The Alliance has lasted for many long years since the war of the wellsprings began. With the addition of Aquilla, the Alliance has a chance to fight against Utgar. However since the return of Drake's group from the Southern Jungles, something amiss has happened in Vydar's lands. Months since the return, Vydar has grown increasingly restless. He suspects everyone a theat to his land and people. However that was not the case and things became worse since that day. The other generals have learned that Vydar has sent his forces to refugee camps and killed the people inside. Vydar claims that they were spies, manipulated, and have been turned toward Utgar's side. The story was not convincing and the killings increased. The alliance then felt threaten that Vydar has turned mad, and was theatening the thousands of refugees in camps in their borders. If Vydar proceeded his plan, then they would have no choice but to turn on him and end his rein of terror. Unknown to the three other generals, Einar see things differently. He sends Shiori, his top assassin, to find Vydar's plans and eliminate him before his army could wreak havoc.
Shiori silently moves through the halls of Vydar's castle. It took a few months of travel but she has finally reached the castle and knew what she had to do. Since getting inside, it has been difficult to get past the guards. She didn't want to cause any harm to anyone, her only target was Vydar. When ever she encountered an kyrie or a soulbourg, she hid until the danger pass. If she could not avoid them, she dealt with them quickly before they knew what hit them. The kyrie she kncoked out, she hid inside doors, large barrels, and even had to set one up in a kitchen holding a wine bottle. When the guards came to check on him, they believed he was drunk, and Shiori was able to make her escape. As she made her way down a long corridor, her footsteps as light as a feather, she heard loud steps coming around the corner. She stopped next to a pillar and waited for the noise to pass. However the clanking noise of footsteps came closer. She pulled out her shuriken, and watch as the shadow came closer. The foot steps clanked and stopped at the edge of the pillar. Her breath shortened and readied to move. The large figure took another step and called out.
"Shiori. Are you there?"
She regonized the voice. She turned the pillar and readied to throw when two large arms were rasied up.
"Wait. I'm not here to harm you."
Her eyes widened and was relived to see an old friend.
"Q-10. Its good to see you. How did you find me?"
"I mearly detected your presence when you entered the castle. Since our travels, I have scanned and have sensors on our companions so that I may know how they are doing, their life signs, and where there location is."
Shiori put the shuriken in her hidden pouch and continued. "What is going on. Why has all these terrible things happened."
"Come with me. We have little time."
As the two went a long the corridor, Q-10 began to summerize of what has happened.
"Since my return I have notice something wrong with Vydar's behavior. When I questioned him he ignored me. Since then he has become distant from many of us and only gives commands and orders. However only a month ago, he ordered to pillage and kill the refugees at the camps. It was... odd, I didn't know what to make of him."
Shirori looked up at her companion. "He sent his army to kill innocents."
"Yes, which was not like him to begin with. He wants to protect his people, it was his main goal, but now his behavior is what bothers me the most."
"So you wish to help me?"
"His chambers. He has strictly told that no one should enter. I think he is hiding something, and that is where we will find our answers."
Shiori nodded and the two continued through the long corridors. As they continued on their path they finally arrived to Vydar's chamber.
"This is it. However this door is sealed."
Shiori walked forward and grabbed a small tool from her pouch. Q-10 watched as she fiddled with the lock. A moment later a small click echoed off the walls and the door was open. The two entered inside and she gasped at what she saw. Vydar's room was litterd with papers and notes. The bed was shreaded and the desks tossed to the side. A glass window was shattered, glass littered the floor. The only thing standing was the table, where numerous papers scattered on top. Shiori walked over and began to search through the papers. Q-10 stood by, watching her work. The papers were plans. They involved Jandar, Ullar, and Einar's lands. To her surprise there plans in Utgar's lands as well. Targets, persons of interest, and places were the civilian populations reside. As she looked at the files she notice a strange symbol on one of the parchments, it was smudged and she couldn't make of what it was. She placed it in her pouch and continued her search.
Shiori whirled around and saw Two soulbourgs at the entrance. Before she could throw a shuriken, Q-10 suddenly grabs her by the foot and rasies her upside down.
