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Daren Gillingham
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Monsters of Terra: A Compendium
Updated Jan 9, 2019
G
15
2264
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Mythology

Demons, Dragons, ghouls, and gheists. The monsters of Terra are many. I, Nicholas Wolfram shall tell you all about them in the hopes you may avoid the fate of some of my students. Read on, lest a lack of knowledge be your undoing.

These monsters are based on those found in The Alchemist Series which can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DG9H6CV

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Monsters of Terra: A Compendium

Demons, Dragons, ghouls, and gheists. The monsters of Terra are many. I, Nicholas Wolfram shall tell you all about them in the hopes you may avoid the fate of some of my students. Read on, lest a lack of knowledge be your undoing.

These monsters are based on those found in The Alchemist Series which can be found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DG9H6CV

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Mira
9Mins Each
9
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Skeleton Knight, in Another World
Updated May 25, 2016
PG-13
13
4789
11
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Online Game

The protagonist fell asleep while playing an online game. However, he awoke in a strange world with his game characters appearance. In a state of shock, he noticed that he was equipped with nothing but his strongest weapon and armor. To make matters worst, our hero’s appearance was changed by the special avatar skin『Skeleton』when he enter this new world. The protagonist wanted to live without drawing attention, but he got acquainted with the dark elf Ariana and received her request.

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Skeleton Knight, in Another World

The protagonist fell asleep while playing an online game. However, he awoke in a strange world with his game characters appearance. In a state of shock, he noticed that he was equipped with nothing but his strongest weapon and armor. To make matters worst, our hero’s appearance was changed by the special avatar skin『Skeleton』when he enter this new world. The protagonist wanted to live without drawing attention, but he got acquainted with the dark elf Ariana and received her request.

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Alexander Frost
7Mins Each
19
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Ravenlight #1- Embers of the Past
Updated Jan 14, 2019
PG-13 Planning
15
996
3
Adventure
Action

"Elise is a simple girl who wants to prove herself to her warrior clan, though that all changes when a great evil arises that consumes her people and shakes her beliefs."

Ravenlight follows the story of Elise Macabre as she goes through the motions of life within her clan of warrior vampires, a clan that constantly feels the need to put her down for her docile, different nature.  She at first desires heavily to prove herself as useful, though as she is sent out to represent her people, her faith shakes until finally she sees the evil within the clan... Elise even finds that those people might not be HER people at all. All the while a great evil force that had slept for thousands of years surfaces again to take over the Earth itself.

Now it's up to Elise to join with Holly Bell, one of the few who can stop this evil, to fight back with all she has as she slowly learns what she truly desires!

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Ravenlight #1- Embers of the Past

"Elise is a simple girl who wants to prove herself to her warrior clan, though that all changes when a great evil arises that consumes her people and shakes her beliefs."

Ravenlight follows the story of Elise Macabre as she goes through the motions of life within her clan of warrior vampires, a clan that constantly feels the need to put her down for her docile, different nature.  She at first desires heavily to prove herself as useful, though as she is sent out to represent her people, her faith shakes until finally she sees the evil within the clan... Elise even finds that those people might not be HER people at all. All the while a great evil force that had slept for thousands of years surfaces again to take over the Earth itself.

Now it's up to Elise to join with Holly Bell, one of the few who can stop this evil, to fight back with all she has as she slowly learns what she truly desires!

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Chloe Quinn
12Mins Each
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The Mark of Eris
Updated Dec 30, 2018
PG-13
20
1560
31
Mythology
Romance

Fay has joined the ranks of the hellhounds of Hades. Thrust right into the middle of a battle for an esteemed mission to Tartarus she struggles to trust her new family - for their secrets and power struggles may be more damaging than she ever imagined,

Yet even as Tartarus offers her answers – and power beyond measure to free herself from Hades – an ancient truth must be acknowledged. The war between Andromeda and the Gods is far from over.

When the ashes settle Fay – her heart, her very soul, the fate of everything will never be the same again.

SEQUEL TO THE MARK OF HADES

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The Mark of Eris

Fay has joined the ranks of the hellhounds of Hades. Thrust right into the middle of a battle for an esteemed mission to Tartarus she struggles to trust her new family - for their secrets and power struggles may be more damaging than she ever imagined,

Yet even as Tartarus offers her answers – and power beyond measure to free herself from Hades – an ancient truth must be acknowledged. The war between Andromeda and the Gods is far from over.

When the ashes settle Fay – her heart, her very soul, the fate of everything will never be the same again.

SEQUEL TO THE MARK OF HADES

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AlisiaLanet
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Endless - Book 1
Updated Jun 18, 2017
PG
5
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This story was originally created back in 2008 and 2010. It began being revised as of 2015 I believe it was. The story follows our main lead as she tries to save what she holds dear. There is magic, mystery and even some Gods and Goddesses. There are some scenes of fighting and in further chapters, should I post them here, may have one or two words that could bring me to raise a warning at the start.

The story takes place in my realm of Aphelia which boarders our realm. Due to this, Aphelia residents do have technology that matches our modern conveniences. There are 9 regions in Aphelia and this story takes place in region 3.

I hope you all enjoy.

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Endless - Book 1

This story was originally created back in 2008 and 2010. It began being revised as of 2015 I believe it was. The story follows our main lead as she tries to save what she holds dear. There is magic, mystery and even some Gods and Goddesses. There are some scenes of fighting and in further chapters, should I post them here, may have one or two words that could bring me to raise a warning at the start.

The story takes place in my realm of Aphelia which boarders our realm. Due to this, Aphelia residents do have technology that matches our modern conveniences. There are 9 regions in Aphelia and this story takes place in region 3.

