Chapter 2 – Chisoutsa: The Undead Emperor

The past few hours Chisoutsa and Lucas had been shacked up in the deserted building by the edge of Soclice after their encounter with the Emperor. Chisoutsa was practicing some sword work on a old clothing stand while Lucas was sitting at the desk tapping his fingers waiting for some word from Alan Richards.

“When was the last time you used a sword Chisoutsa. You seem to be more the gun user nowadays.” Lucas asked her.

“Been a while I suppose since the Vampire lands.” She answered.

Lucas heard a tap at the doors and Chisoutsa held her sword ready and marched over to the doors. She slowly turned the door knob with Lucas lifting from his seat.

“Alan? Frithdar?” Chisoutsa said surprised.

“Yes it’s us, we need to get out of here. There’s a massive army coming down, about one hundred chasing us for some reason. Did you do this?” Frithdar asked them.

Alan appeared in a grey coat which was different from his normal lab coat. He was carrying some papers with him as large noises were heard from the street. Frithdar’s hands were glowing with magic. He was ready to fight anyone.

“Just come with us.” He told the two.

“Why are you here for? Why couldn’t you just send the information we needed without coming here?” Lucas asked appearing at the door.

“No time to answer questions. What I found was not what I expected. Let’s go!” Alan shouted as a squad of guards holding large axes come crashing into the area.

Chisoutsa and Lucas busted out of the deserted building attacking the group of guards. Frithdar turned around and shot off bolts of lightning to protect himself and Alan. Chisoutsa body smashed herself into a pack of them slashed her sword into a body. Crowds of people watching the battle started running away from the Emperor’s army as chaos was breaking out. Lucas and Frithdar stood back to back firing off lightening and fireballs at the growing army.

“Alan, where can we go?” cried Chisoutsa.

“Over there, there’s a road but I’m afraid it leads back to the Emperor’s House!” he shouted back.

The group dashed off from the army as Lucas heard the voices in the air again.

“He’s dangerous you know! Can you hear me?” cried the voice in the air.

“Yeah I can,” cried Lucas in the crowd of fighting. One guard jumped on him and he struggled to throw him off.

“Goodness me you can hear me. There is something you should know…” cried the voice in the air.

“Who and what are you?” Lucas yelled fighting off the guard and returning to his feet. He run off towards the rest of his friends. Chisoutsa moved towards the Emperor’s court yard and saw Kalund and Stolin near the Emperor holding his staff. Kalund came to the Emperor’s side and begged him.

“This is madness, we have never had a civil war in over a century. What are you doing?”

The Emperor turned and skull bashed his head with the staff and he fell to the ground, “No one questions me!”

The circling army corned the group of friends where Chisoutsa turned to Alan Richards, “What did the information tell you. You must tell us!” she shouted.

“I checked his DNA, it’s not normal, it’s just not normal I tell you!” he answered back.

The voice in the air wa starting to break up in Lucas’s mind, “He’s doing it again. The pain in my soul, please don’t do this!” the voice shouted. Lucas fell to the ground as the voice in my mind was giving him an unbelievable headache, he eyed off the Emperor and his staff was glowing in red.

“What’s this?” he asked himself.

Frithdar came to ground to help Lucas as he fought off the army guards. He leaned down to Lucas’s ear, “What is wrong with you? What are you hearing?” he asked.

Lucas covered his head with his hands in pain as The Emperor made his way down the stairs of the Emperor’s House. The world started to spin around him and Chisoutsa turned back to see her brother. She turned up to see the Emperor and saw inside his soul, his eyes. Her eyes flashed red and a shock of energy rushed through her body and fell to the ground. Alan rushed to her aid and tried to get her back up.

“Many years I have been waiting for this moment,” The Emperor cried out.

Stolin helped up the injured Kalund and watched in horror as the army started to burn the houses around them and attack everyone in sight. Chisoutsa looked up to Alan and begged for the information, “Tell us now!”

“The DNA showed that the Emperor has been dead for twenty years! He’s not alive!” he answered pushing Chisoutsa up.

“He’s undead?” cried Lucas from ahead of them with Frithdar.

The Emperor moved closer to them with his staff, “I have bided my time for so long. The time has come now!” his whole body was now glowing filled of massive power.

