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I don’t know when I awoke, but it had to be pretty early in the morning for how exhausted I felt. My consciousness kept fading in and out as I determine whether or not I should get up or go back to sleep. I think I’ll rest more; I used up tons of energy during Luna’s party last night.
Aside from providing musical entertainment as a present, I also got to meet the Wonderbolts; who knew that their captain, Spitfire was a fan of classical music. Rainbow was so ecstatic when the group came over. After conversing with Dash’s heroes, I then participated in the various activities planned for the Princess. It started with regular business talk between the wealthy, following after was the waltz for those who had danced, and when that finished and guests began leaving, that is where things made an unexpected turn. Once all the high class ponies exited, my companions and I were lead by the two alicorns into the back garden of the castle. There I was introduced to a white male unicorn and a pink female alicorn. As it turns out, the colt was Twilight’s brother and the mare was his wife.
The two equines had finished decorating the area in what I could interpret as a normal looking birthday party. There was cake, modern sounding music, balloons, streamers, and even a good number of games. It was at that moment that I learned Princess Luna preferred celebrations of this standard. I can’t blame her for wanting things done like this; what’s the point of a party if you’re not having fun? With the sudden change, the event became a lot more exciting as it continued into the late night.
“Inrei, Rainbow, are you home?” A familiar sounding mare shouted.
Guess I’m not getting any extra sleep.…
As I shuffled out of bed, I accidently woke up Rainbow. She questioned what was going on, to which I answer that someone is requesting us. We proceeded downstairs and opened the front door to find Twilight, Pinkie, AJ, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Spike, all waiting on the ground.
“Something wrong?” I yawned.
“We just received a letter from Princess Celestia and well…It concerns you.” Twilight anxiously said.
Rainbow went ahead grouped up with the others as I dressed in my normal attire before jumping down. Being given the message, I began reading it.
It read; “Dear Inrei Ikumatse, I request your immediate presence at the castle, so we may discuss a subject of grave importance. I have questions and I feel you are the only one who can answer them. I cannot disclose any information on the matter I wish to consult with you until you arrive, because of how sensitive the situation may be. Sincerely Princess Celestia.”
I have a feeling I know what she wants to talk about. It mostly likely deals with what I am, and also possibly that tablet that I overheard Princess Luna mention. I shouldn’t keep her waiting.
I materialized an azure flame that circled the girls, Spike, and I; it caught them off guard as they panicked from it. “Don’t be afraid.” I calmly announced. Once everyone slightly relaxed, the fire then engulfed us all into a nine foot blue sphere that soon dispersed into nothingness. I could find the eight of us quickly traveling through a tunneling inferno of the same color. A light appeared at the end of our path, which we all crossed into. After that, my companions and I were reconstituted into the azure ball again in Canterlot. I made a visual confirmation that we were in the presence of the Princess and burned away our container as the eight of us slowly descended. That was the first time I have ever used this method of teleportation to journey to a different location while in the same dimension.
“Halt! Who are-….Twiley?” A young colt said. If I remember correctly, his name is Shining Armor.
“Ugh….Hey…” Twilight greeted in an enervated tone.
Upon hearing them groan, I turned to the sight of my seven friends partially struggling off the floor. Pinkie was the first up, but she started spinning around on her hind legs like she was dizzy.
“Well that felt different.” Rarity stated.
“What in tarnation did you do Inrei?” Applejack asked.
“I transported us into Canterlot.” I replied.
“C-Could you maybe warn us next time? I mean if you want.” Fluttershy meekly added.
“Sorry about that. The sensation should leave shortly.” It always feels weird the first time….At least I think it does.
“So what is it you wish to ask, Princess Celestia?” I said turning my attention to the royal alicorn. Its best if we get this business finished.
“My question does not lie here, but elsewhere in the castle. Follow me please.” The majestic ruler declared.
Once the mares and one dragon fully regained their stature, they accompanied the Princess and I, along with Shining Armor, through the large hallways. As we all continued through the castle, I could determine that Celestia was leading us into one of the massive towers.
“I didn’t want to bring up this kind of business yesterday because I wanted there to be no work while I celebrated Luna’s birthday. But now I shall let you know. In the first year of my sister’s and I’s rule, we witnessed something remarkable yet terrifying.” The alicorn started. “The day started off calm and peaceful until an unnatural force tore open a single spot in the sky. Within that rift were a dragon and a leviathan viciously combating each other. The tear closed before revealing the victor of that violent battle. Many years later, three mysterious stone tablets that resonated with vast amounts of energy appeared. On these tablets are a matching symbol, a single individual hieroglyph, and an alien language that is ever changing. No pony has been able to translate these bizarre letterings, so we have no understanding of these monoliths.” Celestia informed.
“Since we have no knowledge of the tablets’ purpose, the Princesses had these three items sealed away in the tallest tower so that they may never be used for evil. The only ones allowed inside the room containing them are the Princesses and high ranking members of the royal guard like me.” Shining Armor added.
“One of the images depicted from the tablets is a leviathan; the same leviathan that fought a millennia ago, and the same one that appeared not to long ago. Another picture shown is that of a human. And the third hieroglyph is both that dragon and that human together. Inrei, I indeed know that you are both of those creatures.” The Princess finished.
