(Again, we shall revel in my teenage originality. Everyone groan in unison.)
Disclaimer: Immortal Wars was the book I came up with and wrote in high school. I hadn’t even hit college by the time I wrote the first two books. That means I hadn’t developed my style yet, wasn’t good at self-editing, and the story was fairly basic. So, you’ve been warned that this is the ultimate author throwback segment for my blog and will show my author origins. FYI- I put the first book (The Summoning) through a Print-on-Demand publisher and the second one (Light, Blood, & Tears) never saw the light of day. Enjoy!
“I already told you that you have no reason to know any of this!” exclaims Solix from the chair at the head of the table in the Main Hall. Fate is standing on the other side of the table and is managing to remain calm.
“The way I see it is that you need me to stay. So, I want to know exactly what is going on or else I will leave you to face your enemies alone. I want answers, Solix. And I will even tear this base apart or go to the evil immortals to get my answers. I might have to beat the hell out of them, but if I have to I will. Anything is better than dealing with someone like you. Do you understand what I’m saying here? Either you tell me what I want to know or I go off on my own and probably cause more trouble for you,” threatens Fate.
“I think you should tell him, Solix. I have taken away your programs that block me from telling him the information,” replies SEAS from his containment crystal. Solix stares with his mouth open at the subordinate behavior of the computer and then slumps in the chair. His face has a look of defeat on it.
“Very well. I will tell you what you want to know. First of all, the very villains that you are going to fight killed the original guardians. The many points in this story are very short because the details would take months that we don’t have. The original guardians found them on Earth during the time of the Roman Empire. We took them in and taught them how to fight. My personal student, Adriana, took over and led them against us. I managed to escape with the Solstar medallion, but they chased me. Many of the races of this universe were destroyed in the pursuit. I finally used the ultimate power of the medallion to send them to another galaxy. And they have finally returned,” explains Solix.
“How could an immortal get killed? That goes against what everyone thinks immortality is supposed to mean,” mentions Fate. He sits cross-legged on the wooden table and calmly stares at the older warrior.
“That question delves into the creation of the original guardians. We are genetic creations made by an alien race known as the Glebnoks. They desired galactic peace and created us to help defend all of the nine planets. An asteroid was the location of the lab and it was abandoned right after all ten of us were created. Eventually, the lab disintegrated into Earth’s atmosphere and caused it to be the only planet in the solar system that can have natural immortals. It is a rare and random effect.”
“You didn’t answer my question. How can an immortal die? I knew you were old, but your short-term memory can’t be that bad.” Fate stands up and opens up a secret compartment in the table. He hits a button and a chalice of water appears on the table. Solix walks over to the hit another button and a mug of ale appears for him.
“The answer to your question is connected more with our physiology. The reason that we are immortal is because our bodies give off a specific hormone. They are related to pheromones, but they create a field that keeps us alive forever. But the hormones negate each other when two immortals engage in to the death combat. Our regenerative powers still make it difficult to get us killed, but we are simply normal creatures when fighting other immortals. Not many creatures besides immortals can destroy us. In fact, the only creatures have been dead for centuries. Does that answer your question?” Solix takes a long drink from his mug and wipes the foam off of his face with the back of his hands.
“So we can only be killed in combat with another immortal. Why did the Glebnoks put that into your design? The birthright powers are obviously random and from what I can gather, they appear to suit the personality of the immortal. I take chances so I have good luck. Infinity is protective of those he cares about so he gets telekinesis. But why create superior beings to live forever and give them the kind of flaw you just told me about?” asks Fate.
Solix shrugs before saying, “In case one of us decided to turn on the others. We were able to keep each other in check and all of us thought that all immortals were genetically good-natured. Every creation needs something that could prevent it from going out of control and destroying everything. Creating a race of powerful, immortal warriors is no exception to that rule. This flaw is why we didn’t consider that our new friends would inevitably turn on us and steal our weapons. The combination of our immortal energy with the free will of humanity caused immortals to have a choice between good and evil.”
“Now, here’s the big question. Why are my friends and I so important to you that you would lie and trick us into working with you?” Solix sits back down in one of the wooden chairs and starts to scratch his chin.
“Because you are the only guardians left. The other five were destroyed before we could discover them. I need all of the planet guardians that SEAS can find and you are the only four left. Thankfully your powers were already active and it kept all of you together. That was how we were able to find all of you. SEAS found a high energy level and discovered the four immortal energies on Earth. It was due to luck that you four are still alive and are able to learn about your role in the universe. Do you understand why I lied to you? I did not want to scare you off by telling you the truth until you had started to adapt to your surroundings,” explains Solix.
“So, you wait for us to get comfortable and calm. Then you yank up the curtain and show us the truth. If you had gone through with that, I still would have tried to leave. The others are too obsessed with the thought of being heroes and being important. I’m used to being unimportant, so it doesn’t make any difference to me whether I stay or go. I do whatever the hell I want.”
“Then we are both in the wrong.”
“How so? You are wrong for lying to us, but I didn’t do anything wrong. Disobeying your orders was done because we would have been fighting blind if I had just followed you to the battle. I’m not wrong.”
“Yes you are. The fact that you don’t care about the effect your actions have on other people is just as bad as what I do. The interesting thing is that you are not what you pretend to be, Fate. In the practice sessions you are a hero and doing whatever it takes to keep the others safe and succeed in the objectives. Your actions as a planet guardian will have an effect on everything. Now I want the four of you to continue practicing. All of you have a lot of work to do before I actually put you in the field.” Solix goes over to shake Fate’s hand and lead him out the door. Fate stares at the floor as they walk across the Main Hall.
“First of all, I’ll make sure we don’t trust you as much as we did. If you lied once there’s no telling if you’re lying again. But before you said four guardians. I saw something in the computer that said there was a fifth guardian somewhere. The Jupiter stone of your necklace is active. That could only happen if that guardian was alive in this universe. Where are you hiding that one?” asks Fate before they walk out the door. The question causes Solix to stop in his tracks and go pale.
“I do not know about a fifth guardian. We saw the Jupiter energy appear briefly, but it disappeared quickly. We assumed that he or she was killed by one of the evil immortals. With the exception of you four, there should not be any other planet guardians in existence. I will have SEAS take a look into this and hopefully we can get another ally. Of course, this will happen after your first battle. So don’t get your hopes up. I will talk to you tomorrow about tonight’s practice session. Goodnight, Fate.” Solix quickly disappears in the usual flash of teleportation light and leaves Fate to wander around by himself.