Beyond The Stars
Chapter: 107: Preparations for the Swamp Underworld
Narrator: Before the heroes travel to the Swamp Underworld, Zeth wants to ask Zaydra questions.
Zeth: Sasha had told me about a country ruled by vampires and other monsters to the northeast. Tell me about it.
Zaydra: The country is called Vandox, the easternmost country in the world. It can now be referred to as the Vampire Kingdom. It was originally a prosperous country but during the Great Chaos, vampires and other monsters had taken advantage and moved into the country from Hell. Most of the fighting in the Great Chaos took place in this country. Both mother and the Dark Goddess considered this country a priority. The monsters moved in quickly and easily took over the country while mother was focused here. Following the end of the Great Chaos, mother surprised everyone when she decided to make a deal with the vampires.
Zeth: What!? A deal!?
Zaydra: The deal was that if the vampires and other monsters stay in that country and don’t try expanding, then mother would not do anything to harm them or drive them out. In reality, she had no choice. She was heavily weakened and didn’t want to put her army or humanity through another war. The only requirement is that they can’t be a base for the Dark Goddess.
Zeth: But they’re from Hell. How can they NOT be a base for the Dark Goddess?
Zaydra: Their loyalty to the current Dark Goddess is questionable.
Zaydra: The vampires there are creations of the current Dark Goddess’s mother, Zenta. They were loyal to Zenta but if they were absolutely loyal to the current Dark Goddess then why did they not come to help her in the Great Chaos?
Zeth: That does make sense.
Zaydra: However, I think they will make a move one day. Possibly in the next few years, in a decade, or even multiple decades from now.
*Zeth just stares after that comment for a moment*
Zeth: There must be so many people stuck there under vampire rulership. I don’t like that we are letting them rule over that country.
Zaydra: Believe me, I don’t like it either. I think that rather than waiting for them to make a move, we should launch an invasion and drive them out. Unfortunately, that’s not up to me.
Zaydra: Right now, that’s not important. Do you have any more questions?
*Zeth has a flashback to what Poleon said to him back in the mansion*
(Flashback) Poleon: Just remember that everyone has skeletons in their closet. That includes your mother, the Light Goddess. Actually, I’d say the Light Goddess has more skeletons in her closet than the Dark Goddess does. Remember that! Never forget it! Hahahahaha… (End Flashback)
*Zeth looks down for a moment before speaking*
Zeth: …Nothing that can’t wait till later. Let’s just focus on the Swamp Underworld.
Zaydra: Good. Then we are to make final preparations.
Narrator: A little bit later.
*Zeth is sitting on a bench in Angel Sanctuary*
Zeth: (Thinking) This is… a lot to take in. And yet, I know this isn’t even close to all the information I will need to know. But why couldn’t I bring myself to ask Zaydra about what Poleon said? Am I too scared of what the answer is? For now, I’ll move forward like everything is fine. I’ll ask mother about it myself the next time I see her in person.
Narrator: Meanwhile with Sasha.
*Sasha is in a room getting ready*
Sasha: (Talking to herself) Considering who my mother is, I almost feel wrong being here at Angel Sanctuary. But I’m not evil and will continue to support Zeth any way I can. He gives my life… purpose. He is the reason why I can live.
*Sasha is now wearing an unzipped black leather jacket on top of her gray shirt*
Sasha: I’m ready.
Narrator: Meanwhile with Kurt, Emily, and Joe.
*Kurt, Emily, and Joe gather in a large room of Angle Sanctuary. Kurt is now wearing a gray sweater and Jeans. Emily is wearing a light jacket and has a scarf on. Joe is wearing a greenish bobble hat (aka beanie/knit cap) and has a short-sleeved T-shirt on and shorts*
Kurt: Joe, you do realize it’s going to be colder out, right?
Joe: Did you forget I use weather magic? I can handle it.
Kurt: If you say so.
Emily: I assume the others are almost done.
Joe: I would assume so.
Narrator: Meanwhile with Zaydra.
*Zaydra is sitting in her room*
Zaydra: (Talking to herself) Zeth… I’m not going to let you die. I won’t let you die like what happened… to our older brother… Mother has had such horrible luck with her children. I’m the only one that nothing bad has happened to. Our older brother… Zenfaro… He is the only one of mother’s children that does not have a human father… He died. If he were still alive today, he would be 242,817 years old. And now you could die too or be consumed. When you find out about our brother, don’t consider yourself a replacement.
Narrator: A bit later.
*Zaydra is wearing a royal red-colored uniform*
Zaydra: It’s time to go.
*Zaydra joins all of the heroes in the large room*
Zaydra: Okay, it’s time. We’re leaving. We are going to the Swamp Underworld.
The Five Heroes: Right.
Narrator: Zeth has now learned of the country known as Vandox and in secret, Zaydra has revealed that they have an older brother that died.
Chapter 107 END
To be Continued in Chapter 108: Swamp Entrance