“So what has happened to the real Emperor?” Chisoutsa asked.

“He must been killed many years ago and his body has been taken by someone or something,” Alan cried back.

Lucas received another message into his mind from the voice in the air,” He is not me, I am me. I am the true Emperor, gone from this world but only left in your mind!”

“My god the real Emperor is speaking to me…” he cried struggling to his feet next to Frithdar.

The Emperor raised his staff and he dropped to the ground. Chisoutsa and the others jumped back when a bolt of power appeared from the body and formed into a ghostly body. The guards have finally cornered Chisoutsa and the others and the Ghostly body moves towards them.

“Only a demon could see right through me and discover my secret. I have waited until the fall of Censilo and the Lust Vampire for my time to rule. My name is Wararth the Ghost Lord born in the early days of this world. Neither demon nor wizard will stand in my way,” spoke the figure.

Chisoutsa, Lucas, Frithdar and Alan were trapped by Wararth the Ghost Lord who had been hiding in the Emperor’s body for over twenty years. The staff rose up from the ground and stay in the air when the Ghost Lord turned to his right to view it. He was dressed in light blue ripped robe and silver boots when he addressed the crowd

“When I took the Emperor’s body I knew he had to wait for a while to reveal myself and regain my powers. But what I didn’t know was how long I would wait. The return of Censilo caught me by surprise and how damaging he was for The City of Demons and then you came Chisoutsa. Saving plenty of work for me and then you took care of the Vampire Lord too and that I thank you too on that part. Now that world was free of those two and that my power as been regained I now know I will return and win over you. You have learnt over time from your mentors but have you learnt enough from them? Have you remembered all your teachings? I doubt you have learnt everything and it hurts you still, your condition…,” spoke Wararth.

“My condition?” Chisoutsa asked.

“Your demon condition Chisoutsa, I can feel how hard it can be for you to control those feelings that you have. The desire to destroy and to kill others. You desire to taste that again. You are much like your creator Censilo, he would have been a good teacher… if he took his time like I have with myself,” Wararth said.

“I have a perfect control over my desires. You need to stop what you’re doing. Even the army guards of the Soclice Empire won’t follow you anymore.” Chisoutsa replied.

“It is too late, unlike those before me who have tried to defeat you, I have already taken over this land,” Wararth smiled. He shot a ray of light from the staff over the army guards and the entire of them turned into stone. Frithdar looked surprised at the ease of his powers and noticed the staff.

“That staff is really the Emperor’s. I believe after many years he has figured out how to use it. I doubt past leader knew and just used it for fashion thought its true power was just of myth and legend,” whispered Frithdar to Chisoutsa.

“Can’t Lucas wave his magic and we can all disappear?” Chisoutsa asked Frithdar.

“No, I sense the staff he uses is a blocker of certain spells. He’s thought this out and predicted we would try to counter him.”

Chisoutsa thought for a moment about them being trapped. She wasn’t a wizard but was quite creative with getting out of trouble or creating it.

“If we can’t disappear can we be turned into something else?”

Frithdar thought for a while and turned around to Chisoutsa, “I do have one spell we could use but don’t blame me for using it and try to get killed,” he answered her.

Wararth raised his staff towards Chisoutsa and the group when Frithdar clicked his fingers and the whole group disappeared from sight. Wararth eyes lit up surprised and looked around the area and smashed his staff on the ground.

“Where did they go!” he shouted.

Chisoutsa looked up towards a giant Wararth and turned to be freaked out by oversized flower next to her. She turned back to Frithdar and the others.

“You shrank us! We are little useless things!” she snapped unhappily.

“Will you just shut up for a moment and let’s get moving!” Frithdar said.

“Thank you, someone who thinks likes me,” Lucas answered receiving a dirty look from Chisoutsa.

The groups rushed through the tall flowers in the court yard as the massive looking Wararth stomped his silver boots around the area still confused over they had escaped. Kalund and Stolin were found in the distance shrunk to the same size of the others. Stolin waved them for them to come over to see them. Chisoutsa jumped over the high grass while Alan was struggling in the background getting hit by the flowers and roses.

“If we go down that path and down that street we will be able to get away from Wararth. Now he’s turned the whole army to stone he won’t be able to find so quickly. “ Stolin said to the group.