I hope you all enjoy.

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johannduarte
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Benti-Zai
Updated Jun 18, 2018
PG
5
257
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In Engoru's savanna, the three tribes of the benti — beings that look like huge non-flying birds — live in a constant war, fighting for territory and food. After uncountable decades of losses, the smallest tribe, the gasami, met the zivar - humans - and found that an alliance could be the key to their survival.    But only the more capable warriors are chosen to represent this pact, fighting with the benti their bloody battles. They are selected trough dangerous tests, races that cross hostile places and bring up the best and the worst that the humans can offer. The few accepted ones are the respected benti-zai, the benti riders.

Taisa, a 13 year old zivar girl, has an ill mother whose cure depends on a rare flower, a flower that grows only in special places. It is said that the sawari, the gasami's wild cousins and also their mortal enemies, have one of these places in their domains... the Sky Nest.

Counting with the help of Gawa, an old gasami that is either friend and mount, Taisa intends to be a benti-zai and fight for the ownership of the Sky Nest, becoming one more piece in the war that devastates the benti since immemorial times.

----------------------------------------------Hello all! I would like to say some things before we start.

*I've posted this story in some other sites, but I think here I may get some better feedback. Please give me your thoughts about the story, in any sense you wish. * I'm Brazilian and my first language is Portuguese. Please take that in consideration if you see any mistake, and please report it to me.

* I hope to update a new chapter every week. The first act of story is practically written, and is supposed to have 13 chapters.

*I also hope to be able to make periodical revisions.

* Comments, critics, corrections and stars are very appreciated. You can also directly message me if you like.

* Thanks : )

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Benti-Zai

In Engoru's savanna, the three tribes of the benti — beings that look like huge non-flying birds — live in a constant war, fighting for territory and food. After uncountable decades of losses, the smallest tribe, the gasami, met the zivar - humans - and found that an alliance could be the key to their survival.    But only the more capable warriors are chosen to represent this pact, fighting with the benti their bloody battles. They are selected trough dangerous tests, races that cross hostile places and bring up the best and the worst that the humans can offer. The few accepted ones are the respected benti-zai, the benti riders.

Taisa, a 13 year old zivar girl, has an ill mother whose cure depends on a rare flower, a flower that grows only in special places. It is said that the sawari, the gasami's wild cousins and also their mortal enemies, have one of these places in their domains... the Sky Nest.

Counting with the help of Gawa, an old gasami that is either friend and mount, Taisa intends to be a benti-zai and fight for the ownership of the Sky Nest, becoming one more piece in the war that devastates the benti since immemorial times.

----------------------------------------------Hello all! I would like to say some things before we start.

*I've posted this story in some other sites, but I think here I may get some better feedback. Please give me your thoughts about the story, in any sense you wish. * I'm Brazilian and my first language is Portuguese. Please take that in consideration if you see any mistake, and please report it to me.

* I hope to update a new chapter every week. The first act of story is practically written, and is supposed to have 13 chapters.

*I also hope to be able to make periodical revisions.

* Comments, critics, corrections and stars are very appreciated. You can also directly message me if you like.

* Thanks : )

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wyntraureoleEmmaVaderZim7891RubyZixuan Chen
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7
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Fate
Updated Jan 2, 2019
PG-13
5
263
2
Romance
Action

Zaida, Dalia and Felice were born to three different couples but their destinies were intertwined years before their parents were even born. Klotho, Lakhesis and Atropos are the daughters of Zeus and Themis, they were given the ability to manipulate the lives of both mortal and immortal. As they aged their powers weakened causing for the sisters to select three mortal girls by the names of Nona, Decuma and Morta. This pattern has continued throughout the years until 1988, when three baby girls were born in The George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.

Any and all help is welcome from Co-writers to Beta Readers. Please send in a collab' request so we can get started.

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Fate

Zaida, Dalia and Felice were born to three different couples but their destinies were intertwined years before their parents were even born. Klotho, Lakhesis and Atropos are the daughters of Zeus and Themis, they were given the ability to manipulate the lives of both mortal and immortal. As they aged their powers weakened causing for the sisters to select three mortal girls by the names of Nona, Decuma and Morta. This pattern has continued throughout the years until 1988, when three baby girls were born in The George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.

Any and all help is welcome from Co-writers to Beta Readers. Please send in a collab' request so we can get started.

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robintvale
11Mins Each
34
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Soul Tear - Book One: The Last Spirit Adept
Updated Jul 25, 2017
PG-13
8
6710
4
Dark
Action

Merryn Dentree is a 70-year-old Elven priestess (20 in human years,) who gave up the quiet life to help her people.

A god imprisoned within the ancient Book of Souls has weakened the rune seals that bound him to it.

Plans to destroy him go askew, minutes after handling, the runes shattered.

With no physical body to house him, he went into hers.

She races home desperate for help, all the while a wrathfull guard hunts her, waiting to strike.

One heart two minds, keeping her sanity soon becomes the biggest battle of all.

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Soul Tear - Book One: The Last Spirit Adept

Merryn Dentree is a 70-year-old Elven priestess (20 in human years,) who gave up the quiet life to help her people.

A god imprisoned within the ancient Book of Souls has weakened the rune seals that bound him to it.

Plans to destroy him go askew, minutes after handling, the runes shattered.

With no physical body to house him, he went into hers.

She races home desperate for help, all the while a wrathfull guard hunts her, waiting to strike.

One heart two minds, keeping her sanity soon becomes the biggest battle of all.

