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The Reluctant Heroes
« on: May 23, 2016, 04:47:44 AM »
I place the red cloak on the bodies- the ceremony outside Tharsis is one of paper lanterns and ominous silence.

The first ceremony ever spoken dawns in my mind. It was strange, but for some reason, the memories I lost due to possessing the mask, ever so slowly have been returning. The ceremony was mine. Without realizing it, I find myself upon one knee, fist upon my chest, as I recite the words:

"If in the dawn of Creation, I see the ghost of vain or pride, I shall wage war. Gazing down upon death I will rise in resistance and sing an oath to rebellion."

But it was wrong- war? They say fight for peace, but what is that? My Sae and Asa were such a fatal paradox, that I was named the Unraveling Morning Sun. In the world of Oblivion, to create such threads would mean to create them inherently broken. And that's when the realization hit me.

It was a physical 'hit' as much as cognitive. I fell on both knees, and the grass underneath me turned to a shade darker than black. Abomination after abomination, they all flashed before my eyes as I remembered their moment of death, as I performed my duty to my Creator.

"NO!" I shouted out, and when I opened my eyes again, on the ground was a mask, with a symbol of an open circle, with a chevron struck through it, and all around it, are the main stars of the zodiac.

"NO!" The world swirled in my mind, and I could see the Threads extend through and around me- I knew immediately that the other Order members are rushing to my aid, unbeknown to them that my assailant is myself. My true self.

The shadow of the Spiral loomed above me, and doubt threatens to overwhelm me, but I stand fast, and peer into the nature of the beast: I was created from Weaver's Shadow in the Oblivion. There was no doubt of that. It was my one and only memory.

But the Threads unraveling from the Arm of the Spiral tell a different tale. There was no 'Creator'. I pulled the Weaver out of the Oblivion, from the shadow of my cowardice- from my pain- from my torment- from my solitude. I spoke the Ceremony to become the 'Oath of Rebellion', and commanded the Weaver to take my place, while I remained in his Shadow, conveniently forgetting that he was my Shadow.

My fist plunges through the mask. "NO!" But the abominations just laugh at me- their grotesque grins made only more grotesque by the fact that their dismembered and charred corpses, still move and mock me. For what? How did I even know about them, if there was no 'Creator' to guide my hand? Was it even I that killed them? Where did I come from? How long have I been so deranged and how much is still forgotten?

I speak my reinterpreted Asa again. It was an oath of rebellion against the Gods and corruption. The Threads burst into blue and green flames, as I begin a new naming Ceremony.

I rise, and level my gaze on the bodies, I was supposed to be burying, but ended up burying my false self first. In the mirror of the Oblivion, my eyes harden, and at first I could not believe that the pitiful look in those eyes before my conviction was affirmed belonged to me.

"To our reluctant heroes, whose lives are so short, grant us your strength, let us be brave like you. Sing a hymn, and let it reach the Heavens on which we wage our endless war. Sing our affirmation, and our tradition of war and make them shiver. Sing an oath to rebellion, put away your doubt and rise, soldiers, for we are as our fallen brothers are: Reluctant heroes."

I hate war, and there is no end to this one. But Rebellion cares not for such axioms. I don my mask, and complete my second and final naming ceremony.

"May a scarlet dawn greet us on the day we meet our unvanquished foe, let it's brave shine incinerate our sin."

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Re: The Reluctant Heroes
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 08:40:47 AM »
This is a great story! I like it   ;)
Born of the Dales, 'nuff said.
My fanfic: https://m.fanfiction.net/s/11968618/1/

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Re: The Reluctant Heroes
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 01:42:48 PM »
I hope so, I personally don't like it. It seems rushed, and I wish I had more room to write just how much Unraveling/Oath regrets what he ended up doing to the Weaver.

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Re: The Reluctant Heroes
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2016, 02:34:31 PM »
Interesting and cryptic, I like what you're doing with your characters.
Is there a place where I can read up on the setting you are creating for your realm?

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Re: The Reluctant Heroes
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2016, 03:42:06 PM »
There is quite a bit of it scattered on the wiki, and a lot more in the Lost Fate board which only members can view, but this is a good starting point:

http://wiki.mightandfealtyfans.org/w/The_Midnight_Legion

http://wiki.mightandfealtyfans.org/w/The_Weaver_of_Broken_Threads

http://wiki.mightandfealtyfans.org/w/The_Light_of_Salvation

http://wiki.mightandfealtyfans.org/w/Aelwyn_Mythos

http://wiki.mightandfealtyfans.org/w/Naming_Ceremony

Though, a lot of those links are either from the perspective of someone who does not know what really is going on, and some are factual. I think it's easy to spot the difference.
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