Haphis rappelled down into the trench. His Thyla had been scorched by one of the ugly bastard dragons, so he had to do it on foot.
He grabbed a lighting egg and signaled to Commander Reiken. He pulled Haphis up, just as Wyverns completely destroyed the spot Haphis had been two seconds ago.
“We have to get out. NOW!” Haphis commanded. They hopped out of the trench to see three Wyverns in front of them. They turned to run, but then they saw what was behind them.
Four Thylas and two Kapros.
“Haven’t seen you in a while...” Haphis grumbled.
“Well, we’re seeing you now.” Kai snarled at him. “And you’ve changed since the last time you attempted to kill us.”
Haphis looked back at the black spikes and the corruption that was taking over his whole body. He stood up.
“What do you want from me?”
“We want you to not be a problem for us. Whether that means that you’re dead, or just imprisoned, that’s what we want.”
“We also want to get off this ark.” Jenny noted.
“I can help you with that.” Haphis said. “I have the artifacts. It is time to ascend again.”
The desert was hot and forbidding. Kai could no longer move. His Thyla moved for him.
Any water they found was too dangerous or dirty to drink. Many more cannibals like the man from before wandered out and tried to kill them. What the desert could do to a person was unforgettable.
“I see haphis’s base!” Cutter shrieked. He crawled through the sand until he came to a rock. It was a mirage.
“Cutter, get up.” Nox begged.
“Just let me die here, Nox...” he sighed. He fell asleep, and Nox began dragging him along.
“Forget about those stupid meddling people.” Haphis said to himself. “You’ll defeat the guardian and you’ll ascend.” He was walking alone in the dunes, off to the sunken city. The coliseum. The statue of the guardian. No, the statue of the Manticore.
Ten human skeletons were spread out across the coliseum. Haphis had seen more and more human bones the longer he stayed in the desert. Something big was going on. Something big was coming.
“I don’t care what’s happening.” Said Haphis.
“Fool!” He said back to himself. “We must prepare- AAAAUGH!!!” The warlord let out a corrupted cry of pain. The corruption on his body spread slightly. Huge black spikes grew on the parts of his back where the corruption was.
Haphis finally understood.
The beast that was coming was him.
“Should we trust him?” Nox whispered to Cutter.
“No.” Cutter said. “We shouldn’t. I will kill him if anything goes wrong.”
Haphis entered the room.
“I need an army.” He growled.
“Do it yourself.”
Haphis held up a sword. He pointed it at Slav. He raised the sword.
“I can’t believe we’re taming Rexes for a madman.” Slav muttered. He rubbed the stump that was once his left arm.
“Shut it.” Haphis said. “Or your right arm will be gone as well.”
“There’s the obelisk.” Kai said. “Are we ready?”
The same old flash of light as they entered the boss arena. A giant Manticore flying down to meet them. The guardian of the desert was going to be a challenge. The next ark was going to be a challenge. What would the future hold-
Nox opened his eyes. He saw lots of weird mushroom trees. A glowing raptor. A hairless direwolf like animal. He closed his eyes.
Opening them again, he saw that they were in the heat of battle with the Manticore. Had Nox seen the future? He didn’t know. But he saw. He saw a blue Rex take one last bite. The manticore fell to the ground, dead. In an instant, Nox was lying on the ground again. Lying in the mushroom forest. Lying in the next ark.
Twisted Sands is officially complete! Look out for another story in the Featherlight section!- Swamp Guy
I was thinking of starting from the beginning, of the raids and the Theris and how hard it was to get on our feet, but I wanted to start at the exciting part. We are the Dodo Legion. The fanfictioner tribe on the mobile server Leech. We had lost many tames, notably an allo named Mean Kidd, but we had plenty of tames left. We were allied with the Tribe of Deino on Herbivore island. But disaster struck.
The tribe logs said that one of us killed the Deino’s bronto. We didn’t. I had logged off after being killed by allos in the north, and when I got onto the discord, DTG told me what happened.
The Deinos had broken the alliance. They were now our enemies. Unfortunately, our new saber and allo had been killed by kapros and sarcos on the way back to our base, but we had to raid them. They were enemies now, on our turf.
DTG led a solo raid with our bronto, House Removal. Their base was destroyed, their tames killed. House Removal was sadly killed during the battle, but we drove our enemies off the island, taking their items. But it wasn’t over. Shortly after, they attacked and wiped Lamprey’s base near Far’s Peak, which we had been using as an outpost. They killed our new galli, and me, while I was offline there. The war has begun, and we are planning our next strike!
I hoped you liked this! This is a true story and the events described happened earlier today. I will post new chapters as the war continues!
The Twisted Sands- Not Quite Chapter 1 but this’ll help build the story- By Swamp Guy
“Nice work, 89.” “We’ve got the eggs, let’s head out.”
The guy named 89 just shrugged and hopped on his Megalania. They had gotten three fire wyvern eggs, two posion ones, and four lightning ones.
“My jerboa died this time. I’m not going back.”
“Relax, 89. Just stop bringing shoulder pets to the most dangerous place in the desert!”
“That was my best Jerboa. I almost lost him a million times. I’m not going back.”
Kalo slapped 89 in the face. “I’m a higher rank than you, you son of a-“
“Shut. Up.” 89 held up his hand. Let me say a few things.
“No! NO!” Kalo screamed.