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TheGirlWhoseStillUnKnown
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Rein
Updated Jun 15, 2018
PG-13 Completed
16
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War
Friendship

It has been a century since the world experienced a war. After the last war, the world was left in a state of destruction that made recovery impossible. Almost-- if it aren't for the people who revealed that they have special abilities.

Year 2119, the war had started again. And Reins must run or fight for their lives.

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Rein

It has been a century since the world experienced a war. After the last war, the world was left in a state of destruction that made recovery impossible. Almost-- if it aren't for the people who revealed that they have special abilities.

Year 2119, the war had started again. And Reins must run or fight for their lives.

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lucos
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Dreams in Ikimono
Updated Dec 24, 2018
PG-13
1
98
1
Dark
School

book one of five of the dreams in ikimono series

The world as Mercy Cosmides knows is beginning to change, but is it for the better or for the worse?

School is back in session and just in time for the beginning of high school for Mercy Cosmides and her friends. Her and a special race of people: the hybrids on the Isle of Ikimono are joining together to change things; but change is coming to them in a different way. For the first time, someone from The Other World has made their way onto the island. Is she safe for the hybrids to reveal themselves to or can she not be trusted?

rating:

I'm not exactly sure, but this story may need a R rating, but it doesn't get too dark until the rest of the series. Please tell me if I should update the rating at any point throughout the writing of this story. I believe it should be a PG-13 rating due to curses and small references to a dark topic that will be further dug into later.

making of:

This story first started off as a fantasy royalty book(wow look at how much this changed) and the only character that I ended up carrying over from the original version was Allison Berrycloth, but she changed. A lot. Then ideas from dreams of mine filtered in to give me the hybrids I've grown to love. Then more random things and scenes filtered in for over two years in my mind to give me this wonderful story of The Hybrid Club. It wasn't until August or September of 2018 when I finally started to write basic overviews of scenes, then in November of 2018, I began to write the chapters and now we're here.

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Dreams in Ikimono

book one of five of the dreams in ikimono series

The world as Mercy Cosmides knows is beginning to change, but is it for the better or for the worse?

School is back in session and just in time for the beginning of high school for Mercy Cosmides and her friends. Her and a special race of people: the hybrids on the Isle of Ikimono are joining together to change things; but change is coming to them in a different way. For the first time, someone from The Other World has made their way onto the island. Is she safe for the hybrids to reveal themselves to or can she not be trusted?

rating:

I'm not exactly sure, but this story may need a R rating, but it doesn't get too dark until the rest of the series. Please tell me if I should update the rating at any point throughout the writing of this story. I believe it should be a PG-13 rating due to curses and small references to a dark topic that will be further dug into later.

making of:

This story first started off as a fantasy royalty book(wow look at how much this changed) and the only character that I ended up carrying over from the original version was Allison Berrycloth, but she changed. A lot. Then ideas from dreams of mine filtered in to give me the hybrids I've grown to love. Then more random things and scenes filtered in for over two years in my mind to give me this wonderful story of The Hybrid Club. It wasn't until August or September of 2018 when I finally started to write basic overviews of scenes, then in November of 2018, I began to write the chapters and now we're here.

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lonahora
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Earth's Core
Updated Jan 12, 2019
PG-13
3
35330
2
Action
Adventure

Book 1 – Earth's Core

Chapter 1 – Under The Surface Of The Earth

"O Earth, O Earth, how long, how many?

Set me free, O Earth, O Earth, Let nothing remain.

Others came and gone, O Earth, why me?

O Earth, cast me away, cast me away".

For the last thousands of years, since Nature's rules began to change and humanity's place at the top of the food chain as diminished, human beings, along with other creatures who couldn't handle the change has moved away from the surface of the Earth to a few kilometers beneath it.

Back then, 5775 years ago, it was thanks to a joint effort of human and beast that allow the discovery of the network of tunnels and giant caves underneath the Earth. Soon after, the surviving people, nearly eight hundred million in number and around 100 million different kinds of beasts who couldn't handle life on the surface of the earth, had immigrated underground and lived in separation of species since then.

Underground, exploration of the tunnels and caves has continued nonstop until 3705 years after the mass immigration and Nature's new rules has completely been set, and there was barely new stuff that humanity or beasts could discover anymore.

To sum up the results of 2070 years of exploration in one word will be "Miraculous". Although Nature, as some may say, turned its back on humanity and beasts, it sure has proven that for one drastic change within it that can be considered as unfavorable, another that is just as extreme and can be considered the opposite will take place.

How it is interpreted in relation to the network of tunnels and caves? Firstly, the majority of caves were big enough to host a city of millions of people, each, and some of the key point tunnels were hundreds of meters high and wide. Not to mention that this network covered nearly half of the planet! In many caves and tunnels even rich greenery and deep and wide clear water lakes were discovered. And yet, the most significant discovery came in the shape of bulky stone which was a special type of crystal that seemed to grow only inside this vast network of tunnels and giant caves.

These crystals gained the name "Sun Stones" and became no less valuable than holy items and Heaven's miracles to both humanity and beasts. The initial reason for this was the light radiating from the first discovered crystals which seemed to mimic the sun's light rays, but didn't have the negative effects of overexposure. The Sun Stone crystals that mostly grew at the ceilings of the tunnels and caves were high in number and also differ in sizes. The biggest discovered were around a few meters in diameter and the smallest around the size of a child's nail. Just to give an idea to how bright the Sun Stone crystals are, a crystal with a diameter of ten centimeters could light up a small hall and literally turn night to day. In the following years humanity will find a way to harvest the Sun Stones' radiation, at the same time solving the clean energy problem.

