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Zero Dantez
7Mins Each
7
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Project DreamScapers
Updated Apr 22, 2018
G
22
491
0
Adventure
Short Story

Life couldn't be any more ordinary for Derrick and his friends, so painfully so that on the night of wishing they could find excitement at long last. Wish granted as later that evening when they witness the Order of Natural, Unusual, and Strange (ONUS) combat a strange creature not of this world. Facing total memory erasal or to join ONUS, they choose the latter and become specially trained forces to investigate and put a stop to the strange and unusual... how will they fair though as the activity of the unusual increases due to a yet to be seen unnatural force?

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Project DreamScapers

Life couldn't be any more ordinary for Derrick and his friends, so painfully so that on the night of wishing they could find excitement at long last. Wish granted as later that evening when they witness the Order of Natural, Unusual, and Strange (ONUS) combat a strange creature not of this world. Facing total memory erasal or to join ONUS, they choose the latter and become specially trained forces to investigate and put a stop to the strange and unusual... how will they fair though as the activity of the unusual increases due to a yet to be seen unnatural force?

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Zero Dantez
11Mins Each
17
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The Midnight Series
Updated Apr 20, 2018
PG-13
52
1163
5
Action
Adventure

Follow the story of progression, starting with the current day war of the Tribe and Hive.  Holly, leader of the Tribe's daughter, survives the clan and must stop the reawakening Hive as they plot their return to Earth after losing the war thousands of years prior.  Many will be caught in the progression of the war, including those with their own selfish goals and those who had no intent.  How will it turn out for our planet?  How will it turn out for those drug into it?  Those caught in the middle?  Those with their own goals?

New Chapters available every Thursday!!

The full story won't be available here on Penana (for now) however it is available over on Amazon for both paperback and kindle purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1520745443.You can also donate to my Patreon to gain full access by donating, more details there: https://www.patreon.com/ZeroDantez

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The Midnight Series

Follow the story of progression, starting with the current day war of the Tribe and Hive.  Holly, leader of the Tribe's daughter, survives the clan and must stop the reawakening Hive as they plot their return to Earth after losing the war thousands of years prior.  Many will be caught in the progression of the war, including those with their own selfish goals and those who had no intent.  How will it turn out for our planet?  How will it turn out for those drug into it?  Those caught in the middle?  Those with their own goals?

New Chapters available every Thursday!!

The full story won't be available here on Penana (for now) however it is available over on Amazon for both paperback and kindle purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1520745443.You can also donate to my Patreon to gain full access by donating, more details there: https://www.patreon.com/ZeroDantez

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MiracleMuse8Ria N. Chetty
3Mins Each
4
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The Spring Girl
Updated Apr 15, 2018
PG
1
67
1
Adventure
Fantasy

When 15-year-old Leah Jonson is chosen to become the next Spring girl, her life is changed forever.

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The Spring Girl

When 15-year-old Leah Jonson is chosen to become the next Spring girl, her life is changed forever.

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VoltGaming
1Min Each
8
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The Mysterious Code
Updated Apr 20, 2018
PG
11
110
2
Action
Adventure

Orhollow, a massive city which was filled with white hat hackers. They created a huge college called White Hat College.

However, a secret force slowly rises up. They created a base and a data storage in underground. They stole data and creates computer viruses there.

What will happen next? Continue reading, to find out.

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The Mysterious Code

Orhollow, a massive city which was filled with white hat hackers. They created a huge college called White Hat College.

However, a secret force slowly rises up. They created a base and a data storage in underground. They stole data and creates computer viruses there.

What will happen next? Continue reading, to find out.

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RavenDuchess
6Mins Each
41
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Heart of the Dragon: Origins (Nanowrimo 2017)
Updated Mar 1, 2018
PG-13
7
2374
32
Adventure
Action

The world of Elleria has just emerged from a bloody world war. The Northerlands lay in tatters, with King Thorvard dead and his family all dead. All except one, princess Zaraline.

Follow Zaraline on her quest for vengeance, where she will right the wrongs that has been done to her family, and to her people.

There are unexpected allies to be found, and enemies at every turn. Will Zaraline succeed, or will she become just another footnote in Elleria's history books?

A/N: As of the moment, the final parts of the story are being slowly added, (thanks college for being as soul-sucking and time-consuming as you are). Once that's uploaded, I'll begin all the major editing, which does include some plot changes. This author's note will change to editing in progress when I get to that point.

So this is just sort of a heads up to anyone who starts reading this, puts it up for a couple months, and then suddenly comes back to a bunch of different shit.

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Heart of the Dragon: Origins (Nanowrimo 2017)

The world of Elleria has just emerged from a bloody world war. The Northerlands lay in tatters, with King Thorvard dead and his family all dead. All except one, princess Zaraline.

Follow Zaraline on her quest for vengeance, where she will right the wrongs that has been done to her family, and to her people.

There are unexpected allies to be found, and enemies at every turn. Will Zaraline succeed, or will she become just another footnote in Elleria's history books?

A/N: As of the moment, the final parts of the story are being slowly added, (thanks college for being as soul-sucking and time-consuming as you are). Once that's uploaded, I'll begin all the major editing, which does include some plot changes. This author's note will change to editing in progress when I get to that point.

So this is just sort of a heads up to anyone who starts reading this, puts it up for a couple months, and then suddenly comes back to a bunch of different shit.

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Alan T. Tryth
6Mins Each
4
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Mass Effect Slipstream - Book 0: Seeds
Updated Apr 21, 2018
PG
0
33
0
Adventure
Friendship

A simple request sends Dreamer and intergalactic troublemaker, Glenda Adams Soleil, on a path that ultimately yields more fruit than expected, and gives John and Tali Shepard an anniversary that they will never forget.