“Inrei, I swear to you; I didn’t say anything about you being that leviathan.” Twilight nervously jumped in.
“Do not be angry with my student, Inrei. I managed to come to the conclusion of what you are on my own, so if you must be mad with anypony, it would be me.” The alicorn said.
“Why would I be mad? I’ve already accepted the truth of what I am; even though I don’t really like it.” I declared. As harshly I’ve been approaching that subject before, my animosity of it seems to be dying down as time goes by.
“I’m glad you hold no ill will. Twilight speaks positively of you, but says you are also troubled.”
“I have been, but that feeling is slowly fading thanks to my new family.” When I said that, everypony stopped.
“New family?” Celestia questioned.
“That’s right. Not only do I consider these ponies my friends, I consider them my family.” I announced. My response was greeted by Pinkie’s silly giggle and the smiles of every other pony.
“Well shoot Inrei, why didn’t ya say somethin’ sooner? I’ll be honored to consider you family.” Applejack said.
“I’ve never had a brother; this is going to be so cool!” Spike added.
“We should go and celebrate this wonderful moment later! Maybe a picnic.” Pinkie excitedly bounced in.
“I’m glad that you consider Equestria your home and us your family Inrei; I really am.” Fluttershy snuck in.
“If my sister considers you a good friend, then for what it’s worth Inrei, you have my trust.” Shining Armor stated.
“That bond you hold with your family, keep it strong.” Princess Celestia added.
“I will.” I turned back to my companions. “Tumoe no sai.” Especially you Rainbow.
“What does that mean?” Twilight asked.
“It means ‘I love you’ according to Inrei.” Dash said trotting up next to me. I smiled down at her presence.
The group and I reached the top of the tower, and passed the final step was a hallway with six knights donned golden armor, guarding a massive door covered in a gothic design. The Princess proceeded up to the gate and slid her horn into a barely noticeable hole that was centered on the entryway. Her horn shined a golden yellow hue that flowed through every artistic crease. Dust escaped as the entryway slowly opened with a bellowing rumble. The contents that lay hidden from the rest of the world surprised me; I know what these tablets are. As Celestia said, on the center top sat a triangular shaped scar carved into each of the tower stone blocks. Below the mark were the images that the alicorn mentioned, and directly beneath the pictures was the title; written in the dragon language. Under that were words that explained the information placed on the tablet; a light purple pulse waved over each letter, thus shifting the characters into a new one. The energy emitted by these things was great and very similar to mine. And lastly, these three monoliths were about twenty-nine feet in height and twenty-five feet wide.
“Morei’tei non sune… (The Book of Life…)”
“Excuse me?” Twilight Sparkle started up.
“The Book of Life, Book of Origins, Book of the Twilight God, it goes by many names, but it only has one purpose. History.” I informed.
“I’m not a genius, but I do know those aren’t books.” Rainbow said.
“That’s because these chapters are not in the original form. This book is the creation of Reiku’s; it was created to infinitely record the universe’s history. But in order for it to succeed in its job, the book required a massive amount of energy. But as it turns out, the very same force used to power the object was so great, that the thing became unstable. So for it to compensate, the Book of Life creates and embeds a copy of a chapter, then ejects the page from itself with the excess energy; thus stabilizing the power used to construct it.” I stated.
“So if this is history, then what chapters are these?” Rarity asked.
I read all three titles once asked. “They’re about…me.”
“You can’t be serious.” AJ said in minor disbelief.
I pointed to the first page then read out loud the chapter title. “Birth of God’s Wrath.” Then the next chapter. “Resurrection of God’s Wrath.” And the final chapter. “Return of Wrath.”
“But that doesn’t explain how the stories relate to you.” Spike chimed in.
“That’s because you only heard the translations. Here is what they say: Poa’de non Reiku Inrei….Gompede non Reiku Inrei….Romdo non Inrei.”
“All three have your name, but they also Reiku’s the two can’t correlate unless…” Twilight stopped with realization.
“Unless our names are actually those terms. In this ancient language, Inrei translates into wrath while Inrei Ikumatse is Wrath of the Creator. Reiku translates into both god and deity while his full name, Reiku Lutuda translates into God, the Almighty One.” I finished.
“So then….What do they say about you?” Fluttershy asked.
“Its history about me, but it also focuses on those who were involved with the incidents concerning me. There are no lies; only true answers on these things.” I stepped in front of the first tablet. “After the destruction of Dragova and the creation of life throughout the rest of the universe, God had come to a choice of deciding the fates of the following worlds. But he felt in order to have a clearer decision; he must remove the same emotions that he used to judge the previous worlds he visited. So God tore the dark emotions of anger, hate, fear, and sorrow from himself, and cast them into the void of space. But as this form of rage drifted through the emptiness, it managed to develop a consciousness of its own. As this entity gained self-awareness, it also gained intelligence, and soon after a form to call its own. With the new soul complete, it became Wrath as it moved along into the sea of stars. Wrath began spreading his chaos throughout the universe as he brought destruction to all in his path. For exactly ten thousand years, Wrath continued to bring darkness as he devoured celestial bodies, extinguished numerous souls, and spread torturous pandemonium amongst the living. After discovering the location of this cruel entity, God set forth to confront Wrath and to stop him. The two met and engaged each other in fierce combat; their battle was fueled with so much power and became so destructive, that it tore holes into different dimensions. In the end, God defeated Wrath and ended the chaos that he spread. With their battle concluded, the two shall be eternally known as Reiku Lutuda; the Twilight God of Dawn, and Inrei Ikumatse; the Twilight God of Dusk.”