“We’ll do it. We have to keep moving and figure out what to do with Wararth,” Chisoutsa answered. The group moved on from the court yard and made their way towards the street way. From all the way down there the world looked very large to them all. Frithdar walked next to Lucas and asked him about the voice in the air.

“You said before that the voice you were hearing could be the real Emperor?” he asked.

“Well I think it is but I’m not sure, is this normal to hear voices in your head?” Lucas replied

“Some wizards tend to hear voices from the other side. Most likely the real Emperor is a ghost now. I have heard some stories from Hew our friendly ghost in the Soul Mountains that sometimes a barring spell can be placed on ghosts where they have great challenges in contacting humans or anyone else. Wararth would have done this to prevent his secret from controlling the Emperor’s body from coming out. There is a breaking spell that I know of that can help and I’m sure that the Emperor could help a lot. It could even solve the problem of Wararth,” Frithdar explained.

Chisoutsa jogged up to Frithdar as Alan still looked lost and confused. Possibly unhappy about him being even smaller than he normally is, “How can the Emperor save us? I mean he’s dead isn’t he?”

Frithdar stopped in his tracks and turned to Chisoutsa, “I know this is a hard area and also for your father but have you ever tried exploring your demons powers?”

Chisoutsa went silence for a moment thinking of her father and his worries about her being half a demon, “No I haven’t, what does this have to do with the Emperor or Wararth?”

“The staff of Soclice that is currently used by Wararth is only working because the true owner has died and he was first to hold the item after his death. His soul was stolen. Part of your many unused powers as a demon is soul stealing. You could transfer his soul as a ghost back into his body and thus Wararth’s use of power of the staff will disappear. The downside is that you will need to give in to your demon desires and this might be dangerous for you.” Frithdar explained.

Lucas had a concerned face when Chisoutsa felt nervous about the idea of giving in to her demon desires, “I don’t know if I can do this or not. There must be some other way to defeat Wararth.”

“Mine and Lucas’s wizardly powers are not great enough to handle Wararth in his current form. There is not Wizard Lord to help us out and you’re the only powerful enough demon to actually perform this apart from Censilo if he was still alive. We could wait and maybe steal the staff but Wararth based on history books and what Hew has mentioned in his tales is that this is a figure that is smart, cunning, and knows when to pick his moments to fight. He’s the right balance that Censilo and the Vampire Convoitise weren’t. To save Soclice and even The City of Demons this is the pathway to win.” Frithdar said.

“Look, maybe there’s some way I can train to be stronger or to defeat him myself,” Lucas said stepping into the discussion.

Chisoutsa placed her hand on Lucas’s shoulder, “I have to do this. No one really wants this to happen but I must explore my demon desires, what half of my soul is truly about. Frithdar what do I need to do?” she asked sounding almost defeated herself.

Frithdar paused for a moment knowing what possibly dangerous things could happen if she chooses the path down this road. Not everyone would be happy with this idea.

Chapter 6: The Demon inside her

The group of Chisoutsa and friends had travelled for a while until Frithdar stopped them at the entrance of a church. Frithdar turned to face the party and clicked his fingers and one by one the groups started to return to their normal sizes. Alan Richards seemed to be the most joyful to return to his normal state.

“You know when I agreed to come here I didn’t expect this to be happening!” complained Alan.

“How many times have you tagged along with Chisoutsa and how many times is there some danger?” Frithdar asked Alan.

“Pretty much every time.”

“That’s right. Danger seems to follow this girl for some reason,” Frithdar answered back.

Inside the church there was table set at the middle with angel statues in each corner of the room the same as it was outside. Frithdar instructed Chisoutsa to move to the table and he moved to the side of the table.

“To be able to perform the soul stealing or in this task we have we should call soul returning. You must unleash the demon inside you. Let out the dark thoughts that you have tried to cover for the past few years. It might sound strange but you will understand when you it starts,” Frithdar said.

Chisoutsa moved to the table and lye on the table, “For your protect and maybe some help. These chains will be tied to you, to control your inner thoughts.” Frithdar added while the chains were wrapped over Chisoutsa’s body and under the table.

Lucas and Alan were outside of the church by themselves when Alan’s phone starting to buzz. Stolin and Kalund sat on the stairs quiet and tired of the adventures they have had to go through.  He paced around the church front door and stairs and picked up his phone.