A few decades after sharing the complete report regarding the exploration of the underground, humanity and beasts at most finished their adaptation process to their new life, the boundaries between species were agreed upon and drawn on the rough maps describing the network of tunnels and giant caves areas – then were already called "New Earth's maps", and the New Erath's calendar was set officially starting in the last day of immigration. That was the start of the 3001 year.

Year 3997. Near humanity's one of most populated colonies, the Taltalon colony after its founding father and mother, established a couple hundred meters from the end of the tunnel that marked the border between species, a stream of earthquakes coming from the beasts' side shocked the colonists to their bones. The first few hours no one dared to live his home, but when it became unbearable anymore, some brave and stupid ones decided to check the source for the earthquakes.

What they saw froze them on their feet. Although they didn't know what to expect, underground earthquakes in New Erath were rare but not that surprising since usually had natural reasons, their faces were dumbfounded.

Two unseen before or heard of beasts, less than ten meters from humanity territory, were in a standoff. The bigger of the two was a horse like creature, almost six meters tall with red mane and eyes and brown hair. The other, the human spectators could only categorize as a type of fox only because the shape of its body and head. From the tip of its two tails to the edge of its nose to its sharp nails, all of it was completely yellow in color and its size in length two and a half meters long.

Only when the two beasts began to move again, some of the man watching seemed to understand both the cause of the earthquake and its reason. The two beasts were fighting over some kind of an earth stone.

The earth stone was beneath the horse's torso and whenever the eager fox tried to snatch it or bite the horse's legs, the horse would try to kick its head only to miss and strike the ground in disdain. Hence, the cause and reason for the earthquakes.

Afraid for their life, the best that some of the viewers could do to escape was crawl on their knees, while those who didn't turn their back, been too intrigued with the scene before them, gave up on trying to stand and set on the ground, believing that no matter what kind of beasts these two really are, they will respect the boundaries between two species.

The two fought for another hour before the horse finally gave up keeping the earth stone for itself. The fox let out a satisfied purr when it saw the horse steps back, although that purr only last a second since faster than any of the fox's movement during their fight, the horse kicked the stone, breaking its earthly cover and sending from it to the human's territory a round shiny object. The fox fur immediately stood on its back in resentment. Right away it was about to cross over the border and then stopped when the horse neighed aloud before returning to the deepest parts of the beasts' territory.

The fox's eyes were fixed on the direction the object flew at and then rested on the frightened humans. Knowing the rules it relaxed its tense tails and ears and turned around without looking back.

Jumping on their feet and running as if possessed by the spirits of the two beasts, any of the human spectators who saw clearly how the feud ended tried to get first to where the shiny object as landed. They arrived to the wheat fields before the first line of cabins in the colony. All panting yet still moving nonstop, speculating the value of the shiny object and eager to find it.

They even ignored the calls of the people who gathered outside since the firsts that returned on their knees arrived and spread what they saw.

"There!" A deep voice called and everyone, those who searched and those stood with confused facial expressions, ran to see what the forty something man as found.

Not sure if he should touch it, the man only let his voice attract everyone and then stood the closest to the object as everyone gathered. On the ground, in the size of a grown man fist was a sphere, brown and shining like mud with a smooth surface. When the eyes surrounding the sphere came even closer, reflected from the inside they saw light brown mist.

"Well… take it, Erdar, you found it". One man tried to push the first to discover the sphere to also be the first to touch it. In truth that man also wanted the sphere, if it will turn out to be nothing more than a gemstone, then its owner will become the richest man in the colony. The reason that this man still pushed Erdar to take the sphere was its place of origin. Since he was one of those who saw the fight till the very end, he assumed, like everyone else that's been there or heard and believed the story about the two never seen before creatures, that anything that unfamiliar might not be safe.

Knowing that if he will refuse to take the strange sphere he will instantly lose his right for it, Erdar, who is not very rich and his closest relative is his father which has not many years to live anyway, decided to bet on his life. His hand hesitantly hovered above the sphere and then, thinking about the fox's face and how it was willing to fight to the death with the horse just to get it, his five fingers formed a claw and snatched the sphere to his chest.

One second to ten second to a full one minute all gazes rested on Erdar while his eyes remained close, pending for something, hoping that nothing will happen. And then "I struck it rich!" Erdar screamed in his heart. "Unbelievable! Unbelievable!" his eyes opened as everyone finally realized that thunder won't strike today.

To make the analogy clear, when water from above the ground seep into the earth and wet the small Sun Stones at the ceilings of the tunnels and caves, a scenario that repeats itself every few years, dozens of the smallest Sun Stones crystals begin to explode in a manner that sounds like the ancient thunder storms. Even ray of light that replace the all might lightning occur in those time and causes small fires. That is the only down size of living in New Earth. And even though no one could find out why only waters from above cause this reaction to the Sun Stones while the water from the clear water lakes had no effect on the crystals whatsoever, they all become accustomed to these events and learned how to deal with the fires quite fast by mainly using their irrigation systems.

"Haha! Everyone, today drinks are on me!" Erdar announced and made his way through the crowd of envy eyes. Bitter, everyone followed him to his favorite tavern in the colony since with a bottle of ale even the poorest man could feel rich for a day.

"Salony, feast your eyes. Today I, Erdar, will quench the thirst of my fellow men and women". Erdar called loudly at the barkeep that numbered with the few that stayed at their place of work or homes during the earthquake.

"And how are you planning of doing it when just yesterday you avoided a discussion with me about your two months old tab?" Salony ignored Erdar's jolly mood.

