Denika, Ashlei and Keptis along with several of the slaves ran down a nearby tunnel before the magical energy could engulf them too. The Vampires meanwhile were not so lucky as Denika using what little energy she had after recharging hurled the bloodsuckers back as they tried to flee as well. One of the Vampires was able to dodge her attack, but Keptis knocked it back into the magical blast with a kick to the chest.
“What the hell was that”. Ashlei asked after they had finally managed to get clear.
“Concentrated magic. I’m guessing for the robots up ahead to power them.”
“From the looks of things” Denika continued. “They tunneled down to this area first to build their power core, and then mined the rest up above that they didn’t get to before hand for more metal to build their robots.”
“If you’ve destroyed their power core, does that mean you’ve shut them all down? We’ve won then?” Ashlei asked.
“I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as that.” Denika said with regret.
Up above all of the power to the city had been temporarily halted. The robot who had saved Carlene and The Circus Master was still powered as he didn’t draw on the Demons magic, (fearing it would corrupt him.) Instead he was powered by a special battery at his core.
“Incredible. The power source has been shattered.” The Robot said.
“What does that mean?” Carlene asked.
“It means there might be hope for your friends after all Alien. Perhaps one of the slaves made their way down there to the core. I can’t imagine how, but I also can’t imagine that the Demon’s power just short circuited by itself.”
“Well that’s good isn’t it?” Carlene asked.
“No, not only will they repair it in no time, but now without bodies they.”
Before the Robot could even finish, a Demonic spirit rose from a Robot at the end of the corridor.
It was brown in colour, covered in long thin spikes, had clawed hands, a single yellow, veiny eye, and bat like ears, as well as a large mouth filled with long curved teeth.
The creatures arms stretched out across the corridor and grabbed Carlene. It was spikey to the touch, and burned her arms as it gripped them. The Vampire tried to reach into her beehive for a weapon, but the Demon put it’s arm through her chest and brought Carlene to her knees. The Demon’s strength was nowhere near as great as it had been in it’s robot body, but it still dwarfed Carlene’s.
The alien slave who had escaped with Carlene tried to attack the Demonic spirit, but his arms just phased through it.
Fortunately however the Circus Master was able to hurt the monster with one scratch. His kind, the Vandals fed on souls. Whilst only the souls of natural creatures nourished them, their claws were still more than capable of slicing through and absorbing the souls of any creature.
The Demon fell to the ground from the Circus Masters wound, shocked that anything could actually hurt it in this form. The Circus Master then held his hand out and sucked the Demon’s soul into his body through his claws.
“God that Demon tasted rank”. The Circus Master said.
“How did you do that?” The Robot asked.
“Oh my kind we, eh, we eat souls. If a souls in a body we have to rip into it, but when they’re out and about like that, I can just scoop them up. Don’t worry I don’t eat souls anymore. I get by on a kind of magical energy. It comes from the future in a time where.”
He could see the Robot wasn’t interested.
“Never mind, the point is I can eat souls if I want to. Normally I don’t.”
“This is fantastic.” The Robot said.
“Okay that’s an odd reaction to finding out you’re with a soul eating Demon?”
“Don’t you see” The Robot said. The Circus Master almost felt he could hear a hint of frustration in the robot’s monotone voice.
“Now that the Demons are just spirits, with your power, we can actually fight our way through their base. There is an enchantment I know that can harm them in their Demon form, but it can take to long to take effect and can only destroy one of the Demons at a time. This way is more efficient.”
“To the control room?” Carlene asked?
“No. I had hoped to try and download the enchantment to banish the Demons onto the mainframe of their computer, but I would have to put it on a disc and they would be able to sense that. I’d never get near the mainframe. Even now the bulk of their army will be guarding it. Too many even for your friend to devour I’d wager.”
“Correct if I eat too many of those things, they’ll start to affect me.”
“We need to get to one of their spaceships instead.”
“Spaceship?” The Alien slave who had escaped with Carlene said.
“Yes. The Robots or Demons have been building their own war vessels, or should I say modifying your old ships. Once they’ve built enough war machines they’ll use them to attack and conquer other races. We however can use one of them to escape to another world and bring help.”
“If the power has been shut down, how can we pilot it.”
“I can sacrifice my power into the ships engine. I’ll permanently shut down, but that’s a necessary sacrifice.”
“Isn’t there anything else we can do?” Carlene protested
“I’m afraid not, the sacrifice must be made. You may all have to make similar sacrifices in the war against these creatures.”
Just then they were interrupted by the sounds of more Demons screaming. A small platoon of three Demons emerged from the nearby wall, but the Circus Master was able to absorb two of the Demons, whilst the third just as it was almost pulled in managed to strike the Vandal with it’s last ounce of strength and knock the Circus Master down.
Carlene then attempted to restrain the monster, but it swiftly overpowered her and started to attack the Robot.
“I always thought there was something off about you. What did you do to our power.” The Demon asked the robot.
Fortunately before it could harm the Robot, the Circus Master jumped up and with one swipe of his claws, sliced the Demon’s head clean off. After its head fell to the floor, the Demon evaporated into a puff of smoke.
