Ashlei, Denika, Carlene and the Circus Master were led through the Quilax’s city. None of the other golden aliens even took note of the strange travelers, they were too busy working. The city looked every bit as beautiful as it had in the vision.
The buildings were large and appeared to glow blue. They were clearly built from magic as their design appeared to change every few minutes. Everyone it seemed was working to constantly maintain the city in some way, even just through chants.
“Fascinating” The Circus Master said aloud. “An entire city made of magic, though from the way you’re all scrambling about you don’t seem to be experts? Maybe we can help you. My friend here is quite the.”
One of the aliens hit the Vandal over the head with its gun. Carlene went to help the Circus Master up, but whilst she was reaching down he reached into her hair and pulled out a gas bomb which he then threw at the aliens.
Whilst they were distracted, Carlene grabbed Ashlei whilst the Circus Master grabbed the weakened Denika.
“Come on Denika we need you.” The Circus Master said frantically as the smoke began to clear.
One of the aliens fired at Denika, but the Circus Master spun her round and took the blast in his back instead.
“We have to go now.” Carlene shouted as she jumped over 30 feet in the air to the top of a nearby building with Ashlei in tow. The Circus Master soon followed, but when they reached the top of the building its roof began to envelope the time travelers and pull them inside.
The Circus Master tried to claw at it, but each cut he made quickly healed over. “I guess they’re less primitive than I thought. I’d admire them if they weren’t about to kill me” The Circus Master said as he struggled against the living building. Using all of her strength Carlene pulled one arm free and reached for a weapon in her beehive. A flaming knife! She slashed at the substance that had trapped her, causing it to retreat from the fire. She then freed the Circus Master and the others. As they tried to flee however, three large yellow crafts arrived that way; forcing the Vampire, the Vandal, the Witch and the Urchin to jump into a busy area of the city below.
None of the workers looked up. They still carried on with their business as if nothing had happened. Whatever it was the workers where doing, it was far more important to them than their lives!
More and more soldiers came pouring in from all parts of the city firing energy beams at the strange time travelers. Carlene used her flaming knife to bat away the floor of the city as it continued to attempt to engulf them, whilst the Circus Master attacked the aliens. The Circus Master was able to dodge their rays thanks to his Vandal reflexes. Not that he needed to. The aliens rays were not capable of killing the Vandal. They were only capable of causing minor wounds that quickly healed over.
The Circus Master effortlessly overpowered the hordes of attacking aliens. He tossed them through the air, clawed their weapons in half, and knocked several of the golden aliens out with quick strikes to the face.
However the more and more aliens piled on the Circus Master the harder he found it to fight them off. One of the aliens managed to get a lucky blast in at the Circus Masters knee cap, temporarily shattering it. The wound quickly healed over, but for a few seconds the Circus Master was crippled another of the aliens struck the Vandal from behind with the butt of his gun. Whilst the Circus Master was on the floor the aliens started to shoot at him. The overwhelming force from so many lasers began to severely weaken the Circus Master to the point where he couldn’t get up.
Carlene ran to help the Circus Master, but the floor itself grabbed her foot. As she reached down with her knife to cut it, the floor grabbed both of her arms causing Carlene to drop the knife. Ashlei however grabbed the knife and used it to cut the floor holding Carlene down as well as the floor around her foot.
Denika started to stand up, though she still stumbled slightly. Carlene ran to help her, but the floor between Denika and Carlene and Ashlei rose up into a mass over 20 feet high. Carlene and Ashlei stood their ground, with Ashlei holding her knife up.
Suddenly the mass sideswerved Carlene and Ashlei and grabbed the Aliens attacking the Circus Master, enveloping them up to their heads. Denika having regained her strength had managed to actually take control of the city’s defense system.
“Come on lets get out of here” Denika said as she flew into the sky, with a forcefield protecting her from the aliens rays. The Circus Master and Carlene, carrying Ashlei followed the Witch, whilst Denika also used the floor to trap more soldiers before they could pursue the time travellers.
“How can those beasts harm our vessels.” The Hylexan commander said or rather thought in anger as they lost contact with another vessel.
“The Quilax are appropriating our power because they have none of their own, but we shall destroy them.” The red Hylexan second in command said as it prepared to fire the weapons. Suddenly however another two beasts emerged from either side of the Hylexan craft.
