Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Legend of Thanatos Tower and The Endless Tower Part 2 [Ragnarok Online Fan-fiction]

Three years after the discovery of the Thanatos Memoirs, another similar Memoir was found by an adventurer inside a huge tower sitting on a tiny island due east of Alberta. The adventurer could not explain how he came to be in possession of the documents however, as he seemed to have lost his memory. The manuscript, on the other hand, can tell us this much:

After losing his friend to the darkness, Sieger sought a way to end the cause of his misery, which was Krothen. He trained for 20 years in isolation after that, getting stronger and stronger and gaining mastery of his twin blades  Alvhan of the Sealing and Elkhan of the Banished.

Each day during those years only hatred and despair consumed Sieger and drove him forward. He was so bent on vengeance that his blades reacted to him.

Corrupted by his Hatred, Elkhan of the Banished burned red, and manifested an aura so sinister it appeared to burn Sieger's body with an unholy flame when he weilded it.

Tainted by his Despair, Alvhan burned blue with the chill of misery, entwining Sieger's body in a cold embrace that manifested in a chilly fire that froze the very air around him.

At that moment, Sieger knew what had happened to him. It was the very thing that Thanatos described having happened to him during his fight with Morroc. His emotions were fueling magic, and consuming him. Having no inherent magical ability however, Sieger could not resist its corruption, and had to constantly hold on to his blades and use their magic to preserve his sanity.

Thus began Sieger's crusade against Krothen. Having mastered his Rage and Despair and embraced it, Sieger named himself 'Naght Sieger', the Conqueror of the Darkness. He journeyed to the Tower east of Alberta, where he knew Krothen to be hiding. He still held on to Krothen's spine, and it knew its body was near.

The inside of the tower had become a fortress in those 20 years. Krothen, unable to move, unable to relocate his mangled body, was forced to fortify his existence with demon summoning. The tower was filled with these, and all imaginable evil gathered there under Krothen's command.

Sieger strode forward nonetheless, slaying demons thoughtlessly and rising up the tower until he almost scraped the sky. It was not until he was high up in the tower that he realized all the demons he had slain were collecting inside his enchanted blades. It was too late, and the demons' souls had begun fusing with his.

He could barely retain his sanity even as he came to confront Krothen, repressing the demonic influence with sheer force of will.

Their battle did not last too long. Sieger, amplified by the demonic souls and his own power, merely banished all of Krothen's magic with Elkhan, and struck him down with Alvhan to seal his soul. Krothen's soul then fused with Sieger's, leaving the immortal husk of bones behind.

No further accounts were written after that...and it would be unwise for the travelers to see firsthand what had become of Krothen, Sieger, and Thanatos; considering the rather formidable peril each of their tombs hold.

It is also unclear how exactly that one traveler had managed to go so high in the tower to get the memoir, for it had been written and signed by Sieger himself in his last moments

It would have been a greater mystery, and it is, since that same traveler vanished himself after delivering the documents.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Legend of Thanatos Tower and The Endless Tower Part 1 [Ragnarok Online Fanfiction]

Thanatos Tower!
The Mage-Knight Thanatos battled the demon Morroc for ten days and ten nights in the southern provinces of Midgard. The destruction left in their wake desolated the area and turned it into what is presently called the Sograt Desert. After this climactic battle, he sealed Morroc in an underground cavern and placed a seal on him so that he would never rise again. Reinforcing this seal was a castle built upon his tomb, enchanted within its walls, ancient spells and powerful wards that kept the powerful demon restrained. Thanatos disappeared thereafter, never to be seen again.

In time settlers returned to the area and built a new settlement around the castle, and they named their town after the Demon sealed there and was henceforth named the desert town of Morroc. As for the Mage-Knight Thanatos, no man knew what befell him.

Until now.

Several journals found inside a mysterious tower in the Central Continent provided new light as to what happened to one of Midgard's most powerful heroes.

Following the sealing of Morroc, Thanatos fled his homeland, haunted by the memories of his failure to save his family and friends. He headed east, through the jungle, in search of solace and isolation. There he was found by a young Knight by the name of Sieger, a loyal vassal of Payon's emperor and General of the Payon Military.

Young Sieger pulled him out of his isolation and brought him back the joy of friendship. Thanatos became good friends with Sieger and a man named Krothen, the Emperor's closest adviser. He decided to put down his sword forever and settled down for a while.

It was during the third year of his stay at Payon that a grave thing happened. The emperor fell ill, and seeing an opportunity, the ambitious Krothen tried to take advantage of this and staged a coup. He failed, however, but not before killing the emperor. Sieger, grieved by the betrayal of his friend, and the death of the man he considered his second father, rode out in a rage and tracked down the traitor to a strange tower deep in the central continent. Thanatos rode after him, but he was no tracker, and found the tower one day later than Sieger.

It was a tower shrouded in red mist and had the stench of demons about it, but Thanatos knew his friend was
in danger, and remembering his past, swore to do everything he could to save Sieger. He climbed up the tower in haste, battling demons and corrupted angels along the way. He was on the door of the final floor when he felt something inside him break.

Upon opening the final door, Thanatos stood at the top of the tower, and his eyes met a sight most grim. His friend Sieger, with a claw through his chest, was dying in front of his eyes; mauled by a friend who had mutated himself into a demon in his greed for power. Krothen had killed Sieger.

Thanatos snapped at that moment, and he did something that would damn him for all eternity. Using his magic in an unconscious burst of rage, he summoned the most powerful demon he could and elicited the power of Muspelheim's ruler, the Demon Lord Surtr. He revived Sieger first, knowing that Surtr's burning essence would flow into him until he was overwhelmed with an unstoppable rage.

He was sucessful in healing Sieger, however the rage overwhelmed him soon after and Thanatos rampaged and tore apart Krothen in his fury. Krothen had become immortal however, and could not die however much he was obliterated. Krothen saw he was outmatched and used his will to teleport his remains away from the rampaging Thanatos. Thanatos grabbed his spine before he got away however, and robbed the dismembered Krothen of his mobility, magical or otherwise, forever.

Lacking a visible target, Thanatos turned to Sieger who had regained consciousness. He raised his sword to strike, but could not. For a moment he regained control of his rage, and in a last act of sanity, asked his friend to kill him with Krothen's spine, which was the only thing that could harm him in his state.

Sieger picked up Krothen's bony spine, and its magic reacted to him and formed a large, jet-black, broadsword made of bone. Tears in his eyes, he slashed through his friend's body. The magic of Krothen's spine split apart Thanatos' remaining vestiges of self.

His Despair, which broke him down to nothing
His Misery, which tore him apart piece by piece
His Agony, which ate at his last vestiges of sanity
His Hatred, which consumed his reason

These vestiges of Thanatos formed into avatars of power, roaming the tower relentlessly, preventing anyone from reaching the top. Thanatos' memory itself tore from his body and formed a living spirit of power, retaining all his skills and abilities including that of Surtr's.

However, without his negative emotions to feed upon, Surtr's violence was restrained, and Sieger was able to seal Thanatos' memory at the top of the tower, protected from his other avatars by the magic of the tower itself.

As for Thanatos' body, Sieger took it with him down the tower and buried it somewhere hidden. The journal found inside Thanatos Tower gave no mention of his final resting place, and it remains a mystery even today.

As for Sieger, he was never found again after that, and the journal tells no more.

To Be Continued...