your really sure you can take me,
Wanderer? I am not the Dragon Emperor, I am a true god, I have
been waiting for a hundred years for my moment, and five silly
kids are not going to stop me!"
Following his speech, he sent a powerful energy ball to Hawk, who
was saved by the Sacred Shield of the Paladin, who watched over the
group to make sure it was safe and free of any henious forces.
"You are strong, Paladin. Let us see how well you fare in the hand
to hand combat" The Dark Prince transported his being right in front
of Duran, who barely managed to stop the Mana Sword from cutting his
face in two pieces, as well as his whole body. The Evil Aura of the
Sword of Mana was hurting him, as was the Brave Sword suffering
Duran used all his strength to push him away, and this started the
fight. Kevin and Hawk hopped against the Prince, who easily blocked
each attack, either with his weapon, or with his bare hands.
As Duran joined the fight, Angela Began chanting her most powerful
attack, Ancient, while Carlie walked towards the fight, hoping to
find something that would be useful to do.
The battle heated as Hawk was sent flying by the Dark Prince in a
moment of desperation, and Kevin took advantage of the low defense
of the moment to hit him with two powerful punches in the face.
Duran hitted him with the butt of his sword.
The enemy was still strong enough to summon his dark powers to
get rid of his attackers, and saw the meteor which was going to
hit him, with enough time to cut it with the Sword of Mana.
Angea sighed in frustration, but she smiled when Carlie, sneaking
behind the god, hit him with her Holy Flail on the back of
his head, which caused him to fall to the ground.
Then all hell was break loose. The Archdemon, frustrated by the
fail of his initial wave, lost control and got up in a jump, then
impaled himself in the chest with the Mana Sword.
"NOW YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE TRUE NATURE OF A GOD!"
Riesz felt a sudden shake to the whole castle. She was following the
trail of blood, which she knew was from some of her friends. She
was terrified, maybe they were already facing the Archdemon without
She left them alone... But it was OK, she thought-what the hell, they
are older than her, sheīs not their mother...
But she felt almost like it.
She continued running, and finally, reached a long corridor, which
seemed to head to the roof of the Castle, which seemed to touch the
She wasnīt quite sure of what should she expect.
Of course, the question shall be answered easily. Rieszīs mouth couldnīt
reach anywhere more opened than what it was already opened.
Before her eyes, a giant tree grew from the roof of the Dark Castle,
a giant, black and horrible tree which seemed to hold the whole
Hell on its leaves. In the center, a handsome and muscular man was
incrusted on it, bleeding from his mouth, with long blonde hair.
She didnīt knew who-or what was him, but he lifted his head to watch
her, and to reveal his black glowing eyes.
He was looking at her, and smiled to her, and Riesz felt a chill on
her spine. She lost control of herself, and looked around.
"YOU ARE RIESZ, THE AMAZON QUEEN FROM ROLANTE, THE KINGDOM THAT NEVER
FELL. YOU ARE A POWERFUL WARRIOR, RIESZ, QUEEN OF ROLANTE. AND YOU
ARE THE MOST POWERFUL BEING TO ENTER THIS HALL SINCE MY REBIRTH. AS
IS MY ETERNAL GRUDGE, YOU SHALL DIE WITH YOUR FRIENDS."
"Wh-who are you?" Asked, scared and taking several back steps.
"I AM THE ARCHDEMON, THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THE RULER OF THE UNDERWORLD"
Riesz blinked briefly before she realized that he was indeed the enemy,
who had the Mana Sword on his power... He had the Mana Sword impaled
on his chest, and he seemed harmed, as if he had been fighting before
she got there.
"What are you talking about? why is that you have a... Grudge against
"YOU DO NOT SEEM TO REALIZE THAT I AM THE ONE WHO HAS CONTROL OF THE
SWORD OF MANA. I WILL AVENGE MY RACE, WHICH WAS BANISHED TO THE
UNDERWORLD, CONDEMNED TO THE DARKNESS, FOREVER. AND YOU STAND IN MY
WAY, RIESZ, QUEEN OF ROLANTE."
Riesz got on her attack stance, as she looked around to find her
friends, but she failed on it. She faced the monster once again, and
asked him "Where are my friends, what did you do to them, Archdemon?"
"I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DESTINY. THEY LAY AROUND HERE, SOMEWHERE
ON THIS ROOF, SOMEWHERE WHERE NEITHER YOU OR ME CAN FEEL THEIR PRESENCE.
NOT THAT IT MATTERS, RIESZ, QUEEN OF ROLANTE.