There was a silence as everypony processed the first piece of knowledge given. Aside from the Princess and Twilight’s brother, the others already know what I am, but they don’t fully know the extent of how dark things were back then.
Pinkie was the one who broke the silence. “Why did it call you the God of Dusk?”
“Dawn is the beginning while dusk is the end, and that’s what I was.” I answered.
“Just to be sure; the planet Dragova; was it the first planet? And if so, what were the first sentient creatures?” Twilight asked.
“It was. And the first living creations of Reiku’s were the dragons, but those dragons were much, much different. They were masters of both magic and science; the most advance race to have ever existed.” I said.
“How did they die?” The purple unicorn continued.
“War and greed for more power.” I simply stated.
I moved to the second tablet and began. “Many eons had passed since the defeat of Inrei. Right before his death, the great and dreaded leviathan split his soul in two and sent the surviving half into the far future with the hopes that he should return and continue to rein chaos. The soul of Inrei was renewed on the planet called Earth. But with his rebirth, Inrei lost something; his memories. With no idea of his origins, Inrei peacefully coexisted with the Earthlings. At a certain point in his life, Inrei had a relationship with an Earthling by the name of Aurelia De’la Windbloom-“
“Wait. The human you said you lost in this life was Aurelia; did you make a mistake and simply confuse the life it happened in?” Twilight interrupted.
“In my second life, I fell in love with the woman Aurelia De’la Windbloom; in this life I fell in love with the woman Aurelia Windbloom. Both Aurelia’s are the parallel versions of each other; they are one and the same.....I’ve lost Aurelia to Reiku twice.”
A stunned gasps echoed in the room while I mentally collected myself. Once I was ready, I continued where I left off. “Shortly after, Inrei fully regained his powers and some of his urges of darkness. When Reiku learned of Inrei’s survival, he again confronted Inrei. The assault took the lives of innocent Earthlings; including Aurelia’s. However, Inrei survived the attack and regained all his memories. He wanted nothing more than revenge against Reiku and set out on a vicious journey to find his creator. Inrei slaughtered many and even battle against Reiku’s Earthling apprentice Zin Higurashi. As Inrei came out the victor against the one he called friend, Reiku appeared to stop the dark wrath again. Much like last time, the two gods engaged each other in fierce combat, with Reiku succeeding again. But before Inrei’s death, he again split his soul in two and sent the other half into a different dimension with a different intent. Reiku knew of Inrei’s actions and set forth to stop the resurrection.” It ended there.
“What was your previous self’s intent?” Rainbow asked.
“To live a fully peaceful life; a life he-I never got to have.”
I was at the final tablet now….My life. “Reiku discovered the location of the resurrected Inrei. He found the infant Inrei being taken by an Earthling that sheltered homeless kids. Reiku approached the man and tried to kill Inrei before his chaotic nature returned, but the Earthling verbally defended the infant he discovered; telling Reiku that he was innocent and he should give him a chance. The man convinced Reiku, and Reiku watched over the growth of Inrei. As Reiku observed Inrei, Reiku eventually…began to care for…Inrei….He loved Inrei as much as he does with his biological children…..Reiku considered Inrei his….other son…..No that can’t be right!” I reread that passage over and over again, but there was no error….Reiku actually cared for me?
I decided to keep reading to learn as to why the things became the way they did. “As much as Reiku wanted to be with his child, he couldn’t. Reiku was afraid that if he had any interaction with Inrei, Inrei would regain his memories and want to continue his revenge. Eventually, Inrei discovered Reiku and….instantly felt connected with him…with no knowledge of his name, Inrei called Reiku………….Hooded Man…….”
“Inrei, you said that you considered the hooded man a father figure; that can’t be Reiku, can it?” Rarity jumped in.
No…….No….No it can’t be…..But….But it is….The one man I considered a father is also my greatest enemy….Why…?
I continued reading without saying a thing….My gradual gain of my powers….The incident in the Gronzy Desert…Operation Firestorm…The Azure Dragon incident…and Operation Kingslayer….
“….As I slowly regained my powers, I also exhibited signs of my original self….The first few times, Reiku intervened without me knowing and without trying to kill me….But the last time…He assumed there was no hope….And he tried to finish me once and for all….It was then when I survived Reiku’s attack and lost the last of my friend that I considered family back then….” With every word, my voice shook.
“Are you going to be alright?” Rainbow said walking up next to me.
“I should be…” Being honest, I’m not sure, and I think Dash knows that from her concerned looked.
“Do you wish to continue?” Princess Celestia asked.
“I will…There is one more thing I need to know.”
“What’s that?” The alicorn asked.
“How I came here.”
“What do you mean?” Twilight stepped up.
“Before my arrival, I fought against Reiku and his army. I lost consciousness then I awoke here in Equestria.” I found my spot in the story again. “Reiku managed to locate Inrei again, but instead of confronting Inrei himself or sending his knights like he previously did, Reiku had the entire Dragon Army accompany him into battle. As the great forces clashed together, Reiku felt the same grief as his previous fights as he faces his son in combat again. The battle was harsh as Inrei was slowly defeated; it ended with a one on one fight of Inrei and Reiku. Inrei disappeared right after his loss and was presumed dead until later revealed in a different dimension.”
