“You called for me master Amerin?”
Inquired Jenna Borroz as she descended into the now familiar chambers of the the sacred temple. Taking a brief look at the body of her lover floating in the pool, she continues to where the aged sage stood in front of a large mirror.
It had been a peaceful month in Serida. The town had almost been completely rebuilt and Jenna herself had spent most of her time training with the elder to become the AGU, the protector of everyone living there. Sighing to herself as she felt the trinket on her chest, the sign of her responsibility.It wasn’t easy, but at least she now had a grasp of the power given by the maiden.
“Ahh yes my child. Though your training was short, here is a grand opportunity to put your lessons to practice!”
Jenna asked as the elder gestured for her to stand beside him. The old man taps the mirror thrice and the image changed from their reflection to that of a bird’s eye view of a riverside village. Jenna’s face became sullen as she saw several river beasts emerging from the river to attack the residents.
” Garnador. Its a small fishing village not more than a days journey from here by conventional means. It is very unusual for monsters to come from that river especially in those numbers.”
Amerin places his hand on his student’s shoulder’s while wearing a serious, no nonsense look on his face.
“You know what to do?”
Jenna grinned as she took the trinket off her neck holding it in her hands.
“Save the Village and show them that Serida’s AGU is there to protect them.”
“Heh… You’ll make a good AGU yet child…”
“Errm Elder? How am I going to reach the village in time? Even at my top speed I might be too late to… Elder? wait….Ahhh….”
Jenna’s question is cut off short as Amerin pushes her into the mirror, which turns black as it swallows her whole. As it returns to showing the image of the fishing village, Amerin folds his arms and watches silently.
“May the Maiden reward your work.”
“OHHHH THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!!!!”
Jenna manages to scream as she plummets from the sky. Seeing the ground speeding up to her, she quickly says the transformation chant.
“Blessed Maiden grant me a form of power, to shield my weak form and to defeat my enemies. AGU Gear. Burning Hare!!”
A small explosion occurs as a result of the energies unleashed from the trinket weave themselves around Jenna’s body creating armor over her clothes and strengthening her body. By the time she crashes to the ground the transformation is complete. Stepping out from the dust cloud is a Red and grey armor with large boots and gauntlets, with two antennae on its helmet which looked like rabbit ears.
“Crazy old man. I wonder how Kayle ever coped with him. Now where would I… oh.”
The sounds of the terrorized villagers is pretty hard to miss. The river beasts, a weird combination of fish, squid and gorillas, were attacking everyone and anything in the village.
one of the river beasts lifted a nearby food cart over its head to smash a child, who was screaming her head off. Suddenly the river beast is kicked in the neck, sending it to a demolished building. The child surprised looks up to see the AGU who just saved him, smoke emanating from its limbs.
“Are you ok child?”
He nods his little head while clutching his shorts tightly. Jenna points to the nearby forest ahead of them.
” Go and hide in the forest. I’ll take care of the monsters.”
“Thank you rabbit lady!”
The child says as he runs off. Jenna looking at the destruction ahead of her, clenched her fists.
As a mass of the river beasts gather around a houses trying to break into them as screams of the terrified villagers rang out from within.
Jenna lifting the discarded cart, hurls it at the group, hitting a few of them but mostly getting their attention.
“All right! Let’s see how you deal with someone who can fight back!”
She says as she launches her self at them.
Dodging their claws and tails, she darts into their middle grabbing the tails of two of their number, using them as makeshift swinging them about to disperse them.
Leaping into the air she conjures two small balls of fire which she hurls at the monsters which scatter trying to dodge them. Landing on the back of one crushing it to the ground, Jenna notices that the surviving monsters were retreating back into the water.
“Oh? That’s all? That was easy.”
She remarked as she rubbed her hands together in self satisfaction. However less than a minute later, she would retract that statement.
Coming out of the water was a humongous serpent whose head was as large as a grown man.
Stunned, Jenna took a small step back and bumped into a stall.
“How? Wait? What?”