Post ME3, and sort of a prequel to Mass Effect Slipstream. Definitely a prequel to Kyra'Shor vas Shepard.

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Mass Effect Slipstream - Book 0: Seeds

A simple request sends Dreamer and intergalactic troublemaker, Glenda Adams Soleil, on a path that ultimately yields more fruit than expected, and gives John and Tali Shepard an anniversary that they will never forget.

Post ME3, and sort of a prequel to Mass Effect Slipstream. Definitely a prequel to Kyra'Shor vas Shepard.

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Ellis Langhorne
8Mins Each
10
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The Waters Run Red
Updated Apr 21, 2018
PG-13
0
188
0
Adventure
Action

This story was originally written by a friend and collaborator and is reproduced with consent.  Follow the adventures of Captain Bob Sadeski and his fearless crew of mercenaries as they travel the seas.

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The Waters Run Red

This story was originally written by a friend and collaborator and is reproduced with consent.  Follow the adventures of Captain Bob Sadeski and his fearless crew of mercenaries as they travel the seas.

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superjosh250
41Mins Each
17
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STAR TREK LEGACY: Alternate Tides (Season 1)
Updated Jul 8, 2015
PG-13
4
4217
0
Action
Adventure

This is my fanfiction of an Alternate dimension. Much remains the same as the original Star Trek universe but there are differences also. Most notable about this script however will be the fact that it is focused on corruption rather than exploring the stars.

In this, it's power or weakness. You never know what's happening or what will happen next. The next generation of vessels in the Star Trek universe glides through the galaxy to defend it and protect it.

The crew will never stop...it will keep flying, to protect, to explore, to fight...for the Federation of Planets.

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STAR TREK LEGACY: Alternate Tides (Season 1)

This is my fanfiction of an Alternate dimension. Much remains the same as the original Star Trek universe but there are differences also. Most notable about this script however will be the fact that it is focused on corruption rather than exploring the stars.

In this, it's power or weakness. You never know what's happening or what will happen next. The next generation of vessels in the Star Trek universe glides through the galaxy to defend it and protect it.

The crew will never stop...it will keep flying, to protect, to explore, to fight...for the Federation of Planets.

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Jessica Rinori
20Mins Each
3
ISSUES
The Proper Way to Eat a Victorian Age Brain
Updated Apr 21, 2018
PG
0
26
0
Adventure
Suspense

Julius is a Stinger. Infected with a virus to cure his tuberculosis in 1897, the virus not only killed the disease, but turned Julius into a zombie-a Stinger. The doctor who infected Julius is on a search for what he calls the most incurable disease: mortality.Trying to find the doctor who infected him all those years ago, putting an end to his work, and tracking down other Stingers harming civilians, Julius will have to use the help of a fellow Stinger associate and their new friends if they have any hope of stopping the doctor before he infects the world with his zombie gene.

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The Proper Way to Eat a Victorian Age Brain

Julius is a Stinger. Infected with a virus to cure his tuberculosis in 1897, the virus not only killed the disease, but turned Julius into a zombie-a Stinger. The doctor who infected Julius is on a search for what he calls the most incurable disease: mortality.Trying to find the doctor who infected him all those years ago, putting an end to his work, and tracking down other Stingers harming civilians, Julius will have to use the help of a fellow Stinger associate and their new friends if they have any hope of stopping the doctor before he infects the world with his zombie gene.

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C.R. Bluewell
14Mins Each
2
ISSUES
Lost Experiment (part 2)
Updated Apr 24, 2018
PG-13
1
37
1
Friendship
Adventure

(Part 2 of Perfect 0, a Borderlands fanfic)

With Clay demoted, Braden takes the reigns on Project:0. However, 'A' gets a lucky break as Tabitha does everything she can to save him while at her new job on Helios. But nothing ever goes as planned as long as Hyperion and their many enemies are involved. Will Tabitha successfully save the suffering experiment? Or will the slip up of a certain purple robot throw 'A' into the hands of another super organization?

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Lost Experiment (part 2)

(Part 2 of Perfect 0, a Borderlands fanfic)

With Clay demoted, Braden takes the reigns on Project:0. However, 'A' gets a lucky break as Tabitha does everything she can to save him while at her new job on Helios. But nothing ever goes as planned as long as Hyperion and their many enemies are involved. Will Tabitha successfully save the suffering experiment? Or will the slip up of a certain purple robot throw 'A' into the hands of another super organization?

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Jadafun
9Mins Each
17
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Corrupt Forest
Updated Apr 23, 2018
PG-13
4
1806
6
Dark
Adventure

The Corrupted Queen, ruler of a species called Corrupts, takes a human baby and raises it as her own. She turns him into a halfling, and he's granted abilities, including a demon form. When he proves to be a disappointment, she banishes him and a human to a forest filled with Corrupts. Now, they must find a way to escape, meeting a few unlikely allies along the way.  Their end goal being to take her down and free the world from her reign.

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Corrupt Forest

The Corrupted Queen, ruler of a species called Corrupts, takes a human baby and raises it as her own. She turns him into a halfling, and he's granted abilities, including a demon form. When he proves to be a disappointment, she banishes him and a human to a forest filled with Corrupts. Now, they must find a way to escape, meeting a few unlikely allies along the way.  Their end goal being to take her down and free the world from her reign.

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lonahora
12Mins Each
214
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Earth's Core
Updated Apr 21, 2018
PG-13
3
21424
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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