"Listen to him, Salony", a few men stepped in. "that lucky bastard found a gemstone from the beasts' side!"

"A gemstone?!" Salony in a flash changed his attitude toward Erdar. "Then it should be my finest bottle for my dear costumer and friend of over ten years!"

"Haha, Salony, I like how nice you have become. Fine, pour your best drink three times to every empty cup, I will pay for it gladly and also close my tab today".

Hearing Erdar's order everyone cheered before he could change his mind, afraid of the saying that when a poor man turns rich so fast his judgment also turn very fickle.

"I sure would like to see for myself the gemstone that you found, of course, only if you don't mind". Salony said to Erdar while purring him the forth cup.

"Why not". Erdar agreed and reached into his coat inner pocket. "Empty?" Erdar didn't dare to say aloud. "No, it's got to be there". He checked the next pocket and the other three on the right side of his coat, but he couldn't find the brown gemstone.

"Thief!" In an act of desperation Erdar suddenly shouted. Until the moment his left hand struck Salony's back to harry up with his drink, it didn't left the pocket where he safeguard the gemstone, and now it was empty and because his head was so high near the surface he didn't know who might have snatched it and so refrained from pointing fingers. "Thief! Thief! Who dared to steal my gemstone?" He could only continue shouting.

In the blink of an eye, inside the tavern, a commotion erupted. The good people of the Taltalon colony who joined a free drink, Salony, the owner and barkeep of the tavern and above everyone else, Erdar, began to blame one another. From shouting, to cursing to eventually throwing fists, the lost gemstone made the peaceful colonists mad. Most got angered for the act of theft - an unforgiveable crime in any of the human colonies. Some, for just knowing the gemstone disappeared, even though it wasn't theirs. One, because he already poured two rounds of, apparently, free drinks. Others, because they didn't receive their promised third.

"You! You, Erdar! You and your lies!" Salony snapped, stepped over the counter and threw a punch that landed on Erdar's nose.

Blood spurted from Erdar's nose, but when he was about to curse and fight back, "Bowaa!" he felt like his inside spilling out from his mouth. Seeing the great amount of blood coming out from first, Erdar's mouth, then his eyes and ears until finally his body fell on the tavern's floor, shacking like it's about to burst, everyone jumped back and the commotion subsided.

"Poison! The thief also used poison. Hurry, someone call doctor Ernis!" One man shouted and immediately someone ran out. By that time Erdar stopped moving. Everything, every part of his body was too painful. He could no longer taste or smell the puddle of blood he fell on. Last thing he saw was the color red, all red.

"I'm dying. I'm really going to die. Why all I see is black…?" At death's door a strange serenity took hold of Erdar. "Rich or dead, rich or dead. I brought it upon myself. But who could believe that it will be because an act of theft. Very unlike of anyone that I know…" He discussed with himself as the white light approached. "What's that? What's happing" A sudden burning sensation from his stomach spread all over his body.

"Where is he?! Get me to-" Old doctor Ernis and two young paramedics arrived together with the man who went to call them. The moment doctor Ernis saw Erdar's poor state his mouth shut. "We need to hurry", he opened again and gave orders. "Forget everything and just place him properly on the stretcher. Oh, how could such thing have happened in our colony?!"

Without anyone's knowledge, time began to move differently between Erdar and the men and women around him. By the time doctor Ernis and the two paramedics reached Erdar's side, a certain event has already taken place inside the seemed to be dying man.

The color of the white light Eldar first thought to be the gate to the afterlife slowly turned dimmer and dimmer. The emerging fire in his abdomen was so hot that his soul mistook its heat for intense coldness. "Hell, I'm going to the third hell!" Eldar screamed in his mind, his soul fought the urge to give up and accept his fate, for he knew that after the unavoidable cold fire gates of the third hell all will pass, judgment will be given and incarnation will follow.

"Bang!" Doctor Ernis and the two paramedics flew on the surrounding people who all had faces full of astonishment. Erdar could finally feel his voice coming out of his throat, his ears became sharp, he heard the beating hearts around him, his nose smelled the vegetable fields at the other side of the colony and his eyes saw through the smallest of cracks on the tavern's wooden floor as his body stood on all four.

"Whaaa! It's good, great, amazing". Erdar had no words to describe how he felt. He raised his right hand and saw small brown mist particles coming out of it and getting back in again and again. He closed his eyes and for the first time in his life sensed not just his body, but also every molecule that made it. His mind sunk deeper in concentration and then he noticed it right beneath his navel, the gemstone! It was much smaller than when he held it, and there were many cracks on it and more forming at a slow pace. From every crack more and more mist got out, passing through his internal parts, leaving his body through the skin and getting back in . It was an endless cycle of "Heaven!"

The people in the tavern all looked with jaws dropped. In a manner of a few minutes, on the forty something man's bald head black hair plume started growing, his torn and broken from hard work skin became as smooth as a baby's bottom and when he opened his once gray and foggy eyes a bright spark reflected back at them and they looked much sharper.

"Erdar, don't move. Let me look at you". Doctor Ernis was so bewildered after witnessing the extraordinary phenomenon. He couldn't care less if he or his two young pupils got injured when Erdar woke up and unconsciously hit them. He rudely grabbed Erdar's chin and examined his eyes, opened his mouth, checked for fever but the man was as healthy as an ox, even better, he looked twenty years younger!

"A miracle, an undeniably miracle!" Doctor Ernis determined and moved away to take, yet again, a further look at Erdar.