She sputtered,leaping out of the way as the creature lunged at her, striking the stall behind her scattering produce and splinters.
The AGU dodged several of it’s lunges, leaping, diving and ducking as the massive reptile took bites out of the ground and surrounding buildings.
Diving behind a house, Jenna frantically conjured some fireballs to hurl at the creature, which was searching for her.
As the approached her hiding spot, She made a quick decision. As soon as it’s tongue came into view, she grabbed it and slammed her fireballs into it.
The shriek the creature gave was deafening, but it was a sign that the tides had turned. Still in shock as smoke billowed from it’s mouth, the serpent was defenseless as Jenna kicked, punched and generally beat the the snake’s head into a bloody pulp.
The fight over, Jenna looked around her to see the majority of the buildings heavily damaged, with corpses of the riverbeasts and giant serpent littering the area.
“That could have gone a lot smoother, but none of the villagers are dead… I hope.”
She remarked as she saw the villagers come out of hiding from the bushes nearby.
Gaxis Mur asked the ever present spirit that stayed with him in the underground cave that he had “inherited” from the witch Y.
They had been studying some of Y’s texts when the dark warrior had suddenly stopped and started staring into space.
“Seems like my other half has not only chosen a new AGU, It has just emerged victorious in it first ever battle.”
The spirit said with a serious tone in it’s voice.
” Should we worry about that?”
“At the moment no. But in time yes. It will come after us.”
Said Gax as he closed the book he was reading. Over the past month, they had gone through a simple routine, study Y’s books, tinker with his powers, hunt down the local wildlife, cook and eat.
What he had learned about his AGU abilities during this time were;
His powers seemed to be limited to his personal stamina. The dark warrior had explained that he and his counterpart the maiden acted as the doorways or better yet access points for an immense almost infinite mystical energy source located in that little town of Serida. Through the AGU system, they could grant anyone incredible powers. However since this energy was not naturally possible for humans to possess, one ended up using one’s own internal life force to regulate the power, naturally putting a strain on the body and tiring it out.
Obviously he could conjure up weapons. He could also tinker with them to make them stronger. However the stronger the weapon the more energy required to conjure it, a limitation he had to work around.
He had neither any magical abilities nor elemental affiliations. Meaning essentially he did not possess any long range battle ability.
Though he seemed to be able to create as many as twelve weapons overall, while in his AGU form he could only switch weapons five times before being stuck.
The trinket, the little magic stone on the necklace around his neck was his only link to all that power. If it was ever damaged, broken or lost, he would lose access to the dark warrior and the power he granted.
“Master you have been here for nearly a whole month, with just I and the dark warrior as your company. Would it not be appropriate for you to leave this den and seek human interaction?”
Said Adora another “inheritance” of Y’s as she assembled herself from the rocks around to form the figure of a young girl. She was created to both be a guardian of the cave and also serve as a domestic servant a role she had mostly played since Gax took over the dwelling.
Ignoring her disapproving gaze, Gax turned to continue reading the notes he had.
“There isn’t anyone that I want to see. Everyone I should be with is either dead or insane. This…”
Gax pointed at the book in his hand.
“Is what is important to me right now. Any secrets she kept within her books that could help me gain power, I will use it to the fullest extent of my skills and strength. Now don’t you have some other tasks to take care of?”
Adora nods her head as her physical form crumbles away.
“I doubt explaining why you’re obsessed with finding items of power and our deal to the cavern keeper would endanger either of us. It may make things easier in fact.”
Says the dark warrior as his form floated around the room.
“Maybe… I’m just not ready to talk about it yet.”
“Remember this Gax, I have seen your soul and know what you know. You may have less time than you think to get ready.”
Meanwhile two figures approach the cave from a distance.
“I wonder what Y has been up to K, that she’s been impossible to reach lately.”
Says the smaller of the two.
“Hmmm…Crazy one she is, always busy with one experiment or the other. When I get my claws on her, she better have a good excuse.”
The larger figure growled as his eyes began to glow.
“You called for me master Amerin?”