Ascension: The Coming Storm

Prologue: Sacrifice is Required

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Vasuki was a 14 year old boy that worked at his familys inn, his hair was dark brown and his eyes were like honey in the sunlight, silver scales had just begun to make their way up his arm from his wrist. He walked with his mother, Anthea, on the outskirts of the town of Nevenal. He scanned the area for the herbs they were looking for, that was something he was never good at. All of the plants looked the same to him, just different colors, yet Anthea immediately walked towards a group of flowers with pink leaves. They smelled sweet.

”Really Vasuki? You still can point out Bergamot? ” Anthea asked.

”Im trying to remember them, mom. All of those language lessons dad keeps giving me is making it hard for me to remember things. ”

”The Nashatalian language is very important for innkeepers. ” Anthea said coming to a stand.

”And you two never tell me why that is. ” Another smell crept into his nose, something akin to fecal matter. Anthea stood up and looked around, Vasuki unsheathed the longsword from his hip. There was a scream no human could ever make, Vasuki turned towards the direction to see a small red goblin, with a small crude piece of metal, stab his mothers stomach. Anthea reacted quickly and put her knee into the small goblins face, she dropped the bergamot and held the wound closed. Vasuki ran to the goblin and impaled its chest, before running to help his mother.

Anthea put her weight onto Vasuki as they slowly made their way out of the forest. Behind them was small group of goblins watching them cautiously. Anger flowed through Vasuki, but that anger had to be put on the back burner, his mother needed the town doctor. Anthea rubbed the silver scales on his left arm reassuringly, as she continued to put pressure on her wound, though Vasuki could tell she was getting weaker by the second.

Vasuki and Anthea made their way back to the village, he was practically carrying her at this point.

”Someone! Help us! ” There was an immediate response. The blacksmith said something to him, though Vasuki couldn recall what it was, his ears were ringing loudly. Together they got the attention of the doctor and brought her to a table where he began to examine the injury. That was when Anthea leaned over the table and threw up, the injury site had already begun to heal.

”Dammit, shes been poisoned! Someone- ” Vasuki didn recall the rest. The news that his mother had been poisoned rung in his ears, the world spun around.

”Honey listen to me, everythings going to be okay. Alright? You need…to stay strong. ” Antheas eyelids were fluttering open and closed.

”Please stay with us, Mom. You
e going to be okay…the doctors will have an antidote for the poison. They have to! ”

The next thing Vasuki knew, he was sitting in his room at the inn. Tears fell from his eyes like rain, a sharp cold air struck his father, Igon, as they held each other and cried.

With these two events, no matter how far apart in time, fate had set them up to be together when the world was beginning to fall apart.

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