Her eyes widened. She stared at her friend, the one she trusted the most to help her. Q-10 leaned closer and spoke, but only sounded like that of a whisper.
"Do you trust me?"
She looked at him confused and before she could reply, Q-10 grabbed her head with his metal arm and turned her toward the guards.
"I saw her enter Vydar's chamber. She ransacked the room before I could stop her. We shall take her to Vydar at once."
The two soulbourg guards complied and Q-10 dragged Shiori out of the room and down the corridor.
As Shiori watched through the cracks of Q-10 metal fingers. She watched as the two went into a large doorway. The two entered in, the footsteps echoed off the stone floors. She noticed more guards of soulbourgs, Gladitrons and Blastrons, all in line and off to the side of the main hall. Statues were scattered and broken all over the room. Q-10 stopped and dropped Shiori to the ground, landing on her hands and knees on the cold stone floor. She looked up and saw Vydar in his seat. His black hair stetched down to his lower chest. He wore his black armor and his Raven like wings stretched out and made himself bigger and powerful. He held his sword in hand, like he is ready to go into battle. On his right side a much smaller figure stood by. A hunch old kyrie who held his cane and smiled at her, he was missing his two front teeth. His wings looked brittal but was still capable to fly. As Vydar stood up she saw him smirk at her.
"So you dicovered my chamber. You know of my plans."
"All I see is targets. What are you after?"
Vydar laughed, echoing off the long dead hall. "There is more then you know, little one. My masters plans are sent in motion. He has close in tearing this alliance apart. By this time tomorrow, the alliance will be broken. And you will not live to see its down fall."
The hunched kyrie whispered to Vydar and he nodded to him. "I must be going, Q-10. Finish her."
Q-10 did not respond and Vydar was confused at why he did not move. Shiori smiled behind her mask. She grabbed two shuriken and throws them at Vydar. He lifts his sword and deflects the flying objects. Vydar gritted his teeth and cried out. "Kill her!"
At once the Blastrons aimed and fired away at her. Before she could react, Q-10 went to her and wraped his metal arms around her. The bullets hit Q-10, ricocheting off his armor. A moment later the Gladitrons charge forward when their counterparts emptied their guns. Q-10 turns and fights against his breathern. He grabs one of the Gladitrons and throws him at the Blastron. He didn't want to bring harm to his own.
Shiori runs foward and launches a small dagger at the old Kyrie. It hits his shoulder and he cries out in pain. She draws another dagger and runs at Vydar. He lunges foward and the two clash. Though he is fast with the sword, Shiori was faster and lighter. She quickly stabs at his arms and legs. She got a few hits but scattered back when he swung his sword. They fight for a few minutes when Vydar was becoming exhausted. Shiori smiled and Vydar looked at his wounds, and puss was coming from the cuts. It was poisen.
Vydar turned to the Hunched Kyrie and called for him. Shiori lunged forward and stabs Vydar in the neck. The two land and the dagger was going deep into his neck. Vydar gagged and coughed up blood. He looked at Shiori and his eyes remained starring. He was gone.
She stood up and looked at Q-10, who has already taken care of the other soulbourgs. She smiled and was glad that it was finally over. She went to grab the dagger out of the traitors neck when she notice somthing bubbling on his skin. Vydar's face began to changed, his eyes turned brown and hair became gray and white. His cheeks swelled and his face turned fat. The skin turned from a white skin into a dirty shade of brown. His black wings began to molt. The feathers dropping everywhere. When the feathers stopped falling, his wings were skinny, little to know feathers remained, and membrane appeared to grow out. When Shiori starred at her victim, it was nothing but a corpulant kyrie.
"This is not Vydar!" Shiori shocked at the man in front of her. She turned to the old Kyrie, who was flying in the air. She launched a dagger and it hit his wing. He fell down screaming. He landed hard and began to crawl away. She was on him and lifted him up. "Where is Vydar!" She demanded. The old Kyrie did not answer. She grabbed the dagger that was in his shoulder and began to twist it. He cried out in pain and raised a hand, his voice was dry as he spoke.
"Please don't kill me! He is in the dungeon, hidden with the others!"
She quickly punched the Kyrie in the face. The blow sent his head to the side and he crumbled to the floor, knocked out.