“You see Carlene this is why everybody prefers Vandals to Vampires” The Circus Master said smugly.
“Right, that why there are all those films, tv series and books about Vandals then love? You’ve been terrorizing humanity as long as us, yet no one’s ever thought you guys had any star quality.”
“Okay, okay” The Circus Master said wanting to get off the topic.
“Let’s get to this rocket, I don’t want to have to eat any more Demons than I have too.”
Florence wasn’t sure what had happened. She and the remaining slaves had managed to flee, whilst the Strange Boy, in his fury had torn several more of the Robots apart.
She had been waiting for the right moment to strike. She wasn’t scared for her own safety, but for the slaves who would have no chance without her. She so wanted to jump in and help the Strange Boy as the Robots were beginning to overwhelm him, but she knew there was nothing she could do except to give away the Slaves. The Jiang Shi probably wouldn’t accept her help anyway.
Suddenly however the robots collapsed in a heap above the child Vampire.
Florence waited a few minutes to see if anything would happen, but when the Strange Boy crawled out from under the robots she could see it wasn’t just a trick.
“Come on” she said to the slaves as she crept slowly away from the Strange Boy, not taking any chances with her former travelling companion just yet.
Florence and the slaves made it over a nearby hill where they saw on the other end, another gigantic mine. The bodies of the Robots were scattered all over the edge of the mine, whilst inside most of the slaves were still working. A few had gathered around some of the fallen Robots, but they were too scared to even touch them.
As Florence headed to the mine to convince the slaves to follow her, she was stopped in her tracks by the sight of hundreds of Demonic spirits emerging from the Robot bodies. The Creatures started attacking the slaves who had not continued to work.
Florence instantly ordered the slaves back the way, but as soon as they turned around they were met with a fleet of Demon souls descending on them.
Four Demons were holding The Strange Boy by both his legs and his arms. It looked an almost comical sight as these 4 large Demonic spirits were all carefully carrying this tiny boy, clearly terrified of him.
The rest of the Demons meanwhile started to attack Florence’s slaves. Two were killed, which broke Florence’s spell over the rest of them. She tried to sing again, but a Demon pounced on her and pinned the Siren to the ground.
As the Demon slashed at the helpless Vampire, Florence could see up ahead the Demons were flying the Strange Boy into the mine.
“Why would they do that? Bringing a Vampire into a mine didn’t work out well for them before.” She thought as she tried to fight off the Demon.
Carlene, The Circus Master, the alien and the Robot meanwhile had managed to make their way through the Demons base. The Demons at this stage had not been prepared for an enemy that could actually hurt them like the Circus Master. Most of the Demons as soon as they spotted him ran at the Vandal, and didn’t even try to dodge his attacks, allowing him to slice his way through the monsters easily. Carlene had also found a weapon in her beehive that could hurt the Demons. Anything made of iron or copper could slice through the Demons spirit (these were common weaknesses of many Demonic spirits.)
The spaceships were kept in a gigantic hangar, though there was only ten or so ships, the hangar was only so massive because the ships were.
“When I last worked in this area, only one of these things was ready to take off into space. Even then with all the work we’d done on it, it was still unstable. There’s a good chance it might not work.”
“I think any chance up there is better than down here with those things.” The Circus Master said.
The Robot led them to the gigantic blue rocket at the very end of the hangar. By diffusing power from himself into a panel around the ships door, the Robot was able to make the doors open.
Once inside the Robot then continued to deposit the energy from his battery into the ships engine, causing it to start up.
With seemingly his last ounce of strength, the Robot then set the ship on a course for the nearest planet. Just as the ship took off however it suddenly stopped in it’s tracks.
Dozens of the Demons who had witnessed the Circus Master slaughtering their comrades had still followed the strange alien. Now that he was vulnerable in the vessel the beasts seized their chance and not only held it back, but started to tamper with its back engine to cause it to explode.
The Robot however poured more of it’s energy into the engine which gave the ship a strong enough boost to break free from the Demon’s grasp and fly across the hangar, smashing through the wall at the other end, and out into the open.
Once outside and in the sky of the planet however, the ship started to hurl out of control.
The Circus Master and Carlene had no idea how to pilot the ship. When the Circus Master tried pressing some of the buttons, he simply knocked himself, Carlene and the former alien slave off of their feet.
Carlene tried to rouse the Robot, but it wasn’t responsive.
On the lower levels of the Demon’s base meanwhile, Denika, Keptis, Ashlei and the remaining slaves had reached what looked like a gigantic assembly line of Robots. All along the line were Demons hovering over the robot bodies, growling furiously at them.
Fortunately they didn’t notice the escaped prisoners, who treaded carefully so as not to alert the monsters.
Once they reached the end of the assembly line, Denika, Ashlei and the others could see a gigantic portal which more and more Demons kept emerging from.
“We need to move back slowly” Denika said, but almost as soon as she had finished one of the Demons emerging from firey pit noticed them. Within seconds the time travelers and the former slaves were surrounded by hundreds of fiends from hell.
To Be Continued