âEUoeFather.âEU The god of life called out. âEUoeFather, you must intervene!âEU
Lance beseeched Kamentheon, but the elder god did not return from the cosmos. The elder god did not reply. The god of life, fearing the chaos a battle between his siblings may cause, took up his role as leader among them, and formed his decision.
âEUoeIf you cannot learn to get along,âEU Lance told his siblings, âEUoethen I will separate you!âEU
And the god of life did just that, erecting enormous magical barriers across the world, dividing its area amongst his nine brothers and sisters. Each god received an equally sized domain to do with as they pleased, with only one restriction placed upon them: they were not to interfere with his creature âEU" they could not intervene in the lives of men.
The gods and goddesses agreed, and filled their realms with their influence. Lance did what he could to ensure the creatures in each realm survived the sudden imbalance of elements, as one power spontaneously surged above all others. Many creatures died, but many creatures also evolved, giving birth to the races of Monsters. But the gods and goddesses kept their promise after that, and did not interfere in the lives of man, focusing on the other creatures of their realms.
As time grew on, Monsters and Man became enemies, each vying for survival in the harsh conditions of their realms. Man adapted well, despite the adverse conditions. Gifted with the power to grow and evolve on their own, Man diverged along different paths in each realm. While each path resembled each other, each was also particularly suited the element that surrounded them. And the same was true of the Monsters. While the beasts could not evolve on their own, the gods and goddesses were not above granting the monsters new abilities, powers, and intelligence.
Eventually, one especially cunning beast emerged in the Realm of Water. It was a strange creature that was said to resemble a ball of cotton, weak and small, but intelligent beyond measure. This creature approached Ilayda.
âEUoeMy goddess, why have you made me so weak?âEU the creature questioned. âEUoeI can not survive. I can not defend or attack. Please, grant me one request.âEU
The goddess frowned, taking pity on the small creature before her. âEUoeWhat is it you ask?âEU
âEUoeI want a simple ability.âEU The creature replied, grinning. âEUoeGrant me the power to pass through the mystic barriers and visit the other realms. With it, I might find a land where I am better suited for survival.âEU
Moved by the creatureâEUTMs plight, and unable to see the harm in granting such a weak being the power, Ilayda agreed, and granted the creature his request. The creature thanked his goddess, but did not leave the realm right away. Instead, this creature approached IlaydaâEUTMs Serpent and requested a portion of its power.
âEUoeGrant me a piece of the godâEUTMs strength that was given to you,âEU the tiny creature said, âEUoeand I will use it to invade the Realm of Fire and steal for you the power of the Slamander.âEU
Greedy and Rash, the Serpent agreed, and granted the tiny creature a piece of its power. The tiny creature grew to resemble a serpent, gaining the ability to survive underwater, like the Serpent, and the magic it possessed. With this new strength, the no-longer-tiny creature traveled to the Realm of Fire, and attacked the Salamander.
âEUoeI will spare your life,âEU the creature said after besting the lizard, âEUoebut in exchange you must grant me a piece of your power. With it, I will open the way to the Ice Realm, and perhaps I will bring you back the LeopardâEUTMs strength in return as well.âEU
Trusting and without option, the Salamander agreed, and broke off some of its divine gift, giving it to the creature. Again the creature grew, gaining resistance to heat, and the ability to spew fire. With the new power, the creature moved on again, entering the snowy Realm of Ice.
âEUoeIf you wish to maintain you rule,âEU the creature threatened after besting the Leopard, âEUoethen grant me a piece of you power, and in return I may be kind and bring you an equal power from the Realm of Plants.âEU
Territorial and injured, the Leopard agreed, blessing the creature with his ability. The creature gained powerful claws and fangs, and a resistance to cold, along with a portion of the Ice GodâEUTMs might. With his new strength, he invaded the greenest of the realms, torching the plants, and freezing the ground. The Tree Frog confronted the creature, demanding the strange thing stop.
âEUoeI will stop,âEU the creature replied, âEUoebut only if you give me a portion of your strength in return.âEU
Desperate to protect its home, the Tree Frog agreed, and gave the creature a portion of its power. The creature grew once more, gaining the Tree FrogâEUTMs abilities, and itâEUTMs mastery of plants before moving to its next target: The Eagle of the Wind Realm. Once there, the creature waited for the Eagle to land, then bound it to its roost with vines and roots, preventing it from leaving.
âEUoeWhy do you hold me!?âEU The Eagle demanded as it struggled to free itself. âEUoeRelease me at once.âEU
âEUoeI hold you because I am envious.âEU The creature replied. âEUoeYou can fly through the air, and I am stuck on the ground. If you grant me a piece of your power, I will release you so you may soar once more.âEU
At first the Eagle, selfish as he was, refused, but as days passed, and he stayed rooted to his roost, he conceded, and relinquished his power to the creature, granting it a mighty set of wings, vision like no other, and the mastery of the air currents. Grinning, the strange abomination continued on his path, moving toward the realm of the earth.
With his new wings, the creature took to the sky, quickly spotting the Armadillo as it rolled across the realm. The creature swooped down, snatching the creature with its mighty claws, and lifted it high into the air with its mighty wings.
âEUoeWhat is this!?âEU The Armadillo cried, startled at the sight of the earth so far below him.
âEUoeIf you do not wish for me to drop you,âEU the strange creature replied, âEUoethen relinquish to me a portion of your power.âEU
âEUoeDrop me if you dare.âEU The Armadillo replied. âEUoeMy armor will protect me.âEU
So the creature did just that, releasing the Armadillo. While the ArmadilloâEUTMs armor may very well have protected him, the Armadillo was not ready to test the theory. As he plummeted toward the ground, he cried out.
âEUoeNo, no! I changed my mind! Rescue me, and the gift is yours!âEU
But the creature laughed, demanding he receive his payment first. Death looming before him, the Armadillo acquiesced to the demand, flinging a portion of his gift to the strange creature, causing the abomination to become covered in thick, dense, impenetrable scaled. And, true to his word, the strange creature returned the gesture by saving the Armadillo. The strong power of earth now also his, the abomination continued on his path, entering the Realm of Lightning, seeking the Hawk.
The Hawk, this abomination knew, would not be so easy to sway as the others. The Hawk stayed in the air, and while the abomination could overpower this beast of the sky, The Hawk did nothing but flee. With his lightning speed, The Hawk could not be chased, for he could not be caught. On top of that, as far as the abomination could see, The Hawk would never land, flying above the clouds in roost in the sky. Curious, the abomination followed one day, but above the clouds, he found no Hawk. He found nothing. But he heard something.
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