ENOUGH OF THE TALKING. NOW YOU SHALL FACE MY POWERS."
The Archdemon screamed with all his power some words in a long forgotten
tongue, and several lightning bolts fell from above, which Riesz managed
to evade with no ease. As soon as she catched her pose, she jumped to him,
and tried stab him. The roots of the tree blocked her, and she hit the
giants roots, breaking her lips, which left a long blood trail fell from
her lower lip, which followed her neck, and fell into her breast, stopping
where the armor started covering her chest, staining it... red.
She landed on the floor, wasted, tired and overwhelmed. She wiped the blood
from her face, and she got up again. She wouldnīt give up with it.
"I CAN NOT BELIVE THAT YOU ARE THE GREATEST HERO THE WORLD HAS" Taunted the
Dark Prince, who didnīt moved his lips to talk, he just produced the words.
She moved one long trail of hair which fell to her face, and smiled briefly
"You havenīt seen anything, beast". She evaded another lightning, and
realized that the roof wasnīt as large as she would want it to be, and
a meter behind her was the edge, which, needless is to say, showed that the
fall wouldnīt be short.
Damn. I have to think fast...
"A MIRACLE IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU, RIESZ, QUEEN OF ROLANTE. YOUR POWERS
ARE GOING TO BE YOUR WEAPONS, NOT YOUR FAITH"
Hawk woke up to the noise of the monstruous voice of the Archdemon, who
sent them to the never never land when he claimed to show the true nature
of a god. He didnīt remembered anything after it. He only watched a bright
green light, then he was thrown into a wall, which basically crushed his
back and made him lose his senses.
He managed to get back on his feet, painfully, and he noticed that his
arm was broken. He noticed it in the worst possible way, and he fell again,
hitting his face to the floor. It was extremely humilliating, but he had
a world to save. As idiotic as it may sound.
He looked around. The small body of Charlotte laid near. As he walked
towards her, he heard a low growl near, as if someone was calling him.
As first he ingnored it, but later he recgonized Kevinīs voice.
"Somebody, help me! Oh, Darn it, IīM FALLING DOWN!"
He searched for him, and he shouted "Where are you?! I canīt find you!"
and he tried following his voice. Then he tried looking down.
There he was, hanging down from the edge, about to fall and surely die.
He tried to reach his hand, but his broken arm made it difficult. But
he couldnīt let him fall. The wolf grabbed his hand, and got a grip.
"Donīt let my hand, Kevin... Iīll try pulling you up...
AARGH!" the Wanderer screamed in pain as his arm was being forced to
the ground. He couldnīt hold on anymore, and he started sliping to
"Hawk! HAWK! get a grip! Donīt fall with me!" exclamed the werewolf
when he saw Hawkīs painful expresion. He tried to get a hold from
somewhere, but he couldnīt find any ledge to catch. The Wanderer
wouldnīt let him fall, and he could not let his hand.
And they both fell.
But Hawk felt an strong hand grabbing his shoulders. "Iīm here,
guys, Iīll help you!".
It was Duran, who, fortunately, also heard the help cry of Kevin.
Angela helped them both as Carlie investigated the wounded arm of
the Wanderer. He smiled, and felt somehow safe.
"Riesz is somewhere here, the Archdemon isnīt even looking at us.
Weīve gotta find her before she..." He blinked worried "Dies...
finally..." commanded the Paladin, when he realized, the first time,
that one of his friends was in real death danger...
Kevin got up violently, "Sheīs there" and runned towards the tree,
which seemed to hide a violent battle with its huge mass. The
rest followed his race, and Hawk wonderer why the hell did he
decided to do it.
Riesz avoided one final flame, and jumped once again at the tree
to hit it. She learned that she would not be able to slash him
directly, so she tried to avoid the roots and hit him wherever
Then she spotted his friends. Instead of being happy, she was
simply scared that they could get hurt, and more as she noticed
Hawkīs broken arm.
"Stop, DONīT COME!" Then she screamed in pain when the Archdemon
used his roots to grab her feets and threw her to the ground.
"RIESZ!!" shouted the Death Hand as he ran towards her to defend
her from the endless barrages of the enemy. He hit as many attacks
he could, and grabed the extension which was about to crush the Star
Lancer, who remained unconsciouss in the floor.
The whole group reached there, and Duran knelt at one side and
tried to wake her up "hey!, HEY! Riesz, Wake up! Donīt leave us now!"
Riesz slowly opened her eyes to find his face. "This seems somehow
"We all have learned a lot from each other, Riesz..." he replied,
and held his best friend. At this time, he remembered when he met
her, back in the Waterfall cave, when she asked him to go with him
thru the cave, to go to Wendel. Then they became the first ones to
join the team.