“For starters, there’s an Alpha Wyvern behind us.”
Kalo screamed and ran off, leaving his Thyla for dead. 89 calmly assessed the situation. He took out a compound bow for the initial counterattack. Then, he went all in with his Megalania.
“See, Robber?” 89 said to his Megalania. “That’s where you get when you’re just patient.” He snickered. “I also took all the eggs out of Kalo’s bag.”
The next week, 89 had finished his base. No tribes, no friends, just turrets, tames, crops, and cool architecture. He hopped on his Fire Wyvern, Flamethrower. It was time to pay an old friend a visit.
Kalo was hunting Deathworms in the dunes, as he always did. 89 geared up in full desert cloth and rode Flamethrower out to the oasis dunes.
“Who are you?” Kalo asked when 89 landed next to him. Kalo was atop a raptor, and he had a Titanoboa clutched in its claws.
“It’s me.” 89 removed his hat.
“You...” Kalo growled. “You stole my Wyvern eggs.”
89 shrugged. “I’d like to recruit you to my new tribe.”
“Why should-“ Kalo started, but he wasn’t able to finish. A massive hole opened up in the sky from far away, and the two people in the dunes thought they could see something fall out of it.
Three dead Wyverns lay, sprawled out on the ground, their rotting corpses being eaten by insects. Under a boulder, Kai was most likely dead. The kapros and the thorny dragons lay there, too hurt and torpored to move. Slav, Chiron and Jenny lay on the ground, unconscious. Haphis’s loud voice boomed through the air.
“Don’t you get it, fools?!” He cackled. “I will defeat the final guardian of this ARK, and I WILL BE THE ONE TO ASCEND!!”
“No you won’t.” A dead man’s voice from under a rock said. “I will.”
Kai leapt out from his apparent grave and tossed medical brews to his allies. They stood up, ready to fight once again.
“Need a hand?” 89 yelled. He and Kalo came in on Lighting Wyverns, ready for battle. Haphis’s rock golems were killed, and it was time for the final stand.
“FOOLS!” Haphis yelled again. His base began lifting into the air. It flew off, propelled by some unknown force. Within seconds, it was far away.
“This is a Wyvern.” 89 pointed to the dragons. “There are three types. Lightning, fire, and poison. Today you’re going to learn how to ride them.”
Slav hopped on a Poison Wyvern and flew it around. He landed and the Wyvern bit a wandering Paracer.
“That’s not even the best thing.” Kalo yelled.
“This is!” Jenny whispered to her lightning Wyvern, and it shot a massive bolt of lightning. Nox winced, painful memories of lightning coming back to him.
“The giga roared with fury. He let out a blast of lightning.
Wait... a blast of lightning??
“What are you doing? Kai found the man and held him at gunpoint.
“We are advancing science! Weaponizing our tames for more power!”
Titan roared and tried to claw out his lightning cannon implant.
“You’re hurting him!” Yelled Kai. He ran back into the battle, fumbling his armor on.
Nox distracted the Giga, who shot a furious lightning blast at the cage. It shattered, and Cutter leaped out, attacking the furious giga. The giga stomped on the ground, and bit down hard on something.
It was Roughtooth.
“No!!” Nox yelled, running towards his brother.
It was too late.
(P.S., this flashback is chapter 12 of The Swamp)
“Nox! Are you okay?” Cutter shook him awake. In the distance, Nox could make out Kai on his Fire Wyvern, Jenny on a Lightning Wyvern, and Slav on a Poison Wyvern.
“Yeah...I’m fine.” He threw up on the ground.
“This place isn’t very much of a ‘heaven.’” One of the soldiers said.
“Quiet!” Haphis replied.
“I’m just saying-“ the soldier had sealed his fate. Haphis picked up a cluster grenade.
The scream of a loyal soldier being killed by his commander didn’t faze anyone else. They slowly trekked across the badlands, looking for those stupid people who had tried to stop him.
The girl’s griffin! Haphis saw its corpse sprawled out over a flat rock, being slowly gnawed away by troodons.
“We must be getting close.” He snarled. “It’s finally time for my revenge.”
They sat by a fire, lazily cooking meat. The kapros and Thorny Dragons dozed in the hot sun.
“Get up, you.” A voice startled Nox, waking him up. The others were bound and gagged.
“Who are you?” One of them asked in a strong Australian accent.
“Snork....snore....what’s going on?” Pouncer woke up, rubbing her eyes.
“We’ve heard of you.” They said. “We saw you fall from the sky.”
“Who are you?” Chiron asked.
“Kalo.” The first one said.
“Xencrixeir.” The other one said. “But just call me 89.”
“We need your help.” Kalo said.
Kalo and 89 had built a massive fortress in the dunes that lined the ARK. Turrets were set up. Massive...dragons? Kai was puzzled. The dragon they fought back on the island was obviously never meant to be tamed. Large bugs with sword hands, giant moths, camel-like dinos, more Thorny Dragons, cute little mouse things... this place was very different from the home Kai had known.
“Do you recognize this person?” 89 held up a piece of paper. On it was a familiar face.
A familiar, corrupted, malformed, face.
“Haphis!” Jenny gasped.
“So you do know him.” Kalo said.
“Unfortunately, yes.” Kai sighed. “You want us to help take him down?”
89 replied with a laugh. “There’s a few things you need to learn about the desert.”