"Haha, old Ernis, wrong, wrong". Erdar jumped nimbly on his feet and stretched. Doctor Ernis didn't know how to respond the so sure and confident Erdar. Having nothing to say he just stood and listened together with everybody else. "It's that gemstone I found, it's that, I tell you all. Sorry for all the mess and blaming, nobody stole my gemstone, haha…" He had the nerve to laugh it out, but who could prevent from laughing a man who a moment ago was as good as dead and now full of life like a new born baby.

"You son of-" Salony barged, "All of it a hoax! How many of you were in it, ah?!" he waved his hand in the air. Hearing the word "gemstone" he remembered all the ale he wasted, and seeing the broken stools and tables his hands clenched into fists. In pure rage Salony shot a straight punch to hit Erdar's nose again.

"Slow". Unlike last time, Erdar couldn't help but be marveled at how slow Salony was. With a nudge of his head he escaped the fist's trajectory and with a step to the side he struck at Salony's back to put him in his place.

Receiving Erdar's blow, a sound of shattering bones was heard. Salony's spine twisted unnaturally and his internals burst. The barkeeper and owner of the tavern fell to the floor dead.

Soon after, the rumors about a gemstone that grants superhuman powers spread like wildfire within humanity's territory.

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Earth's Core

Book 1 – Earth's Core

Chapter 1 – Under The Surface Of The Earth

"O Earth, O Earth, how long, how many?

Set me free, O Earth, O Earth, Let nothing remain.

Others came and gone, O Earth, why me?

O Earth, cast me away, cast me away".

For the last thousands of years, since Nature's rules began to change and humanity's place at the top of the food chain as diminished, human beings, along with other creatures who couldn't handle the change has moved away from the surface of the Earth to a few kilometers beneath it.

Back then, 5775 years ago, it was thanks to a joint effort of human and beast that allow the discovery of the network of tunnels and giant caves underneath the Earth. Soon after, the surviving people, nearly eight hundred million in number and around 100 million different kinds of beasts who couldn't handle life on the surface of the earth, had immigrated underground and lived in separation of species since then.

Underground, exploration of the tunnels and caves has continued nonstop until 3705 years after the mass immigration and Nature's new rules has completely been set, and there was barely new stuff that humanity or beasts could discover anymore.

To sum up the results of 2070 years of exploration in one word will be "Miraculous". Although Nature, as some may say, turned its back on humanity and beasts, it sure has proven that for one drastic change within it that can be considered as unfavorable, another that is just as extreme and can be considered the opposite will take place.

How it is interpreted in relation to the network of tunnels and caves? Firstly, the majority of caves were big enough to host a city of millions of people, each, and some of the key point tunnels were hundreds of meters high and wide. Not to mention that this network covered nearly half of the planet! In many caves and tunnels even rich greenery and deep and wide clear water lakes were discovered. And yet, the most significant discovery came in the shape of bulky stone which was a special type of crystal that seemed to grow only inside this vast network of tunnels and giant caves.

These crystals gained the name "Sun Stones" and became no less valuable than holy items and Heaven's miracles to both humanity and beasts. The initial reason for this was the light radiating from the first discovered crystals which seemed to mimic the sun's light rays, but didn't have the negative effects of overexposure. The Sun Stone crystals that mostly grew at the ceilings of the tunnels and caves were high in number and also differ in sizes. The biggest discovered were around a few meters in diameter and the smallest around the size of a child's nail. Just to give an idea to how bright the Sun Stone crystals are, a crystal with a diameter of ten centimeters could light up a small hall and literally turn night to day. In the following years humanity will find a way to harvest the Sun Stones' radiation, at the same time solving the clean energy problem.

A few decades after sharing the complete report regarding the exploration of the underground, humanity and beasts at most finished their adaptation process to their new life, the boundaries between species were agreed upon and drawn on the rough maps describing the network of tunnels and giant caves areas – then were already called "New Earth's maps", and the New Erath's calendar was set officially starting in the last day of immigration. That was the start of the 3001 year.

Year 3997. Near humanity's one of most populated colonies, the Taltalon colony after its founding father and mother, established a couple hundred meters from the end of the tunnel that marked the border between species, a stream of earthquakes coming from the beasts' side shocked the colonists to their bones. The first few hours no one dared to live his home, but when it became unbearable anymore, some brave and stupid ones decided to check the source for the earthquakes.

What they saw froze them on their feet. Although they didn't know what to expect, underground earthquakes in New Erath were rare but not that surprising since usually had natural reasons, their faces were dumbfounded.

Two unseen before or heard of beasts, less than ten meters from humanity territory, were in a standoff. The bigger of the two was a horse like creature, almost six meters tall with red mane and eyes and brown hair. The other, the human spectators could only categorize as a type of fox only because the shape of its body and head. From the tip of its two tails to the edge of its nose to its sharp nails, all of it was completely yellow in color and its size in length two and a half meters long.

Only when the two beasts began to move again, some of the man watching seemed to understand both the cause of the earthquake and its reason. The two beasts were fighting over some kind of an earth stone.

The earth stone was beneath the horse's torso and whenever the eager fox tried to snatch it or bite the horse's legs, the horse would try to kick its head only to miss and strike the ground in disdain. Hence, the cause and reason for the earthquakes.

Afraid for their life, the best that some of the viewers could do to escape was crawl on their knees, while those who didn't turn their back, been too intrigued with the scene before them, gave up on trying to stand and set on the ground, believing that no matter what kind of beasts these two really are, they will respect the boundaries between two species.

The two fought for another hour before the horse finally gave up keeping the earth stone for itself. The fox let out a satisfied purr when it saw the horse steps back, although that purr only last a second since faster than any of the fox's movement during their fight, the horse kicked the stone, breaking its earthly cover and sending from it to the human's territory a round shiny object. The fox fur immediately stood on its back in resentment. Right away it was about to cross over the border and then stopped when the horse neighed aloud before returning to the deepest parts of the beasts' territory.