“That didn’t explain how you arrived here though.” Shining Armor stated.
“No, but it does provide the section I need to use.” I announced.
“What do you mean?” Fluttershy quietly questioned.
“It’s time to show you how these tablets can contain so much information in such few words.” I stretched out my right hand towards the final monolith and began feeding my spiritual energy into it. Soon after, selected letter began burning in the air with the sacred azure blue flame. “Bouki tu zet Reiku qoda modadei cun. Uun’ban hyunday lieta kodai’ge non Origin. (Listen to the voice of God as I make my request. Reveal to me the contents of this page of Origin.)”
The holy mark craved on top of it once with a fiery orange color, then the same triangular scar formed beneath mine and everyone else’s feet. Shining Armor and Spike jumped off of it before the thing could manifest a seal around it. After that, the floating characters flew into and circled around the barrier it created; as the two forces met, a purple light towered up; completely encasing the seal, the equines, and I. Following that was darkness for a minute until it faded away as a very massive open green field was constructed. Grass was the only type of plant you could see on this pasture. Not a single cloud sat in the sky; allowing the sun to fully illuminate the land. And in front of us was a single hill, which we stood at the bottom of.
“Inrei, where are we?” Twilight asked.
When I turned around to answer, I saw that everypony was facing a mirror image of me that is currently walking this way. It remained silent as it simply scowled.
“Why aren’t you saying anything Inrei?” Applejack asked it.
It continued to remain quiet as it literally walked through Pinkie Pie. After witnessing that event, shocked looks took a place on their faces as they noticed me. Once the imaged phased through me, I started up. “We’re reliving a memory; we cannot interact with anything that you see here. Now come; let us go, but I will warn you. What you will soon see, won’t be a pretty sight.”
I lead the group of ponies on top of the hill where my past self stood. Gazing into the distance, we could see about 15,000 warriors, the Dragos Elementos, and their leader himself, Reiku. Reiku swung his left arm while materializing a double-edged zweihander that was the same size as Apocalypto. It was his true spirit weapon, Origin. The handle of Origin was a complete shadow black with a little dark red gem encrusted on each side of where the grip meets the sword. The entire blade was a fire, orange-red hue of a dawn sky.
Once Reiku finished drawing his weapon, his knights soon summoned their scythes. My past self opened up my right hand as I summoned the previous form of Apocalypto, which was that bladed wand. The wind died down as we all readied ourselves.
Reiku and I were the first to charge at each other; his army soon followed. Fury flared from my eyes as we sped at towards the middle. The expression on his face was emotionless, but as the Book of Life stated, he felt grief. The thunderous footsteps roared as we continued close in on each other, until we finally met.
Mine and Reiku’s metal clanged as we clashed. He pushed forward as I angled my weapon and swung Apocalypto, causing the army’s leader to flip over me. He landed on his feet as I spun around while blocking any swipes at me. Once I was swallowed by the ocean of soldiers, I began launching a series of attacks, but each strike was repelled. Reiku flew back into the crowd and onto my position as he slammed Origin down; causing me to jump back.
I lunged straight at my nemesis, but he managed to defend against my attack. Suddenly, a scythe head appeared between us and caused me to bend back and retreat away into more blades. Luckily I was quick enough to negate the army’s strikes. On that spot I was forced to block a barrage of enemy attacks; creating a metallic echo with each hit.
Reiku then stepped up and unleashed a mighty slash that nearly knocked my staff out of my hands. When Reiku attempted another swing, I slammed my weapon down upon his, thus stopping it. But again I was forced back as Kronis appeared and tried decapitating me. I rolled out of one harm’s way and into another as Dahlia came crashing down like a meteor.
I avoided her attack and readied myself to fire an energy blast, but my arm was pushed down by Bith. Bith then positioned his scythe and launched a series of high-speed jabs. With each block, I slowly stepped back as his onslaught continued to move forward. At one, I spun around to use the head of my blade to hold off against Bith’s attack while the staff end managed to defend me from Ramis’s flanking attack. I held the two in check for a few seconds until I had to reposition my massive wand to block Lith’s incoming strike.
It pushed me back ten feet and again was forced to repel more of Dragon Army’s deadly swings. Numerous blades came flying at me in all directions, and when they all crashed down on my block, I thrust Apocalypto upwards and began rapidly twirling it for some offense. It struck no one, but bought me enough time to begin my attack.
I released multiple wide swings, but with each assault, they were repelled by many battlers. I tried manipulating the earth to my advantage, but the boulders and pillars I controlled were destroyed before I could throw them. I conjured up tendrils of darkness, but they were eradicated as they spread apart. And with every spiritual blast I fired, they met opposing beams that shot through them and causing me to dodge again while having to slash my way passed enemy warriors.
Reiku ran at me as he thrust his sword straight upon me. I hurried my staff and managed to clash against his zweihander; leaving it to scrap against my weapon and grazing my jacket. He then retracted his blade and unleashed a multitude of strikes against each of my defensive stances. Reiku then gripped his handle with both hands and with impressive force, slashed through my block. It snapped Apocalypto in half; leaving me to retreat with a diagonal gash on my chest. My blood oozed out of the injury as I ignored the pain.
