S2E9: A Tale of Two Brothers

The Diamond Dragon stands in front of the Vermeer Temple, mask in hand. Cypress looks on.

Drago: I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me for not telling you I was alive. It would have hindered our mission.

Cypress runs up and punches Drago in the face.

Cypress: WHAT THE HELL?!

Drago: Brother, please-

Cypress: NO! You leave me on my own for 10 years, and then you expect me to welcome you back in? Excuse me, but that seems like a ship that’s already sailed.

Drago: Brother, you must understand..

Cypress: Understand WHAT?! The fact that you’ve probably been working with that guy this entire time? Your “master,” as you call him? I’m gonna be honest here, I won’t go with you anywhere.

Suddenly, the temple doors slam shut.

Charles: You should. Because we are.

Perez: We were locked up in that place. The old abandoned orphanage? We were about to be tested on, about to possibly die. But someone saved us. That was you, wasn’t it?

Diamond Dragon: I am sorry. I have saved many, but I cannot recall them all.

Charles: Well, even if it wasn’t you, you clearly were involved with this guy. And that means that we’re tied together. We have a gratitude to pay for what you did. And that gratitude is to help you stop him.

Perez: So, are you gonna come along, Cypress?

Cypress: Guys, I don’t know. This is supposed to be my brother. Remember? The one who died in a boating accident? But now he’s here, and I have no idea what to think. I’ve read enough of the Ninja’s Scriptures to know that ghosts always come haunting, but..

Diamond Dragon: I am not a ghost, brother. But it is up to us to put other ghosts to rest.

Charles: So how are we going to do it?

The Diamond Dragon points to Sigma’s palace, off in the distance.

Diamond Dragon: We travel to the Palace. We take out the guards, and then we take their identities. And then, we strike.

Perez: But the other, much bigger army is planning to strike in about a week. What are we going to do then? They’ll kill us! Alyssa will kill us for not telling her!

Diamond Dragon: It will take merely three days, young one.

Cypress: If we do this, we have to do it right. We’ve all been outside the palace before. Think, what are some of it’s weak spots?

Charles: Well, there is that one loose board in the front.

Cypress: Then we strike there first. Let’s go.

The four swoop off into the trees.

By Blake

S2E8: One Man’s Mistake

The Army of The Spirit Realm stands outside of a decrepit temple.

Cypress: So Tiamat, you say you know this guy?

Tiamat: Yes, child. He is the all-seeing elder of the Other Realm. Before the treaty between our two realms was forged, he ruled over both realms with an iron fist. Now he is reduced to simply an elder, quite possibly the only one who can enlighten us with a way of defeating Sigma.

Alyssa: I.. see. Now, how about we actually go inside the temple?

Charles: I agree. We’re wanted criminals now, we can’t just go gallivanting into whatever trouble awaits us next.

Tiamat: Then let us enter, and be enlightened.

Inside the Temple of Vermeer, a withered old man sits cross-legged among smoking incense.

Elder: I sensed you would come, young ones. Sit amongst me, and let me tell you a tale.

The army takes their seats in a circle around the elder.

Elder: This is the story of one man’s mistake. One man’s mistake that, like it or not, would change the Three Realms forever.

Long ago, there were three realms. One, the Mortal World, was ruled by a race of humans.

The second, the Spirit Realm, was ruled over by a benign god, all seeing and all knowing.

And the third, the Other Realm, was ruled by.. well, me.

Sadly, not all of the realm’s residents were happy with the way things were run.

Two of the Realms were flooded with rebellion, each threatening to bleed into the others.

Until a man from the Mortal World began to experiment. Deadly experiments, with life altering consequences. He harvested the missing children from the Mortal World, and began attempting to create an army for the end times.

However, tampering with life turned out to not be as easy as he thought. His creatures became so grotesque and twisted, they began to attack the Mortal World. At first wind of this, the leaders of each realm signed a treaty.

The catch was, all experiments made by this man would be cast into the Other Realm. The Mortal authorities took him into custody.

But then, a demon rose to power. He overthrew me as leader of the Other Realm, and to this day continues to wreak havoc on the Mortal and Spirit Realms with these abominations. He is the first experiment. The oldest. Among the remaining members of the Treaty, we call him the Firstborn.

You know him as Sigma.

Cypress: Wow. So what happened to the man?

Elder: He was never found. Some say he went mad and continued his experimentation in full force.

The temple doors slam behind the group. Cypress runs out to try and stop the Diamond Dragon.

Cypress: Woah man, what’s going on?

Diamond Dragon: My master is still out there. I will not let him bring others down the same path as me. Whether you’re with me or against me, is not up to me. But I only pray you will help me in my quest..

The Dragon drops his mask, revealing a face all too familiar to Cypress.

Drago: ..brother.

By Blake