The fox's eyes were fixed on the direction the object flew at and then rested on the frightened humans. Knowing the rules it relaxed its tense tails and ears and turned around without looking back.

Jumping on their feet and running as if possessed by the spirits of the two beasts, any of the human spectators who saw clearly how the feud ended tried to get first to where the shiny object as landed. They arrived to the wheat fields before the first line of cabins in the colony. All panting yet still moving nonstop, speculating the value of the shiny object and eager to find it.

They even ignored the calls of the people who gathered outside since the firsts that returned on their knees arrived and spread what they saw.

"There!" A deep voice called and everyone, those who searched and those stood with confused facial expressions, ran to see what the forty something man as found.

Not sure if he should touch it, the man only let his voice attract everyone and then stood the closest to the object as everyone gathered. On the ground, in the size of a grown man fist was a sphere, brown and shining like mud with a smooth surface. When the eyes surrounding the sphere came even closer, reflected from the inside they saw light brown mist.

"Well… take it, Erdar, you found it". One man tried to push the first to discover the sphere to also be the first to touch it. In truth that man also wanted the sphere, if it will turn out to be nothing more than a gemstone, then its owner will become the richest man in the colony. The reason that this man still pushed Erdar to take the sphere was its place of origin. Since he was one of those who saw the fight till the very end, he assumed, like everyone else that's been there or heard and believed the story about the two never seen before creatures, that anything that unfamiliar might not be safe.

Knowing that if he will refuse to take the strange sphere he will instantly lose his right for it, Erdar, who is not very rich and his closest relative is his father which has not many years to live anyway, decided to bet on his life. His hand hesitantly hovered above the sphere and then, thinking about the fox's face and how it was willing to fight to the death with the horse just to get it, his five fingers formed a claw and snatched the sphere to his chest.

One second to ten second to a full one minute all gazes rested on Erdar while his eyes remained close, pending for something, hoping that nothing will happen. And then "I struck it rich!" Erdar screamed in his heart. "Unbelievable! Unbelievable!" his eyes opened as everyone finally realized that thunder won't strike today.

To make the analogy clear, when water from above the ground seep into the earth and wet the small Sun Stones at the ceilings of the tunnels and caves, a scenario that repeats itself every few years, dozens of the smallest Sun Stones crystals begin to explode in a manner that sounds like the ancient thunder storms. Even ray of light that replace the all might lightning occur in those time and causes small fires. That is the only down size of living in New Earth. And even though no one could find out why only waters from above cause this reaction to the Sun Stones while the water from the clear water lakes had no effect on the crystals whatsoever, they all become accustomed to these events and learned how to deal with the fires quite fast by mainly using their irrigation systems.

"Haha! Everyone, today drinks are on me!" Erdar announced and made his way through the crowd of envy eyes. Bitter, everyone followed him to his favorite tavern in the colony since with a bottle of ale even the poorest man could feel rich for a day.

"Salony, feast your eyes. Today I, Erdar, will quench the thirst of my fellow men and women". Erdar called loudly at the barkeep that numbered with the few that stayed at their place of work or homes during the earthquake.

"And how are you planning of doing it when just yesterday you avoided a discussion with me about your two months old tab?" Salony ignored Erdar's jolly mood.

"Listen to him, Salony", a few men stepped in. "that lucky bastard found a gemstone from the beasts' side!"

"A gemstone?!" Salony in a flash changed his attitude toward Erdar. "Then it should be my finest bottle for my dear costumer and friend of over ten years!"

"Haha, Salony, I like how nice you have become. Fine, pour your best drink three times to every empty cup, I will pay for it gladly and also close my tab today".

Hearing Erdar's order everyone cheered before he could change his mind, afraid of the saying that when a poor man turns rich so fast his judgment also turn very fickle.

"I sure would like to see for myself the gemstone that you found, of course, only if you don't mind". Salony said to Erdar while purring him the forth cup.

"Why not". Erdar agreed and reached into his coat inner pocket. "Empty?" Erdar didn't dare to say aloud. "No, it's got to be there". He checked the next pocket and the other three on the right side of his coat, but he couldn't find the brown gemstone.

"Thief!" In an act of desperation Erdar suddenly shouted. Until the moment his left hand struck Salony's back to harry up with his drink, it didn't left the pocket where he safeguard the gemstone, and now it was empty and because his head was so high near the surface he didn't know who might have snatched it and so refrained from pointing fingers. "Thief! Thief! Who dared to steal my gemstone?" He could only continue shouting.

In the blink of an eye, inside the tavern, a commotion erupted. The good people of the Taltalon colony who joined a free drink, Salony, the owner and barkeep of the tavern and above everyone else, Erdar, began to blame one another. From shouting, to cursing to eventually throwing fists, the lost gemstone made the peaceful colonists mad. Most got angered for the act of theft - an unforgiveable crime in any of the human colonies. Some, for just knowing the gemstone disappeared, even though it wasn't theirs. One, because he already poured two rounds of, apparently, free drinks. Others, because they didn't receive their promised third.

"You! You, Erdar! You and your lies!" Salony snapped, stepped over the counter and threw a punch that landed on Erdar's nose.

Blood spurted from Erdar's nose, but when he was about to curse and fight back, "Bowaa!" he felt like his inside spilling out from his mouth. Seeing the great amount of blood coming out from first, Erdar's mouth, then his eyes and ears until finally his body fell on the tavern's floor, shacking like it's about to burst, everyone jumped back and the commotion subsided.