I decided there was no time to heal and instead fused my weapon back together as I charged my foe. Reiku easily repelled each of my attacks, both physical and spiritual, and swung Origin again, but this time launching a greenish-blue wave upon me. I wasn’t fast enough to avoid getting hit. The strike was able to carry me for thirty feet until I feed myself from it. But as I landed, again I was greeted by more of the army’s barrage. With the damage to my spirit weapon and the wound on my chest, it had affected me to the point to where all my blocks became slightly sluggish.
At the time, I was far weaker then I am now. My attacks could be opposed by large forces, and I never had to deal with impressive warriors as such in this quantity. Also during this moment, the Dragon Army is at its strongest and fiercest, since all of the soldiers are there and their powerful leader is commanding while telepathically communicating to each of his subordinates. Confronting them then was a suicide mission, but I was determined.
I continued to fend off the aggressive onslaught brought upon me. I managed to block the majority of my enemy’s attacks, but a few did cut me. I pushed all my foes off and again tried firing off more energy attacks; those who were close jumped out of the way while some in the distance unleashed their own blasts to disrupt mine.
Through the dust, Reiku sped at me while the Dragos Elementos followed. The seven of us clashed again; continuing to leave me on the defense. More blood began glided off me as I couldn’t keep up and repel all the brutal strikes. In an attempt to escape their unrelenting attack, I flew off, high into the sky.
The enemy soldiers trailed after me; it looked like a spiraling tower ascending to the heavens. The mass opened up as they completely swarmed my being. I began swinging Apocalypto in all directions while also firing energy waves, fireballs, lightning bolts, and any other blasts I could launch at the time. But due to Reiku’s analytical abilities, he assessed all of my attacks and transferred the information to his warriors using that psychic link; back then I wasn’t able to pick up on this kind of communicative strategy, but now that I can observe the fight in this fashion, I can easily determine the Dragon Army’s fighting pattern.
Reiku materialized a burning lance of a blood red hue; after he took hold of this pure power, Reiku threw the thing at me. I leaned back and managed to avoid the attack; when that energy lance made contact with the ground in the distance, there was a mile wide explosion. After I finished witnessing that distraction, I turned back to the warriors at hand and ended up receiving more injuries as I was outnumbered.
Lith and Kronis soon appeared behind me and released a black force upon me; I wasn’t prepared for it and it was strong enough to slam me back into the ground. As I regained my footing, more of my inner liquid seeped out of my afflictions. Three cuts on my face, four on my left arm, two on my right arm, five on my body, and one on my right leg.
Again, I was charged by the many battlers; forcing me to vary between offense and defense. I have yet to actually hurt any of the enemy since multiple soldiers would join and defend the one I was currently attacking; they always succeeded in repelling me during this time.
Suddenly, the surrounding forces immediately fled; leaving me alone for the moment. A glow shimmered behind me; turning around revealed numerous of energy blasts flying towards me in a mortar fashion. I swung a few waves of vitality and launched some of mine own blasts, but I wasn’t able to destroy them all. I jumped out of the smoke after taking the full blunt of the remaining attacks and further injuring me. But I was spared no rest; lunging out of the dust was Reiku, the Dragos Elementos, and a few more soldiers. Again I was continued to be forced to repel the assault preformed by my foes. It came to a point where I had to block all attacks in one attempt; I succeeded until Reiku entered my flanking spot; a spot I couldn’t react in time. He readied his sword.
A figure with medium long midnight black hair, dark brown eyes, a black vest and jeans with a red trim, a pure white scythe with the blade that intertwined with itself, and a right arm manifested of pure darkness and shadows, appeared between Reiku and I. In the hand of his cursed arm was a rapidly rotating blackish-brown sphere, which he pushed into Reiku’s chest. The young man released the ball, which caused Reiku to fly off into the distant sky.
“I’ll fight besides you, so don’t give up!” His voice carried a battle tone emotion behind it even though it wasn’t as deep as my voice. It also sounded young despite the fact that he’s the same age as me.
“Zin…” My past self had exclaimed.
“So that’s Zin…” Twilight muttered.
“That is. I wish I knew what had happened to him after this.”
“Won’t this memory show what happened to Zin?” Rainbow asked while still watching the event.
“No…It only deals with me. Once this section ends, it would skip to my arrival in Equestria if I were to continue to memory.”
As Zin and I readied our weapons, Zin also harnessed the powers of his curse and morphed into the form he calls “beast form.” Three tails and two demon like wings plunged out of his back while his right arm increased in mass as it looked like spiked armor covered it.
We stood back to back as we repelled every oncoming slash, swing, jab, and spiritual attack. Zin would jump in the air and swung above me while I ducked down and swipe underneath him. Zin would roll across my back to deflect some attacks while I used his like a spring board to jump up and slam my staff down onto the enemy. Our weapons cried with each clang against the opposing warriors. The two of us were constantly moving as we became a great defensive force for the next couple of minutes.