"Now itīs time to end all this madness!" Exclaimed Riesz, as she got
up. "And as for you, Archdemon, itīs time to go back to where you belong!
BACK TO HELL!"
The monster smiled and left a fearful laugh out. "IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY
OF YOU TO DEFEAT ME, RIESZ, QUEEN OF ROLANTE.
DURAN, MERCENARY OF FORCENA.
KEVIN, HEIR TO THE THRONE OF THE BEAST KINGDOM.
HAWK, WANDERER OF NAVARRE.
CHARLOTTE, GRANDAUGHTER OF THE PRIEST OF LIGHT.
ANGELA, PRINCESS OF ALTENA.
SHOW ME WHAT YOU HAVE GOT"
The whole group splitted to dodge the root which slamed the floor tile
they were standing in. Kevin jumped towards the tree, as Duran casted
his saint saber on Kevinīs Skull Disect gloves. Carlie recited the verses
to cast her Exorcism, Angela began casting Ancient, even risking her own
Only Riesz stood still.
"Angel which roams the skies...
Angel which controls the nature of the sound...
You who casts your shadow over the darkness
And turns them silent to their doom...
Come to my aid, my noble Guard Angel.
MARDUKE, I SUMMON YOU!"
Hawk used the powers of Luna to cast the light of the moon to cast the
madness of Lunatic over the ArchDemon, who dropped his defense,
confused. Kevin used this moment to hit him with his Saint Skull Disect,
with a powerful fit strike over his eye, breaking his bone, and making
him scream in pain.
Riesz threw an slice which cutted the air with a supersonic velocity,
throwing a terrifing noise which drumed on everyone ears with painful
power. A flash of light blinded everyone, and a giant angel with four
wings and four eyes, with a bright golden armor, and white robes came
down from the sky, who stood facing the demon, who stared at it,
without a single blink.
"WHO ARE YOU?" Asked the ArchDemon, still confused, by the punch, the
noise and the light.
"MY NAME IS MARDUKE, EVIL ONE. NOW THIS IS YOUR FINAL HOUR, AS I WILL
SILENCE THE DARKNESS WITHING YOU, AND BRING YOU YOUR DOOM!"
The Angel then began to accumulate power between his hands, and he
shouted a prayer in a long forgotten tongue.
"YOU WILL NOT STOP ME, MARDUKE. YOU WILL NO-"
The Angel did not let it finish his sentence. He threw his hands
in front of his face, and shooted a huge power ball right to the
body of the Prince of Darkness, who could just shout curses in pain.
The Angel left the place in the same flash of light whence he came.
"I WILL REMEMBER YOUR NAME, MARDUKE, FOR YOU SHALL NOT ESCAPE MY
WRATH!" cursed the ArchDemon, still blinded for the light.
"Yeah, bastard, remember my name too, when youīre burning in hell!"
The Dark Prince turned his head to see who was attacking him.
"For I am Duran, the Paladin from Forcena, foul soul!"
Duran had jumped to the beast, with sword on hand, ready to impale
it. The monster screamed "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!" as if he could stop him
with the sound of his monstruous voice. He quickly threw its roots
to cover himself, but it was too late.
The Brave sword sliced his chest, and was buried into his whole
body, reaching the wood behind his back, filling his body with
pain, as the holy blade was burning him inside out.
Duran, still hanging to his sword, got his face near to his,
and whispered "you didnīt expected this, right?". Then he got his
sword back, and jumped, and stood with his friends, who all watched
the demon, on its last moments.
The tree began to whiter, and the ArchDemon fell from it, almost
And the Sword of Mana fell from it, and buried itself into the floor.
Riesz, Hawk, Charlotte and Angela, walked to get closer to
their friends, who were watching the sword, unsure of what to do.
"What should we do with it?" asked Kevin.
"I donīt know. But Iīm sure it would be better destroyed..." answered
Duran, grabbing the sword to take a closer look. "Even when itīs
going to hurt me plenty- thereīs nothing we can do..."
"It is strange you have not learned yet about the Sword of Mana."
whispered the ArchDemon with his dying breaths. Everyone looked at
him, surprised with him being still alive.
"What are you talking about, Prince of Darkness" asked, polite as
He got up to his knees, and liftd his sight to her eyes "Riesz,
Queen of Rolante, the Mana Sword is not a simple blade...