"Poison! The thief also used poison. Hurry, someone call doctor Ernis!" One man shouted and immediately someone ran out. By that time Erdar stopped moving. Everything, every part of his body was too painful. He could no longer taste or smell the puddle of blood he fell on. Last thing he saw was the color red, all red.

"I'm dying. I'm really going to die. Why all I see is black…?" At death's door a strange serenity took hold of Erdar. "Rich or dead, rich or dead. I brought it upon myself. But who could believe that it will be because an act of theft. Very unlike of anyone that I know…" He discussed with himself as the white light approached. "What's that? What's happing" A sudden burning sensation from his stomach spread all over his body.

"Where is he?! Get me to-" Old doctor Ernis and two young paramedics arrived together with the man who went to call them. The moment doctor Ernis saw Erdar's poor state his mouth shut. "We need to hurry", he opened again and gave orders. "Forget everything and just place him properly on the stretcher. Oh, how could such thing have happened in our colony?!"

Without anyone's knowledge, time began to move differently between Erdar and the men and women around him. By the time doctor Ernis and the two paramedics reached Erdar's side, a certain event has already taken place inside the seemed to be dying man.

The color of the white light Eldar first thought to be the gate to the afterlife slowly turned dimmer and dimmer. The emerging fire in his abdomen was so hot that his soul mistook its heat for intense coldness. "Hell, I'm going to the third hell!" Eldar screamed in his mind, his soul fought the urge to give up and accept his fate, for he knew that after the unavoidable cold fire gates of the third hell all will pass, judgment will be given and incarnation will follow.

"Bang!" Doctor Ernis and the two paramedics flew on the surrounding people who all had faces full of astonishment. Erdar could finally feel his voice coming out of his throat, his ears became sharp, he heard the beating hearts around him, his nose smelled the vegetable fields at the other side of the colony and his eyes saw through the smallest of cracks on the tavern's wooden floor as his body stood on all four.

"Whaaa! It's good, great, amazing". Erdar had no words to describe how he felt. He raised his right hand and saw small brown mist particles coming out of it and getting back in again and again. He closed his eyes and for the first time in his life sensed not just his body, but also every molecule that made it. His mind sunk deeper in concentration and then he noticed it right beneath his navel, the gemstone! It was much smaller than when he held it, and there were many cracks on it and more forming at a slow pace. From every crack more and more mist got out, passing through his internal parts, leaving his body through the skin and getting back in . It was an endless cycle of "Heaven!"

The people in the tavern all looked with jaws dropped. In a manner of a few minutes, on the forty something man's bald head black hair plume started growing, his torn and broken from hard work skin became as smooth as a baby's bottom and when he opened his once gray and foggy eyes a bright spark reflected back at them and they looked much sharper.

"Erdar, don't move. Let me look at you". Doctor Ernis was so bewildered after witnessing the extraordinary phenomenon. He couldn't care less if he or his two young pupils got injured when Erdar woke up and unconsciously hit them. He rudely grabbed Erdar's chin and examined his eyes, opened his mouth, checked for fever but the man was as healthy as an ox, even better, he looked twenty years younger!

"A miracle, an undeniably miracle!" Doctor Ernis determined and moved away to take, yet again, a further look at Erdar.

"Haha, old Ernis, wrong, wrong". Erdar jumped nimbly on his feet and stretched. Doctor Ernis didn't know how to respond the so sure and confident Erdar. Having nothing to say he just stood and listened together with everybody else. "It's that gemstone I found, it's that, I tell you all. Sorry for all the mess and blaming, nobody stole my gemstone, haha…" He had the nerve to laugh it out, but who could prevent from laughing a man who a moment ago was as good as dead and now full of life like a new born baby.

"You son of-" Salony barged, "All of it a hoax! How many of you were in it, ah?!" he waved his hand in the air. Hearing the word "gemstone" he remembered all the ale he wasted, and seeing the broken stools and tables his hands clenched into fists. In pure rage Salony shot a straight punch to hit Erdar's nose again.

"Slow". Unlike last time, Erdar couldn't help but be marveled at how slow Salony was. With a nudge of his head he escaped the fist's trajectory and with a step to the side he struck at Salony's back to put him in his place.

Receiving Erdar's blow, a sound of shattering bones was heard. Salony's spine twisted unnaturally and his internals burst. The barkeeper and owner of the tavern fell to the floor dead.

Soon after, the rumors about a gemstone that grants superhuman powers spread like wildfire within humanity's territory.

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In anticipation that I may either experience inspiration or force myself to write a short-story as a sort of mental-break from my main project, here is my solution: an always available-online sketch-pad of sorts. Whether it is a quick story hammered out via keyboard in a single session, or a mini serial picked up, put down, and turned around whenever the inspiration strikes, this is the place for it. 

Honestly I have no idea what’s going to happen here in the weeks and months to come! So that said, sit back and enjoy the ride as we throw the map and compass out the window and slam the gas pedal blindly into the wild unknown!

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Flash-Fiction Anthology

In anticipation that I may either experience inspiration or force myself to write a short-story as a sort of mental-break from my main project, here is my solution: an always available-online sketch-pad of sorts. Whether it is a quick story hammered out via keyboard in a single session, or a mini serial picked up, put down, and turned around whenever the inspiration strikes, this is the place for it. 

Honestly I have no idea what’s going to happen here in the weeks and months to come! So that said, sit back and enjoy the ride as we throw the map and compass out the window and slam the gas pedal blindly into the wild unknown!

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