This ship belonged to a small platoon of Hylexans who were exploring the underground for any survivors. All four vessels however had been attacked by the Quilax’s pet monsters. Giant snake like creatures called the Lystergias. The Lystergias had originally been just simple underground beasts, but the Hylexans magical blasts on the planet had mutated them into growing larger and more powerful. Whilst the dark magics had destroyed most life on the planet, the Lystergias were able to survive because they were deep underground. The magics still affected the Lystergias in many ways however. It not only made them larger, but more violent as well.
The Quilax had been able to tame the Lystergia’s with their magics. Powerful though they were, they were just simple beasts and so their minds were easy to control.
The Hylexan crafts had still disposed of most of the monsters, but there had been so many Lystergia’s that the giants had been able to overwhelm and destroy all but one of the invaders crafts. The final three Lystergia’s cornered the last of the Hylexans craft from all sides.
“We are completely surrounded commander.”
The leader of the vessel in desperation ordered that the ships reserve of dark magics be emptied. The dark magics were stationed right at the centre of each Hylexan vessel. They were used to create torture bubbles. Anyone who was placed in the bubble would be forced to live out their worst fears and regrets over and over.
“Sir emptying the dark magics is dangerous. They could flood this entire area and we’d all be trapped.”
“I’m aware of the risk but I’d rather our own magics destroyed us than we end up as the victims of the Quilax’s pet.”
The others agreed. As terrified as they were of the dark magics, defeat at the hands of any Quilax was considered the most undignified death for the Hylexans.
The second in command released some of the dark magics which caused the ship to spiral out of control and be thrust straight into one of the Lystergians. The beast then sunk its magical teeth through the firey hull of the vessel, but the dark magic soon started to affect the three monsters. They all began to scream and hiss and even cower from the sight of the ship, which took on the form of whatever they had feared most in life.
The Hylexans flew passed the three tormented giants and once they were a safe distance they fired on them one at a time. None of the monsters retaliated when the other was destroyed, as the pain from the dark magics crippled them.
“That seems to be the last of them. To think after all their weapons and inventions, the Quilax main line of defense for their last city was nothing more than a few simple beasts.” The red Hylexan said.
“Their last city is just a few miles below. The Quilax scum thought they would be safe in this pit? Desperation can often breed stupidity.” The leader of the craft sneered as he prepared to lead his men to exterminate the last of their most hated enemies.
The four time travelers meanwhile continued to fight their way through the strange golden aliens. They all made sure that their blows were not lethal, as ironically they were here to help them. If only they could convince the aliens that they weren’t their enemies.
As more and more aliens started to emerge however the Circus folk were again forced to retreat. Denika flew, whilst Carlene and the Circus Master jumped over 80 feet through the air (with Carlene carrying Ashlei.) Above dozens of soldiers. When Carlene and the Circus Master landed however, the ground instantly opened, creating a massive pit that all three fell into. Before the Vampire and the Vandal could even try and leap out. The ground then sealed itself over again.
Denika flew towards the floor to try and open it with her magics, but whilst she was busy the aliens shot her. It was only the stun setting as they wanted to question her along with the others.
Carlene, Ashlei and The Circus Master all now encased up to their heads in the floor, were brought to face the soldiers, with the floor moving them along.
“Good now maybe we can talk properly.” The Circus Master said sarcastically. The aliens raised their guns in response, but within a few seconds an alarm started to ring throughout the city. All of the aliens who had remained completely calm throughout the Circus Master’s fight started to run and panic. Most of the soldiers started to scatter too.
“Please” The Circus Master said to the general.
“We are here to help you. In fact we might be your last hope.” The general didn’t listen however and in his anger set his weapon to kill.
“You did this”. He said. “I don’t know how, but you led those disgusting things to us. I’ll kill you all.” Suddenly however the general was hoisted over 40 feet through the air, whilst the floor englufing Carlene, Ashlei and the Circus Master vanished. The stun gun had only worked on Denika for a few seconds due to her magical constitution.
The few remaining soldiers gathered round the time travelers, aiming their guns.
“Look we really don’t have time for this. I swear we are here to help you.” The Circus Master said firmly. As a show of good faith Denika lowered the general back to the ground.