The Sword of Mana lives inside each one of you" He took a little
time to breath "As long as the spirit of mankind is strong enough,
the Mana will live within the soul of the pure hearts which roam
Riesz knelt, and took his head to keep him from falling down "Is
that why you tried to take it with you?" He replied with his
cold view. After a little break, he continued.
"The sword is only a simple catalyst to the powers of Mana. It is
just a simple sharp sword without it... Now, let me die in peace,
as hell has gained a new leader..."
Riesz left his head on the floor slowly.
Back in Wendel, the Priest of Light investigated carefully the Sword.
"Indeed, it seems to have lost almost all of its power, probably all of
its power. Itīs just an ordinary sword now, though it seems to be quite
a powerful one still. I guess its power was finally drained completely."
He put it on the table. Then he looked the party, who watched without
a single blink.
"Well, congratulation. Fortune has nothing to do with your success, your
own power has gave you the victory, once again, as it will, forever.
Youīve done it again, and you have the sword on your power. It is your
choice to decide its fate now."
Everyone looked at each other, except Riesz, who stood against a wall,
sharply looking at the golden Mana Godess which was in the room, staring
to the horizont.
Duran took it, and held it above his head "Itīs mine...". Angela looked
at him, proud of that victorous act.
Charlotte jumped over the table to hug her grandfather.
Hawk got out of the room, to wait for them outside, where the sun could
heal his broken arm.
The Priest went to his room, where he took Carlie to seriously talk about
her decision of leavin Wendel.
Angela and Duran went into de corridor.
Heath put his hand on Rieszīs shoulder, and whispered "Congratulations",
smiled, and left the room.
Then it was just Riesz and Kevin, alone, in the room.
Kevin tried to get Rieszīs attention by looking at her, but he couldnīt.
He wondered why was she asking like that, until he saw something which shined
on her face.
It was a tear.
"Kevin" she started "I canīt hold on. Itīs all too much to take it. I feel
like I am abusing of your innocence, I... I canīt..." She sobbed before
continuing "I canīt deny that I..."
She wiped the tear away from her eye.
"I canīt deny that I love you, but I canīt continue feeling like I
rape a kid- which I know isnīt true, but itīs how I canīt help to see
it... Kevin... Just... I guess I need some time"
There was four words which she impressed with her emotions.
Especially that final word. She said each letter slowly, and with
care to say it how she wanted to say it. To let Kevin know how painful
it was to accept.
Kevin waited for her to continue. But she couldnīt talk without breaking
down and crying, so he started his speech.
"I think I know what you mean... My feelings are confused too, as I
think that what I like about you is how you take care of me... like
youīve always done... It hurts to say it, but I think I may need you
to take your time."
He walked and held her on his arms. Tightly. Warm. With all his
feelings, as confused as they were.
Riesz didnīt wanted to hold her sadness anymore, and started crying
desperately. She did not wanted him to go away, and she held him with
all her weakened strenght. But she reasoned. She had to be strong. She
had to continue her life, and rebuild Rolante. The people of her kingdom
were more important than her personal life.
She pushed him away with one hand. She caressed his face once again,
for a last time, and smiled slightly.
"Come to me when you have grown up..."
She left the room.
Kevin sat down, and rubbed his hand on his hands on his face. Finally,
he buried his face on his hands, trying to stop his suffering, as if
it couldnīt find his heart if he didnīt saw it coming.
She walked in the corridors of the castle, as fast as she could,
without running. She didnīt wanted to turn back.
Riesz encountered Duran and Angela outside the room. She runned towards
Duran, and hugged him, then did the same with Angela, still crying like
there was no tommorrow.
When she passed in front of Heath, Charlotte and the Priest of Light,
she screamed, trying to hide her sobbing and tears "good bye!".
She held also Hawk, who took her head with his healthy arm, and
caressed her hair "Be strong, Riesz".
She replied "You too, Hawk".
She jumped onto Flammie. "Letīgo home, Flammie... I donīt want to
be here anymore...".
Flammie flyed to the sky at top speed, as Riesz hid her face with
Flammieīs dense fur "You are never going to know how do I feel, or
what I mean, Kevin, bastard... But I will wait for you!" She
screamed, hoping the wind would send her words to his ears.
"And I know you are going to come for me, Kevin..."
Whew, itīs over! Hope you liked it, I did ^_^, I really got carried away
while writing this thing, especially when Kevin and Riesz, you know ^_^.
At the end I was about to cry... anyway, comments and insults are always
welcome (Though not always replied to, if you know what I mean)
firstname.lastname@example.org - Iīll now find time to write the next part, with the Dark
Lich, the Shadow Zeros and the ***Black Rabite***... Cya!.-Lord Zero