The surrounding Dragon Army again fell back as more of their back forces launched another series of mortar strikes. Zin and I quickly nodded at each other then we directed both hands towards the incoming balls of fiery energy. We then unleashed multiple blasts of our own in great force and were able to eradicate each one of the opposing attacks. After that, the two of us thrust forward into the dust cloud created and swung our blades. Our weapons clashed against the enemy’s and finally the first sign of hope. Together, Zin and I managed to push back the soldiers on our own. Then we combined our attack into a single slash against one warrior; of course he had a group to help defend against us, but what I had saw shown improvement. A red botch stained his shirt then dripped out; we scored a hit.
An explosion rang out in the distance; causing my friend and I to turn to it.
“Reiku’s freed himself from my Tairega; we need to hurry!” Zin declared.
Zin tossed me his spirit weapon as his dark red aura became distinctly visible and those wings of his spit apart into five sections. A bright white light charged up in between each piece until Zin fired those appendages like canons with very powerful beams at our foes. While Zin took charge of the spiritual attacks, I made it my duty to physically protect my battle brother.
I continued to defend against the opposition as I duel wield with ease; as much as I had been on the defense, it was actually the easiest thing for me at the moment. I was now using less energy blocking attacks than I was earlier. I noticed that one of the foes snuck past my defenses and Zin’s offensives; he charged at my friend in an attempt of stopping Zin’s assault. Since he was out of my range, I returned Zin’s scythe by throwing it at him, so he could properly protect himself. Once Zin had regained possession of his spirit weapon, he quickly repelled the strike as we went back to back again.
As Zin continued slashing his weapon, a sonic boom roared through the battlefield and I could see the image of Reiku zoom past me, grab Zin, thrust his grip into Zin’s chest to disorient, and threw him into the distance. After that Reiku gave a quick glance at Lith and then chased after Zin.
When I was completely swarmed again, my defenses fell. As everyone’s weapons clashed, I began receiving more wounds; one blade managed to cut my heel and destabilize me. When I tried reorienting myself, all five of the Dragos Elementos appeared before me. All of them had their hands with dark orbs forming in them.
“Kazejin.” Lith said.
There was no avoiding it. I crossed both my arms in front of me as I was devoured by this destructive force. The five beams merged into a single attack as the suppressing power unleashed gale force winds in all direction that tore apart the ground. The entire Dragon Army fled behind their superiors since that was the only point of safety. The deadly strike pushed me five miles away while its final explosion was double that. Once the smoke cleared, I remained standing as my blood completely drenched me; it looked like I was making just about a final stand.
The numerous warriors charged me as I stumbled after them. My foes and I continued swinging our weapons; slash after slash, strike after strike, hit after hit. More wounds were created; my blood continued leaking out as my energy was drained. More blades were dragged along my face and body; gashes were added to my head, my back flared with pained as a multitude of afflictions were opened upon it, my legs became weak as the tendons were slowly severed, and my arm strength dwelled as it was sliced open.
As I turned around to repel more enemies, I was greeted with both my left and right abdomen being impaled by the staff ends of two soldiers’ scythes. I grabbed both weapons and slammed their owners on the ground away from me so they couldn’t worsen the damage. After that, I slowly pulled both weapons out of me as my gore slid off with it and my blood pool out. I then rolled Apocalypto onto my foot and kicked my spirit weapon up into the air where I bit down on the staff as I duel wield the two scythes and struggled against the harsh hits.
The moment I used the two stolen blades as my own was short, for they were soon forced out of my grasp by their masters. When I re-held my own wand with hands, I suddenly coughed out a lot of blood. I turned my gaze down and noticed I was stabbed again; this time the strike came from behind and went straight through my back and out my right lung and rib cage.
I took hold of that soldier’s scythe while swinging Apocalypto behind me. After that, when I forced the weapon out of me, the staff broke and tore my inners as I removed it.
As I succumbed more to the vexatious feeling consuming me, I was pelted by the bodies of various battlers that shoulder-rammed me. I managed to snag one as he hit me, and then prepared to jam my wand into to him. As I brought my arm back, a woman snuck by, grabbed my appendage, and forced her palm into my elbow; dislocating it from the socket. After I heard the snap and the torturous agony shot into my brain, I reacted by throwing the man into the one who broke my arm. Next I gripped my dangling limb and popped it back into place; causing me more pain.
My movement became even more sluggish while my attacks and deflects turned to wild flails. As I stumbled around trying to fight, more battlers sped by me and delivered blow after blow to me. Lith was the last one to do this, but instead of a slash, he fired an energy blast into me; the force threw me back and onto my stomach.
When I tried pushing myself back up, I lost the last of my strength and collapsed back down into the dirt. Everyone stopped with the fight as they all witnessed this defeat.
“This was never a battle….it was a slaughter…” Applejack commented.
While all eyes were focused on my weaken self, I searched for Reiku amongst everyone. When I found him in the air next to Zin, I saw him turn away from the sight that lay before everyone.
When I noticed that, I focused all my current emotions into my right hand and dug my fingers into my palm. He had the power to prevent this, but he still let it all happen…
Lith slowly stepped up to my dying body with his scythe at the ready.
“Inrei, what’s going to happen?” Rainbow cautiously asked.
“The moment when hatred, anger, determination, and will, all join as one and I first accepted what I was and true chaos returned.” I answered.