“Why should we trust you?” The general said.
“Well does it matter at this point? If we are we might be able to help you, if not, it won’t make a difference as the aliens will slaughter you anyway?” Carlene said.
“I suppose.” the general reluctantly agreed as did his men who began to lower their weapons. “I swear though if we die I’ll make you sure you do too.”
“Fair enough” the Circus Master said.
“What do you mean fair enough? That’s not fair? I don’t agree with that.” Ashlei said.
“You’re wasting time.” The general replied.
“Well I’m afraid that if we are going to help you we need to know what’s going on exactly.” The Circus Master said.
“You really don’t know?”
“No like I said earlier we’re just travelers. We know that there are hideous octopus monsters that want to kill you, but other than that?”
“Our people have been involved in a war for decades with an enemy more evil than you can imagine. We were more advanced than those savages. They were nothing but simple beasts until we found them and elevated their pitiful existence.”
“Why do they want to destroy you then?” The Circus Master replied.
“They want to wipe us out because just a few decades ago we were the monsters.” A young female alien civilian from the behind the time travelers said. “We once conquered this entire galaxy, including the planet of our enemies, The Hylexans. We exploited them. We butchered them.”
The general interrupted. “We brought order to this galaxy! We elevated their cultures more in 10 years than they would have in 100.” He shouted.
“Is that why they were all too happy to sit back and let the Hylexans slaughter us.”
“They were just scared. Scared to stand against those monsters and their unnatural powers.”
“I’m not interested in your politics. Please tell me about these Hylexans.” The Circus Master interrupted.
“The Hylexans were able to overcome our armies because they learned magic. Something we had always dismissed as a superstition. They’ve slaughtered all of our colonies and bombarded our planet with dark magics. The last of us fled underground. Just before the surface of our planet was destroyed we had only learned how to master the most basic magics that we used to build this city.” The female alien said.
“I wouldn’t call building a city basic.” Ashlei replied.
“This city is extremely unstable. We have to constantly maintain it with enchantments or it will fade away within an hour. Our plan was to use the city to fly to another world. Our planet is dead and we knew it wouldn’t be long before the Hylexans found us. We wanted to leave this entire galaxy.” The female alien said.
“It doesn’t matter now.” The general interrupted. “They’ve found us. Our race is doomed.”
“Not necessarily” Denika said.
“You might be amateurs, but not to toot my horn, I know a fair bit about magic. If you’ll just let me look at core of this city. I assume there is a core to draw all of the magics from your planet into the city?”
“Yes”. The female alien replied. “Sadly there aren’t enough magics left in this world to make it fly. The Hylexans blitzed the surface of our world, turning most of the magics of the planet into dark magic. The little that was left was used to create the city. We’ve tried to find a way to harness it to make the city fly, but well each time it just causes a part of the city to vanish.”
“I can’t promise anything but if I inject my magics into the core it just might be enough to get it to fly.”
“What about the Hylexans? They’ve breached our defenses. Even if it does take off now they’ll slaughter us all before we reach the sky.” The general responded.
“Don’t worry we’ll deal with them, you just help Denika get this city off the ground.” The Circus Master said confidently.
“We will? How?” Ashlei asked.
“I don’t know yet, but either we try and maybe win, or we just stand here and get fried.”
“Well when you put it like that.”
The Hylexan craft flew over the city whose buildings all changed in response to gigantic war fortresses with massive ray guns mounted on the roof tops.
All of the soldiers gathered in front of the fleeing civilians firing at the flaming ship. Neither the fortress’ nor the soldiers weapons were able to even dent the Hylexan’s ship. The Hylexans wanted to savor this moment. It wasn’t even just because of their hatred for the Quilax. All the Hylexans had known for the past several decades was hunting the Quilax. Now that they were almost at the end of their war, they wanted to make their final victory last as long as possible.
The Hylexans fired their magical blasts at the civilians first. They wanted to save the soldiers for last so they would see the full extent of their failures to save the people they had pledged to protect.
In the middle of the fleeing crowd, Carlene, The Circus Master and Ashlei stood almost completely helpless to stop the chaos ahead. Carlene reached through her beehive for a weapon, but the vehicle soon spotted the time travelers and began to focus its efforts on them.
To Be Continued