“Hello there, Mr. Umezu is that you?”

“Yeah it’s me. I’m here with Charles, the Professor, and Allegheri at the Government Square. We’re been hearing reports of Wararth breaking loose in Soclice. What’s going on with you guys down the end.”

“Umm I’m not too sure how to say this but we’re at a church and Frithdar is working to bring out Chisoutsa’s demon soul.”

“How the fuck does that work? Isn’t that some major no no in this world to do. Listen just make sure you guys come back in one piece. Whatever you are planning make sure you tie up the loose ends when it’s over,” Mr Umezu told Alan.

“Already old boss. I’ll see you soon.” Alan replied hanging up.

Mr. Umezu turned to the group at the Government Square, “They are bringing out old Chisoutsa demon inside and I think they are going the whole way with this.”

Professor Walken slammed his cane on Charles’s desk in anger over the news, “Why are they doing this. I have spent years to help Chisoutsa control the demons and now they are on the other side of the world doing this? What madness has Frithdar become to do this? I can’t allow this to happen!”

Allegheri was found leaning by the side wall in the room thinking to himself about his old friend’s decision while Charles tried to calm the Professor down.

“They must have a very good reason why this action was taken. Maybe they need something from Chisoutsa’s demon side?”

“There are no excuses for this. There is always another way to deal with challenges. Not just throw away the work I have put in her.

“I know why they are doing it and it is the only way,” Allegheri answered from the background.

Professor Walken turned around and questioned the old vampire, “And why is that Allegheri?’

“Wararth took the Emperor’s soul away and the staff that I believe is connected to the Emperor. If they transfer the soul back to the Emperor than Wararth loses his main power and becomes weaker. By doing so it allows the three of them to defeat him and possibly trap him in some spell. Chisoutsa will have to explore her other side to do so. She has only shown half of what she can really do.” He explained to everyone.

“If this is true then what happened to the Chisoutsa we all know?”

“She may change yes but she has been trained well and understands the balance of her goodness and her darkness. Faith is key in this matter.” Allegheri answer with the Professor slumping down in a seat unable to think of what will happen to his daughter.

Frithdar stood at the front doors and looked at Chisoutsa before leaving, “We are going to find the voice in the air. Once we find him we will be able to return to the Emperor’s House and where the body is kept inside the house itself. Stolin said it behind the throne. Meet us there when you have finished the changing.” He said.

He closed the doors and Chisoutsa looked to the roof tied by the chains of old. She closed her eyes and images started to appear of when she was created. Chained to the side wall of the Hyper Camp, the light reflected from Censilo the demon lord and her creator’s glasses to him looking up at her with pride in his greatest creation. Dark smoke rose from the cracks of the tiles that carpeted the church and the angel statues started to weep upon seeing the changes. Her eye turned red with thoughts of the hate towards her creator and the damages he had caused. An image appeared of him battling her in the Centrax building, when she discovered who met parents really were.

Her body skin turned light red and muscles bulked up with veins running full of blood.  The chains tied to her broke in pieces and the dark red smoke shot from the cracks of the ground. She moved off the table in the church and her figure walked in the shadow of the master. Her form has changed into a muscular body and her clothes were ripped from the large size change. She moved outside out of the church in a haze of thoughts. The anger, the controlling of her demon feeling has finally been unleashed. She moved herself down the streets away from the church as she noticed the beach houses were nearby after the walking and escaping her friends and herself had done from Wararth. She spotted a male at one of the bench houses and moved quickly towards him. The young male saw her as he was lying on a beach bed outside of the house.

“Hey there, what’s up you look pretty odd but nice,” the male responded to Chisoutsa’s light redden skin look.

Her mind was fixed on a feed, something to control her new power. She had never felt like this before and was losing control fast. She slipped off her jeans down to the ground and came up to the front deck over him.

“Are you looking to play?” he asked her. Chisoutsa pushed him against the wall. She grabbed his throat and bashed him against the wall a number of times until he fell to the ground. She looked at the lifeless body.

“Yes, yes, it feels like forever since I have done this. I have finally fulfilled what I was truly meant to be,” she said to herself.

The devil inside her had been awoken.

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