A moment of silence passed as both Apocalypto and I began pulsating a very dark sensation. Soon my staff started crackling as it gradually morphed into the zweihander I have today. Upon witnessing that, Lith stopped in his tracks as he could feel the incredible force emitting off me. After that, I slowly lifted up my head and revealed slit pupils and the most inhuman look in my eyes. And finally, I was devoured by a towering azure inferno that spawned from my body; forcing all of the Dragon Army back as the intense powers that matched Reiku’s had been fully reborn.
I remember all that pain and fatigue I experience vanished as my human body tore itself apart as I transformed into my true self. Wrath filled my veins as the need for vengeances took hold of my thought process. I didn’t care for what I had become; all I knew then was I had power that could rival my one nemesis.
Two massive scaled wings emerged from the fiery tornado and coiled around the planet with the raging fire. As the serpentine blaze continued moving, a spear like head peaked its way out of the inferno and stopped in the space above the battlefield. The rest of the fire faded away as it turned to smoke that clouded the earth; thus revealing the leviathan I had become. When I finished transforming into that dragon, I then stared down with fury beaming from my eyes.
The entire mass of warriors stared up in awe at me while a very demonic growl echoed out of my lungs. Saliva trailed between three points on my jaw as I slowly unlatched my fangs and inhaled. Next I thrust my bohemian head forward and unleashed a bellowing roar filled with anger. The sheer intensity was much stronger then the shout I produced on Trixie. Its shockwave cleared the sky of all clouds, dust particles, and smog while a damaging hole was blasted into the atmospheric layers of earth while the pressing force literally flattened out the land; it was far more destructive then the one that I did a couple of days ago. As my unrelenting rage continued, the entire army plus my friends did their best to block out the grueling sound pounding down; the only ones unaffected were Reiku and the five Dragos Elementos.
Once I finished, I began gathering spirit energy of a dark orange color within my mouth; the amount of luminosity given off made it seem it was brighter then this dimension’s sun. When my attack’s mass reached the size of a continent, I fired it as an energy beam upon my foes; regardless of anyone’s safety.
Reiku quickly lunged into the air and chanced my wrath with his entire being. When the two made contact, Reiku succeeded in holding off my destructive assault, but it was noticeable that he had difficulties protecting everyone from it. As soon as the sky burned and the god began being pushed back, Reiku’s body started breaking apart as a blue flame flared from him. Suddenly, my beam was repelled back as a reptilian, clawed hand emerged from the light and knocked me back. In place of the attack was a planetary size, anthro dragon with two wings just like mine and a very lengthy tail. On both of his wrists were spikes that extended all the way to his elbows; his spinal cord plunged out and curved into serrated edge spikes; and on his head rested three horns, with two curved ones on the side while the third sat on his forehead.
Reiku and I now sat on the edges of space; with the earth behind the God of Dawn. As we stared each other down, we had also exchanged fearsome roars.
“So this is yours and Reiku’s true forms…” Princess Celestia said; she sounds somewhat speechless.
“Indeed it is.” I replied.
“How can you deal with such pain; such size….Such power!?” The alicorn continued.
“For the size and power, it’s just natural. But for the pain…My goal and determination was enough for me to ignore the majority of the physical pain.” I answered.
Rainbow instantly caught on when I said the word “physical.” Dash then silently moved to my side; to this I welcomed her intentions and placed my hand on her side as we continued to watch history.
Reiku and I charged each other with such great speeds, that you couldn’t see it with normal vision. When we made contact, Reiku tackled me away from Earth and threw me further into the galaxy. Once I regained control of my movement, I lunged at my foe and head butted him in his chest. Reiku’s response to this was elbowing me, followed by grabbing my snake like body and slamming me into a nearby planet.
After that, Reiku began a series of punches against my face. I countered this by unleashing a fire breath upon him; causing the dragon to cease his attack and fall back. With Reiku off, I rammed my head into him again then coiled my tail around his neck and spun him into the same planet; there was enough force that it shattered the celestial body.
A lavender light shined from Reiku’s mouth; soon the attack was launched at me with a blast. I plowed through the orb and took the hit full force with no bother. I readied my jaws and got into a pointblank range, but my enemy defended against my bite using his left arm. Next Reiku tried swiping me with his right hand, but I countered by stabbing Apocalypto into his appendage. With that, my body was greeted by the fangs of Reiku; to this I responded by sinking my teeth into his neck. As both blood and azure flames seeped out of our wounds, Reiku forced me off by releasing a cyan beam into my body. I then freed myself from his strike, and then fired a dark green beam of my own. Our two attacks made contact and resulted in the two canceling out each other in a gigantic explosion.
Reiku then flew through the aftermath and thrust his right massive claw at me; I dodge his attack then whipped my tail at him. My foe repelled my strike with the spike on his left arm. Once we retracted our appendages, we then swung at each other again multiple times; creating numerous sparks with every hit.
As we continued, Reiku brought both his arms back and absorbed a few stars’ energy and conjured up two rainbow colored spheres and threw them at me. I angled my scaled wings and used them to deflect both balls; following that, my wings glowed with a golden hue. Once they were fully charged, I sped towards my enemy, who managed to grasp hold of me. I threw my head upwards and quickly channeled some more of my vitality, and then I fired my own blasts at him.
Next, I head butted my foe again then spun while wrapping my tail around Reiku. After that, I slammed him into a new planet. Following that, I fired a black unrelenting beam; pinning Reiku further down.