Shiori and Q-10 rushed down to the dungeons. Once there she saw many of the agents imprisoned in the cells. When they saw her they began calling out to release them. She grabbed her tool and unlocked the first cell. When the agents were out she handed her tool to them to help the others. Q-10 followed as they went deeper into the dungeon. She soon spotted two kyrie at the far end of the wall. The two spotted her and rasied their weapons at her. She tossed a shuriken at one, hitting directly into his head. She tossed a dagger and hit the kyrie in the lower abedomen. The two fell and were gone. When she got close, they too began to change. There skin turned red and she regonized that they were minions. The wall they guarded showed nothing. When Q-10 was by her side he scanned the wall.
"There is a heat signature on the other side."
He punched at the wall and the stone gave way to an closed gate. Q-10 ripped the bars off the cell and Shiori peered inside. In the far corner a lone Kyrie sat. He looked up and Shiori could tell that it was Vydar. There were deep sacks under his eyes. His body was more skinny then before. His black wings were ruffled and out of place. His mouth was cracked and dry blood was on his lips. His hair, which was long and beautiful, was now short and gray hair was growing on his sides. Shiori went to him and lifted him up. He could barely speak and when he tried it was to soft for her to hear. As she had his hand over her shoulder, she carried him through the dungeon and to the main hall.
They soon arrived and many agents were scouring the place. Carr was among them. He came and helped Vydar to his throne. They settled him down on the steps and he handed him a water jug. Vydar took the Jug and gulped down the water in four big gulps. He breathed out, refreshed that he had something to drink. He took a moment to breath in. He looked at Shiori and Q-10, his breathing being heavy..
"What *Gasp* happened here? What *Gasp* did those monsters *Gasp* do?"
Shiori soon explained of what happened over the last few months. When she finished, shock was all that seemed to be on his face. Vydar gritted his teeth, his fist clenched. "Those murderers." Vydar slowly got to his feet. Carr raised his hand to stop him but Vydar ignored him.
"Those, murderous, Bastards!" He stood at his full height, his voice echoed off the walls. "Damn you Utgar! You killed my people! I will never forgive you! I will kill you for this! You hear me! Kill you all!" His words echoed the walls of the hall. When he finished he stopped and his voice trailed off. Shiori looked at him and tears ran down his cheeks. He sat back down and tears continued to stream down.
"My people." He trailed off.
He placed his hands on his face and he began to cry out. Like a new born babe he cried out, for the death of his people that he swore to protect. He hiccuped and he brought his feet in close. The tears were coming through his thin fingers. Shiori wrapped her arm around the leader and hugged him. Vydar didn't seem to care, as he contined to cry out.
This is the lowest moment for Vydar's life.
As the two sat silently on the stairs, Carr and his agents return with a handful of papers. Carr soon spoke.
"Vydar, we found these in your chambers. They contain plans, plots, and when they are about to strike. We can warn our allies and tell them of what happened today."
Vydar remained silent.
" We have the old man in custody and are ready to interrogate him if need be."
Vydar continued to remain silent. Tears still coming inbetween his fingers.
"We have confirmed that the two guards were Utgar's own minions, but for the one that took your place, we are not sure, we can't find anything on record."
Vydar stirred and looked at Carr, his face was cherry red. He starred for a moment then looked back down at the floor. Then Q-10 spoke out, "We are not sure how, but it seemes that some magic or someone, had altered their appearance and took your place. Then the fake ordered to put you all into the dungeon while the soulbourgs followed his orders."
"Don't you think I know that." Vydar spoke, his voice low and bitter. They remained silent and soon they turned to leave. Shiori rememberd the paper and pulled out the parchment from her pouch and handed it to Vydar. "I found this when I was finding their plans."
Vydar wiped away the tears on his face, which are still red. Carr and his men turned and wanted to hear of what she had found. As Vydar looked at the parchment, his eyes widened and he starred at it for a long time. Not even moving, hardly breathing.
Carr soon spoke again. "So the old Kyrie, do you still want us to-"
"There is no need." Vydar spoke out. "I know who is responsible." His face continued to stare at the parchment.
"There is only one man I know who would do such a thing."
He showed the parchment to them and what was on it was only a skull.