Chapter 7:

Heodia and the Unknown Memories - The Fall of Touimai (Part 5)

Diary of Void: The Millennium War

Colonel Yashki gave the order for the tanks to open fire at 7 am sharp. All 3,000 tanks with their 14-metre barrels and fired hell on the remaining forces of the UWC, and the citizens of Touimai with their 28cm explosive shells. It was early morning, so most of the citizens of Touimai were resting or asleep so they were lucky. Pershing without even noticing. The tanks fired 5 times (depending on how you count the firing), leaving around 40,000 total dead.

Over 30,000 soldiers of the Entanian army soon flooded all gates of East Touimai by 8 am after the hour-long shelling and followed by them at 8:10 am, were combat robots. These robots varied from tiny 45 cm robots to massive 17m robots, used for destroying enemy defences. The tanks stayed behind as 'artillery'. The soldiers were met with intense fighting with the local population and the remaining forces of the UWC which raged on for over two hours. 

By 10:25 AM, most defences of the Council have been destroyed and leaving over 1,800 UWC soldiers dead and nearly 10,000 militia dead. And by 10:37 AM, it was confirmed that East Touimai has been captured by the Entanian Alliance. Large offensive attacks by the local population and the remaining Council soldiers made an effort to hold or even push back the invaders, but they were all in vain as a further 30,000 - 60,000 civilians (with militia) were killed after the battle ended by soldiers. 
'Bloody Organa' was the name given to these mass murders. 

At 11 AM, after the capture of East Touimai, Majors and Lieutenant Colonels under the command of Colonel Yaishki moved to North Touimai. 
No mercy was given to anyone who resisted their path. The casualties up to now were low since almost no one lives in Eastern Touimai. Only around 4% of the 2.4 million (Around 96,000 people) citizens of Touimai lived in Eastern Touimai.

And since Northern Touimai held nearly 45% of all citizens of Touimai (1.08 million people), but less than 3,000 people in the entire city had any form of working firearm, and fighting against 27,000 combat-ready troops, equipped with high-tech gear, a massive massacre was about to happen.

And it did. Though I did not name it, history called it 'Inocaemisa'.   


I didn't think they could surround the city this fast! 

As I and the android were about to escape Touimai from the Western Gate, I spotted moving objects in the distance. I asked the android if she has any form of magnifying to confirm what the moving objects were. 

To my surprise, she had a built-in telescope eye that can both take pictures and videos in 4K resolution and up to 200 times zoom with almost perfect quality. 

It's useful having an android with you sometimes I guess... but anyway, the object was what I thought it was. Humans. Or more likely soldiers, from the Entanian Alliance. 

"Change of plans," I said to the android. "We got nowhere to go since troops from the Entanian Alliance already surrounded the city. I don't know how they did it that fast but-" 

Familiar sounds reached my eardrums. Sounding like thunder, but on a clear day, I instantly knew what it was. 

"Artillery." I mumbled. 


Getting up as fast as I can, grabbing the android's arm with me, I ran to the closest sturdy-looking shelter I could find.

Thundering sounds happened around me as I ran. And everything went up in flames seconds later. 
Gold, orange, red, white. Flashes of unknown memories went on in my mind. 
There was a woman who looked very much like the android was burning while protecting something in her arms. Other scenes are all similar to each other. A person was dying due to fire and everything around them was in flames. And in the sky, human-like creatures float and was watching the horror below them; looking amused. 

Meanwhile, I stood there with a look of horror. With my 500 years of being in this world, there was nothing else I could describe this scene other than hell.  

"Whose... memories are these?" I asked myself. 

As more artillery shells hit the area around me, the more intense the memories went. 

In the memory, an unknown, yet familiar building while the person shot and killed several bystanders close by. The person then got shot back by one of the surviving bystanders and the person spewed out blood. 
But despite being a memory, I coughed up blood physically. 

"Void, what's wrong? You look-" the android began but was cut off by huge pieces of concrete blocks and glass in free fall. 

But I was still standing there, still coughing up blood and unable to move. 

"Watch out!" the android suddenly said. Right above me, was the biggest piece of rubble falling down. I was still unable to move. The android covered me. 

"Wait no!-" I desperately called out. By then, it was too late.

The rubble piece fell on top of us, but... I cannot remember what happened next, probably due to my memories being messed up with the unknown memories that popped into my mind forcibly.   

A red liquid, that looked like blood flowed out of the android's hairline. 

Why does she... looks like that one... a woman in all-black, has long fire ruby hair. And I'm pretty sure her name was-

"Heodia." I said. "That's it. Your name is Heodia from now on!"  

"Heodia... I see. That is my name." 

Giving a name to an android or any sort of high-tech machinery will give them personality and more free will; acting more human than ever before. And of course, the name you decide will affect the personality of the machine you are naming. 

"You now okay Void? You froze up and had a look of terror and horror on your face." 

"Yeah. I'm pretty sure I'm okay now. The fire has almost completely gone out so I should be fine now." 

"No," she rattled my shoulders. A stern look came from Heodia, piercing my eyeballs and into my soul directly. "I am worried. You weren't scared at all when all the artillery came flying around us, but that moment when you were frozen... you looked like you were truly scared." 

"..." I stayed silent. She was correct after all. 

"Well, I won't force you to tell me what you saw. Come on, get up." she offered her hand. 

"Thanks." I replied, getting up from the ground. 

Heodia made a thinking position. She was mumbling about something. 

"Hey Heodia, can you finish your mumbling somewhere else? According to my knowledge, a modern-day army wouldn't fire just one round of artillery. I think they are reloading right now. We better move."  

"Okay." she replied to my explanation. 

Guess her personality changed a lot when I gave her a name. Maybe the original Heodia was like this.
I thought.

 "So are you ready to move?" I asked, looking back. " We better hurry and make it hopefully to North Touimai."

"Just gotta wipe off my 'blood' first and I'm good to go." 

I thought that North Touimai was pretty safe even in current events. Though I was fortunate enough not to experience it first-hand, one of history's worst massacres was about to happen.