Reiku started punching me in my stomach; eventually it was enough to cause me to release him from my hold. After that, he threw me off and slashed an orange spiritual wave at me. I countered by creating a brown wave. The two forces clashed and Reiku and I charged each other again.
As Apocalypto and Reiku’s claw pushed against each, I took control of large nearby asteroids and pelted the warrior in the head with them. Reiku’s response to this was drawing his right arm back and punching me in the face.
As I flew backwards, Reiku glared at me; I caught on instantly and started strafing and slithering through space while dodging numerous explosions. Once I was in the clearing, eleven energy orbs were unleashed in my direction. With one mighty flap of my wings, I materialized gale force winds and disoriented the flight path of the attack; causing each spirit ball to collide with each other.
After the explosions, the two of started lunging into each multiple times; creating bursts of energy with each hit against each other’s spiritual force. As we got close to each other again, I plunged my tail into Reiku’s gut while he bit me in the neck. When we freed ourselves, we then fired off matching red beams at each other as we flew to our right. Next when we ceased our current attack, Reiku began slashing his claws at me while I used Apocalypto to repel each strike. When I gained the chance, I slammed my left wing into my enemy and used the momentum to roll while swinging my tail and releasing a dark gray energy wave. Reiku regained his stature and plowed through the attack and rammed into me and following that kicked me in the stomach; forcing me back.
Once the light faded from my previous attack, Reiku and I began charging a fearsome mass of spiritual energy within our mouths. With our attacks at full force, we fired sun gold beams upon each other. The two clashed with great power; creating a massive shockwave that obliterated nearby celestial bodies and dislodged the rest out of their orbit. Bolts of electricity shot out of the shifting core as we continued to push that devastating force at each other. Suddenly my side was repelled back as Reiku emerged himself from the beam in front of me, slammed my head downwards, and fired off another beam of the same magnitude. His attack was strong enough that I couldn’t free myself from it, and it eventually consumed me. When Reiku’s beam erupted, the only thing left was empty space and me being thrown at high speeds because of the explosion.
I remember my thought process here; it was the final thing that went through my mind before finding myself in Equestria. Since the attack did more damage than it appeared; it left my body to become unresponsive. As I was left with no control of my trajectory, I determined and discovered that the path I was headed for was Earth. With my mass and the velocity I was flying at, I would easily tear through the planet. When I realized that, I instantly lost the need for revenge as I regained my human thought process. So with my last bit of strength, I transformed myself back into my human form; that way I wouldn’t cause the deaths of innocents. After I finished morphing myself, I momentarily blacked out. My bloodied body continued towards Earth.
This is the moment I needed to pay attention to the most. This is my answer on how I came here.
Reiku extended both of his arms forward, kept his jaws unlatched, and formed the sacred symbol. Three dark orbs appeared; one in his hands, one in his mouth, and the final one at the tip of his center horn. All three spheres grew as Reiku channeled them with his great energy.
I turned my sights back to my unconscious self; not knowing what to expect. I remained silent to all the questions that the girls asked me about the situation; I had no answers for them and the scene is looking pretty grim.
Suddenly, an azure flame sparked from me. It continued until it eventually encased me in a light blue orb. I know what that is.
“That’s an Asclepius Orb…!” I muttered.
Reiku’s attack had finished charging, but there was some hesitation, but Reiku eventually launched all three energy balls into one planetary sized sphere that roared towards me. As the orb that held me began sparking, the giant force hit me and unleashed a flash of blinding hellfire. After that there was nothing, but Reiku.
Soon the empty voids of space vanished away as the ponies and I found ourselves back with the monolithic tablets. Surrounding us were Shining Armor, Spike, and Celestia’s knights.
“Inrei, what exactly happened to you back there?” Twilight cautiously asked.
“It was an Asclepius Orb.” I answered.
“Come again?” Applejack jumped in.
“An Asclepius Orb is the ultimate regeneration technique ever created by Reiku. How it works is once the user is no longer conscious, their body subconsciously encases themselves in that orb you saw and teleports them away to recover. When Reiku’s Kazejin struck my Asclepius Orb, it destroyed the protective barrier that would have been used to heal me, but it also transported me here just in time.”
“So was it a fluke that you ended up in Equestria?” Celestia asked.
“No. I’m here because my body viewed Equestria as a safe haven to recover in.” I replied.
As the royal guards ensured the well beings of everypony, I stepped up to the Book of Life again.
“W-What are you doing?” Fluttershy quietly asked.
“There’s something I want to see before we leave.” I extended my arm towards the chapter about my life and conjured up a certain section.
I found myself in a forest filled with a thick fog; one that seems so solid, you could grasp a chunk in your hands. Birds were happily chirping away as the seconds gone by; rabbits and squirrels ran along the ground while searching for food; and an infant was crying in the distance.
Following the baby’s screams, I discovered a portly man somewhere in his fifties holding the small child. He had balding gray hair and small oval glasses upon his head; his attire was white cotton shirt and brown overalls. The old man looked in confusion with his hazel at the infant; mentally questioning why something so young would be out here alone.
A nearby twig snapped; catching the attention of mine and the old man’s. Appearing out of the fog like a phantom and into the clearing was the Hooded Man….Reiku.