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.
“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